Premier League Big Guns Get Favourable FA Cup Draws
- LONDON : Holders Manchester United and Premier League leaders Chelsea were both handed favourable home draws on Monday against second-tier opposition in the fourth round of the FA Cup. United host nearby Wigan Athletic, the 2012-13 FA Cup winners, at Old Trafford while Chelsea will also be strong favourites to go through when they play Brentford at Stamford Bridge in a west London derby. Wigan are just one place off the foot of the Championship and in a relegation battle.
- Brentford are mid-table. If Plymouth Argyle can pull off a shock in their home replay with Liverpool their reward will be a home tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers, also of the Championship. Manchester City travel to either Bolton or Crystal Palace and local pride will be at stake when Derby host Premier League champions Leicester City.
- Tottenham Hotspur will expect to beat Wycombe Wanderers, of the fourth tier, at White Hart Lane, but Arsenal face a potentially tricky away trip to either Southampton or Norwich City. Sutton United, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, will play home to Cambridge or Leeds if they win their replay against AFC Wimbledon.
20 Of 1.95 Lakh Candidates Get Perfect Score In CAT 2016
- Twenty of the 1.95 lakh candidates who took CAT 2016 have managed to crack it with a perfect score. Male engineers continued to dominate the toppers' list this year, too. The number of 100 percentilers is the highest in the last six years but not a single woman is in the top slot. Last year, one of the 17 toppers was a girl. "In the sectionals, however, many non-engineers and female candidates have scored 100 percentile (sic)," professor Rajendra K Bandi, convener, CAT 2016, said in a release from IIM-Bangalore. The results were announced on Monday on the institute's website and sent to individual candidates via SMS. The institute intends to release candidate profile details after the interviews. According to results data from previous years, there were nine 100 percentilers in 2011, 10 in 2012, eight in 2013, 16 in 2014 and 17 in 2015. Sixty-seven per cent of the candidates who registered for the test were men.
- The test was conducted on December 24 in 138 cities. With weightage given to CAT by individual IIMs falling every year, the test score is not the deciding factor in getting a place in an IIM of choice. Of the 20 toppers this year at least three are from Delhi, two are from Kolkata and one each from Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. From Delhi, Rahul Sharma, Akshay Mehndiratta and Arpit Singh are among the 100 percentilers. Mehndiratta, an IIT-Delhi graduate, managed the perfect score in his second attempt. "I had scored 99.34 in my last attempt and did not get a call from an IIM of my choice. Now, with this score, I intend to get an offer from the three leading IIMs," he said. Singh, also an IIT-Delhi student, received a perfect score in his first attempt.
- "I started studying in May 2015, and did a 6-month course. I took a break and then went back to cracking the mock tests till December," he said. Sharma, on the other hand, is a CAT trainer who gave the exam for the first time in 2008 and went on to graduate from IIM-Ahmedabad. He wanted to study the changing pattern. From Maharashtra, Yash Choudhari, who is completing his studies from College of Engineering, Pune, has managed to crack the most competitive test for admissions to the premier IIMs in his first attempt. "I wrote a mock test almost every day till the exam date. It was difficult, but I have managed to crack it," said Choudhari, originally from Kolhapur. "I don't know which IIM I will get through because the interviews will be the deciding factor. I am very fond of mathematics so my aim is to major in finance," he added.
- The candidate from Mumbai who managed to get a perfect score, Patrick D'Souza, 40, is a CAT trainer and has been appearing for the test for the last 12 years. He has been among the 100 percentilers twice before — once in 2007 and then in 2009. "I appear for the test only to understand the changing pattern in CAT and use it to coach my students," said D'Souza, who has already done an MBA from Mumbai's Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. This year, Kolkata managed to get two candidates in the top slot. Avidipto Chakraborty of Salt Lake has taken the exam from Mumbai and is currently interning at Nomura. A student at BITS Pilani, Goa, Chakraborty wishes to pursue a career in consulting. "This was my first attempt at CAT.
- I had appeared in the GMAT examination in 2016 and my score is 770 out of 800. My preparation in Verbal Ability for GMAT was sufficient to crack CAT," an elated Chakraborty said from Mumbai. He has options galore now. "I have a job offer from McKinsey, which is my dream company. Even after management I would want to join a consulting firm. Apart from CAT, I have also cracked the Indian School of Business exam. I hold a good GMAT score. In the IIFT exam I've secured 99.99 percentile. If I can convert the first three top IIM's, then I can take a call," said Chakraborty. Nilanjan Dutta, another 100 percentiler, is the odd man out. He already holds an MBA degree from XLRI with majors in finance and marketing but yet took CAT, bagged the best score and still hasn't applied to any of the IIMs. He took the exam just to test his abilities.
PBL 2 : Saina's Warriors Reach Semifinals
- BANGALORE : London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and 2014 China Open champion Kidambi Srikanth won their respective matches as Awadhe Warriors beat Bengaluru Blasters 4-3 to seal their semifinals spot at the Premier Badminton League Season 2 on Monday. Saina staved off a challenge from Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi in their women's singles trump match, while Srikanth too stunned Rio bronze medallist Viktor Axelsen in another men's singles match to guide Warriors home. Bengaluru Blasters had kept their hopes of making to the last four alive after Sourabh Verma had beaten Vincent Wong Wing Ki of Awadhe Warriors to give his team an early 1-0 lead in front of a packed house at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium.
- But mixed doubles combo of Savitree Amitrapai and Bodin Isar, star shuttlers Saina and Srikanth ensured that Warriors comfortably reach the knockout stage. After this win, Warriors grabbed the opening position at the table with 18 points, while the Blasters are in the third spot with 11 points. Mumbai Rockets (16) and Chennai Smashers (10) are at the second and fourth place respectively. Earlier in the day, Warriors' Wing Ki began on an attacking note and opened up a considerable lead in the opening game. With lot at stake, Sourabh slowly got his act together to erase the deficit and win the game 13-11.
- With the opening game in his pocket, Sourabh dominated the second game from the onset to eventually run away with the game 11-7. In the second match of the tie, Savitree Amitrapai and Bodin Isara took the court and the pair immediately brought their team to level par after they defeated Sung Hyun Ho and Siki Reddy of Blasters 11-9 4-11 11-5 in a mixed doubles encounter. In the second men's singles, 2014 China Open winner Kidambi Srikanth then stunned World No. 3 Axelsen 11-9 11-9 to give a 2-1 lead to the Awadhe Warriors.
- Former World No. 1 Saina then eked out a come-from-behind 9-11 11-5 11-5 win over Cheung Ngan Yi in the women's singles tie which was the trump match for the Warriors to grab two crucial points and make it 4-1. Bengaluru's Sung Hyun Ko and Yeon Seong then managed to upstage Warriors' men's doubles pair of V Shem Goh and Markis Kido 6-11 11-9 11-6 in the last match of the tie, which was also the trump match for Bengaluru, to grab two crucial points but it was not enough.
2 From Kolkata Among 20 With Perfect CAT Score This Year
- KOLKATA : Two aspirants from Kolkata are among the 20 who have bagged a 100 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT) for management schools that was announced on Monday . Avidipto Chakraborty is a student of computer engineering at BITS Pilani, Goa, while Nilanjan Dutta, who already holds an MBA degree from XLRI and is employed with an IT company , had taken the examination just to test his abilities. This is the city's best result since 2014, when one aspirant had achieved a hundred percentile. As many as 92 aspirants have bagged scores above 99 percentile this year.
- The second highest score from the state -99.99 percentile -is that of Ayush Saraf, who has just completed his BCom from Calcutta University . Ananya Mishra, a student of metallurgical engineering at Jadavpur University , is the probable topper among girls in the state with a score of 99.89 percentile. Talking to TOI, Avidipto and Nilanjan credited the innumerable mock tests they took for their scores. "This was my first attempt for CAT. I appeared for as many as 86 mock tests at various training institutes.Since the test this year was rather difficult, the level of difficulty was increased in the Verbal Ability and Quantitative Aptitude section.Since I had taken the mock tests, I could adapt myself to the situation," said Avidipto, who is currently interning at Nomura.
- The alumnus of Assembly of God Church School wants to pursue a career in consulting. A vidipto already has a job offer from Mckinsey and would like to get through to IIM-Ahmedabad, which has a deferment program that allows students to join two years later. "In that case I can earn considerable job experience at Mckinsey ," said the Salt Lake resident. Nilanjan, a working professional, still hasn't applied for IIM. "I had appeared in CAT in 2011but was disappointed with my score of 99.43 percentile. Many of my friends who've already graduated from top B-schools took the test this year to test their abilities and so did I," he said.
- He too believes that mock tests can be a key to success. Ayush Saraf, is among the few toppers who is not from an engineering background. The Calcutta University commerce graduate is currently pursuing a CA course. "I would want to join a finance company after completing my MBA," he said. Ananya Mishra, the probable topper among girls, said her preparations centred mainly around mock tests. "At first my mock test scores weren't good enough and this made me even more determined," said the South Point alumnus who loves dancing and reading crime novels.