Non-engineer female scores 99 percentile: The renowned chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, ‘The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.’ This is extremely true as no one reached anywhere without taking that first step, that first leap and that first risk. In this highly competitive world where we are all chasing our dreams and destinations, we must realise that we must sacrifice for what we want, else what we want becomes the sacrifice. Where the CAT exam is concerned, I can vouch for Online CAT Coaching and would recommend it to you as well, since it worked wonders for me; though there is no mandatory rule which says you have to enrol into one to ace this exam.

non-engineer female scores 99 percentile

Non-engineer female scores 99 percentile

Allow me to introduce myself. I am Kritika Khanna who was once a jobless graduate who went from scoring 70 percentile in the CAT exam to a solid 99 percentile and landed IIM Ahmedabad, a B-school I could never dream of studying in, which, however, became a reality for me, thanks to family and friends and my own relentless struggle to make something out of my life. Therefore, I would like to put this point across that I am a living testimony that one should never give up on their dreams, no matter how unreasonable and far-fetched they might look to you right now. Whatever you are striving for in life, you will have it, if you only have the determination to have it.

My personal academic profile is as follows:

  • 10th ICSE – 91.7%
  • 12th CBSE- 87.8%
  • Graduation (BA Programme) – 79.58%

Besides taking up online coaching because it saves up both time and money, I took to an Online Quant Course and Online LRDI Course. If you are taking up this test for the first time, I would suggest taking up a Complete MBA Preparation with GD-PI course since it will be a one-stop solution to all your CAT related needs.

Coming back to my story, yes, I am a non-engineer who also was jobless and took an additional drop to crack the CAT exam. After completing my graduation from the University of Delhi, I was clueless as to what to do in life. I wanted to work in the development sector and bagged a job which required me to work in rural Bihar, but somehow, I saw no career in that role or company for me, so development sector was out of the question. I tried dabbling with other fields as well like publishing and even startups, but the salary they were offering me was not much and hence, I was not enticed to take up those jobs. Heck, I wanted to be a YouTuber as well and tried making a channel for myself, but I was ridiculed by batchmates and neighbours who thought I was totally nuts.

The joblessness and the endless frustration of sitting at home caught up to me along with endless taunts from my neighbours and their children who were placed in good companies, so you can imagine the pressure. Therefore, I decided that if I have to do something after giving up so much, it better be worthwhile and thus I took up preparing for the CAT exam. On my first year, despite working hard, I could only manage a 70 percentile and received calls from Indus Business School and Jaipur National University, which I royally ignored because deep down I knew there was something good in store for me and it is only a matter of time that I would get to it.

If you are a CAT 2019 aspirant, I would like to share a few tips and my personal timetable with you all which would aid you in your CAT 2019 Preparation.

Considering April is already coming to an end, I would share a month-wise timetable starting May onwards. In the meantime, you can start reading a good newspaper like The Hindu every day and looking at the CAT exam syllabus and relevant study material. You can also check out online coachings which suit your needs the best. For me, CareerAnna’s CAT 2019 course and personalised mentorship helped me a lot, so you can also check it out.

May 2019

  • Review previous years’ CAT exam question papers.
  • Join a crash course.
  • Start practicing Mock Tests (1 paper every week).
  • Try out different preparation strategies, identify your strengths and weaknesses and analyse your Mock Tests. Continue to solve 1 paper every week.

June 2019

  • Start with familiar concepts and continue the crash course.
  • Mock papers – 1 every week (mandatory).
  • Get a strong grip on theory and work upon your strengths and weaknesses. 2 Mock Tests every week.
  • Learn and unlearn new concepts and strategies. 2 Mock papers every week.
  • Do not ponder too much on bettering your existing strategy – instead ensure you are covering your weak points. 2 Mock Tests (in proper centres).

July 2019

  • Scrutinise the papers carefully and go through the important concepts.
  • Practice 2 Mock Papers per week while building upon your theory.
  • Learn and unlearn new concepts and strategies. 2 Mock papers every week.
  • Finalise your CAT strategy. Go to proper centers for Mock Tests. Analyse them thoroughly so it has better scope of improvement.

August 2019

  • Look at previous years; papers. Get CAT 2019 specific books and start practicing theory.  
  • Start with the Mock Tests after the first week. Then 2 every week. Theoretical issues must be dealt with at this stage.
  • Finalise your CAT strategy. Revise all concepts and assess your own performance through your personal preparation and mock performance.

September 2019

  • Go through previous years’ papers. They will have a few pages of theory followed by problems. No Mock Tests or now. Rather practice and identify problems.
  • Practice 2 Mock Tests every week. Ensure you take Mock Tests taken up by certain centres before the exam.

October 2019

Practice previous years’ papers. Get CAT specific books and practice 3-4 pages of theory. Craft a strategy and follow it religiously. Write a few Mock Tests.

The aforementioned strategy is a general strategy catering to all the students. For sectional performance, I have a few tips which will help you in acing the three sections of the CAT exam viz; Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.

Tips to ace Quant by a 99 percentiler

They say Mathematics is poetry of logical ideas, since Maths is an amalgamation of logic and theory. The difficulty level of this paper has been of moderate to difficult and there are total 34 questions that come in the exam. To ace this section, regular practice, speed and accuracy is required.

  • Note down the weak areas in each topic after practicing 2-3 sets. Assess the kind of errors and ensure you note down the reason why you went wrong while solving a particular set.
  • Create a list where you have jotted down all your weak areas and revise them at the beginning of every day.
  • A lot of times, you may get the answer by plugging in the values than by employing the actual algorithm.
  • Speed maths is a great tip to solving quant effectively.
  • Understand the basic concepts properly instead of mugging up the formulae.

Tips to ace VARC by a 99 percentiler

This section is the most scoring as it may result in an improvised sectional and overall score. You must be into the habit of reading newspapers and editorials and solving as many Reading Comprehension passages as you can, framing questions on them and trying to solve them within a definite time period. Also, use elimination rather than selection for the verbal section if you struggle with speed. Start eliminating the wrong options to reach the right ones faster.

In the Verbal section, questions on synonyms, antonyms and analogies are pure knowledge-based and you must have a decent vocabulary to be able to solve these questions. I would advise leaving these questions if you do not get the answer in a single reading, since the time needs to be utilised judiciously.

Sentence Correction is also knowledge-based like vocabulary. So, if you are unaware of the rule of grammar to be applied, you would, in all likelihood solve the question wrong. In such cases, you must rather leave the question unattended. However, if you have a good reading habit, you should be able to get a 3 out of 5 questions correct by your basic understanding of English grammar and language.

Sentence Correction and Vocabulary are two sections which attribute negative marks to the CAT test takers and therefore, guesswork should be avoided while solving the same.

Para-jumbles, Deductive logic, Critical Reasoning and Para completion are logic-based and sufficient practice would help you fare well in these areas.

Tips to ace DILR by a 99 percentiler

The weightage of this section in the CAT 2019 exam is nearly one-third. Notably, this section has no fixed syllabus and tests you for speed, decision-making capability and interpreting data. The CAT exam has reportedly been having a medium-tough DILR section.

This section requires you to scan and analyse sets given in various forms like tables, bar graphs, pie charts and data caselets among others. LR would in paragraphs, followed by directions which requires juggling numbers and fast calculations.

Major challenges in DI are illusions, relevance and consistency regarding data. Data sets are misleading and confusing and you must be swift in interpreting data and analysing them. Get comfortable with calculations and use your mind instead of always relying on a calculator. A careful reading of sets to avoid miscalculation and ambiguity is required.


Scoring a 99 percentile in the CAT 2019 exam would be no easy feat for anyone, regardless of how brilliant or average they are. This exam tests not only your aptitude but your altitude as well. So, how far can you go to make your dreams a reality? Hope my CAT success story of how a non-engineer female scores 99 percentile would do you some good. Good Luck for CAT 2019!