Strong and Weak Arguments – Tricks for Critical Reasoning

June 27th, 2018 by

Let’s talk about one of the trickiest parts of critical reasoning- Identifying strong and weak arguments. Sounds tricky? Well, it’s also one of the most scoring and time-saving parts of CAT. So, how can you ace this section of exam? You just need to learn a few fundamental concepts and invest sufficient amount of time in practice. Eventually, you will be able to tackle these questions with more confidence and a good degree of accuracy. But, what exactly is an argument? An argument is basically a combination of three things: Facts/Claims Assumptions/Reasons/Evidence Conclu

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Direction Sense (Concepts, Properties and CAT Questions)

June 25th, 2018 by

The direction questions are one of the most repeated questions in the CAT Exam. Apart from CAT, direction and distance reasoning questions are also frequently asked in most of the MBA exams and other competitive exams. The test-takers are suggested to attempt these questions effectively as they are scoring and easily-solvable. The direction and distance reasoning questions, as the name implies, includes two types of questions i.e.: Direction Sense Test Distance Related questions Direction Sense Reasoning: The questions based on directions require the candidates to identifyin

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Difficult to understand words from news, politics and society

June 21st, 2018 by

If you are a regular consumer of news, there are a lot of words that people keep using especially on social media - nationalist, feminist, racist, etc. You may have heard of these words, but do you know what these actually mean? In this post, we will look at some of the most popular ‘-isms’ doing rounds these days. The idea is to better understand the meaning and usage so that you can use it in the correct manner. unlike news channel panelists or social media revolutionaries. A more important reason is as an aspirant you must be clear with these terms. You may find these words in

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Words from Books and RC Passages

June 20th, 2018 by

In one of the earlier posts on this blog, we had discussed the important books for CAT preparation and how reading helps with tackling the verbal ability section. If you go through a lot of the reading comprehension passages asked in exams you will realize they are similar in tone to these books or newspaper articles and that is why reading helps. But just reading will not help. To really shave off time required in answering a question (especially in RCs) it is best if you know what the words mean eliminating the need to guess or take time to understand what the passage is talking about

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Geometry Fundas for CAT Quantitative Aptitude Preparation – Part 2

June 19th, 2018 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 18th, 2018 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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Best Coaching Classes for CAT and Top Institutes – IMS / TIME / CL / Online?

June 15th, 2018 by

Looking for the Best Coaching Classes for CAT? One of the first things that CAT aspirants look for, specially those appearing for the first time, is a "coaching institute". The choices, more often than not, are mind-boggling and confusing to say the least. Also, everyone wants to join the "best coaching classes" and the "Top CAT Coaching Institute" in the city. And as the bard would say, therein lies the rub. The coaching institute you pick is going to make very little difference to the final result. But then again, everyone wants the "best". I thought I will write this post to share my t

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Application of Quantitative Ability Concepts in Logical Reasoning Puzzles and Data Interpretation Sets

June 14th, 2018 by

In the recent CAT papers, we have seen questions in Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section based on the concepts from Quantitative Ability. These questions can also be solved with simple logic but if solved with the Quantitative Ability concepts then solving becomes more convenient. Topics such as Mixture-Allegation, Percentages, Linear equations, numbers etc. are used to frame questions. In this post, we will look at some of the Quantitative Ability based applications in this section of CAT. We will not discuss the Quantitative Ability concepts in this post, rather we will impl

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Pipes and Cisterns (Concepts, Properties and CAT Questions)

June 12th, 2018 by

A pipe is connected to a tank or cistern. It is used to fill or empty the tank; accordingly, it is called an inlet or an outlet. Inlet: A pipe which is connected to fill a tank is known as an inlet. Outlet: A pipe which is connected to empty a tank is known as an outlet. Problems on pipes and cisterns are similar to problems on time and work. In pipes and cistern problems, the amount of work done is the part of the tank of filled or emptied. And, the time taken to do a piece of work is the time take to fill or empty a tank completely or to a desired level. Pipes and Cisterns Po

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Linear and Circular Races – Concepts and Tricks for CAT Questions

June 11th, 2018 by

Time, Speed, and Distance is a very crucial topic in quantitative aptitude section of CAT, SNAP, XAT etc. Every year 4-5 questions are asked from this topic. We all have done questions based on Time and Distance in our high school maths but you might not be acquainted with this very significant part of the application of this concept knowns as Linear and Circular Races. You might have done some simple problems based on this concept but not enlightened with its model and theory. In this blog, I will provide you a summarized knowledge of this concept along with it’s application in forms of

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