A Girl Tops CAT With 100 Percentile, First In Five Years


CAT or Common Admission Test is considered as one of the only few exams in the country in which you need more of logical thinking and good aptitude than anything else. Each year, tens of thousands of students appear for CAT with the dream of getting into the top business schools of India, such as the IIMs. The one thing that sets apart this year’s CAT from the previous years’ is a girl scoring 100 percentile. As per reports, it’s the first time after 2009 that a girl has achieved this milestone in CAT.

Neha Manglik is among those 16 students who have scored 100 percentile in CAT 2014, and will be considered for admission in the 19 IIMs and 70 other prominent business schools. The result of this premier exam was announced on Saturday. This year result shows that more students are getting adapted to the newly introduced format by the IIMs. Last year, eight students had got 100 percentile, while 10 managed to score 99.99 percentile, including a girl.

According to Dr. Rohit Kapoor, Convenor, CAT 2014, “We are still to confirm as how many of those who have scored 100 percentile are from the IITs. At least 3-4 students are expected to be from IITs among these 16 who have achieved 100 percentile.” On Neha’s achievement, Mr. Kapoor said that it was a rare distinction for a girl in CAT. He wished her success for all the future endeavors and said that India needed more of women leaders; hence, it’s great to see a girl attaining 100 percentile in CAT.

Neha has done schooling from Ahlcon Public School, Delhi while engineering from BITS Pilani. She said in an interview that she worked hard for achieving this landmark. According to Neha, her hold on logical puzzles and mathematics worked for her in CAT. Talking about her goal, she said, “I want to go to a good business school and learn the basic management principles, which will be useful in all walks of life.”

Talking about girls’ performance in an exam like this, she says, there is no difference between agirl and a boy at this stage of life. Girls are as good as any boy in all the fields. The moment they start believing in themselves; there is no one in this world who can stop them from achieving what they deserve.

Neha’s success in this year’s CAT is not limited to getting admission in IIMs only. She has put forth an important point, which most of the people don’t pay any heed to. She has showed the world that girls too, can spread their wings and fly high. Her performance will surely motivate thousands of girls like her to follow their dreams.

Bhupendra Sharma

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