Hard work pays: JBIMS Rank 2 holder
Hard work does pay! And Parth Dedhia has proven it. This CET rank 3 holder and JBIMS rank 2 holder, though failed to crack CAT, but his hard work did fetch him results and he went on to top one of the most toughest and most saught after MBA entrance exams in india—CET.
1. What do you wish to achieve in life? Why did you choose MBA as your career path?
I don’t exactly know what I want to achieve in life, I don’t really know how I can plan for something so far. But yes, I was always interested in the management since college. I was always at the forefront of college activities and sitting and doing back office engineer jobs was a strict no-no for me.
2. How did you prepare for CET? Did you join any coaching classes or self study?
I joined classes for CAT coaching. My entire focus was on CAT. I was very organized when I was studying for CAT and started well in advance so that I could write enough papers. I did not do well in CAT but then after a long wait, the CET exam went well and like my professors always said your hard work never goes un-noticed.
3. What are the major differences between CET and CAT? Which one is more difficult?
Lets put it this way, the main difference between CET and CAT is psychological, while CAT comes across as an exam that needs a lot of hard work, superior planning and great presence of mind, CET is placed as something easier and much more human. Though, I would say that there was not much of a difference between the two this year. So yes may be I did well in CET because I went with a very relaxed frame of mind thinking this exam was going to be much simpler than CAT.
4. What was your preparation strategy before one month of the exam?
I wrote a lot of papers, sometimes two a day as practice as I had a problem with speed. Also like anyone would advise you, analysing the paper is extremely important.
5. What strategy you chalked down for CET exam day?
I had decided that I would solve the questions that take less time to start with and then solve the remaining ones with visual reasoning at the end. I did not follow this ‘strategy’ though. The paper pattern was too different to stick to the same strategy so tried solving all those questions that I could understand.
6. CET is often termed as speed exam. Any special strategies for that aspect?
Yes, CET is a speed based exam and a person who is able to attempt all 200 questions has a clear 20 questions advantage over all those who end up solving 180 questions. I lacked in speed so I solved a lot of papers to increase my speed.
7. Were you able to stick to your strategy or there were any last minute changes?
There was no point in sticking to my strategy. The paper was different from the usual paper pattern. There was an unusual weightage on comprehensions and verbal reasoning and both were my strengths; so I solved both of them first. Also within an hour I realised I would not be able to solve the entire paper, so I decided to slow down and concentrate on accuracy.
8. List the 5 dos and donts.
1. Practice a lot of papers and analyse them.
2. Take the exam lightly and you will do well.
3. Practice what you are not good at and always keep time factor in mind.
1. Don’t let your speed decrease any time.
9.Where do you place your b-school among its contemporaries?
I would place Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies right at the top of the list alongside the very best of India. The brand name of a college is important and Bajaj has a legendary name.
10.How was your experience of CET Group Discussion and Personal Interview?
The experience was good.The process was quite smooth and the topics were quite competent.
11. What was the easier, most interesting and toughest question during personal interview?
It was quite a standard interview and I was asked the usual questions like why MBA and the related questions.
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