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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How to find Rank of a Word in Dictionary (With Repetition and Without Repetition)

May 29th, 2019 by

A very common type of question that gets asked in various banking and management entrance exams is based upon the concept of finding out the rank of a word. In this post, I will like to discuss the concept behind the same. Let us look at the two types. Rank of a word - without repetition of letters Suppose that you are given a word in which none of the letters are repeated and you asked to find out the rank of the word in a dictionary. For example, if the word which was given to you was CAT, it will be very easy to find out its rank. You will write down all possible combinations of

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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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Clocks – Concepts and Questions with Solutions for CAT Exam

May 26th, 2019 by

Questions on clocks (or even calendars) are not really frequent in CAT these days. They used to be really popular few years ago. Having said that, it is always better to understand some of the basic principles and the types of problems that get asked. They might come in handy in case of other exams like CMAT, MAT, SNAP, etc. Clock problems can be broadly classified in two categories: a)      Problems on angles b)      Problems on incorrect clocks Problems on angles Before we actually start solving problems on angles, we need to get couple of basic facts clear: Sp

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Permutation and Combination – Distribution of Objects

May 25th, 2019 by

As an astute man Mr. Gump once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you going to get.” The Permutations and Combinations that life presents us daily is baffling and probably it is because of that inherent fear of choices and cases we get intimidated by such questions in the exam. I understand that Permutation and Combination is one of the dreaded topics but I hope that once you understand the fundas given below, your fear will reduce. Permutation and Combination Funda 1: De-arrangement If ‘n’ distinct items are arranged in a row, then the number of way

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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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How to solve problem on Syllogism in CAT Exam?

May 23rd, 2019 by

Syllogism is an influential concept of CAT. It has its role in logical reasoning and verbal ability section as well. There are approximately 3-4 questions based on it. And these many questions can play vital role in upgrading your percentile. Thus, it’s important that you understand this topic well so that you can score good in the exam. Let’s first understand what does syllogism mean and then I will tell you some useful techniques that will make solving questions on this topic a facile job for you. Syllogism is a Greek synonym of the word conclusion or inference. A more proper defi

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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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