All posts filed under: Motivation

How to prepare for the VA section of the CAT

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CAT Strat / Motivation / Verbal Strat

When I took my first CAT paper, an actual CAT from the paper-based days, I felt I could easily crack the test. One of the big reasons for this was my outsized ability on the Verbal Ability section. By the time I wrote my first CAT Mock I had been reading three magazines a week for more than 6 years, had a vocabulary wide enough to crack the GRE without preparing for it and a […]

My 2 cents from a lifetime experience called MBA

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B-School Selection / Motivation

Over the past few years of mentoring there are always students who keep in touch even after they graduate from b-school. Some to express gratitude once they get their final placement, some to sort out their post MBA dilemmas and others just to have a nice chat about everything under the sun :-). Likewise this year a student of mine who graduated this March, wrote to me saying that he felt investing in an MBA […]

Preparing for an MBA and not just the CAT

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CAT / Motivation

The results of quite a few top b-schools are out and even now I get a lot of queries about that revolve around specialisations — which specialisations should I choose, I do not have any idea what my area of interest and so and so forth. This is not surprising since in India our strategy is simple — first crack the test, then see what is the best college your percentiles can get you and […]

To re-take or not to re-take the CAT

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B-School Selection / CAT / Motivation

April is the cruellest month is how one of the greatest modernist poems starts off and it is kind of applicable to all those who have taken CAT 2016 and are awaiting the results. While some have already made it, others are desperately awaiting the results, while still others are waiting for the results but are not really sure whether they should go ahead and join a b-school this year or give the CAT another shot. It […]

CAT 2016: Are you ready for a real test?

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Motivation

From very early on in our lives we are exposed (or subjected) to this word called TEST. As we enter the higher grades the importance that TESTS play or are supposed to play in our lives steadily increases. If we look back, for most of us, tests have always been part of a trinity, they have always been concomitant with two other things —  fear and prayer. At some point of time all of us […]

CAT 2016: Setting the right targets on your way to a 99 percentile

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CAT / CAT Strat / Motivation

Last weekend, I attended the Chennai convocation function for aspirants who cleared the Company Secretary (CS) exam this year (a relative of mine cleared the exam). The Chief Guest was Padmishri awardee T.N.Manoharan, who is a pre-eminent figure in the Banking and Accounting sector in the country with his book being a must-read for all CA aspirants. He was part of the government-appointed team that cleaned up the Satyam mess and paved the way for the […]

How to and not to evaluate your first SIMCAT performance

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CAT / CAT Strat / Motivation

The response to the first SIMCAT was great and it was nice to see so many students jump into the fray from the word go. But the plunge as most of you would know is similar to jumping off a diving board for the first time — the moment of impact, the bewilderment when you are under the water and most importantly the desperate eagerness towards the end to somehow get back to ground again. (I have […]