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Should I Quit My Job to prepare for CAT 2021?

Swati Mittal

Common Aptitude Test or CAT is one of the most prominent MBA entrance exams in the country. It is a gateway to get admission to Indian Institutes of Management which are considered as the top b-schools in the country. Lakhs of students appear for the CAT entrance exam in hopes of getting into one of the top b-schools to pursue their MBA dreams. Being one of the toughest MBA entrances, it requires regular practice and studying if one wishes to make it to the elite list of CAT toppers. CAT aspirants often take varied approaches when it comes to preparing for the CAT exam and there is no set preparation strategy that guarantees success in the CAT entrance exam. There are various factors that affect the kind of preparation strategy that candidates adopt. So here are a few factors that you must consider before making any big decision:

For Example A candidate who is confident of his Verbal Ability skills is more likely to focus more of his time and effort on improving his skills in the Quantitative Ability section while preparing for the CAT exam.

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CAT Preparation strategy differs for different candidates based on the circumstances that they are faced with. So, if you are a working professional and are facing the dilemma of whether or not to quit your job to prepare for the CAT entrance it is important that you know what kind of preparation strategy is best suited to your needs. Or how much effort do you require to put in your CAT preparation?

Here are some of the questions that you must try and answer before deciding whether or not to quit your job to prepare for the CAT exam.

  1. Do you need to start your preparation from the scratch?
  2. Are you aware of your strengths and weakness and have a preparation strategy in place?

Making the decision of leaving a well-established job to pursue further education can be a daunting task, and you can’t make such a decision based on impulse alone. Let's weigh both the scenarios of whether to quit the job or not and see which one best appeals to you.

Benefits of quitting a job for CAT preparation

The motive here is, that you must be very positive and confident that CAT is the answer you are looking for, and it is in every way a better alternative than your current job. Only then, you must consider leaving your job behind, for taking chances at CAT.

Aftermaths of Quitting Job

(a)    The Eligibility Criteria of the CAT MBA entrance exam changes every year, it might not match your background the next time you try for it.

(b)   The reservation of seats is up to 50% for OBC/SC/ST/Female etc. you might not know where you land.





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(c)    They treat students from all backgrounds equally, whether they are from State Board/CBSE/ICSE/SSC etc. And we know that the difficulty level, and scoring methods are different in all these patterns of education.

The Yerkes-Dodson law suggests the same, in the image below:

All this is not meant to doubt your motives, but these are harsh realities in case you are considering leaving a job for CAT. Leaving your job is a major decision, and if the reasons are compelling enough, and you have enough confidence, you must surely go for it. However, according to a lot of teachers and mentors in this field, a disciplined effort can make a person crack CAT along with having a job.

How to prepare for CAT 2021 with JOB?

In case you want to attempt CAT along with a job, then you must follow these steps:

STEP 1: A systematic study plan for CAT includes only 3-4 hours of a day, where the applicant must study wholeheartedly. This plan works if such efforts are put in for at least 6 months before the exam.

STEP 2: Quitting the job also slows down the student, as he has a lot of time to spend. But continuous work experience has its added advantage in the eyes of an interviewer.

STEP 3: Mock CAT tests are always there to help you keep track of your growth and if taken seriously, they can prove the best way to put your plans together.

You can get more insights about this decision when you take a glance at the CAT Topper Chhavi Gupta a working professional who scored the perfect 100 percentile.

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