Geometry Fundas for CAT Quantitative Aptitude Preparation – Part 1

June 5th, 2019 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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How to prepare for Reading Comprehension in 6 months for CAT 2019?

June 2nd, 2019 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. CAT 2018 Question Paper with Answers CAT 2017 Question Paper with Answers Will go step by step: Month-1 of Reading Comprehension Preparation for CAT Back to the school days of precis writing. Precis writing in Reading Comprehension: A) Reading B) Writing Read several times for total understanding of the pa

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How to prepare for Data Interpretation in 6 months for CAT 2019?

June 1st, 2019 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-Allegation

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Learning New Words – Why, How and Strategies

May 28th, 2019 by

Take the previous papers of any MBA entrance exam and look for questions that ask for the meaning of a particular word. The chances are pretty low that you will find a multiple choice question of the format - “The meaning of X is:” followed by four options. Doing the same thing for antonyms or idioms will probably not give you a lot of questions either. So no exam is going to ask you for word meanings. If so, then why learn new words, antonyms or idioms if they are not asked as direct questions in the exams? It starts with having a large list of words at your disposal so that

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Clocks – Concepts and Questions with Solutions for CAT Exam

May 26th, 2019 by

Questions on clocks (or even calendars) are not really frequent in CAT these days. They used to be really popular few years ago. Having said that, it is always better to understand some of the basic principles and the types of problems that get asked. They might come in handy in case of other exams like CMAT, MAT, SNAP, etc. Clock problems can be broadly classified in two categories: a)      Problems on angles b)      Problems on incorrect clocks Problems on angles Before we actually start solving problems on angles, we need to get couple of basic facts clear: Sp

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How to Solve Number of Integral Solutions Questions for CAT Exam

May 16th, 2019 by

Equation type: Ax + By = C Few rules to find integral solutions of this type of equations. First, reduce the equation in lowest reducible form. After reducing, if coefficients of x and y still have a common factor, the equation will have no solutions. If x and y are co-prime in the lowest reducible form, find any one integral solution. The rest of the solutions can be derived from that integral solution. For each successive integral solutions of the equation, the value x and y will change by a coefficient of the other variable .If the equation is of the type Ax - By=C (

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How to solve Logical Reasoning questions based on Ranking and Ordering

May 13th, 2019 by

Logical reasoning questions based on ranking involve ordering people/objects based on certain characteristics like height/weight/score etc. In these types of questions, you are supposed to place people/objects in a decreasing or increasing order based on certain attributes. There is not one common method to solve ranking problems and strategy should vary with questions. But there are certain key-steps that can be applied while approaching such questions. They are: Convert written clues into visual clues so that you would not need to read the text again and again and would be able to

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Cube Based Puzzles in Logical Reasoning for CAT Exam Preparation

May 6th, 2019 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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How to solve logical reasoning problems based on team selection and group formation?

May 2nd, 2019 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

May 1st, 2019 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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