CAT 2014 topper Harshveer Jain aims to be a writer

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Updated on Dec 29, 2014 02:03 IST

Another IITian has managed to score a perfect 100 in CAT 2014. So far has managed to track eight out of the 16 toppers.

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Harshveer Jain, IIT Bombay 2014 passout, is currently working with He has scored 141.71 in Quant and 129.9 in VA. Overall score is 269.75.

But his plans for the future are quite different. “My ultimate aim is to be a writer and professor,” he tells

Harshveer is currently writing a fantasy-fiction novel. “There are no protagonists or antagonists in my novel. My book is more about two different ideas than two different characters,” he says.

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When it comes to preparing, Harshveer believes three hours in a day is enough to crack CAT. “Three hours a day without any breaks! There’s no point in studying for six-seven hours with one or two hour breaks,” he adds.

Here’s Harshveer Jain, speaking to exclusively to

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Q: Congratulations Harshveer!

A: Thank you.


Q: Tell us something about yourself.

A: I pursued BTech in Physics from IIT Bombay.


Q: How are you feeling right now?

A: To be honest, too many contrasting emotions in my mind right now. I knew I’ll get a good score. But this extraordinary! Even now I am not sure. I am still guessing that some CAT or TCS authorities will mail me stating, ‘We are very sorry. Wrong score. Take off all the Facebook posts. You’re not a 100 percentiler.’ That fear is still there.


Q: What was your CAT 2014 preparation strategy?

A: I don’t wanna sound obnoxious, but being from IIT and with a mathematics background, I am very comfortable with Maths and Quant. I am fairly decent in English too. My strategy was to optimize and improve my score while giving the exam.

So, I joined TIME – took up their online test series and attempted many mock tests. I kept on improving my performance and my accuracy. Towards the end, I studied for three hours a day (though not everyday) – gave a test or did as many questions as possible in three hours, because the exam is for three hours. I saw no point in studying six-seven hours a day with one or two hour breaks. But I gave just three hours in a day.


Q: Is it necessary to join a coaching centre?

A: If one is not confident in Quants and theories and wants to brush up their concepts, then it’s a good idea to join the class. CAT requires basic 10th standard mathematics. One just needs to learn to solve questions and prepare. If concepts are clear and it’s just a matter of time, efficiency and accuracy, one need not join coaching.


Q: Tell us about your family.

A: Father, mother, little brother and grandmother.


Q: Is your brother also an IIT aspirant?

A: Right now he’s in Class 12 and is yet to figure out what he wants to do. No one in my family pushes us for anything.



Q: Are you in final year at IIT-B?

A: No, I just graduated in 2014. I have been working for the last eight months with


Q: Which is your dream B-School?

A: IIM Ahmedabad or IIM Calcutta.


Q: Any specific reasons for it?

A: To be honest, it’s not a thought-out approach that I have applied. It’s based on institute ratings and general perception. However, while taking a final decision I’ll take an informed call after looking at all the stats and figures. But as of now, IIM A and C excite me, because I know people from these institutes and know how good the colleges are.


Q: Do you have a back-up plan?

A: I don’t have a Plan A or Plan B. I have given my CAT and will now prepare for the interviews. But I do have a well-paying, satisfactory job. And I am also writing….


Q: You are writing?

A: I am developing a fiction-fantasy novel.


Q: Tell us more about it.

A: It’s about a completely different world with different civilizations, different people, different language, different rules of the world, different science. It’s not a sci-fi but a normal fiction fantasy with swords and spears and horses and warriors. There are different creatures.


Q: Like Lord of the Rings?

A: Something like Lord of the Rings. But the major difference here is that – there’s no protagonist or antagonist. My book is more about two different ideas than two different characters. It’s my take on life and death.


Q: What’s your ultimate goal?

A: I want to be a professor at a brilliant college—either a management college or a brilliant school. And I also want to write a lot of books.


Q: Any tips for future CAT aspirants?

A: People study a lot but take breaks. The exam is for three hours. So study hard for three hours.

There’s a myth about Barcelona team that they practiced 180 minutes for a 90 minute game. So that’s the thing. Even you study for one day in a week, make sure, it’s a long stretch of study with zero breaks.


Q: Thank you for talking to

A: No problem. Thank you.

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Kraven Jones

a year ago

I just hope you become a successful writer, coz what u r doing is like the "Road not taken" and I really appreciate that. You broke the norms and regulars of the orthodox minds. Lots of courage to you...

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Greatest Person

7 years ago

Writer? As if we have less writers from Management Background. We don't writers like Chetan Bhagat or Durjoy Datta. We need someone like Rabindranath Tagore. Waiting for your book Mr.Jain to see where today's youth is heading.

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Ram Kishan

7 years ago

IIMs, please don't waste a seat for this kid. Today's Engineering graduates have no clue about their short term and long term goals. They are just following the herd. It will not be a tough task to clear the PI Level of the IIMs with a good percentile & grades as the questions are highly pred...IIMs, please don't waste a seat for this kid. Today's Engineering graduates have no clue about their short term and long term goals. They are just following the herd. It will not be a tough task to clear the PI Level of the IIMs with a good percentile & grades as the questions are highly predictable. Instead, select an Economics, Finance, Marketing, Commerce, Arts or Business grad who will optimally utilize the opportunity to make it big in the corporate instead of turning into a writer. We need more Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Managers from these management institutes. If one is aspiring to be a writer, then he/she should target University of Iowa, University of Texas, John Hopkins University, Brown University, Washington University etc. and not the IIMs which are meant for management education. I found nothing wrong in his aim to become a professor as a Management Institute is relevant.

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