In India, you will find that there are innumerable families who prefer government jobs over private jobs. With the kind of benefits and privileges that come with government jobs, most people think that it is the more secure and respectable option. However, one has to sit for competitive exams to be able to have a shot at these careers, be it civil services or a teaching job.
However, if you think about it, there are other competitive examinations that are equally as tough – like CAT and GRE. If one has to study management at a prestigious institute, they need to appear for CAT. If one has to go to the US and study engineering, they need to have an impressive GRE score.
But you will find that there’s a good chunk of people who, despite numerous failed attempts, keep trying to qualify for these entrance exams with the hope that the answer to a sorted life lies in acing these exams. But that is not always the case. Here’s a video wherein a guy says that he has been studying and appearing for competitive exams for 12 years. He started when he was 18 and now he is 30 years old.
The reason why he keeps doing so is because the starting salary at private jobs is often Rs 10,000 – Rs 12,000. Have a look at the video here:
This is the thing about competitive exams that breaks my heart 💔
— Shekhar Dutt (@DuttShekhar) February 8, 2024
Responding to this video, a guy named Arun shared how he spent three years trying to crack competitive exams like CAT and CFA but failed. However, in 2016, he took up a sales job that paid him Rs 12,000 and every year he switched jobs to grow his salary. In 2018, he was earning more than triple his initial salary – Rs 40,000. In 2021, he earned Rs 80,000 a month and currently, he is earning lakhs.
“The growth trajectory has made more grateful than ever, and I’m hustling more than before. Life happens outside entrance exams, you need to keep hustling. My advice to young people would be, don’t waste time giving just entrance exams. You need to put yourself out there,” he wrote.
Have a look at his post here:
I had spent 3 years trying to crack CAT, CFA but failed.
I took up a sales job in 2016 with a base salary of ₹12K/month, saw success in one of the most sales jobs- Cold calling MR sales job.
I switched jobs every year to grow my salary, I touched ₹40K/month in 2018, then hit… https://t.co/vFjOpvryJz
— Arun (@arunv2808) February 9, 2024
Several people shared similar experiences of being unable to qualify competitive exams, starting from scratch, hustling hard, and eventually climbing up the corporate ladder to be able to earn an impressive salary and live a comfortable life. Have a look at some of the responses here:
I don’t feel any remorse for this guy because even after being a big failure he keeps on saying that – In private job you are only earning 10/15k per month. These gov exam jeets still see private job people as third class citizen. Actually its the gov exam which is brainwashing
— Self Made Man (@power_joshi_1) February 9, 2024
Your’s is the kind of story that everyone should promote and get inspired by. Life is a hustle for most of us. A few are more gifted than most, or are born with stars aligned for greatness. They are outliers’, it’s Us, the sloggers’, the hustlers, who are the real heroes ‘.🙌🙏
— Uprite rahul (@RahulUprite) February 9, 2024
Very glad that you shared. I love studying but I could never take a competitive exam. It made me feel like the world is going to end with the exam and I got anxiety. I am not sure if my life is great now but at least I know what I don’t want.
— Priyadarshini (@pd_srid) February 9, 2024
I can relate to what you say, took cat 7 times, gmat 2 times and finally went to do MBA in a college that didn’t ask for these,now in a job totally unrelated to my MBA.while I was taking CAT I took the wise decision of not leaving the IT job that I got in campus plcmnts,so escape
— Ramachandran B (@ramchu_raja) February 9, 2024
My friend started with 10k/month n now he makes 60LPA after 12y
— Nitish Gupta (@NitishDGupta) February 9, 2024
One of my friends a polytechnic diploma holder,started as a petrol pump mechanic in 2006,that time he was getting 3000 after a year switched to moserbear noida at 6500, unti 2010 worked there, In 2010 he got an opportunity in TATA moter Pune, He is in Cummins now on 30 lac/ year
— Bhanu🔆favorite of Darvax Trader (@Bhanu47127649) February 9, 2024
I cleared CFA level 2, scored 710 in GMAT, 320 in GRE, prepared for UPSC for 3 years but failed
Then joined a job and started this account on twitter and doing better than most of my friends
You can still make a lot of money and have a good life without entrance…
— Bhavan | Fat Loss Coach (@BhavanChand) February 9, 2024
Two of my frnds started IT Job in Mumbai at 15k/month. Initial days were tough but
Today after 10yrs, one is in USA other is in Microsoft India paying monthly income tax eq to yearly earning of what he was getting in initial days
— 🇮🇳🇺🇸 (@abhi9says) February 9, 2024
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