Cracking CAT exam is Smart Work or Hard Work?Anisha Mukhija
Cracking the CAT exam is Smart Work or Hard Work?
Ever wondered why people who work less than you, take less pressure, put fewer efforts, and are still able to crack CAT? No wonder everyone wants to crack entrance exams and are ready to do what is required to get into the top management institutes, and there has been no shortcut for hard work. However, the right strategy and time management always puts you ahead of everyone in the race. Almost every one of us has been through the phase where we join some education institutes to start our preparation. These institutes provide us with lots of material and mock tests which is sometimes impossible to solve before the actual CAT exam. Let’s find out if cracking the CAT exam is smart or hard work.
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The person who does hard-work will try to solve as many questions as possible and will believe that he/she will secure good marks in the real exam after solving them. They will assume that their result will only depend on the number of hours they have put to solve those questions. In reality, they would find that most of the things which they worked upon were useless because only some parts came in the exam. They would also find themselves in a position where they will have a lot of knowledge but find it hard to implement. This situation will put more pressure and ultimately the student will feel mentally exhausted.
Whereas the person who does smart-work will work in a structured way. They will give more value to their time and will work according to their schedule. These students will have the same material which other students have. But they will focus more on quality rather than quantity. These students will try to build a strong foundation by trying to have a better understanding of concepts. They will be ready to face challenges during the real exam. And will be prepared to solve a particular question in more than one way. For them, it is all about getting answers and it doesn’t matter which technique or method has to be applied.
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Let’s take an example
Let’s take an example of two students A and B. Their exam is just 5 months from now. Both have started preparing for CAT exam at the same time. A is a student who studies hard and reads a lot of books and gives a lot of tests. He has set a huge target for himself where he will solve all the questions of quant from 4 different books. And also will give 100 mock tests. Student B believes in doing smart work. Therefore did all the level 3 questions after understanding the basics and concepts. He also worked on getting answers through approximation and other tricks. Moreover, he didn’t set a target for himself which was impossible to achieve, and therefore he gave some 3 to 4 hours daily.
Most of us have a story like A and B where A is a hard-worker who puts all his efforts and set high targets. But is not able to complete the target and ultimately ends up getting lower percentile than what he thinks he could achieve. Whereas B is the one who gets what he wants because he focuses more on smart work rather than hard work.
So how to go about it?
Hard work with impossible targets or no targets is just the same. Smart work is not an alien concept because it too requires hard work. But doing hard work in isolation, without having a structured plan and strategy is a wastage. Today, CAT or any other entrance exams like XAT, NMAT, IIFT have a lot of competition. Therefore people who do smart work will always have an edge. And also cracking these exams require smart work as these exams test our effective thinking. Because they do not test how hard a student needs to work to solve a particular question. They want a particular student to answer a question smartly & quickly which requires one a unique thought process.
I hope this article helps you with your preparations and building strategies.
Keep going and All the very best!