Chat on AIMCAT 1810 & Preparation tips for QA/DI/LR!
(Chat Transcript)

rajesh2 : WHAT WILL BE THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS IN THE QA SECTION?
sridharan : Last time it was 34. This time not known.


saransh : I KNOW THIS IS OFF TOPIC QUESTION I DONE MY GRADUATION IN 2015 I HAVE 2 YEARS GAP WITHOUT JOB SO WOULD BE DO NOW AS IS FILL MY GAP
sridharan : Even if you join a job now the gap has to be explained away.


arpit : HELLO SIR, HOW WILL YOU COMPARE AIMCAT 10 WITH CAT-16
rajeshsaraf : Almost on the similar difficulty level.....Bout 36 marks in DILR was close to 99 percentile in CAT ...in this AIMCAT, it is a similar way. In the same way for other sections, pretty close


arpit : HELLO SIR, HOW WILL YOU COMPARE AIMCAT 10 WITH CAT-16
thomas : lrdi was of the same level, qa was slightly tougher and varc was easier in this aimcat


vinushree : SIR I HAVE COMPLETED MY FIRST SET OF DI/LR, BUT I AM FINDING DIFFICULTY IN SLOWING DI/LR QUESTIONS. IN 1810 AIMCAT THE QUESTIONS ON DI/LR WERE VERY DIFFICULT TO CRACK. HOW TO IMPROVE ON THAT?
thomas : do keep in mind that when the test is difficult, you are expected to do only 2-3 sets, accurately. so selection of sets is important. for example, last year a score of 36 marks in lrdi got you 99 percentile


saransh : I COULD NOT ATTEMPT A SINGLE QUESTION OF QUANT AS I HAVE LOST TOUCH OF MATHEMATICS I HAVE MATHS TILL 10TH STD
rajeshsaraf : Keep practising. Even if you have solved just 6 qs in quant, you would have been at 85 percentile


saransh : I COULD NOT ATTEMPT A SINGLE QUESTION OF QUANT AS I HAVE LOST TOUCH OF MATHEMATICS I HAVE MATHS TILL 10TH STD
thomas : you have enough time to prepare and cover all the basics


rajesh2 : WILL IIM LUCKNOW DISCLOSE THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS IN THE QA SECTION BEFORE THE CAT EXAM?
rajeshsaraf : May or may not. But looking at the earlier years' trends, most likely 34 qs.


saransh : OK
srinivasbelvi : Best wishes


vinushree : IN VARC, HOW TO IMPROVE ON PARA JUMBLES... I HAVE ALREADY SOLVED MY FIRST SET
sridharan : Para jumbles are the most difficult in the verbal part. Go through solutions in AIMCAT to get the knack of answering these questions.You have to get the logic of the arrangements and how the sentences flow from one to the next.


vinushree : BUT THEN IN DI/LR I SOLVED THE EASY SET.. BUT COULD NOT ATTEMPT THE DIFFICULT ONES.. HOW TO IMPROVE WITH DI/LR SINCE EVERY QUESTION IS DIFFERENT
rajeshsaraf : Why to bother about for difficult sets. The idea is to look for easy sets and do those correctly. In any case, if you want to practice for difficult sets, pls go through advanced online sectional tests for dilr


rajesh2 : HELLO SIR. WHAT MARKS IN THE DILR SECTION, WILL EQUAL 99 PERCENTILE IN CAT 2017?
sridharan : Last time was around 36. This year we have to wait and see.


2017pp99 : HELLO SIR,
amol : Hi


hwcd7a076 : HELLO SIR, I HAVE COMPLETED BASICS OF ALL THE TOPICS IN QUANT AND NOW I AM DOING AIMCAT AND PREVIOUS YEAR QUES + SECTIONALS.WHAT MORE CAN I ADD?
sridharan : You can revise all the portions.


2017pp99 : HELLO SIR, I AM GETTING PERCENTILE IN THE RANGE OF 85-95 AND I AM NOT ABLE TO INCREASE MY PERCENTILE. THIS IS MY 3 RD ATTEMPT AND I AM AIMING FOR 99+. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO IMPROVE MY PERCENTILE ?
amol : First don't bother about overall percentile. If you score 95 percentile each section you will overall get 99 percentile. So you need to perform equaly good in all three sections. Work in that direction


m1 : DI QUESTIONS SEEM CONFUSING AS TO THE APPROACH..
srinivasbelvi : As you develop familiarity with LR, your comprehension gets better.


arpit : HI SIR, THE ACCURACY I AM GAINING IN RC MATERIAL OF TIME IS VERY HIGH BUT NOT IN AIMCATS I AM WORRIED ABOUT IT.
srinivasbelvi : Such variation in performance could be due to following reasons. You might be comfortable on paper than on screen. secondly, time pressure during test might be affecting your comprehension.


rajesh2 : HELLO SIR. WHAT MARKS FETCHED 99 PERCENTILE IN THE QA SECTION IN CAT 2016?
thomas : IT WAS 54 MARKS


2017pp99 : SIR, IN QUANT I HAVE COMPLETED THE BASIC PACKAGE OF ALMOST ALL THE TOPIC BUT MY PERCENTILE HOVERS AROUND 90-95 . WHAT EXTRA I SHOULD DO TO INCREASE IT. ALSO I HAVE NOT SOLVED SECTIONAL TESTS AS OF NOW
srinivasbelvi : You mentioned it... Do sectional tests at intermediate level to sharpen application skills.


m1 : EVEN WITH DECENT FAMILIARITY,DI SETS STILL UNFOLD CONFUSING, REGRETFULL MIDWAY THRU...HOW TO KNOW AND SELECT THE EASY QUESTIONS? WHAT MAY LOOK EASY AND USED TO, TURNS OUT TO BE TIME CONFUSING LATER WHILE SOLVING,IN DI..
amol : Its difficult to give one line solution to this. FIrst analyse are you choosing worong sets or doing wrong after cossing right set. If you can not solve a complete set then choose sets where you have to answer each question independtly. Solve online Advance Tests and practice more.


muca7a345 : WHAT WAS THE LEVEL OF AIM NMAT 1652 COMPARED TO ACTUAL NMAT? I SCORED 270, CAN I EXPECT SIMILIAR MARKS IN THE ACTUAL NMAT?
thomas : it was slightly easier than nmat. do remember that the scores nmat give is a scaled score. a raw score of 270 would correspond to about 230-240 nmat score


yuvi : I AM NOT ABLE TO SCORE WITH GOOD ACCURACY IN RC.
sridharan : The difficulty may be due to inability to interpret correctly. Hence concentrate on interpretation.


muca7a345 : HOW SHOULD STUDENTS WEAK IN QUANT PROGRESS NOW ON?
amol : I will suggest at least solve exercise a of All Quant topics form the book


yuvi : I AM NOT ABLE TO ATTEMPT MORE THAN 2 FULL DILR SETS.WHAT SHALL I DO?
sridharan : The no. of questions may depend on proper selection also.Again initially concentrate on accuracy and once you achieve adecent accuracy identify ways of working out the questions fast for ex. using speed math techniques.


namit : WHAT SCORE IN VA&RC FETCHED 99 PERCENTILE IN CAT 2016?
thomas : around 65 marks


arpit : SRINIVASBELVI SIR, TIME IS NOT AN ISSUE BUT LEVEL OF COMPREHENSION IS THE PROBLEM
srinivasbelvi : In such eventuality, practice RCs through intermediate sectional tests on your SHP. That should help.


anamika : I AM FROM PUNE UNIVERSITY AND WHILE FILLING THE FORM I HAVE ENTERED ALL 4YEARS AVG MARKS BUT IN MY GRADUATION CERTIFICATE ITS ONLY WRITTEN LAST YEAR MARKS.. SO SHUD I CHANGE IT ?? PUNE N MUMBAI UNIVERSITIES ONLY CONSIDER LAST YEAR MARKS ON GRAD CERTIFICATE AND I M IN CONFUSION. PLEASE HELP
amol : On which marks your class ( First class, Second class ect.) decided ? Fill those marks


rajesh2 : HELLO SIR. I'M MARRIED AND HAVE WORK EXPERIENCE. WILL I GET A SINGLE ROOM ACCOMODATION ON CAMPUS IF I GET ADMISSION IN TO THE PGP COURSE OF ONE OF THE IIM'S?
amol : Few IIMs have that facility. But not sure about all.


yash : SIR I AM NOT ABLE TP SCORE MORE THAN I AM REALLY DEPRESSED. PLEASE TELL ME HOW CAN I INCREASE MYY
rajeshsaraf : Analysis will help. Look for the types of questions which you are comfortable with, types of qs which you need to practice on, models of qs which bug you during the test time, types of errors getting committed etc. Once you start analyzing on these lines, then you will find a way for improvement


hwcd7a248 : SIR,I GOT AROUND 70-75 PERCENTILE EVERY AIMCAT..BUT AT AIMCAT 1810,I HAVE GOT ONLY 58 PERCENTILE..HOW CAN I IMPROVE IT?I AM SO MUCH CONFUSE AND TENSE FOR IT..
sridharan : A dip in one AIMCAT should not put you down. I


yash : SORRY FOR PREVIOUS INCOMPLETE POST SIR I AM NOT ABLE TO SCORE MORE THAN CUT-OFF IN ANY AIMCAT THAN I AM REALLY DEPRESSED. PLEASE TELL ME HOW CAN I INCREASE MY MARKS AND PLEASE ALSO TELL SOME IMPORTANT TOPICS IN QA AND DI/LA.
srinivasbelvi : You still have over 2 months. Some people have peaked up but some like you haven't. Be patient & work your way up. Consult a faculty at your center & seek detailed counselling about your preparation if need be.


hwcd7a248 : SIR,I GOT AROUND 70-75 PERCENTILE EVERY AIMCAT..BUT AT AIMCAT 1810,I HAVE GOT ONLY 58 PERCENTILE..HOW CAN I IMPROVE IT?I AM SO MUCH CONFUSE AND TENSE FOR IT..
thomas : dont worry just because your performance dippen on one day. everyone will have an off day. the key is to not let this bad performance affect you in your future attempts


hwcd7a248 : SIR,I GOT AROUND 70-75 PERCENTILE EVERY AIMCAT..BUT AT AIMCAT 1810,I HAVE GOT ONLY 58 PERCENTILE..HOW CAN I IMPROVE IT?I AM SO MUCH CONFUSE AND TENSE FOR IT..
rajeshsaraf : This AIMCAT was difficult. So, dont worry about that. Move on. Do not take things too close to heart. Just analyze the types of errors committed and move on to the next AIMCAT


rahul : HOW TO ANALYSE AIMCAT..WHAT IS BEST APPROACH TO DO THIS
sridharan : If you have answered a question correctly find out whether there are ways of doing it quicker. If you got it wrongly find out how you should have answered the question. If you dont know at all prepare afresh the particular chapter.


ashu : I SCORED A 96 PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT 11 AND 78 IN AIMCAT 10
srinivasbelvi : Usually happens with most of the test takers. Life offers both lows & highs before things become consistent.


ashu : WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT THIS VARIANCE?
srinivasbelvi : Learn from the mistakes you did in 1810 & repeat the right things you did from 1811. It is important to understand both do's which worked in your favor & don't which were detrimental.


anamika : YES IT IS ON CLASS BASIS 1ST CLASS WITH DISTINCTION
amol : On the baisis of which marks it is decided ? If Final year marks are considered to decide that then fill final year Marks


yuvi : SREEDHARAN SIR I WAS ABLE TO SCORE GOOD IN RC UNTIL LAST CAT BUT NOT HAPPENING THIS TIME.HOW CAN THIS CHANGE?
sridharan : It is still possible as the questions may have got more difficult. Go through the solutions and analyse as to why and how you have gone wrong.


avni : HELLO SIR. IN THE PAST 4 AIMCATS MY AVERAGE PERCENTILE HAS BEEN 82-85. BUT IN THE LAST AIMCAT IT CAME DOWN TO 72. MY AVERAGE SECTIONAL SCORES HAVE BEEN 86-88(VARC), 86-90(DILR) AND 70-75(QUANT). HOW SHOULD I PREPARE TO GET 95+ IN CAT? THIS IS MY SECOND ATTEMPT
amol : Not a big concern. Jus analyse why it happend and avoid that in next paper. It happend to may students.


anamika : IN QUANT I AM NOT ABLE TO INCRESE MY NO OF ATTEMPTS AND NOT ABLE TO CROSS CUTOFFS?? HOW SHUD I PROCEED?
rajeshsaraf : Get exposure to different models of qs. There are almost 25 chapters. If you have a grip over a limited number of chapters, your score may get limited. Get an understanding of a large number of chapters and your score will improve


shubham : I'M PRACTICING A LOT OF RCS BY RUNNING A CLOCK TO CHECK THE TIME. THERE I HAVE GOOD ACCURACY RATE. BUT IN AIMCATS I'M UNABLE TO SCORE. PLEASE SUGGEST ME HOW TO IMPROVE ON THAT??
sridharan : Take articles in newspapers and sit with our faculty members and discuss how the various lines are to be interpreted.


rahul : HOW TO IMPROVE VA SECTION.
sridharan : Answered already.


ashu : TO GET 99+ IN ACTUAL CAT, WHAT SHOULD OUR AIMCAT PERCENTILE RANGE BE NOW?
thomas : consistently above 95 percentile


anamika : IN DI LR SECTION I AM ABLE TO ATTEMPT ONLY 4SETS EVEN THOU SECTION WAS EASY IN 1811 HOW SHUD I INCREASE MY SPEED??
amol : It think 4 sets are enough in a moderately difficult paper. But make sure that you get all of them right.


hwcd7a248 : THANK U SIR...AS A WORKING PROFESSIONAL (MY OFFICE TIMING IS 9-7),WHAT WILL BE MY LAST 2 MONTHS ROUTINE/AIM?
thomas : i think you can put in 2 hrs on working days and at least 6 hrs on holidays. assuming a 5 day working week, you should be able to take 2 full length tests a week and analyze them


manas : GOOD EVENING, IN LR SETS THERE ARE MANY CLUES. I WRITE ALL THE CLUES WHICH ARE DIRECT AND CAN BE REPRESENTED BY SIGNS. HOWEVER, THERE ARE MANY STATEMENTS/CLUES WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO WRITE ON PAPER IE THEY ARE COMPLEX. WHAT TO DO IN THIS SITUATION? THANK YOU.
rajeshsaraf : Analyze what types of statements are those. Are those related to Arrangement, distribution, selection, binary logic, cubes, venn diagrams etc. If you want to be thorough with all such statements and their corresponding shortcut ways of representation, you will have to solve individual sets from either Study material or online sectional tests


avi : THE SAMCATS CUT OFFS ARE LIKE 150+ ? WHAT CAN BE SAID ABOUT THE LEVEL OF SAMCATS?
thomas : the cutoffs given are for 97-98 percentile. they are very similar to previous years cat papers


sohil : SIR IS NC OBC CREAMY LAYER LIMIT INCREASES TO 8 LAKH OR STILL IT IS 6 LAKH
sridharan : increased.


raj123 : SIR, DO SCORE RANGES METIONED IN SECTIONAL TESTS ARE ACCURATE ? BECUASE MOST OF TIMES I AM ABLE TO SCORE IN GOOD RANGE OF MARKS FOR SECTIONAL TEST BUT NOT ABLE TO CONTINUE WITH SAME PERFORMANCE IN AIMCATS... I AM GIVING INTERMEDIATE LEAVE SECTIONAL TESTS... PLEASE SUGGEST CORRECT APPROACH
thomas : good actually represents around 90 percentile. what is your percentile in aimcats?


rahul : HOW TO IMPROVE VOCAB SKILLS
sridharan : Read a lot and for CAT especially newspapers and magazines.


ashu : WHAT SHOULD THE PLAN FOR ATTEMPTING SAMCATS BE NOW ON, IF I HAVENT GIVEN ANY TILL NOW?
amol : I will suggest on every wed you take a SMACAT and every Week End AIMCAT


hwcd7a248 : NO SIR,I HAVE ONE HOLIDAY IN A WEEK.
thomas : do one aimcat and analyze the paper that day. try for some leaves before cat


pia : SIR I GET AROUND 85 86 IN AIMCATS. I HAVE COMPLETED BASIC STUDY MATERIAL AND A FEW SECTIONAL TESTS. SHOULD I ANALYSE ALL SAMCATS AND AIMCATS TO IMPROVE MY PERFORMANCE??
sridharan : certainly.


anamika : SECTIONAL CUTOFFS AND OVERALL CUTOFFS REPRESENT HOW MUCH %TILE?
rajeshsaraf : 85 percentile


rahul : HIW TO IMPROVE VA SECTION
sridharan : Practising a lot with study materials , analysis of AIMCATS,reading a lot will help.


pia : ALSO SIR I AM UNABLE TO SOLVE PARA JUMBLE QUESTIONS. ANY TIPS?
sridharan : para jumbles ultimately depend upon the logical sequencing of questions. So understand the logic.


avi : I GOT SOMETIMES 95+ AND SOMETIMES 80 AND 70. MOSTLY 95+. WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THIS?
amol : Good performance till now. But need to improve. Focus on Preparation of individual topics where you are lossing Marks


avni : THANK YOU SIR. SINCE QUANT IS MY WEAKEST SECTION, WOULD IT BE ADVISABLE TO WORK EQUALLY ON VARC, DILR AND QUANT OR MORE ON QUANT AND LESSER ON THE OTHER TWO? LAST YEAR I ONLY STUDIED QUANT AND ENDED UP GETTING A MEDIOCRE PERCENTILE IN ALL 3 SECTIONS. IF ONE SCORES AROUND 95 PERCENTILE IN 2 SECTIONS AND AROUND 85 IN THE THIRD, WHAT WOULD THE OVERALL PERCENTILE LOOK LIKE?
srinivasbelvi : For the next one month work more on quant.


xyz : SIR HOW CLOSE IS AIMNMAT TO NMAT? I AM SERIOUS ABOUT NMAT AND I HAVE NMAT ON 16 OCT SO TIME MOCKS ARE ENOUGH ? OR SHOULD I BUY FROM OLEVEBOARD OR TEST FUNDA? I KNOW YOU WILL SUGGEST TIME BUT I DON'T KNOW THEY ARE ENOUGH OR NOT.
thomas : if you have taken all the tests , you should be having a clear idea about the type of questions which come in nmat. i think that is sufficient


anamika : WHAT SHOULD BE THE FREQUENCY OF TAKING MOCKS AT THIS TIME OF PREPARATION CONSIDERING I AM NOT AVAILABLE FULL TIME?
rajeshsaraf : One MOCK test per week. Analyze that thoroughly (after having written that).


xyz : I HAVE NMAT NEXT 16TH SO SHOULD I FOCUS ON NMAT OR CAT TOO?I AM GOOD IN SPEED SO I WANT TO MAKE IT TOO NMIMS AS I AM LACKING IN AIMCATS AND I DON'T WANT TO DROP FOR YEAR.
amol : NMAT has a long window period. If you prepare well for CAT then NMAT will be very easy for you. So focus on CAT and take NMAT attempt post CAT.


rahul : I HAVE MISSED MY 10 AIMCATS(1825-1816)AS I JOINED TIME LATE SO SUGGES ME WHAT IS BEST TIME TO GIVE THESE AIMCAT OVT OR NPV
sridharan : As the past AIMCATS pop up in your SHP take them as and when it is possible.


sharad : SIR, I WRONGLY FILLED THAT I M IN FOURTH SEM IN CAT FORM WHEREAS ACTUALLY I AM IN FIFTH SEM.SHOULD I FILL THE FORM AGAIN OR THERE WILL BE OPTION TO EDIT.
srinivasbelvi : Last year edit option was made available. I guess it should be same this year.


raj123 : HI THOMAS SIR.. (IN CONTINUE WITH SECTIONAL TEST QUSTION)..MY PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT IS AROUND 84-87... HOWEVER IN LAST TWO AIMCATS I HAVE SCOREN ONLY AROUND 70 PR...
thomas : ok, so you are pretty close to the performance in sectional tests in aimcats also


arpit : SIR, LR/DI OF TIME IS ENOUGH FOR CAT?
thomas : yes. do the online sectional tests if you have finished the handouts


rahul : DIDN'T GET TIME TO GIVE TEST OF OMET SO WHAT TO DO ..SUGGEST SOME PLAN TO FIX THIS PROBLEM
srinivasbelvi : You got to take atleast 3 mock tests before you take the actual test.


yadav : SIR I HAVE NI WORK EXPERIENCE AND I JUST PASSED OUT FROM ENGINEERING DEGREE.WILL MY NO WORK EXPERIENCE AFFECT MY PERCENTILE LARGLY?
sridharan : Work ex has no connection to percentile.


avni : DO IIMS CONSIDER FIELD DIVERSITY APART FROM OVERALL CAT SCORE FOR GIVING OUT CALLS? FOR A FEMALE DENTIST OF GENERAL CATEGORY, MINIMUM HOW MUCH PERCENTILE WOULD BE NEEDED TO GET CALLS FROM IIM?
srinivasbelvi : They do consider diversity factor. However it depends on the performance of the candidates under that category. Therefore get your best possible score.


avi : DO IISC BANGLOREHAVE SECTIONAL CUT OFFS/
srinivasbelvi : Yes


xyz : I AM CONFUSED BTW NMAT AND CAT RIGHT NOW I HAVE NMAT NEXT MONTH AND ALL I AM GOOD IS AT SPEED I AM SO WEAK IN VA RC OF CAT AND END UP SCORING BAD PERCENTILE . SO WHERE SHOULD I FOCUS ON CAT OR NMAT? ALL I WANT IS MBA FROM ANT TOP20 COLLEGE. AND MY FAV IS NMIMS. I AM SO CONFUSED PLZ HELP?
thomas : concentrate on nmat as it is your first exam. after that you can prepare for cat


rahul : BEST TIME TO GIVE MY MISSED AIMCATS(10) IS OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER
thomas : dont give it very close to cat as it being a very difficult test can affect your confidence


avi : I AM GETTING ONLY AROUND 70% IN VA. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO IMPROVE ?
sridharan : Improving RC ability will greatly help.Go through solutions in AIMCAT to understand where you go wrong and avoid such mistakes.


raj123 : SIR.. EVEN AFTER PUTTING A LOT OF EFFORTS IN RC.. MY EFFICIENY IN RC IS ONLY AROUND 60% DUE TO WHICH I AM NOT ABLE TO CLEAR CUT-OFF... I DO READ DAILY EDITORIALS FROM NEW PAPER... WHAT OTHER STEPS WOULD YOU SUGGEST FOR SAME
sridharan : Reading though important will not help improve RC automatically. The ability to comprehend language is what is tested. Hence you need to develop this skill rather than reading blindly.


pooja : SIR IF A B SCHOOL TAKES SCORES OF MORE THAN ONE TEST LIKE CAT AND XAT BOTH WHICH ONE WOULD THEY CONSIDER IF WE HAVE GIVEN BOTH?
thomas : the best among the two


arpit : SIR, HOW MUCH DIFFICULT IT WOULD TO GET A GOOD B-SCHOOL WITH 52% IN GRADUATION OR XLRI?
feroz : Focus on getting a good percentile first, rest will follow


ashu : WHAT WILL THE OVERALL PERCENTILE BE IF I SCORE 95+ IN TWO SECTIONS AND 90 IN ONE SECTION?
amol : Around 95 to 97 percentile


xyz : I HAVE SCORED 8- PERCENTILE IN LAST AIMCAT IN QUANT SECTION AND I HAVE DONE SEQUENCE AND SERIES LOG SURDS GEOMETRY MENSURATION TRIGNO FUNCTIONS GRAPHS CORRDINATE GEOMETRY YET. SO I SCORED GOOD OR LAST NMAT LACKS SUCH TOPICS ?
amol : if it 8 percentile then it is very low. You need to work hard


yuvi : HOW AND WHERE TO WORK IF INTERPRETATION OF RC QUESTIONS AND CONCENTRATION GOING WRONG?
sridharan : take an article and write summary and discuss with a person good at interpretation for ex a faculty.


ashu : WHAT SHOULD BE THE LAST DAY BEFORE CAT FOR GIVING MOCKS?
thomas : 2-3 days before cat


yadav : SIR WITHOUT A WORK EXPERIENCE IS IT EASY TO GET INTO TOP B SCHOOLS AND WILL IT HAVE MORE IMPORTANCE IN INTERVIEW SECTION(I JUST COMPLETED MY ENGINEERING)?
sridharan : Ex will count in interviews but the weightage is neither applicable in all IIMS nor is it uniform.


yadav : SIR WITHOUT A WORK EXPERIENCE IS IT EASY TO GET INTO TOP B SCHOOLS AND WILL IT HAVE MORE IMPORTANCE IN INTERVIEW SECTION(I JUST COMPLETED MY ENGINEERING)?
thomas : half the number of students who get into top b schools are freshers.


devanshi : SIR,CAN YOU SUGGEST ME A PLAN ON HOW TO ATTEND ALL THE TEST SERIES INCLUDING SECTIONAL AND AIMCATS.
rajeshsaraf : Try solving a certain numbet of quant questions(that could be 30 or 40 or 50 per day), similarly a certain number of dilr sets (that may be 4 or 5 or 6 sets per day) and a certain number of RC passages daily. (May be 5 to 8). Take it as per your appetite. The source of qs could be any.


xyz : WHERE TO PREPARE FOR NMAT QUANTS QUESTIONS ARE EASY BUT ALL WE NEED IS SPEED WE HAVE SPECIAL SUPPORT FOR QUANT BOOKLET THAT IS FINE?
srinivasbelvi : Yes that book is fine. You can also use NMAT Official Guide in addition to the special support book.


raj123 : SIR.. I AM UNABLE TO IDENTIFY DIFFICULT QUESTIONS AND HENCE END UP WASTING A LOT OF TIME ...AND ULTIMATLEY CAN'T ALLOCATE ENOUGH TIME FOR MEDIUM/EASY QUESTIONS.. HOW TO IMPROVE ON THAT FRONT
sridharan : Identifying a difficult question may sometimes be difficult but once while working out a question which was thought to be easy proved to be difficult half way through you must have the mind to drop it mercilessly and proceed to tho other questions which may prove to be actually easier.


avni : SIR PLEASE ANSWER MY QUERY
amol : I think your all queries are answered.


rahul : HOW TO IMPROVE VA SECTION
sridharan : Answered already.


rajesh2 : HELLO SIR. WHY DO THE IIM'S DO NOT ACCEPT GMAT(FROM GMAC), WHICH IS ACCEPTED WORLD OVER?
thomas : when they have their own test, why should they accept another one.


xyz : @ANMOL SIR IT'S 80 PERCENTILE SORRY TYPING MISTAKE
amol : Then it is goodo improve. but not enough. Need to improve


ujjwal : SIR, I GET INTO EXAM PRESSURE DURING AIMCATS AND NOT ABLE TO SOLVE QUESTIONS TO MY FULL CAPACITY. AND WHEN I REATTEMPT IT DURING ANALYSIS I AM ABLE TO SOLVE THOSE QUESTIONS COMFORTABLY. HOW DO I OVERCOME THIS.
rajeshsaraf : Before you write AIMCATs, solve qs from ONLINE sectional tests (generally those tests will have about 15 to 20 qs) either from a single topic or a mix of 2 to 3 topics.


xyz : I WAS GETTING ALMOST 80-85 PERCENTILE IN DIFFICULT AIMCAT IN DI LR BUT 70 AROUND IN EASY ONE BECAUSE OF LESS ATTEMPTS BUT I LAST AIMCAT I END UP WASTING 35 MIN IN ONE SET AND EVEN AFTER THAT I WAS UNABLE TO BREAK THE SET. AND END UP SCORING 4 ONLY I AM SO DOWN WHAT TO DO?
rajeshsaraf : Take this as a blessing in disguise. This only tells you that you have to build the skills whereby you can come out of a set as early as possible (i.e try and quickly identify a difficult one and come out of it in less than 5 mins). You should be happy that this event happened now itself so that you can take appropriate remedial actions in successive AIMCATs in future or in actual CAT


ashu : HOW SHOULD WE DIVIDE OUR TIME IN DILR
sridharan : If you allot around 15 min for a section you can end up with doing 4 sets i.e. around 20 questions which is what you can do utmost in the exam most probably.


ashu : HOW SHOULD WE DIVIDE OUR TIME IN VARC
sridharan : May be 40-45 min for RC and balance for the others.


raj123 : SIR.. LAST YEAR IN NMAT I SCORED 209 AND GOT SELECTED FOR CD/PI..HOWEVER I CAN'T MAKE IT.. IN AIMCATS MY PR IS CONTIONOULSY FLUCTUATING BETWEEN 70 TO 85... SHOULD I FOCUS ON NMAT AGGRESSIVELY AS THAT'S WHAT I AM LEAST EXPECTING..CONSIDERING I MAY NOT END UP WITH GOOD CAT SCORE
sridharan : Focusing on CAT will take care of NMAT ALSO.


ujjwal : WILL WE GET PERCENTILES FOR SAMCATS TOO ?
rajeshsaraf : NO. But in general, a net score of more than 120 marks(more than 40% marks overall) in any SAMCAT is considered to be very good.


ashu : ARE SAMCATS TIME BOUND LIKE AIMCATS?
rajeshsaraf : Yes !!


devanshi : WHAT SHOULD BE THE IDEAL PERCENTILE IN SECTIONAL TEST.
srinivasbelvi : Anything in excess of 90%ile is good at this stage.


rajesh2 : HELLO SIR. IS IT ADVISABLE TO READ A RC PASSAGE (RE READING) 3 TIMES IF IT IS DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND, JUST BECAUSE IT INVOLVES 5 QUESTIONS?
sridharan : Reading a RC 3 TIMES IS NOT A WISE STRATEGY. tHE CORRECT ONE WOULD BE TO SCAN THE PASSAGE TO HAVE AN OVERALL UNDERSTANDING AND THEN TO CONCENTRATE ON THE CONTENTS AT THE TIME OF ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS.


xyz : IF I SCORE 90 PERCENTILE IN DI AND QUANT AND 60 PERCENTILE IN VA RC THERE IS ANY HOPE TO GET A CALL FROM TOP 20 COLLEGE ? I AM WEAK IN VA RC AND HAVE COMMERCE BACKGROUD
sridharan : Will be difficult . In the last 2 years verbal part had been easier and hence dont worry.


xyz : I HAVE COMPLETED REASONING BOOK 2. NOW WHERE TO PRACTICE REASONING FOR NMAT ?
srinivasbelvi : In addition to reasoning book given by TIME, you can solve NMAT Official Guide.


xyz : TOPICS THAT SHOULD BE AT FOCUSED IN QUANT FOR NMAT?
srinivasbelvi : Arithmetic, geometry & number system


xyz : I HAVENT DONE SURDS LOG FUCTION GRAPHS TRIGNO AND I HAVE NMAT NEXT MONTH SO THIS TOPIC SHOULD BE DONE AFTER NMAT AND BEFORE CAT? OR I SHOULD IT NOW
srinivasbelvi : You don't need the above mentioned topics for NMAT. You can do them at your convenience before you take CAT.



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