How to Analyze Mock CATs to Improve your Scores and Percentile

September 29th, 2017 by

A large number of CAT aspirants try their hand at anywhere from 5 to 50 mocks before the actual exam. However, a lot of them do not realize the fact that what matters is not the number of mocks that you take but what you learn from it. Analyzing a mock CAT is perhaps even more important than taking a mock CAT because that is where you learn and improve your scores and percentile. In this post, we will discuss some of the rules that you should keep in mind while doing mock CAT analysis. Rule 1 of Mock CAT Analysis – Focus on the number of errors made A much better thing to look at inste

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XAT Decision Making Section – Golden Principles for tackling questions related to Management Issues

September 27th, 2017 by

The decision-making section of XAT paper is rightly considered a scoring section that can really boost your percentile. It is an important section not just because of the sectional cutoff that one needs to clear but also because completing this section quickly will give you more time for quant and verbal section. The questions generally comprise of a short case study write-up and related questions. Though any real-life situation is generally considered to be an open-ended problem with no right or wrong answers, that perception could not be further away from the truth. There are insta

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Sequence and Series Problems and Concepts for CAT 2017 Exam Preparation

September 22nd, 2017 by

Sequence and Series topic of Quantitative Aptitude is one the most engaging and intriguing concept in CAT. Since childhood, we love solving puzzles based on sequence and series. Sequence and series are closely related concepts and possess immense importance. We all have heard about the famous Fibonacci Sequence, also known as Nature’s code. This sequence can be used to model or describe various phenomena in the field of biology, mathematics, nature, art etc. The sequence is 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13... so on. As we can see, the next no. in the sequence is the addition of previous two numbe

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How the CAT Verbal Questions Test the Manager in You

September 16th, 2017 by

The verbal section in the CAT obviously tests some essential verbal skills, but beneath them, it also tests some very important managerial skills. We can lay the foundations of our CAT preparation by understanding how the verbal questions are designed to uncover the skills and qualities the top B-schools look for in a candidate. The verbal section in the CAT (as of now) comprises primarily 3 kinds of questions – grammar and vocabulary (also referred to as Verbal Ability – VA), reading comprehension (RC), and verbal reasoning (VR). Traditionally, almost half of the total number of ques

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Fill and Win Crossword Contest 007

September 14th, 2017 by

In this series on ‘Fill and Win Crossword Contests’, we will be putting up a crossword every Thursday on our blog. Not only it will enhance your knowledge but it also gives you a chance to win some cash prizes and discount vouchers. Rules: You need to fill the crossword before Tuesday midnight (19-sep-2017). One lucky winner will win a cash prize of 500 Rs. The amount would be transferred via PayTM to the number you give while registering for the crossword. Ensure that you fill your details properly. Ten lucky winners will win a discount coupon of 250 Rs. valid on all cou

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CAT Verbal Preparation – Lessons you can learn from Novak Djokovic

September 13th, 2017 by

Imagine that you are a tennis player – let’s say a club-level player. You have been taking tennis lessons regularly. As a result, you have acquired some skills. You have a good first serve that (may not be like Roger Federer’s, but still) can reach about 100 mph. You also have a reliable second serve with enough kick. You can generate a nice topspin (although not of 3000 rpm as Rafael Nadal’s) on your forehand, and your backhand (usually a weakness of most players, unless you are a Stan Wawrinka) is good enough to keep the ball in play till you can pull the trigger. Your volleys

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How to solve caselets / puzzles based questions in CAT 2017

September 11th, 2017 by

Data Interpretation section of CAT, as the name suggests is all about analyzing substantial data and interpret meaningful or useful results from that huge pile of unessential data. With exploding population, interlinked economies and the recent result of globalization companies are not just dealing with the population of their city or countries but of hundreds of cities and many countries and as a result we have this enormous data that doesn’t make much of sense. The data needs to be categorized, simplified and summarized into numbers, numbers that make sense and form the basis of ration

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Abuse in the name of startups needs to end

September 8th, 2017 by

I guess I should start the post with some disclaimers but I would do that at the end, because these thoughts are more important than who I am, who is sharing them, what are their qualifications, what are the vested interests, etc. Over the last few years, I have seen the rise of unhealthy practices in the name of startups. It didn’t matter much when it used to happen to others and I was in my own cocoon but it is spilling over and becoming quite mainstream. The bigger problem, however, is the fact that those responsible for such practices wear it as a badge of honor and not something

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4 Rules to Crack the Paragraph Completion questions in the CAT

September 8th, 2017 by

No other question in the CAT is as deceptively simple as Paragraph Completion questions. Superficially, they do not require us to know or remember any rules. They, in fact, require us to do something far more difficult – to think like the writer. Since the last week’s post on Parajumbles, I have been thinking hard over an appropriate parallel to explain the process of solving Paragraph Completion question. And all my thoughts end once again at the same point – Sherlock Holmes. Indeed, picking up the scattered clues, and building them into a clear chain of reasoning for anticipati

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Fill and Win Crossword Contest 006

September 7th, 2017 by

In this series on ‘Fill and Win Crossword Contests’, we will be putting up a crossword every Thursday on our blog. Not only it will enhance your knowledge but it also gives you a chance to win some cash prizes and discount vouchers. Rules: You need to fill the crossword before Tuesday midnight (12-sep-2017). One lucky winner will win a cash prize of 500 Rs. The amount would be transferred via PayTM to the number you give while registering for the crossword. Ensure that you fill your details properly. Ten lucky winners will win a discount coupon of 250 Rs. valid on all cou

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