CAT 2014 Exam Dates Notification and other Important Details

July 26th, 2014 by

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The notification for the CAT 2014 exam has been released. The CAT 2014 exam dates are:
November 16, 2014 (Sunday)
November 22, 2014 (Saturday)

Other important dates for CAT 2014 exam:

1. Registration begins on August 6, 2014 (Wednesday)
2. Last date of registration is September 30, 2014 (Tuesday)
3. Download of Admit Card will be available on October 16, 2014 (Thursday)
4. Results will be declared in third week of December2014

Other important information regarding CAT 2014 exam and major changes :

1. There will be 2 sessions on each day making it a total of four slots. This would curb the two major problems that students faced with CAT 2013:
a) Normalization of scores across a much larger number of sessions.
b) Students discussing questions and answers after the exam was done as some of the questions (the ant question) were repeated verbatim.

2. There are approximately 4 months left for the exam. So in case you haven’t started your preparation. It is not really late. You can join our online CAT Coaching course for CAT 2014.

3. The exam will be of 170 minutes (a good half an hour more than the 140 minutes that had become the standard over the last few years)

4. Although the sections remain the same, but the number of questions has been changed from 30 in each section to 50 in each section. So,

a) In CAT 2014, Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation would have 50 questions. My guess is that it would have 30-35 questions on Quantitative Aptitude and 15-20 on Data Interpretation.

b) In CAT 2014, Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability will have 50 questions. My guess is that it would have 15-20 questions on Reading Comprehension, 5-10 questions on Verbal Reasoning (Parajumbles, FIJs, Critical Reasoning, etc.), 5-10 questions on Verbal Ability (Sentence Correction, Vocabulary based questions), and 15-20 questions on Logical Reasoning

This is a major change and you will need to tweak your preparation strategy accordingly. Having said that, if you have concentrated on your basics till now – there is no need to worry. Playing with a straight bat always gets you runs!

5. Flexible sectional timing – Candidates have the flexibility for devoting more or less time to each section according to their ability and they can switch over from one section to another section during the exam. This is a good move and will push the competition even higher. Once an aspirant has done enough for clearing the cutoff in one of the sections, he can switch to the section where he / she would get a higher return on time invested.

I would suggest that you incorporate these changes in the next mock you give and try and maximize the returns on time invested. We will be making these changes in our online CAT Coaching test series within a week or so.

I hope I have covered the key points of CAT 2014 notification. During the next week I will write more posts about how to tackle the changes in CAT 2014.

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Here is a free PDF available for download to help you with Quantitative Aptitude formulas for CAT 2014 exam:

Disclaimer: The official notification is supposed to be released shortly. Will update it when I get the link.


Bangalore – Free CAT Coaching Session on Mocks

July 19th, 2014 by

Bangalore CAT Coaching
As someone who is primarily involved in online coaching for CAT, the idea of an offline session sounds a little counter intuitive. Be that as it may, it is nice to meet students in person once in a while. So, I am coming to Bangalore for a live session on the 23rd of July. The details are given below.

Topic: How to make the best use of CAT Mock Tests
Time: 7 PM
Date: 23rd July (Wednesday)
Venue: Hotel Basant Residency, # 3, 4th Main Road (Behind syndicate bank), Gandhingar, Bangalore
(Map Link)

How to register:
1. Click on the button given below
2. Enter your personal details
3. Share it on Facebook / Twitter
That’s it. You are done.

In case you are not from Bangalore or for some reason cannot attend, please share this on Facebook – may be one of your friends might be interested. If you have any questions about this session, feel free to give me a call on 09765142632.

Cheers,
Ravi Handa


How to start preparation for IBPS PO 2014 Online Exam?

July 12th, 2014 by

Free Online Class for IBPS PO 2014 Exam Preparation and Coaching

Free class for IBPS PO 2014 Online Exam Preparation
Time: 7 PM, Sunday (13th July)
Venue: Online.

A lot of people struggle with how to being their preparation for IBPS PO 2014 online exam. Given the fact that the exam is online and I believe it is the right time to start the preparation, I thought I will take an online class to suggest a strategy to the students. This class is completely free and you can register for it by clicking the green button below. It will ask you to share the post on Facebook / Twitter and then you will get the class link in your email. So go ahead, register.

What I plan to discuss in the class is the following:

1. What is the structure of the IBPS PO 2014 online exam?

2. What were some of the major changes in the IBPS PO 2013?

3. How many questions you should attempt to clear the IBPS PO 2014 online exam?

4. How to prepare for IBPS PO 2014 exam?

5. How important is coaching for IBPS PO 2014 exam?

6. How many mock tests should a student give?

7. How to give IBPS PO Mock Tests? (Online Vs Offline)

And much more….

The class will be held online. It is scheduled to be held on Sunday (13th July) at 7 PM. Hope to see you there. And remember – it is completely free so don’t forget to tell your friends about it by sharing it on Facebook.


IBPS PO 2014 Exam Preparation – When to start?

June 17th, 2014 by

IBPS PO 2014 Exam Preparation - When to start
The question of when to start preparation for IBPS PO 2014 exam boggles many students and frankly speaking – there is no right answer for it. However, what I have seen after teaching students for around a decade is this – it requires roughly 300 hours to prepare for IBPS PO properly. These 300 hours should be divided into two broad categories:
a) Learning – 200 hours
b) Practice / Testing / Improvement – 100 hours

So, keeping the above framework in mind, if you can study for 3 hours a day, you need to start slightly more than 3 months before the actual exam. Having said that, starting early would have a huge set of benefits.

Starting earlier than other competitors is always better in a competitive exam. You will get a lot of advantages of starting early. The time available to solve quant question is ephemeral so having a good calculation speed helps a lot in attempting more questions and having an edge over other students. This is only possible if you develop it as a habit over a period of time. The questions in English language can be tough for students who do not regularly converse in English. Student do not often give sufficient time to learn grammar basics and improving vocabulary. Starting early will give you enough time to work on the above mentioned areas and in turn improve your accuracy in English Language section of IBPS PO.

Another huge advantage of starting early would be that you can monitor your progress with the help of mock tests. I will be writing about using the mock tests wisely for IBPS PO 2014 exam preparation but the key idea that I can tell you right now is – it is not about the number of mock tests you write. It is also not about the marks you score in those mock tests. It is about analyzing your performance and improving from test ‘a’ to test ‘b’. That is the key which will propel your scores to a higher level. And to really monitor that improvement – you need time.

So, to summarize – when is the best time to start IBPS PO 2014 exam preparation? IT IS NOW!

Do have a look at my online coaching course for IBPS PO 2014 exam preparation. It includes video lectures, full length mock tests and plenty of other material which will help you succeed.


How to prepare for the Descriptive test of SBI PO 2014 Exam

June 3rd, 2014 by
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How to prepare for Descriptive test SBI PO exam

Many students have been asking me for a strategy to prepare for Descriptive test of SBI PO Exam. So here are a few guidelines.
Let us look at the pattern for the Descriptive Test
It would be of 50 marks with one hour duration to test the English language skills. The descriptive paper will test four types of skills.

  1. Letter writing
  2.  Précis writing
  3.  Essay writing
  4.  Reading Comprehension

1. Letter writing: – You will be asked to choose from either a formal or an informal letter. If it is an informal letter, greet the person and then explain the purpose of your letter. Keep it simple, do not exaggerate the situation. You can check a sample format from here: http://www.latextemplates.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/formal_letter_11.pn .

Do not forget to enter the ‘date’, ‘address’, and your signature at their respective places. It would either be an ‘application’, ‘complaint’, or a ‘request’. You need to maintain formal language throughout the letter and should not use any slangs, abbreviations or emoticons. You may also refer some books for different types of formal letters.

2. Précis Writing: – You will be asked to summarise a passage. The key to this section would be your ability to grasp the essence of the passage. Try to understand the central theme of the passage. Remove the explanatory or repetitive sentences, examples cited in the passage, and unnecessary details. Your summary should include only the central message which is conveyed in the passage. Read the summary once again to make sure it contains all the important points of the given passage. You should practice using editorials of any leading newspaper.

3. Essay writing: – You will be asked to write two essays. Three options would be given for both the essays. The topics may be related to the current affairs so keep yourself abreast with the latest news. Read a few essays which were previously asked in various banking exams. The best strategy to write an essay would be to make a rough note of the points you are going to cover in the essay. Start with the overview of the topic. Explain your opinions or information about the topic in the next passage and end your essay with either a summary of the topic or a guideline to improve the given situation.
Some general rules to follow in every situation.
• Keep track of time
• Keep track of the length of your essay. (Keep it within the given limits)
• Do not make spelling or grammatical mistakes
• Do not be biased towards an opinion write both the sides of the argument.

4. Reading Comprehension: – Detailed course on reading comprehension is available in the courseware of our SBI PO 2014 Coaching course .


Notification for IBPS PO 2014 Examination – Expected Dates

May 16th, 2014 by

IBPS PO 2014 Notification Exam

The notification for IBPS PO 2014 Examination has just been released. The expected dates for the IBPS PO 2014 exam are from 11th October 2014 to 2nd November 2014. A detailed list of tentative dates is given below:

11.10.2014
12.10.2014
18.10.2014
19.10.2014
01.11.2014
02.11.2014

Now some of you might be wondering, when to start preparation for it. It is an exam which does not have a huge syllabus but it does have some very stiff competition. We would recommend that you start preparing for it as soon as possible. Do check out our online coaching course for IBPS PO 2014 exam preparation.

Click here to download the detailed notification.


How to prepare for SBI PO 2014 exam in 1 month

May 4th, 2014 by

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One of the most common questions that goes through a student’s mind is, “Do I have enough time to prepare?” And if the student is preparing for SBI PO 2014 exam, it becomes of paramount importance, primarily because there is only 1 month left for the exam. SBI PO exam preparation is a tough task but it can be accomplished with a little bit of practice and a little bit of effort. May be, I am being lenient when I am using the phrase ‘little bit’. Probably the phrase should be ‘a lot of effort’ because the SBI Bank PO exam is less than a month away. In this post, I would like to discuss some of the key things that you can do to enhance your preparation for SBI PO.

Marketing Aptitude, Banking Awareness, General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Marketing Aptitude is an important aspect of SBI PO exam. There will be 10 to 15 questions on this topic and it is easy to prepare for. Just look for some of the previous year papers to identify the kind of questions which get asked. In my online SBI PO Coaching course, you get a bunch of questions to practice from.

Questions on Banking Awareness are also very common. You need to quickly run through the history of the Indian banks and also the go through their current heads. Good knowledge of commonly used terms will also help a lot.

For General Knowledge and Current Affairs, it is recommended that you are well versed with the events that have taken place in the last 6 months. That will give you the additional edge required to crack SBI PO.

Data Analysis and Interpretation

I am sure that any SBI PO exam aspirant is aware of what pie charts are and what bar graphs are. Where they lose out is when they take too much time to solve these questions. The most important idea for these questions is – you don’t need to calculate the answer. You need to approximate and eliminate the incorrect options. You will get to the answer a lot faster this way. For SBI PO exam preparation, we have included 50+ videos on this topic.

Reasoning

Reasoning is probably the section that takes the most time. The best way to crack this section is to identify the sets that you should solve. Once you figure out a set, you will be able to solve all the questions involved in that particular set. There are a variety of concepts covered in our SBI PO preparation course.

English Language

This is the section that you can run through very fast. The chances of making an error in this section are quite high. So while you are attempting this section, mark only the questions that you are sure of. Otherwise, you might end up with a below par score in this section because of negative marking.

I hope you found this post useful and do check out our online coaching course for SBI PO Preparation 2014 and our online coaching course for IBPS PO 2014 Preparation.


We are hiring for an online marketer

March 18th, 2014 by

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We believe we do a brilliant job when it comes to teaching students or creating content for it. But beyond that, we are pretty useless. As you can see, we do not even know how to get the word out about a job opening. The best that we can do, as of now, is to write a blog post about it. We need someone who can do this well. No – we don’t need someone in HR. We need someone who can get the word out better than we can. So, we are hiring for an online marketer position.

Following are the key responsibilities for this role:

- Implementing SEO activities.
- Implementing & tracking e-Mail campaigns.
- Setting up AdWords/Facebook Ad campaigns, optimizing and tracking results.
- Managing Social Media presence.
- Google Analytics reporting.

Experience: 0 to 2 years.
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM (5 days a week)
Salary: 15000 – 20000 Rs. per month
Location: Baner-Balewadi, Pune

We are looking for self-driven person who is web savvy and is passionate for online marketing. This is a fulltime position. To get in touch with us, drop in an email on ravihanda@gmail.com or call us on 09765142632.


What is the CAT syllabus?

January 30th, 2014 by

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If you have written CAT earlier, then probably you should skip this post. This is mainly directed towards those who are planning to write CAT and do not know what all gets covered in the exam.

CAT is divided into two sections:

1. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

2. Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability

Looking at the data of past few years, both sections have 30 questions each. A student is given 70 minutes for each section.

Quantitative Aptitude (20/21 questions) is basically questions which test your mathematical prowess. It can be further classified into 5 broad categories:

  1. Number System – Deals with properties of numbers, HCF, LCM, remainder, factorial, etc.
  2. Arithmetic – Deals with percentage, average, profit & loss, SI & CI, Time Speed Distance, Time & Work, etc.
  3. Algebra – Linear equations, Quadratic equations, functions, etc.
  4. Geometry – Lines, angles, triangles, circles, polygons, mensuration, etc.
  5. Modern Maths – Permutation and Combination, Set Theory, Probability, etc.

Maximum number of questions are asked from Algebra and Geometry.

Data Interpretation (9/10 questions) consists of questions based on pie charts, tables, etc. In these kind of questions, you would be given a large amount of data and questions will be based upon that data. I agree that there are no formulas which are required for stuff like this but a little bit of practice with different type of questions would take your prep a long way.

Logical Reasoning (9/10 questions) consists of questions based on puzzle and logic. Once again, it is not something that you can really prepare for in terms of concepts. But there are a variety of questions that you can practice on it. Looking at past year papers is a good idea.

Verbal Ability (20/21 questions) checks your mastery over the English language. It can be broadly classified into two categories:

  1. Reading Comprehension (9/10 questions) - 3 passages will be given to you and then you will have to answer questions based on those passages.
  2. Verbal Usage (9/10/11 questions) - It will consist of questions on Parajumbles, Statements & Assumption, Fact Inference Judgement, Syllogisms, Fill in the blanks, etc.

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Do check out my online course on CAT 2014 coachinghttp://www.wiziq.com/course/9277-lr-vr-di-ds-speed-calculations-quant-general-awareness


Solved Example #11

January 22nd, 2014 by

A team of miner planned to mine 1800 tonnes in a certain number of days.Due to some difficulties in one third of the planned days, the team was able to achieve an output of 20 tons of ore less than the planned output.To make up for this, the team overachieved for the rest of the days by 20 tons.The end result for this that they completed the one day ahead of time.How many tone of ore did the team initially plan to ore per day?

a. 50

b. 100

c.  150

d.  200

e.  250

 

 

Answer : 

Let us assume the no. of days as ’3d’ and the output per day as ‘x’

Then, 3d*x = 1800 …(1)

 

For the first ‘d’ days, the output was (x-20).

For the next ’2d-1′ days, the output was (x+20).

 

=> d(x-20) + (2d-1)(x+20) = 1800

=> dx – 20d + 2dx + 40d – x – 20 = 3dx {Replacing 1800 with 3dx from equation (1)}

=> 20d = x + 20

=> d = (x+20)/20 …(2)

 

=> 3 [(x+20)/20] x = 1800

=> x^2 + 20x = (1800/3)*20

=> x^2 + 20x – 12000 = 0

=> (x+120)(x-100) = 0

=> x = -120 or 100

 

Since x is the output it cannot be negative.

So, the initial planned output is 100 tonnes.Thus Option B