Both Shashank Samant, 22, and Gaurav Malpani , 21, have had a day full of surprises when they discovered that they had a perfect Common Admission Test (CAT) score.
While Sampat is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B), Malpani is a final year computer engineering student.
The CAT results were declared on Wednesday. The test is the entry criterion to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and 155 other business schools.
“I know it might sound absurd but I actually studied a day before. Since I work there is little time for studying. When I read that there were 8 toppers I never even once thought that I might be one of them,” said Samant, who passed out from IIT-B in 2009 and now works in a reputed investment bank. The computer engineering student had taken the CAT in 2009 and scored a 99.99 percentile but he decided to work first and gain some experience before a post graduation. “While I am looking forward to the GDPI rounds, I am still soaking this in and will have to take a call on an IIM seat,” added Samant. Even Gaurav Malpani, a final year computer engineering student at IIT-B, has already got a great job and is still debating on an IIM seat. “I would love to join either IIM-A or IIM-B, but I have to still think this through. I will have to prepare for the GDPI more than the CAT and am hoping to do well in it,” he said. Malpani is from Kolkatta but took the exam in Mumbai. Jose D'abreu, a faculty from a city-based coaching class, also had a perfect score.
Most of the IIMs declared their shortlists on Wednesday with some such as IIM-Amhedabad and IIM Shillong evening putting out the criteria for their selection on their websites.