Games and Tournaments for CAT Exam Logical Reasoning – Part 1

August 27th, 2019 by

In Logical Reasoning very often we encounter problems based on games and tournaments. The first thing that as a CAT taker you need to realize is that such tournament based format offers the examiner a multitude of options. So, there cannot be a set formula for solving such kind of questions. However, if you look at the CAT papers of past few years – a pattern seems to emerge. Let us discuss couple of them. Type 1: The questions are typically in a set where the data will be either in the standard tabular format or a format which you would never find on Cricinfo or for that matter any o

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Understanding Confusing Words – Part 3

August 26th, 2019 by

This is the last post in the series on confusing words. If you haven't read them already, check out Understanding Confusing Words – Part 1 and Understanding Confusing Words – Part 2. where we have discussed a list of important words that you should know if you want to save some time in the verbal section of CAT, IIFT, XAT or any other MBA entrance exam. In this post, we will first look at a few more words and then we will talk about how to use of the words you have learnt through these posts. Why is this important? Because skimming through blog posts will not help much. When you’re re

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Understanding Confusing Words – Part 2

August 25th, 2019 by

In the Understanding Confusing Words – Part 1, we discussed confusing words. As discussed Learning New Words – Why, How and Strategies, these words are not directly related to CAT prep for the vocab section or for any MBA exam (so don't expect direct questions based on these words) but knowing the right words and the correct usage will make your job much easier while attempting questions. Let us extend the list with a few more words. Prescribe vs. Proscribe - These similar sounding words have very different meanings. Prescribe is the more common word, and it's often used at the docto

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Understanding Confusing Words – Part 1

August 22nd, 2019 by

In the last post we looked at some ways to learn new words - reading with context, flashcards, word group lists and studying by comparing words. We had discussed about identifying words that are confused easily. In this post we will look at some examples involving these confusing words. Now, will a misunderstanding cost you marks in the exam? Not necessarily so, because like we discussed last time, no questions simply ask for meanings of words. However, when you’re reading a block of text and reach this word where you are not quite sure of the meaning, that is enough to cause a problem.

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SNAP Exam 2019 Notification Released – Important Dates, Process to Apply, Eligibility

August 21st, 2019 by

Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Online Test 2019 is the common, mandatory MBA entrance test. The Last date to register and apply for SNAP 2019 is November 23, 2019. SNAP 2019 Exam will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 2PM to 4 PM in a changed Pattern. SNAP 2019 Exam Notification – Important Dates: Registration commences on 16 August 2019 (Friday) Registration Closes on 23 November 2019 (Saturday) Payment Closes on 23 November 2019 (Saturday) Admit Card Live on (www.snaptest.org) 02 December 2019 (Monday) SNAP Online Test 2019 15 December 20

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Words from Books and RC Passages

July 24th, 2019 by

In one of the earlier posts on this blog, we had discussed the important books for CAT preparation and how reading helps with tackling the verbal ability section. If you go through a lot of the reading comprehension passages asked in exams you will realize they are similar in tone to these books or newspaper articles and that is why reading helps. But just reading will not help. To really shave off time required in answering a question (especially in RCs) it is best if you know what the words mean eliminating the need to guess or take time to understand what the passage is talking about

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Learn the basics of Critical Reasoning with the help of Mahabharata

July 22nd, 2019 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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5 Things that surprised me when I entered IIM Bangalore

July 3rd, 2019 by

With the stone architecture, connected hostels and access to Bangalore city, IIMB is one of the best places to study in India. In 2019, IIM Bangalore was ranked as the #1 college for Management Studies. Here are the Top 5 Things which surprised me when I entered IIM Bangalore: 1. IIM Bangalore Campus and its vibe Tucked not so far from Koramangala and Indira Nagar, the campus of IIM Bangalore is serene and relaxing. As the weather in Bangalore is one of the finest within India, if you are moving from Delhi or Mumbai, you will fall in love with the campus and its greenery almost immediate

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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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