Engineer scores 99.65 percentile: “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” The same can be said about a startup as well where a lot happens between launch to liquidity. I, Anuj, was one such student who had a developed a love for own business and startups while working for the E-Cell in my college and obviously wanted to take my ideas and plan further, but then CAT happened, and then there was no looking back! Through this journey, I will enlighten you how I managed to score 99.65 Percentile and Bagged FMS! You can also score this high either through sincere self-preparation or by enrolling into a fine Online CAT Coaching to save both time and money.

Engineer scores 99.65 percentile

I was a BTech, Biotechnology Student at Delhi College of Engineering who used to both be active in studies and extra curriculars. It was in college that I realised my love for business whilst working in the E-Cell and experimenting with a lot of other activities as well. My interactions with startups, motivational and business leaders inspired me to go for an MBA.

I will share tips with you on how an engineer scores 99.65 percentile and makes it to a top-notch institute like the FMS.

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CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

  • The CAT exam is a computer-based test meant to be completed within three hours, with sixty minutes allotted to each section.
  • There are three sections in the CAT exam namely Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC); Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR); Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • The exam has both MCQs and Non MCQs – the former requires you to pick the correct answer out of the given options, while the latter involves you to the type in the correct answer (TITA).
  • Each correct answer in CAT exam pattern will be awarded 3 marks whether it is MCQ or Non-MCQ.
  • Each wrong answer for MCQ in CAT exam 2019 will be imposed a penalty of 1/3 negative mark (-1 mark).
  • There is no penalty of negative marking on wrong answers to Non-MCQs in CAT 2019 exam pattern.
Sections MCQs Non-MCQs Total Questions Total Marks Time allotted
VARC 24 10 34 102 60 minutes
DI/LR 24 8 32 96 60 minutes
QA 27 7 34 102 60 minutes
Total 75 25 100 300 180 minutes

Five Good Books for CAT Preparation

  • Quantitative Aptitude: Arun Sharma
  • English: Princeton GRE Guide
  • Study material from Online CAT Coaching
  • Reading newspapers daily
  • Previous years’ CAT question papers

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Basic Tips to Prepare for CAT 2019

  • First learn the basics and implement them afterwards. Rectify and learn from mistakes.
  • Learn Vedic Maths for calculations
  • Do not get depressed if you end up scoring low on Mock Tests because you will definitely improve with time, if you study and take Mocks diligently.

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Engineer scores 99.65 percentile: Tips to score 99+ Percentile 

Securing a 99+ percentile is no easy feat and requires adequate amount of self study, strong basics, lots of reading on the side and relentless practice, especially of Mock Tests, paired with external guidance like I had from Career Anna with only six months in hand.

  • Try to attempt at least 60 questions out of a 100 questions, and segregate them as 20 each for every section. You can easily solve 20 questions in VARC and QA, and in case LRDI is too challenging for you, you should try and increase your number of attempts in the other 2 sections.
  • Accuracy: This is the most important aspect of the CAT 2019 exam. You must practice as many Mocks as possible so as to improve your accuracy. In case you are attempting 60 questions, you should get around 54 questions right.
  • Practice: Solve a sample question and time yourself. Check for accuracy and time taken. Solve the question again. Again, check accuracy and time taken. This experiment will enlighten you with the fact that the time taken in the second attempt is lesser than the first time. Keep on trying until you achieve 100% accuracy in the given time.
  • Sectional time limit: The CAT exam has a sectional time limit as well, besides the overall time limit of 180 minutes. Each section is allotted 60 minutes and once that time gets over, the screen moves to the next level of the exam. Remember that speed and accuracy both matters here otherwise you would neither get your answers right nor be able to attempt as many questions as you want. Do not spend too much time on one question and move to the next, the moment you feel stuck.
  • Categorize: Identify questions as easy, medium and difficult and solve questions in that order. Leave the question unattempted if you have even an iota of doubt.
  • No guessing: Students generally tend to go by instinct where MCQs in any exam are concerned, however, you should refrain from doing the same in the CAT 2019 exam as you might just earn negative marking for your ‘instinctive’ answers.

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CAT 2019: Do’s and Don’ts


  • Start with attempting 8 questions with 100% accuracy.
  • Soon, push the question limit from 8 to 12.
  • Practice Mocks regularly. You must enrol into an Online Mock Series for better results. 
  • Analyze every Mock thoroughly and prioritize accuracy over attempts.
  • Follow the thumb rule and formulate your exam-day strategy. Keep time aside to go through the question paper and choose the sets which you would be attempting.


The biggest ‘Don’t’ would be preparing from only the offline material and missing out on analyzing mock tests.


The CAT exam records over 2 lakh registrations every year, making it one of the most competitive exam in the country. Each section of the exam is meant to test a candidate on different aspects. Since there has been observed a massive influx in MBA programs, for which taking the mandatory CAT exam is a must, the competition is fierce as ever. However, all things are made possible is you work hard and use your brains at the right time. So, I hope the journey of how an engineer scores 99.65 percentile is motivating and useful enough for you to score well in the exam. And even if you don’t, it is not the end of the world. Good Luck for CAT 2019!

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