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Published :  Arun Arora | September 13, 2016 | 09:50 AM IST

Fear of CAT is normal , it is tough nut to crack 

If getting into a good institute of MBA was easy, everyone would get into one. If CAT exam was easy, the market would be flooded with MBA executives, deserving and otherwise.  But, that’s not the case. Undoubtedly, CAT is one of the toughest exams in the country. As MBA is a popular course and receives massive interest from students, the difficulty level of entrance exams is high to filter out students and pick only a handful. This is because of the limitations of infrastructure and the unavailability of enough seats in reputed institutes.


However, this should not deter you and unsettle your confidence. Given the lack of opportunities in India vis-à-vis the mammoth population, competition is fierce in every field, one just has to accept this bitter truth and treat it as normal.

1. Accept the challenge

The best quality of successful people is their ability to face challenges head on and turn them into opportunities. So, while some people develop a fear of CAT and allow the negative energy to take hold of them, some others acknowledge the fear and deal with it head on, rather than shirking away from the challenge or worse, ignoring its presence.  

2. Channelize the fear

One of the best ways to deal with fear is to channelize the fear positively and direct your energies in the right direction. Fear can be a great motivator and push you to achieve greater heights. Instead of focusing on and losing sleep over what your competitors are doing, it is better to direct your focus on yourself and try to be the best that you can be. As the stakes are high for aspirants appearing for CAT, fear of failure can sow the seeds of self- doubt in the aspirant and prevent him/ her from giving his/ her best shot. Instead, the aspirant should use this fear to prepare the best that he/she can and not leave anything to chance.


3. Hard work

That CAT is tough, is a normal thing to expect, and that is not in your own hands. What is in your hands, is to work towards cracking the CAT and put in all your efforts to realise your dream. The fear can only be overcome by hard work. The confidence of having prepared well and covered everything possible can help you build self- belief and conquer the fear.

4. Organise yourself

As any entrance examination, including CAT, is divided into different sections, such as Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and so on, a person who is good in studying in an organised manner would not see CAT as a demon and instead, go about perfecting his skills in the individual sections and systematically prepare. This ensures that there is less confusion and more clarity in the mind, and there is little chance of panic and disorder creeping in.

There is only way to deal with the fear for the CAT exam- conquer it. Do not let it hinder your preparation but use it to push your limits.

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