So, what is the main purpose of your CAT preparation? If you are finding it tough to express it in a few words, let me try and help you get there.
What is the purpose of practice matches before a big series/tournament?
What is the purpose of rehearsing several times before the actual event?
It is to get a sense of what is likely to happen, learn to adapt to the demands of the finale, to identify areas of improvement and correct, to experiment to improve. It is to get ready for the final battle.
The purpose of CAT preparation is just that – for the finale that will be the actual CAT.
So, what happens when you don’t score well in a few practice matches or your rehearsals are not perfect?
Do you lose hope, sit back and start believing that you can never do it? Or do you see it as a bad day out of your way, a lesson learnt, a problem overcome, an issue removed?
Do you see it as the end of the road? Or do you see it as a kick on the butt to get you going with greater intensity?
Do you see it as a consequence, an outcome of all your efforts? Or do you see it as a process necessary to get into the best possible shape for success in the real finale?
Shouldn’t you think similarly about your AIRCATs/Mocks/equivalents?
These are nothing more than practice matches – the scores in these don’t matter, they never will! The only purpose is to experiment, learn and get better.
Do you think a year from now anyone, including yourself, would bother about your score in AIRCAT-2209? Or that the mock CAT scores would have any lasting significance?
Do not mistake steps for the goal, and do not misinterpret hurdles for defeat. Read the previous line again!
The very purpose of your CAT exam preparation is to set yourself up for success in the actual CAT. The failures during preparation are not failures at all. The only score that would count be the one at the actual CAT – nothing else matters. Just focus on that. And use every opportunity to improve.
Stop being disappointed. Cease stalling. Stop stopping.
Buck up. Move on. Get going!
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