Study Plan for CAT 2018 Preparation – What to do from Today?

April 30th, 2018 by

Study Plan: 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 Impro

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What Sherlock Holmes can teach you about Parajumbles in CAT

April 27th, 2018 by

Para Jumbles questions in the CAT are important from 2 perspectives: A – They are relatively easy to answer, as they do not require us to know any ‘rules’ (unlike grammar questions) beforehand B- Most test takers not only attempt all these questions but also get most of the answers correct, therefore it becomes even more important to score well here. If we have a low accuracy in Para Jumbles, we are under pressure to better in other questions, which could be significantly more difficult. If all of us infinite time to answer every Para Jumbles question, eventually most of

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Understanding Base System Concepts and Questions for CAT Exam

April 26th, 2018 by

UNDERSTANDING BASE SYSTEMS: The numbers that we commonly use are the decimal number. The system is called the decimal system. Why is it called the decimal system ? It is because it has 10 symbols - 0 , 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 ,6 , 7 , 8 , 9 . For example : 85 means - 8 * 10^1 + 5 * 10^0 Here , 10 is known as the base of the decimal system. In this article , we will learn about other bases , how to express various numbers in such bases and questions according to CAT , XAT and OMETs. BASE :  It is the number of distinct symbols used in a particular number system. For example So, depending o

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Reading Comprehension for CAT – Different types of Questions

April 25th, 2018 by

After you have learn about the different types of RC passages, the next step should be to familiarize yourself with the kind of questions that are asked from these passages. Out of 34 questions in CAT Verbal Ability, more than 20 questions are based on RCs. Well, that makes for a good amount of weight-age. But why is there a need to know the types of questions when you feel pretty confident after investing sufficient amount of time in reading and practicing? Once you have understood the passage and the crux of it, you need to apply this understanding in answering various questions. If you c

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SBI PO Notification for Recruitment Exam 2018 – Important Details about Jobs and Dates

April 21st, 2018 by

The SBI PO Notification for 2018 recruitment exam was released today. It was released a little late when compared to previous years but at least it is out. A large number of students were waiting for it - I won't say patiently because of obvious reasons. You can download the SBI PO notification from here: Notification on SBI website Mirror on Handa Ka Funda SBI PO Notification for 2018 Exam - Important Dates Online Registration and payment of fees - 21st April to 13th May Online Preliminary exam - 1st July, 7th July, 8th July Online Mains Exam - 4th August Group Exercise and Int

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CAT Prep 2018 – Study Plan for Working Professionals

April 20th, 2018 by

Preparing for CAT, or for that matter any competitive exam in India, is not an easy task. It takes a toll on your body and on your mind. And if you have a demanding job, it becomes all the more difficult. The amount of time that you have left with for CAT 2018 preparation is limited. There is no point denying the fact that once you are back from a 9 hour shift, your mind is tired as well. So, what can a working professional who aspires to get an admission into IIMs do? How should he prepare for CAT? How should he plan his studies so that he can use the limited time available to him in the

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Logarithm Concepts Questions and Answers for CAT 2018 Quant Preparation

April 17th, 2018 by

Questions on Logarithm have been asked in exams like CAT and XAT almost every year. More often than not, they are on the easier side but students get scared because they do not understand the concepts properly and hence are unable to attempt them under pressure. In this post, we will try to help CAT aspirants overcome that fear. Let us start with some basics about logarithms. Basic Concept of Logarithm When ax  = N , then we say that x = logarithm of N to the base a and write it as x = logaN . In simple words, it represents the power to which a number must be raised. Let me expand on

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Basics of Data Interpretation – Approximation

April 13th, 2018 by

Data Interpretation questions typically have large amount of data given in the form of tables, pie charts, line graphs or some non-conventional format. The questions are calculation heavy and typically test your approximation abilities. A very large number of these questions check your ability to compare or calculate fractions and percentages. If you sit down to actually calculate the answer, you would end up spending more time than required and most of us can't afford to lose precious time during competitive exams like CAT, XAT, IIFT etc.  Here are few ideas that you can use for approxim

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CAT Grammar Basics – Parts of Speech

April 12th, 2018 by

We all have learned about the eight parts of speech in our school days. If you recall, these parts of speech form the building blocks of English grammar. But, how is it important for CAT? Well, learning about the various parts of speech and the related rules will help you answer the grammar-based questions accurately. Such questions may feature in form of error detection, sentence correction, fill in the blanks and word usage. In other words, the grammar section holds a crucial weight in CAT verbal ability. An interesting thing about words is that they can be of more than one type depen

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

April 11th, 2018 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 re

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