A DU (SOL) B.Com. student’s CAT Prep journey to IIMs

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Imagine this:
You are a B.Com. graduate from DU(SOL) aiming to undertake the arduous CAT prep journey.
You then did your fashion designing from Pearl Academy.
You’ve been working for a while and are out of touch with academics.
You do not have exceptional academics.
Your initial SWOT shows QA as a major weakness.

What chances would you believe you have to crack a Top MBA college even if you joined the best CAT coaching?
What would be others, especially CAT expert YouTubers and online articles, telling you about your chances of success at the end of your CAT preparation?

You know the answer. Not many would give you much of a chance – because wrong perceptions combined with your own low self-belief would discourage you, push you to not dream and of course recommend that you never even try to achieve that dream. This is true not just for CAT coaching but for most worthy things you may try in your life. Discouragement, and baseless perceptions that pretend to be based on data, are more common than encouragement and self-belief.

Siya’s story is one of immense self-belief and knowing that you don’t need to be perfect to have a solid strategy.

Siya was a B.Com. student from the School of Open Learning, DU, and also pursued Fashion Designing from Pearl Academy. She was working and had been out of touch with academics when she decided to pursue her CAT preparation journey. A poor show in Quant during the initial comprehensive SWOT assessment did not deter here. Her clarity on the use of strengths and weaknesses and using them to develop a strategy for herself was amazing.

There were several AIRCATs in which she scored a really poor percentile in QA and/or DILR. In fact, one AIRCAT saw her scoring a pretty devastating 15%ile in QA. In most such cases, the CAT aspirant would just think of giving up on her/his CAT prep! But not Siya. Despite these heartbreaking percentiles in QA and DILR in some AIRCATs, she continued to surge ahead and notched an impressive 94%ile at CAT.

Watch the short video to hear her version of her CAT prep journey:

Siya went onto convert practically every Interview call including prestigious ones such as MDI, Gurgaon, New IIMs, IMI Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, XIMB and many others. With such dedication and clarity as her strengths, and an unparalleled self-belief, we believe there is nothing that can stop Siya from rising to spectacular heights in her career and make us all proud.

The lessons for CAT aspirants such as you:
1. Do not let experts tell you that you can’t do it.
2. You do not need to be good in everything – even big weaknesses can be overcome.
3. Do not judge yourself when you fail along the journey – the preparation is to ensure final success, and falling along the way is a part of that.

See you soon with another inspiring story!

About the author: Deekshant has sleep-walked through several 100 and 99.9 %iles in practically every section of the CAT. That he is a cricket fan and he writes okay is evident from most of his posts. 1000s of our students swear that he can motivate almost anyone to double his/her percentile through very simple yet powerful inputs. And that’s why every MBAGuru student has direct access to him via mail and Telegram. Oddly, he somehow also finds the time to write songs professionally. And yes … almost missed this … he is an alumnus of IIT Delhi & IIM Cal 🙂

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