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Meet Chhavi, who is one of the two female candidates to score 100pc in CAT

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posted on 9th January 2018
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Most people spend years to prepare for the Common Admission Test (CAT) with a desire to get into the top management colleges. However, this 24-year-old girl surprised everyone by not only cracking the examination in her first attempt but also scoring a 100 percentile.

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Having completed her dual degree in Biotechnology engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, she wishes to pursue management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She is presently working at Opera Solutions which is based out of Noida.

According to the Business Standard, Chhavi said,

I'm pinning my hopes on IIM-Ahmedabad and I'm really looking forward to the interviews. All IIMs have common curriculum for the first year and in the second year one has to choose the specialisation. I haven't thought of it yet and will make my choice then only.

Hailing from Delhi, Chhavi Gupta became one of the only two female candidates who scored 100 percentile. Same as last year, there are 20 students who scored 100 percentile this year. However, the 20 included two female candidates, and three candidates from non-engineering background, unlike last year.

Chhavi is completely aware of the fact that very few women achieve this much, and blames the society more than the talent. While speaking with the Hindustan Times, she said,

If boys are studying, and I have seen this amongst some of my distant relatives, they will not disturb them. But a girl would still be asked to help out with household chores. Two, the priorities for many parents is to get the daughter married off after her graduation and so not many women really attempt the post-graduate level entrance exams. Thankfully, I had a family that supported me 100 percent.

Being a voracious fiction reader, Chhavi would turn to Jeffery Archer books whenever she felt the pressure of the examination. It was also her family’s unconditional support that never let her waver or lose her calm.

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