SMART QUANT CRACKER – GP Enthralls and Inspires

GP's SQC a smash hit....crowd surges, traffic jammed..
GP’s SQC a smash hit….crowd surges, traffic jammed..


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Gautam Puri, popularly called GP, an IIMB alum and co-founcer CL, inspired the audience of over 2000 at Sirifort Auditorium with his magic. He deciphered the way quant section needs to be looked at CAT – How the toughest of the questions, if seen the way it should be, can be solved quickly and efficiently.

Students went back with a confidence that they will be able to do their magic. The fears in most have vanished. Now the challenge is to see how it should be. More and more practice will do.

GP’s SQC tour has commenced and in the next three weeks he will be in many cities. Check out in your city..

Gp will also be reaching out to the farthest through WEBINARS. Kindly keep checking the spaces – SIS for all Cl students and for every one.

The whole presentation will also be uploaded, so will the video of the Sirifort Session in the next couple of days.


Dream It! Do It! You can achieve anything….including IIM. Charge yourself.

Charge yourself to doing anything in life. Go through this presentation. If you really need a great push to make your dreams come true, make sure you attend the webinars by me. Go and enrol at Register for Webinars by Sreeni. You will get a mail for schedule.

Mission CAT 2011 – It all boils down to, “How badly you want it.” Dig deeper, you will find more reserves.

Hi Sreeni,

Got your email id and hope you might help.

Sreeni, Just to give you a brief insight, I appeared for CAT-2009 and got 98.1%ile. Since I scored low in Verbal, I did not get calls from any of the top 10 colleges. Finally, I was offered admission in NMIMS-Mumbai, but I gave it a miss so as to give another shot for IIMs and FMS.

I appeared in CAT 2010 also but scored a mere 93%ile. Ambitious very much though, I do not know what to do and how to go with this exam. I am very much ambitious, start really well for things, but in the middle, I drop the enthusiasm and the will to take it to the end. Had been trying to tackle it all the way till now, but nothing seems to work.
Finally, on this day, I am a 24-year guy who is working with Tech firm @ Rs 3 lpa. Don’t know what to do and how to go for CAT this year with hardly 2 months left for preparation.

Please guide me how is it possible to crack this one exam so that my whole life could change. I hate technical job. I have always dreamt of making my career in Business world.

I aim to fly high but cannot see the horizon. Please help…!!

A CAT 2011 aspirant
Dear friend,

To help you, let me narrate my story.

I gave CAT in 1990, prepared along with my brother. I was then doing my M.Tech from JNU. I did all the hard work; he did the smart one – built on my hard work! He focused on the end, while I am very focused on the means. He made it and I could not make it. I then joined TCS in 1991. I loved creative work and my work in systems programming at TCS was very interesting. Yet, while into my second year at TCS, I observed the seniors there in, and I figured out that, as you grow in the organization, it ends up being managing.

In 1992, I was charged again for getting into IIM – Babri Masjid incident happened a couple of days before CAT, and it was deferred by over two months. I lost steam, as I was neck deep in my project as the head. I worked in TCS for three years. I fought tooth and nail with TCS, not to go abroad, as I wanted to get into IIM. I continued my preparation with vigor to again go after it in 1993, and made it to IIMB.

Hailing from a humble, economically low-middle class family, with a father working in central government, who used to get a salary of 3-4K a month even a couple of years before his retirement, we realized that education is the panacea for our future. Though this realization dawned only after class 12. Parents helped all the way, by supporting whatever we chased.

I immersed headlong into making my career and life only after class 12. Being the eldest at home, I was always trying to figure out what next by myself. Unlike today, then only means of information was a newspaper, if you are able to afford one. Whether it is IIT or IIM, I got to know about it only when I entered a better institution at the next level. And I tried to catch up with what I missed, a couple of years down the line.

So, whenever I chose to do something, I was very focused and adamant at getting in. Whether JNU or IIM, I was very determined. I am very tenacious and go-getting once I set my eyes on anything. Perhaps the struggle I went through during the growing years and the outlook I got due to it, makes me a fighter. Mind you, inherently I am a lazy fellow. But set a goal, I will go after it like mad.

Preparation for CAT has been a grinding one. Single minded pursuit. Only aim was to be in IIM. For those three years of my pursuit, I did not lose my steam. Kept myself hanging there with immense drive from with in.

People used to ask me why I was so hell bent. Why not go abroad through TCS and enjoy life. Most of my friends from those days who took that path are doing well in life. I wanted to do something on my own and I was not wired to be in that programming and consulting space forever.

From June – December, I knew nothing but CAT and Office. Got to know Diwali only when I heard crackers being burst outside. Home being a one-bedroom government apartment that accommodated six people including four children who are into studies, I had to find a peaceful place to prepare. I prepared either at my office staying overnight or I requested the ‘chowkidar’ in the neighborhood school to open a classroom for me. I used to crash on the office carpet or on the bench of the classroom by 10pm. Got up at 2am every night to prepare till 7am, then got going for the day. This continued the whole of 5-6 months, every day. IIM happened and I learnt a lot about how I can succeed in life.

The journey as an entrepreneur / edupreneur for the last 16 years has been no different. It is a challenging day, every day. If we want to do things that we have never done before, we will go through the same emotions and grind.

It all boils down to, “How badly I need it”.
You need to ask, how badly you need it. I am sure you will find the drive and ideas to schedule your next three months to crack it.

I am sure you will. Attend my webinar – “Dream It! Do It!” I share all my learning from my journey that keeps me going, into this session that helps people push their own boundaries.

I hope, you are now determined to go after it with all your might in the next three months.

Dig deeper, you will find more reserves.

Best wishes and love,


Ten Du, Ten Don’t !!

In the last few days, I have been getting an extraordinary number of mails from students who are worried that their effort is not yielding the intended result. I have been addressing each individually.

As always, I was so inspired by the way Sachin went about the other day in the ODI in Hyderabad against Australians, that I thought of sharing my feelings. It is a great learning observing such greats.


Dear Achiever / CAT Taker,

In the journey of life, you have invested one year in bettering yourselves. Ask the question, have you not grown? You have. Why despair?

One cannot run ahead looking behind. All the learnings of the past year will pay dividends now. Nothing is lost till the last ball is bowled or last wicket taken. You are still miles away (only twenty days to CAT as a few aspirants wrote). Twenty days is a long time. It is JUST ABOUT what you SWITCH ON in yourselves in the next 20 secs.

Did you see Sachin diving to take the catch off the last ball of the Australian innings, even with Australian piled up 350 runs!! For him, giving his best, every ball, till the last ball of the innings is what mattered. For the most, who were watching the game (including many of his team mates within the ground), the game was over, they had given up. This pocket dynamo had different thoughts. He comes immediately back with his pads on, to go on to score a 175. He went through the whole 95 overs on the ground with same gutso, same determination and single minded pursuit. So much to learn from the performance of this simple, immortal human being. AMUL pays a tribute by saying “TEN DU, TEN Don’t”

This Young TEN DU’s First Interview – Just watch his determination and enthusiasm at the age of 16, and it is no different today with almost TEN X TEN (hundred) international centuries.

In any situation, there are two choices – one being, just be worried and the other, keeping up the challenge

How is it going to help you by being worried? If you are not performing well, it just an outcome of this worry? Could you just relax, revise and take all the tests without expectations. Just enjoy the process. Tell yourself that you are least bothered about getting in, and you will give your best and enjoy the process.

Make sure that whatever you attempt, you get it right. Do not be careless to lose marks. You should get marks at least for all the effort you have put in.

Kindly spend a few silent minutes relaxing yourselves every day through yoga or meditation. Use some music to focus yourself upon and relax. Even in exams whenever you are getting agitated, take a break.

You have done your best, you need to reap it now. You can do it only when you give your best without any pressure of the result.

Keep watching more and more motivational videos and movies, to charge yourself.

Wishing you all a very best. TEN Does, So Will U.


“Realizing Your Dreams” Tour – A great way to push youngsters to realize their potential

In the last one month I have traveled to thirteen cities, took 18 seminars, in the Northern, Eastern and Central India, addressing youth with dreams in their eyes, as part of “Realizing Your Dreams – Secrets of Success in CAT, Career and Life” tour. These sessions are also labeled as “90 days to CAT”, “80 days to CAT” and so on as is convenient to each of the centres to pull aspirants. Today I am in Bhopal, addressing ‘Get JOSH & Pagalpan. Conquer CAT in 50 days’. I have so far addressed in excess of seven thousand students in these seminars. Landing in the next city every morning, charge myself to charge the youngsters, enabling them to think big, by the end of the day again board the train to the next destination. It has been very exciting, at the same time enervating. Every seminar is a two-2-three hours of intense engagement, shaking the youth to get out of the slumber to set out on the path to realizing their dreams, their immediate goal of excelling in CAT. It is very demanding – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and socially – as I need to facilitate them in those short two hours or so, to get rid of negative thoughts, look ahead optimistically, believe that they can really succeed by giving their best.

Though I feel exhausted by the end of the session, at times two such sessions in a day, I am very delighted that this endeavour is helping scores of students to believe in themselves. The Feedback I am getting at the end of the sessions, the number of mails that I have been receiving, and the demand to share the videos that I interleave during the seminars, shows that we are on the right direction. The energy that each of the participant in the seminars carries home at the end of the session is unimaginable. It is just a question of PUSHING THEM TO PUSH THEIR BOUNDARIES. More the number of such seminars I address, greater is the realization and confirmation too from the youth for such programme to be internal to any endeavours.

It took me a couple of sessions to come to the equation of how to cover the three elements of the sessions – Thinking Big, Challenging the CAT and Introducing IWSB, an institution stoking Entrepreneurial Leadership. Also the demarcations have been pretty dynamic depending on the effort it takes to push the audience to wake up from their ‘slumber’.

Thinking BIG and Being Passionate about the GOAL

Secrets of Success

As part of the session, I cover about an hour or so on – thinking big, setting out goals to achieve, being passionate about them, making them realize that it is not difficult to achieve every goal that we set, if only we really want it. I take help of videos very liberally to demonstrate the secrets of success – Passionate about the goal, the attitude one carries, the hardwork one is willing to put, and the confidence and grit with which one faces the adversities, if the goal is to be achieved at any cost. Each one of us does demonstrate such a passion many a times, when we do not have any choice. How do we make every goal and every effort to realize the goal as passionate, is the question?

Single Minded pursuit of their Goal

Every goal can be achieved if we are willing to give our sweat and blood. Every time in our life, whenever we have achieved something, on introspection, we realize that we gave everything that we had at that moment. In an auditorium, when I pose a question about how many are giving their sweat and blood, response will be abysmal one-in-hundred. What does it convey, it is not about competition. Even if there are 3-lakh students appearing, only a couple of thousands are passionate about getting into IIMs. So every guy who is passionate and working hard will get a seat there. It is therefore just a question of fighting against oneself – to be passionate, fight the urge to give up, giving sweat and blood. It is all about “You Vs Yourself,” and competition has nothing to do with the final result.

This clip demonstrates the capability of a human being..

Oscar finishes Second in the GOLDEN League with all top abled-atheletes

“Kindly create a few Placards, with your name saying CLASS of 2012, IIMA written on them and place them everywhere”. It will goad you, challenge you, push you to work hard and perform. Students are writing to me about how this very simple act is constantly challenging them to perform and they say that they are different beings today.

Work on fundamentals and Sharpen the Saw

The second part of the session is to make every aspirant aware of how they need to equip themselves with tools, clarity of concepts and techniques to use the tools and concepts to gain momentum, reduce time, approximate computations and make judicious choices. Through solving of a few questions mentally, the aspirants do realize the need to be thorough on fundamentals and also how the tools like multiplicative tables, reciprocals and percentages help them to run faster with computations mentally.

I also cover on how to be a better reader, to comprehend and respond. Reading is a great challenge for most adults in India, as we do not venture beyond the books assigned by our syllabi. Many times even here we are very narrow in our selection. We read only what we like. The secret to excel is to enjoy reading, irrespective of what is thrown at you.

Though the current CAT format does not pose demands on time, yes, by being efficient in reading and computations, one can indeed save time to deploy elsewhere. Being good in English is paramount to succeeding in CAT.

One has to work systematically – stick to schedules, do not hit bed if one does not finish the targets for the day. Focus on revising fundamentals, gaining computational speed and investing time in polishing reading skills enable one to succeed.

Basically, do not panic. Be steadfast. Cover all that you need to every day…

In the mock exams, you need to be time bound. Allocate times for sections, do not violate and boundaries. Make sure that you reach the end of the section as soon as possible solving all the problems you can, without getting stuck at any. Make sure that you know when to leave a problem and when you will hold on to. One should be exhausted in every sense, by the time when on finishes any give mock exam.

You will be sitting in one of the IIMs next year if you do these basics thoroughly.

IWSB – Stoking Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Within short span of one year, IWSB has been rated by NEN Global, as one of the top seven institutions, including a couple of IITs and IIMs, for fostering entrepreneurial leadership. With a battery of well known entrepreneurs, founders of some of the fastest growing companies, like Sanjeev Bhikchandani of, Shantanu Prakash of Educomp, Vishwadeep Bajaj of ValueFirst and some of the well known investors like Mahesh Murthy of Pinstorm, Sanjeev aggarwal of Helion etc. supporting the endeavours of IWSB, the institution is bound to make Entrepreneurship as its hallmark.

On each of the parameters that a student evaluates the institution – placements, faculty, curriculum, infrastructure, global outlook, industry interaction, hostel facilities and life in general, IWSB is in a league comparable to the best of the institutions in the country,

The summers witnessed IWSB students getting placed in the best of the corporates, in some of the fast growing companies apart from well known corporates, with handsome stipends. The fast growing companies give them greater responsibility and freedom to achieve the intended goals.

With an array of eminent academics headed by Prof. Ishwar Dayal, with over forty years of experience in IIM ecosystem – Kolkata, Ahmedabad and as Founder Director of Lucknow, IWSB stands as one of the best new institutions in the country. The academic team is supported by a battery of outstanding professionals from the industry who take sessions as visiting faculty too.

Every Friday, an eminent personality from Industry or other walks of life, interact with students to share their life journey, their face-2-face with failures and success under the programme “MY JOURNEY.” Apart from this, this year a team of seven corporate leaders from Europe visited IWSB, as part of their tour to understand the future potential of the INDIA. Last year a group of seven leaders from Europe visited the campus.

SRIJAN, a business plan competition, attracts huge entries every year and is known for actually incubating the best plans on the campus. It is one of a kind competition in India.

The life at IWSB is very interesting with outbound learning, rural immersion project, Shodhyatras for spotting innovation, Green Marathon, Games and sports, Active theatre group etc.

Kindly explore the website and also visit the IWSB channel on YouTube for a few interesting videos..

Looking forward to taking of on the next leg of the tour to West, SOuth and Central India in the next fortnight…

I am sure you all enjoyed the summary of the session “Realizing your Dreams”. I look forward to your comments and advise.
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