Mergers and Acquisitions 2018 for General Knowledge Preparation for IIFT / XAT / SNAP

October 15th, 2018 by

Mergers and Acquisitions have always formed an important part of General Knowledge section of exams like IIFT / XAT/ SNAP and various other Management entrance exams as well. Typically, the questions are based on the acquiring company or the company that is being acquired. It is not focused on the amount of money involved but on how significant the merger is and also – how popular the merger is. Unfortunately, there are no such lists easily and readily available. Most of the merger and acquisitions lists either focus on the deal amount or are limited to the technology sector. Keeping

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How to solve Family Tree, Relationships problems based on coded symbols

October 11th, 2018 by

Relationships are an integral part of our life whether between or among living ones. Relationships provide definiteness between two objects or persons. Relationships among people are complicated and confusing especially when you are living in a big joint family with innumerable relatives! Blood Relations is a very important part of reasoning section in competitive exam. Every year questions are asked based on them in aptitude tests and entrance exams such as CAT, XAT, SNAP and Bank exams. One other topic of reasoning section is Coding-Decoding. And in this blog, we will understand and develo

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How to Solve Number of Integral Solutions Questions for CAT Exam

September 11th, 2018 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 Questions on Seating and Circular Arrangement for CAT Exam

September 10th, 2018 by

Arrangement Problems in Logical Reasoning Section of CAT can be most ambiguous of all the problems. This topic includes variety of different subtopics with multiple variation and integration of them. One such topic in arrangements is Seating (or sitting) Arrangements, which is one of the most important and consistent in CAT. I know Seating Arrangement questions can be confusing, Time-consuming and at times brainstorming questions in Logical Reasoning section. But don’t forget that around 3-4 questions are based on this topic in CAT, so answering them correctly can boost your percentile and

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How to solve Logical Reasoning questions based on Ranking and Ordering

September 9th, 2018 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: Online Coaching for CAT 2019 Convert written clues into visual clues so that you would not need to read the text agai

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XAT 2019 Notification Out – Exam Date, Registration, Pattern and Syllabus

August 16th, 2018 by

XAT 2019 - Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2019 is one of the largest National level MBA entrance exams after CAT.  XAT 2019 exam date is Sunday, January 6, 2019, on behalf of Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI). It is a National level PG exam which is a qualifying entrance exam for XLRI and other 150+ B-schools. It is conducted once a year. XAT went online in 2018 and it is a computer-based test for 3 hours. The exam is objective and subjective as well. The syllabus includes - Questions from Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretatio

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Learn the basics of Critical Reasoning with the help of Mahabharata

August 13th, 2018 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?

August 11th, 2018 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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Cube Based Puzzles in Logical Reasoning for CAT Exam Preparation

August 3rd, 2018 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 Memorise and Revise Newly Learnt Words Using Word Roots

July 17th, 2018 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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