How to prepare for Logical Reasoning in 6 months for CAT 2019?

May 31st, 2019 by

Are you planning to appear for CAT’19 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

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Learning New Words – Why, How and Strategies

May 28th, 2019 by

Take the previous papers of any MBA entrance exam and look for questions that ask for the meaning of a particular word. The chances are pretty low that you will find a multiple choice question of the format - “The meaning of X is:” followed by four options. Doing the same thing for antonyms or idioms will probably not give you a lot of questions either. So no exam is going to ask you for word meanings. If so, then why learn new words, antonyms or idioms if they are not asked as direct questions in the exams? It starts with having a large list of words at your disposal so that

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Application of LCM (Lowest Common Multiple) in solving CAT Quantitative Aptitude Problems

May 27th, 2019 by

While most students are comfortable with the concept of HCF (Highest Common Factor) and LCM (Lowest Common Multiple), they somehow fail to apply it when required. Sometimes, they do not even realise that it needs to be applied. I sometimes feel sad when students ask me, “Sir, when to apply HCF and when to apply LCM?”. This question is a symbol of everything that is wrong with rote learning. HCF and LCM are concepts that students start learning as early as the 5th class in school (may be even earlier in some cases). The problem occurs because a few of them forget how the concepts need t

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An introduction to functions (Algebra) for CAT exam

May 24th, 2019 by

Quantitative Aptitude section of CAT has always been proven to be most difficult and challenging especially for all the mathematics haters. Yes, all those who have been running away from Math’s for all these years must now face their biggest fear and there’s no more hiding from it now. Quantitative Aptitude is all about high school elementary math’s, those silly geometry lessons which made no sense then or the Time, Speed and distance problems or Time and work (so confusing).  Also, who can forget the infamous Trigonometry which is still a mystery for most of us? Today in this blog,

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Simple Interest and Compound Interest – Basic Concepts and Tricks for solving CAT Questions

May 22nd, 2019 by

Interest rates are very powerful and intriguing mathematical concepts. Our banking and finance sector revolves around these interest rates. One minor change in these rates could have tremendous and astonishing impacts over the economy. But why? Before determining the reason of this why? Let’s first know what is interest and these interest rates? Interest is the amount charged by the lender from the borrower on the principal loan sum. It is basically the cost of renting money. And, the rate at which interest is charged on the principal sum is known as the interest rate. The rate at wh

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Permutation and Combination – Distribution of identical object

May 21st, 2019 by

Distribution of identical object is quite wide and important topic in permutation and combination. While distributing identical object it does not matter which object is given to which person, what matter that how many objects are given to any person. Let us take a basic example to understand the concept of this topic let us assume we have to distribute five identical apples between two students such that a student can get any number of apples. If we give zero apple to first student second student will get all the five apples and if we give one apple to first student then other student

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Permutation and Combination – Division and Distribution of distinct objects

May 18th, 2019 by

Division and distribution is an important topic in permutation and combination. In this topic we learn how to divide the objects in groups or how to distribute these objects between different persons. This topic contains lots of categories. First category is we have to look which type of object we have to distribute either identical or distinct. Here we will discuss the concept of distribution of distinct objects later in second article we will discuss distribution of identical object. Let’s start to understand this concept with various examples. Division of distinct object in various g

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Factor Theory – How to solve CAT questions related to numbers and their factors

May 17th, 2019 by

NUMBER OF FACTORS OF A NUMBER If N is a composite number such that N =ap ,bq ,cr … where a, b, c are prime factors of N and p,q,r ….. are positive integers, the number of factors of N is given by the expression  (p+1) (q+1)(r+1). For example: 140 = 22 x 51 x 71 Hence, 140 has (2+1)(1+1)(1+1), i.e., 12 factors. The basic principle is simple, every number has certain number of factors. You can find manually for the small numbers but for the large ones there is a need of a mathematical formula. The formula is easy to learn, but you should know the basic concept behind this i.

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How to Solve Number of Integral Solutions Questions for CAT Exam

May 16th, 2019 by

Equation type: Ax + By = C Few rules to find integral solutions of this type of equations. First, reduce the equation in lowest reducible form. After reducing, if coefficients of x and y still have a common factor, the equation will have no solutions. If x and y are co-prime in the lowest reducible form, find any one integral solution. The rest of the solutions can be derived from that integral solution. For each successive integral solutions of the equation, the value x and y will change by a coefficient of the other variable .If the equation is of the type Ax - By=C (

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How to solve Questions on Relative Efficiencies in Time and Work for CAT

May 15th, 2019 by

Work and men are directly proportional to each other, i.e. if the work increases the number of men required increases to complete the work in the same number of days and vice versa. Men and days are inversely proportional, i.e., if the number of men increases, the number of days required to complete the same work decreases and vice versa. Work and days are directly proportional i.e., if the work increases, then number of days required also increases if the work is to be completed with the same number of men and vice versa. The concept of MANDAYS is very important and useful here.

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