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,

Ravi Handa


Singapore Logical Puzzle – Albert and Bernard figure out Cheryl’s Birthday

April 14th, 2015 by

Social media has been going nuts over the logical puzzle of Albert and Bernard trying to figure out Cheryl’s Birthday. It seems to be the next big thing after THE DRESS. While THE DRESS was something I had no clue about, this problem is simple enough. Apparently, it is simple enough for 5th graders in Singapore as well – but let’s not get into that discussion.

Video Solution to Puzzle – Cheryl’s Birthday

The actual puzzle

 Albert and Bernard just became friends with Cheryl, and they want to know when
her birthday is. Cheryl gives them a list of 10 possible dates.

May 15                May 16            May 19
June 17                June 18
July 14                July 16
August 14            August 15        August 17

Cheryl then tells Albert and Bernard separately the month and the day of her birthday respectively.

Albert: I do not know when Cheryl’s birthday is, but I know that Bernard does not know too.

Bernard: At first I don’t know when Cheryl’s birthday is, but I know now.

Albert: Then I also know when Cheryl’s birthday is.

So when is Cheryl’s birthday?

If you want a quick and dirty solution (basically something that can come in a tweet):
S1 eliminates May & June
S2 eliminates Date 14
S3 eliminates Aug
Answer is July 16
Tweet this solution

Hope you enjoyed it and learnt from it. Do share it with your friends on facebook and / or tweet it to your followers.

Cheers,
Ravi Handa


SBI PO Exam Notification 2015: New Pattern, Syllabus and Expected Dates

April 11th, 2015 by

SBI PO 2015 Notification - New Pattern, Syllabus, and Expected Dates

SBI PO Exam Notification 2015

The SBI PO Exam Notification 2015 was released today. The highlights of the same are visible in the image above. The details are given below. The biggest change in the pattern is – wait for it – introduction of the preliminary phase or PHASE 1 in the SBI PO 2015 exam.

Important Dates for SBI PO Exam 2015

Commencement of online registration of application: 13th April 2015
Last date of applying online: 2nd May 2015
Last date for printing your application: 17th May 2015
Online Fee Payment: 13th April to 2nd May 2015
Exam Date: Tentatively in June 2015

Let me add, it is not clear how long will be the gap between the PHASE I (Preliminary Exam for SBI PO 2015) and the PHASE II (Main Exam for SBI PO 2015)

Details of PHASE 1 of SBI PO Exam 2015

It will be a 1 hour exam
It will consists of:
English Language – 30 marks – 30 questions
Quantitative Aptitude – 35 marks – 35 questions
Reasoning – 35 marks – 35 questions

Important points regarding PHASE 1 – Preliminary Exam of SBI PO Exam 2015

1. Students will need to clear individual sectional cutoff to move to PHASE 2. This is a very important detail – please don’t ignore this. Even if you get a good overall score, you will need to clear the sectional cutoffs to move to PHASE 2 of SBI PO Exam 2015.
2. In my opinion, the cutoff for PHASE 1 of SBI PO 2015 exam will not be very high. Probably solving 6-7 questions in each category and an overall score of 20 should be enough.
3. The difficulty level of questions should be reasonably lower that the difficulty level of questions in the main exam. You cannot be expected to solve complicated reasoning questions in the PHASE 1 of SBI PO Exam 2015. Most probably, you will have a lot of direct questions like Number Series, Letter Series, Word Meanings – basically stuff that you can just look at and answer.
4. The ability to pick questions will matter more than anything else in PHASE 1 of SBI PO Exam.
5. They will be selecting 20 times the number of required candidates in PHASE 1 of SBI PO Exam – so don’t worry. Even if you are remotely serious about the exam and preparation of bank exams, you should be able to sail through it quite easily.

Now some of you might be wondering, why have the even launched or started this PHASE 1 / preliminary PHASE of SBI PO Exam. The reason is simple – DESCRIPTIVE PAPER in phase 2. Lakhs of students write the SBI PO Exam 2015 – it is extremely difficult to evaluate the descriptive paper of all of them. On the other hand, it will be a cakewalk to evaluate descriptive paper of roughly 40000 to 50000 students.

Details of PHASE II – Main Examination of SBI PO Exam 2015

Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

Objective Test: The Objective Test of 2 hour duration consists of 4 Sections with 50 marks each (Total 200 marks) as follows:
Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension etc.)
Test of General Awareness, Marketing & Computers
Test of Data Analysis & Interpretation
Test of Reasoning (High Level)

Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 1 hour duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

Important points regarding PHASE II – Main Examination of SBI PO Exam 2015

1. It is still not clear how much gap will be there between PHASE 1 and PHASE 2 of the exam.
2. Such a move will definitely increase the competition among students. Only the best will be participating in phase 2.
3. Those are might not be very serious initially, if they clear the PHASE 1 of SBI PO Exam, rest assured – they will give their everything for PHASE 2 or the SBI PO Exam.
4. The marks that you get in PHASE 2 of SBI PO Exam will be counted in the final selection. It will have 75% weightage.
5. It is hard to say what the cutoffs will be, but they are bound to be higher than last year.

Details of PHASE III – Group Discussion and Interview of SBI PO Exam 2015

It will consist of Group Discussion (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks). The aggregate marks of both Objective Test and Descriptive Test will be taken, and arranged in the descending order in each category and adequate number of top candidates will be called.

Final Selection

1. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection
2. The marks obtained in the Main Examination (Phase-II) will have 75% weightage
3. The marks obtained in the Group Discussion & Personal Interview (Phase-III) will have 25% weightage

I will be conducting a free live class on the new patter of SBI PO Exam 2015 on 18th April (Saturday) at 5 PM. If you wish to attend the same, just fill in your details in the form below.


Complete Algebra Syllabus for CAT Exam Preparation

April 7th, 2015 by
Complete Syllabus of Algebra for CAT 2015 Exam Preparation

Complete Syllabus of Algebra for CAT 2015 Exam Preparation

Algebra Syllabus for CAT Preparation

Algebra is one of the most important topics when it comes to Quantitative Aptitude portion of the CAT 2015 Exam. The most number of questions in Quant, get asked either from Algebra or from Geometry. Even in Algebra, the chapter Functions has the most weightage. A common misconception is that you can leave out chapters like Basic Alebraic Formulae and do not learn too much about inequalities as you do not get direct questions in the CAT exam on those. But they forget, that a lot of questions in functions are based on the basic concepts that you learn in topics like Quadratic Equations and Inequalities. These are not things that you can skip while preparing for CAT.

Given below is a complete list of topics from Algebra Syllabus that you should be familiar with.

Basics Algebraic Formulae
Linear Equations
Quadratic Equations
Higher Degree Equations
Inequalities
Logarithms
Functions

To understand the relative importance of the topics, I suggest you watch the video given below. It will tell you which are the topics that you should focus on while preparing for CAT. I am sure the video will help you understand it better.

Free Video on Algebra Syllabus for CAT Exam





Free PDF Download of Complete CAT Syllabus

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 Facebook / 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.

In the next video / post in the series on CAT Syllabus, we will be covering the Arithmetic portion of CAT preparation in more detail.
You should also check out some of our previous posts on related topics from the links below:
Complete CAT syllabus for CAT 2015 Exam Preparation.
Complete Number System Syllabus for CAT 2015 Exam Preparation.

Cheers,
Ravi Handa
ravihanda@gmail.com


13 April Fool Jokes that you should not miss | Google Maps Pacman | Uber Supercars | Ola Air | Freecharge Buzzkill

April 1st, 2015 by

April Fool’s Day

The earliest recorded association between 1 April and foolishness can be found in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (1392). A lot have changed since then. It has grown to be associated with pranks and some really smart and funny stuff. I am trying to capture some of the the best ones that I encounter for 2015 in this post. Do help me in making the list better by letting me know about the jokes and pranks that I missed. Given below are some that I found interesting.

1. Google Maps Pacman

April Fool Joke by Google Maps - Pacman

Trust Google to come up with the best when it comes to April Fool jokes. My favorite one has to be GMail Paper which they did way back in 2007 (If you are too young to remember it, they promised to print all your email and send all the paper to you via traditional post)

The Google Maps Pacman is right at the top of the list. Just go to Google Maps and on the bottom left you will get an option to convert any location into a Pacman screen. Pacman, as usual, is fun in any setting. This post got delayed by at least an hour because I just got busy playing. :)

2. com.google

Well, how do I explain this? Google has done a brilliant job by reversing not just their homepage but the entire search results as well. You should definitely check it out for yourself. Go to com.google

Here is a screenshot if you search Handa Ka Funda on it.

com.google reverse search results

3. Ola Air

Ola has indeed taken it a notch higher – literally. They launched Ola Air at a price of Rs. 499 per ride. :) It also promotes the product that Ola has really well.
Features that will blow your mind:
Track your helicopter ride in real time
Choose your pickup location
Get pilot details
Door-to-door pickup


4. Freecharge Buzzkill

Freecharge came out with an app called Buzzkill, which helps you chase away mosquitoes. They made a funny video to explain how it works. The video features an extremely uncomfortable Kulin Shah and two baldies. Well, #TheirChoice (you see what I did there). It is a little long but funny enough to merit one viewing.

5. Uber Supercars

Uber is hooking you up for a free cab ride. Well, with Ola at its heels – they seem to be doing something similar every other day. So, what’s new? Well, the cars are not just cars – they are SUPERCARS. Only when you go to the Uber blog and read the post about Supercars, you realize it is a joke. The event, if you can call it that, is done in collaboration with Hamleys India (a toy shop).

6. Smartbox by Google Inbox

Smartbox is an actual mailbox that offers many features that you currently have with email, including smart folders. The Smartbox will even electrically shock anyone who tries to fill your mailbox with spam.


7. Motorola Selfie Stick

Motorola has jumped on the April Fool bandwagon with – guess what – a selfie stick. The idea would be really funny and innovative if there were no real selfie sticks in the market. But well – we live in a world where Buzzfeed shares a comfortable relationship with the White House. Even back home, we have a Prime Minister who is a little more obsessed with selfies than the average politician but less than a Japanese teenage girl.


8. Google Panda from Google Japan

Well, it is a black and white and Asian – and also cute. Google Japan seems to be working on a Pet Google Panda which will be an assistant powered by Google. Watch this video to understand more. And just in case you are Japanese, there are subtitles too. :)


9. Samsung Galaxy Blade

Samsung has announced the world’s first smart knife with smartphone capabilities, the Galaxy BLADE edge. It comes packed with features like Food Photography and Thermometer Stylus. Complete features of the smart-knife.

There are four variants available for the handle, they are:
Premium Olivewood
Ergonomic Ceramic
Stainless Steel
and behold….
Premium Mammoth Tusk
The Premium Mammoth Tusk Ivory Inlay Edition is made from real mammoth tusk, found beneath the surface of the North Sea. I am surprised why isn’t PETA going after SAMSUNG. While Google is promoting Pandas as pets, Samsung is going in the other direction by killing Mammoths. #OUTRAGE

10. Auto SEO – SEO Ninja

Matt Cutts, from the house Lannister, gets A for effort. He wrote a blogpost, set up a website, and even addressed a pain point for SEO newbies. Now don’t fall prey to the honeypot and leave your email id there. Or do it – may be there will be something more interesting and funny to follow it up. :)

11. Zomatcho from Zomato

Zomato launched the Zomatcho app that plays matchmaker based upon your preference in food. To be honest, the entire things seemed like a lazy effort or an after-thought. Kind of like – everyone is doing something, we should do something too. You can read the entire blogpost about Zomatcho written by Shantanu Basrur. He seems like the Sangakara who gave his best effort till the end when no one else in the team was interested in working on it.

12. Flipkart to acquire Snapdeal

This was done by Bluegape. For those of you who do not know it used to be a merchandising store and in its new avatar it is kind of like buzzfeed / listverse but with visuals. I might be horribly wrong about this but then again, I have not understood Instagram till now. The reason why I added this was because of the brilliant clickbait it formed. Well, who will not click at a post which says Flipkart To Acquire SnapDeal In $4 Billion Of Cash + Equity Deal. Raises $20 Billion Did not link it because it was a boring post with old photographs. Nothing funny or smart to read there.

13. Sachin Tendulkar to become India’s coach

Now I do not know whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. No – I am not talking about Sachin becoming the coach. I am talking about the effort by CNN-IBN to appear cool. I would have preferred a more nuanced portrayal and something which is not blatantly obvious as a joke. The entire post about this is hardly 200-250 words. A little more effort would have been nice.

I hope you enjoyed this. If you did, don’t forget to:

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Cheers,

Ravi Handa

PS: Special shout-out to friend Nishant Mungali who fortunately or unfortunately have their Birthday today. Go wish him and let him be surprised by random people wishing him Happy Birthday – let this be your second good deed of the day. The first one is sharing / tweeting this post. Hope you have done that already. :)


Algebra for CAT Preparation – Finding smallest value in a maximum function

March 24th, 2015 by

A common type of question that gets asked in CAT is when you are given a maximum function and you are supposed to find out the minimum value of the function. Actually, the concept would remain the same even if you are given a minimum function and you are supposed to find out the maximum value of the function.

To solve such kind of questions, all you need to do is to find out the point of intersection of the individual values. More often than not, that would lead to the answer. Let us look at a question that has appeared in CAT before.

Let g(x) = max (5 − x, x + 2). The smallest possible value of g(x) is
A] 4.0
B] 4.5
C] 1.5
D] None of these.

Watch the video given below for better understanding of the same.

To solve such kind of questions, in most cases, all you need to do is to equate the two values inside the function
=> 5 – x = x + 2
=> x = 3/2 = 1.5
Please note that 1.5 is not the answer to the question.
To find out the answer to the question, we need to find out the value of g(1.5)
When we put x = 1.5, we get g(x) = max (5 – 1.5, 1.5 + 2) = max (3.5, 3.5) = 3.5
So, our answer is 3.5 Option D – None of these

I would strongly recommend that you watch the video for better understanding of the solution of the question. Do check out my Online CAT Coaching and CAT Preparation course which has 500+ video tutorials for CAT.

Do let me know what you think about this via the comment section.


Number System Syllabus for CAT Exam Preparation

March 10th, 2015 by

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Number System Questions for CAT Exam

There is common perception that Number System questions form the most important part of the CAT syllabus and something that cannot be neglected when it comes to CAT Preparation. While I agree with the latter half, I strongly object to the first part. The perception about Number System is such because when you consider all chapters of CAT Syllabus, it IS probably the most important but when you compare it with other categories – it loses its relevance. You have to understand what you are comparing it with. If you are comparing with another chapters like Time, Speed, and Distance or Permutation and Combination – yes, it has more weightage. But if you are comparing it with Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, etc. – it is probably the least important part. And because of this incorrect understanding, a lot of students spend a lot of time on Number System which can be better utilized elsewhere.

Another issue with Number System questions is that students are not able to decide what is relevant when it comes to preparing for CAT. They spend time sharpening their skills to find out the last two digits, or to understand Fermat Theorem to find out the remainders in Number System questions. If you are preparing for the CAT exam, it is not required at all. Such advanced concepts are not required for CAT Preparation. The best CAT Coaching institutes and even the CAT coaching faculty, including me, are to blame for this to a certain extent. Given below is the complete list of topics from Number System that you should be familiar with.

Basics of Numbers
Divisibility Rules
Divisibility and Factors
HCF / LCM
Finding Out Last Digit
Finding Out Last Two Digits
Number of Trailing Zeroes
Highest Power of a Number in a Factorial
Finding out Remainders
Base Systems

To find out about their relative importance and also which areas you should focus on while preparing for CAT 2015, do watch the video given below.

Free Video on Number System Syllabus for CAT Exam

Free PDF Download of Complete CAT Syllabus

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 Facebook / 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.

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

Cheers,
Ravi Handa
ravihanda@gmail.com


Holi Discount Offer – Get 25% Off On CAT 2015 Online Course

March 4th, 2015 by

Holi Discount Offer Get 25 Off on CAT 2015 Course

The festival of colors, Holi, brings with it a feeling of joy and more often than not a feeling of nostalgia. The amount of fun we had when we were children cannot be replicated but only missed. I still remember the sweet smell and taste of Gujia, a sweet dumpling that you might know by some other name. Well, we cannot share the Gujia that we will be having with you, what we can share is an awesome discount offer.

You can get 25% off on all our courses this Holi



Some of the key discount offers are:

CAT 2015 Online Course (Without Test Series)- Rs. 3999 Rs. 2999
CAT 2015 Online Course (With Test Series) – Rs. 4999 Rs. 3749
IBPS PO Course + SBI PO Course (Without Test Series) Rs. 1499 Rs. 1124
IBPS PO Course + SBI PO Course (With Test Series) Rs. 2499 Rs. 1874

To enroll for them, just click on the green button given below and see how the magic happens.





In case you have any questions about the same, feel free to call me on 09765142632 or email me on ravihanda@gmail.com or just use the comment section.

Holi Discount Offer expires TODAY!

Cheers and Happy Holi!
Ravi Handa
Founder and Mentor,
Handa Ka Funda

PS: I also wanted to write about some of my ‘Bhaang Adventures’ but probably this is not the right place for it.


Detail CAT Syllabus with Free PDF for Download for CAT 2015 Preparation

March 2nd, 2015 by

Complete CAT Syllabus - Free Download PDF for CAT 2015 Preparation

A lot of students face difficulty in trying to understand what the complete CAT syllabus actually is. Even if they do find out the list of topics covered, they often get confused with the relative importance of various topics and sections involved for CAT preparation.

Free PDF Download of Complete CAT Syllabus

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 Facebook / 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.

Free Video of Complete CAT Syllabus

This post / video is the first one in a series of posts that will explain the CAT syllabus in detail. Do let us know what you think about the same via the comments section. Also, provide suggestions about what we should cover in the upcoming posts. If you have any specific queries with respect to CAT Syllabus, tell us about those as well.

In this video, we have talked about an overview of the complete CAT syllabus.
We have talked about the two sections present in the CAT exam.

Section 1 covers:
Quantitative Aptitude
Data Interpretation

Section 2 covers:
Logical Reasoning
Reading Comprehension
Verbal Ability

Quantitative Aptitude covers:
Number System
Arithmetic
Algebra
Geometry
Modern Maths

Verbal Ability covers:
Verbal Reasoning / Critical Reasoning
Verbal Aptitude

In the next video / post in the series on CAT Syllabus, we will be covering the Number System portion of CAT preparation in more detail.

Cheers,
Ravi Handa
ravihanda@gmail.com


How to find Rank of a Word in Dictionary (With or Without Repetition)

February 2nd, 2015 by

Rank of a Word in a dictionary with or without repetition

A very common type of question that gets asked in various banking and management entrance exams is based upon the concept of finding out the rank of a word. In this post, I will like to discuss the concept behind the same. Let us look at the two types.

Rank of a word – without repetition of letters

Suppose that you are given a word in which none of the letters are repeated and you asked to find out the rank of the word in a dictionary. For example, if the word which was given to you was CAT, it will be very easy to find out its rank. You will write down all possible combinations of the letters. Those are:
CAT, CTA, ATC, TCA, ACT, TAC
Now, you will arrange them in alphabetical order. It would become something like this:
ACT, ATC, CAT, CTA, TAC, TCA
CAT is third in the above list. So, the rank of the word CAT is 3.
But, as you might have realized by now – the problem would become extremely difficult if the word is bigger. Let us say that the word is SBIPO.
With just 5 letters, total possible arrangements are 5! or 120. It is not practical to write all of them down and find out the rank of the word SBIPO.
To solve questions like these, here is the process we need to follow.
Step 1: Write down the letters in alphabetical order.
The correct order will be B, I, O, P, S

Step 2: Find out the number of words that start with a superior letter
Any word starting from B will be above SBIPO. So, if we fix B at the first position, we can have 4! or 24 words.
Similarly, there will be 24 words that will start from I, 24 words that will start with O, and 24 words that will start with P.
So, total number of words that do no start with S and are above SBIPO is 4*24 = 96

Step 3: Solve the same problem, without considering the first letter
We need to find out the rank of BIPO
Correct order is B, I, O, P
=> BIPO will be the second word after BIOP
=> Overall rank of the word SBIPO is 96 + 2 = 98.

This might seem long but once you get a little bit of practice, you will be able to solve these questions in less than a minute.

Rank of a word – with repetition of letters

Let us consider the word IBPSPO. As you can see, the word P is occurring twice in it. The process remains the same as above. However, there will be a slight difference in the way we calculate the answer.

Step 1: Write down the letters in alphabetical order.
The correct order is B, I, O, P, P, S

Step 2: Find out the number of words that start with a superior letter
Number of words that start with B will be 5!/2! = 60 (we are dividing by 2 because P is repeating itself)

Step 3: Solve the same problem, without considering the first letter
We have to find the rank of BPSPO
This will be the same as the rank of PSPO
Words above PSPO are the three words starting from O (and ending with PPS, OPSP, OSPP)
Also, PPOS, PPSO, and PSOP will be above PSPO.
=> PSPO will be the 7th word in the list
=> BPSPO will be the 7th word in the list
=> Overall rank of the word IBPSPO is 60 + 7 = 67.

I hope that you found this post useful.

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