Reasons why these 2 CAT Toppers took the exam this year will leave you stunned. No, they didn't want to get into the IIMs

For fourth year B-Tech student Yash Choudhari, who hails from Maharashtra, scoring a 100 percentile in the CAT exam meant he would get his big ticket to his dream college - IIM Ahmedabad or Bangalore.

If he does, he is ready to turn down the job offer he already has from placements in his college.

But it's a different story for another topper Rahul Sharma who hails from Delhi. Sharma didn't want to get into an IIM, because he is already an IIM-Ahmedabad Graduate. That means he was taking the CAT test for the second time, but he had an entirely different purpose to appear for the exams this year.

Ask him, and he says he wanted to teach his students how to score well. Having successfully cleared the CAT exam earlier, and graduating from IIM Ahmedabad in 2011, Rahul spends his time counselling and coaching students at Career Launcher institute in Delhi.

He took the exam to score a perfect 100, because till he didn't have it to his credit, how would his students consider him to be their idol.

Now, meet another CAT topper from Kolkata- Nilanjan Dutta. He too scored a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2016.

An XLRI Jamshedhpur passout, Dutta currently works as Business Consultant with an IT Firm. He too topped the CAT exams, but says he has no plans of taking admissions in any of the IIMs. Satisfied with his current job, he says he just appeared for the exam for his self-satisfaction!

Dutta did not taking any coaching on purpose, and wanted to prove his self-worth. "In 2011, I gave my first attempt and scored 99.43 percentile. I just wanted to get 100 percentile for once."

His takeaway from CAT 2016 and a sincere advice to future aspirants is -“A lot of students often end up wasting time over tough questions and become over-ambitious about attempting more questions. Instead, think of it carefully and attempt just the number of questions needed.”

Choudhari, meanwhile, feels that the CAT test has become easier over the years. When he appeared for it back in 2008, "it was still on pen and paper. Now, it has to be taken online". He didn't have too much of an advice for students, but his takeaway was - there is a need for teachers/coaches to keep up with the times.

"I need to know what I'm teaching my students..."
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