How to correctly use the punctuation marks in English

March 25th, 2020 by

Questions based on Punctuation marks have been asked in competitive exams frequently. These concepts are really important if you are looking at some of the banking exams or exams like SNAP. It is a good way to check a person's 'Verbal Ability'. With the help of my friend Sanket, I have a compiled a set of some examples followed by some previous year questions that can help you understand the concept better. The Purpose of Punctuation: Punctuation is used to disambiguate a sentence by using spacing, conventional signs, and certain typographical devices Punctuation introduces appropriate paus


Shortcuts for CAT – Descartes’ Rule of Signs

March 24th, 2020 by

Descartes’ rule of signs is used to get information on the number of real zeros of a polynomial. This is useful in the cases where the graph is not provided for a polynomial. You need to know that for equations with real coefficients, complex roots occur in pairs. As a result, any equation with an odd degree must have at least 1 real root. This combined with Descartes rule generates some interesting insights, as we will discuss in following examples. Let us understand the rule with an example: f (x) = x5 – 3x4 + 3x3 + 5x2 – x + 5 This rule doesn’t help us actually find the


Words with Similar Meanings and Subtle Differences

March 21st, 2020 by

In the series on confusing words (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) we looked at words that sound similar or look similar but mean different things. There is another class of words you should be careful about - these are words that are often used interchangeably (and wrongly at that, I must add). This generally leads to bad writing than bad comprehension when used. You do not need to look far away for instances of not knowing the difference between these similar sounding words. Just ask any MBA aspirant whether have any preferences for specialization and a lot of them say ‘Marketing’. Just fol


CAT Grammar Basics – Parts of Speech

March 19th, 2020 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


Reading Comprehension for CAT – Different types of Questions

March 5th, 2020 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


Reading Comprehension Tips For CAT – Different Types of RC Passages

March 3rd, 2020 by

Different Categories of RC passages Considering RCs hold more than 50% weight in CAT verbal ability section, you can hardly afford to ignore this area. It is definitely not easy to maintain focus on a passage unless you have a keen interest in the given topic. So how do you improve your attention span? I think the best way to enhance your focus is to start with reading about things that captivate your interest. What can be a better way to develop a good reading habit! But then CAT does not feature one or two types of RC passages. Generally, RC passages are extracted from the following are


4 Rules to improve reading skills for Reading Comprehension Questions in CAT

March 1st, 2020 by

Every time I think about how to prepare for RC, I am struck by how similar the process of reading is to the technique of driving. If your driving technique is sound, you can drive any car properly. On the other hand, if the technique is poor, you end up wrecking every car you drive. Reading fiction is somewhat like driving a train. Who among us hasn’t ever fantasised about having the best seat on the train? I could give an arm and a leg to be in the driver’s cabin of a German ICE train, or the Swiss Lyria, or the Austrian Railjet, or the Italian Frecciarossa, or the Shanghai Magl