‘Miles to go be­fore I sleep’

POST-CAT, fol­low a proper sched­ule to pre­pare for the GD and in­ter­view

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Prashant Gutch

These four lines are the clos­est to how I can sum up my ex­pe­ri­ence post CAT. I took CAT in 2011 and was one of those lucky ones who scored well. I stood 9th in In­dia but I knew it very well that a seat at one of the three pres­ti­gious IIMs was by no means a surety. I dou­bled my ef­forts and pre­pared in a very planned and struc­tured man­ner. My habit of read­ing news­pa­pers reg­u­larly helped a lot as I could pre­pare well for the group dis­cus­sion top­ics. A week af­ter the test, I also be­came clear about the short­lists and in­vi­ta­tions from the b-schools which helped in pre­par­ing specif­i­cally for a cer­tain call based on ex­pe­ri­ences.

I was aware of the im­por­tance of ques­tions re­lated to my per­son­al­ity as these help in build­ing the con­ver­sa­tion in an in­ter­view and also to some ex­tent help de­fine the in­ter­view ex­pe­ri­ence. Hence, I put in con­sid­er­able amount of time in pre­par­ing ques­tions such as why MBA and what af­ter MBA etc which are al­most def­i­nitely present in all the forms. A com­mon mis­take that can­di­dates make is not tak­ing these forms se­ri­ously enough. The forms are very im­por­tant as they help the can­di­date high­light his/her achieve­ments and strengthen one’s can­di­da­ture. A lot of in­sti­tutes quiz can­di­dates about their aca­demics, so re­vis­ing cer­tain con­cepts is es­sen­tial. Once this was done, the last 20 days were a whirl­wind of GD and in­ter­view prac­tice ses­sions which helped me learn the nu­ances of what to ex­pect and how to re­act. It is very es­sen­tial to take up mock GDs and in­ter­views with fel­low can­di­dates in or­der to gauge the com­mon mis­takes peo­ple make on DDay. A cou­ple of days be­fore the big day, I made sure I took enough rest just to be in the right frame of mind.

A proper sched­ule of read­ing and prepa­ra­tion fol­lowed by a sub­stan­tial num­ber of mock GD and in­ter­views is, ac­cord­ing to me, the right way to go for post-CAT prepa­ra­tion .

Gutch dou­bled his ef­forts to get ready for fi­nal se­lec­tion

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