Bishwadeep Bagchi got 99.96 percentile in CAT. Hailing from West Bengal, Mr Bagchi belled the elusive CAT a year after completing his graduation. What’s more is that he did his preparations while working. There is a lot we can learn from Bishwadeep Bagchi such as how he balanced work and CAT preparation, what motivated him to appear in Common Admission Test despite being in the much sought after role of a data analyst, and a lot many more things. Here is an interview with him, for you.

Bishwadeep Bagchi

CAT Percentile



B.Tech (2012-2016) from National Institute of Technology Warangal


DAV Public School

CAT Scorecard

Qs. Heartiest congratulations! How do you feel about this success?

Ans. Thank you. I am really overwhelmed and happy that my hard work bore fruits. I credit all my success to my parents and also to the teachers at my coaching institute, TIME.

Qs. Can you tell us about your family?

Ans. My father was a scientist at DRDO and mother was a professor.

Qs. When did you enter into employment after graduation?

Ans. I started working immediately after my graduation in July 2016.

The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Bishwadeep completed his graduation and got placed. His position as a data analyst is something many graduates aspire for. What made him decide to pursue management then? Let’s find out!

About Your Journey

Qs. Which other MBA entrance exams have you appeared in?

Ans. I have appeared for IIFT and XAT.

Qs. You were already working as a Data Analyst. What inspired you to pursue management?

Ans. My work involves analyzing huge business data and providing actionable insights to them that can drive their growth. This led to a natural curiosity in this field and how can I make my decisions better.

Qs. You did your B.Tech from National Institute of Technology Warangal. Please share your college life experiences.

Ans. My college life was really enjoyable. NIT Warangal exposed me to a lot of new stuff, provided a lot of opportunities and I spent a lot of time actively pursuing research in the field of clean energy which I cherish a lot.

Qs. Which is your dream B-School? Do you have any particular specialization in mind?

Ans. Hmmm… I will answer this after securing an admit in my dream B-School 😛

Qs. Did you prepare while working or did you take a break?

Ans. I was working while preparing and didn’t take any break for preparation.

If you are here and reading an interview by a CAT Topper then you are probably also planning to be one in future. Take a leaf out of Bishwadeep’s book and learn from his strategy. He has shared his strategy and books he used to prepare for CAT.

About Your Preparation For CAT

Qs. When did you start studying for management entrance exams?

Ans. I started preparing around February 2017 and seriously focussed on it from June.

Qs. Please share your study plan from day 1 to the end (topics you covered from then to now).

Ans. I first concentrated on getting my basic strong by attending classes at TIME regularly. In the last 3-4 months, I gave around 60 mocks and analyzed them thoroughly.

Qs. What was your preparation strategy for VARC?

Ans. I believe, I was strong in VARC from the beginning and didn’t prepare anything in particular for it except for the preparation I had while writing mocks.

Qs. What was your preparation strategy for DILR?

Ans. I had solved puzzles from a lot of places, played Sudoku to improve logical skills in general. For specific preparation, I used to solve a lot of DILR questions from previous year mocks papers.

Qs. What was your preparation strategy for QA?

Ans. Practicing a lot of problems and problem solving strategies helped me perform well in this section.

Qs. Which books did you use to prepare for VARC?

Ans. I prepared for VARC section by studying from Verbal ability for the CAT by Sujit Kumar.

Qs. Which books did you use to prepare for DILR?

Ans. To prepare for data interpretation and logical reasoning I referred TIME study material and mock papers.

Qs. Which books did you use to prepare for QA?

Ans. I prepared for quantitative ability section by studying from Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma and Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma.

Qs. What are the things one should keep in mind while preparing for CAT?

Ans. Be regular, don’t cheat yourself on your preparation and focus solely on the preparation.

Qs. Your success mantra.

Ans. Nothing can replace hard work.

Every year several working professionals face the dilemma of whether they should or should not pursue management. If they decide to go ahead and do it, they are further burdened by questions such as: how to prepare? how to manage time?. We asked Bishwadeep how he did it.

About CAT preparation along with job

Qs. How did you manage time to prepare for such an important exam while working?

Ans. I used to attend classes in the morning and practice during the night. During the weekends, I used to put in 10-12 hours on an average.

Qs. What should be the study plan for a working professional?

Ans. They should concentrate on utilizing whatever time they find during the day for preparation, be it while travelling or during breaks in office.

Qs. What was your analysis of the CAT exam?

Ans. I took the exam in Slot-1. VARC was moderate, DILR was a bit tricky and QA was pretty easy.

Qs. Any tips for the exam day?

Ans.  Be calm and believe in yourself.

Qs. What are your future plans?

Ans. As of now, convert my IIM calls.

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