Like music and drama enthusiast Soham CAT. has crowned

NEW DELHI: Mumbai boy Soham Katkar, a music and drama enthusiast, topped the Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) with 100 percentiles, despite enjoying the India vs New Zealand cricket series a few days before the test.

Of the 1.92 lakh candidates who appeared for the exams, nine aspirants, including Soham, reached 100 percentiles.

In an interview with IANS, Soham spoke about his preparation and how he led the CAT. Excerpts:

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Q. What was your reaction when you knew your score? A. I was happy with my score. When the answer sheet was handed out, I was confident that I would do well. My estimated score was 153 and I was trying to see if anyone else scored more points than me in slot 1, but I couldn’t find anyone. I crossed my fingers and checked the percentile. Was content…

Q. What are your total and intersection scores?


A. Values ​​are VARC 47.73, DILR 53.06, quants 58.35, total 159.13. Percentile – VARC 99.33, DILR 100, quants 99.99, total 100.

Q. How many hours did you spend studying when you started preparing for CATS 2021?


A. I also took CATS 2020 exams and took two to three months to prepare. This time I started preparing two weeks before the exams as I was busy with a few projects. I only needed one retake as I had also prepared for the exam last year. In the two-week preparation, I solved a two-hour mock test and analyzed it for 30 minutes to an hour.

Q. Did you take part in any coaching? What are its advantages?

A. No, I don’t. But I had bought a series of mock tests from the Times Institute. I believe the CAT curriculum is not something we haven’t studied as it tests general aptitude and thinking. However, in order to solve a paper, it is important to know its pattern. To get good results, it is important to solve a good set of tests.

Q. How did you relieve stress during the exams?


A. I did not allow myself to be stressed too much. Stress never works. Hardly anything comes out of it … Sometimes you are occupied with a few thoughts about the test, the level of difficulty of the questionnaire, the result … To keep the negativity at bay, I talked to my friends, watched TV. During those two weeks I was busy watching a series game between India and New Zealand.

Q. Do you tell us about yourself, hobbies and preferences?


A. I am a computer engineer by profession and I am from Mumbai. I love to play musical instruments, especially the flute. I love watching cricket and was a member of our college theater team.

Q. Why did you want to do an MBA?


A. I have read a lot about management studies and I think I have the skills to study this. This course will help me achieve my goals. My destination is the best IIMs in the country – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata.

Q. Who is your role model and why?


A. I have no ideals. I get inspiration from different people because of their qualities and achievements and try to learn the lessons from them in life.

Q. Do you have a message for future CAT contenders?


A. Believe in yourself. Don’t be afraid of failure. As you write the exam, don’t worry about running out of time. Focus on accuracy rather than forcing yourself to solve all of the paper. It is better to write two accurate answers in four to five minutes than rush and write one correct and two incorrect answers.

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