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Journey From IT to MBA from NMIMS !
April 13 2024

My journey like every other MBA aspirant began with the dream to make it to one of the coveted institutes, premier B-Schools which went through its own turmoil but the right mentoring at CATKing molded me to make it to the best of the best always!

Most of you might resonate with my story. An IT engineer working at Infosys bored of the daily rut routine finally decided to take things in hand to make it big! Like Rahul Sir always says – ” Dream BIG” he imbibed this into me that made me stay motivated and focused always. Read ahead to know how my journey from IT to MBA from NMIMS began:

How my journey from IT to MBA from NMIMS began:

It took some self-actualization to realize that the regular IT job is not keeping me happy anymore. It was then when I decided to gear up for the challenge and started preparing for the NMAT exam.

How I Prepared for the Quantitative ability section:

Being an engineer quant was never the concerned area but yes the shortcuts and tricks at CATking made it easy to beat the clock in NMAT which is a highly Time Management Driven Exam. 45 seconds per question was an average time which was made super easy with techniques like the “DSum / Vedic Maths and visual DI”. The most important topics were Geometry / Time Speed Distance / Time Speed Distance. Also, arithmetic being the most important topic, what we call “VPAR” at catking (Vedic maths, percentages, average) I made sure that I am thorough with every topic. I made sure that I practiced a number of questions so that I was confident in every topic.

How I Prepared for the Logical Reasoning section:

It was pivotal that I utilized my time effectively. I used to practice verbal or logical reasoning during my office hours during lunch breaks and whenever I got the free time. Further, I carried basic books along with me and practiced from it. These books are easy to read and don’t need a lot of effort to understand and hence did not take much time. I straight away started attempting sectional tests and topic-wise tests, after I was done with the basics. The syllabus for NMAT logical reasoning section is very different from CAT and requires extra preparation. The topics like syllogism, direction sense, blood relation, coding-decoding, input-output are pretty easy and can be mastered with practice.

How I aced the Verbal Ability section:

Verbal was the key to success! One of the most neglected areas and Rahul sir made it the most amazing learning experience with all his new strategies to master vocabulary with the help of roots, pictures, mnemonics making it easier to retain. Still remember the words like misogynist, ascetic, laconic that were taught in first few sessions almost 2 years back :p but that’s what sorted almost 8-10 questions in my actual NMAT. And the 22 minutes 32 questions become plausible with the ” Half time Strategy for RCs”

The strategies that Rahul Sir and CATKing Team devices truly were a game-changer. One of the rarest students to have NMAT one day before the CAT. Sir ensured to have my strategic approach for both exams well defined and no introspection on the same day saved me a** totally 

How I made managed studies along with my hectic full-time job at Infosys:

Working in Pune and studying in Mumbai was difficult, But as it rightly said, ” it all depends on how badly you want something!”. Commuting 8 hours every week from PUNE to Mumbai wasn’t easy. Rahul sir’s videos on shortcuts and strategy truly made sure that the travel time spent was put to good use. The three-step approach to complete the entire syllabus by Oct and having an exclusive one in one session with toppers made things more inspiring each day.
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How I aced the case discussion and personal interview:

The MBA Journey began in 2013 June but that never ended the mentorship with Rahul Sir, right from sorting your profile for GDPI To Summer Internship he sorted everything, being the co-founder of Sounds of Silence his NGO made every interview a WOW!

MBA from NMIMS  as it says ” the place where Talent is Nurtured ” opened up a myriad of opportunities and standing by through all Rahul Sir gave me the opportunity to do an Executive Education Course from Harvard Business School and the story thereafter has moved into an Auto Mode as he always mentioned.

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