Quotable Quotes: Quotabit – themedideas

  • Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Quotabit 111. “Competitive vs non-competitive examinations” (30.11.2014.)

“In competitive examinations, the candidates are ranked according to their performances (marks obtained) and only the top few get a chance to fulfill their wisdom (professional or educational courses, jobs etc). While the ‘non-competitive’ examinations to progress through academic career and achieve qualifications have a qualifying or pass mark, in a real sense, these are not ‘non-competitive’ as the marks or grades obtained would have a significant impact on the subsequent career opportunities. Therefore, it is imperative that an organised, structured and efficient approach to prepare for the examinations is developed from the early stage of life.

For example, entry into some of the professional or educational courses are based on the marks or grades obtained in previous examinations (such as the MBBS / MBChB courses in the UK). For the others a minimum marks or grades obtained in previous examinations are required to be eligible to get entry into those courses besides being successful in the respective competitive examinations (such as the MBBS / BDS / BE courses in India).

Sudipta Paul


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Quotabit 112. “Exam Success” (30.11.2014.)

“Whether somebody would achieve success in the examination depends basically on two factors, luck and efficient work (not working hard blindly). To be successful, one needs both.”

While one cannot control his or her luck, he or she can always try to prepare for the examination efficiently. Therefore, one’s success in the examination would vary depending on how efficiently he or she plans and prepares for the examination.

Sudipta Paul


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Quotabit 113. Readophilia – “Read-wise Exam-foolish” (30.11.2014.)

“Reading too much would make you wiser about the subject, but miser about getting marks in the exam.”

The majority of the candidates only concentrate on reading as much as possible and ignore the other skills required to achieve success in the examinations. While reading too much would make them wiser about the subject but miser about performing and getting marks in the examinations. It is an inefficient method (marks obtained per unit time of reading) to score marks in the examinations. For a particular level of marks the amount of reading would have to be substantially higher compared with an efficient method of preparation where the techniques to score higher marks are incorporated and successfully implemented in the examinations. This is very simple. Suppose, a person knows theoretically that to win a football match his team needs to score more goals than the opposition. He also knows theoretically how to score goals and prevent the opposition from scoring goals. Would the person keep on increasing his theoretical knowledge about football to the post-Doctoral level or prepare strategies about the forthcoming match, and put on his boots to practise playing football? There is no alternative to practising what you have to do in the examination. You could only improve the efficiency of your efforts and perform well if you acquire the skills that are tested in the examination. You cannot do that by reading only. You have to use the techniques to improve your efficiency and…

Sudipta Paul


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Quotabit 114. “Love” (02.12.2014.)

“ভালবাসা নামক টস কয়েনের দু’টি পিঠ; মানিয়ে নেয়া আর মেনে নেয়া”

“The toss of Love is like the two sides of a coin

Adapt and Accept” (translated by Sudipta Paul)

Jahid Hasan

Quotabit 115. “Achieving Your Goals 1” (16.01.2015.)

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

Henry David Thoreau

Quotabit 116. “Achieving Your Goals 2” (17.01.2015.)

“You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind. Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”

Edmund Lee

Quotabit 117. “Achieving Your Goals 3” (17.01.2015.)

“In the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”

Abraham Lincoln

Quotabit 118. “Achieving Your Goals 4” (14.03.2015.)

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

C S Lewis

Quotabit 119. “Obstructions to Achieving Your Goals” (14.03.2015.)

“If you feel that you face obstructions in ‘Achieving Your Goals’, you are either not sharp enough to penetrate through the perceived obstruction or not powerful enough to bulldoze it or not diplomatic enough to circumvent it.”

Sudipta Paul

Quotabit 120. “Temptation to act” (18.07.2015.)

“Never enter a ‘football pitch’ until you are ready to play the match. Otherwise, you would only expose yourself to ridicule”

Sudipta Paul


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