TOPPER TALK: Persistence helped Visakhapatnam boy crack CAT exam

Solving mock tests and staying confident during the preparation can give one an edge in exams

Priyadarshini Gupta | Posted December 22, 2023 05:20 PM

TOPPER TALK: Persistence helped Visakhapatnam boy crack CAT exam

Alamuri Kumar Sai Vishnu, 20, from Visakhapatnam, was determined to crack Common Admission Test (CAT) and study at one of the IIMs. Unsuccessful in his first attempt, Vishnu did not shy away, as he scored a 100 percentile in his second attempt.

A BSc Statistics graduate from GITAM deemed-to-be University, Visakhapatnam, Vishnu passed out of college in May 2023. He had always been interested in startups and entrepreneurship from an early age, Vishnu started preparing for CAT in the last year of college.

The grind is rigorous that demands undivided attention during the preparation. “The Quantitative Aptitude section was tougher than the previous years. Earlier, student used to score well in this section, which would increase their overall scores. This time, the paper was a balanced one,” says Vishnu. Calling it a good move by the CAT authorities, Vishnu wants this pattern of exam to continue.

He says in his last attempt, he had scored low in the Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) section. “I wanted to improve and focus on this section. Initially, I used to read a lot of non-fiction books. I later stumbled upon books on human psychology likes Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Man’s Search for Meaning, etc. This helped me improve in the VARC section and my overall exam score,” he says.

Vishnu balanced his preparation with self-study and mock tests from top coaching centres like Career Launcher, TIMES, IMS. He advocates that long hours of study are not required. “One only needs to be persistent and put in a few hours of hard work every day,” he says. Managing his stress levels during preparation and during his exams, Vishnu says staying confident can change the game.

He is grateful to his sister, a second-year student at IIM Sirmaur, for guiding him throughout this journey. While his father works as a sales manager in a company, his mother is a homemaker. Apart from studies, Vishnu likes to listening to podcasts and reading books on human psyche. He finished his schooling from Little Angels, Visakhapatnam.

New to the feeling of getting so much attention, Vishnu says, “My phone never used to ring this much. I have been receiving calls from media houses and relatives for congratulatory messages after the announcement of CAT results.” Proud of his achievement, Vishnu is maintaining his calm and focusing on preparing for the interview round. IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, and IIM Calcutta are his top choices. He sees himself leading an organisation after completing his management studies.

Advising the aspirants, he says one needs to stay dedicated and cut down on unwanted noise. Quality rather than quantity of time is essential. Taking mock tests add value to CAT preparation, he adds.