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CAT toppers still undecided on future options

B. Aravind Kumar
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IIT-M has a few students who cleared CAT with good percentiles

P. Manohar Anand
P. Manohar Anand

Is it possible to crack the much dreaded CAT by preparing for a few weeks? If it seems impossible, P. Manohar Anand, a final year B.Tech student at IIT-Madras, has not just done that but has scored a hundred percentile in CAT 2010.

A final year Computer Science student, Mr. Anand has already got an offer from Google during the placement drive at IIT-M. “I was interested in CAT but started my preparations only a few weeks before the test. I just took the help of friends preparing for the exam,” he says. One of the eight to score a hundred percentile in the country, he is yet to come out of the surprise. “As of now, I am undecided whether to join Google or IIM-A. I will consult my parents and seniors,” says Mr. Anand.

IIT-M has quite a few students who have cleared CAT this year with good percentiles. R. Rohit of Mechanical Engineering has scored 99.97. Even he says, he prepared only for weeks and took no mock tests at all. “Preparations for the placement helped me,” he says.

K. Avinash has a 99.95 percentile. A student of Padma Seshadri Higher Secondary School, he is in his final year in Electrical Engineering at IIT-M. He took classes and tests at a coaching centre in Velachery.

He is placed in a multinational bank and has a call letter from IIM-A. “Engineering background helps a lot in cracking CAT. As one of the main strength of IIT-M is engineering, every year students have been able to clear the exam easily,” he says.

R. Anand of Civil Engineering went to a coaching class for a month last year. This year, he took a few mock tests.

He has scored 99.93 percentile and has received a call letter from IIM-A. Others from IIT-M who have scored high percentiles are Cheboli Karthik (99.91), A. Phani Kishan (99.87), Ananth Sagar (99.86) and Sasikanth (99.76). With a placement offer in one hand and an offer from the prestigious IIMs on the other, most of the IIT-M students are yet to decide on the career path.

Not just students, working professionals like Haseeb Ahsan have also cracked CAT. “Every single question counts,” says Mr. Ahsan.

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