4 Rules to Crack the Paragraph Completion questions in the CAT

July 12th, 2016 by

No other question in the CAT is as deceptively simple as Paragraph Completion questions. Superficially, they do not require us to know or remember any rules. They, in fact, require us to do something far more difficult – to think like the writer. Since the last week’s post on Parajumbles, I have been thinking hard over an appropriate parallel to explain the process of solving Paragraph Completion question. And all my thoughts end once again at the same point – Sherlock Holmes. Indeed, picking up the scattered clues, and building them into a clear chain of reasoning for anticipati

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What Sherlock Holmes can teach you about Parajumbles in CAT

June 29th, 2016 by

Para Jumbles questions in the CAT are important from 2 perspectives: A – They are relatively easy to answer, as they do not require us to know any ‘rules’ (unlike grammar questions) beforehand B- Most test takers not only attempt all these questions but also get most of the answers correct, therefore it becomes even more important to score well here. If we have a low accuracy in Para Jumbles, we are under pressure to better in other questions, which could be significantly more difficult. If all of us infinite time to answer every Para Jumbles question, eventually most of

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4 Rules to improve reading skills for Reading Comprehension Questions in CAT

June 22nd, 2016 by

Every time I think about how to prepare for RC, I am struck by how similar the process of reading is to the technique of driving. If your driving technique is sound, you can drive any car properly. On the other hand, if the technique is poor, you end up wrecking every car you drive. Reading fiction is somewhat like driving a train. Who among us hasn’t ever fantasised about having the best seat on the train? I could give an arm and a leg to be in the driver’s cabin of a German ICE train, or the Swiss Lyria, or the Austrian Railjet, or the Italian Frecciarossa, or the Shanghai Magl

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3 mistakes that you should avoid during CAT Preparation

June 18th, 2016 by

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 asp

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How to develop a reading habit to boost your CAT score?

June 14th, 2016 by

Reading a book is like falling in love: It must happen naturally; you cannot force it, and if you do, the relationship develops cracks in no time, and before long, there is a break-up. If you wish to later start afresh, the past memories, opinions, prejudices begin interfere with the present, and the effort to reconcile meets a tragic end. But…just like true love, reading must ‘happen’ to us at some point in our lives. And there could be no better time than when we prepare for the CAT. Compatibility is a major factor is our relationship with the books we read. I personally do n

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CAT Verbal Preparation – Lessons you can learn from Novak Djokovic

June 6th, 2016 by

Imagine that you are a tennis player – let’s say a club-level player. You have been taking tennis lessons regularly. As a result, you have acquired some skills. You have a good first serve that (may not be like Roger Federer’s, but still) can reach about 100 mph. You also have a reliable second serve with enough kick. You can generate a nice topspin (although not of 3000 rpm as Rafael Nadal’s) on your forehand, and your backhand (usually a weakness of most players, unless you are a Stan Wawrinka) is good enough to keep the ball in play till you can pull the trigger. Your volleys

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How the CAT Verbal Questions Test the Manager in You

May 30th, 2016 by

The verbal section in the CAT obviously tests some essential verbal skills, but beneath them, it also tests some very important managerial skills. We can lay the foundations of our CAT preparation by understanding how the verbal questions are designed to uncover the skills and qualities the top B-schools look for in a candidate. The verbal section in the CAT (as of now) comprises primarily 3 kinds of questions – grammar and vocabulary (also referred to as Verbal Ability – VA), reading comprehension (RC), and verbal reasoning (VR). Traditionally, almost half of the total number of q

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CAT Prep 2016 – Study Plan for Working Professionals

May 19th, 2016 by

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 with for CAT 2016 preparation 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 be

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How to correctly use the punctuation marks in English

April 25th, 2016 by

Questions based on Punctuation marks have been asked in competitive exams frequently. These concepts are really important if you are looking at some of the banking exams or exams like SNAP It is a good way to check a person's 'Verbal Ability'. With the help of my friend Sanket, I have a compiled a set of some examples followed by some previous year questions that can help you understand the concept better. The Purpose of Punctuation: Punctuation is used to disambiguate a sentence by using spacing, conventional signs, and certain typographical devices Punctuation introduces appropri

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How to improve Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation skills for CAT exam

April 13th, 2016 by

And once you are done with that first step, you start hunting for a solution. The fact that you hate Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation or are afraid of it or it bores you - that is the problem. That is the reason you are not able to perform well in it. Now there could be various reasons behind it as to how or why it got to this stage but I believe the root of it lies in the fact that you did not prepare for it properly. Very often I have found that CAT aspirants skip the basic steps of preparation when it comes to topics like Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (even RC) t

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