Diwali Discounts and Offers

October 18th, 2014 by


When I thought about giving Diwali discounts, I spoke to a bunch of friends and strangers about what would be a good time and what would be a good offer. Some of them said that Diwali should not be touched because students are looking for “fun” on Diwali and not studies. They may be right. There was another camp which said that if everyone is running offers, then why shouldn’t educational companies do that as well. That is a valid point as well. Often I end up over-analyzing and then not taking a decision at all. I hope the same doesn’t happen to you. Here are a bunch of offers for CAT and various other courses that we have. Do have a look.

The discounts / offers expire on 26th October (Sunday) at 23:55 PM

GK for IIFT, XAT, SNAP and other exams – Rs. 199 (List Price ~ 500 Rs. 60% off.Know more.)

Decision Making for XAT – Rs. 399 (List Price ~ 500 Rs. 20% off. Know more.)

GK and Decision Making – Rs. 499 (List price ~ 1000 Rs. 50% off. Know more.)

CAT 2014 Coaching Course – Rs. 999 (List price ~ 2000Rs. 50% off. Know more.)

CAT 2015 Coaching Course – Rs. 2499 (List price ~ 3000Rs. 20% off. Know more.)

To register, click on the ENROLL NOW button given below. Enter your personal details and your payment details. Within 24 hours you will get an email from us with the necessary URL / login / password to access your courses and tests.

Please share this post on facebook and twitter. That can be your Diwali gift to me. :)

If you have any questions about the courses, check www.handakafunda.com and / or email me on ravihanda@gmail.com and / or call me on 09765142632


Ravi Handa

How to prepare for General Knowledge GK for IIFT

October 9th, 2014 by

General Knowledge GK for IIFT

General Knowledge (GK) is an important part of the IIFT exam. The first thing that I will like to tell you is that you need to clear the sectional cut-off the get a call from IIFT. But there is some good news as well – the cutoff for the GK section in IIFT is typically in low single digits. If you look at the sample of the last 4-5 years, it has remained in the range of 2 marks to 4 marks. There will be around 25 questions on GK with each question for 0.5 marks. And now the bad news – a lot of people don’t even manage that. Over the years, I have seen a bunch of students who cleared the overall cutoff of around 40 to 50 but fail in the GK section.

What did they do wrong?

The biggest mistake that they made was they neglected the GK section. They started thinking about it / preparing for it in the last couple of weeks before the exam. This is not something that you can neglect. This is not something that you can leave for the last minute. Do keep in mind that in 2014, IIFT exam is scheduled on 23rd November. Most students who write the IIFT exam, also write the CAT exam. The CAT exam is scheduled on 16th and 22nd November. If you think that your CAT is on the 16th and you will use the period from 16th to 23rd to boost up your GK – you are just diminishing your chances of getting a call from IIFT. While I love procrastination probably more than most people, it is not something that I recommend to my students. Leaving the GK prep for the last minute is a really bad idea.

What should you do now?

First and foremost, see where you stand. You can download the past GK papers for 2012 and 2013 from the link given below. Take 10-15 minutes for each year and calculate what you would have got in 2012 and 2013. Give 0.5 marks to yourself for every correct answer and deduct 0.17 for every incorrect answer.

If you score more 4 or more in both the papers, then you don’t have much to worry about. You are in the clear and can actually relax. If you are in the 2.5 to 4 range, then you need to start preparing for GK. You need to give at least 3 hours a week from now on to brush up on important stuff. If you are below 2.5 in both the papers, well – I don’t want to scare you but you really need to pull your socks up.

How should you prepare?

As you would have seen from the two past year papers, there is a healthy mix of static General Knowledge and current affairs in the IIFT exam. The questions are quite reasonable in nature and are something which a reasonably well-informed person (not just an MBA-aspirant) should be aware of. The questions which are slightly off-beat are typically to do with International Trade and similar stuff. Well – it is called the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. You can’t really blame them now, can you! And trust me – IIFT’s GK section is very well designed. There are MBA entrance exams that ask questions like – “How many hearts does an Octupus have?” In case you are thinking that I am joking – I am not. This was a question in SNAP 2012. While clearing the cutoff is the first goal, scoring well in GK can also do wonders for your overall chances of getting a call from IIFT. It is a section which will barely take 10 minutes and can really make a difference to your overall score. There are plenty of resources that are available on the web to improve your GK. You can also look at some books like the Manorama Yearbook and magazines like Competition Success Review.

I have an online course that helps students prepare for General Knowledge for IIFT and other management entrance exams. You can check more details about the GK preparation course on the link. 3000+ students have enrolled for the GK course over the last two years. You can enroll for the GK course from the button given below.

Let me add, it doesn’t matter what source you are using to prepare for GK. The so called syllabus for General Knowledge is infinite in nature. What matters is that you use the resources and put in time and effort in preparing for it. It is not the bat but the batsman that scores the runs.

In case you have any further questions, feel free to email me on ravihanda@gmail.com or just leave a comment here. Also, if you liked this, do share the post on Facebook / Twitter – it works as a wonderful motivating tool for me to continue doing what I am doing.

Computer Awareness and Knowledge for IBPS PO 2014 Exam Preparation (Free Download)

September 13th, 2014 by

Computer Awareness for IBPS PO 2014 Exam Preparation
Computer Awareness or Computer Knowledge forms an important part of the preparation for IBPS PO 2014 exam. There will be 20 questions on Computer Awareness in the exam which is scheduled in October. Since the total number of questions is 200, Computer Knowledge is a very important 10% of it. The questions which are asked on Computer Awareness are very easy and if you have a brief idea of how computers work – you can score very well in the exam. This is the precise reason why many students falter in it. More often than not the students become overconfident in computer knowledge and lose out on some easy marks. It should ideally take you less 10 minutes to go through and attempt the computer knowledge section in IBPS PO exam paper. In such a less time, you should be able to correctly attempt at least 15 questions and get 15 marks in the computer knowledge section. Just imagine how much effort and time you would have to put in to score the same amount of marks in some other section like Reasoning or English Usage.

Keeping the above in mind, I went through the past year papers of all banking exams and compiled a list of questions which have been asked. This PDF containing 200+ questions on Computer Awareness and Computer Knowledge is available for free download on the link given below. I have further categorized the questions on computer awareness into the following categories:
1. Introduction to computer
2. Computer Hardware 1 (Input Output)
3. Computer Hardware 2 (CPU Data Storage and Networking)
4. Computer Software (including operating system)
5. Computer Usage (Windows)
6. Computer Usage (Microsoft Office)
7. Internet

This will not only give you an idea of what gets asked in the actual exam but it will also help you plan your preparation well for the Computer Knowledge section of IBPS PO 2014 exam. Do check out our full course on online preparation and coaching for IBPS PO 2014 exam which not only includes many such documents but also 10 full length mock tests and 100+ videos to help you prepare.

This PDF is available to you for free download. Just click on the button below, enter your correct details, and share on Facebook / Twitter – you will be able to download 200+ questions on Computer Awareness for IBPS PO 2014 preparation for free. Also, the PDF will be automatically emailed to you on the email id you mentioned.

Teachers Day – Guru Utsav – Discounts and Offers

September 5th, 2014 by

Teachers Day Guru Utsav Discounts Offers

In many countries, Teachers Day is intended to be a special day for the appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honour them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. While the specific day varies from country to country, in India it is celebrated on 5th of September, the birth date of academic philosopher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

I thought about running some sort of offer on Teachers day and asked on Facebook as to what would students prefer. The number of responses were overwhelming and hence confusing. All these courses and tests would immensely benefit you in the time that is left for CAT 2014 and XAT 2015. I am afraid that we are not able to incorporate everyone’s idea but here is what we decided to go ahead with. The five offers that we are running are listed below:

2999 Rs. – CAT Course + CAT Test Series + GK + DM + XAT Test Series (List price ~ 6000 Rs. Know more.)
2499 Rs. – CAT Course + CAT Test Series (List price ~ 4500 Rs. Know more.)
1999 Rs. – CAT Course (List Price ~ 3000 Rs. Know more.)
999 Rs. – CAT Test Series (List Price ~ 1500 Rs. Know more.)
749 Rs. – GK + DM + XAT Test Series (List Price ~ 1000 Rs. Know more.)

To register, click on the ENROLL NOW button given below. Enter your personal details and your payment details. Within 24 hours you will get an email from us with the necessary URL / login / password to access your courses and tests.

And as a teachers day gift, do share this post on facebook and twitter.

If you have any questions about the courses, check www.handakafunda.com and / or email me on ravihanda@gmail.com and / or call me on 09765142632


Ravi Handa
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Independence Day Offer for CAT 2014 Coaching

August 15th, 2014 by

15th August offer for CAT Coaching

Hello everyone and a very Happy Independence Day!

We thought of various offers that we could come up with to celebrate Independence Day with our users but it was getting way too complicated. So here is what we came up with.

Enroll for our CAT 2014 coaching course (for Rs. 2999) and get other courses worth Rs. 3000 free with it.

The other courses are:
a) Mock CAT Test Series – 10 full length mock tests based on new pattern(Rs. 1500 )
b) Mock XAT Test Series – 5 full length mock tests(Rs. 500)
c) XAT Decision Making (Rs. 500)
d) XAT General Knowledge (Rs. 500)

The offer is valid till today (15th August – midnight). If you have any questions, feel free to call me on 09765142632. Yes – I will be up till midnight so do not hesitate to call. You can also email me on ravihanda@gmail.com

Do like / share / tweet this post to make your friends aware of this awesome offer.

CAT 2014 Exam Dates Notification and other Important Details

July 26th, 2014 by

CAT 2014

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.

Please share / tweet this post to let your friends know about the important details for CAT 2014. It will also encourage us to write more posts like these.

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.

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
Descriptive test image

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 .