Learn the Basics of Time, Speed & Distance for CAT 2017

June 23rd, 2017 by

  I guess my first fascination with problems of Time, Speed and Distance began when I first saw Heena. An important part of the story line  if you can call it that, saw Rishi Kapoor floating from India to Pakistan without drowning. I remember arguing with my friends that if could float for that long – he could swim back to India as well. My friends nullified the argument by saying: Speed River > Speed Rishi Kapoor I know that the reference is a little dated for most readers of this post, but Zeba Bhaktiyar made me look beyond reason. In this post we will discuss some of the id

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How to prepare for Reading Comprehension in 6 months for CAT 2017 ?

June 21st, 2017 by

The other day I was reading an editorial from a newspaper and at the end I realised I was not able to understand few of the difficult words also was unable to grasp the passage. For beginners, to jump directly into the passage solving will not serve the purpose. Will go step by step: Month-1 Back to the school days of precis writing. Precis writing A) Reading B) Writing Read several times for total understanding of the passage. Here the purpose of reading is – Thorough understanding of the passage Write summary: Start with easy small passages initially, say

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How to Avoid Distractions while Preparing for CAT 2017

June 19th, 2017 by

  Studying online is convenient. You have access to resources all in one place, from the comfort of your own home. But how often do you think you study completely distraction free?   You know what I’m talking about. You go online to check Facebook for 2 minutes, and 30 minutes later you’ve delved deep into a friend of a friend’s pics from 3 years ago. A 20-minute break to watch a quick episode of something becomes a full-on binge. Don’t even get me started on the black hole that is YouTube. Or Instagram.   Realistically, this can happen whether you’r

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How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT 2017

June 16th, 2017 by

  In one of the earlier posts, we discussed strategy to prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT in 6 months. However, as we know that in previous two-year CAT papers, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation was tested  under one common section. In order to get a high score in this section, we need to focus on both Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning simultaneously. Let us start Data Interpretation strategy with a list of topics that had been asked in CAT or in other words, the topics that you need to prepare for Data Interpretation. Caselets 1: Application of Mixture-All

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How to prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT 2017

June 14th, 2017 by

Are you planning to appear for CAT’17 and have absolutely no idea where and how to prepare for the logical reasoning section? Or you might not even have started preparing for it. Here is a 6-month study plan on how to prepare logical reasoning topics for CAT. Imagine, after 6 months you take your CAT exam and end up with an average score in Logical Reasoning/Data Interpretation section. Why did this happen? This can be due to many reasons – procrastination, lack of practice, unable to cover sufficient topics, lack of time to solve or wasted more time on one set in the exam. First of al

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Learn the basics of Critical Reasoning with the help of Mahabharata

June 12th, 2017 by

In critical reasoning, logical bent of mind plays a major role. Statements which are correlated to each other are presented and finally they reach at the conclusion. An essential skill to inculcate in critical reasoning is to find the missing link , which we call the assumption.Thus assumptions fill the missing link between the premises and the conclusion. Let us take a small example of the missing link— Four of the most striking characters in Mahabharat were Karna, Arjuna, Drona and Bhisma. At the end of the war Arjuna got the triumph. Here in the above two statements, th

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How to solve logical reasoning problems based on team selection and group formation?

June 9th, 2017 by

In this post, we will learn about logical reasoning concepts on selection and group formation that is frequently asked in CAT exam. This topic generally deals with the selection of a team of say ‘r’ members from ‘n’ (n>r) available for selection or it can be the selection of committee of certain number of members. Certain number of constraints drives this selection. In order to understand these constrains and the implicit details related to them, let us start the discussion with an example. Question: Among five students of group I – A, B, C, D, E and six students of group I

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How to Memorise and Revise Newly Learnt Words Using Word Roots

June 7th, 2017 by

In the post on learning strategies, I had mentioned Root words which helps to improve your vocabulary by memorising newly learnt words for CAT preparation. Throughout this series on words, we had focused on learning new words by grouping them - confusing words, similar words, idioms etc. Root words are just another way you can group words. A lot words in the English language have originated from Latin (others have their roots in Greek, Sanskrit, German etc.). But why bother learning root words? Will it be of any help in CAT or any other exam (XAT, IIFT, SNAP etc.) The answer is: Yes, it

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Geometry Fundas for CAT Quantitative Aptitude Preparation – Part 2

June 5th, 2017 by

In the previous post we discussed lines, triangles, parallelograms, trapeziums, polygons etc. Now, we will discuss other expanses of geometry which are vital as, the questions on these topics are asked repeatedly in CAT. Let us look at few of the fundas / formulae on these topics that are often neglected by students and can fetch some crucial marks in the exam. Funda 1: Angle made by Secants       2 .   In both these cases, PA * PB = PC * PD   Funda 2: Common Tangents     eg: Note: The two centers

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Geometry Fundas for CAT Quantitative Aptitude Preparation – Part 1

June 2nd, 2017 by

I got a lot of feedback via emails and texts that people are looking for a post on geometry. I have been avoiding it for sometime because of two main reasons: a)      It is not one of my strong areas. b)      It takes a lot of time to draw the diagrams that are sometimes required to explain the fundas. The questions on geometry are the trickiest and consumes the maximum amount of time as compared to the questions on other topics in Quantitative aptitude that is why, I have compiled a list of fundas that you might find helpful in solving CAT level questions. I am splittin

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