T.I.M.E


Chat on preparation tips for OMETs ( XAT,SNAP,NMAT,IIFT etc )!
(Chat Transcript)

ibad : HELLO SIR, THIS YEAR I SCORED 99.38%ILE IN MAH CET AND GOT SIMSREE IN LAST SEPARATE ROUND HELD BY DTE. I DECIDED TO FOREGO IT AND TAKE ONE LAST SHOT AT ELITE INSTITUTES. I AM AN ENGG 2014 PASSOUT WORKING IN A BANK SINCE 1 YEAR. I WILL TURN 24 THIS DECEMBER. HAVE I TAKEN A RIGHT DECISION BY NOT TAKING ADMISSION IN SYDENHAM? WILL I BE OVERAGE FOR NEXT YR ADMISSIONS? KINDLY REPLY SOON...
vikrant : You are definitely not 'over-age'. You decided to chase your dreams when you let go of the option, now is the time when you focus on the dream and work. All the best.


tall_fat : HOW LONG ARE THE ESSAYS IN XAT?
ramachandran : Clear instructions are given. Please , in the meantime, develop your versatility by writing essays of different lengths, between 300 words and 600 words


pragya : GOOD EVENING SIR/MAM,PLEASE GUIDE ME FOR THE VERBAL SECTION OF NMAT.
supratim : Please look at previous years NMAT papers and Mock NMAT papers of TIME. Please do solve all sectional tests in your home page . Expect small passages , fill in the blank , para jumble and sentence correction questions in the paper.


jgns619 : HELLO SIR.I HAVE GIVEN 5AIMCATS AND MY PERCENTILE IS TRAILING AROUMD60 EVEN AFTER PRACTISE..WHAT SHOULD I DO?AND IS UR MATERIALS AE ENOUGH TO OMET
vikrant : For the AimCAT - Go through the analysis and try to diagnose the problem and work on that problem by making a suitable plan. Is the material Sufficient for OMETs? - Yes, it will be more than sufficient to prepare you for these exams.


krish : DEAR SIR HOW TOUGH WILL BE THE ONES COMPARING TO CAT BECAUSE I AM FINDING DIFFICULT TO PREPARE FOR CAT,, IT'S TOO HARD I WANT IT TO DO BUT NOT ABLE TO
ramachandran : Please prepare hard. The difficulty level of the examination per se will not matter very much.


tall_fat : HOW SIGNIFICANT IS SCORING IN ESSAYS AND GK IS IN XAT AS THEY'LL BE CONSIDER ONLY AFTER THE PI
bharat : Not after the PI; but for final selection. As you know, if they are included and considered for final selection criteria, then they are definitely pretty significant. So, work hard!


manali : HELLO SIR/MADAM
rahulpinnamaneni : Hi good evening, what's your question?


jgns619 : EVEN WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR GK STUFFS?FPR OMET
shivabhaskaran : T.I.M.E magazines,news papers,competition success review and gat papers that will be taken in the class


arghya : HELLO SIR,THE FOLLOWING IS NOT A QUESTION BUT A COMPLAINT THE AIMCATS AT THE INVIGILATED CENTRES ARE PRETTY SLOW AND THE SYSTEM GETS HANGED.THIS HAPPENED TO ME AT THE DILSUKHNAGAR CENTER AS WELL AS NARAYANGUDA CENTER.ON ENQUIRY MY FRIENDS TOO HAVE FACED THE SAME ISSUE.THIS PROBLEM HAS OCCURED ONLY WHILE WRITING AT THE INVIGILATED CENTRES AND NOT AT THE NON-INVIGILATED EXAMS.PLEASE RECTIFY THIS PROBLEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
gautam : We will definitely look into this. In the meantime could you communicate with your centre too about this issue, in case you have not already done so.


vandana : HELLO SIR, I WANTED TO KNOW IF SOMEONE DID NOT START PREPARATION YET
ramachandran : It might help you if you begin your preparation in right earnest at the very earliest


vandana : I HAVE GIVEN AIMCATS BUT ITS DEMOTIVATING ME
gautam : The trick to dealing with AIMCATs is to take baby steps. Don't try to jump 10 or 20 percentile within one AIMCAT. Do the AIMCAT once again at home without the time pressure. This way you will know how many of those questions you could actually answer. Work on the areas that you are not too good at. Then work on reducing the mistakes. All of these will help you improve your scores. Please remember you have more than 3 months.


rishi : WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY FOR NMAT (8 OCT) ? AS I HAVE INTERNAL EXAMS IN SEPTEMBER. HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I GIVE FOR CRACKING NMAT ON 1ST TRIAL.? AND PLEASE SUGGEST ME WHICH TOPICS SHOULD I REFER FOR SAME.
ramachandran : Please always put in the best possible effort


ankurprakash : HI,
bharat : Hi! What is your question?


ankurprakash : HI,
sumanta : please post your query


accacl008 : GOOD EVENING SIR
rahulpinnamaneni : Good evening, what's your query?


shan : HELLO SIR,
ramachandran : Hello


harsh : GOOD ENENING SIR/MA'AM.... SHLD I GIVE NMAT BEFORE OR AFTER CAT?... AND IF BEFORE CAT , THEN HOW MUCH TIME BEFORE
rahulpinnamaneni : Before CAT is preferable, that kinda prepares you in part for the actual CAT because both of them share the online format and all. As early as possible, so that you can do some course correction if necessary, or go for a re-exam if you can't.


msn : HI TO ALL THE RESPECTED SIR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, TO SOLVE OUR QUERIES.
ramachandran : Welcome


manali : HELLO SIR/MADAM HOW TO PREPARE FOR GK SECTION FOR IIFT.IS THERE ANY SPECIFIC BOOKS FOR THE PREPARATION??
bharat : For GK prep, go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions. Check out the OMET GK Special material published in the June-July/August/September/October issues of MBA Education & Careers. Also, in the various issues of this magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (the last mentioned feature captures important news in a nutshell). In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your GK.


accacl008 : PLEASE GUIDE FOR DI AND QUANTS SECTION
rahulpinnamaneni : For that, we need to know where exactly you stand as of now.


tall_fat : I HAVEN'T GIVEN ANY OF OMET TEST, ONLY AIMCATS. HOW SHOULD BE MY APPROACH TOWARDS THESE TESTS AND CAT QUESTION PATTERN IS DIFFERENT FROM ALL?
vikrant : The first step is to write the OMETs. That will make you familiar with the exam. You can customise your preparation accordingly thereafter.


dlca6o651 : SIR, CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY SOURCE FOR PRACTICING THE DECISION MAKING SECTION OF XAT? IT WAS QUITE TOUGH. AND WILL QUANT OF CAT BE SUFFICIENT FOR ATTEMPTING THE QUANT OF IIFT?
supratim : Please look at previous XAT papers and solve TIME Mock XAT papers. IIFT Quant will be of similar difficulty level of CAT . Please solve Mock IIFT Papers to know about the pattern and type of questions.


ankurprakash : HI, MY QUERY IS WHAT EXTRA TOPICS I NEED TO COVER FOR OMETS? ALSO CAN YOU PIN POINT THE TOPICS WHICH ARE IRREVERENT FOR OMNETS?
ramachandran : Sound preparation for CAT will help you in these exams too


msn : CAN YOO PLEASE RANK ME THE TOP 6-8 NON IIM'S PLEASE.
sumanta : FMS, NITIE,IITB,IITM,SP JAIN,IITD,XIMB,XLRI,IIFT


dlca6o651 : SIR, CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY SOURCE FOR PRACTICING THE DECISION MAKING SECTION OF XAT? IT WAS QUITE TOUGH. AND WILL QUANT OF CAT BE SUFFICIENT FOR ATTEMPTING THE QUANT OF IIFT?
shivabhaskaran : XAT decision making related handouts will be handled in your class, If u prepare quant at CAT level surely it will be easy for IIFT, give more emphasis on pure maths related areas like logrithms, progressions, quadratic equations etc.


jgns619 : SIR..I AM WEAK IN QUANT AS IM FROM COMMERCE BACKGROUND...WHAT SHOULD I DO
ramachandran : Attend classes. Prepare earnestly


msn : CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME, WHAT ALL EXAM REGISTRATIONS HAVE BEGUN?
rahulpinnamaneni : http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/B-school-Notifications.aspx


krish : I AM NOT ABLE GIVE MY BEST EVEN AFTER PREPARING A LOT FOR CAT WHAT SHOULD I DO...WHAT IS THE TOUGHNESS LEVEL OF OWNERS COMPARING TO CAT.CAN I AT LEAST GET THE CUTOFF IN OMETS
vikrant : Krish you should analyse your AimCAT performance thoroughly. Try to diagnose the problem and then take appropriate measures. If the need be, take the help of the faculty members. Difficult to predict the difficulty level of the other exams. Let us prepare for all eventualities.


krish : I AM NOT ABLE GIVE MY BEST EVEN AFTER PREPARING A LOT FOR CAT WHAT SHOULD I DO...WHAT IS THE TOUGHNESS LEVEL OF OWNERS COMPARING TO CAT.CAN I AT LEAST GET THE CUTOFF IN OMETS
vinnayraj : you should continue working hard and you will definitely see positive results soon and eventually you will do well in cat..compared to cat the other exams are bit easier and the preparation for cat takes care of the preparation required for the other exams barring a few topics..you should be able to clear the cutoffs..all the best..


ankurprakash : A LITTLE DETAIL WOULD BE HELPFUL
ramachandran : No topic is irrelevant.Sound preparation will always help


nrb : HELLO. ARE THE NMAT SCORES DECLARED FOR EVERY ATTEMPT OR THEY DISPLAY IT AFTER ALL THREE ATTEMPTS?
supratim : Separately for every attempt.


dileep1234 : MAY I KNOW WHEN DOES OMETS GENERALLY TAKE PLACE
ramachandran : Nov- Dec is when most exams are held


msn : I HAVE SCORED 99.66% IN MAT. MAY 2016.. BUT I WANT TO JOIN THE TOP 10. SO I'M PLANNING ON GIVING CAT 2016. DID I TAKE THE RIGHT DECISION?
ramachandran : Yes indeed. We wish you the best. Please work really hard


nishant : HI SIR/MA'AM
pradeepgoswami : Hi what's your question


shan : SINCE IIFT IS ON 27 A WEEK BEFORE CAT 2016 THIS TIME.HOW SHOULD BE THE PREPARATION FOR IIFT CONSIDERING THE DIFFERENCE IN SKILLS REQUIRED FOR BOTH EXAMS .CAN YOU SUGGEST THE TIME TO BE DEDICATED FOR IIFT ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS TO BE TAKEN AT A TIME WHICH WILL BE CRUCIAL FOR CAT PREP AS WELL?
vinnayraj : most of the preparation for cat takes care of what is needed for cracking iift too..make sure when you practice calculation intensive di sets you dont use the calculator and use approximation techniques,speed maths techniques and logical comparisons..as you need to prepare for gk ,spend some time regularly preparing for the same..


kriti : SIR, ARE WE GIVEN ANY STUDY MATERIAL OR MOCK TESTS SPECIFICALLY FOR OMETS?
revanth : Hi Kriti. You'll have Study material & Mock Tests for OMETs. Please concentrate on fundamentals currently.


amit : SIR, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME ANY GOOD B-SCHOOL TAKING MAT SCORES I.E. SEPTEMBER MAT EXAM 2016?
revanth : Hi Amit. IBS HYD, Christ University accept MAT.


rahul : AFTER FILLING THE CAT FORM.. DO WE NEED TO APPLY SEPARATELY FOR SOME INSTITUTE?
vikrant : The form is for applying to the IIMs. For the non-IIM colleges, you need to apply separately.


vandana : IS THE MATERIAL GIVEN MY TIME SUFFICIENT FOR CAT PREPARTIONS ?
rahulpinnamaneni : More than. Handouts, SMs, lot-2 SMs, online sectional tests, SAMCATs and AIMCATs and OMETS. Don't you think that'd be more than sufficient?


amit : SIR, HOW TO PREPARE FOR QUANT OF NMAT SNAP AND IIFT EXAM?
ramachandran : Please go through the material given to you. Please work tirelessly.


nishant : WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF GK IN OMETS?
vikrant : It should help you increase your over-all score for less time investment. Besides, a college may also have some sectional cut-off for GK. Therefore it is important to prepare for it as well.


arghya : HELLO TEAM,HOW TO DIVIDE TIME FOR THE SECTIONS IN IIFT.FOR EXAMPLE, SINCE IN AIMCATS WE ARE HABITUATED TO DO RCS AND JUMBLED SENTENCES AND PUT LESS EFFORT ON GRAMMAR,IS IT PREFERRABLE TO CONCENTRATE ON RCS IN IIFT AS WELL AND GIVE LESS TIME TO THE GRAMMAR SECTION IN IIFT
vikrant : We attempt the questions that we can get right in less time. We should not let go of the questions of Grammar completely beforehand. Look at the over-all situation. If you have time and you have prepared for Grammar, look at the questions and then decide to attempt or leave.


tall_fat : WHEN CAN WE EXPECT XAT NOTIFICATION?
supratim : By end of this month.


ak : HI SIR,
sumanta : PLEASE POST YOUR QUERY


msn : CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME THE MINIMUM AND AVERAGE PACKAGES AT JAMNALAL BAJAJ?
ramachandran : It might be a good idea at this stage to work hard to make it to these excellent B Schools


advayasp : HELLO SIR, HOW TO PREPARE FOR DI FOR IIFT ? DOES IIFT OFFER A BETTER INTERNATIONAL JOB THAN OTHER IIMS ?
bharat : CAT prep for DI will do for IIFT. Job prospects at all schools depend on your performance in the program, economic conditons, overall skills, etc. At a general level, placements at IIMs are better than the ones at IIFT.


harsh : WE HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN ANY MATERIAL FOR OMET UPTO NOW...WHEN WILL WE BE PROVIDED IT WITH
pradeepgoswami : Please get in touch with your T.I.M.E centre. They will be given shortly


raghav : IS THERE ANYTHING APART FROM GK THAT I NEED TO ADDITIONALLY PREPARE FOR THESE EXAMS AS I AM ALREADY PREPARING FOR CAT?
ramachandran : Yes. Please work on your GK. Will help you in subsequent stages of the selection process like GD, PI and Essay-Writing


ak : I FIND TIME SPEED AND DISTANCE VERY DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND.AS THIS CHAPTER IS VERY IMPORTANT,HOW SHOULD I PREPARE
rahulpinnamaneni : If the topic is already covered in your batch and you still couldn't follow it, attend a backup class and/or attend some doubts clarification sessions.


dvz : SIR, I UNDERSTAND THAT NMAT IS DIFFERENT FROM CAT ON A NUMBER OF STAGES BUT WHAT ALL SHOULD WE EXACTLY DO, SEPARATE FROM OUR REGULAR CAT PREP TO PREPARE FOR IT?
ramachandran : Nothing drastically different. Good preparation will help the student in ALL the exams


nishant : HI.
vikrant : hello. what's your question?


abcd : I'M UNABLE TO IMPROVE MY QUANT SECTION.. M PRACTICING A LOT.. ALL THE EXAMPLES, EXERCISES, PRACTICE BOOK N TRYING MY BEST BUT M UNABLE TO BUILD CONFIDENCE ON THE TOPICS.. PLZ GUIDE ME WHERE M I LACKING??
sumanta : you require time management for that start writing online sectional tests.


kuku : WHEN DO WE GET MATERIAL FOR OMETS? ALSO, WILL WE HAVE ALL INDIA MOCK OMETS LIKE AIMCATS?
shivabhaskaran : YES


jgns619 : SIR LIKE AFTER THE EVERY AIMCAT I CAN SOLVE ATLEAST 50 QUESTION,BUT IN CAT I SOLLVE VERY LESS..WHAT SHOULD I DO,,AS I AM SERIOUS ON GETTING MORE THAN 90..AS EVERY OTHER PROFILES ARE GOOD?HOW TO IMPROVE IN ENGLISG DI LR AND QUANT..HOW TO SELECT QUESTIONS?
gautam : In CAT (and also the AIMCATs) do not answer question by question. Go through all the questions in 3 waves. 1st one - Answer only the easy ones. 2nd wave - the lengthy but easy ones. 3rd wave - the difficult ones. Give yourself time limits for each of these. In this way you will be able to answer all the easy questions and improve your scores.


vandana : I HAVE FILLED NMAT FORM , WE WERE ALLOWED TO CHOOSE 7 COLLEGES , ARE WE SUPPOSED TO APPLY FOR THE OTHER INSTITUTES SEPERATELY ?
revanth : Hi Vandana. Please cross verify this because I've noticed that you can apply for 7 B Schools free of cost, along with Test Application


tall_fat : HOW SHOULD I DISTRIBUTE MY TIME, CONSIDERING THAT I HAVE ALREADY CLEARED MY CONCEPTS AND SOLVED TIME CLASSROOM MATERIAL AND I'M A WORKING PROFESSIONAL, TILL THE EXAMINATION DATE?
revanth : Hi. Don't miss any AIMCAT. More importantly review the AIMCATs as much as you can. Also try the Sectional Tests present in your Student Homepage.


nishant : THERE IS VERY LITTLE TIME LEFT FOR CAT AND I AM STILL STRUGGLING WITH MY PREPARATION, SO WHAT SHOULD I DO MAKE THE MOST OF THE TIME THAT IS LEFT?
vinnayraj : make sure you have covered the fundamentals of all the concepts asap..also focus on improving your test taking skills by taking every aimcat and analyzing each one religiously.continue working hard and practice sets of di,lr and rc as regularly as possible as you can master them only by practice...


raja : ANY TIPS FOR PREPARATION FOR THE LAST 3 MONTS?
vinnayraj : make sure you have covered the fundamentals of all the concepts asap..also focus on improving your test taking skills by taking every aimcat and analyzing each one religiously.continue working hard and practice sets of di,lr and rc as regularly as possible as you can master them only by practice...


rishabh : SIR I HAVE QUESTION PERTAINING TO RC ......I AM GETTING MORE QUESTION WRONG THAN RIGHT
gautam : I am assuming that when you are faced with two options you are choosing the wrong one. In such a situation, do not try to further select the right answer. What you could try is to eliminate an option. t is easier this way.


nishant : FOR CAT, THE PREPARATION IS QUITE UNIFORM FOR THE THREE SECTIONS SINCE THERE IS UNIFORM MARKING. HOW SHOULD THE PREPARATION CHANGE FOR IIFT'S ENTRANCE GIVEN THEIR NON-UNIFORM MARKING SCHEME?
ramachandran : Preparation will remain much the same. Will need to be the best possible


raja : ANY OTHER COLLEGE OTHER THAN IIFT OFFERS MBA IB KIND OF PROGRAM?
revanth : Hi Raja. GSIB, Vizag provides IB. However it'll be categorized as "Others" in http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/List_of_B-Schools.aspx


raja : IS IT WORTH WRITING SNAP EXAM?
sumanta : YES YOU SHOULD WRITE SNAP


abhi : SIR, PLEASE SUGGEST HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY VOCABULARY & REMEMBER THE WORDS?
revanth : Hi Abhi. Please go through the Cue cards & the Vocab SM periodically.


rishabh : SIR I HAVE QUESTION PERTAINING TO RC ......I AM GETTING MORE QUESTION WRONG THAN RIGHT
vikrant : Try to identify a trend. Is there a specific question type where the mistakes are being made? Is there a particular subject matter whose passages are proving to be more tricky? After this identification, go step by step to wards improving.


raja : IF I START PREPARATION NOW, CAN I GET 90+ PERCENTILE IN CAT
pradeepgoswami : Definitely you can provided you put in regular 6 to 8 hours towards Cat preparation


prashantk694 : SIR IS THERE IS 1ST COME 1ST CENTER ULL GRT BASIS?
bharat : ?


raja : BJ SIR, HOW TO PREPARE GK?
supratim : Please do read news paper everyday . Along with that please do read MBA Education and careers ( The monthly magazine ) . You can always read some other magazines of your choice.


accacl008 : ITS AVERAGE SIR LIKE I AM ABLE TO DO 50% OF THE QUESTIONS
pradeepgoswami : With a high level of accuracy that's quite good


msn : HI SUMANTHA MA'AM, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHY HAVEN'T YOU CONSIDERED JBIMS IN THE LIST OF TOP 6-7 NON IIM'S? BECAUSE I THINK AVERAGE PACKAGE THERE IS QUITE GOOD.
ramachandran : The focus might need to be on preparing well to enable the student calls from several great B Schools


raja : HOW MANY PEOPLE WRITE CAT EACH YEAR?
ramachandran : It might help if the focus is on preparing very well indeed. Then, the number of test-takers will be of academic interest


prashantk694 : HOW TO PREPARE FOR GK EXAM
bharat : already answered... please check this chat transcript.


ankit : FROM WHERE ONE SHOULD PREPARE FOR GK FOR IIFT
bharat : already discussed... check this chat transcript.


neel01 : I AM FROM GUJARAT(GENERAL CATEGORY). HOW MANY PERCENTILES DO I NEED FOR JBIMS?
supratim : 99.7 percentile or more to be in safe side.


nitya : HELLO SIR, I AM TRYING REALLY HARD TO COPE UP WITH QUANT AND DI, BUT I FIND MY ENGLISH AND LR ABOVE AVERAGE, WHAT SHOULD I DO SO THAT I CAN SCORE WELL IN THE QUANT SECTION? ALSO PLEASE GIVE SOME TIPS FOR DI.
pradeepgoswami : Please revise the basics in all the important topics and the arthmetic topics in special. In DI try to be familiar with as many types as possible


kriti : SIR FROM THE LAST FEW AIMCATS MY PERCENTILE WAS CONSISTENT AROUND 85-90 BRACKET..BUT IN THE LAST 2 AIMCATS IT DIPPED TO 78. THIS IS VERY DEMOTIVATING SIR....DUE TO THIS I HAV NOT BEEN ABLE TO STUDY PROPERLY FOR THE LAST 2-3 DAYS THINKING I DO NOT HAVE THE POTENTIAL...PLS HELP.
revanth : Hi Kirti. Please don't worry so much about a few deviations in AIMCATs. It's more important that you learn from your mistakes. Concentrate & apply what you have learned & I'm sure you'll do well


jitesh : HELLO SIR...CAN YOU PLEASE ELABORATE WHETHER ANY MORE IS NEEDED TO BE DONE FOR VA / RC SECTION OF OMETS....DO THEY FOLLOW SIMILAR DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF CAT ???
vikrant : The preparation shall remain more or less the same. The test taking strategy may change on the basis of the composition of the exam.


karan : HELLO. I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT SHOULD BE THE IDEAL DATE TO CHOOSE NMAT EXAM. SHOULD IT BE NEAR THE CAT DATE ? BEFORE IT OR LATER? WE HAVE IIFT ALSO ON NOV 27.
ramachandran : Different approaches work for different candidates. Please find out what will work the best for you.


nrb : HELLO. WHICH OF THE OMETS ALLOW THE USE OF ON CALCULATOR?
rahulpinnamaneni : None


arghya : HELLO TEAM,
sumanta : please post your question


amit : SIRHOW TO PREPARE FOR LR OF OMETS??
govindrajan : We have given you SM 1001707, Reasoning book. This book contains all LR topics relevant to OMETS. Be through with Input/ Out put, Decision Making, Deductions,Blood Relations, Direction sense, Coding and Decoding topics. You find 4 to 5 questions on number and letter series as well. The analytical puzzles chapter has questions which are specific to OMET.


advayasp : WHAT DIFFERENT THAN GK SECTION SHOULD BE DONE IN ORDER TO GET INTO IIFT ? CONSIDERING THE PRESENT PREPERATION IS MINIMAL.
bharat : Try to follow the below tips: For TISSNET GK prep, go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions. Check out the OMET GK Special material published in the June-July/August/September/October issues of MBA Education & Careers. Also, in the various issues of this magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (the last mentioned feature captures important news in a nutshell). In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your GK.


amit : SIR WHILE FILLING NMAT FORM CAN WE BOOK ALL OUR ATTEMPTS ONCE AND FINISH WITH IT?
supratim : Even if its so , why should you ? Don't you think , its better to prepare and clear the exam in one go ? This will save your time , energy and most importantly money .


abhi : SIR, CAN WE EXPECT ANOTHER NOTIFICATION ABOUT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF QUESTIONS PER SECTION IN CAT 2016?
vinnayraj : there could an official announcement about the same in the month of october when the tutorial is scheduled to be released...but for the moment we have to prepare for all possibilities and the aimcats are providing you the opportunities..


rishitpanoya : SIR DOING GK FROM TIME MAGAZINES MBA N CAREERS ENOUGH TO CLEAR CUTOFF IN GK IIFT?
pradeepgoswami : More or less it's comprehensive but of course you also need to read mewspapers regularly


rohanakasambit : HI SIR, CAN YOU SUGGEST ME A WAY TO IMPROVE MY MARKS IN LR D/I SECTION? THE LOW SCORES IN THIS SECTION IS DRAGGING MY OVERALL PERCENTILE
govindrajan : Identify what kind of problems you are facing while attempting DI and LR questions and work on that. Can you please be specific regarding the kind of problems that you are facing.


amit : SIR HOW TO PREPARE FOR DI FOR OMETS ESPECIALLY NMAT ?
supratim : Steps : 1) Practice and improve your calculation speed 2) Solve percentage , profit and loss chapter 3) Solve the DI booklets . 4) Write online sectional tests . 5) Solve Mock NMAT's .


rohanakasambit : HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE GK SECTION IN IIFT? IS IT MORE STATIC SKEWED OR DYNAMIC?
shivabhaskaran : While preparing for the GK section in IIFT entrance test, a student should focus on issues related to national & international events, world bodies, and foreign trade-related information. From the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, read OMET GK Special material published in the June-July/August/September issues; Business GK; Current Issues & Events; Current Event Chronicle, and GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your GK. GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). GAT papers, each with 50 questions (10 papers) Manorama & CSR Year Book – they help in preparation for stock type questions. In any such book, please focus on the following chapters: Who is who; What is what; Science scan; Human body; Computers; Landmarks of history; The Universe.


shan : THANK YOU FOR REPLY.SO BASICALLY WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS TO CONTINUE WITH MY ONGOING CAT PREP( BESIDES THE GK PART AND YOUR SUGGESTION )AND THAT WILL TAKE CARE OF MY IIFT COMPLETELY? NO NEED FOR ANY SPECIFIC SKILLS TO LEARN FOR IIFT ?
ramachandran : Yes. Best of luck


nishant : I AM NOT GETTING A GOOD SCORE IN THE AIMCATS AND THE VERBAL SECTION DEMOTIVATES ME. HOW SHOULD I TACKLE IT?
ramachandran : Do not fear . Please work hard till you succeed


rishitpanoya : HOW TOUGH IS IIFT? WHAT SPECIAL PREP REQUIRED APART FROM CAT?
vikrant : Apart from GK, the preparation will not change much. Do focus on question selection, speed and time management across sections though.


han123 : WITH AROUND 3.5 YEARS OF WORK EX, SHOULD I GIVE MORE IMPORTANCE TO CAT/GMAT?
vinnayraj : you could still try for cat seriously this year and then write the gmat..


jgns619 : SIR IN ENGLISH I ALWAYS GET CONFUSED IN TWO OPTIONS?WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET THAT CORRECT
gautam : In such a situation, do not try to further select the right answer. What you could try is to eliminate an option. It is easier this way. Try and see if it works in the sectional tests first. Then you can try it out in the AIMCATs.


dlca6o651 : SIR, I AM IN MY FINAL YEAR OF GRADUATION AND WOULD BE GIVING CAT THIS YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME. SO CAN U PLEASE TELL WHAT ALL FORMS SHALL I FILL BESIDES CAT, IIFT AND XAT? AND WHICH COLLEGES SHALL I APPLY TO(NON IIMS), THAT TAKE CAT SCORE? ACTUALLY I AM CONFUSED BETWEEN MEDIOCRE COLLEGES SUCH AS JBIMS, MDI, IMI, NITIE, ETC
vinnayraj : the colleges that you have mentioned are not mediocre and are considered good colleges..you can take other exams like snap and nmat apart from these tests..among the colleges that take cat score you could consider sp jain,fms,iit mumbai among others..if you are aspiring to get admission in the top 5 colleges then you should target iim A,B,C XLRI,FMS...


dileep1234 : SIR I AM SCORING AROUND 70PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS . IS THERE A POSSIBILITY THAT I CAN GET INTO GOOD B SCHOOL ?
vikrant : If you keep preparing hard, there is a distinct possibility of your getting into a great B School.


amit : SIR FROM WHERE CAN I GET PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTION PAPERS OF OMETS LIKE NMAT MAT CMAT IIFT???
sumanta : Please check the student home page


rishitpanoya : DO QUESTIONS REPEAT IN NMAT?
sumanta : very unlikely


isaurabbhbhirud : WHEN WE SAY THAT THE CUTOFF FOR NMAT IS AROUND 210 MARKS. IS 210 THE ACTUAL SCORE OR THE SCORE AFTER SCALING?
rahulpinnamaneni : It's the scaled score, you never get your raw score, just the scaled score and the percentile.


amit : SIR IS IT WORTH WRITING CMAT EXAM AND IF YES WHICH ARE THE TOP B- SCHOOLS ACCEPTING CMAT SCORES/
bharat : Amit, we cannot decide for you - whether you should write the CMAT or not; also, schools that accept CMAT change almost every year. Please wait for the CMAT notification, which in any case, is quite far away.


sonia : MY SCORES IN AIMCAT ARE NOT IMPROVING.. PARTICULARLY QUANT..AND ALSO WE ARE HAVING AIMCATS EVERY WEEKEND WHOSE ANSWERS ARE GIVEN TWO DAYS BEFORE THE SUCCEEDING AIMCAT..NOT ABLE TO ANALYSE IN DETAIL.. WHAT TO DO?
sumanta : Analysis is must to improve your score. Spent around 2 to 3 hours for analysis of quant section.Write online sectional tests that will help you in time management.


neel01 : MY ACCURACY IN RC IS NOT STABLE.SOMETIMES IT IS VERY GOOD BUT, SOMETIMES IT IS POOR.WHAT SHOULD I DO?
rahulpinnamaneni : Practise more RCs. If that isn't giving results, meet some VA mentor, spend some time with him/her and solve some RCs together.


msn : I HAVE CLEARED CA-IPCC, BUT I FEEL MY INTEREST DOES NOT LIE IN THAT FIELD. HENCE, I'M PLANNING FOR TOP 10 SCHOOLS. MARKETING MANAGEMENT. CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME: CA VS TOP 10 SCHOOLS?
gautam : If your interest does not lie in working as a CA but in an MBA in marketing, then you should follow that dream. If your question is about the salary then please remember that the salary you get after a Bschool is based on your performance at the Bschool. If you do well then you will definitely have a better start than as a CA.


rishitpanoya : HOW TO STUDY FOR SNAP? WHAT DIFFERENT TO DO FROM CAT?
supratim : SNAP has GK . Historically Logic questions / sections has more weightage in SNAP . Expect questions to be slightly easier in nature compared to CAT .


raja : OTHER THAN XLRI WHAT OTHER GOOD COLLEGES ACCEPT XAT MARKS?
bharat : SPJIMR, XIMB, GIM - just to name a few. Check out the XAT schools list.


amit : SIR WHICH ARE THE BEST B-SCHHOLS ACCEPTING NMAT SCORES THIS YEAR APART FROM NMIMS MUMBAI,BANGLRE CAMPUS?? PLZ REPLY
asim : IBS Hyd, VIT Vellore, UPES Dehradun, GITAM Vizag, Alliance Bangalore are some other other decent options.


rishitpanoya : DATA SUFFICIENCY IS ASKED IN WHICH EXAMS?
bharat : almost all exams


dileep1234 : ASIM SIR HAS ONCE INFORMED US IN CLASS THAT WE SHOULD BUY ADMISSION FORMS MUCH BEFORE TAKING THE EXAM .WHEN SHOULD WE DO THIS ? IS THERE TIME FOR THAT?
bharat : check the notifications page for last dates for sale & submission of forms: http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/B-school-Notifications.aspx


pranay : SIR I AM GETTING AN AVERAGE OF 75 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS ,AM I ABLE TO CRACK NMAT OR SNAP
revanth : Hi Pranay. There is still a lot of time. Please concentrate & your percentiles will definitely improve.


rishitpanoya : IS BLOOD RELATIONS IN SYLLABUS OF CAT?
rahulpinnamaneni : CAT doesn't have a syllabus. Blood relations based questions haven't been asked in CAT the last 2 years to answer your question. Still, that's not a great yardstick to go by. They can very well be asked this year, why take a chance?


kriti : SIR I AM HAVING A HARD TIME IN LRDI SECTION...ABLE TO SOLVE ONLY 1 SET EACH OF LR AND DI IN AIMCATS...?
supratim : Steps : 1) Attend all LR DI classes. 2) Solve the LR -DI booklets given to you 3) Write online sectional tests . In exam : 1) Please do find the the easy questions / sets - solve them and move on 2) Solving a DI set does not necessarily mean that you have to solve all questions .


rishitpanoya : 2ND BOOK OF LOGIC IS SUFFICIENT FOR NMAT?
rahulpinnamaneni : The LR book from the second LOT? Definitely yes.


rishitpanoya : IS 1ST BOOK OF LR IS ONLY IN SYLLABUS FOR CAT?
vinnayraj : there is no prescribed syllabus for cat..you could use the second set of material for more practice..


raja : IS IT WORTH WRITING NMAT EXAM?
revanth : Hi Raja. What is your Profile. NMAT is definitely worth taking as NMIMS is one of the top B Schools in India


puja : SIR I AM GETTING VERY LOW SCORES. DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I AM UNABLE TO DECIDE WHETHER TO SIT FOR THE ENTRANCES OR NOT!! NOT GIVING WILL RUIN MY 1YEAR AS WELL..PLZ HELP.
ramachandran : Please work hard. Hard work always pays off. Always. We wish you the very best


rishitpanoya : DO I NEED TO STUDY GRAMMAR?
ramachandran : Yes


sonia : IS IT PREFERRABLE TO USE NC-OBC CERTIFICATE? I HVNT USED IT IN MY ENTIRE ACADEMIC CAREER?
revanth : Hi Sonia. If you have the NC-OBC certificate, definitely use it.


accacl008 : WHAT SHOULD I DO TO IMPROVE IT
pradeepgoswami : Analyse your tests and try to pin point your srengths and weaknesses. Try keeping errors as low as possible


rishabh : I AM GETTING TROUBLE TO INFER THE ANSWER I TICKING WRONG ANSWERS I THINK I AM INTERPRETATING RC WRONGLY
ramachandran : Regular reading will enable you go past ambiguities


nishant : I HAVE TO PREPARE FOR MY COLLEGE EXAMS AS WELL AS CAT. HOW SHOULD I DISTRIBUTE MY TIME?
vinnayraj : as college grades are also very important ,during semester exams you should focus on graduation studies and during other times you can focus more on cat preparation..many students manage both cat and college exam preparation very efficiently and succeed...


abhi : SIR, WHAT IS THE WEIGHTAGE GIVEN TO DATA SUFFICIENCY QUESTIONS IN NMAT EXAM? WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF THESE QUESTIONS?
rahulpinnamaneni : 6 DS questions were asked out of the 48 questions in QA+DI+DS. They're of a moderate level.


msn : MY BACKGROUND IS: B.COM HONORS, CA-IPCC, DELOITTE 10MONTHS WORK EXP. EVERYTHING IS TINTED TOWARDS FINANCIAL BACKGROUND BUT I'M PLANNING TO DO MBA IN MARKETING MANAGEMENT, IS THAT A GOOD CHOICE TO CHANGE THE FIELD NOW? PLEASE HELP ME TAKE THE RIGHT DECISION.
vikrant : I see no problem with that. A lot of people do MBA in order to change their industry or profile.


rishitpanoya : WHY IS CAREER LAUNCHER TEST SERIES SO EASY? I THINK IT IS BELOW THE LEVEL OF CAT.
vikrant : No idea.


amit : SIR ARE QUESTIONS REPEATED IN NMAT?/????
ramachandran : Generally no


jgns619 : SIR I HAVENT STARTED WITH THE SECOND BOOK OF LR?AS I AM PRACTISING MORE FOR QUANT ONLY?WHEN TO START
govindrajan : Start at the earliest. Make some time for practicing each of the test areas. If you are confident with one area, make sure that you practice at least twice in a week. Do not leave it for last minute practice.


aryan : SIR TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT IIFT EXAM ?IS IT DOABLE THAN CAT?
bharat : same test areas as CAT - additional test area is GK... if you work hard and stay determined, you will definitely do well in both the tests.


advayasp : WILL A GOOD PRACTICE OF DI AND QUANT SECTION FROM BANK PO BOOKS SUFFICE THE LEVEL OF QUESTIONS ASKED IN IIFT ? IS THE LEVEL OF QUESTION ASKED IN BANK PO AND IIFT SAME ?
supratim : IIFT will be of slightly higher level .


praks : FOR OTHER EXAMS APART FROM CAT SYLLABUS WHAT EXTRA DO WE NEED TO STUDY TO SUCCEED ?
pradeepgoswami : Decision making for CAT and GK for IIFT,SNAP,CMAT,NMAT


rishitpanoya : I CAN ONLY FINISH 6 RCS IN 1 HOUR IN AIMCAT. CAN'T FIND TIME FOR VA
revanth : Hi Rishit. Please allocate 40 minutes for RC & 20 minutes for VA. Follow this strictly


yashgadhia : MY SCORE KEEPS ON FLUCTUATING IN AIMCATS AND WHEN IT GETS LOW I GET WORRIED.. WHAT SHOULD I DO.??
gautam : In the AIMCATs) do not answer question by question. Go through all the questions in 3 waves. 1st one - Answer only the easy ones. 2nd wave - the lengthy but easy ones. 3rd wave - the difficult ones. Give yourself time limits for each of these. In this way you will be able to answer all the easy questions and improve your scores. Also many successful candidates have faced this very same problem, so do not be too worried about this.


rishitpanoya : DATA SUFFICIENCY IN SYLLABUS OF CAT?
ramachandran : There is no syllabus for these exams. The only thing to expect in these exams is the unexpected


pranay : SIR IF WE ARE GETTING ABOVE 200 IN NMAT CAN WE GET GOOD B SCHOOLS WITH THIS SCORE
sumanta : yes


sid : WHAT TO PREPARE FOR DI FOR MAT?
pradeepgoswami : Please attend the di classes conducted by TIME and of course the previous papers to be familiar with them


rohanakasambit : HI SIR, MY PROBLEM IS BASICALLY IN REASONING SECTION WITH QUESTIONS HAVING MORE THAN 2 PARAMETERS. LIKE FOR EXAMPLE, IN CIRCULAR SEATING ARRANGEMENT, I DON'T REALLY FACE MUCH OF A PROBLEM, BUT IN LINEAR ARRANGEMENTS WITH MORE THAT 2 BROAD CONDITIONS, I FACE PROBLEMS. ALSO, I FACE ISSUES IN REASONING BASED DI.CIN THE LAST AIMCAT, I GOT 99.8 IN ENGLISH, 95.5 IN QUANT, BUT ONLY 75 PERCENTILE IN LR DI
sumanta : Practice more number of sets from DI,LR. also write online sectional tests


rishitpanoya : HOW MANY TITA IS LIKELY TO BE PRESENT IN CAT?
vinnayraj : could be very similar to last year but we have to wait and see if there is more clarity in the month of october when the official tutorial is released..


accacl008 : OHK THANKYOU FOR YOUR TIME SIR
ramachandran : Welcome


vik : I AM A WORKING PROFESSIONAL AND I HAVE NOW STARTED PREPARING FOR CAT/ IIFT . I LL WRITE THESE TWO EXAMS ONLY. I STUDY FOR 5 HRS PER DAY. AND IN AIMCATS I AM SCORING AROUND 75%LE. IS THE TIME SUFFICIENT IE PREPARING FOR 5-6 HRS PER DAY FOR ANOTHER 3.5 MONTHS.
govindrajan : Apart from spending 5 to 6 hours, you need to look at how much time you are spending on each of the test areas. Spend more time on the area which is not your strong area and less time on your strong area. Pay attention on accuracy while taking AIMCATS. Minimise the number of wrong answers.


srikanth18 : RESPECTED SIR, MY SCORES IN RC SECTION ARE FLUCTUATING, CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST ME A METHOD TO ANALYZE RC SECTION IN AIMCATS ?
gautam : Practice writing summaries of various passages. You can use the Study Material for the same (or links on your Home Page). This will help. Also, when you are faced with two options and you end up choosing the wrong one, do not try to further select the right answer. What you could try is to eliminate an option. It is easier this way.


aryan : WHICH IS BEST B SCHOOL FOR DOING INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS IF WE INCLUDE IIMS AND FMS?
pradeepgoswami : IIFT,MDI and SIIB Pune


deb : WHAT ARE THE SECTIONAL CUTOFF MARKS WE CAN EXPECT FOR IIFT?
bharat : counting chickens before they are hatched is a bad job... among others, cutoffs depend on the difficulty level of the paper.


rishitpanoya : IS IT OK TO REVISE SAME MATERIAL AGAIN AND NOT GO THROUGH OTHER BOOKS OR PUBLICATIONS?
supratim : Revise all chapters / booklets which you have finished . And you have enough new material in the form of second set, online sectional tests and AIMCATs . Please solve them as well.


krish : SIR I AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE QUESTIONS BUT AFTER ALWAYS USING SOLUTION BOOKLET I CAN DO IT BUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER 2 3 DAYS I AGAIN FORGET THEM...IF I TRY TO PRACTICE SAME QUE'S NUMBER OF TIMES THEN GETTING BORED AND IRRITATING
govindrajan : It seems you are paying attention on solving the question only but not on identifying the concept involved in it. You need to focus on it.


abcd : WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR NMAT REGISTRATION?? IF WE REGISTER IN THE LAST WEEK OF REGISTRATION, IS IT SO THAT WE'LL GET OUR EXAM DATE IN DECEMBER OR IS IT UP TO US TO SELECT THE EXAM DATE?
bharat : please check the nmat website for details... open a tab/window and do it right away.


msn : HI RAMCHANDRAN SIR, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOADED WITH QUES, BUT I THINK YOU HAVE MISSED ON ONE OF MY QUESTIONS. CAN YOU PLEASE LOOK INTO IT, THANKS.
ramachandran : If you are passionate about Marketing, it appears to be a good decision


brcb6a423 : GOOD EVENING SIR I AM PRADEEP SINGH HOW TO PREPARE IIFT EXAM SPECIALLY IN THE VERBAL SECTION PLZ GUIDE ME
ramachandran : If you are preparing well for the CAT exam, you are on a sound wicket. We wish you the very best.


rishitpanoya : IS BLOOD RELATIONS ASKED ANYTIME IN CAT?
govindrajan : Till now it was not. But do not jump to the conclusion that it will not be given in the exam.


sonia : HOW TO INTERPRET NEW DI GRAPHS..GETTING ALL WRONGS EVEN IF I M TRYING TO CRACK IT :(
vinnayraj : most di sets are essentially the same even if the representations are completely different..firstly dont get perturbed when you see a new type of graph .focus and carefully go through the description and then look at the questions as well before you start as sometimes you may be required to do little work to answer them..with practice you will build familiarity and you will be able solve them comfortably..


kriti : SIR MY AVERAGE AIMCAT PERCENTILE TILL NOW IS AROUND 84-85. DO I STAND A CHANCE OF GETTING INTO IIMS?
vinnayraj : you have very good chances if you have a decent academic profile..generally students score around 5-10(atleast) percentile points higher in the cat than their average aimcat percentile and sometime it is significantly higher..so keep working hard and continually improve..also fine tune your test taking skills periodically by analyzing the test performances thoroughly..


harsh : I HAVE ALMOST FINISHED WITH ALL THE STUDY MATERIAL AND HANDOUT GIVEN TO US ....SO SHLD I START SOLVING THE 2ND SET OF BOOKS /
revanth : Hi Harsh. Great work. Please try a few Online Sectional Tests in your SHP as well.


rishitpanoya : DO I NEED TO STUDY DATA SUFFICIENCY FOR CAT?
sumanta : yes


advayasp : WILL WE GET ANY SPECIAL BOOKLET FOR IIFT PRACTICE ?
shivabhaskaran : You will have some gat papers designed for IIFT, also have ALL INDIA Mock IIFT


yashgadhia : HOW SHOULD I PLAN MY DAY..FOR CAT PREP..??
pradeepgoswami : Try dividing your day into small slots of one to two hours each and keep tangible targets. Do one topic at a time amd keep revising regularly


vinay : WHAT TYE OF QUESTIONS CAN WE EXPECT FROM NUMBERS??
vinnayraj : questions based on hcf,lcm,remainders,unit digit,divisibility,etc..


rishitpanoya : IS IT OK IF I ONLY APPEAR FOR CAT? COZ I FEEL IF I CAN'T CLEAR CAT, I WON'T BE ABLE TO CLEAR OTHER EXAMS TOO.
sumanta : Apart from CAT apply for IIFT,NMAT,CMAT


nishant : IS IIFT A GOOD OPTION FOR MBA?
rahulpinnamaneni : A great option, why not?


brcb6a423 : NOT YET
rahulpinnamaneni : Sorry what's your question?


rishitpanoya : HOW IS MICA N TISS EXAMS?
shivabhaskaran : MICA is the best option if u aspire to get into Journalism, visual communication, advertising etc, TISS is best if u r aiming at HR


ria : WHICH COLLEGES TO APPLY UNDER SNAP ? SINCE REGISTRATION STARTS FROM 18 TH AUG
ramachandran : SIBM , SIIB, SIOM, SCMHRD are some. Please refer to their brochure


isha6b011 : I AM WEAK AT LR. I HAVE SOLVED THE BASIC MATERIAL BUT STILL THERE IS NO IMPROVEMENT IN MY SCORE. PLEASE SUGGEST.
govindrajan : Please follow the methods suggested in the class room. Do not deviate. Spend a couple of minutes on identifying where to start and how to link the given information. Do not try to solve the puzzle by the moment you read the first piece of information.


msn : NMIMS VS SIBM VS JBIMS, PLEASE RANK.
bharat : JBIMS is the best of the three. For now, get admission calls from all and we will help you make the right decision. :-)


amit : SIR HOW TO PREPARE FOR DECISION MAKING FOR XAT?
shivabhaskaran : The handouts will be taken in the class


kuku : IN THE MATERIAL, WHERE DO I FIND SET THEORY? I SEE QUESTIONS ASKED IN QUANT SECTION BUT DO NOT KNOW FROM WHERE TO PREPARE..
pradeepgoswami : It's there in the function's topic in your STUDY MATERIAL


nav : SIR VERBAL IS MAKING ME CRYY I GET AROUND 50%ILE AFTER FINISHING ALL MATERIAL.MOST OF OST
ramachandran : Work hard. It will definitely help you.


brcb6a423 : WHO IS THE BEST BOOK FOR IIFT PRACTICE IN ALL SECTION
ramachandran : Our material


han123 : I GET AROUND 3-4 HOURS/DAY BECAUSE OF MY WORK. HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OF IT TO SCALE UP MY SCORE?
ramachandran : Optimal preparation in all Test Areas


yashgadhia : I READ NOVELS AND READ THE RC PASSAGE LINKS AND WRITE THE SUMMARY... IS IT ENOUGH FOR RC..?
supratim : Please solve online sectional tests , write AIMCATs and keep on attending RC classes.


vinay : HOW TO GO ABOUT VOCABULARY?? FACING A LOT DIFFICULTIES IN ROOT WORDS
vikrant : Vocabulary is all about discipline ! Be regular and do something about it every day. If not root words then some other approach. You can use the cue cards and the word list provided to you as well.


nav : SIR I CAN SOLVE RC IN SECTIONAL TESTS ESILY WITH NOT IN AIMCAT.STRATERGY?
gautam : You will have to be a bit more specific. Is it the degree of difficulty or the closeness of the options? If you find the passages difficult then practice writing summaries of various passages. You can use the Study Material for the same (or links on your Home Page). This will help. If it is the closeness of the options then when you are faced with two options and you end up choosing the wrong one, do not try to further select the right answer. What you could try is to eliminate an option. It is easier this way.


rishitpanoya : IF I STUDY FOR 5 HOURS A DAY, CAN I GET GOOD SCORES? WHAT SHOULD BE BREAKUP OF HOURS (APPROXIMATELY) FOR EACH SECTIONS, IE DILR, QA, VARC?
vinnayraj : 5 hours of focused,productive study will help you get a great score..as far as the distribution of time goes it is ideal if it is done as equally as possible..you could spend a little more time in the section you feel you are weak..also make sure you take as many aimcats as possible analyze each one thoroughly...


nishant : WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN DOING MBA FROM IIFT AND MBA FROM TOP IIMS?
ramachandran : IIFT is a great B School too. Please try your level best to make it there as well as in the top IIMs. Good luck.


rahul : HI SIR CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME.. WHEN WE NEED TO APPLY SEPARATELY FOR JBIMS, SP JAIN IIT B SO ON THE BASIS OF CAT SCORE
bharat : in the case of these schools, you would need to apply much before the CAT. Keep track of all notifiations here: http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/B-school-Notifications.aspx


msn : AS MAT RESULT IS VALID FOR 1 YEAR. I HAVE SCORED 99.66% IN MAT MAY 2016. WHICH ARE THE TOP 3 CLLGS I CAN APPLY FOR NEXT YEAR? AND ALSO CAN I?
sumanta : My suggestion is that you should write CAT exam as well.


sid : WHAT IS THE REVIEW FOR NMAT GUIDE?
rahulpinnamaneni : It's decent, but many aspirants felt last year that the level of questions was easier than the ones that appeared in the actual exam.


rishitpanoya : SIR WHY NOT FOR SNAP? YOU SAID APART FROM CAT APPLY FOR IIFT, CMAT N NMAT
ramachandran : If you could please rephrase the question


nav : VERBAL PLAN IGET AROUND 50%ILE
ramachandran : More - and systematic- work.


saloni : SIR SHOULD WE REFER FOR ANY PARTICULAR BOOK FOR NMAT AND IIFT?
ramachandran : No


rishitpanoya : IS DOING PAST CAT QUESTIONS USEFUL?
vinnayraj : yes...very much...


pranay : SIR WHAT APPROACH DO I NEED TO FOLLOW TO CRACK SNAP
asim : For the section on General English, students should focus on Idioms & Idiomatic expressions, and on parts of speech in Grammar. Apart from this, a good CAT preparation would suffice. For the section on Logical Reasoning, it would be advisable for students to revise concepts pertaining to Puzzles, Number and Letter Series, Verbal Analogies, Coding and Decoding, Strengthening & weakening arguments, and Non-Verbal Reasoning. For the section on Logical Reasoning, it would be advisable for students to revise concepts pertaining to Puzzles, Number and Letter Series, Verbal Analogies, Coding and Decoding, Strengthening & weakening arguments, and Non-Verbal Reasoning.For the section on Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, a good preparation for CAT should be more than sufficient. For the section on General Awareness, it would be advisable for students to brush up concepts and facts pertainin


amit : SIR HOW TO PREPARE FOR MAHCET-MBA EXAM? ANY ADDITIONAL PREPARATION REQUIRED
gautam : You will need to work on the Visual Reasoning part. And practice the Critical Reasoning. These are the slightly tricky bits.


harsh : I HAVE TRIED A FEW ONLINE SECTIONAL TEST , BUT I AM CONFUSED AS TO WHETHER I SHLD START WITH 2ND SET OF BOOKS NOW OR SAVE IT LATER WHEN EXAM GETS CLOSER ?
vikrant : You should go through the second set if you need more practice.


abcd : FROM WHEN TISS-NET REGISTRATION IS STARTING? AND USUALLY WHEN IS THE EXAM CONDUCTED?
asim : Notification is expected next month, the exam usually happens in Dec/Jan


nav : HOW TO INCREASE SPEED IN VERBAL
vikrant : The first priority is to improve accuracy. In different question types/areas, the strategy for increasing speed will differ.


rishitpanoya : WHAT ARE THE NEXT STAGES IN NMAT IF WE CLEAR NMAT?
ramachandran : Generally speaking, please prepare will in the following 3 areas: GD, PI and Essay-Writing


nav : IS WORK EXP AS BANK PO AFTER BTECH. CONSIDERED GOOD?
ramachandran : Yes indeed


yashgadhia : I HAVE SOLVED ONLINE SECTIONAL FOR RC .. I AM TEST SERIES STUDENT..@ SUPRATIM SIR..IS THIS ENOUGH..?
supratim : Please do solve AIMCAT RC's as well. In general read more .


aaronmenezes : I'M IN MY FINAL YEAR, MY BOARD EXAMS START ON 9TH NOVEMBER. WHAT WOULD U SUGGEST SHOULD I GIVE AN ATTEMPT FOR NMAT BEFORE OR AFTER MY BOARDS?
gautam : Take it before your Board exams.


isha6b011 : I WANT TO PREPARE FOR TISS. WHAT ARE THE AREAS I SHOULD FOCUS MORE ON IN QUANT ?
rahulpinnamaneni : Mostly arithmetic (7 topics from SM1001701) plus you have to be very good at GK and current affairs, societal issues etc.


brcb6a423 : HOW CAN I BEST SCORING IN CAT IN THE VERBAL SECTION
ramachandran : Prepare hard. Reading will definitely help you. Sound reading


rishitpanoya : WHICH COLLEGES DO WE HAVE TO APPLY FOR BEFORE THEIR RESPECTIVE EXAMS? LIKE NMIMS, MDI
vikrant : The CAT is sufficient for all the IIMs. For the Non-IIM colleges we will need to apply separately. Keep an eye on the notifications on your SHP.


sonia : SIR I M FROM A WELL TO DO FAMILY.BY USING OBC CERTI, WILL MY ALMA MATTER INVITE ANY QUESTIONS IN PI? SORRY FOR THE HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION!
gautam : Concentrate on getting that PI call. And don't worry about how to deal with PI questions. We will give you enough and more practice for it.


amit : SIR FROM WHERE TO GET PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTION PAPERS OF NMAT MAT IIFT SNAP C,AT??
govindrajan : NMAT and CAT are computer based tests. MAT and SNAP papers are collected back after the examination. Hence, none of these original papers will be available. OMETs provide you the closest possible test experience. IIFT papers are available at the following link http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/IIFT.aspx


rishitpanoya : ARE QUESTIONS ON CALENDARS ASKED IN CAT BEFORE?
ramachandran : Past is no indication of what will be asked this year


shubham : IS THE LEVEL OF MATHS TOUGHER IN IIFT/NMAT THAN IN CAT?
pradeepgoswami : No they are coparitively a bit easier than CAT


brcb6a423 : I AM PREFER TMH FOR VA SECTION FOR CAT IS THE BEST BOOK?
vikrant : TIME study material done thoroughly should suffice.


rishitpanoya : SIR YOU REPLIED THAT APART FROM CAT, APPLY FOR IIFT NMAT N CMAT. I AM ASKING WHY NOT SNAP? HOW GOOD IS SIBM?
vikrant : SIBM of course is a good college. You should write SNAP too.


yashgadhia : SIR SOMETIMES THE LEVEL OF QUESTIONS IN AIMCATS IS VERY HIGH AND BY FACEING THEM I GET PANICKED AND SPOIL THE EASY QUESTIONS TOO..WHAT SHOULD I DO..??
vinnayraj : a major part of success in cat depends on how well you handle pressure..this happens to a lot of students..if you face a very difficult question it is wise to skip and look at other possibly easier questions..and once you solve a few questions your confidence increases and you will be able to solve even the difficult ones..so the trick is to find the easy questions by careful scanning and solving them..


vinay : TIPS FOR SOME LOGIC SECTION
sumanta : Practice is the only way


sid : ANY SPECIFIC STRATEGY FOR CRACKING MAT?
ramachandran : No. Just hard and systematic work.


isha6b011 : WHAT TYPE OF GK IS ASKED IN TISS? HOW TO PREPARE FOR THAT NOW?
supratim : Please read the monthly magazine MBA Education and careers . Read news paper daily. Look at previous years TISS papers and Mock TISS papers to know about the types of questions asked in TISS .


amit : SIR HOW TO PREPARE FOR MAT GK????
bharat : already answered... pl check this chat transcript.


rishitpanoya : HOW TO INCREASE SPEED IN RC? I CAN ONLY COMPLETE 6 RCS IN 1 HOUR IN AIMCAT
ramachandran : Regular reading will help you. Please be at it


prashant : IS THE MOCK GIVEN ON NMAT.ORG CLOSE TO ACTUAL NMAT? I SCORED QA-81,LS-72,LR-60 IN IT..IS THE SCORE GOOD ENOUGH?WHAT NEAR ABOUT TOTAL SCORE WOULD GET ME A CALL FROM NMIMS-MUMBAI,BANGALURU?
rahulpinnamaneni : Last year, aspirants felt the original exam was tougher than the mock test given. Cutoff for NMIMS Mumbai is around 207-209. 210+ is very safe.


rishitpanoya : I HAVEN'T CROSSED 100 IN AIMCAT ONCE. MY HIGHEST PERCENTILE IS 84 IN LAST AIMCAT. CAN I STILL CRACK IT?
sumanta : It depends on your preparation level. As you have got 84 already there are chances to get good percentile. Best of luck.


deb : WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY FOR PREPARING IIFT AS WE GET ONLY 120 MIN TEST TIME
rahulpinnamaneni : To start with, please spend some time reading up analysis of the last few years' IIFT papers. Google is a good place to start.


sonia : THE BASIC SET OF DILR IS RELATIVELY EASIER..I HVNT SOLVED THE ENTIRE THING.. GIVEN THE TIME CONSTRAINT, SHOULD I JUMP TO THE SECOND SET OF MATERIAL..
pradeepgoswami : Yes you should if you find them extremely easy. Make sure you are with the various models before doing so


sharma : WHAT WAS THE CUTOFF PERCENTILE FOR OBC CATEGORY FOR CAT 15 AND IIFT ?
ramachandran : Might help you if you aim for the best possible percentile. Please do not be limited by what might have happened in the past


rishitpanoya : I AM PLANNING TO SOLVE ALL CAT PAPERS FROM NEXT MONTH. GOOD IDEA?
ramachandran : Excellent idea


amit : SIR PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTION PAPERS FOR NMAT?
govindrajan : Since NMAT is an online test, these papers will not be available. OMETs provide the best exposure for NMAT pattern of questions.


han123 : OK THANKS. AIMING FOR ONLY THE TOP 10 BSCHOOLS. DO I STILL STAND A CHANCE? AVERAGE AIMCAT PERCENTILE 80?
bharat : if general, no. Work hard.


msn : CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY HAS TIME RANKED SIBM IN AA CATEGORY? I SEE THAT THE AVERAGE PLACEMENTS AT SIBM AND FEW IIMS IS THE SAME.
gautam : Ranking is based on a number of factors not just on the salary that you get through campus placement.


arghya : TEAM,LAST YEAR THE QUESTIONS IN SNAP ESPECIALLY THE LOGICAL REASONING AND GENERAL AWARENESS WERE PRETTY DIFFICULT?SHOULD WE EXPECT THE SAME THIS YEAR?ESPECIALLY,QUESTIONS USING EMOTICONS IN LR AND ALSO QUESTIONS SUCH AS WHEN DID NARENDRA MODI CAME INTO THE OFFICE IN GA??HOW TO PREPARE FOR SUCH SURPRISES AND QUESTIONS??\
govindrajan : Yes LR and GK were tough as compared to earlier SNAP tests. The question using emoticans was actually not a difficult one. It was an application based question.


dileep1234 : HTTP://WWW.TIME4EDUCATION.COM/CAT-MBA/B-SCHOOL-NOTIFICATIONS.ASPX# IN THIS SPACE WE GET NOTIFICATIONS ONLY ABOUT THE EXAMS .I WAS ASKING ABOUT THE ADMISSION FORMS??
govindrajan : For forms you need to visit the sites of individual colleges.


rishitpanoya : HOW TO INCREASE FOCUS IN RC. I OFTEN LOOSE FOCUS WHILE SOLVING RCS IN BETWEEN
ramachandran : This problem will simply disappear once you start reading very, very regularly


shubham : WHAT ARE GOOD COLLEGES THROUGH NMAT APART FROM NMIMS? WE NEED TO MAKE CHOICE AT THE TIME OF FORM FILLING ITSELF
bharat : Amity, Alliance, ICFAI are the better schools


brcb6a423 : HOW TO PREPEPARE FOR RCS
ramachandran : Read. Read regularly


yashgadhia : I AM A T STUDENT PASSED THIS YEAR FROM ENGG BACKGROUND AND MY ACADS ARE GOOD I.E . 90+ IN BOTH 10 AND 12 TH AND 85 IN ENGINEERING.. BUT DONT HAVE A WORK EX.. SO WILL THIS AFFECT MY SELECTION..?
vikrant : In most of the colleges, No.


vinay : WILL I GET MY PREFERRED SLOT FOR NMAT IF I BOOK IN END DAYS??
ramachandran : Might be a good idea to book it at your earliest


vinay : IS NMAT AND IIFT LOGIC AND DI ALMOST SAME??
govindrajan : NMAT has 40 LR questions while IIFT has 20. More topics are covered in NMAT than in IIFT. The pattern of Input/output questions in NMAT and IIFT are different. Decision Making questions are given in IIFT but not in NMAT till now.


bj : WHICH IIFT IS BETTER DELHI OR KALCUTTA?
bharat : delhi


dlca6o651 : THANKS SIR FOR UR ANSWER..BUT I MEANT THAT SHALL I AIM ONLY FOR IIMS THIS YEAR AS THIS IS MY FIRST ATTEMPT, OR SHALL I APPLY FOR 2ND LEVEL COLLEGES LIKE IMI, MDI, NITIE, ETC TOO?
vinnayraj : it is always wise to keep back up options even if you are aspiring very high..if there are no compulsions to pursue an mba this year and you are placed in a very good company and can add work experience to your profile,you can aim only for the best...


rishitpanoya : FOR WHICH NON-IIM COLLEGE WE HAVE TO APPLY BEFORE CAT EXAM?
vikrant : That depends on the notification released by the college. If the last date to apply or purchase the form is before the CAT is conducted then we won't have a choice but to apply before.


renuka : IDEAL SCORE IN AIMCAT FOR GETTING IIM
ramachandran : Vrey, very high 90s might help


harsh : IS GIVING IBSAT A GOOD OPTION?
pradeepgoswami : Depends on what other options you have in hand. ICFAI HYDERABAD is a decent college with good placements


diksha : HOW TO PREPARE FOR VOCABULARY AS ANTONYMS,SYNONYMS AND CLOZE TEST FORM A MAJOR PART OF THE NMAT VERBAL SECTION?
ramachandran : Our material is excellent


dnca6o060 : HELLO SIR MY AIMCAT'S SCORES ARE NOT UP TO THE MARK.
revanth : Hi. Which section is pulling down your percentiles ?


msn : IS 10MONTHS COUNTED AS GOOD WORK EXPERIENCE AT DELOITTE? AS I'M PLANNING TO TAKE CAT 2016. WANT TO STUDY, RATHER THAN ONLY WEEKENDS. MOREOVER I WANT TO CHANGE MY FIELD TO MARKETING
rahulpinnamaneni : It's advisable not to have any break in between. 10 months almost makes you a fresher, practically.


nishant : I AM GETTING 50 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS. BUT ONLY HAVE 3 MONTHS TO PREPARE. WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY NOW FOR PREPARING FOR CAT AND OTHER EXAMS?
ramachandran : More hard work. Discipline. Focus. Self-belief


rishitpanoya : TO READ QUESTIONS 1ST OR NOT IN RC? WHICH IS BETTER?
revanth : Hi. Always Skim & Scan the RC & then try to answer the questions.


bj : THOUGH I M SOLVING BASIC STUDY MATERIAL, I AM NOT ABLE TO SCORE IN AIMCATS. SUGGEST SOMETHING
gautam : Start attempting the Sectional Tests.


joy : SIR WHICH IS MORE GOOD NMAT OR SNAP?
supratim : Both are good. Get both and then decide which college to choose .


shubham : I AM JAIN, COMES UNDER MINORITY. ANY QUOTA BENEFITS AVAILABLE?
bharat : NO... no reservatipn is extended on basis of minority; you fall in general category.


jgns619 : MY HIGHEST MARK IN AIMCAT IS 75>CAN O GET 90+PERCENTILE
pradeepgoswami : Yes you can provided you put in some regular practise


rishitpanoya : IN INITIAL MOCKS LR IS THE AREA I WAS SCORING HIGHEST. BUT IN RECENT MOCKS I HAVE BECOME AFRAID OF LR. I HAVE COMPLETED BASIC BOOK OF LR
govindrajan : What kind of problems are you facing in solving them? Please be specific, so that we can advise you appropriately.


vinay : HOW TO GO ABOUT GK IN IIFT??
bharat : already answered - check this chat transcript


brcb6a423 : WHO IS THE BEST PRACTICE BOOK FOR IIFT PLEASE TELL ME SIR
ramachandran : Our material


sharma : WHICH IS TOUGHER TO CRACK , SNAP OR IIFT ?
pradeepgoswami : IIFT


kuku : HI..JUST WANTED TO CHECK, IN SNAP, DO WE HAVE TO CHOOSE SPECIFIC COLLEGES WHILE APPLYING FOR THE EXAM IT SELF OR AFTER THE SCORES ARE OUT? THE REASON I'M ASKING IS THAT THERE IS A SEPARATE APPLICATION FEES FOR EACH COLLEGE APART FROM EXAM FEES..
govindrajan : You need to go by the time schedule mentioned in the notification of each college.


hello : HOW CAN ONE EXCEL IN RC? I HAVE FINISHED THE MATERIAL BUT SCORES ARE STILL LOW. PLEASE SUGGEST SOME GOOD SOURCES?
gautam : Practice writing summaries of various passages. You can use the Study Material for the same (or links on your Home Page). This will help.The material that we have given you is more than enough. Also, when you are faced with two options and you end up choosing the wrong one, do not try to further select the right answer. What you could try is to eliminate an option. It is easier this way.


msn : HI RAMCHANDRAN SIR, CAN YOU PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION. WHICH I HAVE SPECIFICALLY ASKED TO YOU. IT'S REGARDING JBIMS. CQN YOU PLEASE ANSWER THAT.
ramachandran : All these are good B Schools. Might be a good idea to work hard and get multiple selections


rishitpanoya : 3 HOURS FOR QA, 2 HOURS FOR DILR, 1 HOUR FOR VARC. TOTAL 5 HOURS. WILL IT BE GOOD IF I STUDY GOOD IN THESE 5 HOURS? APART FROM THAT HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I GIVE FOR READING N WHAT TO READ. CURRENTLY I AM READING THE ECONOMIST EVERY WEEK'S EDITION.
vinnayraj : that should be good..you also need to practice questions from other areas of verbal ability apart from rc..you could include national dailies like The Hindu,Indian express etc.. as well as novels...


siya : HELLO SIR I M IN MY FINAL YEAR I HVE MY PLACEMENTS NEXT MONTH I M HARDLY FINDING TIME 2 STUDY CAT WT SHOULD I DO I NT ABLE 2 MANAGE CAN U PLZZ GUIDE ME
pradeepgoswami : Try to find time on at least two days a week.


rishitpanoya : DO I NEED TO DO SPEED MATHS. I CAN'T FIND TIME FOR THAT.
revanth : Hi. XAT, IIFT, etc (apart from CAT) will not have Online Calculator. So Speed Maths will always help.


nishant : WHAT SHOULD BE THE SCORE TO GET INTO IIFT DELHI?
bharat : too early to predict... focus on doing well in the test... so, work hard, stay focused and put in a great deal of practice.


mac : OUT OF 300 HOW MUCH MARKS IS REQUIRED TO GET 90 PERCENTILE IN CAT
pradeepgoswami : It depends on the difficulty level of the paper. Try getting 85 percentile plus in AIMCATS


hello : IF I READ FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS EVERYDAY STARTING FROM NOW AND PRACTICE 4-5 RCS TOO EACH DAY, CAN I SCORE A 99 PERCENTILE IN VA RC SECTION? CURRENTLY MY PERCENTILE IN VA RC FLUCTUATES BETWEEN 78 AND 93.
ramachandran : Very good chance. Good luck. Get started.


brcb6a423 : THANKS SIR FOR GUIDING ME TO ALL
ramachandran : Welcome


rohanakasambit : HI SIR, I WANT TO PURSUE A CAREER IN FINANCE. WHICH ARE THE TOP COLLEGES IN THIS DIVISION?
ramachandran : The top B Schools are very good almost across functional areas.


jgns619 : YES SIR..I AM DOING THAT EVERYDAY...THANK U FOR MOTIVATION..
ramachandran : Welcome. Good luck


renuka : FOR IIM SHOULD I FOCUS MORE ON TIME MATERIAL OR AIMCAT???
rahulpinnamaneni : Material: for building your concepts AIMCAT: for sharpening your exam skills


nick : ARE THERE ANY INSTITUTES WHICH OFFER MBA PROGRAM SIMILAR TO MICA?
gautam : You could look at SIMC


sharma : GENERALLY, HOW MUCH PERCENTILES IN CAT ARE REQUIRED TO GET INTO 2ND AND 3RD TIER IIMS ?
pradeepgoswami : Around 97 percentile


vinay : IS IIFT LEVEL EASY FROM CAT??
gautam : Yes. IIFT has GK though.


rajit : IF A PERTICULAR GK BOOK IS TO BE FOLLOWED FOR IIFT PREPERATION WHICH ONE WILL BE IDEAL APART FROM THAT GIVEN FROM TIME? AND SECONDLY DURING AIMCATS INSPITE OF SKIMMING AND WRITTING I AM FINDING 2/3 RC QUESTIONS PER SET VERY CONFUSING.. FROM WHERE SHOULD I PRACTISE RC QUESTION ANSWER?
ramachandran : Manorama Year Book


jgns619 : SIR I ATTEMPT 60QUESTIONS...ALWAYS 30 RYT ND 30 WRONG? WHAT CAN I DO SIR
pradeepgoswami : You need to be sure of the answers before marking the optios. Try analysing the questions that go wrong. You definitely need to work on your accuracy


anonymous : WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF GK AND CURRENT AFFAIRS IN IIFT?
bharat : mostly difficult... though some questions are of moderate difficulty level while very few are easy to answer.


siya : SIR WT IS THE NEXT OPTION APART FROM CAT I MEAN WHICH IS BETTER XAT ,SNAP,NMAT
rahulpinnamaneni : What do you mean by next option? we strongly recommend that everyone take CAT + XAT + IIFT + NMAT + SNAP


rishitpanoya : HOW TO ANALYSE MOCKS? I JUST SOLVE EVERY QUESTIONS WITHOUT TIME LIMIT. WHAY ELSE TO DO?
supratim : Keep a track of your number of attempt , number of right , number of wrong area wise. This will help you to identify weak and strong areas . Work hard to improve on weak areas.


harsh : HOW IS VERBAL SECTION OF CAT DIFFERENT THAN OTHER EXAMS?
ramachandran : Not drastically different


nick : WHAT IS THE BEST APPROACH TO PREPARE FOR MICAT?
vikrant : MICAT is a little heavy on writing and creativity. The first step should be to make writing a part of your practice routine. In addition to focusing on opinion based pieces, focus on story writing as well.


bj : IS THE TIME REMAINING IS SUFFICIENT TO SCORE IF ONE IS STUDYING FOR 5-6 HOURS A DAY?
vinnayraj : 5-6 hours of intense,focused preparation and the right kind of preparation will help you score a very good percentile...


msn : NMAT VS SIBM?
rahulpinnamaneni : That's comparing apples and oranges. If your intention was this, NMIMS Mumbai is preferred to SIBM Pune.


pranjalagrawal : SIR, HOW DO I ANALYZE AIMCATS? I'M NOT WELL VERSED WITH MY STRONG AND WEAK AREAS AND CAN'T MAKE OUT IN WHICH AREAS I SHOULD FOCUS MORE.
vinnayraj : firstly try to solve all the questions you were unable to solve during the test..and then go through the solutions..also see if it is possible to solve the questions that you had solved in a better and a faster way...identify the easy questions you missed solving and try to figure out why you were unable to solve them during the test..keep a note of all the analysis and use them to do perform well in the new tests..at the same time keep working on the fundamentals of concepts..


hello : @RAMACHANDRAN SIR, WHAT SHOULD BE THE SOURCES FOR PRACTICING THE RCS GIVEN THAT I HAVE ALREADY FINISHED THE MATERIAL?WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE OFFICIAL GUIDE FOR GMAT? OR ONLINE FORUMS?
ramachandran : There is virtually unlimited reading material, particularly on the net.


dlca6o651 : HEY! THIS IS WITH REFERENCE TO THE CAT FORM. THERE IS AN OPTION WHEREIN WE HAVE TO SELECT PROGRAMMES OFFERED BY DIFFERENT IIMS AND THE RESPECTIVE CITIES. WHICH ALL PROGRAMMES SHALL I FILL AND IN WHICH IIMS?
ramachandran : No bar to the number of programmes and to the IIMs. Choose them based on your career-objective


sonia : I M HAVING TROUBLE WITH NUMBERS IN QA.. NOT ABLE TO SOLVE ANY OF THEM IN AIMCATS..ALSO FEW DOUBTS HAVENOT BEEN ENTERTAINED..MOST OF THEM ARE PART TIME FACULTIES.. CANT BOTHER THEM AFTER CLASS.. .. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
rahulpinnamaneni : Please attend doubts clarification sessions which are scheduled. for the schedule, check your student homepage or talk to your closest center.


dlcb6a160 : SIR I HAVE SOLVED THE ENTIRE LR BOOKS AND I HAVE ALL MY CONCEPTS CLEAR ALSO BUT STILL IM NOT ABLE TO SOVLVE QUESTIONS IN AIMCAT.... WHAT SHOULD I DO?
rahulpinnamaneni : Have you solved LR-DI from Lot-2 books and attempted advanced online sectional tests? That should do the trick.


msn : WHY IS THAT MOST OF THE B.SCHOOLS ARE FILLED WITH ENGINEERING STUDENTS? ALMOST 90%!
ramachandran : It might help if the focus is on preparing well.


renuka : IS CUE CARDS ENOUGH FOR VOCAB NEEDED IN CAT???
ramachandran : Will be useful. Please also read and glean words


dlcb6a160 : IS TIME STUDY MATERIAL ENOUGH FOR OTHER MANAGEMENT EXAMS?
rahulpinnamaneni : Sort of. Material along with all the full-length OMETs and classroom sessions.


anonymous : SIR WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF XAT AND IIFT WHEN COMPARED TO CAT?
rahulpinnamaneni : XAT is considered slightly tougher but last year's LR-DI in CAT was totally out of this world.


jgns619 : SIR IF DOENOT GET 85+PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT ,DOES IT MEAN HE CANT SCORE 90+ IN CAT?
pradeepgoswami : It does not but on the contrary someone consistently getting that is very likely to end up with a 90 plus percentile


mac : FROM WHERE I SHOULD PREPARE FOR IIFT GK
vikrant : already answered. please look at the transcript.


aryan : SIR I WANT TO MBA IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ?SIR I WANT TO DO FROM THE BEST B SCHOOL ?PLZ TELL ME THE BEST COLLEGE?
rahulpinnamaneni : IIFT Delhi followed by IIFT Kolkata


siya : COMPARE 2 NEW IIMS IS IIT'S BETTER?
vikrant : Please look at the B School Categorisation on your TIME SHP.


dnca6o060 : SIR OTHER THAN CAT ..WHICH FORMS SHOULD I LOOK FOR..
rahulpinnamaneni : XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP


rishitpanoya : AIMCAT VIDEO SOLUTION IS AWESOME. NICE WORK
ramachandran : Thank you


bj : VINNAYRAJ SIR, WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THE RIGHT KIND OF PREPARATION ? CAN YOU EXPLAIN A BIT..
vinnayraj : focus on fundamentals has to be given utmost importance in the preparation..and cover as many topics as possible by not focusing too much on only one topic..also go through previous year cat papers along with taking the aimcats...


dnca6o060 : OTHER THAN CAT WHICH OTHER FORMS SHOULD I LOOK FOR TAKING IIFT INTO CONSIDERATION
vikrant : Of course you fill-up the IIFT form. In fact, that has nothing to do with the CAT form.


rishitpanoya : I FIND DIFFICULTY IN CIRCULAR ARRANGEMENT AND SELECTION.
supratim : Please do solve LRPE 1, 2, 3,4 handouts. Solve the logic book of second set given to you.


ri : SIR IN EACH AIMCATCAT MY QA PERCENTILE IS BETWEEN 93-94 WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET 99+ PERCENTILE?
supratim : Find out your weak areas . Work hard to improve on them . Percentile will automatically improve. Know more - Score more.


suraj : I AM GOING FOR CAT FIRST TIME , WHAT ARE THE OTHER EXAMS YOU SUGGEST ME TO APPEAR FOR ?
rahulpinnamaneni : XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP


msn : WHICH ARE THE BEST RANKINGS TO FOLLOW? PLENTY OF WEBSITES SHOW DIFFERENT DIFFERENT RANKINGS. PLEASE HELP, OTHER THAN TIME? WHAT ELSE CAN WE FOLLOW?
vikrant : the rating given by TIME is one of the most comprehensive ratings/clustering. it has been arrived at through considerable effort and involves talking to various individuals who have direct knowledge of the colleges. You can trust it without hesitation.


jgns619 : THANK U SIR
ramachandran : Welcome


msn : WHICH ARE THE BEST RANKINGS TO FOLLOW? PLENTY OF WEBSITES SHOW DIFFERENT DIFFERENT RANKINGS. PLEASE HELP, OTHER THAN TIME? WHAT ELSE CAN WE FOLLOW?
ramachandran : Our ranking is the only reliable ranking


rishitpanoya : WHICH IS GOOD BOOK FOR OLD CAT PAPERS? WHAT ABOUT FACE TO FACE?
ramachandran : Might help if the question is rephrased


abhi : SIR PLEASE HELP ME SELECT THE NAMES OF THE SEVEN B-SCHOOLS WHICH IS NEEDED WHILE FILLING NMAT APPLICATION FORM
revanth : Hi Abhi. 1. NM Mumbai 2. NM Bengaluru 3. IBS 4. UPES ( If interested ) The rest you can choose after going through the respective websites.


siya : SIR I AM NT ABLE 2 DO WELL IN DI/LR ND QUANT I M TRYING BUT GETTING AFRAID SIR
pradeepgoswami : Be patient and keep analysing your performance. Figure out your strong areas and concentrate only on them


anonymous : SIR IS THERE ANY COLLEGE WHICH HAVE QUOTAS FOR CHILDRENS OF DEFENCE OR MILITARY PERSONNEL?
rahulpinnamaneni : SIMS


dlca6o651 : @RAMACHANDRAN SIR, THANKS! AND MORE THING, IF WE DO NOT SELECT A PARTICULAR PROGRAMME OF A PARTICULAR IIMS, DOES IT MEAN THAT WE WILL NOT GET A CALL FROM THAT IIM, IF QUALIFIED?
rahulpinnamaneni : If you don't select it at the point of applying, NO, they won't consider you.


siya : FROM WHEN R DA APPLICATION OPEN FOR XAT SNAP IIFT
bharat : check this page - http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/B-school-Notifications.aspx


nishant : 3 MONTHS PREPARATION STARTING FROM NIL WOULD BE ENOUGH TO CRACK CAT IIFT SNAP XAT?
rahulpinnamaneni : Yes, provided you're willing to spend a lot of focused hours. Remember, the quality of time you spend is more important than just the quantity of time.


bj : VINNAYRAJ SIR, WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THE RIGHT KIND OF PREPARATION ? CAN YOU EXPLAIN A BIT..SORRY FOR POSTING IT AGAIN AS THE QUE WAS INCOMPLETE. I AM JUST FOCUSSING ON CAT AND IIFT
vinnayraj : answered..


abcd : NMAT OR IBSAT WHICH IS EASIER ?
ramachandran : No competitive exam is easy or difficult. It is relative. The candidate needs to do well relative to the others


suraj : WILL APPEAR FOR IIFT FIRST TIME,SCORING WHAT MARKS WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO GET THROUGH IIFT WITH SC CATEGORY ?
ramachandran : Please always aim for the best. And so, the best possible scores


sonia : WHAT SHOULD BE DONE FOR GK? IS TIME MATERIAL ENOUGH?
gautam : Yes.


bala : WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR THE GENERAL AWARENESS SECTION IN SNAP?
bharat : already answered - check this chat transcript


anonymous : IS THERE ANY EXTRA BOOKLET PROVIDED BY TIME FOR PREPRATION OF OMETS?
bharat : there will be additional material for relevant areas and tests


anonymous : IS THERE ANY EXTRA BOOKLET PROVIDED BY TIME FOR PREPRATION OF OMETS?
ramachandran : The material issued to you is comprehensive and excellent


rohanakasambit : SIR, WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF GRAMMAR RELATED QUESTIONS COMING IN CAT THIS YEAR?
ramachandran : It might be a good idea not to speculate


rohanakasambit : WHEN WILL THE MOCK OMETS START?
bharat : pretty soon :-)


renuka : I AM A CA...IS IT WORTH OTHER EXAMS THAN CAT...
ramachandran : It really depends


bala : WHAT IS D BEST WAY TO PREPARE GOR THE GENERAL AWARENESS SECTION OF SNAP?
ramachandran : Read. Buy Manorama Year Book. And read it.


meet : HOW TO PREPARE FOR DECISION MAKING SECTION OF XAT??? ANY SPECIFIC BOOK ??
rahulpinnamaneni : You'll receive the material shortly. In addition, you'll also have class room sessions to help you go about them.


anonymous : IS THERE ANY KIND OF QUOTA FOR CHILDRENS OF MILITARY OR DEFENCE PERSONNEL?
bharat : yes, some schools have it. You will have to check it school-wise.


govind : HELLO SIR, I WANT TO GO FOR TISS HR & LR PROGRAM!! WHAT SHOULD BE GOOD PREPARATION STRATEGY?
revanth : Hi Govind. Any specific reason you're only looking at HRM ?


siya : IS WORK EXPERIENCE COMPULSARY TO GET A SEAT IN IIMS OR THROUGH XAT SNAP
vinnayraj : it is not compulsory...a lot of freshers make it with a good cat score and a decent performance in gd/wat/pi stage..


himani : SIR, WHAT IS THE SCENERIO OF GK IN MAT? IS IT COMPULSORY TO ATTEND?
pradeepgoswami : No it is not considered to arrive at your overall composite score. But it might be taken into consideration by a college which shortlists a candidate. It would be safe to attempt around 5 to 10 questions and move on


anonymous : HOW DO I PREPARE FOR GK AND CURRENT AFFAIRS SECTIONS FOR OMETS?
ramachandran : Reading will definitely help.


rishitpanoya : CAN U EXPLAIN HANDOUT'S NAME LIKE LRPE , DEX ETC. WHICH SHOULD I DO? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM
govindrajan : LRPE: Logical Reasoning Practice Exercise DEX :Data Interpretation Exercise. The names are self explanatory to find the difference between them.


krish : SIR I AM OBC MINORITY DO L HAVE ANY RESERVATIONS
supratim : Yes if you come under non creamy layer . ( NCOBC )


rahul24 : SIR I WANT TO IMPROVE MY ENGLISH SECTION GRAMMAR VOCAB SYNONYM ANTONYM ETC N OTHER PORTIONS OF IT...I WANT TO TAKE A NEW START IN THIS SUBJECT..WHAT SHOULD I DO HELP ME OUT.
ramachandran : Read the material issued to you.


himani : WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF MAT?
vikrant : The difficulty level is usually a couple of notches below the CAT.


ashishs : HI SIR GREETINGS,I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT WHAT LEVEL OF DIFFICULTIES LEVELS ARE FACED IN IBSAT 2017
ramachandran : Medium difficulty


mini : SIR,I READ THE HINDU DAILY BUT WHAT OTHER SOURCE SHOULD I REFER TO STRENGTHEN GK (APART FROM MANORAMA YEARBOOK)
supratim : Monthly magazine MBA Education and careers .


bj : IS THE GIVEN SET OF MATERIAL IS ENOUGH TO GET 99+ PERCENTILE OR ANYTHING ELSE IS NEEDED AS SUPPLEMENT?
vinnayraj : the given material is more than enough and it is complete..


sonia : SHOULD WE FOCUS ON CAT FOR THE TIME BEING OR PREPARE FOR OTHER TESTS ASWELL.. THERE ARE SEPARATE MATS FOR LR FOR OMETS N GK STUFF.. SHOULD WE GO FOR IT NOW OR KEEP FOR LATER..
pradeepgoswami : You should have a proper plan in place. Try to schedule them in the coming months and religiously stick to it. Thrre are areas which is common to almost all the tests . Try focussing on those areas now


sidchoud : SIR CAN YOU PLEASE GUIDE TO READING RESOURCES WHICH I COULD REFER TO IMPROVE MY ENGLISH(ONLINE LINKS) PLEASE?
bharat : brainpickings.org, aldaily.com, magportal.com


sidchoud : WHAT EXAMINATIONS ARE WORTH GIVING A TRY FOR A FINAL YEAR GRAD.?
vinnayraj : apart from cat you can consider taking xat,iift,snap and nmat...


anonymous : TELL ME THE NAMES OF GOOD COLLEGES WHICH PROVIDES RESERVED SEATS FOR CHILDRENS OF MILITARY OR DEFENCE PERSONNEL? AND I HEARD SYMBIOSIS ALSO HAVE THIS KIND OF QUOTA?
revanth : Hi. SIMS provides this.


bala : COMPLETING GRADUATION FROM DELHI UNIVERSITIES SCHOOL OF OPEN KEARNING WILL AFFECT MY CHANCES OF GETTING INTO A GUD BSCHOOL??? AS I AM A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANCY STUDENT FINAL YEAR I COULD PURSUE REGULAR GRADUATION.
ramachandran : Great scores in CAT and an exception performance in the subsequent stages are all that you will need to aim for


ashishs : SIR THE QUESTIONS ASKED IN AIMCAT ARE VERY DIFFICULT AS COMPARED TO THOSE IN THE HANDOUTS & MATERIAL, SO WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR AIMCAT?
ramachandran : Please try only the questions that your knowledge allows you to


bala : AS SEEN IN D RECENT AIMCAT, IS THE CAT PATTERN GOING TO CHANGE?
vinnayraj : difficult to predict..it could remain the same too..we have to prepare for any kind of scenario and aimcats give you ample opportunities for the same...


msn : INSTEAD OF WORKING, ALONG WITH CAT PREPARATION I'M ATTENDING GOOGLE DIGITAL MARKETING PROGRAMME, WHICH IS A CERTIFIED COURSE BY GOOGLE AND MANIPAL. HOW GOOD DOES IT SOUND?
revanth : Hi MSN. It should help you in the PI to express your interest in Marketing.


shivam : INITIALLY I WAS GETTING 35% IN MAY 16 NOW I M AT AVG. OF 72%...IS IT BETTER....THOUGH I M SCARED AND NOT SATISFIED
ramachandran : Excellent progress. Be at it. And stop not till you succeed


siya : HOW MUCH TIME V HVE 2 DEDICATE TO GET A GOOD PERCENTILE
bharat : as much time as you can... focus on quality of learning and practice.


saee : HELLO SIR/MADAM, I AM KEEN ON PREPARING WELL FOR SNAP. IS THAT ANY PARTICULAR SUGGESTION FOR THE SAME?
ramachandran : Nothing, really. If you are well prepared for CAT , that is good enough


neha108 : IS MATERIAL PROVIDED TO US FOR GENERAL AWARENESS ,GK IS ENOUGH FOR IIFT , I AM ALSO READING PRATIYOGITA DARPAN SHOULD I ALSO READ MANORAMA
ramachandran : All these are good. Go ahead


dnca6o060 : WHAT ARE THE USEFUL TIPS FOR CRACKING IIFT?
ramachandran : Nothing specific. More of the same. Hard work. Determination. Focus.


hello : IF I AM CONSISTENTLY SCORING IN THE RANGE OF 92-94 PERCENTILE IN THE AIMCATS, CAN I SCORE A 99 PERCENTILE IN CAT?
vinnayraj : extremely good chances that you can score above 99 as generally students score significantly higher in cat than their average aimcat score.....keep working hard and keep improving..


himani : IN WHICH OF THE EXAMS IT GK INCLUDED? N HOW TO PREPARE FOR IT?
bharat : all exams, except the CAT and NMAT, have GK


mini : SIR,HOW TO SCORE WELL IN DI SECTION? HOW CAN I CHOOSE TIME SAVING SET OF QUESTIONS RATHER THAN THE ONES INVOLVING LENGTHY CALCULATIONS?
supratim : Practice more. Write online sectional tests.


han123 : LOW NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS IN QUANT, IS IT DUE TO LACK OF SPEED OR KNOWLEDGE GAP?
supratim : Both.


bala : READ IN AN ARTICLE SOMEWHERE...NO. OF QUANT ARE BEING REDUCED AND ENGLISH SECTION QUES ARE BEING INCREASED....IS IT TRUE??
bharat : wait for clarity to emerge from the IIMs... don't go by hearsay and opinions of self-styled experts.


aku : HELLO SIR, HOW IS RBS(REGENYSES BUSINESS SCHOOL) AND SIMS(SYMBOISIS INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES
bharat : SIMS is a decent college... we do not rank RBS in the top 150


anonymous : SIR MY GRADUATION PERCENTAGE IS ONLY 52% DO I STAND ELIGIBLE FOR CAT AND OTHER MET'S? MY PERCENTAGE IS LOWER BECAUSE I HAVE MADE BAD CHOICES WHILE SELECTING MY UNIVERSITY FOR GRADUATION. DO I STILL STAND A CHANCE FOR EXAMS LIKE THESE WHERE COMPETITION IS REALLY TUFF?
revanth : Hi. Acads will play a role but if you do really well in CAT & OMETs, you'll definitely get into a good B School.


agrawal : DO YOU SUGGEST WORKING STUDENTS TO GIVE EXAM FROM THEIR HOMETOWN? I AM CURRENTLY WORKING IN PUNE AND MY HOMETOWN IS IN INDORE I HAVE BEEN SCORING DECENT IN AIMCATS
revanth : Hi Agarwal. Depends on how many leaves you can get & the ease of travel. the last thing that should happen is you reach the Test centre tired. Also try & save your leaves for WAT-GD-PI.


ben : KEEPING IN MIND THAT CAT IS ON DEC 4, WICH WOULD BE THE IDEAL DATE FOR NMAT SUCH THAT IT DOESN'T MESS UP MY CAT PREP
govindrajan : You need to go through the topics of LR given in SM 1001707. But for this you do not need any specific preparation for NMAT. if you apply for NMAT a little early, you can assess your performance and can take one more attempt if required. Decide a convenient date keeping these in view.


himani : SIR HOW MUCH PERCENTAGE IS REQUIRED IN GRADUATION TO GET ADMISSION IN A GOOD MBA COLLEGE?
revanth : Hi Himani. This changes from B School to B School. Please concentrate on SM, classes & AIMCATs as of now.


neha108 : SIR I WANT TO KNOW THAT IAM READING PRATIYOGITA DARPAN BUT SHOULD I ALSO REFER TO MANORAMA OR FOCUSING ON ONE BOOK IS ENOUGH
ramachandran : The more you read, the better it is


ben : IIFT EXAM.... SHUD I GIVE IT?? C9NSIDERING ITS JST A WEEK BEFORE CAT.
vinnayraj : it is worth trying...the preparation required is not different and could also work as practice...


dlcb6a160 : THE GK BOOK WHICH WE R GIVEN IS SUFFICIENT FOR PREPARING?
bharat : yes... and follow the advice for GK prep shared elsewhere in this chat.


rickie : HOW TO PREPARE GK FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMS OTHER THAN CAT
bharat : already answered - check this chat transcript


mini : SIR, I AM GETTING AROUND 75 PERCENTILE CURRENTLY AND ITS INCREASING WITH EVERY AIMCAT. WAT ARE THE CHANCES OF GETTING 90+ IN CAT?
ramachandran : Excellent. Many students have made it to their dream B Schools in this very manner. Good luck.


ashishs : BUT SIR ATTEMPTING ONLY FEW QUESTIONS IN AIMCAT WILL NOT GIVE ME THE EXPERIENCE OF ATTEMPTING A CAT EXAM, SO HOW WILL I KNOW MY SPEED AND ACCURACY IN CAT BY ATTEMPTING THE AIMCAT?
ramachandran : The attempts will always need to be based on knowledge


hello : THANKS TO ALL FM :)
ramachandran : Welcome


msn : THANK YOU ALL.. LOOKING FORWARD FOR THE NEXT SESSION, WILL BE PREPARED WITH THE QUESTIONS! ;)
ramachandran : Welcome. And good luck


T.I.M.E