Mathematics is a subject that involves application of the mind, conceptual clarity and a deep engagement with the problem at hand. All of this is possible only when one keeps a cool head. The Quantitative Aptitude section contains different levels of complex questions, ranging from simple to difficult. To attempt the vast variety of questions at hand, one needs to be calm and unruffled.
Given the importance of the CAT exam in the lives of the aspirants, they need to put their best foot forward. To be able to perform at their best, they need to concentrate on the task at hand and not allow themselves to be distracted. Even negative emotions such as anxiety, nervousness, and pressure of performance can distract an individual from applying his mind completely to the exam. This is because the individual’s mind will be caught up with these exhaustive emotions and not allow you to be at your best. Quant is one section where you a slight slip in concentration can prove costly. You may solve even known and familiar problems incorrectly.
Calm mind works best
It is a fact that a calm mind works best, especially in pressure situations. Having a chaotic, disturbed and anxiety- ridden mind works against you as you begin to write the paper. You focus more on negativities rather than feel confident about your chances. You begin to doubt your abilities and allow existential questions to nag you. What you need at the time of exam is a calm mind, in complete control of itself and your emotions. A calm mind will enable you to recall all that you have prepared and attempt the questions as quickly as possible. This is crucial, for the Quantitative Aptitude section requires you to recall formulas and steps to solve a particular problem.
A cool head helps you overcome nervousness, which is a natural thing to feel before a big exam like the CAT. To add to this, the Quantitative Aptitude section might be a tricky one to solve. The best way to overcome this nervousness is to take deep breaths and try to calm the mind. A cool head while tackling Quant increases the chances of scoring well in this section.
Clarity of thought
The Quantitative Aptitude section can be done justice with only with a clear mind. You will notice that once you have attained a clarity in your thoughts and are confident about your preparation, you will transfer that clarity and confidence to your paper. Topics like Measurements, Percentages, Averages, Ration and Proportion, to name a few, involve big calculations with complex numbers. While dealing with such numbers, you need to have clarity in mind about the steps involved in reaching the right answer. This clarity of thought will come only when the mind is cool and calm.
Speed and Accuracy
Time is a big factor in an exam like CAT. You need to do the questions within the stipulated time. To achieve both speed and accuracy, it is imperative that you have a cool head on your shoulders, completely focussed on doing well.
Thus, a cool head goes a long way in improving your scores in the Quantitative Aptitude section.
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