CAT journey of Abhishek Heda, IIM A student


I am Abhishek Heda, a Chartered Accountant by profession qualified in the month of Nov, 17 and a graduate from Hansraj College, University of Delhi. After completing my mandatory CA Articleship with a Big 4 company, I decided to pursue MBA in finance for my further studies. As a result, I started my preparation for CAT 18 from the month of May.
The first step in my CAT journey was to decide the mode of coaching (offline/online) to be taken. A lot of people suggested me to go for offline coaching centres due to end number of reasons, however due to shortage of time ( due to Job ), I decided to go for online coaching classes, which I am proud to say that it turned out to be one of the best decision taken by me during my CAT journey ( as u will realize while reading this article ).

After doing some market research for online CAT coaching and getting some review from my seniors, I zeroed on ELITES GRID and subsequently enrolled myself for the batch starting from May 2018. The timings of the live sessions perfectly synchronized with my daily schedule. The best of online mode was that you never missed anything. At days I had some tight schedule. As a result, I missed out on some live sessions however, the same classes were recorded and were available on our portal, which helped me not only to cope up with the batch but was quite helpful during my final revision as well. The classes were equally interactive like an offline session, with all the doubt catered by the respective faculty in the session itself via live chat.

After completing my regular sessions, I started giving sectionals and subsequently full-length mocks from the start of September. At first, my performance was absolutely abysmal, with VA RC being unpredictable and quants being terrible. However, a live session by Hunny Sir on how to attempt a sectional was, in my opinion, one of the most important and critical sessions which I had during my CAT preparation. I got some insight on how the attempt a mock. Apart from that, the regular practice sessions and Facebook events helped me a lot get exposure to all variety of questions possible.

In the end, I would like to conclude by saying that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE if you have the hunger to succeed. The greatest challenge for me was quants, being from a commerce background, I had some difficulty in coping up with this section, however, if you have the right attitude and a positive mindset, you will surely achieve your target. Even I faced a lot of ups and downs during my CAT preparation, but the right attitude and constant motivation from the entire EG faculty helped me a long way throughout my journey. Thanks a lot, Hunny Sir, Gaurav Sir, Sushant Sir, Shahzar sir and Gunjan Sir for helping me throughout my CAT preparation.

Abhishek Heda
IIM Ahmedabad

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