Understanding Confusing Words – Part 1

August 22nd, 2019 by

In the last post we looked at some ways to learn new words - reading with context, flashcards, word group lists and studying by comparing words. We had discussed about identifying words that are confused easily. In this post we will look at some examples involving these confusing words. Now, will a misunderstanding cost you marks in the exam? Not necessarily so, because like we discussed last time, no questions simply ask for meanings of words. However, when you’re reading a block of text and reach this word where you are not quite sure of the meaning, that is enough to cause a problem.

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100 Days plan for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Exam

August 20th, 2019 by

Is there enough time to prepare for CAT 2019? As the CAT 2019 exam draws near, fear and sometimes panic starts to set in and this the most common question that I get asked. I will try to answer the question in this post and probably two more. Short Answer: Yes Slightly long answer: CAT preparation requires anywhere from 300 hours to 500 hours of serious preparation. That much time is more than enough for you (and for anyone else) to reach his or her peak potential. So, if you can put in 3-4 hours on weekdays and perhaps a little more on the weekend, you have enough time. Really lo

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100 Days plan for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT Exam

August 19th, 2019 by

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation was probably the toughest section in CAT 2018 exam. I think it surprised a lot of students because of the difficulty level of the questions asked. Another reason why I believe it appeared a little too difficult was because the other sections were on the easier side. If you have a look at the scores vs percentile relationship on a section-wise basis, you would find that you need to do 12 questions correctly in the Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section when compared with 18-19 questions in Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension or 14-

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Paragraph Summary Questions and Tips for Verbal Ability of CAT Exam

August 18th, 2019 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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CAT 2019 Preparation Plan for 100 Days – Quantitative Aptitude

August 14th, 2019 by

It can be argued that Quantitative Aptitude is the section that makes the most amount of difference in the CAT results every year. If you look at the data from the past few years, you would realize that the Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section has remained the toughest section. You normally need to do only 9 questions in it to score a 90%ile. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension has remained the easiest section over the years where you have needed to score around 16-18 questions to get a 90 %ile. Quantitative Aptitude, on the other hand, varies a lot. You would need around

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IIM Lucknow Admission Process / Selection Criteria for 2020-22 Batch

August 13th, 2019 by

IIM Lucknow Admission Process: The Indian Institute of Management Lucknow is an autonomous public business school in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was established in 1984 as the fourth Indian Institute of Management by the Government of India. IIM Lucknow offers post-graduate diploma, fellowship and executive programs in management. IIM Lucknow Admission Process / Selection Criteria - Summary: Whether you will get an interview call from IIM Lucknow or not, it would depend upon the following factors (on a 100 point scale): CAT Score: 60 points 12th marks: 10 points Graduatio

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IIM Calcutta Admission Process / Selection Criteria for 2020-22 Batch

August 12th, 2019 by

IIM Calcutta Admission Process / Selection Criteria - Summary: Whether you will get an interview call from IIM Calcutta or not, it would depend upon the following factors (on a 100 point scale): CAT Score: 56 points 10th marks: 10 points 12th marks: 15 points Graduation marks: 15 points Gender Diversity: 4 points (Female CAT aspirants get 4 points)   Whether you will get admission into IIM Calcutta or not, it would depend upon the following factors (on a 100 point scale): CAT Score: 30 points Written Ability Test: 10 points Personal Interview: 48 points Academic Di

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IIM Bangalore Admission Process / Selection Criteria for 2020-22 Batch

August 10th, 2019 by

IIM Bangalore Admission Process / Selection Criteria - Summary: Whether you will get an interview call from IIM Bangalore or not, it would depend upon the following factors (on a 100 point scale): LRDI Score in CAT: 16 points VARC Score in CAT: 14 Points Quant Score in CAT: 10 points 10th marks: 20 points 12th marks: 10 points Graduation marks: 20 points Work Experience: 8 points (3 years or more gets you full 8 points) Gender Diversity: 2 points (Female CAT aspirants get 2 points)   Whether you will get admission into IIM Bangalore or not, it would depend upon the fo

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Basic Trigonometry Concepts 2 – Questions and Solved Examples for CAT

August 8th, 2019 by

In the earlier part of trigonometry series, we had seen basic concepts and some questions. In this part we will see some additional Examples to understand how to deal with CAT questions Example 1: 5sinx + 12cosx + s is always greater than or equal to 0. What could be the possible smallest value of s? a.) 13 b.) 10 c.) 6 d.) 2 Solution: 5sinx + 12cosx ≥ -s ⇒ 13(5/13sinx+12/13cosx) ≥ -s                  (Since 5,12 and 13 are Pythagorean triplets,) ⇒ 5/13 = cosA ⇒ 12/13 = sin A ⇒ 13(sinx cosA + sinA cosx) ≥ -s ⇒ 13(sin(x + A))

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Linear Races Questions for CAT Exam

August 6th, 2019 by

1. In a race of 1000m, A beats B by 50m or 5 seconds. Find: B’s speed A’s speed Time is taken by A to complete the race Sol: Since A beats B by 50m. It means by the time A reaches the winning point, B is 50 m away and as A beats B by 5 seconds, it means B takes another 5 seconds to reach the winning point. This means B covers 50m in 5 seconds i.e., B’s speed is 50/5 = 10m/s. Since A wins by 50m, in the time A covers 1000m, B covers 950m in 95 seconds (950/10). Hence A will take 95 seconds to cover 1000m. Therefore, A’s speed is 1000/95= 10 10/19 m/sec. In this q

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