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AIMCAT 1806 & preparation tips for CAT!
(Chat Transcript)

krcb7a162 : ARE SAMCATS ARE TOUGHER THAN REAL CAT PAPER AND AIMCAT?
thomas : some of them are tough. but the tougher aimcats are tougher than the samcats


parv : HELLO FACULTY, I HAVE JUST RECENTLY FINISHED MY QA SYLLABUS. WHAT SHOULD BE MY PLAN OF ACTION FOR THE NEXT <40 DAYS? I NEED TO DEVELOP COMPETENCY IN EACH SECTION AS MY PERCENTILE RANGE BETWEEN 70-85
vinnayraj : you can start taking sectional tests of all the three levels..if you are very comfortable with the basics you can take the intermediate level tests..even though you have completed the syllabus revision of many topics may still be required..identify which are those and solve a few problems..on a daily basis solve a couple of rcs,di and lr sets..


aryan : DIFF. OF AIMCAT 1807/06 AS COMPARED TO CAT 16?
thomas : qa was of the same level as cat 16 while the other two areas were slightly easier than cat 16


neha : HI..MY NMAT TEST IS ON 25TH OCT..LAST AIMNMAT SCORE WAS 160 WITHOUT STUDYING..NOW IM FOCUSING ON OMETS AND PRACTICE TESTS AVAILABLE ON SHP,QUANT BASICS..PLEASE GIVE ME SOME MORE TIPS
thomas : aim for a score of 200+ . do not get stuck in any question as time is limited. attempt all questions as there is no negative marking


parv : WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF NMAT MOCKS? A SCORE OF 195 FALLS UNDER?
thomas : nmat mocks are similar to nmat papers. a score of 240 would be required in mocks to expect a mumbai call with a similar performance


sri : THE PERCENTILE GIVEN IN THE SAMCATS ARE DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE. DO WE NEED TO GET 150+ IN A MODERATE EXAM FOR 99 PERCENTILE
ramachandran : The score the student gets is a function of his knowledge and the level of preparedness


sri : EVEN I THOUGH I FINISHED THE QUANT SYLLABUS I FIND THAT I AM NOT ABLE TO CROSS THE 90 PERCENTILE MARK. CAN YOU PROVIDE SOME ADVICE TO GET HIGHER PERCENTILE?
vinnayraj : even though you have completed the syllabus,the questions that appear in the aimcats may still seem new.you will need additional practice in the form of sectional tests..build familiarity with more and more different kinds of problems..also figure out whether the pressure of the test is the culprit for you not being able to push your score despite your proficiency..learn to handle pressure and start by solving easy questions in the section thereby gaining confidence..


krcb7a162 : @THOMAS I AM GETTING 55 AS SCORE IN DI LR . IS THIS GOOD W.R.T CAT? AND ARE THE QSTNS ARE OF CAT LEVEL?
thomas : do not worry about the score. it is your percentile which matters. any score above 90 percentile is really good


aryan : PERCENTILE IN VARC DECLINING IN MOCKS AND IN SECTIONAL.
amitpoddar : find out the difference in the actual answer and your answer.Analyse carefully and do the chapters where u don't score regularly-RC,VA,Grammar etc...Optimise the number of attempts and accuracy.Don't be in a hurry and give ample time to the questions.


neha : THANKYOU THOMAS SIR..BUT IS MY STUDY PLAN OK?
thomas : yes, you are doing fine. do not take any test for a couple of days before the actual test


krcb7a162 : @THOMAS I AM JUST ASKING TO MAKE SURE MY PREPARATION IS GOING GOOD OR NOT?
thomas : this score is good. in any test if you score more than 90 percentile, it is really good


neha : OK THOMAS SIR..THANKS ALOT!
thomas : you are welcome. all the best


krcb7a162 : WHAT IS LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY OF RC PASSAGES IN ADVANCED SECTIONAL TEST W.R.T REAL CAT EXAM?
feroz : Pretty close to the passages in the actual exam


saransh : MY AIMCAT RANGES 70-80 SO WHICH COLLGES I SHOULD APPLY
vinnayraj : liba,ifmr,tapmi,irma,misb bocconni,nit trichy,nimb pune,nirma are you few colleges you can tagret ..assuming you will reach the higher end of your percentile range with more improvement..


aditya : SIR MY QUESTION MAY BE OUT OF SUBJECT DISCUSSED TODAY . I AM EXPECTING MORE THAN 90 IN CAT . ARE IMI CALCUTTA AND IMI BUVANESHWAR AS GOOD AS IMI DELHI. DO YOU SUGGEST ME TO APPLY FOR IMT GHAZIABAD.
thomas : imi delhi is the best. if you are working, no need to apply to imt.


sri : WITH A 95 PERCENTILE IN CAT CAN I APPLY TO THE NEW IIM'S. I AM A GENERAL CATEGORY STUDENT
thomas : if you clear the sectional cutoffs and have decent acads , you can surely expect calls from new iims at 95 percentile.


prashant : A SCORE OF 95 WOULD HAVE FETCHED HOW MUCH %ILE IN THIS AIMCAT?
thomas : around 85 -86 percntile


saransh : SIR HOW IS BIMTECH
thomas : their core program is really good.others are just ok


ck : IN AIMCAT 1806 I SCORED AN OVERALL 98.89 PERCENTILE (99.6 VERBAL 88 DI 92 QUANT). HOW TO IMPROVE QUANT AND DI/LR? MY SCORES FLUCTUATE ALOT. DI/LR 80-90 PERCENTILE QUANT USUALLY STAYS AROUND 70.
thomas : di and lr can be improved only with practice. try to solve as many sets as you can. your spped and score will gradually improve


krcb7a162 : HOW TO PREPARE FOR QUANTS . MY SYLLABUS IS YET NOT DONE, IT WILL BE COMPLETED BY 7 NOV MAY BE. PLEASE TELL WHEN TO TAKE SECTIONAL AND LOTS TO COMPLETE TO MAXIMISE MY PRFRMNCE.
rajeshsaraf : Take one topic at a time. And in a week complete about three chapters. Concentrate on books like SM1001801, SM1001806, SM1001808. if u get time, take tests from Online sectionals


ck : HOW TO PREPARE FOR NMAT? MY EXAM IS ON 8TH NOVEMBER. MY AIMNMAT SCORE IS 180 207 170. HOW TO INCREASE
amitpoddar : your 2nd NMAT score is close to the cut off.Try and score more than 210.Reduce ur no of wrong attempts and also work a bit on your speed and question selection...


ck : WHICH COLLEGES SHOULD I APPLY. MY AIMCAT SCORES ARE 94, 93, 80, 92, 93, 70, 98.89
madhav : Need more information on your profile.... Gender, Category and Engineer or non Engineer.


aryan : GOT 85TILE IN 1807.WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED IN ACTUAL CAT?
thomas : 88-92 percentile.


aditya : DOES THE MDI MURSHIDABAD IS IN PAR WITH MDI GURGAON FROM THE POINT OF BRAND VALUE/ PLACEMENT PROSPECTIVE.
thomas : no. mdi gurgaon is much better


aryan : FLUCTUATION IN %TILE IN DILR.
madhav : Fluctuation in DI/LR percentile is essentially because of your inconsistency in selecting the doable sets in the section. Work on selecting the right sets and you should start getting consistently good %tiles.


sri : FOR A 98+ PERCENTILE OVERALL WILL SECTIONAL PERCENTILES OF 95 IN EACH SECTION I.E QA VERBAL AND LR/DI BE ENOUGH?
vinnayraj : it should enough..but why stop at 95 percentile if you can go a lot higher..so instead of any target score or percentile it is wise to focus on test taking strategy for each section and maximize your score in every section..


krcb7a162 : @RAJESHSARAF GIVE ME ANY OTHER ADVICE ALSO SIR , THE ONLY AREA I HAVE TO FOCUS IS QUANTS. IN REST AM DOING GOOD.
rajeshsaraf : There are about 2500 quant qs spread across the given three books. If you solve all these qs, then more than 80% of your CAT QUANT prep will be taken care of. With almost 40 days left for the exam, you will have to solve almost 65 qs per day (to complete those 2500 qs). In a way, very difficult to concentrate on other things. But in case if you can do that, then try and look at sectional (advanced tests). It goes without saying that AIMCAT qs have to be analyzed for sure.


ck : I ALWAYS BOOK CENTRES FOR INVIZILATED AIMCATS BUT I AM ABLE TO GIVE JUST ONE AIMCAT AT THE CENTRE BECAUSE OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROBLEM AT CENTRES. THERE ARE JUST TWO CENTRES IN MY CITY. I HAVE HEARD THAT IF YOU DON'T GIVE AIMCATS WITH OTHERS STUDENTS IN AN INVIZILATED ENVIRONMENT, IT AFFECTS YOUR SCORE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
thomas : which city are you from? are you sure the number of seats are limited? send us the details. we will look into it


sandy : WHICH EXAM IS HAVING MORE SCOPE SNAP OR ISB??
amitpoddar : Depends on whether u want to go for a 1yr or a 2yr programme.Under SNAP there are many good colleges like-SIBM,SCMHRD,SIIB,etc....ISB is a one yr programme and is ranked very high.Go for both and create your options..


sri : I AM GETTING AROUND 90 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS. SUGGEST SOME COLLEGES TO APPLY TO?
thomas : apply to iits, mdi, bim, tapmi,imt, imi etc


ck : AMIT PODDAR SIR, YOU SAID REDUCE YOUR WRONG ATTEMPTS BUT I HAVE HEARD THERE'S NO NEGATIVE MARKING IN NMAT
thomas : yes there is no negative marking in nmat. do not get stuck at any question as the time is very limited. try to approximate in di when the choices are not close


sherlock : I FACE TROUBLE IN SELECTING THE ANSWER AMONG THE OPTIONS FOR RC PASSAGES. HOW CAN I IMPROVE?
madhav : Try eliminating the wrong options and getting to the correct option. Sometimes, looking for the right option can be tough.


sandy : SIR I M PRACTICING BUT MY DI AND QUANT SCORES ARE NT IMPROVING WT SHOULD BE MY PLAN FOR NEXT 40 DAYS
satyaprakash : No plan will be of any help to you unless you know the reasons for your stagnancy. Analyse your AIMCAT performances so that you become aware of them. Only then can you work towards getting better scores. All the best!


dranzer : MY AIMCAT PERCENTILE IS IN THE RANGE OF 91-95, AND IN THE LAST 3 AIMCATS MY QUANT SCORE IS IS RANGING BETWEEN 20-35, WHICH DIDN'T HAPPEN EARLIER, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
vinnayraj : if your scores are consistently dipping in the quant section,quickly analyze your performance thoroughly and try to identify the reasons..if you have made conceptual mistakes go back to those concepts and revise,if there are silly mistakes pay close attention to them and note them down and try not to repeat.the dip in score could also be due to the difficulty level of the test as long as there is not a significant dip in percentile..


jaspreet : FOR EXAM FORMAT LIKE AIMCAT 1806. WHAT SHOULD BE OUR APPROACH TOWARDS THE QA SECTION?
rajeshsaraf : Leave the difficult ones. Concentrate on easy ones. Even if someone had done just 8 qs, he would have got about 85 percentile


sri : I AM FINDING THE AIMCATS TO BE ABOVE CAT LEVEL. IS IT SO?? IF SO WHAT IS THE APPROX INCREASE IN DIFFICULTY IN EACH SECTION?
thomas : similar qn already answered


krcb7a162 : PLEASE TELL LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY OF DI AND LR IN SMCATS03,04,05
thomas : the samcats have their good scores(expected) given along with them. please follow that.


sherlock : EVEN AFTER PRACTISING QUANTS, I AM UNABLE TO DO WELL. WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH SO LESS TIME TO CAT?
madhav : Try to do the Intermediate level questions in your sectional tests. As the difficulty level here is similar to the doable(easy/medium)questions in CAT, this could help you attempt more doable questions from this section in AIMCAT and CAT. Also analysing AIMCATs topic-wise would help as most question patterns would get covered.


ck : MR. THOMAS I AM FROM DEHRADUN. AND THE PROBLEM IS NOT THE NO. OF SEATS BUT SOMETIMES THE INTERNET DOES NOT WORK, SOMETIME SYSTEM DON'T WORKS, AT TIMES THERE IS A PROBLEM OF ELECTRICITY. LAST TIME I BOOK THE CENTRE WHICH IS AT 1 HOUR DISTANCE FROM MY HOME AND WHEN I REACHED THEY SAID ' NO SYSTEM IS AVAILABLE WE ARE CLEANING SO ALL WIRES ARE UNCONNECTED, CAN'T CLEANING BE DONE AFTER THE AIMCAT WINDOW.
feroz : We apologise for the trouble and the inconvenience caused to you. We suggest that you write an e-mail to info@time4education.com marking a copy to mferoz@time4education.com.


jaspreet : WHAT WAS THE STANDARD OF AIMCAT 1806 BASING ON THE VA AND RC SECTION? I COULDN'T DO RCS FAST ENOUGH. WHAT CAN I DO FOR THAT?
ramachandran : The level was broadly similar to CAT level


sri : @THOMAS SIR I AM TALKING ABOUT 1806 1807 AND 1808
thomas : none of them were tougher than cat 16 though a section could be slightly tougher(example quant in aimcat 6) overall they were of the same level or slightly easier than cat 16.


sherlock : I SCORE 55-60 PERCENTILE IN CAT AND I WANT TO IMPROVE IT TO 95. I HARDLY MANAGE TO ANSWER 2-3 QUANTS QUESTIONS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
ramachandran : In general, more focussed work and a never-say-die attitude help. Please work hard. You have our best wishes


neha : SHOULD I FILL SNAP FORM? I ONLY WANT TO DO MBA FROM VERY GOOD COLLEGES
vinnayraj : there are a couple of good colleges under snap(SIBM andSCMHRD)..you can apply if you want to keep back up options..


ck : WHAT WAS THE LEVEL OF AIMCAT 1806 AS COMPARED TO CAT?
thomas : similar qn already asnwered in the beginning. please read transcript


sherlock : AMONG SNAP, XAT, IBSAT AND CMAT, WHICH EXAM HAS MORE SCOPE FOR BETTER COLLEGES, PROVIDED MY GK IS AVERAGE
satyaprakash : XAT>SNAP>IBSAT=CMAT.


vish : SIR MY AIMCAT PERCENTILE IS 70 SO HOW MUCH CAN I GET IN ACTUAL CAT EXAM
vinnayraj : if your average aimcat percentile is around 70 you can expect around 75-77(as generally students' cat scores are higher than their average aimcat scores) in an optimistic scenario..


vish : HOW TO IMPROVE MY QUANT PLZ SUGGEST
vinnayraj : most important is learning the fundamentals of all concepts and solving as many questions as possible of different levels of difficulty to build familiarity..


shresth : WHAT ALL QUESTION TYPES TO FOCUS ON IN VA IN THE LAST 40 DAYS?
satyaprakash : Look at the usual suspects, i.e. R.C., Parajumbles, Paracompletion, Summary & Odd Sentence Out. But do keep in mind that not working on your vocabulary, grammar & usage could land you in trouble if questions based on those are present in the CAT. Prepare according to the subject areas and then, the question types.


ck : WHICH COLLEGES RELEASE THERE FORM BEFORE CAT APART FROM FMS, MDI?
revanth : Hi CK. SP Jain is another top B School that has already released its form. Please keep checking the TIME website for further details.


sherlock : MADHAV SIR, EVEN AFTER TRYING TO ELIMINATE WRONG OPTIONS I END UP WITH WRONG ANSWER. I TAKE AROUND 6 MINUTES IN READING THE PASSAGE, WHICH CONSUMES A LOT OF TIME TOO. SO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
satyaprakash : Read on a variety of topics so that the unfamiliarity goes away and you are able to process passages more efficiently and quickly. Instead of using the method of elimination, try using the method of selection. Also, when you choose an answer, check whether you have made any assumptions or relied on residual knowledge to do so. And yes, practise!


sri : SOME IMP TOPICS TO FOCUS ON IN QUANT WHICH HAVE HIGH CHANCES OF OCCURRING IN CAT?
vinnayraj : topics from arithmetic(rpv,ppl,time and work,time and distance,averages and mixtures,SI/CI) geometry(lines,angles,triangles,polygons and circles) algbera(simple equations,quadratic,special equations) permutation and combination..


ck : DO STOCK OR DEPRECIATION QUESTIONS COME IN CAT?
feroz : A direct question on depreciation/amortization may not be asked however a DI set can always be created on this. Anyway, they will define the terms in the set itself and won't leave it just like that


krcb7a162 : IS IT SURE THAT AN SC CATEGORY STUDENT WILL GET CALLS FROM FMS AND IIMS IF HE GETS 85 PERCENTILE ?
vinnayraj : even though you would clear the cutoff at 85 percentile,the calls also depend on other factors such as your academic scores,background,work experience..you should also remember that just clearing the cutoff doesnt guarantee a call,you need to score higher to improve your chances...


ck : IF I SCORE AROUND 96-97 PERCENTILE IN VERBAL. WHAT SHOULD BE THE MINIMUM? SCORE IN OTHER SECTIONS TO GET OVERALL SCORE OF 99
amitpoddar : Difficult to predict.It may vary as per the difficulty level of the paper.Try to get an overall score of 160+ to get anything close to 99%ile .And for the NMAT tips u asked,if u reduce ur wrong attempts/mistakes and get more correct answers ur score will automatically increase...All the best.


shresth : LR-DI IN CAT 2016 WAS SOMETHING OUT OF THE WORLD. NOT A SINGLE GRAPH OR CHART. HOW TO HANDLE/PRACTICE THOSE TYPE/SIMILAR QUESTIONS?
thomas : you have a lot of similar sets coming in aimcats and you will have similar ones in the next few aimcats also


sb : SIR WHAT IS CAT CUTOFF FOR FMS BHU AND IS IT WORTH DOING MBA HERE?
feroz : Around 90 percentile. It's BBB+ in T.I.M.E.'s B School categorization


sp : SIR, I AM INTERESTED IN PURSUING MBA WITH HR STREAM, SHOULD I APPLY FOR MICA?
thomas : for hr the best colleges are iims, xlri, tiss and scmhrd. you can skip mica.


ck : SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT IIM A IS NOT POSSIBLE BECAUSE I HAVE 60.5% IN GRADUATION(ARTS). IS IT TRUE?
thomas : it is difficult but not impossible. you will need to do really well in the test and interview


ravi : I HAVE BEEN CONSISTENTLY SCORING AROUND 90% IN AIMCT. TRYING HARD BUT NOT ABLE TO CROSS 95% CONFIDENCE DIPPING DOWN. ANY SUGGESTION AND TIPS FOR LAST 1 MONTH PREP. DO I STAND ANY CHANGE I AM A GENERAL CATEGORY STUDENT.
rajeshsaraf : In general, 90 percentile can translate to 95 + in actual CAT assuming the similar level of performance is maintained in CAT. This last mile is very important. Don't give up !!


sri : I AM SCORING A PERCENTILE OF AROUND 90-94 NOW IN AIMCATS CAN I CROOSS THE 98 PERCENTILE IN CAT?
vinnayraj : you have very high chances of crossing 98 if you are consistently scoring in that range..keep improving and working hard and you could go significantly higher if all goes well on the d day..


krcb7a162 : SOLVING DI LR INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED LEVEL SECTIONAL TEST WILL BE ENOUGH FOR VARIETY OF QSTIONS TO BE ASKED IN CAT?
thomas : the advanced sectional tests along with the samcats and the aimcats


vish : HELLO SIR, FROM LAST 4 AIMCAT MY MARKS IS IN BETWEEN 47-50, IS IT GOOD TO BE CONSISTENT?? HOW TO INCREASE THE SCORE, LESS SCORING AREAS IS QUANTS
thomas : the score is pretty low. there is no point being consistent if your overall score is poor. try to increase the number of attempts.


aryan : AVERAGING 75%TILE IN AIMCATS WITH THE HIGHEST BEING 85%TILE ,, WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED IN CAT?
thomas : 80-90 percentile. the percentile in cat is generally slightly better than in the aimcats


riya : SIR ONE PROBLEM IS THERE ACTUALLY I M FINAL YEAR STUDENT. WHEN I WAS APPLYING THE CAT FORM I WROTE 50% AVG FOR MY FIRST N SECOND YEAR. BUT WHEN MY PART 2 RESULT CAME ON 8TH OCTOBER I GOT LESS THAN 50%.SIR I M CONSTANTLY SCORING ABOVE 98 PERCENTILE. SIR PLS ADVICE ME WHAT TO DO. CAN I GET ADMISSION IN TOP IIM?
ramachandran : If the overall percentage is less than 50%, it could be an issue, as the minimum overall percentage required is 50. Best of luck


shresth : HOW TO COMPETE AND BEAT ALL THE BRILLIANT FACULTY OF TIME + OTHER FACULTY OF VARIOUS COACHING INSTITUTES IN INDIA?
ramachandran : Please put in the requisite work


neha : WILL READING FROM TOPICS AVAILABLE ON SHP BE ENOUGH FOR RCS?
satyaprakash : They are indicative, not exhaustive! Make sure that you supplement those with articles on different topics as well!


sp : ONLINE APPLICATION DATE FOR TISSNET SHOWS IT TO BE SECOND WEEK OF OCT, STILL CAN'T FIND APPLICATION LINK. ANY PARTICULAR SITE YOU CAN SUGGEST, TO GET PROPER UPDATE FOR TISSNET?
satyaprakash : Everyone is facing an issue regarding that. Wait for a couple of days.


vaishnavi : HI SIR,
thomas : hi. what is your question?


vish : SIR I SCORE 80-85 PERCENTILE IN LR SECTION IN AIMCATS SO IS THE LR DIFFICULTY LEVEL SIMILAR TO ACTUAL CAT EXAM?
vinnayraj : many aimcats are more or less of the difficulty level similar to that of cat(consider the last couple of years)if not all as we prepare you for all possibilities and the current year is an unknown..but your cat percentile is likely to be higher than your average aimcat percentile(generally students' cat percentiles are higher than their aimcat percentiles)..


vish : REGARDING QUANTS SEC, I AM MISSING OUT EVEN THE EASY QUESTIONS, WHILE ANALYSING I SEE THOSE QUESTIONS & IS ABLE TO DO AT MY OWN, NOT ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHERE I AM GOING WRONG, PLZ GUIDE
satyaprakash : Find out why you are skipping the easier questions! Maintaining you are unable to do so is not going to help you at all. The only person who can help you is you! When you analyse your AIMCAT performances, always be clear as to why you did or did not answer any question. If you do that diligently, you will know what to do. All the best!


ck : WHICH COLLEGE SHOULD I APPLY FOR? GENERAL FEMALE NON ENGINEER . AIMCAT PERCENTILES- 93 94 80 92 93.7 94 75 98.89. 10TH - 10 CGPA 12TH 90.2% (SCIENCE) GRADUATION ARTS BA ENGLISH HONS. 60.2. NO WORK EXPERIENCE GRADUATED IN 2016 I HAVE TAKEN A DROP. ( SORRY FOR ASKING AGAIN BUT IT WAS NOT ANSWERED EARLIER)
madhav : You shall apply to S.P.Jain, MDI, JBIMS, IITs (Delhi & Mumbai),FMS,XLRI, NMIMS(Mumbai),IIFT and TISS. You can have Symbiosis and Dept of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, DU as two of your backup options.


vaishnavi : I'M FROM GENERAL CATEGORY. I HAVE GOT 96% IN 10TH AND 89% IN 12TH AND 72% IN ENGG. I WANT TO DO THE MBA IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS/TECHNOLOGY. APPROXIMATELY HOW MUCH %TILE? AND ALSO IS THERE ANY OTHER COLLEGE PARTICULARLY FOR MBA IN IT
revanth : Hi Vaishnavi. Profile is good. How are your AIMCATs going on ? Any specific reason for only looking at MBA in IT ?


messi : MY LAST AIMCAT PERCENTILES ARE 98,91,97,91,98,91, WHY SUCH DRASTIC FLUCTUATION?
vinnayraj : it could be attributed to multiple factors but the positives are that fluctuations are not as drastic as you believe they are and you havent had a single dip below 90 percentile..factors which could have played a role are the difficulty levels across sections,distribution of questions from your strong areas to weaker areas,the number of candidates taking and their performances and your own focus and energy levels during the tests..what you can pay attention and try to rectify is your won performance and the kind of mistakes that led to the dip in percentiles..but there is no big reason to worry and work on the finer details..


vish : IN LR SEC I AM NOT ABLE TO CROSS 30, THE PROBLEM IS THAT, IN 1ST 30 MINTS, I AM ABLE TO DO 7-8 QUESTIONS BUT IN NEXT 30 MINUTES, WHAT HAPPENING IS THAT I AM IN STATE OF CHAOS WHICH ONE TO ATTEMPT & WHICH TO LEFT, AND I END UP DOING NOT MORE THAN 3-4 QUEST
madhav : Try to scan all the sets in the begining of the section. Allot 3-4 minutes and select familiar sets and then start attempting them. Also while doing these sets, try to become good at figuring out if the selected set is doable or tough one in 4-5 minutes. If it happens to be a tough set, just scan if there is that one easy question which most sets contain and answer that and move to the next. Dont panic looking at the attempts.


messi : WHAT'S BETTER GIVING MORE MOCKS OR SOLVING PAST CAT PAPER(GIVEN THAT MOST OF THE QUESTIONS ARE ALREADY COVERED IN CLASSES/HANDOUTS/MOCKS)
satyaprakash : You answered your question yourself! Thank you! But do look at and analyse as many AIMCATs & past papers as you can.


ind : SIR/MADAM I WAS SCORING IN BETWEEN 80-85 PERCENTILE BUT FROM THE PAST 2 AIMCATS I AM SCORING IN BETWEEN 70-75 PERCENTILE. MY QUANTS IS NOT IMPROVING AT ALL THOUGH I KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPTS.BUT NOT ABLE TO APPLY DURING THE AIMCAT.PLEASE SUGGEST WHAT TO DO
ramachandran : Ups and downs in AIMCATs - as in almost everything else- are absolutely normal. Please carry on regardless. We wish you the very, very best.


vaishnavi : SIR, I HAVE DONE BE IN IT AND WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE TO WORK IN THIS FIELD. MY AIMCAT SCORE REMAINS IN THE RANGE 75-85 %TILE.
revanth : All the top B Schools have good placements in IT. SP Jain - IM can also be considered a good option.


sanyam : I JUST GAVE A MISSED AIMCAT(1824)- AND SCORED TWICE MY SAL SCORE- IT WAS VERY EASY, IS IT RELEVANT OR NOT TO GIVE MISSED AIMCAT OF JAN-MARCH AS I FIND THEM TO BE VERY EASY COMPARED TO MORE RECENT MOCKS
feroz : You may first try your hands at more recent ones


riya : RAMCHANDRAN SIR MY PART 1 N PART 2 AVG MARKS COME UNDER 50%. I M IN FINAL YEAR NOW. THAT WHY I M ASKING IS THERE WILL BE ANY ISSUE AT A TIME OF ADMISSION.
ramachandran : The minimum overall marks will need to be 50%


aditya : HOW GOOD IS .XIM BHUAVNESHVAR
satyaprakash : Decent enough, provided you are willing to take admission to it.


ck : SHOULD I SOLVE PAST YEAR PAPERS SECTION WISE WITH TIME LIMIT(1 HR) OR YEAR WISE (3 HRS JUST LIKE CAT) OR SHOULD I DO IT AT MY OWN SPEED LIKE A NORMAL PRACTICE WITHOUT TIME LIMIT?
satyaprakash : Try multiple approaches and strategies so that you are aware of how time has an effect on your performance and score.


ck : FROM WHERE CAN I GET NMAT PAST YEAR PAPERS?
amitpoddar : NOT OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE.YOU CAN KNOW ABOUT THE PATTERN FROM OUR AIMNMAT ON UR SHP.


ind : BUT RAMACHANDRAN SIR WHAT ABOUT QUANTS?HOW DO I IMPROVE IN THE REMAINING DAYS?
ramachandran : Concentrate on your strong areas in quant. Try to see if you can become at least slightly strong in an area in which you are not particularly strong


ck : DO NMAT REPEAT QUESTIONS? QUESTIONS FROM WINDOW 1 APPEAR IN WINDOW 2 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT
satyaprakash : No.


riya : SO WHAT TO DO PLS ADVICE ME.
feroz : Just ensure that your final aggregate percentage is more than 50


ucla : I HAVE COMPLETED ALL THE ADVANCED LRDI OST, IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN GET TO PRACTICE MORE ONLINE FULL LENGTH LRDI TESTS?
rajeshsaraf : There are 3000 qs in LRDI alone on Online Sectionals. You can try some Intermediate (keep a check on time)


mba_2017 : HOW MANY QUESTIONS IN CAT QUANT SECTION SHOULD I BE ATTEMPTING (MINIMUM)?
satyaprakash : As many as you can answer correctly! If you can't answer a question, you wouldn't mark the answer randomly, would you? Don't have a fixed number in mind as that is dependent on the difficulty level of the paper and the performance of the other candidates.


ucla : I SCORE JUST 50 EACH TIME IN QUANT AND STILL GET 99, WHEREAS IN OTHER SECTIONS TO GET 99 PERCENTILE ROUGHLY 60-70 ARE REQUIRED IS THE SAME PATTERN IN CAT AS WELL OR ARE TIME AIMCATS PARTICULARLY TOUGH IN QA ?
vinnayraj : difficult to say as it varies from year to year..in fact to give an example of the last two years around 4-5 more questions were needed to be solved in 2015 as compared to 2016 to secure 99 percentile as the difficulty level of 2016 was higher than that of 2015..so instead focusing on any particular score,trust your abilities and the test taking strategy which has helped you score 99+ percentile regardless of the difficulty level of the test..


ind : THANK YOU @RAMACHANDRAN SIR
ramachandran : Welcome. We wish you the very best


ck : I KNOW IN NMAT WE SHOULD DO OUR STRONGEST SECTION FIRST. IT CAT MY STRONGEST IS VERBAL BUT WHEN IT COMES TO NMAT JUST THINKING THAT I HAVE ONLY 22 MINUTES AFFECTS MY PERFORMANCE. WHAT SHOULD I DO? WHICH SECTION DO I APPEAR FIRST/
amitpoddar : ONE SHOULD DO THE STRONGEST SECTION FIRST THEN THE WEAKEST AND THEN THE MODERATE ONE.FOR VA DO ALL THE VOCAB AND GRAMMAR QUESTIONS FIRST AND THEN TRY TO LOCATE ANSWERS FOR THE PASSAGES AFTER JUST SCANNING IT.SPEED MATTERS A LOT AND THE APPROACH CANNOT BE THE SAME AS IT IS FOR CAT.


sandy : SIR SOME IMP TOPICS IN DI WHICH I CAN CONCENTRATE
satyaprakash : Ideally, you should be well-versed with all the topics. Focus on the ones that you face difficulty in tackling.


mba_2017 : SIR, THESE AIMCATS SCORES ARE REALLY DEPRESSING AND DEMOTIVATING. THERE IS ALSO A LOT OF FLUCTUATIONS IN MY SCORE. THE HIGHEST WAS 95. LOWEST 59. WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR CONSISTENCY?I HAVE ALMOST FINISHED WITH THE PORTIONS. SHOULD I REALLY RELY ON MY SCORES IN AIMCAT?
ramachandran : There is at least some fluctuation in the AIMCAT percentiles even for the very best of students. Kindly do not get discouraged. Good luck


vish : WHAT WAS THE DIFFICULTY LVL OF RC & LR SEC IN 1806
ramachandran : Comparable


ck : IN QUANT I WAS TOLD THAT WE SHOULD DO IT IN TWO ROUNDS. FIRST EASY THEN DIFFICULT BUT I WASTE A LOT OF TIME IN DECIDING. THE QUESTION WHICH SEEMS EASY AT FIRST TURNS OUT TO BE A BIT COMPLICATED( I AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE IT). IT WASTES MY TIME. I AM NOT ABLE TO ATTEMPT MORE THAMN 15 QUESTIONS WITH 60% ACCURACY.
madhav : For selecting questions, scan all the questions in the section in 2-3 minutes, don't read the entire question, select based on topic familiarity and your confidence in those topics. If the selected question turns out to be tough, leave it in couple of minutes and move on. Once your selection improves, your accuracy would comfortable move to 80% and above.


ck : ARE ADVANCED SECTIONALS DIFFICULT THAN CAT?
satyaprakash : Some are at par with CAT whereas some are of a higher difficulty level.


mba_2017 : WHICH COURSES/MBA PROGRAMMES SHOULD I OPT FOR XIMB COLLEGE?
amitpoddar : AS PER UR INTEREST U CAN APPLY TO BM,HRM AND RURAL MGMT PROGRAMMES.


sj : I GET AROUND 75 PERCENTILE IN LRDI , WHAT ARE MY CHANCE S OF CLEARING THE SECTIONAL CUT-OFF?
vinnayraj : for most of the iims the cut off is atleast 80 percentile(for general category) and 85 for the others..depends on what is your target college..as the cat percentiles of students tend to be higher than their average aimcat percentile you should be looking at 80+ in cat..many top private b schools do not consider sectional cutoffs and only consider the overall cat percentile..


ck : HOW TO DIVIDE TIME BETWEEN SECTIONS IN IIFT? LAST YEAR I GAVE IIFT I CLEARED SECTIONALS BUT COULD NOT OVERALL. NO. OF ATTEMPTS WERE LOW
amitpoddar : GIVE MORE TIME TO UR STRONG AREA SO THAT U CAN SCORE WELL THERE.AND GIVE AMPLE TIME TO THE WEAK AREA AS TO CLEAR THE CUT OFFS.GK CUT OFFS ARE QUITE LOW EVERY YEAR.ONE SHOULD QUICKLY GO THROUGH ALL THE GK QUESTIONS FIRST.VOCAB BASED QUESTIONS ALSO CONSUME LESS TIME....SO PLAN ACCORDINGLY AS THERE IS VARIABLE MARKING SCHEME.


me : SIR I HAVEN'T BEEN GETTING TIME TO PREPARE A LOT AND WHEN I DO, IT TAKES 1-2 DAYS FOR 1 CHAPTER! AS YOU KNOW I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME NOW. COULD YOU PLEASE SUGGEST WHAT TOPICS TO FOCUS ON IN ALL SUBJECTS? ALSO WHEN SHOULD I GIVE MY NMAT? IF I GIVE MY NMAT THE FIRST TIME AND DON'T PERFORM WELL, BUT PERFORM WELL THE SECOND TIME HOW WILL IT AFFECT MY CHANCES OF GETTING SELECTED IN NMIMS?
ramachandran : It might be useful for you to meet a member of the T.I.M.E faculty you already know. S/he will be able to give you specific and invaluable advice


sj : AM I NOT DOING ANYTHING EXTRA FOR IIFT AS OF NOW PREPARING SOLELY FOR CAT AND THE REST IN THE LAST WEEK PRIOR TO IIFT, WOULD IT SUFFICE?
satyaprakash : That will work as long as you work on G.K. alongside your preparations for CAT.


ck : I AM NOT ABLE TO IDENTIFY TONE OF THE PASSAGE. IN ALL THE AIMCATS I GOT THIS TYPE OF QUESTION WRONG.
ramachandran : Sound and consistent reading of a wide range of topics will help you sharpen your ability of identifying tones.


mba_2017 : MY AIMCAT SCORES - 65 63 62 74 86 61 73 62 95 . XTH - 93% XII - 92%. GOOD IN EXTRA CURRICULAR AND ALSO RECEIVED NATIONAL AWARDS FOR EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS... WHICH COLLEGE SHOULD I APPLY INTO WITH SUCH A BACKGROUND?
vinnayraj : as your academic scores are good and as you say you have national level extra cirricular achievements you can apply to sp jain and hope to get a profile based call..you can also look at iits,mdi,iift,fms along with the iims..but your percentiles need to be higher..even though during the interview stage you have a great advantage due to your achievements,to receive the initial calls your cat percentile plays the biggest role..you can also consider imi,imt g,fore,bim trichy as back up options..


neha : MY DI IS VERY WEAK..FROM WHERE TO PRACTICE LAST MOMENT..CONSIDERING MY NMAT IS NEXT WEEK
satyaprakash : Go through the mock NMAT tests. Also, meet a faculty member for detailed guidance.


hlca7a008 : DUE TO BAD HEALTH I WAS UNABLE TO STUDY PROPERLY PLEASE PROVIDE ME A STRONG PLAN SO THAT I CAN COVER THE BASICS AND SCORE A GOOD %ILE INSTEAD OF PANICKING
ramachandran : A judicious mix of mocks and our Study Material will be a good idea


ck : CAN ANY OF THESE CERTIFICATES HAVE ANY IMP IN CV? PARTIPATION AT ZONAL LEVEL IN 'NATIONAL YOUTH PARLIAMENT COMPETITION' (CLASS 9), PARTICIPATION AT REGIONAL LEVEL SCIENCE EXHIBITION (CLASS 11) , SCOUT AND GUIDE CERTIFICATE
vinnayraj : they do definitely add value(especially the national level participations).but they only come into play during the interview stage..


neha : WILL THERE BE SIMILAR QUESTIONS IN ACTUAL NMAT LIKE MOCKS?
amitpoddar : YES,MOST LIKELY.THERE CAN BE SOME DIFFERENT QUESTIONS AS WELL.ALL THE BEST..


xyz : SIR I HAVE AN AVERAGE SCORE OF AROUND 82-83 PERCENTILE AND HIGHEST WAS 92 AND IN THIS AIMCAT I HAVE SCORED 90 PERCENTILE. IS IT POSSIBLE TO CROSS 98 IN CAT?
ramachandran : Yes, most certainly. Control your nerves. Be convinced that all your hard work will pay off. We wish you the best possible luck


xyz : SIR I HAVE AN AVERAGE SCORE OF AROUND 82-83 PERCENTILE AND HIGHEST WAS 92 AND IN THIS AIMCAT I HAVE SCORED 90 PERCENTILE. IS IT POSSIBLE TO CROSS 98 IN CAT?
amitpoddar : YES,IT IS POSSIBLE.U STILL HAVE MORE THAN A MONTH FOR CAT.KEEP WORKING HARD.ALL THE BEST..


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