Chat on preparation tips for CAT 2016!
(Chat Transcript)

niks : HELLO SIR,CAN U PLS TELL ME IS SIES BETTER THAN PUMBA OR VICE VERSA
ramachandran : You could kindly refer to the B School ranking on your SHP. It gives an excellent idea of where the different B Schools stand. Good luck.


vamsi : HI SIR, GOT WAITLIST OF 1200, GENERAL CATEGORY IN IIM RAIPUR. WILL THERE BE ANY CHANCE OF CONVERSION ?
ramachandran : Challenging. Please keep your fingers croszsed. Good luck.


anshul : HELLO. MY QUERY IS REGARDING THE JOB WHILE PREPARING FOR CAT.
ramachandran : Could you please rephrase your question?


bhanu : SIR, I AM WEAK IN ENGLISH PLEASE TELL ME HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR RC'S?
ramachandran : Good reading habits will help you. Please, for example, read excellent newspapers like The Hindu and The Indian Express. Please go through our Study Material diligently.


goku : LBSIM, NIRMA, SIIB, SIBM BANG. WHICH IS BETTER.? PLS ARRANGE.
asim : SIBM Bangalore can be preferred.


ankur1019 : HELLO..ITS ALL MESSED UP..I DNT KNOW HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE EXAM,PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO PREPARE FOR IT IN AN ORGANISED WAY?? WHAT ARE IMPORTANT TOPICS...WHAT TO READ?? PLEASE GIVE SOME TIPS REGARDING THE PREPARATION..
vinnayraj : firstly you should start believing in yourself as it is possible to do well in the exam if you are keen and can put in the required hours of hard work..start with the basics of all the concepts and keep practicing different sets of di lr and rc and maintain a consistent reading habit..also take the aimcats as regularly as possible and analyze each one of them thoroughly..


yash : SIR HOW TO WORK ON VOCABLARY?
rajeshsaraf : The right question should be "How to build RC/Verbal". Work more towards building RC skills. About 24 qs appeared last year. That will be a game changer. Read "Critically" the passages related to Philosophy, Politics, Science, Economy etc (anything and everything under the SUn)


ronsid : SIR HOW TO SOLVE PROBLEMS ON GEOMTERY AND GAMES AND TOURNAMENT I HAVE FORGOT THE BASICS OF GEOMETRY SO STARTED WITH BASIC CLASS IX/X BOOK...WILL THAT HELP?
sridharan : It will help.


krithi : I AM PLANNING TO DO MBA ABROAD AND I AM PREPARING FOR GMAT NOW. I COMPLETED B.A. I M IN NEED OF ONE MORE YEAR UG. CAN I DO ONE YEAR PGDM IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT OR CAN U SUGGEST ME SOME ONE YEAR COURSE?
vikrant : Ideally,you should opt for a course that gives you competencies linked with your long term career option. if the PGDM Supply Chain Management fits the bill and is a one year course then you can opt for it.


ronsid : SIR HOW TO SOLVE PROBLEMS ON GEOMTERY AND GAMES AND TOURNAMENT I HAVE FORGOT THE BASICS OF GEOMETRY SO STARTED WITH BASIC CLASS IX/X BOOK...WILL THAT HELP?
vinnayraj : yes,that will surely help..there are a lot of standard theorems in geometry from the chapters of lines,triangles,polygons and circles.once you get familiar with them and learn to spot the theorem involved when you look at diagram or read the question,you will realise it's not that difficult..so go through all the theorems and fundamentals and you will be ready..


yash : SIR FROM NOW ON HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I GIVE FOR CAT PREPARATION?
vinnayraj : as much quality time as you can dedicate..4 to 5 hours on a regular(daily basis) if possible.or even more if you can manage..


harsha : WHAT ARE IMPORTANT READINGS WITH REGARD TO CAT-VERBAL
sridharan : Read newspapers and magazines.


bdca6o392 : IN RC SECTION WHAT I HAVE TO DO FOR BETTER PERFORMANCE?
ramachandran : Please develop good reading habits; will help you. Excellent newspapers like The Hindu and The Indian Express are a great help. Please go through our Study Material diligently


cat16 : HOW DIFFICULT WOULD IT BE PREPARING FOR CAT WHILE IN A B-SCHOOL IF I TAKE UP ONLY THE TEST SERIES?
ramachandran : Workable approach.


niks : THANK YOU SIR...BUT AS I WAS A CAT15 STUDENT MY SHP IS NOT AVAILABLE..CAN YOU PLS GUIDE
ramachandran : You can perhaps take assistance from a friend


: GOOD EVENING, HOW MAKE GOOD COMAND OVER RC'S?
sridharan : Practise a lot.


kat : SORRY FOR BEING OFF TOPIC. HOW IS LBSIM AND FORE FOR FINANCE? WHICH IS BETTER? IS LBSIM A GOOD COLLEGE? GUIDE ME PLEASE.
asim : They are good bschools, though Fore is slightly better option due to its quality of education and slightly better placements.


bhanu : CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHERE CAN I FIND A GOOD MIX OF QUESTION FOR QUANT AND LR, WHERE ALL QUESTIONS ARE INTER MINGLED IRRESPECTIVE OF TOPIC?
sridharan : Our AIMCATS are excellent practise material.


subhadra25 : SIR I WANT TO KNOW SIMSREE & PUMBA WILL ACCEPT MAT & ATMA MAY 2016 SCORE CARD
vasanthkumar : Yes they do accept. SIMSREE is better than PUMBA


niks : JB, SYDENM,KJ SOMAIYA, WELINGKAR, SEIS, PUMBA...THIS IS HOW THE TOP COLLEGES THROUGH MBA CET..OR I MISSED THE SEQUENCE?
abhaanand : Yes that sequence is more or less acceptable but choose a college where you get best mentoring as per your subject preferance. That will ensure best placement


mbaaspirant : SIR, MY RANK IS 181 IN GENERAL CATEGORY LIST OF UNIVERSITY BUSINESS SCHOOL, PANJAB UNIVERSITY, CHANDIGARH. MY CAT PERCENTILE IS 74.14. ANY CHANCE OF GETTING A SEAT IN GENERAL MBA, OR IB OR HR ? ACTUALLY MY AIM IS TO BUILD MY CAREER IN OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT.
vikrant : at 181, converting UBS is a possibility. However, the course, especially the MBA in HR may not be consistent with a career in operations management. If you are sure of making a career in operations management then you should reconsider.


cat16 : @RAMACHANDRAN SIR COULD YOU PLEASE GUIDE ME AS TO HOW TO GO ABOUT IT? SINCE CAT IS SO UNPREDICTABLE SHOULD I DROP A YEAR OR GO AHEAD WITH THE B-SCHOOL I HAVE AND THEN PREPARE FOR CAT16 ALONGSIDE?
ramachandran : Dedicated preparation for CAT might help if the B School you have secured admission into does not excite you


ronsid : PLS SUGGEST ANY TIPS FOR GAMES AND TOURNAMENTS AND HOW MANY QUESTIONS COME FROM THIS TOPIC IN CAT..?
vinnayraj : generally two main types of tournaments have featured in cat and with practice it is possible to master solving both the types..one is a knock out tournament format(typical individual sport like tennis etc) and the other is group stage and subsequent knock out(typically team sport such as football and cricket).and there are standard types of questions that feature such as the minimum matches to be won to qualify and margins of victory..sit with your mentor and you should be able to manage.and since most of us follow sport it works as an added advantage..


: HOW TO SOLVE QUESTIONS ON GAMES AND TOURNAMENTS
rajeshsaraf : There are three categories on the same 1) Knock Out 2) Round Robin and 3) Mix of the two models. For the first model, try and solve questions related to "n" players where n is more than 2. Similar scenario (Try and understand the fundamental questions like Minimum points with which a team can advance or a maximum points with which a team can get knocked out). Read material on the same


kat : PLEASE SIR. REPLY. I HAVE TO WITHDRAW IN THAT CASE. VERY CONFUSED HERE
asim : Answered checked


anshul : HELLO. IS IT WISE TO WORK WHILE PREPARING FOR CAT? I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS AN AMBIGUOUS QUESTION. STILL I AM CONFUSED. I HAVE AN EXPERIENCE OF 1 YR IN BPO SECTOR. SOME WOULD SUGGEST TO WORK WHILE PREPARING. I AM WORKING HARD TO SCORE VERY HIGH IN CAT AND SINCE I HAVE 52% IN XIITH, I DONT WANT TO TAKE ANY CHANCES. COULD YOU PLEASE PROVIDE SOME SUGGESTION? WHAT ARE THE ODDS REGARDING XIITH PERCENTAGE AND WHAT ARE THE EVENS IF I SCORE VERY HIGH PERCENTILE IN CAT (99-100 PERCENTILE)?
abhaanand : First of all BPO work is not accepted as work experience so if you need to work and want your work experience to count then you must change your job. It depends on individual whether he can balance work and study or not. If you are targetting top colleges and your Aimcat scores are no where near 90 percentile then you may consider giving up the job.


arav : HELLO........SIR I'M VERY POOR IN QUANT,I CANNOT SOLVE EVEN 5 QUESTIONS WITHOUT HAVING A GLIMPSE AT ANSWER.SIR,HOW CAN I DO WELL IN QUANT.
sridharan : Don't worry about it right now as it is only preparation time and you can certainly look at the solutions.


kat : NOBODY REPLYING
ramachandran : Both are similarly good colleges; little to choose


gur : SORRY FOR BEING OFF TOPIC BUT PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW TO INTERPRET THE MAT SCORE. WHERE CAN I GET THE MAT BULLETIN
rajeshsaraf : MAT score is a scaled score. It does not give the raw marks, rather the scaled score (and the percentile). http://www.time4education.com/mat/mat_faqs.aspx


bhanu : ANY TIPS TO IMPROVE MY SPEED WHILE PERFORMING IN EXAMS?
rajeshsaraf : Speed improvement takes place on two factors 1) Knowledge level -prior exposure to different models of qs helps 2) Calculations - Basic mathematical operations. On these two front, you got to practice


niks : SIR PLS ANSWER
ankur : all queries already answered.


kat : SORRY FOR BEING OFF TOPIC. HOW IS LBSIM AND FORE FOR FINANCE? WHICH IS BETTER? IS LBSIM A GOOD COLLEGE? GUIDE ME PLEASE..
asim : Answered , checked


vishi : SIR I'AM REALLY WEAK AT QUANT SECTION. I WAS A NON MATHS STUDENT IN MY SCHOOL. PLZ SUGGEST ME HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR CAT 16? AND WHAT ALL TOPICS SHOULD MAINLY FOCUS ON?
rajeshsaraf : There are close to 25 chapters -1) SImple Equations 2) ratio, Proportion 3) Percentages 4) Geometry etc. Approach each chapter systematically. First learn the theory part. Go through the solved examples and then work out the exercise problems. Parallely solve the qs from Online sectional tests. The idea is to keep solving and learning new concepts and new models of qs on a daily basis. Once a chapter is complete (or even half complete), move on to a new chapter (you can always come back to the left over portion of the earlier chapter later on).


cat16 : SINCE TIME TEST SERIES ARE A LOT MORE DIFFICULT THAN CAT, IS IT ADVISABLE TO GO IN FOR ANOTHER TEST SERIES AS WELL?
sridharan : TIME test series papers are as difficult as CAT and they are good practise material.You can go for another test series.


subhadra25 : SIR I WANT TO KNOW SIMSREE & PUMBA WILL ACCEPT MAT & ATMA MAY 2016 SCORE CARD
vasanthkumar : Yes they do. SIMSREE is better institute than PUMBA


palak : SIR OTHER THAN AIMCATS CAN YOU PLZ SUGGEST SOME BOOKS OR SITES WHERE WE CAN PRACTISE THE VERBAL SECTION- BASICALLY RC AND ALSO PARA JUMBLES
abhaanand : Please use Trishna's CAt digest for three sections. Published by Tata Mcgraw Hill,it has questions at three different levels;simple, medium and tough level. Answer explanations are provided. The book is available at flipcart. Solve the three books completely.


geetika : I HAVE ENROLLED FOR WEEKDAY BATCH FOR CAT PREPARATION. CAN I ASPIRE FOR GMAT AS WELL OR WILL BE A DISTRACTION?
vikrant : You can prepare for GMAT simultaneously. In fact, you may find a GMAT combo batch at your centre too which can streamline the preparation of CAT and GMAT both.


hyca6o152 : SIR, HOW DO INCREASE MY SPEED IN ALL THE SECTIONS. WHE I FOCUS ON SLOVING QUICKLY, MY ACCURACY LEVEL GOES DOWN. AND WHEN I FOCUS ON SOLVING EVERYTHING CORRECTLY I MISS OUT ON SPEED. I AM IN MY INITIAL LEVEL OF LEARNING AND HVNT YET FINISHED THE SYLLABUS SO PLZ GUIDE ME ON HOW SHOULD I PROCEED. AND ALSO ON UNTIL WHEN SHOULD MY SYLLABUS BE COMPLETED AND I MUST START TAKING MOCK TESTS?
vinnayraj : regardless of whether the portions are fully completed or not continue taking the aimcats and solve the questions which you are well versed in and also some of the questions that come from topics that are not covered can also be solved by pure logic and reasoning,so attempt them as well..the most important thing is that the tests give you ample opportunities to try different strategies and learn to focus for 3 hours..you could probably be spending more time due to lack of familiarity with concepts at this stage and you will gradually improve..and so will your accuracy..you need to strike a balance and it will happen with practice..


subhadra25 : WHAT IS EXPECTED CUT OFF FOR PUMBA & SIMSREE FOR OMS STUDENT
asim : check http://www.time4education.com/cat-mba/maharashtra-cet-2016-expected-cut-offs.aspx


bdca6o392 : FOR GETTING ADMISSION IN IIM AND OTHER TOP COLLEGES, HOW DOES MATTER PERCENTAGE OF 10TH,12TH AND GRADUATION? WHAT IS MIN PERCENTAGE REQURED FOR THAT?
vikrant : The minimum percentage required is 50 to write the CAT. There are 19 IIMs now, and they all give different weightage to different areas. But there are quite a few (including IIM-A) that only look at your CAT score while calling you for subsequent rounds.


kat : THANK YOUU GUYS! :)
ramachandran : welcome


ak : PLEASE REPLY SUGGESTIONS NEEDED ON A URGENT BASIS. I AM BSC HONS GRADUATE IN MATHS WITH NO WORK EX. AT PRESENT I HAVE OFFERS FROM IIM RAIPUR, ROHTAK AND UDAIPUR. PLEASE RANK THEM AND GIVE REASONS TOO
abhaanand : Going strictly by their pedagogy and placement records, I would rank them in order as Raipur, Rohtak, Udaipur. You should definitely join one of these. Do not consider a drop.


: SHOULD 4 MONTHS ARE SUFFICIENT FOR REVISION ALL THE TOPICS AND HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE TO GIVE FOR THIS CAT 2016?
sridharan : 4 months are sufficient.


mbaaspirant : @ VIKRANT SIR, GENERAL MBA IS THE MOST SOUGHT OPTION AT UBS, ANY CHANCE OF GETTING A SEAT IN THAT IN FIRST COUNSELING SESSION ? BECAUSE SENIORS WERE SAYING CHANCES ARE LOW.
vikrant : The chances for the general MBA could be low. Let us keep our fingers crossed for the best result. Until then, focus on becoming better in other respects.


souravroy : WHAT IS THE LOWEST PACKAGE
abhaanand : That is the focus of a looser. Your compensation will match your capabilities. Companies never decide on the basis of the brand value of a B-school the minimum offer they will make. It is not rare that some candidates remain not placed because they either fail to convince the placement companies of their talent or their attitude is not right.


anshul : WHILE I AM GIVING AROUND 5-6 HOURS FOR TOPIC REGARDING STUDIES + 2-3 HOURS FOR READING REGULARLY. WOULD IT BE WISE TO TAKE A REST WEEKLY OR SO. WILL THAT HELP?
vinnayraj : definitely..only cramming will not help because to crack this test you need to be mentally and physically fresh for ideas to strike in the exam unlike the graduation exams which are more based on memory..so take periodic breaks and you should feel fresh after studying and not exhausted..


rajeshnenani : SIR, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME SOME GOOD BOOKS NAME OF DIFFERENT AREA SO IT WILL GIVE ME SOME BASIC IDEA OF THAT AREA?
ramachandran : RK Narayan's books are good. Very lucid


harsha : WILL WORKING AS IT PROFESSIONAL REALLY COUNT DURING INTERVIEW/PROFILE EVALUATION, MY BACKGROUND IS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.
ramachandran : it does indeed count once it is projected well.


arav : SIR....I'M SCARED OF QUANT,HOW CAN I DO BETTER IN THIS SECTIONS,CAN YOU SUGGEST ME SOME TIPS FOR THIS...?
sridharan : Pls understand that the quant portions are those which you must have come across in your school itself.Practise will enable to overcome fear.


souravroy : WHAT IS THE AVERAGE LOWEST PACKAGE THAT PEOPLE GET IN FMS FOR THEIR LOW ACADEMICS? (71%, 59%, 76%)
asim : It does not matter at most of the companies that visit the campus, for more go through http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/fms-scales-new-heights-in-final-placements.aspx


: FOR IIM HOW MUCH PERCENTAGE REQUIRED IN GRADUATION
vinnayraj : different iims have different weightage given to graduation marks ranging from 0 percent(iimc) to 30percent(iim b)..visit the respective websites of the iims to get more information or visit the time website...


aatu : I AM ABLE TO SOLVE ONLY BASIC QUESTIONS OF QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE. AND I AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE DIFFICULT ONES OWN MY OWN.. IT JUST BRINGS DOWN MY MORAL. WHT SHOULD I DO FOR IT
vinnayraj : with practice you will get better at solving the difficult ones..it's a very positive thing at this stage that you are able to solve the basic questions.make sure you can manage this in questions from all topics..most important is that you cover the fundamentals of all topics..moreover the likelihood of the very difficult quant questions appearing in cat is not that high...


pix : SIR, I WILL BE JOINING IIM RANCHI. BIOLOGY GRADUATE WITH NO WORK EXPERIENCE. WHAT KIND OF PLACEMENT PROSPECTS WILL I HAVE? I AM NOT PLANNING TO DO SPECIALIZATION IN FINANCE OR OPERATIONS AS I AM NOT THAT GOOD IN QUANTS. SO THAT LEAVES MARKETING AND GENERAL MANAGEMENT.
abhaanand : Once you graduate from aB-school ,your competence in aspects of management and your personal attributes that could contribute towards the makings of an effective managermatter more for placement than your graduation competencies. However strong basic competency in graduation subjects does count as an additional qualification.So, focus on being very good at what you have studied and try to acquire decent competencies in other areas.


anshul : THANK YOU FOR THE PREVIOUS SUGGESTIONS. PLEASE SUGGEST SOME BOOKS FOR QA, DI AND CRITICAL REASONING APART FROM TIME STUDY MATERIAL.
ankur : the books are more than sufficient. there is a lot of material to be done on the website. focus on that and don't waste time collecting material. solve what you have.


subhadra25 : SIR I GOT 97 PERCENTILE IN MAT & ATMA MAY 2016.. WHAT COLLEGE CAN EXPECT IN MAHARASTAR & DALHI
rajeshsaraf : http://www.time4education.com/mat/Info_Bschool.aspx


om : SIR, IIMI OR IITB , FRESHER
asim : IIT Bombay offers better location and smaller batch size therefore as on date it is better option, but if you have the capability of competing in a big batch IIM Indore should be preferred.


abk7251 : MY ACADS ARE XX-83 XII-81 AND BTECH-8.8 ONGOING . ARE THESE IIM WORTHY ???
abhaanand : Your acads will not come in the way of your getting a call from the best institutes, provided Your CAT score is high and you show a balanced competence in three sections of the paper.


gur : WHAT ARE THE TOP COLLEGES ACCEPTING MAT PERCENTILE OF 99.58?
rajeshsaraf : look at the URL...http://www.time4education.com/mat/Info_Bschool.aspx


pramit : SIR, I APPEARED FOR CAT 2015 GOT 76%TILE XAT 2016 GOT 83%TILE..BUT IN CAT MY LRDI AND QUANTS WERE ABOVE 80 BUT VA SECTION WAS 56%TILE ONLY. HOW CAN I IMPROVE THIS? AND ALSO HOW TO IMPROVE THE LOGICAL REASONING BASED PUZZLE QUESTIONS AND FOR XAT HOW TO GO ABOUT ON THE DECISION MAKING PART? THANKS
vikrant : Dear Pramit, start off by making a list of all the learning objectives of English. Thereafter Identify areas that you are not comfortable with. And then make a strategy to become better at that specific area. You may take the help of the faculty members that you are working with for this.


arav : THANK YOU SIR
ramachandran : Welcome


scarecrow007 : I SCORED 95%ILE IN AIMCAT 25, 98%ILE IN AIMCAT 24 BUT REDUCED TO 89%ILE IN THE AIMCAT 23. MOREOVER I AM ABLE TO DO WELL IN ANY TWO OF THE THREE SECTIONS. I AM BADLY WORRIED, PLEASE SUGGEST THE STRATEGY.
sridharan : Among other things that AIMCATS serve knowing what are the strong and what are the weak areas is also one. Don't worry too much about fluctuations in AIMCAT performances.


miku : SIR, HOW TO START MY PREPERATION IN ENGLISH. I AM VERY WEAK IN ENGLISH AND MY WEAK ZONE IS ALSO ENGLISH AND HOW TO IMPROVE READING HABITS
ramachandran : Please attend classes. Please go through the Study Material. Please make your preparation optimal in all the areas. Above all, please believe in yourself and work hard


aatu : HOW TO DEVOTE TIME FOR ALL THE SUBJECTS IN A DAY?
vinnayraj : try to divide as equally as possible to all the three sections..if you are in a flow and want to dedicate more time for a particular question on a given day,that should be fine,but on an average equal distribution is desirable..and this apart from the time you spend in reading as it is a must on a daily basis...


vishi : @RAJESHSARAF SIR, I'AM DOING THE SAME BUT THE PROBLEM IS AFTER SOLVING THE EXAMPLES FROM THE BOOK I'AM UNABLE TO SOLVE EXERCISE QUESTIONS OR OTHER HANDOUT QUESTIONS.. I'AM NOT ABLE TO BUILD CONFIDENCE EVEN AFTER COMPLETING FEW CHAPTERS OF 1ST BOOK.. PLZ HELP..??
rajeshsaraf : If there are (say 40 qs in ex a), try and do as many you can. (say you are able to do only 20 qs on your own. That's good. Just encircle the remaining qs. You can come back to those qs later on. Then move on to the next chapter. Say the same scenario is repeated. You are able to do only 40% or 50% of exercise questions. That's alrite. Nothing to worry about. Again move on to the third chapter. Keep this iteration for about 5-6 chapters. After this, come back to the first chapter (which you have kept on hold about 20 qs). Try and solve them. If you are not able to do that, look into the sols. If still, you are not able to understand the sols, make a note of such qs (from 5-6 chapters). Then you meet a faculty member for doubts clarification. This is one line of approach/.


shefali : BEING AN ENGINEERING STUDENT WITH MONTHLY EXAMINATIONS HOW CAN I DEVOTE SUFFICIENT TIME FOR CAT PREPARATIONS?
sridharan : Time management is something you have to somehow do. You may kindly note that time is the only resource in this world which is equally available for all. If people occupying most responsible positions in this world can manage within the same 24 hours why not we?


palak : SIR WHAT PERCENTAGE SHOULD I GET IN AIMCATS TO SCORE A PERCENTILE OF ABOVE 95 IN CAT
vinnayraj : generally over the years it is seen that students tend to score around 5-10 percentile points higher in cat compared to their average aimcat percentile..but why stop at anything..continue to aim as high as possible by working on the fundamentals and fine tuning your strategy..plus nothing is guaranteed ,so you need to keep improving..


apeksha : SIR, THE COURSE FOR CAT IN MY BATCH IS NOW COMPLETE AND THERE IS A BREAK GOING ON. I WANT REVISE MY COURSE ALL OVER AGAIN. HOW SHOULD I PREPARE? LIKE SHOULD I DO ALL OF IT CHAPTER WISE OR IT SHOULD A MIX OF ALL THE CHAPTERS?
vikrant : Different people like to adopt different approaches. If you have not covered a significant portion of the syllabus yet then going chapter-wise is a better idea. That said, some of the things in our preparations are 'skills' and they shuold be practised as frequently as possible.


chandu : SOORY FOR OFF TOPIC,, BUT PLS ANSWER THIS I HAVE A FRIEND(OC CANDIDATE)FROM IIT KGP WHO SCORED 98%LE THIS YEAR AND HAS 2 YEAR WORK EX BUT DIDNT GET A CALL FROM TOP5 IIMS.. IM NOT ABLE TO DECIDE ,THOUGH I PREPARE HARDLY AND MANAGE AROUND 99 WILL I BE ABLE TO GET A CALL? I HAVE GOOD ACADS AND WILL BE HAVING 14 MONTHS EXPERIENCE BY THE TIME I FILL CAT REGSTRATION.. PLS HELP..HOW TO TACKLE THIS MORAL QUERY..THIS RESERVATION CONCEPT IS REALLY DANGEROUS...
ankur : Please note: 1. Do not type in all CAPS. That is the online equivalent of SHOUTING. Please be polite, even online. 2. The answer to your friend's query is that yes, he should work hard and hope that his percentile is sufficient to attract the top IIMs to him. 3. Please do not pass judgement on political topics like reservation on this fourm. Thanks Ankur Jain


aatu : THANK U SIR
vinnayraj : welcome..


amitabh : MDI PGPM VS IIFT DELHI ?
ankur : MDI


aatu : WHAT KIND OF BOOKS SHOULD WE READ IN NON FICTION ??
ramachandran : Autobiographies. My Experiments with Truth. Also, Dr Kalam's books are great


gytgu : SIR SORRY FOR DRIFTING FROM CHAT TOPIC,PLZ RECOMMEND :NIBM VS XIME??
ankur : NIBM good for banking. XIME if not clear with specialisation.


deepti : HELLO. I WAS A 1.5 YEAR CLASSROOM STUDENT IN 2015 BUT I DIDN'T CLEAR THE TESTS SO I WANTED TO REGIVE THEM THIS YEAR AS WELL. I WANT TO DO THE CORRESPONDANCE COURSE BUT I WANTED TO KNOW IF ANY GD/PI ASSISTANCE WILL BE GIVEN WITH THIS COURSE AS WELL. I TRIED ASKING VARIOUS LOCAL CENTRES BUT THEY'VE ALL ASKED ME TO REFER ONLINE AND THERES NO INFORMATION GIVEN THERE
vikrant : Yes, you can write the AimCATs again. The centre should be able to help with the enrollment process. And once you get the calls this time around, we should be able to provide you GEPI assistance as well. All the Best.


souravroy : THANK YOU SIR, ACTUALLY I AM STDYING B. TECH IN CE, I HAVE A LITTLE INTEREST IN IT, WHILE GREAT INTEREST IN MARKETING & CUSTOMER SERVICE SECTOR, & WANT TO WORK WITH AMAZON, I AM QUITE SURE THAT IT IS MY CAREER TARGET, AS MY ACADEMICS ARE POOR SO, TOTALY CONFUSED, IS THERE ARE CHANCES FOR ME IF I CONVERT A TOP B SCHOOL LIKE FMS? (ACADEMICS 71% 59% 76%)
abhaanand : Sourav you can not change your scores of the past but you can be a CAT topper if you are determined enough. It is good that you are clear what your heart desires. So buckleup, practice different types of questions to an extent where you begin to automatically solve them as soon as you read them. This will insure accuracy and speed. This will insure a great performance and a call from the top colleges. A great score after a poor performance shows that an individual has decided to correct his mistakes. So, stop worrying and focus on regular practice in a systematic manner.


mbaaspirant : @VIKRANT SIR, WHICH OTHER RESPECTS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ?
vikrant : e.g. becoming better at communication skills, or enhancing some aspect of interpersonal skills, Public speaking etc. One should not stop improving.


anshul : I HAVE 52% IN 12TH. I UNDERSTAND THE FACT THAT IIMS WOULD NOT CONSIDER IT. WHAT ARE THE EVENS IF MY SCORE IS 99-100 PERCENTILE IN CAT? NOT CONSIDERING THAT GDPI PART AS FOR NOW.
vikrant : A. The IIMs will consider your application. B. The chances of scoring a 99%ile plus depend entirely on your efforts over the coming few months. Considering the time available and your willingness to work, they appear quite high to me.


bdca6o392 : FOR RC SECTION HOW IS A ARUN SHARMA'S BOOK?
ankur : please focus on material that is provided. we cannot vouch for material outside the time material. additionally, many books have factual errors, so avoid such things.


dlca6om33 : SIR HOW TO WRITE EFFECTIVE ESSAYS? I HAVE MUCH PROBLEMS REGARDING MY WRITING SKILLS.
ankur : you can find a good ebook on the subject on your student homepage. please use that.


deepti : MY MAIN AIM IS XAT BUT I DID REALLY BADLY IN QUANT LAST TIME. I GOT 99%ILE IN DECISION MAKING AND 97%ILE IN VERBAL BUT ONLY 53%ILE IN QUANT. HOWEVER I GOT 80+ %ILE IN CAT QUANT. HOW DO I IMPROVE QUANT FOR XAT TO SEAL THE DEAL IN MY NEXT ATTEMPT
vinnayraj : it could be possible that you spent comparatively less time in the quant section as your scores in the other sections suggest as does your cat quant score.try working on the time allocation strategy and the right choice of questions..cover the fundamentals of all topics and focus on p and c ,probability and questions of higher level difficulty and try to come up with better ways of solving them...


scarecrow007 : WHEN TO START SOLVING THE CAT PAPERS, WHEN THE COURSE IS COMPLETED OR SIMULTANEOUSLY?
govindrajan : Don't wait till all the topics are over. Half way through the course you can start solving CAT papers.


scarecrow007 : WHEN TO START SOLVING THE CAT PAPERS, WHEN THE COURSE IS COMPLETED OR SIMULTANEOUSLY?
vikrant : There is no harm in working on the papers simultaneously. But the more important thing is analysing your performance in the paper and developing a strategy accordingly.


gytgu : SIR SORRY FOR DRIFTING FROM CHAT TOPIC,PLZ RECOMMEND :NIBM VS XIME,IN TERMS OF PLACEMENTS?
ankur : check placements on your own from their website.


bdca6o392 : WHICH TYPE OF ARTICLE SHOULD I HAVE READ?
ramachandran : Any and every piece that provokes your thought. Editorials are good


arav : SIR...HOW AIMCATS ARE CONDUCTED?TILL NOW WE HAVE NOT STARTED DI AND VERBAL CLASSES?? DOES IT EFFECTS OR NOT???
vikrant : Arav, the AImCATs allow you to fine-tune your own strategy besides offering you a comparison vis a vis the competition. Do write the AimCATs for sure even if you feel under-prepared. during the exam, focus on your strengths.


pramit : THANKS VIKRANT SIR..ONE MORE QUERY. I AM WORKING IN IT SECTOR WITH A BTECH IN MECHANICAL ENGG. WHICH SPECIALIZATION OF MBA WOULD SUIT ME MORE CONSIDERING FUTURE OPTIONS AND I PERSONALLY HAVE SOME INTEREST IN FINANCE.
vikrant : If you are sure that you have interest in finance then you should work towards it. To begin with, how about reading up on various functions of a business along with the career options they lead to. That should give you a stronger reason for choosing.


hyca6o152 : THANK YOU SIR.
ramachandran : Welcome


anshul : I TRIED TO REVISE THE TOPICS COVERED TILL NOW AT THE CLASSROOM COURSE FOR TOMORROW'S AIMCAT. HOWEVER, MY PLAN FOR TODAY FAILED. COULD YOU PLEASE PROVIDE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO BUILD UP A REVISION STRATEGY?
vikrant : failed in what sense?


deepti : @VINNAYRAJ THANK YOU SIR. ANY OTHER IMPORTANT QUANT TOPICS FOR XAT?
vinnayraj : welcome..the same topics that you prepare for in cat -series and progressions , time and distance,time and work,rpv,mixtures and alligation,ppl,equations (including higher degree) geometry..


om : @ ASIM SIR, WHAT ABOUT THE IIM TAG , I ALWAYS DREAMT OF GOING INTO AN IIM BUT NOW MY ONLY CONCERN IS ABOUT THE HUGE BATCH SIZE OF IIMI AND IMMENSE COMPETITION THAT I WOULD HAVE TO FACE TO GET PLACED..
ankur : i think if you are scared of competition right now then what will happen to you when you start working? buck up to the challenge! work hard. iim indore is a good tag and is actually rated higher on time ranking - http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/List_of_B-Schools.aspx


abk7251 : MY CAT PREP HAS GONE MILD DUE TO MY SEMESTER EXAMS LAST 1 MONTHS ??? HOW DO I REGAIN MY FOCUS TO PREPARING INTENSELY ??
ramachandran : Once it is realized by good candidates like you that CAT is an important exam, the focus is got on its own


dlca6om33 : IF I DON'T GET A B OR C THEN WOULD IT BE BETTER TO GAIN SOME WORK EXPERIENCE AND TRY NEXT YEAR?
rajeshsaraf : It depends on multiple factors. The biggest of all -Self Confidence !!


sohailmaqsood : I AM VERY CONFUSED RIGHT NOW.I HAVE A MAJOR PART OF MATERIAL LEFT TO SOLVE PLUS PERFORMANCE IN PAST AIMCATS WAS ALSO BAD.I AM SERIOUSLY LOSING HOPE.HELP ME PLEASE
sridharan : Why do you lose heart?You have enough time . What is required is focused preparation.


vishi : @RAJESHSARAF OKAY SIR I'LL FOLLOW THIS.. 1 MORE THING.. M IN MY LAST YEAR OF GRADUATION FROM JULY TO JULY17 I'LL BE FREE N WILL BE PREPARING FOR CAT.. WILL IT CALLED BE A GAP YEAR IF I DO NOT WORK ANYWHERE OR TAKE ANY SHORT TERM COURSE? WILL THIS TIME PERIOD BE CALLED AS A GAP YEAR? IF YES HOW SHALL I COVER IT BY WORKING PART TIME OR TAKING ANY SHORT TERM COURSE??
rajeshsaraf : There are two options with you 1) Prepare thoroughly for only CAT/allied exams. For this, clearly you won't be doing anything else, except CAT related preparation. 2) Join for a short term course -computers/finance/others 3) Work full time. Well, You don't have to engage in the last two options bcoz of the fear factor as to what reply I should be giving during the interview when this question crops up "Why this gap of 1 year". That question can be covered with a suitable answer, which will be taken care of during the time of GDPI preparation.


navi : SIR , I HAVE COVERED 80 % OF TOPICS FROM QUANT , BUT FACING PROBLEMS WHEN SOLVING THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS , SOME TIMES IT TAKES 10 TO 15 MIN TO GET THE LOGIC AND SOLVE THE QUESTION .ITS THE SAME CASE WITH REASONING ALSO . SIR , PLEASE SUGGEST HOW CAN I IMPROVE THE SPEED . SINCE 2 DAYS REMAINING FOR AIMCAT , I AM WORRIED . I AM WORKING PROFESSIONAL AND PLEASE SUGGEST NUMBER OF PROBLEMS I SHOULD DO IN A DAY FROM QUANT AND REASONING SO THAT I WILL COMFORTABLE WITH SPEED .
vinnayraj : firstly relax.and even though it's cliched it is very important..moreover if a quant question takes 10 to 15 minutes to be solved it is probably best avoided in the test.there are 20 more aimcats to go and you have ample opportunity to get better..there is no fixed number of questions to be solved daily but make sure a solve a variety of problems daily as you have covered most of the portions and also try to solve atleast one set of di ,lr and rc everyday..


souravroy : THANK YOU ABHAAND SIR,DT WAS INCOMPLETE QUES MISTAKELY TYPED, ACTUALLY I AM STDYING B. TECH IN CE, I HAVE A LITTLE INTEREST IN IT, WHILE GREAT INTEREST IN MARKETING & CUSTOMER SERVICE SECTOR, & WANT TO WORK WITH AMAZON, I AM QUITE SURE THAT IT IS MY CAREER TARGET, AS MY ACADEMICS ARE POOR SO, TOTALY CONFUSED, IS THERE ARE CHANCES FOR ME IF I CONVERT A TOP B SCHOOL LIKE FMS? (ACADEMICS 71% 59% 76%)
sridharan : You can overcome the shortcomings with an outstanding performance in CAT. Concentrate on CAT preparation right now without worrying over other things.


sohailmaqsood : HOW TO DEAL WITH DI, RC AND LR SECTIONS?
rajeshsaraf : It is more about "RIGHT SELECTION OF QS". For DI?LR section, if you can crack 3 sets (out of 8 sets) meaning thereby getting to a net score of 36 marks (out of max 96 marks), 90 percentile would be your worst possible score in DI/LR (at least in 18 out of 22 AIMCATs that will take place). So, focus on the right selection of qs. Don't spend more than 5 mins on the set which has to be discarded.


sohailmaqsood : WHY SHOULD I LEARN GRAMMER? IS IT ASKED IN CAT?
vikrant : Majority of the CAT papers have asked Grammar based questions. Besides, it comes in very handy while working on questions like paragraph formation and fill in the blanks. Moreover, most of the aspirants write exams other than the CAT as well. You do get quite a few direct Grammar based questions there.


abk7251 : HOW DOES DIFFICULTY LEVEL IN XAT VARIES WITH CAT WRT QUANT AND VERBAL ??? IS XAT MORE DIFFICULT ???
rajeshsaraf : answered


abk7251 : HOW DOES DIFFICULTY LEVEL IN XAT VARIES WITH CAT WRT QUANT AND VERBAL ??? IS XAT MORE DIFFICULT ???
rajeshsaraf : Extremely high !! But the catch is with low score (and that is pretty obvious), you can secure a very high percentile. Typically, a 40% marks in XAT, in general, is equivalent to 60% marks in CAT (considering the last two years of XAT/CAT patterns)


arav : SIR,I'VE STARTED READING EDITORIALS,IS IT MUST TO READ EDITORIALS???
vinnayraj : not a must but definitely one of the better choices to improve your ability to comprehend,ask critical questions and also be abreast with the happenings around you which is vital in the second stage of selection..


venkat : SIR, I AM FACING PROBLEM WITH RC'S HOW TO DEAL THOSE TOPICS
swapnila : Reading on diverse topics is the first step.Once you are comfortable with diverse topics you can then move on the various question types.


dev : SORRY FOR OFF TOPIC MY PROFILE IS 10 TH-80% 12- 74% AND B.TECH -76% WITH DISTINCTION, BUT I HAVE ONLY 6 MONTHS WORK EXPERIENCE OF BPO,CAN I GET CALL FROM TOP B-SCHOOLS LIKE IIFT AND MDI GURGAON,NMIMS MUMBAI AND JBIMS OR SHOULD I NOT EVEN THINK OF THEM AS THEY ARE JUST IMPOSSIBLE??PLZ HELP ME
vinnayraj : firstly you have decent academic scores and which should be good enough to get into all the b schools that you have mentioned provided you crack the test..so start immediately and positively and go ahead and work towards realizing your dreams..


arav : SIR,HOW CAN I BUILD A STRONG BASE IN VOCAB AND WORDS???
sridharan : Reading a lot is the only key.Making conscious efforts to build up a good vocab is necessary.


savvy : @ANKUR HI SIR, I HAVE CONVERTS IIM RAIPUR , UDAIPUR , SIBM AND WL IN TRICHY.. IF I CONVERT TRICHY TOO.. PLEASE ORDER THESE COLLEGES FOR FINANCE......
ankur : Udaipur > Raipur > Trichy > SIBM. Udaipur has really come up in finance due to their bloomberg lab (i think third institute in India to have it).


sahilonite : IMT-GHAZIABAD PGDM-FINANCE VS IMI-DELHI PGDM-BFSI.WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST FOR B.TECH FRESHER. PLEASE TELL ME REASONS FOR PARTICULAR CHOICE
abhaanand : IMT has never been known for its pedagogy in finance and placements in this field from IMT have been mediocre. IMI on the other hand has been building up its credibility and over past three years the placements have been good .hence I would go for IMI.


bdca6o392 : FOR GETTING ADMISSION IN FMS ON WHICH SHOULD I GAVE FOCUSED MORE APART FROM CAT?
vinnayraj : fms accepts only cat score..


dev : IS IT TRUE THAT ONLY TOPPERS OF GOOD SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES AND WORK EXP. OF GOOD IT COMPANIES GET CALLS FROM TOP 20 B SCHOOLS AND AVERAGE STUDENTS SHOUD NOT EVEN THINK OF GETTING ADMISSION TO MBA COLLEGES LIKE IIFT,MDI GURGAON AND NMIMS MUMBAI?? PLZ HELP
vinnayraj : just answered...


roni : CONVERTED IBS, MUMBAI.. AND BIMTECH, NOIDA ALSO.. WHICH ONE TO OPT FOR AND WHY? AS I CAME TO KNOW THAT BOTH COLLEGES ARE GOOD. BUT FROM ROI POINT OF VIEW IBS,MUMBAI SEEMS GOOD. AS BIMTECH FEES IS AROUND 14LAKH AS COMPARED TO IBS,MUMBAI 7.2LAKH
ramachandran : You could kindly refer to the B School ranking on your SHP. It gives an excellent idea of where the different B Schools, including IBS and BIMTECH, stand. The ranking gives weightage to all aspects. Good luck.


tarak : SIR WHAT IS THE WAY TO CRACK DILR QUESTIONS AND APART FROM TIME BOOKS SUGGEST ANY BOOKS FOR IT.
govindrajan : Please go through all the time material first. Once you are through with that you can go for Trishna Publications.


apeksha : SIR, FOR A FRESHER WHAT ROLE COULD AN INTERNSHIP PLAY IN GETTING INTO A GOOD B SCHOOL?
vinnayraj : work experience is considered only if it is full time paid experience and you are on the payrolls of a company..it will surely help if you have done significant work and learnt a lot during the internship if you can talk about it confidently during the time of the interviews...


bdca6o392 : FOR GETTING ADMISSION IN FMS ON WHICH SHULD I HAVE FOCUSED MORE APART FROM CAT?
ramachandran : Sound preparation for CAT will rub off on the preparation for FMS too. Best of luck.


nnn : HOW TO LEARN BY-HEART 3000 WORDS FOR VOCABULARY?
rajeshsaraf : For CAT, more than the Vocab, it is RC which will play a significant role. RC = Critical reading + Comprehension. Vocab is essential only to the extent that the lack of knowledge of the same should not be a hurdle in comprehending the passage correctly. SO, focus more on reading variety of topics.


chandu : SORRY..DIDNOT OBSERVE THE CAPSLOCK..VERY SORRYY..AND THANKS FOR THE ANSWER..
ankur : no problem. one learns on a daily basis :)


chandu : SORRY ANKUR !
ankur : no problem :)


sohailmaqsood : HOW TO READ AND UNDERSTAND NON-FICTIONAL BOOKS? I GUESS THAT WILL HELP IN RC SECTION.
vasanthkumar : Than Non Fiction, reading newspapers & magazines will help you better. Cos you will have lot of information as well, which will help you in later stages.


sk : HEY, WHAT SCORE IN CAT 2015 STUDENTS GOT FOR 85, 90, 95 TILL 100 PERCENTILES??
vinnayraj : raw scores are not revealed.only normalized scores (across sections) are given out..plus it shouldnt matter as is it is neither a benchmark for this years cat nor a clear indication of how many marks an individual got..more important is focusing on developing the most suited test taking strategy for you as well be thorough with the fundamentals of all areas...


vishi : @RAJESHSARAF SIR, I'M THINKING OF DOING SPECIALIZATION IN HR OR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS.. I'M UNABLE TO DECIDE IN BOTH OF THESE.. AS I TOLD YOU BEFORE M WEAK IN MATHS.. WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST SHOULD I GO FOR HR OR IB AND WHY??
rajeshsaraf : Pls note that for either of the two specializations, Maths, by default is there. (but then equally true is the fact that the Maths component may not be that high as there in Financ). Nevertheless, the decision to zero in on a particular specialization can be made after 1 year of study at a B school. ALSO, in many of the B schools, there is a facility whereby you do multiple specializations (you just have to take those many electives for that). SO, at this stage, my recommendation is Not to worry too much about specialization rather try and counter your "fear factor" -Maths.


miku : SIR, TIME OF INDIA IS BETTER NEWSPAPER FOR IMPROVING IN ENGLISH IF NOT THAN SUGGEST OTHER NEWSPAPER AND MAGAIZE PLEASE GIVE THEIR NAMES
abhaanand : Every news paper can help one to improve one's command over language provided you not only read but also focus on style of presentation of thoughts, which words tend to be used in what context and how some writers manage to hold the inteest of the readers. TOI is good enough to start with finally you must be comfortable in reading and understanding The Hindu and The Economic Times. This is the basic compeenct needed to handle Rcs in the CAT and to function as amanager. Initially when you do not understand an article despite repeated reading, take the help of a faculty. Once you grasp the fundamental terms of specific fields,your comfort level with newspapers will improve. Also regularly read India Today and The Outlook. Read a little everyday.


arav : SIR,HOW CAN I BECOME FAMILIAR WITH WORDS??I'M MAKING NOTE OF WORDS WHICH I FOUND NEW TO ME.I WROTE MANY WORDS IN MY BOOK,I CAN REMEMBER THOSE WORDS ONLY WHILE AFTER FEW DAYS I CANNOT.SO HOW CAN I DO WELL IN WORDS AND I HAVE STARTED READIND WORDPOWERMADEEASY BY NORMAN LEVIS,DOES IT HELPS??
vikrant : Working on them every day is the key. Take out around 20 minutes from your calendar daily, and work on vocabulary. Additionally, you can carry a couple of cue-cards with you and read them whenever an opportunity emerges. While online, you can look at the word-list available on your SHP. Install apps in your phone that help with vocabulary.


dev : SIR PLZ ANSWER MY SECOND QUESTION ..@VINNAYRAJ....
vinnayraj : you definitely stand a chance if you can crack the exam with a high percentile which ensures you get a call and prepare very well for the next stage by reading up extensively on current affairs,improve your writing skills and also prepare on a couple of favorite subjects from your graduation..but the most important thing at this stage is the first hurdle ,the exam..


savvy : @VASANTHKUMAR HI SIR, I HAVE CONVERTS IIM RAIPUR , UDAIPUR , SIBM AND WL IN TRICHY.. IF I CONVERT TRICHY TOO.. PLEASE ORDER THESE COLLEGES FOR FINANCE......
vasanthkumar : IIM Trichy, IIM Raipur, SIBM & IIM Udaipur will be better.


venkat : IS THERE ANY CHANCE OF GETTING 90%PERCENTILE IN CAT IF I START PREPARATION FROM TODAY.IS THIS TIME SUFFICIENT FOR PREPERATION,IF SO HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I PREPARE DAILY?
govindrajan : Yes, it is possible. It is not the number of hours, it is the quality of preparation that matters. Spend more time on the areas where you think more practice is required, while occasionally spending time on your area of strength. Regarding the number of hours to be spent, you are the best judge. Allocate time judiciously, by identifying the areas where you can quickly get a hold on and the areas where you need to pay more attention.


jnb : CAN I ASK AN OUT OF TOPIC BUT IMPORTANT QUESTION
ankur : yes


xyz : IS IT APPROPRIATE TO TAKE DROP OR WORK IN A MEDIOCRE COMPANY AND SIMULTANEOUSLY PREPARING FOR CAT?
ramachandran : Little to choose, although freeing yourself to prepare for CAT will help you focus that much better on the CAT preparation


venkat : WHAT ELSE INSTITUTES ARE ALSO BETTER, OTHER THAN IIM'S
vinnayraj : there are a lot of good b schools.to name a few-fms,xlri,mdi,sp jain,jbims,iift,nmims etc..there are on par with a few of the iims..


chandu : PLEASE TELL ME WHICH PART IN ENGLISH TO BE ATTEMPTED FIRST?
sridharan : Always start with the area which is your strongest .


sahi : I HAVE CONVERTED IMT-GHAZIABAD PGDM-FINANCE. HOW IS IT TO PURSUE MBA SINCE I HAVE NO PERSONAL BIAS TOWARDS ANY SPECIALIZATION
vasanthkumar : What is ur UG?


anshul : THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ALL THE VALUABLE SUGGESTIONS. YOUR EFFORTS ARE COMMENDABLE.
sridharan : You are welcome. Wish you all the best.


charlie : IM WAITLISTED AT OBC WL 321 IN KASHIPUR, OBC WL 358 IN RAIPUR AND OBC WL 786 IN UDAIPUR. WHICH OF THESE CAN I EXPECT A FINAL CONVERT!?
ankur : udaipur is tough. rest fair chance.


mals : I'M FROM MATRICULATION BACKGROUND.I AM PLANNING TO WRITE CAT FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR. IS CLASSROOM TRAINING MANDATORY?
sridharan : A person will definitely find it absolutely necessary to have classroom teaching though it is not mandatory if you mean it is a requirement as specified by the Bschools.


dev : SIR WHICH MBA BRANCH HAS THE HIGHEST PACKAGE AND A GOOD PROFILE AND PLACEMENT??
vasanthkumar : It always depends on which college you are studying.


dev : SIR I HAVE A 1 YEAR GAP AFTER B.TECH WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM FOE GETTING CALLS FROM GOOD B-SCHOOLS LIKE IIFT MDI AND NMIMS JBIMS?
vinnayraj : not really if you have an excellent score in the test and can explain the reason for the gap with valid genuine points..


jnb : SIR ITS VERY URGENT! I AM DOING MBA FROM A COLLEGE THAT DOESN'T PROVIDE DUAL SPECIALIZATION. I CHOSE FINANCE AO FOR MARKETING CAN I TAKE UP A CERTIFICATION FROM A COLLEGE LIKE MICA OR IIT BOMBAY.?
ankur : yes you can. nothing stops you from doing that. how much that is worth depends on college brand, your course brand and your hard work.


xyz : DOES CHANCES FOR SELECTION REDUCES IN PI IF ANYONE TAKES A DROP?
abhaanand : Your chances do not decrease by taking a drop. However in your re attempt your scores should be significantly higher, you should generate calls from better institute and you should be successful in creating the impression that you chose to take a drop in order to get into better institutions because you are focused about giving your career a sound foundation.


sahi : @VASANTHKUMAR IT'S ENGINEERING IN ELECTRONICS & COMMUNICATION
vasanthkumar : Its better to go with Mktg or Operations rather than Finance. But again it depends on the institute where u gonna study??/


dev : SIR IS READING NEWSPAPERS AND MANORAMA YEARBOOK + MAGAZINES ONLINE ENOUGH FOR IIFT GK ??
vikrant : GK is a very vast area. The said sources will help you quite a bit with current affairs. But they are going to be fairly limited for the static GK. Explore the NCERT route for it.


hope : @VASANTH SIR,
vasanthkumar : Pl let me know


sid : CAN YOU PLEASE ARRANGE THE COLLEGES FROM GOOD TO BAD..? NIRMA, LBSIM, WELLINGAR , LIBA...I HAVE CONVERTED ALL OF THEM BUT CONFUSED AS THEY ARE ALL BBB GRADE COLLEGES..
ankur : LBSIM>Welingkar>Nirma>LIBA.


sid : CAN YOU PLEASE ARRANGE THE COLLEGES FROM GOOD TO BAD..? NIRMA, LBSIM, WELLINGAR , LIBA...I HAVE CONVERTED ALL OF THEM BUT CONFUSED AS THEY ARE ALL BBB GRADE COLLEGES..
vasanthkumar : Welingkar, Nirma, LIBA, LBSIM


arav : SIR,HOW CAN I PREPARE ON DAILY BASIS?I SHOULD DO ONE SUB BY COMPLETING THE WHOLE CHAPTER OR DO ALL SUBJECTS IN A SINGLE DAY??
vinnayraj : try solving a mix of questions from different areas..if you are in a flow on a particular day you can stick a single topic but on an average you should have covered all the areas on a regular basis..


aimandacheive : HI, MY PROFILE (X- 91.6, XII- 78, BE-68) I HAVE 3.5 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN TCS. WILL MY PROFILE AFFECT MY CHANCES OF GETTING INTO IIMS? I SCORED 94.6 IN CAT15 AND I AM HOPEFUL OF A BETTER PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR.
vinnayraj : no...you can make it this year if your score improves,though your graduation marks is a slight concern for the iims which place a high weightage(for example iimb).you should get a call from a few iims if you crack the test..


dev : SIR ANY GOOD COLLEGES UNDER MAT AND CMAT OR IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO ATTEMPT THESE EXAMS??
rajeshsaraf : If you can get 99.99 (not even 99.98) percentile in MAT, you can earn a seat in JBIMS. Apart from that, there are other B schools like BIMTECH, NOida (Select courses). Pls refer to the URL below. http://www.time4education.com/mat/Info_Bschool.aspx.


hope : @VASANTH SIR, IHAVE SHORTLISTED FOR RAIPUR-OBCWL602,KASHIPUR-1002,UDAIPUR-869...DO I HAVE ANY CHANCE..?10TH-84 12TH-87 COLL-85 CAT-80..> ANY CHANCES FOR AMRITSAR,SAMBALPUR,BODHGAYA WHICH IA M SHORTLISTED ALSO...
vasanthkumar : First 3 is difficult to get thru... But Remaining u ve a fair chance of getting in provided u perform well in interview


navi : THANK YOU FOR THE ANSWER . SIR , I AM CORRESPONDENCE STUDENT OF TIME . CAN I APPROACH ANY TIME FACULTY AT CENTER TO CLARIFY MY DOUBTS
govindrajan : Yes you can. You can also post your queries at info@time4education.com.


ambr : SIR I BELONGS TO HINDI MIDIUM BACKGROUND AND MMY CONDITION IN VERBAL ABILITY AND UNDERSTANDING OF QUESTIONS IS VERY PITIABLE. PLEASE GUIDE ME.
rajeshsaraf : Well, determination and perseverance are the key words here !! There are going to be challenges ahead in one form or the other. You have identified your weakness. Try and introspect. You will identify plenty of strengths within yourself. Further, even in RC/Verbal part, it is the logic part which is tested to the core. There is no one specific answer to the query which you have raised. However, if you read variety of topics (on various areas), you weaknesses can turn around and become your strengths


venkat : GIVE ME SOME TIPS TO SCORE WELL IN ENGLISH SECTION
swapnila : You can begin by reading on diverse topics for RC , followed by practicing PFQs.Once you have manag


hope : @VIKRANT SIR, IHAVE SHORTLISTED FOR RAIPUR-OBCWL602,KASHIPUR-1002,UDAIPUR-869...DO I HAVE ANY CHANCE..?10TH-84 12TH-87 COLL-85 CAT-80..> ANY CHANCES FOR AMRITSAR,SAMBALPUR,BODHGAYA WHICH IA M SHORTLISTED ALSO...
vikrant : appears to be touch and go...let us keep our fingers crossed for the best result !


dev : SIR I AM AIMING FOR IIFT DELHI MDI GURGAON NMIMS MUMBAI JBIMS TISS WELINGKAR @VASANTHKUMAR..
vasanthkumar : Pl be clear, with ur prev question... Sorry i forgot the last question


charlie : IS IIM RAIPUR A BETTER OPTION THAN IIM KASHIPUR!?
ankur : yes


charlie : IS IIM RAIPUR A BETTER OPTION THAN IIM KASHIPUR!?
ankur : yes kashipur is facing some trouble due to location and some placement issues. nothing that will hamper it in the long term, but yes in the short term it seems to be affecting somewhat.


shubham : @ABHA MA'AM I AM VERY MUCH INTO READING, AND I'VE READ 10 AROUND NOVEL, ALL FICTIONALS, SINCE I STARTED CAT PREPARATION. CAN YOU SUGGEST ME A GOOD READ
abhaanand : Now it is time to move to the Classics, because a lot of sayings, idioms and Metaphors of English have originated from these. Also read books written by Management Gurus, Life Trainersand importantly think upon what these gurus are trying to say. I would say Jack Welch and CK Prhalad must be read, Read autobiographies of both Hitler and Gandhi;two diametrically opposite personalities but both could make men do the impossible. Read two books by Edward de Bono and some by Rama Bijapurkar. THese books are availablein our library. Happy Reading!


rajeshnenani : SIR AS YOU SUGGEST AN EBOOK FOR WRITING SKILLS ON SHP. BUT I AM NOT ABLE TO FIND ANY LINK.. I HAVE JOINED A CORRESPONDENCE(ADVANCE) COURSE.
ankur : perhaps the book is available to full course students only. check out links on the net on how to write essays.


savvy : @VASANTHKUMAR SIR, UDAIPUR HAS MARKETED ITSLEF WITH BLOOMBERG LAB AND MHRD RANKING .ALSO THEY BOAST OF BEING A GOOD LOCATION TO ATTRACT COMPANIES.WILL THIS HELP IN UDAIPUR OVERTAKING TRICHY OR RAIPUR
vasanthkumar : It might overtake Raipur, but to overtake Trichy it will take atleast 2-3 years.


ksingh : WLINGKAR BANGLURU OR SHOULD I DROP ? CAN YOU TELL WE BANGLURU AVG PACKAGE?
ankur : please research from their website for the placement data. if you like their placements then join. if not, then take up a job and prepare side by side.


arav : THNAK YOU SIR,HOW MANY HOURS WE CAN READ ON AN AVERAGE TO GAIN GOOD PERCENTILE IN CAT
vinnayraj : try to manage around 4-5 hours on a regular basis..an hour of reading daily should help...


mahima : SIR IS IT ADVISABLE TO DO PGDM FROM KJ AND THEN AFTER 2 YEARS EXECUTIVE MBA FROM ANY IIM OR SHOULD I TRY OF TOP TEN BY GIVING CAT AGAIN.
sridharan : If you want to do a course through iims it is better you write CAT again.


sssnssn : GUD EVENING SIR . IS ITM NAVIMUMBAIGOOD FOR A STUDENT WHOSE BACKGROUND IS BCOM. CAN I GET A JOB THERE . WILL IT SUIT ME ?
vasanthkumar : Job where?


jnb : @ANKUR SIR I AM DOING FROM DALMIA..
ankur : i meant the college you pick up for doing marketing.


arun : I HAVENT STARTED MY CAT PREPRATION YET..WILL IBE ABLE TO MAKE IT BY NOV IF I WORK HARD FROM NOW ON?
govindrajan : Yes, you can.


gur : BIMTECH NOIDA VS IMS GHAZIABAD?PLEASE HELP
vasanthkumar : IMT Ghaziabad


sasi : 10TH->94.8, 12TH->93.33, B.E->84.2, 14 MONTHS OF WORK EX AS OF AUGUST'16, NCC AIR WING CADET AND WON CHAMPIONSHIP, PRESENTED AND WON IN PAPERS, GOOD IN CULTURALS AND EXTRA CURRICULAR. IS MY PROFILE WORTH ENOUGH TO GET A CALL FROM IIM A/B/C IF I SECURE 98 OR 99%LE PLUS?
vinnayraj : yes..for a and c you will need a little higher..


arav : SIR COULD YOU SUGGEST ME SOME MAGAZINES??
vinnayraj : the outlook,frontline,the week,india today..


charlie : IM WAITLISTED AT OBC WL 358 IN IIM RAIPUR. CAN I EXPECT IT TO CONVERT?
ramachandran : More than an even chance. Good luck


kenedykennyy : SIR WHEN IS CAT EXAM HEALD THIS YEAR ? IS IT TRUE IT VL B AFTER AUGUST 15.BECAUSE IHAVE SEEN A LINE LIKE THAT IN RECENT CHAT ARCHEIVE
vinnayraj : usually it is held in the month of november every year..so high chances of it being conducted in the same month this year too..


arav : THANKYOU SIR
vinnayraj : welcome..


sunny : SIR FROM WHERE SHOULD I PREPARE FOR GK SECTION?
abhaanand : First of all be clear that CAT focusses on Current Affairs; issues that matter to lives of people and nations. Your best preparation will happen by regularly reading newspaper and magazines. Make a reading journal and divide it into sections such as politics, business, science and technology, International affairs, Championsetc. In your daily reading make bulleted notings in each of these sections. Remember the world is not interested in the ordinary and everyday happenings. Once a week read calmy through your notes. Do this regularly and you will master the current affairs. For exams that have special focus areas, Manorama year Book is useful,but only certain sections. For this get in touch with the language faculty.


arun : WILL DROPING A YEAR WILL HAMPER MY PI ?
govindrajan : If you can convince the panel with proper reasons, it would not be a problem.


ambr : NO SIR. ACTUALLY MY COMPREHENSION ABILITY OF QUESTIONS IS NOT GOOD IN ALL SECTIONS WHETHER IT IS QUANT, LR OR RC.
rajeshsaraf : You can do that !! Self -belief is important !!


ambr : NO SIR. ACTUALLY MY COMPREHENSION ABILITY OF QUESTIONS IS NOT GOOD IN ALL SECTIONS WHETHER IT IS QUANT, LR OR RC.
sridharan : Don't rush thro' the reading of questions. Understand the questions well before you start answering them.


mals : I AM A B.TECH CSE GRADUATE AND I HAVE 5 CERTIFICATIONS IN VARIOUS FIELDS LIKE BUSINESS ENGLISH, FRENCH,MUSIC, FASHION DESIGN,(DUKE OF EDINBURGH).WILL ALL THESE ADD SOME WEIGHTAGE TO MY PROFILE?
sridharan : General weightage ,yes. Particular , no.


ankit : SIR IIM KASHIPUR WAITING 1071... GENERAL CATEGORY.. ANY CHANCES?
ankur : possible.


ksingh : WHICH TOP COLLEGES DONT GIVE MOST WEIGHTAGE TO ACADS?
vinnayraj : different iims have different weightages given to academic scores..iimb gives the highest weightage...visit the respective websites of the iims to get a clear idea..you can also visit the time website..


ankit : SIR.. IIM UDAIPUR WAITING GENERAL 1271.. ANY CHANCES?
ankur : tough.


hope : @ANKUR SIR, IHAVE SHORTLISTED FOR RAIPUR-OBCWL602,KASHIPUR-1002,UDAIPUR-869...DO I HAVE ANY CHANCE..?10TH-84 12TH-87 COLL-85 CAT-80..> ANY CHANCES FOR AMRITSAR,SAMBALPUR,BODHGAYA WHICH IA M SHORTLISTED ALSO...
ankur : u have already asked same question twice. please don't get confused by asking many people the same question.


ankit : IIM UDAIPUR VS IIM RANCHI?
ankur : in general both are at same level. udaipur better for finance as discussed earlier in today's chat.


jnb : @ANKUR SIR: LAST QUESTION I PROMISE, THESE CERTIFICATIONS HELP? CAUSE ITS NOT PROPER MBA
ankur : everything helps. don't worry right now. try learning something.


kenedykennyy : THANK U SIR
vinnayraj : welcome..


ankit : IIM UDAIPUR WAS RANKED 5TH RECENTLY BY GOVERNMENT...HOW SHOULD WE CONSIDER THESE RANKS...
vasanthkumar : Please dont consider these seriously, because the govt will promote all the institutes equally.


ambr : THANK YOU SIR @RAJESHSARAF
rajeshsaraf : :)


shaheel : SIR, IIT MADRAS INITIAL OBC WAITLIST 30. ANY CHANCE
ankur : very good chance,.


ankit : HI.. IIM RAIPUR.. GENERAL WAITING 808..ANY CHANCES???
ankur : possible...but tough,


mahima : BEST SPECIALISATION OF KJ SOMAIYA?
abhaanand : A specialization that matches your inclinations is the best for you. Even the best of pedagogy will not get your best performance and hence a good placement if you do not like that particular subject so listen to youe inclinations.


ankit : IIM NAGPUR WAITING LIST 1... WHAT CHANCES..
ankur : 100%


keer : WHAT ARE MAJOR AREAS IN QUATITATIVE APTITUDE?
vinnayraj : arithmetic,algebra,geometry and modern math..in that ratio proportion,percentage profit and loss,mixtures,time and work,time and distance,p and c,equations,triangles polygons and circles....


depression : SIR I HAVE LIKED BIMM PUNE VL B GOOD TO JOIN IF WE HAVE ANY WORK EXPIRIENCE . FOR A FRESSHER IS IT NOT GOOD TO JOIN ? BECAUSE I HAVE ATTRACTED TO ITS FEE STRUCTURE AND ROI .NOW ITS A ROCK ON HEAD
ankur : freshers are welcome. if u want you can go for workex that can improve your maturity.


ankit : IIM NAGPUR VS EXECUTIVE MBA NEXT YEAR?
ankur : iim nagpur. a bird in hand is better than two in the bush.


house : SIR,AT IIM RAIPUR WAITLISTED AT 423. NC OBC. WHAT ARE REALISTIC CHNCES OF CONVERT
ramachandran : Decent. Good luck


miku : SIR IT IS SUFFICIENT TO STUDY 14 HOURS DAILY TO COMPLETE CAT COURSE IN 2 MONTHS
sridharan : Reading 14 hours is first of all very difficult. Again it is not the hours that alone count. More important is the focus.


ankit : SIR... ALL THE IIMS DAT STARTED 5-6 YEARS AGO (EXCEPT RANCHI) VS IIM NAGPUR.. WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE??? HIGH CHANCES OF IIM NAGPUR SIR.... AND GETTING TEMPTED TO LEARN AT IIM A!
ankur : the new iims (started 5-6 years ago) are rated higher than the baby iims (started last year). so choose them over the baby iims.


adfa : SIR PLANNING TO GIVE GMAT IS LOGICAL AFTER DOING MBA FROM A BB CATEGORY SCHOOL?
ankur : many people go for second mba. they are not happy with first college, or want to study after a few years in the industry. GMAT is sensible in both the cases.


adfa : SIR PLANNING TO GIVE GMAT IS LOGICAL AFTER DOING MBA FROM A BB CATEGORY SCHOOL?
ramachandran : More than reasonably logical. Please go ahead. Best of luck


sssnssn : @VASANTHKUMAR SIR I MEAN WILL I BE PLACED AFTER MY 2 YEARS OF PGDM WITH MY EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
vasanthkumar : Not necessarily. If you prefer to continue in that, then u can opt for that or you can always move ahead with which field you want to get placed


tj : HI SIR..PLZ REPLY....NMIMS MUMBAI VS IIM NAGPUR? ALSO, HOW IS NMIMS FOR IT AND CONSULTING RELATED JOB OPPORTUNITIES. I HAVE A WORK EX OF 3.5 YRS IN IT. WILL I FACE PROBLEMS IN PLACEMENTS FOR CONSULTANCY AND IT/SOFTWARE COMPANIES OWING TO HIGHER WORK EX
vasanthkumar : With a brand like IIM, its safer to choose IIM. But NMIMS is also equally good. You will not face big problems, infact its good to have high experience


soumikkol60 : HELLO RESPECTED FACULTY. MY ACADS ARE X- 86.7%, XII- 70.3%, GRAD-62.5%. HOW MUCH PERCENTILE I NEED IN CAT TO GET CALL FROM IIM- A, B, C? PLEASE ANSWER.
vinnayraj : 99.5+ your best chance is from iim c...


subhadra25 : SIR IN PUMBA CONDUCT GD/PI OR NOT
ramachandran : Might be useful to check with them. You will get these details besides some others. Best of luck.


ksingh : CAN AN INDIAN GET INTO IIM'S PGP COURSE BY GMAT?
vinnayraj : no..


prashant : IN SECTIONAL TESTS OF 30 MIN OF RCS, I MOSTLY SCORE ABOUT 17-20; WHICH IS QUITE LESS THAN THE GIVEN RATINGS OF SCORES PROVIDED..AND I AM ABLE TO ATTEMPT ONLY 2 OUT OF GIVEN 3 RCS ..MY ACCURACY IS GOOD ...BUT CANNOT ATTEMPT ALL 3 RCS DESPITE I READ A LOT...WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
vikrant : The issue appears to be 'Speed'. You should look at your approach once. Are you spending a lot of time reading the passage? If yes, then is it because you try to read for details ? If yes, then you should work towards reading for overview (Usually class 2 of RC). Along with it, you should also work on enhancing your reading speed (Class 1 of RC)


sowgatabag : REALISTIC CHANCES OF GETTING A CALL FROM IIMC, 10TH 71. 37%, 12TH 59%, B. TECH 78%, SC CATAGORY.. OR ANY OTHER AND OLD IF APPLICABLE PLZ MENTION PERCENTILE THANK U
ankur : i think u can get a call. try for 99%ile or more.


deepika : SIR WHAT ARE THE GUD BOOKS OR NOVELS WHICH I SHUD READ TO IMPROVE MY VA?CAN U NAME FEW?
vikrant : Deepika there are some suggestions available on the SHP. You may go through them. Here are a few that you may read: 1. Who moved my cheese - Dr. Spencer Johnson 2. Johnathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach 3. The old man and the sea - Ernst Hemingway 4. Alchemist - Paulo Coelho 5. Love story - Erich Segal 6. Siddhartha - Herman Hesse 7. Catcher in the rye - JD Salinger 8. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 9. Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy - Douglas Adams 10. A brief history of nearly everything - bill bryson 11. 1984 - George Orwell 12. Animal Farm - George Orwell 13. The Stranger - Albert Camus 14. India : Midnight to the millennium - Shashi Tharoor 15. The Trial - Franz Kafka 16. India After Gandhi - Ram Guha 17. Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman 18. Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom 19. The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco 20. Black Swan - Nasim Nicholas Taleb


shubham : SIR, MY MATHS IS TOO WEAK. THERE ARE SOME CHAPTERS I'VE ALREADY COMPLETED IN THE BOOKLETS, BUT STILL I HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE. AFTER GIVING A COMPLETE DAY TO FINISH A CHAPTER, I STILL MANAGE TO GET ONLY AVERAGE OR BELOW IN THE SECTIONAL TESTS. PLEASE HELP
abhaanand : the first problem is your low confidence in your competencies in Maths. Secondly,perhaps you are solving too many different types of questions in one day. Master one topic at a time. Identify the different pattern of question based on one topic, solve many questins of each type, till your most answers are correct. This will give you confidence and you will also begin to solve fast. Aim to master the subject gradually. you can not become good at solving all types of question in a few days. What you master you will always be able to solve.


depression : PLEASE REPLY FOR MY QUIERY
ankur : answered


urvil : HOW SHOULD I START MY PREPARATION FOR CAT 16?
vasanthkumar : Start with 6-9 hours of intense preparation on a daily basis. Focus more on strength & even more on weaker areas. Most importantly start with the basics, then move on to Handouts, then CRQ in study material & ex a & ex b


ankit : SIR... ALL THE IIMS DAT STARTED 5-6 YEARS AGO (EXCEPT RANCHI) VS IIM NAGPUR.. WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE??? HIGH CHANCES OF IIM NAGPUR SIR.... AND GETTING TEMPTED TO LEARN AT IIM A! ALSO, WAITLISTED IN HIGHER 3 DIGITS IN THESE 5-6 YEAR OLD IIMS...IN DILEMMA...
ramachandran : The older the IIM, the better it is , as a thumb-rule


ksingh : SIR I KNOW I WILL GET WELINGKAR BUT I WANNA DO MBA FROM IIMS SHOULD I DROP?
ramachandran : Yes, perhaps. This is an important decision and will have to be taken very carefully indeed


ankit : PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTIONS BY SEARCHING MY NAME...
ankur : answered,


depression : ANYONE PLEASE CLEAR MY DOUBT .
ankur : cleared.


house : IIM RAIPUR . WAITLISTED 423. NC OBC. WHAT ARE REALISTIC HANCES OF CONVERT.
ankur : more than even chance,


deepika : SIR I HAVE STARTED MY CAT PREPARATN JST FEW DAYS BEFORE?IS 5 MONTHS ENOUGH TO COMPLETE MY COURSE AND DO REVISIONS
vinnayraj : yes,if you are highly dedicated and regular with your studies..also you should willing to put in around 4-5 hours of study on a daily basis...


adfa : @RAMACHANDRAN SIR: WHAT COLLEGES SHOULD I TARGET?
ankur : look at collges that suit your needs. write down what you need from a college and then go for the same. gmat offers excelent choices for careers like CAT does. lot of freshers, workex people nowadays going for GMAT.


sushil : NO ONE HAS ANSWERED EVEN A SINGLE QUESTION OF ME . SOMEONE PLZ HELP . I HAV 2 OPTIONS:1.ITM , KHARGHAR 2.SWAMI VIVEKANANDA INSTITUTE FOR MANGM STUDIES & RESEARCH ,CHEMBUR . I WANNA DO MARKETING.WHICH COLL SHOULD I CHOOSE? I WANNA DO PGDM.
vasanthkumar : ITM will be a better option, but still I would suggest youou have to wait for one more year & try to perform well in next year so you have an option to enter better B School


soumikkol60 : MY AGE IS 26. CURRENTLY 1YEAR OF TOTAL WORK EX IN APRIL 2016. SHOULD I START PREPARING FOR CAT 2016 OR WAIT FOR PGPX, BASED ON MY HIGH AGE AND LOW WORK EX?
vinnayraj : for pgpx the number of years of work experience counts..so as you have just year you are still not eligible..so cat is an option..


sallu : SIR NM HYD VS GIM AND WHY??
ankur : GIM as it is higher ranked as per our ranking - http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/List_of_B-Schools.aspx


suvi : I M AVERAGE IN DI & LOGIC BUT VERY BAD IN QUANT & VERBAL SOO IF HELP ME IN QUANT. WHICH R THE AREAS I SHOULD FOCUS
abhaanand : Dear Suvi, Average is not good enough for The b-school competitions,so you have to be good in lot many areas. identify which areas you are able to understand more easily. start working in those topics, take help of faculty regularly. As you improve in some areas, your confidence also will be boosted. REmember It is easier to master maths because once you understand the logic of the method you can master it easily. Be regular in practice. That is the only way.


scarecrow007 : CAN I DO PHD LATER AFTER COMPLETING THE MBA/PGDM?
sridharan : You can.


ankit : THANKS ANKUR :) VERY NICE OF U :)
ankur : you are welcome


sowgatabag : WHERE CAN I FIND THESE YEAR CAT SELECTION CRITERIYA OF IIMS? I HAVE VISITED IIMABC SITE BUT THEIR IS STILL SHOWING CRITERIYA FOR 16-18, BUT I WANT FOR 17-19, CAT 16
ramachandran : It might be best to concentrate on preparation and leave the other aspects; they do not really matter


deepika : SIR WAT SHUD BE THE PREPARATION STRATEGY FOR CAT FOR THESE 5MONTHS PROVIDED I HV JST STARTED MY PREPARTN NW?
sridharan : Start with basics and slowly build up. Study for at least 4 hours now. Reserve at least a month for revision.


suggestionsplz : I HAVE CONVERTED IIM RAIPUR, WILL MOSTLY CONVERT UDAIPUR AS WELL, WHICH ONE SHOULD I GO FOR??
vasanthkumar : Raipur will be a better choice compared to U


tj : PLZ REPLY TO MY QUERY
ankur : already answered by vasanthkumar sir.


mahima : SIR IT IS BETTER TO JOIN KJ SOMAIYA OR GO FOR CAT 16..HIGHLY CONFUSED. I STILL DON'T HAVE A JOB.. PLZ DO REPLY
ankur : look at the placements at KJSOM. if u like them then go for KJSOM. if not, and you can, take another shot at CAT.


scarecrow007 : I DO NOT FIND THE EBOOK LINK FOR ESSAY WRITING, I AM CLASSROOM STUDENT :(
ankur : please check with your center,


sunny : THANK YOU SIR...PLEASE ANSWER ANOTHER QUESTION. I AM FACING PROBLEMS IN LR/DI SECTION EVEN AFTER SOLVING PROBLEMS FROM THE TIME MATERIAL.QUESTIONS IN EXAMS SEEMS TO BE DIFFICULT.WHAT SHOULD I DO?
vasanthkumar : Try our online sectional tests, this will help you


suggestionsplz : IIM RAIPUR OR KJ SOMAIYA?:P
ramachandran : You could kindly refer to the B School ranking on your SHP. It gives an excellent idea of where the different B Schools, including IIMR and KJS, stand. Good luck.


scarecrow007 : CAN THE PHD BE IN TECHNICAL FILED? I AM AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
sridharan : The Phd after a management course can be in management field only.


shubham : IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET A GOOD HOLD ON MATHS STARTING FROM THE BASICS (PROBABLY RS AGGRAWAL) AND THEN SHIFTING TO THE BOOKLETS? WILL THIS IDEA WORK FOR STUDENT LIKE ME WHO HAVE WEEK MATHS.
vasanthkumar : No, it will not help you. Pl start with the basics taught in the class, then move on to Handouts, followed by CRQ in our study material & exercise problems.


house : @ANKUR SIR FOR IIM RAIPUR . WAITLISTED 423. NC OBC. WHAT ARE REALISTIC CHANCES OF CONVERT.
ankur : more than even chances as just answered.


deepika : SIR I M STUCK IN CHAPTR SET THEORY MAXIMA MINIMA PART? HW TO DO IT?I DNT GET THT CHAPTR AT ALL.
vinnayraj : try to understand the questions based on just two sets and figure out how to answer maxima minima questions in them..once a get a clear idea you should be able to extend your capacity to questions involving 3 sets...you should learn to handle multiple equations and see which variables have to be minimized or maximised to get the desired answer..sit with your mentor to get a better idea..


charlie : IIM KASHIPUR OBC WL 321. ANY CHANCES!?
ankur : quite possible.


vishi : DOES INTERNSHIPS OR PART TIME JOB CONSIDERED SAME FOR WORK EXPERIENCE FOR MBA?
vinnayraj : no..only full time paid work experience is considered..you need to be on the pay roll of a company..


suggestionsplz : WHY IS IIM RAIPUR BETTER THAN IIM UDAIPUR? PLEASE CLARIFY
ramachandran : You could kindly refer to the B School ranking on your SHP. It gives an excellent idea of where the different B Schools, including IIMR and IIMU, stand. WE wish you good luck


deepika : THNKEW VIKRANT N VINAYRAJ SIR.
vinnayraj : welcome..



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