CAT 2019: Two friends from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay – Rahul and Somansh – both students of the final-year mechanical engineering programme are among the top scorers in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019. Both of them have cracked the exam in their first attempt. While Rahul Manglik who hails from Delhi has scored 99.99 percentile, Somansh Chordia who hails from Nagpur has obtained 100 percentile marks.
Over 2.09 lakh students had appeared for the exam. Of these 10 have scored 100 percentile and 21 got 99.99 percentile. All of the 10 toppers are from an engineering background.
Talking to indianexpress.com, Manglik said, “I got introduced to management during my class of operation analysis. I found the business studies and management to be interesting and therefore decided to appear for CAT. I started preparation in my last semester along with a couple of friends.”
The duo focused on mock tests and analysed their performances after completing the test. “Mapping time is really crucial in the CAT. We not only attempted mocks but also analysed our performance to assess our strengths and week points and work accordingly. I have had attempted at least 30 mocks during my preparation,” said Manglik.
Chordia, who is one of the 10 toppers who secured 100 percentile across India wishes to go to IIM Ahmedabad have a start-up. “Engineers are generally weak in verbal skills. Since Rahul and I used to discuss our performance after every mock test; we used to help each other. It is good to have someone equally focused while preparing for competitive exams,” he said.
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On changing their stream from engineering to commerce, the CAT topper said, “through business management, we can reach a larger group of people. Technical tools these days also have business applications thus I decided to appear for CAT.” He added, “While I was studying since January for CAT but serious preparations started by August when I started taking mocks and by October I focused entirely on CAT 2019 and practised through previous year papers too.”
The CAT is an entrance exam for admission to B-schools. CAT score is valid is used for admission to B-schools including the IIMs. The CAT 2019 exam was conducted on November 24, 2019 at 376 test centres spread across 156 cities and the answer keys were released on November 29, 2019.
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