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Seven out of nine candidates who secured 100 percentile in CAT 2021 are engineers – Times of India

Mumbai: This is not the first time. Interestingly, it won’t be the last.

At least three of the nine candidates who scored a perfect cent percent have cracked the common admission test more than once. Those apart, one Mumbai based engineering student topped the list of 100 percentilers with 181 of 198, with very high scores in quant and reasoning. The Indian Institutes of Management which released their results on late Monday evening saw nine candidates who secured 100 percentile of which seven are engineers.

Another 19 students, including 3 non-engineers scored 99.99 and 99.98 percentiles respectively in the CAT merit list. All except 1 are men. Out of the nine 100 percentilers, four are from Maharashtra followed by two from Uttar Pradesh and 1 each from the states of Telangana, Haryana and West Bengal. Only one female has figured in the top with 99.98 percentile. Of the overall CAT 2021 top scorers, the highest number are from Maharashtra with 13 candidates out of 47 CAT toppers (99.98-100 percentile).

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“The best way to research the exam is by taking it,” said Suneet Kumbhat, an alumnus of IIM Calcutta who scored a 100 percentile for the fourth time this year. “Understanding the atmosphere and the vibes during the paper is crucial when you are mentoring students,” added Kumbhat, a faculty member with an edtech start-up. He is joined by Maruti Konduri, a founder of a start-up who scored a 100 percentile for the second time.

Konduri passed out of IIM Ahmedabad, worked for an investment bank and then embarked on his start-up. “The CAT is highly competitive. How do you handle each question, which is the right question to pick, sometimes, you cannot waste time thinking about the answer – you just have to strike off the wrong options, these are things you understand when you actually get into an exam centre and take the test under pressure,” he told TOI.

For Rahul Sharma, another coach who prepares IIM aspirants, this is the third time he has scored a perfect score. “When I took the CAT as a student it was a pen and paper exam. CAT undergoes changes and to direct students on where one can go wrong, where are the pitfalls, I take the CAT often.” The raw scaled down score for 100 percentilers ranges from about 150 to 181.

CAT 2021 was conducted on November 28 at 438 test centres spread across 156 cities in India on 28 November 2021 in three shifts. Around 1.92 lakh candidates appeared for the exam out of 2.30 lakhs registered eligible candidates. The overall attendance was approximately 83%. Out of the 1.92 lakh candidates taken the exam, 35% were Females, 65% Males and 2 candidates represent Transgender. Apart from the IIMs, 88 other business schools also use CAT 2021 scores this year for admission into their management programmes.

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