Compete with yourself, not others: PM Modi tells students


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday told students appearing for board exams to remain positive, and not to come under pressure of expectations.

Modi, in his radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, also had ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and chess champion Vishwanathan Anand giving messages to the students.

“Do not get burdened under the expectations of others. Set your own targets,” the prime minister said.”Exams are very much like problems you face later in life… The most important thing is to stay calm. It is very much like a game of chess,” he said.
Addressing students appearing for board exams, Modi said, “Do not limit yourself with what will happen in these exams. Work with a much larger purpose. What is your routine, during exams, is important.”

“Why should we compete with others, why not compete with oneself. Break your own previous record.”
Modi also advised parents not to pressurise students and give them their space. “Parents, teachers and seniors are an invaluable support system for students during exam time,” he said.

Tendulkar in his message also urged students to remain positive.

“Positive thoughts will be followed by positive results,” Tendulkar said.

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Chess maestro Viswanathan Anand joined the programme asking students to stay calm, not be over-confident but not to be pessimistic either. “If your mind is at peace you will be able to find the treasure of knowledge and exams will become much easier for you.”
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Anand said the problems of board exam are much like the challenges we face later in life.

Modi shared his thoughts  just  before the presentation of the Union Budget 2016 by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday.

The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) Class 12th board exams 2016 are set to begin from March 1 till April 24, while class 10th exams will begin on March 1 and will end on March 28.

In the past, the Prime Minister through Mann Ki Baat, has shared his thoughts on a range of issues including drug addiction, farmers problems, menace of corruption, declining sex ratio, promotion of Khadi and high rate of casualties in road accidents.


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