Mihir Kapse secured a brilliant 99.97 percentile despite suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder. Son of doctor parents, Mihir was diagnosed with this condition during his second year of engineering leading to difficulty in receiving treatment. An undettered Mihir fought all the odds and went on to complete his engineering from the College of Engineering Pune and is working in a bank.
Both his parents are doctors, yet kapse chose engineering for his passion for mathematics. “ Kapse love math. Kapse play games and solve puzzles in free time, they are also coping mechanism,” Growing up, there was a time when he found it difficult talking to people. For a person suffering from autism, basic tasks are challenging and each one devises their own coping mechanism.
Kapse believes his strict daily schedule helped him crack CAT. “It takes two hours to reach the office and I used to spend this travel time to de-stress myself by solving puzzles. I enrolled myself in online coaching as well. Each day, we had a class of two-and-a-half hours and every night I devoted five hours to self-study,” kapse informed.
Kapse has received a call from all three Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) he applied for — IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Indore. He is currently preparing for the interview round.
This Mumbai boy started preparing for CAT since June 2018. “I work in the tech-end at my firm and now want to experience the business side of things too,” said Kapse, who has worked as a business analyst for almost two years.
He got the job right after graduation, “SAP, in a research, discovered that autistic persons are better at certain tasks than others. JP Morgan recruited a team of autistic people in the US, after which they planned to recruit autistic people in India,”
Sectional percentiles are:
Verbal Ability - 99.92
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning - 99.94
Quantitative Ability - 99.38