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Chat on AIMCAT 1707 & preparation tips for CAT!
(Chat Transcript)

dlcc6wa29 : HELLO SIR,
thomas : hello. whats your question?


bhargav : HI SIR/MADAM... TIME INVITES ALL IIM CALL PREDICTED STUDENTS FOR A SPECIAL SESSION ON CAT(HAPPENS USUALLY IN LAST MONTH BEFORE CAT).WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR THE STUDENTS TO GET THAT MAIL/CALL ?
thomas : your aimcat scores.(normally 95+ percentile).


aaa : SIR GETTING ONLY 30 MARKS IN VA SECTION IN AIMCAT EVEN AFTER PRACTISING PARAJUMBLES A LOT I AM NOT ABLE TO DO IT CORRECTLY IN AIMCAT
thomas : you should do more of RCs. they form nearly 75 percent of the qns.


raju : HOW TO ANALYZE MY AIMCAT PERFORMANCE
philipthomas : TAKE THE SCORES OF THE LAST 3 AIMCATs YOU HAVE DONE AND ANALYZE EACH SUBSECTION SEPARATELY, FOR EXAMPLE, TAKE THE RC SECTION AND ENTER DATA UNDER 3 COLUMNS: TOTAL QUESTIONS , TOTAL ATTEMPTS AND TOTAL CORRECT , DO THIS FOR EACH aimcat ND THIS ENABLES TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING WRONG


raju : WEN WILL CAT RESULTS BE OUT
asim : CAT 2016 results are expected to be released in second week of Jan


cks : HELLO SIR,
thomas : hello. do ask your question


raju : WHAT TO DO ABOUT MATHS, I AM VERY WEAK IN LAST ONE MONTH
thomas : do the basic SM book and the online sectional tests. this should help you with the basics.


raju : WHAT PERCENTILE SHOULD I GET FOR IIT BOMBAY ( I AM GENERAL CATEGORY)
asim : Aim at 98.5+ percentile


boss12 : WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT TOPICS IN QUANT TO CONCENTRATE ON LAST ONE MONTH??
supratim : Geometry , Mensuration , Trigonometry , Co-Ordinate Geometry and Graph - All 5 chapters will constitute Geometry Cluster . Revise all 5 chapters. Along with that please revise TW , TD , Percentage & Average chapters with out fail.


cks : WHAT SHOULD BE THE LAST 50 DAYS PREPARATION STRATEGY FOR CAT 2016 ?
prajnanray : Take a section of a test everyday and analyze it. Remaining time refresh your basics


rishabhbhardwaj : SIR MY AIM CAT PERCENTILE VARIES FROM 80 TO 90, WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO GET IN REAL CAT
thomas : around 85-95.


prashant : MY SCORE IN 1707 IS 119; VARC-48,DILR-38,QA-33; IN EARLIER AIMCATS IN QA I USED TO GET 95+ %ILE BT THIS HAS DROPPED..PROBLEM IS NOT KNOWLEDGE..COZ WEN I ANALYSE QA AT HOME I COULD DO MORE THAN 85-90% QUES...THAT IS I FEEL I CAN GET 99%ILE IN QA BT THAT IS NOT HAPPENING SO..SOMETHING IS GETTING WRONG...MAYBE I M GETTIN PANICKED ..WHAT TO DO?
rajeshsaraf : 99 percentile implies that you need to get at least 60% marks in Quants section. if knowledge is not the constraint, then may be "wrong selection of questions". Or it could be that you are picking up the right questions but towards the end making some very silly errors. May be try practicing writing test for about 4 hrs (on a trot). That will help you tackle the last section (Quants) because generally by the time we reach the last section, the chances of stamina dropping in could be high resulting in panic and scenarios like that


nish : SIR I HAVE BEEN CONSTATLY TRYING FOR A GOOD SCORE IN AIMCAT BUT ALWAYS SCORE IN RANGE 85-92 PERCENTILE. I HAVE GOOD ACADEMIC BACKGROUND ALSO. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO INCREASE MY PERCENTILE ? WHICH COLLEGE I SHOULD APPLY FOR NOW ?
asim : Figure out which chapters/kind of questions are troubling you and work on them, do loads of practice with questions from those areas, keep repeating this exercise after every AIMCAT


boss12 : HOW TO SCORE 80S RANGE IN CAT??
thomas : why do you aim for the 80S. Aim fot 90+ percentile.after each mock see how much the 90 percentiler scored and easy qns you missed.this should give you an idea about ow much more you need to improve to get to 90.


chris : IS IT BETTER TO DO RCS FIRST OR THE REST OF VA QUESTIONS, BECAUSE AFTER 3-4 PASSAGES, I GET READER'S BLOCK
thomas : try 2-3 RCs and then go the VA part.you will not get bored in this way. come back to RCs in the end.


arpan : IN LAST NMAT ICOULD SCORE ONLY 192....WHAT PERCENTILE CAN IT TRANSLATE IN ACTUAL NMAT
thomas : should be in the low 80s.


anshuman : DO I NEED TO RECHECK MY ANSWERS IN QUANT SECTION FOR REDUCING NUMBER OF INCORRECT ANSWERS?
prajnanray : You will not have time for that. Choose and answer only those questions which you can answer correctly within 2-3 minutes


madyy : WITH INCREASE IN DIFFICULTY LEVEL IN VA AND RC SECTION MY SCORE DROPS SHARPLY , WHAT CAN BE PROBABLE REASON BEHIND?
supratim : Lets think of solution of the problem . 1) Read 2 RC's everyday 2) Solve 5/7 fill in the blank questions everyday .


nikhil : HELLO SIR , MY AIMCAT SCORE IS NOT GOES UP SO HOW I DO PREPARATION IN THESE 2 MONTHS ?
tarannumraza : go through the worst 5 aimcats...with the help of the subarea analysis identify the types of questions you have consistently been skipping or getting wrong.Work on these areas-is there a problem in the understanding of fundamentals or are you making careless errors...This type of analysis will help you improve


saurav : NEED TO IMPROVE ON VARC SECTION
prajnanray : What's your query?


monika : SIR HOW MUCH SHOULD ONE SCORE IN AIMNMAT TO GET 210+ SCORE IN ACTUAL NMAT?
thomas : 225+.


arpan : HOW MUCH TO SCORE IN NMAT FOR A CALL FROM NMIMS MUMBAI.... IMEAN THE TARGET SCORE
supratim : 230 + to be in safer side.


gaurav : HELLO SIR I AM PREPARING FOR CAT 2017 MY QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE,LOGICAL REASONING,READING COMPREHENSION AND VOCABLUARY IS AVERAGE SO HOW MANY HOURS TO PUT DAILY TO GET 99.99 OR TO CRACK CAT & XAT
prajnanray : That actually depends on your already-developed aptitude and knowledge of basics. However, start with 3-4 hours and gradually increase it.


shubham : HI, MY PERCENTILE MOSTLY HOVERS AROUND 85-90 BUT IN ONE MISSED AIMCAT THAT I LATELY TOOK (AIMCAT 1719), I GOT 98.5+ PERCENTILE. HOW COME SUCH AN EXCEPTION? I FOUND THAT EXAM A LITTLE EASY. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO MAINTAIN THE SAME IN ALL OTHER PAPERS?
philipthomas : AIMCAT1719 WOULD LOOK EASY BECAUSE IT WAS SET KEEPING IN MIND THE FACT THAT STUDENTS WOULD STILL BE AT THE BASICS LEVEL WITH REGARD TO THEIR PREPARATION AT THAT POINT OF TIME , YOU KEEP DOING WELL BY FOLLOWING THAT CRITICAL FACTOR , SEARCH AND DO WELL ON THE EASY QUESTIONS


bhargav : I HAVE WRITTEN 13 AIMCATS. I HAVE MY PERCENTILES IN 70'S(5), 80'S(7) AND A 90. I HAVE BEEN IN 80'S SINCE LAST 5 AIMCATS. PLEASE RATE THE PERFORMANCE AND LET ME KNOW HOW TO IMPROVE IT TO CROSS 95 IN ACTUAL CAT.
tarannumraza : With the help of subarea analysis, identify the types of questions/topics that are your problem areas.work to improve them.consistent effort will help you score higher in CAT


chris : HI. HOW TO UNDERSTAND WHICH QUESTIONS ARE EASY/MED/DIFFICULT IN AIMCAT ?
supratim : Practice makes us perfect. No strategy works without knowledge. So please write online sectional tests to improve knowledge. Automatically you will be able to differentiate between a easy or moderate or difficult question .


monika : SIR WHAT IS THE CUTOFF FOR MDI AND SP JAIN?
prajnanray : around 96-97 %ile


garvit : HELLO SIR/MADAM, MY MAIN PROBLEM IS IN VA/RC SECTION... IF I GO SLOW IN THAT I DO IT WITH 70-75% ACCURACY BUT DNT REACH THE CUTOFF AS OTHERS DO IT FASTER... IF I GO FAST IN VA/RC THERE ARE TWO EXTREMES TO IT... EITHER I GO UP TO 90PERCENTILE OR DROP TO 20-40 PERCENTILE PLEASE SUGGEST ME WHAT TO DO. IN NMAT ALSO I SCORE GOOD IN VA AND LR BUT I AM AFRAID I WOULD NPT BE ABLE TO CLEAR THE SECTIONAL CUTOFF ONLY FOR ENGLISH.
rajeshsaraf : The good thing is you have reached 90 percentile. Accuracy plays a significant role. In NMAT, there is no negative marking. You wouldn't like to experiment on the day of the exam. We would recommend that before the exam, you write sufficient MOCK NMATs so as to understand what strategy works best for you.


anshuman : ANY TRICK TO PICK FOR EASIER RCS LIKE WE DO IN LR/DI?
supratim : Read questions first. This will help you to identify 2 things 1) Topic of the passage 2) They are factual or Inference based.


harry : IN REFERENCE TO THE ANSWER OF THIS QUESTION "WHAT SHOULD BE THE LAST 50 DAYS PREPARATION STRATEGY FOR CAT 2016 ?" : "TAKE A SECTION OF TEST" WHAT DO YOU REALLY MEAN BY THAT.??
prajnanray : Get a mock test and consider one of the three sections and take it under test circumstances. Then analyze each and every question.


murali : HELLO SIR. COULD U PLEASE ARRANGE ALL THE REMAINING AIMCATS IN ONLINE FORMAT ALONE. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO REACH THE TEST CENTRE WHEN IT IS MADE NON-INV
supratim : How do you plan to reach CAT center on 4th December'16 ? Should not you take AIMCAT with same seriousness ?


prashant : WILL THERE BE MOCK TEST ON CAT WEBSITE FOR CAT16?
thomas : yes. it should come in 6-7 days.


arpan : ARE THE 2016 NMAT MODELLED ALONG WITH TIME NMAT MOCKS
thomas : yes. nmat this year is similar to previous years nmats. the time mocks are similar to those.


nikhil : CAN I INCREASE THE MARKS IN AIMCAT BY THROUGH GIVING SECTIONAL TEST DAILY OF EACH SUBJECT
thomas : and also by analyzing them after each test.


chris : IF I GET 94 %ILE AT THIS POINT, IS IT POSSIBLE TO CROSS 99.5 IN ACTUAL CAT ? WHAT SHOULD BE MY APPROACH ?
tarannumraza : If you have been consistently getting high scores,it means that understanding of the fundamentals is not a problem.Check your time management/choice of questions.A little care will help you score higher.


anilpra : HI.THERE IS A BASIC SET OF FORMULAE FOR QUANT AND BASIC GUIDELINES TO APPROACH FOR VERBAL.. BUT HOW TO GO ABOUT SOLVING DI,LR. EACH QUESTION SEEMS DIFFERENT
vjs : DI questions are widely based on the DIHOs.Reading instructions carefully and a good grasp of English helps you understand the different instructions quickly. Use of 'atleast' 'atmost' and other key words as per the question can be understood quickly with some practise.


msingh16 : HELLO SIR/MAMIS IT BETTER TO TAKE MOCK TEST OR IS IT BETTER TO TAKE SECTIONAL TEST AND HOW TO ANALYZE THEM , ALSO WHAT WOULD BE BETTER, TO TAKE A MOCK DAILY OR TAKING SECTIONAL TEST. PLEASE RECOOMEND. IS IT GOOD TO JUST REVISE MOCKS SETS OR WOULD IT BETTER TO DO NEW QUESTIONS AS WELL ..?
govindrajan : Sectional tests should go along with mock tests. Sectional tests help you to revise specific topics, while mocks give you test experience.


anshuman : WHEN THE CAT PORTAL WILL OPEN TO MAKE CORRECTIONS IN FORM?
philipthomas : THE TIME FOR THAT IS OVER.


boss12 : WHAT TYPE OF QUESTIONS APPEAR FOR CAT IN LOGICAL REASONING??
asim : various chapters like selections, Distributions, venn diagrams, arrangements , binary logic etc


monika : APPROX HOW MANY WORDS VOCABULARY SHOULD ONE LEARN FOR EXAMS LIKE XAT/NMAT ETC?
prajnanray : There's no upper limit. As many as one can.


chris : I INTEND TO DO ONE MOCK EVERY DAY. WHICH BOOK SHOULD I BUY ?
supratim : Its about learning not about finishing mocks. Do not waste your money in buying any material. You have enough of it in books and SHP.


vg : I HAVE FINISHED THE BASIC SECTIONAL TESTS, SO NOW SHOULD I SWITCH TO ADVANCED OR START WITH INTERMEDIATE?
thomas : since there is no much time left and if you are good in a section go the advanced ones. go for the intermediate ones in areas where you are not strong.


anshuman : IS THERE ANY SPECIFIC CRITERIA FOR GETTING A CALL FROM SP JAIN?
asim : Yes, check http://www.spjimr.org/sites/default/files/PGDM%20eligibility%20doc_indian.pdf


boss12 : ANY CHANGE IN NUMBER OF QUESTIONS OR TIME IN CAT 2016??
vjs : AIMCATS are planned as per CAT notifications.Lot of efforts will go in to AIMCATs.


rishabhbhardwaj : SIR MY AIM CAT SCORE VARIES BETWEEN 80 TO 90, I HAVE COVERED MOST OF THE SYLLABUS IS THERE STILL SOME SCOPE FOR IMPROVEMENT?
prajnanray : Practise as many questions as you can. Take mock tests under test circumstances and analyze each and every question.


monika : SIR IS MIT PUNE FROM MAT GOOD ??
prajnanray : Can't say it's great


blacky : HOW TO IMPROVE FROM 97- 98 PERCENTILE?AND I MAKE MISTAKES IN GRAMMARQUESTIONS...HOW TO IMPROVE...
prajnanray : Which test are you talking about?


utkarsh : I HAVE BEEN GETTING AROUND 50 TO 70 MARKS IN AIMCATS. MY STRONG AREA IS ENGLISH ... SIR DO I STILL HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET ABOVE 95 PERCENTILE . AND IF POSSIBLE WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY ?
philipthomas : YES THERE IS ENOUGH TIME ,IT IS JUST THAT YOU SHOULD CONSULT FACULTY AND CHALK OUT A STUDY PLAN.


raj : HI SIR, SCORING ALMOST 120-140 IN AIMCATS BUT VA SCORE IS NOT IMPROVING THOUGH I ATTEMPTED 27-28 BUT JUST MANAGED TO GOT 13-14 RIGHT ANSWER. SOMEHOW RC IS NOT GOING IN RIGHT DIRECTION EVEN AFTER A DAILY PRACTISING OF 6-7 RCS. PLEASE ADVICE.
prajnanray : Your difficulty lies in choice of questions. Choose only those questions which you can answer and do not answer those which are doubtful.


utkarsh : HOW IS CHRIST UNIVERSITY FOR MBA ?
thomas : just ok. do not consider if you are working.


shubham : HI, I AM TAKING AIMCATS ALONG WITH ANOTHER TEST SERIES SO AS TO HAVE VARIETY BUT I HAVE REALIZED THAT MY PERCENTILE/SCORES IN QUANT HAVE REDUCED SINCE LAST FEW MOCKS. WHAT CAN BE THE POSSIBLE REASON FOR THE SAME? OVERALL PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS MOSTLY HOVERS BETWEEN 85-90.
asim : It is wrong to take too many mock cats, what you need to do is to take AIMCATs but follow it up with proper analysis of your performance and take corrective action.


murali : THANK YOU SO MUCH SIR. WITH COLLEGE SEMESTER EXAMS AHEAD, I AM REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, WHICH I MUST UTILIZE TO MY FULLEST. HOW MANY HOURS SHLD I STUDY A DAY? HW SHLD I MANAGE MY STUDIES? ANY TIPS PLEASE>
vjs : There are nothing like number of hours. Using the AIMCAT analysis, you must analyse your strengths and weaknesses and plan your preparation accordingly, and You need to keep preparing till you are confident on the topic, and then keep revising regularly.


abhi : MY PERCENTILES HOVERS AROUND 70, HOW TO IMPROVE IT TO 90
rajeshsaraf : Analysis is the key. On multiple parameters like 1) Error 2) types of qs attempted 3) types of qs left out etc. Parallely work towards building up speed (calculations) which will help a lot.


vg : SIR WHAT SHOULD BE THE FREQUENCY OF MOCKS FROM TODAY TILL DEC?
thomas : if you are doing the online sectional test, do 3 section tests(one full test) each day.spend another 3-4 hrs analyzing them. that should be close to 6-7 hrs in total.


bhuvanesh : DEAR SIR, GOOD EVENING. MY CAT PREPARATION STARTED ON MAY 30. MY AIMCAT SCORES WERE CONSISTENTLY IMPROVING WITH SLIGHT DEVIATIONS. MY LAST AIMCAT SCORE WAS 83 WITH PERCENTILES IN VA, DI, QA IS 38, 82, 66 RESPECTIVELY. IT CLEARLY STATES THAT MY PACE IN IMPROVEMENT IN VA WILL NOT BE SUFFICIENT ENOUGH TO REACH MY 99.5+ PERCENTILE DREAM. WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW? AND MY ACCURACY IN VA, QA IS 50 % EXACTLY. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
philipthomas : CONSULT WITH A FACULTY WHO WILL IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM AREAS AND PUT YOU ON A STUDY PLAN AND MONITOR YOUR PROGRESS


vaibl : WHICH SPECIALIZATION OF MBA IS THE HIGHEST PAID??
prajnanray : The pay package depends on many parameters. Every discipline has its high and low packages.


arushi : HELLO SIR, I GOT 207 IN THE NMAT TEST. IS IT GOOD ENOUGH FOR NMIMS MUMBAI ? ALSO, THE INPUT/OUTPUT QUESTIONS ARE VERY TIME CONSUMING, IS THERE ANY WAY OR ANY TRICK THAT WE CAN USE ?
rajeshsaraf : Input & Output category questions are not necessarily difficult all the time. All you have to do is to solve some sets related to that. That is a very manageable area and you can do that.


garvit : SIR IN AIMNMATS AND MOCKNMAT.. MY SCORE WAS 153,186,201 IN THE SAME ORDER.. CAN I EXPECT NMIMS CALL WITH SAME AMOUNT OF HARDWORK?
tarannumraza : more effort would be required as the no. of students taking NMAT may be higher.Moreover the candidates may be better prepared(bec of CAT preparation)


vg : @THOMAS SIR, MY PERCENTILE AND ACCURACY IS HORRIBLE IN THE VA SECTION. SOMETIMES I GET THE VERY DIFFICULT QUESTIONS CORRECT AND SOMETIMES THE EASY ONES WRONG. HOW TO IMPROVE?
thomas : sorry to tell you but the improvement in english is very gradual.try to read m ore. do all the rcs in the mocks and section tests and handouts, without time limit for first few days.see where you are making mistakes and your accuracy improves when you slow down. if there is a significant jump in accuracy when you slow down i would suggest you reduce your speed while taking the test.


ankit : STILL UNABLE TO SOLVE GEOMETRY QUESTNS . BUT I MAKE AROUND 12 QUESTN CORRECT FROM OTHER AREAS. SHOULD I FOCUS ON GEOMETRY AT THIS TIME.
asim : Yes, i suggest go through the basics once more, discuss your doubts with a faculty member and then do loads of practice.


utkarsh : HOW CAN I TALK TO FACULTY AND ASK THEM TO CHALK OUT APPROPRIATE STUDY PLAN ???
supratim : Please contact you center and take appointment of the faculty member.


msingh16 : HELLO SIR/MAM. WHAT SHOULD BE THE IDEAL REVISION STRATEGY, KEEPING IN MIND OF ALL THREE SECTIONS EACH DAY,SO THAT YOU CAN SCORE 99+ IN CAT GIVEN THAT 50 DYS ARE REMAINING. PLEASE SHARE YOUR APPROACHES FOR THIS. PLZ
supratim : Daily Routine : Sole 2 LR sets , 2 DI sets , 2 RC's and 25 Quant questions everyday.


chris : WHAT %ILE IS NEEDED FOR FMS / SP JAIN / JBIMS GENERAL CAT, ENGG BACKGROUND ?
asim : AIM at 98+, 85+ ( profile based call ), 99+ respectively.


abc : MY RECENT SCORES IN AIMCATS HAVE BEEN (FIRST AIMCAT-43),42,65,55,79,75,63,79,77,74,69,47,51,81 (MOST RECENT-81). I HAVE COMPLETED ALMOST ALL THE SM BOOKLETS. SEEING MY SCORES, WHAT COULD MY FINAL SCORE APPROXIMATELY BE, ACCORDING TO YOU, AS I HAVE TO FILL THE FORMS ACCORDINGLY. AND ALSO PLEASE SUGGEST SOME WAYS TO BOOST MY PERCENTILE? (I HAVE BEEN DOING ONLINE TESTS AS WELL)
rajeshsaraf : Still, there is about 45 days time left. Plenty of things can happen. You will get enough time to choose right set of B schools. At this stage, we believe that you can take your scores to more than 90 percentile !! Just try to get into the micro details of AIMCATs


megha : MY CAT SCORES HAD INCREASED AND I WAS SCORING ABOVE 100, THOUGH THIS AIMCAT I SCORED A MEAGRE 95, MY PERCENTILES DON'T SEEM TO INCREASE OVER 80. THOUGH I'VE GOTTEN 88 PERCENTILE IN SIMCATS TWICE. WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW? I REALLY WANT TO SCORE ABOVE 95 IN CAT (PERCENTILE). ALSO, I HAVE MY EXAMS GOING ON AT THE MOMENT AND I'M TRYING TO MANAGE CAT PREP ALONGSIDE, ARE THERE ANY TIPS TO HELP THIS?
philipthomas : WHAT THE SCORES IMPLY IS THAT YOU NEED TO ADD TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO INCREASE ATTEMPTS AND ACCURACY , IT IS POSSIBLE THAT YOU ARE AVOIDING CERTAIN CHAPTERS AND SECTIONS COMPLETELY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THEM , THIS RESTRICTS YOUR SCORING OPPORTUNITIES, START FOCUSING ON THESE AND YOUR SCORES WILL IMPROVE


blacky : HOW TO IMPROVE FROM 97-98 TO 99 PERCENTILE AND I AM MAKING MISTAKES IN GRAMMAR QNS IN VA PART CONSISTENTLY....ANY ADVICE
tarannumraza : The grammar booklet of TIME is a v good guide...esp the section on correct use of the parts of speech.Going through a list of phrasal verbs as well as punctuation rules will also help a great deal.


rishabhbhardwaj : SIR I TAKE TOO MUCH TIME TO SOLVE QUANT QUESTIONS, I TRY AT LEAST 2 OR 3 TIMES AND TRY DIFFERENT METHODS TO SOLVE THE SAME QUESTIONS HOW SHOULD I IMPROVE ON THIS?
vjs : First You finish the materials thoroughly and go for online tests To develop that Comfort level, Focus on quality hours than quantity of time. Along with the topics completed in class, revise your basics and strengthen your concepts. solve questions from practice papers to improve your Attempts in all AIMCATS.


swati : SIR, I FOUND WAY TOO MANY QUESTIONS AS OPPOSED TO THE TIME PROVIDED FOR THE NMAT MOCK IN EACH SECTION. WHAT SHOULD I FOCUS ON IN ORDER TO COPE UP WITH IT?
supratim : Take VA/RC as first section , Logic as second and Quant as third section. This will help you. Keep on writing mocks.


cheshta : SIR
asim : Yes, what is your query?


gaurav : SIR I HAD JUST STARTED MY CAT 2017 PREPARATION AND MY BASICS ARE POOR SO HOW TO START AND HOW MANY HOURS TO STUDY AND WILL I BE ABLE TO CRACK CAT 2017 AND XAT 2018 IF I START TO PREPARE FROM NOW??
govindrajan : Solve exercise (a) in each topic first. You will gain grip over basic concepts. ensure that you solve one exercise from each test area, Quant, DI, English and Reasoning.


anniee : HELLO SIR,
prajnanray : Hi! What's your query?


avi : HOW CAN YOU DEFINE THE AIMCAT1707 COMPARED TO CAT2015?
thomas : it was easier than last years cat paper.as we cannot predict the level of the paper this year you are going to have tougher and easier papers compared to 2015 in the last 6 mocks(obviously with couple of them being of the same level too.)


vaibl : I HAVE STARTED MY PREPARATION FOR CAT NOW.. SO WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY TO GET 95+%ILE
prajnanray : You should talk to an FM in person and together chalk out a plan for your study.


abhi : I AM UNABLE SCORE IN QUANT, CAN YOU SUGGEST ME SOMETHING THAT CAN IMPROVE MY SCORES IN QUANT.
supratim : Brush up simple equation , ratio-proportion-variation , Percentage chapter quickly in next 4 days. Then start solving Average , TW and TD for next 4 days. If you follow the schedule then by 20th Oct'16 you will start getting confidence . Then start solving Geometry.


anniee : I AM UNABLE TO SOLVE QUESTIONS OF DI. HOW TO GET STARTED FOR DI PRACRICE?
rajeshsaraf : Speed Maths, exposure to various types of charts like tables, Pie charts, caselets etc. Exposure to various models of qs like Calculation, logic, minimization, maximization etc will help. For that, refer to Basic Study material and analyze easy-moderate sets of DI (which you might have left out during the exam)


dlcc6wa29 : HOW TO APPROACH DI LR FROM NOW TILL CAT GIVEN I ONLY SOLVE THE DI LR OF THE PAPER. NO EXTRA PRACTICE. IN THAT I SCORE ABOUT 30-40 MARKS JUST TO CLEAR THE CUT OFFS. SHOULD I DIRECTLY START TAKING SECTIONAL TESTS OF DI AND LR? I CONSIDER MY VERBAL AND DI LR TO BE ON THE LOWER SIDE AS COMPARED TO QUANT. HOW TO BRING THEM TO THE LEVEL OF QUANT AND FURTHER BOOST THEM UP. DO ELABORATE SO THAT I CAN STRATEGISE. THANKS.
govindrajan : Check how many among the questions that you attempted are wrong. See if you can improve your accuracy even if the number of attempts is less. This way you can improve your score.


boss12 : APPRX HOW MUCH GEOMETRY QUESTIONS CAN APPEAR IN CAT??
asim : Its not advisable to predict the number, it is advisable for you to ensure that you practice all the chapters adequately.


jivanshu : OPTIMUM TIME REQUIRED TO SCORE HIGH IN CAT ? ARE 6 MONTHS SUFFICIENT TO NAIL THE EXAM ?
tarannumraza : Yes depending on time devoted to practise/analysing aimcats/working on problem areas


ankit : I HAVE BEEN SCORING AROUND 85% IN MOCKS. DESPITE ANALYSING ALL AREAS MY SCORES ARE NOT IMPROVING.WHAT SHOULD I DO?
philipthomas : IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO ANALYZE ,YOU SHOULD FIND AND FIX THE PROBLEM WHICH CAN BE EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING TWO TYPES AT THIS LEVEL:LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OR LACK OF SKILLS , ONCE THAT HAS BEEN UNDERSTOOD YOU CAN FIX THE PROBLEM


avi : AIMACAT 1707 COMPARED TO CAT 2015 EASY OR DIFFICULT???
thomas : similar qn jusr answered.


murali : CAN U PLEASE TELL ME ON WHAT ALL CATEGORIES IIM WILL CONSIDER FOR GIVING A CALL.. LIKE COMMERCE STUDENT,FEMALE,WORKING ETC..
supratim : http://www.time4education.com/local/articlecms/page.php?id=269


vg : ARE THE 6 MOCK NMATS PROVIDED BY TIME ENOUGH FOR NMAT?
asim : Yes, provided you have done enough practice from the rest of the material also.


swarrnim : I AM A CORRESPONDENCE COURSE STUDENT . I WANTED TO TALK TO A FACULTY BUT MY CENTER SAID THAT I CAN'T BE PROVIDED THIS SERVICE AND ONLY CLASSROOM PROGRAM STUDENTS CAN ASK DOUBTS TO TEACHERS. I REALLY NEED A SESSION OF DOUBTS CLEARING.. IS IT NOT POSSIBLE?
philipthomas : VISIT YOUR CENTRE AND ASK THEM TO CONNECT YOU TO A SENIOR FACULTY


shubham : A LITTLE OFF TOPIC BUT SINCE YOU ALL ARE EXPERTS HERE, CAN YOU SUGGEST WHAT KIND OF DIFFICULTY LEVEL IS EXPECTED OF CAT 2016, CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT IT IS BEING CONDUCTED BY IIM BANGALORE. CAN IT BE SIMILAR TO CAT 2015, VIZ, MODERATE VERBAL, DIFFICULT DI/LR AND MODERATE QUANT?
rajeshsaraf : That should not really matter !! All that will be speculation !! The difficulty level will be constant across all the students. Rather, you have to prepare yourself for a situation where you can tackle any difficulty level of questions.


anshuman : HOW TO PREPARE FOR GK FOR XAT AND IIFT? HOW CRUCIAL ARE THEY IN GETTING FINAL CALL AS XAT DOESN'T HAVE GK CUTOFF IN FIRST ROUND?
prajnanray : Firstly you will have to clear the cutoffs for XLRI and IIFT respectively and you will also require GK in your GWPI rounds. Should consider it important.


utkarsh : IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET ABOVE 95 PERCENTILE WITH CONSTANT HARDWORK AND PROPER STRATEGY..RIGHT NOW IM GETTING 48 PERCENTILE ...QUANT IS WEAK
thomas : 80+ surely if you work hard. anything above 90 will need a little bit of luck also.


sid : I AM SCORING AROUND 93-95 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS . WHAT DIFFERENT SHOULD I DO TO TAKE IT TO 99 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS . I AM ALWAYS SCREWING ONE SECTION AND NOT ABLE TO SCORE MORE THAN 50 PERCENT IN QUANT WHICH I THOUGHT WAS MY STRENGTH
supratim : Solve Geometry & Algebra . Solve 2 analytical puzzle sets everyday.


vaibl : IS THE TIME MATERIAL (WHICH INCLUFE SM, AIMCAT)ENOUGH TO SCORE 95+%ILE
asim : Yes, it is more than sufficient.


arushi : SIR, THE MAIN OBSTACLE FOR ME IS QUANT. I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO SCORE MORE THAN 30-35 IN THIS SECTION.KEEPING IN MIND THAT ONLY 50 DAYS ARE LEFT, WHAT SHOULD BE MY APPROACH SO THAT MY SCORE CAN INCREASE UPTO 50 AT LEAST?
rajeshsaraf : There are about 25 chapters in Quants. If you complete all the models of questions, then crossing 50 marks in Quants section alone is 'definitely" there. Ofocurse, other factors like Speed Maths and your ability to recollect that type of question are also prerequisites.


murali : WHAT WILL BE A GOOD STUDY PLAN TO ADAPT FROM TODAY?!
govindrajan : Keep solving sectional tests. If you are finding difficulty in any particular topic go back to basic study material and revise. Take mock tests to build strategy in attempting questions and increasing accuracy.


arya_stark : IN VERBAL SECTION, GENERALLY RC QUESTIONS HELP ME, I THINK OF ATTEMPTING THE VERBAL ABILITY SECTION BUT THEY ARE GENERALLY SET TOO TOUGH TO ATTEMPT. I END UP GETTING MOST NEGATIVE IN THIS SECTION
tarannumraza : No need to be scared of the va questions.Take up eaypech type of question one at a time.practise & improve accuracy in each type.Parajumbles+paracompletion+out of context sentence -these use the same type of logic.So work on them together.Then take up other types.You will definitely see improvement.


yash : THOMAS SIR, I AM GETTING 90+ PERCENTILE CONSTANTLY. EXCEPT A ONE IN 80S AND ONE AT 96.71.. CAN I EXPECT A INCREASE IN PERCENTILE CAT 2016
thomas : in a normal case an average of 85 in the aimcats should get you 90-92 in the actual cat(this is based on the exp of students in previous years.few of them go to 95+ whil few remail at 85 itself.for most there will be a jump as i have given( 85 goes to around 90).


vaibl : ONLY DEPENDENCE ON AIMCAT N SM BOOKLET IS SUFFICIENT TO SCORE 99%ILE.
thomas : do the online sectional tests and the SAMCATS also. this should be enough.


swarrnim : I HAVE COMPLETED THE BASIC STUDY MATERIAL PROVIDED BY TIME.BUT THE SECOND LOT IS NOT COMPLETE YET. SO IS IT TOO LATE TO DO THEM NOW? AND HOW SHOULD I PLAN MY MOCKS AND REVISION OF THE MATERIALS CONSIDERING I AM SCORING BETWEEN 75 TO 85 PERCENTILE...??
tarannumraza : There is still time to work on the second set alongwith the online sectional tests.Keep 2days before aimcats for revision & 1 day for aimcat analysis.


ind : HELLO SIR/MAM, I AM NOT ABLE TO ANALYSE MY AIMCATS. I AM NOT ABLE TO KNOW WHERE TO START FROM. AND MY PERCENTILE IS FLUCTUATING A LOT. PLEASE GUIDE.THANKS
tarannumraza : One good way is to go through the subarea analysis of some of your low scoring aimcats.You will see a trend in the types of questions you consistently get wrong.Work on the problem areas.


boss12 : HOW MUCH MOCKS TO BE TAKEN IN LAST 50 DAYS??
prajnanray : That depends on your capability... Do not stress yourself.


gaurav : SIR IS MICA A GOOD COLLEGE? HOW TO PREPARE FOR MICA FROM NOW ONWARD
prajnanray : Excellent for mass communication. Check out last few years' MICAT papers and practise similar questions.


sid : WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED PERCENTILE IN CAT IF ONE SCORES AROUND 95 IN AIMCATS GIVEN I DONT SCREW UP ON EXAM DAY AND PERFORM SIMILARLY.
supratim : I think you have enough time to prepare and score 99 percentile or above. Keep on working hard.


srg : SIR, HOW DOES THE NORMALIZATION OF SCORE WORKS? AS ONE OF THE PANELISTS SAID THAT 1707 WAS EASIER THAN THE CAT 15' PAPER, I AM AFRAID MY 1707 SCORE WAS MUCH LESSER THAN THE PERSON WHO SCORED 99%ILE IN CAT15 (I SCORED 96%ILE IN 1707). I UNDERSTAND YOU CANNOT GIVE AN EXACT FORMULA BUT CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE AN APPROXIMATE RELATION BETWEEN NORMALIZED AND RAW SCORE?
thomas : 99 percentile in cat 2015 ranged from 165-175( raw score) depending on the area you scored in.as lrdi was the toughest section 1 mark in that section had a higher weightage(around 1.13) compared to one mark in quant(around 1).this is to make sure that a person who is very good in lrdi does not lose out to a person who is very good in qa because lrdi was much tougher.also keep in m ind that 1707 was out of 270 while cat 15 was out of 300.


vaibl : ON AN AVERAGE WHICH DISCIPLINE OF MBA IS THE MOST LUCRATIVE... WHICH HAS MORE RECRUITMENT PROSPECTS
rajeshsaraf : It depends more on your interest, passion. Every stream has good placement prospects


surbhi : HOW MANY MOCK TESTS SHOULD BE TAKEN IN A WEEK?
thomas : if you are talking about 3 hr tests you can do 3-4 a week.


saumya : SIR... MY 10TH AND 12TH SCORE IS 91.6% BUT MY UNDERGRAD IS ONLY 75.1% . I HAVE COMPLETED MY ENGG IN 2016 BUT HAVE 0 WORK EX. I CONSISTENTLY SCORING 98.5+ IN AIMCATS. WHAT ARE REALISTIC CHANCES OF GETTING A CALL FROM IIM A,B AND C ?
thomas : you have a good chance of 99+ in cat.around 99.5 and you should be getting the calls.


anniee : SIR WHAT IS THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF QUANT IN IIFT. IS IT SAME AS THAT OF CAT? WHAT ARE THE MAIN TOPICS I SHOULD FOCUS ON FOR IIFT SPECIFICALLY?
thomas : it is much more calculation intensive. no calculator makes it more difficult than cat. you will have to be good with speed maths. the topics are pretty much the same.


niki : WHAT SHOULD BE THE IDEAL 45 DAY SCHEDULE FOR REVISION FOR CAT...I ALWAYS END UP SCORING NEAR CUT OFF BUT HAVENT CLEARED CUT OFF IN ANY SECTION. I PERFORM BETTER IN VA AND DI LR AS COMPARED TO QUANT... WILL I BE ABLE TO CLEAR CUT OFF (AROUND 85%ILE ATLEAST) IN CAT?
rajeshsaraf : I guess that "knowledge" level in Quants section is turning out to be a factor. Build on it. Learn as much as you can related to different topics in Quants. DON'T LEAVE ANY CHAPTER !!!!


swarrnim : @PHILIPTHOMAS SIR I HAVE ALREADY ASKED THEM ONCE FOR ARRANGING A SESSION FOR ME. NOW IF I GO AND ASK THEM FOR CONNECTING ME TO A SENIOR FACULTY WILL THEY DO THAT. BECAUSE THEY EVEN NOTED MY CONTACT NUMBER BUT NEVER CALLED ME BACK..!! :(
philipthomas : DOESN'T MATTER , JUST TRY AGAIN , IF POSSIBLE JUST TALK DIRECTLY TO THE CENTRE DIRECTOR.


akash : SIR ARE THERE ANY GOOD COLLEGES FROM MAT EXAM
rajeshsaraf : Yes !! You can get a call from a top 10 B school -JBIMS as well (provided you score 99.99 in MAT).


ind : PLEASE HELP IN HOW DO I CHOOSE QUESTIONS IN AIMCATS AS I AM NOT GETTING CONFIDENT IN SELECTING.
tarannumraza : One way is to select question types you have practised enough or topics where you are confident of the fundamentals.


viraat : SIR IN THIS AIMCAT 1707 I HAVE JUST LANDED WITH A THUD AT JUST 60 SCORE FROM 135 IN AIMACT 1709. PLEASE SUGGEST ME SOME TIPS. REALLY DEPRESSED AT THIS AS CAT IS NOW NOT EVEN 2 MONTHS FROM NOW. WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY, I REALLY STUDY HARD BUT STILL CANT SCORE MORE
govindrajan : Do not go by score in one mock tests. A very important aspect that you need to keep in mind is accuracy. Check how many of the questions that you attempt are going wrong. One strategy that you can adopt is attempting lesser number of questions with higher accuracy. This brings considerable improvement in score.


niki : IN THIS AIMCAT WE HAD A SET ON CUBES IN LR...BEFORE THAT IT WAS HARDLY THERE..IS IT IMP FROM CAT POINT OF VIEW?
rajeshsaraf : Last year, there was a set on Cubes (LR section). It is a very important topic.


aaa : BINARY OCTANE ..... BINARY TO OCTANE ...... QUANT .... QUESTIONS FROM THIS TOPIC COME IN CAT ?
rajeshsaraf : It can come. It will not take more than 1 hour to go through this topic. Some points like Any number (in decimal system) to any number in (other base). reverse and last Binary to Octal(and viceversa) and hex to binary and vice-versa. That would be adequate in the first stage.


slayer : HELLO FACULTY..I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON VERBAL SECTION A LOT AS IT IS MY WEAKEST POINT..I CAN SEE THE IMPROVEMENT IN ME BUT NOT TO A LARGE EXTENT..THE POINT IS I AM NOT ABLE TO ATTEMPT MUCH QUESTIONS DUE TO LACK OF SPEED AND I WANT TO INCREASE MY ACCURACY IN VA & RC SECTION. SO WHAT APPROACH SHOULD I KEEP IN MIND TO GET THE MAXIMUM OUT OF ME??
tarannumraza : Attempt the online sectional tests-this will improve your speed.Attempt the missed aimcats if any.Analyse & go through the aimcats.Do not attempt those questions where you are unable to eliminate options.


reenu : SIR IN AIMCAT MY PERCENTILE IS 40 TO 50%..IS THERE ANY CHANCE TO GET A GOOG COLLEGE WITH THIS MARKS
philipthomas : WITH THIS PERCENTILE THE COLLEGES THAT WILL TAKE YOU WOULD BE THE COLLEGES THAT YOU WOULD NOT NORMALLY JOIN, STUDY HARD FOR THE NEXT 2 MONTHS AND THAT WILL ENABLE YOU TO GET ADMITS FROM GOOD COLLEGES.


akash : SIR HOW MUCH IS NEEDED FOR S.P JAIN FOR A GENERAL MALE NON-ENGG BACKGROUND? AND DO S.P JAIN TAKE AND OTHER EXAM'S SCORE?
prajnanray : 96 %ile in CAT. SP Jain considers XAT and GMAT scores too


aaa : SHOULD I APPLY FOR SNAP AS SUCH I AM NOT INTRESTED, BUT IS IT A COLLEGE ?
thomas : SIBM AND SCMHRD take only through SNAP and they are in the top 20 colleges in the country.


mahesh : SIR, I KNOW ITS IRRELEVANT TO ASK THIS RIGHT NOW BUT I AM EXTREMELY BAD IN DETECTING THE LOGIC AND DIFFERENT SET OF APPROACHES FOR LOGICAL REASONING. CAN YOU HELP HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY LR FROM NOW TILL CAT PROVIDED I HAVE TO GIVE TIME TO MATHS VARC ETC TOPICS TOO? THANKS
govindrajan : Method of solving each type of puzzle is discussed in Basics classes. In any kind of puzzle, one basic point that you need to identify the name of a person or a parameter that is appearing in many statements. And then decide the way in which you need to link the statements. You can do this by picking the statements that have common names. Do not hesitate to spend a minute or minute and half on this. Then you will be able to solve the puzzle faster.


anniee : SIR I DONT GET ENOUGH TIME TO STUDY AND GIVE AIMCATS AS I AM WORKING. CAN YOU SUGGEST ME THE TIME TABLE THAT I SHOULD FOLLOW SO THAT I CAN COMPLETE MY PREPARATION ON TIME.
philipthomas : WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS RESERVE 3 TO 4 HOURS FOR CAT PREPARATION BEFORE YOU GO FOR WORK , IF YOU TRY STUDYING AFTER RETURNING FROM WORK , YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF TOO TIRED TO BE ABLE TO FOCUS AND THAT WILL DEMOTIVATE YOU , ALSO , BE PREPARED TO TAKE A FEW DAYS LEAVE TOWARDS THE END OF OCTOBER OR BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER TO GIVE FULL ATTENTION TO YOUR PREPARATION , ANYTHING AFTER THAT WILL BE TOO LATE.


up : QN 77. IN THE FRONT-OFFICE OF A BANK, THERE ARE FOUR CASH DISPENSING COUNTERS WITH A TELLER SITTING AT EACH OF THEM. IN HOW MANY WAYS CAN FIVE CUSTOMERS STAND IN FRONT OF THESE COUNTERS, IF THEY CHOOSE THE COUNTERS AT RANDOM? COULD U PLS EXPLAIN THIS SIR
rajeshsaraf : I would suggest that approach this question (taking smaller numbers into account). Assume only two cash dispensing counters and 2 customers, then assume three customers and so on. That will give you a pattern.


krca6o061 : GOOD EVENING SIR,
prajnanray : Good Evening! What's your query?


chandan : IN THE LAST AIMCATS THAT I HAVE GIVEN , I REALISED THAT DI AND LR ARE VERY UPREDICTABLE , .I.E. MY SCORES ARE ALWAYS FLUCTUATING. I EITHER PICK THE WRONG SETS OR THE SETS SOMETIMES ARE TOO DIFFICULT OR TOO EASY. PLEASE SUGGEST WAYS TO IMPROVE IN THIS AREA.
rajeshsaraf : You have to analyze why are you finding a set difficult !! Some sets, by design, are difficult and are meant to be left out. You have to concentrate on doing the doable ones. That means the area where you may have to work on is the "selection strategy". Merely by glancing or in just one minute, you should be in a position to differentiate an easy from a difficult one.


vikas : HI SIR
thomas : what is your question?


aaa : THE TEACHER WHO EXPLAINED AIMCAT 07 09..... SHOULD EXPLAIN IN ALL THE AIMCATS........... PLEASE........
thomas : which section are you talking about?


abc : SIR I HAVE A PROBLEM IN VERBAL AND RC .HOW CAN IMPROVE MY SCORE
supratim : Read 2 RC's everyday and solve 7/10 FIB questions everyday.


bid : HELLO...IS IT DISADVANTAGEOUS TO ATTEMPT THE QUESTIONS IN NMAT IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER 1.QA 2.LR 3.LANGUAGE?
thomas : there is no specific order you have to follow or any disadvantage as such.


chris : SIR. I GOT 100% ACCURACY IN DI IN 1707 FROM THE 3 SETS I SOLVED. I COULDN'T DO THE REST OF THE SETS BECAUSE OF LACK OF TIME. HOW TO IMPROVE SPEED IN DI ?
rajeshsaraf : A big plus for 100% accuracy. However, there was one of the sets in LR (Circular arrangement -High, low cards_) which was an easy one and doable (in about 10 mins). So, even if you have saved 3 mins per set, a cumulative saving of about 9-10 mins and the fourth set could have been done. That saving can happen by improving speed maths and relying less on Calculator. Even if doing mentally, you have to check if you are doing the right way or not


krca6o061 : SIR I HAVE BEEN A NON MATHS STUDENT AFTER 10TH AND AM HAVING PROBLEMS IN MODERN MATHS AS I HAVENT STUDIED THEM BEFORE.. CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME THE MOST IMPORTANT TOPICS SO THAT I CAN PREPARE THOSE AND LEAVE THE REST IN MODERN MATHS
vjs : I advise that you firstly you should go with known topics and get grip over them then go for less acquainted topics and so on .This strategy will help you.


vaibl : IS CUBES AN IMPORTANT TOPIC FOR CAT??
thomas : there have been very few qns in the last 10-15 years.but be clear with the basics as you cannot rule them out.


raj : HI,SOMEONE PLEASE CHECK THE QUERY.
prajnanray : Answered. Please check


vaibl : WHAT ARE QUESTIONS EXPECTED FOR CAT THIS YEAR FOR VERBAL APART FROM PARA JUMBLE PARA COMPLETION?
thomas : just wait for a week. the cat demo should give a better idea.


up : I AM NOT ABLE TO SCORE MORE THAN 60%ILE IN CAT SIR ?WHAT SHOULD I DO AS ONLY 2 MONTHS ARE LEFT
philipthomas : SUCH LOW SCORES IMPLY THAT YOU ARE WEAK IN YOUR BASICS , FOCUS ON THAT FOR THE NEXT WEEK AND YOU WILL FIND A POSITIVE CHANGE IN YOUR SCORES


krish : SIR, I'M GETTING A CONSTANT 110 TO 115 IN MY TIME NMAT MOCKS. I HAVE MY TEST SCHEDULED ON 25TH OF THIS MONTH. WHAT CAN I DO TO IMPROVE THIS SCORE IN 10 DAYS? I'M DONE STUDYING FOR CAT.
govindrajan : For DI section ensure that you first pick up the sets which involves simple calculations. The sets in which you need to refer to two or more graphs normally consume more time. Not all the DI sets will be time consuming and calculation intensive. For LR section make sure that you practice questions from SM 1001707 (Coding & Decoding, Input/Output, blood relations, direction sense and number series). This is apart from the puzzles in SM 10001705.


boss12 : IS THERE ANY CHANGE OF PATTERN IN CAT 2016??
thomas : in terms of qns, maybe. that is the reason why we are trying out different combinations in AIMCATs.


anshuman : WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY OF ACTUAL CAT VA QUESTION AS COMPARED TO THE ONES WE GET IN AIMCATS?
thomas : some aimcats are tougher than last years cat va while some would be easier. we would be giving papers of various levels of difficulty so that you would be ready for anything on D day.


viraat : SIR SUGGEST ME IMP TOPICS IN QUANTS THAT I MUST DO AS I'M LITTLE WEAK IN IT
asim : I strongly recommend you practice all the chapters, though historically Numbers, gepmetry, probability, p and c, erpv, ppl, time and work, time and distance are regrarded as some of the imp chapters.


jacksparrow : I FEEL I'M UNABLE TO GET ENOUGH TIME TO PRACTICE DUE TO MY OFFICE, I'M THINKING TO TAKE A SICK LEAVE FOR THE NEXT ENTIRE MONTH, WILL THAT REALLY HELP?
thomas : if that does cause any problem for your job, you should try it out.you can improve with practice. so more time will help.


up : I AM NOT ABLE TO SCORE MORE THAN 60%ILE IN CAT SIR ?WHAT SHOULD I DO AS ONLY 2 MONTHS ARE LEFT??
supratim : Please follow the mentioned schedule daily . Solve 2 RC's , 2 DI sets , 2 LR sets , 25 Quant questions. Your score will start improving. All the best.


krca6o061 : SIR I WANT TO DO MBA IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT SOME OF THE COLLEGES TO WHICH I CAN APPLY.. IM AN ABOVE AVERAGE STUDENT..
prajnanray : IIFT, MDI, SIIB


vinu : CAN WE EXPECT THE NO. OF QUESTION IN CAT'16 TO BE REVEALED ON 18TH. WAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE MOCK THAT WILL BE PROVIDED
asim : Possible, though we need to wait and watch.


swarrnim : SIR I HAVEN'T YET ANALYSED THE AIMCATS TILL NOW. SO NOW IF I GO FOR ANALYZING THEM DO I HAVE TO GIVE THE EACH AIMCAT AGAIN BEFORE ANALYZING THEM?
philipthomas : YOU JUST HAVE TO COLLATE THE DATA OF ALL THE AIMCATS THAT YOU HAVE DONE AND THAT WILL ENABLE YOU TO FIND THE PROBLEM AREAS


aditya : SIR I AM NOT MUCH COMFORTABLE WITH RCS FROM ECONOMICAL AND POLITICAL FIELDS HOW TO IMPROVE THAT? READING MINT DOESNT HELPING
tarannumraza : For all RCs you are not comfortable with a good strategy is to make small parasummaries.This will help you understand the idea flow & hence the central idea.


anshuman : CAN WE EXPECT SIMILAR AMOUNT OF FILL IN THE BLANKS QUESTION IN CAT AS AIMCATS?
prajnanray : FIB questions are not expected in CAT


t1112 : : HELLO SIR, I HAVE BEEN SCORING 96+ PERCENTILE IN THE RECENT AIMCATS BUT MY PERFORMANCE IN QUANT REMAINS AROUND 50%, HOW CAN I IMPROVE ON THAT AND HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT IN THE CAT BASED ON THE AIMCAT PERFORMANCE? THANK YOU.
rajeshsaraf : Is it 50% marks or 50 percentile.


anniee : FOR SPECIALISATION IN BANKING AND FINANCE/ INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS , WILL SYMBIOSIS BE A GREAT CHOICE?
philipthomas : SIBM PUNE WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE TO BE IN.


ankit : READING ARTICLE DAILY IS NOT HELPING IN RC WHAT ELSE SHOULD I DO?
supratim : Start writing summary of each article you read. This will help you in retention and will help you to focus on the central idea of the passage.


ksskgautam : GOOD EVENING SIR!! ARE THE NUMBER BASE SYSTEMS IMPORTANT IN CAT POINT OF VIEW ,I.E THE QUESTIONS RELATED TO HEXADECIMAL,OCTAL SYSTEMS.
supratim : Yes.


kipi : HELLO SIR, IN LAST AIMCAT THERE WAS A QUESTION ON CUBES IN THE LR SECTION. I SEEM TO BE TAKING A LOT OF TIME IN SUCH CUBES TYPES OF QUESTIONS. PLEASE TELL ME HOW CAN I FINISH THOSE QUESTIONS WITH MAXIMUM ACCURACY IN APPROPRIATE TIME.
rajeshsaraf : That was a difficult set. (However, three of the five questions were manageable). The idea is the preceding set (on Cards) was a much easier one. Also, two of the sets in DI were easy. You have to check whether you got the other sets correct or now. If any error, analyze for that. For cubes, you have to learn the fundamentals (related to cuts imparted to cubes)


ppppp : I WAS INITIALLY GETTING AROUND 94-95 PERCENTILE BUT FROM THE LAST 2 AIMCATS I SUDDENLY DROPPED TO 80-85. IS THERE SOME DIFFERENCE IN THE PAPERS, AND IF THERE IS WHAT SHOULD I DO
supratim : You have to improve knowledge base. Please work hard to improve on weak areas. Know more , score more.


ppppp : I WAS INITIALLY GETTING AROUND 94-95 PERCENTILE BUT FROM THE LAST 2 AIMCATS I SUDDENLY DROPPED TO 80-85. IS THERE SOME DIFFERENCE IN THE PAPERS, AND IF THERE IS WHAT SHOULD I DO\
philipthomas : THE PROBLEM COULD BE THAT YOU ARE ATTEMPTING THE SAME NUMBER OF QUESTIONS WITHOUT GIVING IMPORTANCE TO DIFFICULTY LEVEL , WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT YOU SHOULD DO FEWER QUESTIONS WHEN THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL GOES UP.


imvrawat : HELLO SIR,
prajnanray : Hello! What's your query?


jrcb6a191 : HELLO SIR, AIMCAT1707 DI-LR PART LAST QUESTION(7 GUY FOUND DIFFERENT FOODS AND TRADDED FOR 2 DAYS) IS REALLY TOO COMPLEX TO SOLVE. HOW TO TACKLE THSES TYPE OF QUESTION IN EXAM??
rajeshsaraf : Such sets are meant to be rejected during the test time. Out of 6 sets, there were 2 difficult sets. This one and one last set on DI (shafts). Others were manageable.


raveesh : COMAPRING WITH KJ , TAPMI , IFMR , HOW GOOD IS LBSIM FOR FINANCE ?
supratim : You have time to discuss this afterwards. This is the time to work hard to get IIM. We can only aim for moon. If we miss then we will end in star.


nikhil : MY LAST 6 AIMCAT PERCENTILE:- 94, 92, 95,95,95,95. SHALL I FOCUS MORE ON GIVING 3 HOUR TEST OR SHALL I FOCUS MORE ON SOLVING QUESTION AND IMPROVE MY SKILLS?? PLEASE HELP ME. I AM NOT ABLE TO INCREASE MY PERCENTILE??
rajeshsaraf : Both are linked. Solving questions the "right" way will help. For improving skills, solving the questions is an essential condition. at the same time, the other factor is "Accuracy rate".


mayank : HOW MANY QUESTIONS BE ATTEMPT TO GET 95+ PERCENTILE IN CAT?
prajnanray : Depends on the difficulty level of the paper


boss12 : WILL THE CAT PAPER HAVE QUESTIONS THAT ARE ALREADY ASKED IN PREVIOUS YEARS??
rajeshsaraf : Anything can be asked. It is always recommended that you do go through the last 10 years of papers. In fact, that is a must.


ratna : I HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO PREPARE FOR GMAT LEVEL VERBAL BECAUSE CAT VERBAL FIB IS GETTING TOUGHER. IS IT TRUE?
philipthomas : THERE IS NO SUCH THING JUST FOLLOW YOUR NORMAL CAT PREPARATION


shravan : SIR I HAVE BEEN FACING BIT DIFFICULTY ONLY IN THE SECOND PART OF VERBAL , HOW CAN I WORK TO IMPROVE IN THAT PART
philipthomas : TWO FACTORS: FIRST IDENTIFY THE TYPE OF QUESTION IS CAUSING THIS , SECONDLY DO NOT DO ALL THE QUESTIONS IN THE SECOND SECTION , DO ONLY THOSE THAT YOU CAN HANDLE , THAT WAY YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE MORE AVERAGE TIME FOR EACH QUESTION AND THEREBY INCREASE YOUR SCORES.


anupam : WHAT WAS SCORE WITHOUT NORMALIZATION IN CAT 2015 FOR 99.5 PERCENTILE
rajeshsaraf : About 55- 58% marks


js1235 : BESIDES NOT GIVING A NATIONAL PERCENTILE AND BEING IN UNPROC MODE HOW ARE SAMCATS DIFFERENT FROM AIMCATS?
supratim : Slightly easier.


onearth : GOOD EVENING, SIR. I'M HAVING GAP OF ALMOST 6 YEARS IN FULL TIME WORK EXPERIENCE. SHOULD I GIVE THE MBA EXAMS?
supratim : Yes if you want to pursue management career.


nikhil : MY LAST 6 AIMCAT PERCENTILE:- 94, 95, 92, 94, 92, 95,95,95,95. HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT IN ACTUAL CAT??
prajnanray : Awesome scores. You should expect a high score.


depressed : RAJESH SIR:PLEASE ANSWER .I AM WEAK IN GRAMMAR AND UNABLE TO APPLY RULES.COULD I NEGLECT THAT PART AND FOCUS ON MY RC AND VERBAL ABILITY
rajeshsaraf : The idea is to read and read a lot (on variety of topics) right from the most boring topic to something which you find extremely interesting. The appetite to read on variety of topics like philosophical, economy, social, technological, etc will help a lot. When you read more critically (seeking answers to the questions like tone of the author, arguments presented, writing style, central idea, etc), then "automatically" your Grammar part will also be taken care of. As of now, looking at the trend of CAT (especially last couple of years), there is a heavy dominance of RC (and to score well, you have to "READ and READ critically"). Keep a target that I have to solve at least 3-4 passages on a daily basis. There is no dearth of quality passages when you explore the net. ATB !!


anupam : I AM NOT GETTING MORE THAN 50 PERCENT MARKS IN QUANT IN AIMCATS . WHAT SHOULD I DO TO IMPROVE?
asim : A similar query has already been answered, please check


rs : SIR I HAVE SCORED 98.84, 98.14. 95.47, 96.77 AND 92.77 IN THE LAST AIMCATS. ARE SUCH FLUCTUATIONS NORMAL? WHAT PERCENTILE SHOULD I TARGET IN THE REMAINING PAPERS TO GET 99.5+ IN CAT 2016?
philipthomas : WHILE FLUCTUATIONS ARE EXPECTED , I THINK THESE FLUCTUATIONS HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY STICKING TO THE SAME NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS ACROSS AIMCATs , YOU SHOULD CHANGE THE NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS KEEPING IN MIND THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL


mayank : I AM GETTING AROUND 50 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS IN QUANT SECTION HOW TO IMPROVE ON THAT FOR CAT AS CAT IS ONLY 50 DAYS AWAY?
asim : start off by working on your basics, your performance suggests that lot of work is required.


kunal : SIR IS IT CORRECT TO SAY IF THE PAPER IS DIFFICULT STUDENT WHO HAS GOOD CONCEPTS CAN HAVE GOOD PERCENTILE EVEN THE NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS IS LESS
philipthomas : YES , IF THE PAPER IS TOUGH , CUT DOWN ON ATTEMPTS AND FOCUS ON ACCURACY.


priyanka : SIR,WHAT SHOULD WE CONCENTRATE ON WHILE READING RCS?
supratim : Central Idea.


mbaornid : SIR I M WORKING IN BANK FROM PAST 3 YEARS ...I HAVE DONE BTECH CIVIL ENGG PASS OUT 2011....AIM CAT RESULT IS 74 AVG PERCENTILE.....WHAT SHOUL I DO....GIVEN SSC THIS YEAR ...
asim : Still 50+ days are left, if you work hard, i am sure you will end with a good percentile. Best wishes.


bid : HOW TO IMPROVE IN SELECTION OF QUESTION?? PLEASE REPLY.
asim : It comes with good grasp of concepts and loads of practice.


rs : PHILIP SIR, PLEASE TELL ME A STRATEGY TO IMPROVE IN DI/LR
philipthomas : YOU NEED TO IMPROVE YOUR SELECTION OF SETS ,AND YOU SHOULD IDENTIFY PROBLEM AREAS LIKE CALCULATION BASED DI AND WORK ON THEM


satyanshbhatnag : AIMCAT PERCENTILE LIES IN THE RANGE OF 70-85 PLEASE SUGGEST SOME EXTRA EFFORTS I NEED TO PUT IN
asim : A lot of tips have been mentioned, please go through the chat transcript.


mbaornid : EXPERIENCE OF 3 YEARS IN BANK ...DONE CIVIL ENGG...PASS OUT 2011....WHAT SHOULD I DO...GOT CONFUSISED BETWEEN PG IN NID....OR MBA....GETTING 74 PERCENTILE AVG....IF I HAVE TO MBA I HAVE TO TAKE LOAN
asim : Answered check


oppp : SIR IS STUDY MATERIAL OF TIME IS ENOUGH FOR BASICS ?
vjs : Yes!Material provided by us will cater all the requirements of the top level MAnagement entrance tests.


mbaornid : SIR NID POST GRADUATION IS BETTER OF MBA IS BETTER.....
supratim : Depends on your career goal. If you do not know your career goal then do MBA , this will open avenues for you.


mucc6y041 : SIR PLEASE GIVE ME SOME TIPS REGARDING DI. I DONT ATTEMPT ANY QUESTION OF DI.
supratim : 1. Attend DI classes 2. Write online sectional tests 3. Revise AIMCAT , DI 's .


swarrnim : NITIE CUT OFF?
asim : Around 97 percentile


oppp : SIR IS STUDY MATERIAL OF TIME IS ENOUGH FOR BASICS
prajnanray : Yes.


pushkar : SIR SINCE CAT HAS NOT DISCLOSED THE PAPER PATTERN, CAN'T WE EXPECT A PAPER WITH DIFFERENT MARKING SCHEME?
philipthomas : FOR THE TIME BEING JUST FOCUS ON YOUR PREPARATION , YOU CAN ALWAYS RE-CALIBRATE YOUR STRATEGY AFTER THE PATTERN IS REVEALED BUT IT WILL BE TOO LATE TO PREPARE IF YOU DON'T PREPARE NOW


mbaornid : AIM CAT SCORE NOT GOOD....74 AVG....IS IT GOOD TO GO FOR MBA OR SHAL I TRY NID
asim : Still 50+ days are left, if you work hard, i am sure you will end with a good percentile. Best wishes.


ammy : WHILE READING I GET LOST IN BETWEEN AND I HAVE TO START OVER AGAIN MOST OF THE TIMES. PLEASE HELP ME ON THIS.
supratim : Find out the purpose of author behind writing the passage. This will improve your concentration .


deepi : SIR PLEASE CHECK MY QUESTION...MY AVERAGE AIMCAT SCORE IS 80..WHAT COLLEGES SHOULD I APPLY FOR
philipthomas : CHECK THE B-SCHOOL GUIDANCE LIST GIVEN IN YOUR STUDENT HOME PAGE


boss12 : CAN I AVOID TRIGNOMETRY, IT DOES HAVE JUST 1 - 2 QUESTIONS..??
supratim : Please do it. So that you can apply in Geometry questions.


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