IBPS PO 2015 Exam Preparation – Important Dates

June 28th, 2015 by

The notification of IBPS PO 2015 exam has been released. While there has been a significant change in pattern from previous years with the introduction of a prelims paper. After the prelims, there will be a mains exam. Based upon the performance in the mains, candidates will be called for an interview. Depending upon the performance in the mains exam and the interview, provisional allotment will be made. Please go through the tentative dates / schedule of events given below to understand that process better.

Important Dates for IBPS PO 2015 Exam

Registration Starts 10th July
Registration Ends 1st August
Do not leave the registration process till the last date. SBI PO Mains exam is on the same date and in case you are writing SBI PO Mains as well, you should not have unnecessary pressure on your head.
The fees for the exam will have to be paid online during the dates mentioned above. Any editing / modifications should also occur during the same period mentioned above.
Call letters for Prelims 23rd September onwards

IBPS PO Prelims Exam will be conducted on 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th October

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Results will be declared some time in October. While the exact date is not declared, it should happen around 20th October.
Call letters for IBPS PO Mains will be available after IBPS PO Prelims Exam results are declared. It would be fair to assume that they would be released as soon as the results of IBPS PO Prelims Exam are declared. This should also happen around 20th October.

IBPS PO Mains Exam will be conducted on 31st October

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Results will be declared some time in November.
Call letters for interview will be given out some time in December.
Interviews will be conducted some time in January.
Provisional Allotment will take place some time in April.

If you are planning to prepare for IBPS PO 2015 exam, do have a look at online coaching for IBPS PO 2015 Exam. You can also enroll for it from the button given below.


How to Solve Hannah’s Sweets GCSE Math Problem on Probability

June 5th, 2015 by

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Social Media is at it again. And this time it is a simple probability question. It is pretty basic in nature. The story in the question takes a turn to probability towards the end which is probably what surprised a lot of people. Well, decide for yourself.

The actual question

There are n sweets in a bag. 6 of the sweets are orange. The rest of the sweets are yellow.

Hannah takes a random sweet from the bag. She eats the sweet.

Hannah then takes at random another sweet from the bag. She eats the sweet.

The probability that Hannah eats two orange sweets is 1/3.

Show that n² – n – 90 = 0.

Video Solution to Hannah’s Sweets GCSE Math Problem on Probability

If you want a quick and dirty solution (basically something that can come in a tweet):
(6/n)*(5/(n-1)) = 1/3
=> 6*5*3 = n(n-1)
=> 90 = n² – n
=> n² – n – 90 = 0

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Modern Maths – Quantitative Aptitude – Syllabus for CAT Exam Preparation

June 5th, 2015 by

Modern Maths - Quantitative Aptitude - Syllabus for CAT Exam Preparation

Modern Maths Syllabus for CAT 2015

Modern Maths is a part of the Quantitative Aptitude for CAT exam. Although it is not as important as Geometry or Algebra but it is not something that you can ignore Typically you get 5-6% of the CAT paper or 15-18% of Quantitative Aptitude portion from Modern Maths. More often than not, the questions are based on basic concepts and their applications. Rarely you get a question which is based on a formula that a class 10th student would not know. A lot of students spend a lot of time mugging up fancy formulae. It would be much better for them if they just knew the basic concepts of permutation and combination like nCr and nPr. The topics and chapters which are covered in the Modern Maths syllabus for CAT 2015 exam are as follows:
Set Theory
Binomial Theorem
Permutation and Combination
Probability
Sequence and Series

To understand the relative importance of these Modern Maths topics and also to understand what you should study in the above mentioned chapters, you should watch the video given below.

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In the next video / post in the series on CAT Syllabus, we will be covering the Data Interpretation portion of CAT preparation in more detail. You can view the video on complete CAT syllabus here.

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Geometry – Quantitative Aptitude – Syllabus for CAT Exam Preparation

May 23rd, 2015 by

Complete Geometry Syllabus for CAT 2015 Exam Preparation

Geometry Syllabus for CAT 2015

Geometry forms an important part of Quantitative Aptitude for CAT exam.  Typically you get 8-9% of the CAT paper or 25% of Quantitative Aptitude portion from Geometry. More often than not, the questions are based on basic concepts and their applications. Rarely you get a question which is based on a theorem that a class 10th student would not know. A lot of students spend a lot of time mugging up fancy theorems. It would be much better for them if they just knew the concepts of similar triangles properly. Along with Algebra, you can safely assume that Geometry will probably be the most important part of quantitative aptitude syllabus of CAT exam. The topics and chapters which are covered in the Geometry syllabus for CAT 2015 exam are as follows:
Lines and Angles
Triangles
Polygons
Circles
Solids (Mensuration)
Co-ordinate Geometry
Trigonometry

To understand the relative importance of these Geometry topics and also to understand what you should study in the above mentioned chapters, you should watch the video given below.

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You can download the complete and detailed syllabus for CAT in the PDF format for free from the green button below. You will be asked to share about it on Twitter. I request you to do the same as it would help your friends and other people in your network. Also, it would encourage us to keep doing more in the domain of building free guides for CAT Preparation. Hope you enjoy it.


 

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In the next video / post in the series on CAT Syllabus, we will be covering the Modern Maths portion of CAT preparation in more detail. You can view the video on complete CAT syllabus here.

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How to prepare for SBI PO Prelims 2015 Exam in 1 month

May 22nd, 2015 by

How to Prepare for SBI PO Prelims 2015 Exam in 1 month

SBI PO Prelims 2015 Exam

As you would know, SBI PO Prelims 2015 exam is around 1 month away. The dates for SBI PO 2015 Exam were announced few days ago. The prelims exam would be held on 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th June. Whichever way you look at it, you have roughly 1 month left to prepare for the exam. Some of you might be already prepared for the exam and might be looking at just improving their skills. But I am sure there will be plenty of people who would be just getting started. Even if you are in the latter category, there is nothing to worry about.

1 month is more than enough to prepare for SBI PO Prelims

First things first – you need to understand the syllabus and pattern of the SBI PO exam. It will be a one hour exam consisting of three sections:
a) Quantitative Aptitude
b) Reasoning
c) English Language

You will need to clear the individual sectional cutoff and the overall cutoff to get a selected for the mains exam. Considering that there are approximately 40000 seats available in the mains exam, it is not going to be difficult. Let me add, it is not going to be easy either because the number of people who write the exam might just be above 20 Lakhs. By some estimates, it might cross even 30 Lakhs. One more point that I would like to add is that most of the students who appear for the SBI PO exam, are not serious about it and that is where they lose out.

The SBI PO Prelims is not a difficult exam, if you prepare for it. Most students prepare for less than 25 hours for the exam. If you are in that category, I am sorry – I can’t help you. May be you are brilliant and you will get by just because you are that smart. But in most cases, I believe you need roughly 100-150 hours of serious studies to clear the exam. Considering that you have around a month left, you can easily put in those hours. Here are some steps that you can follow to excel in the SBI PO Prelims 2015 exam.

1. Learn Concepts

It is important that you have the basics covered in all areas. So that if there are some easy questions, some shortcuts that can be applied to get to the answers quickly – you don’t miss out on them. Our SBI PO 2015 prelims course, which is priced at 999 Rs., consists a set of 100+ videos. Most of these videos are around 10-15 minutes and you can easily cover them in the time that is left. If you are using any other resource to prepare, just ensure that you learn the easy concepts of all chapters and topics. Focusing on solving hard questions and going into the depth of any topic at this point of time might not be such a good idea.

2. Test Yourself

A very common and a very big mistake that a lot of SBI PO aspirants make is that they do not give enough mocks. If you are planning to write SBI PO 2015 Prelims exam, it is NECESSARY that you write at least 10 mock tests. In our SBI PO 2015 prelims course, we have 20 full length mock tests. These tests have 100 questions each and are based on the new pattern. All questions have detail solutions as well. These mocks will not only help you understand your strong and weak areas but will also tell you how you are faring against the competition. Also, these 20 mocks will give you a set of 2000 unique exam-level questions.

3. Improve

If you are going to learn concepts, if you are going to give mocks – you are going to get stuck in some problems and get some doubts. What a lot of SBI PO aspirants do is that they just ignore these problems. They move on to the next topic because they do not have anyone to help them out. Sometimes the reverse happens – they get stuck on some problem for a very long time and hence waste a lot of time which could be better utilized elsewhere. Both of these issues can be resolved with the help of a teacher. In my online SBI PO 2015 Prelims Exam course, I conduct a live class every week. In that live class, I help students with their test taking strategy, preparation plans, and obviously – problems that they faced during preparation. Students can also send in their doubts via a feature called “Course Feed” and I make video solutions for the doubts that they have sent. In this way, a student gets comprehensive coverage of all topics and a well-rounded preparation for SBI PO 2015 exam.

So, if you are serious about SBI PO 2015 exam preparation, do check out our online course by clicking on the button given below. Don’t forget, it comes with a 100% money back guarantee if you don’t qualify for the exam.
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SBI PO 2015 Exam Dates Announced – Prelims and Finals

May 14th, 2015 by

Exam Dates for SBI PO 2015 Exam - Prelims and Mains

SBI PO 2015 Exam Dates

SBI PO 2015 exam dates have been announced. The SBI PO prelims (Phase I) exam 2015 will be held on 4 Days

20th June
21st June
27th June
28th June

This gives you slightly over a month to prepare for the prelims exam. That is more than enough. We have an online course for SBI PO 2015 Prelims Exam Preparation which offers 100% guaranteed success. Do check it out by clicking on the button below:
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The SBI PO Mains (Phase II) Exam 2015 will be held on

1st August

This gives you 2.5 months to prepare for the same. More than enough time. We have an online course for SBI PO 2015 Mains Exam Preparation as well. Do check it out by clicking on the button below:
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3 mistakes that you should avoid during CAT Preparation

April 24th, 2015 by

Common CAT Preparation Mistakes
CAT Preparation is not something that you do in a week or two. It is a long drawn process typically stretched over a period of 6 to 9 months. Over the last decade, I have seen a bunch of students repeat avoidable mistakes. More often than not, it is because of lack of information. Another common reason why it happens is because people value information that they got from successful seniors and other achievers on the web, which may not be suited for them. In this post, I will discuss about some of these issues.

Common CAT Preparation Mistakes

1. Overemphasis on Quant & Verbal

CAT aspirants forget the basic fact that Quantitative Aptitude & Verbal Ability form only 50% of the paper. They do not allocate enough time during their preparation to the other 50% – Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation. It probably happens because most CAT aspirants are scared of these areas. Also, when they start preparing for CAT, they think that the CAT exam paper depends only on your Quant and Verbal skills. Another common misconception is that you need to “prepare” for Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Ability, whereas the other areas you can improve just by giving mocks. Also, there are chapters and a fixed syllabus that you need to cover for Quant and Verbal – it makes it a little bit easy to study for them. All these reasons lead to the neglect of Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and Reading Comprehension which eventually leads to a poor CAT percentile. You cannot expect to do well in the CAT exam if you neglect half the CAT syllabus. You can easily avoid making this mistake in CAT by dividing your preparation time wisely among all areas. You should give more time to your weak areas but do not neglect any sector during CAT preparation.

2. Target ‘n’ questions / ‘x’ percentile

A very common question that I get asked close to the exam and even couple of months before it is – ‘How many questions should I target to achieve a 90+ %ile / 99+ ile / IIM-C call?” While I and many other people can give you an educated guess answer to those questions, it is of no use. Even if you know that you need to do 15 questions in Section 1 to get a 95%ile, what are you going to do with that information? If you are able to solve 18 questions, will you leave 3 questions just because you need a 95? – Obviously not. If you are able to solve 12 questions, are you going to guess 3 more questions just so that you can hit the magic number of 15? No. You should not take such a risk in the CAT exam, which has negative marking. Having such sort of targets is meaningless and it can only harm you. It will either put unnecessary pressure on you or would make you complacent – neither of them is good for you. To avoid making this mistake, you should never go in an exam or even a mock thinking that you should do ‘n’ number of questions to achieve ‘x’ percentile. You should have a strategy to attempt the paper but that is based on time that you want to allocate to various sectors and not based on number of questions that you should attempt. You know what should be your target – “as much as you can”. Try to push that higher. Think of the CAT exam as the first innings of a Test Match and not as the final over of an IPL match.

3. Too many mock tests

This idea has gained traction among the students preparing for CAT over the last 3-4 years. It has primarily happened because lot of achievers / top-scorers / 100%ilers swear by this idea. Yes – it is a good idea for them. It is a good idea for anyone who is confident enough of getting a 98+ score. It is good for someone who has prepared for CAT earlier and scored anything above 95. These type of CAT aspirants are already done with the basic fundamentals of the topics. They know what works for them and what doesn’t. All they need is some high quality practice and they will be able to do well in the final CAT exam. Having said that, the idea of giving too many mock tests or preparing only via mocks is harmful for majority of CAT aspirants. There is very little merit in that. An ideal number of mocks should be anywhere from 10 to 20. A mock is not a set of practice questions. It is not even a tool for practice. It is a tool for testing. It should be used to figure out your strengths and weakness. The learning from the mock results should be used to improve your weak areas and tweak the time that you are allocating to various sectors. To avoid making this mistake, all you need to do is quickly figure out your comfort level with CAT and adopt a strategy that suits you.

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Study Plan for Working Professionals who are Preparing for CAT

April 22nd, 2015 by

Study plan for CAT 2015 for Working Professionals

Preparing for CAT, or for that matter any competitive exam in India, is not an easy task. It takes a toll on your body and on your mind. And if you have a demanding job, it becomes all the more difficult. The amount of time that you have left is limited. There is no point denying the fact that once you are back from a 9 hour shift, your mind is tired as well. So, what can a working profession who aspires to get an admission into IIMs do? How should he prepare for CAT? How should he plan his studies so that he can use the limited time available to him in the best possible fashion? These are some of the questions that I will try to answer in this post.

CAT 2015 Study Plan for working professionals

You have roughly 6 months for CAT and that is more than enough time to prepare for CAT provided you can be disciplined about your CAT preparation. CAT preparation requires roughly around 300 to 500 hours of serious preparation time. You can find that time easily if you do the following:
a) Study for at least 1 hour everyday (every working day) Ideal would be 1.5 to 2 hours.
b) Study for at least 4 hour on Saturday and Sunday. Ideal would be close to 6 hours.
Now if you are wondering, how should actually plan your studies for CAT 2015 – I have a simple guideline for you. Follow the pattern of the CAT exam. CAT is broadly divided into 5 areas:
1. Quantitative Aptitude
2. Data Interpretation
3. Logical Reasoning
4. Reading Comprehension
5. Verbal Ability
The relative weightage of the above mentioned categories is roughly 2:1:1:1:1. Here 2 is for the Quantitative Aptitude part. A lot of students make the mistake of focusing on just Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal. Please understand that Quantitative Aptitude + Verbal Ability form only 50% of the CAT syllabus. The other 50% is Logical Reasoning + Reading Comprehension + Data Interpretation. You should not make that mistake. Here is the plan that you can follow:
Monday & Tuesday – Quantitative Aptitude
Wednesday – Data Interpretation
Thursday – Logical Reasoning
Friday – Reading Comprehension
Saturday (First Half) – Verbal Ability.
You are still left with three slots for preparation.

In the beginning of your preparation
, these three slots should be allocated to the area that you are not confident in. Do note that CAT will ask easy and difficult questions from all areas. If you are weak in a particular area, you might miss out on a sitter from that area. That is a mistake that you cannot afford to make in the hyper competitive world of CAT preparation.

If you are done with 50% of the syllabus, these three slots should be allocated towards giving mocks and analyzing those mocks. There cannot be a better way to find out the problems in your preparation plan than these mocks.

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Arithmetic Syllabus for CAT 2015 Exam Preparation

April 20th, 2015 by

Arithmetic Syllabus for CAT 2015 Exam Preparation

Arithmetic Syllabus for CAT 2015

Arithmetic forms an important part of Quantitative Aptitude for CAT exam. Not only you get quite a few direct questions on the arithmetic concepts in the Quant section, but you also get some applications in the Data Interpretation section. Some of the calculation tips and tricks that you learn via percentage can be applicable in many other areas. Along with Number System, you can assume that this forms the much required base for the quantitative aptitude part. The topics and chapters which are covered in the Arithmetic syllabus for CAT 2015 exam are as follows:
Averages
Mean Median Mode
Percentages
Simple & Compound Interest
Installments
Profit & Loss
Ratio & Proportion
Mixtures & Alligations
Time Speed & Distance
Clocks
Time & Work

To understand the relative importance of these arithmetic topics and also to understand what you should study in the above mentioned chapters, you should watch the video given below.

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In the next video / post in the series on CAT Syllabus, we will be covering the Geometry portion of CAT preparation in more detail. You can view the video on complete CAT syllabus here.

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Free Class for SBI PO 2015 Exam

April 18th, 2015 by

Free Class for SBI PO 2015 Exam
A lot of people are confused because of the change in pattern for SBI PO 2015 exam. So, I decided to conduct a free class in which I will answer students queries.
Time: 5 PM
Date: 18th April (Saturday)
Venue: Online

To attend the same, please do this:

Step 1: Click here
Step 2: Click on “Join This Class”
Step 3: At 5 PM, click on “Launch Class”

If the class is full, you might get a message saying the same. In that case, you can watch the recording of the same on the same link.

In case you want me to email you the recording of the SBI PO class, leave your email id / contact number below:

Hope you found this SBI PO class helpful. Do let me know via comments in case you would like to discuss anything specific in future classes.

Cheers,

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