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The competition is cutthroat

india Updated: Jun 09, 2011 16:22 IST
Parushi Ruhil
Parushi Ruhil
Hindustan Times
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Parushi Ruhil
St Thomas’ School

Parents’ favourite line is: “This is the most important exam of your life.” They said it before my Class 10 Board exams, my Class 12 Boards, and now they say it before every entrance exam. The emotional quotient is high this season, especially with mothers!

“What if you don’t get admission in a good Delhi University college,” she asks me every second day. I don’t know what to say to her. College is neither the start nor the end of ones’ life. An institution is not going to decide my future and my life, my talents and capabilities will. But some parents just don’t seem to understand this. Talking about entrance exams, these are much different than Board exams. In Board exams, at least you know the course curriculum and you have access to the books that form the basis of the exam. But in entrances, the course curriculum is vast and the competition is cut-throat. You study to outperform your counterpart but there still remains this ‘someone better’!