Mumbai: the serial CAT taker gets his sixth perfect score

Patrick D’Souza (41), originally from Mumbai, secured the 100th percentile for the sixth time and the fourth time in a row, in 2019. D’Souza, who first appeared for CAT in 1996, was unable to receive an IIM call.

Soon after, D’Souza completed an MBA from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and then joined a corporate company. Four years later, he quit his job to enter teaching. Since then, he has been training a small group of students for CAT.

“Some of my candidates achieved more than 99 percent every year. It is very important to be aware of current trends in paper patterns and questions. It's a different experience for me every year, says D’Souza, a Thane resident.

According to D'Souza, the CAT is an exam that not only evaluates the suitability of an applicant, but also the ability to control the pressure in three hours. “I have seen the best failure to handle the pressure and those who remained calm do it well. Sections may be constant, but the document is largely unpredictable.

D'Souza states that he writes CAT every year to understand the exam. “It helps me to better train my students and review my teaching practices. Writing the document helps me understand the changes in the pattern of the paper, if any, what methods work or don't work and, consequently, teach, adds D’Souza.

“Many teachers also appear for CAT with the same intention. But training students for the exam and writing it are two different things. Only a few obtained a score of 99.9 and I have managed to break it four times in a row and six times in general, ”added D'Souza, noting that CAT does not require you to be brilliant.

He was not the brightest in school. Unfortunately, many students prepare for CAT as they did for school exams. But that is an incorrect method, ”said D'Souza.