Written byRamya Patelkhana
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are the most sought-after B-schools that provide quality management education in the country.
Admission to IIMs is based on national-level management entrance examination, Common Admission Test (CAT), conducted annually by one of the IIMs.
Cracking CAT isn't easy and topping the exam is no small feat. Take a look some CAT (2011-15) toppers and what they're doing now.
Ajinkya Deshmukh of Maharashtra's Ambarnath was among the nine toppers of CAT 2011 who scored 100 percentile.
He did BTEch+MTech dual degree in Computer Science from IIT-Madras and worked as Senior Software Engineer for Credit Suisse before joining PGDM (Finance) at IIM, Bangalore.
He later worked for Ace Creative Learning and Uber and Co-Founded D4A Education Foundation; he now works with FinoZen in Bengaluru.
Siddharth Sharma scored 100 percentile in CAT 2012 in maiden attempt to become one of the 10 toppers that year.
He was in fourth-year of BTech in Electrical Engineering at IIT, Kanpur when he appeared for CAT.
He later went on to do his MBA in Finance and Marketing from IIM, Bangalore. He currently works as an Associate for McKinsey & Company in Mumbai.
Karthik Kumar Immaneni was one of the four toppers from Andhra Pradesh in CAT 2013 out of a total of eight 100 percentilers.
The Vijayawada native did BTech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur and was working with Oracle before he did MBA from IIM, Calcutta.
He is now an Investment Banking Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Mumbai.
Neha Manglik was one of the 16 toppers of CAT 2014 with a 100 percentile. The Delhi-based student was the only girl to top the exam that year.
She did her BE in Chemical Engineering (2011-15) from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.
She went on to do her MBA from IIM Ahmedabad (2015-17) and is currently working with Cello Writing in Mumbai.
Prateek Bajpai emerged as one of the 17 toppers - 100 percentilers - of the 2015 CAT in his very first attempt.
He did his BTech in Civil Engineering from NIT, Trichy and was working for Shapoorji Pallonji Group in Algeria while preparing for CAT simultaneously.
He did his MBA (2016-18) from IIM Ahmedabad and is now a Management Trainee at Wipro in Bengaluru.
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