Chat on AIMCAT 1513-N and 1512-N!
(Chat Transcript)

ashishc : SIR/MA'AM, CAN YOU PLEASE LIST OUT A FEW GOOD COLLEGES WE SHOULD CONSIDER APPLYING TO WHO ACCEPT CAT SCORES. EX- MDI GURGAON, SP JAIN. WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL. THANK YOU.
thomas : you can also apply to FMS, IITs,IMI,NITIE AND IMT GHAZIABAD.


iimahm : SIR IN RC HOW TO SOLVE QUES IN WHICH "WHICH OF FOLLOWING SENTENCES IS CORRECT" IS ASKED..PLZ GIVE TIPS
swapnila : These questions require careful reading of the data.It would help if you could use the summary writing technique while reading passages.


navs : HI...NOW THAT SOME MC AND CRT ARE UPDATED TO NEW FORMAT....WHEN WILL THERE CUT OFF AND PERCENTILE MARKS CHART BE UPDATED?
thomas : will be give in about 15 days time,around this month end.


ferdie : HI SIR, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL THE CUTOFFS FOR MDI & IMI DELHI
thomas : the cut off would be close to 95 for mdi and close to 92 for imi.


pulkit : HELLO SIR. WILL THERE BE ONLY 2 MOCK NMATS OR THERE WILL BE MORE?
deepak : Two will be conducted as All India mocks, others will be given to you by the center as part of take-home package for your practice.


ashishc : HOW DO YOU SEE AN OVERALL SCORE OF 80 IN AIMCAT?
rajeshsaraf : It's good.. close to 90 percentile


iimahm : SIR HOW MANY IIFT MOCKS WILL BE PROVIDED
thomas : you will have 3 iift mocks and an all india mock iift.


ggca4d699 : HI SIRS AND MADAM, MY PERFORMANCE IN THE NEW AIMCATS HAS BEEN: 98.88, 95.4,91,89 AND 96. I HAVE CROSSED BOTH THE SECTIONAL CUTOFFS IN THE FIRST AND THE LATEST ONE ONLY. IN THE REST OF THEM, I WAS UNABLE TO CROSS ONE OF THEM BY A SMALL MARGIN (EITHER THE QUANT OR THE VERBAL). I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. 1. HOW WOULD YOU RATE THIS PERFORMANCE?
rajeshsaraf : The performance is very good. You have crossed more than 90s on all the occasions. This is extremely good. You need to get into into the finer details of the things. Just remember that you don't have to extraordinary big to leap into 99s. Just ensure that your accuracy rate is high. All the best !!


navs : I AM NOT ABLE TO SEE THE COMPLETE QUESTIONS OF MOCK 12N UPLOADED TODAY....ONLY THE FIRST THREE LINES ARE VISIBLE...PLS GET IT FIXED
rajeshsaraf : We are looking into the same.. Any technical glitches will be taken care of. I would suggest that you drop an email specifying the exact nature of problem to info@time4education.com


giri1820 : SIR WAS THE LR AND VA QUESTIONS IN AIMCAT 1512-N EASIER COMPARED TO OTHER AIMCATS OR DID IT HAVE THE SAME DIFFICULTY LEVEL?
thomas : not all aimcats will be of the same level. we do not know what the level of qns in cat would be. so we want u to be prepared for all possible cases. the aimcats would vary from easy to very difficult so that there would be no surprises in cat.


ggca4d699 : 2. I DO ANALYZE THE AIMCATS THOROUGHLY, AND I DESPERATELY WANT A 99.5+ PERFORMANCE IN ACTUAL CAT (DUE TO AVERAGE PERFORMANCE DURING GRADUATION), WHAT ELSE NEEDS TO BE DONE? I WILL REALLY APPRECIATE ANY ADVICE  XTH- 92%, XIITH- 87%, GRADUATION 66.2% - GENERAL MALE ENGINEER IN FINAL YEAR :/
charlton : What is your AIMCAT percentile? We have given a lot of tips in this chat. Kindly follow them.


nik3060 : SIR MY PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT 1512-N IS 93.64..I WANT TO KNOW WHETHER IS IT GOOD ENOUGH FOR GETTING CALLS FROM NEW IIMS AND FMS?
thomas : the competition in aimcats is tougher than in the actual cat. so you can expect 95+ with the same performance in cat. if your acads are good u should get calls from new iims. fms cut off is much higher, closer to 98.


som : MY %ILES ARE ROAMING BETWEEN 75 TO 90. PL SUGGEST SOME GOOD COLLEGES WHICH I SHOULD CONSIDER.
abhishek : Right now focus on improving the scores further. There are some good B schools like MDI, IMT etc., that close their application window before the CAT results. So these could be few colleges to apply.


bob : SIR,OUT OF LAST 5 AIMCATS,I HAVNT CLEARED QUANT CUTOFF IN 4.MY OVERALL PERCENTILE HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY IN THE RANGE OF 96-99.BUT SINCE I AM NOT ABLE TO CLEAR QUANT CUTOFF,I AM GETTING DEPRESSED. CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST ME SOME WAY TO IMPROVE MY QUANT SCORE.MY ACCURACY IN QUANT SECTION IS AROUND 75%,AND I SOLVE THE SAME NO OF QUESTIONS LIKE I DID IN PREVIOUS PATTERN,BUT THE CUTOFFS HAVE GONE HIGH N M NOT ABLE TO CLEAR IT.PLEASE SUGGEST.
rajeshsaraf : First thing first. Accuracy is a critical factor. Try and analyze where you are making mistakes. Mistakes could be 1) calculation error 2) conceptual mistakes etc. Second extend your horizon of questions. Practice more and more questions from variety of areas. All the best


iimahm : SIR IN RC HOW TO SOLVE QUES IN WHICH "WHICH OF FOLLOWING SENTENCES IS CORRECT" IS ASKED..PLZ GIVE TIPS
charlton : This is an Inferential Question type. You need to read more carefully to answer this question. In the exam, there will be 4 options with 1 true answer. So read carefully and eliminate 3 options.


jagan : SIR IS NIBM PUNE IS GOOD ONE,AND WHAT PERCENTILE IS REQUIRED FOR IT
deepak : We rank it under BB category, i.e., in the 60th to 85th rank bracket. Its cutoff is around 75%ile.


rd721 : GREETINGS.. I HAVE BEEN SCORING IN THE RANGE OF 97-99%ILE IN THE AIMCATS. HOWEVER, I KNOW THAT IT'S POSSIBLE FOR ME TO GET INTO THE COVETED 99.9+ BRACKET. I TEND TO GET SCARED BY LOOKING AT THE HUGE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS AND END UP MAKING SILLY MISTAKES AND SOMETIMES MISSING OUT ON A FEW SITTERS. THIS IS REALLY FRUSTRATING. COULD YOU PLEASE PROVIDE A STRATEGY FOR ME.. QUANT IS MY STRONGER SUIT.
rajeshsaraf : Well, you have already highlighted your problems. A correct diagnosis is more than 50% of the problem solved. So, work on those two areas :1) avoiding silly mistakes 2) not missing out on easy qs


chhintu : DOES MDI,GURGAON PRIORITISES WORK-EX ONES OVER FRESHERS?
deepak : No. Around 70% of the weightage is just for the CAT %ile.


ferdie : SIR THE MATERIAL FOR OMET IS STILL NOT AVAILABLE IN CHENNAI OFFICES. PLEASE DO SOMETHING IN THIS REGARD AND ARRANGE THE MATERIALS.
thomas : please do contact your office. they will be able to help you.


ggca4d699 : I HAVE ASKED 2 QUESTIONS, JUST INFORMING, THANKS:)
charlton : Ask another. Just permitting. :) Welcome


vv14 : SIR I KNOW ITS LATE..BUT I AM LOOKING AROUND 85 PERCENTILE IN CAT ATLEAST..I HAVE STARTED LATE..MY AIMCAT SCORES ARE AROUND 50'S..CAN I ACHEIVE THAT 85 PERCENTILE TARGET ATLEAST??
charlton : YES you can with sheer hard work and determination. Kindly try finishing all concepts in the next one month. Also analyze all the AIMCATs and also solve some online sectional tests.


iimahm : SIR MY AVG AIMCAT PERCNTYL AROUND 81..IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO SCORE 98+ PROVIDED I WORK HARD...I AM QUITE DEPRSSED
rajeshsaraf : why not !! Nothing can beat a determined, resolute mind !! Just go all out for it !!


ak222 : SIR,SHOULD I FOCUS ON AIMCAT QUESTIONS ALOBE OR TRY MULTIPLE SOURCES"
charlton : AIMCATs, all TIME Handouts, online sectional tests, Actual CAT papers from 2001 till 2008 available online, your material. Work over your weak areas and revise all concepts. Preferably do 2 RC passages everyday.


vj : SIR...WE ARE GETTING SOLUTIONS AND RESULTS OF OUT TEST VERY LATE. HENCE, I AM NOT ABLE TO ANALYZE AND WORK ON MY WEAK AREAS BEFORE THE NEXT AIMCAT. SUGGEST SOMETHING HOW TO ANALYZE IN SUCH A CONDITION?
vijaykumar : Thing is that we can't release the solution before the slots of that AIMCAT is still running. But u can always be update yourself with previous AIMCAT's solutions and try to better yourself


chhintu : WHAT SHOULD BE THE RIGHT APPROACH FOR 'CORRECT WORD USAGE PROBLEMS IN VA'?
charlton : Take all the words from your handouts or AIMCATs and look at their phrasal verb usage in the website. Google "thefreedictionary.com"


cat14 : I SCORED 84 MARKS THIS TIME. ( 51 IN SECTION 2 AND 33 IN SECTION 1).MY PERCENTILE IS 87.67. ACCORDING TO YOU HOW MUCH SCOPE OF IMPROVEMENT IS REQUIRED.
rajeshsaraf : Knowledge of marks is one thing. Try and get an understanding of the areas where 1) you are losing marks 2) easy questions being missed out etc


vv14 : @CHARLTON SIR..MY ATTEMPTS IN QUANT IS AROUND 10-12 QUESTIONS..IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO INCREASE MY ATTEMPTS...IF I DO SO I LOOSE MY ACCURACY...IM VERY CONCERNED...HELP ME
charlton : You have approx 1.5 hours for each section. So you cannot just solve 10 quant questions. You will need to increase your attempts and accuracy. Do each section in 3 rounds of 25 minutes each. In each round, pick and choose the questions you want to attempt, among say 15 questions. Solve by eliminating wrong options. PLS FINISH LEARNING ALL CONCEPTS by 1 months time in quant. Take as many topic wise sectional tests in quant. Also analyse the AIMCATs.


lukesfather : GOOD EVENING ALL, SLIGHTLY OFF TOPIC QUES.- IS A CERTIFICATE OF WORK EX. FROM EMPLOYER SUFFICIENT FOR PROOF OF WORK EX? I WORK IN A PRIVATE FIRM, SO DON'T HAVE A FORMAL JOINING LETTER...
deepak : Generally need certificate plus a pay slip or IT certificate.


ferdie : SIR I HAVE NOT PRACTICED QUESTIONS FROM FUNCTIONS & GRAPHS TOPIC TILL NOW. HOW MUCH IS THE WEIGHTAGE GIVEN TO THESE AREAS IN CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT?
charlton : All areas of Quant are extremely important. You cannot afford to leave any questions. Last year Maths was tough. You can have upto 6 or 8 questions on Functions and Graphs as well as Permutation and Combination. Students tend to leave difficult topics and the IIMs know this.


giri1820 : HI SIR, WAT SCORES IN AIMCATS CONSISTENTLY WILL INDICATE THAT I CAN GET 99% IN THE ACTUAL CAT ?
rajeshsaraf : It depends to a large extent on the difficulty level of questions. So, there is no direct correlation.. However, if you are scoring around 35% of the net score (105 marks +), then you are in the right gear...


cat14 : ALSO, MY DI IS WEAK.I FIGURED OUT THAT IF I HAD ATTEMPTED EVEN ONE SET OF DI I WOULD HAVE CLEARED MY SECTIONAL CUTOFF TOO. HOW SHOULD I TACKLE MY WEAKER SECTION I.E D.I? THANK YOU.
thomas : make sure you do all the qns in the SM book and the DIHO handouts. this would give u an idea about all the possible models that can come in the exam. then do the DEX and the online tests.


gaur : @SWAPNILA...GOOD EVENING MAAM..
swapnila : Good Evening


vj : SIR.. MORE ATTEMPTS IN LR/VA SECTION INCREASES MY WRONG ATTEMPTS. WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY FOR NEXT 2 MONTHS. I AM WORRIED A LOT.
abhishek : Any competitive exam would be a success or a failure basing on 2 factors 1. No of attempts,2. Accuracy Minimum number of attempts will be required to cross the sectional cutoff. Along with the attempts, suitable accuracy will be required otherwise the attempts would do more harm than good. for the next Aimcats, try to focus and solve the questions you are very sure of, and make only intelligent guesses.


mini : SIR WHAT SHOULD B MY SCHEDULE FROM NOW ON..I HAVE COMPLETED JUST 50 PRCNT OF BOOKLETS
rajeshsaraf : You should just keep yourself occupied and try and solve as many questions on a regular basis. There is no fixed schedule. Just ensure that on a daily basis, you are solving enough (to your comfort level)number of questions


yami : HELLO I AM GETTING 55 PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT 12 SO IN ACTUAL CAT HOW MUCH PERCENTILE SHOULD I ACCEPT?
thomas : cannot conclude on the basis of just one test. if you are consistently in the 50-60 range then you can expect around 70 in the actual cat.


rushabh : IS THERE A POSSIBILITY THAT THERE CAN BE MORE THAN ONE FORMATION IN PARAJUMBLES ?
kumargaurav : Possible but that depends on the author and time , but while solving we need to gauge the tone and author's intent to reach to only one possible option ..!


n2992 : IS IT A GOOD STRATEGY TO LEAVE RCS COMPLETELY IN EXAM ?
thomas : no. there would be a couple of easy one. so do not leave any section as such.


mini : IMPORTANT AREA OF CMAT?
swapnila : All the sections are important.


aditya : SIR, IN AIMCAT 15 SCORE WAS 31, AIMCAT 14 SCORE WAS 6, AIMCAT 13 WAS 5 AND NOW AIMCAT 1512, MY SCORE IS 49, CAN I IMPROVE STILL FOR CAT EXAM? HOW SHOULD I GO FOR STUDY AHEAD? OR I SHOULD GO FOR ITHER EXAMS LIKE NMAT, CMAT AND MAH-CET & ATMA?
abhishek : Hi Aditya All i can say is you have 2 months time for the improvement. And as we see, it is on track. So, be positive and put in consistent efforts. There are many exams apart from CAT like XAT, NMAT, CMAT Etc. Would suggest you take those exams and not miss out on the opportunitie as there are some good colleges covered łnder these exams.


meghana : IM NOT ABLE TO PROPERLY SCORE IN VERBAL SIR..HOW COULD I TRY TO MAXIMISE MY SCORE IN VERBAL
swapnila : For verbal work on RC and Para Jumbles and Para completion questions.Working on vocab questions would help improve speed.


sachin : HI SIR ,MY PERCENTILES OF PAST FIVE AIMCATS ARE 98.5 ,93.2 ,98.5,96.5 ,98.8 .....MANY COLLLEGE FORMS ARE RELEASED LIKE XIMB,IMT ,MDI ......WAT COLLEGES U SUGGEST ME TO APPLY ....I AM CAT REPEATER ,LAST CAT PERCENTILE 92 ...... SHOULD I WRITE SNAP ,BECOZ IT REQUIRES 1000 PER COLLEGE TO APPLY APART FROM MAIN APPLICATION FEE?
rajeshsaraf : The whole idea is not to look at an individual exam. Consider the total fees (or total number of B schools) which you wish to spend. For e.g, if you have budgeted Rs 10,000 for application fees etc, then you need to carefully analyze in terms of which all Bschools you should go for. It will depend on your own choices + your AIMCAT percentiles etc


bunny : SIR, IS THERE A POSSIBILTY TO GET A LOWER CAT SCORE THAN THE AVERAGE AIMCAT PERCENTILE SCORE
thomas : always possible if your test dont go well that day. but such cases are very rare.


meghana : CAN WE LEAVE ANY QUESTIONS WHICH WE FELL DIFFICULT..IF YES,,WHAT TYPE OF QUESTIONS CAN WE LEAVE
charlton : Yes you can leave difficult questions. You need to gauge the difficulty level of the question yourself. First attempt all the easy questions. Pls take the AIMCATs and analyze them completely, You will know which were easy and difficult. GO through the analysis of the AIMCATs on your Student Home Page.


jkl : HELLO, I AM A GENERAL CATEGORY STUDENT...I MUST BE NEEDING 99.5 + PERCENTILE TO GET INTO ABC..WHAT SHOULD BE MY PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS TO ACHIEVE THIS?..IN 12N I GOT 102 MARKS AND 95.5 PERCENTILE..
charlton : Good show for now. Can you cross 97 percentile in the next two AIMCATs and then 99 percentile in the others. It is possible by being a great manager of the test. In the first 45 minutes of each section, please solve all the easy-moderate questions sprinkled throughout the section. Reduce on negative marks but at the same time maximise the attempts. Compare your performance with other friends who are crossing 98 percentile and strategise during the tests.


rushabh : CAN U SUGGEST COLLEGES WHICH PROVIDE GOOD EXPOSURE ( NOT JOB PER SE ) BUT TO START SOMETHING ON MY OWN AND ALSO IS DOING MBA IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP A GOOD CHOICE AND THE TOP COLLEGES WHICH PROVIDE THE SAME ? THANK YOU.
charlton : S.P.Jain, ISB, Top 6 IIMs are good places to do a general MBA and then get into entrepreneurship.


cat14 : WHAT CAN BE MY CAT PERCENTILE IF I AM GETTING AROUND 85-90 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS?
thomas : you can expect a slightly better percentile than uwhat u r getting here. if u r around 85 consistently u can expect around 90 in cat.


student_cat : SIR IN AIMCAT 1512 I HAVE DROPPED FROM 85 TO 43 %ILE ..AFTER SO MUCH OF PREPARATION AND HARD WORK RESULT WAS BITTER PLS SUGGEST TO IMPROVE IN ALL WAYS
rajeshsaraf : Well, take it as a blessing in disguise. If your percentile has slumped, you could look at what are the areas where you went wrong. It could be based on multiple factors -like "bad accuracy rate", "lower number of attempts", "wrong strategy -like getting caught up in wrong questions or so".. This type of analysis will only make you wiser for successive tests. All the best


meghana : IS TIME MATERIAL ENOUGH FOR VERBAL ABILITY PRACTICE OR DO WE NED TO PREFER ANY OTHER BOOKS
kumargaurav : Are you asking this question after doing all the 40-50 classroom handouts , three basic booklet of grammar , RC and verbal ability and then second set Booklet of RC and verbal ability and dozens of sectional test and writing all the Aimcats regularly ?


kavish29 : WHY THERE IS NO OPTION TO HIGHLIGHT THE TEXT IN AIMCAT?IT IS THERE IN EXAMS...AND SAVES MUCH TIME!
charlton : There is no such option in the CAT. You need to become better at reading the text online. For that practise reading newspapers for 45 minutes daily.


vish : HOW MUCH ACCURACY IS CONSIDERED TO BE OPTIMAL IN ACTUAL CAT? I WANT TO KNOW, MAX NUMBER OF QUES THAT I CAN RISK IN CASE OF DOUBT
thomas : it will depend on the number of attempts u make. if the attempts are low then u will need around 90 percent accuracy. at any cost it should be above 80.


mini : HOW MUCH APPROXIMATELY SHUD BE THE SCORE TO BE IN TOP 100 IN CMAT?
thomas : 280 marks should get you a rank around 100.


lsk : SIR , WHERE CAN WE READ FACTS/JUDGMENT/INFERENCE TYPE QUESTIONS? WE DON'T HAVE THESE TYPE OF QUSTNS TO HAVE ENOUGH PRACTICE
swapnila : You can use the AIMCATs and the section tests for the same.


meghana : SOMETIMES MY SCORE IS INCREASING WHILE SOME TIMES IT IS DECREASING SLIGHTLY..WHAT CAN I DO TO BALANCE MY SCORE
vijaykumar : It always happens depends on the level of the questions you select and the level of the paper


vj : @ABHISHEK SIR.. ONE LAST QUERY.. I FACE DIFFICULTY IN SOLVING DI/LR QUESTIONS ON TOURNAMENTS ESPECIALLY WHERE WE HAVE TO PREPARE A CHAT AFTER EVERY ROUND. WHERE CAN I GET THESE FOR PRACTICE. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!
abhishek : Problems on Games and tournaments are covered(few sets) in our basic Material. Some sets could be practiced from the handouts shared in class and previous AIMCATS. You will be able to grab good number of sets for improving understanding in such sets. all the best.


meghana : WITH TWO MONTHS LEFT HARDLY,,HOW MUCH TIME WE NEED TO CATER FOR THE MOCKS, ANALYSING THE MOCKS, AND STILL PRACTICE THE CHAPTERS
rajeshsaraf : Both go hand in hand. 1) Analysis of MOCKs - not just in terms of marks scored, wrong attempts etc but the analysis goes way beyond that like 1) number of easy questions left out, number of difficult questions attempt, types of mistakes etc. It is not advisable to spend unnecessary amount of time on the analysis. max 2 hrs per test. Practicing questions (different models) from study material and from large pool of chapters will help. Good luck


vish : @RAJESHSARAF SIR, I AM CONSISTENTLY GETTING 70 TO 78% PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT. I WILL BE APPLYING FOR CAT, XAT, NMAT, SP JAIN, SNAP. CAN U KINDLY TELL ME WHICH ARE THE OTHER COLLEGES/EXAMS THAT I NEED TO APPLY. UR SUGGESTION WUD BE APPRECIATED
rajeshsaraf : This pool of exams is more than adequate. At this stage, concentrating on CAT will help a lot. Other exams will automatically be taken care of. Once CAT gets over, you will have plenty of time to go through those finer differences across the exams and work on those details. All the best !!


meghana : DO WE NEED TO CONCENTRATE FULLY ON THE MOCKS ONLY IN THESE TWO MONTHS SIR
kumargaurav : More focus on tests , developing temperament or writing tests and alignment toward tests , but at the same time working on weaker sections is very important ..!


cat14 : HELLO SIR, I AM COMFORTABLE WITH QUANT DI LR BUT WHILE COMING TO VERBAL ABILITY SECTION I AM UNABLE TO DO WELL. MY ACCURACY IS GETTING LOW. I'M BIT WORRIED. WHAT TO DO?
swapnila : Are there any particular question types that you are not performing well?


21fahrenheit : SIR HOW CAN WE RELATE OUR SCORE IN AIMCAT TO OUR PROBALE SCORE IN CAT?
kumargaurav : Rarely student doing decent in Aimcats do not do good in real cat ..! Normally it has been seen that the performance is better there ..!


chhintu : PLEASE TELL ME FEW GOOD ONLINE SOURCES WHERE I CAN FIND PASSAGES CATEGORICALLY LISTED FOR RC?
charlton : www.magportal.com; www.aladaily.com; Also read articles from the Economist, Economic and Political Weekly, Frontline, Outlook, India Today, The Week etc. It helps for GK, Essay writing and Interviews too not forgetting the RC and Parajumbles/ Paracompletion question types.


piyush : SIR IN THE CAT EXAM WILL ALL QUESTIONS CARRY EQUAL WEIGHTAGE??
abhishek : Yes.


ashu : TYPE(VERBAL)CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME THE WHAT IS THE MEANING OF DOWNSTREAM,UPSTREM AND LATERAL STATEMENTS IN ENGLISH? & HOW TO SOLVE THESE TYPE OF QUESTIONS.???APPROACH
swapnila : Please attend a class on the same, it will help you understand the concepts better.


piyush : HOW TO PREPARE FOR GK QUESTIONS FOR IIFT AND XAT?
thomas : you can refer our magazine and a good book-manorama year book for example.also make sure you read the newspaper regularly.


vg : SIR,HOW CAN WE INCREASE SCORE IN RC.I READING NEWSPAPER DAILY STILL NOT ABLE TO SOLVE RC
vijaykumar : Try to search for the passage which you come across in your test papers in net to get the entire passage get them and analyze them. Doing such a practice might help u


sachin : YA SIR ..... I WANT TO MAXIMISE MY CHANCES ....GIVING CAT ,NMAT ,CMAT ,XAT AND ALSO THINKING TISSNET ..... SHOULD I GO FOR MDI ? SUGGEST ME SIR ...I DONT WISH TO LEAVE AWAY TOP COLLEGES LIKE NITIE ND FEW ....WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU ARE I ?
kumargaurav : Yes , you should apply for Mdi as well


piyush : IS CUTOFF FOR ALL IIMS FOR VERBAL SECTION 85 PERCENTILE?
thomas : no. it will vary from institute to institute. it could be as high as close to 95 for a couple of them.


rushabh : HOW MANY MINIMUM QNS SHOULD BE CORRECT IN ORDER TO GET 90PLUS PERCENTILE ?
deepak : It depends on the difficulty level of the paper. Cannot be determined before the test.


cat2014 : SIR , I HAVE SCORED AROUND 85 PERCENTILE IN ALL THE NEW AIMCATS, MY SCORE IN SECTION 1 IS CONSTANTLY INCREASING , BUT I AM SCORING ONLY 25-30 MARKS IN SECTION 2 , MY QUESTION IS HOW TO SELECT THE EASY QUESTIONS IN SECTION 2 AS ALL THE QUESTIONS SEEM VERY THE SAME TO ME ??
kumargaurav : You should first choose 2 easier reasoning sets out of given sets , similarly you can also decide on the basis of topic and related questions ' nature of RC which 2 RCs to attempt out of given 4 RCs .! Then you can move to para jumbles para completion questions and vocab based questions ..!


kavish29 : THIS IS KIND OF STRANGE BUT FOR THE FIRST FEW AIMCATS I APPEARED WITH A VERY CASUAL ATTITUDE AND LITTLE PREP, AND SCORED 95%ILE ABOVE(NO GUESS MARKING) AND NOW WITH INCREASED PREP AND MORE ATTENTIVE ATTITUDE IM SCORING 40-45 %ILES (LAST 3 AIMCATS)...IM NOT GETTING WAT TO DO...CAN ANYONE HELP ME WITH WAT IS NEEDED TO BE DONE??????
rajeshsaraf : This, probably, indicates that the competition is getting tougher !! You need to stay ahead of this run. You need to analyze where exactly things are going wrong/right. A casual attitude helps in one of the ways that you are not tense in the exam. So, you need to ask yourself "is this one of the factors playing at the back of your mind" while going for the exam. Such an exam with high intensity can't be cracked unless the mind is not ultra cool. Second, preparation alone is not adequate. Right amount of preparation in right direction is what you need to look at. All the best


sres12512 : SIR IN AIMCAT 12 SECTION 1 QUESTION 14.. IT IS SAID THAT SOUMYA INCREASE HER SPEED BY 1 AND HALF TIMES... BUT IN THE SOLUTION THEY HAVE MULTIPLIED IT BY 2.5 .... IF WE MULTIPLY IT BY 1.5 THEN THE SOLUTION IS NOT POSSIBLE.... CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN
deepak : Be careful while interpreting the key words in the qn. Speed is increased by 1.5, so the net speed is x+1.5x, i.e. 2.5x.


upam : SIR, I MISSED THE AIMCAT 1512-N, HOW CAN I GET THE QUESTIONS AND SOLUTIONS OF THAT TEST?
vijaykumar : Already answered


gaur : @CHARLTON- SIR IN TWO MONTHS TARGETTING 99 PERCENTILE IS IMPOSSIBLE..??
charlton : It is possible. Give yourself a week wise target for improvement in the AIMCATs. Revise accordingly. IMCATs, all TIME Handouts, online sectional tests, Actual CAT papers from 2001 till 2008 available online, your material. Work over your weak areas and revise all concepts.


vish : @THOMASSIR, I AM GETTING CONSISTENTLY BETWEEN 70 TO 75 PERENTILE, I AM IDENTIFYING THE WEAKNESS AND IMPROVING, BUT WHAT WOULD BE THE POSSIBLE SCORE IN ACTUAL CAT, PLS ANSWER. IT WOULD ALSO HELP ME TO DECIDE WHETHER TO APPLY FOR CERTAIN COLLEGES OR NOT
thomas : if you are consistently in that range, then you can expect around 80-85 percentile with the same level of performance.


upam : WHERE CAN I GET QUESTIONS AND SOLUTIONS OF THE MISSED AIMCATS?
vijaykumar : Before One month to CAT all the AIMCATS will be available in your student home page


cat2014 : SIR , 10TH- 96.0%, 12TH- 88% , B.TECH(COMPLETED) - 79.6%, NO WOEK EX, FEMALE GENERAL CATEGORY, WHAT SHOULD BE MY MINIMUM PERCENTILE AIM TO GET A CALL FROM THE NEW AND OLD IIMS AS WELL AS OTHER TOP COLLEGES LIKE MDI,... ?
deepak : New IIMs around 97%ile, old ones - A C around 99.6, B depends on profile, I on acads, L around 98.5, K around 98.


abc : SIR CAN YOU RATE THE DIFFICULTY LEVELS OF AIMCAT 1512 AND 1513?
charlton : They were difficult but not very difficult. You can go through the solutions of these tests or their analysis posted on the SHP to get the difficulty level of each question.


madhav : QUANTS TOPICS LIKE GEOMETRY, PROBABILITY, P&C NOT TAUGHT SO POOR RESULTS IN SECTION1...WATS THE REMEDY?
thomas : did ur batch start late? do try to study by yourself. any doubts you have can be cleared when the chapters are taught in class.


cat : SIR I GAVE CMAT ONLINE MOCK TEST TODAY ....N SCORED 280 ... HOW IS THE SCORE .. I SCORED JUST 9 IN GK.HOW TO WORK ON THE GK PART?
thomas : 280 is a good score.the gk score is low but there are no sectional cutoffs. do go through the magazine and a good book for static gk.


sakshi : CONTINUING MY STATEMENT. CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST SOME OTHER METHOD TO ENSURE A BETTER PERFORMANCE AND TO INCREASE ACCURACY?
rajeshsaraf : To increase accuracy, you need to get an understanding of types of mistakes being committed. Usually the common types are 1) wrong concept being applied 2) calculation error 3) picking up of difficult questions instead of easy ones 4)getting caught up with wrong qs..almost like emotionally attached with a question (not wanting to leave that question till it is cracked)..Understand and work on those things. Pls remember, the improvement will be only incremental, but this will take you to a high


cat14 : HOW DO WE HAVE TO APPLY FOR COLLEGES TAKING CAT SCORE?
vijaykumar : You need to get their applications either online or offline and follow the instructions provided in the applications


harish : WHICH SECTION IS ADVISABLE TO ATTEMPT FIRST ? QI&DI OR VA&LR ? MY STRENGTH IS VA&LR. IF I ATTEMPT QI&DI SECOND, I'M NOT ABLE TO FOCUS MUCH. I'M UNDER THE PRESSURE THAT I'M RUNNING OUT OF TIME.
abhishek : There can be more than one strategy for taking a test. You can start with your stronger area and then move to QA n DI to spend sufficient time so as to clear the cutoffs. Now that we have some 2 months time and few more AIMCATS to go, check which strategy would suit you.


amit : HI SIR...MY QUESTION IS- WHEN THREE CONSECUTIVE VERTICES OF PARALLELOGRAM ARE GIVEN THEN HOW TO FIND ITS FOURTH VERTEX
vijaykumar : Use the distance formula If A,B,C are given then assume the fourth D as (x,y). In a parallelogram the length AB is equal to CD


kavish29 : @RAJESHSARAF SIR THANKYOU SO MUCH!BUT CAN YOU PLEASE ELABORATE " RIGHT AMOUNT OF PREPARATION IN RIGHT DIRECTION"...CAN YOU PLEASE PROVIDE SMALL INSTANCE???
rajeshsaraf : Understanding of one's strengths and weaknesses is the key here. For e.g, If we are pretty good at one of the topics, we may just have a tendency to discard that thinking that such topics will automatically be taken care of. And in contrast we tend to spend unnecessary amount of time on something where we are probably limited. If I am not good in the topic (say logs), then instead of banging our head against this topic, one needs to move ahead and take up topics which one is relatively good at and try to strengthen on them.


yog : SCHEDULE OF AIM-OMETS HV BEEN DECLARED.SO DO I NEED TO GO FOR ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION FOR OMET TEST SERIES AS I M COURSE STUDENT AT TIME
deepak : Not needed if you are enrolled under classroom course.


cat : WOULD WE GET THE PERCENTILE SCORES FOR AIM-OMETS?
deepak : That being the whole point behind conducting the All-India exams, yes.


kxcc4x382 : THERE ARE TEN PAIRS OF IDENTICAL WHITE SOCKS, 12 PAIRS OF IDENTICAL BLACK SOCKS AND 14 PAIRS OF IDENTICAL YELLOW SOCKS, ALL OF WHICH ARE KEPT IN A BOX. I NOW RANDOMLY DRAW A FEW SOCKS FROM THE BOX. IF I HAVE TO BE CERTAIN OF DRAWING AT LEAST ONE PAIR OF SOCKS OF THE SAME COLOUR, WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER SOCKS THAT I HAVE TO DRAW FROM THE BOX? THIS THE QUES OF AIMCAT-13. THE ANS GIVEN IS 4. BUT SHOULDNT THE ANS BE 37.
vijaykumar : Socks can't be classified as right or left and question about any colour and not a particular color


sairam : SIR I BELONG TO GENERAL CATEGORY. MY 10TH MARK IS 93.8% , 12TH 90.2% AND MY CGPA AS OF NOW IS 9.46.I HAVEN'T COMPLETED THE SRYDY MATERIALS YET. MY AIMCAT IS PERCENTILE VARIES HIGHLY. MY
abhishek : Hi Sairam, your scores are very good. what is the query?


nm : FOR NMAT VERBAL ABILITY SECTION HOW SHOULD ONE PREPARE?
swapnila : Focus on vocabulary building and grammar based questions.


kxcc4x382 : SIR/MAM.. WHAT WILL BE THE SECTIONAL CUT-OFF FOR TOP 5 IIMS??
vijaykumar : It depends on the students performance in that year


pooja : IS M.A.(HRM) FROM TISS EUIVALENT TO MBA?? COMMENT ON THIS COURSE FROM THIS COLLEGE?
srinivasbelvi : One of the best courses in HR spaces in India. It is rated equivalent to MBA by industries.


piyush : SIR IN THIS AIMCAT MY MARKS ARE:- QUANT-81, VERBAL-24. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES TO GET A CALL FROM IIM?
thomas : the total score is ok but the verbal score is too low. you will need to take the section score close to 50 marks to get an iim call.


madhav : @THOMAS SIR! YEP THE BATCH STARTED FROM JULY...AND ALL IMPORTANT TOPICS ARE REMAINING(AS MENTIONED)....ALL AIMCATS SUFFERING DUE TO THIS..SELF STUDY IS THE ONLY WAY I GUESS..
thomas : which city are you from? please make sure that students from you batch go and talk to people in your centre and get classes for these topics assigned at the earliest.


vish : GENERALLY PPL SAY AIMCATS ARE TOUGHER AND CAT IS COMPARITIVELY EASY. I AM GOOD AND DI AND LR. IN AIMCAT, I AM LEAVING 1 OR 2 DI AND LR QUES BECAUSE OF DIFFICULTY. BUT I AM CONFIDENT OF DOING GOOD IN ACTUAL CAT. NOW GETTING 70 TO 78%, WHAT WOULD BE MY RELATIVE PERCENTILE IN ACTUAL CAT WITH THIS STRENGTH IN DI AND LR
rajeshsaraf : You can expect a jump in 10 points in your percentile scores. However, there are lots of other factors attached to it.


chhintu : WHAT SHOULD BE THE ATTEMPT ORDER FOR QUESTIONS IN VA AS IT IS BUNDLED EXHAUSTIVELY WITH 1/3RD IN LR AND 2/3RD IN VERBAL QUESTIONS. AN ORDER BETWEEN PARAJUMBLE,RC,LR,CORRECT WORD USAGE,FIB.
deepak : There is no one secret formula which works for everyone. You must try out different P&Cs in the AIMCATs and you will eventually find your optimal point. Go ahead with that in the actual CAT.


pulkit : IS THERE SECTIONAL CUTOFF IN NMAT?
thomas : yes.


bob : SIR,MY OVERALL PERCENTILE IS IN THE RANGE OF 96-99 IN LAST 5 AIMCATS,BUT I HAVNT BEEN ABLE TO CLEAR QUANT CUTOFF IN 4.CAN I STILL REACH 99+ OVERALL AND GET A CALL FROM IIMS?CAN I IMPROVE MY QUANT SCORE FROM 80 TO 90+ IN SUCH SHORT TIME?I TEND TO COMMIT SILLY MISTAKES DUE TO HURRY,N SOME CONCEPTUAL ERRORS ALSO.ADVISE
rajeshsaraf : Ofcourse it's very much possible. To move from 80s to 90s, may be you need to cut down on your mistakes by 2 to 3 qs


yog : I HV GONE THROUGH ELIGIBILITY CRITERION FOR NMAT N THEY HV RULE THAT CANDIDATE MUST HV PASSED IN FIRST ATTEMPT. I M BTECH STUDENT N HV BACKLOGS IN 1&4 SEM BT CLEARED THEM IN RE EXAM AND I HV COMPLETED MY BTECH IN 4 YRS.SO M I ELIGIBLE FOR NMAT AS I DNT HV YEAR DROP?
deepak : Yes you are eligible.


kailash : SIR TWO YEARS GAP WILL AFFECT MY ELIGIBILTY OR NOT
deepak : Not for exams other than NMAT.


ganesh : I AVERAGELY GET 75%TILE IN AIMCATS. I GOT 85%TILE ONCE. CAN I GET CALS FROM IMT GHAZIABAD, XIMB, IMI, MDI? AA CATERGORY COLLEGES??
thomas : for calls from these colleges will need about 90 percentile. so you need to improve a little more.


muniaa : HI SIR MY AIMCAT 1512 SCORE IS 48.36...WHAT CAN BE MY CAT SCORE?
charlton : What were your scores in other AIMCATs. Anyways you need to improve your performance.


om : SIR, I STARTED MY PREPARATION FROM THIS MONTH. IN MY LAST 3 AIMCATS MY SCORES WERE 25, 36 AND 48 %LE RESPETIVELY. SIR PLEASE SUGGEST ME HOW I CAN MAKE IT ABOVE 90.
srinivasbelvi : As you continue to build your concepts, you'll find an improvement in your test scores. It is a matter of time. Devote enough time towards your preparation.


kavish29 : @REJESHSARAF!THANKS SIR!! YOU HELPED A LOT!:)
rajeshsaraf : My pleasure !!


crisis : SIR A FRIEND OF MINE WHO GOT 128 AIR IN JEE AND 99.7 PERCENTILE LAST YEAR COULDNT CONVERT A,B,C. HIS GPA IS 6.6.
deepak : Your question being?


amit : WHAT IS THE EQUATION OF THE LINE THAT MAKING AN ANGLE 60* WITH POSITIVE DIRECTION OF X-AXIS AND HAVING AN X-INTERCEPT 3
vijaykumar : Then find the line which is perpendicular to this line and passes thru the same x-intercept. This line will cut both the positive x and y axis forming a 30, 60 and 90 degree triangle with the base as 3. With the help of this line u can find the equation of the line asked becos product of their slopes should be -1 since they are perpendicular. Now you know the slope of the line and a point thru which passes, using which u can fine the equation


mini : ARE THERE SECTIONAL CUTOFFS IN CMAT?
thomas : no,there are no sectional cutoffs.


mini : ARE THERE SECTIONAL CUTOFFS IN MAT?
vijaykumar : Yes please check our website for more details


pooja : HOW TO GET INTO TISS FOR MA IN HRM?? VIA CAT OR SOME OTHER XAM?? REQUIRED MARKS IN THAT XAM AS WELL??
deepak : You'll have to write TISSNET. Its cutoff has been around 85/100 last year.


crisis : SIR A FRIEND OF MINE WHO GOT 128 AIR IN JEE AND 99.7 PERCENTILE LAST YEAR COULDNT CONVERT A,B,C. HIS GPA IS 6.6. MY GPA IS LESS THAN HIS. SO , WHAT SHOULD I LEARN FROM A CASE LIKE THIS
rajeshsaraf : First thing: Let's not think too much into it. Second point: For every one such example like this, there are hundreds of other cases where GPA has been even lesser, percentile has been even lesser, but the candidate has made his way to IIMs -A, B, C . So, take the positives. The issue is we don't know what really happened in that interview. There are lots of factors which we need to look at before we can be very objective about it.


sairam : SIR MY 10TH MARKS IS 93.6%..12TH 90.2% AND MY CURRENT CGPA IS 9.46. MY AIMCAT SCORES FLUCTUATE VERY HIGHLY.I HAVE GOT 95 PERCENTILE AS WELL AS 70S .MY AIMCAT 1512 PERCENTILE IS 89.8. I HAVENT COMPLETED THE STUDY MATERIALS YET. DO I STAND A CHANCE OF GETTING INTO IIMS. I BELONG TO GENERAL CATEGORY.
abhishek : Fluctuations in percentile is not so uncommon. Just maintain the focus, complete the study material provided. I dont think of any reason why you should not get a call from the iims. Just maintain focus.


nirjhar : SIR WHEN DO WE NEED TO APPLY FOR COLLEGES,WHETHER AFTER GETTING CAT RESULT OR BEFORE THAT.
rajeshsaraf : There are a few B schools, which you may have to apply even before your CAT exams. Stay tuned to the notification http://www.time4education.com/disp_notification1.asp?tid=1


dlca4ka56 : NO REPLY?MY QA+DI SCORE HAS BEEN COMING AS 75-85 PERCENTILE .ANY TIPS TO IMPROVE
abhishek : The simplest yet effective stategy for improving the scores in Quant DI section would be solving easier questions. But it is easier said than done. For identifying easier questions, you will have to not just practice and solve a question but to analyse each question. With time the skill willl improve,


rudd007 : SORRY FOR THE OFF TOPIC QUESTION, BUT SIR/MAM I AM PRIMARILY INTERESTED IN OPERATIONS AND TARGETING IIMS. BUT WHAT ARE OTHER GOOD OPTIONS, NITIE OR IMT OR MDI? SINCE THERE IS SEPERATE FORM FEES FOR EACH OF THEM, I WILL PREFER TO FILL APPLICATIONS ONLY FOR FEW...
deepak : Apart from the IIMs, NITIE, the IITs


vicki : IHAV A WORK EX OF 6 YRS WHICH WILL BE BETTER FOR ME REGULAR MBA OR EXECUTIVE MBA ??
deepak : Usually, an executive. However it does depend on the kind of work exp as well.


rushabh : @ CHARLTON SIR U HAVE MENTIONED TOP 6 IIM'S. PLEASE LIST THEM IN ORDER.
charlton : IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Kolkatta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode


somya : SIR,MY SCORE IS GETTING REDUCED DUE TO NO. OF NEGATIVES..WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY TO REDUCE THE NEGATIVES..
vijaykumar : Better not get into areas where you are not comfortable at, but your uncomfortable areas should not be vast


jscc4v593 : @ABHISEK SIR:PLS TELL ME CMAT SECTIONAL AND OVERALL CUT OFF?
abhishek : http://www.aicte-cmat.in/College/faq.aspx please go through the above. All the best.


muniaa : HI SIR....I ANSWERED 30 QUESTION OUT OFF 100 IN AIMCAT 1512...BUT 13 WERE WRONG....HOW CAN I INCREASE MY ACCURACY?
srinivasbelvi : If most of the mistakes are due to lack of understanding of fundamental clarity, then intensify your preparation. You got to identify the reason behind the mistakes to fix the gap.


sres12512 : SIR I M ASKING FOR THE THIRD TIME... PLEASE ANSWER MY QUERY
deepak : Answered


yog : I MISSED MY AIMCAT12N.SO COULD I GET THE QUS N ANS OF THAT TEST?
vijaykumar : All AIMCAT papers and solutions will be made available to you on your student home page before one month to CAT


vicki : I HAVE 2 YEAR EXPERIENCE IN MANAGERIAL WORK REST 4 YEARS RELATED TO ENGG. THEN WHAT SHOULD PREFER ?
deepak : 1 yr exec in that case.


cat1 : IM A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT. DO I GET ANY PRIVILEGES INTO IIM'S/ OR ANY OTHER B SCHOOL ?
deepak : A few B schools may have some points for acad diversity. But CAT and GDPI are far more important, so be cautious not to get complacent.


dd : SIR I HAVE BEEN FOCUSSING TO IMPROVE IN QUANT BUT MY WEAKNESS I KNOW IS VA SECTION.PLEASE SUGGEST ME WAYS
swapnila : Already answered.Please check chat transcipt


crisis : WHAT WAS THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF AIMCAT 1512 COMPARED TO LAST YEAR?
thomas : there is a big change in the cat pattern this year. so it is not wise to compare any aimcats with last years cat paper.


cattac : HI SIR MY AIMCAT SCORE IS STUCK BETWEEN 75-80%ILE, IN AIMCAT-13 I GOT 86%ILE THEN IN 12 BACK TO 70'S. ALSO MY QUANT IS WEAK AND I AM NOT ABLE TO ATTEMPT MORE THAN 15QUEST.(80% ACCURACY) IN QUANT. I HAVE DONE THE TIME BASIC QUANT. BOOKS BUT STILL THE SAME PROBLEM. PLEASE SUGGEST ME A STRATEGY TO IMPROVE MY QUANT SCORE??
rajeshsaraf : 1) Accuracy in QA+DI need to go up from 80% to 90%. OR the attempts need to shoot up from 15 to at least 18. 2)Get exposure to wide range of questions. For e.g, if you are solving a chapter (say trigo), try not be contented with just a limited number of questions. Solve a large pool of qs.


pooja : GOT 58.8 PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT 12 PLZZ COMMENT ON MY PERFORMANCE??
srinivasbelvi : You have a long way to go. Intensify your preparation if you want to make a cut into top B-Schools.


mad14 : HOW CAN I TAKE AIMCMAT??
charlton : If you have enrolled for AIMCATs or for a CAT course variant that includes AIMCATs, then the provisioning for taking these tests is made available on the Your Student Home Page. You may have to book slots and register for the proctored tests. If you are not a T.I.M.E. Student, I suggest that you get in touch with the nearest TIME centre and enrol for the AIMCATs.You will get 20 tests, all based on the new CAT Pattern.


om : @SHRINIVASBELVI SIR, CAN U PLEASE SUGGEST ME A STUDY TIME TABLE.? I CAN GIVE UP TO 12-14 HOURS A DAY.
srinivasbelvi : Devote 40% of a day's available time towards your stronger areas & 60% towards your weaker areas. Broadly identify the your stronger & weaker areas between Algebra+Numbers, Arithmetic, Geometry, RC, Verbal Logic, Logical Reasoning, DI. Pressure peaks up after a month from now & you'll not be able to learn much in your weaker areas. Therefore spend more time on weaker areas right now.


sres12512 : OKK.. THANK YOU SIR
deepak : You're welcome


dd : SHOULD I APPLY FOR NMAT EXAM? IF I AM SECURING AROUND 85%ILE IN AIMCATS
deepak : Sure


jai : SIR WHILE REGISTERING FOR CAT-2014 I WRONGLY ENTERED MY 10TH CLASS % INSTEAD OF 83 I ENTERED 85 .. WHOAT SHULD I DO NOW ??
deepak : Nothing, as they do not entertain requests to change it now. You could perhaps explain it in the individual interviews later on.


chhintu : TEACHERS, PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION ALSO (HUMBLY)
deepak : Did


cattac : SIR PLEASE ANSWER MY QUERY
rajeshsaraf : Answered !!


kailash : SIR I HAV BACK IN A 3RD YR OF B.COM. WILL THAT AFFECT MY ELIGIBILTY.
abhishek : The admission into any B school will happen next year and thus you have sufficient ti e in clearing the back. That will not be hampering anyway your chances. Focus on improving your scores.


abh : WHAT IS GAT
rajeshsaraf : General Awareness Test :)


vicki : BEST COLLEGES FOR EXECUTIVE MBA ?
deepak : IIMs, ISB, Great Lakes


sanjoy1992 : I HAVE ALREADY GIVEN 10-15 MOCK EXAMS BUT MY PERCENTILE HAS BEEN STUCK IN BETWEEN 75-90...I AM UNABLE TO MAKE IT 95+..I HAVE COMPLETED 70% SYLLABUSE...WHAT SHOULD I DO?? PLEASE HELP ME.
srinivasbelvi : Once you complete the unfinished task & get your strategy right, your scores should move north. May be that 30% of the unfinished work is inducing unwarranted pressure while you are taking the test.


sachin : NOW AIMOMETS ARE GOING ,IF I DONT WRITE THEM NOW ,WILL THEY BE ADDED TO MY ACCOUNT AND CAN I TAKE THEM LATER?
vijaykumar : Already answered


dd : CAN U SUGGEST SOME GOOD NMAT COLLEGES?
abhishek : NMAT is entrance for NMIMS (Narseemonjee institute of Management studies). Its main campus is in Mumbai, has a campus in Hyderabad, shirpur and in Bangalore


crisis : IF I DIVIDE MY TIME INTO 70+70+30. WHAT SHLD BE TOUCHED IN THE LAST 30 MINS
charlton : Good strategy. Alternatively Divide the paper into 6 rounds of 25 minutes each first covering various areas of moderate difficulty level. In the last 30 minutes, do those unattempted questions where you can maximise your score.Ensure that you mentally make a note to clear the sectional cutoff which you must gauge as you go through the test. Strategize using the AIMCATs.


abh : SIR I HV MY SEMESTER EXAMS IN NOV. I M NOT BEING ABLE TO BALANCE BOTH THINGS EXAMS & CAT?? CAN YOU SUGGEST SMTHNG??
abhishek : November is 45 50 days away. Start preparing for both the exams. This will be a problem faced by many other candidates. Dont be bothered, start your preparation.


somya : HELLO,I AM A WORKING PROFESSIONAL WITH 2 YEARS WORK EX.WHICH OPTION IS BETTER,MBA OR EXECUTIVE MBA?
deepak : 2 yr MBA


student : SIR I CAN SOLVE THE QUESTIONS FROM THE BOOKLET PROVIDED TO US BY TIME. BUT WHEN I DO QUESTIONS IN AIMCAT THATS A TOUGH JOB . CAN U PLEASE SUGGEST ME THE STRATEGY
rajeshsaraf : Pls remember, even if you solve 35% of the questions (from AIMCATs), thats an outstanding performance. IN other words, if there are 100 questions, if you attempt only 35 questions (with 100% accuracy), rest assured that in AIMCATs, you will cross 95 percentile for sure. !!


kxcc4x382 : SIR/MAM..FOR FMS DO WE NEED TO APPLY SEPARATELY OR THEY ACCEPT CAT SCORE?? ALSO FROM WHEN WILL THE START ACCEPTING FORMS??
charlton : FMS accepts the CAT score. We will inform you through email.


sairam : SIR MY MOTIVATION NOW IS AT ROCK BOTTOM!? WHAT DO I DO??
abhishek : You still have time. Use it properly so as to improve your scores in subsequent AIMCATS and in actual CAT. All the best.


madhav : @THOMAS SIR! BANGALORE CITY...WILL FOLLOW WAT U SAID!! THANX
thomas : make sure you get other students in your batch when you go there.


kxcc4x382 : WHAT SHOULD BE THE CUT-OFF FOR FMS????
thomas : it would be slightly above 98 percentile if we go by last couple of years cutoffs.


muniaa : SIR THIS IS MY 1ST AIMCAT...AND ISCORE 48.36....WHAT CAN BE MY CAT SCORE?
vijaykumar : Let us not judge with one AIMCAT take a few more, then analyse. Normally students use to slightly higher percentile in real CAT than the get in AIMCAT


eshaan : HOW MUCH PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS NEED TO BE MAINTAINED IF FOCUSING MORE THAN 99.7 PERCENTILE?
deepak : 95+


1234567890 : SIR WHT TO READ FOR GK SECTION FOR IIFT????
thomas : do read our magazine and a good gk book for static gk. make sure you read newspaper including a business paper every day


cat2014 : SIR AROUND WHAT SCORE WILL WE GET A 96+ PERCENTILE IN THE REAL CAT?
thomas : it will depend on the paper. right now nobody will be able to answer that qn.


neha : SIR MY PERCENTIL WAS AROUND 90 SINCE D FIRST AIMCAT. THOUGH IT IMPROVED FOR 2-3 AIMCATS ND REACHED 95 BT NOW AGAIN ITS AROUND 91. PLZ HELP. HOW SHOUL I IMPROVE?
srinivasbelvi : One reason could be pressure. Handle pressure & minimise errors, you should get into 98 bracket.


dd : PLEASE SUGGEST WAYS TO IMPROVE IN RC QUESTIONS
charlton : Reading is the practise. Practise 2 RC passages on a daily basis. I have mentioned some reading sources elsewhere in this chat. Please also solve sectional tests online and the T.I.M.E. Material. KIndly solve the ACTUAL CAT R.C. Passages especially those from CAT2005, CAT2006, CAT2007, CAT2008. These papers are available online.


spy : SIR, COULD YOU SUGGEST SOME METHOD TO STRENGTHEN MY PROBLEM SOLVING ABILITY IN NUMBERS?? I'VE COMPLETED MY SM, AND SECTIONALS. PROBLEM IS , I CAN'T GET A POINT TO START SOLVING A PROBLEM.
rajeshsaraf : It depends on what sub-topics within the topic "Numbers" you are looking at. It could be based on -1) LCM 2) HCF 3) Divisibility rules 4) Remainders 5) tenth's digit 5) Wilson's theorem etc.. Sometimes, the questions don't come across as based on single concepts alone. They may come in package of multiple concepts intertwined with each other. If you have solved ALL the qs from SMs and from AIMCAts very thoroughly, then there is avery good chance of cracking the qs in AIMCAts /CAT. All the best


bunny : @THOMAS SIR...I AM CONSISTENTLY GETTING 85 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS...IF CONTINUE THE SAME LEVEL OF PREPARATION WHAT PERCENTILE CAN I EXPECT IN CAT
thomas : you can expect a slightly better score as the competition in aimcats is tougher. it would be around 90.


vish : WHAT PERCENTILE IN AVG AIMCATS WOULD GIVE ME AN CAT PERCENTILE OF 90+
kumargaurav : Try to get Same in Aimcats ,


cat2014 : SIR ARE THE RC PASSAGES IN CAT AS LONG AS THE AIMCAT ?
kumargaurav : You never know


aks965 : HELLO SIR/MA'AM, I SCORED 96.5, 88, 98.4,98.5 AND NOW 96.9 PERCENTILES IN THE FORMATS. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET THOSE 99 PERCENTILE MARKS? ALSO, MY ATTEMPTS ARE IN THE RANGE OF 50-55 BUT I GET ONLY ABOUT 40 QUESTIONS CORRECT. COULD YOU SUGGEST WAYS OF IMPROVING MY ACCURACY?
charlton : As your preparation continues, can you give yourself a target. Attempt 80% of the paper with 95% accuracy.


giri : RESPECTED FACULTY, I AM CURRENTLY AROUND 85-90 IN THE AIMCATS, PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I MUST BE TO GET 99 IN THE ACTUAL CAT.
rajeshsaraf : The difference between 90 and 99 percentile in AIMCATis equivalent to around 10 questions (or around 30 marks). You need to analyze how this gap can be bridged.


chhintu : ARE IMI,DELHI AND XIMB GOOD TO GET IN?
abhishek : Yes they are good colleges.


xyz : HI I GAVE MY MAT EXAM...I HAVE DONE 80 QUESTIONS CORRECTLY AS THE TYM WS VERY LESS....IS IT OK OR BAD??? PLEASE KINDLY REPLY HOW MUCH % CAN I EXPECT(APPROX)???
rajeshsaraf : IT depends on the accuracy rate. Assuming all 80 attempts were correct, you can expect more than 99 percentile (subject to certain other factors)


sanjoy1992 : PLEASE REPLY...I HAVE ALREADY POST IT TWICE...
srinivasbelvi : replied


ggca4d699 : CHARLTON SIR I HAVE WRITTEN MY AIMVAT PERCENTILES EARLIER: 98.88, 95.4, 91, 89, 96
charlton : You need to cross 99 percentile and for this pls practise and make RCs your strong area. This is because everyone thinks that RC is difficult but in reality it can be tackled well.


mucc4x045 : I JUST COMPLETED MY ENGINEERING AND HAVENT TAKEN UP ANY JOB CURRENTLY AS I WISH TO ONCENTRATE ON CAT AND OTHERENTRANCES.WILL THIS HAMPER MY SELECTION IN TOP INSTITUTES?
charlton : No it will not. Focus on getting a very good CAT, XAT, IIFT, MAT, NMAT, SNAP score. You can always justify that you wanted to do very well in the exams and therefore took a break and did not join any job.


sairam : SIR IS SYMBIOSIS PUNE A GOOD COLLEGE TO JOIN OR IS IT BERTER TO PREPARE FOR CAT AGAIN AND GET INTO IIM
abhishek : Symbiosis Pune is one of the best B schools in the country. But IIMs will be better. I would suggest for the time being, do not think about the next year and give your best attempt so as to crack the cat this year.


mucc4x045 : ALSO WILL THIS YEAR BE CONSIDERED A GAP?I HAVE CLEARED MY EXAM WITH A FIRST CLASS AND NO KTS.
vijaykumar : No harm in the telling the truth that you were preparing for CAT


purna : WHAT NUMBER OF QUESTION ATLEAST SHOULD I ATTEMPT?
vijaykumar : It depends on the how tough the paper is and how others are performing in it


anjesh : SIR CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME THE PROCESS OF GETTING INTO JAMNALAL BAJAJ?
swapnila : You can do do by writing CET.


kavish29 : ANYONE PLEASE ANS THE Q I ASKED ABOUT GK PREP!!!
srinivasbelvi : Read newspapers regularly, read last 8-12 month issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, primarily focussing on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits). In addition to the above, you can also take a look at the GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your 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. Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions. In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters. 1) Who is who, 2) What is what, 3) Science scan, 4)Human body 5) Computers 6) Landmarks of history 7) The Universe Finally, OMETs are perhaps the best source for preparation. It comes very close to the actual entrance exam paper and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.


cat2014 : SIR HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD BE GIVEN TO EACH RC OF THE SAME LEVEL AS WAS GIVEN IN AIMCAT-1513N
charlton : Roughly 5 minutes per RC.


eshaan : IN CONTINUATION WITH MY LAST QUESTION(TARGET 99.7+ IN REAL CAT)...MY PERCENTILES IN N SERIES ARE 98.01,95.09,98.5,93.94... ATTEMPTS 50-55. WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO INCREASE ATTEMPTS?
vijaykumar : You are scores are good you have a good chance of getting what you are looking for. Always try to make the uncomfortable areas into your comfort zone by making lot of variations in the questions of such areas because you might get a easy question there but might be leaving becos of the above said reason.


anjesh : WHEN THE PROCESS FOR ADMISSION OF JAMNALAL BAJAJ STARTS?
swapnila : The CET is conducted in the month of March and the admission process starts post April.


dlca4c517 : RESPECTED TEACHERS... IS DERE ANY IMPLICATION/DRAWBACK OF DROPPING A YEAR AFTER GRADUATION??
abhishek : Not really. There are many students who take a year drop and attempt it next year. Try to do something apart from your preparation for eg join a NGO, learn some new language. You should be able to show them some value addition in you in the past one year.


giri : SIR, I AM NOT ABLE TO JUDGE LR QUESTIONS (WHETHER THEY ARE DOABLE OR NOT). THE PROBLEM IS BY THE TIME I REALIZE THAT THE QUESTION IS SOMEWHAT TRICKY, I WOULD HAVE ALREADY SPENT 7-8 MINUTES. WHAT TO DO IN THESE SITUATIONS. KEEP TRYING OR LEAVE IT?
charlton : This is a very critical decision making skill that is tested in any test. You need to practise many tests. Look at 4 LR sets and rank them as Easy, Moderate, Difficult etc; to be done first, second, third respectively. This decision has to be taken quickly. So your ability to scan through the question quickly without actually solving the same is tested.


aasvogel : SIR I STARTED MY PREP IN JULY MID AND TILL NOW I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO COMPLETE PART A. CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE ME TIME TABLE. I AM NOT WORKING AND I AM A FRESHER
charlton : RC (45 min everyday), VA (45 min everyday), DI (30 min everyday), LR (30 min everyday), Quant (2 hrs everyday). Also online sectional tests - 1 from an area everyday. Take the AIMCATs whenever scheduled.


kailash : WHEN CET WILL BE CONDUCTED
swapnila : It was conducted in March this year.


kxcc4x382 : SIR/MAM...WHAT SHOULD BE A GOOD ATTEMPT AND ACCURACY PERCENTAGES IN AMCAT FOR GETTING 98.5 PERCENTILE IN ACTUAL CAT????
vijaykumar : It depends on how do others perform, because percentile is a relative comparison. Accuracy need very high always


imran : SIR HOW MUCH TIME SHOUKLD WE GIVE ON EACH SECTION??
srinivasbelvi : Ideally 75-80 minutes per section & the buffer of 10-20 minutes can be used based on your strategy.


kxcc4x382 : SIR.. DO SYMBIOSIS TAKE CAT SORE??
srinivasbelvi : No


mucc4x045 : THANK YOU. :)
vijaykumar : Welcome


dee : SIR IS IT POSSIBLE TO MAKE 65 PERCENTILE TO 99 IN TWO MONTHS
abhishek : Very much possible, depends on how much time is one ready to devote.



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