Profit and Loss – Basic Concepts for CAT Preparation

May 31st, 2020 by

Profit and Loss is the one concept that we have been studying since class 6th or 7th. It is present in our day-to-day simple transactions from buying vegetables to purchasing expensive jewelry. Everything we purchase today includes profit and loss. Our whole economy from big MNC’s to small retail outlets has been running with the same single intention to make profit. Whatever is being traded in the market has same motive to earn profit. Every seller aims to earn some profit over the product he is willing to sell and from the buyers’ perspective he is earning profit in terms of utility


Clocks – Concepts and Questions with Solutions for CAT Exam

May 30th, 2020 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


Mixtures and Alligation Concepts for CAT Exam Preparation

May 29th, 2020 by

The questions on Mixtures and Alligations are asked repeatedly in CAT and keeping the past year trends in mind, one or two questions are asked every year. We have seen the concept used in some of the Data Interpretation questions as well, so this cannot be overlooked.  Let us begin with the subject matter on this topic. When we have to find the average of a given set of values, we just add those values and divide by the number of values in consideration.  But what do we do when we have to find the average of 2 given sets of values, each containing different number of elements? We use


Sequence and Series Problems and Concepts for CAT Exam Preparation

May 28th, 2020 by

Sequence and Series topic of Quantitative Aptitude is one the most engaging and intriguing concept in CAT. Since childhood, we love solving puzzles based on sequence and series. Sequence and series are closely related concepts and possess immense importance. We all have heard about the famous Fibonacci Sequence, also known as Nature’s code. This sequence can be used to model or describe various phenomena in the field of biology, mathematics, nature, art etc. The sequence is 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13... so on. As we can see, the next no. in the sequence is the addition of previous two numbe


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

May 27th, 2020 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


Permutation and Combination – Fundamental Principle of Counting

May 26th, 2020 by

For this series of articles, I am assuming CAT 2020 would be the first time you would be attempting CAT, which essentially implies that you are not well versed with the basic ideas behind the Quantitative Aptitude portion. In the latter half of the year, I would move to slightly more advanced topics as by then, you would also have moved to the advanced stage of preparation. Best Online Coaching for CAT 2020 I have often seen students struggle with the topic – ‘Permutation & Combination’. As a matter of fact, I have even seen some faculties shy away from conducting those cl


3 Steps to Improve Your Accuracy in Reading Comprehension for CAT

May 25th, 2020 by

Importance of Reading Comprehension for CAT Reading Comprehension has always been an important part of the CAT exam. It is not something that you can ignore if you are planning to do well in CAT. As a matter of fact, I recommend my online CAT 2020 course students to dedicate at least 1 full day every week to practicing passages for Reading Comprehension. Background information about Reading Comprehension for CAT I analyzed the past year CAT papers and this is what I found • The passages are mostly from esoteric books. • There are also passages from global magazines / newspaper


Logical Reasoning Basics – Binary Logic – Liar, Truth Teller, and Alternator

May 24th, 2020 by

In a series of posts, we are going to cover the basics of some DI/LR topics. The first topic of discussion is Binary Logic. In a binary logic problem, we have people who either speak a true statement or a false statement. These people are divided into three categories: Truth-teller: This person will always speak the truth. All the statements made by this person are true. Liar: This person will always tell a lie. All statements made by this person are false. Alternator: This person always alternates between the truth and the lie. If first statement of this person is true, then se


Permutation and Combination – Distribution of Objects

May 21st, 2020 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


Big CAT Quiz of the Lockdown

May 18th, 2020 by

Quizzing is an old hobby of mine. I used to quiz a bit in school and a lot in my college years at Kharagpur. As a matter of fact, I even travelled to Indore and Allahabad to participate in quizzes. And back in the day, travel for hobbies didn’t happen by flight but by sleeper class trains. This lockdown gave me an opportunity to conduct couple of live quizzes and I will be lying if I said I didn’t have fun doing them. One of them was based on food and another one on Bollywood. As a matter of fact, I am planning another one on Cricket soon. You can follow me on twitter – I will share