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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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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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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