Ritik Gupta, a BBA student, originally from Faridabad, brought laurels for his hometown after acing the CAT 2021 exam. This CAT topper received a score just shy of perfection yet commendable i.e. 99.99 percentile.
Amongst 1.92 lakh candidates, 9 students got 100 percentile, and 19 got 99.99. Since most of the top scorers in CAT 2021 are engineers, the few non-engineers stand out specifically. Ritik, is one of them.
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He is a BBA student at a private university in Gurugram. He passed the NEET 2019 exam and was accepted into the DY Patil Medical College in Pune for the MBBS programme. However, after a fortnight on the course, he realized that this was not a career path he wanted to pursue.
Ritik used his final year of graduation to study for the CAT 2021 exam. According to the topper, he studied for the CAT for at least 7 to 8 hours per day. The topper also revealed he started studying for the CAT exam eight months before the exam. Due to the closure of institutes owing to the COVID situation, Ritik found more time to study for the exam. Moreover, it took him some time to reconnect with mathematics after being out of touch for the previous five years. He mostly prepared by reading the books by Arun Sharma on Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, etc. He also made ample use of the resources online by watching various YouTube channels and academic portals that provided insights into the CAT exam and its syllabus.
For CAT preparation, Ritik emphasizes the need of taking mock examinations. He added that in order to grasp the paper pattern, one must solve as many mock papers and sample problems as possible as it is quite beneficial on the exam day. His options for graduation were limited because he had not studied mathematics in grade 12. As a result, he opted for an ordinary private university and studied BBA, but he set his sights on passing the CAT exam and enrolling at a prominent institution.
Ritik also expressed that interest played a vital role during his preparation for the CAT exam. He said it is important to keep pursuing one’s interest because it helps to ease stress.
He has set an example for other ambitious candidates for CAT 2022, proving that people from different backgrounds may succeed in the CAT exams. According to him, the CAT exam was not as difficult as the NEET exam. With enough practice and commitment, anyone can pass the CAT. Through delicacy, you have a good chance of passing the exam. Ritik further mentions that while preparing for CAT 2021, he uses social media, plays cricket, and reads books.