richa.sahay|May 26, 2022
CAT 2021: Palli Dolananda Saivardhan cracks this MBA entrance with 99.94 percentile without coaching
CAT 2021 Topper Palli credits his success to CAT mock tests and says that a candidate can even score 100 percentile through self-study if they plan properly.
NEW DELHI: Palli Dolananda Saivardhan, a current Software Developer at Wipro is among the list of CAT 2021 toppers who with his hard work and determination aimed to mark his name as 99.94 CAT 2021 percentiler. He has an overall CAT score, 129.18 with a sectional percentile in VARC, DILR, Quantitative Ability as 99.29 (47.43), 99.98 (48.59), and 98.61 (33.17) respectively. Saivardhan hails from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, and completed his engineering in Computer Science from VIT University, Vellore.
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The CAT 2021 topper did not take any coaching but practiced mock series of various institutes. He says that consistent preparation, maintaining composure during the CAT exam day and constant support from his parents are the factors behind his success.
When asked about his CAT preparation strategy, he says, “I prepared mostly from mocks, wrote about 60 of them. Writing a couple of mocks over the weekend analyzing them midweek, was the routine for me for the last 6 months. I was comfortable with VARC and Quants from the beginning, DILR sets were pretty new and challenging during the initial phase after 10-15 mocks got adjusted to them and everything was smooth from thereon”.
Saivardhan says he expects a call from all institutes but when it comes to his dream B-school, he would choose IIM Ahmedabad. The CAT topper is also a fan of football and cricket and plays a lot of video games which acted as a source of relaxation and recreation amidst his CAT exam preparation.
Palli Dolananda Saivardhan in his message for future CAT aspirants says, “CAT isn’t the only option, it’s one among many. Don’t worry about the result, it will just add extra pressure, keep calm, and maintain your composure during the exam, you will sail through”.
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