Students from West Bengal fared poorly in the CAT with none figuring in the top-30 list. The highest scorer among candidates from the state was Mayank Tibrewala of IIT-Kharagpur with 99.98 percentile, while 10 candidates across the nation scored 100 percentile.
Of the 6,885 students who took CAT from Bengal, 92 scored more than 99 percentile. Mumbai has the highest number of students above 99 percentile - 180. Of the students who scored 100 percentile, nine are engineers while one is a science graduate. All the 10 are boys and eight are from the IITs. The topper among girls is Srotaswati Panda from Odisha with a score of 99.99 percentile.
Naveen Saraff, director of a CAT coaching centre in Kolkata said, "Though none from the state is among the top 30, I do not see this as a disappointment. It is a matter of one question going wrong or maybe even lesser. It has happened in the past, too, when none from West Bengal managed to bag a place among the toppers."
Mayank, a fourth-year aerospace engineering student at IIT-Kgp, hails from Mumbai. "I was confident of cracking the CAT," said a confident Mayank. The jubilant top scorer added: "I am yet to decide which IIM I will choose if I get shortlisted after clearing the group discussion and personal interview. I wanted to go for a management course the very moment I got through the IIT-Kgp admissions. I have always wanted to start my own company. At the moment, I and a friend are working on a product. Enrolling in an IIM will give me better knowledge about running a company. I want to establish myself as an entrepreneur."
After a bit more prodding, Mayank revealed that he and his friend have made a device to eliminate power tripping. "We have filed a patent in the Kolkata office and it is in process. I want to nurture my dream of doing a start-up alongside management," Mayank said.
At the moment, Mayank is busy taking fundamental tips from seniors to crack essay writing, GD and PI. "I was confident of cracking the exam. I had enrolled in a private coaching centre that guided me. The exam is difficult. But I made a constant effort by taking out three to four hours every day from studying the IIT syllabus which I devoted to CAT. I took the exam on October 30. Quantitative aptitude was my forte while I lost marks in verbal aptitude. I would suggest that aspiring CAT candidates manage their time as it makes a big difference," Mayank added.