City boy Prabhav Gupta is 20 years old but the world is already his oyster. Gupta has scored 99.99 percentile in the common aptitude test (CAT). The fourth-year engineering student is now preparing for his interview at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad - his dream college. In addition to Prabhav, four other city students scored percentiles above 90. Harsh Mittal came close to Prabhav with 98.4, Sidharth Jain with 94.5, Shubhankar Jain with 93 and Akash Panwar with 92.
Prabhav, a student at BITS Pilani in Rajasthan, said he did not have to burn any midnight oil to crack the exam. "With my engineering studies going on, I simply did not have the time to study too much for CAT. Most of my preparation consisted of observing previous years' papers and sitting for mock tests. I took coaching classes for a very short span of time, mostly over the weekends," he told
While he hopes he will "go places", the 20-year-old said he was "proud" of his hometown. "Meerut is my home and I am proud of it. Till class X, I studied at St. Mary's Academy and I completed my schooling from Dewan Public School. I can tell you that schools in Meerut are not less than any school anywhere. They have prepared me for life. When I came to Pilani and made friends with kids from big cities, I never felt the complex of being from a small town. Meerut gave me confidence.
Prabhav said, "I'm just going where this path takes me." If there's one thing, however, that the 20-year-old is clear on it is that he does not wish to settle abroad. "It is very easy for IIM graduates to settle abroad. Any global MNC would be glad to grab them. I don't wish to judge those who make the choice to settle outside the country but I would prefer to stay in India. Firstly, it would be my way of giving back to the country. India Inc. is growing and I want to help it grow more. Secondly, staying here is also a matter of comfort."
The B.Tech student couldn't be home and share the joy of his result with his family but he said was grateful to have his friends around him. "I shared my happiness with my friends and celebrated the occasion with them. On Saturday, I took them out for a dinner treat to a local cafe in Pilani.
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