Exam Results

Exam resultsExam results can keep the best of students on tenterhooks, and can mentally and emotionally cripple the average or below-average student. This is very sad, given the fact that marks in any exam are absolutely no indicator either of the capability of the child, or the possible success he or she may achieve in life.

Exam Results Ranks
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Yet I watch in dismay as so many students (and more so their parents) think it is the end of the world when the exam results are below their expectation. It is not just those who fail in an exam who get frustrated and exasperated, there is also a large segment who go into depression when they get a few percentage points lesser than expectation, or lesser than their peers.

We are at that time of the year when many important exam results are coming in one by one – determining the career direction of lakhs of students, who do not know where they are headed and why. There is a craze for engineering, more so for the coveted “IIT’s” giving an impression that those who make it to IIT have attained Moksha, and those who did not are doomed to eternal damnation.

Exam Results Effect
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As a veteran student of IIT, and as an ardent student of human behavior, I have seen IIT-ians doing exceeding well in their professions, I have seen many more doing wonders in areas which have nothing to do with what they studied in IIT, and I have also, sadly, seen quite a few who have crumbled years after passing out from IIT.

My request is simple. Don’t compare yourself with others, don’t set too high bench-marks, don’t go by the herd mentality. Find out what you are good at, and you will be able to make your vocation into a vacation. That is what I did.

Career Guidance

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