Author: GP

Howz XAT!

Xavier’s Aptitude Test (XAT) is the last major MBA entrance test for the season and possibly the last chance for most students to get a score that will get them into a good B school. Many good B schools outside the Xavier family, like S.P.Jain, TAPMI, IMT, MICA, etc., accept both CAT and XAT scores for admission to their MBA programs and the students who did not do well in CAT can hope for an improved performance in XAT for a realistic chance in these and many other B schools. While many people tend to describe XAT as CAT...

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SNAP Shot!!

SNAP, conducted by Symbiosis International University for admission to its fifteen management institutes (offering 21 programs), is one of the most popular management entrance tests and is taken by over 50,000 students every year due to availability of a wide range of institutes. The level of difficulty of the questions asked in SNAP usually ranges from easy to moderate. A CAT paper would usually be considered more difficult than a normal SNAP paper. However, the limited time available for attempting the paper (120 minutes for 150 questions) makes it a bit challenging for some students. SNAP – A great...

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CAT 2016 Analysis: Slot 1: First Impressions

CAT 2016 Likely cutoff: Getting updated shortly Structure similar to CAT 15. The difficulty level of QA section is the key difference between CAT 2015 and CAT 2016. QA – more difficult than last year. Approx 5 attempts less as compared to CAT 15. 22-25 is is a good attempt. DILR slightly easy. Students could attempt 4 sets with ease. 14-16 is a good attempt. Exerts say, good students could even go on to attempt 6 DILR sets. Verbal section – Level of difficulty same as CAT 15. The section had 24 RC questions , 10 Verbal Logic (4 Para...

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CAT 2016: Change is the only constant

Back in July, there was no ambiguity about CAT 2016. The CAT 2016 website  very clearly gave the following information. CAT 2016 will be a Computer Based Test (CBT) with a total of 100 questions The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections: Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension with 34 questions Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning with 32 questions Section III: Quantitative Ability with 34 questions Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while...

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IIFT done – What Next for CAT 2016?

With IIFT out of the way most of you would have immediately shifted your focus to CAT 2016. However, before you get down to practicing section tests from Test Gym and taking Mock CATs it will be useful to relive your IIFT experience and analyze why you did/did not do well in IIFT and what learning from this paper can you take forward to CAT. Let us first look at the IIFT paper and then discuss what you should do in the 6 days leading up to CAT 2016. Let me share with you how I would have attempted...

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About GP

Gautam Puri

GP describes his academic performance early in life as pathetic. With scores of 61% in Xth and 65% in XIIth, he was always at the bottom of the class. For students, he is an aptitude guru who simplifies fundamentals, problem solving, and test taking strategy. GP loves driving & has been part of Raid-de- Himalayas off road adventure. An IIM B alumnus, GP is one of the core founders of CL.

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