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City boy bells the CAT

24-year-old Pitampura resident scores a perfect 100 percentile in new online format.

delhi Updated: Mar 01, 2010 00:07 IST

On Sunday, Vivek Gupta (24) discovered that he had scaled a height that only few can reach.

Not only had he cracked the Common Admission Test (CAT), but he did it with a score of 100 percentile.

This time, close to 2.3 lakh candidates had appeared for CAT, the only gateway to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

Gupta, a resident of Pitampura, is among the 10-odd IIM aspirants who have scored the highest in the country.

And it took him three months of hard work to get there. “I studied for three to four hours daily for three months,” said the 2008 graduate from IIT-Roorkee. “I was expecting a 99.7 or 99.8 percentile.”

But 100 was clearly unexpected. “I guess, my mathematics background as an engineering student helped,” he said.

Gupta was among the candidates who had taken the test during the first phase in November last year.

CAT went online for the very first time in 2008.

But because of severe technical problems in the first phase, many candidates had sit for a re-test in January.

The CAT 2009 scores are available on www.catiim.in.

On Sunday, the scorecards of all candidates were declared.

However, of the eight IIMs in the country, only two IIMs— Ahmedabad and Shillong—put out their list of shortlisted candidates for interview and general discussion rounds.

The other institutions will do the same “as and when they are ready with the shortlist,” a statement from the IIMs informed.

With one-and-half years of work experience, Gupta has applied to all the IIMs. He has a call from IIM-Ahmedabad already.

But he has no intentions of celebrating yet. “I can’t before I convert this call into a seat.”