• Dedication: Dedication comes from within. A student devotes him/herself completely to the preparation and sets aside all the possible luring distractions. Pure devotion leads to productivity which is only achieved by working hard. Students who are loyal to their preparation yield fruitful results. Dedication is about self-sacrificing devotion. Students sacrifice their demands, needs and hobbies while preparing for the exam because they know a more promising future awaits them.
  • Motivation: There’s a reason to everything we do. Motivation is this positive driving force that takes the students ahead in combating the pessimism. Pessimism of not clearing the exam that lies in the students’ paths. Management requires you to be highly motivated since successful entrepreneurs are such people who have bright vision and realistic goals.
  • Optimism: A belief that you will get a decent score as per your expectations will certainly help you in cracking the exam. Obviously, it is not the ultimate characteristic a student requires but it raises the confidence level.
  • Zealousness: The zeal to succeed and the passion to excel are absolutely important in this arduous preparation. Life challenges the test-takers by throwing a plethora of obstructions in their paths. A settled mind would not wander and look for opportunities to waste time. Time wasters can be unavoidable at times. But the people with zealousness will try to compensate the wasted time.
  • Tolerance: Not everyone gets through the CAT exam. Should they give up on it then? Definitely, no. Not if their sole aim is getting into one of the prestigious IIMs. Failures can bring you down but you have to get up and try! Try until you succeed. With failures comes frustration. You cannot train yourself mentally for another attempt if you do not have the ability to handle the frustration of failing.
  • Introspection and retrospection: The need to carry out an analysis of your strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats – a SWOT analysis is important. With the weaknesses in front of you, you can improve upon them. A tactical approach to preparation is possible with the SWOT analysis.
  • Perseverance: There may be days when you might feel like taking a break from the preparations and there might be days when you might think, that you have managed to do the best. But, being the best is not enough. To get into the top IIMs you must be ready to put in your heart and soul into the task and must be willing to be better than the previous day. Qualities are not gifted but acquired. Young minds can inculcate in them all the qualities listed above with time. Remember there’s no shortcut to success.