Read about CAT 2021 topper interview Sareen Shah in his latest interview with Shiksha. Know all about his preparation and exam day strategy.
Sareen Shah, a Graduate from MIT College of Engineering, Pune has bagged 99.35 percentile in CAT 2021. Sareen Shah in his exclusive interview with Shiksha shares his CAT exam day experience, section-wise strategy and preparation tips for the future aspirants. CAT 2021 topper Sareen believed in himself and began his preparation for CAT exam 2 months prior to the exam. With his CAT score, Sareen is willing to take admission to FMS, IIM K/L/I. Read the complete interview below.
CAT 2021 score
Overall: 103.03 marks (99.35)
Sectional: VARC - 39.43 (97.6), DILR - 38.07 (99.72), QA - 25.54 (95.96)
Q: Congratulations! Are you satisfied with your CAT result? How much scores were you expecting?
A: I am happy with the score given my meagre preparation. I could have reached 99.5+ easily if I would have prepared well.
Q: Was this your first CAT attempt?
A: Yes this was my first attempt
Q: When did you start preparing for CAT exam? What was your overall prep strategy?
A: I was studying for an hour a day for last 2 months and took a week off for the last week before CAT
Q: Please share with us your section-wise strategy.
A: I knew that Quant and DILR was my strong point. Had to attempt the most there. VARC was unpredictable and hence focused majorly on RCs rather than other questions
Q: Which books did you refer to for CAT preparation?
A: For my CAT preparation I referred to Arun Sharma books.
Q: Did you join any coaching institute? How does coaching institute help in CAT preparation?
A: No, I didn't join any coaching institute.
Q: How many mock tests did you attempt and how important is a mock test series?
A: I gave 3 full-length mock tests and 3-4 sectional mock tests
Q: What was your exam day strategy?
A: Just keep calm and focus on the current question on the screen. Don't let the issues in a specific section hamper your other 2 sections
Q: Any tips for future CAT aspirants?
A: Don't delay your prep. Start as early as possible. Solve as many questions as you can. Understand RCs and DILR sets properly. Quality over Quantity should be your aim.
Q: Which IIMs /Institutes are you targeting?
Q: Tell us something about your educational background, family, hobbies, profession.
A: I completed engineering from MIT Pune in the Computer Science domain. I have around 1.5 years of experience in Analytics (1 year at ZS, remaining at Mastercard). My hobbies include reading, playing cricket and gaming.
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