If a catalyst lowers activation energy by equal amounts for both the forward and reverse reaction, shouldnt the equilibrium be changed as according to the Maxwell curve, the ratio of particle with enough activation would be different?

Activation energy of reverse reaction catalyst

The catalyst lower the activation of both the forward and reverse reaction.

Because these two activation energies will not be equal (generally), the equal drop in value is a greater fractional drop for on than the other.

This will affect the Boltzman Factor (fraction with sufficient energy), affect the rates of the two reactions differently and so change the quilibrium position.

,Thought expt: imagine an exothermic reation where a catalyst drops the forward activation energy to zero.

There will still be an activation energy for the reverse reaction ( albit smaller).

The forwards reaction will be about instant- equilibrium moves to the right - forward reaction goes petty much to completion.

Activation energy for exothermic reaction

With exothermic reactions the products are lower in energy than the reactants and we can measure and observe the excess energy released as an increase in temp or flame etc.

,If there was no activation energy then all reactants would immediately combine and become products - a match for example would spontaneously set itself alight.

,The activation energy is the energy required to break all the bonds in the reactants.

A certain amount of energy is needed for each bond type in order for this to occur.

,Therefore reactions donu2019t proceed unless the activation energy is added to the reaction.

,The match needs heat energy from friction to break bonds and then ignites to form new products and release the excess energy.

Which energy is the activation energy for the reaction rp

Prologue:nAmidst a normal work schedule that my body and mind had got used to in the past two years, working as a Member Technical in D.


Shaw India, I decided to move on in the direction of pursuing my dream for higher education.

In the foresight, back then, I would have almost 3 years work experience by the time I start my endeavor.

Thus, I decided to attempt Common Admission Test 2014.

nI had thought, accompanied a decent education profile of percentages in nineties in Class X, Class XII and Undergraduate studies, an extremely high CAT score will guarantee me a call for interview in the reputed IIMs.

I started with my efforts in the direction to succeed in the CAT.

nLittle had I known that my efforts will fall short in the crucial exam, getting me a meagre CAT percentile of 94.


That was shocking and devastating.

But the true surprise came when I still got a call from IIM, Bangalore.

More about this prep story later, now moving onto the experience.

,The Interview:nHere comes the day, March 17th 2015.

Time: 9 a.


Location : IIM, Bangalore - my first ever rendezvous with the beautiful city.

Around 27 candidates divided into three interview panels.

,After the Written Ability Test (will share the experience separately), it was the time for the interview.

From the background where I got the call, I was thinking Ive got nothing to lose.

If anything, I might as well be the last candidate on the list whom they decided to call for interview.

It feels good to be here sitting inside the campus, while outside, there goes on such a huge business going on to get people into these walls.

This is a privilege.

I am fortunate.

And privileges are not some things to be worried about, privileges must be enjoyed.

Hell yeah!,Interview panel: P1 - Dr.

Charan Singh, P2 - Dr.

Jishnu Hazra P3 - IIMB Alumni,Here you go.

,As soon as I enter the room, even before sitting in my chair, they ask me about a topic that I had mentioned in my Statement of Purpose related to my job.

,P1 : You have mentioned Difference in view points of trader vs risk manager, can you elaborate on this?nMe : Sir, this is a presentation that I had given to my team that talks about how the views differ between a trader and a Risk Manager in the world of investment banking and trading.

Generically, a trader wants to maximize the profit and returns, thus he is willing to take more and more risk.

The job of a Risk Manager is to monitor various exposures and focus on reducing the risk involved.

So in some way its a tussle between a trader and a Risk Manager, more like a tussle between an optimist and a pessimist.

,P1 : But a trader also has to worry about the risk, he may stand to make huge losses if he takes unnecessary risk.

Why do you think he will be reckless?nMe : Sir, its not about him being reckless but when you see from the perspective of loss that a trader can incur, at most, hell be fired but for the firm, that loss can be much more damaging.

Thus thats the exact reason that they have a Risk Manager to monitor various exposures.

,P1: But each trader has a capital allocated to him so even if he wants, he cannot wipe out the entire firms capital, so why do you think that is even a possibility?nMe: Sir, I agree that there is a specific capital with which a trader is allowed to play with but in reality, in the world of hedge funds, the capital number that you see is the leveraged capital.

Thus because of leverage, there exists a possibility that the loss can wipe out much more capital than what has been allocated.

Also, I wont say a trader can wipe out the capital of the entire firm but he can most certainly bring the particular group down.

And that is significant damage to the firm.

Generally there will be trades that a trader wants to perform and Risk Manager will take a call, depending on various exposures, as to whether to allow that or not.

,P1: So you can call Risk Manager as an umbrella trader or a trader who can moderate other traders depending on his view.

nMe: Yes, sir.

I could say that.

,P1: I see that you have mentioned Idea Generation Workshop in your SOP.

What is an Idea Generation Workshop?nMe: This was an initiative taken by a professor the college to promote innovation in day to day student life.

I used to be a coordinator along with him.

,P2: How do you promote innovation in day to day life? What was the agenda?nMe: It was a full day workshop where there would be inspirational stories and videos.

Some real life stories like how Chik shampoo founder shook the Asia wing of Hindustan Lever Limited and how Goonj the NGO helps people with clothing etc.

The basic fundamental that innovation can be taught and can be learned if you have the right attitude.

At the end, students would be asked to come up with proposals to some day to day problems that they face.

nThis program was even conducted for the faculty in the institute.

Stories of innovation at grass root level have been really inspiring.

,P1: Do you think you are creative?nMe: Yes, I think so.

I wouldnt say I am the most creative person in the world but yes.

,P3: (Nodding) Thats fine.

Do you think a trader should be creative?nMe: I think a trader has to be creative, Sir.

As you know, in some places, a trader is called a gambler.

To be able to beat the competition, trader has to come up with innovative combination of certain instruments to maximize the returns.

Also, a trader must trust his intuition while making certain decisions that might be highly risky.

,P3: Who are the people that have inspired you? Who are your idols?nMe: Raghuram Rajan, Dr.

APJ Abdul Kalam and in sports, Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

,P3: Have you read any non-fiction books or biographies that have inspired you?nMe: (I havent mentioned passionate reading as my hobby anywhere.

) Sir, I do not get time to read biographies as such but I read up various articles about any innovative thinking and these people that I have mentioned above.

Lets say Raghu Ram Rajan, he is like a superman in his career.

The stories like how he had talked about fat tails in the real estate markets before the Global Meltdown, but that paper was not well received in the world.

How hes worked towards taking measures that have helped Indian economy recover from where it was when he took control.

,P1: Tell us what is regular day like.

nMe: Its generally a mix of work, exercise and recreational activities.

Regular work and a fixed duration of fitness exercise in the evening daily.

,P1: (Interrupting) So, as per your schedule you have time.

Its just that you choose not to spend it on reading books.

nMe: Sir, I agree that I have time and its the priorities according to which I distribute it on a given day.

Given the sitting nature of my job, I have come to understand the importance of staying fit.

Historically, I havent always enjoyed good health, thats why the daily fitness regime has helped me in keeping me fit and full of energy that can then be used for work.

Looking 10 years into the future, I feel staying fit is absolutely necessary to keep myself motivated.

So far as reading is concerned, I devote my daily time in reading various articles on the Internet.

,P3: I think thats reasonable.

nP2: You mentioned Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Why not Gavaskar? Gavaskar was a great player considering the quality of bowling attack and conditions back then.

He is even greater player than Dhoni.

nMe: Sir, I agree that Gavaskar is a legendary player and not to demean him in anyway, I have been a fan of the way MS Dhoni acts as a leader.

,P2: (Cutting me in midway) Everyone talks about a person when he is successful.

Thats no big deal.

People talk about Dhoni because he has been successful, why would that matter?nMe: Sir, I have been a Dhoni fan even in times when he faced massive defeats overseas.

Its his qualities that I really appreciate.

,P3: (Interrupting) Which of his qualities interest you?nMe: Sir, his most important quality of staying calm under pressure scenarios.

Also the fact of treating victories and defeats equally, developing a process, backing the youngsters in their bad patch.



,P1: (Snapping me) Anyone has a good patch and a bad patch.

I have a good patch today, tomorrow I will have a bad patch.

That applies to anyone.

nMe: Sir, hes supported his young players through their bad patches and given them confidence.

As a leader that is very important.

Also, even after a defeat, he would talk about the positives from that contest.

,P1: Thats the job of a captain, isnt it? Ganguly will say that after the match, Dravid will.

Whats the big deal about it?nMe: Sir, I agree any captain will say that after a match.

Its just that I respect Dhoni because he has acted in that direction.

There was a time when we got Ifran Pathan, RP Singh, Laxmipathy Balaji, they shone in their good patches, rocked the international scenario, but when their bad patch hit, we no more see them anywhere.

Dhoni supported his players and they are now giving results.

The youngsters in the current team have won 6 out of 6 world cup matches on foreign soil.

,P1: What is your view on failure? We see your academic profile and it seems you have been a topper throughout and you dont seem to have experienced any sort of failure.

You talked about Raghu Ram Rajan, he was a topper in his life and your academic profile looks kind of similar.

nMe: Sir, an academic record doesnt always show the kind of failures that I have experienced, it has just highlighted my achievements.

,P3: What is one failure that you want to quote from your life? Also can you tell us your learnings from that?nMe: An incident of failure that comes to my mind is after the X exam for National Talent Search Examination.

After clearing the state level examination, and then the national level examination, I couldnt make it through the interview.

Maybe because of my discrepancies of comfort level with the language or any other lack of knowledge.

I come from a small town and almost everyone knows you once you achieve something, and telling the truth, there are many who assume that you are going to be successful always and others somewhere want you to fail.

I was a kid who wanted to go for 100/100 and always thought that if you put efforts, you will always get results.

The biggest learning for me at that age was that, the result is not in your hands.

You might put all your efforts and yet might fall short.

There are so many different variables in operation.

You should be ready to accept failure.

Sometimes, it is good to be detached from the race, and give your best.

If you give your best and you deserve it, you will get it.

Unnecessary burden of expectations hampers your performance.

I have carried that learning all along my life.

,P1: What if you dont make it through to IIMB today? As you said, people will be knowing that you are appearing for this interview and there is that pressure and everything.

What will be your reaction if you fail to make it to IIMB?nMe: Sir, I agree IIMB is a great institute and I really want to study here but, I am sorry, if you dont select me, it wont mean the end of the world for me.

It wont mean I am incompetent.

It is just that I have a different skill-set and your requirements are different and I dont fit in those.

I will try again next year.

But it wont be like I will keep trying blindly, if I feel that IIMB is not my cup of tea, I will evaluate my options and choose what suits me best.

,P1: Lets say if you dont get IIMB and you get IIM, Trichy.

What will you do?nMe: Sir, frankly speaking I dont have a call from IIM, Trichy.

,P1: Thats fine.

Lets assume hypothetically if you had a call from IIM, Trichy and you converted there but not in IIMB, what would you do?nMe: Sir, with the kind of opportunity cost I am putting in, and the place where I am right now, to reach the next level, IIMB is the right place for me.

The excellent peer group and the distinguished faculty at the institute, makes it distinctive.

I might not be able to derive the same value from IIM, Trichy.

Also, I dont want to come across as a person who wants to do MBA for the sake of it.

In the hypothetical scenario, I will evaluate my options and probably might not accept the offer by IIM, Trichy.

,P2: Do yo have any questions for us?nMe: What are the recommended finance courses offered at the institute as electives?,P2: You will get enough choices to choose from if you get into the institute.

There is a lot of variety available.

nMe: Thank you so much, Sir.

,Epilogue:nOn April 15, 2015, after waiting eagerly for the results through the times of uncertainty when I oscillated between hope and probability of getting rejected due to CAT score, I got the result as General Merit List W/L 20.

This triggered a period of 23 days full of incremented hope, with the knowledge that there still existed a probability of not getting through.

But I guess, that period was marked more by relief than anxiety.

I had more reasons to be hopeful than ever.

Definitely more than the reasons I had on December 27th when CAT results were announced.

,Finally, on May 8th, I got the email saying Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that you have been offered admission.



and it felt really special.

,More than the interview experience, this is an experience of hope and taking a leap of faith in life.

,,Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of the things, and no good thing ever dies.

- Andy Dusfrene, Shawshank Redemption (1994),Thanks Harshal, Lokesh and Bhushan for A2A.