Ajinkya Deshmukh, an IIT - Madras graduate, decided to put in 100% effort into preparing for the Common Admission Test this time, and got 100 percentile in return. He is one of nine MBA aspirants in the country to secure the top score this year. The IIMs published the CAT 2011 scores on their website on Wednesday.
On his success, Ajinkya, who wrote the test for the third time this year, said, "I always thought I haven't been making a full effort while preparing or writing the test. This time I was determined to give my best. I told myself that I had to do it this year."
Ajinkya scored 98.4 percentile in his first attempt in 2009, and around 87 percentile in 2010. He said that he wasn't too keen on taking the test last year because he wanted some job experience too.
Now that he is sure of getting calls from the Indian Institute of Managements, Ajinkya plans on asking his boss whether he could take a break from work to complete his management degree and rejoin the company. He provides technical support for business software in the company he works for.
The computer science engineer, who is eyeing a seat in IIM - A, B or C in that order, is considering a career in finance or operations management, though he says his preference could change after the first year.
For now Ajinkya is keyed up about going back to college: "I expected to get higher than my previous scores, but not 100 percentile. I'm excited about going back to college after gaining two years of professional experience. It will help me understand better about how things work in the corporate world."