Recommended Books for CAT Exam Preparation

February 4th, 2016 by

One of things that I have seen a lot of CAT aspirants worry about is the books related to CAT preparation. Probably it is natural to get worried about important things in life and CAT preparation is definitely one of the important steps in anyone’s career. Having said that, the choice of books is probably not an important one. There are plenty of great books that are available in the market that you can use and there is very little that separates them. First of all, if you are looking at understanding and application I would much rather recommend that you go ahead with an online coaching

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Study Plan for CAT Preparation – What should you do from February?

January 29th, 2016 by

A lot of students start their CAT preparation in the first quarter of the year. I personally believe that it is the ideal time to start CAT preparation if it is the first time you are trying your hand at CAT or if you got less than 90%ile in your previous attempt(s). Keeping that in mind, I thought of putting out a study plan that will benefit the students. Do keep in mind that these are broad guidelines that can help you figure out the right away and not hard and fast rules. I would like to divide CAT preparation in three broad areas: Prepare for Basic Fundamentals Improve with prac

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Recommended Books that every MBA / CAT Aspirant Should Read

January 28th, 2016 by

Couple of days ago, I took a free class for CAT preparation on Republic Day. As a matter of fact, it was a promotional class for my online CAT coaching course in which I tried to answer doubts and queries of confused and often unnecessarily worried MBA aspirants. A recording of the free class is now available and you can watch that if you have the time. The most common question that I got was - "How to start my CAT preparation?". To be honest, I think that till March - you should completely focus on improving your verbal ability. The three books that a large number of teachers / seniors re

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Republic Day Discount – Use coupon code INDIA for 500 Rs. off

January 25th, 2016 by

First of all, a very Happy Republic Day to all our students (and other visitors here). Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country's transition towards becoming an independent republic. 26 January was chosen as the Republic day because it was on this day in 1930 when the Dec

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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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Sample Topics for Group Discussion (GD) and Written Ability Test (WAT) Preparation

January 12th, 2016 by

With the CAT results out, it is wise if you start preparation for Group Discussion and Written Ability Test for the IIMs. While there is no limit to the number of topics that you can and should go through for GD / WAT preparation, here is something that can help you get started: Topics for WAT and GD 1. The historical causes for rise of ISIS. What is the Levant? 2. Impact of falling commodity prices on world economy. 3. Chinese economic crash should be a warning for India. Our demographic dividend could turn into a demographic bomb 4. The rise of contract farming and co

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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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Scaled Score vs Percentile in CAT 2015

January 9th, 2016 by

A very common query that I get from students is what sort of scores they should target and what %ile it would translate to. The difficulty level has remained more or less the same over the last two years (CAT 2014 and CAT 2015). I thought it would be a good idea to collect the data related to scorecards and put it out in public domain. We have collected data from roughly 50 students and made the chart that you can see above. A brief summary of the data is given below whereas the complete raw data is given at the end of the post for download. Check your CAT 2015 Scorecard Top B-schools

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Cutoffs for top MBA Colleges and B-Schools based on CAT Score

January 8th, 2016 by

Now that the results for the CAT 2015 Exam are declared, one of the most common questions that I get from students is which colleges can I apply to. While there are no hard and fast rules to such things, I have still tried to compile a list of colleges that you can and should apply to. In case you have already applied to some of them, you will be able to access if you stand a chance at getting calls from any of those colleges. I will be talking about the non IIM colleges in this blogpost. MBA Colleges with CAT cutoffs more than 95 Cutoffs for all IITs are typically more than 95. Ro

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Select a college which suits you the best

January 5th, 2016 by

“Friend would always tell you the truth, because he basks in your glory and embraces your loss” Our life is a string of desires ranging from exotic vacations to high profile jobs, from top schools to best degrees. These aspirations mark our goals and we go out into the world hoping for the best. MBA as a degree has been assisting us in realizing many of these wants. It is seen as the provider of suits and collared shirts or a growth in family business or a fancy degree for resume or just an easy way to good salary. There are plenty more reasons, most of us relate to some of these po

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