In an exclusive interview with HTCampus, Jaideep Mehendale shares the factors that helped him achieve 99.99 percentile in MAH CET 2016.
With a firm belief that 'Technical + Management qualification' opens up a multitude of options, Jaideep Mehendale decided to go for management education after he completed his engineering degree and gained some work experience.
An electronics and telecommunication engineer from the University of Pune who secured 99.99 percentile in MAH CET 2016, Jaideep is currently pursuing 'Master of Management Studies' degree at the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai.
Jaideep attributes his success in MAH CET 2016 to attempting and analysing mock tests. On the exam day, his strategy was to attempt all the questions and not getting stuck on a particular question.
He also feels that appearing for other management entrance exams including CAT, XAT, SNAP, CMAT and NMAT helped him prepare well for MAH CET to a great extent.
Having topped one of the biggest state-level MBA entrance tests, Jaideep now shares some important dos and don’ts that MAH CET 2017 aspirants should keep in mind in order to crack MAH CET with a high percentile.
Excerpts from his interview:
Q. What was your first reaction when you realised that you had topped MAH-CAT 2016?
A. The result was declared prematurely and I was working in my office. When I checked the result, and saw the 99.99 percentile, it did take some time to sink in and then it was just happiness.
Q. You come from a family of Chartered Accountants, and you’ve done engineering. What made you pursue MBA?
A. I decided to go for MBA sometime during my final year of engineering because it is my firm belief that a 'Technical + Management qualification' is a great combination and it opens up a multitude of options!
Q. What was your preparation strategy for MAH-CET 2016 and what was you strategy on exam day?
A. Due to my preparation for CAT and XAT, my fundamentals were pretty much in place by the time CET was around the corner. Hence, preparation for CET was mainly based on attempting mocks and analysing where I was losing marks. On the exam day, my focus was on attempting all the questions. Hence, not getting stuck on a particular question was the key.
Q. While preparing for MAH-CET 2016, what was the most challenging phase?
A. Managing other B-school interviews with work and simultaneously preparing for CET was challenging.
Q. What is the ideal time one should devote to the preparation?
A. There is no ideal time frame as such. However, I believe, 3 months of rigorous preparation should be sufficient.
Q. Can you comment on the role that coaching classes play in preparing students for MAH- CET? Do you feel these classes are necessary?
A. I had not personally enrolled for any classroom coaching for CET. I had however, enrolled for mock test series of TIME, IMS and Learningroots. The test series are important since it exposes you to a variety of questions of varying difficulty level.
Q. What all management exams did you take? Do you think preparing for one MBA entrance exam prepares an aspirant for other exams as well?
A. I took the CAT, XAT, SNAP, CMAT, NMAT and CET. Yes, preparing for other entrance exams does help as a portion of most of the tests is more or less the same. I felt that my preparation for XAT really helped me with CET as CET 2016 was a bit on the difficult side.
Q. How different is MAH-CET as an exam?
A. CET is different from other exams mainly due to the Visual Reasoning section, which is not seen in other entrance exams. With 150 minutes for 200 questions, the time per question is also lower than other tests.
Q. What are the mistakes students usually make while preparing for MAH- CET? How can they be avoided?
A. While preparing, I used to get stuck with a difficult question. I feel that it is one of the mistakes that candidates can avoid. Since all questions carry equal marks, there is no point in unnecessarily spending a disproportionate amount of time on a single question.
Q. Since you were also a working professional preparing for MAH-CET, what word of advice would you want to give to others juggling between a job and the preparation?
A. My preparation revolved around my office schedule. If you have weekends off, then you just cannot afford to waste time on weekends. Weekends are as precious as they come if you are a working professional. A major chunk of my preparation was done over the weekends.
Q. What will be your advice to candidates appearing for MAH- CET 2017?
A. Attempt mocks having a higher difficulty level. It is better if you deal with difficult papers in practice rather than facing a difficult paper directly on the test day.
Q. Can you list down the skills that are essential to crack an exam like MAH CET?
A. Speed, Discretion, Belief and Calmness
Q. How is life as a management student?
A. As a management student, you learn to look at the practical aspects of theoretical concepts. The schedule can sometimes get hectic, but it is worth it.
Q. Entrepreneurship has come up in a big way. Can you share your views about the same?
A. Entrepreneurship is indeed the buzzword in today’s times. With new ideas cropping up every day and with a host of people ready to help you financially, promising times lie ahead for entrepreneurs.