CAT Prep under pressure?

Prepare for CAT like you would for a marathon

I keep getting Telegram messages from some of you daily. Of late, the main theme across these messages has been: P R E S S U R E. In fact, that’s the one thing that goes up as your CAT prep heads into the final phase.

The stress that’s peaking as the culmination of the best CAT preparation practices you undertook approaches.

The AIRCAT scores that don’t seem to improve.

The hard-work that doesn’t seem to be paying off. And so on…

2 things to think about:

  1. You wouldn’t be (a normal) human if you didn’t feel the pressure. This understanding should help you relax a little, and yes, even smile – NOW!
  2. Practically everyone is facing this pressure. This is something you can use – handle it better than others and you gain some ground. Worrying won’t help. Knowing there is and will be pressure, but ensuring that you avoid panic as others fall prey to it, will help you move ahead (in relative terms) and derive the maximum out of the final stages of your CAT preparation.

Easier said than done. But true nevertheless.

It is true not just for handling pressure, but for any other situation you face in life. You cannot change external things; you can only control your response to them. Our reactions to situations and factors determine whether we are more likely to succeed or fail.

You can’t remove the pressure. You can certainly handle it better. So, think about what helps you handle pressure better? And well, if you have a temperament that relishes pressure – it’s game on! Ben Stokes, no chokes 😀

About the author: Deekshant has sleep-walked through several 100 and 99.9 %iles in practically every section of the CAT. That he is a cricket fan and he writes okay is evident from most of his posts. 1000s of our students swear that he can motivate almost anyone to double his/her percentile through very simple yet powerful inputs. And that’s why every MBAGuru student has direct access to him via mail and Telegram. Oddly, he somehow also finds the time to write songs professionally. And yes … almost missed this … he is an alumnus of IIT Delhi & IIM Cal 🙂

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