Candidates with engineering and technical backgrounds continue to leave their mark on the results of the Common Admission Test (CAT) at a national level and several such candidates topped the list of local candidates who have scored over 99 percentile.
Kasturi Chopade, who has secured a 99.62 percentile in the CAT, is a final-year Electronics and Telecommunication student from the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP).
“I will go for one of the oldest IIMs in the country. Though there will be a complete shift from my engineering career to the management field, I will ensure my core knowledge gets utilised in the future also. I will select future career options in harmony with my academic background only,” she told Newsline.
Aseem Khattri, who achieved a 99.62 CAT percentile in his second attempt, has a BTech degree from Kanpur and is presently working in a leading IT company here. He said the familiarity of students who have an engineering or technical background with mathematics could be one of the reasons they perform well in the CAT.
“Students with technical background often find the quantitative section of the CAT relatively easier. Scoring well in this section gives the candidates an advantage and therefore their overall prospect become brighter in the CAT,” he said.
Saraansh Rai, another successful CAT aspirant with an engineering background, said much focus on non-quantitative sections such as verbal and reasoning often helps candidates like him in scoring a high percentile.
With CAT results out recently, further screening for IIMs and other prestigious B-schools is underway presently. “We think it is great that the results are out more than two weeks earlier than usual this year. It provides a double benefit for the students — early relief and more time to prepare for the next phase. The credit goes to IIM authorities and others involved for pulling off a smooth job overall,” Ramnath Kanakadandi, the national course director of TIME, a firm that imparts coaching for the CAT, said.