Understanding Confusing Words – Part 1

March 21st, 2017 by

In the last post we looked at some ways to learn new words - reading with context, flashcards, word group lists and studying by comparing words. We had discussed about identifying words that are confused easily. In this post we will look at some examples involving these confusing words. Now, will a misunderstanding cost you marks in the exam? Not necessarily so, because like we discussed last time, no questions simply ask for meanings of words. However, when you’re reading a block of text and reach this word where you are not quite sure of the meaning, that is enough to cause a pro

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Learning New Words – Why, How and Strategies

March 17th, 2017 by

Take the previous papers of any MBA entrance exam and look for questions that ask for the meaning of a particular word. The chances are pretty low that you will find a multiple choice question of the format - “The meaning of X is:” followed by four options. Doing the same thing for antonyms or idioms will probably not give you a lot of questions either. So no exam is going to ask you for word meanings. If so, then why learn new words, antonyms or idioms if they are not asked as direct questions in the exams? It starts with having a large list of words at your disposal so that you

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Free Online Class on How to prepare for General Knowledge

November 8th, 2016 by

IIFT 2016 exam is just around the corner. While your preparation for Quant and Verbal must be great, it is important that you do not neglect General Knowledge. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to find a student who has cleared the overall cutoff for IIFT but missed out because he / she did not clear the sectional cutoff for GK. Before you ask - Yes! There is a sectional cutoff for GK in IIFT. It is on the lower side but it is definitely there. I will discussing some ideas around General Knowledge Preparation for IIFT in the free class on Thursday (8 PM). MISB Bocconi, a Mumbai

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SNAP Results 2015 and SIBM SCMHRD SIIB College Cutoffs

January 11th, 2016 by

SNAP results were declared a little while ago. You can check them below. Check your SNAP scorecard below Loading... College Cutoffs via SNAP If you are a serious aspirant, there are probably only two colleges that you should consider via SNAP. Those two are: Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune SIBM Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune SCMHRD The other colleges are frankly not worth it for serious aspirants / people who are already working with salaries more than 5 LPA. There are better options available via other exams. The other two

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Prepare for SNAP General Knowledge in Ten days

December 8th, 2015 by

Share on Facebook To be honest, if you are naturally good at General Knowledge - you do not really need any extra effort for the General Knowledge section in SNAP. But the problem is that not a lot of us are naturally good at GK. That is why special effort few days before the exam is required. That is precisely what I am going to discuss in the class. That is precisely what I do in my online GK course for IIFT / SNAP / XAT. The most common question that I get asked from students before they join the course is this: Is the remaining time enough? If you are planning to do well - it wi

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General Knowledge for XAT IIFT (GK) Question Bank – Previous Year Papers Free PDF for Download

August 4th, 2015 by

General Knowledge or GK plays an important role in both XAT and IIFT exams. We have an online course for GK for XAT and IIFT which has helped 5000+ students over the past couple of years. However, in this particular post I am primarily going to talk about the question bank or PDF that I have complied for XAT / IIFT GK. This is a collection of questions that have been asked in the XAT and IIFT exams over the past three years. This PDF includes: IIFT GK Paper for 2012 exam IIFT GK Paper for 2013 exam IIFT GK Paper for 2014 exam XAT GK Paper for 2013 exam XAT GK Paper for 2014 exam XAT

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Divisibility Rules

January 22nd, 2014 by

The concept of ‘divide and conquer’, derived from the Latin phrase ‘Divide et impera’, was put into use effectively by everyone from Caesar to Napoleon to The British in India. Even Gaddafi tried using the same but as current events show us – he wasn’t very effective. Dividing rather divisibility rules to be specific can come in really handy at times in solving problems based on Number Systems. The standard rules which nearly all of us are very comfortable with are the ones for 2n and 5n. For these all that one needs to do is look at the last ‘n’ digits of the number. If the

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Factor Theory

January 22nd, 2014 by

Factor Theory   I understand that the title might be a little misleading but at least I could not come up with something better. So before you end up getting disappointed, let me first list down the topics that I am going to cover in this particular blogpost: Number of factors of a given number Number of even factors or odd factors of a given number Sum of all factors of a given number Sum of all even factors or odd factors of a given number   We know that a number N can be written as a product of its factors as given below   N = ap x bq x cr … Here a,b

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Dealing With Factorials

January 22nd, 2014 by

Dealing with Factorials   We all know what factorials (n!) are. They look friendly and helpful but looks can be deceiving, as many quant problems have taught us. Probably it is because that Factorials are simple looking creatures, most students prefer attempting questions based on them rather than on Permutation & Combination or Probability. I will cover P&C and Probability at a later date but in today’s post I would like to discuss some fundas related to factorials, which as a matter of fact form the basis of a large number of P&C and Probability problems.  

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Number of trailing Zeros

January 22nd, 2014 by

Number of Trailing Zeros   In this blog post, I would like to cover these two ideas: Number of trailing zeroes in an expression Number of trailing zeroes in n!   But before I begin, let us first try to understand what exactly are ‘trailing zeroes’. It is nothing else but the number of zeroes at the end. I do not want to sound pedantic but on many occassions when you see a question which asks about, “What is the number of zeroes in ___” it is incorrect, because it should actually say – “What is the number of trailing zeroes?” or “What is the number of e

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