Saras Suhane got 100 percentile in CMAT. After that he went on to join JBIMS (Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Sciences). Mr Saras 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.

Saras Suhane

CMAT Percentile



  • MMS, Management from Jamnalal bajaj institute of management studies, Mumbai=
  • BE ECE from SGSITS Indore.


Navankur vidyapeeth higher secondary school

CMAT Merit List Position

Qs. We know that you have always been an academic scholar. Can you tell us a bit about your past achievements? What has been your formula throughout?

Ans.  I have always been a scholar. That’s right! But the most important thing is that being scholar was a by product of my interest. I have always found it interesting to learn new things. Perhaps this is the reason that I have always excelled myself in various examination.

I have been topper throughout my school. I was among the merit list of top 10 state toppers in 10th class. I was also the topper of my district in 12th class.

I give credits to my parents of all of my achievements. There has not been a single moment when they did not support me. I could study because they never ever created any pressure on me. They made my academics fun for me.

Qs. What do you do in your leisure time?

Ans.  There are so many things I do in my leisure time. I love to watch stand up comedies, short movies and often find time to play with children.

I believe children are the purest soul and some lessons what they teach you, no one can teach you in life.

Qs. How was life at JBIMS?

Ans.  JBIMS is all about knowing yourself better. Life is good as you get a chance to meet people who are at the top of the industries.

About Preparation For CMAT

Qs. How did you prepare for CMAT? Did you take any coaching?

Ans.  NOT AT ALL. I did it completely by self studies. I neither joined any coaching nor did I join any test series or mocks.

I picked up the syllabus and started preparing by my own. I was working in INFOSYS SIMULTANEOUSLY so it was impossible for me to give my time in coaching institutes. I feel that god has been really kind to me that I could score (350/400) in my first attempt without any professional guidance.

Qs. What according to you is the ideal time to start preparation? What should be the study plan (starting from the time you suggest one should start preparation, until day of exam)?

Ans.  Right away. The moment you are reading this, and you are thinking to take any exam be it CMAT or CAT or Bank PO or SSC, this is the best time to start studying. Always remember the moment you waste your one day others might have utilized it.

There is no such ideal time. Seeing the syllabus of CMAT specially General Awareness and Current Affairs topic, it is advisable that you should start preparing as early as you can.

Qs. A lot of students get stuck when it comes to general awareness. How did you prepare for it?

Ans. As I mentioned earlier, it can not be covered in a short span of time. General awareness is a journey not a destination. The more you study the less you believe you know it. So it is better to know everyday’s top news. Static portion is so vast that it asks for atleast 6 months to cover. There is no particular source to it. I prepared it by my school level books of 6 7 8 9 and 10th class.

Qs. Which according to you, is the toughest section and needs special attention and practice?

Ans. Undoubtedly General Awareness / General Knowledge. You need to be patient enough to study.

Qs. What should be a CMAT aspirant’s preparation strategy for Language comprehension?

Ans. Language Comprehension is easy and it asks for practice. Questions on Reading Comprehension are bit time consuming. Questions on VOCAB can be solved if you are in good touch of english.

Qs. What should be a CMAT aspirant’s preparation strategy for Logical Reasoning?

Ans. Logical Reasoning section is full of tricks. There is no rocket science in it. You need to solve some particular types of questions and approx 60-70% of the questions might be cracked. For rest 30-40% questions you need to keep your mind open. Just think a step ahead of the common sense

Qs. What should be a CMAT aspirant’s preparation strategy for Quant and DI?

Ans. Quant and DI is comparatively easy. I cracked this section with 100%tile in 30 minutes. Your speed and accuracy both should be high.

Qs. Which books should one use to prepare for Language comprehension?

Ans. Reading Newspapers daily is more than enough if you know the basics.

Qs. Which books should one use to prepare for LR?

Ans. For LR any book on this topic is sufficient. First get strong command on concepts and then for practice you can pick any book. Don’t forget to solve questions asked in various newspapers. Playing sudoku will help you to have a good command on it.

Qs. Which books should one use to prepare for Quant and DI?

Ans. Frankly speaking I didn’t purchase any material for CMAT. So I am not able to comment on it.

About CMAT

Qs. What was your analysis of the CMAT exam?

Ans. CMAT is a very important exam to get admission in top b schools of India. Pattern of CMAT is not very changing but you can not take it lightly.

Qs. Any tips for the D-day?

Ans.  Stay happy. Keep your mind in your control. Carry water bottle with you as it helps you to stay chill. Don’t go empty stomach as 3 hour is such a long time.

Qs. What are your future plans?

Ans. I would feel myself to be fortunate if I could serve underprivileged students and contribute to the growth of our nation. Apart from CMAT I have cleared various government sector exams like SSC CGL, Railways and Reserve Bank of India. I opted to go for MBA because my ambition is to do something for underprivileged children. I believe that having a degree from top b school and the values that I will add to myself from jbims will help me to achieve my goal.

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