Sequence and Series Problems and Concepts for CAT 2017 Exam Preparation

September 22nd, 2017 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

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How the CAT Verbal Questions Test the Manager in You

September 16th, 2017 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

September 13th, 2017 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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How to solve caselets / puzzles based questions in CAT 2017

September 11th, 2017 by

Data Interpretation section of CAT, as the name suggests is all about analyzing substantial data and interpret meaningful or useful results from that huge pile of unessential data. With exploding population, interlinked economies and the recent result of globalization companies are not just dealing with the population of their city or countries but of hundreds of cities and many countries and as a result we have this enormous data that doesn’t make much of sense. The data needs to be categorized, simplified and summarized into numbers, numbers that make sense and form the basis of ration

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4 Rules to Crack the Paragraph Completion questions in the CAT

September 8th, 2017 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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Teachers Day – Use coupon code GURU to get 10% discount on all courses

September 5th, 2017 by

While we do run offers from time to time, Teachers Day has a special place in my heart. In mid of 2012, I was still wondering about whether or not I should quit my job to focus fully on Handa Ka Funda. I had experimented with online content, videos, online courses - paid or free, and multiple other stuff but I wasn't really sure if selling a course online in India with no marketing and virtually no team was a viable business model. I was not looking at Handa Ka Funda as a startup or a big company but like a really small project which could generate enough money for a sustainable living. If

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What Sherlock Holmes can teach you about Parajumbles in CAT

September 4th, 2017 by

Para Jumbles questions in the CAT are important from 2 perspectives: A – They are relatively easy to answer, as they do not require us to know any ‘rules’ (unlike grammar questions) beforehand B- Most test takers not only attempt all these questions but also get most of the answers correct, therefore it becomes even more important to score well here. If we have a low accuracy in Para Jumbles, we are under pressure to better in other questions, which could be significantly more difficult. If all of us infinite time to answer every Para Jumbles question, eventually most of

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Let Sherlock Holmes help you solve Sentence Exclusion questions in CAT

September 1st, 2017 by

Sentence exclusion questions test one important skill: to detect an anomaly in data. The fly in the ointment. The scratch on the lens. The bug in the software. The Van Buren supernova – that did not exist in the original Vermeer painting – which Sherlock must discover in order to beat Moriarty’s deadline of 10 seconds. Indeed, if approached logically, it should be a 10 or may be 20 or 30-second affair to spot the odd sentence among the given four. How to approach a Sentence exclusion question: Sentence exclusion is a new twist on the old Parajumbles question. A

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Celebrating 4000 Students in CAT 2017 Online Course

August 31st, 2017 by

When we rebooted Handa Ka Funda in 2013, I had not expected that it would last so long. One of the most encouraging words came from Ankit Doshi (founder of InsideIIM) who had said that this is the right space to be in. Hitting 600 in the first year and 5000 in a few years is very much possible. To be honest, I didn't believe him then because I did not believe that so many people would start preparing for CAT online. But I am glad that I was wrong. To be honest, I believe a lot of CAT preparation has moved online. I believe that if you are a serious CAT aspirant and you are not studying onl

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How to solve Time and Work problems in CAT 2017

August 30th, 2017 by

Months have passed, Days are passing by swiftly and with each day you are progressing closer towards CAT exam. As hours, minutes and seconds pass we cannot afford to lose a single second recklessly. In short, Time is running out and we still need to do a lot of work! Time and work is something that always runs in parallel with each other. We are always in short of time as compared to the work to be done. As not much time is left for CAT 2017, Today I will tell you how to manage your little time and paramount of work problem and this also will serve the relevant purpose of writing this blog

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