Sunday, December 28, 2014

Delhi student tops CAT, first girl since 2009 to score 100 percentile

Delhi girl tops Common Admission test 2014 becoming the first girl since 2009 to score a 100 percentile. Neha Manglik is also the only girl among the 16 candidates who scored 100 percentile in the entrance exam for admission to India's premier Indian Institutes of Management and 70 other top B-schools in the Country.

The CAT 2014 results for admission to 19 Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) including six new ones and other business schools for the year 2014 was announced on Saturday. CAT 2014 convenor Dr Rohit Kapoor told TOI that 16 people including a girl had scored 100 percentile this year. "While we are still to confirm how many of those who scored 100 percentile are from IITs, atleast 3-4 must be from these institutes."

Last year eight students had managed to score 100 percentile. Also, ten people had scored in 99.99 percentile bracket, including a girl. On Neha's performance Kapoor said: "We want to congratulate her for the achievement. It's a rare distinction for girls on CAT. She has done remarkable well in both the sections of the test and we like to wish her success as we need women leaders. IIMs has in the recent years are trying to make the campuses more inclusive and in at least last three years more girls are scoring high in the test."

Neha, a student of chemical engineering from BITS, Pilani has completed her schooling from Ahlcon Public School, Mayur Vihar, Delhi before joining engineering. "I had worked hard for this but 100 percentile is something one can never be sure of."

Speaking about her preparation, Neha said: "I had been doing mathematics and logical puzzle thanks to my father since my school days and so my basic preparation has been done there. For the final test I have been preparing for a year."

An aspirant to IIM, Ahmedabad, Neha said: "Right now my aim to go to a good college and learn the management principles which will come handy in all walks of life."

Giving credit to her alma mater and the importance of co-curricular activities Neha said: "My schooling have been very good. Most important thing they taught me is the along with academics even my co-curricular activities are equally important and that has really helped me develop my personality. Similarly for BITS, they have zero attendance policy and encourage us to do well in other fields which helped me."

To fellow female aspirants Neha's advice is "Girls are as good as boys and always remember one who wins is the one who things we can. The moment they believe they can do there is no stopping them. They have to change their perception on themselves."

Even as the results were announced, the students could not log on to see their scores since the total hits crossed one lakh, crashing the site.

This year some 1.68 lakh candidates had appeared for the CAT exam, a drop from the previous year. CAT registrations have steadily declined for the last couple of years.

This year the exam was held on two days, November 16 and 22.

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