Sep 10, 2021
Giving the CAT preparation undivided attention for 7-8 months is a luxury that many aspirants cannot afford. However, that does not make them ineligible for having a dream, nurturing it with hard work, and living it with smart work. Working professionals must not feel that they don’t have the permission to aim at an inspiring CAT percentile. The quality of your CAT exam preparation determines how far you can go, not the assumption that working professionals can’t make it happen in the first attempt. If quitting your current job is not an option for you, it does not mean you have to quit dreaming and give up on your ambition of studying at one of the top business schools.
We have compiled some tips to ensure that you can strike a healthy balance and can study for the CAT while working full time.
Every morning after your alarm wakes you up, you wake up your mind with a fresh dose of motivation. Remind yourself how each day presents a brand new opportunity to make a difference, to learn new things, and to move closer to your goals. Divide your day into three segments: 1) Work/Job, 2) CAT Preparation, and 3) Other things. Now, it's understandable if your responsibilities don't leave much room for the exam preparation. However, how you make the most of 1440 minutes every day, makes all the difference. Methodical utilization of time can take you places. Here's a list of things which may seem too insignificant to play a pivotal role in your journey right now but when practised repeatedly, the final outcomes will make you believe in their potential:
When your perseverance takes a lead, the excuses, false assumptions, and demotivation are bound to accept defeat.
Have an efficient plan in place to slowly but definitely reach the final destination. As a working professional, you can't throw yourself into the pool of unrealistic targets, not knowing how to swim your way through it. Cover everything but systematically.
'Systematic' brings us to our next point- coaching. While juggling a full-time job, your daily responsibilities, and self-study for the CAT, going to an institute will only make the number of hours in a day seem fewer than they already do! Rely on online coaching platforms like PrepLadder where you have the access to comprehensive study material, a good number of mock tests, a complete and customizable question bank, detailed performance cards, and engaging video lectures. Reap the benefits of technological advancement and instead of compiling a long list of sources, get it all at one place. This will consolidate your faith in your goals and that's exactly what you need.
Before you finally get into an IIM, let your preparation journey be your first lesson in displaying your management skills. You should not be pressuring yourself to do everything, even if that's impossible in your case. The target should revolve around covering every important thing in detail, practising on a regular basis, and analyzing your performance. There is no substitute for hard work and there are no shortcuts to success. However, some techniques can fasten your calculations. Also, understanding the pattern well in advance, knowing when to skip a question, and using the elimination method wherever required, can take your preparation to the next level. There are tips and tricks known to the experts which will enable you to move to the advanced level smoothly. Understand, enlist, and use those. We don't ask you to choose between hard work and smart work, we in fact, encourage you to use a combination of the two to make the best of both worlds!
When they tell you that you can't clear the CAT because you are a working professional, don't waste your time coming up with an impressively spellbinding reply. Use that time to solve another question and let the results speak for your devotion, zeal, and efficient time management skills. After all, there is no comeback as spellbinding as your success.
We wish you all the best while you set out to Own Your Dream.
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Ridhima is a Content Writer at PrepLadder. She aims at making a significant difference in the academic journeys of Medical PG, NEET SS, and CAT aspirants through her content.