Chat on AIMCAT1612-N!
(Chat Transcript)

vishnu : HI SIR, IS CAT ENOUGH FOR JBIMS AND SIMSREE...
bharat : For JBIMS, its CAT & MHCET while for SIMSREE it is MH-CET/CMAT/CAT/XAT/MAT/ATMA


vishnu : APPLICATION FOR JBIMS AND SIMSREE WILL BE OPEN ON WHICH MONTH TENTATIVE AND OFFICAL SITE APPLY...
asim : JBIMS could come out by year end, you need to apply to DTE for SIMSREE, ie early next year.


k : SORRY FOR OFF TOPIC QUESTION,I WANT TO KNOW WHETHER APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING DONE IN A COMPANY AFTER GRADUATION FOR 1 YAER REGARDED AS WORK EXPIRIENCE BY IIM'S AND OTHER GOOD B-SCHOOLS.PLEASE REPLY I HAVE TO FILL WORK EX DETAILS IN APPLICATION FORM.
kranthi : No.


a : I FIND DIFFICULT TO USE THE CALCULATOR IN THE EXAM. CAN V USE KEYBOARD FOR ENTERING FIGURES?
vinnayraj : it is unlikely the keyboard option will also be available.so you have to get used to the given option as quickly as possible..


a : IS MBA FROM IITS ONLY FOR BTECH STUDENTS?
vinnayraj : no.even non engineering background students can also apply..


rish6265 : HI TEACHER
asim : Hi, what is your query?


d : SIR, I WANT TO CONFIRM THAT WHILE EXAM IF I AM AT QUESTION 34 AND STILL 2 MIN(OR SOME TIME)IS REMAINING AND "SAVE AND NEXT" IS PRESSED THAN SECTION WON'T BE CHANGED BEFORE 60 MINUTES TIME IS COMPLETED..?! AND THAT ANSWER WILL BE SAVED..??!
vinnayraj : yes the answer will be saved and you will move to next section only after the stipulated 60 minutes are up...


a : IS THERE SEPARATE PREPARATION 4 IIFT ETC OR IS INCLUDED IN THE CAT PACKAGE THAT WE TAKE?
kranthi : included.


sks : SIR I GOT ONLY 60 MARKS IN AIMCAT 1612 PLEASE HELP TO IMPROVE MY SCORE
vinnayraj : is it your first aimcat? the variations in scores across different aimcats is fairly common and there is no need to panic.are you through and thorough with your fundamentals?make sure you are as early as possible.also dont get stuck in difficult questions for too long and move on..


nilay : I HAVE GIVEN LAST 3 AIMCATS AND HAVE OBSERVED THAT THE CALCULATOR IS NOT WORKING PROPERTY .SOMETIMES IT STORES THE VALUES OF PREVIOUS CALCULATION AND AS SOON AS YOU TRY TO MAKE SOME OTHER CALCULATIONS IT GETS AFFECTED BY THE PREVIOUSLY STORED VALUE IN THE CALCULATOR.CALCULATOR NEEDS TO BE REOPENED AGAIN TO DELETE THE PREVIOUSLY STORED VALUES.WHY IS IT SO?
rajeshsaraf : The problem what you have stated is taken into account. We will check that from our side. In case, if there are any technical glitches the same would be rectified.


serene15 : I AM FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO CLEAR CUTOFF FOR SECTION 1.. REST TWO SECTIONS I AM CONFIDENT... BUT MY SCORES IN SECTION 1 ARE MAKING ME LOOSE CONFIDENCE. PLEASE SUGGEST A PLAN FOR NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS FOR SECTION 1... I AM WORKING PROFESSIONAL...
vinnayraj : are you through and thorough with your fundamentals?make sure you are as early as possible.also dont get stuck in difficult questions for too long and move on...solve questions from all areas on a regular(if possible daily basis).you need to quickly familiarize with all the topics very soon.as you have mentioned you are a working professional chances are you have lost touch with the basics and due to which you probably are unable to solve some easy questions as well...


vishnu : CAT ENOUGH FOR JBIMS AND SIMSREE..
asim : Yes, though they accept MAH CET scores also.


shrey93 : WOULD THE AVAILABILITY OF BASIC CALCULATOR ON SCREEN MEAN THAT QS LIKE 756*848 (RANDOM NUMBERS) ETC WOULD NOW BE NO MORE ?
vinnayraj : no.they could be still a part of a calculation intensive di caselet.the challenge now is not how to calculated but to identify what to calculate..


sonakshi : DOES THE SCORES OF CMAT AND GMAT EXAMS TAKEN UP BY MANY COLLEGES?
asim : Yes, though in terms of quality of B-schools ( Indian ) offering 2 year program, CAT offers much more number of good B-schools.


nikilsiva : GOOD EVENING, SIR WITH THE NEW CAT PATTERN COULD YOU PROVIDE US WITH A SCHEDULE FOR THE UPCOMING DAYS TO EFFECTIVELY INCREASE OUR PERCENTILE
rajeshsaraf : You have to solve questions from various topics. For example Maths -solve from Numbers, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigo etc. Similarly, from Reasoning, complete Venn diagrams, distribution, seating arrangement. Try to complete at least one chapter daily


k : @ KRANTI WHEN APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING IS NOT REGARDED AS WORK EXPIRIENCE THAT MEANS I HAVE A GAP OF A YEAR WILL THAT HAVE ANY EFFECT DURING THE SELETION PROCEDURE.
kranthi : You will not get any weightage for work ex but apprentice will explain the gap,largely it has non negative effect.


kanikapandey786 : HELLO SIR, ACCORDING TO IIMC CRITERIA THERE IS NO WEIGHTAGE GIVEN TO THE GRADUATION IN ACADEMIC SECTION... SO DO THEY ONLY CONSIDER 10TH AND 12TH% IN ACADEMIC SECTION?
bharat : yes


rish6265 : MY QUESTIONS ARE GOING TO BE VERY LONG AND MUCH IN QUANTITY ALSO AS I AM NEW TO CAT/XAT PREPARATION . SIR I HAVE HEARD THAT IN IIMB AND XLRI ADMISSIONS PREVIOUS SCORES MATTER A LOT . I HAVE GOT 88.4 % IN 10TH 87.7% IN 12TH AND DONE ENGINEERING FROM BIT MESRA AND GOT 69% . PLEASE TELL ME WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF GETTING COLLEGES LIKE IIMB AND XLRI IF I GET GOOD PERCENTILES
bharat : Decent chances... While academics matter, what matters most is the performance in the CAT/XAT... without clearing the test cutoff, other things, though important, would not even be considered... please understand that you cannot do anything about your academic past; however, you CERTAINLY can control your performance in the tests. So focus on the performance in the tests. Our best wishes!


krittika : THE NEW PATTERN IS VERY TIRING. BY THE TIME I REACH VERBAL SECTION I GET VERY EXHAUSTED. AS A RESULT MY CONCENTRATION LEVEL IS WAY DOWN. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
krishnendu : Try taking three sectionals tests of 1 hour each back to back. Even taking two full length tests back to back can be advisable to increase stamina.


nilay : I SCORED 44 MARKS IN QUANT SECTION IN AIMCAT 14 BUT IN AIMCAT 12 I GOT ONLY 22 MARKS .WAS THERE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF BOT THE EXAMS FOR QUANT SECTION??
rajeshsaraf : Marks is ONLY one indicator. You have to check the percentile. Any variations in difficulty level will be captured there


sks : @ VINNAYRAJ SIR IN PREVIOUS TWO MOCKS I SCORED 102 AND 100 MARKS BUT THIS TIME ONLY 60
vinnayraj : like i have mentioned these variations are pretty common.it could also happen if the test is more difficult than the other two..dont pay too much attention an isolated case of a dip in score and continue steadfastly with your preparation..focus and revisit fundamentals if required..


rvijay : HI MA'AM/SIR, I AM A 2014 PASSOUT B.SC GRADUATE.MY PROFILE IS XTH 81% XII 89%,GRAD 77%,(GEN CATEGORY).CURRENTLY IVE GOT ENROLLED IN A YEARLONG CERTIFICATE COURSE(2015-16).CAN I EXPECT A CALL FROM OLDER IIMS IF I GET A PERCENTILE IN 99.5+ RANGE?OR THIS YER GAP WILL COST ME HEAVILY?
adityasrivastava : You can get a call from older IIMs.But once you get a call, you can prepare for justifying this gap.As of now focus on written exam.


ibad : IS IT POSSIBLE TO SCORE GOOD IF I START PREPARATION NOW? PLEASE TELL ME A STUDY PLAN FOR NEXT 3 MONTHS..
krishnendu : I assume you are writing CAT. it is possible depending on your current preparation level and how you define good score. Start with quick revision of basics and then solve sectionals before taking up full length tests.


sonakshi : DOES ANY OTHER BOOK NEEDS TO BE REFERRED EXCEPT THE TIME MATERIAL?
asim : Not needed, T.I.M.E. study material is more than sufficient.


d : SIR,MY RESULT IN AIMCATS ARE NOT SATISFACTORY AND I AM LACKING IN VERBAL..DOING PRACTICE OF RCS AND OTHER CHAPTERS IN VERBAL BUT MARKS ARE STILL NOT GOOD..WHAT TO DO??
asim : A similar query has been answered please check the chat transcript


nick : I HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE AIMCAT ENGLISH SECTION.ISIN'T IT WAY ABOVE CAT...ESP THE RCS
krishnendu : CAT being a relative exam, the level of the paper does not matter much. You are supposed to solve all kind of tests to prepare thoroughly.


aashu : DEAR SIR/MADAM, I USED TO CONSISTENTLY SCORE 90+ PERCENTILE IN QUANT&DI IN THE OLD PATTERN. QUANT IS MY STRENGTH AND I USED TO GET MAX MARKS DUE TO QUANT AND I USED TO DEDICATE 1 HOUR FOR QUANT IN THE OLD PATTERN.BUT NOW IN THE NEW PATTERN I GET BETWEEN 70-75 PERCENTILE IN QUANT.I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT HAS CHANGED AND WHERE I AM GOING WRONG. COULD YOU PLEASE HELP ME OUT?
krishnendu : You need to write more AIMCATs to establish a trend but it looks like you have suffered in accuracy. Just see if accuracy is an issue.


santh : SIR HOW MUCH MARKS IN SNAP CONVERTS TO 100 PERCENTILE OR 99 PERCENTILE..PLS HELP
asim : sorry cannot be predicted as it depends on diff level of exam.


neha : DO I NEED TO SEPARATELY FILL THE FORMS FOR IIMS ALSO?
vinnayraj : no.your application is automatically noted by all the iims..you just need to satisfy the selection criteria to get calls..


akher : IS IT POSSIBLE TO IDENTIFY WHICH LR SETS TO ATTEMPT? SOMETIMES, I BEGIN ONE ONLY TO REALISE THAT IT IS TOO TIME CONSUMING?
kranthi : Practice certainly helps in identifying which sets to attempt.


sks : SIR I AM ABLE TO SOLVE ALMOST ALL THE QUESTIONS IN SM BUT IAM NOT ABLE TO DO THAT WELL IN AIMCATS WHAT SHALL I DO?
vinnayraj : may be you are more tensed than what is healthy..see if you are able to solve the same aimcat questions after the test when you are relaxed.if yes then surely it is the anxiety which you can overcome gradually.if concepts are not clear then go back to the fundamentals..make sure your choice of questions is correct and you are not getting stuck for too long in the difficult questions..


jayasree : SIR COULD YOU TELL HOW TO GO ABOUT ENGLISH SECTION I.E WHICH QUESTIONS TO ATTEMPT FIRST(EX:RC OR PARAJUMBLES ETC) AS WE CANT SWAP BETWEEN SECTIONS AND TIME IS LIMITED FOR EACH SECTION?
kranthi : whichever you are comfortable with.


shrey93 : HOW WOULD THE IIMS LOOK AT 11 MONTHS EXPERIENCE (PAYSLIPS/CERTIFICATE) AS AN GET WITH LEADING ENGINEERING/CONSTRUCTION FIRM THAT WILL MENTION ME AS JUST A TRAINEE AND NOT EMPLOYEE
vinnayraj : as long as you have done some significant work and can talk confidently about it as well as related recent developments in your field it should be good..also you need to prepare on a couple of favorite subjects from your graduation as there are chances that you will be asked a few questions about them as you are still less than a year out of college..


seeker : SIR, IM NOT ABLE TO CLEAR THE CUTOFFS OF ANY OF THE SECTIONS. IM GETTING VERY TENSED ABOUT IT. PLZ HELP.
asim : Anaylyze your performance, figure out areas that are troubling you, work on your conceptual clarity, discuss doubts with faculty members/friends and then do lot of practice on those areas. I am sure you will improve a lot. Best wishes.


dv : SOMETIMES I SCORE WELL IN VERBAL BUT AT TIMES I AM NOT EVEN ABLE TO CLEAR THE CUT OFFS... WHAT MIGHT BE THE REASON FOR THIS INCONSISTENCY
krishnendu : inconsistency shows lack of competency. you need to work on basics. Increase level of practice and consistency will be there.


krittika : IN QUANT I USUALLY WASTE TIME IN DOING DIFFICULT QUESTIONS BECAUSE THEY SEEM IDENTICAL TO WHAT I HAVE SOLVED IN PAST. IS THERE ANY TRICK TO IDENTIFY DIFFICULT QUESTIONS?
cherian : try to drop the question after marking for review and come back when you have time.


nikilsiva : @RAJESHSARAF...THANK YOU SIR. HAVING COMPLETED THE TIME MATERIALS COULD WE MOVE ON A SCHEDULE OF SECTIONALS AND MOCK TESTS IN THE UPCOMING MONTHS. OR IS IT NECESSARY TO KEEP REPEATING THE CHAPTERS DAILY
rajeshsaraf : Sectional and MOCK Tests give you the idea as to how to perform when there are time constraints. Going through the chapters make sure that you don't lose the grip over basics. Henceforth, both have to be taken up parallely.


ibad : IS THERE ANY 3 MONTHS CLASSROOM CRASH COURSE AVAILABLE AT TIME NASIK CENTER?
asim : Please call T.I.M.E Nashik at 0253 - 6455365


sks : @ VINNAYRAJ SIR PLS PROVIDE ME A STUDY PLAN I MEAN HOW SHOULD I REVISE AND ALSO DO THE CURRENT TOPICS IN CLASS SIMULTANEOUSLY
vinnayraj : within a day or two after a new concept is taught in class,solve the questions from the class handout once again and also go through the basics given in the SM.also solve a few crq and exercise questions keeping a time limit for them(max 3 to 4 minutes).also do a periodic revision of the concepts which could at the end of the month..clear the doubts from fms..


dv : WHEN IS MAH-CET CONDUCTED ?
bharat : MHCET was in March... typically held in Feb-Mar


dolly : I SCORE GOOD IN QA WHEN COMPARED TO OTHER SECTIONS,BUT WHEN IT COMES TO PERCENTILE I SELDOM SECURE85+ BUT IN VA MY SCORE MIGHT NOT BE GOOD ENOUGH BUT PERCENTILE IS 90+.HOW TO BEAT ENGINEERS IN QA?
adityasrivastava : Please check if you need more inputs/doubt resolutions in Quant.Strengthen your strength areas by giving more sectional tests on specific topics and clarifying your doubts if any.


kat_07 : HOW MANY SETS SHOULD I TARGET IN DILR SECTION? IS ATTEMPTING ALL A REALISTIC POSSIBILITY??
rajeshsaraf : It is dependent on the difficulty level. In general, one must try at least 50% of the qs accurately


sonakshi : IS INTERNSHIP OF 45 DAYS INCLUDED IN WORK EXPERIENCE? I AM A BBA STUDENT. PLEASE HELP.
kranthi : No.


avijit : ASIM SIR PLEASE RESPOND TO MY MAIL, MY EMAIL ID IS AVIJITNIGAM17@GMAIL.COM. I REALLY NEED YOUR GUIDANCE IN VA SECTION. THANKS IN ADVANCE
asim : Ok, will do tom.


santh : SIR I AM A TIME STUDENT WHEN WILL BE MOCK TEST FOR NMAT,IIFT AND SNAP WILL BE CONDUCTED?
kranthi : schedule will be announced.


nick : CAN YOU SUGGEST SOME APPROACH FOR DI/LR SECTION?
rajeshsaraf : In DI, go through different models of questions like Maximization, minimization, Games & Tournaments, Pie charts, Flow through pipelines etc. Similarly, in Reasoning, some very common cases like seating arrangement, distribution, puzzles, quants based reasoning, venn diagrams etc. Familiarity, before hand, to these pattern of qs give you enough techniques to approach such models of qs comfortably during exam


akher : MY PERFORMANCE IN VERBAL HAS DIPPED QUITE A BIT. THE NO. OF QUESTIONS I GET WRONG NOW EXCEED THE ONES I GET RIGHT. ITS WORRYING. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
cherian : please do a proper analysis to see why you are getting thiongs wrong now when you were getting it right before. try focusing only on your stronger areas in VA


dee : LAST YEAR I GAVE CAT AND GOD 87 PERCENTILE SIR IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET 99 + PERCENTILE IN CAT 2015 IN 3 MONTHS I HAVE STARTED THE PREP AGAIN LAST WEEK
adityasrivastava : It is possible.Everything will depend on your commitment and efforts,as there is still time left to strengthen your strength areas and learn a couple of topics that you may have left till now.Also try to learn from each and every AIMCAT.


cat2015 : CRITICAL REASONING SKILLS IS VERY BAD BELOW AVERAGE WHAT SHOULD I DO..PLS HELP..THANKS
asim : Sit with a faculty member and discuss your doubts with a faculty member, once your conceptual clarity improves, you would find this area pretty simple.


sks : @ VINNAYRAJ YES SIR IAM ABLE TO SOLVE THE SAME QUESTIONS AFTER THE TEST I AM GETTING A BIT NERVOUS IN AIMCATS
vinnayraj : you have the solution now that you have identified the problem.the next time you take an aimcat make sure you are not concerned about the outcome but only focused on applying successfully your test taking strategy..and see your scores improve..


serene15 : @VINAYRAJ SIR: THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR PREVIOUS ANSWER..I HAVE ONE MORE DOUBT..TO CLEAR CUTOFF IN EACH SECTION, APPROXIMATELY HOW MANY QUESTIONS NEEDS TO BE SOLVED?
vinnayraj : thats a difficult question to answer..it entirely depends on the composition and the difficulty level of the test as well as the performance of the other candidates.if the test is difficult you need to solve fewer questions as opposed to how many are required in an easier test to achieve the same percentile.without worrying and wasting time on working on a preset target of the number of attempts you need to focus on learning the fundamentals and devising the best test strategy for you.and mind you do not get stuck in difficult questions for too long and make sure you solve all the easy questions(which you will be able to do with sufficient practice) and you should be through..


dv : PLEASE SUGGEST A 3 MONTH STUDY SCHEDULE FOR VERBAL SECTION. I HAVE ALREADY COVERED THE BASICS AND I DO READ THE NEWSPAPER DAILY
krishnendu : Complete the basic study material. After class hand outs, solve all the sectional tests followed by advanced material. Solve previous year papers before cracking all CRTs.


kat_07 : MY PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS IS HOVERING AROUND THE 70% MARK. WILL I BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO A GOOD COLG THIS YEARVOR SHOULD I THINK ABOUT CAT 2016?
adityasrivastava : There is still time left to improve.Please make the best use of this time to improve.


seeker : SIR I NEED A COUNSELLING SESSION REGARDING MY PERFORMANCE. CAN YOU PLEASE PROVIDE ANY DETAILS REGARDING THIS
krishnendu : Pls contact your respective centre.


hk06 : I HAVE DONE MY DI ANALYSIS.. ACCORDINGLY I RESOLVED THE TOPICS FROM CLASS HANDOUTS, SM, AND SECTIONAL TESTS. BUT WHEN I LOOKED AT AIMCAT QUESTIONS THEY ARE QUITE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I SOLVED. WILL CAT DI BE LIKE AIMCAT DI?
vinnayraj : aimcats give you exposure to all different varities of sets which could come in the actual test.if you have solved all the questions in the sm,sectional tests,handouts and the aimcats then you are well prepared..if you go through the actual sets of previous year cats you will realise many sets are similar...


krittika : I USUALLY DON'T GET NON MCQ QUESTIONS IN VERBAL SECTION CORRECT. PLEASE SUGGEST SOMETHING?
rajeshsaraf : You have to do the analysis of the types of qs which you are doing correct/wrong. AIMCATs are the tools whereby you can figure out as to which type of qs you should be attempting/not attempting. In case, if NON MCQ questions are your bug bear, take some positives from that. Try and score from MCQ questions


tb : I HEARD THERE IS ALOT OF DIFFERENCE IN CATS LOGICAL AND OMETS LOGICAL ..IS IT TRUE ? OF YES THEN HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR OMETS ?
kranthi : look at the different question types in them and practice from our study material.


aishwary : ALSO WHEN I REATTEMPT THE QUESTIONS WHICH WENT WRONG IN AIMCAT(WITHOUT SEEING ANSWERS) WITHOUT TIME LIMIT THEN I GET ALMOST 75 TO 80% CORRECT. ALSO I AM NEVER ABLE TO SCAN MORE THAN 60% OF THE PAPER.PLS HELP
krishnendu : It is a clear sign of lack of speed and being under stress. You need to work on the speed enhancement by taking time limit based tests and decreasing the time limit gradually.


aaaaa : WHAT IS THE GOOD SCORE SCORE TO GET 99+ %TILE??I'M SRRY SIR PLZ DNT TELL IT DEPENDS ON QUESTIONPAPER.I JUST WANT TO KNW ROUGHLY(SAY SMTHNG LIKE 50% OVERALL MARK)
vinnayraj : thats a difficult question to answer..it entirely depends on the composition and the difficulty level of the test as well as the performance of the other candidates.if the test is difficult you need to solve fewer questions as opposed to how many are required in an easier test to achieve the same percentile.without worrying and wasting time on working on a preset target of the number of attempts you need to focus on learning the fundamentals and devising the best test strategy for you.and mind you do not get stuck in difficult questions for too long and make sure you solve all the easy questions(which you will be able to do with sufficient practice) and you should be through..there have been tests where 50 percentage of the marks was good enough for a 99+ percentile and in others it was not enough to reach 96-97 also...


tb : AM I SUPPOSE TO FILL THE FORM OF EACH COLLEGE SEPERATELY ? IF YES THEN IT WOULD BE 20-30 ODD FORMS..ISNT IT INSANE ?
kranthi : You have to put up with it for the time being.


tb : I HEARD CATS VERBAL AND OMETS VERBAL ARE ALOT DIFFERENT THEN EACH OTHER ? IS IT TRUE ? AND IF YES THEN HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR OMETS ENGLISH ?
krishnendu : Speed can be a variable factor. Work on speed. Vocab is a bit more asked in OMETs and therefore revise vocab as much as you can.


d : FOR IMPROVEMENT IN QA SHOULD ALL THE CHAPTERS BE REVISED EVERYDAY OR IT WOULD BE A BIT FASTER REVISION??
kranthi : not feasible to revise all chapters everyday you should revise by taking one topic at a time.


aimandachieve : I AM HAVING TROUBLE IN QA. I CAN SOLVE THOSE QUESTIONS AFTER AIMCAT BUT THE SAME QUESTIONS IN THE EXAM I END UP SOLVING INCORRECTLY OR LEAVE THEM ALTOGETHER. ANY SOLUTIONS?
rajeshsaraf : Usually, those who score well (above 95 percentile) on a consistent basis in Quants do so because they have good exposure to different models of questions. They do not try out new stuff in the exam. The more exposure you have to diverse models of questions, that will help you in selecting/rejecting questions. For e.g, gain as much exposure to models of questions related to 'FACTORS" like (number of even, odd, perfect squares factors, sum, product, etc). The more detailing you do, the chances are very high that in case if you come across with any such question, you will attempt that.


ni : SIR, WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY IN SELECTING RC? WHICH PASSAGE TO GO 1ST, 2ND,3RD?
krishnendu : That depends on your comfort level and the type of RC asked. scan all the RCs first by reading first lines of every paragraph and then decide.


tb : HELP ME REGARDING MICAT PLEASE..PROVIDE ME ALL THE NECESSARY DETAILS
asim : MICAT is designed to assess analytical ability, verbal ability, logical reasoning, divergent thinking, written communication skills and general awareness about the communications industry. This year MICAT was held on February 15, 2015. For more on this please check http://www.mica.ac.in/postgraduate-programme/application-process-and-timelines


hk : MY ACCURACY IN VERBAL & RC IS VERY LOW AROUND 50 %. I GET TIME IN THE END TO BARELY DO 2 PASSAGES IN RC. HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I DEVOTE TO RC THAT I CAN ATTEMPT 3 PASSAGES AND INCREASE MY ACCURACY COMPARED TO ATTEMPTING OTHER QUESTIONS ?
tarannumraza : Attempting RCs in the end, doesn't work- in the hurry one tends to read too fast,hence complete understanding is not there and one makes careless mistakes.while practising, devote 10 min to each RC (moderate length,4 questions).


neethz : ARE THE SAME PATTERN OF QUESTIONS GOING TO BE ASKED FOR THE EXAM IN VA ??THE PATTERN IN 12 AND 13 LOOKS DIFFERENT FROM THAT IN 14
vinnayraj : you need to be well prepared for whatever the final composition of the test is,,which currently is not certain.and the aimcats prepare you thoroughly for the same with different compositions.you will have a clearer idea after october 15 when the tutorial will be released officially...


jay : SIR IS IT NECESSARY OR WORTH TO GIVE MICAT? I AM LOOKING FOR ONLY TOP 20 COLLEGES AND I ASPIRE TO DO MY MBA IN FINANCE.
krishnendu : MICA is famous for advanced brand management. For Finance you have other more suitable choices.


kat_07 : HOW GOOD IS MICA? IS IT WORTH APPLYING?
kranthi : MICA is a good institute you can keep it as an option.


cat2015 : PLEASE ANSWER MY QUERY...RESPECTED FACULTY MEMBERS, MY LAST AND ONLY SCORES OF MOCK ARE 53 66 AND 78 PERCENTILE RESPECTIVELY...PLEASE GUIDE AS TO WHICH BAND OF B SCHOOLS SHOULD I FILL FORM AND WHAT TO DO NEXT ACADEMACIALLY..HOW TO GO ABOUT FROM NOW ON THANKS IN ADVANVE
cherian : write a few more aimcats to get a fair idea of where you stand before taking a call


avijit : THANKS A LOT ASIM SIR.WILL WAIT FOR YOUR VALUABLE INPUTS.
asim : welcome


tb : WHAT KIND OF GK IS ASKED IN OMETS ? STATIC OR CURRENT/ BUSINESS AFFAIRS ?
kranthi : A combination of all of them.


rish6265 : BEING A WORKING PROFESSIONAL AND STARTING PREPARATION FROM SCRATCH HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I DEVOTE DAILY ?
vinnayraj : try spending around 4 to 5 hours with complete concentration.i know it is difficult if you are a working professional but then cat is only 3 months away and a seat in an iim is what is beckoning...


kat_07 : WHY ARE AIMCAT RCS SO DIFFICULT? CAN WE EXPECT THE SAME DIFFICULTY LEVEL FOR CAT?
krishnendu : Difficulty is a perception. It depends on individual reparation level and competency. Difficulty level in CAT would be, by logic, not predictable. Suggest you prepare for all areas thoroughly.


jay : SIR PLEASE TELL ME IN DETAIL HOW TO ANALYZE A MOCK EXAM AFTER GIVING IT?
cherian : go to the aimcat analysis in your student home page.see which all wuestions were marked easy , moderate and difficult. ideally you should have gotten all of the easy and moderate ones correct. also see how much time is taken to solve each question. you will be able to figure out whether your question selection or time management is good.try to solve these questions without time limitation and see if you can solve them all. if that is true, then practice will enable you to speed up.


d : WHICH ARE THE TOPICS IN VERBAL SHOULD BE CONCERNED TO IMPROVE SCORE IN VERBAL?
tarannumraza : Definitely,Reading Comprehension ! Then all the logic based questions-parajumbles, paracompletion,critical reasoning.


sreeja : SIR I AM REALLY WEAK IN QUANT AND DI..HOW SHOULD I ANALYSE MY AIMCATS????
rajeshsaraf : Try and go through the BSM. Analysis of AIMCAT is done using multiple parameters like - number of right, wrong, types of questions attempted, not attempted etc


catalyst : I AM ABLE TO SOLVE JUST 14-15 QUES IN QA WITH 80-90% CCURAC. HOW CAN I ENHANCE MY PERFORMANCE
krishnendu : Find out what topics you are not comfortable in and work on the basics. Your speed is low. Work on increasing it.


cat2015 : @CHERIAN SIR I AGREE TO THAT PART BUT I WANT TO KNOW A SOUND STRATEGY TO HOW TO GO ABOUT FROM NOW ON FROM MY CURRENT PERCENTILE TO HIGHER PERCENTILE..
cherian : do a proper analysis of all aimcats you have taken to find and weed out your weaknesses. practice all online materials so that you get familiarity with the online mode.


ibad : I AM WEAK IN GEOMETRY. PLEASE GIVE SOME TIPS
adityasrivastava : Geometry involves a lot of theorems and properties that you must be aware of.Please go through TIME material and try to solve all the questions.Resolve your doubt with Quant faculty at your centre.


prateek : I WANT ONE CLAROFICATION THAT SUBJECTIVE QUESTIONS DO NO HOLD ANY NEGATIVE MARKS RIGHT OR WRONG?
asim : Yes


bansal : WHEN I START READING I GET BORED,WHAT SHOULD I DO.
rajeshsaraf : You will have to keep on reading even further. Perseverance is the key


pm : IS IT GOOD STRATEGY TO LEAVE NON-MCQ QUESTIONS?BECAUSE MOST OF THE TIME I GET THEM WRONG AND END UP WITH POOR ACCURACY...
rajeshsaraf : You still have many more AIMCATs to write. Try different strategies. For e.g in one AIMCAT, try doing only MCQ questions. In another, try just afew NON MCQs. see what works


tb : WHAT KIND OF GK QUESTIONS ARE ASKED IN IIFT ?
bharat : current affairs - both general and business; non-current affairs questions also (like history, geography, polity).


jayasree : WHAT KIND OF GK QUESTIONS ARE ASKED IN TISS?
kranthi : A mix of polity ,economy,history, geography,science and technology and current affairs.


aaaaa : TAKING CMAT IS WORTH?? EXCEPT JBIMS WHAT ALL GOOD BSCHOOLS R THERE?? AND IS IT TRUE THAT IN JBIMS 85% SEATS ARE RESERVED? ??
bharat : take the CMAT; for schools under the CMAT, visit the exam website... yes, at JBIMS, 70% seats are reserved for Mumbai Univ students, 15% reserved for non-MU Maharashtra students while 15% are all India open category.


pap : WHAT WAS THE MARKS REQUIRED FOR CLEARING THE CUT OFFS IN EACH SECTION IN CAT 2014 OUT OF 300?
vinnayraj : this years test is totally different from that of the last years.there were two sections last year whereas this year there are 3.and also this year there are sectional time limits.a comparative analysis of the cut off marks is futile ...


kat_07 : DOES NORMALIZATION HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ACCURACY? OR IS IT THE FINAL SCORE THAT MATTERS FOR NORMALISATION?
krishnendu : final scores.


cat : SIR I COMPLETED RC TIME MATERIAL BUT UNABLE TO SOLVE ANY RCS IN AIMCAT PLS HELP
tarannumraza : It is possible that you are reading too fast and hence your understanding of the passage suffers.Read the questions carefully and then try to eliminate options.You can sit with a faculty member at your center and analyse why you are going wrong.


rajesh : I WANT TO KNOW, IF A GUY HAS NOT SCORED MORE THAN 78% IN B.TECH, THEN IS HE/SHE BE ELIGIBLE FOR IIM-AHD ?
bharat : yes


apps : SIR, USING CALCULATOR TAKES UP SOME BIT OF TIME, DO U SUGGEST SOLVING YOURSELF AS FAR AS POSSIBLE?
vinnayraj : yes.for some basic calculations it is better to do them on paper..like adding four numbers..


bansal : I HAVE DONE BTECH,SO WHAT TYPE OF TOPIN SHOUL I READ FOR RC
cherian : read all types of topic. ideally read the questions before the passage so you know what to look for.


sreeja : THANK YOU @RAJESHSARAF SIR. ALSO SIR, I GOT A SCORE OF 85 IN THE AIMCAT 12. GHOW IS IT??
rajeshsaraf : That's a good score. However, the idea is to not let complacency settle in. You know that you are capable of even much better results. So, work towards that. All the best !!


hv : HOW TO TACKLE QUESTION IN QUANT I AM NOT OF MATHS BACKGROUND AND QUANT DECREASES MY PERCENTILE
cherian : look for easy ones and ones in your comfort zone.


pyash : SIR DOES SBI MANAGER OR RBI GRADE B OFFICERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR EXECUTIVE MBA
bharat : Yes... it is more in the nature of the number of years of work... however, there is no uniform eligibility criteria for Executive MBA programs... we suggest you check the eligibility norms on respective websites.


jitesh : HI SIR, I AM EX TIME STUDENT AND I AM PREPARING FOR CAT 2015. I AM STUDYING FROM THE TIME MATERIAL PROVIDED TO ME LAST YEAR. WOULD THAT MATERIAL BE ENOUGH FOR CRACKING CAT OR I HAVE PURCHASE A DIFFERENT MATERIAL ALONG WITH IT? PLEASE HELP
kranthi : For MOCK CAT practice you should practice on the latest pattern of cat.Last year study material is sufficient.


neethz : AS CALCULATOR IS ALLOWED, IS THE DI SECTION GOING TO BE CALCULATION BASED OR IS THERE A CHANCE FOR LR BASED DI?
vinnayraj : it could be a mix of both..even though the calculator option is available if you cant figure out what to calculate and organise the order in which to calculate it will not be easy even if it is a calculation based di.anyway the aimcats are giving a varied exposure to all possibilities...


jay : WHAT IS TISSNET? WHEN DOES ITS REGISTRATION OPEN AND WHAT IS THE EXAM DATE?
bharat : Check http://time4education.com/TISS-NET2015_Analysis.htm


cat : SIR FINIDHRF TIME MATERIALS AND ONLINE SECTIONAL TESTS BUT UNABLE TO DO MORE QUESTIONS.POOR TIME MANAGEMENT
cherian : poor time management may be because of lack of familiarity. if you can improve your calculation speed and cover all the concepts thoroughly, you will take less time to solve and consequently increase your attempts


vk : WITH THE NEW PATTERN I AM ONLY ABLE TO SOLVE 15 QUESTIONS IN LAST 3 AIMCATS.WHEN I ANALYSE THEM I FEEL THAT I COULD EASILY SOLVE THEM , BUT THE PROBLEM WITH THE NEW PATTERN IS TIME IN QUANT SECTION. PLEASE HELP AND PROVIDE SOME TIPS.
krishnendu : The problem is your low speed probably. So practice thoroughly under strict time limits. That would increase your speed substantially.


rini : SIR,COULD YOU NAME FEW GOOD COLLEGES UNDER MAT AND CMAT.
asim : For CMAT- GLIM,GIM,WE-Mumbai,KJS Mumbai are few options. For MAT- CHRIST BANG,ITM NAVI MUMBAI, GLIM,SIES MUMBAI,VJIM HYD are some options


rish6265 : MY LAST QUESTION . IN QA WHICH TOPIC IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT AND THE QUESTIONS ASKED IS VERY MUCH FROM THAT TOPIC .
cherian : ideally numbers and geometry and allied chapters are very important.


deepali : PLEASE ENLIGHTEN US WITH THE ADV AND DISADV OF NORMALIZATION
vinnayraj : without worrying about the normalisation method and the intricate details,you should just focus on how to maximise those 60 minutes in three rounds across three areas...normalisation is neither advantageous nor it is disadvantageous..but if you are equally good in all three areas you should get a very good overall percentile...


sreeja : SIR, I GOT A SCORE OF 85 IN THE AIMCAT 12. HOW IS IT??
vinnayraj : its decent..as you have mentioned you are weak in di and quant.but there is a lot of scope for improvement...


aspirant92 : WHAT DIFFERENT STRATEGY SHOULD BE EMPLOYED IN CAT'15 AS COMPARED TO PREVIOUS CATS?
cherian : since you have only 60 mins for 32+ questions, question selections and time managemet will be key. improve reading and calculation speed to maximize attempts. Accuracy also will play a big role


ni : SIR, WHAT WILL BE GK CUT OFF IN IIFT? FROM LAST YEAR'S QUESTION PAPER I WAS ABLE TO GET ONLY 7 RIGHT ANSWERS OUT OF 25? IS IT GOOD SCORE IN GK(GIVEN THAT I AM IN NO WAY GOING TO STUDY FOR GK)?
kranthi : cut off depends on difficulty level.Please prepare for all areas of the test.


harshit961 : HI SIR, MY PROFILE- X(CBSE)-87.4, XII(CBSE)-87.6(PCM), BTECH-77.38 AND A LOT OF EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOL LEVEL. IS THIS PROFILE AN AVERAGE ONE AND POSE ANY DIFFICULTY DURING AN INTERVIEW?
krishnendu : It is a good profile. You need good scores in the first round for a suitable call.


emma : GOOD EVENING FACULTY! I HAVE 2 QUANT DOUBTS. FIRST, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE B/W POSITIVE AND NON-NEGATIVE REAL NO.S? SECOND, IN QSNS FROM INEQUALITIES WHERE WE HAVE TO SOLVE FOR X, HOW TO DETERMINE WHICH PARTS ARE +VE AND WHICH ARE -VE ON THE NO. LINE? I CANT UNDERSTAND. KINDLY ANSWER MY QUERY..
adityasrivastava : This is not the right forum.But still.non negative also includes zero in addition to positive nos.For inequalities, please work with your faculty as it is difficult to explain over a chat.


seeker : SIR DO WE HAVE NEGATIVE MARKS FOR THE DATA INPUT QUESTIONS??
vinnayraj : no..


rony : SIR,WHILE SOLVING RCS I GENERALLY GET CONFUSED BETWEEN TWO OPTIONS AS TO WHICH ONE IS CORRECT,BOTH OF THEM SEEMS THE OBVIOUS ANSWER,HOW TO RECTIFY IT,PLZZ SUGGST
krishnendu : Look for the differences in the options. There has to be some distinguishable difference. Then check what questions is exactly asking. That should help you eliminate.


rw : HI SIR, PLEASE ANSWER MY QUERY THIS TIME. I HAVE BEEN STUDYING DILIGENTLY FOR OVER 2 MONTHS NOW BUT MY AIMCAT PERCENTILES ARE ALWAYS WITHIN THE RANGE 60-70. MY BASIC MATHS CONCEPTS ARE MESSED UP AND I CAN NEVER CLEAR QA CUTOFFS. IS IT A HIGHLY AMBITIOUS PLAN TO AIM FOR 80ILE SCORES BY THE END OF AUGUST, 90ILE BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER AND 99ILE BY THE END OF OCTOBER. CAN I REALISTICALLY STILL MAKE IT? WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE? PLEASE ANSWER THIS TIME. AM EXTREMELY PERTURBED.
krishnendu : Suggest you look for the reasons behind your performance. Setting unrealistic goal may not help.


vk : IS IT THE SAME CALCULATOR WE ARE PROVIDED IN AIMCATS THAT V WILL BE GETTING IN CAT?
vinnayraj : it should be a basic calculator very similar to that provided in the aimcats.anyway you will have a clearer picture after oct 15 when the official tutorial will be released..


jayasree : IF I HAVE TO START PREPARING FOR GK SECTION OF XAT,IIFT AND TISS ,HOW TO GO ABOUT ITI.E WHERE DO I START ..PLEASE GIVE ME PLAN FOR THIS
bharat : For GK, go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions. Check out the OMET GK Special material published in the June-July/August/September/October issues of MBA Education & Careers. Also, in the various issues of this magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important news). In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your GK.


cataspirant24 : WITH THEE MONTHS LEFT WHEN SHOULD I COMPLETE ALL STDY MATERIALS AND START FOCUSING ON TESTS AND SPEED?
kranthi : Yes.Complete study material ASAP and focus on tests.


deepali : WOULD QUANT BE THE FIRST SECTION IN CAT TOO?
bharat : yes


deepali : WOULD QUANT BE THE FIRST SECTION IN CAT TOO?
tarannumraza : can't say.


srishti : MY SCORES ARE GRADUALLY DECREASING IN AIMCATS , WHAT SHOULD I DO MY SCORES HAVE GONE FROM 135 TO 60
cherian : you should be more worried about percentiles. if they show a decrease, it means you havent maintained performance levels and need to buck up.


hk06 : @VINNAYRAJ SIR: THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR ANSWER. SHOULD I FOLLOW THE SAME APPROACH FOR OTHER AREAS (QUANT, LR, VA)? OR FOR THESE AREAS MY APPROACH SHOULD BE DIFFERENT?
vinnayraj : the approach for these areas also is no different..you seemed to working hard by solving wide range of questions from various sources.just keep up the good work and also go through the previous year cat papers to get a complete idea..


vk : RC'S SHOULD BE DONE AT START OF SECTION 3 OR IN END??
tarannumraza : at the start


srishti : SUDDENLY MY ACCURACY IN ENGLISH HAS GONE DOWN , I USED TO SCORE 99% IN ENGLISH NOW I AM HARDLY GETTING 40%
vinnayraj : that is a great dip in percentile.may be you have gotten too tensed tackling the new format..so relax a bit..it could also be due to the order in which you are attempting the sections.in the earlier format probably you attempted verbal first and hence were performing well.so you need to build the mental and physical stamina..are you spending too much time on the type in questions??


rachit0193 : SUGGEST SOME MATERIAL FOR IIFT GK SECTION PREP.
bharat : already answered... check this chat transcript


tb : TISS IS ONLY FOR HR PROGRAMME ?
bharat : TISS offers a variety of programs; however, w.r.t. management programs, TISS offers an MA in HRM - the only management program.


cataspirant24 : HOW TO HANDLE STRESS DURING EXAM? AND THE MENTAL FATIGUE DURING THE LAST HALF AN HOUR?
kranthi : You can only do one thing at a time...feel stressed or focus on the question ...choose latter.Breathing exercise do reduce stress.


xxx : SIR I AM GETTING 60PERCENTILE IN ALL THE AIMCATS AND MY SCORE HASN'T IMPROVED IN 9 AIMCATS. SHOULD I DROP THE IDEA OF CAT IF NOT THEN PLS SUGGEST A STUDY PLAN (I HAVE DONE LOT1 ALL BOOKS AND VERBAL IN LOT 2)
tarannumraza : Definitely not - analyse why you are not able to improve your score.Your study plan has to be based on that.


psk : SIR/MA'AM, I KNOW THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TO BE ATTEMPTED TO GET AT LEAST 98%ILE DEPENDS ON THE LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, BUT HOW MANY DO YOU THINK ONE SHOULD ATTEMPT, ASSUMING THE PAPER WOULD BE MODERATE?
krishnendu : cannot be answered.


deepali : DOES EVERY SECTION HAS A SEPARATE CUTOFF OR ONE CUTOFF FOR THE WHOLE PAPER?
vinnayraj : each section has a separate cut off and there is also an overall cutoff..you need to clear all the cutoffs to become eligible to get a call from the top iims...but the cutoffs vary for different iims and b schools..


aspirant92 : SIR...PLEASE DON'T BE RHETORICAL, THE STRATEGY MENTIONED BY YOU IS VERY OBVIOUS, IT WAS USED IN EARLIER CATS ALSO. KINDLY ELABORATE ON THE DIFFERENT APPROACH TO BE TAKEN
cherian : tried and tested strategies may appear rhetorical but its the simple things that you do well that ultimately makes a big difference. for your quant section focus a bit more on your numbers and geometry. should give you a higher number of attempts and if right, percentile.


tb : I AM DOING REALLY BAD IN QUANT SECTION ,,ABOVE AVERAGE IN LOGICAL AND AVERAGE IN ENGLISH..MY GK IS EXTRA ORDINARILY GOOD AS COMPARED TO OTHERS..WHAT SHOULD I DO ? COMPLETELY FOCUS ON OMETS OR STILL WORK FOR CAT ?
krishnendu : Same students will write OMETs who are writing CAT. Therefore, the competition level would not go down. Suggest you work on fundamentals and improve as much as you can.


akhil : M7Y ENGLISH ACCURACY HAS GONE DOWN FROM 98 TO 75...MY QUANTS IS NOT SO STRONG AND ENGLISH WAS MY ONLY STRONGHOLD...PLEASE HELP
krishnendu : You are reading with too much speed perhaps. Slow down. Work on accuracy and then increase speed.


tb : I WANT TO DO MBA IN MARKETING...SHOULD I GIVE TISS /
bharat : hmmm... no


akher : @BHARAT SIR: WHAT ARE GAT PAPERS AMD FROM WHERE CAN I GET THOSE? ALSO, FOR STATIC GK, FROM WHERE CAN I GET THE MATERIAL OF MANORAMA?
kranthi : GAT are General Awareness tests given by T.I.M.E.You can purchase manorama year book anywhere.


harshit961 : SIR, NOW THAT A CALCULATOR IS ALLOWED, SHALL WE EXPECT MORE OF LOGICAL DIS INSTEAD OF CALCULATION INTENSIVE ONES?
vinnayraj : cant say.it could be mix of both.you could still get calculation intensive caselets where the challenge is to organise the order in which you perform the calculations to save time and there could be different ways solving some of those questions without using the calculator in significantly less time.so you still need to practice enough such caselets...


jayasree : SIR PLZ ANSWER THIS QUERY: SIR,IN CLASSROOMS READING RC HANDOUTS WAS EASY AS WE COULD MARK BUT IN AIIMCATS ITS GETTING TOUGH FOR ME TO GO BACK TO THE POINT REQUIRED AND I'M WASTING TIME,ANY SUGGESTIONS PLZ..TO HOW TO GO ABOUT ONLINE RC READING AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS IN SHORT TIME?
tarannumraza : go through the online sectional tests.When practising,attempt 2 RCs in one go after attempting at least 1 hr of QA/DI.


emma : PLEASE RESPOND TO MY QUERRY. IT'S THE ONLY PROBLEM I FACE IN QUANT
krishnendu : Suggest you pls consult a faculty at the centre.


nisha : SIR, WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE NON-MCQ QUESTIONS IN VA SECTION? IT'S BECOMING DIFFICULT FOR ME TO ATTEMPT THOSE QUESTIONS EASILY AND TAKES ME A WHOLE LOT OF TIME
vinnayraj : there is a temptation to attempt them as there is no negative marking but the danger is you could lose a lot of time without even realizing.so be judicious when you pick them.if you are clueless after a couple of reads it is better to move on....


dan : WHAT SHOULD BE THE APPROACH AS FAR AS THE VARC SECTION IS CONCERNED? SINCE SECTIONAL CUT-OFF IS PIVOTAL, IS IT ADVISABLE TO GO FOR MAXIMUM ATTEMPTS, SAY 9 CORRECT AND 5 WRONG, WHICH WILL AT LEAST FETCH YOU 22 MARKS? OR ACCURACY MATTERS TOO?
tarannumraza : Accuracy matters...at the same time,if the test is simple then you need to increase the no. of attempts.


janu22 : HOW DO YOU RATE THE COMPETITION IN AIMCATS WHEN COMPARED TO THE ONES IN THE BEGINNING? IS IT GETTING TOUGH? IF SO, IN WHAT RATE? CAN U PLEASE BRIEF ON THIS? JUST TWO OR THREE LINES..
rajeshsaraf : Level of difficulty automatically gets factored in Percentile. Even if the paper is difficult, it will be so for everyone.


meh : SIR THE MATERIAL WRITTEN(ALL WORKSHOP AND CLASS HANDOUTS) ON THE WEBSITE FOR TIME REGULAR STUDENTS WILL BE PROVIDED EVEN IN CASE THEY HAPPEN TO MISS THE CLASS?
vinnayraj : contact your center for details..


akhil : I AM NOT ABLE TO CONCENTRATE ON ENGLISH SECTION AFTER 2 HOURS OF EXHAUSTION DUE TO WHICH MY PERCENTILE IS GETTING DOWN IN ENGLISH SECTION...HOW CAN I IMPROVE IT...?
krishnendu : Try to take sectional tests of three varieties for 3 hours at a stretch. That should help.


tb : WILL QUANT IN CAT WILL BE SIMILAR TO AIMCAT12 ?
asim : Its not possible to predict the exact kind of problems one would face in CAT,the best way to prepare for CAT is to be ready to face any kind of questions, thats what we try to achieve with the AIMCATs.


dhruv : SRY FOR LONG QUERY.....SIR MY CONDITION IS VERY PATHETIC IN VARC SECTION. WHILE SOLVING THIS SECTION I FEEL TRIED (MAY ALSO BECAUSE IT IS IN LAST) AND WHEN ANYHOW I SOLVE I GOT MAX WRONG. PLEASE GUIDE.
krishnendu : You mean you feel TIRED?? it is obvious that you need to work on your basics. Solve your basic material and sectionals test. Work on stamina. Then solve the advanced material. This should help.


seeker : SIR MY PROFILE.. 10TH- 85%, INTER- 89.5, BTECH-74.4. HAVE A WORK EXPERIENCE OF 8 MONTHS AND NOW I HAVE A GAP YEAR. WILL THIS CREATE ANY PROBLEM?
vinnayraj : you have a good academic profile..it should not be much of an issue if you can explain and defend the gap with genuine valid reasons during the interview.for getting a call it is not an issue if you crack the test..


vishal : SIR,I AM CURRENTLY ABLE TOGET AN AVERAGE OF 70 PERCENTILE ANSWERING ABOUT 1 QUESTION PER MINUTE.HOW DO I IMPROVE MY SCORE? PLEASE GIVE SOME SUGGESTIONS
adityasrivastava : It seems that you are a little fast wrt speed and that is why probably your accuracy is hit.Also please analyze if you need more clarity in concepts, that will help you in maximizing your score.


yash : I AM NOT ABLE TO CONCENTRATE ON ENGLISH SECTION AFTER 2 HOURS OF EXHAUSTION DUE TO WHICH MY PERCENTILE IS GETTING DOWN IN ENGLISH SECTION...HOW CAN I IMPROVE IT...?
kranthi : Take inspiration from marathon runners after your effort nature takes over .Keep trying.


rw : SORRY TO BOTHER YOU AGAIN BUT DO YOU THINK THE TARGETS MENTIONED BELOW ARE UNACHIEVABLE IN 3 MONTHS AND I SHOULD AIM FR LOWER? WHAT WOULD BE AN ACHIEVABLE GOAL AS PER YOU? AIM FOR 80ILE SCORES BY THE END OF AUGUST, 90ILE BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER AND 99ILE BY THE END OF OCTOBER. PLEASE REPLY SIR HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET ANY COUNSELLING REGARDING THIS
krishnendu : 85 to 95 could be doable. Beyond that, every thing else depends on your hard work and ability to absorb and work on your fundamentals and speed.


jayasree : I AM BEHIND IN PREPARATION FOR QUANT,SO COULD YOU SUGGEST THE TOPICS WITH GREATER WEIGHTAGE (MAYBE LIKE GEOMETRY)SO THAT I CAN FOCUS ON THEM FIRST AND THEN GET BACK TO OTHER TOPICS.PLZ NAME THE TOPICS WITH GREATER WEIGHTAGE AS PER YOUR SPECULATION AND EXPERIENCE AS I UNDERSTAND CAT PATTERN CHANGES.
cherian : geometry and allied topics and numbers should give you a good coverage


cataspirant24 : I FIND CLSSROOM HANDOUTS AND STUDY MATERIAL EASY. BUT MY PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS HOVER AROUND 85. WHAT COULD BE THE REASON
cherian : the aimcat questions would be of a higher level. practice the online sectional tests to get a better grip over problems


ajay : SIR I AM NOT ABLE TO APPLY THE CONCEPTS OF QUANT EASILY AND SO NOT ABLE TO ATTEMPT MORE THAN 18 QUESTIONS
adityasrivastava : I guess you are not far from your goal.Just a little bit of hard work and getting your doubts resolved should help you.


xxx : ARE 3 MONTHS ENOUGH TO INCREASE SCORE FROM 60 PERCENTILE TO 99
adityasrivastava : It all depends on your effort and commitment.Please work hard with the TIME material provided to you and get your doubts resolved by faculty at your centre.


seeker : THIS IS REGARDING QUANT- IS IT BETTER TO SKIM THE PAPER FIRST AND TRY ATTEMPT THE QUESTIONS OR SHOULD I ANSWER THEM CONTINUOUSLY?
adityasrivastava : Yes it is better to skim through and solve the easy ones first. This will also help in increasing your confidence and then later you can attack the medium-tough questions.


kxx15 : HELLO. I JUST WANTED TO KNOW IF THE ADDITION-SUBTRACTION, DOUBLE, TRIPLE AND HALF ANGLE FORMULAS AND CHANGING PRODUCT INTO SUM/DIFFERENCE AND VICE VERSA IN TRIGONOMETRY NEED TO BE STUDIED?AND IN FUNCTIONS DO WE STUDY THE 10 REAL FUNCTIONS GIVEN IN THE SM BOOKLET? THANK YOU
vinnayraj : study them only if you have sufficient time and if you are thorough with the fundamentals of all other concepts which are more likely to appear in the exam..


tb : TISS ONLY TAKES STUDENTS WITH WORK EXPERIENCE /
bharat : not true... freshers also make it to TISS


dan : WE GOT CHECK-BOX TYPE QUESTIONS FOR AIMCAT12. WILL WE BE GETTING IT DURING CAT '15? IF SO, DOES IT CARRY NEGATIVE MARK?
vinnayraj : no negative marking will be there for type in questions or multiple check box type questions..not certain they will be there in the actual test but the aimcats are only preparing you for all eventualities..you will get a better idea about the test after oct 15 when the official tutorial will be released..


dhruv : HOW TO INCREASE STAMINA?
krishnendu : This question has been answered in the chat.


meh : SIR HOW TO WORK UPON MENTAL ABILITY? ARE CUBES , SQUARES FRACTIONS ENOUGH OR ANYTHING ELSE IS ALSO REQD?
rajeshsaraf : ANy sort of calculations will do. You need to keep yourself mentally occupied


gavii : HELLO,I CAME TO KNOW THAT CAT 2015 ALSO CONTAINS NON MCQ QUESTIONS.IN WHICH SECTION IT COMES WHETHER IN VERBAL OR REASONING OR QUANTS
krishnendu : all sections.


emma : I WONT BE ABLE TO MEET FACULTY AS I AM A NON TIME STUDENT ALSO I LIVE REALLY FAR AWAY FROM THE NEAREST TIME CENTRE... PLEASE ANSWER MY DOUBTS HERE PLEASE. THEY ARE SUCH TINY PROBLEMS... THANKS
bharat : please email info@time4education.com with details


gavii : HELLO,I CAME TO KNOW THAT CAT 2015 ALSO CONTAINS NON MCQ QUESTIONS.IN WHICH SECTION IT COMES WHETHER IN VERBAL OR REASONING OR QUANTS
bharat : all sections


accb5o035 : SIR, I HAVE STARTED MY CAT CLASSES LATE IN JULY AND WITH THAT I AM ALSO DOING MY GRADUATION FINAL YEAR. SO IT IS GETTING A BIT DIFFICULT TO PREPARE FOR THE CAT EXAM. WHAT I WANT TO ASK IS THAT CAN I GIVE MY CAT EXAM NEXT YEAR, AS IT WOULD CREATE A 1 YEAR GAP SO WHAT WOULD BE THE CONSEQUENCIES GOR IT..??
adityasrivastava : First try your maximum this time at CAT 15.Then please try to get a job and take CAT 16 if required.Generally a gap is not preferred but it can be justified if you score well in CAT.


cat15 : SIR I HAVE SCORING ON AN AVERAGE OF 55-60. I M HAVING A GREAT INTEREST IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS. I AM GIVING MY BEST.SHOULD I GO FOR IIFT
kranthi : Yes.Give your best.


ajay : IS GIVING NMAT EXAM IS GOOD IDEA?
kranthi : Yes.


prateek : PLZ PLZ PLZ REPLYPLEASE PROVIDE ME A LINK OR INSIGHT OF GMAT, AS I WANT TO PURSUE MY MBA FROM A DECENT UNIV ABROAD. PLZ AND 2ND QUES WHIXH I ASKD IF SUBJECTIVE QUES GOT WRONG LIKE IN VA THEN HOW WILL IT EFFECT OUR PERCENTILE
krishnendu : 1. Pls visit gmat official website via Google. 2. It would not impact your percentile. It would only waste time if you get it wrong.


dhruv : I COULDN'T FIND SIR...I SAW UR ANSWER ANSWERING SHRITHI BUT DIDN'T TELL ANYTHING HOW TO INCREASE THE STAMINA....PLEASE ASSIT SIR IF I AM WRONG PLEASE REPEAT THE ANSWER...
kranthi : Spend some time in GYM or YOGA.


sham : FOR AN O.B.C.(NON-CREAMY) CANDIDATE WHAT WOULD BE THE MINIMUM PERCENTILE TO GET AN IIM CALL?
bharat : over 90%ile


ss6 : HELLO TEACHER, BIT OUT OF CONTEXT BUT CAN YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW SOME COLLEGES WITHIN 80 TO 90 PERCENTILE
bharat : Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM), School of Excellence of Bharthidasan University, Trichy FORE School of Management, New Delhi Faculty of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University (FMS BHU) Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM), New Delhi University Business School (UBS), Chandigarh Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WE School), Mumbai Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai National Institute of Banking and Management, (NIBM), Pune


rw : DO I HAVE A CHANCE TO GET IIM CALLS IF WITH 97ILE IN CAT COS OF PROFILE (10TH-85%, 12-85%, GRADUATION-68%, WORK EX-2YEARS)?
vinnayraj : depends on which iims you are expecting calls from.it is difficult to get from the older iims but it may be possible from the newer iims.all the iims will release their selection criteria after which you will have a better idea...


dan : QA HAS BEEN ON THE TOUGHER SIDE AS FAR AS RECENT AIMCATS ARE CONCERNED. 1. WHAT SHOULD BE THE MINIMUM NO. OF ATTEMPTS IN QA IRRESPECTIVE OF THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL?
rajeshsaraf : It depends on the difficulty level. In general , a score of about 50% is very good


catnmouse : HOW TO BECOME A LION IN CAT FROM BEING A MOUSE IN THE SAME, WITH BELOW 75 PERCENTILE IN LAST TWO (MY ONLY) AIMCATS :( ;P
rajeshsaraf : Everything is possible for a determined mind. Try and keep working hard towards your goals


dj : IS THE MATERIALS ENOUGH FOR CAT SNAP NMAT XAT IIFT,CAN YOU PREFER SOME OTHER BOOK WHICH WILL BE HANDY IN OUR PREPARATION
rajeshsaraf : Time material is very much adequate


cat15 : IN QUANT SECTION MY ACCURACY LEVEL IS NOT GOOD. EVEN IN THE EASIEST OF QUESTIONS MANY A TIMES I ATTEMPT THEM WRONG.HOW TO IMPROVE MY ACCURACY LEVEL
adityasrivastava : You need to make your concepts clear,because normally accuracy is generally higher in Quant as compared to Verbal.


me : SIR MY PROFILE IS- 10TH 92.8 % ,12TH 81 % AND BTECH 77.5 %, PLUS 15 MONTHS OF WRK EXPERIENCE, WITH THIS PROFILE MINIMUM PERCENTILE REQUIRED TO GET CALLS FROM NEW IIMS
adityasrivastava : Try for 96+ percentile.


meh : SIR MY PROFILE: 10TH:90 12TH:87 BUT GRAD I HAVE JUST 64% WILL IT AFFECT MY ADMISSION IN ANY COLLEGE?
vinnayraj : if you do very well in the test you can expect calls from a few top b schools.a couple of iims do not consider graduation marks in their selection criteria and you have an excellent chance in them as you have very high scores in 10th and 12th.you may have to defend the dip in score quite convincingly during the interview though..


cheetah : SIR, HAVE BEEN GETTING PERCENTILES FROM 93 - 99. WHAT SHOULD BE MY WAY FORWARD TO BE CONSISTENTLY ABOVE 99.5?
adityasrivastava : I think you are performing well.Just be on track and do not get complacent.Try to analyze attempts where you are answering incorrectly and work on it.


sonakshi : HOW CAN THESE 3 MONTHS PLANNED BEST TO ACHIEVE A GOOD SCORE?
rajeshsaraf : Try and complete one chapter on a daily basis. Also, attempt sectional/MOCK tests


anj : SORRY FOR AN OUT OF THE TOPIC QUESTION,BUT I HAD 6 SUBJECTS IN CLASS 12TH(COMMERCE) ,SO WHILE FILING ANY EXAM FORMS MY PERCENTAGE SHOULD BE CALCULATED BY TAKING ALL THE SUBJECTS OR JUST 5?
vinnayraj : you should consider all the subjects that are printed on your marksheet.it is better to clarify by calling the helpline number of CAT2015..


cataspirant24 : I FIND CLASSROOM HANDOUTS AND STUDY MATERIAL EASY. BUT MY PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS HOVER AROUND 85. WHAT COULD BE THE REASON?
rajeshsaraf : CAT exam is all relative. When you find it easy, it could be possible that many others find them to be ultra easy. The difficulty level won't decide. How quickly you are arriving at the answer is the key.


shaily : WHEN I CONCENTRATE MORE ON QUANT, I DONT SCORE WELL IN VA AND VICE VERSA. KINDLY HELP REGARDING WHAT STRATEGY I SHOULD APPLY TO SCORE WELL IN BOTH.
vinnayraj : you have to build the mental and physical stamina with sufficient practice..if you are able to perform well in both the sections in different sections then the competency is there.you just need to focus for the whole duration of 3 hours.try yoga or exercise and meditation.or simply write as many tests with the intent of focusing for the whole duration..


jm : SIR CAN U PLZ TELL ME COLLEGES ONE CAN GET WITH 90-95%ILE ?
bharat : MDI, XIMB, IIT Kanpur, IMT-G, IMI-Delhi, K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR) National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli (NITT)


meh : SIR CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT IS NORMALIZATION? AND WHAT ADVANTAGE OR DISADVANTAGE WE HAVE COZ OF IT?
krishnendu : This questions has been answered already.


seeker : SIR WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY GIVIG A PROPER JUSTIFICATION FOR THE GAP YEAR? SHOULD IT BE SOMETHING LIKE IMPROVING SKILLS?
bharat : simply put, be honest in your answer... why did the gap occur...


dj : SORRY SIR MY QUESTION IS IRRELEVANT OF THE DISCUSSION TOPIC CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME GOOD COLLEGES FOR OPERATIONAL MAGEMENT
kranthi : NITIE, AND ALL THE INSTITUTES IN TOP 20 and SIOM.


hina : SIR I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO DIVIDE MY TIME ACCORDINGLY TO EACH SECTION AND HOW CAN I CAN SECURE THE PERCENTILE FOR IIM'S??
vinnayraj : this year there are sectional time limits.so the worry of time allocation and management is absent.quant 60 minutes then di lr 60 minutes and lastly va 60 minutes..you need to be equally good in all three sections to come out trumps..


ash : SIR IN THE LAST AIMCAT I SCORED 80 PERCENTILE. AM I ON THE RIGHT TRACK? AND IS IT POSSIBLE TO IMPROVE IN THE NEXT 2 MONTHS?
adityasrivastava : It will be difficult to comment by looking at just one AIMCAT.However if you are consistently scoring 80, then there is a good chance that you can take it to 90+ range.Just work on your concepts and get your doubts resolved.Analyzing AIMCATs is very important at this stage and will certainly help you.


jayasree : PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS:@CHERIAN THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING,ONE DOUBT ..WHAT ARE ALLIED TOPICS?COULD YOU PLZ ELABORATE?ITS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME.
cherian : the co-ordinate geometry, trignometry and mensuration


vish : SOMEBODY PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION ? LAST YEAR I GOT MORE THAN 99%ILE BUT STILL I HAVE ISSUES WITH THE VERBAL ABILITY WHERE MY ACCURACY LIES SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 60-70% ONLY AND I AM NOT ABLE TO GET GOOD SCORE BECAUSE OF THAT. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SCORE IN VA AND I ALSO HAVE SHORTAGE OF GOOD VERBAL ABILITY PRACTICE MATERIAL. PLEASE SUGGEST SOME BOOKS ALSO
bharat : please meet with English faculty at the nearest TIME centre... a one-to-one session will help you clear the VA blues... our best wishes.


deepa : WHAT IS THE BEST METHODOLOGY TO PREPARE FOR ENGLISH AS EVERY QUESTION SEEMS TO BE EASY BUT ANSWER IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT IT LOOKS ?
krishnendu : practicing basics from study material and then gradually understanding what exactly is required to answer a question should be the first step. Don't answer a question unless you are sure about the solution. avoid guesses. Informed guess is ok.


meh : SIR PLEASE IF U COULD ANSWER WHAT DOES NORMALIZATION MEAN AS I AM UNABLE TO FIND THE ANSWER TO IT
vinnayraj : this year they have introduced normalization across sections to ensure that they candidates they select are good in all areas..to put it very simply if you score very high in one section and reasonable in the other two and there is one more candidate who has the same overall raw score as yours but has done equally well in all three sections he will have a better percentile.but the method is not as direct and as simple to be explained here..


meh : WHICH B SCHOOLS IN INDIA CONSIDER GMAT SCORE WITHOUT WORKEX?
asim : FOr 2 year program, GLIM,TAPMI, IFMR ,SP JAIN are some options


hi : I AM WEAK IN VERBAL...INTUITION DOESNT WORK.. I NEED STEPWISE METHODS TO SOLVR CRITICAL REASONING AND PARAJUMBLES .. WHERE CAN I GET SOME RULES OR SO??
adityasrivastava : Please contact your Verbal faculty at your centre.


pp : BT A COMPANY CAME INTO MY CLGG ND I WSNT ABLE TO CLEAR D APTITUDE TEST..100 PEOPLE GT SELECTED OUT F 350...SINCE THN I M V LOW..WHT SHUD I DO?
adityasrivastava : Please do not worry.It is important to learn from our shortcomings and improve.Try to analyze your weak areas and work on them one by one.Determination to improve will definitely help you in a big way.


hina : SIR MY PROFILE IS 10-84% 12-76% AND GRAD.-70%..IF I SECURE MORE THAN 99PERCENTILE IN CAT THEN SHOULD I EXPECT A CALL FROM TOP IIM'S.NPLZ TELL WHAT R D BEST BOOKS TO PREPARE IF TIME LOT IS DONE FOR ALL..
vinnayraj : you should get calls provided you clear the sectional cutoffs..



General Terms and Conditions      Privacy Statement      Refund Policy
All rights reserved T.I.M.E. (Triumphant Institute of Management Education) Pvt. Ltd.
Best viewed on 800x600 resolution.Recommended browser IE5+