Now that the “CAT” is busy making rounds of various courts in the country, this might be a good time to take some time out and rethink about last year. However disputable this may sound, the CAT or any other good management exam makes us face the reality of who we actually are. They present before us a sea of opportunities. All the dream sequences, a cool college, hot girlfriend, booze parties, honeymoon(s) in Mauritius may pump in you the rush to go nail the CAT.
But what do these exams want from you? What do they actually test in you? Is it all really so simple?
Why do some of us perform so well and what is it that the rest of us fail to understand? Me and the great bunch of friends that I have, all of us are different, have to be. These exams test the extent of your ability to identify a flaw in you, recognise and accept it and not be stubborn about changing. Most of the people around me have an innate understanding of the fact that it is okay to approach, solve math and english the way we used to do it when we were in class 8. No, it’s NOT okay. It’s not okay for a future manager to be rigid. These are the myths that people think will help them sail across.
CAT tests not so much of your intelligence as it tests your attitude.
1. “I am perfect the way I am, I don’t need to change.”
Oh yes you do! All of us have a long way to go till we become perfect. Change is the only constant; ring any bells? You just have to get rid of this attitude problem and approach things the right way, the different way.
2. “This is my approach towards problems, I don’t need to look at it differently.”
If things aren’t working out the way you wanted them to, you need to analyse again. What did I miss, what did I do wrong? Not THINKING and just blindly solving questions wont help.
3. “I will just take CAT, no other exam is good enough for me.”
That’s not the way to go. Given the amount of opportunities there are, it’s probably best to take the plunge and try it all out. You never know what doors it may open for you.
So as they say, a little pain now is much better than blissful ignorance.
All the best.