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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XAT 2017 Official Answer Key and Detailed Solutions

January 16th, 2017 by

XAT just released the official answer key and detailed solutions for XAT 2017. XAT 2017 Official Answer Key It is given below in slightly poor formatting. You can download the original official key as well. SET A SET B SET C SET D B 1 B 1 B 1 E 1 B 2 E 2 B 2 B 2 E 3 B 3 B 3 B 3 B 4 B 4

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Debunking myths about XAT and other MBA entrance exams

December 27th, 2016 by

Hello students, With Christmas gone and XAT 2017 exam approaching in just couple of weeks, it is now time to fully accelerate your preparation in top gear for this important Exam of XAT. In the previous article, I discussed about the preparation strategy for various sections of XAT 2017. Today, I will be debunking few popular myths related to MBA entrance exams, especially of XAT. Myth1#: - Although XAT scorecard is accepted by many B schools, I will never have the same advantage of a good CAT scorecard. Reality: - The exam of CAT is extremely vital to get into IIM’s. However, do no

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XAT Decision Making Free Mock Test with 20 New Practice Questions

December 19th, 2016 by

Decision Making is probably the most neglected section when it comes to XAT preparation. A lot of students pick it up once they are done with all the other MBA entrance exams like IIFT / CAT / SNAP. As a matter of fact, if you are reading this post – probably you are in that category as well. The good part is that there is still enough time left to prepare well for XAT Decision Making. One of the most common problems that students face with XAT Decision Making is that they do not get enough questions to practice. Even if they get the questions, they do not get reliable answers for it. As

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Are you prepared for XAT 2017 exam?

December 18th, 2016 by

XAT 2017 exam is going to be conducted on 8th of January next year. At HandaKaFunda we sincerely hope that your preparations are well on course for this important exam, which could very well be considered as the last resort for getting into top Business schools of India after major entrance exams like CAT, IIFT, and SNAP. Last year, XAT was conducted in approximately 47 cities across India. The difficulty level of the paper was about average. However, according to XAT officials, paper was relatively easier than 2015 XAT exam. The importance of XAT could be considered from the fact th

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XAT Decision Making – Free Class on Sunday 11 December

December 7th, 2016 by

Decision Making is perhaps the most important area when it comes to XAT preparation. Questions on Decision Making have been asked in XAT for quite a few years. However, their importance has gone up drastically since 2012. Before that, you could expect 8 to 10 questions on Decision Making in the Analytical Reasoning section. In 2012, Decision Making became a section of its own and if you were to look at it purely from a scoring perspective – it make the most important topic for a student who is planning to write the XAT. It so happened because Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, L

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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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XAT 2016 Official Answer Key and Detailed Solutions

January 14th, 2016 by

XAT has released the official answer key along with detailed solutions for #XAT2016. You can access it below. (No login required) It is also available on the official XAT website. You will need to login to access the same. [pdf-embedder url="http://handakafunda.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/XAT-2016-Official-Answer-Key-and-Detailed-Solutions.pdf"] Download the official answer key

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XAT 2016 Decision Making – Answer Key and Detailed Solutions

January 3rd, 2016 by

First of all, I hope that your XAT 2016 exam went well. The results for the CAT 2015 exam are less than a week away and I fully understand that this is a strange time for you. You might be feeling uneasy with butterflies in your stomach. But trust me - "this too shall pass" and hopefully this time passes in your favor. Coming to the topic at hand, Decision Making questions in XAT are often confusing. So much so that most coaching institutes differ in their answers. Last year, XAT released an official answer key. I hope that they do it this time around as well. Given below are the answe

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