Why do students score low in Quants ?

Quant is another important section in CAT with 34 questions out of 100. In this article, we will help you with 5 most important tips that will help a CAT aspirant to score good marks in Quants section of CAT exam. These 5 important pointers are those which students generally don’t realize when they are preparing for Quants section. Let’s have a look on it.

  1. Let’s begin with Vedic Maths:

Vedic maths should be the first step towards the quants preparation. Vedic Maths helps to speed up the calculation and gives tricks and shortcuts for calculation. A topic like Arithmetic will become easier for students if they are aware of Vedic Maths.Students can test their basic skills when they give CAT Mock Exam.


CAT 2016 First Cut Analysis


CAT 2016 – First cut Analysis ( Powered by CATKing )

CAT 2016 has seen the highest number of registrations in the past 7 years. With a happy sign : number of female candidates rising up as compared to the last year.

Talking about the first cut analysis from the Morning Slot of CAT 2016, the paper did not surprise a lot. The exam pattern remained same as CAT 2015 and the official mock on the website; however the marking scheme saw a small twist. 1 Mark for the correct answers as compared to the always 3 marks per correct answer. Negative marking existed for the MCQ questions; 1/3rd ie 0.33 negative marks. TITA Questions didn’t have any negative marking similar to the CAT 2015.


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How to crack CAT?


How to crack CAT- 8 tips to succeed in it!

What comes to your mind when you hear about Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, etc? They are the names of cities in India. Right! What else? Some of the Indian institutes of management are situated over there. You are absolutely correct about it. Institutes like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C are among the top b-schools in the country. Getting a seat into one is like indirectly securing one of the best job packages in India. There is no question that you will get to interact with some of the best minds of the country including their faculties. Also, getting associated with the IIM brand name itself reflects the level of competency you have!.

However, in order to get a ticket into the IIMs(How to crack CAT?)- you have to nail one of the most gruesome exams in the country.   I’ve used the word ‘gruesome’ because students usually experience a nervous breakdown when concerned with their preps for the Common Admission Test. The Common Admission Test tests a candidates reasoning, language, problem solving and various other skills. The task of solving 100 questions accurately within 3 hours makes the examination sound daunting. But, despite the challenge- a handful of students manage to ace the entrance with great percentiles every year. The 2 common ingredients that helped them in conquering the exam is- firstly, their level of preparation and secondly, the execution of it during the paper.


NMAT – 1st Cut Analysis

What was the Overview of NMAT ?

According to the students, exam paper was moderate and went smoothly.The Experts have analyzed that the paper was a more speed-based test than a knowledge-based test similar to the last year. The test starts with a short
demo, give this seriously to familiarize yourself with the actual look and feel.

nmat overview

Below is the deep analysis of each section-

Quantitative Ability- 

Overall this was a moderate section with DI being calculative intensive. This section consisted of Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency (a handful of questions) and Quantitative Aptitude questions. Almost 20 -25 of the questions were Quantitative maths split across the major chapters.

What’s new in this section and its difficulty level?

Questions on QA varied between ‘easy’ and ‘moderate’. And few were tricky.Something new this time was to have one question on True and False. TTFF for a set of 4 statements.

Which chapter holds the highest Weightage?

As expected slightly more questions from arithmetic and numbers.

  • DI was Calculative intensive and hence time-consuming. “Rejection  Strategy” plays a crucial role here.
  • 3 DI sets had four questions each and were based on bar charts, case lets, pie charts, and tables. Some questions on DI had a tinge of Logical Reasoning while some others also required knowledge of concepts of mathematics.
  • Inspired by GMAT we did see an increase in the number of GMAT type DS questions (6-9) which were based on numbers, algebra, modern math, geometry, and arithmetic.
  • Ensure to do the Official Guide to help you secure your spot!
  • As the average time available to solve each question is quite less, you should not get stuck on questions and instead try to attempt the easier questions first to maximize your score.
  • Considering the difficulty level of this slot, an attempt of around 36-38 questions would be good for this section.
  • If the DI sets seem calculation intensive, we advise attempting DI sets after attempting the standalone QA

How to Prepare for NMAT Quant Section?

  1. Revise your core formulas and concepts  DI do the shortcuts.
  2. DI do the shortcuts.
  3. Practice Data Sufficiency.

An Overview of Quantitative Ability Section-

quant nmat

Logical Reasoning-

This was on the higher difficulty level as compared to Quants. Almost 30% of the questions were on verbal reasoning (statement-conclusion, critical reasoning, strong & weak arguments, statement-assumption, course of action etc.) Many students reported having had no decision making questions in this section. Which reduces your panic points! The remaining Logical Reasoning questions were from a sequential output, arrangements, family tree, numerical grid, coding, series, alphanumeric series, symbol-based logic etc. On the whole, this section seemed on par with last year’s, with 3 lengthy. Analytical Puzzles that once done bag you around 10-12 questions.

What’s the difficulty level of Logical Reasoning?

Considering the difficulty level of this slot, an attempt of around 25-28 questions would be good for this section.

How to Prepare?

  • Practice Critical Reasoning and Course of action type of verbal
    reasoning questions.
  • Puzzles still dominate the paper so revise your strategies for the same.
  • Calmness is the key to success.

An Overview of Logical Reasoning-

lr nmat

Verbal Ability-

Again, considering the limited time, one should leave the RC passages to the end as at least one of them is expected to be moderately challenging.Having a good vocabulary set, from Norman Lewis and the Official Guide would help score high here. On the whole, about 7-8 questions were a bit challenging. This section was quite on par as compared to last year.

Expected from students to get 22 to 25 questions correct

How to Prepare?
1. Revisit the Norman Lewis Vocabulary
2. Review the NMAT word list shared by us
3. Practice with the Clock to Save Time Issue

An Overview of Verbal Ability-

verbal ability nmat

NMAT Expected Cutt-Off-

nmat expected cut off

Overall the paper is moderate and can be cracked easily. The key to crack the paper is Time-Management and the candidate needs to be calm.

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.

How To Analyse Your Mocks

How To Analyse Your Mocks

With few months left for the CAT Exam, all candidates should start giving their CAT Mocks. Candidates appearing for CAT tend to forget one major factor which leads to a low percentile. Every Candidate should analyze their mocks thoroughly. Mocks without thorough analysis is futile and is waste of time. But before jumping on the analyzing part of the mock every CAT Aspirant needs to make sure they have their own strategies and shortcuts to solve CAT Mocks. The main objective of analyzing a mock test is to identify your strong and weak areas.

Steps to Analyse CAT Mocks-

Step 1: All Candidates should appear for CAT Mocks

A majority of the CAT Aspirants don’t give Mocks. Every Candidate has the temptation to start giving mocks ” next week”  Before doing anything the candidates should get rid of procrastination.

Step 2: Scores

The next obstacle for the aspirants is giving CAT Mocks half-heartedly. Appearing for mocks just for the sake of it is something that the candidates should not do.  This is less common than the first one but this issue also exists. Some students just ignore their scores and forget to analyze where they went wrong.

Step 3: Analyze your section, area and time-wise performance

When the candidates analyze the mocks the first thing to do is make a note of their weak and strong areas and also check which question was more time-consuming. Also try to gauge the amount of time you took to solve Reading Comprehensions.

Step-4: Re-solve the exam

Make sure to solve the questions that were not attempted, wrong and the questions where you didn’t get time to solve. Make a note of the questions that you are able to solve without the time pressure and see if you can solve the questions.Try to understand how you solved the paper in the first go and how you should have actually solved it. Identify the questions you missed out on, and try to segregate your silly mistakes.

Step-5: Make a cheat-sheet

Make a quick cheat-sheet of the all the things you learnt from the exam. This should include:

  • Mathematics shortcuts
  • Data interpretation tips and techniques
  • Grammar and usage rules (new ones that you discovered in the exam)
  • Words you learn from the exam

Step-6: Focus on Verbal Ability

Try to identify the different passage sources, and read further from these. Make a note of all the vocabulary based questions and different tones of the reading comprehension.

Step-7: Draw up a strategy for the next mock

On the basis of your current attempt, draw up a strategy for the next exam. Give yourself a series of directives to follow in the next exam, and see how it goes.

Step-8: Do give the next mock

Remember one golden CAT prep rule: Candidates should understand Mocks are just like the net practice before the actual match. So use all the Mocks given and decide strategies and shortcuts to be used in actual CAT Exam.

Some more Guidelines:

1)     Right your wrongs: Solve the questions for which you marked the wrong answer. Find out where you went wrong and learn whatever there is to learn about that concept. This will ensure that you do not make the same mistakes twice.

2)     Types of wrongs: Not all the errors that you make are concept-based. Some errors may be just plain silly mistakes. While some errors may be due to a hasty approach and incorrect approximations. So always be aware of the type of errors that you make.

3)     Attempts & Accuracy: Focus on how much you have attempted. Make a list of the number of questions that you attempted. Now, keep increasing this number in every successive mock. If the numbers aren’t increasing, focus on the speed of solving the questions. Simultaneously, along the list of the number of questions, keep noting down the accuracy of your answers. Now, as done for the number of questions, try to increase your accuracy in each successive mock.

For example, let’s say that an LR  set took 10 mins with 3 correct answers out of 6. So, next time, your goal should be to finish the set within 7-8 mins with 4-5 correct attempts. Eventually keep decreasing the time and increasing the correct attempts.

This will make sure that you are progressing on the right track in your mock analysis.

4)     Strengths & Weaknesses: Your first mock test will give you a hint about your strong and weak areas. Eventually, after analyzing some more mocks, you will have a good idea about these areas. Your strong areas are usually the ones that take less time to solve and are most of the times, right. Your weak areas are the ones that constantly have low accuracy

5)     Notes: Write down the notes of what you learnt and keep them handy. These can include different tips and shortcuts for quants & DI different approaches to LR, certain grammar rules, new words, etc.

6)     Variance: If you are getting varying percentiles, then you have to speed up on your preparation.

7)Strategy: Finally, this is the most important aspect pertaining to mocks. Make a strategy before attempting a   mock. After every mock, modify your strategy for the next mock. Keep on doing this until you develop the perfect strategy to increase your scores.

Remember, you will know when you have adopted the right strategy, once you know the following things:-

–         What to Attempt

–         When to Attempt

–         How to Attempt

In the end, it isn’t about how many mocks you give. The real improvement is in what you do after the mock.

All the best!!


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.

Simplifying Quants for Non Engineers


                           Simplifying Quants for Non Engineers

   The quantitative ability measures the numerical ability and mathematical accuracy quantitative ability covers the  major part of many quantitative exams like CAT, XAT, GMAT, GRE, NMAT etc. Questions differ from purely numerical to problem of Graphs percentages analysis etc.

      Quantitative Aptitude for CAT is divided into 5 parts:

  1. Arithmetic (Includes Percentages, Simple-Compound Interest, Profit-loss discount, Ratios, proportions, mixtures allegations, time-speed-distance & time-work)
  2. Algebra (Includes linear & quadratic equations, functions, logs, etc etc)
  3. Geometry (Lines, angles, triangles, polygons, mensuration, 3D geo etc etc)
  4. Number System (includes classifications, surds, simplifications, remainders, cyclicity)
  5. Modern Maths (Permutations, Combinations & Probability)

   The Quantitative section is the one that most non-mathematics students fear not to mention the scores of  engineers.

                  Then how should a Non engineer prepare for Quants ?

CAT is one of the biggest and most reputed management entrance test held in India. According to myths, the candidates from humanities, arts and commerce streams (non-engineers) have a disadvantage against the candidates from an engineering background. These candidates from non-engineering backgrounds generally lose their touch with the mathematics and the quantitative section of CAT contains basic questions that are taught in the first year of engineering classes. However, the preparation strategy for both engineers and non-engineers are the same. If the candidates prepare wholeheartedly, then the stream of the candidate won’t matter. To crack the CAT test and ace it, the candidates (non-engineers) must follow a strict plan and make sure that everything goes accordingly. A plan should involve the following:

  1. a) Students should revise the basics across all chapters. This is recommended because CAT has over the years tested students on their ability to comprehend basics rather than the ability to tackle advanced problems.
  2. b) The next two weeks should be spent on working out the advanced material from the study material given . The focus should not be on time taken to solve the question but rather on the understanding of the method used to solve and the principle involved.                                                                                                                               c) The remaining days in the run-up to CAT should be spent working out the questions from the Mocks that one has taken over the past few months. The Mocks have a standard of questions that is very close to the actual CAT and the learning that one can derive by working them out would be immense. CAT Exam1.Study plan  Candidates should build a concise study plan ensuring adequate time for each section. Depending on one’s strength, they can give more weightage to the sections that need more focus. It is important for all the candidates to make sure that they are comfortable with the foundation steps. Try to understand the topics clearly instead of mugging up the formula and covering the chapters. Most questions in CAT are from algebra, geometry, arithmetic, mensuration, and number system.

    2.Brush up the basics

    It is important for candidates from a non-engineering background to understand the foundation. One of the easiest ways to do this is to brush up on their mathematics from the syllabus of classes 6 to 10. After revising the formulas from algebra, geometry, arithmetic and number system, you can switch to solving problems.

    3.Mock tests

    Take CAT mock tests and analyse your performance. This will help you identify your weak areas. Depending on the analysis, you can then focus on solving more questions from the weaker sections in order to master each concept well before the exam. Time-bound tests help in improving the problem solving speed.

    4. Avoid guess-work

    Last but not the least, candidates should focus on accuracy. As there is negative marking in CAT, it is a must do to avoid guess work and to answer accurately. Candidates should spend adequate time in understanding each question in order to avoid faulty answers.

    Rest assured that by making the best of the preparation time, non-engineers can definitely crack the CAT with a high percentile.

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 


7 points to remember for Data Interpretation

7 Points To Remember For Data Interpretation

Data Interpretation as the name suggests, is all about data. The basic idea that operates behind these questions is to test a candidate on his ability to make decisions and establish what would be the best recourse in different situation. Data Interpretation is one of the most important sections of management entrance examinations like CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT etc. Let’s look at some tips to crack Data Interpretation.



  1. To improve your speed, you have to be quick at calculations. Try and do calculations mentally as much as possible.


    1. Squares at least till 40
    2. Cubes at least till 30
    3. Tables till 20
    4. Fractions to percentage conversions

     2. T – S – C – F :

     It is very important for student to be well aware with TSCF which is nothing but Tables, Square and cubes and            fractions. Student appearing for CAT 2017 need to learn the tables, square, cubes and fractions before jumping to DI questions.

     3. Vedic Maths:

Once done with TSCF now the time is to practice the Vedic maths. Vedic maths is the topic which helps do smart calculations. With the help of TSCF and Vedic Maths it will be easier for students to calculate multiplication, squares, cubes and fractions of numbers. Using Vedic maths in your calculation will help to reduce time consumption on calculative questions.

    4. Approximation

Approximation technique will only help if one knows how to do it. Random approximation will not help since we know that CAT Exam has negative marks for every wrong question. Make sure to use the Vedic maths and TSCF to use approximation in questions.

    5. Daily Practice

To excel Data interpretation in CAT exam it is required to practice DI questions daily. A student must solve 1 DI set everyday in order to score good in Data interpretation. This particular section has got 16% weightage in the entire CAT exam as per CAT 2016.

    6. Take Tests

Practicing ‘n’ number of Data interpretation questions, even using the above strategies will not give much benefits    to students unless not practiced with proper time management. For which regular Mock Test of CAT and sectional test will work the best. The exam itself has fixed time for each section and for Data interpretation which is combined in one section with Logical Reasoning will have 60 minutes. For this students should practice Data interpretation questions with timer and should also ensure to maintain accuracy with the help of above tips.

Using the above mentioned tricks and tips student will definitely get good scores in the Data Interpretation which is one of the important topics for CAT 2017.

    7. Answer options

Solving DI sets quickly means often you make a lot of approximations this may sometimes lead to a situation where your answers is in between two options.  You may then have to start over again and do accurate calculations. Avoid such questions in the first round if you know the options are very close.


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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5 Must things to do for CAT Exam

                                   How to Prepare for CAT 2017 

CAT or the Common Admission Test will be conducted by IIM Lucknow on November 26, 2017. Experts suggest that if you are serious about cracking the most competitive management entrance exam with around two lakh test takers, you must have at least three months in hand for CAT 2017 preparation. The last minute preparation is equally important as it can make or mark your performance on the day of the CAT 2017 exam.

1. Give Maximum Mocks

Mock tests and model papers are a must and can be practiced to brush up your skills no matter how many times you have already solved one. You need to make a conscious effort of keeping track of your speed and accuracy to solve the questionnaire. Every attempt can make you realise something that you missed earlier.Regular practice with a scheduled stretch will not only help increase your question-solving speed but also make you habituated to sit for three hours. “Regularly practice and revise the formula, vocabulary and grammar rules, so that you don’t have to think hard on the exam day.You must take computer-based mock so that you are familiar with the actual test environment. Taking the mock CAT in real environment will make you completely prepare for CAT 2017 and save any wastage of time on understanding the mode of test.

2.  Mock Analysis is must

After every CAT mock test, you must analyse your performance and evaluate your scoring areas.  Analyse your strong as well as weak suits in the respective areas (namely quant, verbal, logical reasoning, data interpretation) and ideally, start with the preparation of your weak areas and focus on making them your strong areas. Follow the five crucial steps listed below in the suggested order for sure-shot results:

  • Begin with the solved examples in the book
  • Then move onto the unsolved examples
  • After you are well versed with the examples in the book, test yourself further by taking as many mock tests as possible to get used to this Computer Based Exam(CBT)
  • Finally resort to previous years’ CAT papers and monitor your progress
  • Thereafter, practice and practice and practice more

3. Don’t compromise with accuracy

Time management is one of most important part of the CAT with prioritisation of questions becoming one of the key areas to success. As you go on attempting questions during your CAT, make sure that you compromise very little on accuracy.While speed is important to increase your number of attempts, maintaining a higher level of accuracy is even more important to convert your attempts into your score. Also, achieving a higher level of speed without a high level of accuracy results in negative marking also, making it a double loss proposition with your time spent on the question reducing your overall score by 1 marks. CAT has negative marking pattern with three marks awarded for every right answer and one mark reduced for every wrong answer.

4. Get well-versed with the paper pattern

CAT will have three following sections:

The segregation suggests that candidates have no escape. It will be mandatory to attempt all sections and achieve the minimum required percentage in individual sections apart from the overall total to make it to any of the IIMs. Also, some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen.

5. Make your strategy

  • Prepare a schedule, Learn to manage your time effectively while maintaing speed and accuracy  in solving a given problem.
  • Do not keep important topics to be covered in the last moment. Last moment prepartion always creates confusion . Spend at least 3-4 hours everyday.
  • Although CAT is traditionally a conceptual exam based on core fundamentals, being conversant with all the shortcuts would help you to solve various problems with greater speed, thus giving you an edge as compared to your competitors.

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.

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