How to develop a Reading Habit to help you with CAT 2021?

January 21st, 2021 by

This is the second article in the series of posts that we are doing on ‘Reading for CAT’. The other ones can be read at the links given below: Why Building a Reading Habit is an important part of CAT 2021 Preparation?  How to develop a Reading Habit to help you with CAT 2021?  What should you read to help with CAT 2021 Preparation? (Will be published soon) Which novels / books should a CAT aspirant read in 2021? (Will be published soon) There are plenty of things that CAT aspirants differ about. For example, what is the right number of mocks to attempt or which coach


Why Building a Reading Habit is an important part of CAT 2021 Preparation?

January 17th, 2021 by

I hope that anyone reading this article would know that the CAT exam is broadly divided into 3 areas: Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Quantitative Aptitude I guess that some of you would not know how important Reading Comprehension is in the entire scheme of things. What I know for a fact, is that a large number of CAT aspirants neglect ‘Reading Comprehension’ in the early stages of their preparation and more often than not – never actually end up performing up to their peak potential. It is a problem that is quite co


Personal Interview Skills

January 5th, 2021 by

In this post I would like to cover some of the basic ideas about personal interviews. Since brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will try to be brief. Whom do the interviewers select? The candidate they “like” – so your job is to be “liked” by the panel. Attributes that normal panels like: Honesty Be ruthlessly honest with your answers You should know your subject You should understand your immediate environ Your answering should demonstrate analysis Listen to the words and the body language Answer the question asked Pane


XAT Decision Making – Principles for Solving Financial Decision Questions

December 29th, 2020 by

Decision Making (DM) is an important part of the XAT since one entire section is devoted to it and fully 21 of the 72 questions in Part A of the XAT examination in 2018 and in 2019 were Decision Making questions. Since these questions are completely unfamiliar to test takers from all streams, most test takers dread this section and thus prepare inadequately. Unlike, other sections, this section is not really a test of theoretical knowledge but challenges the basic assumptions of a test taker’s thinking and whether or not the test taker is able to understand real-world problems that are pre


5 Steps to tackle Ethical Dilemma Questions in XAT Decision Making Section

December 28th, 2020 by

The key tests for sieving through the MBA aspirants in India focus excruciatingly only on aptitude skills with an exception of XAT. XAT paper also invests in analyzing a person’s attitude, though the standard test format is rather restrictive for being an accurate barometer for a person’s honesty/sincerity. After all, like Warren Buffett insists – Integrity is the prime quality he would look for before hiring a new candidate.   XAT 2021 Crash Course a) 200+ Video Tutorials b) XAT 2017, XAT 2018, XAT 2019 Video Solutions c) Workshops on important topics d)


XAT Decision Making Tips – Identifying key stakeholders and their interests

December 24th, 2020 by

An MBA or PGDM or the likes in India equip one with the technical expertise and frameworks to be successful leaders and managers. Yet the number of exams in which a person’s sanity in terms of decision making skills or prudence is baked into the initial screening test itself is miniscule – XAT being the prominent one. It dedicates a separate Decision Making section that comprises of small case studies or situations, which seem almost certain to happen to you or someone you know. However, given a finite narrative and then, having to choose the best possible course of action can’t p


XAT Decision Making Section – Golden Principles for tackling questions related to Management Issues

December 22nd, 2020 by

The decision-making section of XAT paper is rightly considered a scoring section that can really boost your percentile. It is an important section not just because of the sectional cutoff that one needs to clear but also because completing this section quickly will give you more time for quant and verbal section. The questions generally comprise of a short case study write-up and related questions. Though any real-life situation is generally considered to be an open-ended problem with no right or wrong answers, that perception could not be further away from the truth. There are insta


How to use Analytical Reasoning to score more in XAT Decision Making

December 21st, 2020 by

An Analytical Guide to  XAT Decision Making Process Decision making is an integral part of management. It is a cognitive process of selection of a belief or course of action among several possibilities. You have to act rationally while decision making and foresee the outcomes of all the options available and its alternatives. And as aspiring future business managers, time and again you have to face situations where you have to take major decisions by carefully examining the problem and considering all the pros and cons, the long-term and short-term impacts of your decision. And that’s w


XAT Decision Making Section – Principles for Solving Managerial Issue Questions

December 18th, 2020 by

Decision Making (DM) is a critical component of the XAT examination. XAT has included this question type since 2007 and its importance can be gauged. This question type is unique to the XAT examination. The key to solving this question type is – as in most other question types – lots of practice and gaining familiarity with different types of decisions. Decision making questions can be broadly divided into four types – Ethical decisions, Financial decisions, Managerial issues and Logic Reasoning or Arithmetic decisions. Most test takers dread this section since it is completely unfa


How to tackle Decision Making questions in XAT exam

December 15th, 2020 by

There are several reasons that make XAT a unique exam. The marking scheme is unlike any. While the cut-off for XAT never goes too high, it could be because the difficulty level is genuinely top-drawer. This also creates the situation where single topics affecting only a few questions could propel up or even slide down one’s percentile. The result calculation too gets tricky as GK is not counted during the cut-offs, but is an important segment for the final selection. The marking scheme can also vary across question sets. Here, certain questions carry greater marks, and subsequently more