CAT 2022 Topper Interview: “Mocks play a crucial role” says Risshi Agrawal, 99.99 percentiler

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Updated on Dec 27, 2022 12:12 IST

Risshi Agrawal who bagged, 99.99 percentile in CAT 2022 shares his preparation strategy and important tips for aspirants. Check complete details here.

CAT 2022 Topper Interview

CAT 2022 Topper Interview

CAT 2022 Topper Interview: With the announcement of CAT 2022 results on December 21, 2022, out of 22 candidates, Risshi Agrawal scored 99.99 perecentile in CAT 2022 exam. With his sheer dedication and consistency CAT 2022 topper- Risshi Agrawal aims to make his way to top IIMs- Banglore Lucknow Ahmedabad Calcutta Kozhikode Indore. Risshi Agrawal belongs from Mirzapur, UP and is a graduate in Prductions and Industrial Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. In his exclusive interview with Shiksha, Risshi shares his preparation strategy for CAT exam. Know more about the CAT 2022 topper Risshi Agrawal in this article.

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Name and College: Risshi Agrawal - IIT, Delhi

CAT 2022 score

Overall: 99.99%

Sectional score

DILR: 99.99%

VA: 85.65%

QA: 100%

Shiksha: Congratulations! Are you satisfied with your CAT result? How much score were you expecting?

Risshi: Thanks, yes although I was expecting above 99%ile in the exam, the fact of getting in the top 30 odd students also surprised me.

Shiksha: Please tell about yourself

Risshi: I belong to Mirzapur - UP. I graduated from IITD in 2022 (Production and Industrial Engineering). I am currently working as an Associate Analyst at Putnam - A management consulting firm based out of healthcare.

Shiksha: Was this your first CAT attempt?

Risshi: No, this was my 2nd attempt. In 2021, I gave my 1st attempt.

Shiksha: When did you start preparing for the CAT exam? What was your overall preparation strategy?

Risshi: I started preparing in the month of July. Since I had already taken the exam last year, I was familiar with the pattern. For the first two months I focused on revising the concepts while in the later stages I devoted my time towards solving mocks (average of 1 per day).

Shiksha: Please share with us your section-wise strategy.

Risshi: VARC: I read newspapers on a daily basis. I preferred reading topics which were of interest to me like sports and politics.

DILR: I tried to solve a variety of DILR puzzles. My focus was largely towards the LR section since I messed it up the last time.

QA: I didn't devote additional time towards it since I was pretty confident in this subject.

Shiksha: Which books did you refer to for CAT preparation? Did you join any coaching institute? How does a coaching institute help in CAT preparation?

Risshi: I referred to TIME coaching materials and CL mock test series. I found CL mock to be very close to what was asked in the exam

Shiksha: How many mock tests did you attempt and how important is a mock test series?

Risshi: Mocks play a crucial role while preparing for CAT. It helps you determine the strategy which suits you the best.

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Shiksha: What was your exam day strategy?

Risshi: Start VARC subject by identifying 2 out of 4 RCs which are easiest to solve (24 min to solve). Rest focus on the VA aspect. In DILR, start by doing the DI question (often easiest of all) and then focus on 2 of the remaining 3 puzzles. In QA, start filtering the questions as per your strength and attempt them first.

Shiksha: Who is your role model?

Risshi: I looked up to my maternal uncle an IIT ISB graduate while my preparation

Shiksha: Any tips for future CAT aspirants?

Risshi: Keep yourself updated with the latest pattern and solve as many mocks as possible.

Shiksha: Which IIMs /Institutes are you targeting?

Risshi: I am targeting all of the BLACKI colleges:

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