Monday, December 7, 2009

The (CAT)astrophe...

It all started in January when I decided to prepare for the exam that can get you to one of the most respected & prestigious institutes in the world, the IIMs.. Yes I am talking about the Common Admission Test better known as the CAT..Now I was never interested in doing MBA, even at the midst of my preparation I had second thoughts..Should I prepare for CAT or concentrate on my first love..(I am talking about computers, but God bless your overactive mind)..I went on the with the former.......

Anyways TIME went on...and there were some depressing times some happy times and some shocks (This led to some statements like... "Am I that bad?", "Am I that good?" and sometimes even worse..(Its something that can't be mentioned here..lol)..Moving on...

Now by October end I knew IIMs were beyond my reach and the best thing I could do was get into some good four star college (Yes just like Hotels even colleges are rated with stars.. We have 5 star, 4 star(Which according to bulls eye, every college in India is.. hehehe)...etc..I was prepared for the worst and had job plans even MTech plans at the back of my mind..but I never thought the biggest shock was yet to come...

Fast forwarding to 28th November...the day the first online CAT began, I had my CAT the next morning..I was preparing myself mentally on that day, So was not studying...was watching TV for a change and flipping through the channels, I saw the headlines "CAT fails the Test"...Now I won't get into the details of all the news..its all over the internet.. Type CAT 2009 on Google.com(:D)...

I knew that there will be some problems as its hard to conduct an online exam in a country like India but I had never expected such a blunder in a test that would decide the future of 2.5 lakh students..Now at my center I had to wait 3 and half hours before I could start my test and even if that was not enough the technology was there to put the icing on the cake..It was a CAT in which anyone( And by anyone I mean anyone) can get an IIM call if his luck is with him/her..and can even shatter the dreams of a deserving aspirant. It was catastrophic, to be honest..I took the test on the second day so I had no idea what I was about to face and was somewhat happy with my effort but as the week went on I soon realized there is no hope now..only because by the end of the week everyone in India knew what were the questions that were there in the exam, the type of questions..everything( Even the no disclaimer policy was just a mere formality)..and everyone was acing the CAT (Literally...)

"The most important exam in India ruined, there is nothing more to expect"..

And after all this when I look back at the time I started preparing and how I did it, the sacrifices (Not learning anything new on the computer, no games, no facebook, even I avoided watching movies..) so that I could study and atleast get a decent percentile..It was all a waste as far as this CAT goes..

This was not what I expected but what can I say after all this time I am still unplaced with one sem left, still on the same page as far as computer knowledge goes and had just messed up my CAT..All now I can do is hope..that I get placed somewhere good..cause there won't be any celebrations on January 22nd...

But Hey!, I never give up..there is always next time.. CAT 2010..huh?, Why not!!!..
The only good thing is..Now I can get back to my first love and not think about CAT for sometime...

And to all the people who took the CAT '09, GOD BLESS!!!