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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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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