Important Idioms and Phrases for CAT and other exams

April 14th, 2017 by

Let’s start with the basic question - what exactly is the difference between an idiom and proverb? Are they the same? If you say, “at loggerheads” instead of “strong disagreement among people,” you're using an idiom. The meaning of an idiom is different from the actual meaning of the words used. “Make hay while the sun shines” is a proverb. Proverbs are old but familiar sayings that usually give advice. A phrase is just a group of words. If you know the meaning of the individual words in a phrase, you know the meaning it conveys. But in an idiom, the meaning is not c

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Understanding Confusing Words – Part 3

April 6th, 2017 by

This is the last post in the series on confusing words. If you haven't read them already, check out Understanding Confusing Words – Part 1 and Understanding Confusing Words – Part 2. where we have discussed a list of important words that you should know if you want to save some time in the verbal section of CAT, IIFT, XAT or any other MBA entrance exam. In this post, we will first look at a few more words and then we will talk about how to use make use of the words you have learnt through these posts. Why is this important? Because skimming through blog posts will not help much. Whe

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Understanding Confusing Words – Part 2

April 3rd, 2017 by

In the Understanding Confusing Words – Part 1, we discussed confusing words. As discussed Learning New Words – Why, How and Strategies, these words are not directly related to CAT prep for the vocab section or for any MBA exam per se (so don't expect direct questions based on these words) but knowing the right words and the correct usage will make your job much easier while attempting questions. Let us extend the list with a few more words. Prescribe vs. Proscribe - These similar sounding words have very different meanings. Prescribe is the more common word, and it's often

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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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