CAT out of bag,PEC student among all-India toppers

The results of the Common Admission Test declared on Friday morning brought special cheers to the city.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:January 10, 2009 1:13 am

More than 50 boys and girls from Chandigarh,most of them engineering students,have got calls from IIMs

The results of the Common Admission Test (CAT) declared on Friday morning brought special cheers to the city. By scoring a perfect 100,Pavneet Singh Guliyani,a student of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) and resident of Mohali,is among the all-India toppers.

More than 50 students from the city have belled the CAT with flying colours,compared to the last year’s 35. A majority of the successful candidates are engineering students from local colleges,primarily PEC.

Cracking the CAT in his first attempt,Guliyani has got calls from the IIMs in Ahmedabad,Bangalore,Calcutta,Indore,Lucknow and Kozhikode. “I would just put in a regular effort of three to four hours of study every day,” he told Newsline,sharing the secret of his success.

Besides Guliyani,two more candidates with 100 percentile have a Chandigarh connection. Siddharth Singh and Debanjan Dey of Delhi took mock tests at Pace Setters in Sector 9,Chandigarh.

More than 20 students from the city have scored 99 per cent and above while the remaining secured between 96 and 98 percentile.

With a score of 99.94 per cent,Saurabh Verma,also a student of PEC,is the only candidate in the region to have received calls from seven IIMs. “CAT does not mean rote learning and studying for long hours. I studied for not more than three hours a day. The regular mock tests held at the coaching centre were of great help,” he said.

Movin Jain is another boy from Chandigarh who has scored 99.94 per cent. A student of IIT-Delhi,Jain said: “I am surprised and happy to receive calls from five IIMs. Though it is a great achievement,I am yet to decide whether I will peruse an MBA,because I have already cleared my placement.”

By scoring 99.86 per cent,Ashish Gupta,a student of Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology,Sector 26,has received calls from six IIMs. Ashish,too,believes in studying smart rather than working hard.

“The result is on expected lines as I was able to tally my marks with the answer key after the paper. I did not study for long hours. Devoting quality time rather than quantity is the key,” he said.

Another engineering student from PEC,Devashish Sardana,who has scored 99.76 per cent,too,has cleared the CAT in the first attempt. “I hoped to score this much though

I did not work too hard as I was concentrating more on my placements. It was just regular mock test series that helped me prepare for CAT.”

At least eight girls have scored 99 per cent and above this year. Sunidhi Gupta,a student of PEC,has scored 99.7 per cent and has got calls from five IIMs. Talking to Newsline,she said: “I hoped to do well but the score has left me numb. It will take some time to sink in. Regular studies helped me revise the lessons and also prepare for the examination.”

Others students who have scored 99 percentile and above are Aditya Bansal (99.98),Mayank Turan (99.92),Abhishek Chopra (99.88),Ramana Krishna (99.87),Swati Gupta (99.85),Sanjot Malhi (99.83),Geetika Gupta (99.80),Somesh Kamra (99.80),Rahul Jindal (99.76),Adarsh Sharma (99.73),Priyank Batra (99.71),Karanam Tarun (99.7),Manoj Dureja (99.67),Sakshi Jain (99.66),Amit Kumar Vats (99.64),Himanshu Singh (99.61),Amandeep Mittal (99.56),Manav Preet Singh (99.58),Arshdeep Sharma (99.49),Harmik Sethi (99.43),Abhishek Kumar (99.47),Nikhil Dhar (99.40),Anu Dogra (99.36),Mohit Handa (99.32),Bhavya Aggarwal (99.19),Gaganjot Singh (99.14),Preeti Singla (99.08) and Vinay Kumar (99.07).

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