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AIMCAT 1808 & preparation tips for CAT!
(Chat Transcript)

neha : HELLO SIR/MAM...
rajeshsaraf : Yes


krish : HELLO SIR
govindrajan : Please post your question.


dlca7aaf1 : HELLO, EVERYONE
saikumar : Hi....whats your Qs?


saurabh : SIR IN LR - LOGICAL DEDUCTIONS, CONNECTIVES AND CUBES AND IN QA – CO-ORDINATE GEOMETRY, ARE THESE IMPORTANT CHAPTERS FOR CAT OR CAN THEY BE LEFT?
rajeshsaraf : Nothing can be left out. Connectives are interrelated with Selections. One set on Cubes was asked in CAT 2015.


anirudha : GOOD EVENING EVERYONE.
gouri : Good Evening...


krish : SIR I HAVE BEEN SCORING BETWEEN 78-92%ILE IN AIMCATS, WHAT CAN I DO TO MAINTAIN THE CONSISTENCY?
saikumar : It i fairly common to see scores fluctuate....very few AIMCAT takers consistently score 90+ all the time.


dlca7aaf1 : AIMCAT 1808 WAS REALLY HARD IN TERMS OF QUANT
saikumar : It is a good precursor to CAT17....analyse the paper to see what scoring opportunities you missed, alternate solutions to Qs and the the ones to avoid.


sandy : HI SIR, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME THE STRATEGY THAT I NEED TO FOLLOW DURING THIS PREPARATION PERIOD?
rajeshsaraf : You need to solve some questions in each area on a regular basis. Additionally, write sectional tests and AIMCATs and analyze those thoroughly.


nits : WHAT IS THE SAFE SCORE FOR ANY IIM CALLS, BEING A SC CATEGRY CANDIDATE
rajeshsaraf : Generally, any net score of mote than 85 percentild


nits : WHAT IS THE SAFE SCORE FOR ANY IIM CALLS, BEING A SC CATEGRY CANDIDATE
saikumar : Depends on the paper...no one can predict this in advance


dapper : HI I AM A CAT 17 ASPIRANT MY SCORES IN AIMCATS HAVE BEEN AROUND 96 WITH HIGHEST BEING 98.5 AND LOWEST BEING 87.HOW SHOULD I GO ABOUTY PREPN NOW TO GET 99.5+ IN CAT 17.ALSO I AM A WORKING PROFESSIONAL.WILL IT BE A WISE DECISION TO LEAVE MY JOB AND DEVOTE MY TIME TO CAT PREPN SO AS TO GET 99.5+?
saikumar : At this point there is not much sense in leaving your job. Your scores are fantastic....you are quite consistent too!! If you are able to maintain this then a 99+ is surely on the cards. Start working on your weak areas, areas where you have a lot of errors, areas that you dont prefer attempting in exam conditions.


nits : SIR A BACKLOG REALLY MATTERS TO FETCH AN IIM CALL
govindrajan : No, but you should complete your graduation within the stipulated time. i.e B.Tech 4 years other graduations 3 years


chiku : SIR/MAM I HAVE BEEN STUDYING FOR CAT PREP SINCE LAST OCTOBER BUT STILL I AM GETTING 60-70 PERCENTILE IT IS REALLY HARD TO GO THROUGH THIS WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE THIS SIR/MAM?
vjs : First, you need to identify your strong and weak areas . Second, devote more time on working on the weak areas and also revising the areas you are strong at. You need to divide your time carefully among all areas.


sidhant : I HAVE BEEN SCORING AROUND 98%TILE HOWEVER MY SCORE DROPPED IN DI/LR IN 1808. SCORED 164. HOW TO IMPROVE?
rajeshsaraf : That's OK. Even if the score drops in one off AIMCATs, you need to just analyze that and move forward. You need not take that too seriously. Just learn in terms of types of errors committed and be alert in terms of not repeating those. You will do much better.


dlca7aaf1 : PLEASE DO DISCUSS SOME WAYS IN ORDER TO INCREASE ACCURACY IN VARC
tarannumraza : Do not rush through the RCs-read thoroughly otherwise you will not understand the nuances of the language & are likely to get the indirect questions wrong.For Para-jumbles,read the paragraph in the order you have marke the sentences -if there is an indescrepancy, it will crop up.


priya : HAVING 55 DAYS TO CAT, CAN YOU GIVE US AN IDEA ON HOW TO PREPARE AND HOW MANY HOURS TO SPEND?
govindrajan : If you have not started preparation yet, about 8 to 10 hours a day is required.


harshil : HELLO SIR ...I HAVE BEEN SCORING AROUND 88-95 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS.WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN ACTUAL CAT?
rajeshsaraf : Generally, actual CAT scores are seen to be higher a few percentile points over and above what you have been getting in AIMCATs


neha : I GOT 79.8 PERCENTILE IN THIS AIMCAT 1808. I USED TO GET 86, 89 AND EVEN GOT 91 PERCENTILE IN 1810.BUT NOW MY SCORES ARE BETTER BUT PERCENTILE IS DIPPING. SINCE CAT IS VERY I AM GETTING DEMOTIVATED WITH THIS DIPPING STAGE. I EXPECTED AN INCREASE BUT THATS NOT HAPPENING. PLEASE HELP
madhav : Your AIMCAT scores might not always be consistent. You scored higher in AIMCAT 1808 because it was an easy compared to other AIMCATs. You seem to be doing better in papers of higher difficulty compared to others as your percentiles were higher in the tougher AIMCATs. Take it positively and continue working hard. There is still enough time to increase your percentile significantly. There is no need to be pessimistic or be demotivated.


aadhar : HELLO SIR, I HAVE BEEN SCORING AROUND 85-90 %IE IN SECTIONAL TESTS AND AROUND 75-80 %ILE IN AIMCATS . WHICH COLLEGES SHOULD I AIM?
saikumar : AIM for the Top10, AAA and AA category institutes.


ms : HELLO SIR.. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY CALCULATION SPEED IN DI AND QUANT?
vjs : Revise the concepts of speed maths.During your preparation solve the question till the final answer(focus on time constraint).


saurabh : WHAT SHOULD BE THE IDEAL SCORE IN AIMCAT TO SURELY GET 90+ PERCENTILE IN CAT
rajeshsaraf : Generally, 100 marks (out of 300 marks)


anirudha : HI SIR. I AM GETTING AROUND 80-90 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS. WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN ACTUAL CAT?
saikumar : If you maintain the same level of consistency then you can surely aim for a 95+ score in CAT. Step up your preparation for you are very close to cracking the high 90's and calls from the best IIMs.


shiv : GETTING AROUND 90-95 %ILE IN AIMCATS. WITH A 92%ILE IN AIMCAT 1808. PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW TO PROCEED FROM NOW ON IN THE LAST 2 MONTHS
satyaprakash : Analyse your AIMCAT performances in detail & be absolutely clear about your reasons for losing marks. At the same time, use your learnings to devise strategies that'll be of great help to you in maximising your score. All the best!


nits : SIR PREVIOUS YEAR WHEN IIM LUCKNOW CONDUCTED CAT PAPER,, WHAT WAS THE LEVEL OF PAPER SECTION WISE,, COMPARED TO LAST YEAR CAT
saikumar : Irrespective of which IIM sets the paper - CAT has always been a tough exam. There is no point in speculating about what kind of paper you might get.


sourav : IT IS SUGGESTED TO GO THROUGH THE QUESTION PAPER BRIEFLY ONCE BEFORE STARTING TO ATTEMPTING IT. HOWEVER, WHILE DOING THAT FOR QUANTS, CONSUMES LOT OF TIME. WHAT IS THE EXACT WAY IN WHICH ONE SHOULD DO THIS GOING THROUGH THIS PAPER PART
saikumar : Spend around 2-3 mins initially in scanning the Qs and identifying the ones you would like to attemot first. Spending time beyond this is not recommended.


cat : DOES LUCK PLAY A ROLE IN GETTING THE IIMA CALL?
saikumar : A big NO.


priya : I AM GETTING AROUND 85 PERCENTILE NOW IN AIMCATS. IS IT POSSIBLE TO IMPROVE TO A 95 BEFORE CAT?
saikumar : Absolutely yes....use the remaining time diligently to get into the 95+ range.


saurabh : SIR I FACE A LOT OF DIFFICULTY WHILE SOLVING AS I DO PRACTICE A LOT YET I AM NOT ABLE TO PROCESS SUMS IN LRDI AND QA QUICKLY DUE TO WHICH MY ATTEMPTS ARE VERY POOR AND HENCE VERY LESS MARKS. WHAT CAN I DO T IMPROVE MY SPEED AS I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING?
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 AIMCATS.


sourav : HOW DO I IMPROVE THE QUESTIONS IN VARC SECTIONS WHICH HAVE A MISSING SENTENCE ?
tarannumraza : There are 3 types of questions in this category. 1)First sentence missing(considered the easiest)- read the rest of the para & then pick a general sentence introducing the topic 2)Middle sentence missing - Double check to see that the chosen sentence is linked to both the earlier part and the later part of the para 3)Last sentence missing ( considered the toughest)- The answer should be connected to the idea in the 2nd last sentence as well as to the central idea of the paragraph. In all cases, the tone & style of writing should match the rest of the paragraph.


swathi : SIR/MAAM, IM FROM SCIENCE BACKGROUND. IM DOING DECENT IN VERBAL AND LOGICAL SECTIONS. BUT IM LOSING MY MARKS IN QUANT. I'M SOLVING SECTIONAL TESTS YET IM NOT ABLE TO SCORE IN QUANT. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY QUANT SCORE?
rajeshsaraf : Exposure to large variety of questions is the KEY. For e.g, say a chapter on Numbers. Try and solve as many questions related to different sub topics like last digit, last two digits, remainder, successive division, LCM, HCF etc. Similar way for other chapters. A good reference material is SM1001801, SM1001806. 8


dlca7aaf1 : WHICH TRAIT SHOULD BE CHOOSED FOR MBA AFTER ENGINEERING?
satyaprakash : If you mean specialisation, my advice to you is to put all your mental energy into getting admission to a good b-school first.


762 : MY QUESTION IS, WHILE WRITING THE AIMCAT I AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE QUESTIONS AND I AM NOT ABLE TO SCORE GOOD MARKS ESPECIALLY IN THE LR DI SECTION, HOWEVER WHEN I RE WRITE THE AIMCAT, I AM ABLE TO SOLVE MAXIMUM QUESTIONS WITH A 90- 95% ACCURACY. PLEASE SUGGEST HOW SHOULD I TACKLE THIS?
vjs : When you solve, 1.You are out of pressure.2.May be you are not solving till final answer.Have a glance at previous AIMCATs and Analyse your performance and make a game plan so as to cover all your weak areas in the run up to CAT. Most other mgmt tests are post CAT


chiku : SIR FROM THE LAST TWO AIMCATS I HAVE BEEN SCORING LOWEST MARKS IN LR/DI BUT IN PREVIOUS AIMCATS I WAS CONSISTENTLY SCORING 90 PERCENTILE IN LR/DI WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
saikumar : Analyse the AIMCATs - try and understand the mistakes you have made and how to avoid them in future tests. Every AIMCAT is a learning experience - it is not the finale!!


dapper : I AM THINKING OF LEAVING OF MY JOB TO GIVE THAT FINAL TOUCH TO MY PREPN AND GIVE 4+ MOCKS IN A WEEK.DOES IT MAKE SENSE?
madhav : It is good to take as many mocks as possible. However analyzing mock is extremely important to get the desired impact from the mock. Analyzing mock extensively would take a minimum of 5-6 hours. So plan to take a mock, analyze it and then move to the next. Only then it would bring the desired result.


shiv : WHAT ARE THE MAJOR POINTS WHICH HELP US TO SCORE 95-99%ILE IN LR DI. APART FROM BASICS, HOW CAN WE TAKE OUR LR DI TO THE NEXT LEVEL ( AIMING FOR 95+% ILE)
rajeshsaraf : The ability to identify difficult sets and not get caught in those sets is the ultimate key. Generally, 3 sets (out of 8 sets) are very much doable. One more set, with little bit of effort can also be tried out. In general, any AIMCAT, 4 sets (out of 8 sets) is a great show.


thereyouwent : (SORRY FOR THE INCOMPLETE QUESTION, SIRS) HOW DO I ENSURE THAT I CAN TAKE MY PERCENTILES TO AROUND 98-99? I SCORE AROUND 50-60 MARKS IN VARC, 45-55 IN LRDI AND AROUND 30 IN QA.
saikumar : What are your percentiles in these sections?


yashi : IF IN LRDI SECTION SINGLE QUESTIONS COME INSTEAD OF SETS OF 4-5 QUESTIONS. SHOULD WE ATTEMPT THOSE QUESTIONS OR FOCUS ON SETS WHICH CAN GIVE MORE ANSWERS?
saikumar : A set of 4-5 Qs has a higher reward so it makes sense to attempt them. But remember that rewards come with risks too.


debalika : SIR, IS THE PATTERN FOR THE EXAM CHANGED THIS YEAR, AS THIS AIIMCAT HAD 120 QUESTION INSTEAD OF 100
saikumar : Prepare for all eventualities.


paridhi : MY AIMCAT PERCENTILE RANGES FROM 65-75, HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT IN ACTUAL CAT?
satyaprakash : It be anywhere between 75 & 90, if you perform at the same level and have the same proficiency. But you still have time left. So, focus on CAT and prepare diligently.


payal : SIR AIMCAT 1808 HAD DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF QUESTION IN VA SECTION. SHOULD ONE EXPECT THIS VARIETY OF QUESTIONS IN CAT 2017?
govindrajan : We can't say. We are exposing you to different kinds of situations. Nothing can be predicted about CAT.


shivam : GOOD EVENING SIR/MAM. AS I'M GIVING AIMCAT'S MY PERCENTILE IS SHOWING IMPROVEMENT IN LR-DI & QUANT SECTION. BUT IN VARC SECTION I DON'T SEE ANY IMPROVEMENT. I AM STILL SCORING NEARLY 50%LE IN VARC DUE TO WHICH MY OVERALL PERFORMANCE GETS AFFECTED. SIR CAN YOU PLEASE GUIDE ME TO SCORE WELL IN VARC SECTION.
rajeshsaraf : Analyze the type of questions which you are attempting. Further, in terms of which types you are consistently getting wrong. Are those questions related to PFQs, Fill in the blanks, RCs (then which type of qs -Central idea, Title, inference based qs, fact based qs), error in terms of wrong selectiob of passage (philosophical over a straight forward one etc). The more detailed your analysis, that will help you a lot


chirag : MY PERCENTILES IN THE AIMCATS ARE FLUCTUATING TREMENDOUSLY. NOWADAYS IT IS BETWEEN 75-80. HOW CAN I INCREASE MY PERCENTILE/SCORES AND IF THE ANSWER LIES IN ANALYZING AIMCATS, HOW TO BEST ANALYZE AN AIMCAT TO INCREASE SCORES?
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 (Not very new) areas.


sukanya : WHICH BOOKS SHOULD WE USE TO PRACTICE FROM OTHER THAN TIME MATERIAL?
govindrajan : TIME material is more than sufficient for CAT preparation. You can think of other material if you have completed TIME material (All Study Material, Online sectionals, SAMCATS etc)


ankita : SIR/MA'AM..I HAVE A FLUCTUATING PERCENTILES IN AIMCATS FROM 75 TO 97. SHOULD I GO ABOUT SOLVING MORE MOCKS AND ANALYSING THEM OR FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING MY CONCEPTS FIRST?
madhav : When analyzing mocks you would have figured areas where you are weak. Work on those areas to the extent that you don't miss any easy question from those topics. So essentially you would also be strengthening your concepts too. The variation could be a result of poor time management or lapse in concentration in certain mocks. Just try to work on those lapses.


sandy : SIR I HAVE BEEN SCORING 100 MARKS IN AIMCATS BUT MY PERCENTILE IS LOW FROM THIS WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN THE REAL CAT EXAM?
saikumar : What is your percentile range?


anirudha : SIR I COMPLETED MY GRADUATION IN 2016 AND HAVE ZERO WORK EXPERIENCE. WILL THIS ONE YEAR GAP AFFECT GETTING A IIM CALL? (AIMCAT AVERAGE PERCENTILE-85)
satyaprakash : Not if you have a high enough %ile in CAT.


saurabh : SIR I FINISHED MY FINAL YEAR IN 2017 AND GOT RESULT IN AUGUST IF I AM NT ABLE TO SCORE WELL IN CAT 2017 SHOULD I DROP AND GIVE CAT 2018 OR SHOULD I GET A JOB AND THEN GIVE CAT 2018 TO COVER THE GAP?
tarannumraza : As of now concentrate on your CAT preparation .In case you don't get your dream college, it is advisable to pick a job & take the exam again next year.


sakshi : INSPITE OF SPENDING MOST TIME PREPARING FOR QUANTS, MY SCORES HAVE NEVER CROSSED 60 PERCENTILE IN THIS SECTION. I HAVE COMPLETED THE BASIC MATERIAL AND GIVE OCCASIONAL SECTIONAL TESTS. HOW TO IMPROVE SPEED AND ACCURACY IN QUANTS AT THIS POINT?
satyaprakash : Only when you know why your scores are low, can you do anything about them. Analyse your performances for getting clarity. Seek the help of a F.M. if you so desire. All the best!


supraja : ARE THE SECTIONAL TESTS MORE DIFFICULT THAN CAT LEVL?
saikumar : The advanced tests are quite challenging.


ms : DO CAS GET PREFERENCE IN IIMS?
satyaprakash : No.


ap : HOW DO I IMPROVE QUANTS
rajeshsaraf : 25 chapters. You need to solve at least three chapters (thoroughly) per week.


amit : SIR WHAT SHOULD BE THE BEST WSY TO IMPROVE VA AND RC SECTION AND AN IDEAL ORDER TO ATTEMPT VA AND RC SECTION ?
gouri : work on para jumbles, para completion and summarisation..practise R.C passages...


priya : ANALYSING AIMCATS AND SOLVING SECTIONAL TESTS - IS THIS ENOUGH?
rajeshsaraf : There are 25 AIMCATs and 9000 questions in Sectional tests. Solving all these can be tougher than getting 100 percentile. :)


drca7a525 : HELLO SIR,AS WE KNOW THAT HARDLY 50 DAYS ARE LEFT FOR CAT N MY VOCABULARY IS STILL NOT GOOD SO WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW???
madhav : You need not be so concerned about vocabulary. I do agree that having good vocabulary certainly helps. However very few questions in verbal section test your vocabulary. If your reading speed is decent and your not so good vocabulary does not hurt your reading speed, then you should be able to manage.


nits : SIR TIPS FOR IMPROVE SCORE IN LRDI
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.


jrca7a416 : HELLO SIR, I M NOT ABLE TO SCORE IN QUANT SECTION AT ALL,WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
rajeshsaraf : No simple formula. Try and take up 3 chapters per week. Get exposure to diff models of qs.


shiv : I AM GIVING 2 MOCKS PER WEEK AND PLAN TO DO THE SAME FOR OCTOBER. SHOULD I INCREASE THE FREQUENCY OF MOCKS IN NOVEMBER OR ARE 2 MOCKS PER WEEK ARE SUFFICIENT IN NOVEMBER INSTEAD SHOULD FOCUS ON REVISION IN THE LAST DAYS??
govindrajan : You may increase it to one in every alternate day. Revise those areas where you are not very comfortable.


nayan : CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW TO ANALYSE THE TEST, WHAT I DO USUALLY IS FINDING THE ANSWERS WHICH I MADE WRONG AND WHY, AND SEEING THE PROCESS TO SOLVE THE LEFT ONE. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE REQUIRED TO BE DONE?
tarannumraza : Also check if you are picking the easy/medium questions & getting them right.For the unattempted questions & the those you got wrong- spend time & attempt them again(before checking the detailed solutions).This will tell you whether you were careless or that you need to go through the fundamentals again.


pg : SIR I FIND SOME CONCEPTUAL DOUBTS WHILE DOING QUESTIONS. SHOULD I RETAKE THE CLASSES FOR THAT TOPIC OR JUST GO IN GET THE PARTICULAR TOPICS CLEARED??
satyaprakash : Attend the lectures, if they are scheduled. Else, approach a F.M. for help.


chirag : HOW TO ANALYZE AN AIMCAT?
rajeshsaraf : On SHP, you will find an article related to the same.


swathi : WHAT SHOULD BE THE IDEAL PREPARATION PLAN FOR THE NEXT 55 DAYS?
govindrajan : Take mock tests and online sectionals while revising the topics where you have some gap.


vibha : HOW CAN I ANALYSE MY MOCK DESPITE THE FACT IT IS REPEATEDLY ADVISED BY FACULTY?
rajeshsaraf : In any AIMCAT, You will find 10 easy qs in each of the three sections. Even if you concentrate on these 30 qs, you will land up with 90 marks. The idea behind analysis is to cross check which ones you attempted and which ones you did not attempt


amey : I AM VEY WEAK IN MY RCS.WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT THIS POINT OF MY PREPARATION?
gouri : practise


manshu : SIR/MAM I AM UNABLE TO SCORE IN VARC SECTION IN AIMCAT. HOW TO IMPROVE THIS SECTION.
madhav : RC section is one where it is very much possible to improve one's score through sheer practice. And this section deserves nearly 20% of your preparation time as it has nearly 25% of the questions in your CAT exam. I would suggest you to do 3-4 RCs a day in a timed manner and analyze them thoroughly.It would help for sure.


varsha : WHAT IS THE MINIMUM MARKS ONE SHOULD OBTAIN IN QUANTITATIVE ABILITY SECTION INORDER TO SCORE 85+ PERCENTILE (CONSIDERING WE DID PRETTY WELL IN VA AND LRDI)
tarannumraza : Can't be predicted- will depend on the difficulty level of the exam as well as the preparation of the competition.Concentrate on giving your best in that hour devoted to that section.


krcb7a162 : IS THE LEVEL OF RC IN INTERMEDIATE SECTIONAL TEST IS OF SAME DIFFICULTY WITH RESPCT TO CAT?
rajeshsaraf : In CAT also, the qd are of varying level of difficulty. Generally, 30% may be easy, 40% moderate and 30% difficult. Intermediate level of difficulty corresponds to Moderate type qs being asked in CAT


rashi : SIR/MA'AM..I HAVE PROBLEM IN SOLVING GAMING AND TOURNAMENT QUESTION.FROM WHERE CAN I GET THE BASIC CONCEPT CLEAR?
rajeshsaraf : Pls refer to SM1001804 for such qs and also questions in online sectional tests


hitest : WITH THE PREPRATION OF CAT I AM ALSO GOING TO APPEAR FOR IELTS,SINCE I HAVE 0 WORK EX GRAD FROM BCA,WILL IELTS POSITIVE RESULT WILL HELP ME DURING INTERVIEW SECTION.
satyaprakash : Only psychologically, not otherwise.


kripa : SIR,I AM NOT IMPROVING IN VERBAL INSPITE OF FOCUSSING ON VERBAL FOR MOST OF THE TIME IN A DAY. PLEASE ADVISE HOW TO APPROACH AND ANALYSE VERBAL IN AIMCAT
tarannumraza : Take each subsection one at a time. Concentrate on RC first.Focus on accuracy.Decide on a time frame & stick to it as far as possible.This way you will not miss easy/medium questions.


jitendra : GOOD EVENING, SIR WHILE SOLVING QUESTIONS FROM BOOKLET IS IT ADVISABLE TO LOOK AT THE SOLUTIONS OF ALL THE QUESTION OR JUST SEE THE SOLUTIONS OF THOSE QUESTIONS WHICH ARE DIFFICULT TO SOLVE? THANK YOU.
satyaprakash : Attempt every question without looking at the solution. After you are done, go through all the solutions so that you can be sure of your approach.


chinton : HI SIRS/MADAMS. IN THE VA/RC SECTION, DOES THE PERCENTILE DECREASE IF I AM ATTEMPTING MORE NON-NEGATIVE QUESTIONS AND GETTING THEM WRONG.
saikumar : The percentile is a function of what you score and how others have scored relative to you - it is NOT dependent on what Qs types you have chosen. In effect there is no penalty for getting the Non Negative Qs types wrong.


chinton : HI SIRS/MADAMS. IN THE VA/RC SECTION, DOES THE PERCENTILE DECREASE IF I AM ATTEMPTING MORE NON-NEGATIVE QUESTIONS AND GETTING THEM WRONG.
gouri : non mcq questions don't have negative marking so what you lose is actually time.


lnca7a515 : SIR I'M SCORING EXTREMELY LOW IN AIMCAT SO SHOULD I GO FOR OTHER MBA ENTRANCE EXAMS OR SHOULD DROP A YEAR AND GIVE CAT AGAIN
saikumar : You must appear for other exams as well to increase your chances of a call from a good institute. The decision to appear for CAT18 can be taken in January next year when the results of the entrance tests will be released.


pg : SIR HOW TO IMPROVE THE QUANT SECTION?
rajeshsaraf : Pls check the chat transcript for a similar query being answered


kunika : HELLO SIR, I GOT 95 MARKS IN MY THIS AIMCAT, MARKS WERE MUCH BETTER IN THE EARLIER AIMCATS .... FEELING DEMOTIVATED..WAT TO DO
gouri : don't let one aimcat demotivate you... look at all the good scores that you have before this.


amit : SIR DUE TO BACKLOGS MY BTECH IS OF 5 YRS HOW WILL IT AFFECT MY ADMISSION PROCEDURE ???
saikumar : As long as you have a good CAT score it will not impact you much.


chinton : MY ATTEMPTS IN THE VA/RC SECTIONS ARE QUITE HIGH, BUT THE NO. OF QUESTIONS ATTEMPTED WRONGLY IS ALSO HIGH. HOW CAN I IMPROCW ON THIS ASPECT?
satyaprakash : Don't answer questions in the VA/RC section merely because you can read them. Stop answering questions based on a gut feeling and begin answering them based on knowledge.


vibha : WITH THE PAST FEW AIMCAT`S, MY SCORE IS HITTING BOTTOMS EVERY TIME. AND I AM GETTING A VIBE THAT I WON`T BE ABLE TO CRACK CAT.
gouri : dont let the aimcats demotivate you...work harder in the time that you have left and see what CAT has in store ....


nadeem : AMONG COLLEGES IN INDIA, WHICH WOULD BE THE BEST FOR PURSUING A CAREER IN FINANCE?
satyaprakash : Choose the highest-ranked b-school that you get admission to. But, that's much later. Focus on doing well in CAT.


vibha : WHILE ATTEMPTING QUANT SECTION, I GET BLANKED OUT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
rajeshsaraf : May be you are loking at a difficult question. There will be about 10 such questions(out of 34 quant qs) which can be difficult (even for a seasoned professional). Those qs are BIG traps. When you are realizing a question is taking way too much of time, look for an alternate route OR come out of it QUICK. That knack of identifying a difficult or an easy one comes only through practice and your prior exposure to diff models


dlcb7abk9 : HOW SHOULD I STUDY TO GET A DECENT SCORE IN CAT TO GET INTO IIM'S IF MY PERCENTILE IS BETWEEN 20-30?
gouri : study really hard


cat : DOES THE COMPANIES LIKE IBM VISIT THE NEW IIMS?
saikumar : Yes....tech companies visit most IIMs depending on their hiring requirements.


dlca7a278 : IAM GETTING VERY LOW SCORES IN VARC BUT MY SCORES IN LRDI AND QUANT IS 93+ AND SOMETIMES EVEN CROSSING 98+ BUT MY VARC ACCURACY IS VERY POOR APPROXIMATELY JUST 50℅ THE OVERALL PERCENTILE IS GOING DOWN BECOZ OF THIS.I AM GETTING FRUSTRATED AND DON'T KNOW HOW TO APPROACH VARC SEC FRO HERE MY LAST AIMCAT HAD 9 CORRECT AND 1)0 INCORRECT PLZ HELP IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING
madhav : Don't get frustrated. You just have to be work more smartly in RCs. Analyze the RCs and see whether there is any particular pattern in your mistakes. For example you could be selecting choices which are out of scope. In that case just understand how an out of scope choice is set, you would then easily eliminate such a choice and move closer to the right answer. Also try eliminating the wrong options to reach the right answer as it is not that easy to directly find the right answer in most RC questions.


pg : SIR I AM SCORING COMPARATIVELY BETTER IN LR/DI THAN QUANT, IS IT POSSIBLE TO SOLVE QUANT CONSIDERING IT AS LOGICAL REASONING?
vjs : No,


anirudha : I COMPLETED MY GRADUATION IN 2016 AND HAVE ZERO WORK EXPERIENCE. WILL THIS ONE YEAR GAP AFFECT GETTING A IIM CALL? (AIMCAT AVERAGE PERCENTILE-85)
gouri : no it shouldn't... the deciding factor will be your CAT scores.


lnca7a515 : MINIMUM QUESTIONS TO DO IN EACH SECTION TO SCORE 90+ PERCENTILE IN EACH SECTION
vjs : There is no correct answer to that. It depends on the overall difficulty of the section, how you have done and how the others have done.


rashi : SIR/MA'AM ... MY SCORE IN AIMCAT KEEP FLUCTUATING FROM 83 TO 106.. CAN I EXPECT 90+ PERCENTILE??
gouri : surely...continue to work hard.


debalika : SIR IF I ATTEMPT ALL THE SECTIONAL TEST FOR THE LR AND DI SECTION , WIIL MY REVISION COMPLETE FOR ALL THE TOPICS FOR CAT EXAM ,OR DO I HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE BASUC MATERIAL ONCE MORE.
satyaprakash : If you have already gone through the basic material, all you'll need to do is revise it a bit.


rgv : SIR MY AVERAGE AIMCAT SCORE IS 30.....COULD I ABLE TO CRACK CAT WITH ONE AND HALF MONTH?
rajeshsaraf : Reduce the number of errors !! Try and do whatever you do with 100% accuracy. Attempt less but give prime focus on accuracy. Nothing is impossible. You will definitely do good


neha : A SCORE OF 90-110 AT THIS POINT OF TIME IN AIMCATS IS A GOOD SIGN OR DOES IT NEEDS A LOT OF IMPROVEMENT?
rajeshsaraf : It is definitely very good. But the idea is NOT to settle down and get complacent at a specific score. Set goals which challenge you to score even more. All the best


mayank_ : FOR QUANT SECTION, I FOLLOW THE APPROACH OF SELECTING QUESTIONS WHICH ARE FAMILIAR IN FIRST ROUND THEN MOVE ON TO THE MARKED FOR REVIEW QUES.  BUT I OBSERVED THAT IN ALL THE AIMCATS TAKEN SO FAR, I AM SPENDING A TOTAL OF 18-22MIN ON QUESTIONS WHICH ARE LEFT UNANSWERED. HOW TO REDUCE THIS TIME?
rajeshsaraf : So, your one part of analysis is already done and which is about finding how much of time is getting wasted towards qs which you are leaving. Generally 20% can be cummulative wastage. So, for a 60 mins test(quant), overall wastage should not exceed 12 mins. Try to analyze at what stage you are leaving any question. Last stage (Calculations) Or conceptualization or somewhere between the two extremes. This will vary from question to question.


lnca7a515 : SIR MINIMUM NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TO DO IN EACH SECTION TO SCORE 90+ PERCENTILE IN EACH SECTION
rajeshsaraf : It drpends on the difficulty level. Assuming last year's difficulty, then about 15 qs in VA, 9 qs in DILR, and about 10 qs in Quant.


avni : INITIALLY I WAS SCORING AROUND 85 PERCENTILE. NOW IT HAS DROPPED TO 70-75. IS THERE STILL SCOPE TO SCORE 95 IN THE EXAM?
satyaprakash : Absolutely! As long as you don't lose faith in your abilities & couple that with preparation and analysis. May the force be with you!


chinton : I AM GETTING QUITE A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS WRONG IN THE RC SECTION, HOWEVER WHILE ATTEMPTING THE QUESTIONS DURING THE EXAM, I AM PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT I AM MARKING THE RIGHT ANSWER. HOW CAN I RECTIFY THIS? ALSO, KINDLY SUGGEST AN EFFECTIVE METHODOLOGY OF APPROACHING THE RC PASSAGES.
tarannumraza : The 1st & the last paragraphs decide the tone of the passage. You need to understand the central idea & tone properly.While reading, see how the paragraphs are linked to one another.If the paragraphs are lengthy, use the rough paper to sketch an outline of the passage. Read the question carefully & understand what exactly is being asked. Lastly try to eliminate options- An inferential ques will never have a directly stated option as answer...


manshu : SIR I AM FINDING DIFFICULTY IN SOLVING PARAJUMBLES. HOW TO IMPROVE IT.
madhav : There are just few methods to solve parajumbles. Understand those methods and solve 100 parajumbles and analyze them. You would become an expert. It is worth investing that time as you are sure to get few questions from parajumbles


kabir : SIR I FACE DIFFICULTY IN TSD, PROBAB AND SERIES, SO SHOULD I SKIP THE TOPICS CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT I CAN ATTEMPT THE BASIC AND INTERMEDIATE QUES, THE HIGHER LOD QUES ARE PROBLEMATIC FOR ME.
madhav : You can afford to put less effort in topics with less weightage(1 question) if you can manage the easy/medium questions in those topics. It would not hurt your score.


shresth : PREPARATION GUIDANCE FOR : 1)RC 2)GRAMMAR(SENTENCE CORRECTION) 3)CORRECT USAGE OF PHRASAL VERBS 4)VOCAB (IF IMPORTANT). PLEASE HELP.
tarannumraza : Shresth , for RC , Vocab & Grammar please go through other answers.


cat : DOES CAT GIVE IMPORTANCE TO "BOOK BASED FORMULAS" OR "INNOVATION"?
rajeshsaraf : Both. Some qs formula based and some on the spot thinking Or some innovative way of looking at it.


neha : SIR PLEASE ANSWER THIS.... SIR DOES A TEACHING EXPERIENCE ENHANCES THE PROFILE IN TERMS OF WORK EXPERIENCE JUST THE WAY WORK EXPERIENCES IN OTHER FIELDS DO ? I MEAN IS TEACHING EXPERIENCE COUNTED AS A WORK EXPERIENCE BY BUSINESS SCHOOLS? IF YES THEN TO WHAT EXTENT?
satyaprakash : To the same extent as any other job wherein you learnt on the job, came to certain realisations about yourself, and were able to use those to be a better professional!


kangana : ARE CLOCKS AND CALENDARS IMPORTANT CHAPTERS FOR DILR?
rajeshsaraf : Nothing can be left out. One question related to Calendars was asked in recent past (about 3 years ago)


manshu : SIR I AM HAVING MY SEMESTER EXAM IN NOVEMBER. SO HOW TO PREPARE FOR CAT IN THESE MONTHS
gouri : you would need to balance both...


tanu : IS IT JUSTIFIED TO DROP AN YEAR FOR CAT?
saikumar : Yes...if you believe that you can do justice to the TIME available to you.


bhcc7wf44 : I UNDERSTAND EVERYONE HAS A COMFORTABLE TIME ZONE TO TAKE UP CAT EXAM, BUT WHICH IS THE OPTIMAL WHEN OUR BRAIN CAN FUNCTION AT ITS BEST OR THE MOST PREFERRED TIME?
satyaprakash : It depends on whether you are a morning person or a night one. In any case, that is not of relevance when it comes to taking the CAT.


kunika : HOW TO IMPROVE QA
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 AIMCATS then CAT.


priya : SIR WHAT IS THE MINIMUM PERCENTILE FOR A GENERAL CATEGORY FEMALE ENGINEER TO GET ANY IIM CALL? PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTION. TIA
rajeshsaraf : There are almost 20 IIMs. Different IIMs have different selection criteria. For some, you may have to score as high as 99+ . For some even a score of 90 percentile can do good. So, lots of factors are involved. There are some IIMs which give weightage to gender diversity factor. So, a combination of factors works.


prs : AND MY SECOND QUERY IS AIMACT 808 DILR QUE IN 31 IN WHICH 7TH DAY FIRST PERSON SHOULD BE 'H' BUT SOL SAYS P. PLEASE CLEAR MY DOUBT.
feroz : For any specific question related doubts, either get in touch with your faculty or send in a mail to info@time4education.com


vishaka : IS ACCURACY FOR THE MAIN CAT EXAM CONSIDERED AS A FACTOR FOR THE PERCENTILE ? ALSO FOR CAT 2017 ,WILL WE BE ALLOWED TO USE THE ONLINE CALCULATOR ?
govindrajan : No, only sectional cut offs and over all scores are considered. We have to wait for notification to know whether on line calculator will be allowed to use or not. It is likely that it would be allowed.


kabir : SIR SHOULD I FOCUS ON GRAMMAR, GIVEN THAT I HAVE BEEN SCORING ABOVE 90 SOMETIMES 98%ILE FOCUSSING ON RC ALONE.
tarannumraza : You should cover all aspects of the section.If the paper has grammar based questions, you will be left high & dry.The T.I.M.E. grammar booklet is v good .Go through it.


yash : SIR,I AM STUCK AROUND 87-90 %ILE SCORE FOR THE PAST 5-6 MOCKS,ONLY TWICE I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SCORE IN EXCESS OF 90; 92 AND 94,HOW SHOULD I IMPROVE?
madhav : It could well be that you could analyze your mocks much more diligently and understand your shortcomings and work on it to increase your score. It is good that you have formed a base around 90 %tile. From here improve your time management skills, ie, see whether you are taking more time than others in particular type of question, if so try to do those questions in a faster way. These efforts would help.


gd : SIR, HOW DOES AIMCAT PERCENTILE VARY WITH THE ACTUAL CAT PERCENTILE. SAY, IF YOU ARE AROUND 90-93 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS, WHAT WOULD IT APPROXIMATELY BE IN THE ACTUAL CAT CONSIDERING MORE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WRITING THE EXAM .
rajeshsaraf : Generally, it can go up by 3 to 4 percentile points (assuming the similar level of performance is maintained)


pg : I HAVE GIVEN ALL THE AIMCATS TILL NOW AND HAVE AN AVERAGE OF 79 PERCENTILE. CAN I SCORE 95+ PERCENTILE IN CAT?
saikumar : Work hard...it is possible to get there.


varsha : SIR, WHAT IF WE SCORE LESS THAN THE CUT OFF IN ONE SECTION WHEREAS SCORING VERY WELL IN OTHER TWO SECTIONS? WILL WE NOT GET CALLS FROM TOP COLLEGES?
satyaprakash : Not from the ones that have sectional cut-offs.


arpit : SIR, I AM NOT IMPROVING IN QA AS MY PERCENTILE REVOLVES AROUND 50% AND I HAVE COMPLETED THE COURSE TWICE ALMOST
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.


chinton : KINDLY SUGGEST AN EFFECTIVE WAY OF IMPROVING VOCABS. DIRECTLY MUGGING WORDS FROM THE TIME CUE CARDS IS NOT OFFERING MUCH HELP.
tarannumraza : The best way is to use the words learnt -by making sentences.Another way is the RPS method(Root word-prefix-suffix method).By learning the meanings of these, you can intelligently get the meanings of most words.Eg. a=without , path=feeling.So 'apathy' means without any feeling/unconcerned. You may forget some words, still you will be adding to your vocabulary.


gwcb7a049 : COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT SCORE SHOULD I GET IN AIMCAT, AT THIS POINT OF TIME,T I ATTAIN 95+ POO PERCENTILE IN CAT
govindrajan : About 90 percentile


thereyouwent : (AIMCAT 1808) VARC- 94, LRDI - 92, QA-90, OVERALL, 93
saikumar : All these scores will surely translate to a 98+ (in all sections) and a high 99 overall. Ensure that you maintain this consistency and take CAT just as you are approaching the AIMCATs.


cat : IF 6 PERSONS (A, B, C, D, E, F) ARE SITTING AROUND A CIRCULAR TABLE IN EQUALLY SPACED CHAIRS, THEN "IS LEFT OF A" SAME AS "IMMEDIATE LEFT OF A"?
rajeshsaraf : In circular arrangement, LEFT = IMMEDIATE LEFT


vishaka : WHILE SOLVING RC, IS IT ADVISABLE TO FIRST READ THE QUESTIONS AND THEN SOLVE PARAGRAPH ?
satyaprakash : Reading the questions first helps you to be aware of what is expected of you & how you should approach the passage. However, if you are one of those students who search for answers or cannot push the questions to the background while reading the passage, then reading the questions first will be counterproductive for you!


satyajit : HELLO SIR, WILL HAVING A YEAR GAP AFTER 20 MONTHS OF WORKEX HAVE HUGE EFFECT DURING MY INTERVIEW SELECTION (ASSUMING MY CAT SCORE IS GOOD ENOUGH TO GET CALLS FROM GOOD B SCHOOLS). I HAVE NOT BEEN WORKING FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS NOW AND AM LOOKING OUT FOR OPPORTUNITIES. RIGHT NOW IM ONLY PREPARING FOR CAT. ANY ADVICE REGARDING THIS MATTER WOULD BE HELPFUL. THANKS
satyaprakash : You have not done anything wrong by taking time off work to focus on CAT. If you are sure of your decision, then it won't be a factor at all.


vishaka : WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY FOR THE NEXT 55 DAYS TO PREPAR FOR CAT ?
gouri : brush up concepts and practise on a war footing


pg : DESPITE HAVING AN AVERAGE PERCENTILE OF 79 I HAVE SCORED MORE THAN 85 AND 90 A FEW TIMES SO CAN I EXPECT A 95+ PERCENTILE SCORE IN CAT??
saikumar : Absolutely yes.....try harder and 99+ is well within your reach.


udit : HI. THIS RELATED TO VERBAL ABILITY. I HAVE SCORED A MAXIMUM OF 99% AND RIGHT NOW THE AVERAGE IS 80%. I USUALLY ATTEMPT 90% OF THE QUESTIONS AND I FEEL THAT THEY ARE CORRECT BUT THE SOLUTIONS TURN OUT TO BE SOMETHING ELSE.
gouri : identify the types that usually go wrong and eliminate those...


bhcc7wf44 : HOW TO SOON IDENTIFY THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO ATTEND AND IDENTIFY VERY DIFFICULT QUESTIONS. INITIALLY SCANNING QUESTIONS FOR 2-3 MINS DID NOT WORK(SHORT TIME & DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY)
madhav : Scanning for 2-3 minutes and selecting questions might not have worked because you were not sure of your stronger topics. Try to have few confident topics in quant so that selection becomes much easier.


shresth : I HAVE HEARD MOST OF THE FACULTY INCLUDING T.I.M.E GIVE CAT EVERY YEAR. HOW TO BEAT THEM IN CAT?
saikumar : Some of them appear to gauge the difficulty level and keep in touch with the requirements of the exam - however none of them mark answers so they stand no competition to you :-)


ahmad : PLEASE TELL ME AN IDEAL STRATEGY OR A TIMETABLE FOR MY PREPERATIONS FOR THE CAT. I HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE BASICS TOPICS YET, IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR ME STILL ? PLEASE TELL ME A STRATEGY FOR THE PREPERATION AS AM NOT WRKING OR NT STUDYING NOW.
govindrajan : As and when basics of a topic is completed, take on line basic test in that topic. After completing three or four topics in that manner, take on line intermediate test which covers all these topics. Take one mock test once in every three days and later increase it to once in every two days.


harsh : HELLO SIR, IN DI ND OR PROBLEM RELATED TO VENN DIAGRAMS(MAXIMA AND MINIMA) CONCEPT ARE GENERALLY ASKED..... CAN U SUGGEST HOW TO DEAL WITH SUCH TYPE OF QUESTIONS,
rajeshsaraf : We have given such models of qs in SM1001804 and in classroom based handouts + Sectional tests (online). Pls practise from such papers


tanya : SIR THE SYLLABUS IN OUR CENTER HASNT BEEN COMPLETED YET. AND SO MANY TOPICS ARE STILL LEFT. WHAT TO DO?
gouri : speak to your teachers and ask them by when the course would be complete.


vishaka : COULD YOU RECOMMEND ANY EXTRA MATERIAL TO REFER FOR RC?
tarannumraza : work on the RCs in the previous years' exam papers given on your student homepage.


cat : WHICH IIM CONDUCTED THE CAT LAST YEAR, I.E. CAT 2016?
saikumar : IIM Bangalore


slayer1509 : HELLO FACULTIES...WHILE ANALYSING A MOCK, I TAKE TOO MUCH TIME 8-10HRS FOR WHICH M NOT ABLE TO DEVOTE MY TIME IN THE SECTIONAL TESTS FOR INCREASING MY SPEED(SOMETIMES TO SOLVE A RC I TAKE APPROX 40-50MINS AND SAME WITH SOME DI/LR SET). CAN I REDUCE MY TIME IN MOCK ANALYSIS TO DEVOTE MORE TIME IN SECTIONALS??PLEASE BE A BIT SPECIFIC..THANK U IN ADVANCE
madhav : Mock analysis does take that time. You are doing fine. Just see that you are making most of the analysis in your preparations.


gfhgf : WHAT SCORE IS NECESSARY IN THE AIMCATS, AS OF NOW, TO SCORE 99 PERCENTILE?
rajeshsaraf : No direct relationship. However, if you are getting around 95 percentile, you stand a good chance to score 99 + in actual CAT. (Conditions Apply) :)


udit : RELATED TO VA. I DO AN ANALYSIS OF ALL THE QUESTIONS AFTER TAKING THE TEST( I DO NOT SEE THE SOLUTION UNTIL I HAVE DONE THAT ) AND IT TURNS OUT I GET 90% QUESTIONS CORRECT IN MY ANALYSIS WHILE I GET 50% CORRECT DURING THE TEST.
tarannumraza : This shows that the fundamentals are in place. Relax while taking the exam/maybe be you need to change your strategy.Remember not to pick an RC in the last 5 minutes-a hurried & careless reading will make an easy passage go wrong.


gwcb7a049 : HOW CAN I MAXIMISE MY ATTEMPTS IN QUANTS SECTION. WHEN I TRY TO ATTAIN ACCURACY, I COULDN'T ATTEMPT MANY QUESTIONS, AND WHEN I MAKE MORE ATTEMPTS, I LOSE MY ACCURACY? PLEASE REPLY, HOW TO DEAL WITH THIS...?
satyaprakash : Find a balance between the two. More importantly, keep on practising so that your efficiency improves.


tanya : SIR, I AM SCORING EVEN LESSER NOW, IN AIMCATS . HOW SHOULD I START REVISING? WHEN THE SYLLABUS IS ALSO PENDING IN TIME
vjs : Along with the topics compleated in class, revise your basics and strengthen your concepts. solve questions from practice papers to improve your Attempts in all AIMCATS.


shashwat : SIR PLEASE REPLY MY QUESTION.LAST YEAR, I CONVERTED IIM JAMMU (12TH LIST) BUT AS IT DIDN'T HAD ALUM. BASE, I DIDN'T JOINED. NOW, VARC IS TAKING ME DOWN TO THE TRENCHES AND I AM LOSING MOTIVATION. OA 95 BUT IN 60S IN VARC.
tarannumraza : Stay calm & believe in yourself. If you could do it last year, you are capable of scoring well this year too. Sit with your faculty to check where the problem lies.


payal : SIR WHAT IS THE SECTIONAL PERCENTILE CUT-OFF REQUIRED TO SCORE 99+ PERCENTILE IN CAT 2017?
govindrajan : It all depends on the difficulty level of CAT. It cannot be predicted in advance.


varsha : WHEN'S THE LAST DAY FOR APPLYING TO VARIOUS BSCHOOLS
saikumar : Check out www.time4education.com - all the details are available there.


bawa : HOW TO ANALYSE MOCKS PROPERLY?
gouri : ask faculty at your respective centers to help you to analyse...


pranjal_jindal : SIR, I NEED ANSWERS ON A FEW QUESTIONS, PLEASE HELP ME OUT
gouri : yes?


rounak : I AM A GEM CURRENTLY IN MY 4TH YEAR OF MECHANICAL ENGG. MY CPI IS 7.3, AND 10TH=95%, 12TH = 91% . WHAT SHOULD BE THE MINIMUM PERCENTILE I SHOULD BE TARGETING TO GET SHORTLISETED FOR IIM ABC?
saikumar : Dear GEM....you must target a 99+ to stand a chance of getting shortlisted by the 'diamond merchants' of ABC.


suraj : WHY IN AIMCAT1808, 40 QUESTIONS PER SECTION WAS KEPT??
vjs : To prepare students for every situation.


tanya : SIR I SCORED 60 PERCENTILE IN THIS AIMCAT. EARLIER I USED TO SCORE ATLEAST 85. PLS HELP
gouri : one aimcat is not a deciding factor...relax and continue to work hard.


hlca7a008 : I'M GETTING AROUND 20-35 %ILE IN AIMCAT'S THE %ILE ISN'T IMPROVING AS THERE IS A LITTLE TIME LEFT WHAT COULD I DO NOW
tarannumraza : If your scores are low in all the AIMCATS, this implies that you have not grasped the basics properly.Work on the fundamentals to improve your score.


gwcb7a049 : AS OF NOW, HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I PAY FOR THE PREPARATION, AND PLEASE SUGGEST SOME WAYS TO IMPROVE QUANTS ESPECIALLY?
govindrajan : About 4 to 7 hours, depending on your preparation levels. To improve in quants, identify the areas where you are facing difficulty and practice them from Basic Study Material.


vishaka : FOR QUANT, ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC UMBER OF CHAPTERS THAT HAVE MORE WEIGHTAGE ON THE BASIS OF THE PREVIOUS CAT PAPERS
govindrajan : All arithmetic topics( Time & Distance/work, Percentages profit and loss etc), Geometry and mensuration, Numbers, probability P & C, are some of the topics which cannot be ignored. This does not mean you can leave out any chapter completely. Nothing can be predicted about CAT.


sanyam : DESPITE PRACTICING A LOT OF SECTIONAL TESTS MY VA SCORE IS JUST STATIC,WHAT SHALL I DO
tarannumraza : Proper analysis will tell you which part of VA is the trouble area. Sit with your faculty & run through the tests.


sahil : AIMCAT (1808) PERCENTILE : VARC - 68, LR - 76, QUANT 81. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!
madhav : The good part is you don't have a particular strong or weak section. Try to identify one section where you can increase your percentile to 95+. It could take you overall percentile to around 85-90%tile


udit : RELATED TO QUANT. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO EVEN GO THROUGH ALL THE QUESTIONS. I COME TO A QUESTION AND I FEEL I HAVE GONE THROUGH TOPIC SO I CAN SOLVE THIS. AND SOMETIMES I WASTE MY TIME THERE. HOW I SHOULD I FIGURE OUT WHICH QUESTION IS LESS TIME TAKING AND WHICH IS MORE IF I HAVE ALREADY PREPARED THAT TOPIC?
vjs : Scan the section as fast as possible( During the practice train your mind to read and comprehend the questions ) and recognise the doable question.


harsh : HELLO SIR, IN DI ND LR FROM PAST 8-10 AIM CATS I CAN ONLY ATTEMP AROUND 3 MIN AND MAX OF 4 SETS... IF I TRY TO ATTEMPT MORE THAN 4 SETS MY ACCURACY DECREASE.... CAN U KINDLY SUGGEST SOME EFFECTIVE METHODS ON HOW TO MAXIMISE ATTEMPTS IN DI ND LR?
govindrajan : Take more number of online sectional tests. These will give you a very good exposure to various types of DILR questions and thus improving your thought process.


alekhya : SECTIONAL PERCENTILE ON AN AVERAGE: VA-94 LRDI-90 QA-70
govindrajan : Very good performance. Improve in quant by paying attention on accuracy. This will improve further if you plan the test well. It may not be difficult for you to cross 95 percentile in CAT2017.


bbca7o079 : HELLO FACULTIES. I AM A NC OBC FEMALE 10TH 10 CGPA..96% COMMERCE +2...CURRENTLY DOING B.COM. MIN HOW MUCH PERCENTILE DO I NEED TO GET INTO IIM C?
tarannumraza : Give your best in the Exam.


slayer1509 : ALSO, IN EVERY MOCK TILL.NOW M NOT ABLE TO DO MORE THAN 3RC (AT MAX). I TAKE 17-18MNS IN RC OF 6Q N 12-15MIN IN RC OF 3Q.SO MY ATTEMPTS REMAINS LOW EVERYTIME.ALSO M PRACTICING 1SECTIONAL TEST OF RC (INTERMEDIATE LEVEL) DAILY TO INCREASE MY SPEED, BUT THE RESULT IS NOT GOOD.KIMDLY SUGGEST SOME SPECIFIC MEASURES TO INCREASE MY NO. OF ATTEMPTS MAINLY??ANY SUGGESTIONS WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED .
tarannumraza : Keep on practising online tests.Read articles on line.If you seem to be referring back to the passage a no. of times to pick an answer,drop that question.Just because you have read a passage doesnot mean that you have to answer all the questions. This way your accuracy will also increase & you will be able to go through more questions.


vishaka : I AM GETTING BLANK IN QUANT. I HAVE FINISHED VERY FEW TOPICS FOR QUANT . MY SCORE IS VERY LOW. IT IS DEMORALISING . HOW SHALL I PREPARE FOR QUNAT. I HAVE FINISHED QUADRATIC , RATIO , TIME DISTANCE, PERCENTAGES AND HALF OF GEOMETRY
madhav : Try to put your effort in Numbers and Geometry as both these sections together typically have 12+ questions. If there are any other topics with less weightage like Trignometry or Logarithm, where you are not comfortable make sure you are good enough to attempt any easy questions from these topics. The tougher ones can be skipped in those sections.


messi : WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF SC AND FILL IN THE BLANKS COMING INTO CAT THIS YEAR, SIR PLEASE BE SPECIFIC.
gouri : difficult to say


alekhya : SECTIONAL PERCENTILE ON AN AVERAGE: VA-94 LRDI-90 QA-70. WHAT IM I DOING WRONG IN QUANT WHEN COMPARED TO A 99PERCENTILER??
govindrajan : Check your answering patter. Check if there any topics which you need little more practice and check your accuracy rate. You may think of decreasing the number of attempts and increasing the accuracy.


devishi : MY 10TH PERCENTILE= 93.1 , 12TH= 89.6% AND GRADUATION= 94.7%. MINIMUM MARKS IN NMAT TO GET CALL FROM ANY NMIMS CAMPUS?
tarannumraza : Check Previous years' cut-offs ...aim for 220+


adhiraj : SIR MY AIMCAT PERCENTILES ARE: 99.7,99.2,96.9,97.6,83.6,98.5,97.6,96.7,97.7,97.2,99.7,98.8
madhav : Very good scores indeed. You seem to be in the zone. Just make sure you stay focused till the exams and also don't overwork in the last week of the exam. You should be fine.


akshay : FOR RC'S I READ QUESTIONS FIRST AND THEN I GO THE PASSAGE AND SEARCH FOR THE APPROPRIATE PART WHERE I SHOULD FOCUS MORE, IS THIS GOOD ENOUGH APPROACH?
gouri : if it works for you...but it doesnt sound like a safe thing to do...


mrinal : SIR WHEN I GIVE AIMCAT I ATTEMPT AROUND 19-20 QUESTIONS IN VA AND I GET AROUND 15-16 RIGHT SHOULD I IMPROVE MY SPEED GIVEN THAT THE ACTUAL CAT PASSAGES WILL BE SMALLER AND LESS DEMANDING. I SCORE ABOVE 90-95%ILE IN VA SECTION.
madhav : If you are consistently scoring in this pattern, then you should try to increase your attempts for couple of AIMCATs and see whether that strategy works. Give time to the new strategy to see if it works. If it dosen't you can still get back to your old methods.


adhiraj : SIR MY AIMCAT PERCENTILES ARE: 99.7,99.2,96.9,97.6,83.6,98.5,97.6,96.7,97.7,97.2,99.7,98.8 WHAT SHOULD BE MY PLAN? ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD HELP.
saikumar : Maintain consistency....that is the only plan.


bhcc7wf44 : WHICH TOPICS HAVE MORE WEIGHTAGE OR GIVEN PRIORITY WHILE STUDYING IN DILR?
govindrajan : Nothing like important topics in DILR. DILR questions are based on common sense.


aa : WHAT SHOULD BE THE CORRECT WAY TO APPROACH THE RC IN AIMCAT? WE SHOULD READ QUESTION FIRST OR PASSAGE?
tarannumraza : Read the first few sentences of the passages if there seem incomprehensible, run your eyes down the questions to check for direct questions.For passages with many facts/information, the questions first approach helps.


akd : SHOULD I ATTEMPT NON-RC QUESTIONS FIRST,OR SHOULD I ATTEMPT RCS' FIRST,OR SOLVE QUESTIONS SERIALLY IN REAL CAT(ASSUMING THERE ARE EASY & DIFFICULT QUESTIONS IN BOTH) ?I AM SCORING 60-70 PERCENTILES IN VARC IN AIMCATS.WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY SO THAT I DON'T MISS OUT ON ANY EASY QUESTION IN VARC ?
madhav : If you are extremely confident in RC, start with RC. For others, I would suggest starting with non-RC questions as these are less time consuming and would ease you into the test. Typically the first few minutes in an exam are nervous times, so it would be very tough on someone if he or she unfortunately selects a tough RC and 10 minutes into it understands that it is not doable. It could really spoil your test. So my advise would be starting with non-RC questions.


vishaka : FOR LR AND DI , I AM UNABLE TO SOLVE MORE THAN 20 QUESTIONS. MY ACCURACY IS FINE. WHAT SHOULD BE MY STATEGY TO FINISH LR DI
govindrajan : Take time in choosing the questions and increase speed to increase number of attempts.


neha : SIR PLEASE ANSWER ...SIR MY PERCENTILE DROPS DOWN A LOT DUE TO QUANT IN AIMCATS. I SCORE PRETTY WELL IN DI LR AND ENG. SECTION BUT CANNOT GO BEYOND 20 SCORE IN QUANT. HOWEVER I AM ABLE TO SOLVE QUES OF QUANT FROM HANDOUT AND STUDY MATERIALS QUITEW EASILY. PLEASE HELP..WHAT SHOULD I DO
madhav : AIMCAT questions are at a slightly higher level compared to your handout and study material. You are currently facing problems in bridging this gap. Try solving the intermediate level questions in the sectional tests. This would help you attempt most of the easy/medium questions in the AIMCAT as well as CAT exam.


jeet : 10TH- 88 12TH- 88 CG 7.8 PASSED B.TECH IN 2017, JBIMS IN 2018 OR IIMS IN 2019??????
tarannumraza : Jeet,when you prepare with T.I.M.E.as a regular classroom student, we prepare you for many exams(CAT,XAT,IIFT,SNAP,TISS,IRMA,MICAT)...you can target the IIMs as well as JBIMS in the same year.


adhiraj : SIR THIS IS MY 3RD ATTEMPT, LAST TWO TIMES I HAD 95+ PERCENTILES IN AIMCATS STILL MANAGED TO SCORE 92 AND 93 IN ACTUAL CAT. THIS TIME AIMCAT SCORES ARE SLIGHTLY BETTER BUT STILL I'M SCARED ABOUT THE D-DAY PRESSURE ISSUE. HOW TO PREPARE FOR THAT PRESSURE?
gouri : You can see from the last two attempts that your scores are in the 90+ category... there is no reason to be stressed... obviously a lot of effort and practice have gone behind your AIMCAT scores... so relax and all the best.


adhiraj : SIR THIS IS MY 3RD ATTEMPT, LAST TWO TIMES I HAD 95+ PERCENTILES IN AIMCATS STILL MANAGED TO SCORE 92 AND 93 IN ACTUAL CAT. THIS TIME AIMCAT SCORES ARE SLIGHTLY BETTER BUT STILL I'M SCARED ABOUT THE D-DAY PRESSURE ISSUE. HOW TO PREPARE MYSELF FOR THAT
madhav : There is just one way to reduce pressure.....Just ignore it. You got to say to yourself that poor performance in CAT is not going to affect your life. Enjoy the opportunity to excel, express yourself confidently in the exam, you would have conquered the test. Easier said than done. However this is probably one of the better ways.


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