Understanding Confusing Words – Part 3

August 5th, 2020 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 4th, 2020 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 3rd, 2020 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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Geometry Fundas for CAT Quantitative Aptitude Preparation – Part 1

July 26th, 2020 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 solve logical reasoning problems based on team selection and group formation?

July 22nd, 2020 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 solve Logical Reasoning questions based on Ranking and Ordering

July 14th, 2020 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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Games and Tournaments for CAT Exam Logical Reasoning – Part 3

June 19th, 2020 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. 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 puzzles. We can expect most of the puzzles based on these structures.

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Games and Tournaments for CAT Exam Logical Reasoning – Part 1

June 16th, 2020 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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How to Find Number of Trailing Zeros in a Factorial or Product

June 12th, 2020 by

In this Number of trailing Zeros blog post, We would like to cover these two ideas: Number of trailing zeroes in a Product or Expression Number of trailing zeroes in a factorial (n!) But before I begin, let us first try to understand what exactly are ‘trailing zeroes’. It is nothing else but the number of zeroes at the end. I do not want to sound pedantic but on many occasions when you see a question which asks about, “What is the number of zeroes in ___” it is incorrect, because it should actually say – “What is the number of trailing zeroes?” or “What is the

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Cube Based Puzzles in Logical Reasoning for CAT Exam Preparation

June 1st, 2020 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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