Not all CAT prep success stories are struggles – some are relatively straightforward with just an occasional twist. But am sharing this one because it contrasts with the previous story of Hitanksha, a Journalism student of the Delhi University, for whom it was her reunion with Quant after a long gap that presented a challenge.
This is Anant’s story and boy, was he good! He aced the SWOT when he began his CAT prep – didn’t have any big weaknesses as such, apart from a lurking fear that most engineers face during their CAT preparation.
If you are relatively good at Quant but fear that oscillating VARC performance, or if FMS is a college in your list of dream MBA Colleges, this could be well worth your time.
Yes, even the strong have some weaknesses. And he was apprehensive about his biggest (well that’s a relative term, isn’t it?) weakness in CAT preparation – VARC!
Somewhere along the journey that apprehension grew pretty big in his mind. So much so that he even scored a 44 %ile in VARC in an AIRCAT (mock CAT). For someone used to success, such setbacks can be huge. The problem with being very bright is that you generally don’t know how to handle setbacks. When people look at careers of sporting greats such as Nadal or Federer or people like Kohli and Sachin closer home, they often forget the several first round exits, ducks and several more failures that they faced along the way. There is no great who didn’t face a challenge – but it was only by overcoming such challenges that one achieves extra-ordinary success.
Once he realized that ADAPTIVE Prep was a powerful tool just for soaring higher in your weaker areas, Anant just stepped onto an escalator that did not pause till he had cracked all major MBA entrance exams, including the CAT, the NMAT and others. So, instead of giving up, Anant assessed what went wrong with the help of his mentors at MBAGuru and began to claw his way back. He went on to notch a super cool 99.83 %ile at CAT! It would have been even better had the VARC %ile of 95.8 not pulled him back a bit 🙂
That 44 %ile to 95 %ile jump in his weakest area is as much a tribute to his self-belief and unflinching efforts. Listening to him in this short video, you would probably realize how important it is to stay level-headed in your quest for your dream.
With such a zeal for improvement, we are totally confident that an incredible future awaits him. Out of his several final selections including FMS, NMIMS-Mumbai, and several IIMs, he finally chose to join his dream MBA College – FMS, Delhi. Somehow this super-value-for-money MBA college has continued to give many IIMs a run for their money – little wonder as it continues to attract stars like Anant.
Hitanksha’s and Anant’s are just 2 success stories. There are dozens more that I will share as you move along your CAT prep journey. You will find each one a little different and yet you will find some factors common to all. You have to identify which stories resonate the most with you and try and pick up what can be useful for you from those. And at the very least, you will be motivated to up your game.
Until next time …
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