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

isanchit : HI SIR MY DI PERFORMANCE VARIES FROM 90 %ILE TO 75 % ILE HOW TO STABLISE IT?
thomas : such variations are common as the nature of the qns varies. do not have to worry about it. di can be improved only with practice. try to solve as many sets as u can.


nick : HI SIR, HOW IS 124 TOTAL IN AIMCAT10
thomas : aimcat 10 was on the easier side. you might land up with around 90 percentile.


ra : HELLO SIR, MY SCORE IN QUANT IS NOT IMPROVING.IM NOT ABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS FROM TOPICS I HAVE COVERED. PLEASE SUGGEST A PLAN TO IMPROVE IN 2 MONTHS
chandrajyoti : If you cannot understand the questions, problem is related to your basic concepts. If you make calculation mistakes, it can be improved with practice. If you are unable to solve because you find the process too difficult, it shows that you should solve such type of questions more. You need to resolve the issue depending on the nature of the problem.


quest : SIR THE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS IN LR SECTION OF SAMCATS 14 15 16 17 ARE NOT SHOWING I HAVE MAILED TIME DELHI CENTRE BUT THEY HAVE NOT REPLIED ALSO WHY HAVE THEY CHANGED THE WEBSITE THE OLD ONE WAS BETTER
saikumar : The same has been shared with the website team....they are working on this and will revert soon.


raj : SIR HOW MANY QUESTIONS ON FUNCTIONS COME AVERAGE FOR CAT? IS FUNCTIN MANDATORY TO SCORE HIGH?
sumit : No of question on function is not more than 2 but it helps to attain ur good score with accuracy.


raj : SIR HOW MANY QUESTIONS ON FUNCTIONS COME AVERAGE FOR CAT? IS FUNCTIN MANDATORY TO SCORE HIGH?
vijaykumar : It would be advisable for you to prepare all the areas which are included in your basic study material, it would be risky to leave any of the chapters


vp : SIR, I HAVE BEEN GETTING 25-35 IN QUANT.. WHEN I ANALYZED,I FOUND MISTAKES IN TOPICS WHICH I DIDN'T STUDY YET.
vijaykumar : Dont take risk on areas where you are not comfortable. Cover them quickly to increase your attempts and increase ur accuracy


jj : SIR, IS THERE ANYTHING IMPORTANT THAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE NMAT PAPER?
thomas : no negative marking, sectional time limits and sectional cutoffs. it is a speed test.


wifi : HELLO SIR, I HAVE FINISHED 95% OF THE QUANT SYLLABUS, YET I STILL SOMEHOW SCORE LESS IN QUANT. I AM ABALE TO ATTAMT ONLY 13-14 QUESTIONS CONFIDENTLY. WHAT EXACTLY DO I DO ? PLEASE DONT SAY PRACTICE BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN PRACTICING CONTINUOUSLY.
srinivasbelvi : The concerns can be well addressed by taking good number of sectional tests on SHP. Conceptual skills can be improved by solving basics material however test taking skills are improved by taking online sectional tests.


isanchit : SIR, HOW TO ATTEMPT QUESTIONS IN DI WITH TOO MUCH DATA?
thomas : generally when you have too much data the qns would be simple. before you do the qn have a look at the choices. most qns are expected to be done by approximations.


shruthi : APPROXIMATELY HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD ONE SPEND ON LR AND DI EACH. SOMETIMES IT SO HAPPENS I'M ABLE TO ANSWER LR QS BUT LEFT WITH MINIMAL TIME FOR DI AND THEN I JUST AM NOT ABLE TO THINK FURTHER.
vjs : Start with the questions which are familiar and simple irrespective of LR / DI then move to moderate then difficult


mayank : SIR I M WEAK IN QA HOE TO IMPROVE
raman : first of all stop saying that you are weak! Change your auto suggestions to " I have to work more on Quant". Next start with Study Material for quant. Complete the exercises whether it is done or class or not. Next for some topics that you find it difficult do not hesitate to attend back up classes. Next please do ask your doubts with your faculty or sometimes with your batch mates too.


wifi : HOW DO I NOTICE WHICH QUESTION IN DI IS EASY AND WHICH QUESTION IS NOT ?
vijaykumar : With practice only you can


mayank : IS IT POSSIBLE TO IMPROVE FROM 60 TO 99 IN 75 DAYS
thomas : if you have just started ur prep, then it is very much possible. even otherwise getting into the 90s is possible with hardwork.


shamili : SIR WILL DEDUCTIONS TOPIC FROM LR WILL APPEAR IN CAT
saikumar : Very good chances it might.....please prepare for all eventualities.


raj : SIR, DOES SOLVING SECTION B OF TIME BOOKLET GIVE VERY DEFENITE EDGE FOR QUANT? LIKE FOR SCORING99 PERCENTILE +
srinivasbelvi : Solving all online sectional tests in addition to basic material will sharpen your skills.


raj : SIR, DOES SOLVING SECTION B OF TIME BOOKLET GIVE VERY DEFENITE EDGE FOR QUANT? LIKE FOR SCORING99 PERCENTILE +
saikumar : Yes it does.


jj : SIR, I HAVE JUST RECENTLY JOINED TIME AND NOW THAT VERY LITTLE TIME IS LEFT FOR MOST EXAMS, WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST I DO? WHAT TO FOCUS ON? HOW TO MANAGE EVERYTHING IN SUCH LESS TIME?
saikumar : Focus on finishing the basics in all test areas. Apart from this focus on the AIMCATs and ensure that you analyse each and every one of them.


wifi : MY CURRENT PERCENTILE VARIES FROM 93-97%. HOW CAN I IMPROVE AND HOW MUCH CAN I GET IN ACTUAL CAT ?
thomas : for the same level of performance u can expect in the range of 95-99. there is no limit to how much you can improve with hard work.


mm : IN THE VIDEO LECTURES FOR THE QUESTIONS LIKE " R(N/D) = 5 AND R(N/3D) = 25. FIND 'D'" THE PROFESSOR SUBTRACTS ONE REMAINDER FROM THE OTHER AND SOMETHING DOES ELSE. I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT. COULD YOU PLEASE EXMPLAIN
vijaykumar : The concept is Number = Divisor x Quotient + Remainder In first case: N = Dp + 5 In second case: N = 3Dq + 25 Equating the two, Dp + 5 = 3Dq + 25 D(p+3q) = 20 that is D is a factor of 20 and greater than 5 by the case 1 and 3D must be greater than 25 by case 2.


raghav : HELLO SIR, I AM NOT ABLE TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN DIFFICULT AND MODERATE QUESTIONS. HOW DO I JUDGE IF A QUESTION IS DOABLE OR IS A MODERATE LEVEL QUESTION?
thomas : this should come with experience of solving hundreds of qns.once u have solved so many qns a glance will tell u whether its doable or not.


jj : SIR, WHAT ARE SOME GOOD COLLEGES FOR LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN?
supratim : All IIM's are very good for operations. NITIE is excellent for operations. Logistics & Supply chain management is part if it.


mayank : I HAVE STARTED BTT I KNOW BASICS OF ALMOST ALL QA CHAPTERS LEAVING GEO ANF TRIGO GGOD IN DILR GOOD IN VARC QA IS HEADACHE FOR ME
saikumar : Revise QA one more time....the problem seems to be your lack of understanding of the key concepts.


mayank : 10TH-66,12TH-68,GRADUATION-58(2012)...MAT COMPOSITE SCORE 653 AND PERCENTILE 85..SUGGEST TOP 5 COLLEGES
thomas : all the best colleges under mat has closed admissions. it would be better if you prepare and try for next year.


shruthi : CAN YOU LET ME KNOW THE MAJOR TOPICS IN QUANSTS - WHICH NEEDS MAX FOCUS AND ATTENTION.
vjs : When you look at the history of CAT it's always surprises.So it's not possible to predict the questions.


raj : SIR THE IMPORTANT TOPICS MUST LEARNED FOR LR
chandrajyoti : Arrangement (L & C), Distribution, Selection, Comparison, Venn Diagram, Cubes.


isanchit : AIMCAT %ILE VARIES FROM 75 TO 89 CAN I MAKE TO 99+ IN ACTUAL CAT?
thomas : you will have to improve to 95+ in aimcats to have a decent chance of 99 in cat.


akshay : HI SIR, IS IT TRUE THAT SINCE CAT IS GOING TO BE NON-ENGINEER FRIENDLY THIS YEAR, THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS FROM GEOMETRY WOULD REDUCE WHILE THOSE FROM 'NUMBERS' WOULD INCREASE GREATLY?
raman : Do not go by wishful predictions!! AS such there is nothing like non-engineer friendly etc. While engineers do have some advantages, it doesn't rule out the possibility of a non-engineer not being able to do well. Regarding Geometry and Numbers, please do revise them as much as you can.Start focussing on the subject, instead of these rumours.


wifi : WHAT IS THE APPROX TIME TO BE SPENT ON DI GENERALLY ? COULD YOU TELL ME IN DETAIL HOW EXACTLY DO I DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN TOUGH AND EASY QUESTIONS IN DI ?
srinivasbelvi : Only by familiarity one can classify the DI sets as doable or time consuming. Familiarity comes by your exposure to DI, I mean amount of practice one has done.


jj : SIR, HOW DO WE FIND OUT WHICH QUESTIONS TO ATTEMPT AND WHICH NOT TO? I HAVE HEARD THAT WE SHOULD AVOID DOING THE DIFFICULT ONES...
saikumar : You should avoid doing the difficult Qs in order to improve your score. Identifying such Qs comes with practice. Take the AIMCATs diligently and you will see a remarkable improvement in your scores.


rohit : HOW SHOULD I ANALYSE THE QUANT PART OF MOCKS IF I AM MAKING DIFFERENT MISTAKES EVERY TIME?
supratim : Please make and maintain an excel sheet . Pointers to be kept in mind : 1) Total number of questions 2) Number of questions attempted 3) Number of questions not attempted 4) Number of rights 5) Number of wrong 6) Areas questions are coming from. Do it for all AIMCAT's . Your problem will be solved.


akshay : HI SIR, HOW MANY SETS IN DI-LR IN CAT ARE SUFFICIENT TO SCORE 95%+ ?
pravinghote : Depends on difficulty level of the paper, still 4-5 sets out of 8 will most likely give you above 95%le


jj : @SUPRATIM APART FROM IIMS AND NITIE ANY OTHER GOOD COLLEGES FOR OPERATIONS?
supratim : S.P.Jain Mumbai , SIOM


mayank : HAVE STARTED BTT I KNOW BASICS OF ALMOST ALL QA CHAPTERS LEAVING GEO ANF TRIGO GGOD IN DILR GOOD IN VARC QA IS HEADACHE FOR ME
sumit : Basic knowledge is backbone but advance level thinking of these concept is more important.as precentage is easy to find but while solving the question of same some time feel unapproachable. The reason is that u required to solve advance level problems.and as geometry and trigo is concerned these topic based on analysing the problem and use effective systemic approach if u do so these topic become easy and proves scoring.


kj : MY CURRENT AIMCAT PERCENTILE IS IN EARLY 80S CONSISTENTLY,ANY CHANCE OF GETTING ABOVE 95 IN CAT?
thomas : you can if you have a good day. there are cases of students in the 80s jumping to 98+.


godfather : SIR HOW DO I GO ABOUT STUDYING THE ALGEBRA CHAPTERS FOR THE CAT? I HAVE BEEN VERY WEAK IN ALGEBRA AS A KID HENCE I LEFT IT FOR LAST. WHICH ARE THE TOPICS I MUST COVER SO AS TO ANSWER ANY EASY QUESTIONS THAT MIGHT COME IN CAT?
chandrajyoti : It is not possible to be selective for CAT preparation. You need to do all the chapters given in study materials. Questions often require knowledge of multiple chapters. So, try to cover as much topic as possible.


mm : WHICH IS THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER AREA IN MBA ? REFERRING TO MARKETING, FINANCE ETC.
raman : While every specialisation has its own charm. It depends on your interest and your reason for doing an MBA. Just don't go by placement potential alone.Opportunities are always there for a right candidate in every stream.


isanchit : HI SIR, IS THERE STILL TIME LEFT TO PREPARE BASIC MATERIAL OF QUANT OR SHOULD I FOCUS MORE ON SOLVING PREVIOUS YEAR PAPERS AND TEST?
thomas : you have to finish the basic material first and as soon as possible. else you might find many qns in the tests difficult to understand.


ashutosh : I ALWAYS LAG BEHIND DUE TO ONE OF MY 3 SECTIONS. THE OTHER PROBLEM IS THAT THE SECTIONS KEEP CHANGING EACH WEEK ? WHAT SHOULD I DO ?
saikumar : Dont worry about this...it happens with the best of the aspirants....keep up the preparation across all three sections.


jj : HOW MANY RCS SHOULD WE AIM TO DO IN CAT? THERE ARE USUALLY 4 RCS IN AIMCATS AND I ONLY MANAGE TO DO 2 OF THEM, ALONG WITH THE QUESTIONS VA.
vijaykumar : It depends on the difficulty level of the paper but do as much as possible


raja : CAN I TAKE CAT TWICE IN THE SAME YEAR (LIKE NMAT )
supratim : NO.


raja : WHICH COLLEGES SELL THEIR APPLICATION FORMS BEFORE CAT IS CONDUCTED
thomas : almost all the top colleges which accept cat scores closes application dates before cat results are out.


raja : I AM WEAK IN MATHS ANY TIPS PLEASE?
vijaykumar : Follow this order: Basics, Exercise(Atleast 3times), Topic wise test, Sectional test and finally mock test. Practice only can help you.


wifi : HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THESE LAST 75 DAYS ? DO I COVER THE TOPICS OR DO I JUST KEEP GIVING TESTS ? HOW MANY HOURS OF SOLID STUDY PER DAY SHOULD BE GIVEN TO IMPROVE FROM A 95% TO 99.9%
supratim : Number of hours varies from person to person. Ideally we should have 3-5 hours depends on our other commitments. Please keep on writing online sectional tests and AIMCAT's. Along with that please solve all areas from book also.


mayank : IF I GET 99+ IN 2 SECTIONS AND IN ONE 95 - 90%ILW WILL I BE ABLE TO CROSS 99.5+ ?
srinivasbelvi : Very likely.


raja : WHEN LEARNING MULTIPLICATION TABLES, WE SHOULD LEARN TILL WHICH NUMBER?
pravinghote : Up to 30 helps in saving some time in OMETs


jj : HOW DO IMPROVE IN DI? I'M SCORING VERY LOW...ANY STRATEGIES I SHOULD USE?
thomas : in calculations,when options are not close, always approximate. try to be familiar with all the types of graphs.


jj : SIR, HOW TO DO WELL IN GK AND GA SECTIONS?
supratim : Please do prepare for it. Steps 1) Read news paper everyday 2) Read MBA Education & Careers magazine given to you.


mm : HOW MANY PEOPLE GET A 100 PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT AND ACTUAL CAT?
thomas : it is .005 percentage of the top number of people who write the test,that is if your percentile is above 99.995, u will get 100 in cat.


viva : I AM UNABLE TO SEE MY AIMCAT1710 PERFORMANCE THOUGH IT SAYS RESULTS HAVE BEEN UPLOADED. WHY CANT I SEE THT?
thomas : the final results are yet to come. as of now you can only see your score.


godfather : SIR IS IT NECESSARY TO WORK ON VENN DIAGRAMS LR PROBLEMS WITH OVER 4 ITEMS CONSIDERING THE FACT THEY REQUIRE A LONG TIME TO SOLVE?
srinivasbelvi : Good to prepare on 4 parameters although venn diagram for 3 parameters are tested often.


mucb6a391 : WHEN DI/LR SETS ARE EASY MY SCORES PRETTY WELL..
pravinghote : You should be prepared for all the sort of difficulty level. Resolve all Difficult Level Sets from previous Aimcats. Scoring consistently well in last 7 Aimcats is necessary.


mm : WHEN ARE THE RESULTS OF THE AIMCAT UPLOADED ?
thomas : on wednesday.


jj : WHAT ARE THE BEST B-SCHOOL ACCEPTING MAT AND MHT-CET?
pravinghote : JBIMS, SIMSREE, Welingkar, KJ Somaiyaa etc


abc007 : SIR, I HAVE COMPLETED ALMOST 90% OF THE TOPIC WISE TIME MATERIAL FOR QUANTS WHICH COVERS THE BASICS BUT I AM STILL FACING PROBLEMS IN QUANTS WHILE GIVING AIMCAT. PLEASE ADVISE.
rahulpinnamaneni : Have you covered the lot-2 material too? The one that contains more difficult questions? If not, please do that next.


mucb6a391 : I M UNABLE TO COMPREHEND SOMETIMES THE DI SETS??
chandrajyoti : If Di is your perennial problem, try to compensate as much as possible by LR. However, I think, you can take help of your study centre FM and have a one-to-one discussion.


raja : HOW TO ANALYZE MY PERFORMANCE IN THE AIMCATS
saikumar : Use the online AIMCAT analysis tool...it is extremely useful.


raghav : I HAVE FINISHED TIME HANDOUTS AND MATERIALS FOR ALL TOPICS . WHAT DO I DO NOW ? BECAUSE I FEEL I AM TENDING TO FORGET THE QUESTIONS WHICH I HAVE DONE ? ALSO DO I HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO START FROM THE SCRATCH AND DO THE MATERIALS AGAIN ?
vjs : Take the online sectional tests and see your performance.Easy questions will help you to clear the cutoffs and every difficult question will help you to push your percentile. so, work on wk areas as well as on the difficult (new) areas.


ashutosh : MY PERCENTILES HAVE GONE UP FROM 60 TO 85-90 JUST AS A RESULT OF BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT. I HARDLY GET ANY TIME TO STUDY DUE TO A STIFF WORK SCHEDULE. WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST I SHOULD DO TO FURTHER ENHANCE MY PERFORMANCE ?
rahulpinnamaneni : Practise all your AIMCATs once again, practise SAMCATs. If you're lacking somewhere in the concepts, study that topic alone from your basic SMs.


arpit : I AM GOOD AT VERBAL BUT NOT SO GOOD AT RC.EVERY TIME I START WITH RC AND TRY TO SOLVE ALL THE PASSAGES.I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I GET BETTER AT SOLVING IN THE LIMITED TIME AS A RESULT OF THIS MY SCORE IN THE SECTION RANGES FROM 45-60.WHAT SHOULD I DO SIR, IMPROVE MY ABILITY IN RC OR FOCUS ON VERBAL FIRST
supratim : You have time to improve RC . Steps : 1) Read 2 RC's everyday from book and answer questions after that . 2) Read news paper editorials everyday , then write a 2 line line summary of it 3) While reading the RC , try to find out out the purpose of the author behind writing it. I think 15 days from now on , you will see the improvement.


topper : SIR HOW WAS THE LEVEL OF LR/DI IN THE LAST TWO AIMCATS, AS I SCORED PRETTY GOOD IN THESE WITH ACCURACY ABOVE 90
thomas : lrdi in the last two aimcats were much easier than last years cat.


wifi : HOW IMPORTANT IS SPEED MATH ? CONSIDERING I NEED TO STUDY ALL THE SECTIONS FOR CAT EQUALLY, DO I NEED TO STUDY SPEED MATH BEFORE I STUDY QUANT OR AFTER ?
sumit : Speed maths is only a tool which can enhance the ur calculation speed .it is not a one day topic .u can practice over the topic like multiply or finding the precentage ofany no daily for 10 min daily which improve ur calci


godfather : SIR I HAVE COMPLETED THE BASIC MATERIAL FOR NUMBER SYSTEMS, GEOMETRY, P&C, PROBABILITY AND BASIC ARITHMATIC CHAPTERS. NOW I NEED A STRATEGY FOR THE ALGEBRA ONES. I'M LOST PLEASE HELP :/
srinivasbelvi : Use basic material to quickly brush up the concepts in algebra & do some online sectional tests to sharpen the skills.


jj : APART FROM AIMCATS, SAMCATS AND TIME MATERIAL, WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO PREPARE?
supratim : Do you have time after that ? Its not about more material . Its about learning from them and applying it in real life situations.


raja : HOW IS SNAP DIFFERENT FROM CAT?
chandrajyoti : SNAP has 4 sections: General English: 40 questions Quantitative, Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency: 40 questions General Awareness: 40 questions Analytical & Logical Reasoning: 30 questions CAT has 3 sections: Quant: 34 questions DI&DS: 16 questions + LR: 16 questions VA+RC: 34 questions


akshay : HI SIR, COULD YOU PLEASE ADVISE IF SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT & INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT FROM XIMB ARE WORTH APPLYING FOR? THE REASON I'M ASKING IS THAT EACH SPECIALIZATION HAS AN APPLICATION FEE ASSOCIATED & HAVE READ THAT THEY DON'T PROVIDE GOOD PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS FIELD, SO REALLY UNSURE. MUCH APPRECIATED!
saikumar : You may avoid these programs at XIMB.


raja : WHICH GOOD COLLEGES WILL TAKE NMAT SCORE
thomas : the only good colleges are the three nm campuses.


raj : SIR, HOW MANY TIME SECTION B OF QUANT SHOULD BE PRACTICED TO SCORE99+?
saikumar : Do it atleast two times.


raja : WHAT ARE GOOD COLLEGES WHICH ACCEPT MAT SCORES
chandrajyoti : NILM Center for Management Studies, New Delhi Amity University (Amity Business School), Noida SIES College of Management Studies, Mumbai Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Delhi Christ University, Bangalore School of Communication & Management Studies (SCMS), Cochin PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore SCMS School of Technology & Management, Cochin Indus Business Academy (Formerly Indian Business Academy-IBA), Bangalore Institute of Business Management & Research (IBMR), Bangalore Institute of Management Development and Research (IMDR), Pune GITAM University – Vishakhapatnam Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad Badruka Institute of Foreign Trade (BIFT), Hyderabad Institute of Technology & Management (ITM), Navi Mumbai Institute of Technology & Management (ITM), Chennai Audyogik Shikshan Mandal's IBMR, Pune Rajagiri Business School, Cochin Rajagiri College of Social Sciences-School of Management, Cochin St Joseph's College of Business Administration, Bangalore Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, Hyderabad Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida Jaipuria Institute of Management (JIM ), Noida FOSTIIMA, New Delhi M.S. Ramiah Institute of Management, Bangalore GL Bajaj Institute of Management & Research, Greater Noida Institute of Management Studies , Ghaziabad IFIM Business School, Bangalore


viva : @VIYAKUMAR SIR,SUPPOSE I CAN SPEND AROUND 6 HOURS A DAY, HOW DO I SPLIT TIME TO PRACTICE EACH SECTION.( I SCORE LOWER IN QUANTS THAN DI AND RC,VR
vijaykumar : Dear student it varies from person to person contact our faculty members in person they will guide you based on where you stand now


jj : HOW DIFFERENT ARE THE PAPERS FOR NMAT, SNAP, XAT AND CAT
pravinghote : CAT and XAT are usually higher in difficulty level while NMAT and SNAP are little lower. Arithmetic and Geometry are more important for SNAP and NMAT while For CAT, XAT all topics from QA are important.


mayank : IS IT GOOD IDEA TO COVER 3 QAA CHAPTERS DAILY I.E 300 QS TOTAL DAILY
srinivasbelvi : If you could do that, so be it. But don't lose focus on learning by exploring alternate ways of solving the problem in a hurry to cover 3 chapters a day.


jj : SPJAIN ACCEPTS CAT SCORES?
asim : Yes, for PGDM and PGPM they accept CAT/XAT and GMAT scores.


quest : SIR THE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS IN LR SECTION OF SAMCATS 14 15 16 17 ARE NOT SHOWING I HAVE MAILED TIME DELHI CENTRE BUT THEY HAVE NOT REPLIED
thomas : we will look into it.


gaurav : DEAR SIR, I AM SCORING 92-96 PERCENTILE ACROSS AIMCATS AND GOT 96 PERCENTILE IN LAST YEAR'S CAT. DILR AND QA ARE MY SHAKY SPOTS.. WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST AS THE IDEAL STRATEGY FOR THE NEXT 2 MONTHS?
saikumar : If you continue in the same vein then you should end up with a 99+ for sure. Work on your weak areas and keep solving the difficult Qs across all the AIMCATs


vp : SIR, I HAVE COMPLETED 90 PERCENT TOPICS. NOT STARTED SECTIONAL TESTS YET. WRITTEN 6 AIMCATS .GETTING 70PERCENTILE.CAN SCORE ABOVE 95 ?
supratim : Yes. Please keep on working hard. You can do it!


godfather : PLEASE ANSWER MY QUERIES -_-
srinivasbelvi : Replied


jj : HOW TO IMPROVE ACCURACY IN VA?
rahulpinnamaneni : Where exactly are you lagging?


hany123 : HELLO, A BIT OFF TOPIC BUT THIS IS SOMETHING EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. ON THE APPLICATION FORM, IS THERE A CHECK BOX "ALLOW IIM'S TO SHARE MY SCORE WITH OTHER COLLEGES?THANKS
rahulpinnamaneni : I don't think it's there in this year's application. It used to be there previously.


mucb6a391 : HOW TO INCREASE ATTEMPTS IN QA..?? MY ACCURACY IS AROUND 80-85 % .. BT ATTEMPTS ARE AROUND 15-17.. HOW CAN I INC MY ATTEMPTS
vijaykumar : Scan for questions which are easy to you, analyse your mistakes, practicing a lot on basics and taking a lot test will help you


abc007 : CHAPTERS LIKE PERMUTATION COMBINATION AND PROBABILITY IS CAUSING PROBLEMS.. MY BASE FOR THESE HAVE BEEN WEAK SINCE THE BEGINNING.. HOW SHOULD I APPROACH THESE CHAPTER.. PLEASE HELP..
chandrajyoti : You should go through the chapters' introduction meticulously. Solve every problem from concept review and both the exercises [A & B]. Please contact the FM if you have any doubt.


quest : SAIKUMAR SIR WILL THEY CHANGE THE WEBSITE BACK TO WHAT IT WAS?
thomas : it will not be changed to what it was. we will take up this isuue with the web team.


ashutosh : I HAVE 86.2% IN 10TH, 73.4% IN 12TH, 8.64 IN GRADUATION ? ARE MY GRADES GOOD ENOUGH TO GET IN IIM C ?
supratim : Work hard and get the best possible percentile in CAT . This will strengthen your case.


raghav : THE AIM-NMAT WHICH IS PROVIDED BY TIME WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF IT AS COMPARED TO ACTUAL NMAT? BECAUSE SCORES BROKE ME DOWN.
thomas : it is pretty much the same level as the actual paper.


mayank : IT GOOD IDEA TO COVER 3 QAA CHAPTERS DAILY I.E 300 QS TOTAL DAILY
thomas : do not spam. you will be blocked.


mayank : IT GOOD IDEA TO COVER 3 QAA CHAPTERS DAILY I.E 300 QS TOTAL DAILY
srinivasbelvi : Responded


mayank : IT GOOD IDEA TO COVER 3 QAA CHAPTERS DAILY I.E 300 QS TOTAL DAILY
srinivasbelvi : Responded


mayank : IT GOOD IDEA TO COVER 3 QAA CHAPTERS DAILY I.E 300 QS TOTAL DAILY
srinivasbelvi : Responded


mayank : IT GOOD IDEA TO COVER 3 QAA CHAPTERS DAILY I.E 300 QS TOTAL DAILY
rahulpinnamaneni : Are you asking or telling?


raja : HOW TO LEARN MATHS FORMULAES, I FORGET THEM
rahulpinnamaneni : Write down all of them in one place, read them once every few days or every day till you get all of them right. Flash cards also help.


godfather : NOW THAT ONLY 2 MONTHS ARE LEFT, WHAT SHOULD MY STRATEGY TO TACKLE DI AND LR? I AM STILL TAKING MORE TIME THAN I WOULD LIKE TO WHILE SOLVING THEM. SOMETIMES I GET STUCK ON QUESTIONS TOO.
srinivasbelvi : Develop familiarity with the sets by working on varieties. With familiarity your time to tackle gets reduced.


ashutosh : I AM NOT A MAHARASHTRA RESIDENT OR STUDENT. CAN I GET ADMISSIONS IN JBIMS THROUGH MAT ?
supratim : You have to wait for CET 17 notification. It will come next year . Previous years data tells that you can apply for all India seats.


shruthi : I WANT TO DO SPEALIZATION IN HR . I HAVE 90.8% IN 10TH, 78% IN 12TH AND 75% IN ENGINEERING. WILL BE WRITING MH-CET AS WELL. CAN YOU SUGGEST ME TOP COLLEGES THAT SHOULD BE MY TARGET? I'M WRITING NMAT, CAT, SNAP, TISS AND PG-CET NEXT YR.
pravinghote : XLRI, SCMHRD, TISS, FMS, SPJain, IIM Ranchi and all old IIMs.


tanya : SIR I HAD GIVEN SEPTEMBER MAT FOR THE ADMISSION IN 2017-19..COMPOSITE SCOR-670 AND PERCENTILE-86..SUGGEST SOME TOP COLLEGES
thomas : all colleges under mat are possible as the cutoffs for the best colleges would be only 650.you can try AMITY, BIMTECH, TAPMI(only one prog),CHRIST etc.


isanchit : I HAVE NOT STARTED GIVEN SAMCAT'S YET? IS IT TOO LATE?
rahulpinnamaneni : It's never too late! See that you practise one every alternate day or so and spend sufficient time poring over the solutions.


anish : WAS AIMCAT 1710'S DILR AND QUANTS A BIT TOUGH?
thomas : no. lrdi was easier than last years cat and quant was of the same level.


raghav : APART OF TIME MATERIAL ANY BOOK THAT WE CAN REFER FOR LR/DI?
supratim : No need. Please do solve / revise all handouts. Solve DI/LR from study material. Write online sectional tests. Its not about finishing lots of material . Its about learning from them.


jj : WILL WE WE BE PROVIDED HARD COPIES FOR THE OMETS, IF WE MISS THEM?
saikumar : Please contact your local center.


bbb : I AM SCORING LESS THAN 50% IN AIMCATS .CAN I CRACK CAT? CAN I GET GOOD B-SCHOOL?
thomas : do not bother about the score right now. u can improve by working hard and get a good college if you get 80+


abc007 : @RAHUL SIR.. I HAVE JUST PRACTISED LOT-1 WHICH COVERS THE BASICS..
rahulpinnamaneni : Please be on it then! You'll come across many challenging and difficult questions. Keep the solutions book handy though :)


mucb6a391 : HOW SHOULD ONE APPROACH FOR NMAT?? WHICH SECTION TO ATTEMPT FIRST AND ON?
rahulpinnamaneni : You'd do well to attempt your best section first, followed by your weakest and then the section you're moderately good at. NMAT gives you a choice to choose the order of the sections. DI is very calculation intensive, QA-DI section is very time consuming, no one answers all 48 questions.


neelu : SIR IN MOST OF MY AIMCATS MY PERCENTILE IS 94. WHAT CAN BE MY PERCENTILE IN ACTUAL CAT?
thomas : FOR THE SAME LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE U CAN EXPECT 96-98.


isanchit : HOW TO MAKE QUADRATIC EQAUTIONS AND GEOMETRY MY STRONG AREAS? CURRENTLY I LAG IN THEM BIG TIME ?
supratim : 1) Attend classes 2) Solve all questions from book. 3) Write online sectional tests 4) Take help from faculty members.


raja : HOW MUCH SHOULD I TARGET IN XAT FOR XLRI
thomas : the cutoff is around 92-93 percentile. last year it was around 27-28 marks.


kj : SIR I HAVE ONE MONTH OF TIME FOR PREPARING FOR MY CAT AS I HAVE UG EXAMS BEFORE THAT.I HAVE COMPLETED MY SYLLABUS.WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY FOR 1 MONTH TIME I HAVE LEFT?
srinivasbelvi : Revise all the basics that you'd have learnt in the past. Take all the online sectional tests to improve application skills. Take all the missed AIMCATs & analyse.


jj : @RAHULPINNAMANENI I HAVE DIFFICULTY IN PARACOMPLETIONS...HOW TO IMPROVE? ALSO WHENEVER I DO THE PARAJUMBLES,I'M VERY CONFIDENT WITH MY ANSWER BUT THE RESULTS ARE ALWAYS SHOCKING. I END UP LOSING MARKS..
rahulpinnamaneni : You have 3-4 RC classes and workshops dedicated to the same. Please approach a VA mentor or appear for a doubts session. In a few one-on-one sessions, you'll be able to get away from your apprehensions and identify those weak spots in your approach.


raja : DOES XLRI RESERVE SEATS FOR CHRISTIAN APPLICANTS
chandrajyoti : As far as XAT is concerned there is no fixed allocation of seats or reservation of the seats for the reserved categories.


akshay : THANKS A LOT TO ALL THE FACULTIES: @SAIKUMAR, @PRAVINGHOTE, @VIJAYKUMAR
vijaykumar : Welcome


neelu : I HEARD ARUN SHARMA ENGLISH WORD LIST BOOK IS ONE SHOULD COMPULSORILY DO. IS IT TRUE? SHOULD I START DOING THAT BOOK?
srinivasbelvi : If you have no better preparation left, then do it. Else focus on bigger aspects than worrying about words.


luv : SIR MY AIMCAT PERCENTILE IS BETWEEN 83-86 HOW MUCH I CAN GET IN ACTUAL CAT BASED ON THIS PERFORMANCE
pravinghote : somewhere between 90-94 %e


shruthi : MIN HOW MANY QUESTIONS SHALL ONE ATTEMPT ( CORRECTLY ) FROM EACH SECTION TO GET A GOOD PERCENTILE OVERALL IN CAT ?
rahulpinnamaneni : Which percentile do you have in mind?


bbb : SIR PLEASE ANSWER MY QUERIES
vijaykumar : Answered


kriti : SIR, SHOULD I REFER TO ANY OTHER BOOK FOR QUANT, LIKE I HAVE DONE ALL THE BASIC MATERIAL BOOKLETS. WILL IT BE REALLY WORTHY IF I START SOLVING ARUN SHARMA FOR QUANT?
thomas : do the advanced books and the online sectional tests. you need not do any other material.


tanya : @THOMAS SIR,BIMTECH HAS TWO PROGRAMME ONE UNDER CAT(PGDM) AND MAT(PGDM IB)...AND HOW IS XIME BANGALORE
thomas : yes the core program does not accept mat scores. xime is an ok college. not worth joining if you are working.


neelu : RHE CUTOFF SCORE FOR CAT IS?
pradeepgoswami : It would depend on the difficulty level of the paper. One cannot speculate in advance


krischer87 : MY PERCENTILES IN THE LAST 9 AIMCATS QA - 64.15, 2.67, 84.7, 68.91, 78.97, 87.63, 69.49, 82.17, 62.08 DI/LR - 40.19, 19.94, 3.22, 64.44, 76.42, 64, 55.54, 49.5, 63.84. DURING AIMCAT ANALYSIS, I OBSERVED THAT TO UNDERSTAND A PARTICULAR DI/LR SET I AM TAKING TWICE THE TIME THAN THAT OF OTHERS. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO REDUCE THE TIME?
rahulpinnamaneni : Practise previous CAT papers, OALs and Lot-2 material LR caselets


abc007 : REGARDING DI & LR THE PROBLEMS THAT I AM FACING IS THAT OF INCONSISTENCY.. SOMETIMES DIFFICULT QUESTIONS ARE SOLVES IN VERY LESS TIME AND SOMETIMES I GET STUCK ON THE SIMPLE ONES.. KINDLY ADVISE
srinivasbelvi : When you are more familiar with the reasoning behind the set, it appears to be easy. Reasoning based question are more to do with familiarity. Hence expose yourself to varieties of reasoning based sets to bring in the consistency.


neelu : THE CUT-OFF SCORE FOR CAT IS?
rahulpinnamaneni : There's no such a thing. Different colleges have different section-wise as well as overall cutoff percentiles.


shruthi : HOW DO WE GET TO KNOW ABOUT THE CUT-OFFS FOR EACH COLLEGE? ANYWHERE SPECIFIC THAT IS MENTIONED. I'M LOOKING TO GET INTO TAPMI , MANIPAL. HOW CAN I KNOW WHAT THE CUT OFF IS NOW?
srinivasbelvi : Replied


godfather : IS THE HR COURSE OF XIMB WORTH IT?
rahulpinnamaneni : It's decent. What are your other options?


sid : SIR MY MAIN PROBLEM IS QUANT, OUT OF ALL THE TOPICS WHICH HAVE THE MOST CHUNK...?I AM PREPARING FOR ALL TOPICS SERIOUSLY BUT WHICH TOPIC I SHOULD PREPARE FOR EVEN MORE RIGOURSLY?
saikumar : While all topics are equally important.....Numbers, Geometry, Probability, P&C are some of the areas that you need to have a strong grip on.


abc007 : THANK YOU @RAHUL SIR & CHANDRAJYOTI SIR.
rahulpinnamaneni : :)


vjca6o148 : SIR,I'M INTERSTED JOIN IN MISB BOCCONI .IS IT A RIGHT DECISION BY ME TO JOIN IN MISB BOCCONI.
saikumar : Its a new school, has a high fees and the ROI is on the lower side but on the other hand it has a good brand name associated with it.


bbb : I'M VERY MUCH WEAK IN QA?MY SCORES IN AIMCATS GET LOW DUE TO NEGATIVE MARKS/ HOW TO IMPROVE
pradeepgoswami : Try selecting the questions first and then attempt them. Please check on the temptation to guess at random. You should only attempt questions you are absolutely sure of


john : HOW TO WORK ON QUESTIONS RELATED TO SERIES? FIND THE MISSING NUMBER IN THE SERIES. PRACTICE ISN'T HELPING CRACK THE IDEA ALWAYS..
sumit : Practice on series can be fruitful but it is not guarantee to solve all series question but some question solved .


raja : I FEEL DEMOTIVATED AFTER WRITING THE AIMCATS, SHOULD I GIVE UP TAKING THEM AND FOCUS ON PREPARATION WITH BASIC BOOKS INSTEAD
srinivasbelvi : AIMCAT is a feedback tool about ones preparation when compared with others. Hence it is good to get the feedback week after week rather than waking upto the reality a few weeks before CAT. I suggest you to take feed back constructively to work on your areas of improvement.


ambani : HOW IS IIT ROORKEE ? IF I HAVE 3 YEARS OR EXP ?
thomas : try for a top 20 college if you are well employed.


anindita : I AM NOT ABLE TO MAXIMIZE NUMBER OF DI QUESTIONS ATTEMPT IN AIMCATS. I GENERALLY ATTEMPT 4 QUESTIONS AND IF I ATTEMPT 10-12 QUESTIONS,THEN 3-4 QUESTIONS ARE GETTING WRONG. PLEASE GIVE SUGGESTION TO IMPROVE DI ATTEMPT
vijaykumar : Practice a variety of DI sets by doing a lot of variations. Practice many sets where you not comfortable at and make it comfortable to you


orca : SIR WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO IMPROVE ACCURACY IN GEOMETRY AND NUMBER SYSTEM
supratim : Please do practise more. Steps : Attend classes , Solve these 2 chapters from book , write online sectional tests .


ambani : CAN IIT ROORKEE BE CONSIDERED AS ONE AMONGST TOP 40 B-SCHOOLS OF INDIA ?
thomas : yes it would in that region(around 40).


jj : WHAT OTHER GOOD B-SHOOLS OFFER INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, APART FROM IIFT?
rahulpinnamaneni : SIIB is decent


shruthi : @RAHULPINNAMANENI - ABOVE 90-95% ATLEAST.
rahulpinnamaneni : The exact number of questions really depends on the paper, and keeps changing from year-to-year. Last year, it would've been around 45 questions correct out of 100.


neelu : I COMPLETED TIME AND DISTANCE FROM SM BUT I WAS STILL WEAK AT IT SO I SOLVED ARUN SHARMA AND IMPROVED A LOT. SO SHOULD I SOLVE ARUN SHARMA FOR OTHER CHAPTERS TOO AND IF SO THEN TILL WHICH LOD?
rahulpinnamaneni : Have you gone through Lot-2 SMs? They're much more challenging than the basic SM.


sakshat : MY SPEED SLOWS DOWN AS I PROGRESS INTO AIMCAT. THIS PARTICULARLY HAPPENS WHEN I AM HALFWAY INTO THE DILR SECTIONS. PLEASE SUGGEST
chandrajyoti : It shows that you cannot continue your performance at the same pace for long. Taking AIMCATs will help you. Try to practice at home at a stretch for 3hrs and see whether you can maintain the performance at the same level or not.


luv : SIR ,COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME HOW MUCH MINIMUM PERCENTILE IS REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION IN ANY IIM OR IIT FOR MBA FOR GENERAL CATEGORY MALE CANDIDATE
pradeepgoswami : All the IIMs have different cutoffs and also different eligibility criteria which is clearly specified in their websites. Please visit their websites. The same applies for the IITs as well


jj : GOOD COLLEGES ACCEPTING CMAT?
chandrajyoti : Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE), Mumbai Department of Management Studies, NIT Durgapur Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai


hany123 : HELLO SIR PLEASE ADVISE CONCERNING MY CAT APPLICATION QUERY?
srinivasbelvi : Replied


tanya : @THOMAS SIR,HOW IS THE PLACEMENT OF PGDM(IB) IN BIMTECH?SIR,ALSO LIST OUT 5 COLLEGES UNDER MAT
thomas : one of the best among mat colleges. names of colleges already given.


neelu : IS CMAT MANDATORY?
saikumar : Not mandatory but it would be a good idea to have some additional options.


aru : SIR EVEN AFTER SO MUCH PRACTICE I GET IN THE RANGE OF 50-60 IN VA.. NEVER BEEN ABLE TO CROSS 60.. HOW TO IMPROVE ACCURACY? TOTAL NEVER CROSSED 130..
pradeepgoswami : Kindly go through the analysis given in the AIMCATs and find out the areas where you generally have a high level of accuracy. During the exam try to focus more on those areas and try avoiding areas where you have a very low level of accuracy. I mean work on your strengths. Initial 20 mins in the section must be spent on questions where you have a decent level of accuracy


godfather : HOW IS THE BM COURSE IN XIMB? IS IT BETTER TO GO FOR XIMB OR THE NEWER IIMS?
thomas : very good. it is better than the baby iims.


raj : SIR .IMPORTANT CHAPTERS FOR OR
rahulpinnamaneni : All Arithmetic (7 chapters from SM1001701) and Algebra (chapters from SM1001708) are very important.


bbb : WHAT'S THE CUT OFF SCORE OF CAT AND XAT IN TAPMI?
thomas : around 80 for xat and slightly higher for cat.


ambani : IIT ROORKEE VS IIT KANPUR VS KJSOM VS TAPMI VS GLIM ... PLEASE ORDER IN PREFERENCE ?
srinivasbelvi : One can work on selection of colleges after test. Let us refrain the selection part for now.


as : SIR, FROM WHERE CAN I PRACTICE GOOD DI QUESTIONS THAT ARE FOR THE CAT LEVEL.
thomas : do the advanced online sectional tests and the second lot book. you can also refer the TRISHNA book for di.


aru : IN QA MY ACCURACY ISN'T GOOD.. PLUS PERFORMANCE IS NOT CONSISTEN. RANGES20-60
rahulpinnamaneni : Please practise all the chapters from both exercises of the basic SM. After that, practise from the difficult SM you received as part of the second lot.


raj : SIR, IMPORTANT CHAPTERS FOR LR?
vijaykumar : It would be advisable for you to prepare all the areas which are included in your basic study material, it would be risky to leave any of the chapters


raj : SIR, IMPORTANT CHAPTE RS FOR LR?
rahulpinnamaneni : Venn diagrams is the most important chapter. Every other chapter is equally important.


kriti : I HAVE DONE ALL THE QUESTIONS OF GEOMETRY MENSURATION AND NUMBER SYSTEM WHICH ARE GIVEN IN THE BOOKLETS. BUT I AM STILL NOT CONFIDENT. WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
supratim : Write online sectional tests . Check your performance. Find out weak areas ( sub areas ) and revise them from book again.


isanchit : I HAVE HEARD ABOUT DELHI SCHOOL OF ECONOMIC MBA(IB)
saikumar : It is a good institute....you may consider it.


godfather : BETTER EVEN IF A CANDIDATE GETS ADMISSION ON THE BASIS OF RESERVATION UNDER THE STATE QUOTA IN XIMB? IS THERE ANY DISCRIMINATION DURING PLACEMENTS?
rahulpinnamaneni : None! They wouldn't even know.


kj : IS THE LEVEL OF AIMCATS HIGHER THAN ACTUAL CAT?
rahulpinnamaneni : It's a mixed bag. Some are more difficult, some are close and very relevant.


bbb : HOW TO IMPROVE VA SECTION
rahulpinnamaneni : It's difficult to answer a question as open-ended as that. Meet your VA faculty in person and spend some time with him/her.


zoyi : I AM FROM NON MATHEMATICS BACKGROUND AND QUANT SECTION IS GETTING VERY DEMOTIVATING FOR ME AFTER GIVING ANY AIMCAT..I GET AROUND 50%ILE WHICH JUST INCLUDES MY VA AND LR/DI AND I HARDLY SOLVE AROUND 4 OR 5 QUESTIONS IN QUANT SECTION...CAN I JUST FOCUS ON FEW MAJOR TOPICS OF QUANT AND LEAVE THE REST? ALSO WHICH OTHER EXAMS WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO GIVE WHICH HAS COMPARITIVELY EASY LEVEL OF QUANT
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.MAT, CMAT, AIMA..


ambani : IS LBSIM WORTH DOING MBA ?
srinivasbelvi : You got to map B-Schools with your background & ambition. Hence the worth considering is subjective. You got to check for your suitability.


krischer87 : @RAHUL SIR THANKS.
rahulpinnamaneni : :)


ambani : IIT ROORKEE VS LBSIM ?
pravinghote : IIT Roorkee > LBSIM


abc007 : THERE ARE SO MANY VARIATIONS IN QUANTS AND IF ONE IS NOT EXPOSED TO A CERTAIN VARIATION IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.. WHAT SHOULD BE THE APPROACH TOWARDS SUCH UNKNOWN QUESTIONS DURING EXAMS.???
vijaykumar : Thats why some AIMCAT questions are framed which are new to all. So it makes you to get practiced to such situations


vjca6o148 : SIR ,I'M GETTING VERY LOW MARKS IN QAUNT .MAILY IN THE AREAS OF GEOMETRY , CIRLES AND THEIR ARES FINDING. WHAT I WANT TO DO NOW TO IMPROVE THIER.
pradeepgoswami : You just need to solve ample number of questions from these areas.Collect all such questions and solve them in two sittings and try observing the different models based on the related concepts involved


godfather : I HEARD XIMB HAS BEEN BIFURCATED INTO XUB AND XIMB. IS IT TRUE? IF YES THEN WHAT HOW IS IT DECIDED WHICH CANDIDATE GOES IN WHICH?
rahulpinnamaneni : It's not bifurcated, XUB is the university and XIMB is the college. You'd want to apply to and get into XIMB obviously.


john : SIR, HOW TO TACKLE AND DECODE QUESTIONS RELATED TO SERIES?
pradeepgoswami : Collect all questions based on series from your SM books and the AIMCATs and solve them in two to three sittings. You would be familiar with almost all the different models


ankitd : I HAVE GONE THROUGH ALL THE HANDOUTS, STILL MY SCORES IN QUANT ARE NOT INCREASING BEYOND 40. CAN YOU PLEASE ADVISE HOW TO GO ABOUT FROM HERE?
rahulpinnamaneni : Hand outs --> Exercise a and exercise b --> Online sectional tests --> Lot-2 Quant SM That's the order


shruthi : SIR, MY QUESTION HAS NOT BE ANSWERED - HOW DO WE GET TO KNOW ABOUT THE CUT OFFS OF EACH COLLEGE. SPECIFICALLY. I HAVE 2 YEARS WORK EXPERIENCE. I'M LOOKING TO GET INTO TAPMI , MANIPAL . KINDLY LET ME KNOW
srinivasbelvi : TAPMI Manipal - Around 80%ile in CAT or XAT.


hany123 : THANK YOU @RAHULPINNAMANENI:
rahulpinnamaneni : :)


raghav : SIR I AM WEAK IN GEOMETRY.ANY TIPS FOR IMPROVING ON IT?
rahulpinnamaneni : Very likely, you don't have a very strong foundation in geometry at the school level. To address it, attend the basics class twice. If it doesn't help, attend a doubts session. The total list of theorems you need to know for CAT is small. I'm sure you'll make it. It's easy I promise you.


kriti : DO I NEED TO SOLVE THE SECOND BOOK OF LR IN WHICH CALENDARS AND CLOCKS ARE GIVEN.
rahulpinnamaneni : Yes!


kriti : DO I NEED TO SOLVE THE SECOND BOOK OF LR IN WHICH CALENDARS AND CLOCKS ARE GIVEN.
srinivasbelvi : Second book can be dropped if you are preparing for CAT alone. However other management entrance tests asks questions from the book that you've mentioned.


godfather : PLEASE ANSWER MY QUERY -_- I NEED TO GO THE TOILET. HENCE I DONT HAVE MUCH TIME LEFT
raman : GO ahead!!


shruthi : THANK YOU SIR. @SRINIVASBELVI :)
srinivasbelvi : Mention not


hycb6a954 : HELLO SIR, I AM CONSISTENTLY SCORING 93 TO 98 PERCENTILE IS AIMCATS. HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT IN ACTUAL CAT??
saikumar : This is a very good range to be in....if you are able to carry the same form into CAT2016 then you should get 99+ for sure.


abc007 : SIR, IS THE REASONING BOOK-2 IMPORTANT FOR CAT?? SINCE THE TOPICS LIKE BLOOD RELATIONS ETC ARE NOT IN CAT..
srinivasbelvi : Not important from CAT perspective.


lakshay : HEY GOODEVENING TO ALL. MY QUESTION IS IF SOMEONE IS GETTING CONSISTENTLY 85 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS THEN HOW CAN ONE EXPECT IN THE ACTUAL CAT WITH THE SAME PERFORMANCE. I KNOW THERE IS NO DEFINATE ANSWER TO THIS BUT STILL I WANT TO THE RANGE I CAN LIE IN WITH THE SAME EFFORT AND SAME DIFFICULTY LEVEL AS THE AIMCATS ARE. PLEASE REPLY TO THIS. THANKS
srinivasbelvi : Assuming someone gets 85%ile consistently in AIMCATs in November, then he can expect in the range of 93%ile in CAT.


john : HOW TO WORK FASTER ON THE CONCEPTS RELATING TO FIND A RELATION OF X AND Y BETWEEN TWO QUADRATIC EQNS?
pradeepgoswami : Try to develop an overview on the two graphs. You would find it very easy to tackle


kriti : I HAVE SOLVED ALL THE QUESTIONS OF NUMBER SYSTEM. I AM UNABLE TO SOLVE QUESTIONS IN WHICH WE HAVE TO FIND TOTAL NUMBER OF SOLUTIONS OR WE HAVE TO TAKE SOME PREDICTIONS.
pradeepgoswami : No you don't have try predicting. You need to solve them. Try looking into the concepts involved and observe the way they are applied in the solutions. You will develop the insight


snebee : SIR, I AIM SCORING ABOVE 85%ILE IN VA AND LR/DI BUT NOT MORE THAN 40 %ILE IN QA. WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY TO IMPROVE QA.
chandrajyoti : I think you need to identify the reason for it. We normally practice from areas more where we feel strong and neglect the weak areas. Spend more time for QA for practice.


godfather : YOU DONT MAKE THE GODFATHER WAIT. ANSWER MY QUERY PLEASE OR I MAY HAVE TO MAKE YOU AN OFFER YOU CAN'T REFUSE
vijaykumar : They are already answered


mohith : MY ACCURACY IN VA IS VERY LESS BUT IS PRETTY GOOD IN RC. WILL I BE ABLE TO GET A GOOD SCORE BY ALLOTTING 90% OF THE TEST TIME TO RC?
chandrajyoti : RCs definitely play an important role for VA+RC area. If you find that VA is not working for you, better you focus on other areas. You can also score few marks using para jumble or para completion.


bhaskar : IS THE LOYOLA COLLEGE ALSO UNDER XAVIERS?
raman : yes LIBA Chennai!!


cat_student_017 : SIR. I SOLVED LR QUESTIONS BASED ON DISTRIBUTION AND SELECTION IN REASONING BOOK 1 BUT I AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE THEM IN AIMCATS. PLEASE SUGGEST SOME METHOD TO DO IT FAST.
pradeepgoswami : Firstly the difficulty levels of the questions may not be same. Please try to revisit those questions after the test and solve them without time pressure . Try following a structured and meticulous approach. Regular practice and familiarity with the different models is the key to doing well in them


kj : IS IT TRUE THAT NUMBER OF QUESTIONS FOR ENGLISH SECTION WOULD INCREASE TO GIVE ADVANTAGE TO STUDENTS FROM NON ENGINEERING BACKROUND?
rahulpinnamaneni : It's an unsubstantiated rumour at this point of time. Highly unlikely to happen though.


abc007 : THANK YOU @ SRINIVASBELVI..
srinivasbelvi : Mention not


zoyi : IS IT WORTH GIVING XAT..SNAP..TISS? SINCE I AM WEAK IN QUANTS
srinivasbelvi : Worth giving a try. Remember QA is just one section. Your overall performance can be still impressive despite scoring less in one section.


nish : WHICH BOOK I USE FOR DI? WHEN TIME MATERIAL COMPLETE
rahulpinnamaneni : If the DI book from Lot-1 and Lot-2 are done away with, go practise online sectional tests. After that, practise the SAMCATs. After that, go practise previous CAT papers. By then, it'll very likely be January 2017.


akshay : WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY FOR QUANT IF I AM STARTING NOW?
raman : Kick Start !!


john : WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT SIMPLE AND COMPOUND INTEREST THAT THEIR QUESTIONS ARE ALWAYS SO TOUGH TO EVEN UNDERSTAND , LEAVE SOLVING THEM! UNFAMILIARITY OF TERMS USED IN DAILY STUDENT LIFE?
pradeepgoswami : Please revisit the topic once again . If you are a regular classroom student go through the class handout once more if not go through the questions in the SM book . It is one of the easiest topic in the quant section


lakshay : THANK YOU FOR REPLYING. 93%ILE WILL NOT SUFFICE MY EXPECTATIONS. HOW CAN I IMPROVE? I MOSTLY GET LESS MARKS IN THE VA SECTION AND ALSO IN QA MY GEOMETRY IS WEAK. I A=DONT HAVE TIME STUDY MATERIAL AS I HAVE ONLY JOINED THE TEST SERIES. CAN YOU RECOMMEND SOME MATERIAL FOR THE SAME? AND HOW CHALLENGING IT IS TO GET IN A 99+ ILE RANGE INA MATTER OF 2 MONTHS. THANKS
srinivasbelvi : There is enough time to improve your performance. Weaker areas can be generally improved by revisions. Revise the weaker areas & try sectional tests on the weaker areas to develop application skills.


ambani : HOW IS LBSIM FOR GENERAL MANAGEMENT IF I HAVE 3 YEARS OF EXP ?
saikumar : It is a good institute and can be considered.


abhi : IIFT DELHI VS MDI VS NMIMS MUMBAI?
rahulpinnamaneni : MDI=IIFT Fin or economics? IIFT Delhi Marketing or general? MDI Gurgaon NMIMS comes after both IIFT and MDI


snebee : NOW SINCE THERES HARDLY TIME LEFT CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME HOW ABOUT TO GO WITH QA (TOPICWISE ORDER)?
rahulpinnamaneni : Arithmetic and Algebra are very important. See that you're comfortable in both areas.


ashutosh : AROUND WHAT DATE WILL SP JAIN START ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2017-19 COURSE ?
srinivasbelvi : In the coming month.


cat_student_017 : SIR.. MY OVER ALL PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT IS CONSISTENT ALWAYS IE 65-70%ILE. I ALWAYS TRY HARD TO IMPROVE IT BUT FAILED. NEXT PROBLEM IS SOMETIMES MY ENGLISH GOES GOOD, SOME TIMES DI/LR OR SOMETIMES QUANT. WHAT TO DO SIR?
srinivasbelvi : At times one may not be able to find the improvement despite hard work. However all things sooner or later works for good when you continue to work hard without losing heart. Have a lions heart & put in your effort, I'm sure you'll soon find improvemnt.


godfather : NO, THE ONE ABOUT XIMB AND XUB IS NOT ANSWERED YET.
rahulpinnamaneni : "never make a threat you're not willing to carry out."


akshay : AKSHAY: WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY FOR QUANT IF I AM STARTING NOW? QUANT SCORE IN AIMCAT 1710= 30
pradeepgoswami : Go through all the Arithmetic topics. Try to understand all the different concepts in a topic and the how the are asked in a question. Practice regularly and be meticulous in you approach


abhi : SPEED MATHS NOW IS A GOOD IDEA FOR CAT 16?
supratim : Yes. Practise it for 15 min everyday. Good calculation not only helps you in increasing speed/ reduce time but also will help you clearing basic fundamentals of quant.


aadesh : I DON'T HAVE TIME MATERIAL. THEN FROM WHERE CAN I PREPARE MYSELF FOR ADVANCED DI AND LR? PLEASE SUGGEST ANY GOOD BOOKS OR FREE ONLINE SITES WHERE I CAN GET THE SAME.
supratim : Online sectional tests and AIMCAT's.


amrit : HOW WAS AIMCAT 1710 AS PER CAT LEVEL? WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD SCORE IN IT?
rahulpinnamaneni : LR-DI is easier than last year's CAT. VA and QA are at par.


godfather : WELL IF YOU ANSWER MY QUESTION I'LL OFFER YOU A BUCKET OF KFC PROVIDED ITS A WEDNESDAY :P THIS IS A OFFER I KNOW YOU CAN'T REFUSE :D
rahulpinnamaneni : Answered already :) Waiting for the bucket :)


abhi : FOR FINANCE
rahulpinnamaneni : IIFT Delhi


mohith : I JUST STARTED MY PREPARATIONS. I'M GETTING AROUND 75 PERCENTILE IN THE AIMCATS. IS 95+ PERCENTILE IN CAT A REALISTIC TARGET?
supratim : Yes. Keep on working hard.


akshay : CAN I EXPECT A PROFILE BASED CALL FROM SPJAIN 10,12,GRAD- 8.8,80.4,63____NATIONAL WINNER IN MOBILE INNOVATION IIM AHMEDABAD, UDAIPUR START UP FEST WINNER , TCS GAME ON WINNER (GEM)
saikumar : Your Acads are slightly weaker but you have a decent chance.


timestudent : ON THE LAST TIME WHEN I WENT ON MY SHP,I M ABLE TO FIND NMAT MOCKS WITH THEIR SOLUTIONS BUT RT NOW..I WONT....WHY?INSTEAD OF NMAT MOCK SOLUTIONS I M GETTING AIMCAT SOLUTIONS...IS IT NECESSARY TO DESIGN A WEBSITE DAY TO DAY....I M FACING A LOT OF DIFFICULTY IN THIS SO CALLED MODERN WEBSITE.
rahulpinnamaneni : Please bear with us, the IT team's burning midnight oil to fix everything ASAP


vjca6o148 : SIR, IS ALLAINCE UNIVERSITY IS GOOD FOR DOING MBA ?
rahulpinnamaneni : It's good only if you're keen on doing an MBA and if you don't have another option.


timestudent : IS NMIMS BETTER THAN SIBM PUNE OR BANGALORE
rahulpinnamaneni : NMIMS definitely better than Pune and Bengaluru


abhi : MY QUANT SCORES ARE NOT IMPROVING DESPITE GIVING IT THE ATTENTION IT REQUIRES. HOW TO TACKLE THIS?
supratim : Please do write online sectional tests and find out weak areas. Then revise those areas from book.


aadesh : I WAS SOLVING PAST CAT PAPERS HERE ON WWW.TIME4EDUCATION.COM EARLIER. BUT NOW THE SITE HAS CHANGED AND I AM NOT ABLE TO SEARCH THOSE PAPERS. CAN YOU PLEASE PROVIDE ME WITH THE LINK OF THE SAME PLEASE?
rahulpinnamaneni : It'll be back online soon


vjca6o148 : I DIDN"T GET U RAHUL SIR , ANOTHER OPTIONS MEANS?
rahulpinnamaneni : Another options = better ranked B-School


godfather : OH YEA QUESTION S BEEN ANSWERED. THANKS A TON :)
rahulpinnamaneni : You're welcome


subhojit : GOOD COLLEGE UNDER NMAT?
rahulpinnamaneni : NMIMS Mumbai


timestudent : WHAT SHOULD BE CUTOFF FOR GOING INTO SIBM PUNE BY SNAP
pravinghote : Around 95


max : WHAT SCORE IN XAT WILL GET ME INTO XLRI,JAMSHEDPUR ?
chandrajyoti : Overall 96 percentile or above may give you call from XLRI for interview.


max : WHICH BOOK FROM STUDY MATERIAL IS BEST FOR DI PRACTICE ?
vijaykumar : TIME materials are more than sufficient


timestudent : DEAR SIR/MAM I M GETTING ONLY 40%ILE IN CAT BUT 140+ IN NMAT MOCK....SHOULD I CONSIDER NMAT AND SKIP CAT? PLZ REPLY
supratim : Write both. You have lots of time for improvement. Learn new concepts / theories/ chapters every day. Keep on doing it . You can do it. Keep on attending classes.


sneha : WHAT SHOULD BE MY REGULAR QUANT PRACTICE STRATEGY AS I AM SCORING 93-97 PERCENTILE IN QUANT IN EVERY AIMCAT?
pradeepgoswami : You are on the right track. Try being more efficient in the first 20 - 25 minutes into the section. Try improving the number of attempts you generally make and work on your strengths


timestudent : DEAR SIR/MAM I M GETTING ONLY 40%ILE IN AIMCAT BUT 140+ IN NMAT MOCK....SHOULD I CONSIDER NMAT AND SKIP CAT? PLZ REPLY
srinivasbelvi : Focus more on preparation for tests like NMAT, SNAP, CMAT if you are more at ease with them. However you still have time to perform well in CAT. I suggest not to give up on CAT this early.


hany123 : I HAVE BEEN PRACTICING ALL SUBJECTS ON A REGULAR BASIS FROM BOOKLETS,BOOKS ETC HOWEVER HAVEN'T SEEN ANY SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN MY SCORE. SHOULD I CHANGE MY STRATEGY AND JUST GIVE SAMCAT'S DURING THIS WEEK AND ANALYSE THEM PROPERLY.
pradeepgoswami : Try analysing your performances more thoroughly and pinpoint on the areas where you are strong and where you are not so.Next solve the questions once again without time constraint.


kp : WITH 83%,86%,75% IN 10TH,12TH AND UG...CAN I DREAM OF GETTING INTO IIM A B C?? I WANT A REALISTIC ANSWER
pravinghote : Obviously Yes.. try and score above 99.6 in CAT. All the Best.


shamili : SIR IS NMIMS BANGLORE A GOOD COLLEGE
rahulpinnamaneni : It's decent.


timestudent : WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY TO GET DECENT MARKS IN QA FOR THE NEXT ONE MONTH
pradeepgoswami : Try taking regular tests and analyse them thoroughly. Work on the areas where you tend to have low accuracy and put in regular practice


timestudent : WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY TO GET DECENT MARKS IN QA FOR THE NEXT ONE MONTH
chandrajyoti : You should be in touch with all the topics from second and third book of QA basic study material. Try to solve at least 8-10 problems from each topic every week.


cat_student_017 : THANK YOU SIR @ SRINIVASBELVI :)
srinivasbelvi : Mention not


cat_student_017 : THANK YOU SIR @PRADEEPGOSWAMI :)
pradeepgoswami : You are welcome


bbb : HOW SHOULD I GO ABOUT STUDYING QA STARTING FROM SCRATCH NOW
srinivasbelvi : Quickly run through 3 basics books on QA issued by TIME. I'm sure they'll help you to understand the basics. Try online sectional tests to develop application skills. Every week write an AIMCAT to get feedback on your preparation.


john : WHAT TYPES OF GK QUESTIONS CAN BE EXPECTED IN IIFT ? OR ARE THEY MORE SPECIFIC INTO BUSINESS GK?
supratim : Please check previous IIFT paper analysis on time4education.com . Keep on reading MBA education & careers magazine. This will help you to find out focus areas.


mohith : DOES FMS GIVE HIGH WEIGHTAGE ON GRADUATION MARKS? I HAVE PRETTY GOOD MARKS IN 10TH AND 12TH AND HAVE 2YRS WORK EXPERIENCE. LITTLE WORRIED ABOUT GRADUATION MARKS!
pravinghote : Not much problem at least for FMS. Focus on CAT.


timestudent : THANK YOU SRINIVAS BELVI SIR.........I VE LEARNT VARIOUS METHODS AND TECHNIQUES FROM U IN WORKSHOPS
srinivasbelvi : Nice to hear of the learnings from workshops. Will keep up to your expectations in the coming weeks.


mohith : @PRAVINGHOTE: THANKS A LOT! :)
pravinghote : welcome :)


kriti : I HAVE DONE MY QUANT. NOW I AM DOING LR AND DI. BUT HOW SHOULD I GO FOR REVISION OF QUANT SO THAT I DON'T FORGET ALL THE CONCEPTS THAT I HAVE READ. FOR REVISION, SHOULD I AGAIN SOLVE THE QUESTIONS FROM BOOKLETS ONLY WHICH I HAVE ALREADY SOLVED?
supratim : Write online sectional tests.


sneha : SIR WHICH SECTIONAL TEST - ADVANCE OR INTERMEDIATE LEVEL IS MORE CLOSE TO CAT AND WHICH SHOULD I PRACTICE MORE AT THIS STAGE?
rahulpinnamaneni : QA and VA: Intermediate tests are closer to last year's CAT LRDI: Advanced tests are close to last year's CAT


alpha : HOW TO PREPARE FOR TISS, SPECIALLY THE GK PART. PLEASE SUGGEST RESOURCES.
supratim : 1) Read news paper everyday . 2) Read MBA Education & careers magazine.


nid : I AM NOT ABLE TO GET GOOD SCORE IN LR SECTION? WHAT STRATEGY SHOULD I FOLLOW
chandrajyoti : As LR and DI come under the same section, so you can hide your weakness in LR using DI. However, for LR, try to practice from Arrangement, Distribution, selection, comparison, so that at least you can attempt 1-2 sets from LR.


payal : HOW MANY VA QNS ARE A MUST TO CLEAR THE CUT OFF (APPROXIMATELY)
pradeepgoswami : Around 12 to 15 but then it depends on the difficulty level of the paper and of course your accuracy


kriti : I AM ABLE TO SOLVE LR AND QUANT QUESTIONS VERY WELL. BUT I DON'T KNOW DURING AIMCATS WHY I GET SO PANIC DUE TO TIME BOUNDATION AND NOT ABLE TO SCORE GOOD. PLEASE COULD YOU TELL ME ANYTHING?
pradeepgoswami : Relax it happens with everyone. Try putting regular practice and during the test locate and solve the easy ones first. Be confident


kriti : I AM ABLE TO SOLVE LR AND QUANT QUESTIONS VERY WELL. BUT I DON'T KNOW DURING AIMCATS WHY I GET SO PANIC DUE TO TIME BOUNDATION AND NOT ABLE TO SCORE GOOD. PLEASE COULD YOU TELL ME ANYTHING?
supratim : You are not alone. Every serious student face this exam nervousness syndrome. Do not worry . Write online sectional tests every day. You will improve in next 15 days.


kenny : NO MATTER WHAT ,I DO I AM STRUCK WITH THE 70-75 PERCENTILE SIR :(...AFTER THE ANALYSIS OF MOCKS ,I HAVE SEEN THAT I HAVE LEFT MANY SITTERS ,AND I ALSO SEE THERE IS A CONCPET LACK @ PLACES,IHAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE LATTER :),WHAT SHOULD BE MY APPROACH FOR FORMER :(THANKS IN ADVANCE :)
supratim : Improve LATER as mentioned in your question. Former will change automatically.


nid : WILL ACCURACY AFFECT THE %ILE IN PARTICULAR SECTION?
srinivasbelvi : Only net score is considered to arrive at percentiles


d2 : HOW IMPORTANT ARE PROBLEMS RELATED TO WILSON’S THEOREM AND DO THEY APPEAR OFTEN IN CAT PAPERS?
pravinghote : They are Important.


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