(He also mentions that story of Salil saying"pass" in an exam.)
I had the same experience once. Fresh from losing COEP's annual Chakravyuuh (the first of our four glorious bridesmaid trophies there), I found myself at one of the few competitive exams I have ever had to take. Having felt that I was overly cautious at that quiz (leading to our loss), I went in, tilting at the windmills, like Shahid Afridi chasing a half-volley to the ends of the earth.
It ended badly. Very badly. The fact that I now quote "quizzing-as-philosophy" amply illustrates that.