Shivaprasad S R | GMAT 750 | Indian School of Business
Could you please tell us something about your profile?
I was working for a firm called ‘Avery Dennison India Pvt. Ltd.” in their supply chain function for one year. Then I moved to standard charted in the operation bit. I was working for the finance and engineering sector. So basically, the internal consulting for finance.
In total, How many years of experience do you have?
What service did you avail from Crackverbal?
I joined for GMAT coaching. I got to know about CrackVerbal from the blogs I read. I think it was the “GMAT Club”. Somebody had referred me to CrackVerbal as one of the top institutes that had their GMAT course tailor made for Indian students.
What was your first basic motivation for doing the CAT? Why would you think of a CAT before GMAT?
I studied at Birla Institute of Technology and Science. So it happened that almost everyone who studied here writes CAT. So I decided to write CAT. I did not have a high PPA to apply for a school. So I wrote the CAT to get into an MBA program. Nothing like wanted to get into an IIM and I wrote CAT. it was mostly because everybody was writing .so I wrote CAT.
What is your GMAT score?
I answered GMAT only once and scored a 750 in it.
So what was the basic difference you saw between CAT and GMAT? Guessing that Quant part on the CAT would have a acted as an advantage to your GMAT right?
The basic difference is when you look at the Quant, I felt the difference was that GMAT tests you only on logic, it’s more of the reasoning part of your thinking and not on the fact that you can remember the theorems and things like numbers.Whereas in the CAT, if you see there will be a lot of axioms. In fact, in CAT you need to remember a lot of things like axioms, theorems, numbers and a lot. If you’re intelligent then you don’t have to remember much. GMAT tests you on reasoning bit and CAT tests you on the document bit. In GMAT you need to compulsory answer 37 questions whereas in CAT you don’t have to. You have this option of leaving the questions.
So would you say GMAT is incomparably easy compared to CAT?
No. GMAT is no way easy when compared to CAT. I think GMAT is the better system of judging the person. CAT is very unpredictable, even I have found people who were like 750/760 in GMAT, They would have scored 35% in verbal ability in CAT.
Which section of GMAT did you find the hardest and how did you go pas?
Sentence correction was the toughest part for me. I went through the course materials provided by CrackVerbal. I went through them for my GMAT preparation. I finished CrackVerbal advanced materials and got some extra-materials which were available on the GMAT website. I spent a lot of time reading the questions rather than answering.
Currently, now that you’re in ISB, what hardships did you go through in your MBA application process?
I would call the hardships a lot introspection. I came up with my first essays in two days. I wrote the three essays.then I had to sit in the office for the next two weeks editing the essay because I was improvising everything. It was a lot of introspection. I had to take a lot of examples from life. So the basic hardship was introspection and then the interview. The interview process was full of pressure.
So how was the interview process exactly? Were there any specific questions that they asked you? did you panic at every moment you were giving the interview?
I was pretty calm during the interview because I had a decent CAT score and I knew that I would definitely get into a good school. The interview was balanced out.even though they tried to check me out I was calm.
What is your key highlight point? What made you stand out from everyone else in the ISB interview?
I was recognized in the first year of the job I did. I was working at the senior level and the guy whom I worked for as a standard charted in my previous job, he took me along., he was a senior president. So I was at the best level. My application really stood out in the interview process. I had a good experience and also good score in my GMAT.
Why an MBA?
I wanted to get into management consulting, soi was into internal consulting and operations consulting, I wanted to move to management consulting sector, so an MBA is possibly a few routes that I can take to get there. Otherwise, i have to work for another ten years to get into management consulting.
So is there anything that you want to give to other aspirants out there who are confused between CAT or GMAT? What would you suggest they do?
I would suggest for someone who is in their college years or final year of school, they should definitely give CAT. there’s absolutely no doubt about it, but if you have two years of experience and have tried CAT for like two times, I would suggest you give up. Because in this case, GMAT is better, the opportunities are high in GMAT than the CAT. however days a lot of Indian schools are accepting GMAT.SPJIMR accepts and NMIMS accepts. So unless you are aspirant that is really looking intend to get into IIM Bangalore, Ahmedabad or Calcutta then, of course, you need to give CAT at least for four-five times than sleeping out or you can have GMAT and a backup. So would say, at the end of two years of experience you everyone should write GMAT. Everyone who wants to go to an MBA. they have a lot of opportunity cost whereas I had to give up on promotion and luckily I got into ISB. so this year I was supposed to be promoted but people got to know I wrote CAT and the also knew I am going for an MBA. so they did not promote me. Anyways I am going so why should promote me. So there is a lot of loss in the opportunities when writing the CAT.
What was your basic preparation strategy when you were studying for GMAT? Like Quant would not have been a problem right in the GMAT?
Quant was not a problem. I never prepared physically for Quant. For verbal I used only Crackverbal study material.
How did you go about your mock tests and everything? What was your strategy when you were approaching for that?
When I got 55% last year, my confidence level was really low and I was afraid of giving a mock GMAT that I tried stimulating it. I used to do 45 questions, in which 15 questions were from Verbal, 15 questions from the three sections form verbal. So i used to do 15 questions each and twice I used to stimulate the GMAT experience so I never gave the GMAT mock tests. So I try to stimulate them and I never gave myself more than two minutes for solving a question. So it was almost like a test to me. I also didn’t want to see a 600-650 score on the screen when giving the mock tests because if I am giving the test when I want something 700-750.
So how was your preparation towards the verbal part in GMAT?
So I had an excel sheet made. I had listed out all the mistakes I made in all the doubts I had. So in sentence correction, I rectify my errors which are basically typed. I knew where I was going wrong and I managed to correct some of the easy errors I made. I reviewed a lot and I never focused on doing the questions a lot. I reviewed all the questions and I managed to check all the errors. I found out the normal mistakes that I made.
How exactly would you say CrackVerbal helped you through your entire journey and your overall experience?
I started thinking about GMAT last year because I honestly wanted to have a back-up. So I heard about CrackVerbal and the Chennai coordinator, Rajesh. He was very helpful and he told me about CrackVerbal and the style of coaching. Which got me impressed in it. Because I never had such a response from any other institute. So thought I would sign up for it. It helped me a lot when Arun was teaching the sentence correction. He taught all about sentence correction from the basic.His classes helped me a lot and then the material. I crafted a lot from the material. So I would say the entire verbal section could be attributed to the CrackVerbal material. I got a 6 in Analytical writing. I got a lot of constructive feedback which helped me in the essays. it helped me a lot.
Are there any strategies, tips or anything that you would give to all our GMAT aspirants who are planning to write?
A lot of people don’t look at the time.I would suggest everyone to time your test, time your attempt and try to attempt all the questions even if you do wrong you can always review it. So timing becomes very important and it’s not that important in GMAT. so I would suggest you go out one timing for your tests. For the ISB essays, i would definitely suggest that you infrastructure it all because I took incentives from my school life experiences. Personal experiences are as important as your work experiences. So what I am saying is it adds a lot of introspection. There is no point in writing some theory essays, the panel will be to your part.