Quadratic Equations

May 6th, 2013 by

Quadratic Equations are first taught to us in 6th or 7th class and most of us are able to score good marks in it because we are able to solve 90% of the questions by just using that formula. And that formula is: The above formula gives us the roots of the quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0 For this post, I am assuming that you are aware of the basics of quadratic equations and know how to use the above mentioned formula. In case you are not, spending five minutes on the wiki page of Quadratic Equations won’t hurt. Wikipedia can be daunting at times, so come back here as soon as yo

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Basics of Data Interpretation – Approximation

May 6th, 2013 by

Basics of Data Interpretation - Approximation   Data Interpretation questions typically have large amount of data given in the form of tables, pie charts, line graphs or some non-conventional format. The questions are calculation heavy and typically test your approximation abilities. A very large number of these questions check your ability to compare or calculate fractions and percentages. If you sit down to actually calculate the answer, you would end up spending more time than required.  Here are few ideas that you can use for approximation.   Funda 1 – Calculating (Appro

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Introduction to Data Sufficiency

May 6th, 2013 by

Introduction to Data Sufficiency   Data Sufficiency questions often involve very simple calculations. This does not mean that the questions are simple. It just means that the chances to make conceptual mistakes and / or silly mistakes are a little higher than usual. You will need to pay attention to detail in such questions. In Data Sufficiency, you need to figure out whether or not the data given in the question / statements is good enough to find out a unique answer. Once again – is the data enough to find out a unique answer?  Please note that in Data Sufficiency: You do no

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General Awareness – Awards, Medals and Prizes (Part 1)

May 6th, 2013 by

General Awareness - Awards, Medals and Prizes (Part 1) In philosophy, the study of knowledge is called epistemology, and the philosopher Plato famously defined knowledge as "justified true belief." There is however no single agreed upon definition of knowledge, and there are numerous theories to explain it. When it comes to studying or preparing ‘General Knowledge / Awareness’ for a competitive exam, there are some broad based theories or guidelines which a student can use. I hope you understand that preparing for General Awareness is not an exact science like mathematics and will never b

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General Awareness – Awards, Medals and Prizes (Part 2)

May 6th, 2013 by

General Awareness - Awards, Medals and Prizes (Part 2)   In my previous post, we talked about the Nobel Prize, the Booker Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. In this post, I would like to cover other important awards like Bharat Ratna, Padma Awards and Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Although there as hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have won these awards – it is not possible to remember all their names. I have filtered out a few for you. These have a higher probability of being asked.   Ramon Magsaysay Award The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award established to perpe

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Fundas For SNAP

May 6th, 2013 by

Fundas for SNAP Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is a common and mandatory written test for the admission to all the Post-Graduate Institutes of Symbiosis International University.   The structure of this year’s paper is given below:   Sr.No. Section Total Marks 1. General English: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability 40 2. Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency 40 3. General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Business Scenario 40 4. Analytical & Logical R

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Do`s and Don’ts – Month Before CAT

May 6th, 2013 by

– Month Before CAT   Dear Student, The most common question that I face these days is “What should I do in the next few weeks before CAT”. Given below is the best possible approach in my opinion. The Quantitative Aptitude section is the one that most non-mathematics students fear. You should first divide your study time in two parts. As of now, I would recommend a 50-50 allocation to funda-prep and test-prep. A plan to tackle the same should involve the following: Students should revise the basics across all chapters. You can do that from the revision section of mi

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Do`s and don`ts – Week Before CAT

May 6th, 2013 by

Do`s and don`ts – Week Before CAT   Dear Student, With just couple of weeks left to the big day, given below are seven suggestions. 1) You should not fiddle with your test-taking strategy at this stage. As long as you know that the strategy you are using is giving you rewards, don't change it. 2) Do not over prepare. You should not take more than 5-6 full length tests in the remaining time. In the last one week you should ideally take only test. 3) The IRMA and IIFT entrance exams are scheduled for 8th November and 22nd November respectively. Normally, these exams are

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Two Days Before CAT !!!

May 6th, 2013 by

Two Days Before CAT !!!   Dear Students, The most neglected thing during the exam week is to be normal. I know it is easier said than done. For the week before and during the exam, life should be as normal as possible. A clear head is important for taking the exam efficiently. Do you believe that you can tramp the last mile? What is your response? -          ‘I am doing great ; bring on the CAT’ -          ‘I am doing great, but I hope I don’t stumble now’ -          ‘Man! I am sure I can crack the CAT. If only Math would stop kill

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