T.I.M.E


Chat on preparation tips for QA/DI & LR!
(Chat Transcript)

akshay : WITH CAT AROUND 3 MONTHS AWAY,HOW TO REVISE QA CONCEPTS
pradeepgoswami : If you have already completed your SMs then take time bound tests (online sectional tests ). Appear for all the remaining AIMCATS and do a thorough analysis of your performance


bablu : WHY DER WAS 28 QUES ONLY IN AIMCAT 1716. WHAT WAS DIFFICULTY LEVEL.
dnyaneshwar : As number of questions in CAT notification is notmentioned. Based on earlier experience, every year there were some changes. and students should be familiar with such changes. so the number of questions have changed.


walter : SIR WHAT IS THE APPROX CUT OFF FOR HRM AND BM PROG OF XLRI?
thomas : it would be slightly above 90 percentile. last year it was around 25 marks.


sb : HOW TO INCREASE QA AND LRDI PERCENTILE FROM 93 TO 99+?
chandrajyoti : Percentile is a rank. To increase your percentile, you will have to do better than what you are dong now. Identify your weak areas and practice.


walter : WILL THERE BE A NOTIFICATION ON HOW MANY QUESTIONS WILL BE OMING IN EACH SECTION IN THE FUTURE?
thomas : till the cat bulletin comes out we will be trying out different probable combinations and you will get to know that only when you take the exam.


dee : SIR IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET 99+PERCENTILE IN 3 MONTHS FROM 80 PERCENTILE IN CAT
pradeepgoswami : It is but a lot of things should go your way. Rather than speculating about your tentative CAT score why don't you utilise the available time by brushing up the basics and revising the various concepts


sibm : SIR DESPITE REGULAR PRACTICE I AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE SUFFICIENT QUESTIONS IN BOTH DILR SECTION AND QUANT SECTION. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
dnyaneshwar : work on AIMCAT analysis. Go through the analysis of AIMCAT which is given on your homepage. Find out the questions which takes more than 2 minits. Work on those types of questions through study material. Solve as many different sets of DI, LR as you can. it will definitely improve your score. Best of luck


swati : HOW TO DEAL WITH DI AND LR QUESTIONS IN AIMCAT
thomas : first practice the advanced book in di and lr and do the advanced online sectional tests.


swati : HOW TO DEAL WITH DI AND LR QUESTIONS IN AIMCAT
chandrajyoti : Try to attempt at least 2 sets from each. In each set, try to do the easy questions and move to the next set. You do not need to attempt all 4. There will definitely be easy questions in each set.


walter : IS IT NECESSARY TO PREPARE EACH N EVERY TOPIC OF QA OR CAN I LEEAVE A FE TOPICS?
dnyaneshwar : CAT is unpredictable, if you want to maximise your score, be prepared for all topics. you may get easy questions from tough topics also.


abhi : HOW ONE SHOULD PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR DI&LR AND WHETHER THE T.I.M.E. STUDY MATERIALS ARE SUFFICIENT FOR DI AND LR ?
thomas : yes the material is enough. if you need further material you can practice the TRISHNA book.


sanju : HOW MUCH MARKS GOOD IN AIMCAT TO GET 95%+ IN CAT ?
feroz : It's not about marks but about the percentile. If you are consistently around 90 %ile, you can expect to touch or cross 95 %ile in CAT


ani : SIR WHAT IS IIM L PGPSM ? I AM A FINAL YEAR B.TECH GRADUATE SHOULD I APPLY FOR IT
ramnath : PGP in sustainable management is a new program stated by IIML focusing on societal/environmental aspects as well for managers and businesses. Should you apply for it? While we do not have complete details as the batch started only last year, you can apply if you are interested in the progra, You cna check here for more details http://www.iiml.ac.in/?page_id=2516. The brandvalue of IIML is a huge plus.


oo7 : SIR THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL IN DI LR STUDY MATERIAL IS JUST TOO EASY WHEREAS AIMCATS ARE JUST OPPOSITE AND THEY ARE VERY TOUGH SO SHOULD ONE TACKLE THIS GAP?
thomas : please try the second book of both di and lr. the first book is the basic book and it is very easy.


s163 : WITH HALF OF THE TOPICS REMAINING TO BE SOLVED FROM THE BOOKLET AND 3 MONTHS REMAINING FOR CAT - WHAT SHOULD BE AN OPTIMUM STRATEGY NOW?
dnyaneshwar : 3 months are more than enough. revise all concepts regularly also Go through the analysis of AIMCAT which is given on your homepage. Find out the questions which takes more than 2 minits. Work on those types of questions through study material. Solve as many different sets of DI, LR as you can.


walter : SIR.IF I PACTISE THE TIME BOOKLET PERFECTLY..IS IT ENOUGH FOR EXAMS LIKE IIFT N NMAT?
chandrajyoti : You have online material as well in your student Home Page. Utilise them.


red96 : WHILE APPEARING FOR AIMCATS, TIME CONSTRAINTS PROVE TO BE A PROBLEM WHILE ATTEMPTING THE DI/LR SECTION. HOW CAN ONE'S SPEED AND ACCURACY BE IMPROVED?
pradeepgoswami : Do read the different sets and then attempt the easy ones first. Once you are done with the easy questions move on to the medium ones. To do well in the test you need to be sure of the sets which are very difficult and either leave them or attempt then in the end if you have time


ani : SIR WHAT WILL BE THE DIFFERENCE IN DI/LR AND QUANT OF CAT AND XAT
dnyaneshwar : XAT will be little bit difficult than cat. But competition in CAT will be more.


anindita : HI SIR. MY QUANT SCORE IS NOT INCREASING. IT STILL STICK TO SAME SCORE IN AIMCAT. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY QUANT SCORE?
supratim : Please identify your weak areas . Work hard to improve on them. Choose questions correctly in tests.


rohit : CAN WE EXPECT OMETS BY AUGUST END?
thomas : you will be getting them next month.


oo7 : SIR HOW SHOULD ONE IMPROVE IN VISUAL CALCULATIONS OF DI QUESTIONS AND ALSO HOW TO INTERPRET DATA QUICKLY
raman : more practice is required. Also revise the DIHOs and DEx papers


swati : THERE IS SO MUCH DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TIMES BOOKLET OF DI AND THE QUESTIONS IN AIMCAT. HOW TO COVER UP THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF DI?
thomas : try the advanced book(not the one with chapterwise questions) and do the online advanced tests(OAL).


snehal : SIR IS IT ADVISABLE TO GO THROUGH ALL THE DI/LR SETS ONCE AND SEE WHICH SET IS COMPARITIVELY EASY TO DO THAT FIRST?
chandrajyoti : Not a bad idea. But do not waste too much time for that.


pradosh : HELLO SIR. MY MOCK SCORE IN QA HAS BEEN VERY FLUCTUATING.
chandrajyoti : Identify the areas where you need improvement. Focus on percentile rather the score. If paper is difficult, score may become low. Easy paper will give you high score.


walter : IS IT DIFFICULT TO SCORE 210 IN NAMT?I THINK APPROX 210 IS THE CUT OFF RIGHT/
thomas : nmat is a scaled score.210 is not difficult if you are well prepared. it is around 95 percentile.


pikap : WHEN WILL WE GET THE REMAINING MATERIAL FROM TIME?
raman : please check with the office as early as possible


swati : THERE IS SO MUCH DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TIMES BOOKLET OF DI AND THE QUESTIONS IN AIMCAT. HOW TO COVER UP THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF DI?
raman : Of course there has to be a difference! The SM Booklets and the Handouts are meant for giving you the approach. After attending every AIMCAT please analyse the solutions and increasing your learning curve.


sibm : SIR I AM CONSTANTLY SCORING 67PERCENTILE IN MY AIMCATS....IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO REACH ATLEAST 80-85. WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR THAT?
pradeepgoswami : Improve on your question selection and accuracy level. Analyse the papers after you take the tests


daksh : HOW A PERSON SHOULD APPROACH A QUESTION IN LR WHERE THE PARTICIPANTS ARE LIE ABOUT THE ASSUMPTIONS ?
thomas : one of them would be a truth teller. look for conflicting statements and assume one to be the truth teller and the other to be the liar. if it does nolt work out take the reverse case.


rohit : I GAVE AIMCAT 1715 TODAY FROM HOME BUT I AM UNABLE TO SEE THE PERCENTILE AS WELL AS SOLUTIONS FOR IT. WHEN CAN I SEE THEM?
ramnath : You can see them tomorrow


vikki : SIR, HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY DI AND LR MARKS IN AIMCAT?
supratim : 1. please do attend classes 2. Solve both DI & LR study material booklet 3. Do solve all handouts 4. write online sectional tests. 5. keep on writing AIMCATs.


pradosh : 720 - 94.76,1719 - 99.25,1718 - 90.61,1717 - 97.43,1716 - 93.62,1715 - 99.44. HOW SHOULD I FINISH MY BASICS IF I CAN GIVE 2 HOURS EVERYDAY FOR QA.
raman : Do not aim to cover each and every question in your revision module. Identify the ones which have the potential of getting tricky. Also analyse the AIMCAT paper threadbare to improve your performance quotient!


joe : I WAS SCORING (NOT PERCENTILE) IN 70S AND 80'S EARLIER AND THE SCORE HAS NOW DROPPED TO 50'S. SIR WITH JUST 3 MONTHS LEFT FOR THE EXAM WHAT SHOULD MY STRATEGY ALSO WHAT SHOULD I DO TO BOOST MY CONFIDENCE AS I AM TOO LOW IN CONFIDENCE NOW
chandrajyoti : You poor performance is the cause of your low confidence. Analyse every AIMCAT seriously and make sure that if that question comes your way next time, you will not take a second to think how to solve it. Try this.


amrit : I HAVE NOT PRACTISED DI/LR AT ALL TILL NOW AND HAVE BEEN SCORING IN THE 25-35 RANGE IN THE AIMCATS. PLEASE TELL ME FROM WHERE TO START AND HOW TO PROCEED. I AM VERY CONFUSED.
chandrajyoti : You should start today itself. Start with your study material and handouts. Once the basic concepts are clear, take practice exercises and solve them. Then you should practice from online Sectional Tests.


pradhan04 : HELLO SIR, EVEN AFTER COMPLETING THE DI LR BOOKLETS I FIND IT DIFFICULT IN THE AIMCATS TO ATTEMPT BOTH THE SECTIONS (ATLEAST 3 QUESTIONS IN BOTH). I ALWAYS END UP COMPLETING EITHER DI SECTION OR LR SECTION. WHAT SHOULD I DO ??
dnyaneshwar : solve second booklet of our material. also divide the time equally among DI and LR


rohit : I AM GETTING 94-95 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS CONSISTENTLY HOW CAN I IMPROVE?
dnyaneshwar : Go through the analysis of AIMCAT which is given on your homepage. Find out the questions which takes more than 2 minits. Work on those types of questions through study material. Solve as many different sets of DI, LR as you can.


pradosh : THE FLUCTUATION IS MAKING ME DEPRESSED , I'M NOT SURE WHICH OF THE PERFORMANCE IS ACTUALLY REAL.PLEASE GIVE A DETAILED ANSWER IF POSSIBLE.
thomas : do not bother about the fluctuation in your marks. it is only the percentile which matters.if the percentile is staying in a range of +-5,it is perfectly normal.


sb : SIR IS PRACTICING GEORGE SUMMERS FOR PUZZLES A GOOD CHOICE WHEN THERE IS ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT?
ramnath : Completing T.I.M.E> material will ensure that you are exposed of the various questions types and difficulty levels required for CAT. Any other material is not required.


sohailmaqsood : HELLO SIR,I HAVE ALREADY COVERED MOST THE MATERIALS FROM DI AND I AM STILL NOT ABLE TO CLEAR THE CUTT OFF
ramnath : Did you try the 2nd SM in DI - the additional practice exercises?


red96 : AS A STUDENT CURRENTLY COMPLETING THE QUANTITATIVE ABILITY PORTION AND TAKING AIMCATS SIMULTANEOUSLY, HOW CAN I IMPROVE OR BOOST MY SCORE IN THIS SECTION? WOULD SPEED MATHS AND ANALYSIS HELP?
pradeepgoswami : Sure they will. Analysis of the Aimcats is one of the most importat criterion for improving your scores


walter : IS IIFT A GOOD CLG?SHOULD I CONSIDER TO WRITE THE EXAM?
dnyaneshwar : IIFT is one of the BEST college in India. it comes in top 20 colleges. So you must write IIFT also.Best of luck


amrit : SIR, I WAS HAVING A CONTINUOUS AVERAGE SCORE OF 120 IN AIMCATS BUT IN LAST TWO , I GOT ONLY 107 AND 83. IS IT A SIGN OF WORRY?
pradeepgoswami : Chill. Everyone has an off day when nothing seems to work. Instead of concentrating on your scores check your percentiles


asmita : SIR HOW MANY QUESTION SHOULD BE ATTEMPTED (CORRECT) IDEALLY IN QUANT?
supratim : Depends on paper difficulty level.


walter : SIR IS HOW MAY DI/LR SETS SHOULD BE DONE PER DAY ON AN AVERAGE?TILL NOVEMBER
dnyaneshwar : average 2 DI and 2 LR sets.


faith2016 : PLEASE ADVISE ON HOW TO REVISE QUANT?
supratim : 1. Revise all chapters from book. 2. write online sectional tests .3. get back to specific chapter/concept/types of question from book based on test performance 4. spend more time to improve on weak areas.


amrit : I AM UNABLE TO FIND THE SQUARE ROOT SIGN IN ONLINE CALCULATOR. WHERE TO FIND IT?
raman : hey some times you can square the nearest number. REcall what is square root. suppose SQRt of 22. 4.5 times 4.5 is 20.25 Hence try a number like 4.6 etc..


akash : I CAN EASILY SOLVE LR QUESTION OF STUDY MATERIAL BUT THE SITUATION BECOMES DIFFIRENT WHILE ANSWERING ON SCRENN IN AIM CAT?
thomas : the qns in aimcat s are tougher. the problem arises because you get tense when you are not able to do the qns at the same speed. keep in mind that the qns are tougher and try to solve them slowly.


sohailmaqsood : I GET WRONG IN 80% OF THE DATA SUFFICIENCY TYPE QUESTIONS.HELP ME PLEASE
chandrajyoti : Is it calculation or comprehension of the problem - which one is your problem? I think you should seek help from the faculty member of your center.


ani : SIR I AM REGULARLY GETTING ABOVE 99 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS IN DI/LR AND QUANT SECTION WHAT MORE SHOULD I DO FOR XAT PREPARATION
pradeepgoswami : We will have special sessions for that. Make sure to revise the decision making section asked in XAT


sibm : SIR PLEASE SUGGEST SUM TIPS...HOW TO ATTEMPT DILR AND QUANT SECTION SO THAT I CAN MAKE THE BEST CHOICE OF QUESTIONS?
raman : solve at least 20 Quant Questions everyday. Solve 2 DI sets and 2 LR sets everyday. Time will take care of itself.


amrit : I HAVE NOT PRACTISED DI/LR AT ALL TILL NOW AND HAVE BEEN SCORING IN THE 25-35 RANGE IN THE AIMCATS. PLEASE TELL ME FROM WHERE TO START AND HOW TO PROCEED. I AM VERY CONFUSED WITH THE MIXED RESPONSE ABOUT TIME MATERIAL.
dnyaneshwar : ou should start today itself. Start with your study material and handouts. Once the basic concepts are clear, take practice exercises and solve them. Then you should practice from online Sectional Tests.


guru : SIR, I AM VERY WEAK IN LR/DI AND MATHS. I AM TRYING MY BEST TO STUDY HARDER BUT MY BASICS ARE WEAK SO I TAKE TIME TO GRASP THE CONCEPT. I AM NOT CONFIDENT ABOUT ANY CONCEPT YET. DO YOU THINK IF I STUDY LIKE A NERD FROM NOW ON, I'LL BE ABLE TO CRACK CAT?
raman : Stop saying that you are weak! Keep trying and continue your efforts do not try to define your selves. Do not try to associate yourselves with a nerd!! Some times being a nerd also helps:)


priyanka : PLEASE SUGGEST A BOOK FOR LR/DI.I WANT TO INCREASE MY SPEED IN THIS SECTION.
thomas : you can try thE TRISHNA book for DI/LR.


pikap : PLEASE SUGGEST DAILY TIME THAT NEEDS TO BE SPENT FOR PREPARATION
pradeepgoswami : It depends on how much time you have in hand i e if you have other priorities. Normally follow a time table where you you proportionately divide your time for the 3 sections


ayush : IF SOMEONE HAS COMPLETED ALL THE SECTIONAL TESTS THEN FROM WHERE CAN WE GET MORE SECTIONAL TESTS?
thomas : sectional tests are added every week. so you will get new ones next week.


walter : I AM WEAK IN TIME SPEED DISTANCE..ANY TIS FOR THAT TOPIC?
chandrajyoti : If you are weak in something, spend more time for it. Make sure your basics are clear. If required, take help of the Faculty Member.


akash : I AM GETTING AROUND 40 PERCENTILE IN CAT WHAT PERCENTILE SHOULD I EXPECT IN CAT?
thomas : should be around 60 for the same level of performance.


priyanka : ALSO PLEASE SUGGEST ON HOW TO REVISE ALL THE PORTIONS(I ATTENDED THE CLASSES LAST YEAR AND PRESENTLY HAVE JOINED THE TEST SERIES AND MY PERCENTILE IN TESTS FLUCTUATES BETWEEN 75 TO 80)
feroz : Your focus needs to be more on test taking and subsequently analyzing them thoroughly. Don't be obsessed too much with theory and only revise the concepts that you think you need a brush up on


shashi : SIR M CONFUSED N DIVIDING MY DAILY TIMING IN QA LR AND DI..HOW SHOULD I DIVIDE IT
supratim : solve at least 20 Quant Questions everyday. Solve 2 DI sets and 2 LR sets everyday. Time will take care of itself.


surbhit : BY WHAT TIME SHOULD I COMPLETE MY ONE ROUND OF SYLLABUS OF TIME MATERIAL?
ramnath : That would depend on when you started and the time available per day with you on an average. It will not be a one size fits all and do not get stressed out by looking at others. If you are starting now, you can look at about 2 months for the basics and the remaining about 2 months for the advance prep. All the best.


lalit : WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM TIME ONE SHOULD TAKE TO SOLVE A DI/LR SET OF 3-4 QUESTIONS? IS ATTEMPTING 20 QUESTIONS IN TOTAL WITH 100% ACCURACY ENOUGH FOR 99 PERCENTILE?
ramnath : lalit..do not go with preconceived targets..attempt questions on their merit/difficulty level and the situation you are in the exam.


amrit : WITH MY SCORES, MY PERCENTILE ALSO DROPPED FROM 90 TO 71 AND THIS THING IS MAKING ME NERVOUS A LOT
pradeepgoswami : Well in that case do a thorough analysis of the paper. First solve the entire paper without time limit. Check where did you go wrong . Was it question selection or accyracy .Once you figure it out try being conscios of it while you take future tests


bala : EVEN AFTER PRACTICING ALMOST HUNDREDS OF QUESTIONS OF NUMBER SYSTEM, I STILL AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE 20-25% QUES. WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR THAT? I HAVE STRING BASICS BUT NUMBER SYSTEM QUESTIONS REQUIRE A LOT OF REASONING TOO. HOW TO PROCEED?
chandrajyoti : If you have already spent a good amount of time for it, do not let it bother you. Numbers chapter itself is difficult. You also need to focus on other topics. Do not worry for that. Concentrate in your study.


sb : INTERMEDIATE SECTIONAL TEST OR ADVANCE WHICH ARE MORE CLOSE TO CAT LEVEL? WHETHER THE LEVEL OF SAMCAT IS MORE THAN THAT OF CAT?
thomas : thr advanced ones are closer to last two years cat while the intermediate ones are closer to the ones before that. the samcat are very similar to last ten years cat papers.


surbhit : IF I AM PRACTICING FROM TIME MATERIAL, SHOULD I REFER TO ANY OTHER BOOK OR STUDY MATERIAL?
thomas : no. the material we give is enough.


dipu : SIR,THE EXPLANATION GIVEN BY THE FACULTY AND THE EXPLANATION GIVEN WHILE ANALYZING THE AIMCAT'S IS WAY TOO DIFFERENT WHICH IS LEADING TO MORE CONFUSION,WHICH DOESNT HELP IN SOLVING THE QUESTION. HOW COULD I SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.
ramnath : If you have any specific question that is causing confusion, write to info@time4education.com with the question and aimcat number. We will try to clarify it to you.


amrit : I AM HAVING A FLUCTUATION OF PERFORMANCE IN ATTEMPTING QUESTIONS ON TIME DISTANCE WORK, PERCENTAGES AND PROFIT LOSS AND SIMILAR TYPES. I HAVE FINISHED THE SM. HOW TO FOOLPROOF THESE QUESTIONS
raman : Do not typecast questions! Just like in cricket, sometimes you may not be in form!


bolt : HOW TO WORK CURRENTLY ,LIKE WHAT SHOULD BE OUR SCHEDULE RIGHT NOW IF YOU CONSIDER I HAVE A AVERAGE PREPARATION OVERALL SCORING AROUND 81% IN AIMCATS
chandrajyoti : If you are scoring in a balanced manner in all the sections, do not worry. Keep doing the way you are performing. Make sure you do not miss any AIMCAT. If you have any doubts in basics, clear it with the help of the FM.


mazeed : WHICH IS THE BEST BOOK TO SOLVE THE FLOOR OR ARRANGEMENT PUZZLES CAN YOU SUGGEST ME
supratim : Please do solve from study material given to you. solve LRHO 1,2,3 and LRPE 1,2,3.4. Write online sectional tests.


123 : I AM GETTING 30 PERCENTILE IN CAT WHAT PERCENTILE SHOULD I EXPECT IN CAT?
supratim : You can do much better. work hard. Please attend all classes. Solve study material booklets. write online sectional tests. keep on writing AIMCATs.


pikap : 70 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS EQUALS NEARLY WHAT PERCENTILE IN CAT
pradeepgoswami : There is no such one to one correlation between the two.


guru : SIR, IF I START STUDYING FROM TODAY FOR CAT..FROM THE SCRATCH, WILL I BE ABLE TO CRACK IT? THANK YOU.
srinivasbelvi : yes..make sure you prepare for atleast 5 to 6 hours daily focusing on the fundamentals and try to cover as many topics as possible..also make sure you take a few aimcats periodically along with your study and analyze them thoroughly..


bala : D.I SETS ARE VERY VERY CALCULATIVE AND IT SUCKS UP A LOT OF TIME DURING THE TESTS. SHOULD I DO REASONING PORTION FORST BEFORE ATTEMPTING D.I?
thomas : it depends on your comfort level.in di always try to approximate when you have tough calculations.


faith2016 : THANKS. I HAVE CROSSED THE 90 PERCENTILE MARK ONLY TWICE IN 1723 AND 1722. DON'T KNOW WHERE AM I GOING WRONG.
ramnath : You should analyse your wrong Qs. Why are they wrong - silly mistakes/incorrect reading/understanding/wrong marking.calculation error etc.Identify the major reasons for the errors and work on them.


kuku : I COULD NOT TAKE AIMCAT 1715 IN THE CENTRE..I SEE THE LINK TODAY ON MY SHP..TILL WHEN WILL THAT BE?
ramnath : Till midnight today


pradosh : @THOMAS SIR, IS IT REALLY NORMAL THEN? MY AVERAGE HAS BEEN 95+ WHERE AS THE LOWEST ONE IS 90+ & HIGHEST IS 99.4. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO MAKE IT STABLE SO THAT I'LL BE ABLE TO CONFIDENT OF SCORING GOOD IN ACTUAL CAT?
thomas : that variation is on the border side of normal.only after one sees the aimcats and the difficulty levels one can make a conclusion. it happens that when the test is easy some students do well and the do poorly when it is tough and viceversa(both in percentile terms)


amrit : WHAT IS THE XAT CUTOFF FOR XIMB PROGRAMS AND GIM?
thomas : ximb would be slightly above 90 while gim would be around 75.


saavi : HELLO SIR, SIR I DONT GET PROBLEM IN SOLVING LR/DI WHILE PRACTICING BUT IN AIMCATS I AM NOT ABLE TO PERFORM GOOD. PLEASE HELP ME
srinivasbelvi : this is a common difficulty faced by most students..the main culprit is the pressure..you have to learn to handle pressure in a better and more effective way..while taking the aimcats try not to target any score and forget about the results and the performances..instead focus only on trying to go through the data and decide if the set is solvable and then go ahead with solving it..if you find it difficult move to the next set...


red96 : HOW SHOULD ONE GO ABOUT WITH THE TOPICS OF NUMBERS, GEOMETRY-MENSURATION, PERMUTATIONS-COMBINATIONS, TIME & DISTANCE AND TIME
pradeepgoswami : Solve the SMs then the online sectionals. Revise the questions asked in Aimcats from these topics


mohammed : HELLO SIR. I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO FINISH THE DI/LR SECTION IN TIME IN AIMCATS.
dnyaneshwar : Go through the analysis of AIMCAT which is given on your homepage. Find out the questions which takes more than 2 minits. Work on those types of questions through study material. Solve as many different sets of DI, LR as you can.


amrit : WHAT WAS THE SCORE OF 90 AND 95 PERCENTILE IN CAT 15?
thomas : it would vary slighly depending on the slot and the section you scored.if you had done well in di/lr you would have got a better percentile due to equivalence.50 marks out of 100 would have got you slightly more than 95 in both slots.


bablu : I FIND NUMBER SYSTEM VERY DIFFICULT I HAD PRACTICE FROM MATERIAL. WHAT I CAN DO
ramnath : Try to approach your faculty for a doubt clarification session on this topic


akshar : HELLO SIR/MA'AM,
thomas : hello. whats your question?


hk2106 : HELLO SIR,I HAVE BEEN SCORING LOW SCORES IN AIMCAT SINCE LAST 2-3 TESTS AND THE SCORES ARE REDUCING.HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SCORE ?
dnyaneshwar : Go through the analysis of AIMCAT which is given on your homepage. Find out the questions which takes more than 2 minits. Work on those types of questions through study material. Solve as many different sets of DI, LR as you can.


bala : WHEN THE OPTIONS ARE CLOSE AND IN DECIMALS, HOW WILL APPROXIMATION FARE? WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IN THAT CASE?
srinivasbelvi : the degree of approximation is entirely dependent on the proximity of the answer options..if they are very close try not to approximate too much..instead go through every step of solving and make best use of the calculator..


sb : SET THEORY QUESTION HAVING FOUR ATTRIBUTE IS MORE IMPORTANT OR SHOULD I MOSTLY CONCENTRATE ON SETS HAVING ONLY 3 ATTRIBUTES?
srinivasbelvi : you can have a look at a couple of four set problems and get familiar but focus mainly on the 3 set problems..


shashi : SIR..I HAVE COMPLETED MY QA UPTO 90% BUT THEN ALSO M NOT ABLE TO SLOVE QUESTIONS MORE THAN 12..HOW TO INCREASE IT
srinivasbelvi : one reason could be the choice of questions..make sure you dont get stuck in too many difficult and time consuming problems and try to scan the whole section to not miss a single easy question..also try to come up with alternative and quicker ways of solving problems..make that a habit even when you practice...


red96 : ALSO, HOW CAN ONE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH DI/LR AND QUANT AFTER HAVING COMPLETED THE PORTION? IS THERE ANYTHING APART FROM ONLINE SECTIONAL TESTS WHICH WOULD HELP ME REVISE MY CONCEPTS?
rajeshsaraf : Yes, SAMCATs. Further, even if you have completed online sectional tests and study material, try to solve those same sets (which you would have solved earlier on but under time constraints). If you have solved a set earlier in 10 mins, try challenge yourself and do that set next time (after some time gap of may be a week or so) in less than 7 mins and so on


mazeed : IN DI FROM WHICH GRAPH WE HAVE TO START WHETHER PIECHART DEGREE BASED, BARGRAPH, LINEGRAPH IS GIVEN
dnyaneshwar : It totally depends on data, once you understand the data, then you can start from any one depending on requirements.


nikita : I AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE QUESTIONS OF DI /LR WITH MAXIUM POTENTIAL IN AIMCATS ALTHOUGH I CAN DO, DUE TO LACK OF TIME. WHAT SHOULD I DO??
rajeshsaraf : Regular practice -two fold 1) Speed Maths 2) Exposure to different models of qs and charts like tables, Pie charts, Line, 3D charts etc. In reasoning, some of the topics like Seating Arrangement, Distribution, Venn diagram, etc are very important. Practice 3 sets daily


nikita : HELLO SIR/MAAM,
dnyaneshwar : Hello, lust answered your query


pikap : IN XAT FORM,WHAT XLRI PROGRAMMES SHOULD WE APPLY FOR
chandrajyoti : Definitely HR and BM.


swarrnim : I HAVE TROUBLE IN SOLVING GEOMETRY QUESTIONS IN THE AIMCATS. I HAVE SOLVED THE STUDY MATERIAL FOR GEOMETRY STILL I HAVE THE PROBLEM.
srinivasbelvi : make sure you learn all the theorems from lines,triangles,polygons and circles once again and thoroughly..most geometry problems can be solved by linking a couple of theorems related to the problems and they dont require a construction to solve them..write the best possible diagram and highlight the relevant details and link the theorems to solve them..


chandler : HI , I HAVE WRITTEN LAST YEAR'S CAT , AND FOUND LRDI SECTION EXTREMELY TOUGH AND QUESTIONS WERE ON DIFFERENT LINES WHICH WERE NOT PRESENT IN TIME MODULE , SO CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME FROM WHERE TO PREPARE SIMILAR QUESTIONS WITH EQUAL OR MORE DIFFICULTY WHICH WE CAN EXPECT IN THIS YEARS CAT TOO ?
ramnath : Qs of this kind are available in the advanced practice SM, SAMCATs. Advanced sectional tests and obviously AIMCATs.


123 : BY HOW MUCH PERCENT AIM CAT LEVELS ARE DIFFICULT THAN CAT?
rajeshsaraf : AIMCATs ensure that you get adequate exposure to all possibilities which you may come across in CAT. Some AIMCATs are going to be slightly difficult, some easier, some will bring in maverick components (After CAT can bring in surprise elements) !!!


priyanka : HOW TO IMPROVE THE HANDLING ABILITY FOR LR QUESTIONS THAT REQUIRE CASES..DIRECT 1 POSSIBILITY ONES ARE SOLVEVABLE BUT THE QUESTIONS WHICH ARE HAVING CASES TAKE A LOT OF TIME..
chandrajyoti : Never make any assumption. If you make one assumption, you also need to explore the other possibilities.


arya : SIR HOW TO INCREASE MY SPEED IN DI AND LR
raman : Steady practice and good concentration while solving helps . Also revise the speed maths concepts again.


pradhan04 : SIR HOW DOES IT AFFECT MY PERFORMANCE IN CAT, IF I SOLVE ONLY DI SECTION OR ONLY LR SECTION?
srinivasbelvi : only the overall score in the section matters and there are no sub sectional cut offs..but it would be wise to go through both the lr and di parts and decide which ones are easy and the solve them instead of having a predetermined idea of solving only one of the two areas...


lalit : PROGRESSIONS PART TENDS TO SUCK UP A LOT OF TIME. WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY TO SAVE TIME?
rajeshsaraf : "That is the easiest area" -Take this as a strategy. Yes, You got to believe and think that way. Second, start slow. Start with A.P. take up qs which involve finding the nth term and sum of terms and then slowly take yourself to GP. and then thereafter start approaching combo series (APGP -arithmetico geometric series)


bolt : ANSWER BOLT'S QUESTION
raman : What is BOLTS?


nikita : HELLO SIR/MAAM, ALTHOUGH I M SURE ABOUT THE QUESTIONS IN QUANT WHILE ATTEMPTING, AT LEAST I COME UP WITH NEGATIVE SCORE, WHAT SHOULD I DO? COULDNT SCORE THE MARKS UPTO MY EXPECTATION IN ANY OF THE AIMCAT TILL DATE?
rajeshsaraf : Certain things need to be checked. 1) Selection of qs 2) Type of qs (which are being left out) 3) Type of qs which you are attempting (are you attempting difficult qs and leaving easy ones). 4) Analysis of the types of errors -calculation, silly, conceptual, etc


k : WHAT IS A GOOD STRATEGY TO KEEP UP MY FOCUS IN QUANT AND LR/DI AFTER COMPLETING VA? I HAVE OBSERVED THAT MY CONCENTRATION DROPS AFTER 60-70 MINS.
raman : do not have a feeling that you are exhausted at any point of time. Stamina is more important. Try to take many more mock tests and improve. Stay focussed. IF possible use wet wipes to clean your face. However, when you are writing the actual test, you would overcome this. Somewhere deep inside you presume this to be a MOCK EXAM. Just trust and believe in yourselves.


mohammed : IS THE AVERAGE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF AIMCATS MORE THAN THE ACTUAL CAT EXAM ?
thomas : the average level would be slightly higher than last years cat level(+10 percent).


bala : I AM HAVING TROUBLES IN PROBABILITY, CAN I LEAVE D HIGH LEVEL CONCEPTS? IS IT ADVISABLE? WOULD THAT CAUSE SERIOUS TROUBLES FOR ME?
srinivasbelvi : no it would not..but still go through the fundamentals thoroughly..


saavi : SIR I M NOT ABLE TO SOLVE MORE THAN 3-4 SETS IN AIMCAT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
dnyaneshwar : Go through the analysis of AIMCAT which is given on your homepage. Find out the questions which takes more than 2 minutes. Work on those types of questions through study material. Solve as many different sets of DI, LR as you can.


vivekr : HELLO SIR, CAN YOU PLEASE LIST OUT SOME IMPORTANT QA TOPICS?
supratim : Please solve all topics. You have enough time.


hk2106 : I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO SOLVE QUANT ? HOW SHOULD I START WITH QUANT FROM ZERO LEVEL PREPARATION?
dnyaneshwar : You should start today itself. Start with your study material and handouts. Once the basic concepts are clear, take practice exercises and solve them. Then you should practice from online Sectional Tests.


ramdas : SIR MY SCORE IN AIMCAT IN QUANT SECTION IS ALWAYS RESULTING OUT NEGATIVE .. PLZ GUIDE ME SOME AREAS TO FOCUS ON?
pradeepgoswami : Concentrate on the arithmetic topics like RPV,PPL ,AMA,T&D,T&W,SICI,EQUATIONSetc


harshit1995 : SIR I HAVE COMPLETED MY TIME MODULE OF DI BUT STILL I AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE THE QUESTIONS IN AIMCATS
supratim : Please solve online sectional tests. Choose questions correctly in tests.


sohailmaqsood : HOW TO DO WELL IN LR SECTION? ACTULLY HOW TO SHARPEN THE SKILLS REQUIRED FOR LR
thomas : lr can be improved only with practice as there is no theory as such. do as many qns as you can.


deeksha : SIR I SCORE GOOD PERCENTILE IN MY VA/RC SECTION,BUT MY PERCENTILE DROPPED IN AIMCAT 1715 IN THE GRAMMAR CORRECTION QUESTIONS. DO THESE TYPE OF QUESTIONS MOSTLY COME IN CAT OR PARA JUMBLES?
ramnath : The kinds of questions that may appear is anybody's guess. So, it helps to be prepared on for all the Q types, in a test scenario too.


harshit1995 : SIR I HAVE COMPLETED MY TIME MODULE OF DI BUT STILL I AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE THE QUESTIONS IN AIMCATS SO FROM WHERE SHOULD I PREPARE FOR IT ?
thomas : have you finished both the books?and what about the online advanced tests?do them as the tests are added every week.


rajit : WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY IN PICKING UP THE EASY SET AS EVERY TIME I FIGURE OUT I MISSED 2-3 EASY QUESTION IN A SET THAT I COULD NOT ATTEND ? SHOULD I HAVE A LOOK AT ALL THE SETS STRAIGHT AWAY OR GO ONE BY ONE.. AND SHOULD ANY PERTICULAR TYPE OF QUESTIONS BE LEFT STRAIGHT AWAY?
chandrajyoti : Easy and difficult is a matter of comparison. I think, when you spot easy questions after the exam, spend some time to quickly scan the paper. It will help you.


sohailmaqsood : HOW TO GET BEST OF AIMCATS ANALYSIS
rajeshsaraf : We have provided an article on SHP for your convenience. It is advisable that you go through that.


ramdas : SIR WAS AIMCAT 15EQUIVALENT TO ACTUAL CAT?
raman : Good question! Every AIMCAT has a unique message!


hk2106 : @FEROZ SIR CAT 2016
raman : All the best!!


akshar : SIR/MA'AM,
pradeepgoswami : Hello,what's your question


aku : HELLO SIR, AS I AM NOT GETTING GOOD SCORES IN AIMCAT, THE RANGE IS BETWEEN 30-40% ILES, THOUGH I AM DOING A LOT OF HARDWORK BUT SAME RESULT WHILE SOLVING THE QUESTION FROM THE MATERIAL PROVIDED QUITE EASY BUT WHILE GIVING THE AIMCAT,CANT ABLE TO GET THE ANSWERS PLEASE HELP ME OUT SIR, SO THAT I CAN SCORE MORE THAN 85+ %ILE IN THE CAT.
dnyaneshwar : Go through the analysis of AIMCAT which is given on your homepage. Find out the questions which takes more than 2 minutes. Work on those types of questions through study material. Solve as many different sets of DI, LR as you can.


kp : SIR WHENEVER I COME BACK AFTER WRITING THE AIMCAT AND SOLVE THE QUESTIONS AGAIN AT HOME I CAN DO THE QUESTIONS WITH EASE BUT DURING THE AIMCAT THE SAME QUESTIONS SEEMS TOUGH AND UNSOLVABLE..HOW SHOULD I OVERCOME THIS ISSUE?
thomas : this could be due to time pressure. do not go with the idea of solving all the qns. please keep in mind that even if you do 4-5 sets in dilr you would be around 99 percentile. so do not get tensed if you are not able to solve qns fast and try to identify 4 easy sets and do them first.


arya : SIR I AM VERY WEAK IN STATISTICS WILL I ABLE TO CRACK CAT
rajeshsaraf : why not !! Statistics as a topic is one very small segment in entire CAT quants portion. remember, you are bigger than any of the challenges which might stall your way


lalit : HOW TO APPROACH THE PROGRESSIONS PART? FROM THE QUESTION OR FROM THE OPTIONS?
pradeepgoswami : If you can do them from the options nothing like that. If not you have to solve them


sohailmaqsood : USUALLY WHAT I DO IS FIRST SIIMPLIFY THE GIVEN DATA CASE INTO FORM OF TABLES AND THAN PROCEED FURTHER WITH THE QUESTIONS. IS THIS APPROCH GOOD? OR IS THE APPROACH ONE OF THE REASON FOR MY BAD PERFORMANCE?
pradeepgoswami : Well it is not at all wrong but then you should gauge the difficulty level before committing yourself to a set.If it is a difficult set it is better to leave or kept aside to be done towards the end if time permits


vivekr : SIR WHAT SHOULD I DO TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS IN DI?
dnyaneshwar : Go through the analysis of AIMCAT which is given on your homepage. Find out the questions which takes more than 2 minutes. Work on those types of questions through study material. Solve as many different sets of DI, LR as you can.


faith2016 : DUE TO WORK I'M ONLY ABLE TO GIVE 3-4 HOURS DURING WEEKDAYS. WHAT CONCERNS ME IS WOULD I BE ABLE TO STAND AGAINST THE COMPETITION AS EVERYONE WOULD BE PUTTING IN MUCH MORE HOURS THAN ME. AVERAGE PERCENTILE 80%.
rajeshsaraf : It's not the quantity but the quality which matters. It does not really matter if others are putting in more hours or are more smarter. The battle will eventually be won by the person who has huge amounts of self belief in one self. Keep studying on a regular basis. Be honest to yourself. ALl the best


suhas : SIR I AM A AVERAGE STUDENT RIGHT NOW,MY SCORES ARE NOT GOOD (AROUND 50-60) IN AIMCATS. I AM CONFUSED HOW TO MAKE A STRATEGY TO DO AND SCORE GOOD.
vjs : First, you need to identify your strong and weak areas . Second, devote more time on working on the weak areas and also revising the areas you are strong at. You need to divide your time carefully among all areas.


hk2106 : OK THANKS ... HOW MUCH AVERAGE TIME SHOULD BE PUT IN TO STUDY ?
raman : solve at least 20 Quant Questions everyday. Solve 2 DI sets and 2 LR sets everyday. Time will take care of itself.


123 : WHAT PERCENTILE SHOULD I EXPECT IF I HAD SOLVED ALL 25 AIM CATS BY HEART? PLEASE TELL APPROXIMATELY BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE BUT DO TELL PERCENTILE?THANYOU.
thomas : nobody can help you here. doing all the qns will only make sure that all qns you get in cat would be familiar and there are no surprises. your score will depend on your application there.


swati : WHAT COULD BE IMPORTANT TOPICS FOR CAT IN QUANTS?
srinivasbelvi : since there are possibly 34 questions it gives enough scope to test multiple areas..so all topics are important..go through atleast the fundamentals of all topics..


saavi : SIR, HOW TO DO SPEED MATHS BOOKLET. IMEAN WE HAVE ADDITION, SUBTRACTON, ETC. TYPE QUESTIONS. WHAT PATTERN SHOULD BE FOLLOWED FOR SOLVING THIS BOOK?
pradeepgoswami : Just solve them and become familiar with the various processes . They are for speed enhancements only


sb : IN EVERY MOCK MY QA/LRDI PERCENTILE IS IN THE RANGE OF 93 -97 BUT I AM STRUGGLING TO CLEAR THE CUTOFF IN VERBAL.JUST 3 MONTHS LEFT FOR CAT AND VERBAL IS ONE MY WEAKEST AREA SO HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I PRACTICE DAILY FOR EACH SECTION?
rajeshsaraf : Verbals/RC -a major portion is about Reading Comprehension. Passages could be any source -social, technology, economy, philosophy etc. No prior knowledge is required. You ability to draw conclusion or inference will be tested to max. Some common category of qs like inferential, central idea, summary, essence, tone of the author, fact based qs. Read on a variety of topics (editorial in particular). Improve your vocab (don't expect direct qs on the same but that would help you in comprehending much better and much faster)


shashi : SIR TELL ME HOW TO START QUADRATIC EQATION AND FUNCTION CHAPTER PERFECTLY M GETTING PROBLMS
supratim : Attend classes. Read the concepts written in the first 3/4 pages in the beginning of the chapter. Look at solved examples. Then start solving exercise. Take help from faculty members.


pikap : IN CAT FORM ,WE NEED TO APPLY FOR PGP PROGRAMS FOR REGULAR 2 YEAR MBA PROGRAMS?BECAUSE THERE ARE LOT MANY PROGRAMMES WHICH ARE CONFUSING
chandrajyoti : Visit the respective institute's site to know about the program details.


ramdas : SIR /MAM SCORED 28 PERCENTILE IN AI,CAT 15 .. WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON D-DAY?
thomas : you cannot say anything just from performance in one aimcat. you will need scores in atleast 5 of them to have an idea.


amrit : BEING AN IITIAN, I SOMETIMES HAVE SOME EGO CLASHES IN THE QUANT SECTION AND LOSE TIME. WHAT SHALL I DO TO CURB THIS WEAKNESS
srinivasbelvi : understand that it is possible to solve almost all the questions but the challenge is to solve it with the time constraints..when all questions carry equal marks it makes most sense to solve the easy questions without getting entangled in any sort of battle and confusion to be most successful..


lalit : THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPLIES SIR. BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE. :)
feroz : Thanks lalit


nikita : WHAT SHOULD BE THE MINIMUM TIME TAKEN FOR EACH SET IN DI/LR?
rajeshsaraf : It depends on the difficulty level of set. Generally, (on an average) for AIMCAT, if you can solve a moderate set in about 13 mins, that's a top class performance.


akshar : I HAVE BEEN PRACTICING REGULARLY AND DOING OKAY IN DI/LR (97-99 PERCENTILE ON MOST OCCASIONS). MY OVERALL PERCENTILE HAS BEEN IN A SIMILAR RANGE. HOWEVER, I HAVE MISSED THE CUTOFFS IN QA A FEW TIMES.
rajeshsaraf : Try and analyze the reason behind that. Possible reasons could be 1) lack of exposure to variety of chapters/models of qs 2) Calculation bottleneck 3) Wrong selection of qs (all you have to do is to attempt 16 qs correctly and in any of the AIMCATs, you are bound to cross 85 percentile with ease). Analyze from all perspectives.


aku : DNYANESHWAR: SIR I HAVE ALMOST 75% DONE WITH THE MATERIALS THOUGH IAM SOLVING ALL THE AIMCATS ALSO AFTER GIVING THE AIMCAT BUT I CANT MORE % ILES IN THE AIMCAT NOW WHAT STRATEGY SHOULD I FOLLOW PLEASE GUIDE ME SIR..
dnyaneshwar : While analysing aimcat, find the types of questions which takes more time and skip them, try first small and easy questions in next aimcat. then with regular practice of concepts, easy to moderate questions can be solved speedily.


hyca60316 : SIR, WHAT IS THE MAIN ISSUE ONE SHOULD FOCUS TO GET MAXIMUM SCORES IN QA/DI/LR WHILE PREPARING & DURING TEST TAKING
chandrajyoti : Attempt with higher accuracy rather using wild guess. Correct attempt should be the target rather than just attempts.


joel : WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AIMCAT AND SAMCAT
rajeshsaraf : All India MOCK CAT (here you can check your scores vis -a -vis thousands of other candidates. That way, you come to know of your relative ranking). SAMCATs (Self Administered MOCK CAT) will give only your performance (You cannot compare across the performance of other candidates)


akshar : I AM AFRAID THAT IF I TAKE TIME AWAY FROM ONE SECTION AND GIVE IT TO ANOTHER, I MAY END UP DOING BADLY IN BOTH. I TYPICALLY STUDY FOR 4.5 TO 10 HOURS A DAY (DEPENDING ON MY SCHEDULE). HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I ACCORD TO DIFFERENT SECTIONS AND HOW DO I PREPARE FROM HEREON (GIVEN THAT MY RC/VA PART IS ALSO OKAYISH)?
srinivasbelvi : ideally you should distribute time as equally as possible across the three areas..you could probably spend a little more time on your weaker area..if you are spending upto 10 hours to prepare make sure you take suitable breaks so as to not get exhausted..


vatsala : SIR, I SCORE MORE THAN 70 IN VERBAL BUT IN QUANT AND DI EVEN THE COMBINED SCORE IS NOT 70. I GET AROUND 90 PERCENTILE, HOW DO I IMPORVE QUANT AND DI/LR SCORE ?
rajeshsaraf : The common element in QUants/DI/LR is speed maths -addition, subtraction, multiplication, % calculations, comparison of fractions etc. This you would have to strengthen. Second exposure to large models of qs. For example say a chapter (Numbers). This chapter alone has about 100 distinct concepts (for example LCM -1, LCM-2, LCM-3, HCF-1, HCF-2, Fermat's little theorem, Willson's theorem, pattern method, last two digits, last digit, factors, divisibility rules etc). So, gain indepth understanding of each of these concepts. Similarly, in LR part (areas like Arrangment -linear and Circular), Distribution etc.


123 : WHAT PERCENTILE SHOULD I EXPECT IF I HAD SOLVED ALL 25 AIM CATS BY HEART? PLEASE TELL APPROXIMATELY BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE BUT DO TELL PERCENTILE ? ND I HAVE SOLVED THE QUESTION SAME AS IN CAT?
chandrajyoti : You can definitely expect up to 4 percentile point increase in your performance in CAT in comparison to AIMCATs, depending on your range of performance in AIMCATs.


s163 : WITH IIMB SETTING THE PAPER THIS TIME...WHAT CAN WE EXPECT THE LEVEL OF DI/LR AND QA TO BE?
srinivasbelvi : very difficult to predict..


nikita : HOW TO FIND EASY QUESTIONS / SETS IN QUANT AND DI/LR??
dnyaneshwar : Read the set, if you understood the data then go for it otherwise try for anther set. By solving different sets you can improve your score.


swarrnim : WHAT SHOULD BE THE BEST NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS FOR THE QUANT SECTION? I AM ABLE TO SOLVE ONLY 13 CORRECTLY.. :(
thomas : the best would be all the qns. do not bother about the attempts. make sure you are at 90 percentile in each test.


pvsindhu : SIR HOW IS DSE AND FMS BHU...WHATS THEIR CUTOFF????
chandrajyoti : Around 92 and 90 percentile, respectively.


aayu : LAST AIMCAT I FOUND LR/DI QUES.DOABLE WHILE LOOKING BUT WHEN I ACTUALLY SOLVED I COULD NOT ATTEMPT MORE THAN 3 SETS DESPITE HAVING DONE A LOT OF PRACTICE AND SECTIONAL, I M VERY CONFUSED
supratim : Do not worry. practise more. Attempt and score both will improve. Write online sectional tests.


bolt : SCAN THE EASIEST QUESTIONS BUT IT ISN'T EASY TO DO SO AS AT ONE GLANCE YOU DON'T GET AN IDEA WHICH QN. IS EASY
rajeshsaraf : True !! It isn't easy to figure out right in the very beginning as to which is easy or which is difficult. For example, In QA, an easy question is the one which is more formula oriented (for which there is a well defined technique and which you can find in study material -SM1001701, SM1001706, SM1001708). These 3 books comprise 2500 + distinct models of qs. If you master these ideas thoroughly, then next time, you can easily figure out which is easy/difficult


ammiji : DON'T YOU THINK IT'D BE A BIT UNFAIR AND UNJUST TO THOSE WEAK IN ENGLISH IF THE WEIGHTAGE GETS INCREASED. I'M A COMMERCE STUDENTS, BUT ONLY WEAK IN THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT. EVEN THOUGH I'LL WORK EVEN HARDER, BUT DON'T YOU THINK THIS IS AN INCORRECT WAY OF FILTERING OUT ENGINEERING STUDENTS?
vjs : Most of the cases they would like to see how far a candidate can cope up with the course and one need to have good command on language.


assiduous : I AM CURRENTLY SCORING 95 PERCENTILE IN QUANT. HOW SHOULD I SCALE IT TO 99+?
chandrajyoti : Increasing your accuracy and speed is the only way. Practice at home under time constraint.


ammiji : FOR SPECIALIZATION IN FINANCE, WHICH IS BETTER, FMS/IIM-L/IIM-K?
thomas : FMS=IIML>IIMK


123 : I AM VERY POOR IN QUANT PLEASE TELL TOPICS WHICH I SHOULD ATTEMPT EARLY AND CAN RELY ON THOSE TOPICS AND SCORE GOOD IN DIFFIRENT AREAS.
supratim : Solve simple eqn , ratio- proportion - variation and percentage - profit & loss. Solving these 3 chapters will improve your knowledge and foundation for other chapters. Start solving other chapters after solving these 3 chapters.


pvsindhu : IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A STUDENT WITH A 2 YEAR GAP TO GET ADMISSSION IN IIFT???
srinivasbelvi : possible..make sure you do very well in the test...


aakash : SIR DO WE QUESTION FROM DIFFERENT TOPICS APART FROM THE ONES WE ARE DOING COME FOR CAT IN THE LR SECTION TOO? IF YES THEN HOW COULD WE PREPARE FOR THEM?
ramnath : Aakash..the prep you put in exposes you to different types of questions and teachs you the approach for all such Qs. While we cannot rule out any new Q types, when you are faced with such a new type, the learning so far will help you a lot in tackling it as effectively as you can.


assiduous : IN LR, ON WHAT BASIS SHOULD ONE DISCERN WHETHER A SET IS WORTH AN ATTEMPT OR SHOULD BE LEFT?
rajeshsaraf : There is no standard formula for that. This is possibly the most difficult question (as to how to quickly come to a conclusion). However, in general, certain factors 1)the lesser the number of conditions 2)option like "Cannot be determined" missing from qs 3) familiar 'ISOLATED" topics -like arrangement, distribution, cubes, venn diagrams etc. SOmetimes you come across with sets which involve combination of multiple ideas like "Arrangement +Distribution". Those sets can be difficult


bala : DIDNT GET A REPLY TO MY PREVIOUS QUES
raman : Kindly try in the next chat or meet our faculty that should help you!


raghav : MY PERCENTILE IN DILR VARIES A LOT.LEAST BEING 38% AND MAX BEING 86%. HOW CAN I IMPROVE?
dnyaneshwar : Go through the analysis of AIMCAT which is given on your homepage. Find out the questions which takes more than 2 minutes. Work on those types of questions through study material. Solve as many different sets of DI, LR as you can.


aakash : SIR I FOUND THE QUESTIONS IN LR TO BE VERY TOUGH THIS AIMCAT 1715 AND GOT 2 CORRECT. HOWEVER I GOT 14 CORRECT IN THE DI SECTION. IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THIS STRATEGY?
thomas : this time di was easier and lr was tough. your strategy is perfect as there is no subsection cutoff and one should aim to maximize the di+ lr score and it does not matter whether it comes from di or lr.


s163 : I HAVE STARTED BOOKLETS OF LR DI RECENTLY AND IM HALFWAY THROUGH QA TOPICS. I PREPARE QA AND LR ON SINGLE DAY AND DI AND VARC ON OTHER DAY...LIKEWISE I PREPARE THEM ON ALTERNATE DAYS. IS THIS PLAN FAIR ENOUGH?
srinivasbelvi : seems fine...as you get closer to the exam date try to solve a few questions from all the areas on a daily basis..very importantly you should also include aimcats in your study plan..


joel : SIR/MAM I AM GOING TO START MY PREPARATION FROM TODAY WITHOUT GOING TO COLLEGE TILL CAT. (I TOOK PERMISSION) PLEASE HELP ME HOW TO PREPARE TIME TABLE AND HOW MUCH TIME TO BE OPTED FOR EACH SECTION.
rajeshsaraf : Spend about 5-6 hrs (at least). 2) take it weekly approach -12 weeks approx left 3) Target Week 1 -> Attempt DI, LR, Quants. Similarly Target Week 2-> RC, DI, Quants and so on. (This target need to be quantified). For example, try completing 15 sets in DI+LR put together (of AIMCAT standards). Similarly, try completing 100 qs (quants) of AIMCAT level (100 qs or 100 concepts). These numbers are tentative in nature and can vary from individual to individual.


nikita : EVEN THE SET IS UNDERSTOOD THE CALCULATIONS IN DI/LR IS NOT EASY AND TAKES A LOT OF TIME ..JUST 2 SETS CAN BE MADE ATTEMPT AND THAT TOO BECOMES WRONG?? WHAT SHOULD I DO TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY?
vjs : Reading instructions carefully and a good grasp of English helps you understand the different instructions quickly. Use of 'atleast' 'atmost' and other key words as per the question can be understood quickly with some practise. Revise the concepts of PPL,speed maths* will help you to get the efficiency.


raghav : I AM ALWAYS RUNNING SHORT OF TIME IN DILR SECTION.CERTAIN SETS ARE VERY TIME CONSUMING.HOW TO INCREASE SPEED?
dnyaneshwar : First ready set and if it looks easy to moderate then solve it with around 7-10 min per set with all 4 questions correct. then solve remaining sets.


bala : Y DO I JUST SOLVE 50% QUES IN TESTS. AND THEN WHILE ANALYSIS WHEN I TRY D LEFTOVER QUES I GET ALMOST 80% CORRECT? WHAT SHOULD I DO?
ramnath : Bala...this invariably happens with everybody. Not jsut for you. SO dont worry much about it. The pressure of the exam does this to people. By gving as many mocks as you can, the objective is to try to overcome this as much as you can.


ammiji : I'VE SEEN PEOPLE ASKING "IF I SCORED XX.XX PERCENTILE IN MY AIMCAT, WHAT WOULD BE MY PERCENTILE IN CAT." I DON'T GET IT. IS THE METHOD OF DETERMINING THE PERCENTILE MATHEMATICALLY FLAWED BY TIME. SINCE IT'S A RELATIVE MEASURE, AND EVEN IF ONE SAY CAT IS EASIER THAN AIMCATS DOESN'T MEAN AN INCREMENT IN THE PERCENTILE, SINCE IT WOULD MEAN EASIER FOR ALL, DON'T YOU THINK?
ramnath : This argument is correct. However, the question is broadly a directional one..if I have been getting a consistent XX percentile in my AIMCATs, how much can I expect in the actual CAT. In this case, you can expect an increment from where you are, provided X > about 60-70 percentile. The quantum of the increment may obviously vary based on where X is.


nikita : IT IS VERY DEPRESSING BEING A MATHS STUDENT, I AM NOT ABLE TO SCORE MARKS IN QUANT?? ARE THE QUESTIONS TOUGH OR THERE IS SOME OTHER WEAKNESS??
vjs : Knowing Basics or concepts then work on CRTs,QAREs,QATs..and will gain lot of confidence .QUICK and ACCURACY is the mantra


swarrnim : IS IT IMPORTANT TO SOLVE ALL THE THREE SUBJECTS DAILY.? FOR LAST FEW DAYS I HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY FOCUSING ON QA TRYING TO COMPLETE THE STUDY MATERIAL. I PLANNED TO CONTINUE WITH VA/RC AND LR/DI AFTER COMPLETING QA STUDY MATERIAL.
vjs : Learn more concepts, develop your skills in multiple topics from quants..with this, you can increase the number of attempts make sure you are thorough with the basics of all the concepts,then take each aimcat diligently and analyse them completely.for di lr and rc,practice one caselet daily if possible


akshay000 : WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY FOR DEALING WITH LR QUESTIONS.I AM FINDING LR QUESTIONS DIFFICULT TO SOLVE
chandrajyoti : Please work on your basics. You should practice all the exercises and sectional tests on LR.


aakash : SIR HOW TO KNOW WHERE SHOULD WE STOP PREPARING FOR A QUANT TOPIC? AS IN HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH FOR A PARTICULAR TOPIC?
srinivasbelvi : once you get comfortable and confident in the fundamentals ,you can solve a few difficult problems and move to another concept..firstly you need to cover the fundamentals of all the topics and then move to problems of a higher level difficulty


k : SIR I LEFT MY JOB 1 MONTH BACK TO FOCUS SOLELY ON CAT PREP. WILL THIS BE A POINT OF CONCERN DURING THE INTERVIEWS? WHAT ARE SOME STEPS WHICH I MAY TAKE NOW TO DEFEND MY DECISION LATER?
thomas : do not worry about it right now. you van think about it after you clear the tests ab nd get calls.we will tell you points when you come for mock interviews. concentrate on the test now.


darsh : SIR, HOW TO JUDGE WHETHER A SET IN DI/LR SHOULD BE ATTEMPTED OR NOT? BECAUSE BY JUST READING THE SET AND THE QUESTIONS DOESNT GIVE A HINT OF WHETHER IT SHOULD BE SOLVED LIKE IN RC'S, SO I TRY TO TO SOLVE IT BUT IT WASTES A LOT OF TIME IF I AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE
srinivasbelvi : building familiarity with as many different types of sets as possible is the key..you will invariably waste some time in making the primary analysis of a few di/lr sets but make sure to exit quickly if you find them to be too difficult or you are clueless...


rooban : SIR, HOW SHOULD I GO ABOUT THE ONLINE SECTIONAL TEST?
rajeshsaraf : There are about 270 online sectional tests. These tests are based on individual topics (like Simple equations, ratio proportion variation, numbers etc). Take one test at a time (15 mins test). Analyze that thoroughly (weak and strong points).


kalu : WHATS THE CRITERIA FOR THE PERFORMANCE BASED SELECTION IN SP JAIN
ramnath : You mean profile based selection?


akshar : I HAVE FOUND THE SAMCATS VERY USEFUL, BTW. I HAVE SOLVED ALL 11 OR 12 THAT WERE AVAILABLE TO ME ON THE WEBSITE. WILL MORE OF THOSE BE MADE AVAILABLE?
thomas : yes. you will have 25 of them in total.


nikita : PLEASE TELL ME SOME IMPORTANT FORMS NECCESSARY TO FILL? AS I M NOT ABLE TO UNDERSTAND MY STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS?
ramnath : As this needs one-to-one discussion, I suggest you approach your local center for guidance


ammiji : FOR SPECIALIZATION IN FINANCE, RANK IIM-A/IIM-B/IIM-C?
supratim : All are equally good.


kp : WHAT ARE THE OPTIMUM NUMBER OF QUESTION DO WE NEED TO SOLVE IN EVERY SECTION SO AS TO CLEAR CUTOFF OF EVERY SECTION?
ramnath : There is no such numner kp. it depends on a lot of parameters -test difficulty/slot difficulty/takers in that slot/your background/reservation etc. Just focus on maximising your score by answering as many as you can


123 : HOW TO ANALYZE IN DI LR WICH ONE IS EASY SO THAT WE CAN MAXIMIZE OUR SCORE?
dnyaneshwar : Go through the analysis of AIMCAT which is given on your homepage. Find out the questions which takes more than 2 minutes. Work on those types of questions through study material. Solve as many different sets of DI, LR as you can.


akshay000 : HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE DI SECTION OF AIMCAT15 ACCORDING TO THE LEVEL OF CAT ?
vjs : AIMCATs are designed in such a way that you get an exposure to all types of questions.


s163 : WHICH IS BETTER IIFT OR FMS FOR FINANCE?
dnyaneshwar : FMS then IIFT


aayu : LAST YEAR IN CAT15 DI/LR QUES WERE V. TOUGH. FROM WHERE CAN I REFER THOSE TYPE OF QUES FOR PRACTICE. ESP. CUBES QUES THAT APPEARED IN LAST YEAR'S CAT
rajeshsaraf : SM booklets + AIMCATs + SAMCATs + Online sectional tests + Handouts/test papers(as provided in the class room). Besides, "web/internet" is an excellent resource to dig out such sets and practice. ATB !!


pvsindhu : HOW IS SAMCAT DIFFERENT FROM AIMCAT??
thomas : samcats are very similar to cat papers of last ten years.as the dilr part was easier in earlier ctas the samcats would be easier than the aimcats.


aakash : SIR I AM SCORING 90 PERCENTILE NOW. HOW MUCH TIME IS THE MINIMUM PER DAY WHICH COULD HELP ME REACH 99 PERCENTILE?
supratim : It varies from person to person. Suggest you to give as much time as possible for you. Its IIM at stake. Work hard.


amrit : I AM BEWILDERED WITH QUESTION SELECTION IN LR/DI. I END UP MAKING WRONG SELECTIONS AND SPENDING TIME ON THEM AND THEN LEAVE THEM. I AM NOT UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU MEAN BY UNDERSTANDING THE DATA AS FAR AS LR QUESTIONS ARE CONCERNED
supratim : Solve the LR booklets first . These will help you in both LR/DI. Next step is to write online sectional tests for both LR/DI. Solve all DI/LR handouts again.


sj : I AM THINKING TO GIVE A BREAK TO AIMCATS, AS WHENEVER I SCORE LOW, MY MORAL GETS VERY DOWN. I AM THINKING OF STUDYING ONLY THE MATERIAL AND ONLINE SECTIONAL TESTS RIGHT NOW AND ONCE I GET A GOOD BASE I WILL CONTINUE WITH AIMCATS AND ALSO SAMCATS, WILL IT BE A RIGHT DECISION?
rajeshsaraf : The scores are bound to fluctuate. One or max two breaks may be Ok (but again, the whole idea is in between those breaks, you need to recharge yourself with fresh set of ideas to attack AIMCATs with fresh gusto and zeal. Those ideas will emerge (with careful, systematic analysis of these tests)


aakash : SIR I AM HAVING TROUBLE WITH LOGARITHM AS A TOPIC. I HAVE PRACTISED ENOUGH BUT STILL AM NOT COMFORTABLE WITH IT. IS IT REALLY IMPORTANT FROM CAT PERSPECTIVE
rajeshsaraf : Yes !! Extremely important. Discuss those grey areas or the points where you are getting stuck with a faculty member. He will help you out.


assiduous : MY AIMCAT PERCENTILES IN THE LAST FIVE AIMCATS ARE AS FOLLOWS: 1719- 92.12, 1718- 92.34, 1717- 93.34, 1716- 94.59, 1715- 92.23. CAN I SCORE A 99+ IN CAT? HOW SHOULD I MOVE AHEAD?
srinivasbelvi : firstly you are doing very well and most importantly you are consistently performing..you very can get 99+ or even a 99.5 + percentile..statistically and historically students generally tend to score higher in cat (around 5-10 percentile points) than their average aimcat percentile.so keep working hard and continually improve..make the necessary changes and fine tune your test taking strategies..go back to a few concepts if requried..


bala : THNKS A LOT RAMNATH. THAT WAS A MOTIVATING REPLY AND U GOT ME CHARGED UP TO DO EVEN BETTER. ALSO THANK U EVERY OTHER TEACHER FOR ANSWERING MY QUERIES. CHEERS!!
ramnath : All the best.


aakash : SIR HOW CAN I DECIDE WHETHER TO GIVE TISSNET OR NOT?
chandrajyoti : See the details of their program, their course fee and placements. If it seems appealing to you, then apply.


akshay000 : WHAT EXTRA EFFORTS DO WE NEED TO PUT TO DEAL WITH QA & DI/LR SECTIONS IN NMAT?
supratim : Write mock NMAT.


akshay000 : WHAT EXTRA EFFORTS DO WE NEED TO PUT TO DEAL WITH QA & DI/LR SECTIONS IN NMAT?
rajeshsaraf : NMAT is a speed test. You got to be QUICK with your calculations. The difficulty level won't be very high. generally, the preparation for CAT will help you in NMAT as well. However, some additional topics (which feature in reasoning -not a part of CAT are regular feature in NMAT)


deeksha : SIR I SCORED GOOD PERCENTILE IN MY VA/RC SECTION,BUT MY PERCENTILE DROPPED IN AIMCAT 1715 IN THE GRAMMAR CORRECTION QUESTIONS. DO THESE TYPE OF QUESTIONS MOSTLY COME IN CAT OR PARA JUMBLES?
rajeshsaraf : Yes, these qs do come across. However, observing the nature of qs which have come across in last two CAT exams (RC is a major area to practice from). From RC alone, about 24 qs (out of 34 qs) appeared (in CAT 2015). Additionally, these AIMCATs should be taken with the approach that you need to understand your strengths/weaknesses.


raghav : ARE AGRICULTURE BASED PROGRAMMES IN IIMS WORTH GOING FOR?
supratim : Yes provided you want to make your career in that field.


rooban : HOW TO TAKE THESE SECTIONAL TEST TOPICS, SO THAT I CAN USE IT EFFICIENTLY?
supratim : Write 1 or 2 tests daily . Solve each and every question again after the test is over.


123 : ARE DONATIONS POSSIBLE IN TOP CAT COLLEGES?
srinivasbelvi : no..


bolt : AS PACKAGES ARE VERY LENGHTY AND WE SURELY WON'T BE ABLE TO DO THEM ALL TILL CAT SO IS IT OK IF WE DO THEM TILL SOME EXTENT
pradeepgoswami : Exactly that is what is expected. Do the ones where you are strong and keep revising regularly


aakash : SIR I AM LEAVING ABOUT 35-40 QUESTIONS AS UNATTEMPTED DURING THE TEST. HOW CAN I INCREASE MY ATTEMPTS?
ramnath : Question selection plays a crucial role in the number of attempts. You getting stuck in a couple of tough Qs will pull the attempts down big time. Watch out for missing out on easy Qs too.


kp : SIR I AM FINDING IT REALLY TOUGH AS IN HOW TO GO AHEAD WITH MY PREPARATION STRATEGY BECAUSE EVEN AFTER PUTTING SO MUCH OF HARD WORK I AM NOT GETTING THE DESIRED RESULT?
srinivasbelvi : you should never give up and hard work will definitely pay..be patient and persist with your efforts..do an intense and through study why you are not getting the desired result and make the necessary changes..a lot of students have been in your situation before but have gone to be very successful in the exam..the key is not to lose hope and keep working hard and improving..


arya : SIR FOR SPECIALIZATION IN HR WHICH COLLEGES ARE BEST
dnyaneshwar : All IIM's, top colleges and XLRI


aayu : WOULD U PLS REFER SOME SPECIFIC WEBSITES FOR HIGH OR MEDIUM LEVEL DI,LR QUES THAT MIGHT APPEAR IN CAT
raman : First of all our material / Handouts and AIMCATs are available in all varieties.Also there is nothing like might appear in CAT. CAT exam is a bag of surprise. We in T.I.M.E. are trying to give you much more that what you could actually ask for?


sana : QUESTION FROM DI IS VERY TIME CONSUMING FOR ME. SO CAN I SKIP THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF DI BY DOING GOOD IN LR PART
rajeshsaraf : There are 8 sets - 4 sets in LR and 4 sets in DI. Generally, if you do 4 sets correctly (that could be any combination -3 in LR and 1 in DI OR 4 in LR or 2 in DI and 2 in LR etc), that's definitely an awesome performance. Generally one set in Di and one set in LR will be very difficult. It could be so that you are picking up the wrong set in DI (check your selection of qs). Remember, lots of sets are designed/developed to be LEFT.


sana : QUESTION FROM DI IS VERY TIME CONSUMING FOR ME. SO CAN I SKIP THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF DI BY DOING GOOD IN LR PART
chandrajyoti : It is not at all recommended. However, you can attempt LR questions first and then go for DI.


ammiji : FOR SPECIALIZATION IN FINANCE, RANK XLRI/FMS/S.P.JAIN.
dnyaneshwar : All are equally good


sana : QUESTION FROM DI IS VERY TIME CONSUMING FOR ME. SO CAN I SKIP THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF DI BY DOING GOOD IN LR PART
raman : May be you could start with LR and also look for some LR based questions in DI (if any) and then go for number based DI. It could work!


aakash : SIR I DO WELL IN RC WITH 90 PERCENTAGE ACCURACY BUT DO VERY POORLY IN VA. IS DOING ALMOST ALL RC'S A GOOD STRATEGY FOR ME?
ramnath : No strategy is bad or good..it will vary from person to person. You should look at trying out different approaches/strategies and try to zero in on the one that suits you better


nikita : WHAT SHOULD BE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF QUESTIONS THAT SHOULD BE ATTEMPTED TO GET A 90%ILE IN AIMCATS?
srinivasbelvi : depends on the difficulty level and the composition of the tests and it varies from test to test..instead of focusing on a particular target attempts,focus on the strategy and the right selection of questions and dont get stuck for too long in difficult questions..


assiduous : I FIND 'NUMBERS' A LITTLE CHALLENGING AT TIMES. CAN I IMPROVE WITH PRACTICE?
supratim : Definitely yes. know prime numbers , factors concepts , factorial concepts and divisibility concepts. Things will look easier.


raghav : HOW TO ACE GEOMETRY?I AM FACING A LOT OF PROBLEMS IN THIS TOPIC?
vjs : List all the statements and revise with proper diagrams then go with material.If you are a student of T.I.M.E go for a doubt clarifying session.


abhi : SIR, WHICH IS BETTER FOR IT MANAGEMENT: IIM-K,L,TRICHY,MDI,NMIMS?
dnyaneshwar : IIMK > IIML > IIM Trichi> MDI > NMIMS


catqueen : I KNOW THAT QUANT IS MY WEAK AREA AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING TOWARDS IT BUT I TEND TO FORGET THE "WAY OF APPROACH" HOW DO WE BUILD ON THAT .
rajeshsaraf : Solve a large variety of questions. remember, for every question (there is a short cut method). Ask yourself (Am I taking undue amount of time in solving such qs). If the answer is yes, you need to revisit your approach (discuss with the teachers/attend classes for learning such short cut techniques). ATB !!


123 : I M VERY DEPRESSED WITH MY AIM CAT SCORE AS I M SCORING 30 PERCENTILE IN EVERY AIM CAT WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
pradeepgoswami : Do only the topics you familiar. Do not attempt even one question you are not sure of. Your scores will improve


vivekr : SIR I HAVE COMPLETED MY BASIC TESTS AND ASLO STARTED INTERMEDIATE SECTIONAL TESTS IN DI&LR BUT IN QA I HAVE NOT EVEN COMPLETED HALF OF THE BASIC TEST. SO, SHOULD I NOW FOCUS ONLY ON QA OR SHOULD FOCUS ON BOTH.
vjs : Have a glance at previous AIMCATs and Analyse your performance and make a game plan so as to cover all your weak areas in the run up to CAT.


k : SIR HOW DOES THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF OMETS LIKE XAT, IIFT AND NMAT COMPARE TO CAT, WHEN I LOOK AT THE LR/DI AND QUANT SECTIONS?
rajeshsaraf : XAT difficulty level is very high. NMAT is relatively easy (but it is about speed). IIFT is again a relatively easier.


arya : SIR IN GEOMETRY WHICH TOPICS ARE A MUST TO STUDY FOR CAT
pradeepgoswami : Triangles circle and simple concepts from mensuration


aakash : HOW MUCH TIME IS THE MOST WE SHOULD GIVE TO A PARTICULAR QUANT QUESTION. I FIND TAKING MORE THAN 3 MINUTES IN SOME QUESTIONS. SHOULD I SKIP THEM?
srinivasbelvi : 3 minutes should be the upper limit of the time spent on a question you decide to leave..ideally you should do it much quicker..but if most questions in the section are difficult you may be required to spend a little more time to solve them..


ajay : RESPECTED SIR/ MAMDAM, I HAVE COMPLETED THE SECTIONAL TESTS AND THE TIME MATERIAL. MY AIMCAT PERCENTILES ARE AROUND 88/92%ILE. BUT, EVEN THOUGH I HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE TO SOLVE MOST OF THE QUESTIONS, I CANT SEEM TO PUSH MY SCOE HIGHER. ANY TIPS WOULD BE HELPFUL. THANK YOU
chandrajyoti : Practice at home in CAT pattern. Try to solve as many questions as possible from VA+RC in first 1 hr, next 1 hr LR+DI, last 1 hr Quant. Simulate this 3 hour session every day.


aayu : WHEN WUD ONLINE MOCK NMAT OR OMET TEST SERIES BE AVAILABLE AS I HAVE MY NMAT IN FIRST WEEK OF OCT. SO NEED ONLINE EXPOSURE. MAILED ABOUT ON TIME WEBSITE BUT GOT NO RESPONSE
rajeshsaraf : We would look into this specific query and revert to you. However, be rest assured that you will definitely be intimated about when the NMAT/OMET test series will be available very shortly. All the best


raghav : IS PROFIT AND LOSS TOPIC IMPORTANT FROM CAT POINT OF VIEW?I FIND IT HARD
supratim : Very important. Please attend classes and take help of faculty members.


assiduous : CAN WE SKIP BLOOD RELATIONS, NUMBER/LETTER SERIES, PATTERNS ETC. IF WE ARE AIMING FOR CAT?
rajeshsaraf : LAST 10 years, questions in these topics have not come across. But this is CAT !! Beware of any surprise element. So, my suggestion -don't leave such topics completely. Also, these topics are important from other entrance exam point of view.


hopeful : SIR,GOOD EVENING ,MY QUESTION IS : I AM DONE WITH ALL THE 3 MODULES OF BASIC SET OFF QUANTS BUT STILL I DONT SCORE MUCH IN QUANTS IN AIMCATS LAST AIMCAT I SCORED JUST 25 . SIR WHAT SHOULD BE STRATEGY FROM HERE ON IN QUANTS
pradeepgoswami : Try selecting questions before you start solving them. Analyse your AIMCATS thoroughly and be confident


sb : IN EVERY AIMCAT MY QA/LRDI PERCENTILE IS IN THE RANGE OF 93 -97 BUT I AM STRUGGLING TO CLEAR THE CUTOFF IN VERBAL.JUST 3 MONTHS LEFT FOR CAT AND VERBAL IS ONE MY WEAKEST AREA SO HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I PRACTICE DAILY FOR EACH SECTION?
chandrajyoti : Please identify your problem and make something from VA+RC as your strength. Talk to your VA+RC teacher. Take their help.


hwcd6e191 : SIR FOR ME DI IS TAKING LOT OF TIME FOR UNDERSTANDING QUESTION IN AIMCATS.WHILE I AM PREPARING MATERIAL IT IS TAKING LESS TIME.WHAT CAN I DO?
ramnath : A similar question has been answered. PLease check the transcript.


ammiji : I HEARD ONE GUY FLAUNTING HIS FULL 96/96 SCORE IN DILR SECTION, WHEN THE CUTOFF OF BELOW 35 EVEN. WHEN ASKED THE STRATEGY USED, HIS WORDS ECHOED IN MY EAR, "TEST WINDOW START HO TOH START CLICKING PICTURES OF EACH QUESTION, FIR WINDOW CLOSE KARKE SOLVE THEM WITHOUT ANY HESITATION, OPEN THE MOCK AGAIN, AND BAM!"
ramnath : Did you not ask him if he can do that in CAT too? :)


catqueen : WHILE GIVING AIMCATS I START WITH DI AND THEN MOVE TO LR . IN LR SETS SOMETIMES I DONT GET A PARTICULAR QUESTION SO IS IT ADVISABLE TO MOVE TO ANOTHER QUESTION OR TAKE SOME MORE TIME AND TRY FINISHING A SET AS A WHOLE?
chandrajyoti : It is always wise to solve the easy questions first. So, there is no point to remain stuck for a difficult question and lose the opportunity of easy ones.


faith2016 : I HAVE IDENTIFIED A FEW QUANT CHAPTERS THAT I FACE DIFFICULTY. WHERE SHOULD I FIND ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ON THOSE AS THE ADVANCED QUANT MATERIAL IS DIVIDED INTO EXERCISES AND NOT CHAPTERS? ALSO WOULD WE GET ANOTHER SET OF BOOKS DURING OCTOBER?
ramnath : Did you try the intermediate sectional tests?


nikita : AFTER ATTEMPTING RC AND DI/LR, I GET BLANK IN QUANT SECTION. COULDNT ABLE TO SOLVE EVEN EASY QUESTIONS? WHAT SHOULD I DO?
rajeshsaraf : Take question by question approach. Concentrate on just one question at a time. Start with a belief that "I AM THE BEST IN QA". It may not happen instantly (crossing cut off). But slowly and steadily (with rock solid determination), you can make it possible. Start with a chapter. Do as much of qs as possible (gain that confidence), then move on to next chapter (solve qs in solved examples, followed by qs in exercise). Adopt this approach for other chapters as well. All the best


sj : NOT GOOD IN RC AND VA, I DON'T LIKE STUDYING THEM MUCH TOO, IS THERE ANY WAY OF DOING IT WITH FUN?
chandrajyoti : Read the books / articles / blogs you like most. Open your own blog. Make a habit of writing. Try this.


bk : SIR,HOW CAN I IMPROVE INTREST IN SOLVING PASSAGE QUESTIONS
ramnath : Read...read ...read. Try using the RC links on your SHP to give you the kind of reading material that you may see in CAT


rod30 : WHEN ARE YOU GONNA PROVIDE US WITH A DAILY TEST LIKE ITHER WEBSITES?
srinivasbelvi : there is no point in taking many tests if you dont analyze them thoroughly and use the learning to improve your score..so more important than the number of tests you take is their thorough analysis...also the time spent in analyzing should be atleast double of the time spent in taking the test...


arya : LOGARITHIM SUMS ARE VERY CONFUSING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT TO DO
dnyaneshwar : these are mostly rules based questions. so revise rules and then solve questions


sristi : SIR HW TO IMPROVE MY LRDI PART?IN ALL THE AIMCATS I GET BELOW 10..TOTALLY DEPRESSED WITH MY LAST AIMCAT SCORE..ALTHOUGH M TRYING VERY HARD TO IMPROVE ON IT?BT NO IMPROVEMENT IS HAPPENING?
rajeshsaraf : Take it step by step. Analyze what sets you attempted (pls note that 2 of the sets out of 8 sets will be a curse !!). It is quite possible that you are starting off with such ultra difficult sets and hence low scores


hopeful : SIR I AM DONE WITH LR AND DI MODULES (BASIC SETS) ,BUT STILL I AM SCORING IN 20S IN THAT SECTION ,SIR WHAT SHOULD I DO TO SCALE MY SCORE TO 50S OR 60S IN THIS SECTION?
supratim : Write online sectional tests.


tiss : SIR HOW IS THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF CMAT QUANT ?
supratim : Easier than CAT.


bk : SIR, I AM TAKEING MORE TIME TO UNDERSTAND THE LR QUESTIONS.WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO IMPROVE IT
vjs : Good grasp of English helps you understand the different instructions quickly.At this point of time, the good approch is to do as meany sets as possible.


assiduous : ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE WEAK IN VA RC AT A DISADVANTAGE, GIVEN THAT THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS IN THIS SECTION ARE GOING TO INCREASE THIS TIME?
supratim : You have enough time to improve. Best managers always does not have best of resource but they take best out of whatever resource they have.


abhay : WHERE CAN I GET SCHEDULE OF OMETS?
ramnath : It will be released by end august


catqueen : AS WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE JUST 3 MONTHS TO CAT WHAT SHOULD BE OUR FOCUS BE ON NOW? SPEED?PRACTICE?SOLVING PREVIOUS PAPERS?MOCKS?SHORTCUTS?READING?
srinivasbelvi : a mix of all that you have mentioned..reading is a must and has to be as regular as possible..and there is a requirement for you to revisit the fundamentals so it asap..analyze the mocks thoroughly and make the necessary changes to test taking strategy..


abhi : SIR, ARE THE TOPICS: NUMBER-LETTER SERIES, DEDUCTIONS, ARRANGEMENT(CIRCULAR & LINEAR) IMPORTANT FOR NMAT?
ramnath : Yes


bk : IN NUMBER SYSTEM I AM FACING PROBLEM ,WHAT APPROACH I HAVE TO TAKE
supratim : Attend classes. Solve study material booklets. Write online sectional tests.


swarrnim : I AM A CORRESPONDENCE COURSE STUDENT FOR CAT'16. I WANT TO KNOW HOW DO I GET TO SOLVE MOCKS FOR NMAT'16. ?? IS THERE ANY TEST SERIES AVAILABLE FOR IT IN TIME.?
ramnath : Mock NMATs will be available as a part of your package


hopeful : SIR WHAT SHOULD I DO TO SCALE UP MY SCORE IN ENGLISH FROM 30S TO 60S?
supratim : Practise and solve more RC's.


muca6o934 : I KNOW THIS IS A AN OFFTRACK QUESTION BUT DO ANSWER .... IM INTERESTED IN MBA IN HR SO CAN U TELL ME SOME GOOD COLLEGES FOR HR OTHER THEN XLRI , TISS , SCHRDM ,IIM RANCHI .
ramnath : All IIMs and MDI too


abhay : WHEN TIME'S MOCK OMETS STRTING?
ramnath : The schedule will be out by end august


assiduous : THANKS A TON TO ALL FM :)
raman : Thank you ans wish you all the best!!


muca6o934 : WHAT IS THE RIGHT METHOD TO CRACK TISSNET ?
supratim : There is no generalised right method. practise more for all areas. Write exam specific mock papers.


abhi : SIR, IS 99 PERCENTILE ENOUGH TO GET CALLS FROM IIMS-L,K,T?
rajeshsaraf : Provided you cross sectional cut off as well.


bk : WHAT IS THE MAJOR TOPIC IN QUANT SECTION FOR CAT
srinivasbelvi : all topics are important..as the number of questions is around 30+ it gives them scope to test multiple topics..also as we dont know from which concept the easy questions come from it is wise to cover atleast the fundamentals of all topics..


sristi : HW TO SELECT THE SET THT WHICH WUD BE EASIER WHILE GIVING AIMCAT?
rajeshsaraf : Well, a million dollar question !! There is no standard formula for that. You need to scan through all the qs(all the sets). Remember, one set in DI and one set in LR will be very easy. Those sets will generally will not be very lengthy. Also, options like "CND" will be absent. Pls remember, that this is more of an art (to discover an easy set). That can be cultivated when you solve sets at home (in a certain time frame).


anonymous : I BAFFLE WHILE ATTEMPTING DI&LR QUESTION IN AIMCATS HOWEVER WHEN I DO IT AFTERWARDS I AM ABLE TO DO QUESTIONS AND EVEN THE TOUGHEST ONES(UNDER STOPWATCH) IN NO TIME, WHAT SHOULD I DO TO LESSEN THIS ANXIETY WHILE ATTEMPTING AIMCATS ?
vjs : Do more and more mocks.will help you to improve the comfort level.


daksh : NEVER SCORING UP TO THE MARK, POTENTIAL TO SCORE MORE BUT STUCK AT 60% ONLY . WHAT TO DO?
supratim : Write online sectional tests. This will improve your knowledge and confidence both. Practise more.


bk : WHAT IS MAJOR TOPIC OFDI IN CAT
pradeepgoswami : Bar charts,pie charts,line graphs,paragraph based questions, questions based on quant,venn diagrams,routes and networks,games and tournaments


lordsnow23 : WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THIS YEAR'S CAT QA LR N DI PATTERN AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL?
pradeepgoswami : Although we should not speculate but probably it would be on similar lines like Cat 2015


anonymous : I GO THROUGH THE ENTIRE QUESTION PAPER BEFORE ATTEMPTING BUT I OFTEN DISGUISED WHILE CHOOSING WHICH ONE TO DO FIRST AND UNKNOWINGLY END UP CHOOSING A RELATIVELY TOUGHER QUESTIONS? WHAT KEY-POINTS TO LOOK WHILE CHOOSING SEQUENCE FOR ATTEMPTING THE QUESTIONS?
vjs : Easy questions will help you to clear the cutoffs and every difficult question will help you to push your percentile.The strategy is like easy to difficult.


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