4 Rules to Crack the Paragraph Completion questions in the CAT

February 28th, 2020 by

No other question in the CAT is as deceptively simple as Paragraph Completion questions. Superficially, they do not require us to know or remember any rules. They, in fact, require us to do something far more difficult – to think like the writer. Since the last week’s post on Parajumbles, I have been thinking hard over an appropriate parallel to explain the process of solving Paragraph Completion question. And all my thoughts end once again at the same point – Sherlock Holmes. Indeed, picking up the scattered clues, and building them into a clear chain of reasoning for anticipati

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Difference between Assumptions and Inferences in Verbal Reasoning for CAT Exam

February 26th, 2020 by

The most important part of CAT Verbal reasoning are questions based on assumptions and inferences. If you think you would rather skip this tricky topic- Well, you shouldn’t. Why? Because once you learn to tackle these well, they can prove to be the most scoring and time-saving questions of CAT. The purpose of such questions is to evaluate your reasoning skills. And you can definitely develop these. How? Just concept clarity and lots of practice! Students are often confused between assumptions and inferences. While it may not matter in case of easy questions but you need to know the differ

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Paragraph Summary Questions and Tips for Verbal Ability of CAT Exam

February 25th, 2020 by

By now, you must be aware of 50% topics of the verbal ability section- vocabulary & RC. Let’s move on to another crucial part of VA, i.e. Verbal Reasoning. As the name states itself, this section intends to assess your reasoning skills. One of the most important types of questions in this section is based on paragraph summary. So, what is a paragraph summary? If someone asks you to summarise a 3-hour movie, how would you do that? And if it’s your favourite movie? Well, that’s the very purpose of summary questions. All you need to do is understand the paragraph and then, figure

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How the CAT Verbal Questions Test the Manager in You

February 23rd, 2020 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 ques

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CAT Verbal Preparation – Lessons you can learn from Novak Djokovic

February 21st, 2020 by

Imagine that you are a tennis player – let’s say a club-level player. You have been taking tennis lessons regularly. As a result, you have acquired some skills. You have a good first serve that (may not be like Roger Federer’s, but still) can reach about 100 mph. You also have a reliable second serve with enough kick. You can generate a nice topspin (although not of 3000 rpm as Rafael Nadal’s) on your forehand, and your backhand (usually a weakness of most players, unless you are a Stan Wawrinka) is good enough to keep the ball in play till you can pull the trigger. Your volleys

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Post Grad Management Institutes with a Difference

February 19th, 2020 by

The world of Management Education is entering a very interesting and dynamic period. Evolution will be constant in the corporate world over the coming years, maybe decades, and likewise, education has to respond to the challenges. In India in particular, management education needs to focus on solving complex issues arising from a vast population with differing needs. And if the country needs to truly grow holistically, it needs skilled professionals at the grassroots levels. Fortunately, there are enough such institutes for solving this requirement. Collectively, they are known as Sectoral

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Group Discussion – List of important current affairs topics and abstract ideas

February 17th, 2020 by

Group Discussion is a very important part of the whole selection process for entering into a B- School. The first question that arises as we start to think about Group Discussion stage is - What could be the probable topics for GD? It is a common notion that only current affairs based topics are given for GD. This is not the case. There are various kinds of GDs like abstract topic based, opinion seeking, case based, facts/knowledge based etc. We at HandaKaFunda have curated a list of the absolutely crucial topics for your GD preparation. Group Discussion - Current Affairs Based:

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Subrata Speaks – How knowing oneself helps in IIM Interviews

February 16th, 2020 by

Starting today, I will be writing a series of articles, which gives a sense of perspective for the average Joe interviewee, helping him understand what an interviewer looks for during a CAT interview. In this article, we start at the basics - knowing oneself. An interview is an intensely personal experience and the first thing to ace, is to know yourself thoroughly. Remember that the interview is all about you, your experiences, your dreams, your personality and your unique perspective. The interviewer is there, trying to gauge you as a person and it is up to you to present your best side t

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Skills to Acquire at a B-School to Thrive in the ongoing Gig Economy

February 15th, 2020 by

There was a time when a job was something one would get in for life. Even if one would change jobs a few times, the target would be to remain loyal to one firm for as long as possible. Even the changes would be within the sector. Then we witnessed the period when options increased, so it was easier for people to move jobs. Now, we have moved on to yet another stage of employment trends, where people continue to remain loyal to companies, but not just to one at a time. The entire ecosystem is known as the Gig Economy. The term gig economy originates from rock bands and their guitarists,

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What people expect in a Bschool Vs What the reality truly is

February 14th, 2020 by

You got to admit - spending two years at a Bschool (or one year, if you study at ISB, Great Lakes etc.) will surely rank amongst your best academic experiences. From participating in multiple events, putting all-nighters before exams, forging amazing friendships, and getting the kick of THAT one dream job placement, your B-school journey is something that will stay with you for the rest of your lives. However, there will be times during your journey where you will go, "Woah! This is not what I expected". And that's okay. Most of us join with rosy images of our Bschool lives in our min

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