CAT fever on at CL, Allahabad...
As the countdown begins, the furrows on the brows are getting deeper, the cheeks are getting hollower (a self-invented word!), and the demeanour is getting less confident. All the puffery that was so evident in the earlier months is remarkable in its absence now. Some students of course would like to demur, but the fact of the matter is that as CAT draws closer, as the preparations get into the last lap, the heartbeats are getting louder by the minute. There are frequent reports of students breaking into cold sweat at all kinds of unearthly hours. Some students are intent on leaving no bases uncovered, but do we see a question of overkill here? On the other hand there are some who wear the bindaas/I give a damn/my-Dad-is-permanently-going-to-bankroll me attitude as a matter of style.
Some of them have made CL their second home and follow their mentors like faithful puppies, while there are others who grace CL by their August presence only when they feel like it.
CAT is almost like playing a game of Russian roulette. You never know what to expect till you have come out of the exam hall, and usually by then, it’s too late.
Guys, take a chill pill. Relax. Prepare the basics & prepare them well. Strategise, manage time, practice making the correct choices; remember you do not have to attempt each question. The IIMs actually keep throwing red herrings at calculated intervals. You’ll swallow only at your own peril. To quote a typical cricket analogy, play like a test batsman, surviving the opening spell is more about knowing what to leave and what to play...
All the best kids, keep the ol’ chin up and keep smiling.