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Chat on AIMCAT 1721!
(Chat Transcript)

qwerty : SIR IS THE NEXT AIMCAT WHICH IS A PAPER N PEN APPLICABLE TO NONTIME STUDENTS ALSO?
rajeshsaraf : The NEXT AIMCAT scheduled on 19th June is FREE for all (Applicable for NON TIME students as well)


qwerty : SIR HOW IS MDI GUARGAON?DO THEY CONSIDER ONLY CAT SCORES?DO THEY HAVE CASTE RESERVATIONS?
ankur : MDI Gurgaon is a top rated college. The consider CAT scores. It does not have reservations.


kingslayer : HELLO SIR, I SCORED 127 IN AIMCAT 1721, WITH 67 IN VA SECTION. I AM NOT ABLE TO INCREASE MY SCORE IN LR; SCORED 16 THIS TIME. WHEN I SOLVED THE AIMCAT BACK AT HOME, I WAS ABLE TO ATTEMPT ALMOST ALL QUESTIONS. WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP MY FOCUS DURING THE AIMCAT?
sridharan : This shows that when you are attempting in exam mode you are perhaps a bit tense. Approach the questions coolly. If you were able to solve the questions better at home it is a good sign . You have to replicate the same in an exam situation only.


ashu : SIR PLEASE EXPLAIN LR/DI Q5-8? THE EXPLAINATION IS RATHER OBSCURE
rajeshsaraf : That is the most difficult SET in DI. You need to compare different sets of parameters. It's logic intensive set. You got to follow every bit of line. If you can arrive at the first rank for each of the movies, then first two questions can be answered for.


kushagr : HELLO EVERYONE. I ATTEMPTED 29 QUESTIONS IN VERBAL SECTION AND GOT ONLY 19 CORRECT WITH ACCURACY OF A MERE 65%,MANAGING 53 MARKS,BUT STILL GOT 92 PERCENTILE IN VERBAL AND 97 OVERALL. SO IS THIS HOW TO GO FOR VERBAL SECTION OR I SHOUULD IMPEOVE MY ACCURACY? IF SO THEN HOW TO IMPROVE? ALSO SINCE NON MCQ QUESTIONS CARRY NO NEGATIVE MARKS , SHOULD WE ALWAYS ATTEMPT THEM EVEN IF WE ARE NOT SURE. THANKS
ankur : too much accuracy can impact your attempts. so a range of 70-85% accuracy with your best speed is a good target to take. if you want to improve, first solve without time pressure to improve concepts. then solve under time pressure to take care of speed and accuracy at the same time. since non-mcqs have no negatives, you should always make an attempt, not matter how unsure you are of such questions.


samikshya : HELLO SIR I AM NOT ABLE TO SCORE MUCH IN AIMCATS. IS THIS A SIGN OF WORRY ?
rajeshsaraf : It depends on how much of efforts you have applied. There is a scope of improvement


kj : SIR,DUE TO COLLEGE EXAMS,THE CAT PREPARATION HAS LAGGED BEHIND A LITTLE AND I COULD NOT PERFORM WELL IN THIS AIMCAT...PLS GIVE SOME TIPS TO MAKE A COMEBACK?
chandrajyoti : Make a daily schedule which distributes your study hours evenly over both college study and CAT preparation. Both are important. CAT is only 5 months away. You cannot neglect it. Study regularly all the subjects.


rajat : PLZ SOLVE: SHYAM WENT FROM DELHI TO SHIMLA VIA CHANDIGARH BY CAR. THE DISTANCE FROM DELHI TO CHANDIGARH IS 3/4 TIMES THE DISTANCE FORM CHANDIGARH TO SHIMLA. THE AVERAGE SPEED FROM DELHI TO CHANDIGARH WAS HALF AS MUCH AGAIN AS THAT FROM CHANDIGARH TO SHIMLA. IF THE AVERAGE SPEED OF THE ENTIRE JOURNEY IS 49 KM/HR, WHAT WAS THE AVERAGE SPEED FORM CHANDIGARH TO SHIMLA? ANS: 42 KM/HR (CAT 1994)
vinnayraj : take the distance from chandigarh to shimla as 4d ,the distance from delhi to chandigarh will be 3d and let the speed from delhi to chandigarh be x,the speed from chandigarh to delhi will be 2x and solve for the average speed from the formula..


qwerty : SIR HOW GOOD IS IIFT?IS IT WORTH JOINING?WHEN WILL THEY START THE REGISTRATIONS?
ankur : it is a good institute. if you can get through it and like its placements, then yes it is worth joining. registrations start around aug-sep


bittu : SIR, I AM NOT ABLE SCORE MUCH IN AIMCATS...SO I M GETTING DEMOTIVATED...
asim : No need to feel that way as it this is just the beginning, make sure you analyze your performance and take remedial action. It is pretty normal to score low percentiles in first few AIMCATs, esp if your batch started recently. Keep working hard.


aaru : NOT ABLE TO MANAGE MY STUDIES. PLEASE GUIDE FROM WHERE TO START? WHICH SECTION REQUIRES MORE ATTENTION?
sridharan : All the sections are equally important as you have to clear cut-offs in each section.


kxca6o753 : I HAD ATTEMPT 17 QUESTION IN VA/RC OUT OF WHICH 4 IS CORRECT, DON'T KNOW HOW TO PROCEED FURTHER?
supratim : We understand that in VA / RC section a student will get reasonable number of wrong answer but getting 13 wrong is way too many. Now please do take corrective measures 1) Read at least 2 RC passages a day 2) Solve at least 5 para jumble questions a day. 3) Write on line sectional tests frequently 4) Attend classes . Results will show if you continuously follow the schedule for next 15-20 days.


ap21 : HELLO, HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD BE DEVOTED FOR THE LR SECTION?
rajeshsaraf : It depends on the nature of the difficulty level. In general, you will find one set easy in LR and one set easy in DI. For that try and scan through the section and answer those two easy sets (within the first 30 mins). That will boost your confidence level.


insane_vodka : HOW TO EXACTLY TACKLE INFERENCE RCS?
gouri : Read the passage critically..try to read in between the lines...


thea100 : SIR, LOT OF MY MARKS IN VERBAL ARE LOST DUE TO NEAGTIVE MARKING. AND I AM SURE ABOUT MY ANSWERS WHILE MARKING, AND RELEASE MY MISTAKE LATER WHEN RESULTS ARE OUT.HOW DO I IMPROVE THAT?
cherian : Do the aimcat analysis and figure out why you are making the mistake and then avoid it. In RC passages read the questions before reading the passage.


rashi977 : WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF AIMCAT1721?
rajeshsaraf : Anything around 120 marks (out of 300 marks) is considered to be a very good score.


sachin : I SCORED 105 MARKS(84.5%) IN AIMCAT 1722 WHICH WAS MY FIRST ATTEMPT OF ANY CAT PATTERNED PAPER. COMPARITIVELY SCORED GOOD IN QUANT= 50, DI/LR= 31, RC & VA = 24. NOW IN AIMCAT 1721 I MESSED TERRIBLY WITH 66 MARKS (54%). QUANT = 24, DI/LR = 10, RC/VA = 32 I HAD SOME TARGETS TO IMPROVE MY SCORE AND THUS SCORED A LOT OF NEGATIVES IN ALL 3 SECTIONS. WHAT WILL YOU SUGGEST FOR ME NOW? I AM ANALYSING THE PAPER BUT WHAT SHOULD BE MY COURSE OF ACTION DURING PAPER
rajeshsaraf : Go ahead on the basis of the merit of the paper. Pls note that you don't have to attempt all the qs. Even if you had attempted just three sets correctly in DI/LR (one -bar chart on Games & tournaments), second -Binary logic and third (another set -difficulty level of 10 qs), you could have seen yourself at about 89 percentile in DI/LR alone.


qwerty : SIR WHAT ALL AREAS SHOULD I PRPARE FOR GK SECTIONS?REGARDING IIFT EXAM
ankur : check the iift analysis on our website at http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/IIFT.aspx


aaru : I AM A WEEKEND COURSE STUDENT AT TIME. SHOULD I GO FOR ONLINE LECTURES WILL IT HELP ME IN MY PREPARATION. ALAO I AM NOT GOOD AT SPEAKING ENGLISH. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO IMPROVE THAT?
cherian : Do regular course work at home. Dedicate at least 2 hours each day for Cat prep and start speaking in English with your friends. It will improve gradually. Also start watching English news channels like BBC


nikki : SIR, I HAVE CALLS FROM SCMHRD AND IIM AMRITSAR AND WANT TO TAKE UP SPECIALIZATION IN EITHER MARKETING OR FINANCE.WHICH SHOULD BE PREFERRED ?
thomas : go for the iim. the brand will help you.


shivii : CAN WE STILL COPE UP WITH WHAT IS LAGGED BEHIND ?
sridharan : If you start the preparation in right earnest now you can still make it up.


hycd64008 : IT TAKES TIME TO SOLVE ALL THE OPTIONS IN DI TO GET THE RIGHT OPTIONS. SO PLEASE SHARE SOME TRICKS TO SOLVE DI QUESIONS WITHOUT DOING LENGTHIER CALCULATIONS.
chandrajyoti : Comprehension and analysis of DI questions are very important. If do not know what is the question and what data you have with you for solving it, your attempt will not be to the point. However, if the question is calculation intensive, you cannot avoid calculation. You can try elimination of irrelevant options and make your job easy. Hop, this will help you.


navi : HOW IS COMPETITION SUCCESS REVIEW ?
ankur : good for reading and getting facts at a single place. other good books of the same genre are malayalam manorama year book and the penguin india year book


nikvj : HELLO SIR.. I SCORED 104 IN AIMCAT1721 WITHOUT MUCH PREPARATION. I WANT TO KNOW HOW HOURS OF PREPARATION A DAY IS NEEDED TO INCREASE MY SCORE CONSIDERING THAT I M GOOD IN ALL AREAS AND I JUST NEED MORE PRACTICE..
thomas : 3-4 hrs a day would be more than enough assuming you are good in the basics.


sangya : IN DI SECTION HOW DO I IMPROVE MY SCORE..
asim : Work on the basics, the DIHO papers are good source to start your preparation,in case you have doubts collect them and discuss with a faculty member/friends.


shrey : HELLO.
asim : Hello, what is your query?


ap21 : HOW MANY SHEETS ARE GIVEN TO SOLVE THE CAT PAPER? NUMBER OF BLANK PAPERS?
sridharan : The no. wont be a problem. You will get enough.


harshita : SIR PLEASE SUGGEST ME HOW TO MAXIMISE SCORE IN RC/VA?? I AM NOT SO GOOD AND CONFIDENT IN THIS SECTION.
gouri : practise para jumbles and odd man out....along with that form a habit of reading extensively. solve a couple of R.C passages everyday.


shashank : HI SIR,I SCORED DI/LR OR QUANT SECTION WELL BUT MY RC SECTION IS VERY WEAK SO HOW CAN I DO MUCH BETTER IN RC SECTION??
ankur : RC depends on strong reading. try to build a strong reading profile. do read newspaper editorials, magazines and articles on websites. then take the RC Booklet and go through the exercises under time pressure. initially progress will be slow but over a period of time you will see improvements. things will improve surely if you do not give up.


tiru : HELLO SIR , MY SCORE IN LR AND DI SECTION IS 15. I AM UNABLE TO INCREASE MY SCORE
chandrajyoti : Try to identify your problem. Are you attempting wrongly or you are attempting very small number of questions. First problem deals with accuracy and second problem deals with speed. Depending on the problem, you will have to look for remedy.


sachin : HOW TO IDENTIFY INITIALLY EASY PASSAGES FROM DIFFICULT? OR SHOULD WE START SEQUENTIALLY TO NULLIFY THE UNCERTAINTIES OF QUESTIONS OF DIFFICULTY LEVELS?
gouri : Usually the first para is enough to show whether you can attempt the passage or not...along with that do take a look at the questions...if they are direct ques. then even unfamiliar content in an r.c passage can be tackled.


navi : HOW TO START MY RC PRACTICE
cherian : Start reading newspaper editorials preferably Hindu or Indian express and time it while reading. After reading jot down 4 or 5 points in a 200 page notebook. It will be useful for RC Prep and also for GA


tylerdurden : IS THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF LR SECTION (NOT DI) REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ACTUAL CAT EXAMS ACCORDING TO PAST PAPERS?
rajeshsaraf : YES !! These are more or less on the similar lines as actual CAT pattern in the last two years


mjoshi : MY SCORES THIS TIME WAS 163. 50+64+49 IN SECTION 1,2 AND 3.
rajeshsaraf : Bravo !! Any score above 150 marks is considered to be terrific !! However, check your Quants score. Try and move past 60 marks (QA)


ankit : HOW MUCH MINIMUM CORRECT QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ATTEMPTED IN INDIVIDUAL SECTION TO GET A PERCENTILE OF 99+
vinnayraj : very difficult to answer and futile to try to find an answer as there is no absolute marks that defines a percentile and it depends on the composition and the difficulty level of the paper as also on the performance of the fellow candidates..attempt the paper with the right startegy and dont waste time in finding a target..


ap21 : HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I STUDY DAILY?
vinnayraj : about 3-4 hours a day to begin with and you can increase it gradually..


sachin : I CANNOT GET MY PARAJUMBLES RIGHT. ACCURACY IS LIKE 8 OUT OF 10. I HAVEN’T PRACTISED MUCH BUT STILL THIS SECTION IS TERRIFYING ME WHICH REFLECTS IN AIMCAT’S. SUGGEST ABOUT PERIODIC PREPARATION FOR PARAJUMBLES LIKE IN THIS INITIAL DAYS AND TILL NOVEMBER. ALSO AT THIS EARLY STAGE OF PREPARATION SHOULD I ATTEMPT PARAJUMBLES/ PASSAGES(WHERE I TEND TO SCORE MORE) IF I HAVE A CHOICE IN AIMCAT?
ankur : if you are getting 8/10 right then i think there is no need to worry! continue solving 2-3 exercises per week in time pressure. that is all. analyse after that and see WHY you went wrong. that is all. don't think that because you are strong you must attempt more of them. in the exam if some parajumbles etc are extremely tough, you could end up wasting time unnecessarily. so always read all questions and do the questions that are easy (without bothering about what is your favourite).


uni : SIR HOW MUCH MINIMUM IMPROVEMENT IN THE SCORES BETWEEN 2 AIMCATS CAN BE CONSIDERED SUFFICIENT?
sridharan : There is no thumb rule for this. There is a possibility that the paper itself becomes tougher and probably your strength and weakness with topics may also play a part.


alphago : CAN WE ASK AIMCAT DOUBTS IN THIS FORUM ?
thomas : yes, but the qns would be best solved sitting with a faculty at your centre.


qwerty : PLEASE COMMENT ON THE ONLINE CAT COURSES VIA FB?ITS DIRT CHEAP VIA THAT
ankur : no comments.


anandita12 : SIR, I GOT 70 MARKS IN THIS AIMCAT.
asim : Ok, analyze your performance ( figure out which areas/models troubled you ) and take remedial action.


rashi977 : IN AIMCAT1721..I GOT NEGATIVE MARKS IN RC AND VERBAL...BUT I SCORED IN LR AND DI 67%....HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY RC SECTION BEFORE NEXT AIMCAT?
chandrajyoti : Rule is very simple. If you are weak in something, practice it more. Take some guidance from your verbal FM.


ccca6ok56 : SIR I AM NOT ABLE TO MANAGE TIME IN DI AND LR, I WAS GOING OUT OF TIME AND MY ANSWERS WHERE WRONG ATMOST, BUT WHEN I TRIED AT HOME I COULD SOLVE ATMOST 90% OF THE QUESTION?
supratim : Good that you are getting them right at home. Now please take these steps. 1) Attend DI/LR classes 2) Solve DI/LR from study material 3) Write online sectional tests for DI / LR . Things will start improving if you follow the plan and maintain a schedule. All The best.


shrey : PLEASE TELL WHEN WILL BE THE VIDEO SOLUTIONS FOR AIMCAT21 AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS
thomas : should be available by this weekend.


ishaan : WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD ABSOLUTE SCORE FOR THESE AIMCATS IF THE TARGET IS THE TOP 3 IIMS (ABC)?
asim : In AIMCATs aim at atleast 95+ percentile overall with 90+ sectionals ie in case you belong to the gen category, though do not get demotivated if you score low in the first few AIMCATs.


dlca6o527 : HELLO SIR.. HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FR INTERVIEW?
cherian : Your confidence matters most. Communication skills and if fresher ab sound understanding of your subjects in under grad. Also try to get into positions of responsibility in college and participate in extra curricular activities so that your CV looks balanced and you will have lots to speak in your interview


anandita12 : I FACED PROBLEM IN QUANT QUESTIONS . I WAS ABLE TO RECOGNISE THE TYPE OF QUESTIONS BUT COULDN'T SOLVE THEM BECAUSE I COULDN'T RECOLLECT VARIOUS FORMULAS FROM VARIOUS TOPICS.
rajeshsaraf : That's an indication that you need to work on your basics and revise all the necessary formula. You will DEFINITELY find about at least 10 qs(out of 34) in any of the AIMCATs where the qs are going to be straight forward.


dlcb6ou71 : SIR,I'M NOT GETTING SLOT FOR AIMCAT P&P.HOW CAN I GIVE THAT EXAM?
thomas : please contact your time centre,the next aimcat is not paper and pencil but online(aimcat 20).


shivii : SIR, HOW CAN I IMPROVE PARA JUMBLE ACCURACY ?
sridharan : There is definitely some logical flow among the various sentences and if you can catch this logic, you can answer these questions quite comfortably. Go through the solutions of AIMCATS to get this knack.


kj : SIR WILL 102 MARKS BE CONSIDERED GOOD IN THIS AIMCAT?
rajeshsaraf : I guess that's close to 85 percentile. That's good. However, work even harder. Be hungry and be more greedy and try to score more in the successive AIMCATs to come by.


kushagr : SIR IN ACTUAL PAPER AND EVEN IN AIMCATS, IN LR-DI SECTION SHOULD WE SOLVE A WHOLE SET AND THEM MOVE TO THE NEXT SET OR TRY TO SOLVE ALL EASY QUESTIONS ACROSS ALL THE SETS FIRST
vinnayraj : one doesnt have to solve all the questions in a particular set.if you find a particular question or questions are turning out to be lengthy and difficult it's wise to move to the next set and you can always come back to these questions later if you find the other sets are also difficult.make sure you write your workings in a manner that will help you begin again from where you left off...


anandita12 : I KEEP FORGETTING THE TOPICS EVEN THOUGH I HAVE COVERED THEM IN CLASS AND ALSO DONE MYSELF FROM THE BOOK. WHAT TO DO
gouri : practise..


neha108 : IS IT ENOUGH TO READ ECONOMIC TIMES ONLY OR DO I NEED TO READ NOVELS AS WELL
vinnayraj : a mix of newspapers articles,magazines,novels,blogs will help.if you find reading the economic times very difficult,you can start with any other national daily...


jrca6oa68 : HELLO! IS THE CAT PAPER SIMILAR TO AIMCAT?
asim : We experiment with the AIMCAT pattern so that our students are ready for all eventualities, yes, the AIMCATs try to simulate the actual CAT experience.


mjoshi : WILL A CALCULATOR BE PROVIDED IN CAT 16. OR SHOULD WE PRACTICE WITHOUT CALCULATOR AT HOME?
chandrajyoti : Nothing has yet been mentioned. So, you should prepare without calculator.


navi : IS COMPETITO NSUCCESS REVIEW GOOD?
thomas : it will help you in the pi stage.


uni : WHAT SHOULD BE TAKEN UP FIRST- DI OR LR?
asim : Choose based on your comfort area.


vindhya : HI SIR, HOW DO I IMPROVE IN QUANT IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND THE QUESTIONS AND HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I SPEND EVERYDAY ON PREAPARING FOR QUANT?
chandrajyoti : Solve the first book chapters first. Develop your expertise in them and then go for the second book. Also solve the Sectional tests.


abhishek123 : IN ORDER TO GET CALLS FROM IIMS,IS IT NECESSARY TO IMPROVE ACCURACY?LIKE IF I SCORE 98 PERCENTILE BUT MY ACCURACY % IN VERBAL SECTION SAY IS JUST 50%.WILL IT AFFECT MY GETTING CALL?
cherian : Unless there is a large no of slots normalisations won't happen and so accuracy may not play as big a role as before. However in case of same marks the person with higher accuracy may get higher percentile..


guest3 : HELLO SIR. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY TIMING TO SOLVE ALL LOGICAL REASONING ANSWERS?
rajeshsaraf : That's a wrong question. The wrong word is "ALL". That way you are unnecessarily putting undue amount of pressure on yourself. Pls note that last year 50% marks in DI/LR alone was 99 percentile plus. Also, the topper across the country had attempted about 6.5 sets out of 8 sets !!


pg : HOW DO WE ANALYZE THE AIMCATS?
supratim : We can do AIMCAT analysis in different ways. One suggested way is mentioned here . Step 1 ) Check your number of attempt , number of correct , number of wrong section by section 2) With in a section , check it topic by topic 3) Find out what are the easy questions you have left out while solving the paper and why so ? 4) Which question you should not have attempted in the paper 5) Now start taking rectifications measures when all data is with you. Please remember that No strategy works without knowledge . So start working hard to improve knowledge base . 1) Attend classes 2) Solve study material 3) Write on line sectional tests . Things will change for better over a period of time.


daya : DURING THE AIMCAT, WE WERE GIVEN 2 SHEETS AND EACH TIME WE NEEDED EXTRA SHEETS, TIME WAS WASTED WAITING FOR THE INVIGILATORS TO COME TO OUR SEATS AND GIVE THEM TO US ETC. WILL THE ACTUAL CAT HAVE THE SAME FORMAT (OF LOOSE SHEETS) OR WILL WE BE GIVEN A BOOKLET? THANKS.
sridharan : You will be given only loose sheets. But you should not waste time waiting for them and after indicating that you need them you have to continue your answering.


sid : SIR, CONVERTED NEW IIMS,IIT B, MDI...WHERE TO GO??
chandrajyoti : MDI Gurgaon.


navi : HOW TO RESTRT MY CAT PREP AFTER EXAMS. IA M FEELING BLANK
chandrajyoti : 1. Start with basics. 2. Solve all the exercises. 3. Take the sectional tests from your home page regularly. 4. Take AIMCATs seriously followed by detailed analysis.


xyz : SIR, SINCE THE LAST 2 AIMCATS VERBAL SECTION HAS ALWAYS HAD A SET OF 5 QUESTIONS WHICH WE HAVE TO ARRANGE IN COHERENT FORM. WE HAVE TO ENTER THE ORDER WHICH IS A BIT TOUGH AS COMPARED TO STUDY MATERIAL WHICH HAS OPTIONS. CAN YOU SUGGEST AN EASIER WAY TO TACKLE?
ankur : do the material without looking at the options. that way you have made life tougher for yourself :-D


harshita : SIR WHILE ATTEMPTING THE AIMCAT I WAS NOT ABLE TO SELECT QUESTIONS TO MAXIMISE MY SCORE. PLEASE SUGGEST THE SELECTION STRATEGY..
ankur : read all questions. remember that the questions that take the least time are the easiest. so when reading your focus should be on identification of shorter questions. don't get trapped in solving something that is your favourite but is a long question. do a section in multiple rounds. first round for very easy or easy questions. second for moderate. if no time left, just leave the remaining questions. if time left look at the tough or very tough questions.


raj : SIR CONSIDERING THE LAST YEAR PAPER PREPARED BY IIM A AND THIS YEAR PROBABLY IIM BANGLORE IS GOING TO CONDUCT THE EXAMINATION. WILL THERE BE ANY CHANGE IN THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THE CAT EXAM?
gouri : Difficult to say...no reason to suggest that.


kj : SIR OUT OF THE 5 AIMCATS SO FAR...I HAVE SCORED 90+ IN ONLY 1 AIMCAT AND IN OTHERS THE PERCENTILE HAS BEEN IN 80+ ONLY..IT SEEMS LIKE I AM TRAPPED IN THIS 80-90%ILE RANGE..WHAT SHOULD I DO...I FEEL DEMOTIVATED.
cherian : It doesn't matter what score you get. Use aimcat as a tool to iron out your deficiencies and get practice of solving a three hour long online exam. Make sure you analyse all the aimcats and get better each time


tylerdurden : WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TACTICS TO SELECT EASIER QUESTIONS TO SOLVE IN LRDI? I MISJUDGED AN EASY LR QUESTION TO BE DIFFICULT AND MISJUDGED DIFFICULT LR QUESTIONS TO BE EASY.
vinnayraj : you will get better once you have sufficient practice and get familiar with the different questions types which will enable you to identify the approximate time taken and the difficulty level of the set after you go through it.so keep practicing ..


dlcb6ou71 : I HAVEN'T TAKE ANY OF AIMCAT TILL NOW.HOW CAN I GET THESE AIMCAT PAPER AND SOLUTION?
thomas : contact your time office.


shashank : SIR HOW WE DECIDE THAT A DI QUEESTION IS TO SOLVE OR NOT
sridharan : This is highly subjective and there are so many AIMCATS provided only to enable you to find out what is easy for you and what is not.


abhishek123 : IN AIMCAT 1722,I SCORED 98.7 PERCENTILE BUT IN AIMCAT1721 IT DECREASED TO 96.6 %TILE..IS MY SCORE GOOD ENOUGH?
vinnayraj : yes it is..variations in scores are fairly normal and most students experience this.dont pay too much attention to a small dip in scores and continue your preparation and develop strategies..if the dip is large then it calls for a rethink in strategy..currently you are doing fine..


dlca6ob29 : SIR AM FACING PROBLEMS IN DI AND LR SECTIONS IN TIME MANAGEMENT AND THUS MARKING WRONG ANSWERS IN A HURRY .
thomas : do not go with idea of doing all 8 sets.select 4-5 sets and do only those. half the score should get you close to 98 percentile in most aimcats.


desmond : HELLO, WHAT IS THE AVERAGE TIME ONE SHOULD SPEND IN ANSWERING QUESTIONS?
chandrajyoti : It depends on the difficulty level of the question. Look for the national average.


pratik : HOW TO DO WELL IN LR QUESTIONS ESPECIALLY SEATING ARRANGEMENT QUESTIONS?
rajeshsaraf : There is NO one single direct answer. However two things: 1) Practice more on qs related to linear arrangement as well as Circular Arrangement 2) Increase the appetite for handling large chunks of information (say about 10 conditions). 3) Be aware of the combo cases come, arrangement + distribution.


anhad : I GOT AN OPTION TO ENROLL FOR THE VIDEO LECTURES FOR 4950/- OON MY STUDENT HOME PAGE.I HAVE ALREADY PAID 3000(1550+1450),I.E, (DISCOUNT BECAUSE OF MY CAT 2015 SCORE + VIDEODISCUSSIONS FOR AMICATS.NOW, DO I HAVE TO PAY APPROX 5000 MORE JUST FOR THE VIDEO LECTURES BECAUSE LAST YEAR THEY WERE AVAILABLE AT 1500.
rajeshsaraf : Suggest that you write a mail (on this specific issue)to info@time4education.com. Your query will be taken care of.


parveen : SIR, I BELONG TO BC-E CATEGORY & MY AIMCAT PERCENTILE IS 46 TO WHICH EXTENT SHOULD I IMPROVE TO GET IN TO A GOOD B SCHOOL
thomas : try for 70+ in the aimcats. then you have a really good chance.


dlca60s18 : SIR IS IT IN ANY WAY BENEFICIAL TO HAVE JOB EXPERIENCE WHILE APPLYING TO TOP IIM.
sridharan : It depends. While it may give an advantage with reference to some others dont give that much of an importance. Anyhow now you concentrate on giving your best in CAT exam.


agr : SIR HOW CAN I SOLVE PARA JUMBLE QUESTIONS FASTER?
gouri : Identify keywords and work with links...


das : SIR MY MARK IS -19 I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO???? I HAVE ATTENED MANY QUESTIONS BUT UNFORTUNATELY ALL IS WRONG?? PLEASE GIVE ME SOME SUGGETION. THIS IS MY FIRST AIMCAT
thomas : try to reduce the num of attempts. make sure you spent more time on each qn and do not bother about the num of attempts for the next 3-4 aimcats.


rajat : WAS THE AIMCAT 1721 EASIER AS COMPARED TO OTHER AIMCATS?
rajeshsaraf : No !! It was difficult as compared to AIMCAT 1722. Quants (1721) was difficult as compared to Quants (1722)


mjoshi : I SCORED 163 THIS AIMCAT. 50+64+49 IN SECTION 1,2,3. WHAT SHOULD I AIM FOR IN THE SUCCESSIVE AIMCATS?
asim : Instead of judging in terms of marks alone, make sure you improve your aptitude with every AIMCAT, ensure that you learn atleast few models/types of quetions which you were not able to solve in the last AIMCAT before you take the next one.


jrca6oa68 : HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO STUDIES IN A DAY..AND HOW SHOULD WE PREPARE FOR THE CAT EXAM?
asim : I am a strong believer that one should not quantify ones quality of preparation in terms of number of hours of study, rather you should look at your preparation in terms of number of topics covered,number of concepts learnt and so on. If you still insist on an answer, i would say a minimum of 20-25 hours per week routine is recommendable, if you are a college student/working class and twice of that if you are neither studying nor working(only focusing on CAT preparation). You should ensure that you distribute the time among all the areas.The distribution ratio would depend on your comfort level in that area,Make sure that you do not ignore your weaknesses.


kushagr : SIR IF YOU CAN LIST THE TOPICS FROM QUANT IN THE ORDER OF THEIR IMPORTANCE,IT WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL
vinnayraj : all topics are important as there is a great chance of one or two questions appearing from most of the topics covered...try to learn the fundamentals of every topic if you cannot solve the advanced level problems as you never know from which area the easy questions will come from and just the knowledge of the fundamentals should be good enough to solve them...


shefali : I BELONG TO THE OBC CATEGORY. HOW MUCH MINIMUM PERCENTILE SHOULD I GET TO RETRIEVE A CALL FROM IIMS?
cherian : That would vary with each IIMs and each year. Hard to say. Suggestion is try to get the best possible score


guddu : SIR I FIND DI QUESTIONS DIFFICULT TO SOLVE BECAUSE OF THAT MY MARKS ARE REDUCED
thomas : try to do only 2 sets each in di and lr. when you go to attempt all the sets you tend to go fast and make careless mistakes.


pratik : HOW CAN I SOLVE RC QUESTIONS FASTER?
gouri : don't worry about faster now...concentrate on accuracy instead.


raj : SIR WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET OUT OF THE TRAPS SET UP IN THE RCS ?
ankur : if you know the traps that is half the battle won. so solve the material and identify the commonest areas where you get into trouble. easier to avoid them in the exam. alternatively, see where you got stuck or got wrong in the exam. look in the material for similar questions and solve them to gain practice. make a list of your common errors and revise it before exams. works for many students.


harshita : SIR IS THE HARDCOPY OF AIMCAT & SOLUTIONS AVAILABLE??
rajeshsaraf : You can take a print out of the same. The option is available on Student home page


khush : HOW DO I PREPARE FOR GK/CURRENT AFFAIRS?
gouri : Read the newspaper regularly, subscribe to business magazines...


tylerdurden : IS ONE BETTER OFF RESERVING 30 MINS FOR LR SECTION AND 30 MINS FOR DI SECTION EQUALLY, OR SHOULD ONE TRY TO MAXIMISE THE LRDI SECTION AS A WHOLE?
sridharan : Watertight divisions may prove counterproductive at times. As the section consists of both LR and DI the cutoff is going to depend on performance as a whole. So whichever you feel can fetch you more marks has to be attended to first.


anya : MY PERCENTILE SCORE IN AIMCAT1721 WAS 74.23.
thomas : for a beginning ,its okay. your aim should be to be consistently in the 90s.


nikvj : WHICH TOPICS IN QUANTS WILL HAVE HIGH WEIGHTAGE AND NEEDS MORE ATTENTION??
rajeshsaraf : Well, virtually everything :-> Numbers, Geometry, Mensuration, Indices & Surds, Coordinate Geometry, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Percentages, Averages, Mixtures, Trigonometry, Permutation & Combinations, Logarithm etc


mayank : IS THERE SOLUTION OF ALL HANDOUTS GIVEN IN CLASS IS AVAILABLE ON STUDENT HOME PAGE
asim : No, in case you have doubts, discuss them with a faculty member. The solutions will be made available to you later on.


abhi : SIR CAN YOU GUIDE ME HOW TO SOLVE PARA JUMBLES MY ACCURACY IS VERY LOW IN PARA JUMBLES.
gouri : first look at options if there are any, then identify the subject...next work with links..


ap21 : IN VA WE WILL NOT HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS EXCEPT PARAJUMBLE, ODD ONE AND SUMMARIES?
sridharan : There is no such rule. Pls understand that no two CAT papers had ever been similar.


rahul : QUANTS IS MY WEAK SECTION. ESPECIALLY THE RUDIMENTRY TOPICS SUCH AS ERPV, PPL, SI CI, QUADRATIC, TSD, T&W. I HAVE DIFFICULTY IN APPLYING COMPREHENDING AND APPLICATION. FACULTY SUGGESTS THESE THINGS I HAVE TO COVER MYSELF AND PRACTICE. SHALL I GO FOR A PERSONAL TUTOR?
rajeshsaraf : Take one topic at a time. Again, within one topic take one concept at a time. Go step by step. Work on "Speed Maths". Make sure you solve some questions on a daily basis.


das : I AM VERY NERVOUS AND I LOST MY FAITH . PLEASE TELL ME HOW DO I PREPARE MYSELF FROM NOW.?
gouri : Do not panic...you have enough time to strategise...Practise concepts, identify weak areas and work on them.


akshay : I AM GETTING 50 TO 60%ILE IN THE AIMCATS ON AN AVERAGE AS I HAVE DONE WITH 50% COURSE TILL NOW.HOW TO SCALE IT UP AROUND 90%ILE?? HOW TO FIND STRENGTH & WEAKNESSES AS SECTIONAL SCORES ARE VERY MUCH VOLATLLE.??
ankur : take sectional tests regularly to assess your performance. if the results are volatile, make of list of where you do badly and do the material of the booklets in those areas to strengthen the basics. in the areas that you do do well, just some practice regularly is required. you will see that this will plug in the gaps over a period of 2-3 months


anup : WHERE DO I STAND NOW IF I HAVE SCORED 95 PERCENTILE IN 1721 AND 93 IN THE PREVIOUS TWO? HOW SOON CAN I BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THIS PERCENTILE AND 99.5+?PLEASE PROVIDE SOME EFFICIENT WAYS TO BRIDGE THIS GAP SOON ENOUGH
rajeshsaraf : Work on 1) selection of qs (Check if you are leaving out any easy questions and rather attempting any difficult questions.) 2) Accuracy rate. In Quants, it got to be almost 100% and in DI/LR, nothing less than 90% accuracy and in VA/RC, not less than 85% accuracy (if you can work and improve on these two parameters, you can see a quantum jump in your performance)


priyanka : HOW MANY QUESTIONS SHOULD I TARGET SOLVING IN QUANT SECTION TO GET A GOOD PERCENTILE IN CAT? MY VA AND LR/DI SECTIONS ARE FINE, BUT I'M UNABLE TO SOLVE QUANT QUESTIONS EVEN AFTER DOING THE TOPIC EXERCISES FROM TIME BOOK. I'M FROM NON-MATHS BACKGROUND, PLEASE SUGGEST ME SOME WAYS TO IMPROVE MY QUANT. AND IMPORTANT TOPICS TO FOCUS ON.
supratim : For any section a good percentile depends on 2 factors 1) Difficulty level of the paper 2) Your comparative performance . You do not have any hand in others performance and not in paper difficulty level . So what should be your course of action . Step 1 - Attend classes Step 2 - Solve study material given to you . Start with simple equation , then move to ratio proportion variation and third -percentages . Step -3 -Write online sectional tests of mentioned chapters . Step 4- Solve Average / Mixture , then time & work and time & distance. Step 5 - Spend sufficient time everyday so that you can solve atleast 20 questions everyday . All The best. If there is a will then there is a way.


xyz : I AM DONE WITH DI OF STUDY MATERIAL BUT STILL CANNOT SOLVE MORE THAN 1 SET OF DI QUESTION..CAN YOU SUGGEST A BOOK ONLY FOR DI FOR MORE PRACTICE?
thomas : you can refer the TRISHNA book for DI.


shashank : SIR HOW CAN I JUDGE MYSELF WITH AIMCAT BECAUSE I HAVE NO IDEA OF DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF AIMCAT????
cherian : Look at the percentile. You'll know where you stand nationally. Also the aimcat analysis gives a clear picture of which questions were at what level


ankit : SIR WHAT ARE THE EXACT NUMBER OF CORRECT QUESTIONS TO BE ATTEMPTED TO GET 99+ OVERALL PERCENTILE ?
thomas : IT WILL DEPEND ON THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THE SECTION.last year 16 out of 32 in lrdi and 22 out of 34 in quant would have got you 99.


hari : WHEN WILL BE THE ENHANCED VIDEO FOR AIMCAT BE AVAILABLE?
thomas : should be available by this weekend.


raj : IS IT OK TO ONLY FOCUS ON RC INSTEAD OF VERBAL BECAUSE IN ONE HOUR DURATION THE BEST CHANCE OF GETTING MARKS IS IN RC BECAUSE IN VERBAL OR PARA JUMBLES IF YOU ARRANGE ONE STATEMENT IN INCORRECT ORDER. YOU DONT EVEN GET A SINGLE MARK ?
cherian : By all means attempt RC first. Read the questions before the passage so that you get an idea of what to look for. If you have time after that try our the VA part


desmond : WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY OF SAMCATS WHEN COMPARED TO AIMCATS? ALSO ARE AIMCATS DIFFICULTY LEVEL AT PAR WITH THE ACTUAL CAT EXAM?
rajeshsaraf : SAMCATs and AIMCATs are designed so as to help you prepare for any kind of scenario (CAT is highly unpredictable). AIMCATs and SAMCATs ensure that you face the toughest of the toughest CAT with loads of ease


dlca60s18 : WILL IT BE BETTER TO HAVE A YEAR OF JOB EXPERIENCE NOW AND GIVE CAT 2017 OR GIVE CAT 2016 WITHOUT JOB EXPERIENCE FOR IIM-AB?
vinnayraj : a lot of freshers also make it to the top 3 b schools..so you should take cat 2016 and you will definitely benefit from the experience if you chose to write it next year..


om : HELLO ,CONFUSED BETWEEN MDI AND IITB, PREFER IITB BECAUSE I M FROM MUMBAI, WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST?
ankur : iit if you are looking for tech oriented course and placements, mdi otherwise.


dlca6oeb8 : I SCORED 155 IN LAST AIMCAT (50,48,57). WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BE DONE TO SCORE AMONG THE TOPPERS (CONSTANTLY GET 200-210 MARKS IN EACH MOCK TEST). WHAT EXTRA EFFORT IS REQUIRED?
thomas : do not bother about the top 10- 20 students. you are doing very well. try to be above 99 percentile consistently.


pratik : HOW TO APPROACH PARA JUMBLING QUESTIONS?
ankur : first improve reading. that is the core ingredient of para jumbles also (in addition to being the core of RC). then work on parajumbles without choices and with choices (try both as exam may give anything) that will work over some time


ankut : HOW TO MAKE MY VERBAL STRONG ??
ankur : answered today multiple times by me when answering about RC and VA separately. please check chat logs


dlca60s18 : INDIAN INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ' YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME OR IIM AHMEDABAD?
asim : IIM Ahmedabad has a small edge ( i am assuming the other B-school you mentioned is ISB Hyd ) considering you are currently a fresher. This would allow you finish the PGP program 2 years earlier than you would at ISB HYD.


neha108 : DO WE NEED TO STUDY TRIGO IN DEEP OR JUST VALUES OF SINE COT ETC ARE ENOUGH OR DO WE NEED TO KNOW ITS FORMULAE AS WELL
vinnayraj : just the basics should be enough,with more emphasis on heights and distance problems..


akshay : IN RC PART WHAT SHOULD BE PREFERENCE, TO SOLVE MAX. PASSAGE OR LIMITED PASSAGE WITH ACCURACY AS I HAVE GOOD ACCURACY IN BUSINESS TYPE PASSAGES BUT 50% IN GENERAL PASSAGE AND 0% IN SCIENCE RELATED PASSAGE. SHOULD I IGNORE SCIENCE RALATED PASSAGE COMPLETELY?? CAN I SAFELY LEAVE 2 PASSAGES WITHOUT AFFECTING GOOD PERCENTILE??
cherian : Try reading the questions before the passage so that you know what to look for. That may improve your score


shefali : SIR IF MY TARGET IS SIBM(PUNE), WHICH AREAS SHOULD I MAINLY FOCUS ON??
asim : Apart from CAT preparation, for SNAP, for the section on General English, students should focus on Idioms & Idiomatic expressions, and on parts of speech in Grammar. Apart from this, a good CAT preparation would suffice. For the section on Logical Reasoning, it would be advisable for students to revise concepts pertaining to Puzzles, Number and Letter Series, Verbal Analogies, Coding and Decoding, Strengthening & weakening arguments, and Non-Verbal Reasoning. For the section on Logical Reasoning, it would be advisable for students to revise concepts pertaining to Puzzles, Number and Letter Series, Verbal Analogies, Coding and Decoding, Strengthening & weakening arguments, and Non-Verbal Reasoning. For the section on General Awareness, it would be advisable for students to brush up concepts and facts pertaining to Definitions (Dendrochronology, Ekistics etc.), Economy, Acronyms, History, Sport


hari : I FIND MANY QUESTIONS IN QUANTS FROM EQUATIONS TOPIC.. HOW IMPORTANT IS THE TOPIC?
rajeshsaraf : Extremely important. This is one of the 25 chapters in Quants -CAT


sg : I SCORED 87 %ILE IN AIMCAT 1721 WITH QUANT SCORE OF ONLY 23. SIR ,HOW YOU RATE MY PERFORMANCE & I HAVE TO START PREPARATION FOR QUANT. WHICH TOPICS SHOULD I PREFER FIRST?
rajeshsaraf : 87 percentile is good. Quants -You need to improve. Complete the basics in different chapters. That alone will take your percentile up like anything.


jayantpratap363 : WHICHBOOK SHOULD I READ FOR ENGLISH RC AND GRAMMER
ankur : SM1001702 for RC and V702 for Grammar


sourav : SIR HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD BE GIVEN TO LR & DI PREPARATION EVERYDAY IF I START FROM NOW ON
vinnayraj : about and hour to hour and a half daily...


thea100 : HOW TO LEARN AND REMEMBER MATH TRICKS TO QUICKEN SOLVING SPEED?
cherian : Practice will improve speed


shivani : SIR, IF I SCORE GOOD MARKS IN CAT BUT MY CV IS NOT THAT MUCH STRONG ... CAN I GO THROUGH....??
vinnayraj : yes..you can still make to a top b school.make sure you ace the test..


jrca6oa68 : HOW MUCH QUESTIONS SHOULD WE ATTEMPT IN EACH SECTION TO GET A GOOD PERCENTILE?
thomas : it would depend on the difficulty level of the paper. do not go with any fixed num in your mind.


harsi : SHOULD ONE COMPULSORILY START WITH LR(OR DI) EACH TIME IN 2ND SECTION OR SHOULD ONE GO THROUGH ALL 8 SETS OF QUESTIONS ONCE AND THEN DECIDE WHICH ONE TO START FIRST?
ankur : it would be a good idea to glance through the sets and start with the set that should take least time and increase the time requirement from there


jayantpratap363 : FOR REASONING WHAT SHOULD I DO
thomas : practice.that is the only way. try to solve as many qns as you can


das : WHAT IS MY FIRST STRATEGY?? AND FROM WHICH SUBJECT I SHOULD STRAT.?? I AM VERY CONFUSE
chandrajyoti : You cannot be selective. You will have to study all. However, one should start with easy topics. So, whatever you like, you can start with that.


shrey : I AM JUST AN AIMCAT STUDENT, NOT A REGULAR TIME CLASSROOM STUDENT BECAUSE I COULDN'T AFFORD IT. WOULD I BE ABLE TO SCORE 99+ PERCENTILE IN CAT.
sridharan : So many students in the past have done so. Of course it depends on your ability in the subject areas.


parveen : SIR, DOES THE PREPARATION OF OLD CAT EXAM PAPERS HELP US TO GET A GOOD SCORE?
vinnayraj : it will definitely give you good idea about the exam and how it has evolved and as well as what has been a constant..


shashank : SIR IS IT A GOOD WORK TO READ NOVELS MORE TO BACONE GOOD NIN RC SECTION..????
ankur : yes. this can build reading habit. shift to articles after some time so that you can improve in passages


sachin : IN DI/LR SECTION I HAD ATTEMPTED 3 SETS OF DI WITHIN 35-40 MINS. BUT COULD NOT CRACK ANY LR SET. WAS IT THAT DIFFICULT OR I SUCCUMBED TO PRESSURE?
ankur : it could be either way. after coming back home, are you able to solve giving yourself unlimited time? if yes then at least the basics are in place. if not then first learn how to solve. once you know how to solve only then can you learn how to solve faster (which will come through lots and lots of practice repeatedly)


steve : SIR..IT WAS MY FIRST AIMCAT AND I SCORED 75 MARKS FROM FIRST 2 SECTIONS...I DIDNT GAVE THE QUANT SECTION AS I HAD GONE FOR SOME URGENT WORK....IS IT A GOOD SCORE CONSIDERING I JUST ATTEMPTED 2 SECTIONS..WHAT DO U THINK OF MY CHANCES IN FUTURE AS PER LEVEL OF THIS AIMCAT AND MY SCORE????
vinnayraj : it's a decent score for a first attempt but the attempt itself is incomplete and it's not a fair evaluation as the three hour stamina test is not tested..you have great chances to improve and make sure you take the next test and complete it..


pranjal_malik : I HAVE APPEARED FOR 2 AIMCATS TILL NOW. ALTHOUGH MY SCORE HAS IMPROVED SINCE LAST TIME(94 THIS TIME), I HAD ABOUT 50% ACCURACY IN ALL THE SECTIONS IN BOTH THE AIMCATS. PLEASE SUGGEST ME HOW TO WORK ON MY ACCURACY.
supratim : Its not an AIMCAT to AIMCAT journey. Its a journey towards CAT . AIMCAT is your friend , philosopher and guide . Take help from AIMCAT . How ? 1) Do analysis of your AIMCAT paper 2) Find out weak areas 3) Have a plan to improve on weakness - implement the plan . How to plan and execute ? 1) Assign dedicated time period everyday for preparation . 2) Attend all classes 3) Solve study material given to you 4) Write online sectional tests 5) Write the next AIMCAT . Please remember real AIMCAT is your hard work between the 2 AIMCAT's.


gauri : I AM ALWAYS CONFIDENT WHILE ANSWERING VERBAL QUESTIONS BUT I GET MOST OF THE ANSWERS INCORRECT
ankur : false confidence comes from ego. let go of the thought that you know everything! read solutions to realise what was asked. surprisingly many people answer based on what they think is being asked, instead of what is asked. read questions carefully and read the various answer choices carefully. that will reduce false confidence to a great extent! best of luck!


dlca60s18 : IF I START TODAY AND AIM FOR IIM A, HOW MUCH HOURS DAILY ARE REQUIRED TO GET IN?
asim : I am a strong believer that one should not quantify ones quality of preparation in terms of number of hours of study, rather you should look at your preparation in terms of number of topics covered,number of concepts learnt and so on. If you still insist on an answer, i would say a minimum of 20-25 hours per week routine ( apart from your classes at T.I.M.E. ) is recommendable, if you are a college student/working class and twice of that if you are neither studying nor working(only focusing on CAT preparation). You should ensure that you distribute the time among all the areas.The distribution ratio would depend on your comfort level in that area,Make sure that you do not ignore your weaknesses.


ankut : SIR I WANT TO ASK THAT WHILE GIVING AIMCAT IT BECOME DIFFICULT TO ATTEMPT DI QUESTION THOUGH I AM ABLE TO SOLVE THAT BUT BECAUSE ALL QUESTION IS NOT SHOWN TOGETHER WE HAVE TO SCROLL DOWN TO SEE GRAPHS IT MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO SOLVE AND TAKE A LOT OF TIME,SO HOW CAN I GET RID OF THIS PROBLEM PLS SUGGEST
vinnayraj : it does take some time but the other candidates are also experiencing the same..make some small notes on the sheets to avoid going back to the set...


neha108 : I DON'T FIND READING ET DIFFICULT BUT I WANT TO KNOW IF I READ ET ONLY REGULARLY WILL THAT NOVELS DONT INTEREST ME , OR IF MAGZINE CAN YOU SUGGEST ONE I WILL READ ONLY THAT BECAUSE READING TOO MUCH CAUSE CONFUSION
ankur : it is ok. don't worry. try reading economist, india today, time gk magazine.


ap21 : IF MY QUANT SECTION IS TOO WEAK. CAN YOU SUGGEST ME A BOOK FOR BEGINNERS ? PLEASE
sridharan : You acn go through your high school math books. They provide the best base for beginners.


raj : WHAT IS THE BEST WAY OF SELECTING THE ANSWER IF YOU FIND 2 OPTIONS CORRECT IN RCS
ankur : look for the difference between the answers and not just the similarities. that will make you realise that one is better than the other.


as : SIR, ONCE WE ATTEMPT THE EASY QUESTIONS IN LRDI, HOW TO DECIDE WHICH FURTHER QUESTIONS TO ATTEMPT. SOME QUESTIONS MAY SEEM EASY, BUT ONCE I START SOLVING, I REALIZE ITS DIFFICULTY LEVEL AND IN DOING SO, I HAVE ALREADY WASTED TIME. THIS HAPPENED TO ME IN LR SECTION OF AIMCAT 1721. THE SAME QUERY FOR RCS. SOME RCS HAVE DIFFICULT PASSAGES, BUT EASY QUESTIONS. HOW TO CHOOSE WISELY?
rajeshsaraf : Identification of an easy question (within the few seconds) is a skill. That has to be build with loads of practice. That is the reason as to why AIMCATs are there (so that you can work on how to identify easy or how to identify difficult qs) with ease.


sun : SIR, MY 10TH SCORE IS 90.56,12TH SCORE IS 84.33 AND I AM CURRENTLY DOING BA IN CHRIST AND I SCORE 72-74% AVERAGE WHERE 76-77% WOULD BE THE HIGHEST SCORE,WOULD THESE % AFFECT MY CHANCES OF GETTING INTO IIMS?
cherian : Nope. On an average 85% of the weightage for cracking cat is for interview, cat score and wat. That is in your hands. So no issues


pratik : IN A WEEK,HOW MANY SECTIONAL TESTS SHOULD SOLVE WHICH ARE ON STUDENT HOME PAGE?
gouri : As many as you can without taking on undue pressure...


akm39 : SIR, I HAVE A HUGE EGO PROBLEM WITH LEAVING A QUESTION IN QA SECTION BCZ OF WHICH I LOOSE OUT ON ATTEMPTING EASY QUESTIONS AND I SCORE MERELY AROUND 95%LE. PLEASE HELP ME OUT TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE.
rajeshsaraf : The first step to deal with any problem is to be aware of the problem. You have an awareness of the problem. You will, soon, find out the answer for the same. ATB


kingslayer : SIR, APART FROM THE TIME STUDY MATERIAL, WHERE CAN I FIND SUITABLE PASSAGES WITH QUESTIONS TO SOLVE?
gouri : The study material provided has enough matter to work on...


ammy : I AM ABLE TO ATTEMPT 10-12 QUESTIONS IN DI IN FIRST 35 MINUTES. WHEN I MOVE TO LR IN LAST 25 MINUTES, I AM ABLE TO SOLVE OUT ONLY 3-4 QUES. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY I AM UNABLE TO SOLVE LR IN AIMCATS AS I SOLVE LR AT HOME EASILY??
vinnayraj : try to solve a set each of di and lr in combination instead of solving the entire di section first and then moving to lr..lr sets require a lot of time in cracking the code involved and once it is done you can answer all the questions which is quite different from solving di questions.so you need to be under less pressure to solve the puzzle and once you see the countdown timer it adds to the pressure..so in the next test try a different strategy..


raj : SIR IN AIMCAT 1721 I ANSWERED THE MOST DIFFICULT QUESTIONS CORRECT IN RC BUT COULDNT DO WELL IN EASY QUESTIONS.
rajeshsaraf : These AIMCATs are designed that way so that you recognize your strengths and weaknesses, so as not to repeat your weakness. Your objective is to crack CAT and NOT AIMCATs. Take AIMCATs as the path to CAT and NOT an end in itself


mjoshi : SIR XIMB VS IMT GAZIABAD MARKETING?
thomas : XIMB.


steve : SIR I HAVE GAP OF 2 YEARS AFTER MY GRADUATION..WILL IT AFFECT MY CHANCES TO GET ADMISSION IN IIFT
sridharan : Will not if you can sufficiently and convincingly explain the reasons for the gap.


neha108 : WILL THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF SUBSEQUENT AIMCAT INCREASE
rajeshsaraf : That doesnot really matter. Eventually, what matters is percentile. Even if the paper is difficult (it will be difficult for everyone). Say if 120 marks is considered very good, then if next AIMCAT is very very difficult, then may be 90 marks in that paper may be equivalent to 120 marks of the previous AIMCAT. The whole idea is to perform to your best


ankut : SIR HOW TO MAKE MY VOCABULARY STRONG PLS SUGGEST AND ALSO HOW TO START WITH READING AS EARLIER I DON'T USED TO READ MUCH
gouri : Read extensively....watch BBC ... try Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis...


ankit : SIR I HAVE A GOOD HOLD ON VARC SECTION BUT QUANT SECTION FEARS ME.PLEASE SUGGEST HOW TO IMPROVE IT ?
chandrajyoti : If you keep on fearing something, you will never improve. Start working and take help from your FMs.


akshit : SIR I AM NOT GOOD IN ENGLISH AND VERBAL ABILITY
gouri : You will be...start working now...


aaaa : SIR, I AM SOLVING MANY LR QUESTIONS BUT ALWAYS IT TAKES TOO MUCH TIME......WHAT TO DO???
sridharan : The very nature of LR questions is that that they are time consuming. Dont worry. It is equally time consuming for others as well. By sheer practice alone you can pick up speed.


om : SIR , NEW IIMS VS IITB
thomas : IITB.


ap21 : I JUST STARTED STUDYING FOR CAT, WHEN SHOULD I START GIVING SECTIONAL TESTS?
vinnayraj : once you are clear with the fundamentals of a few concepts you can start with the sectional tests..it depends on how soon you can cover chapters...


ankut : SIR IF I DO ALL THE BOOKLET PROVIDED BY TIMES DOES IT REQUIRES TO SOLVE CLASS HANDOUTS
ankur : yes. class handouts cover concepts at one place. good to do them before deling into material exercises


chandu : HI SIR..PLEASE TELL HOW TO IDENTIFY TOUGH MODERATE EASY QUE IN VERBAL ESPECIALLY PARAJUMBLES ODD ONE OUT..NOT ABLE TO DISCERN WHICH IS DIFCLT AND WHICH IS NOT AND GETNG LESS TIME FOR RC..PLEASE HELP HOW TO.PROCEED?
ankur : if you solve a lot of the material then over a period of time you will realise that what types of questions are going to take less time and what type are going to take more time. once you start to recognise that the question that takes less time is the easy one, rest is easy. leave the toughest parajumbles and attempt the easiest RCs. that way you save time


shivani : IS 10TH AND 12TH % MATTERS ....?? ONLY UR GRADUATION MATTERS .????
vinnayraj : different b school have different weightage for previous academic scores..some dont place any weightage to graduation scores(iimc) and some do..visit the time website for more information..you can also visit the respective websites of the iims...


aaaa : SIR, HOW TO INCREASE SPEED WHILE EXTRACTING DATA FROM RC???......I HAVE PRACTICED MANY QUESTIONS BUT EVERY TIME IT SEEMS IT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT QUESTION
cherian : Improve reading speed through general reading of newspapers and editorials. Time each passage. Read questions before the passage to have a clearer picture of what to look for in a passage


shrey : WHICH SECTION SHOULD ATTEMPT FIRST IN AIMCAT
sridharan : The golden rule for the sequence at any situation is go for what is the easiest one for you at the start.


raj : SIR I SCORED 153 IN THE LAST AIMCAT AND I SCORED JUST 105 IN THIS AIMCAT ALL BECAUSE OF THE QUANTA SECTION. SO DO I NEED TO START QUANTA FROM BASICS OR WHAT ?
rajeshsaraf : Last AIMCAT was easier. This AIMCAT -Quants was slightly tougher as compared to the last AIMCAT. Pls note that 46 marks in this AIMCAT (QA) was equivalent to 60 marks (QA) in AIMCAT 1722 (95 percentile)


aaaa : HOW TO KNOW THAT THE QUESTION IS DIFFICULT IN QUANT.......I ALWAYS HAVE A HABIT OF FULLY UNDERSTANDING THE QUESTION AND THEN I REALIZE THAT ITS HARD......SO WHAT TO DO???
rajeshsaraf : Exposure to different models of questions before hand will be handy. If you know what Fermat's little theorem and you face a question based on that in the exam (so prior exposure will help in arriving at the answer). Make it a point that daily you solve and analyze qs of different models


gooner : WHERE CAN I GET THE TEST PAPER AND SOLUTIONS FOR THE AIMCAT I MISSED? (MISSED 1721!)
thomas : you will have to contact your time centre.


vr : SIR, COULD WE DISCUSS Q29 OF AIMCAT1721
rajeshsaraf : Could you specify some key words of that question


iift : AIMCAT1721: VA/RC-35; DILR-42; QA-24; OVERALL:101 & 81 PERCENTILE. COMMENT ON MY PERFORMANCE
thomas : ok,if you have just started. your aim should be to be consistently in the 90s.


shashank : SIR I HEARD FROM MANY PEOPLE WHO KNOW ABOUT THE CAT EXAM TO READ BUSINESS MAGAZINES ,SO WHAT IS THE USE TO READ THESE MAGAZINES IN THE WAY TO GO TO AN IIM
ankur : improves GK.


sun : SIR, I KNOW THAT IT IS NOT WISE TO JUDGE CAT OR DECIDE ANYTHING ON MARKS,BUT WHAT IS THE APPROXIMATE TREND OF SCORES OF 100%ILERS,99%ILERS,(% AND ()%ILERS IN CAT ON AN AVERAGE SO FAR?
rajeshsaraf : Last CAT exam, 99 percentiler scored close to 55% marks and the least scorer in 100 percentile was about 75% marks.


parveen : SIR, I AM A BC-E STUDENT IF I GET 70 TO 80 PERCENTILE IS THERE ANY CHANCE TO GET A CALL FROM IIM
vinnayraj : you have a chance if you get 85 percentile plus with clearing the sectional cutoff..


pranjal_malik : HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY ACCURACY?
sridharan : At the initial stages dont worry too much about speed. Answer only those questions that you feel you are getting the right answers for.


aaaa : APART FROM AIMCATS WHICH OTHER TEST SERIES WOULD U RECOMMEND AS I FEEL TO GIVE MORE TESTS
vinnayraj : what is more important than taking tests is their thorough and complete analysis and absorbing the learnings and implementing them in the subsequent tests..taking all the aimcats and analyzing them religiously should be more than enough..


bhavik : SIR IS THIS TIME'S RC SECTION VERY EASY ?
ankur : if the paper is seemingly easy the cutoff will go up. if the paper is seemingly tough the cutoff will go down. please don't worry about easy or difficult. it is about relative grading, not absolute grading.


mayank : I AM FACING PROBLEM IN QUANT HOW TO RESOLVE CAN I GET 99 WITHOUT DOING QUANT
vinnayraj : very difficult..you have to score a decent percentile in quant..so keep working...


sneha : HELLO SIR I M SNEHA I WANT TO CRACK CAT ANYHOW BUT FACE PROBLEM IN THIS AIMCAT FOR QUANT SECTION.QUANT WAS TOO HARD FOR ME AND I DI WAS BORING TO JUST READ THE QUESTIONS
sridharan : The section per se was not that difficult. There may be a problem with knowing the basic concepts. Practise a lot.Again you cannot feel that some questions are boring. Somehow you have to like all questions as answering them is goiung to take you towards your goal.


rajat : WHILE ANALYSING AIMCATS I TRY TO SOLVE ALL UNSOLVED AND WRONGED PROBLEMS. IS IT OKAY? I HAVE NOT COVERED THE TOPICS BUT STILL I TAKE HELP FROM THE SOLUTIONS. IS THIS APPROACH OKAY?
chandrajyoti : Yes Rajat. you should definitely try them. It will improve your confidence.


asdf : WHAT APPROACH SHOULD BE FOLLOWED WHILE PREAPRING FOR QUANT BY A PERSON WHO IS NOT GOOD AT IT?
cherian : Start from you school level maths. PDF files of CBSE textbooks are available online. Once you have covered those, finish off questions in the Time SMs. Then go for the online questions and then redo all the aimcat questions


mayank : HOW TO IMPROVE QUANT IN MONTHS TIME
supratim : 1) Assign dedicated hours for doing quant everyday 2) Solve at least 25 questions everyday 3) Start your quant preparation with simple equation chapter , then subsequently move to ratio , proportion variation and percentages . 4) Write online sectional tests for the mentioned chapters 5) Move to the next chapter - preferably Average / Mixture , Time & Work , Time & Distance in this sequence 6) Attend all classes . Gradually increase your execution speed . All the best .


raj : SIR HOW TO SOLVE SUCH DI QUESTIONS WHERE YOU DONT HAVE ANY HINT HOW TO START IT ?
rajeshsaraf : Leave such qs. Move on to the qs where you can grab some idea in the first few minutes (say about 4 mins)


jyotsna : SIR, ARE THE AIMCAT QUESTIONS A HIGHER LEVEL THAN THE QUESTIONS SEEN IN CAT? IF YES, THEN WHERE CAN WE PRACTICE CAT LEVEL QUESTIONS BEFORE TAKING THE AIMCAT?
thomas : some aimcats would be tougher while others would be easier if you compare with last years cat paper. the idea is to prepare you for any level of difficulty on cat day.


bittu : SIR. WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NO OF QUESTION TO BE DONE IN EACH SECTION TO GET 90+ PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS...
vinnayraj : difficult to answer and futile to find one as it can vary from test to test..it depends on the composition,difficulty level of the test and also on the performance of the other candidates..try to approach the test with the right strategy...


bittu : SIR. WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NO OF QUESTION TO BE DONE IN EACH SECTION TO GET 90+ PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS...
rajeshsaraf : It depends on the difficulty level of the paper. Generally, 40% marks is considered to be very good (90 percentile + almost guaranteed)


mayank : DO NMIMS HAVE POLICY OF NO GAPS IN EDUCATION I AM 2015 GRADUATED NO WORKEX WILL BE GIVING NMAT IN 2016
thomas : that should be ok, as you have a gap after completing graduation.


bhavik : SIR I GET SCORE IN RANGE OF 80-100 ONLY WITH LOWEST IN LRDI... WHILE SOLVING THE QUESTION I DONT FIND IT THAT DIFFICULT BUT NOT ABLE TO TACKLE TIME MANAGMENT
ankur : time management is the key to cracking the paper. solve all tests (howsoever small) under time pressure. that will improve your ability to handle the time pressure in the paper.


mjoshi : XIMB VS IIM AMRITSAR?
asim : Considering the brand "IIM", IIM Amritsar would be much better option.


hemant : SIR I USED TO GET BORE WHILE SOLVING QUANTS AND LR QUESTIONS SO HOW TO MAKE THEM INTERESTING???
vinnayraj : think about the success you will have if you crack the test and most people have a sense of satisfaction after solving puzzles,so enjoy cracking the codes...


devarora : SIR I ATTEMPTED 34 QUESTIONS OUT OF WHICH 14 GOT WRONG
thomas : do not spam. you will be blocked.


devarora : SIR I ATTEMPTED 34 QUESTIONS OUT OF WHICH 14 GOT WRONG
ankur : so what is your question?


aaaa : I HAVE 10TH+12TH AGGREGATE 78.5% (SSC,HSC).......ENGINEERING 8.1/10(MUMBAI UNIVERSITY)........DONE 2 INTERNSHIPS(IF IT MATTERS).......IF I GET A 99+ PERCENTILE.... THEN WHICH TOP B SCHOOLS ARE POSSIBLE.........PLEASE REPLY TO THIS QUESTION
chandrajyoti : You can definitely get calls from TOP10 and AAA category B-Schools, at least.


kingslayer : I AM THROUGH WITH THE PASSAGES PROVIDED IN THE TIME BOOKLET, CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST A SOURCE OF NEW PASSAGES WITH QUESTIONS?
asim : Online sectional tests are a very source for preparation, check your SHP.


mayank : HOW TO IMPROVE QUANT SO THAT I GET ATLEAST 95PLUS
sridharan : Start with knowing all the formulae and the basic concepts. Then do the problems based on direct application of these formulae and concepts. Then work out problems which involve combination on concepts, logical application, etc.


jagrati : IS THE SEQUENCE OF SECTIONS IS ALWAYS SAME? LIKE IN 1721 WE HAD TO ATTEMPT RC/VR FIRST AND THEN DI/LR AND QUANT?
thomas : this was the pattern of last years cat paper. it will vary in aimcats.


preeti : WHAT MATERIAL ONE SHOULD READ TO IMPROVE RC.. I HAVE WORD POWER MADE EASY
chandrajyoti : You should finish all the material given by T.I.M.E. Read news papers regularly, better if you can read online. Read articles from Internet on different topics. That will help you.


ammy : MDI V/S NEW IIM'S?
ankur : mdi has better placements. new iims are far behind right now in placements. choose as per need of placements vs brand.


raj : SIR WHAT IS BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR RC READ NOVELS OR SOLVE 10 RCS DAILY AFTER ALL EVERYONE IS TRYING TO GET A GOOD SCORE IN RC
sridharan : Reading novels may only improve language in general and may not be an exclusive strategy to get good marks in RCS.Practising RCs may be a better strategy.


preeti : REGULARLY I READ NEWSPAPERS AND NOVELS.. WHAT ELSE IS REQUIRED TO IMPROVE RC.. MY RX IS NOT IMPROVING
cherian : Read Hindu newspaper and financial newspapers. Also after reading each editorial jot down 4 or 5 points about that in a 200 page notebook. Also read questions before the passage when you attempt passages in exams


nymeria : PLEASE SUGGEST A GOOD BOOK FOR DI AND LR
thomas : you can refer the TRISHNA book.


aboli : HOW MANY QUESTIONS TO BE ATTEMPED IN EACH SECTION TO GET 90+ PERCENTILE IN EACH SECTION?
thomas : it will depend on the difficulty level of the test. please look at the aimcat topper list to have an idea.


priyanka : IS IT OKAY TO LEAVE OUT SOME TOPICS [LIKE LOGARITHMS, TRIGNOMETRY (EXCEPT FOR THE BASIC SIN, COS, TAN VALUES ETC.) , AND FUNCTIONS] THOSE REQUIRE REMEMBERING EXTRA FORMULA, AND STILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN A GOOD SCORE IN QUANT. OR SHOULD I STRICTLY FOCUS ON DOING ALL THE TOPICS?
vinnayraj : if you can focus on all topics it is desirable.if you cannot manage in depth learning ,make sure you learn the fundamentals atleast..


prithu : I'M CONSTANTLY GETTING VERY LOW SCORES IN AIM CATS(AROUND 40-50). I'M NOT ABLE TO SCORE HIGH BECAUSE OF MY NEGATIVE MARKINGS. HOW CAN I OVERCOME THAT? LIKE IN ENGLISH WHILE ATTEMPTING AN ANSWER I THINK THAT IT'S CORRECT BUT EVENTUALLY IT'S WRONG. ALSO, HOW SHOULD I READ PASSAGE?
ankur : mark an answer only when you are sure or are down to two choices. don't mark randomly. where you go wrong, look for WHY you went wrong. that will help improve. passages should be read with the idea of reaching the core idea as quickly as possible. don't dawdle on the minor details, which can always be referred to in case you need to read them


kanishka : HOW TO IMPROVE DI AND LR? I SCORED IN NEGATIVE IN DI/LR SECTION IN THIS AIMCAT.
thomas : di and lr can be improve only with practice. try to do as many qns as you can.


raj : I FINISHED MY DI PACKAGE BOOKLET WHAT I SHOULD DO NEXT ? TO ENHANCE MY DI SKILLS
ankur : sectional tests on student homepage.


as : SIR, WHAT CAN I DO (BESIDES MY CAT PREP) TO IMPROVE MY CHANCES TO GET THROUGH PI FOR THE IIMS. THANKS
gouri : T.I.M.E helps you with GWPI sessions post the CAT....so don't worry about that right now...


rishabh : WHATS THE CORELLATION BETWEEN AIMCAT PERCENTILE AND CAT PERCENTILE? IF I GET X PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT WHAT SHOULD I EXCEPT IN CAT?
vinnayraj : generally it is a few percentile points higher than your average aimcat percentile(around 5-10 points)


swarnjeet : SIR I SCORED A DECENT SCORE OF 106 MARKS IN FIRST AIMCAT. BUT THIS TIME I SCORED VERY LESS MARKS(70).I DID MY EXAM ANALYSIS AND FOUND SOME SILLY MISTAKES AND WRONG APPROACH TO SOLVE QUESTIONS? I FEEL SCARED NOW IN TAKING EXAMS
rajeshsaraf : These things are bound to take place. Just let it go and practice more. Next time, you will come out even more victorious !! Cheer up and all the best for your next AIMCAT.


sg : AT WHAT PERCENTILE CAN ONE EXCEPT CALL FROM NEW IIMS?
thomas : around 95.


lolu : SIR I RECENTLY JOINED TIMES A MONTH AGO AND I SECURED 48 PERCENTILE. IS IT A GOOD SCORE??
thomas : 48 is not good enough. you need to aim for 80+.


mathi : SIR,HOW SHOULD THE TIME ALLOCATED FOR THE SECTION WISE DAILY
vinnayraj : more or less equal time for all the sections.1/3 each..


ptca9o233 : HOW TO IMPROVE VOCABULARY
gouri : already answered...pls check chain


thea100 : I HAVE DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING PASSAGES WHEN THE TOPIC DOESN'T INTEREST ME.HOW DO I GET OVER THAT?
supratim : Start reading diverse topics. 1) Read passages from study material 2) Read news paper editorials & start writing summary for passages 3)Read novels / magazines when find time . 4) Write online sectional tests of RC . Please remember good reading habit is a life skill and as a manager you will be needing it more than you are needing it now. So spend time on reading and things will start improving over a period of time. All The Best.


shashank : I TOOK MANY PAST YEARS PAPERS XAT THEN I FEEL THAT IT WAS TOUGHER THAN CAT BECAUSE ALL THE QUES. WERE VERY LENTHY AND WORRIED SO CAN YOU HELP ME TO FIND THE DIFFERENCES B/W XAT AND CAT EXAM PATTERN AND DIFFICULTY LAVEL????
sridharan : XAT papers are proving to be slightly tougher than CAT of late. However XAT is almost direct and somewhat predictable whereas CAT involves logical thinking and answering and also unpredictable.


sun : SORRY I MISTYPED ON THIS ONE IN MY QUESTION@RAJESHSARAF SIR.I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE APPROXIMATE SCORE OF 95 AND 90%ILERS AS WELL.THANK YOU.
rajeshsaraf : About 40% marks was more than 90 percentile last CAT. Pls note these figures are just indicative in nature.


swarnjeet : SIR HELP ME IN MAKING A STUDY PLAN FOR CAT FROM NOW. I DID NOT DO A LOT OF PRACTICE QUESTIONS BECAUSE OF COLLEGE EXAMS. HOW TO START PREPARING FROM NOW ON?
ankur : check the student homepage (SHP) for articles on how to prepare. generally from now to the CAT work on material first for concepts and then the sectional tests for improving speed. aimcats for strategy building.


aaaa : I HAVE 10TH+12TH AGGREGATE 78.5% (SSC,HSC).......ENGINEERING 8.1/10(MUMBAI UNIVERSITY)........DONE 2 INTERNSHIPS(IF IT MATTERS).......IF I GET A 99+ PERCENTILE.... THEN WHICH TOP B SCHOOLS ARE POSSIBLE.....THANK YOU
asim : Answered check


mathi : SIR,HOW SHOULD I MENTALLY PREPARE FOR THE EXAM
ankur : 1. think that you are the best! 2. think that the exam is irrelevant to life. if you think that this is the most important exam of life, then you come under pressure. 3. solving lots of aimcats in simulated test environment will give you the required mental and physical stamina for the exam


prithu : SIR I USUALLY FORGET THE CONCEPTS OF QUANT. WHEN I SOLVE THE SAME QUESTION AT MY HOME I'M ABLE TO DO IT. HOW CAN I OVERCOME THIS?
vinnayraj : it clear suggests you tend to underperform under pressure..so you have to learn to handle pressure which can be done with sufficient practice and self belief...


vaish : HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD WE SPEND FOR PREPARATION PER DAY?
govindrajan : It all depends on your present preparation levels. Depending on your strengths and weaknesses spend your available time judiciously. Spare more time for those areas where you need to pay more attention.


tylerdurden : HOW SHOULD ONE GO ABOUT IN DOING THE ANALYSIS AFTER A MOCK?
rajeshsaraf : Analysis in terms of 1) Easy questions left out 2) Difficult qs attempted 3) Type of error - calculation, conceptual 4) Learning new concepts introduced in different qs 5) Selection of the questions -which questions you should not have attempted etc


rishabh : HOW ABOUT IN HIGHER PERCENTILE POINTS? SAY 97-99?
thomas : the difference between your percentile and 100 in CAT would approx be two third of the difference in aimcat


raj : WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR ANSWERS DOESNT MATCHES WITH ANY OF THE 3 OPTION AND AT LAST YOU ARE PRESSURIZED TO SELECT THE LAST OPTION D. CANNOT BE DETERMINED ?
ankur : mark D. simple!


guest3 : HELLO SIR. DURING AIMCAT, I TOOK 6-7MINS TO SOLVE EACH LR QUESTION, DUE TO WHICH I SCORED VERY LESS MARKS AS I COULDN'T ATTEMPT ALL QUESTIONS. HOW TO DEAL WITH THIS?
vinnayraj : you dont need to attempt all the questions(and in all probability you will not be able to)to score a great percentile..6-7 minutes on one set is actually great at this stage if you have solved them correctly..try to move to other sets if you are clueless and find a set very difficult...


ammy : HOW DO I START PREPARING GK FROM NOW FOR OTHER MANAGEMENT EXAMS?
chandrajyoti : T.I.M.E. provides you a monthly magazine. Use that magazine meticulously. Read news papers regularly. It will help you.


hemant : ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT FOR THE CAT 2016 AND MY PREPARATION IS NOT SO GOOD BUT BY WORKING HARD WILL IT POSSIBLE TO SCORE GOOD MARKS??
cherian : Absolutely.


shekhar : IS THERE ANY CHANCES ARE THERE FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEER PERSON & HAVING 3 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO GET A CALL FROM IIM .
sridharan : Bright chances are there.


neha108 : I READ ECONOMIC TIME REGULARLY ,PLEASE CAN YOU SUGGEST ANY ONE MAGZINE BECAUSE I AM CONFUSED WHAT ELSE TO READ I FIND NOVELS BORRING PLEASE PLEASE TELL!!!!
cherian : Try the economist


asdf : I AM NOT ABLE TO MEET SECTIONAL CUTOFFS IN AIMCAT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
rajeshsaraf : You need to analyze AIMCATs post writing the exam. Solve the qs (does not matter even if you refer to sols). Analyze the types of mistakes committed. Analyze the time taken per question and what aspects can be looked at to cut down on that time


akshay : WHAT SHOULD BE THE WEEKLY EXERCISE TO IMPROVE G.K. AND ENGLISH.??
ankur : read a newspaper daily. that will take care of both the areas. for gk try a good magazine and for english try solving VA/RC exercises daily.


ja2510 : HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SPEED OF READING?
cherian : Regular general reading of news papers and books.


nikki : I AM POSTING QUESTION AGAIN ... I HAVE TWO DOUBT ...SCMHRD IS BETTER IN ALUMINI NETWORK,PLACEMENT AND HIGHER RANKED SO STILL IIM AMRITSAR HAS TO BE PREFERRED OWING THE IIM BRAND ? IS IS ADVISABLE TO JOIN A VERY NEW IIMS LIKE AMRITSAR ?
cherian : Few years down the line the iim brand would take it well above scmhrd


mayank : I GAVE CAT 2015 TOO I GOT 57 IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET 99 MY BASICS IN ALL 3 AREAS ARE 90% CLEAR JUST NEE PRACTICE
vinnayraj : yes it is possible..you need to work hard,clear fundamentals,practice a lot,take every aimcat and analyze thoroughly and most importantly have the belief that you can do it..all the best..


devarora : SIR HOW TO CONTROL WRONG ATTEMPTS I GOT 14 OUT 34
ankur : 14 out of 34 is not too bad. see WHY you made mistakes and work on those reasons from your material. you will see mistakes going down over a period of time.


bhavik : HI SIR, I WAS NOT ABLE TO SOLVE ANY OF THE LR QUESTIONS IN AIMCAT1721...HOW CAN I IMPROVE IT
chandrajyoti : If you are not clear about your basics, you should work on them. I think, you have a similar problem. Solve problems from material exercises and sectional tests. Once your basic concepts become clear, you can go for AIMCAT questions confidently.


shashank : SIR PLEASE PROVIDE ME SOME TRICKS AN FUNDAS TO BECOME MASTER INVOCABULARY.....
cherian : Read Hindu newspaper daily with concentration. And check for meanings of words you don't understand


raj : SOMETIMES WHEN OUT OF FIRST 10 QUESTIONS IN QUANT YOU CANT COME UP WITH ANY ANSWER AND THIS LOWERS DOWN THE CONFIDENCE HOW TO AVOID SUCH SITUATIONS ??
vinnayraj : you should try to avoid being in such situations where you are unable to solve around 10 questions in the beginning..there will be easy questions in every test and your job is to solve as many of them as possible in the first 30 minutes..so try to find them by scanning the paper and not getting stuck in difficult questions in the beginning..


aboli : HOW SHOULD I ANALYSE EVERY GIVEN AIMCAT TO INCREASE SCORE IN NEXT AIMCAT EXAM?
govindrajan : Check how many questions you got wrong. If you think you can reduce negative marks by attempting less number of questions. pay attention on that. Secondly, check where you are going wrong. In concepts or application of concepts or not being able to understand the question. These are some of the areas where you can improve upon immediately and score higher marks.


harsi : ANY WEEKLY/FORTNIGHTLY/MONTHLY MAGAZINES YOU WOULD SUGGEST TO IMPROVE GK
supratim : MBA education & careers . Along with that we will suggest you to read news paper everyday . You may read The Hindu / The Indian Express . For magazine you may try Frontline / India Today / Yojana .


ptca9o233 : FOR CALL FROM ANY IIMS WHAT SHOULD BE THE THE PERCENTILE
thomas : 95+ can get you calls from the new iims. 99+ should get you most of the old ones also.


kanishka : I SCORED 10 CGPA IN 10TH, 90.2% IN 12 BUT MY GRADUATION PERCENTAGE IS AROUND 58-60% TILL NOW. I AM IN LAST YEAR NOW. I AM PURSUING ENGLISH (H). IF I SCORE AROUND 99 PERCENTILE, FROM WHICH B-SHOOLS CAN I GET A CALL? I AM FROM GENERAL QUOTA.
chandrajyoti : As you are from Humanities background, so you will have a fare chance to get calls from top B-Schools. Try to do as good as possible in your graduation. That will help you.


ja2510 : MY MARKS DURING THE AIMCAT MAJORLY DROPPED IN VERBAL SECTION, AND I'M NOT ABLE TO GET HOW DID THIS HAPPEN AS I'VE BEEN DEVOTING MY ENTIRE TIME TO VA, CLEARLY I'M DOING SOMETHING WRONG.. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STUDY THE VA
ankur : if marks dropped but percentile did not drop i would not worry. VA performance may have dropped in absolute terms but may not relatively. relative performance is all that matters.


rishabh : HOW SHOULD I GO TOWARDS QUESTIONS IN QA? AT FIRST SIGHT IM UNABLE TO IDENTIFY IF ITS AN EASY QUESTION OR A VERY DIFFICULT ONE. I USUALLY AM HALFWAY THOGUTH WHEN I REALIZE I CANNOT SOLVE THIS QUESTION, THUS LOSING LOT OF TIME. WHAT SHOULD BE A PROPER APPROACH?
rajeshsaraf : That means you are picking a wrong question. In this AIMCAT1721, there were about 20 qs (out of 34 qs) which were extremely straight forward - sort of involving only elementary concepts. Those 20 qs alone would have taken your score past 98 percentile in Quants


raj : SIR IN DILR SECTIONS EACH QUESTION IS TIME CONSUMING SO HOW TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU WILL BE ATTEMPTING ALL THE DILR QUESTION IN AN HOUR DURATION ?
thomas : do not go with idea of attempting all the sets. even if you do only 4-5 sets completely, it is very good.


priyanka : IF I LEAVE OUT QUANT TOPICS LIKE - LOGARITHMS, TRIGNOMETRY (EXCEPT FOR THE GENERAL SIN, COS, TAN VALUES) AND FUNCTIONS - WHICH REQUIRES REMEMBERING EXTRA FORMULAS, CAN I STILL ACQUIRE A DECENT SCORE IN CAT? OR SHOULD I STRICTLY FOCUS ON COMPLETING ALL THE TOPICS ON THE TIME QUANT MODULES?
supratim : Please do all topics. You have enough time to do all chapters / topics .


hycb6a739 : SIR I GOT CONFUSED WITH PATTERN OF CAT PLEASE GIVE ME SOME CLARIFICATION
rajeshsaraf : Three sections 1) Verbal + RC (34 qs out of which 24 qs in RC and 10 qs in VA -some Fill in the blanks type qs) Section 2(Di +LR) -a total of 32 qs (8 sets with 4 sets each in DI and LR) Section 3 Quants -34 qs (different topics -Equations, Ratio, Time & Work, Geometry, Numbers, Trigo etc. Pls note that this was last year (2016) pattern. Most likely the trend will continue but you never know. After all, we are dealing with CAT which can change its colours at any point of time.


deb : HI SIR, I AM NOT ABLE TO SWITCH MY MIND FROM ONE SECTION TO ANOTHER IN EXAMS. WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY OF PREPARATION TO OVERCOME THIS?
vinnayraj : one of the best ways is to follow the same order and duration even while preparing as your mind and body both get used to the situation and you improve your physical and mental stamina.you will also learn to handle smooth transition from one area to the other...do it on a regular basis...


tylerdurden : HOW CAN ONE TRY TO AVOID SILLY MISTAKES DURING THE TEST?
sridharan : Silly mistakes occur because either you are not concentrating or you are nervous. You can certainly avoid both.


chandu : IM ABLE TO SOLVE ONLY 20 TO 25 QUE IN QUANT WHILE PREPARING IN SPAN OF 1 HR..AS IM WORKING IM GTNG HARDLY 2 HRS..PLS TELL ME HW TI APPROACH TO MAKE MY PREP EFFIECIENT AND IMPROVE MY CHANCES..
govindrajan : Speed in calculation speed, speed in reading and understanding the question, identifying the concept to be applied can be the areas where you can work on to be able solve more number of questions.


raj : AS NOW WHAT STRATEGY SHOULD I FOLLOW TO PREPARE FOR CAT AS ONLY 4-5 MONTHS ARE REMAINING ?
rajeshsaraf : Write online sectional tests, AIMCATs, attend classes (without fail), make your own notes, go through the last 10 years of CAT papers, solve the qs from study material. Basically, work as much hard as you can.


dlca6ob29 : HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I GIVE IN ONE DAY FOR CAT PREPERATION .
sridharan : It depends on your ability, stage of preparation and also how much time you can afford to give. You can take it that 3-4 hours per day may be a good start to be improved as days advance.


asdf : MY NET SCORE IN THE 3 SECTIONS IN THIS AMICAT WAS 39,39,12 . HOW SHOULD I IMPROVE IT?
rajeshsaraf : Analyze what happened in QA section.


arpan : I GOT 68 OVERALL ....WHAT STRATEGIES I SHOULD APPLY TO GET ATLEAST 120 IN NEXT AIMCAT
supratim : It will happen gradually . Please give yourself atleast 20 days time to move from 68 to 120. If its happening before that , then good otherwise also its fine. Now plan how to get 120 + and execute the plan . Suggested steps 1) Do analysis of your AIMCAT paper - find out weak areas 2) Solve study material 3) Write online sectional tests from each areas 4) Attend all classes . Gradually scores will start improving. Our score is nothing but reflection of our preparation.


shashank : SIR ,GERANAL AWARENESS HAS WHAT ROLE TO GET INTO AN IIM??
vinnayraj : though it doesnt have any role in the written test,it does play a significant role in the second stage of selection...


mayank : I AM FRESHER YEAR GAP I HAVE HOW MANY HRS PER DAY SHLD I STUDY
vinnayraj : 5 to 6 hours daily as you have enough free time...


sachin : IS VEDIC MATHS IMPORTANT. MANY FACULTIES ARE EXPERT IN CALCULATIONS. HOW TO IMPROVE ITS SPEED? ALSO IT IS IMPORTANT TO APPLY IN EXAM. HOW TO DO THAT?
cherian : Speed math makes a big difference when you take easier exams like CMAT SNAP NMAT etc. You will be able to attempt more and score better


kakky : BY THE TIME, I TAKE ADMISSION NEXT YEAR, I WILL BE HAVING AN EXPERIENCE OF 4 YEARS. WITH JUST AN AVERAGE CAREER, IS IT POSSIBLE TO CRACK ANY OF THE OLD IIMS IF I PERFORM WELL IN CAT?
sridharan : Quite possible. Concentrate now on doing CAT well.


aaaa : WHAT TO DO FOR VOCAB, I TRY TO LEARN WORDS BUT FORGET THEM BECAUSE OF NO DAILY USE???.... ALSO FOR SENTENCE CORRECTION ARE TIME NOTES AND WREN N MARTIN ENOUGH?????
gouri : work with the cue cards...make sentences with the difficult words...above all do not obsess over a few words that you cannot remember...learn new ones


rakesh : I'M FACING DIFFICULTY IN SOLVING QUESTIONS ON NUMBER SYSTEM AND ERPV. I KNOW THE CONCEPTS AND THE IMPORTANT FORMULE BUT WHEN IT COMING TO APPLYING OR SOLVING A VERY COMPLEX PROBLEM, I END UP LOSING PATIENCE. HOW CAN I IMPROVE UPON THAT?
cherian : Practice more from those areas


ashishsancheti : SIR QUANT MEI KUCH SAMAJ NHI AATA..SAB UUPER SE NIKAL JATA HAI.. KUCH SUGGEST KRO..BHOT HELPLESS FEEL KR RHA HU :(
ankur : pls read study material and then solve questions. first without time pressure and then later with time pressure.


jrca6oa68 : I JUST SCORED 50 IN LAST AIMCAT..HOE CAN I IMPROVE MY RESULT?
chandrajyoti : Make a proper analysis of your performance. Try to improve in those areas where you find some problem. if you feel you need clarification on certain concepts, contact your FMs.


das : MINIMUM PERCENTILE FOR ADMISSION IN IIM??
vinnayraj : 95+ for general category..


kanishka : I SCORED 99 MARKS IN THIS AIMCAT. IS IT FINE?
rajeshsaraf : That should have been close to 80 percentile. Try and analyze individual section. While this is definitely a good performance, look for the scope for improvement in different sections and overall.


aaaa : DO INTERNSHIPS MATTER?
vinnayraj : they do matter if you have done significant work and can talk about it during the interviews but in the initial stage only full time paid work experience is counted...


raj : HOW TO RECTIFY THE MISTAKES DONE IN ANY CALCULATION OF DI BECAUSE OF THIS WHOLE DI SET IS MESSED UP ?
rajeshsaraf : Practice "Speed Maths". Try and take approximation route rather than getting into finding out the exact answers. Rely NOT much on calculators. Virtual calculators (especially mouse based ones) are a nuisance. Do mental maths more often


niks : SIES MARKETING VS PUMBA MARKETING? PLS TELL THE BETTER ONE
supratim : SIES.


bhavik : SIR HOW TO SCORE IN VA SECTION..RIGHT NOW I HARDLY GET 1-2 QUESTIONS CORRECT FOR VA SECTION OUT OF GIVEN 10....
ankur : solve the material. intially don't worry about time and focus on accuracy. later (1-2 months later) focus on timed tests to improve speed too.


shikha : SIR, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF QUESTIONS IN NMAT PAPER AND WHAT STRATEGY SHOULD BE FOLLOWED TO SCORE WELL IN NMAT
vinnayraj : your preparation for cat should be enough for nmat as well as most of the areas tested are the same though level of difficulty is slighlty less in nmat...


kakky : SHOULD I STICK WITH TIME CLASS SCHEDULE FOR COURSE COMPLETION OR SHOULD I COMPLETE IT WELL BEFORE...
govindrajan : The areas that you are already conversant with, can be taken up even before the particular topic is covered in the class room. during the session you can pay attention shortcuts/ alternate methods.


rakesh : WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY FOR LR & RC? FOR EXAMPLE - I DEVOTE 1 HOUR FOR READING ONLY RCS AND ARTICLES FROM NEWSPAPER DEDICATEDLY. WHAT MORE DO YOU SUGGEST?
chandrajyoti : LR is definitely practice based. Solve the exercise problems. Try to read different topics regularly. Be in touch with all the topics.


ja2510 : I USUALLY READ A LOT, NEWSPAPERS AND NOVEL. THE VOCABULARY WORDS DONE IN CLASS I DO WRITE ALL OF THEM AND TRY TO INCULCATE IN MY DAILY LIFE CONVERSATION. BUT STILL I TEND TO FORGET THEM WHEN THEY RE-APPEAR. IS THERE SOMETHING THAT I'M DOING WRONG? IF YES, HOW CAN I IMPROVE IT SUBSTANTIALLY?
supratim : Start writing. Writing will help you to apply what you are learning . You will start retaining more what you are learning .


arpan : IN MY VA SECTION I GOT 20 QUESTIONS WRONG....HOW TO JUDGE THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL IN OPTIONS...I M SOMETIMES TEMPTED TO ATTEMPT ALL...WHAT'S THE TRICK TO LEAVE QUESTIONS
ankur : in a section start by allocating proportionate time and then start with the question that takes least time. after do that question that take more time and then after that even more time and so on. when time finishes, leave the remaining questions. that is all


chandu : THANKS ANKUR..I'M ALREADY HALF WAY THROUGH MATERIAL OF VA..BUT STILL COULDNT DISCERN..I DONT KNOW WHAT IS LACKING IN ME..AND GTNG DEMOTIVATED.. I ALSO SOLVED ALL RCS IN STUDY MATERIAL..WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR RCS DO IT AGAIN OR TRY FROM ANY OTHER BOOK?? IF OTHER BOOK PLS SUGGEST ANY GOOD BOOK FOR RCS PRACTISE.
ankur : time material is more than sufficient. perhaps you are not solving under time pressure. that is the problem. solving under pressure improves selection ability.


aaaa : DO INTERNSHIPS WHERE U GET STIPEND MATTER?
asim : Not much, what matters what you learnt and contributed and how well you performed.


raj : HOW TO DEAL WITH DIRTY PNC QUESTIONS ? BECAUSE THEY CONSUME A LOT OF TIME AND AT LAST THEY DONT EVEN PROVIDE YOU WITH POSITIVE SCORES ?
vinnayraj : most questions that have appeared in cat from p and c have been a mere test of logic and fundamentals and do not require complicated formula to solve them..


dlca6ob29 : I ATTEMPTED 18 VA/RC BUT GOT ONLY 7 CORRECT. WHAT SHOULD I DO.?
ankur : see WHY you are going wrong and work on those from the material.


mac : I GOT ONLY 40 MARKS IN AIMCAT21 THIS IS MY FIRST AIMCAT I M REALLY DISAPPOINTED CAN I GET 95+ PERCENTILE IN CAT2016 HOW SHOULD I PREPARE
govindrajan : Don't go by the score in your first AIMCAT. Pay attention on building up a strategy that suits you in attempting AIMCATS and pay attention on getting the answers correct (accuracy rate) in the initial mock tests. Initial mocks are for you to understand the test environment and building up strategy. Yiour score in the first AIMCAT is not an indication of your performance in CAT. STOP worrying and continue with your preparation.


deb : WHAT SHOULD BE MY APPROACH WHEN I FIRST ENCOUNTER A LR QUESTION. I AM NOT BAD WITH CONCEPTS. I AM LACKING SOME GOOD APPROACH. CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST WHAT SHOULD BE MY APPROACH WHEN I SEE ONE ARRANGEMENT, OR DIFFERENT TYPE OF LRS.?
sridharan : If you practise with the questions from our handouts and books you get an idea as to what type of question it is and what should be your approach.


das : SORRY FOR INCONVENIENCE. IF I GET 85+ THEN ANY CHANCE IN IIM FOR GENERAL CATEGORY STUDENTS..??
supratim : I think you can get more. You have enough time for preparation . Please plan and maintain a study schedule. Practise makes us successful . Some suggested steps - 1) Attend all classes 2) Solve study material 3) Write on line sectional tests 4) Write AIMCAT's. Keep on doing these things. All The Best.


shashank : SIR VERBAL SECTION HAS ONLY PARAJUMBLES???
gouri : No...it has many other things....Vocabulary, sentence correction...critical reasoning...


souvik : SIR I AM A CORRESPONDENCE STUDENT OF TIME.I COULDNT APPEAR FOR THE EXAM DUE TO SOME HECTIC SCHEDULE FROM HOME. MOREOVER THE TEST WAS NOT IN SATURDAY OR SUNDAY SLOT. CAN I APPEAR FOR THE TEST NOW?
govindrajan : The test will be made available on your home page as missed AIMCAT.


jrca6oa68 : HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SCORE SO THAT I CAN GET GOOD SCORE IN CAT 2016? I CAN'T DROP A YEAR FOR THE NEXT ATTEMPT?
chandrajyoti : Regular study and evaluation of performance through AIMCAT is the only way out. You do not know what will happen. You can work sincerely and hope for the best.


aaaa : WHAT WEIGHTAGE DO THEY GIVE TO EXTRA COURSES LIKE CFA, FRM, ACTUARIAL SCIENCE...... WEIGHTAGE WHILE EVALUATING FOR CALLS AND ALSO AT THE END WHEN SELECTION PROCESS IS DONE.....PLEASE ANSWER SPECIFIC TO EACH COURSE.......ALSO WHAT COURSES SHOULD I DO FOR EXTRA CONSIDERATION?
cherian : Anything that gets you a better placement like CFA gets a lot of value and answers on that would reflect in the interview performance


ankit : DOES THE SECTIONAL CUT-OFF INCREASE AND DECREASE WITH THE DIFFICULTY OF EXAM ?
vinnayraj : the cut off percentile remains the same but the marks required to achieve it vary..in a difficult test you need to score comparatively lesser marks than what you would have had to score in an easier test...


mishi : SIR I SECURED A BETTER PERCENTILE IN A PREVIOUS AIMCAT THAN THIS ONE BUT I FOLLOWED EXACTLY WHAT WAS TAUGHT, CAN U HELP ME DO BETTER
rajeshsaraf : Analyze your performance 1) number of qs attempted 2) time spent on individual question 3) Any difficult qs attempted 4) Any easy qs left out 5) types of errors 6) Order in which questions are solved. etc


keshav : SIR THIS WAS MY FIRST AIMCAT AND I GOT A SCORE OF 47. IS IT GOOD ENOUGH?
sridharan : As many as 25 AIMCATS are given only to finetune your strategy and improve your performance. Hence dont worry too much about the scores right now.


sachin : CAN ANYONE NAME ANY FACULTY IN PUNE WHICH WILL GUIDE ME PERSONALLY ON MY PERFORMANCE IN AIMCAT? MANY SEEM TO BE BUSY ON WEEKENDS WITH CLASSES. SO CANNOT DISCUSS FOR LONG TIME.
govindrajan : You can approach the office and check for details of doubts sessions.


dlca6ob29 : SIR WHAT ABOUT GRAMMER . NONE OF THE AIMCATS TILL NOW HAD ANY GRAMMER QUESTIONS IN PARTICULAR . SHOULD BE PREPARE FOR IT ?
sridharan : CAT 2015 did not contain questions on grammar. This however doesnt mean that in 2016 also it will be the same case. Hence prepare for all eventualities.


rakesh : ALSO, I SECURED 81 % IN 10TH, 71 % IN 12 AND A CGPA OF 7.15 IN B.E. AND HAVE A WORK EXPERIENCE OF 2.5 YEARS. DOES THIS CAN GET ME THROUGH IIM C??
cherian : Only if you clear the cut offs and crack the interview


jagrati : I HAVE ONLY 3 MONTHS JOB EXPERIENCE AND NOW HAVE TAKEN ONE YEAR GAP TO PREPARE WELL FOR CAT. IS THIS GAP CAN BE A ISSUE ?
vinnayraj : not much if you can get a very high score and explain the reason for the gap with valid reasons...


raj : I HAVE COMPLETED MY COURSE MATERIAL FOR DI NOW WHAT ELSE I SHOULD DO TO ENHANCE MY DI SKILLS ?
supratim : Write online sectional tests . Then start revising what you did.


kakky : THIS AIMCAT HAD MAXIMUM 1-2 QUESTIONS FROM GEOMETRY/TRIGONOMETRY AND OTHER IMPORTANT AREAS..WAS IT INTENTIONAL AS IT IS STILL NOT COVERED IN CLASSES?
rajeshsaraf : You got to prepare yourself for all possibilities. Anything can happen in any AIMCAT. You may be flooded with most of qs from Trigo and Geometry alone in the next AIMCAT. So, better watch out for that :)


sachin : IF WE COULD GET TO SEE THE PERFORMANCE OF STUDENTS IN TOP PERCENTILES THEN WE COULD GET A FAIR IDEA WHERE WE ARE LACKING IN COMPARISON WITH THESE GOOD ONES AND IMPROVE ACCORDINGLY. IS IT POSSIBLE?
govindrajan : You can get an idea regarding where to improve if you carefully analyse your AIMCAT performances. You need not depend on performance of top scorers.


jeevan : SIR I CON'T ABLE TO MANAGE TIME IN AIMCAT CAN U PLEASE TELL ME THE WAY HOW TO MANAGE THE TIME?
supratim : Write online sectional tests . You will learn time management . Apply your learning in AIMCAT's. Choose your questions judiciously . All The Best .


guest3 : HELLO SIR. I AM A CORRESPONDENCE STUDENT AND DUE TO MY HECTIC SCHEDULE OF 8AM-8PM, I AM NOT ABLE TO PREPARE WELL FOR CAT. WITH 4 MONTHS IN HAND, HOW CAN I PREPARE IN A BEST POSSIBLE MANNER? PLEASE SUGGEST.
supratim : Generally we solve study material and then write on line sectional tests , for you I will suggest reverse as you have less time. 1) Write the test for a particular topic. 2) Now based on your score / proximity to the topic devote time for that chapter/ topic and solve the study material . Devote weekends / holidays for CAT preparation .


kakky : SIR, IS THERE ANYTHING LIKE ELITE BATCH FOR CLASSROOM PROGRAM?
rajeshsaraf : NO !!


vg : WHAT IS THE MINIMUM PERCENTILE WE SHOULD GET IN AIMCATS TO GET 98+ IN CAT?
rajeshsaraf : 95+ on a consistent basis


shashank : SIR,IN LR SECTION I ALWAYS CONFUSED WITH THE SYLLOGISM QUES. I READ MANY BOOK BUT NOT UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY SO WHAT I DO??
chandrajyoti : Why are you reading so many books? Read only T.I.M.E. material. Take help from your FMs.


neha108 : RECENTLY I HAVE QUIT MY JOB TO PREPARE FOR CAT , I HAVE 3 YEARS OF WORK EX DOES IT AFFECT IN SLECTION
vinnayraj : no...just make sure you get a good score...


sg : WHAT IS THE REQUIRED PERCENTILE TO GET A CALL FROM NEW IIMS?
rajeshsaraf : 95+


swarnjeet : SIR HOW TO WORK ON A DAILY BASIS TO IMPROVE QUANT AND LR. I HAVE MY BASICS CLEAR.
govindrajan : In quant you start solving application based questions, which you find in Exercise (b) of each chapter. In case of LR Exercise (b) in each chapter of SM 1001705 exposes you to intermediate level questions. Practice these along with OIQs and OILs.


kingslayer : I NEED A NEW SOURCE FOR RC PASSAGES WITH QUESTIONS
asim : Answered check


rakesh : ALSO, I SECURED 81 % IN 10TH, 71 % IN 12 AND A CGPA OF 7.15 IN B.E. AND HAVE A WORK EXPERIENCE OF 2.5 YEARS. FIRSTLY, CAN I GET INTO IIM WITH THIS SCORE AND SECONDLY, WHAT PERCENTILE MUST I SCORE TO GET INTO IIM C?
vinnayraj : yes..for iimc you need a minimum of 99.5+


kanishka : ALMOST ALL THE DI QUESTIONS IN AIMCAT SEEM NEW TO ME BUT I SOLVED WHOLE BOOKLET. I HAVE NOT STARTED WITH SECTIONALS BECAUSE I WAS THINKING MAY BE IT WAS LACK OF CONCEPT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
rajeshsaraf : It's true that almost every set in DI/LR in AIMCAT will appear new. But there lies the catch. There will be one easy set in DI and one easy set in LR. If you can spot those two sets out of a maze of 8 sets (in every AIMCAT), you have won more than 99% of the battle


nitin : I SCORED 78 IN AIMCAT21 WHICH IS FAR BETTER THAN MY PREVIOUS MARKS. PLZ GUIDE ME ANY TIPS FOR FURTHER AIMCATS THAT I SHOULD KEEP IN MIND IN ORDER TO SCORE ATLEAST ABOVE 100
rajeshsaraf : Get your scanning skills right. Use the button (right most panel, bottom most end) where by clicking on that, you can view the entire section in one single go. That will help you to navigate across qs faster. Second practice speed maths. This will build an overall attitude to do calculations mentally. Third, Read on variety of passages from just about any source.


sachin : CHERIAN SIR...WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF SPEED MATH IN CAT. HOW TO STUDY DIFFERENTLY FOR IT AND FROM WHERE?
cherian : Cat not so much since already an on-screen calculator is provided. But easier calculations can be done faster than relying the on screen calc. For other exams like CMAT etc it really helps


aaaa : U ANSWERED THIS QUESTION BUT PLEASE ELABORATE A LITTLE MORE...........WHAT WEIGHTAGE DO THEY GIVE TO EXTRA COURSES LIKE CFA, FRM, ACTUARIAL SCIENCE...... WEIGHTAGE WHILE EVALUATING FOR CALLS AND ALSO AT THE END WHEN SELECTION PROCESS IS DONE.....PLEASE ANSWER SPECIFIC TO EACH COURSE.......ALSO WHAT COURSES SHOULD I DO FOR EXTRA CONSIDERATION? ....SORRY FOR SPAMMING
cherian : The actual weightage varies with each individual iim. However a course like CFA would be excellent for a career on finance and an MBA in finance with a CFA would be a top pick in placements. Likewise FRA would be great for risk management profiles. For individual weightage given you will have to check documents uploaded by each IIMs and also it could change next year. But these courses gives an advantage your candidature. Once short listed for the interview unless you mess it up, you would definitely convert.


majhi : I HAVE DEALT WITH MANY QUESTIONS IN TIME AND WORK BUT WHEN SOME TRICKY QUESTION COMES IN AIMCAT OF TIME ND WORK I AM NOT ABLE TO SOLVE IT PLEASE HELP ?
rajeshsaraf : In AIMCAT, there will be loads of difficult qs. You need to build that skill to say "NO" to any question, to leave any difficult question and just move on to easy questions.


chandu : ANKUR SIR..PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTIONS..I HAVE ALREADY POSTED 2 QUE..PLS DO HELP. .
govindrajan : Answered


kanishka : I DON'T HAVE ANY INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE BUT I WORKED WITH AN NGO AS A VOLUNTEER FOR 40 DAYS. DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE IN MY SELECTION?
chandrajyoti : Full-time paid experience of at least one year shall be treated as valid Work Experience. However, you can talk about your learning during the 40 days tenure in NGO.


majhi : WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO STUDY FOR THE DILR BECAUSE IT EXHAUSTS YOU AND AFTER SOLVING THEM YOU CANT SOLVE OR STUDY OTHER TOPICS ?
vinnayraj : try to solve them when are fresh and manage your study schedule such that there are enough breaks in between and it is not in a continuous strech..by doing that you will not feel exhausted..the easier solution is to learn to enjoy solving puzzles which will give you more energy...


kakky : I GET TEMPTED VERY EASILY FOR VA/RC QUESTIONS AND EVENTUALLY END UP WITH VERY LESS ACCURACY. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
gouri : Get tempted...see which ones work in your favour...experiment


jeevan : HI...SIR,I'M AN CA STUDENT AND I DID MY GRADUATION IN B.COM AND I COMPLETED MY CA INTER I AM NOT FAMILIER WITH WITH MATHS AND VOCAB CAN U PLEASE TELL ME THE IS THIS CAT IS A RIGHT CHOICE FOR ME IF YES HOW MY ACCOUNTS KNOWLEDGE HELPS FOR CAT??
ankur : accounts has no role. only QA and Verbal plus LRDI. work hard to achieve your dreams.


shubham : HOW TO IMPROVE VA? THERE IS ALWAYS MINOR MISTAKES WHILE I ATTEMPT THE JUMBLED SENTENCES
ankur : answered today multiple times. search for "parajumbles" in today's chat logs


rony : CAN A SC STUDENT GET CALL FROM IIMB AND C WITH THE CUTOFF >85% ?
ankur : possible but unlikely


pranjal : SIR HOW CAN I IMPROVE UPON MY CRITICAL REASONING SKILLS?
gouri : Practise


arpan : IS IT SUFFICIENT IF I SOLVE ALL QUESTIONS FROM STUDY MATERIAL AND TESTS... TO GET ATLEAT 97 PERCENTILE IN ACTUAL CAT
ankur : if you do this well you can score 100%ile also!


dlcb6ou71 : SIR,ALL SLOTS FOR NEXT AIMCAT P&P BASED ARE BOOKED.HOW CAN I GIVE THAT EXAM? I REALLY WANT TO GIVE THAT TEST.I HAVEN'T GIVE ANY OF AIMCAT. AND I'M REALLY CONCERNED NOW.
rajeshsaraf : Don't worry !! Just write a mail to info@time4education.com (with all your details). Your concerns will be taken care of (for sure !!)


as : SIR, I EXHAUSTED THE STUDY MATERIAL OF NUMBERS TOPIC, BUT EVEN THEN, I BECOME CLUELESS AS TO HOW I SHUD PROCEED WITH A NUMBERS QUESTION DURING AIMCAT AS EVERY Q IN NUMBERS IS UNIQUE. PLEASE HELP WITH A USEFUL STRATERGY. THANKS
rajeshsaraf : Most likely, you are not analyzing the reasons behind different rules. For example, ask yourself "WHY" for different rules which are there. For instance, why is it that the number of factors of a number is governed by (p+1)(q+1) etc OR why is that the divisibility rule of 9 is (Sum of the digits) but for 11 (difference in the digits in the odd and even places). The 'WHY" party is very important


shashank : SIR IN NEWSPAPER ONLY EDITORIAL PAGE I GOOD TO RED TO BEACONE BETTER IN RC....???
ankur : yes for a start. but read other things too. that will improve gk and english further.


majhi : HOW MANY QUESTIONS SHOULD I ATTEMPT TO SCORE A GOOD PERCENTILE IN ALL THE SECTIONS
rajeshsaraf : 40% marks (120 marks) has been more than 90 percentile in the earlier AIMCATs.


hycb6a739 : SIR I WANT TO JOIN IN IRMA (INSTITUTE OF RURAL MANAGEMENT ANAND) ONLY PLEASE SUGGEST THE STRATEGY FOR IT .I'M NOT TRYING FOR IIMS AND B SCHOOLS
ankur : you will need to crack CAT or XAT as per last year. then you need to appear for a test on social issues. for that test you can prepare by reading magazines like yojana, kurukshetra, economic and political weekly, the frontline and the week. https://www.irma.ac.in/article.php?menuid=442


neeraj : MY ONE SECTION SUFFERS IN EACH AIMCAT...LIKE IN 1721...DI/LR SUFFERED..HOW TO IMPROVE ON THAT??
rajeshsaraf : may be you got wrong in the selection of qs. There were two doable sets 1) DILR -Games & Tournaments 2) LR -Binary logic set on profession and cars.


aaaa : I DONT LIKE READING PASSAGES AND AFTER EVERY LINE TO GO FOR DICTIONARY TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THE LINE......IS THERE ANY OTHER APPROACH
cherian : Try reading online. You can directly check meaning online. But no pain no gain


majhi : HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I DEVOTE TO CAT PREPARATION WHEN I HAVE MY EXAM COMING ?
sridharan : As you have only 4-5 months left for CAT 3-4 hours may be required.


ja2510 : WITH EVERY MINUTE GONE, SHOULD WE STUDY QA, DI AND VA DAILY FOR FEW HOURS OR SHOULD WE GO FOR A SUBJECT A DAY? WHAT'S THE BEST STRATEGY?
vinnayraj : it is better if you can study all areas on a regular basis as the mind gets used to switching areas comfortably which is very important.if you there is a good momentum while you are studying a particular area you can continue doing that so that the learning is complete..there is no thumb rule.so you can mix and match..


sachin : TELL ABOUT STRATEGIES TO FOLLOW INDIVIDUALLY FOR ALL 3 SECTIONS IN AIMCAT THOUGH IT IS DIFFERENT FROM PERSON TO PERSON
chandrajyoti : RC and Para jumble should be your target. LR & DI can be difficult. So, be selective. Out of 4 questions, some may be easy. Try Them. Quant questions can be easily identified as easy moderate, or difficult. So accordingly, develop your strategy.


123456 : FACEBOOK COURSES ARE VERY CHEAP..Y DOES TIME CHARGE 33K?
cherian : A BMW costs at least 35 lakhs while a Maruti can be got for 3.5 lakhs. Hope this analogy is sufficient.


dlcb6ou71 : SIR I'M FOLLOWING MAGOOSH AND TRY TO LEARN MORE AND MORE WORDS EVERY DAY BUT I'M NOT BE ABLE TO FIT THEM IN MY MEMORY.WHENEVER I WANT TO MOVE I FACE PROBLEM WITH THE YESTERDAY ONES.
supratim : Answer lies in application . Please start applying what you learn. Our material is designed in scientific manner so that students can take step by step approach . 1) Please attend classes - solve class handouts 2) Solve study material given to you 3) Write online sectional tests - apply your learning 4) Write AIMCAT's. Please remember its our application of learning which makes us successful . All The Best .


sg : CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT I HAVE 77% IN B.TECH AND I HAD SCORED 90.8% IN 12TH ,93.33% IN 10TH . CAN I GET CALL FROM IIM A OR C. IF YES , THEN AT WHAT PERCENTILE?
vinnayraj : you still can..your other scores are very good..your best chance is from iimc but you will need a percentile of 99.5+


pranjal : SIR HOW IS LEVEL OF QUANTS AND LOGICAL REASONING IN NMAT?
govindrajan : More than level of questions, it is the time limit is what one need to manage. You get less time per question as compared to CAT.


360abhinav : SIR JUST ONE QUESTION NOT RELATED TO AIMCAT BUT PLEASE ANS....IMT NAGPUR CORE VS WE BANGLORE E-BIZ
chandrajyoti : IMT Nagpur: Intake : 360, Fee: 12, Avg Sal: 6.5


dlcb6ou71 : TELL ME HOW SHOULD I CAN INCREASE MY RETENSION POWER.I HAVE TO READ THRICE TO GET A RC PASSAGE. AND IT IS TAKING LOT OF TIME.
supratim : Start writing. Retention power will improve.


rony : CAN U TELL ME NUBER OF QUESTIONS COMES FROM THE GEOMETRY IN THE QUANTS SECTION?
vinnayraj : a good number of questions come from geometry as it is vast and tests your understanding and application of ideas...you can expect a minimum of around 5 to 6..


sachin : AIMCAT 1722-84.5%(WITH MORE ACCURACY AND LESS ATTEMPTS, IT WAS ALSO 1ST AIMCAT), 1721- 54%(WITH LESS ACCURACY WITH MORE OR EQUAL NO. OF ATTEMPTS). WAS PERFORMANCE IN 1722 A FLUKE? WHAT SHOULD BE MY NEXT COURSE OF ACTION FOR NEXT AIMCAT? (I AM COVERING ALL BASICS SIMULTANEOUSLY)
supratim : Please keep on working hard. Do not repeat the same mistake again. Select your questions judiciously in AIMCAT's . Write online sectional tests daily .


jeevan : IN FINAL CAT EXAMS IS THEIR ANY POSSIBLE TO PASS TIME FOR CERTIAN EXTENT??
sridharan : Time may not be enough even to do good no. of questions ,what to speak of passing time.


av : FOR QUANTS, IS READING THE BASICS AND SOLVED EXAMPLES FROM THE TIME MATERIALS IN ADDITION TO GOING THROUGH THE HANDOUTS SUFFICIENT, OR SHOULD THE ADDITIONAL EXERCISES BE WORKED OUT ALSO?
vinnayraj : it should be more than enough..also solve every aimcat question...


shubham : AS THERE ARE NO CLUES IN SUBJECTIVE QUESTIONS, MY PROBABILITY TO ANSWER THEM WRONG INCREASES. IN LAST 5 AIMCATS, MY SUBJECTIVE QUESTIONS GENERALLY WENT WRONG. SHOULD I GIVE MORE TIME TO THEM AS THERE IS NO NEGATIVE MARKING?
supratim : Answer what you know and leave what you do not know. This should be your strategy in AIMCAT's. Improve your knowledge base and workhard to improve on weak areas . This should be your strategy while preparing at home.


kakky : BEST WAY TO SELECT LR SETS TO ANSWER?
rajeshsaraf : Try to reject the sets where there are loads of conditions. Anyways, you would have realized that the first set in LR (Binary logic) was a doable set.


neeraj : FROM WHERE SHOULD I SEE DETAIL ANALYSIS OF AIMCAT1721....IT
rajeshsaraf : Analysis is uploaded on Student home page.


arpan : HI, HWT R THE TRICKS IN LEAVING VA SEC QUESTINOS.....
gouri : Leaving?


saiki : SIR IN EVERY MATERIAL BOOK, THERE ARE TWO EXERCISES SET (A) AND (B), NOW SINCE THERE IS NO MUCH TIME LEFT, CAN I DIRECTLY SOLVE (B) SET PROBLEMS, OR WILL I BE MISSING ANY GOOD QUESTIONS IN (A) SET
vinnayraj : try solving a few questions each from both the sets...


majhi : THERE ARE NUMEROUS QUESTION IN NUMBERS TOPIC HOW TO COPE UP WITH SUCH COPIOUS QUESTION ?
rajeshsaraf : Break that into finer subtopics. Like 1) Types of numbers 2) BODMAS 3) recurring decimals 4) Factors 5) LCM 6) HCF 7) remainder etc. With this fine grinding, your half the job will anyways be taken care of


aaaa : JUST GOING OUT OF TOPIC......DO TOP BSCHOOLS ACCEPT GMAT SCORES...... IF YES THEN WHAT SHOULD BE THE SCORE TO GET IN?????
ankur : most indian bschools will not accept gmat scores for mba level. they do that for the executive mbas.


nitin : IN LR QUES I ON MOST OCCASIONS GET CONFUSED .WHAT SHOULD BE MY APPROACH IN LR QUES ??
govindrajan : Go thorough the given data and identify the statement or clue with which you should start solvig the puzzle and the order in which you need to pick the statements. To get used to this keep jotting down the given clues in short form as you read the information. Then you analyse them. Spend little time on this before start solving the puzzle.


aaaa : HOW TO AVOID SOCIAL LIFE DISTRACTIONS?
rajeshsaraf : As long as you are hooked on to CAT preparation, social life distractions will not matter. The power of concentration for your CAT preparation should be powerful enough to overcome all your distractions. Cheers !!


d2 : SHOULD WE START ATTEMPTING SECTIONAL TESTS BEFORE WE COMPLETE OUR TIME MATERIALS?
supratim : Complete the chapter/ topic from study material , write the sectional tests of that chapter/ topic . Follow the process chapter / topic wise.


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