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Chat on preparation tips for CAT!
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ravi : NEED YOUR ADVICE, I'AM HAVING DIFFICULTY SOLVING DI & QUANT IN THE TIME CONSTRAINT OF THE AIMCAT, BUT AM ABLE TO SOLVE AFTERWARD, ANY TIPS AND TRICKS
raman : dont worry ravi by the time you write the main cat, things will improve and you would surprise yourself!!


kousik : HI SIR . WHAT ARE THE COURSES WORTH APPLYING FOR UNDER TISSNET APART FROM HRM?
amitpoddar : HRM LR is their best course.Rest depends on your interest and u can choose from their list-Social entrepreneurship,Policy and governance,Health,rural development,etc.


pranaya : HELLO SIR....
raman : hello Pranaya


r : SIR, I'M VERY BAD IN GEOMETRY AND GIVEN THE TIME LEFT, SHOULD I FOCUS ON THAT OR SHOULD I TRY TO IMPROVE THE OTHER AREAS ?
raman : Just go through the fundamentals to the extent of what is there in our study materials and at least do the first exercise and worked out examples!


raj : SIR, I HAVE 85 PERCENTILE IN PREVIOUS AIMCAT FORQA. HOW MUCH PERCENTILE COULD I AIM FOR QA IN CAT? APPROXIMATELY
vjs : 99.5+


balaji : I AM CONFIDENT WITH QUANT AND DI LR SECTION AND I AM GETTING AROUND 90 PERCENTILE IN VERBAL SECTION OVER ALL PERCENTILE IS AROUND 95 BUT I AM NOT FEELING CONFIDENT ABOUT THE SECTION WHAT SHOULD I DO TO AVOID SUCH FEAR?
vjs : Firstly its not abnormal.As you practce more you will come out of fear.


haha : HI MR.RAMAN
raman : hi haha


rohit : SIR I HAVE GIVEN CAT LAST YEAR AS WELL, HOW DIFFERENT WILL IT BE FROM LAST YEAR? AS THERE WAS NO GRAMMAR LAST TIME?
raman : FAce it with an open mind. Go with a sound and optimistic mind. Also make sure that opinions given on the last years CAT do not have undue influence on the present performance.


haha : MR.RAMAN ,PLS GIVE SOME TIPS FOR FUNCTIONS & GRAPHS
raman : Our Study material is best to start with and also to continue with. We also have a classroom hand out and test paper. Go through this may be if you could find some time, go through the additional text book let for more practice.


avi : APPROAXIMATE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TO CORRECT OVERALL TO GET 90 PERCENTILE IN CAT ??
amitpoddar : It is difficult to determine before the exam.try to attempt as per the difficulty level of the paper.60-70 attempts with good accuracy can fetch u a decent percentile...


nikhil : HELLO SIR , MY QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE IS VERY POOR I CANT EASILY SOLVE QUESTIONS EVEN IF I ALSO WELL IN BASICS . WHAT TO DO SIR ?
raman : Nikhil first stop making these statements. STudy material level questions shouldn't be difficult to start with!


balaji : WHAT ARE THE EFFECTIVE WAYS TO INCREASE MY VERBAL SECTION SCORE?
amitpoddar : Increase the no of attempts and accuracy.Work on all the basic areas at home.Practice tough passages,PJ,PC,Summary,Critical Reasoning from the SHP daily.Take regular AIMCATs and do the analysis.


balaji : WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY FOR 95 PERCENTILE GUY IN THESE 40 DAYS?
sathyanarayanan : Analyze the AIMCATs for the incorrectly answered questions. Distinguish the ones that were calculation based mistakes from concept based mistakes. Learn the concepts


ak : HELLO SIR,I MAKE SO MANY MISTAKES IN PARA JUMBLES.WHAT SHOULD I DO..I AM PRETTY DECENT IN SOLVING RC'S
amitpoddar : dont fix the intro sentences to start with.Look for pairs first and then find the best intro and conclusion at the end.Also look for the closing words of the sentences to find the continuity in the next sentence.See if works for you.


sumanth : HI SIR I'M GETTING 85-90 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS. I'VE SOLVED ALL THE BASIC LEVEL SECTIONAL TESTS. WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT TO IMPROVE MY PERFORMANCE? ALSO SHOULD I SOLVE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL TESTS OR SAMCATS OR PREVIOUS CAT PAPERS? KINDLY HELP SIR I'M VERY CONFUSED.
supratim : Please solve intermediate level test papers and SAMCAT's till 15th Nov'16. Then start solving previous years CAT papers.


boss12206 : IF I ONLY CONCENTRATE ON TWO SECTIONS AND DO WELL, AND THE OTHER SECTION OKAY, WILL I GET A GOOD OVERALL PERCENTILE??
sathyanarayanan : Overall percentile may or may not be good. but u should be clearing the sectional cutoffs too. keeping that in mind this is a dangerous strategy as u may miss out on many B-Schools because of low sectional scores


boss12206 : WAT SCORE SHOUD I AIM TO GET 90 PERCENTILE IN CAT??
amitpoddar : Try to attempt as many questions as u can in the stipulated timewith 80%+ accuracy,you will get your desired score.Your no of attempts will vary as per the difficulty level of the paper.60-70 questions with good accuracy can give u good percentile.


anmol0894 : SIR PLEASE SUGGEST A ROUTINE FOR THE NEXT POSSIBLE DAYS.. THE PERCENTILE IN STILL AT 85..ALSO HOW GOOD ARE SAMCATS?
supratim : Daily Routine : Solve 2 DI sets , 2 RC's , 2 LR sets , 25 Quant questions.


tt : I NORMALLY SCORE BETWEEN 70 TO 80 IN AIMCATS N I AM GIVING SECTIONAL TESTS REGULARLY ..AM STILL NOT ABLE TO IMPROVE IN QUANT ...WHERE I MIGHT BE LACKING???
sathyanarayanan : Improve ur basics knowledge. Learn to pick questions that are easily answerable..


hanginthere : SIR I AM SCORING AROUND 190 IN NMAT MOCKS. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF NMIMS MUMBAI
supratim : Practise more . I think you can score more.


balaji : I AM CONSTANTLY MAKING CALCULATION MISTAKES.HOW CAN I AVOID IT WITHOUT REDUCING SPEED?
vjs : Revise the concepts of Speed maths and do the calculations without using calculator (During practice) when ever possible.


hanginthere : SIR I AM SCORING AROUND 190 IN NMAT MOCKS. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF NMIMS MUMBAI
amitpoddar : u r very close as per the last year's cut offs....try to cross that 200 barrier.All the best


cataspirant : SINCE NON-MCQS DO NOT HAVE ANY NEGATIVE MARKING, SHOULD ONE ATTEMPT ALL NON-MCQS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER HE/SHE KNOWS THE ANSWER?
raman : But do not waste time on guessing. If only you could answer, spend time on it. Else it is not worth spending time.


krish : CAN YOU PLEASE PIN POINT THE TOPICS OF DI EXCLUSIVELY FOR DI IN NMA
feroz : For DI, it could be line graph, bar chart, table, etc or as a matter of fact any standard form of data representation


owal : I LACK IN ACCURACY? SO HOW CAN I CHOOSE THE RIGHT QUESTION TO ATTEMPT...BECAUSE I HAVE PRACTICED A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN DIFFICULT AND MEDIUM QUESTIONS?
supratim : Improve knowledge base. No strategy works without knowledge . So please practise more.


gaurav : GOOD EVENING SIR I WANT TO START PREPARATION FOR CAT 2017 FROM JANUARY 2017 ONWARDS AFTER MY SEMESTER EXAMS SO HOW MANY HOURS TO STUDY AND HOW TO STUDY?
vjs : You need to start preparation well in advance for a decent percentile to ensure the calls.There are nothing like number of hours. you must analyse your strengths and weaknesses and plan your preparation accordingly, and You need to keep preparing till you are confident on the topic, and then keep revising regularly.


akshay : I AM UNABLE TO IMPROVE IN VA AFTER DECENT PRACTICE: WHENEVER I ATTEMPT VA I GET HALF OF THEM WRONG.. WHAT TO DO/
amitpoddar : Is that mainly because of input based questions.If yes,then please devote one hr from today on doing VA questions without options,specially para jumbles.After rigorous daily practise u will see the results..


souptik : I HAVENT GIVEN MANY AIMCATS TILL NOW. I'M CATCHING UP NOW COZ I HAD JOINED THE CRASH COURSE. I AM GETTING SCORES JUST ABOVE 100 RIGHT NOW. I HAVE MY COLLEGE EXAMS TILL 28 OF NOVEMBER AND I'LL HARDLY GET 4-5 DAYS AFTER THAT FOR CAT. CAN YOU PLEASE MENTION THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS I NEED TO FOCUS SPECIALLY ON THOSE 5 DAYS??
supratim : Spend at least 2 hours for CAT from now on. Plan the schedule correctly . Revise on those 5 days.


aryan : SIR ANY TIPS FOR LR AND DI ... '
sathyanarayanan : keep a time limit for each set. & it is not always necessary to answer all the questions to answer in a set that u started. learn to skip difficult or time consuming questions and attend 2/3 alternate easy questions as compensation


boss12206 : HOW MANY MOCKS TO ATTEND IN NEXT 40 DAYS??
supratim : Suggested : 6 to 8 with a gap of 5/6 days in between . Its not about writing more mocks , its about learning from them.


gaurav : GOOD EVENING SIR,AS MY BASICS ARE POOR IN ALL SECTIONS AND WILL START PREPARING FOR CAT 2017 AND XAT 2017 AND ALSO FOR MICAT IN JANUARY 2017 AFTER SEMESTER EXAMS PLEASE SUGGEST ME HOW MANY HOURS TO PUT DAILY AND HOW TO PREPARE?
supratim : Start spending 2 hours everyday from now on to improve basics.


me : WHERE CAN I GET CAT PAPERS FROM 2008-15?
amitpoddar : online CAT papers are not allowed to be published in any form.


cat : APART FROM CAT WHICH OTHER OMETS WILL BE ONLINE EXAM BASED
amitpoddar : CMAT,TISS,NMAT.. MAT is both paer based and online.


vidhi : HOW TO CHOOSE WHICH RC TO ATTEMPT FIRST. I SOMETIMES MISS EASY RCS AND SPEND MORE TIME ON DIFFICULT ONES?
supratim : Look at following 3 things 1) How many questions are there after the RC 2) How many factual questions are asked 3) What is topic of RC . This information's may guide your choice.


me : I GOT 80 PERCENTILE IN 1708 AIMCAT WHICH WAS INVIGILATED .HOW MUCH PERCENTILE CAN I EXPECT IN ACTUAL CAT WITH SAME DIFFICULTY LEVEL.
sathyanarayanan : A single AIMCAT is not sufficient in predicting the scores of any manner. Kindly sit with all ur scores and do a self anaysis


aditya : HOW CAN I INCREASE MY SPEED? I DO HAVE GOOD ACCURACY %. ALSO WHAT SHOULD I FOCUS ON IN THIS LAST MONTH OTHER THAN BASICS, PRACTICE AND AIMCATS?
vjs : 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 the caselets daily if possible.


mayuri : SIR ARE INTERMEDIATE TESTS ENOUGH FOR LR?
supratim : Solve LR from study material as well. Practise makes us perfect.


anshu : SIR WHAT ADDITIONAL TOPICS ONE MUST STUDY FOR IIFT WHICH ARE NOT INCLUDED IN CAT
supratim : GK - Read MBA Education & Careers magazine.


cat : WHAT ARE THE EFFECTIVE WAYS TO INCREASE MY QUANT SECTION SCORE?
supratim : Spend 5-7 minute in the beginning to identify the right question. ( easy )


anmol0894 : @AMITPODDAR ..SIR I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FETCH MARKS IN VA SECTION..HOW TO IMPROVE IT..ALSO PHRASAL VERBS IS A VAST TOPIC..HOW TO COVER MAXIMUM..ALSO IM ABLE TO SOLVE LR SETS WITHOUT THE TIME CONSTRAINT BUT IN AIMCATS I FAIL TO SOLVE THEM..HOW TO IMPROVE THAT
amitpoddar : VA section has a variety of questions.If u look at our last few AIMCATS u can easily get some 10+ areas from where questions have been asked.Do similar chapters from the booklet and SHP as u see in the AIMCATS and u will see ur scores ticking.For LR it seems u need to work on time management and stress management as u are unable to solve lr questions under pressure.Take a lot of time lr tests regulary to beat that pressure.


abcd : WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT TOPICS IN THE QUANT SECTION?
sathyanarayanan : Time & Distance, Time & Work, Numbers, Geomentry & Mensuration are major topics.. Apart from this, percentages, fractions, equations, RPV forms the basics for all DI/DS/Quants topics.. COncentrate more on this & also make sure u are well prepared in the remaining minor topics


mayuri : SIR I AM GETTING 80%ILE IN AIMCATS ?HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT IN CAT
supratim : Keep on practising . You can do lot better.


r : SIR HOW DO I JUGGLE MBA PREPARATION AND COLLEGE WORKLOAD?
raman : Take a white paper and see how your time is spent on each of College and MBA preparation work load. As you keep listing out things clarity would emerge. It is possible! Yes You Can!!


summer : IF ONE IS A LITTLE STRONGER IN LOGICAL REASONING, CAN HE GET A GOOD OVERALL PERCENTILE IN THE DI&LR SECTION IF HE HE IS ABLE TO ATTEND ALL THE LR QUESTIONS WITH 90+ ACCURACY AND DI QUESTIONS WITH 60+ ACCURACY?
supratim : You have enough time to improve DI. Practise more.


ag : HELLO SIR MY AVERAGE SCORE IN AIMCATS(LAST 5) IS 120 . LR/DI (30-40) QA(45-60) VA(35-45) I HAVE SOME ISSUES WITH LR/DI I HAVE SOLVED SM KNOW I AM SOLVING SECTIONALS AND PREVIOUS YEAR PAPERS WHILE IN VA I PRACTICE RC DAILY, IMPROVED ON ACCURACY BUT SCORE DIDNT IMPROVED MUCH.I AM AIMING A HIGH PERCENTILE AND STUDY AROUND 10 HOURS A DAY PLEASE CHALK OUT THE NXT 40 DAYS STUDY PLAN TO IMPROVE MY SCORE
supratim : First reduce number of hours for study. Your loosing your life happiness for exam. Its a paradox. You are writing this exam to be happy in life in first place. Now follow the suggested daily routine : Solve 2 LR sets, 2 DI sets , 2 RC's , 25 Quant questions. All the Best.


souptik : SIR, MY 10TH PERCENTAGE IS 80% AND 12TH PERCENTAGE IS 65%. MY ENGG AGGREGATE WILL BE ABOVE 55% (BECAUSE PUNE UNIVERSITY SCORES ARE LOW AS COMPARED TO OTHER COLLEGES). CAN I GOOD COLLEGES IF I CAN GET A GOOD PERCENTILE? I'M VERY ANXIOUS BECAUSE OF THIS REASON.
feroz : You can definitely get even an IIM call provided you get a nice high percentile before we may speak of anything else. All the best


cat : IS TIME MAGZINE AND MANORMA 2016 ENOUGH FOR GK SECTION IN OMETS
amitpoddar : Manorama is a very thick booklet with a lot of static gk as well.yeah, should be good enough.Do look at the type of questions asked in different exams before putting in a lot of efforts.For example,SNAp is going to ask the current affairs of the last 2 yrs only as per their notifications.


me : BY CONTINUOUSLY PRACTICING QUESTIONS AND LEARNING FROM MISTAKES I ABLE TO PUSH MY PERCENTILE FROM 50 TO 80.AND I AM GETTING 75-80 PERCENTILE IN THE LAST 5 AIMCATS PLEASE SUGGEST ME THE STRATEGY FOR NEXT 44 DAYS.
vjs : Learn more concepts, develop your skills in multiple topics from quants..with this, you can increase the number of attempts with higher accuracy.


ishan : SIR, I'M CURRENTLY SCORING AROUND 90 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS AND AIMING FOR 97+ IN CAT, IS THIS SCORE ACHIEVABLE AND WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY?
sathyanarayanan : do an analysis on the incorrect questions. make sure u eliminate the calculation mistakes.. & learn the concepts of all other questions that u made a mistake on the conceptual part.


sudipta : IF I GET 105 TO 110 MARKS IN AIMCAT WHAT PERCENTILE WILL BE NEEDED TO GET A CALL FROM IIM? MEANS IF I DO 35-37 QUESTION WITH 95% ACCURACY IT IS ENOUGH?
feroz : For a detailed answer kindly refer to the AIMCAT analysis fro various AIMCATs provided on your SHP. You will get a fairly good idea of various percentiles vis a vis attempts


abhijit : SIR I HAVE COMPLETED THE BASICS MATERIAL BUT MY AIMCAT SCORES ARE STILL IN 85-90, WHAT FURTHER CAN I DO TO IMPROVE IT? (QUANTS AND VERBAL ARE MY WEAKER SECTIONS)
sathyanarayanan : Try increasing ur accuracy if u are already answering max problems.. if not, try to increase ur question attempts & maintain an accuracy of 90+


nikhil136 : I M HAVING TROUBLE WITH VA. WHAT SHOULD BE THE LAST MONTH SRATEGY FOR VA?
supratim : Read at least 2 RC's daily . Solve fill in the blank questions daily.


ut : HI SIR HOW TO IMPROVE QUANT SKILL IN GEO AND ALGEBRA
vjs : List out all the statements given and learn them. Do each and every question of SM and solve questions from practice papers to improve your Attempts in all AIMCATS then in CAT.


anmol0894 : CAN YOU SUGGEST A BASIC STRATEGY TO ANAYLSE MOCKS SO AS TO GET THE BEST LESSONS OUT OF THEM?
sathyanarayanan : do an analysis on the incorrect questions. make sure u eliminate the calculation mistakes.. & learn the concepts of all other questions that u made a mistake on the conceptual part.


yamuna : HOW MUCH WILL SKIPPING GRAPHS, FUNCTIONS AND INEQUALITIES COST ME IN QUANT?
vjs : You can't take that risk.


summer : WHAT WILL BE THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF CAT WHEN COMPARED TO OUR AIMCATS?
sathyanarayanan : AIMCATs have varying difficult levels. some are very easy, some are difficult & some very difficult.. expect CAT to be above the average level of all AICATs put together.


souptik : WHAT IS A GOOD SCORE IN NMAT TO GET INTO NMIMS, MUMBAI?
amitpoddar : Based on the last year's cut offs,anywhere more than 207.Cut offs keep changing.


mayuri : HOW TO IMPROVE GEOMETRY SIR I AM DONE WITH BASIC STUDY MATERIAL
raman : REvise it as many times as you can! Also take up practice booklet. Also study from test papers!


mayuri : SIR I AM GETTING 80%ILE IN AIMCATS ?HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT IN CAT.
amitpoddar : with another 40 days of hard work-95+


mayuri : SIR ,DOES ACCURACY % MATTERS IN CALCULATING OVERALL %ILE
amitpoddar : not really


shanu : SIR I AM HAVING PROBLEM IN SOLVING QUANT I FORGET THE RULES AND I HAVE TO REVISE THE TOPIC AGAIN
supratim : Start revision. What are you waiting for ?


vidhi : IS THERE A LIMIT ON NUMBER OF ROUGH SHEETS WE CAN USE IN CAT EXAM ?
vjs : No.


ankit : SIR MY QUESTION IS THIS TIME CAT SYLLABUS INCLUDES COMPLEX NUMBERS. THE MATERIAL I HAVE BOTH ONLINE AND OFFLINE DO NOT DEAL WITH COMPLEX NUMBERS. WHERE SHOULD I STUDY IT FROM? CAN YOU SUGGEST A GOOD AND BRIEF BOOK?
feroz : Where did you get this from? What is the source


shubham_mathur : WHAT CAN BE CONSIDERED A SAFE SCORE FOR A FRESHER IN NMAT SO THAT THE CALL MAY GET CONVERTED EASILY?
supratim : 230 +


cataspirant : @RAMAN SIR.. FOR THE NON-MCQS, SAY I KNOW THE ANSWER IS BETWEEN 1-5 IN A DI QUESTION, SHOULD I MAKE A BLIND GUESS EVEN IF I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SOLVE THE QUESTION?
raman : Guessing is never a quick decision! Freedom comes with a choices. So it is better not to spend too much time on guessing!


aakanksha : ARE THE AIMNMATS TOUGHER THAN ACTUAL EXAM?
vjs : Not as such, but AIMMATS prepare you for all type of questions.


anshu : TYPES OF GK QUESTIONS IN IIFT THIS YEAR?
supratim : Read MBA Education & Careers magazine.


satyam : I M NOT SO COMFORTABLE WITH NUMBERS?? WHAT TO DO?? NUMBERS BASIC PART? I M COMFORTABLE WID NOS ADV ALL THOSE THEOREMS AND LAST DIGITS
sumit : No question is one of the toughest area but if u think about the nature of problem I mean either question belong to prime or composite or perfect square or number of factors based.basically most of the come from prime composite or no of factor Base concept.u just revised the concept then try again the question. Some theorm like euler Wilson Chinese remainder will help to finding the ans of remainder based.


keerthi : MY SCORE IS AROUND 65-70%ILE IN THE PREVIOUS AIMCATS. WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE TO IMPROVE MY SCORES IN THIS PEAK TIME?
supratim : Follow the daily routine : Solve 2 LR sets , Solve 2 DI sets, Solve 2 RC's , Solve 25 quant questions.


cataspirant : I AM A 2015 PASSOUT. I WOULD HAVE BEEN IDLE FOR 16 MONTHS EVEN IF I MANAGE TO GET INTO A GOOD BSCHOOL IN JULY 2017. WILL TI AFFECT MY COLLEGE PLACEMENTS?
supratim : No . You have to take some measures though. You have enough time to do that. Now concentrate on cracking the exam.


yamuna : I HAVE SOLVED ALL THE QUESTIONS IN THE QUANT STUDY MATERIAL. BUT, STILL MY AIMCAT QUANT SCORES ARE VERY BAD. WHAT MORE DO YOU SUGGEST ME TO DO? MOST OF THE QUESTIONS LOOK NEW TO ME WHEN I AM WRITING THE EXAM.
sumit : Actually main problem comes when u do not try to think more variant of similar kind or little bit different concept based questions ,this quant ability handbook is sufficient if u think over the concept.just think why u r use this approach, think that are there any other approach, yes definitely u get the other approach.


ankit : @FEROZ SIR HTTP://BYJUS.COM/FREE-CAT-PREP/CAT-PATTERN-AND-SYLLABUS-FOR-2016
feroz : Complex numbers have never come in CAT ever. CAT setters never had suggested any syllabus that explicitly. We'll rest our case with this :)


sushmit : AS FAR AS NMAT IS CONCERNED,WHAT SHOULD BE THE TOP PRIORITY FOR ENGLISH PREPARATION?
amitpoddar : work on vocab,idioms,grammar,fill in the blanks,etc.You may also get 1-2 passages as per some feedbacks of the past few days.


akii : IN CAT, GENERALLY WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE TOTAL MARKS COULD ENSURE A 97+ PERCENTILE?
vjs : It is totally based on the difficulty level of the questions.


siddddd : WHAT MATERIAL TO REFER FOR THE GK OF IIFT AND WHAT OTHER THAN CAT PREP NEED TO BE FOCUSED ON?
supratim : Read MBA education & careers magazine. Read news paper daily.


sandy : SIR,I'M AN EMPLOYEE.SO,CAN'T ABLE TO FOCUS ON STUDY MATERIAL.ON DAILY BASIS,I SOLVED ONLINE TEST MATERIAL.IS THIS A RIGHT STRATEGY OR NOT TO SCORE WELL IN CAT?
supratim : Keep on solving online tests. Please solve all unattempted questions after the test is over.


ankit : SIR STARTING FROM TODAY, HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I STUDY PER DAY TO EXPECT TO GET INTO IIT COLLEGES?
vjs : There are nothing like number of hours. Using the AIMCAT analysis, you must analyse your strengths and weaknesses and plan your preparation accordingly, and You need to keep preparing till you are confident on the topic, and then keep revising regularly.


cataspirant : @SUPRATIM SIR.. WHAT KIND OF MEASURES TO COVER THE 16 MONTH GAP? SHOULD I JOIN A JOB AFTER CAT?
supratim : You may. But real measures will come after entering the B-School . 1) Be a active member in some clubs in the B-School ( Like Marketing Club / Finance Club etc ) 2) Participate and win in different competitions 3) Do certifications like CFA etc.


drbc6o044 : CAN I LEAVE SOME CHAPTERS IN QUANT...WHICH ARE THE IMPORTANT CHAPETERS?
raman : NO NO NO. Minimal practice of topics which you don't like:)


bittu : SIR,,,IF I AM UNABLE TO COMPLETE ALL SECTIONAL TEST AND SAMCATS THEN WHAT SHOULD BE MY PRIORITY AS PER THE REVISION POINT OF VIEW...AS I AM SCORING 60 TO 70 PERCENTILE..
supratim : Write 2 online sectional tests everyday. Write one full length test on every 5th day . Solve all unsolved questions after the test is over.


rinu : HELLO SIR. PLEASE SUGGEST SOME TIPS TO INCREASE VARC SCORES
supratim : Read at least 2 RC's everyday . Solve at least 10 FIB questions everyday.


ankit : RESPECTED FACULTY MEMBERS PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTIONS
feroz : Already answered. Don't worry much about that topic. You already have plenty to study apart from that


shubham_mathur : CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL A GOOD SPECIFIC SOURCE FOR IIFT GK?
amitpoddar : Refer to GK booklet in ur first packet and go through our special gk issues of july to september.If u wish to do more buy a year book.


siddddd : PERCENTILE TO GET A CALL FROM IIMS OTHER THAN THE BABY OR NEW ONES??
feroz : Go through the selection criteria of various IIMs given on TIME website


r : SIR, WITH 92 BEING MY AVERAGE PERCENTILE SHOULD I NOW STUDY ON MY OWN OR TAKE A CRASH COURSE?
feroz : That's entirely up to you to decide. If you can stay regular with your preparation, study on your own else join classroom program of TIME


pracha : HOW DO YOU SUGGEST I TACKLE THE LR QUESTIONS SIR? ESPECIALLY HOW DO I ATTACK THE TOURNAMENT/GAME BASED PROBLEMS AND ALSO HOW DO I DECIDE EFFECTIVELY IF I HAVE TO SKIP A CERTAIN QUESTION IN ORDER TO NOT UNNECESSARILY WASTE TIME? THANKS IN ADVANCE!
vjs : Your approach should be easy to difficult.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.


aspirant : SIR/MADAM I SCORING AROUND 120 IN AIMCATS WITH AROUND 45 DAYS TIME LEFT IF TAKE THE SCORE TO AROUND 150-160 WHAT WILL MY PERCENTILE BE IN ACTUAL CAT....WILL I BE ABLE TO SCORE ABOVE 99??
amitpoddar : if u score around 150+ in an average + difficulty level paper,u may reach past 95-96%ile.


ankit : THANKS A LOT SIR. ONE MORE QUESTION . PLEASE TELL ME HOW MUCH PERCENTILE DO WE NEED TO GET INTO IIT COLLEGES?
amitpoddar : around 95+,depending on the IITs.


sonakshi : I'M NOT ABLE TO WORK FOR MBA PREP AND COLLEGE WORK. WHAT ROUTINE SHOULD I FOLLOW TILL MBA EXAMS NEXT YEAR
feroz : Join the classroom program of TIME at the earliest so that you are able to finish off your syllabus early. You may then focus more on test taking strategies post that


tb : HI SIR
feroz : Please ask your question


ad : SIR IS TIME MAGAZINE ENOUGH FOR GK BASED QUES IN SNAP IIFT?
amitpoddar : SNAP will give u gk of the last 2 yrs.IIFT gives u a mix of static and current affairs.So,apart from the magazines, please go through the gk book in your material.


chandu : I AM WEAK IN VRC SECTION.THAT IS ENTIRELY AFFECTING MY PERCENTILE ALSO.EVEN AFTER VERY GOOD PRACTICE, I AM NOT SEEING RESULTS.I HAVE RARELY GOT GOOD SCORE IN THIS SECTION AND IT DEPENDS ON THE PASSAGES.HOW TO IMPROVE MY SCORE AND PLEASE SUGGEST HOW TO REVISE THIS SECTION.
supratim : Read at least 2 RC's everyday and solve at least 2 FIB questions everyday.


tb : CURRENTLY I AM DOING QUANT BOOKLET ON DAILY BASIS ,HINDU READING,GRAMMER PRACTICE ,BUT STILL NOW UNABLE TO GET HIGH SCORE OR CONFIDENCE. KINDLY SUGGEST ,DO I NEED TO ALTER MY ROUTINE
amitpoddar : practise all the 3 areas for 2-3 hrs daily.Complete the booklets in the material apart from taking tests from SHP.Do one VA chapter daily and 2-3 passages.Solve 25 quant questions and 4-5 LR/DI sets.Keep readind the newspaper and jotting down 10-20 words daily.


shyamal : SIR I AM CURRENTLY FOCUSSING MORE ON MY VERBAL ABILITY. HOWEVER BASED ON MY TEST PERFORMANCES, I AM TAKING TOO MUCH TIME FOR SOLVING RCS AND ABOUT 15-20 MINS ARE LEFT FOR SOLVING PARA JUMBLES AND GRAMMAR. HOW DO I INCREASE MY SPEED IN RCS TO MAKE UP FOR THE TIME.
amitpoddar : If u are able to do 4 or more passages in 40 min,it is really good.In 20 min u can try and solve some 6-8 VA questions.This can give u a decent percentile.


bhav : ARE MOCKNMATS AS TOUGH AS THE READ DEAL
vjs : Almost Yes!


saurabh : AS WE HAVE EASY,MEDIUM AND DIFFICULT DI/LR,HOW TO CHOOSE A EASIER DI/LR IN EXAM QUICKLY?
supratim : Practise more . No strategy works with out knowledge.


drbc6o044 : IS IT SUFFICIENT TO DO BASIC IN QUANT AND ALL AIMCATS QUESTIONS OF QUANT SECTION?
supratim : Spend 3 hours everyday for quant.


rohit : SIR MY AIMCAT SCORES ARE STILL BETWEEN 50 AND 70 MARKS. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SCORES IN THESE 40 DAYS?
feroz : Practice as much as you can. Solve the SMs and the HOs. Start taking online tests as well at the earliest


abhijit : I AM NOT ABLE TO ANALYSE QUANT QUES EASILY, MY APPLICATION OF FORMULAS IS WEAK, HOW DO I IMPROVE IT?
vjs : Attempt a few online sectional tests where you just jot down the way in which you plan to handle the qtns. then look at the solutions.


07cr : THERE ARE 3 SECTIONAL TEST:- FOUNDATIONAL, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED. ON AN AVERAGE OUT OF 100Q'S IN CAT PAPER HOW MANY CAN BE FOUNDATIONAL TYPES, HOW MANY INTERMEDIATE AND HOW MANY ADVANCED? I KNOW SINCE PATTERN CHANGES CONSTANTLY SO IT IS HARD TO PREDICT, BUT PLEASE HELP ME WITH A ROUGH GUESS. PLZ ANSWER MY QUESTION DONT IGNORE.THANK YOU
supratim : There will be enough easy questions for you to answer. So do not spend time on this thought which anyway is not in your hand.


exam : HOW I IMPROVE MY QUANT BCOZ I NOT CLEAR THE CUTT OFF OF QUANT IN AIMCAT
vjs : Along with the topics completed in class, revise your basics and strengthen your concepts. solve questions from practice papers to improve your Attempts in all AIMCAT then CAT.


aspirant : SIR PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION...
amitpoddar : answered


souptik : THANKS TO ALL THE TEACHERS FOR ANSWERING ALL THE QUESTIONS! WANTED TO KNOW THE MOST IMPORTANT TOPIC/TOPICS IN QUANT WHICH HAVE THE MAXIMUM QUESTIONS IN CAT?
raman : Thank you


krish : SIR WHAT IS DIGITAL PAPER THAT IS USED FOR NMAT AS ROUGH WORK AND HOW TO GET USED TO IT?
feroz : It's not a digital paper but an erasable one. You can write and erase the text for further use. Just like a slate and a chalk


sandy : IS IT NECESSARY TO SOLVE LAST YEAR CAT PAPERS BECAUSE IT IS FROM 1999-2006
supratim : It helps .


souptik : WANTED TO KNOW THE MOST IMPORTANT TOPIC/TOPICS IN QUANT WHICH HAVE THE MAXIMUM QUESTIONS IN CAT?
vjs : There is no correct answer to that. 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.


ajcd6z002 : SIR FOR NMAT , WHICH SUBSECTION SHOULD I ATTEMPT FIRSR
feroz : This entirely depends on your comfort level. There is no set rule for that


arpan : I M GETTING ONLY 70-80 PERCENTILE RANGE IN AIMCAT CAN I GET ...90 PERCENTILE IN ACTUAL CAT.....PLZ SUGGEST DETAILED STRATIGIES......IN QUANT I M FORGETTING APPROACHES....BUT I KNOW CONCEPTS....WHAT CAN BE MY WEAKNESSES .... IM WRITING OSTS AS WELL....M DISAPPOINTED.....CAN U PLZ HELP WHAT TO DO IN LAST 40 DAYS.....AND IF POSSIBLE CAN U TELL DAILY SCHEDULE FOR ME...IT WILL OF IMMENSE HELP
supratim : Yes you can do it. Follow the daily plan . Solve 2 RC's, 2 DI sets , 2 LR's , 25 quant questions.


rinu : SUPRATIM SIR...WHAT TYPE OF TOPICS OR ARTICLES SHOULD BE READ FOR RC PASSAGE?
supratim : Philosophy , Science & Technology , Sociology , Psychology , Politics , Economics & Finance , Humour etc.


tb : KINDLY ANS MY QUE. PLEASE
amitpoddar : answered


himanshu : SIR CAN YOU GIVE THE NO. OF MARKS REQUIRED IN CAT OUT OF 300 TO GET 99+ PERCENTILE AND THE NO. OF QUESTIONS TO ATTEMPT?
vjs : Completely depends on the dificulty level.


rr : HELLO SIR IM FACING PROBLEM IN DOING DI QUESTION ITS BECAUSE OF THIS I DONT ATTEMPT MANY QUESTIONS AIMCAT FROM DI SECTION BUT WEN I LOOK AT THE SOLUTIONS .. I REALISE I KNEW BUT WAS UNABLE TO SOLVE IT
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.DI questions are widely based on the DIHOs.So, do each and every set of the handouts.


kousik : SIR RUNNING OUT OF TIME.PLEASE HELP
sathyanarayanan : attend questions by filtering them based on their difficulty level.. try to answer all easy and medium ones..


rb : IN AIMCAT I'M SCORING AROUND 92-93 PERCENTILE WITH HIGHEST OVERALL PERCENTILE 98.5. MY QA AND DILR PERCENTILE IS IN THE RANGE OF 97-99 AND VERBAL AROUND 80 - 85. FOR THESE LAST 40 DAYS WHAT SHOULD BE MY STUDY PLAN? SHOULD I FOCUS MORE ON INTERMEDIATE SECTIONAL TEST OR ADVANCE SECTIONAL TEST?HOW CLOSE IS SAMCAT TO ACTUAL CAT?
supratim : Daily Routine for VA/RC : Read 2 RC's everyday . Solve 10 FIB questions everyday . Write all types of sectional tests. Based on your test performance revise the chapter / topics in Quant. Solve 4/5 SAMCAT's. It will help.


souptik : WHAT IS A GOOD PERCENTILE TO GET INTO SP JAIN?
amitpoddar : around 95-96+


santa : LRDI QUESTIONS IN SAMCATS ARE EASIER THAN AIMCATS. HOW CLOSE ARE THESE TO ACTUAL CAT?
supratim : You should solve all types of DI ( easy or difficult or calculation based or reasoning based ) . Solve 2 DI sets everyday . SAMCAT's DI 's are as important as AIMCAT DI's. Both have their purpose to serve.


sanjana : HOW DO YOU RATE 105 RAW MARKS IN SAMCAT?
supratim : Practise more . You can improve.


santa : MY QUANT SCORE HAS STUCK ON 30. LEAST AMONG ALL SECTIONS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
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.


ajcd6z002 : SIR, ANY TIPS ...AS I HAVE NMAT 3 DAYS FROM NOW
supratim : Revise ! All The Best.


rr : SIR DO TELL ANY STRATEGY FOR THE IMPROVEMENT FOR PARAJUMBLES I NOT ABLE TO ATTEMPRT PARAJUMBLES CORRECTLY
feroz : Solve as many questions without looking at the options. Try and attempt at the rate of 1-2 min per question. You may refer to previous CAT papers, AIMCATs etc as a good source


souptik : WHICH COLLEGES ARE THE BEST IN INDIA APART FROM THE REGULAR IIM'S?
supratim : http://www.time4education.com/local/articlecms/page.php?id=343


santa : @SUPRATIM, FIB QUESTIONS FOR VARC? GRAMMAR, CR?
supratim : Fill in the blanks have a better chance of giving you real score in paper . Do CR and Grammar . But can you improve that in 40 days and get them right as well ? At the end of the day we score only if we answer right.


pritesh : SIR I ONLY MANAGE TO ATTEMPT ALL THE QUESTIONS FROM DI AND ONLY ONE SET FROM LR ..WILL THAT BE ENOUGH?
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.


rr : HOW NTO CHOSSE THE QUESTIONS OF GEOMETRY.. I KNW HE CONCEPT AND THE FORMULAS AS WELL BUT IM NOT ABLE TO APLLY THEM
sumit : Triangle and circle based question are one of the tough category. While making the question u had always analysed that concept behind the question was very basic one.always keep this in mind that all question are very easy but vision is important. How u are looking the question.don't rush to apply the theorem .first look the figure and think about the all the basic property of that question if it is triangle just think about inequalities of triangle, types of triangle and similar property of trinagle etc.


souptik : WHICH COLLEGES ARE THE BEST IN INDIA APART FROM THE REGULAR IIM'S??
amitpoddar : sp jain,iift,jbims,IITs,NITIE,MDI,etc.


shkr : WITH LITTLE TIME LEFT, I CAN EITHER REVISE ALL THE BOOKLETS OR COMPLETE REMAINING SECTIONAL TESTS+SAMCAT. WHO SHOULD I GIVE PREFERENCE TO?
supratim : Spend 1 hour more daily. You can do both . Plan and execute properly.


sidchoud : WHAT IS FIB?
feroz : Fill in the blank


ishan : IS 120 A GOOD ENOUGH SCORE IN AIMCATS?
amitpoddar : yes,it is a decent score for an average + paper.


rr : SIR MY ACCURACY LEVEL VARIES FROM 65 TO 75 PERCENT IN RC HOW TO IMPROVE IT IN LAST 40 DAYS
supratim : Read 2 RC 's everyday. Read RC's on Philosophy , Sociology , Psychology , Economics among others.


souptik : DO QUESTIONS GET REPEATED IN CAT OR OTHER MBA EXAMS?
amitpoddar : The pattern may get repeated;not the exact questions.Very unlikely.


shubhs : SIR I HAVE CONSISTENTLY PRACTICED ALL TOPIC FROM QUANT BUT SEEMS AS IF NO OUTCOME I AM GETTING FROM THAT
vjs : Attempt a few online sectional tests where you just jot down the way in which you plan to handle the qtns. then look at the solutions.


aakanksha : WHAT DAILY ROUTINE TO ENSURE ENOUGH PRACTICE FOR ALL SECTIONS?
supratim : Solve 2 DI sets , 2 LR sets , 2 RC's , 25 quant questions.


m : MY PERCENTILE IN PREVIOUS AIMCATS IS AROUND 70-80. HOW STRATEGY SHOULD I ADOPT IN THESE PEAK DAYS TO GET A GOOD PERCENTILE.
supratim : Improve knowledge . No strategy works without knowledge .


ishan : SIR, I'M SCORING AROUND 120 MARKS IN AIMCAT, WHAT COULD BE MY PERCENTILE SCORE IN CAT BASED ON THIS
feroz : It's not the marks but the percentile that matters. You may add at least about 5 percentile points to your CAT percentile if everything goes well


souptik : DO QUESTIONS GET REPEATED IN CAT OR OTHER MBA EXAMS??
raman : Not often ! unlikely!!


souptik : DO QUESTIONS GET REPEATED IN CAT OR OTHER MBA EXAMS???
vjs : No.


bhavi : ARE CUBES IMPORTANT FOR CAT?
sumit : Yes it is one of the topic which test ur logical analytical and more important vision skill how u are looking the this 3D figure.


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