Adarsh Srivastava

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Adarsh scored 98.99 percentile in CAT 2017 and has joined MDI Gurgaon as the student of 2018-20 batch. A student of NIT Kurukshetra(Electronics and Communication Engineering), Adarsh has earned 11 months work experience at EXL services, Gurugram.


Adarsh lives in a joint family. His father works in Private Service and his mother is a homemaker.   

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Q. What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT?
A. I started my preparation from July. Since, I also did job along with preparation, so I used to give 5-6 hours during weekends and 1-2 in weekdays. I gave 2 mocks each week and then giving whole day for analysing that. I also wrote some shortcuts which would be helpful in future. And in other days, when I didn’t give mocks, I gave sectional tests, or solve questions of a particular section from Study Materials


Q. Please share your preparation strategy for VARC section in CAT

A.  Every day I targeted at least one RC since the proportion of RC is maximum.  And once a week, I practiced para jumbles, Odd one out



Q. How did you prepare for Quantitative Ability (QA) section in CAT?

A.  I had prepared my own quant formulas sheet. So, I used to update it whenever I came across any shortcuts or innovative solution. And since it was my strongest section, I used to solve questions whenever I got free time even during office hours


Q. What was your preparation strategy for DILR Section?

A.  This section requires lots of patience. I used to take at least 10 mins to solve a set. My focus was to solve the entire set initially. I watched video solutions of the sets and look for the approach for different types of sets


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

A.  My weakest section was VARC. I never got confidence whenever I attempted RC questions. My accuracy was very low. So, to improve I started solving at least one RC each day of different topics just to get aware of how to approach different topics. Also, I joined online course for English to improve my performace and gradually the accuracy started to increase.


Q. What role did Mocks play in your success? How many mocks did you attempt before the exam?

A. Mocks play an integral role in any aspirant’s preparation. Firstly, it helped me to revise the concepts and that too in a virtual exam like setup. It tested all my 3 sections and how I handle each section. It also tested my patience for 3 hours. By analysing it, I got to know about my weak and strong areas. And most importantly, it made me familiar with the style of the actual exam. I gave around 30-40 mocks before CAT exam.


Q. Did you self-prepare or attend a coaching centre and why?

A.  I took Test Series of IMS and BullsEye and took English online course by Iquanta. I did self-preparation because I was very thorough with the topics. I just needed to improve upon my current skills. As I was weak in VARC section, hence I opted for online course. Attending a coaching centre was according to me time wasting because the p[ace with which they teach is slow for a person who has already given CAT earlier and know some topics.


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MDI Gurgaon: Management Development Institute
IIM Indore: Indian Institute of Management
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