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


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


How to Solve Inference Based Questions in Reading Comprehension for CAT?

June 26th, 2017 by

During discussion of a current affair issue with a friend, I found the below couple of excerpts that instigated to think what I understood from the complete issue and how it can be fit on logical ground from the selection itself are though similar but cannot be handled in the same way. It is applicable for all types of reading. And when logic comes into the picture then with it, it brings premise, conclusion, assumption and argument as a whole. Example-1 “US and Pakistan continue to partner on a range of national security issues. President Donald Trump’s administration appears


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


How to prepare for Reading Comprehension in 6 months for CAT 2017 ?

June 21st, 2017 by

The other day I was reading an editorial from a newspaper and at the end I realised I was not able to understand few of the difficult words also was unable to grasp the passage. For beginners, to jump directly into the passage solving will not serve the purpose. Will go step by step: Month-1 Back to the school days of precis writing. Precis writing A) Reading B) Writing Read several times for total understanding of the passage. Here the purpose of reading is – Thorough understanding of the passage Write summary: Start with easy small passages initially, say


How to Avoid Distractions while Preparing for CAT 2017

June 19th, 2017 by

  Studying online is convenient. You have access to resources all in one place, from the comfort of your own home. But how often do you think you study completely distraction free?   You know what I’m talking about. You go online to check Facebook for 2 minutes, and 30 minutes later you’ve delved deep into a friend of a friend’s pics from 3 years ago. A 20-minute break to watch a quick episode of something becomes a full-on binge. Don’t even get me started on the black hole that is YouTube. Or Instagram.   Realistically, this can happen whether you’r


How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT 2017

June 16th, 2017 by

  In one of the earlier posts, we discussed strategy to prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT in 6 months. However, as we know that in previous two-year CAT papers, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation was tested  under one common section. In order to get a high score in this section, we need to focus on both Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning simultaneously. Let us start Data Interpretation strategy with a list of topics that had been asked in CAT or in other words, the topics that you need to prepare for Data Interpretation. Caselets 1: Application of Mixture-All


How to prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT 2017

June 14th, 2017 by

Are you planning to appear for CAT’17 and have absolutely no idea where and how to prepare for the logical reasoning section? Or you might not even have started preparing for it. Here is a 6-month study plan on how to prepare logical reasoning topics for CAT. Imagine, after 6 months you take your CAT exam and end up with an average score in Logical Reasoning/Data Interpretation section. Why did this happen? This can be due to many reasons – procrastination, lack of practice, unable to cover sufficient topics, lack of time to solve or wasted more time on one set in the exam. First of al


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


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