CAT 2016 Topper Interview – “I was expecting around 99.9 percentile but 100 came out as surprise”, says Yash Chaudhari

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yash chaudhari cat 2016 topper interviewThe ants have stopped running in the pants of the candidate’s who gave CAT 2016 on December 4, 2016 as IIM Bangalore has announced the CAT 2016 result today, on January 9, 2017. The result was announced in the morning around 11.40 am. Like every year, this year also, there have been candidates who have successfully managed to score 100 percentile. Surprisingly, this year the count of 100 percentilers has raised to 20.
Entrance Corner speaks with one of the CAT 2016 Topper, Yash Chaudhari, who attempted 86 questions and got 100 percentile in the exam. He is a young boy, who hails from Kolhapur and is pursuing B.Tech from College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP). He has always been interested in Mathematics and inclined towards giving exams related to maths since his schooling days. He feels this has helped him a lot in cracking CAT with perfect score.

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Entrance Corner speaks with one of the CAT 2016 Topper, Yash Chaudhari, who attempted 86 questions and got 100 percentile in the exam. He is a young boy, who hails from Kolhapur and is pursuing B.Tech from College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP). He has always been interested in Mathematics and inclined towards giving exams related to maths since his schooling days. He feels this has helped him a lot in cracking CAT with perfect score.

Read the complete interview here.

Entrance Corner Congratulations on being a CAT 2016 topper. How does it feels to score a perfect 100 percenters?

Yash – It feels amazing. I was expecting a percentile around 99.9 but obtaining a perfect 100 has come as a surprise. I am really very happy about it.

Entrance Corner – What was your sectional score & percentile in CAT 2016?

Yash – I got 99 percentile in VA-RC, 99.86 in DI-LR and 99.96 in QA. My scaled score was 86.15 in VA-RC, 60.44 in DI-LR and 73.50 in QA.

Entrance Corner – How did you prepared for the exam? Did you took coaching?

Yash – Yes, I took coaching from T.I.M.E in Pune. I had been preparing for CAT since last 6-7 months. I gave a lot of mock tests and always focused on analyzing them properly. I was always comfortable with the Quantitative section so in the exam also, I hardly faced issues in solving the same. In total, I attempted 86 questions in the exam. The questions in the CAT 2016 were equal to the 10th & 12th standard, however the difficulty level differed.

My weakness was Verbal section but surprisingly I have scored highest in this section. Observing the CAT exam trends of past few year, I had an idea that DI & LR section will be a bit difficult and tricky to solve. Therefore, I used a different strategy to attempt this section as I was already prepared for it. There were 8 sets in the DI & LR section, I knew that I would not be able to attempt all so I decided to drop 2 and I focused on 6 sets. This helped me crack this section with such good percentile.

Entrance Corner – Did you referred to any particular books or study material to prepare for CAT?

Yash – No, I just used the study material that I got from the coaching classes. I felt it was quite comprehensive and was enough.

Entrance Corner – Which IIM do you wish to join?

Yash – I have already got call from IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore & Kozhikode. My preference is IIM Ahmedabad.

Entrance Corner – If you won’t be able to make it to an IIM, then which B-School will you prefer?

Yash – I believe I’ll be able to make it to top three IIMs and if not them, then I would like to go for FMS, Delhi. I feel only the top three IIMs are better and after them, FMS should be opted.

Entrance Corner – From where did you completed your schooling? How much percentage did you get in class 10 & 12?

Yash – I did my schooling from St. Xavier’s School in Kolhapur. I got 95.9 in class 10 and 88.83 in class 12.

Entrance Corner – How are you planning to prepare for the IIMs Personal Interview?

Yash – Earlier I used to get nervous thinking about facing the interviewers and the personal interview rounds. However now, I have worked on my skills and I am confident that I will be able to do well in the IIM selection rounds. Also, I am planning to join certain coaching Institutes for enhancing my communication skills and to learn how you should conduct yourself in the PI.

Entrance Corner – Tell us something about your family and your hobbies.

Yash – Both my parents are working. My mother is working as an LIC agent and my father is in a private job. I am a huge fan of football, so I like playing and watching it a lot. Also, at time I like watching some TV series.

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