Games and Tournaments for CAT 2017 Logical Reasoning – Part 1

June 30th, 2017 by

In Logical Reasoning very often we encounter problems based on games of tournaments. The first thing that as a CAT taker you need to realize is that such tournament based format offers the examiner a multitude of options. So, there cannot be a set formula for solving such kind of questions. However, if you look at the CAT papers of past few years – a pattern seems to emerge. Let us discuss couple of them.   Type 1: The questions are typically in a set where the data will be either in the standard tabular format or a format which you would never find on Cricinfo or for that matter

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Time Speed Distance – Motion of Two Bodies in a Straight Line

June 28th, 2017 by

There are some topics in Quantitative Aptitude, like Permutation & Combination,  where you can easily find out the answer and the answer you calculate is there in the options but it turns out to be wrong. And then there are some topics in which you read the question, understand it but cannot even begin solving it. You get stuck at the first step and you have no idea about how to even approach the question. The irritating fact is that you understood the question properly. It happens very frequently with questions on Time Speed & Distance (TSD). I have always been a big advocate of

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Learn the Basics of Time, Speed & Distance for CAT 2017

June 23rd, 2017 by

  I guess my first fascination with problems of Time, Speed and Distance began when I first saw Heena. An important part of the story line  if you can call it that, saw Rishi Kapoor floating from India to Pakistan without drowning. I remember arguing with my friends that if could float for that long – he could swim back to India as well. My friends nullified the argument by saying: Speed River > Speed Rishi Kapoor I know that the reference is a little dated for most readers of this post, but Zeba Bhaktiyar made me look beyond reason. In this post we will discuss some of the id

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Learn the basics of Critical Reasoning with the help of Mahabharata

June 12th, 2017 by

In critical reasoning, logical bent of mind plays a major role. Statements which are correlated to each other are presented and finally they reach at the conclusion. An essential skill to inculcate in critical reasoning is to find the missing link , which we call the assumption.Thus assumptions fill the missing link between the premises and the conclusion. Let us take a small example of the missing link— Four of the most striking characters in Mahabharat were Karna, Arjuna, Drona and Bhisma. At the end of the war Arjuna got the triumph. Here in the above two statements, th

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How to solve logical reasoning problems based on team selection and group formation?

June 9th, 2017 by

In this post, we will learn about logical reasoning concepts on selection and group formation that is frequently asked in CAT exam. This topic generally deals with the selection of a team of say ‘r’ members from ‘n’ (n>r) available for selection or it can be the selection of committee of certain number of members. Certain number of constraints drives this selection. In order to understand these constrains and the implicit details related to them, let us start the discussion with an example. Question: Among five students of group I – A, B, C, D, E and six students of group I

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How to Memorise and Revise Newly Learnt Words Using Word Roots

June 7th, 2017 by

In the post on learning strategies, I had mentioned Root words which helps to improve your vocabulary by memorising newly learnt words for CAT preparation. Throughout this series on words, we had focused on learning new words by grouping them - confusing words, similar words, idioms etc. Root words are just another way you can group words. A lot words in the English language have originated from Latin (others have their roots in Greek, Sanskrit, German etc.). But why bother learning root words? Will it be of any help in CAT or any other exam (XAT, IIFT, SNAP etc.) The answer is: Yes, it

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Geometry Fundas for CAT Quantitative Aptitude Preparation – Part 2

June 5th, 2017 by

In the previous post we discussed lines, triangles, parallelograms, trapeziums, polygons etc. Now, we will discuss other expanses of geometry which are vital as, the questions on these topics are asked repeatedly in CAT. Let us look at few of the fundas / formulae on these topics that are often neglected by students and can fetch some crucial marks in the exam. Funda 1: Angle made by Secants       2 .   In both these cases, PA * PB = PC * PD   Funda 2: Common Tangents     eg: Note: The two centers

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Geometry Fundas for CAT Quantitative Aptitude Preparation – Part 1

June 2nd, 2017 by

I got a lot of feedback via emails and texts that people are looking for a post on geometry. I have been avoiding it for sometime because of two main reasons: a)      It is not one of my strong areas. b)      It takes a lot of time to draw the diagrams that are sometimes required to explain the fundas. The questions on geometry are the trickiest and consumes the maximum amount of time as compared to the questions on other topics in Quantitative aptitude that is why, I have compiled a list of fundas that you might find helpful in solving CAT level questions. I am splittin

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