My journey to FMS | CAT preparation | SANJEEV | DU


FMS Delhi, with its best R.O.I. is the dream college of most aspirants. This article untangles the guru mantra, with which Sanjeev Narang got an admission in FMS Delhi

Background details :

10th- 92%, 12th 96%
Graduation: B.Com(Hons.) University of Delhi.
Work ex- 6 months(Financial Advisor)
Calls: FMS, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, All New and Baby IIMs, SPJIMR , MDI, IIT Delhi.
Converts: FMS, IIM Kozhikode, MDI, New, and Baby IIMs, IIM Indore(Waitlisted).



General tips for future aspirants

“Kehte hain agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaho … to puri kainaat usse tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai”.


Apart from reel life, this dialogue makes sense in real life also. I will not say that CAT is easy or just 4 months preparation is required etc. It isn’t easy. It requires hard work and consistency. It tests your patience, your confidence, and your emotional capabilities too. But if you are strong enough to work very hard with confidence with a never give up attitude, you can sail through it.

First of all, I would like to mention that I was no different than all the students who are preparing now for this exam that checks your patience, courage, confidence, logical abilities, and everything in three hours. Believe me; I was in the same boat. A year back, I read the same type of articles of various percentilers like you are reading now. So don’t think that you are very different and the people around you are more intelligent than you. If you have confidence in yourself and ready for hard work, you can easily crack it.

But be ready for failures, because it is sure that you will fail sometimes, you will feel giving up. But that is what it tests you for.


I started my preparation during my college time. Studying at Delhi University, I always wanted to leverage the skill set and learning that DU offers and with my studies for CAT. Firstly I enrolled myself in an offline institute with weekend batches. But, I was unable to maintain a balance between the college schedule and CAT preparation. But in my first attempt, I was able to score 86 percentile only. 

I made my mind to go ahead with a job and simultaneously prepare side by side. An altogether difficult journey was ahead. Being in touch with Hunny sir, since college time, I knew him very well and heard about his teaching. Hence, I enrolled in Elites Grid. Verbal ability and reading comprehension was my weakest section, which I was most worried about. I dedicated the majority of my time to this section. While traveling on the metro, I used to read articles and newspapers. In my spare time, I used to solve RC questions, and at night, I attended classes and practiced until I doze off. For reading comprehension, I was practicing at least four RC on a daily basis plus analyzing it. Then I started giving mocks. Giving mocks is an altogether a different journey. You can feel every emotion before and after each mock. In those three hours, you need to be your best version. I was progressing in mocks, improving my mistakes, analyzing what I was doing wrong, and practicing.


It was time for D-Day. I was in the afternoon slot. When the exam started, I was first bombarded with the English section, which was called the toughest in CAT history. I cursed my fortune. It was just like adding salt to my wounds. I was blank and was just going through the passages and trying to do what I have been doing in mocks. I lost some hope after this section. Now came LR DI, which again was not according to the reviews of morning slot. There were complicated sets that made me search a bit hard. But I heard from the reviews of the morning slot that if you are not done with four sets, you have lost the game. Hence, I braced myself and attempted 4 sets . Then came quantitative aptitude, which was my strength. I did it well. Coming out of the center, I was wondering that I goofed up in VA RC and lost all the hopes. I called my parents, talked to my mom about the same. She made me calm down. After just four days, the response sheet was out. I made my mind not to see the sheet until my XAT exam. But after some days, I thought that better to know it before so that I can prepare for the future. But what I saw on the website that CAT authorities removed the response sheet. Now I need to wait for ten more days.

In the end, I would want to give a piece of advice to future aspirants that if you are true to yourself, ask yourself while on the bed when you are about to sleep that whether you productively utilized your day. This will help you to self evaluate your preparation level. Believe me, if you are dedicating your time and practicing well, no one can stop you from achieving what you aspired.

Lekin agar End mein sab kuch theek na ho to woh the end nahi… Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost!
Finally joining FMS (BATCH 2020-2022)

Best wishes to all the aspirants!

Material followed by me: TIME material, Quants by Sarvesh Verma, Elites Grid classes, past and current year mocks.

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