Recommended Books and Novels List that every MBA / CAT Aspirant Should Read

February 28th, 2018 by

Reading books and novels is a very important part of CAT exam preparation. It not only helps you develop your reading speed to help you with the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section of the CAT 2018 exam but it also helps you become better at the other areas of Verbal Ability like jumbled sentences and critical reasoning. A few days ago, I took a free class on 'How to Start Preparation for CAT 2018 exam'. In the class, I tried to answer a lot of queries from confused and often unnecessarily worried MBA aspirants. As a part of that class (the class recording is available here), I


How to prepare for LRDI (Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation) for the CAT 2018 Exam?

February 26th, 2018 by

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation has become the most important section of the CAT exam over the last few years if you are planning to attend one of the top business schools of the country. The reason behind that it is pretty simple and straightforward. The Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section of the CAT exam has become bloody hard over the years. A lot of students who get a good overall score and percentile, somehow mess up the LRDI section in CAT. They are not even able to clear the sectional cutoff for LRDI in CAT and end up missing out a great opportunity and a busin


Personal Interview Skills

February 23rd, 2018 by

In this post I would like to cover some of the basic ideas about personal interviews. Since brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will try to be brief. Whom do the interviewers select? The candidate they “like” – so your job is to be “liked” by the panel. Attributes that normal panels like: Honesty Be ruthlessly honest with your answers You should know your subject You should understand your immediate environ Your answering should demonstrate analysis Listen to the words and the body language Answer the question asked Pane


How to Approach the Common Personal Interview Questions

February 21st, 2018 by

Most of the questions that one encounters in a B-school personal interview can be classified into the following categories: A – Introductory questions B – Academic and work-experience related questions C – Current affairs and general awareness questions D – Personality-based questions E – Goal-related questions F – Stress questions Let us begin by looking at these types, and the common questions that are asked under each type. Please note that while most interviews begin with introductory questions, no particular order of question types is followed by the panel as regards


The Homework before the Personal Interview

February 19th, 2018 by

Let us get something very clear at the start of our discussion on the personal interview round. PI is difficult. Very difficult. This is the first and the last time the college gets to interact with you before they take a call on your candidature. Therefore they will do whatever is necessary – including testing you in ways you simply have not imagined – to ascertain that you are the right candidate for a seat in their college. The greater the competition at a particular institute, the tougher the PI, and the more the unexpected questions. The second factor that complicates the


Ways and Parameters for College Inquiry and Selection

February 16th, 2018 by

Often after the announcement of CAT/XAT results, MBA aspirants starts getting confused regarding the B-school selection. A lot of data is available about Old IIMs in public domain regarding various parameters like academics, profiles offered etc. But in case of Private B-schools barring MDI, SP Jain, information on all parameters is incomplete. Situation gets even trickier when two similar colleges are compared. Aspirants log on to various MBA related websites, Facebook and Pagalguy group of colleges. These sources can be good for knowledge about institutes but they have a risk of objectivit


Mensuration Basics and 3-Dimensional Geometry Concepts for CAT

February 15th, 2018 by

Geometry is an integral part of mathematics and mathematicians have been studying and formulating important results to simplify for years. Since, it is immensely significant it has been part of our curriculum as soon as we join middle school, though the concept taught in early years of middle school are much simpler and basic than what is taught at high and secondary years of our schooling. Because of the inevitability of deep rooted of Geometric concepts, it forms a significant part in the course structure of various competitive exams such as CAT, XAT, SSC, BANK PO, etc. Nearly 4-5 questi


Essay Tips – Seven Deadly Sins of Essay Writing

February 14th, 2018 by

First thing first, when it comes to essay writing, there could potentially be 700 deadly sins. However, space and time constraints dictate that I resist the perennial, evil temptation of writing another long-winded piece and confine myself to the top seven that lead the line-up. These seven mistakes feature routinely in majority of the essays that I assess, and often a single essay contains all of them in varying degrees. So here I go with the seven deadlies in no particular order of frequency or seriousness. Sin No 1: Irrelevance This one is a two-faced devil and both equally ugly. The


Coded Inequality – Tips and Tricks to Solve Questions in Logical Reasoning

February 13th, 2018 by

Coding inequalities: Inequality is a phenomenon that we have known or come across for a while now. It simply means something that is not equal in all the sense whether social, economical or mathematical sense. But today we are talking about Inequalities in mathematical terms. Each one of you has seen signs such as “>”, “≠”, “≤” etc. at some point of time or other. And all those who had math’s in their high school are thoroughly acquainted with the concept and comfortable in solving problems of Inequalities. So, for all those who have little or no idea about them, I will


How the CAT Verbal Questions Test the Manager in You

February 12th, 2018 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 questi