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7 Rules to Excel in CAT VA

June 21, 2014

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CAT, CAT tips, Test Taking

Strategies, verbal, Verbal Ability

Understanding of a Paper (or a section) along with the


understanding of own strengths and weakness are the two
essential blocks of deciding the strategy for attempting it. To
understand the section, let us look at the question types that
appear in English or the VA section of MBA entrance test and
look at the skills required to answer them and also

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Reading Comprehension passages or what were called


unseen passages in school are the nemesis of a large number
of students because of poor (or lack of) reading habit. The
passages can be from different areas and the questions can be
factual or inferential. The good thing is that length of passage
in Computer Based CAT has decreased as compared to its
paper & pencil version. It is advisable to attempt those
passages first that are from a subject you are comfortable
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with. If you are not good in Critical Reasoning, then it is okay to


leave the inferential questions as it will help you cut down on
the negative score.

My Comfort Level: Throughout my school & college years and


even today, I read a lot because of which I am by and large
comfortable with most kinds of RC passages. However, I do not
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passages enjoyable and hence avoid them in the paper. I


prefer factual passages and the RC passage topics that I prefer
attempting in the paper are business, economics, current
affairs, politics, history and mythology.
Vocabulary questions, synonyms, antonyms & analogies, are

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knowledge based questions and can be answered correctly


only if you know the meaning of the word and/or the choices.
Hence a good vocabulary is essential to well in these types of
question. The good thing about these questions is that they
consume very little time a single reading of the question and
the choices is enough to determine if you can/cannot answer
the question. Reading the question or the choices again and
again will not give you the answer. It is advisable to leave
these questions if we do not get the answer in a single
reading.

My Comfort Level: I am fairly okay with vocabulary and even


with an approximate idea of the word; I am able to get the
correct answer by elimination of choices. However if I do not
know the meaning of the word, Ill leave the question.
Sentence Correction, like vocabulary, is knowledge based. If
you do not know the rule of grammar to be applied, you are
unlikely to get it correct and hence the question should be left
un-attempted. However if you have good reading habit, you
should be able to get a 3 out of 5 questions correct by
instinct/gut feel.
Sentence Correction and Vocabulary typically contribute to
most to the negative score of the students because of our
propensity to mark an answer without being sure of the
answer. Guesswork should be avoided in all knowledge based
questions. Suggest that you read the question once, if you
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know the answer mark it else move on to the next question.

My Comfort Level: This is my weak area. I do not know


grammar however because of my reading habit many times I
am able to identify which part of the statement is incorrect. So
simple questions of sentence correction will be attempted but
if the complexity of the question is high, I will leave the
question.
Sentence completion (fill in the blanks) questions are based
on knowledge of vocabulary as well as grammar but can be
worked out based on the context and elimination of choices
especially if the question has more than one blank. It is
worthwhile reading the question statement 2 3 times as
guesswork based combination of knowledge and elimination of
choices usually works in these questions.

My Comfort Level: Because of my reading habit, the


contextual meaning of a word comes very easily to me and
this helps me in sentence completion fill in the blanks. I usually
attempt all sentence completion questions.
Para-jumbles and Deductive logic are logic based questions
and no prior knowledge of any area is required. Hence you can
you can work your way thru in these questions even if the logic
is not completely clear. Also the choices are of great help in
these questions. It is advisable to move back and forth
between the question and the choices to get to the correct
answer. For example, in Para-jumbles, identify the opening or
closing or a logical pair and eliminate the choice that does not
adhere to it. Successively eliminate the incorrect choices to get
the correct answer.

My Comfort Level: These are my areas of strength; Ill usually


not make a mistake in these questions. I work on Elimination
of choices in Parajumbles. I try to identify the opening or
closing or a logical pair and successively eliminate the incorrect
choices.
Critical Reasoning and Para completion questions can be
attempted only if you understand the logic, elimination of
choices is can help you reach the answer faster but the logic is
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essential.

My Comfort Level:I am comfortable with these questions. Ill


typically read the passage and get the answer by elimination of
choices. If I do not understand the passage, I will not attempt
the question.
Logical/Analytical reasoning questions are similar to the
reasoning questions of DI and hence are a boon for students
who are weak in language but good in QA/DI.

My Comfort Level: This works for me most of the time


however I always exercise caution in these questions because
many a time the questions are deceptive and time consuming.
Unlike QA or DI, where most of the time it is visible that the
question can or cannot be solved by us, in VA all questions
look solvableso we end up attempting all questions and end
up with a high number of incorrect answers. Hence in English it
is advisable not to go in for guesswork. When in doubt, leave
the question.
Now on to my rules for attempting the VALR section:
1. A paper is not a place for R&D, hence a new type of
question will be looked at only if I can peg it to an existing
question type.
2. I read the choices along with the question as it helps in
elimination of choices.
3. In my weak areas, when in doubt I leave the question
without marking the answer.
4. In Round 1 (R1) I sequentially attempt the following question
types:
a. Vocabulary and sentence completion,
b. Grammar,
c. Deductive Logic,
d. Parajumbles.
5. In Round 1 (R1), Ill also glance thru the RC passages to
understand the length, subject and the question type of the
passage.
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6. In Round 2 (R2), I will attempt logical reasoning, critical


reasoning, para-completion & summary questions.

7. In Round 3 (R3), I will attempt the RC passages.


What Next:Work out a similar set of rules for yourself and see
if you can attempt aMock CATusing them. In the video
analysis of Mock CATs you would have seen me applying these
rules. I will also upload a paper separately along with a write
up on how I attempted the paper.
All the best.

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Dhruv Gupta
September 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm
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Sir,
I gave last year CAT 2013 and score 95 percentile in QA section
but a mere 62 percentile in VA section. Now, this year also in
mocks, I am able to score good in Section 1 with 22-24
attempts and 18-20 correct. Its VA and LR section which
worries me most and is not able to score consistently in this
section. What should be my strategy for preparation in VA and
LR to improve and get good score this year. (I am a non CL
student Sir and preparing myself)
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Team CL
September 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm
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Dear Dhruv,
Analyse your mocks thoroughly and identify those areas of
VA-LR where you are repeatedly making mistakes. Revise
the basic concepts of those areas/topics and practise as
many problems from those areas as possible. These steps
will help you improve in VA-LR.

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Ankit
September 24, 2014 at 2:46 am
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Respected Sir
I am very weak in QA section but i am confident in
attempting DI,LR and VA questions..So please tell me
which strategy should i opt like either just work on my
strength or spend less time on them? Also how many
correct questions in VA LRR section are needed to get
more than 90 percentile/

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GP
September 25, 2014 at 11:49 pm
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Ankit, I am sure with QA also there will be some topics


or question types that you are comfortable with,
suggest that along with DI, LR and VA questions you
focus on these QA question types also. The focus of
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the next 45 days should be to improve your attempts


and accuracy of your strong areas. My estimate is that
60 is a safe score for 90%ile in a section.

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Hemant gupta
September 7, 2014 at 10:43 pm
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hello sir
when i take mock test in QA have 17-20 correct out of 20-24 is
that enough or i improve in this section but sir in VA section
correct 8-9 out of 10-11 que. but in paraj.,paracom.. and RC
almost que. is incorrect so give me right suggestion to improve
my accuracy and also tell me how many que. attempt in each
section to get above 90% in cat 2014.
thank u sir

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Team CL
September 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm
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Dear Hemant,
Your performance in Section I is decent. In Section II, you
need to put in more effort. Revise the basic concepts and
practise as many problems as you can. Use Test Gym
Adaptive thoroughly. This will help you build up your speed
as well as accuracy. Ideally, by the end of September, you
should consistently be attempting 50 questions in your
Mocks (25 per section, with at least 80% accuracy).

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Hitesh
August 28, 2014 at 7:46 am
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Hi Sir,
i have finished most of the topics in QA..(from CL and Arun
Sharma) however i am not able to solve them in the
exam(mocks)..and each question takes a lot of time..how to
overcome this??. when i solve RCs from books i get most of the
question correct but somehow in Mocks the performance in
RCs is miserable?? Are the mocks way tougher than the
practice materials (Including CLs)?? Please help..!!

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GP
August 29, 2014 at 9:23 am
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Hitesh, hope you have identified important questions


(MCQs) from all the papers and books and are revising
them regularly. This will help you increase your speed and
accuracy. Mocks are usually tougher than what you have in
funda books but in Test Gym you have questions of all
levels of difficulty.

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rahul
August 22, 2014 at 11:06 am
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SIR,
10TH -72%
12TH-89%
BTECH-80%
if a score 99%ile in cat is there still any chance that i will not get
admitted in new iims and mdi gurgaon or in top 20 bschools if
i perform not so good in gd and pi.
please reply sir.

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rahul
August 22, 2014 at 11:09 am
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sir
why 2012, 2013 cat question papers are not available on
any website. if any please tell me
thanks

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Team CL
August 25, 2014 at 7:38 am
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Dear Rahul,
CAT was a computer based test during these years (as it
is this year as well). No CAT paper was released during
these years. For this reason, it is extremely unlikely that
any website will carry such papers.

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Team CL
August 25, 2014 at 7:40 am
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Dear Rahul,
Most top b-schools have a cutoff for performance in GD and
PI as well. Hence, it is quite possible that even a candidate
with very high marks in the written portion and with very
good academic profile may not get selected finally due to
poor performance in GD/PI.

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Naksrocks
July 17, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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Sir,which book is better for LR Preparation? Edgar Thorpe or


Arun sharma ?

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GP
July 18, 2014 at 5:43 am
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Naksrocks, while I am not a great fan of Arun Sharma but


between these two possibly Arun Sharma should be
prefered.

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Naksrocks
July 18, 2014 at 9:02 am
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Thanks a lot Sir.Any idea how the new edition of Arun


sharma which was launched recently is? Or any specific
book you would recommend for LR? I am looking for a
book that has lots of questions to practice ( mainly to
minimize the time in LR during actual cat ) and which will
help in building the approach to solve LR questions.

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GP
July 20, 2014 at 6:11 am
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Naksrocks, not seen the book. The best source will be


past CAT, XAT and FMS papers.

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udit pattnaik
July 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm
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Sir,
I would like to knowmin how many questionswith around
90% accuracy is required to be attemptedin each section, to
score at least 95 %..I know its a question without any certain
answers..But according to ur experience I think you will be able
to give us an idea..I am sure its a common questionfor all.

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udit pattnaik
July 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm
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sorry to be redundant !!! I got my answer in ur blog -The


single-most unpardonable, gravest sin you can commit in
CAT..
Thanks

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sahil
July 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm
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Sir,
i m student of cl cp centre(test series),in mocks i have been
solving quant with relative ease and my %ile has been above
90% in most of the mocks in qa sec but the problem starts with
the va section.i just dont know how to go forward with va/rc
ques.please guide need your help desperatly

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GP
July 3, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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Sahil, start the VALR section with the question types that
you are most comfortable with. If you are not confident of
VA questions then attempt 1-2 sets of LR before you move
to EU/RC. Among the EU question types focus on Para
Jumbles and Para Completion questions which usually
contribute about 6 questions and are logical in nature. The
grammar and the word-usage questions should be avoided
since most of us are poor in this area. Scan the RC
passages, identify the one whose topic you are most
comfortable with and attempt it after reading the passage
at your speed.

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sahil
July 4, 2014 at 5:06 am
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thanks sir for ur advice


will implement these ideas in my next mock

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Srishty
July 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm
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Dear Sir, thanks for all these wonderful posts.


I am better in VA than QA. When I am attempting VA, I am
comfortable almost equally in all the sub-categories of
questions that you mentioned (Except vocabulary questions).
So, I would prefer attempting RC too in the first or second
round itself, because although it is time consuming, I feel Ill be
able to mark a few answers based on that. My question is
whether you think it would be the right approach (Considering
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I am almost equally comfortable with grammar, parajumbles,


rc etc)?
Basically, I am trying to figure if its ok to attempt everything
that you feel comfortable in in the first go, time consuming or
not, and leave only stuff that you are uncomfortable in for next
rounds.

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GP
July 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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Srishty, each one of us has to work out a way of attempting


the paper that maximises ones score. Go ahead and
attempt RC in R1 itself if you are comfortable with all areas
of VA. Try out out different approaches in the next 3-4
papers and finalise the one that gives you the best results.

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Srishty
July 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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Thank you sir, will try doing that.

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Sarat Chandra
June 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm
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Sir kindly help in the reading comprehension section. While


preparing it is said, there should be lot of reading, but my
question is what are the things to be kept in mind while
reading a particular article from the CAT point of view, what
are the parameters that I should focus while I am reading. How
can I ensure a particular article has helped me for CAT exam.
How can I make sure I am going the right way. How I can
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assess myself after I have completed reading an article, how


far i have understood, or how far if the same article comes in
the CAT exam I will be able to answer any question asked from
it.
Thanks you sir.

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GP
July 1, 2014 at 5:34 pm
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Sarat, I will be sharing Gejos articles on RC in a few days.

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Sarat Chandra
July 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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Thank you sir, kindly provide a detailed explanation sir,


because i am facing lot of difficulty in preparing for RC as
I am not having clarity on preparation sir. As I said earlier
what to look in a passage, my RC preparation strategy
etc.

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Sushant Lohani
June 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm
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Sir,Please upload notes/tips how to counter RCs/CRs/SCs


involving philosophical topics like :
Postmodernism,Neoclassism,etc. Something to develop basic
understanding of them. Usually, when I read paras/articles
involving Philosophy/Art my mind just shuts down.

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GP
June 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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Sushant, will ask Gejo to do the same.

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Aman Jain
June 26, 2014 at 6:46 pm
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Sir please post the video analysis of promock-5

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GP
June 27, 2014 at 5:20 am
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Aman, there were some technical issues that delayed the


release of the video. Will be up today. Apologise for the
delay.

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Indranil
June 26, 2014 at 10:06 am
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Thank you GP sir for this illuminating article.


I am facing a strange problem. Some history of mine.
I have appeared for CAT13 but ended up with a astonishing VA
score. I was awarded a mere 35%ile in CAT13 where as I even
got more than 90%ile in some of the Proc mock CATs back
then. I was devastated with this result but soon I took courage
an enlisted myself in CLs correspondence program.
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Since then I tried to work hard and tried to improve. I am


giving TGA seriously and currently holding advanced in all of
the QA topics. Also I am categorized as expert in some of the
arithmatic topics too. With this confidence by my side
whenever
I have given any Procs this year I have not seen any such kind
of improvement in my performance. Sir could you please
direct me to the right path on how can I improve my QA and
VA scores. I am currently 50% accurate in any procs or
AIMCATS. I want to improve myself in all these matters.
Also I found your division between 3 rounds very useful. Sir
can you please tell me what should be the time distribution
between these rounds viz. what should be the ideal time for
R1/2/3.
PLease help me.

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GP
June 30, 2014 at 8:48 am
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Indranil, apologise for the delay in responding to your


query.
CAT13 scores in general and VALR scores in particular have
been surprising for may students and unfortunately the
IIMs did not share any data to clear the confusion so my
suggestion is to forget CAT13 and focus on the future.
This is the first post on the issue of test taking and I will be
uploading more articles on this issue. Question selection is
an important part of test taking and it can significantly
impact your performance. Hope you have gone through the
post The single-most unpardonable, gravest sin you can
commit in CAT. Will also be uploading a paper to help you
understand the process of test taking.
In QADI R1 would take around 30-35 minutes, R2 around
20-25 minutes and R3 the remaining 15-20 minutes. It is
okay if R3 does not happen.

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Ak
June 26, 2014 at 9:08 am
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Sir,
i am a non cl student. Could pls refer a good book for VA for
Cat/cet prep.

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GP
June 27, 2014 at 4:08 am
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Ayush, I am not aware of any good book for VA in the


market. Suggest that you enroll for a CET correspondence
program or get last years CET material from a friend.

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sam
June 25, 2014 at 2:05 pm
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sir
than how much should i attempt in QA&DI becoz i attempt
around 14-15 in mocks and expectiing to clear QA&DI cut off of
IIM A,B,C,L,I,K AND FMS??

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Sam
June 25, 2014 at 12:20 am
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Sir
Sectionals cut off are also higher as same as actual cut off or
they are same as declared in selection criteria? ??
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GP
June 25, 2014 at 5:23 am
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Sam, the selection criteria gives the minimum, the actual


sectional cutoffs are usually higher.

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samir
June 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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i am weak in quant and and always tried around 14 to 15


questions in mocks to get around 90% accuracy.BUT in
cat 2014 how much i should attempt to clear cut off of
iima,b,c,i,l,k and fms QA&DI cut off

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GP
June 26, 2014 at 10:02 am
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Samir, 14-15 attempts in QADI with 1-2 errors is very


good at this stage. Suggest that you slowly try
increasing your attempts while maintaining your
accuracy. If you can reach around 20 attempts it
would be more than sufficient.
Your target in CAT should be over 95%ile in each
section and an aggregate of at least 99%ile.

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sam
June 25, 2014 at 2:06 pm
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sir
than how much should i attempt in QA&DI becoz i
attempt around 14-15 in mocks and expectiing to clear
QA&DI cut off of IIM A,B,C,L,I,K AND FMS??

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samir
June 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm
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sir my strength is DI and i always get 7 or 8 correct but


bad in QA if practicing well in number
system,geometry and modern maths is sufficient to
achieve around 18 to 20 correct??

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samir
June 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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is this much attempt sufficient for IIM A,B,C,I,L,K


AND FMS???

GP
June 27, 2014 at 5:18 am
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Samir, will be coming out for the number of


attempts guideline shortly, till then focus on
pushing your attempts up by 1-2 questions in every
mock.
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samir
June 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm
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i was reading your article(The single-most


unpardonable, gravest sin you can commit in CAT)
you recommended to attempt around 15 with
100% accuracy and 20 with 4-5 incorrect it confuses
me as i was planning to attempt around 15-17 with
100% accuracy..
please suggest what to do ???

GP
June 27, 2014 at 5:15 am
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Samir, I have not recommended any of these. I


have just said that till CAT12, 15 net correct
answers could get you a score of 95%ile in a
section. An attempt of 17 with 100% accuracy will
possibly give you a score of 97.5%ile. You should go
for the plan that gives you a higher net correct
attempt.

GP
June 27, 2014 at 5:17 am
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Samir, with 7-8 correct in DI you need to target


another 12 out of 21 questions in QA. Number
Systems and Geometry are fine but Modern Maths
normally gives only 1-2 questions so it will be
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prudent to replace it with Algebra.

samir
June 28, 2014 at 10:53 am
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attempt around 17-18 is sufficient sir.because


algebra i hate it and never understood anything
related to it.Algebra consist of 6-9 so i i leave it .IT
doesnt create any issue.

GP
June 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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Samir, 17-18 with 1-2 errors is acceptable but am


not comfortable with leaving the entire algebra
since parts of it are very easy and it contributes to
about 6-7 out of 21 questions in QA. You hae about
4 months to improve in this area.

samir
June 28, 2014 at 11:39 am
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sir i am good in va&lr and always attempt around 25 to


27 with 85% accuracy .Is that sufficent if i ll attempt
around 25-27 in VA&LR and 15-17 in QA&DI in cat 2014 is
that sufficent or i should work hard for other topics???

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GP
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Samir, 25-27 in VALR is more than enough, since you


are good in this section focus on improving your
accuracy.

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samir
June 30, 2014 at 6:04 pm
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thanks once again sir for your advice now i am


planing to attempt max.20 in QA&DI with min 18
(90% accuracy).

Shyam
June 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm
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Hello Sir,
I am third year right now , I want to start preparation for CAT15
which online course should i join to achive good score, also I
came under DA category so please suggest me about the same
to get admission in top IIM

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GP
June 26, 2014 at 9:32 am
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Shyam, you can consider enrolling for Smart CAT Cracker


Comprehensive for CAT15. As mentioned earlier the right
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time to start your structured CAT15 preparation is SepOct14. As a DA candidate you will need around 75 to get a
call from the top IIMs.

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Sidhanshu
June 24, 2014 at 11:11 am
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Sir, I am a Career Launcher student, ! Can you Suggest me How


can i improve vocabulary in Short time ?

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GP
June 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm
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Sidhanshu, I will be posting an article on Vocabulary shortly.

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naresh
June 23, 2014 at 11:27 am
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dear sir,
Could u pls tell about jims rohini and jims kalkaji which one
better and which stream IB or general

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GP
June 24, 2014 at 7:39 am
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Naresh, JIMS Rohini is considered better than Kalkaji and it


is preferable to go for General MBA over IB.
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Suhas Goel
June 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm
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Sir
Where to get the proctored mock 05 analysis by you??and
what about the other 4?? where can i get them?? Pls tell

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GP
June 24, 2014 at 7:44 am
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Suhas, Proc Mock 5 analysis by Gejo (CL Mumbai, IIM C


alumni) would have been uploaded in your SIS. The analysis
of the earlier Moocks are also available in the SIS.

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saurabh kumar
June 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm
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Hello Sir
Since last year I am facing a diff type of problem . I am able to
solve almost all the questions in quants during self analysis
but during exam conditions my mind stops working because of
which my percentile never crosses 85. All the mistakes that I
commit are very silly often in division and multiplication.
Because of which my mind is preoccupied and spend lots of
time in simple questions during exam hours. Another problem
that I face is although I know my strength and weakness but I
am not able to implement it in exam conditions and tend to
carry away with questions which looks simple and are
simple(specially one liners with generalized options) try using
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SQC techniques and end up committing silly mistake.


Could you please suggest some idea by which I can improve
my accuracy.

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GP
June 26, 2014 at 11:43 am
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Saurabh, while revision will be helpful to some extent but


this will require a deeper analysis, suggest that you sit down
with a faculty who understands your strengths/weaknesses
to work out a way to rectify the problems.

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sahil
June 22, 2014 at 5:36 am
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sir please upload further proctored mocks videos


as it is very helpful for us
thank u

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GP
June 22, 2014 at 11:56 am
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Sahil, they are being uploaded.

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sanjay bisht
June 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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Thank you very much sir..

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Shivam Singhal
February 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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hello sir
I am Shivam Singhal , B.Tech final year student searching for a
good Job.
Recently i have appeared in Elitmus test for job in software
company but my verbal percentile is 25.27 , how it improve my
verbal please reply. .

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GP
February 28, 2014 at 5:01 am
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Shivam, I have not followed the eLitmus test so it will not be


possible for me to guide. However if it is similar to the VA
section of MBA entrances then the rules given in this post
and the other posts on VA should help you improve you
score.

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saurabh
August 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm
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Sir,
where will i get Topic-wise cat questions to practice? both QADI
& VALR with ans & sir any chance of getting them reapeated in
cat? plz reply sir

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GP
August 22, 2013 at 4:33 am
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Saurabh, refer to this link for the topic wise CAT questions
with solutions http://www.gkpublications.com/index.php?
route=product/product&keyword=CAT&category_id=50&pr
oduct_id=539
In CAT 20012 questions have been repeated from the
earlier editions of CAT.

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saurabh
August 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm
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thank u sir

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sonia
August 12, 2013 at 8:24 am
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Sir please write on DI, as most of us are not able to perform


well in that section.
or if possible cud we have a webinar exclusively on DI?
thanks

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GP
August 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm
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Sonia, will plan for a session on DI.

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Lakshay Makkar
August 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm
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Sir I am An Ipm IIM Indore aspirant. Tell me how to prepare for


it and what study material I should prefer. What all I need to
do to crack. Plz reply sir

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Team CL
August 26, 2013 at 11:08 am
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Dear Lakshay,
The IPM course of IIM Indore selects candidates through an
aptitude test, apart from other academic considerations.
The syllabus for the test includes both quantitative and
verbal ability. The syllabus is primarily of class 10 level.
Thus, it will be helpful to study the BBA material provided
by Career Launcher. Also, start reading newspaper
editorials for a better grasp on English.

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Saurabh Raina
August 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm
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A very captivating article by you sir !!


In the last years CAT12 :
1) What was the appx score of a 95 percentile in VA/LR for an
avg slot (as i heard 25th oct and 31st oct where tough slots)
2) Appx how much raw score on 90 does one need to
guarantee 95+ percentile (on a medium day slot)
3) Similarly for a tough slot what should be the appx raw score
?
Please do reply.

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Shivam Pathak
July 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm
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Thanks a lot sir. I am sure that this method will help me to


increase my marks in VA section.

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satyam
July 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm
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sir can you please also tell how much time to spend on each
type of questionI tried the above mentioned procedure and
it helped but there is only one problem that I am left with only
15-17 mins at the end for 3 RCs if I do RCs at the last, because
of which I dont get them right

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GP
July 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm
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Satyam, It is okay to leave a RC passage if you are running


short of time. To attempt all three RC passages you would
need 25-30 minutes, similarly the 3 LR sets will require
around 25 minutes and the 11 VA questions will take 15-20
minutes.

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Saurabh Singh
July 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm
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Very Knowledgeable and enlightening post. Thanks a lot sir.


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After having attended so many of your webinars, while


reading, your voice reverberates along with the text.Thanks a
ton for all the motivational posts.

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Rupesh
July 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm
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Sir,
Please suggest some ways to tackle Phrasal Verbs questions.
As these questions can get very tricky (in order to attempt or
not).
How to improve on it?

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GP
July 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm
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Rupesh, this is the most difficult part of CAT and cannot


really be prepared for because the number of the words
and their usages that are possible is huge. Read the
statement once and if you are confident of the answer mark
it else leave it and move on to the next question.

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Jayasimha
July 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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Sir, can you please tell how long one should spend time on the
above mentioned rounds R1, R2 and R3?

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July 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm


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Jayasimha, this is individual specific based on the kind of


questions that you attempt in each round. For example if
you attempt RC in R1 then it will take more time as
compared to attempting VA in RI.

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Mansi
October 18, 2012 at 10:00 am
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Dear Sir,
Please help me on how to go about the VA/LR
section..accuracy in this section has fallen down to 50%. I tend
to attempt too many questions in this section to compensate
for the attempts in QA (18-21).

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GP
October 18, 2012 at 11:13 am
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Mansi, the solution to your problem is in the question itself.


You should not try to compensate for QA by attempting
more questions in VALR as it is reducing your score. Also 1821 is a very good attempt for QA there there is no need to
compensate for anything.

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Shruti
October 17, 2012 at 10:49 am
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Sir,
Still a minimum number of attempts you would advise? As you
pointed out, even I mark a lot and end up getting negatives.

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GP
October 18, 2012 at 7:54 am
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Shruti, Considering the CAT12 papers that have been


conducted so far, it appears that an attempt of 20-22 in
VALR is a very good attempt. 3 LR sets (9 Qs), 2 RCs (6-7 Qs),
2-3 Parajumbles, 2-3 Para completion and 1 Fill in the blank
add up to a total of 20-22 questions. Any attempts from
Grammar (2 Qs) and Phrasl Verb is a bonus.

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Shruti
October 17, 2012 at 10:48 am
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Sir,
Still a minimum number of attempts you would advise? Like
you pointed out,even I end up marking many (24-25) and
getting negative points.

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GP
October 18, 2012 at 8:40 am
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Shruti, this has been covered in the answer to your other


query.

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priya
October 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm
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Sir,I am good at logical reasoning ,rc(not philosophy),para


completion ,avg at parajumbles,go by intuition in
vocab,grammar..plz tell me strategy

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GP
October 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm
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Priya, In VALR, start with LR then move on to RC then PC, PJ


and finally vocab and grammar.

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Gaurav Kumar
September 13, 2012 at 8:22 am
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Hey! What about Round 3???


Plz suggest

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divya singh
September 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm
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hello sir!!!!
waiting for ur post HOW I ATTEMPTED PROC MOCK 8.
it really helps me a lot while analysing my mocks.

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chandra dhar
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September 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm


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sir,
thanks for this
please tell also about CMAT (how to crack cmat 100%il)

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Gejo
September 11, 2012 at 5:40 am
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Hi Chandra,
If I go by last years CMAT, the quant section is easy scoring.
Which means, you must get almost all of the 25 questions
correct. LR is also not that challenging has a mix of
questions, should get at least 20-22 correct. You could find
VA a bit challenging. There are no lengthy RC passages, but
it has CR type questions. Practice GMAT type CR questions.
The game changer is going to be GK/GA session. However, if
you have ensured very high scores in the other 3 sections,
and manage about 40-50% of the GA/GK questions, you are
on your way to get a very high percentile.
Regards
Gejo

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Shivam Agarwal
August 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm
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Sir,
thank you for this great insight into the CAT cracking code
but CAT is more of a thinking based exam rather than speed..
(owing to the recent trend of the exam).. hence how should
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one get going when it comes to intense speed tests like the
NMAT, SNAP etc what are the basic underlying techniques
that are crucial to these speed tests, which are different than
those used to bell the CAT.
kindly help..

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GP
August 4, 2012 at 2:19 am
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Shivam, Ill be writing on these tests separately

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Divya
August 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm
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thanks sir! it was indeed a valuable suggestion but i found it


little worthy 4 mewhen i went 4 d same strategy, i found
myself leaving lots of questions unattemptedso..would you
please suggest strategy for increasing attempts with accuracy
i am really bothered about it!

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nemo
July 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm
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good article

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human2011
July 24, 2012 at 6:44 am
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Good blog..
Thanks to CL!

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vivek narula
July 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm
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Thanks sir . i will definetely try this logic in my mock


sir plz help me out how i improve my vocab..

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GP
August 2, 2012 at 3:14 am
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Vivek,
Revise all MCQs of vocab that you have come agross every
week till CAT

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sandeep
October 15, 2014 at 1:39 am
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Sir i am leaving out FIJ,will it have major impact?


Please suggest me some good source for Phrasal verbs

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GP
October 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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Sandeep, the chances of FIJ appearing in CAT are very


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low and hence leaving it should not be an issue.


You can get a list of phrasal verbs on the web but it is
very big and you may not be able to cover all.

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purav patel
July 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm
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Thanx sir, its being very helpful for me spl in VA section..If u


have any other thoughts related to CAT exam so share it ..

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sumit jhawar
July 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm
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Thanks sir for your advice. It helps us a lot. I will definately try
to apply them in the next procterd or unproctered mock.
Please keep us updating with your immense knowledge.

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Vaishali Jain
July 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm
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This was a good insight on the VA section, Sir. Elimination of


choices mostly works for me. Thanks for sharing your
thoughts.

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