A probationary officer at the State Bank of India Saurabh Aul, a resident of SAS Nagar, emerged as the tricity topper with 99.85 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT) results that were declared on Friday.
According to the list compiled by Bulls Eye, a coaching institute in the city, boys ruled the roost this year with 11 of them securing above 99 percentile. Besides Saurabh, other candidates scoring above 99 percentile include — Mukesh Goyal 99.72, Kalpendu Rawat 99.7, Puneet Singh Sachdeva 99.69, Shubham Gaba 99.42, Akash Chaudhary 99.41, Swar 99.32, Yajur Nagi 99.24, Lavanya 99.2, Pusharok Dohroo 99.11 and Tushar Sharma 99.08.
As many as 1.8 lakh students from across the country had appeared for the exam. Charu Rawat with 98.41 percentile is the topper among tricity girl. In CAT 2014 results, girls had performed equally well.
“I used to study for the exam after the office hours till midnight. I focused on practicing about two to three mock tests per week and analysing my mistakes,” said Saurabh, who is an engineer and working as PO at SBI.
Puneet Sachdeva, who secured 99.42 percentile in CAT, said, “I was not expecting such an amazing result. This was my first attempt.”
Bulls Eye director Hirdesh Madan said, “Candidates have got less than expected score in the verbal section this year as typable questions were introduced for the first time in the exam, which has impacted the accuracy level.” “One of the students Mukesh Goyal from PEC has scored 100 percentile in the quantitative aptitude section, and is all-India topper for this section. However, he scored less in the verbal section and may not get call from top six IIMs. His overall percentile is 99.72,” he added.
With the compilation of results still pending, more number of students are likely to be added to the club of 99 and above percentiles.
Technical glitch created chaos
Students could not see their result between 9am to 9.40am on the CAT 2015 website due to a technical glitch and the site was blocked. This created chaos among the candidates. The CAT 2015 convener said, “Yes, there was a technical.”
The percentiles were sent individually through SMS to the candidates and the score card was available on the CAT’s official site by evening.
The CAT entrance exam is not only the gateway for entry into 19 IIMs, but also in other colleges in the country that accept the CAT scores. In the North India region, the University Business School (UBS) of Panjab University is one of the prominent colleges to accept CAT score and its cutoff is expected to be around 90 percentile.