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

ranu12 : IS IT IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER MATHS FORMULAE
thomas : you need to remember all the basic ones.


ranu12 : DIVISIBILITY RULE OF 7?
sumit : if subtracting twice the last digit of N from the remaining digits gives a multiple of 7.. 658 is divisible by 7 because 65 - 8*2=49.which is a multiple of 7..


ranu12 : ANY EASY WAY TO REMEMBER FORMULE
vinnayraj : if you understand the fundamental concept behind the theorem thoroughly then it is very easy to remember the formula..also try to apply the formula in a couple of problems by practicing so that you will remember better..


ronnie : I HAVE BEEN SCORING AVERAGE IN QA IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS, BUT RECENTLY I AM SCORING VERY LOW. HOW TO IMPROVE THIS?
thomas : try to cover all the basics exercises in the handout and the sm book.do the exercises at the end of each chapter. do the online sectional tests along with it.


ranu12 : WHEN IS CAT 2017 EXAM
vinnayraj : it will be made known in a notification that will be released in a couple of months..most likely it will be held in the last week of november..let's wait for the notification.


ranu12 : CAN I TAKE CAT EXAM AS I AM STILL IN FINAL YEAR
thomas : yes. you only need to have your exams over by june 30.


ranu12 : I AM NOT READY SHOULD I TAKE AIMCAT OR WORK ON CONCEPTS THEN START AIMCATS
raman : Should do parallel. It would also be nice if you could take online sectional tests and SAM CATs.


ronnie : WHAT IS A GOOD SCORE IN AIMCATS AT THIS LEVEL?
vinnayraj : do not target any score as it depends on the difficulty level of the aimcat and also on the performance of the other candidates..you should be focusing entirely on the test taking strategy of picking the right questions and not getting stuck for too long in difficult questions and guaging the overall difficulty level of individual sections..


ranu12 : IS CAT PREPARATION ENOUGH FOR XAT
thomas : no, there are some areas like decision making which is covered in xat and not in cat. you will get material for that after your cat exam


ranu12 : IF A NUMBER IS DIV BY 16 WILL IT ALSO BE DIV BY 8
sathyanarayanan : yes, it will be


ranu12 : IS IT IMPORTANT TO LEARN GEOMETRY OR CAN WE SKIP IT
supratim : Its very important to learn Geometry .


priya : WHAT IS WEIGHTAGE OF PPL IN CAT
thomas : there is no weightage as such. can expect a couple of questions in a normal paper


priya : WHEN ARE AIMCAT STARTING
sumit : 27/05/17


priya : WHAT IS ELIGIBILITY FOR CAT EXAM
vinnayraj : for general category it is 50 percent marks in graduation..people in the final year of their graduation can also apply...


priya : CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW AREA OF PARABOLA IS CALCULATED
vinnayraj : it is beyond the scope of cat preparation..you require integration ideas to calculate area under the curve between two limits..


priya : IS THERE RESERVATION FOR GIRLS AT IIMS
thomas : there is no reservation as such, but they are given few extra marks


priya : IS P AND C IMP FOR CAT
thomas : all topics are important as the number of questions in each topic is not pre defined. better not to skip any topic


rugmini : WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SKILLS REQUIRED BY A HR PROFESSIONAL AND A MARKETING PROFESSIONAL?
raman : More than skills you should first understand the functions of an HR and Marketing personnel. Try and map it with the interest you have.


priya : HOW GOOD IS HCU COLLEGE FOR MBA
thomas : not great. if you are working, do not join. what are the other options?


glcb7a002 : WILL THE AIMCAT1822 TESTS IN ALL AREAS OF CAT OR IN SOME OF THE AREAS AS ALL TOPICS WERE NOT COVERED YET.....
sathyanarayanan : All topics will be covered in AIMCATs. Try answering questions from topics tat r completed. don't focus too much on the percentiles now. try answering for the full three hrs.. build strategies


kps : IN TIME MATERIAL IS EXERCISE A ENOUGH FOR ALL TOPICS OR I HAVE TO COMPLETE BOTH A AND B FOR ALL TOPICS OF QUANT
vinnayraj : ideally both the exercises should be covered..but firstly the fundamentals of all concepts should be learnt thoroughly and then exercise A and then when you have a hold over the concepts exercise B..this is not a strict order,you can also choose few questions from both exercises when practicing..


rugmini : WILL CERTIFICATES FROM MOOCS LIKE EDX ADD VALUE TO ONE'S RESUME DURING PLACEMENTS AT A B SCHOOL?
supratim : 1) It helps you to learn the subject . 2) It adds value only when you can answer questions on those subjects in front of interview board .


hyd17 : ARE 6 MONTHS ENOUGH FOR CAT ?
thomas : yes, if you work hard


javed4u : IIM KASHIPUR OR BIM TRICHY, WHY PLEASE GIVE REASIN
raman : IIM Kashipur :IIM pedigree is important aspect. As you know that IIM Kashipur is old enough. An IIM qualification certainly has a powerful impact in you cv in long run!


javed4u : PLANNING TO TAKE CAT AGAON I AM DEPRESSED ANY WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
sathyanarayanan : way too long to go for exam, u r already a candidate with first hand experience of the exam. u r again not starting from scratch. identify ur strengths & weaknesses. build on it


javed4u : HOW TO LEARN MENSUARTION CHAPTER
vinnayraj : there are just a few ideas of surface area and volumes of cube,cuboid,cylinder,cone and sphere..and a couple of ideas of calculating the shortest distances between points within these objects...


guru2 : CAT 2016 DILR WAS WAY ABOVE AIMCAT DILR.,,,ANY OTHER SOURCES TO PREPARE?
vinnayraj : you will get ample opportunities to solve sets of various levels of difficulty(equal to that of cat di/lr and some more difficult than the same) in the upcoming aimcats..and there is no gurantee that the level of difficulty will be similar to that of the previous year.hence you need to be prepared for all levels of difficulty which precisely is the objective and design of the aimcats..


rugmini : HOW CAN I MAKE THE MOST OF THE ONE MONTH AHEAD B4 JOINING THE B-SCHOOL? ANY SUGGESTIONS?
supratim : Learn basics of accountancy . Brush up basic maths chapter like statistics , P&C and Probability .


guru2 : WHICH TOPICS ARE OF MOST IMPORTANCE IN QUANT?
sumit : as all topics are important but geometry , ERPV ,ama,time and work, and time and distance are more important.


guru2 : SIR,CURRENTLY MY AGE IS 40 YEARS.MY MARKS 10TH-81.8%,12TH-73.6%,B.TECH(ECE)-60.3%,MBA-60%... AALSO I HAVE 2 YEARS GAP AFTER 12TH,1 YEAR GAP AFTER B.TECH AND 1 YEAR GAP AFTER MBA I HAVE 5.5 YEARS WORK EXP. IN WIPRO,TECH MAHINDRA,AFTER THIS FROM THE PAST 5 YEARS I AM NOT WORKING DUE TO HEALTH REASON..... WITH THIS PROFILE CAN I EXPECT CALLS FROM IIMS AND OTHER GOOD B-SCHOOLS,IF I PERFORM WELL IN CAT 2017?
thomas : if you have a genuine reason for the 5.5 years break and can convince them,you should be able to convert the calls which you should get if you do well in cat


rbdev2016 : SORRY FOR ASKING OUT OF CONTEXT QUESTION..MY SCORE IN MAY MAT IS 99.86 PERCENTILE (CAT:OMS,WORK EX:47 MONTHS,12TH:87%)..WHAT ARE MY CHANCES IN CAP FOR GOOD COLLEGES?
supratim : good Chance . Please fill up the CAP from in this order - JB , Sydenham MMS , Sydenham PGDM , K.J Somiya , Welingker in this order


divyagup : HELLO, I WANT TO ASK THAT HOW MUCH DOES THE MARKS OF GRADUATION AFFECT YOUR CHANCE OF GETTING INTO AN IIM?
sathyanarayanan : CGPA are graded in most applications btw 1to5. if u have a 75% plus with a very good track record, it will not matter much..


divyagup : HOW SHOULD WE PREPARE USING ALL TIME MATERIAL CAN U PLEASE EXPLAIN STEPWISE PREPARATION OF USING MATERIALS AND OTHER HANDOUTS AND OTHER MATERIAL
vinnayraj : first the fundamentals of the concepts,then handout problems(which are mostly dealt with in the class and can be revised later) and then the study material along with the online support materials such as sectional tests and videos..and then the aimcats..


divyagup : I HAVE SCORED 84% IN 10TH 79% IN 12TH AND 7.8 CGPI IN COLLEGE BEECH.ALSO I HAVE 1.5 YEARS OF WORK EX IN INFOSYS. WHICH COLLEGES CAN I TARGET?
thomas : i think you should look at only the top 20 colleges


glcb7a002 : DI PART IS DRAINING LOT OF TIME......WHAT SHOULD I DO TO OVERCOME THIS?PLEASE EXPLAIN IN DETAIL.....
vinnayraj : the lack of familiarity of different types of sets is one of the main reasons for consumption of time ..this can be overcome with practice and more practice..also the right choice of sets is of paramount importance when you are taking the tests..some very difficult sets have to be skipped in the exam and this identification also comes with a lot of practice..also you could make the efficient use of the calculator in some sets and speed maths techniques can be put to use in some..


divyagup : SIR, I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND WHEN THE ANSWER IS CANNOT BE DETERMINED, I USUALLY TEND TO SELECT THE OTHER OPTIONS. SO HOW WILL I KNOW IF THE SOLUTION CANNOT BE DETERMINED ?
sathyanarayanan : already answered.


divyagup : SIR, I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND WHEN THE ANSWER IS CANNOT BE DETERMINED, I USUALLY TEND TO SELECT THE OTHER OPTIONS. SO HOW WILL I KNOW IF THE SOLUTION CANNOT BE DETERMINED ?
thomas : do not spam.


divyagup : SIR, I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND WHEN THE ANSWER IS CANNOT BE DETERMINED, I USUALLY TEND TO SELECT THE OTHER OPTIONS. SO HOW WILL I KNOW IF THE SOLUTION CANNOT BE DETERMINED ?
vinnayraj : when you are solving the problems you encounter a situation when there is more than one possibility which satisfies as the answer then you choose the option cannot be determined..so it is important to consider all possibilities before choosing an answer(especially those which have CBD option)..


4321 : I AM NOT ENGINEER I AM BCOM GUY, CAN I REALLY GET GOOD MARKS IN THIS EXAM
vinnayraj : of course you can..a lot of b com graduates make it to the best of the b schools including the top three iims..make sure you learn the fundamentals of all concepts(especially the areas in maths where you have lost touch due to the long gap but remembering that most of these concepts were learnt in school).. then you can proceed to solve advance level problems..by working hard and being focused you can definitely achieve your dream..


hyd17 : HOW TO WORK ON QUANT? IT IS MY WEAKEST SECTION.AND HAVE NOT TOUCHED SINCE SCHOOL
sathyanarayanan : start with the basics. linear eq, RPV, PPL.. go through the handout & exercise questions from book. regular practice is wat u require now


4321 : HOW THOREM WILL COME IN EXAM ?
thomas : theorms will never come. only its applications would be asked


4321 : I AM AFRAID I AM NOT PREPARED DO YOU THINK I SHOULD TAKE AIMCAT EXAM MY CENTER TEACHER SAYS I SHOULD NOT MISS THIS EXAMS
sathyanarayanan : Yes.. AIMCATs will play a major role in how u attempt/perform in ur final examination. take all exams & do an analysis of the paper


4321 : APART FROM IIMS WHICH OTHER COLLEGES GIVE RESERVATION TO SC CANDIDATES
supratim : All Govt MBA colleges like FMS , JBIMS etc . Among Non Govt colleges its TISS & Symbiosis group of Institutes .


4321 : DETAILED TIPS FR LEARNING DATA INTERPREARTATION PLEASE]
supratim : 1. Learn percentage - profit - loss chapter . 2. Improve calculation speed & techniques by solving questions from speed maths book 3) Attend DI classes 4) Solve DI from booklet given 5) Learn basic concepts of Venn Diagram 6) Write online sectional tests .


abhishek_jain : GOOD EVENING, THIS IS REGARDING B-SCHOOL SELECTION. I AM WAITING ON RESULT OF LBSIM-FINANCE BATCH WITH WAITLIST NUMBER 8. CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF CONVERSION IN LBSIM-FINANCE BATCH. THANK YOU.
thomas : you should surely get through


zzz17 : I CAN SOLVE VRC SECTION QUITE WELL AS IN THE AIMCATS GIVEN TILL NOW...BUT NOT EVEN CROSSING CUTOFF IN QUANT AND DI/LR..PLEASE GIVE ME SUGGESTIONS TO INCREASE THE SCORE
vinnayraj : make sure you learn the fundamentals of all the concepts thoroughly and try to remove the fear of quant and di/lr by practicing solving a lot of problems..also some of the problems can be solved logically even without knowing the concept in detail.identify such problems in the tests and solve them..


muca7a300 : I AM STARTING MY PREPARATION FROM JUNE ONWARDS AND MY QUANT IS WEAK HOW MUCH HOURS I SHOULD STUDY IF I WANT TO SCORE 95+
sathyanarayanan : it is not the hrs tat will matter. start with the basics in quants. Liner eq, RPV, PPL.. a regular study plan from june should definitely have some 3/4 hrs


nam : IS WORTH DOING MBA FROM WELINGKAR, JAIURIA OR BIMTECH?
thomas : welingker and bimtech(CORE) are pretty good. you can consider them


abcd : SIR I AM A MECHANICAL ENGINEER FROM DTU, 2015 BATCH AND CURRENTLY WORKING. MY MARKS ARE 71/91/86 IN GRAD/12/10. I ATTEMPTED CAT FOR FIRST TIME IN 2016 AND SCORED 99.48 %ILE. BUT, I AM REJECTED BY IIM -L,K,SH, NITIE, SPJIMR, MDI & IIFT. I HAVE CONVERTED IMI (DIDN'T ACCEPTED), IIM NAGPUR AND WILL MOST PROBABLY CONVERT IIM UDAIPUR OR ROHTAK. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
thomas : as you are working, i would suggest you not join the baby iims and try once more next year.


zzz17 : SIR ONLY 6 MONTHS ARE LEFT FOR CAT, HOW TO PREPARE QUANT IF IT IS THE WEAKEST SECTION THAT I ENCOUNTER...
sumit : learn basic concept and do 100 questions in each section .first go through concept then attempt the question related to them if find those question where u stuck ,work on them again.


glcb7a002 : EVEN IF WE SECURE 99+ IN CAT,ARE THERE CHANCES OF REJECTING FROM IIMB??
thomas : cat score is only one of the criteria for selection. there are cases when people above 99 didnt get calls


zzz17 : HOW TO DECIDE WHICH SET TO ATTEMPT IN DI/LR USUALLY I START WITH A SET ,SPEND A LOT OF TIME AND COME UP WITH WRONG ANSWERS
sathyanarayanan : first step is identifying all different models tat u will have. practice each set by keeping a timer. start with 10/12 mins per set & practice till u reach 8mins or below


4321 : TIME IS GIVING 25 AIMCATS DID WE REQUIRED MORE FOR PRACTISE??
vinnayraj : 25 are in fact more than enough..the thorough and effective analyses of the mock tests are significantly more important than the number of tests you take..there is no point in taking more mock tests if you havent analyzed the previous tests and learnt from them and implemented in the following tests..in fact you should spend twice as much time in the analysis to figure out the mistakes,failure of test taking strategies,learning new and faster ways of solving problems..etc..


4321 : ANY TIPS ON PREPARATION STRATEGY
vinnayraj : similar queries have been answered..check..


4321 : IS RC IMPORTANT IN CAT , HOW TO LEARN RC TIPS PLEASE
sathyanarayanan : RC is a must. easy scoring area if u can capture the essence of the passage quickly. read a lot to improve ur reading skills.


4321 : SUGGEST FEW NAMES OF NOVELS TO READ PLEASE
supratim : Start with novels on topics / subject matter you like. For example one can start with autobiography of Sachin Tendulkar if one likes cricket .


john : TIPS FOR LEARNING MATHS
sathyanarayanan : start with equations, RPV & PPL.. then move on to Numbers & Geomentry..


john : I DONT HAVE GOOD MARKS IN 10 AND GRADUATION CAN I GET ADMISSION INTO GOOD COLL
raman : John we cannot change the past but by brooding about the past we should not ruin a possible bright future. By getting a good CAT score you may offset the event of getting low marks in class 10. Further, Class 10 marks alone would not be the reason for rejection!!


john : HOW TO LEARN VENN DIAAGRAMS CHAPTER I AM NOT GOOD AT IT'
thomas : please cover all the questions in the handout of venn diagrams. also do all the questions in the di and lr books.you would be familiar with all the type of questions that can come.


john : CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN BASICS OF BINARY LOGIC QUESTIONS
vinnayraj : binary logic questions are mostly solved by assuming somebody to be the truth teller(or the liar) and subsequently checking for contradictions if any..and there are couple of standard ideas such as " i am a liar " which can only be made by an alternator..spend some time with your faculty member to understand..it is not very tough though it is counterintuitive initially..


javed : HELLO SIR WHAT IS THE WEIGHTAGE OF LOGARITHM IN NON_CAT EXA
vinnayraj : you can expect a question or two..and mostly very basic questions are asked usually..


john : WHAT TOPICS ONE SHOULD FOCUS IN HINDU NEWSPAPER AND HOW TO READ WHEN YOU ARE PREPARING FOR CAT?
thomas : read all the news. make a note of all the words for which you dont know the meaning. do cover the editorial section and keep them if you find them intresting


john : HOW MANY HOURS TO STUDY
vinnayraj : around 3-4 hours of focused study atleast..more is always desirable..


john : IS WORK EX COMPULSORY FOR IIMS
sathyanarayanan : No, it is not


zzz17 : SIR HOW TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY IN DI/ LR QUESTIONS ?
sathyanarayanan : practice with a timer. preparation phase 10/12 mins for a set final exam target 8mins or below


john : I DO NNOT HAVE EXTRA CURRICULAR ACHEIVEMENTS CAN I GET INTO GOOD COLL
thomas : that should not be a problem if you do well in the test and interview.


aishwarya : I AM WORKING CURRENTLY. CAN YOU SUGGEST SOME STUDY PLAN TO HANDLE WORK-STUDY BALANCE SO THAT CAT PREPARATION DOES NOT SUFFER CONSIDERING I WORK 9 HOURS ON WEEKDAYS?
supratim : Please spend at least 2 hours / day for CAT / Management entrance prepaartion . Please remember next 6 months extra effort can open the avenue of opportunity in your career .


zzz17 : HOW TO PREPARE GEOMETRY AND NUMBERS CHAPTER ? HOW CAN I KNOW WHICH FORMULA IS TO BE APPLIED IN GEOMETRY QUESTIONS
vinnayraj : both are very important chapters..learn the fundamentals of all the concepts thoroughly by attending all the classes and if required repeating them..in geometry the moment you see a diagram you should immediately recognize the theorem related and that ability will come about with practice and understanding of the fundamentals..


john : IN THE STAGE OF READING NEWSPAPER SHOULD​ WE MEMARIZE THE CONTENT, CAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH GOING ON EVERY DAY AND HOW SHOULD WE NEED TO REMEMBER IT?
sathyanarayanan : u cannot memorize GK and Current Affairs. just be in touch with the current trend on various topics..


rbdev2016 : FOR AN ENGINEERING GRAD, HOW TO CONVINCE A PANEL THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MASTERS IN FINANCE? WHAT BACKGROUND PREP TO DO BEFORE APPEARING FOR SUCH PI?
sathyanarayanan : if u can structure ur profile based on ur future study interests, tat would be one good starting step in the right direction. try correlating stuff.


john : TIPS FOR LEARNING TIME AND DISTANCE CHAPTER
supratim : Read the basic concept from study material before attending the lecture. This will help you to understand and apply it better in class . After attending the class solve all questions from exercise . then write online sectional test of Time & distance.


john : WHAT ARE THE TOPICS GENERALLY ASKED FOR WAT ? CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE SOME EXAMPLES?
sathyanarayanan : WAT generally contains topics from Current Affairs and Economics. topics based Demonetization, FDI, GST etc as per the current trends


john : ARE THE AIMCATS EVEN DIFFICULT THAN THE ACTUAL CAT EXAM?
thomas : the aimcats are of different levels of difficulty as we want the students to be prepared for any type of test which can come. some of the aimcats would be tougher than the previous cat papers.


rbdev2016 : THANKS SUPRATIM SIR. IN THESE COLLEGES,JB , SYDENHAM MMS , SYDENHAM PGDM , K.J SOMIYA , WELINGKER IN THIS ORDER, WHICH COLLEGE OFFERS AN AVG PACKAGE OF AROUND 10 LACS? AND REALLY I HAVE CHANCE OF GETTING JB AT THIS SCORE BEING AN OMS?
supratim : Package does not depend only on college . 90 % of it depends on your learning and application and 10 % on other circumstansces including micro & macro economic situation , sector performance , company performace , profile offered etc. A good college gives you a very good foundation . Fill up the CAP form as in the given order and hope for best .


mohit : IS IT WORTH DOING RETAIL MANAGEMENT FROM WELINGKAR SIR OR SHOULD I AVOID IT
supratim : Avoid if you have better option.


megs : SIR,HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I SPEND FOR PREP IN A DAY? HOW DO I UTILISE SEC TEST PROPERLY ?
sathyanarayanan : already answered. kindly check below


javed : SIR HOW TO PREPARE GEOMETRY FOR CAT AND PLEASE SUGGEST SOME BEST BOOKS OF GEOMETRY
sumit : learn the concept of triangle and circle and all theorem related to them these are class 10th level.TIME material is sufficient.


john : HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO LEARN CUBES ND SQUARES OF NUMBERS
vinnayraj : try to learn squares of numbers till around 30-32 and cubes till 12-15 as they are frequently used in many problems..


john : TIPS FOR LEARNING DI
vinnayraj : answered..check..


zzz17 : I AM NOT ABLE TO ATTEMPT OR EVEN READ ALL THE QUESTIONS IN QUANT DURING THE ALLOTED TIME.HOW TO IMPROVE SOLVING SPEED DURING TEST
sumit : select your strong topic and go through the question on selected topic first which u think are strong and doable.


nicky44 : MBA VS PGDM WHAT DIFFERNECE
supratim : Institutes / colleges can offer PGDM . Universities can offer MBA . Please get the right college - PGDM or MBA does not matter .


nicky44 : SHOULD I GIVE SAME WEIGHTAGE TO ALL THE TOPICS OR ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC TOPICS THAT SHOULD BE EMPHASIZED WHILE PRACTISING
vinnayraj : all topics are important..atleast the fundamentals..the number of questions solved when practicing can vary..


nicky44 : I HAVE STARTED WORKING 8 MONTHS BACK. SO IS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO FIND TIME TO STUDY. WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF HOURS IN A DAY THAT I SHOULD DEVOTE TO STUDIES? IT IS MY DREAM TO GET INTO AN IIM.
vinnayraj : around 3-4 hours of focused study and try to be consistent on an average basis..more is always welcome..


zzz17 : CAN YOU PLEASE TELL SOME ONLINE RESOURCES FOR GEOMETRY FORMULAS APART FROM TIME MATERIAL
vinnayraj : the concepts,theorems and forumlae given in the book is more than enough..make sure you are thorough with them..you can always refer to your school books if required..


nam : IS IT WORTH DOING FROM JAIPURIA?
raman : Don't you have other options!


javed : IS TIME MATERIAL SUFFICIENT FOR DI AND LR
vinnayraj : yes..the study material,online sectional tests,the second lot of material and the aimcats are sufficient preparation for all the sections..


zzz17 : PLEASE CAN YOU SUGGEST A DETAILED 5/6 MONTHS STUDY PLAN TO IMPROVE IN QA AND DI/LR SECTION
vinnayraj : in the next couple of months focus on learning the fundamentals of all concepts in quant including the revision of the concepts already learnt..make sure you solve atleast one set of di and lr every day and try to solve different types of sets on different days..periodic revision is very important for concepts to become very clear and for better retention..at the same take every aimcat and analyze thoroughly and religiously..some new ways of solving can also be figured out along the way..do not get bogged down by low scores which invariably will happen in many cases and just focus on learning from the test experience and improved implementation of strategy..when your concepts are clear in some topics ,take sectional tests and evaluate your performances..and gradually move from beginner to intermediate to the advanced level..and try to be focused,regular and consistent in your preparation and make sure you work hard as it always pays..


rbdev2016 : @SATHYANARAYANAN ANY FINANCE BOOK/LECTURE AS A STARTING POINT OR ANY SPECIFIC AREA?
sathyanarayanan : start with basic economic terms, bank working models.. CBSE txt books of 8/9/10 can give a basic guide on economics. u can download them from the official NCERT website.


aryaa : SIR, THE PROBLEM I AM FACING WHILE PREPARING FOR CAT IS THAT I AM NOT BEING ABLE TO COMPLETE ALL FOUR SECTIONS -QUANTS, VARC, LR,DI EACH DAY AS EACH IS VERY TIME CONSUMING.BUT AS PER MY PERCEPTION I NEED TO PRACTICE EACH AREAS EXTENSIVELY EACH DAY. WHAT SHOULD BE MY CORRECT APPROACH?
supratim : Please start with lesser workload and gradually increase it over a period of time. Plan the schedule correctly and execute it properly.


sharath : IIM RAIPUR OR NMIMS MUMBAI MBA CORE?
supratim : Suggested IIM raipur if you are looking at medium to long term career goal.


nick : SIR SHOULD I GO FOR DELHI SCOOL OF ECONOMICS MBA OR SHOULD I DROP ( I HAD 94 %ILE THIS YEAR) . SIR PLEASE ADVISE .THANKU
supratim : Its always better to get into IIM if you have option for waiting for a year . Please do visit your nearest T.I.M.E centre and talk to faculty members before taking any decision.


aryaa : WHAT ARE THE MAIN TOPICS TO PRACTICE EXTENSIVELY IN DI AND LR FOR CAT AND OMETS?
sathyanarayanan : for LR - Linear arrangements, circular arrangements, selection & distribution, comparisons, venn dia for DI - all types are equally imp


javed : IS TIME MATERIAL SUFFICIENT FOR NUMBER SYSTEM
vinnayraj : more than enough..


a12 : HELLO SIR, SORRY FOR OUT OF CONTEXT QUESTION. I AM A GENERAL CATEGORY, FEMALE, ENGINEERING GRADUATE PASSED OUT IN 2016, WITH 96/93/7.5 IN 10/12/GRAD, WORKING CURRENTLY. WHAT MINIMUM PERCENTILE SHOULD I TARGET IN CAT/SNAP IF I WISH TO GET INTO IIM INDORE/SIBM P OR SCHMHRD?
vinnayraj : you have a good academic profile..so you could even consider targeting a better b school than the couple you have mentioned..and a 99+ percentile is achievable if you are willing to work hard and stay focused for the next 6 months..that will increase your chances of getting calls from the top 10 b schools including your target school of iim indore..


javed : WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF ECONOMICS FOR MBA EXAM
raman : Not much at EXAM LEVEl. To an extent it can help you in GD-PI. It could also help you once you enrol into a MBA programme.


aryaa : EVEN AFTER PRACTICING QUANTS ON A DAILY BASIS I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO APPROACH A GIVEN PROBLEM,AND SINCE I HAVE TO FINISH PRACTICING THE SUMS AND SKIP TO SOME OTHER SECTIONS, I HAVE TO RESORT TO CONSULTING THE ANSWERS FROM SOLUTION BACK AND THEN DO IT(IN CASE I GET STUCK.IS ITRIGHTAPPROAH?
supratim : No. Looking at solution book is the last resort . Please remember , in exam hall you will be without the solution booklet . Manage your time better and solve yourself . Take help from faculty members and friends as and when required . Break up the quant problem in parts and solve each part individually and then connect them to get the right answer .


nick : @SUPRATIM SIR IS 99+ PERCENTILE POSSIBLE FOR ME THIS YEAR (I M CONFUSED,,WHAT IF I CUDNT SCORE IN THAT RANGE).I MEAN HAVE YOU SEEN SUCH INSTANCES WHERE SOMEONE JUMPS FROM 90S TO 99S?... THANKU SIR
supratim : Its possible if you work hard. I have met many students in my career who has jumped from 80 percentile to 99 percentile beacuse of their hard work . I will suggest you to listen to Mr. Mark Zukerbergs Harvard speech of yesterday . May inspire you better.


nicky44 : WHILE PRACTISING SHOULD I EMPHASIZE ON TIME FACTOR ?OR SHOULD I GIVE MORE IMPORTANCE TO ACCURACY?
sathyanarayanan : both are equally imp


sona : SIR FOR IMPROVING QUANT GIVEN EXERCISES IN BOOKS MUST BE SOLVED AGAIN N AGAIN
vinnayraj : revision of fundamentals is very much required..also if you have the time you can try to solve problems already solved after a few days and you can try to come up with alternate better and faster solutions..this is big advantage of solving questions again..also revision does a world of good to your performance in the aimcats and eventually the cat..


a12 : IS IT OKAY IF I QUIT THE JOB AS I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO MANAGE WORK AND CAT PREPARATION?
sathyanarayanan : tat is completely upto u, but put in lot of thought and then take a firm step.. my advice would be to manage both .. it is possible


shivi : IF A PERSON SCORES 99 PERCENTILE IN A SECTION & 75 PERCENTILE IN OTHER TWO. THEN WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF THAT PERSON TO GET CALLS FROM IIM ?
vinnayraj : the sectional cut offs for most of the iims is 80 percentile for all the three sections..so it is very important to be equally good( or reasonably good) in all the three sections to get calls from the iims..apart from clearing the sectional cutoffs you need to have a very good overall percentile as well(which good be significantly higher)


glcb7a002 : HOW VIDEOS IN MY SHP WILL HELP ME??DOES THESE VIDEOS ARE SUFFICIENT AS FAR AS SUBJECT IS CONCERNED FOR VA??
sathyanarayanan : videos alone are not sufficient. they are to be used as a supplementary preparation materials.


sona : THANKS SIR... I WILL TRY MY BEST
vinnayraj : welcome..all the best!!


rbdev2016 : THANKS A LOT SATHYANARAYANAN AND SUPRATIM SIR FOR GUIDANCE :)
sathyanarayanan : welcome & all the best


aryaa : ARE NOVELS REALLY NECESSARY FOR ANY GD/PI OR ANYTHING AS SUCH? I FIND IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO READ NOVELS NOW , CONSIDERING MY 10 HOURS WORK SCHEDULE MON-FRI.
raman : Well it needn't be novels alone. you may start doing some form of reading


T.I.M.E