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Chat on AIMCAT 1811 & preparation tips for VA & RC!
(Chat Transcript)

ritabrata : WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF QA OF AIMCAT 1811?
feroz : Moderately difficult


saurabh : HOW WAS DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF AIMCAT1811 TO CAT16?
vjs : On the whole a good number of the questions are manageable. It's all about selection of questions.


nam : SIR I AM SCORING IN 20S IN MY AIMCATS HOW SHOULD I IMPROVE IT??
rajesh : i feel you need to focus a bit more on your practice and strategise on your weak areas


gokul : I GOT 38 VERBAL SECTION IN PREVIOUS AIMCAT. WITH A PERCENTILE OF 86.7 IN VERBAL SECTION. HOW WILL YOU RATE THE PERFORMANCE
rajesh : you definitely need to do better ,have you found as to where you are scoring low


milind : SIR HOW CAN I IMPROVE IN RC I HAVE COMPLETED THE BOOKLET. SHOULD I REFER OTHER BOOKS?
philipthomas : SUGGEST THAT YOU FIRST FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING WRONG IN CASE YOU ARE GETTING LOW SCORES , CONSULT A FACULTY AND WORK OUT REMEDIAL MEASURES


santosh : HI FACULTY MY LATEST PERCENTILES IN 5 AIMCATS ARE 69.5 89.5 61 87.8 71, AND ALMOST ONLY 2 MONTHS WERE LEFT AND I WAS FEELING LOW WITH IT,PLEASE SUGGEST ME WHAT TO DO
rajesh : please do never feel low,reason being the AIMCATS are the core training that you get through TIME and just strengthen your weak points and further strengthen your strong points and a combo of this will sail you with flying colours


ritabrata : WHICH ARE MORE HELPFUL FR RC/VA- SOLVING PRACTICE STUDY MATERIAL/GIVE SECTION BASED SHORT EXAM OF TIME?
rajesh : please understand that approaching an exam like CAT is a combination of all the practice that you do and this has to be done in perfection


rahul : SIR HOW TO IMPROVE VA SECTION AS USUALLY MY ONLY 2 OR 3 QUE ARE CORRECT IN AIMCATS
ankur : first of all devote time in proportion to the marks of the section. many students dont spend time since they fear low accuracy but that is countrerproductive if va is easy. then make sure that you mark what you know and for the rest do guess if TITA questions otherwise just drop. low accuracy in TITA questions does not matter if time spent is in proportion to the marks of the questions.


krishna : SIR I AM WEEK IN VERRBAL SECTION HOW SHALL I IMPROVE IT
rajesh : please go through our books and yes i would like to know how much of time you are devoting for CAT and verbal


tucc7we01 : SIR, I WAS GOOD AT RC COMPARED TO VA IS IT A GOOD STRATEGY TO ALL RC'S FIRST AND THEN GO FOR VA QUESTIONS
philipthomas : LET US ASSUME THAT THE PATTERN OF CAT-16 HOLDS GOOD FOR CAT-17 ALSO , THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO START WITH RC WITH THE RIDER THAT YOU WILL NOT TRY TO FINISH ALL THE PASSAGES AT ONE GO , IT WOULD BE BETTER TO DO A MAJOR CHUNK OF RC IN THE BEGINNING FOLLOWED BY AN ATTEMPT OF THE EASIER QUESTIONS IN VA AND WIND UP BY WORKING UPON THE RC PASSAGES NOT DONE IN THE FIRST ROUND


saurabh : HOW TO PREPARE FOR IIFT AND XAT?
feroz : You will have to prepare GK also. Rest everything is similar to CAT


gokul : MY VA/RC SECTIONAL TESTS ARE ALMOST OVER. HOW SHOULD I GOT ABOUT RC PRACTICE NOW?
feroz : Start revising the RCs from the AIMCATs. Also, if anything left from the RC SM, finish it off


ritabrata : I GOT 76 MARKS IN AIMCAT 1811..IS IT GOOD?HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY MARKS?
feroz : Which B-School are your targeting. Definitely for IIMs, not good enough


sp : SIR MY QA SCORE IS NOT IMPROVING WHAT TO DO?
feroz : What have you done so far to improve your scores in QA


vishal : WHAT WAS THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF RC SEC IN 1811
feroz : RCs were pretty close to CAT, may be a tad higher


nam : SIR CAN I REACH 80 PERCENTILE IN TWO MONTHS BEING AVERAGE STUDENT?
thomas : you surely can reach higher than 80,provided you really work hard


vishnu : SIR WHAT ARE THE METHODS TO INCREASE MY READING SPEED?
rajesh : please do read light fiction and non fiction as well as repeat read of our RC books ,follow the print matter with your eyes and do not lip read,use finger or pen to point at the words and read


sk : HE
thomas : hi, whats your question?


santosh : HI FACULTY MY LATEST PERCENTILES IN 5 AIMCATS ARE 69.5 89.5 61 87.8 71, AND ALMOST ONLY 2 MONTHS WERE LEFT AND I WAS FEELING LOW WITH IT,PLEASE SUGGEST ME WHAT SHOULD I DO
vjs : First, you need to identify your strong and weak areas . Second, devote more time on working on the weak areas and also revising the areas you are strong at. You need to divide your time carefully among all areas.


saurabh : CUTOFF FOR XLRI AND XIMB FOR GENERAL CATEGORY?
thomas : xlri would be around 95-96 while ximb wouuld be around 90-92 percentile in their respective tests


nam : SIR HOW SHOULD I APPROACH IN ALL THE SECTIONS?
rajesh : please let me know as to what stage of practice you are in so i could guide you accordingly


prathambs : HI, IN DI/LR SECTION I COULD DO 13 ATTEMPTS WITH 100% ACCURACY BUT THIS LEAD TO SHORTAGE OF SECTIONAL CUTOFFS. SHOULD HAVE I ATTEMPTED MORE QUESTIONS REDUCING MY ACCURACY TO AROUND 80% INSTEAD?
govindrajan : If you can manage 4 sets with 100% accuracy and one more with around 75% accuracy, that would help you.


ritabrata : THANK U SIR FEROZ SIR.SIR HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY MARKS?I HV COMPLETED TIME'S BASIC STUDY MATERIAL RECENTLY.
govindrajan : Focus on on line sectional tests now, while practicing from practice exercises.


parv : SIR, I AM NOT ABLE TO INCREASE MY NO. OF ATTEMPTS IN THE AIMCATS - THEY ARE STUCK BETWEEN 40-45 WITH ACCURACY OF 70-80%. PLEASE SUGGEST HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SCORE
ankur : basicallly attempt more sectional tests with a tight time limit. try a time limit where you are unable to attempt more than 75% of the given questions in the time allocated. that will put pressure on you to select easy (less time consuming questions) and make you better


bhcb7ae41 : HOW TO INCREASE MY SPEEDIN RC AND HOW TO FIND OUT THE OPENIN AND CONCLUSION SENTENCES IN PARA JUMBLE
ankur : regular practice is the key to both the questions you are asking.


sakshi : SIR MY OTHER SECTIONS ARE OKAY BUT IN VARC I CANNOT SCORE ABOVE 10
philipthomas : YOU NEED TO SIT WITH A FACULTY AND DO A DEEP ANALYSIS SO THAT YOU CAN GET PROPER GUIDANCE AND SOLUTIONS TO YOUR PROBLEMS


krcc7s014 : SIR I'M WEAK IN VA AS COMPARED TO RC.SO PLEASE GIVE ME SOME SUGGESTIONS REGARDING THE PREPARATION FOR VA.
rajesh : no one is weak in a language ,one needs to fine tune that is it/persistent efforts and focus and a bit of extra time will help a lot


gokul : 3-5 RCS PER DAY ARE SUFFICIENT TO PRACTICE
ankur : yes provided you are analysing each passage really well. every word and every gk concept should be clear and every mistake analysed completely.


yati : SIR HOW TO IMPROVE MY SCORE IN VA & RC
ankur : begin by reading a lot. solve the material in the basic booklets (both sets) before moving to the sectional tests.


milind : HOW MANY RC SHOULD I PRACTICE DAILY?
thomas : 2-3 would be more than enough. it is not going to help you even if you do much more than that. make sure you give enough time for all the areas


vishal : SIR I AM NOT ABLE TO IMPROVE MY SCORE IN RC SEC WHAT SHOULD I DO FROM LAST 3 AIMCAT ITS N A SINGLE DIGIT
philipthomas : THE PROBLEM COULD BE THAT YOU ARE PANICKING AND NOT TAKING THE TIME TO READ THE PASSAGE CAREFULLY , I WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU SHOULD DECIDE TO DO JUST 4 PASSAGES AND GET THE CORRECT ANSWERS


santosh : I AM ABLE TO SCORE IN AIMCAT AROUND 88 PERCENTILE AND I BELONG TO GENERAL CATEGORY , BY DEVOTING MORE TIME CAN I CRACK IIFT AND IS IT RECOMMENDABLE TO APPLY TO IT
thomas : iift is more about speed and raw calculation. being good in gk also helps. so if you feel you are good in these areas, do apply


santosh : PLEASE SUGGEST ME ANY ONLINE WEBSITE TO IMPROVE MY RC
rajesh : please tell me as to how much of revision you have done through our books so i can help you


sumanth : SIR, I'VE FIGURED OUT THAT MY STRENGTH IN THE 1ST SECTION IS RC & NOT VA. IN THE PREVIOUS AIMCAT I ATTEMPTED 20RC QUESTIONS AND GOT 16 RIGHT. TOTALLY IN SECTION 1 I HAD 17 RIGHT AND 5 WRONG WITH A PERCENTILE OF 94.
ankur : so what is the question?


sonal : I AM FACING PROBLEM IN SOLVING PARAJUMBLES....HOW CAN I IMPROVE?
rajesh : what is the strategy you are adopting to solve it ,please do let me know and what is the process of elimination you use


santosh : HI FACULTY MY WORK EXPERIENCE IS 5 DAYS SHORT OF 31 MONTHS
thomas : already answered


sakshi : BUT SIR I CANT SIT WITH FACULTY AS I HAVE ENROLLED FOR TEST SERIES ONLY
feroz : May you should walk in to the nearest TIME centre and request to the staff. If they allow, you may get your doubts clarified with them


sonal : WHAT SHOULD BE THE APPROACH WHILE SOLVING RC? SHOULD WE READ THE QUESTIONS FIRST?
ankur : scan the questions to see if they are easy (direct) or difficult (indirect). if the former are more then read the questions one by one and find their answers in the passage without reading the complete passage. leave the difficult questions in this case. if the tough questions are more then read passage and gain a good idea of the passage - then go to the questions and solve them. the time saved in the first approach will help you go through more passages.


santosh : HI FACULTY MY WORK EXPERIENCE IS 5 DAYS SHORT OF 31 MONTHS SO WHILE MENTIONING THE WORK EXPERIENCE IN CAT FORM SHOULD I GIVE 30 OR 31 MONTHS,PLEASE SUGGEST
thomas : you give what is completed, 30 months


krcc7s014 : SIR IN RC THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH ME IS CONFUSION IN TWO OPTIONS DUE TO WHICH I GOT LESS SCORES IN RC.
rajesh : the variation in option is an expertise you get through constant practice and find out exactly what you really are getting as an idea from the authors view point.please get to the main theme and central idea


xyz : MY LAST 5 AIMCAT PERCENTILES AROUND 75-80 & MY SECTIONAL PERCENTILE IS AROUND 80 FOR 2 SECTIONS AND FOR REMAINING ONE SECTION IT IS DRASTICALLY LOW AROUND 40-50. THAT REMAINING SECTION WHICH I SCORED IS LOW IS DIFFERENT IN DIFFERNT AIMCATS. UNABLE TO PULL UP MY AIMCAT PERCENTILE TO AROUND 90 BCOZ OF ONLY ONE SECTION. IN AIMCAT 11 MY PERCENTILE WAS 80 ,52, 80. OVERALL IS 74. PLS HELP
ankur : since it is changing it is difficult to discern a pattern and give you advice. is it true that if the section is easier/tougher than usual then your percentile drops?


gokul : 52 IN LR/DI WITH SECTIONAL PERCENTILE OF 89.01 IN LAST AIMCAT. HOW WOULD THE RATE THE PERFORMANCE
thomas : lrdi in last aimcat was really easy. 89 is a good score. try to be above 90 consistently


milind : WHERE CAN I FIND THE MORE RC FOR PRACTICE THERE ARE SO FEW ONLINE SECTIONAL TEST OF RC.
ankur : there are many OMETs/SAMCATs and AIMCATs which can serve as source of RC


subham : HOW TO INCREASE MY ACCURACY IN QA
vjs : Take the online sectional tests and see your performance.Easy questions will help you to clear the cutoffs and every difficult question will help you to push your percentile. so, work on wk areas. Knowing Basics or concepts is the first step, then practise.Its ultimately skills that is most important key to the competitive exams. start form basic study material and refresh the concepts and will gain lot of confidence .QUICK and ACCURACY is the mantra.


smriti : MY AIMCAT PERCENTILES AS WELL AS SCORES ARE FLUCTUATING A LOT. PERCENTILES FROM AIMCAT 1822 TO 1811 IN THAT ORDER ARE - 91,85,93,85,76,88,97,96,88,NA,95,80. WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY FROM NOW ON TO GET 95+ PERCENTILE CONSISTENTLY?
feroz : Analyze those AIMCATs in which your percentiles were upwards of 90. Try to recollect what was it that you did in those tests. May be you should try the same approach that you used in those ones


vishal : SIR PLEASE SUGGEST DIFFERENT TYPE OF APPROACHES FOR RC SEC TO EXPERIMENT IN AIMCATS
philipthomas : DO NOT EXPERIMENT IN THE AIMCATs , TRY DIFFERENT METHODS IN THE SAMCATS AND THEN IMPLEMENT THEM IN THE AIMCATs


sumanth : SIR , WHAT IS THE BEST APPROACH IN QA SECTION SO THAT I GET TO AT LEAST SEE ALL THE QUSTIONS? DUE TO LACK OF TIME I AM LEAVING OUT QUESTIONS I CAN EASILY ATTEMPT.
vjs : 1. Develop the habit of reading and quick comprehension.2. Scan the questions quickly and pick up the doable questions.so you do not miss the simple questions.


subham : ALSO IT TOOK ME A LOT OF TIME TO SOLVE A PUZZLE EVEN A MODERATE SET. HOW TO INCREASE MY SPEED IN LR.
thomas : speed in lr can be improved only with practice as there is no theory as such to prepare. try to solve as many sets as you can. your speed will gradually improve


parv : SIR, I MADE A BIG MISTAKE WITH SPENDING CLOSE TO 20 MINS. ON THE RC BASED ON CHIMPS AND HUMANS IN AIMCAT 1811. HOW CAN I MAKE SURE TO AVOID SUCH BLUNDERS?
philipthomas : this is a common scenario , you feel that a passage is okay and start working on it , later you realise that you cannot handle it, at that point you should leave the passage and try the next passage


vishnu : HI..WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY TO SOLVE RC.SHOULD I SKIM THE PASSAGE ONCE AND THEN FOLLOW THE QUESTIONS OR SHOULD I READ THE PASSAGE ALONG WITH A GOOD UNDERSTANDING AND THEN FOLLOW THE QUESTIONS??
ankur : scan the questions to see if they are easy (direct) or difficult (indirect). if the former are more then read the questions one by one and find their answers in the passage without reading the complete passage. leave the difficult questions in this case. if the tough questions are more then read passage and gain a good idea of the passage - then go to the questions and solve them. the time saved in the first approach will help you go through more passages.


rahul : MY VA SCORE IS VERY LOW IN AIMCATS SO HOW TO IMPROVR VA SECTION
ankur : first of all devote time in proportion to the marks of the section. many students dont spend time since they fear low accuracy but that is counter-productive if va is easy. then make sure that you mark what you know and for the rest do guess if TITA questions otherwise just drop. low accuracy in TITA questions does not matter if time spent is in proportion to the marks of the questions.


tanu : SIR WHO IS THE GO TO PERSON FOR DISCUSSING CHALLENGES WHICH ARE UNFATHOMABLE? WE HAVE NOT BEEN ASSIGNED ANY MENTOR AND IT THE TEACHERS SEEM TO HAVE NO TIME. NEED YOUR HELP. PLEASE ADVISE.
thomas : which city are you from?.please contact the centre to know about the doubt sessions.


sakshi : SIR IF I DONT GET A COUNSELLING SESSION WHAT CAN I DO HOW SHOULD I IMPROVE
rajesh : what is the problem you seem to be facing


milind : WILL THERE BE RC WITH VARIABLE QESTIONS ?
ankur : do you mean TITA questions? if yes, then they are possible.


shubhi_134 : SIR I HAVE DIFFICULTY IN LEARNING NEW WORDS FOR VERBAL. I ALREADY STARTED STUDYING "THE HINDU" AND OTHER NOVELS FOR IMPROVING MY VOCABULARY. WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE?
rajesh : please note that one needs to understand the language -one doe not learn and when you have a word we need to get link words across and find which are synonyms and antonyms example sacrosanct could be divided and linked as sacr/sacred/sanctimonious/sanctity-the method of analysing words asa low access and high access and low frequency and high frequency will help


vishal : PHILIPTHOMAS SIR, FOR APPEARING IN SAMCATS WHAT DIFF APPROACHES WILL U SUGGEST
philipthomas : You can vary the number of passages that you want try at one go , you can try different methods for selecting passages , you can start VA with different types of questions and all this is done so that you can find out what works best for you.


saurabh : IS XAT GK IS BOTH STATIC AND CURRENT AFFAIRS?
thomas : yes,please have a look at previous years papers to get an idea about the type of questions asked


milind : 2 RC WITH 3 QUESTIONS OR 1 RC WITH 1 QUESTION WHICH IS BEST?
philipthomas : start with that which you can understand , if the difficulty level is the same, you should start with the one that has more questions


riya : IN QA, I KNOW TWO STRATEGIES: FIRST, DOING ONE LINER QUESTIONS FIRST, FOLLOWED BY TWO-LINERS AND SO ON. SECOND,BROWSE THROUGH THE ENTIRE PAPER, SELECT QUESTIONS AND START DOING ( IT TAKES ME AROUNG 8-9 MINUTES TO BROWSE AND SELECT, LEAVING 4 LINER QUESTIONS.) IS THERE ANOTHER BETTER STRATEGY YOU CAN RECOMMEND...
ankur : this looks ok.


bhcb7ae41 : PLEASE SUGGEST ME ANY TRICKS TO GET GOOD SCORES IN AIMCAT
rajesh : there are no tricks involved in any aspect of ones career ,focus practice and more practice and a lot of retrospection


krcc7s014 : HOW TO INCREASE ACCURACY IN RC
rajesh : idea behind the RC is main theme/central idea/tone /evidence and the created opinion once you get this -you will be an expert in RC,and take RC with an open mind and things will flow


sumanth : IS A PERCENTILE OF 94 (17 CORRECT OUT OF 22 ATTEMPTED) GOOD ENOUGH FOR SECTION 1 IN ACTAUL CAT?
thomas : yes, it is really good. try to be consistently around that level


subham : I ALREADY FINISHED THE BASIC TIME MATERIAL FOR LRDI BUT STILL IT TAKES ME TIME TO SOLVE THE LR QUESTIONS.I CAN ONLY ATTEMPT 4-5 SETS IN THE AIMCATS.
thomas : 4-5 sets is really good. if you look at the cutoffs, except for the last aimcat, any score above 40-45 would get you 90 percentile


sourav : PLEASE GIVE THE LIST OF B-SCHOOLS WHOSE DEADLINE TO FILL THE APPLICATION FORM IS BEFORE CAT EXAM.
thomas : all top b schools that accept cat scores other than the iits have a cutoff date before cat. so also colleges like iift, nmat etc


arun : I CAN EASILY ATTEMPT AROUND 26 QUESTIONS IN VA/RC BUT USUALLY FIND MY ACCURACY LESS THAN 50. HOW TO IMPROVE? WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY?
philipthomas : 26 questions is on the higher side especially if your accuracy is low , I would suggest that you crosscheck before submitting your answer , you could do this by looking for data that would justify that answer


tanu : SIR I AM FROM BARODA CENTRE. THANKS FOR THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. SIR THE 2ND BOOK OF DI SEEMS TO BE QUITE TRICKY. EVERYTIME I ATTEMPT QUESTIONS, HARDLY 1-2 I AM ABLE TO SOLVE FROM THE SET. PLEASE ADVISE ON HOW SHD THE APPROACH BE..
thomas : questions which you are not not able to understand, please take it to the doubt sessions. you can check the shp for the schedule of doubt sessions or call up the centre.


saurabh : TOP CLGS WITH XAT SCORE?
thomas : xlri, sp jain, ximb,kj, gim, liba etc


sonal : @RAJESH SIR...I HAVEN'T BEEN USING ANY STRATEGY AS SUCH...I LOOK FOR PAIRING TECHNIQUE AND USE OF WORDS LIKE BUT,IF,HOWEVER ETC FOR ELIMINATION
rajesh : please go to the actial base contextual matter and try process of elimination this time ,you will get it


vishnu : SIR I CAN'T UNDERSTAND PHILOSOPHICAL TYPE RC WHAT SHOULD IT DO TO IMPROVE MY UNDERSTANDING IN SAME?
rajesh : please understand that the central idea in a philosophical RC is easy to decipher as long as you do not get a mind block regarding the content,please do not go deep into it and research on content


subham : WHEN WILL THE VIDEO SOLUTIONS BE UPLOADED FOR AIMCAT 1811
thomas : in 2-3 days time


nishant : HELLO,IVE ATTENDED 4 AIMCATS,IN ALL HE AIMCATS MY SCORE HAS BEEN VERY LOW,DO I NEED TO DROP THE IDEA OF APPEARING CAT..MY WEAKNESS IS QUANT..I CAN MANAGE WITH RC AND VA,,HELP ME WITH SOME TIPS TO IMPROVE IN DI LR AND QUANT.
vjs : Along with the topics compleated in class, revise your basics and strengthen your concepts. solve questions from practice papers to improve your Attempts in all AIMCATS.


varun : SIR I AM ABLE TO ATTEMPT ONLY 12 TO 13 QUE IN VA RC, WHAT SHOULD I DO TO INCREASE MY READING SPEED AND NO. OF ATTEMPTS
philipthomas : Forget the speed and focus on the quality of reading , try to read in a manner in which you do not go back and refer to the passage to answer questions


arun : WHILE ANALYZING AIMCATS I HAVE OBSERVED THAT TITA ANSWERS ARE WRONG. WHAT COULD BE THE REASON BEHIND IT AND HOW TO IMPROVE?
ankur : they have no options and therefore are wide open - anything can go wrong. improve with lots of patient practice and slowly increasing speed. also do error analysis as in why did i mark this and why was this wrong kind of thinking.


nishant : I APPEARED FOR MAT IN 2017 FEB,I GOT 582,IS IT A GOOD SCORE TO ENTER INTO ANY B-SCHOOL.,.MAT SCORES ARE VALID TILL FEB2018..WHAT SHOULD I DO
thomas : the score is ok.but not many good schools accept mat scores. if you are working, dont even consider any school under mat and go only for a top 30 b school


rahul : SIR PLEASE ANS. MY QUE....VA SECTION IS VERY WEAK SO PLEASE TELL SOME TIPS TO IMPROVE VA SECTION
rajesh : please tell me when you started practicing and how much have you finished


sneha : HI, I HAVE STARTED MY PREPARATION FROM END OF AUGUST. WHAT EXACT AREA SHOULD I BE CONCENTRATE MORE. MY WEAK AREAS ARE MOSTLY QUANT (NUMBER SYSTEM, FUNCTIONS,INEQUALITIES AND MODULUS - SO SHOULD I BE WORKING ON THESE AREAS OR, ON THE AREA WHERE AM MORE CONFIDENT ?
vjs : It's good you could recognise your wk areas. we have time to focus on wk areas and then proceed..


sourav : I HAVE BEEN SCORING AROUND 94-95 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS. HOW TO PREPARE IN THE REMAINING DAYS TO IMPROVE MY PERCENTILE.
ankur : it is best to speak to a senior FM at your center. such advice is tough to give over the chat. best meet with your aimcat score printouts


arun : IF I GET STUCKED IN LRDI SECTION, QUANTS SECTION SEEMS TO BE COMPLETELY LOST. HOW TO MANAGE?
thomas : make sure you dont think about your performance in one section affect you while doing the next. forget that completely and concentrate on what you are doing. remember that if it appears to be really difficult, it would be difficult for everyone and its the relative performance which matters


arun : HOW TO INCREASE ACCURACY AND SPEED IN LRDI?
thomas : lrdi speed can be improved only by practice. try to solve as many questions as you can.your speed will gradually improve


nishant : IS IT FINE IF I ATTEND 8-9 QUESTIONS IN EVRY TOPIC IN CAT ..TO SCORE ABOVE 80%
ankur : you are assuming that the paper's difficulty level is constant, which is not. kindly do what you can in the given time. in a tough exam this number would fall and in an easy exam it would rise.


harsh : WAS THE LAST AIMCAT VA SECTION THE TOUGHEST OF ALL THE AIMCAT?
thomas : no, the cutoff was 37, which means it was only moderately difficult


krcb7a162 : SIR IN MY BATCH ONLY ARITHMETIC IS PARTIALLY COMPLETED.. REST PART IS NOT DONE YET.. I AM ATTEMPTING ONLY 13 QSTN IN AIMCAT OUT OF WHICH MY 10 TO 11 QSTN GET CORRECT MOSTLY.. BY THE TIME THE COURSE IS COMPLETED WILL I BE ABLE TO DO BETTER IN THIS SECTION?
vjs : your percentage of success is reasonably good.The complete topics will be covered with sufficient time for practice.


rahul : SIR IS CORRECT TO MUST DO NON NEGATIVE MARKING QUE. WHETHER THEY MAY LEAD TO DECREASE IN ACCURACY..WHERE ACCURACY MATTERS IN CAT EXAM
thomas : you should attempt all non mcq questions. accuracy does not matter, only the net score matters


krcb7a162 : AND SIR, THE LEVEL OF AIMCAT QSTN FOR QUANTS ASKED IN THIS AIMCAT 11 IS SAME WITH RESPECT TO REAL CAT?
thomas : yes, maybe slightly tougher than last year cat.


shubhi_134 : MY CONCENTRATION IN RC IS LOW, TO COVER UP THAT I USE TO READ LOUDLY. SHOULD I CONTINUE THIS, IF THIS WILL HELP ME DURING ACTUAL EXAM IN CENTER? IF NO, WHAT ELSE SHOULD I TRY?
philipthomas : OBVIOUSLY YOU CANNOT DO THIS AT THE EXAM CENTRE AS YOU WILL BE DISTURBING THE OTHERS , WHAT YOU CAN DO IS BREAK THE PASSAGE INTO SMALLER SECTIONS AND AS YOU FINISH EACH SECTION TAKE THE TIME TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU READ BEFORE MOVING ON TO THE NEXT SECTION


yati : WHAT WAS THE LEVEL OF AMIMCAT11
thomas : va and qa was nearly the same level as last year cat while lrdi was easier than cat 16


smriti : VARC PERCENTILE IS 90+ CONSISTENTLY BUT IT IS ALL BECAUSE OF RC SCORES, ALMOST ALL VA QUESTIONS ATTEMPTED GO WRONG, IS IT WISE TO LEAVE VA ALTOGETHER AND USE THAT TIME FOR RC (ATLEAST ONE PASSAGE REMAINS UNATTEMPTED)
philipthomas : IT MAY LOOK LIKE THE RIGHT MOVE NOW BUT YOU HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE RCs COULD BE VERY TOUGH AT THE CAT EXAM AND PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING GOOD SCORES , ON THE OTHER HAND IF YOU PREPARE WELL IN VA YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET A GOOD SCORE IRRESPECTIVE OF THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THE RC PASSAGES


krcb7a162 : SIR WHAT PERCENTILE IS REQUIRED FOR SC CANDIDATE TO SCORE A CALL FROM IIM AHEMDABAD AND LUCKNOW?
thomas : 85+ should get you a call


sakshi : SIR PLEASE HELP IF I CANT GET COUNSELLING
ankur : please speak to your center staff


krcb7a162 : IS THE DI AND LR ASKED IN THIS AIMCAT11 IS SAME AS LEVEL OF CAT DI AND LR?
thomas : lrdi in this aimcat was much easier than last year cat paper. this was probably the easiest lrdi section in aimcats till now


ritabrata : SIR,I HAVE GOT 75 IN AIMCAT 1811...HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SCORE?
philipthomas : Is this the overall score or the score pertaining to VA / RC alone?


vidit : HI SIR/MAM HOW TO MAXIMIZE ATTEMPTS IN VA/RC.
ankur : don't try to maximise the same. by doing that you lose on accuracy. don't try to maximise accuracy to 100%. that way you lose attempts. ideally try to optimise both the same. accuracy of 70-85 is ideal.....


yati : SIR WHILE GIVING CAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON PERCENTAGE WE GET??
thomas : it is only your percentile which matter


lm10 : SIR, AFTER ATTEMPTING THE VA/RC & LI/DR SECTIONS AT A STRETCH FOR 2 HOURS I AM FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO CONCENTRATE DURING THE QA SECTION IN THE AIMCATS. CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST SOME STRATEGY ?
rajesh : please do understand that all the test and AIMCATS prepare you for the CAT and yes you have to focus and keep your mind calm and never get stressed out--everything will work out well do not worry


svt : SIR WHERE EXATCLY CAN I SEE THE SCHEDULE FOR DOUBT SESSION. THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE HEARD FROM YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME SIR. PLEASE ELABORATE SO THAT I COULD FOLLOW TOO
thomas : do check in your shp for details or call the centre where you enrolled


sneha : EXACTLY HOW MANY MIN HOURS OF STUDY IS REQUIRED TO SCORE, AS AM WORKING IN IN IT COMPANY,AM NOT ABLE TO GIVE MUCH TIME?
thomas : 2-3 hrs on working days and around 6 hrs on holidays should be enough


piku : HOW WAS THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THIS AIMCAT 1811
thomas : lrdi was pretty easy compared to last year cat whil qa and va were nearly of the same level


nikita : SIR,MY SPEED OF ATTEMPTING THE QUESTIONS IS VERY LOW.IN QUANT SECTION I CAN ABLE TO SOLVE ONLY 7 OR 8 QUESTIONS IN 60 MINS..WHAT CAN I DO TO INCREASE MY SPEED ?
vjs : Learn more concepts, develop your skills in multiple topics from quants..with this, you can increase the number of attempts Make sure you are thorough with the basics of all the concepts,then take each AIMCAT diligently and analyse them completely


svt : SIR HOW TO ARRANGE FOR A COUNSELLING SESSION. IT HAS BEEN 4 MONTHS SINCE I LEFT JOB AND HAVE BEEN DEDICATEDLY PREPARING FULL TIME. STILL MY PERCENTILE IS HOVERING SOMWHERE 60-66. THIS SEEMS TO BE GOING NOWHERE AND I FEEL LIKE GIVING UP. I GET ALL WORKED UP WHEN I SIT TO STUDY NOW. I FEEL THAT THERE IS NO HOPE TO GETTING ANY FURTHER. SHALL I DROP THE IDEA OF CAT? BESIDES, THERE ARE OTHER EXAMS LINED UP.. THERE ARE ADDITONL CHAPTERS TO BE DONE. IT IS ALL GETTING OVERWHELMING
philipthomas : Please connect with the centre that you enrolled in , they will arrange counselling and doubt solving sessions for you.


milind : SIR I M CURRENTLY IN 40S-50S WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET 98+ I DO TAKE EVERY AIMCAT ANALYZE IT HOW SHOULD I CHANGE MY PRACTICES
govindrajan : Identify what kind of questions you are unable to answer and also check your accuracy levels. Practice more of those topics which you are unable to solve properly. Take on line sectional tests. Stop worrying and spend some to strategies your further practice. Take the things in bits and pieces. There is no point in worrying about the overall picture.


yati : SHOULD WE ATTEMPT THE MISSED AIMCATS NOW ???
thomas : you should. make sure you do not miss any of the aimcats samcats and the advanced sectional tests


harsh : SIR, AS I AM NOT A CLASSROOM STUDENT, IS THERE ANY WATSAPP GROUP OR NUMBER WHERE A QUESTION POSTED CAN BE ANSWERED . MOST OF MY PREPARATION IS BASED ON ARUN SHARMA'S CAT SERIES BOOKS.
feroz : If you are a TIME correspondence student, you may post your doubts at info@time4education.com


vishnu : DOES READING TIME MAGAZINE IS ENOUGH FOR ATTEMPTING GK SECTION FOR SNAP?
thomas : have a look at last years paper to have an idea of the type of questions asked. as the pattern changed last year , refering previous years papers is not going to help much


bhcb7ae41 : HOW TO FIND EASY RC TO COMPLETE QUICKLY
ankur : scan the questions to see if they are easy (direct) or difficult (indirect). if the former are more then read the questions one by one and find their answers in the passage without reading the complete passage. leave the difficult questions in this case. if the tough questions are more then read passage and gain a good idea of the passage - then go to the questions and solve them. the time saved in the first approach will help you go through more passages.


nishant : THERE IS SO LESS TIME REMAINING FOR CAT,,HOW CAN WE MANAGE TO WRITE ALL THE AIMCATS,SAMCATS,SECTIONAL TESTS..AND TRY FINISHING THE TOPICS FROM ALL 3 SECTIONS,,THERES SO MUCH TO FOCUS UPON..HELP ME TO MAKE IT EASY AND STRATEGY FOR THE ABOVE
philipthomas : You need to organise yourself , in those sections that you are weak you should depend on the books , in areas where you are okay you should do the sectional tests , the SAMCATS should be done to finalise strategies and to practise time management


sakshi : SIR PLEASE HELP ME OUT I AM NOT AT ALL ABLE TO SCORE IN VA RC MY SCORE ARE FROM 7-10.AND I CANT GET A COSELLING SESSION
ankur : please speak to your center for a counseling session


vishnu : SIR AS I AM WEAK IN RC, HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I SPEND ON RC ON A DAILY BASIS?
rajesh : have you finished the RC from the books we gave


nikgarg : SIR, DOES MDI HAS SECTIONAL CUTOFF OR ONLY OVERALL CUTOFF.
ankur : both


niha : SIR, THERE ARE ONLY 10 AIMCATS LEFT AND MY PERCENTILE DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER. IT RANGES BETWEEN 55-60 AND MARKS ARE ALSO BETWEEN 50-60. WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPROVE MY MARKS? ALS
philipthomas : Consult a faculty to analyse your performance and get him to prepare a lesson plan for you to follow in the days to come


abhish : SIR I HAVE BEEN CONSISTENTLY SCORING 99+ IN QUANT.BUT DUE TO VA/RC AND DILR, MY PERCENTILE OVERALL IS AROUND 95..AND SCORES IN VARC HAVE BEEN VERY VARIABLE RANGING FROM 70-97..ARE THERE CHANCES THAT I CAN SCORE OVERALL 99+..BECAUSE I AM THINKING OF QUITTING THE PREPARATION NOW..AND WAS QUANT OF 1811 LENGTHY TYPE?
rajesh : quitting does not make any use -I would appreciate if you focus and and find out where the issue is because everything depends on the extent of hard work


nikgarg : SCORING 228 IN AIMNMAT MOCK. IS IT OK OR HAVE TO IMPROVE MY SCORE
philipthomas : Yes it is a good score


ambreesh : SHOULD ONE STUDY ALL THREE SECTIONS IN A DAY OR SHOULD EACH SECTION BE DONE ON DIFFERENT DAYS.
philipthomas : Suggest that you focus on only one section every day otherwise it becomes confusing and counterproductive.


rahul : HOW TO ANALYZE AIMCATS
ankur : look at how many ve/e/m did you not read/attempt. look at how d/vd did you attempt and get right/wrong. look at time spent in each case. that is a great way to analyse


krcb7a162 : HOW ARE SAMCATS DIFFERENT FROM AIMCATS?
ankur : they are for your practice only


rahul : SIR PLEASE ANS. MY QUE..WHAT APPROACH TO FOLLOW TO ANALYZE THE AIMCAT
ankur : look at how many ve/e/m did you not read/attempt. look at how d/vd did you attempt and get right/wrong. look at time spent in each case. that is a great way to analyse


riya : HOW TO ANALYSE QUANT INAMCATS ?
ankur : look at how many ve/e/m did you not read/attempt. look at how d/vd did you attempt and get right/wrong. look at time spent in each case. that is a great way to analyse


mannu : SIR, MY PERCENTILE IS FLUCTUATING FROM 90S TO 70S.HOW SHOULD I STUDY IN ORDER TO MAKE IT STABLE
philipthomas : Problem could lie in the way in which you are selecting questions , you need to vary your attempts keeping in mind the overall difficulty level


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