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Demonetization: Effects on Economic Pillars

A year back, an unexpected appeal by PM Narendra Modi shook the Nation. It was an appeal to join him in the fight against corruption and black money. This could be the riskiest political move by the Modi Sarkar, however, they took a stance and start the implementation of demonetization. It has been a year after this bold move, so, let’s examine the results of the move.

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The move has had a great impact on the economy and has resulted in the following:

  1. Black money unearthed
  2. A cleansed financial system
  3. Drop in real estate prices
  4. Decline in lending rates of the bank
  5. Detection of fake currency notes
  6. Increase tax compliance

1. Black Money Unearthed:

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With more than 98% of the cash returning to the banks; it was not difficult the track the black economy. Some think that the demonetization has failed but the entire exercise has made it possible for the Government to uncover the black money hoarders.

Some Crucial Outcome of this:

  • More than 17 lakhs cases identified where cash transaction didn’t match tax profile
  • More than 3 lakh crore in 23+ lakh bank accounts are under investigation
  • 0.011%  of the country’s population deposited 33% of total cash. These accounts are now under audit.

2. A cleansed Financial System:

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There was crack down on 2 lakh bogus companies, which were created for the sole purpose of tax evasion. These companies had 100+ bank accounts each in their name. One of them had 2000+ bank accounts. Further, based on the data received from banks, it was revealed that about 58,000 bank accounts of 35,000 companies deposited and withdrew Rs. 17,000 Crore post-demonetisation. The above examples bring forth the modus operandi of some of the shell companies caught during the investigation. The wide-scale purging of shell companies is a proof that demonetisation was an earnest step taken in the right direction to cleanse India’s financial system of its deep-rooted menace.

The numbers show that the implications of demonetisation were huge, considering that it pushed the colossal financial system towards transparency, in one big sweep.

3. Drop in the Real Estate Prices:

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According to the Economic Survey, the weighted average price of real estate fell post demonetization. The report said:

“An equilibrium reduction in real estate prices is desirable as it will lead to affordable housing for the middle class, and facilitate labour mobility across India currently impeded by high and unaffordable rents.”

The real estate was well known for parking a lot of black money and dealing in cash transactions; which was reduced post demonetization.

4.  A decline in the lending rates of the bank: 

The MCLR i.e. Marginal Cost of Lending Rate declined from 9.3% in Oct 2016 to 8.5% in June 17. Various loans such as Education, Home etc also got cheaper.



















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5.  Detection of Fake Currency Notes: 

Fake currencies have a grave effect on the economy as they have an artificial increase in the Money Supply, which causes inflationary pressure.

The counterfeit data given in RBI’s annual report shows detection of 762 thousand fake currency notes, an increase of 20% since last financial year. Among these, a majority of the counterfeit notes have been of Rs 500 (MG series) and Rs 1000, 41% and 33 % respectively.

There has been no case of detection of high-quality fake currency notes post demonetisation.

6.  Increase in Tax Compliance: 

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Demonetisation has led to a significant widening of the tax base with a record increase of 26.6 percent in a number of new tax prayers from 66.53 lakh in 2015-16 to 84.21 lakh in 2016-17. In addition, the number of e-returns filed increased by 27.95% from 2.35 in 2016-17 crore to 3.01 crore in 2017-18.


There are many more benefits of demonetization, on average, revenues of urban local bodies across the country increased almost 3 times. revenues of ULBs in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat increased almost 5 times.










Official CAT 2017 Mock released by IIM Lucknow

CAT 2017 official mock has been released by IIM Lucknow on Oct 30th. The launch was delayed by 10 days. If we are to go by the mock; we can expect less number of non-MCQ questions in CAT 2017 exam. These would be no-penalty questions; i.e. you will not be given negative marks for wrong answers.

The DI-LR in CAT 2017 exam may contain just 4 Non-MCQs as against 8. Quantitative Ability segment may comprise of 5 Non-MCQs as against 7 & 10 in 2016 & 2015 respectively. This will increase the chances of getting negative marking.

Also Read: CAT 2010 v/s CAT 2017 Similarity

Expected CAT 2017 Test Paper (IIMs’ CAT 2017 Mock Test)

SectionTotal questionsNon- MCQsMCQs
VARC 3410 24
DILR 32 4 28
QUNAT 34 5 29
Total100 1981

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Non-MCQs getting reduced each year:

If we are to go by the IIMs’ CAT 2017 Mock Test; there will only be 19 Non-MCQs questions

CAT yearSection-wise break-up in Actual CAT exam till 2016No. of Non-MCQs
2017*VARC-10; DILR-4; QA-519
2016VARC-10;DILR-8; QA-725
2015VARC-10; DILR-8; QA-1028

This is crucial since it gives more freedom to students if there are more Non-MCQ questions. So students attempting 2015 had more advantage than that of 2016 since they had 28 questions in which they had no fear of negative marking.

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Analysis of Verbal Ability:

In verbal ability, you can expect Reading comprehensions on History, SS and Humanities. Each of these reading comprehensions will have 4-5 questions each and all of them will be MCQs. You can expect 3-4 Non-MCA Questions in critical reasoning, para jumbles and sentence odd one out.

TopicNo. of Questions
RCs on History , SS & Humanities5 RCs each with 4-5 Questions (MCQ)
Critical Reasoning3 questions (Non-MCQ)
Para Jumbles4 questions (Non-MCQ)
Sentence Odd One Out3 questions (Non-MCQ)
Total34 questions

Also Read: Strategies to score well in Reading Comprehension

Example of Sentence Odd One Out:

In the following five sentences are given of which four form a meaningful paragraph, Find the odd one out:

  1. Man whether civilized or savage is a child of nature, not the master of nature
  2. He must conform his actions to certain natural laws
  3. Civilized man was able to become master of his environment temporarily
  4. When he tries to circumvent the laws of nature, he usually destroys the natural environment that sustains him
  5. And when environment deteriorates rapidly, his civilization declines

Analysis of Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning:

DI & LR are an important part of the CAT exam. In CAT 2017 you can expect to have at least 4-5 questions per set. 3 in Normal DI Sets, 2 in Bargraph and 1 in Pie Chart. 2 sets of 4 questions each can be expected in Analytical Reasoning & Puzzles.

TopicNo. of Questions
DI (Data Interpretation)
4-5 questions per set
3 Normal DI Sets
2 Bar Graph DI
1 Pie Chart DI
Analytical Reasoning & Puzzles2 sets of 4 questions each
Total32 questions

Also Read: Tips to crack DI in CAT

Example of Analytical Puzzle: 

Example of Analytical Puzzles in CAT


Analysis of Quantitative Ability:

Geometry will see more number of questions in CAT 2017 if we are to go as per the official mock. Progressions, Boats And Streams, Pipes And Cisterns & Profit And Loss will have 1 question each.

TopicNo. of Questions
Functions 2
Arithmetic 4
 Percentage 3
 Geometry 10
 Ratio Proportion 2
 Permutation & Combination 3
 Progressions (AP | GP) 1
 Boats And Streams 1
 Pipes And Cisterns 1
 Time Speed Distance 3
 Profit And Loss 1
 Time And Work 2
Total34 questions

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Key changes in CAT 2017 Mock:

The CAT 2017 sample mock will be available till the CAT Exam is over. This is one of the most authentic reference guides if you are trying to decode the CAT 2017 pattern. You can also consider practising the most out of it.  We receive a lot of requests giving an idea about the expected paper pattern. Following according to us are the prominent features of the CAT 2017 features.

  • As mentioned earlier there will be only 19 Non-MCQ type of questions
  • You can expect answer options such as NA (not applicable), ND (Can’t be Determined) and None of Above this year
  • In some of the questions (esp. in quants section) you can expect 5 options instead of 4
  • Test invigilator in the testing room will provide you with the Id & password for taking the test; you will not be able to login with CAT Registration Id and password
  • You will have 100 questions
  • CAT 2017 Mock test and the real CAT 2017 exam can be attempted in the pre-arranged order of sections moving from section-1 to Section-3 with an individual time slot of 1 hour assigned for each section.
  • The number of sections remains the same
  • There will be 34 questions in the 1st section-Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VA-RC); in the 2nd section on Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI-LR) there will be 32 questions and the 3rd section on Quantitative Ability (QA) will consist of 34 questions.
  • Total allotted time will be 3 hours (1 hour per section)
  • You won’t be allowed to move between sections unless the  allotted time of 1 hour is over
  • 1/3rd negative mark penalty on all MCQs
  • A correct answer will be awarded +3 marks for MCQs and Non-MCQs
  • Negative marking for MCQs to remain -1 mark

Given all the above details; do keep in mind that IIMs’ made it clear that question pattern and type & number of questions as appearing in official CAT 2017 Mock may be different from what you will find in real CAT exam.

Also Read: Secret to score 98.97%tile in CAT

Will the Actual CAT be different?

Although IIMs made is clear that it could be different,  CAT Mocks have been a right indicator of the topics and type of questions from past 2 years.

CAT 2017 scores will be accepted by 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, Great Lakes, LIBA, NITIE Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal, XIM Bhubaneshwar among others for admission to MBA/PGDM  2018-20.

Keep reading for more on CAT 2017

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NMAT 2017

How to crack NMAT 2017

Preparation Strategy of NMAT- 2017

Exam Paper Pattern

NMAT paper pttern

Quantitative Skills :

  • You will get 48 questions in the Quantitative Skills section to be completed in 60 minutes; which precipitates down to 1.25 minutes per question.
  • Begin with the basics and ensure concept clarity on fundamental properties, formulas and number operations, such as odd and even, prime numbers, LCM and HCF etc. before graduating to advanced concepts.
  • Given the time constraints, your mental calculation ability has to be proficient. Familiarity with multiplication tables, squares, cubes, common fractions and their percentage equivalents will be of help.
  • This section will test you on four important areas of Mathematics – Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Modern Math.

Logical Reasoning :

  • You will get 40 questions in the Logical Reasoning section to be attempted in 38 minutes, giving you about 1 minute per question.
  • The section will test you on two areas of Reasoning – Verbal and Analytical. Verbal Reasoning is more time consuming than analytical reasoning.
  • Never assume or use any information that is not provided in the question.
  • You need to have a knack of identifying the questions to be done and the ones to leave. For example, in this section, input/ output questions and Data Sufficiency questions should only be attempted if you are very thorough with the concepts, else you should leave these questions.
  • Pay special attention to words like ‘all’, ‘some’ or ‘none’. Other qualifying words like ‘other than’, ‘only’ or ‘unless’ are also important.
  • Try to solve the questions by making suitable diagrams, especially in arrangement questions, or as a Venn diagram in syllogism questions.
  • Logical Reasoning Skills cannot be developed overnight. Practicing rigorously across similar questions over a sustained period of time is the right approach to develop the required competence in this section.

Language Skills

  • You will get 32 questions in the Language Skills section to be attempted in 22 minutes, making it 40 seconds per question. But there are 10-12 questions based on vocabulary, which can easily be solved in 10-20 seconds.
  • The section will test you in three areas of English – vocabulary, grammar and comprehension.
  • To improve both vocabulary and comprehension, pay special attention to the Editorial section of newspapers. This will help you to appreciate the contextual usage of words and also improve your comprehension skills.
  • Reference to an authentic ‘word list’, giving the meaning and usage of words, will be conducive in handling questions on synonyms, antonyms and analogies, which are popularly tested in this section.
  • Wherever a reference to concepts needs to be made, re-visit the rules and application of grammar. You may also refer to “High School Grammar” by Wren & Martin.
                The paper can be thus split into two parts: concept driven and practice intensive. Quantitative Skills & select areas of Language Skills are concept driven, while Logical Reasoning Skills are purely practice intensive. Looking at the paper in this format will help you to apportion time accordingly and streamline your preparation. In fact, it is recommended that you follow a three pronged approach while preparing for this test :-
  • Develop concepts for the concept sensitive domains of the test (as discussed above).
  • Put these concepts to application by graduating to practice questions.

Hone your test taking strategies by practicing across simulated tests – both section wise and full length. This will help you to understand and manage the challenges of time management, prioritization and striking the right balance between accuracy and speed, thus enabling you to evolve as a smart ‘test taker’.



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Test Taking Strategies

The following may be of help on the day of the test :
  • The first section in your sequence of attempt should be either a section which you are strong at, or a section which requires relatively less concentration as compared to other sections. Starting with a section you are competent in, gives you a positive flavour of the test and the much required momentum to help you graduate to subsequent challenges in the test. Similarly, starting with a section/ area which requires lesser concentration levels helps you to manage the challenges during the initial teething phase of the test.
  • As time progresses, your concentration levels tend to peak and then start diluting towards the fag end of the exam. Thus, it is recommended to place the less engaging sections/ areas (with respect to concentration challenges) on the extremes and the more demanding ones at the centre of the time-concentration curve.
  • In this exam, you need to attempt 120 questions in 120 minutes, there is no negative marking and there are sectional time limits. Therefore, you should first attempt the questions you know and for the other questions try to make an educated guess and mark the answer.
  • The number of questions you need to attempt cannot be previously determined; as this is a function of the level of difficulty. However, you are advised to keep a fine balance between effectiveness (accuracy) and efficiency (speed).
  • Do not get emotionally attached to questions and don’t let the questions prick your ego. Devoting too much time to any one question can disturb the overall equilibrium and time management.
  • You must review the answers of each section within the allotted time, as once sectional time limit is over, all answers are automatically submitted. Use the review screen smartly to identify the questions that you have left unattempted or flagged for review, while attempting the test.
  • In case you complete the section before the allotted time, any balance of time will not be added to the next section(s). Hence, it is suggested that you utilize the sectional time limit to your utmost advantage.
At the end of the day, please remember that the test is designed to assess your management skills though specific sections. Your overall smartness as a test taker is critical to your success. Taking mock tests in similar formats may be of considerable help and help you to appropriately brace up for this challenge!


NMAT Strategy

How I Cracked NMAT


NMAT is comparatively a much easier exam than CAT. However, in no way does that justify any lack of preparation from your side. Following are some tips to help you prepare well for your attempts:

Let’s first try and understand the paper pattern of NMAT and then discuss the preparation strategy for the next 3 months.


You would notice that there are 120 minutes to solve 120 questions with No Negative Marking, so NMAT tests you on your speed and time management skills over accuracy.

Building your concepts

Step 1 is to focus on building your concepts as you can enhance your speed to beat the timer in NMAT only if your concepts are clear.

Focus on the important topics of each section. Check out the NMAT Toppers Strategy Video to understand the topics and their importance

Quantitative Skills Do not proceed to tackle advanced questions before you are crystal-clear with the basics and concepts of each topic. Remember, speed is key. So make sure that you can solve all the basic and moderate questions quickly and efficiently first. Also, keep increasing the speed of your mental calculations. This will help you to zip through all the basic questions with blazing speeds. NMAT usually tends to focus on Arithmetic, Modern Maths, Algebra & Geometry. For the ones who have been preparing for CAT as well, your quant preparation will be mostly taken care of, and you will have to just focus on your time management skills.

Language Skills: This section isn’t inferential, and is more direct in its questions. So, keep increasing your vocabulary. NMAT asks direct vocab-based questions. Therefore, learning and revising new words on a daily basis is a must. For this, Norman Lewis is your best option. Apart from this the most scoring avenue is the Cloze passage the fill in the blank questions.

Logical Reasoning will test you on two main areas: Verbal and Analytical. Analytical Reasoning questions will consume less time as compared to Verbal. So keep that in mind while preparing.

The best thing to build your skills is to practice as much as you can, and what better than giving actual mocks to get used to the feel of giving the exams.

Before every attempt of NMAT, you should give at least 4 mocks. But don’t give mock exams blindly. Prepare a strategy before attempting the mock. Later, introspect on whether the strategy worked for you. This is an important part of analyzing your mocks. You have to keep analyzing and refining your strategies constantly. This will help you be at your best for the day of the exam.

Daily preparation schedule

30 Minutes Vocabulary

30 Minutes Quantitative Ability

30 Minutes Logical Reasoning

I would re-iterate focus on building your basics and concepts, practice all the advanced and complex questions only when you have ample time on your hands.

NMAT doesn’t test your ability to solve the toughest questions. It only tests your ability to maximize your score in the given time.

In-fact while practicing also train your mind to get used to the timer by having a stop watch turned on. Analyse your speed as well.

Secret To Crack LR


Secret To Crack LR

A lot of people find Logical Reasoning (LR) tough; especially for exams like CAT, XAT, NMAT etc. However, the right approach towards your preparation can help you master this section.

Logical Reasoning is a section that requires two things; practice, and familiarity. Sections like Quants and Verbal Ability contain a lot of questions that require you to know certain concepts like mathematical formulas or grammatical rules, beforehand. However, logical reasoning hardly has any questions that need you to know important concepts beforehand.

The only thing that you need to know is how to solve the question, quickly, and accurately.

The following points below, tell you exactly how to approach this section, while preparing for Logical Reasoning:


Give sectional tests and mock tests to evaluate your progress. Sectional tests are the tests that are based on individual topics. Mock tests contain all the different sections w.r.t. to a particular exam.

Once you are done with a topic, attempt the sectional test/practice questions.

From the mock tests, keep analyzing each and every question that you get wrong. Keep improving on such questions and make sure that your accuracy and speed increase in successive mocks.

     Be Aware

While solving different types of questions in Reasoning, be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. There will be some questions that you will almost always solve correctly. These are your strengths. Again, there would be some questions in which you will often get stuck. Such questions/topics will come under your weaknesses.

Once you have a good idea about the strong and weak topics, you can plan and practice accordingly.

Solve at least 6 problems from your weak areas, everyday.


Keep solving puzzles regularly. Majority of the students get stuck in puzzles, on the day of the exam. This is because puzzles usually come with a lot of information. The information leads to more cases and possibilities, thus making the questions complex, and time consuming.

Therefore, keep solving puzzles regularly. It will increase your speed, familiarity and accuracy in solving them.

 Look into the past

Check out the past papers of the respective exams that you are planning to give. Analyze the Reasoning section carefully. Try to gauge, how much of your strengths or weaknesses appear in the papers. This will give you a brief idea about the weightage of the questions.

Also, notice the difficulty levels of all the questions. How difficult are the questions that belong to your strong areas? How easy are the questions that belong to your weak areas? These are some of the questions that you need to ask, while analyzing past papers.

    Never Give up

Do not give up on a particular topic/subject. There may be certain questions that you may not get right even after solving it more than once or the solution of the problem/puzzle may be a bit complicated. On top of this, if you come across such questions in your weak areas, you may get tempted to skip the question.

However, avoid doing any such thing. When faced with an obstacle, try to find help from someone you know. If you have joined a coaching class, you can ask the doubts to a faculty. Or you may even ask a classmate or friend who knows his/her way around such problems. There may also be similar solved examples and solutions on the internet, which you will find if you look a bit harder.

However, don’t spend hours looking to find the solution to a problem. Your end goal is to keep building familiarity with all the problems. Just make sure that you don’t leave any problem/topic out of your preparation.

    Make Studying Fun

Logical Reasoning questions are similar to Sudoku, Crossword puzzles, riddles, etc. Therefore, solving these games will develop your thinking ability in the same way as reasoning questions.

You can solve such types of games now and then, just to refresh your mind.


Be regular in solving LR questions. Also, make sure that you keep revising all that you have learnt. If you keep solving the questions regularly, your preparation and mastery over these questions will progress steadily.

Practice at least 10 sets/cases of LR every day.

How To Crack Verbal?

If Verbal is not your section then don’t worry. These things which can make your Verbal strong.

Start Reading

Start reading Newspaper like Times of India and The Hindu daily. It will help to improve your Verbal skills and comprehensions abilities. Read Novels to increase your vocab and comprehensive skills. Books MBA Aspirants must read

Verbal Ability & RCs

The Verbal sections is divided into two major parts; Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The RC has good weightage so, this can make or break your scores in the verbal section. Vocabulary is very important since if your vocab is not strong, you would fail to quickly answer some of the easy questions.

Before starting the preparation students should understand well in advance the number of questions which will be asked from each topic. The most important topic in Verbal section is Reading Comprehension, in the last two years of CAT exam the number of questions were 24. From this student should understand that RC is the topic where they need to focus more. The study plan of a student should have daily reading comprehension practice. Here is the tip to excel the Reading Comprehension; start solving only 1 RC a day till the exam. The daily practice of RC will help you to increase your accuracy day by day.

A good reader will always have a good understanding of different topics. Here we don’t need any particular knowledge about a topic but understanding and analyzing what the passage is all about.

Major topic related are from these categories:

  • Natural science
  • Social science
  • Humanities


Vocabs are important for your RC as well as there are simple vocabulary questions in Exam like NMAT. Vocabulary cannot be memorized. But a word needs to be learned with its root so that if there is another word with the same root, it will be easier for student to identify the meaning of it. In this way of learning vocabulary does not require memorizing and mugging up the words and their meaning. Learn Vocabulary by music videos.

Mnemonics can be helpful in your vocab preparation. Learn Mnemonics Online

Don’t underestimate Critical Reasoning

One should understand the topic by its name. Critical Reasoning, as name says is critical and requires its own set of rules and strategies to solve. Students often make this mistake of using their own knowledge instead of using rules while solving CR questions. The topic is critical but can be understood well when its rules are kept in mind. Students while solving CR questions should not use any extra knowledge which is not mentioned in the passage. They need to make sure that they use the rule called ADNL – Apna Dimag nahi lagana (Don’t use your brain/knowledge) use the passage information to solve the questions.

Funda no 4

Funda no 4CATKing students must be well versed with the Funda no 4. Using Funda no 4 is very important for any kind of questions of verbal in CAT. The funda no 4 is among the most important fundas of cracking CAT verbal available in CATKing Verbal book. It is about the signal words which connects or give a direction to the sentences. For example: Additionally, moreover, in addition to, however, etc. These are those signal words which you will definitely see in RCs while practicing as well as in the CAT exam. Funda no 4 is also very important for solving Para jumble to find out links between the sentences.

Some important topics apart from the RC and vocab are: 

  • Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Correction
  • Verbal Reasoning

Tips: You can start with easy RC and slowly increase the level of it; ideally it will be good if you can practice more than 100 RC before your actual CAT.  Tones of Reading Comprehension 



general knowledgeHere are some useful tips for preparing general knowledge for competitive exams.

1. Read Newspapers Daily

We all know that “Old is Gold”, same factor is applicable here too. We need to create a habit of studying newspapers consistently. I’ll recommend you to study more than one paper.
It will be better if you study one paper of your mother language and other of English. Some useful news papers are “The Times of India”, “The Hindu”, “The Telegraph” etc.
Reading newspapers daily can make life easy in learning General Knowledge. Keeping an eye on what’s happening around may find it interesting in looking out for news daily.
We all know that staying updated is always a good idea, as it will stand you apart from the rest.
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2. Watch Current affairs special programs on News

Watching the news channel regularly is not an option, anyone can agree for improving General Knowledge, but you can watch special current affairs programs of your favorite news reporter for arousing interest in this section.
You will need to watch news programs at least once a day. Now, most of the top information programs are effective for 24*7. You need to choose up an appropriate time for yourself to watch any favorite news channel of yours.
You can watch ABP News, NDTV, Times Now, ET Now, Zee News etc. Try to go through all the breaking and highlighted news, and make a habit to watch regularly.

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3. Notes for Exam

Always try to write short notes of what you think is important in terms of exam perspective so that your important record is maintained for exam day.
If you want to learn something, Always try to write down in your note book as it will help you to memorize it in a better way.
As we know that a lot of activities are happening in the nation and all over the globe, so it is simple to understand that it is not easy to memorize everything. It’s always a fantastic concept to sustain a note book of current events.



4. Internet

Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia are our best teachers, so you should use all the available internet sources to search current affairs and GK for examinations.
So you can study from our blog of “Current Affairs”, by signing up for us (check the below section for registration options).
You can definitely take part in some forums that are concentrating on current activities. The excellent aspect is you can follow to the sites of all major newspapers online if you don’t have plenty of time to read newspapers.
You can always join online groups of Current affairs to keep yourself updated and if not so, go like some pages of current affairs on Facebook and other social networking sites.

5. Read Magazines / Books thoroughly

Various General Knowledge books/ Magazines are always a good option to have the knowledge quickly and effectively.
There are many major publications that concentrate on present matters and Common Information. You need to buy it from your regional journal supplier and begin studying it thoroughly.
Some of the useful magazines are Pratiyogita Darpan and Manorma etc.
Try to study business magazines and sports magazines too along with a common journal. This will increase your possibilities of breaking the aggressive examinations with convenience.

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6. Participate in Online Quizzes

You should get involved in some free mock tests that are available on the internet to evaluate yourself.
This provides you with appropriate concept whether you are prepared for the examination day or not.
As an added aspect it will also offer you assurance. You can also download Monthly-wise current affairs questions from here.


7. Make Your Strength Your Plus Point

We generally find it very complicated to study the whole thing at a glance so in this way we chiefly study a lot, but memorize a little in mind. So we require to first measure out our tough parts for our preparation. If you are planning for Bank exams, then you must focus further on banking related terms, sports, awards & honors, etc and should create this division as your strongest weapon. Attempt and participate in several free of charge online quizzes that in order to evaluate yourself.

8. Discussion Forums

There are abundant debate forums on the internet today through which you can increase your general knowledge. These forums engage knowledgeable negotiations in innumerable fields and going through them and taking part in them can help you and progress your general awareness.

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NMAT 2017

Time Strategy for NMAT

Time Strategy for NMAT 2017

As NMAT 2017 is hardly a month away, so here are some important tips for time management.

Choose Wisely

  • Start off with your stronger section. Attempt all those questions which you are extremely confident about. It will help you build up your confidence. Never select your weaker section first.
  • Try and attempt all the questions if possible. Even if you are not confident about an answer, make sure you attempt it. Given that there is no negative marking, it will hardly be to your disadvantage.
  • Attempt your weakest sections in the end.


  • NMAT stresses both on accuracy and speed, so it is important to use your time wisely. On average, you will have about ¾ minutes for each verbal question and about 1.25 minutes for each quantitative question. Once you start the test, an onscreen clock will continuously count the time you have left. It is a good idea to check the clock periodically to monitor your progress. But don’t go overboard with this, your main focus must be on the test.
  • While practicing for NMAT quants questions set up a timer and try to solve the questions in the lesser time frame. This helps you in building your speed and saving your time.
  • Ideal attempt in each section should be Quants 30 questions in 48 minutes Verbal 25 questions in 22 minutes Logic 35 questions in 40 minutes Total attempt 90 questions good enough to clear the cutoffs.

Do not spend too much time on any one question.

  • If you do not know the correct answer, or if the question is too time-consuming, These might be the hard questions which looks easy, so candidates tend to waste time on these. move on to the next question. Every NMAT paper has some easy questions which can fetch you brownie points, these shouldn’t be left.Quants 24/48 easy questionsVerbal 20/32 easy questionsLogic 25/40 sitters
  • Try and devote an equal amount of time to each of the sections. Although, people tend to focus on their stronger sections, make sure you don’t end up with one whole section with just 10–15 mins in hand which is more often the case with most students.

Use what you learnt from your Mocks.

  • It is said “learn from your mistakes” , it holds a lot of value in all the spheres of life. You must have taken a lot of Mock tests before the Final NMAT exam. Use the strategies you made after your mock result analysis. Avoid making the same mistakes and use your mock experiences to ace the exam at hand.
  • Try to solve as many mock test, online test, sample papers, previous year question papers you can manage. Spend at least 2-3 hours in solving problems related to all important topics.
  • Never put a habit of using calculators as this may decrease your speed in solving questions during your Mock/Practice test.
  • You should be giving at least 10 Mocks before your Final Exam.

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Shortcuts and formulae

  • Learn the short cut methods to solve the tricky questions.”There is no shortcut for shortcut. Practice is the Key”
  • Difficult or tricky questions can be solved with good mathematical aptitude. Try avoiding lengthy or complicated calculations.
  • To memorize all the formulas regularly, you should write them down on a piece of paper and stick it on a wall in your room.

Time Management

  • NMAT checks your time managing skills. Learn to manage your time properly. Don’t waste too much of time on one particular question. It is advisable to solve easy and medium level questions first as these questions can save some extra time for difficult level questions.
  • Try to solve the ones easy to you and which won’t take much time to attempt and do not ponder on them for long.
  • Try to save time for difficult questions as these require more time and concentration. One of the good strategies in practicing LR questions is presenting it in form of chats or pictures. Always try to use those facts and figures that are given in the questions. Avoid assuming.

Read all the questions carefully

  • Read all the questions carefully; make sure why a given option should be correct or incorrect. Read properly all the choices before answering the question. Always keep in mind the valid and invalid conclusions that can be drawn out from a given question. Words such as unless, all, only, some, other than and none should be given more importance as this helps in finding the conclusion easily.
  • The directions explain exactly what is required to answer each question type. If you read hastily, you may miss important instructions and lower your percentile. Also its important to read them carefully so that later you don’t waste your time wondering and Reviewing the directions.

Make your strategy

  •  Prepare a schedule, Learn to manage your time effectively while maintaining speed and accuracy in solving a given problem. prepare your practice and mock giving timetable.
  •  Do not keep important topics to be covered in the last moment. Last moment preparation always creates confusion. Spend at least 3–4 hours every day in practicing question based on reasoning. Practice will help you to develop the skills to solve a problem in an effective manner.

SNAP 2017 Notification

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) test 2017 will be conducted in 30 cities and the duration of the exam will be 2 hours. The test takers are advised to ensure that the registrations are done before the deadline mentioned below.

SNAP 2017 Notification

Overview of SNAP:

Since 2007, candidates aspiring to join MBA programs offered by institutes of Symbiosis International University have to take the common, mandatory Symbiosis National Aptitude Test. A candidate needs to register for SNAP Exam & then register with the institutes offering his/her choice of program by paying separate institution registration fees.

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Graduates in any discipline from any Statutory University with minimum 50% marks (45% for SC/ST candidates) for all the MBA Programmes, except the ones which require graduates with specific subject specializations (mentioned on the respective institute websites).

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Important Topics CAT 2017

Important topics for CAT 2017

As we know that CAT dates are out and the D-Day is on 26th November 2017, there are many students who would be in a state of panic and confusions. There are students who are preparing well from the start. This article aims at giving some important insights about the expected topics in the CAT 2017.

Although there is no standard set of topics which are given by any official body but through the Past CAT papers we can get an idea about the topic. This year IIM L will be setting up the CAT exam paper and in the past when they conducted CAT it was way back in 2010; though lot has changed post that but you can expect certain similarities between the two.

In 2010 verbal was easy whereas quants was tough. While DI / LR were moderately difficult but manageable. Here is a detailed article on what you can learn from 2010 CAT pattern

Quantitative Ability: 

Non-engineering students should focus on this section since they need to maintain their sectional scores and cut-offs. Though the IIMs are prefering non-engineers; tihs year too you can expect this section to be between moderate to tough.

  • Algebra: You can’t afford to take this topic lightly if you are planning to take CAT since it has been a dominated topic from past many years
  • Geometry: You can expect some questions on geometry though never asked directly the concepts are useful to solve some complex questions.
  • Permutation & Combination/Probability: You can expect atleast 2-3 questions from this topic.

Data Interpretation:

This section again demands a lot of practise and students are required to do intensive calculations. It consists of graphs, charts and tables from which you have to analyze data.

Some of the important topics in this section, which you can expect in CAT 2017

  • Data Sufficiency
  • Bar Graph
  • Tables
  • Case-lets
  • Pi-charts

Strategies to crack DI in CAT

While DI is all about understanding the graphs and answering the questions from those; logical reasoning requires a prompt presence of mind. A good practise could be to solve crosswords, puzzles, sudoko and riddles post your regular preparation as these will get you in a good thinking habit for such questions.

Some important Logical Reasoning topics, that you can expect are:

  • Family Tree
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Blood Relations
  • Syllogism
  • Assumptions & Statements
  • Venn Diagram
  • Proposition

Verbal Ability & RCs: 

The Verbal sections is divided into two major parts; Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The RC has good weightage so, this can make or break your scores in the verbal section. Vocabulary is very important since if your vocab is not strong, you would fail to quickly answer some of the easy questions.

Mnemonics can be helpful in your vocab preparation. Learn Mnemonics Online

Some important topics apart from the RC and vocab are: 

  • Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Correction
  • Verbal Reasoning

Tips: You can start with easy RC and slowly increase the level of it; ideally it will be good if you can practise more than 100 RC before your actual CAT.  Tone of Reading Comprehension 

All the best for CAT 2017!

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