My Story: “I Had My CAT Exam But This Changed My View About Life”

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JUNE 9: Students coming out of exam centre after writing their CAT exam at D.I. Khan Boys Senior Secondary School at New Rajendra place on June 9, 2012 in New Delhi, India. CAT 2012 or Common Admission Test is the main entrance exam for MBA aspirants to get admission in Top B-Schools of India like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta amongst many others. CAT 2012 conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for admission to various levels of management courses like MBA, PGDM etc. (Photo by M. Zhazo/ Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Submitted by Shubhi Aggarwal, CAT Aspirant

I had my CAT exam from 9 am to 12 pm (noon).

Reporting time was 7:30.

The center was 2 hours away from my home so I was supposed to leave home at 5:30.

I woke up at 4:30, got ready, meanwhile, my grandmother prepared stuffed parathas and boiled the milk.

Due to jitters, I didn’t feel like eating anything so I just drank the milk and was about to leave home but she instead packed the parathas and kept in my bag.

Once my exam was over, I left the center and immediately afterward, all of my relatives started calling me asking about my exam.

How many attempts I made?

What score am I expecting?

Etc etc.

I reached the home at 2:30 pm, as soon as I stepped into home, my grandmother was the only one who asked a different question

Did you eat the parathas?”.

“How were they?”

“Didn’t you feel hungry while taking exam”?

And finally

How was your exam?”

I felt like hugging her tight at that moment realizing how blessed my life is.

PS- I did eat those parathas on my way back to home. After all, she made them by waking up at 4:30 am in the morning.

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