CAT 2018 Topper - Mayur Arora

Mayur Arora, who is currently working software techie in Dell EMC, Bengaluru, has finally achieved conspicuous success in his 4th attempt of Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018! And what’s more evident about his achievement is the power of self-study! This CAT scorer who originally hails from Rampur, Uttar Pradesh says working full time in an IT firm, leaves him with no other option than just focussing on self-preparation for CAT. Here, we present before you an exclusive interview with Mayur Arora and his words of wisdom which would surely prove to be fruitful, while you are prepping yourself up for this exam.


Mayur Arora

  • CAT Percentile 99.88
  • College – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
  • School – Dayawati Modi Academy(DMA), Rampur
  • CAT Attempts – 4
  • Percentile Score In All The Attempts
CAT 2015 98.27 percentile
CAT 2016 99.47 percentile
CAT 2017 99.75 percentile
CAT 2018 99.75 percentile

We at Aglasem, wish the topper heartiest congratulations for his notable achievement! And encourage all the CAT aspirants to go through his interview to seek some motivation!

CAT Preparation

Q. How did you manage your CAT preparations, along with your full-time job? What was the preparation strategy adopted by you?

A. I was pretty clear about not getting myself enrolled in a coaching institute. Though, I practiced a series of IMS and TIME papers. I personally feel coaching is not that important! But, if you are planning to appear for CAT, the first time then I would say coaching would help you providing great support for solving doubts and get career counseling sessions. Well, in my case, this was my 4th attempt of this paper so, I just solved lots of questions at home from different sources. To be more specific, Pagalguy helped me a lot with my preparations.

Read: How to prepare for CAT while doing a full-time job?

Q. How did you prepare for Quantitative Ability (QA)? Also, how did you manage to increase your attempts, as the paper was a little tricky, this year?

A. I started attempting the questions from this section with the ones, I found to be simple. And slowly, slowly kept proceeding towards the hard ones. As the paper was tricky not just for me but for everyone who had attempted, I thought of not losing my cool! To increase my accuracy, I made sure that I left those questions of which I wasn’t much sure about.

Q. As we all know that Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) is the most feared section in this exam. So, how did you prepare for it? Any tips to the CAT aspirants, that you would like to share?

A. The Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) was my weakness as well. As I knew my VARC section is not strong, I used to practice it a lot from sectional tests online. I devoted the maximum amount of time while preparing for it!

CAT 2019 Motivation

Q. Lastly, how challenging did you find the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Section in the CAT paper? Also, share with us some of your tips and tricks for this section.

A. The secret to scoring well in this section would be to attempt a fewer number of questions with great accuracy. I attempted DILR with utmost care and answered only those questions, the answer of which was known to me.

Q. Was there any particular section/area that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?

A. As I had said earlier, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) was my weak point. So, I had devoted the maximum of my preparation time to this area. To get a better insight of the questions, that may be asked in CAT, I practiced related questions and RCs from different sources.

Role of Mock Tests and Coaching Centre

Qs. What role did mocks play in your success? How many mocks did you attempt before the exam? Did you join any test series?

I feel mocks are important to keep yourself patient and make you practice for an adequate amount of time. They also let you know about the latest changes in patterns and make you alert all the time during your preparation. I took about 40 mock tests this season. I took IMS and TIME mocks.

Q. Did you join a coaching center and why/why not?

A. I had to self prepare, as I was working full time as a software engineer in Bengaluru. Neither I was planning on to joining one, as it would have then left me with no time in my hand, to self-study.

Qs. How much time did you use to devote to your CAT exam preparation in a day?

A. I used to devote 2 hours, a day to my CAT preparations. During the last 1 month, as it was much of a crucial time, I at least tried to devote 6 hours on a regular basis.

Advice to CAT 2019 Test Takers

Q. Any other piece of advice to the CAT 2019 Test Takers?

It is going to be a very long journey and often, people lose hope way too soon. But, in such a situation make sure you don’t give up. Have faith in yourself and keep working hard till you succeed. All the Best for CAT 2019 Test Takers.

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