Study Plan for CAT Preparation – What should you do from February?

January 29th, 2016 by

A lot of students start their CAT preparation in the first quarter of the year. I personally believe that it is the ideal time to start CAT preparation if it is the first time you are trying your hand at CAT or if you got less than 90%ile in your previous attempt(s). Keeping that in mind, I thought of putting out a study plan that will benefit the students. Do keep in mind that these are broad guidelines that can help you figure out the right away and not hard and fast rules. I would like to divide CAT preparation in three broad areas: Prepare for Basic Fundamentals Improve with prac


Recommended Books that every MBA / CAT Aspirant Should Read

January 28th, 2016 by

Couple of days ago, I took a free class for CAT preparation on Republic Day. As a matter of fact, it was a promotional class for my online CAT coaching course in which I tried to answer doubts and queries of confused and often unnecessarily worried MBA aspirants. A recording of the free class is now available and you can watch that if you have the time. The most common question that I got was - "How to start my CAT preparation?". To be honest, I think that till March - you should completely focus on improving your verbal ability. The three books that a large number of teachers / seniors re


XAT 2016 Official Answer Key and Detailed Solutions

January 14th, 2016 by

XAT has released the official answer key along with detailed solutions for #XAT2016. You can access it below. (No login required) It is also available on the official XAT website. You will need to login to access the same. [pdf-embedder url="/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/XAT-2016-Official-Answer-Key-and-Detailed-Solutions.pdf"] Download the official answer key


Sample Topics for Group Discussion (GD) and Written Ability Test (WAT) Preparation

January 12th, 2016 by

With the CAT results out, it is wise if you start preparation for Group Discussion and Written Ability Test for the IIMs. While there is no limit to the number of topics that you can and should go through for GD / WAT preparation, here is something that can help you get started: Topics for WAT and GD 1. The historical causes for rise of ISIS. What is the Levant? 2. Impact of falling commodity prices on world economy. 3. Chinese economic crash should be a warning for India. Our demographic dividend could turn into a demographic bomb 4. The rise of contract farming and co


Scaled Score vs Percentile in CAT 2015

January 9th, 2016 by

A very common query that I get from students is what sort of scores they should target and what %ile it would translate to. The difficulty level has remained more or less the same over the last two years (CAT 2014 and CAT 2015). I thought it would be a good idea to collect the data related to scorecards and put it out in public domain. We have collected data from roughly 50 students and made the chart that you can see above. A brief summary of the data is given below whereas the complete raw data is given at the end of the post for download. Score vs Percentile Mapping for CAT Exam – 20


Select a college which suits you the best

January 5th, 2016 by

“Friend would always tell you the truth, because he basks in your glory and embraces your loss” Our life is a string of desires ranging from exotic vacations to high profile jobs, from top schools to best degrees. These aspirations mark our goals and we go out into the world hoping for the best. MBA as a degree has been assisting us in realizing many of these wants. It is seen as the provider of suits and collared shirts or a growth in family business or a fancy degree for resume or just an easy way to good salary. There are plenty more reasons, most of us relate to some of these po


XAT 2016 Decision Making – Answer Key and Detailed Solutions

January 3rd, 2016 by

First of all, I hope that your XAT 2016 exam went well. The results for the CAT 2015 exam are less than a week away and I fully understand that this is a strange time for you. You might be feeling uneasy with butterflies in your stomach. But trust me - "this too shall pass" and hopefully this time passes in your favor. Coming to the topic at hand, Decision Making questions in XAT are often confusing. So much so that most coaching institutes differ in their answers. Last year, XAT released an official answer key. I hope that they do it this time around as well. Given below are the answe


CAT 2015 Results Scorecard Shortlist

January 2nd, 2016 by

CAT 2015 Results declared Check your scorecard below Loading... Official Link: CAT 2015 Results - Score and Percentile Mapping A scaled score of 62.61 would mean 56.56 %ile A scaled score of 80.35 would mean 70.3 %ile A scaled score of 94.66 would mean 78.05 %ile A scaled score of 100.91 would mean 81.1 %ile A scaled score of 116.25 would mean 86.21 %ile A scaled score of 142.25 would mean 94.66 %ile A scaled score of 150.89 would mean 96.21 %ile A scaled score of 152.5 would mean 96.45 %ile A scaled sco