Application of Quantitative Ability Concepts in Logical Reasoning Puzzles and Data Interpretation Sets

July 28th, 2017 by

In the recent CAT papers, we have seen questions in Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation section based on the concepts from Quantitative Ability. These questions can also be solved with simple logic but if solved with the Quantitative Ability concepts then solving becomes more convenient. Topics such as Mixture-Allegation, Percentages, Linear equations, numbers etc. are used to frame questions. In this post, we will look at some of the Quantitative Ability based applications in this section of CAT. We will not discuss the Quantitative Ability concepts in this post, rather we will im

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CAT Prep 2017 – Study Plan for Working Professionals

July 23rd, 2017 by

Preparing for CAT, or for that matter any competitive exam in India, is not an easy task. It takes a toll on your body and on your mind. And if you have a demanding job, it becomes all the more difficult. The amount of time that you have left with for CAT 2017 preparation is limited. There is no point denying the fact that once you are back from a 9 hour shift, your mind is tired as well. So, what can a working profession who aspires to get an admission into IIMs do? How should he prepare for CAT? How should he plan his studies so that he can use the limited time available to him in the be

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Cube Based Puzzles in Logical Reasoning for CAT Exam Preparation

July 21st, 2017 by

Cubes is one of the most frequently asked puzzle topics in CAT. These puzzles require us to think visually about the puzzle, which makes it somewhat tougher than other type of puzzles. We will discuss the basic concepts of the cube and few things that we would be using is majority of the puzzles related to cubes. Cube related puzzles are asked in a number of ways unlike selection or arrangement puzzles, where the primary pattern remains the same. We will illustrate some of the types of puzzles and the approach one should use to solve such problems. We will focus our discussion on what woul

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Alligations and Mixtures Concepts for CAT Exam Preparation

July 19th, 2017 by

The questions on Alligations and Mixtures 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

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Permutation and Combination – Distribution of Objects

July 17th, 2017 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 P & C is one of the dreaded topics but I hope that once you understand the fundas given below, your fear will reduce. Best Online Coaching for CAT 2017 Funda 1: De-arrangement If ‘n’ distinct items are arranged in a row, then the number of ways they c

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Permutation and Combination – Fundamental Principle of Counting

July 15th, 2017 by

For this series of articles, I am assuming CAT 2017 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 2017 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

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Tips and Tricks to Solve Para-Jumble Questions for CAT 2017

July 13th, 2017 by

Most of us are lured to attempt Para jumble/sentence completion questions in CAT/Mock CAT. In these type of questions, we eventually, come to down to 2 confusing choices. And the sad story is, most of the time we select the wrong option.But, the irony is it’s hard to leave these type of questions as with added logic these questions can be very scoring and consume less time as compared to an RC. So let me try to spread some gyaan that might be able to help you out in these situations. First ,try to find the purpose behind the para: When the purpose is to explain something – the

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3 Steps to Improve Your Accuracy in Reading Comprehension for CAT

July 11th, 2017 by

Importance of Reading Comprehension for CAT 2017 Reading Comprehension has always been an important part of the CAT exam. In CAT 2014, there were 4 passages with 16 questions out of a total of 100 questions. In CAT 2013, there were 3 passages with 9 questions out of a total of 60 questions. Safe to say, 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 2017 course students to dedicate at least 1 full day every week to practicing passages for Reading Comprehension. Background information about Reading Comprehen

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Games and Tournaments for CAT 2017 Logical Reasoning – Part 3

July 8th, 2017 by

In this post, we will discuss all the concepts we will require while solving questions related to games and tournaments. This topic can sometimes involve some basic understanding of the games mentioned in the puzzle. One should know some common terminologies used by the examiners in the questions. Games and tournaments is generally a data interpretation topic and we need to analyze the data given before attempting any questions, which could make it a little time consuming if we are not familiar with the concepts. Broadly, we have two types of game structures that are used in making the puz

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Games and Tournaments for CAT 2017 Logical Reasoning – Part 2

July 5th, 2017 by

In my previous post on games and tournaments, we discussed about two of the popular types of questions when it comes to games and tournament questions. So, if you are looking for questions on new types of data representation or questions based on seeding in a tennis tournament, probably you should read that. However, there is another popular type of questions with respect to Games & Tournaments and that is – Football / Hockey tournament questions in which we have to find out Goals scores, winners, ties, etc. In such tournaments, all competitors play a fixed number of matches. Poin

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