Two Jadavpur University students figure among the top 11 candidates in the country who have secured a centpercentile score in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018, the qualifying entrance examination for the IIMs. Rishav Jaiswal and Aniruddha Pal, both students of engineering faculty from JU, have topped from the state. While Rishav is a current batch student, Aniruddha is a pass-out.
After the CAT results were declared on Sunday, for the first time at IIM-C, a transgender student was included among the 1990 candidates to be called for an interview. Among the students shortlisted by IIM-C, 43% are girls, though the 11candidates who have scored cent percentile are all boys.
JU rejoiced at the news of two of their students topping the merit list from Bengal. “The student movements and frequent class disruptions notwithstanding, the quality of students is still top-notch at the institute,” said an elated JU official.
Rishav, a resident of Howrah, went to Don Bosco High School, Liluah. This was his first CAT attempt. “I’ll graduate with electrical engineering in 2019. I attended a tutorial class, which offers specialized training and took mock tests,” he said. Rishav pointed out that to secure a good percentile, five to six months of studying with concentration was adequate. “Otherwise, there is always a possibility of burning out before the exam. Taking mock tests is primary to preparing for CAT. I appeared for a 25-test series, which gave me the opportunity to prepare a strategy specific for the exam,” he said. According to the would-be engineer, Reading Comprehension in the verbal ability section should be prepared well. “Look for accuracy in the Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section too. Mathematics is a section where people good with numbers can score well and that can push their overall percentile,” he added.
Rishav aims to get a berth at IIM-Ahmedabad. “But I am also okay with a seat at IIM-Bangalore or IIM-Calcutta. Later, I would want to specialize in finance and aspire to join investment banking,” he said
Aniruddha is now working.
“This year, all the 11 candidates who have scored cent percentile are boys with an engineering and technology background. Twenty-one candidates have scored 99.99 percentile. Of them, 19 are from engineering and technology background,” said admissions chairperson of IIM-C Sumanta Basu. IIM-C teachers are not quite happy with the trend. “This indicates that the attempt which was consciously started by the IIMs to break the monopoly of engineering students to bag seats in the premier B-schools of the country to diversify their classroom composition has not been achieved yet,” said a senior IIM-C professor.
Experts pointed out that engineers got a slight edge over others as the quantitative aptitude section was tough. “But 100 percentile does not reflect on the overall performances. Many non-engineers and girls have achieved great scores, at just less than 100 percentile,” said Naveen Saraff, city head of Career Launcher Kolkata, a CAT coaching centre.
Source: Times of India