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Interview with CMAT 2016 high scorer Gaurav Kataria

Interview with CMAT 2016 high scorer Gaurav Kataria

TestFunda ,  19-Apr-16
Gaurav Kataria, who took CMAT 2016 spoke to us. His overall score was 99.75%ile in CMAT 2016 with All India Rank - 136. He secured 100%ile in Language Comprehension, 99.45%ile in Quants and 98.87%ile in LR. 

Here is his preparation strategy in his own words:

I started my preparation some 5-6 months before the beginning of the MBA Exam season which includes CAT, IIFT, SNAP ,NMAT etc. I made sure that I was well acquainted with the exam format of all the MBA entrance exams mentioned here including CMAT. 

I made sure that I studied daily and kept in mind the fact that giving equal time to all the sections is as important as taking a lot of mocks. My preparation strategy got me an over all score of 99.75 percentile in CMAT with 100%ile in English and 99.45%ile in Quants. I also got Calls from IIFT and NMAT.

In exams like CMAT and other speed based exams all you need to have is a disciplined approach to prove your overall ability. The Exam pattern of CMAT includes 100 questions that need to be answered in 180 minutes. Accuracy and Time management are the defining factors to crack any exam like CMAT or IIFT. These two factors affect the difficulty level of the examination to a great extent.

My strategy for the last 5-6 months was entirely focused on a disciplined approach - studying and then taking mocks and after that the analysis of the mocks. I used to spend time simultaneously on Quants, DI, LR, Grammar and then RC. 

During my CMAT exam, I attempted the questions in the default order. Within 150 minutes, I was able to complete the entire paper and in the remaining time I tried to attempt questions that I was not able to attempt in the first go. Quants and LR were supposed to be my strengths but on the exam day I was not able to attempt 2 sets of LR and 2 questions of Quants. However, I was able to complete English in one go. I solved English section in 45 minutes and then solved GK questions which got me lesser marks as compared to the remaining sections.

It is also important to take mocks or solve question within the time limit and a time bound preparation strategy always makes it easier for you to handle the pressure on D-Day.  

My preparation strategy was based on the analysis of Mocks that I used to take each week and then identifying the difficulties that I encountered regarding time management or slight mistakes or lack of knowledge. 
I mainly focused on the two success mantras:
    - Reading a lot daily and setting weekly targets for reading material and solving sectional problems using online material.
    - Improving vocabulary by reading newspaper editorials, word lists etc. and dedicating equal time to Quants and DI/LR on a daily basis.

I also attempted previous years CMAT and IIFT exams to get a good hold over the exam pattern and then made adequate strategies for individual exams.

After 4 months of dedicated preparation, I would suggest your weekly schedule should be:
1.  Practice Online topic tests every day and your preparation strategy should include doing a thorough analysis of all the mock tests.
2.  Keep a dedicated day for revision of your notes or mocks that you attempted in previous weeks.
3.  Do keep in mind to practice atleast one RC passages, DI & LR set daily.

Do remember that sometimes the Mocks that you attempt are usually tougher than real Entrance exams so no need to lose hope if you aren't scoring very well in the mocks. 

Keep calm and all the best. 
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