CAT 2020 Topper Interview: Know How Ekansh Agarwal Scored 99.98 Percentile

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Saumya Jain
Assistant Manager- Content
Updated on Jan 5, 2021 17:59 IST

Ekansh Agarwal made an entry to the 99 percentilers club of CAT 2020. Know what he has to say about his preparation strategy for CAT exam 2020 and his success mantra in the article below.

CAT 2020 Overall Percentile: 99.98

VARC percentile: 98

DILR percentile: 99.92

QA percentile: 99.97

Ekansh Agarwal who hails from Bareilly is a final year Chemical Engineering student from IIT Ropar. He started his CAT preparations approximately 11 months before the CAT 2020 exam. Ekansh made an entry to the 99 percentilers club in his first attempt. He says that attempting mock tests is a very important part of the CAT preparation strategy. Shiksha spoke to Ekansh about his success in CAT 2020. Read the article below to know Ekansh’s CAT 2020 preparation strategy.

Q: Congratulations! Was this your first CAT attempt?

A: Yes, it was my first CAT attempt. When I received the CAT answer sheet, I was expecting a score of 99.95% but when I checked the result I was happy with the score.

Q: What was your preparation strategy? How did you go about your preparations?

A: QA was my stronger area, hence, I did not devote a lot of time to this section. However, I attempted a lot of mock tests for this section. For the DILR section, I started my preparation with How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma. I solved about 60% of the book. VARC was the weaker area, so I took coaching classes for this particular section. I majorly focused on solving mock tests for all three sections for six months. The lockdown gave me enough time to focus on my studies and preparations. Since my VARC section was weak, I tried maximizing my preparations in the other two sections.

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Q: What was your weak area(s) and what did you do to improve the same?

A: The weakest area was VARC. I tried reading a lot as many people advised me that reading would help but it did not help me much. But later when I joined coaching, I found that my scores have improved.

Q: How did you deal with the stress of CAT prep and exam?

A: I was a part of a study group. Everyone in the group was scoring well in the mock tests. So because of that, there was not much stress or anxiety. The stress does creep in on the exam day but we were able to manage it well when we studied together.

Q: Is it important to join a coaching institute for CAT preparation?

A: I think attempting mock tests is more important. If a student is preparing seriously, then he/she should buy a test series. But if they think they need assistance in a particular section or sections, then they may opt for coaching but it is not necessary to join a coaching institute.

Q: Which IIMs or MBA institutes that you are targeting?

A: I am targeting IIM Ahmedabad. But if not that, IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta will be my next choice.  

Q: Any specific strategy for WAT-PI?

A: I have started my preparations already for WAT and PI. I also have plans for joining a coaching institute to help me with the preparations.

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Q: What are your plans after completing MBA?

A: I might go for a job in Consulting but I haven’t really thought about it much right now.

Q: Any tips for the future CAT aspirants?

A: I would say that mock tests are the most important part of CAT preparation. Attempt as many mock tests as possible. 40-50 mock tests are good enough. Focus on the areas you are weak at and accordingly attempt the mock tests. Another piece of advice would be, if you think that you are weak in any section, then try maximizing the other two whilst working on the first.

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Saumya Jain
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With over 5 years of editorial experience, Saumya has been a writer at Shiksha for over three years. With a graduation degree in English literature from Delhi University, she loves to write and read non-fictional no... Read Full Bio


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