Accuracy in answering difficult questions and speed with which one attempts easy questions and time management are the main mantra to crack CAT, says Ravi Teja Palla, who scored 100 percentile in CAT-2012.

Mr. Teja, son of Inspector of Police P.R. Rajendra Kumar and Vijaya, a home-maker, brought laurels to the city by becoming the first Vizagite to score 100 percentile. He is one among 10 who got 100 percentile in CAT-‘12.

He passed B.Tech (electrical engineering) from IIT-Madras in 2012 and is now a management trainee of Tata Motors in Pune. In his first attempt he scored 98.34 percentile.

In JEE, his all India rank was 236. Mr. Teja’s aim is to set up a venture of his own preferably in the education field in Visakhapatnam after putting in 10 to 15 years experience in the corporate world.

On civil services exam, he said he took prelims this year but could not write the main as the dates clashed with CAT- ‘12. “As of now, I am not serious for civil service exams. From the beginning I wanted to become a good manager though I took admission in IIT-Madras,” he pointed out.

Mr. Teja, who is regular reader of THE HINDU from third standard, said he was grateful to THE HINDU and T.I.M.E, where he underwent full-time coaching for CAT-‘10. “My parents played a key role in giving me a free hand for my studies,” he said. His brother, P. Harsha Vardhan, is in first year B.Tech (chemical engineering) at IIT-Kharagpur. “We are proud of both of them. Both children are focused in their studies,” said an elated mother.

Mr. Teja said he used to prepare 12 hours a week – six hours in writing mock tests. Crash courses would not fetch much and a long-term coaching is always beneficial, he said. “”Analysing mock test scores is more important than taking mock tests,” he opined.

T.I.M.E Vizag Centre director J.V. Murty complimented Mr. Teja for his unique achievement and said of late Vizag was emerging as an education hub. “One need not go out for coaching as 37 qualified in CAT-12 from our centre and 40 are expected in CAT-13,” he said.

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