About Shantanu Singh Yadav:
Shantanu joined job after graduation and was resolute of going for an MBA after acquiring the valuable experience in the industry, along with being a part of the first-ever batch to graduate in Chemical Engineering from NIT Hamirpur. Born and brought up in Surat, Shantanu’s job brought him back to homeland after graduation. Shantanu scored 99.73 in CAT 2019 and will be joining IIM Ahmedabad to pursue his MBA. Apart from Ahmedabad Shantanu has admits from Calcutta, Shillong and MDI and is also waitlisted at FMS and IIM Lucknow.
The Idea of an MBA degree :
The decision to for a MBA stemmed from an inspiration from Kunal Shah, CEO and Founder of Cred along with Aviral Bhatnagar, Founder of A Junior VC and an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad. I have been an avid follower of the indian startup ecosystem for the past 6-7 years and been following Kunal since his days at Freecharge.
Having led teams at numerous occasions and various levels during my school days and graduation at Hamirpur along with strong leadership and accountability at my job, I believe I have the ability to take charge, calculate risks and execute my plan accordingly.
Post my MBA, I plan to start my own firm in the logistics sector focusing mostly on high capacity logistics. Although it’s nowhere written that to be able to run a company you need to be an MBA, I believe that an education in very same field surely does help in sound decision making, and who better to learn it from than professors at India’s leading management institutes.
Preparation and Approach :
The only thing I was sure and had in my mind was that I’ll go for an MBA if it’s from among the top 10 institutes in India. The reason being I was sure of my capabilities and profile to secure an admit in these esteemed institutes.
CAT 2019 was my second attempt at the exam, when the first one in 2018 fetched me admits to some new and baby IIMs. I started preparing again in May’19, mostly focusing on mocks and timing my attempts effectively. I started cross-checking and analyzing my wrong answers, something I nevee used to do earlier.
The quants section was my strength but still I devoted equal time to all the three sections with some extra effort towards DI and LR which is I believe is the most unpredictable section in the exam. You could practice a hell lot of LR sets prior to the exam but might still hassle on the D-Day. LR sets are not straightforward like Quants or DI sets.
For Verbal, I used to read articles from diverse fields to get a hold of difficulty faced to comprehend and retain a column when it does not belong to something you’re usually used to. Reading articles from newspapers and business magazines not only helped in VA and RC but also made a solid base to ace the current affairs during the interview and GD rounds.
For mocks, I enrolled for IMS and took mocks every fortnight for the first three months and twice a day(morning and afternoon) on each day during November with the morning one timed exactly at the time at which actual CAT was supposed to start. This prepared me for any and every adversity I might face, which I actually had the last year in 2018. I always timed my performance and attempting at least 15-16 questions in the first 30 minutes of each section was my target.
Post the release of response sheets by IIM Kozhikode and realizing I was scoring 180+, I started my preparation for GD and PI. The first thing I did was to prepare a exhaustive write-up about myself, starting from academics, work experience, achievements, projects, interests and hobbies, short and long term goals. Current affairs for GD and PI didn’t require much preparation owing to my habit of reading newspapers and magazines religiously.
I attended a few sessions from experts along with two mock GD and PI sessions, of which one was purely focused on my IIM A interview, which was only my second interview in a long list of 14-15 shortlists including IIM A,C,L,S, MDI, SPJIMR, XLRI and IIFT. I also prepared a few core subjects from my engineering and also mathematics, which eventually aided me a lot during my IIM A, C & L interviews.
Top learnings and mistakes to avoid.
- Always analyse your mocks thoroughly. It’s not at all tough to land in the top 1 percentile.
- Try not to appear for a mock on the penultimate day. Relax and sleep well for the D-Day.
- Try not get stressed, during the exam and also in the interviews.
- Never globe in the interviews. Professors will have a laugh and you’ll walk out looking like a clown.
In conclusion, prepare well, read well, prepare not only for the exam but for the interviews as well and be honest to yourself as well the interviewers.Shantanu