Nishant Chaudhary, the son of a small-time farmer has topped the CAT exam in Meerut with 98.7 percentile. Considered to be one of the toughest management entrance exams, over 1.95 lakh aspirants took the test on December 4 seeking admissions in one of the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management).
This is Nishant’s second attempt at the exam. Coming from a small village called Madhi, his father Parvindra Chaudhary is a sugarcane farmer who incurred a lot of losses after demonetisation.
Nishant himself had to struggle and work very hard for this exam. He quit his job to prepare and used to travel 30 km (one way) to reach the coaching institute every day. Because he didn’t live in one of the big cities, he also had to face massive power cuts while studying.
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Talking to the Times Of India, Nishant, who completed his BTech from UP Textiles Technology Institute in Kanpur, said that while he was expecting a good result, even he was pleasantly surprised by how high he had managed to score this year. He says, “I had expected 95 plus percentile but did not know that it would be so high. I am keeping my fingers crossed to get a call from IIMs and crack the personal interview so that I can fulfil my dream of pursuing MBA from one of the IIMs.”
Other that Nishant, there are 20 candidates who not only cracked CAT but scored 100 percentile. Amongst them is Avidipto Chakraborty from Kolkata, who scored 100 percentile in his first attempt — without any external coaching.