Group discussion tips

5 Tips to Ace the Group Discussion Round

Group discussion tips

Almost all major MBA entrance exams have concluded. However, clearing a written exam is only half the battle won. If your aim is to study in one of the top MBA colleges in India then your odds of getting successful will be dependent on your performance in personality assessment rounds like group discussion and personal interview. All major b-schools in India, for instance, IIMs, IIFT, SIBM, and many more, have extensive group discussion rounds. So now is the time to ace your GD skills. Consecutively, a preparation for the GD is something, which cannot be done in a fixed period.

The group discussion round is generally the second part of the admission process, which is conducted as a personality assessment. It helps the interviewer decode the psyche and evaluate the analysis of a particular situation known to an individual. Therefore, the performance in a GD is critical to your chances of getting through the screening process. Consequently, it is important that the candidates adopt a well-defined strategy to ace this round. By adopting, a long-term strategy, continuous reading habits, and self-confidence, you can crack even the toughest of the GDs.

Here are some basic, yet crucial group discussion tips that may assist you during the actual GD round.

1.      An In-depth knowledge of Current Affairs

An in-depth knowledge of current affairs is necessary. In most cases, the GD topics are generally chosen from current affairs. The candidates who have excellent reading habits are likelier to perform better. Additionally, you are advised to keep tab on all the developments of national or international importance. Rarely, you will come across a GD where current affairs aren’t given predominance. Moreover, a good knowledge of current affairs will help you develop a strong knowledge base.

Start reading newspapers and magazines regularly and never skip topics of prime importance.

2.      Make your Presence Felt

There is a famous saying, “Your first impression is your last impression”. A good and assertive first impression will leave a positive dent on your panellist as well as assessor’s minds. In most GDs you will get only limited opportunities, so make your presence felt. Additionally, speak only after you have analysed your topic. If you come across a topic you are clueless than it will be wiser if you listen and observe others, before expressing your opinion.

3.      Quality matters in a Group Discussion

The fight between quality and quantity is never ending. What’s worse is, most people believe, what they lack in quality can be compensated by quantity. No! There is no substitute for quality. A well-spoken, precise point of view will be more assertive than an ambiguous 10-minute long statement. The panel assessing you will evaluate your performance on the quality of your opinion. Further, to prove your quality, don’t undermine anyone else’s point of view. Avoid dominating your peers; rather try to build a consensus. This will reflect positively on your leadership skills. A successful manager is one who thrives working along a team.

4.      Avoid Unnecessary Show off

Nobody likes an excessively assertive person. To leave a lasting impression, it is important that you exercise restraint. Further, avoid quoting too many facts and figures. The purpose of the GD round is not to test your knowledge of the subject, but to evaluate your ability to analyse a given situation. An unnecessarily assertive person will exhibit an impression of a person with limited people skills and will come out as a bad team player. Also, show-off will sound as a signal of insecurity and part of a negative body language.

5.      Avoid Emotional Outbursts

An emotionally charged person will be inclined to deviate from the subject of the debate and present their weaker side to the assessor. Nobody wants an emotionally charged person to lead his or her organisation. Treat the discussion as a forum to air your views on a topic. Personal jibes will cost you dearly. Avoid a reaction, if you feel offended by anyone’s opinion or point of view. Choose the forum to press your views or analysis. A personal feud with anyone will not take you anywhere substantial.

Eventually, a group discussion comprises of 8-10 candidates speaking on a specific topic or analysing a situation. Thus, you may get only one chance to express your opinions; use it wisely to express your knowledge base. After all, your chances of studying in your dream institution depend on it.

GRE or GMAT? MBA Abroad

GRE or GMAT: The Road to MBA Abroad

GRE or GMAT? MBA Abroad

Myth1: GMAT is your ‘only’ gateway to MBA Abroad.

Myth2: GRE is complex than GMAT.

If you are planning to study abroad, then it is likely that you must have heard about the GMAT exam. If you are particularly planning to study MBA abroad then you may or may not have heard about the GRE. GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination, is conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Broadly speaking, it is one of the most widely accepted tests by the various business schools, primarily in the US.

The GMAT vs GRE. Why the tussle?

It all started in 2006. Until then, GMAT that is owned by the Graduate Management Admission Council was conducted by ETS. All of a sudden, in 2006, the GMAC decided to collaborate with ACT-Pearson to conduct its flagship GMAT exam. Since then, the tests have witnessed major changes in their pattern to entice leading b-schools. There is no doubt that the GMAT, over the years, has carved a niche; however, the GRE also is one of the widely accepted MBA exams.


  • The simple reason, which makes the GMAT as a widely accepted testing service, is its wider acceptance as a better indicator of a student’s performance and aptitude.
  • Secondly, GMAT is widely acknowledged by the b-schools across the world. The GMAT is usually chosen by the students who wish to do MBA abroad. Conversely, the GRE is a more ‘widespread’ test as it can be taken for any postgraduate course.
  • More than 5600 business programs at around 1800 universities accept the GMAT score, making it by far the most acceptable b-school test. Notably, GMAT can be given in one format – Computer-based test.

Why GRE?

  • GRE is considered an easier exam to crack than the GMAT.
  • Secondly, it can be taken by a student aiming to study any post-graduation course, making it a generalized test. Consecutively, taking a GRE is less likely to hit your ‘bank balance’. Additionally, the test can be taken in any format – ‘pen and paper based’ or ‘computer-based’.
  • The emphasis of the GMAT is to test an individual’s knowledge of the grammar, whereas, the GRE is a boon for those with a strong vocabulary. In addition, the Math Section of the GRE is comparatively easier than the GMAT.


The GMAT and GRE have similar sections, but the objective of both the exam is dissimilar. For instance, consider the Verbal Ability Section. In GRE, the objective of the exam is to encourage students to improve their vocabulary. Conversely, the objective of the GMAT is to test Grammar skills. Consequently, if you think that preparing for one exam will equip you to sit for both the exams; you have already started on a weaker foot.

Scoring system

The scoring system of both the GRE and the GMAT are as dissimilar as the North Pole and the South Pole.


  • Analytical Writing: 0-6 Scale.
  • Verbal: 130-170 Scale.
  • Quantitative: 130-170 Scale.

Combined score: 260-340


  • Integrated Reasoning: 1-8 Scale.
  • Analytical writing: 0-6 Scale.
  • Verbal: 0-60 Scale.
  • Quantitative: 0-60 Scale.

Combined Score: 200-800

Final Verdict

If the b-school you are applying to, accepts GRE then we would advise you to sit for GRE, as it will provide you a complete analysis of your score. Secondly, as GRE is necessary for other post-graduation courses, therefore, you will have the option to apply to other programmes. If you are still unsure, we advise you to try mock tests of the both.

Long-term Planning for Students

The Importance of Long-term Planning for Students

Long-term Planning for Students

Imagine you are travelling from point A to B, without any clue about the route, or access to any map, or even the basic knowledge about the distance between the two places. Now, imagine yourself appearing for a competitive exam without any clear preparation strategy. A proper well-devised plan to achieve your goals is as important as the goal itself. Long-term planning is specifically important for the student community. An effective, long-term plan is the first step of a successful strategy. It is one of the most important study tips for the students. Simply speaking, it is nothing but a detailed plan of how you have outlined your targets, break-up of your short-term and long-term goals, and how you wish to prepare/achieve the final assessment/goal.

Players, managers, IT professionals, students, teachers, or what not, if you follow the career path of any of these, you will find at the core an effective long-term planning strategy. Specifically for the students, the long-term planning objective may sound a bit complex, but trust me it will bring you the results.

Advice for students

  • Make your short-term plans an integral part of your long-term planning strategy. Breaking your larger tasks into small targets can be good for your ultimate progress report.
  • Time Management: Many students, including the writer of this article in his student days, think they have ‘no-time’ to study. What we forget is a well-utilized 30-minute interval is two times more beneficial than a wasted 2 hours. For instance, utilize your travel time by reviewing your daily work, lecture notes, short reading, proofreading an assignment, and much more. It is all an integral part of study tips to gain knowledge.
  • Weekly Report: Your weekly reports are a fundamental part of your long-term strategy. Without analysing your weekly or short-term performances, you cannot aim to improve on your weaknesses.

Purpose of Long-term planning for students

Why should a student create long-term plans? How will it help them in achieving their goals?

The answer to these questions is simple. An awareness about your ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ is crucial. It helps you provide focus, commitment, and determination, which are critical for achieving your goals/targets. A well-defined plan drives you to prioritize actions necessary to achieve your goals. Additionally, a properly laid out plan will help you gauge your progress over a period. Consider this situation as an example. There are two students A and B. Student A follows a well-devised strategy to achieve his goals. Student B on the other hand is someone who is inconsistent. Who do you think is better equipped to achieve their goals?

Developing a long-term plan will allow you to decisively envisage your goals, better manage your strengths and weaknesses, and put you a step ahead of inconsistent individuals. A long-term strategy works as effectively for the students as it works in the game of chess. Lastly, if you face any adversity, a long-term plan (well-defined strategy) will help you through the testing time.

Ultimately, your preparation strategy will help you achieve as much success as you want. Whether to adopt a well-defined strategy or to prepare inconsistently is all in your hands. However, if you adopt a long-term strategy, that will help you score high, your chances of achieving your goals will increase incrementally. If you dream of heading a company, you can go a long way by developing an unparalleled preparation strategy.

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Role of Montessori Methodology in Preschools

Teaching colleges

Humans are called humans because of a reason. There is something, which separates them from the other species. You can help a person to walk, talk, and eat; however, it is the education that differentiates those persons from the ones who aren’t as evolved. The minds of young ones, over the years, have been greatly evolved with the kind of education they receive. It not only shapes their minds, but also helps them learn new skills, and sometimes those skills could be life altering. We must not forget the influence of the Montessori system of education while talking about young ones, and the state of preschool education in India. The system that has been widely adopted by various preschools across India has played a vivacious role in nurturing the process of early childhood education.

You are free to dissect the Montessori education system, analyse its various shortcomings and strengths. The Italian physician by profession and educator by profession – Maria Montessori – hold’s the key to this system of education. It was she who, after a dedicated research, adopted this teaching methodology in the Indian preschools. Primarily, this philosophy, which was founded by Maria Montessori, lays emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

It focuses majorly on enthusiastic child development, where a lot of thought is given on emphasising the development of emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of the child. In addition, this provides the children the necessity ingredients of their development. Notably, for an optimal development of their motor skills, it allows them to choose and act freely within an environment.

The principles such as, exploration, activity, order, orientation, and purposeful activity are given primary importance in this model. Further, the Montessori system of education focuses on free activity within a “prepared environment”, in other words, an environment tailored specifically for basic human wants and needs, and those of children at different ages, not forgetting the individual personalities the children possess. The sole purpose of the environment is to help and allow the child to develop independence in every term, according to his or her inner psychological potential.

The Indian Montessori Organisation is one such initiative taken up by the Indian officials in expanding awareness about the Montessori philosophy in the Indian educational system. Our country was one of the first few countries to focus the impact of this system on the preschools in India. In addition, its propagation and implementation of this system can be easily witnessed all around. And therefore, with the introduction of the newly implemented ECCE policy, the Indian pre-primary education has made a significant progress and the Montessori system of education has provided a big leap towards such development.

IIFT exam analysis

CAT 2015 Analysis

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It is time to take a big sigh of relief. The CAT 2015 exam is done with. This year, close to 2lakh students appeared for the ‘famed’ management exam. Further, for the first time in years, the exam was conducted in a single day in two sessions. Additionally, this year, a few changes like the introduction of on-screen calculator, the adoption of non-MCQ type questions were introduced as some of the major changes in the CAT exam pattern. So, how was the exam like? What was the difficulty level? How well have you fared as compared to your peers? You are bound to face thoughts like these. Consecutively, here is the detailed analysis of the CAT 2015.

(IIM Admission Criteria)

Difficulty Level of CAT 2015

To say it in a sentence, the overall difficulty level of the exam was somewhere between moderate to difficult. The questions from the LR-DI sections were particularly difficult. The re-introduction of the sectional time limit forced the candidates to adopt a new time management strategy. If this was not enough to unnerve the students, the on-screen calculator was far from being ‘student-friendly’. The introduction of non-MCQ based questions, although, was something which was expected, however, the sheer number of questions (25) surprised us all. Overall, the paper was neither easy nor too difficult and hovered somewhere around the moderate level. That said, if you compare the overall difficulty level of this year’s exam to that of the last year, it was more difficult than that. Therefore, you can expect the overall cut-off to be on the lower end of the spectrum.

CAT 2015 Analysis (Verbal Ability-Reading Comprehension)

This section of the exam comprised of 34 questions with a difficulty level between easy to moderate. Notably, the questions pertaining to ‘parajumbles’ were a wee bit difficult. The non-MCQ based questions brought a level of uncertainty to the exam. Specifically, the questions in the verbal ability were all non-MCQ based. In a deviation from previous trend, the reading comprehension was quite easy. This year, our experts believe, the sectional cut-off of VA-RC section could shoot up.

Sectional Analysis: Data Interpretation-Logical Reasoning

This section consisted of 32 questions with a difficulty level of moderate to high. The non-MCQ based questions were predominantly complex. Moreover, this section was the most time consuming of all the other sections in the CAT 2015 exam. If compared to last year, the section was doubly more difficult this year. There is no denying the fact that the introduction of non-MCQ based questions was the most challenging part of the exam. This year, these questions were introduced to encourage deeper understanding of concepts. The test-takers faced major challenges in this section as the non-MCQ based questions forced the students to answer decimal point based questions. In the DI-LR section, these questions eliminated all scopes of guessing.

Sectional Analysis: Quantitative Ability

The overall difficulty level of this section could be attributed as easy. QA section comprised of 34 questions. Conversely, the on-screen calculator posed challenges to the students who were not versed with its usage. Our experts believe that the sectional time limit could be a boon as it allowed better time-management to the students. That said, a section of the student community felt that sectional time limit was a disadvantage as it restricted students to manage time as per their strengths.


Overall, the changes implemented from this year proved to be good for the exam. It is expected that the sectional cut-off will be on the lower side because of the overall difficulty level of the exam. Further, in this year’s exam, the students will score low caving in to the sectional time limit. For instance, last year, students with a percentile of 99 or above scored in the upwards of 190. Nevertheless, things are expected to change and a score of around 170-180 will be enough to fetch you around 99 percentile marks. The CAT 2015 results are expected in the second week of January 2016.

IIM Admission Criteria

CAT 2015: IIM Admission Criteria – 1

IIM Admission Criteria

The CAT 2015 exam is round the corner. Most IIMs have already released their admission criteria for PGP and PGDM 2016-18 batch. Here is the first of the two part series where we explain the admission criteria of various IIMs.

(Things to do on CAT Exam day)

(CAT 2015 Exam Analysis)

IIM Shillong Admission Criteria

The IIM Shillong, along with other IIMs has devised its own admission process. Apart from performance in the CAT 2015 exam, the institute will also account in a few other factors. The first merit list of the candidates will be derived based on the performance in the CAT 2015. Notably, the institute has already released the minimum cut-off list for each category. As per the trends of the last year, it is expected that the candidates will be grouped as per their graduation degree and the CAT scores.

Minimum requirements for Shortlisting the candidates are:

  In the next stage of the admission process, IIM Shillong will conduct personal interview of the shortlisted candidates. The scores obtained in this personal interview will be used clubbed with the CAT scores to derive the final merit list.   For detailed reference, click on this link:  


IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria

Although, there is no official word from the IIM Bangalore regarding its admission criteria; however, let us look at the previous trends. The minimum CAT cut-off stood at 90.32 percentile and 91.46 percentile in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The institute derives its final admission list based on past academic performance, work experience, CAT scores, written test, and performance in PI. The candidates will be shortlisted based on performance in CAT 2015. Then, a merit list will be devised based on the percentage of marks achieved in class 10 and class 12, and work experience (if any).

Work experience is calculated based on following methodology:

  • if, no experience
  • 5 if x36

Where x is the months of Work exp.

After devising the merit list, the candidates will be asked to appear for a personal interview and written test at IIM Bangalore. In addition, they will be asked to write an article on a topic, which may belong to any category like – political affairs, economic and business affairs, sports and any other field. A time limit of 30 minutes will be set for this.

(Last week preparation tips for CAT 2015)

IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria

Following the IIM admission criteria released by various IIMs, IIM Ranchi has released its admission criteria. The first admission list will be released by the institute based on the performance in the CAT exam, Personal Interview, Written Ability Test, and work experience.

Here is the minimum cut-off score required in the CAT exam.

  However, please note that these figures are only indicative, and actual figures of the cut-off may be different from these.   The PI and the WAT will be conducted by IIM Ranchi in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bangalore. The final admission offers will be generated after assimilating the performance of the candidates as per the following rule:

Work experience marks will be calculated on following basis:

  Apart from these, the institute will award three marks to female candidates.  


IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria

  The IIM Ahmedabad announced its admission criteria in the month of August. The final admission letters will be issued after analysing the performance of the candidates in two stages.

The candidates will be shortlisted for personal interview and AWT based on performance in the CAT 2015 Exam. The following cut-off list (tentative) has been released by the IIM Ahmedabad.

To determine the final merit list, the IIM Ahmedabad will use the application rating score (AR) of the candidate. The AR score will be the sum of rating of A, B, and C, where A is the score of 10th standard exam, B is the score of 12th exam, and C is the score of graduation. For more details, visit this link.



Rating Scores for A


IIM Indore Admission Criteria

The IIM Indore, along with other IIMs has devised its own admission process. Apart from performance in the CAT 2015 exam, the IIM Indore will also account in a few other factors. The first merit list of the candidates will be derived based on the performance in the CAT 2015. Notably, the institute has already released the minimum cut-off list for each category. The final admission will be conducted based on analysis of WAT and PI score, CAT Score, and work experience.

Here is the IIM Indore CAT 2015 Cut-off:

After determining the eligibility of the candidates in this, the institute will call candidates for the WAT and PI. The WAT and PI will be held in following cities: Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Indore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai.


Those who fulfil the second criteria will be called further for third admission round at IIM Indore. The final composite scores will be derived on following basis:



CAT 2015: Things to do on Exam Day

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For a test taker, the last days just before the exam can be very tense. They are bothered by questions like “Have I practised enough for the exam?” or “What if I crank on the exam day?”, or “what if the paper is not as per pattern?”. In this hustle and bustle of the exam, most test takers tend to ignore the importance of examination instructions. Especially those, who are appearing it for the second or third time. However redundant and obsolete these instructions may sound, you should ignore them at your own peril. The CAT exam has always been a hoodoo for the students as the exam is considered as a gateway to top management colleges. Therefore, it becomes equally important that you follow instructions, and avoid confusion. Here are a list of do’s and don’ts to be followed on the day of CAT 2015 exam.

  1. Admit Cards

Your cat admit card is the most resourceful piece of document, which consists of all exam details, including your roll number and test centre. Additionally, on the backside, it consists of a list of further recommendations of the exam. You can easily avoid chaos by reading the admit card carefully. The IIMs, the regulatory authority of CAT exams, have also issued a list of do’s and don’ts on its official website, which you can easily get access. Furthermore, your admit card is the most important document on the test day. It carries your vital information like CAT registration ID, test day and date, test slot, and examination centre. Without this vital document, you will not be allowed to enter inside the test centre. If you have somehow lost the admit card, then download a new copy from the CAT 2015 website. It is adivised that the candidates should always keep a copy of the CAT admit card, until the whole admission process is done with.

Starting this year, the appellate body has made it mandatory for the candidates to sign the admit card in the presence of the test examiner. Consecutively, you candidature will be liable to be cancelled if you sign the admit card without the approval of the invigilator.

  1. Identity Proof

Along with the admit card, a verified identity proof is the second most important document on the day of the CAT exam. Any of the following can be considered as acceptable photo identity proof: Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar card, Driver’s license, employer’s identification card, college ID (along with a valid Credit/Debit Card with your name). Moreover, apart from these two documents, you are not allowed to carry objects like calculator. This year onwards, the IIMs have introduced a basic on-screen calculator for computing. This means, you are not allowed to carry any calculators for the test. Further, you are not allowed to carry any additional document like certificates, blank papers, or mark sheets for the test. CAT being a Computer Based Test (CBT) eliminates the necessity of carrying any stationery items or rough sheets. You will be provided with a pencil and a sheet to do any rough work. It is advisable to take a pen and pencil only for the test.

  1. Test Centre

To avoid last minute hustle, it is advised that you locate the examination centre well before the exam. In addition, find the shortest possible route to the centre to reach your destination in time. Your CAT 2015 admit card consists of complete information about the exam centre. Ensure you reach before the stipulated reporting time.

  1. Avoid Massive changes to exam strategy

As advised in our previous article – last moment tips for the CAT exam – avoid massive changes in your examination strategy. Avoid starting a new topic; rather, invest time in strengthening your strong concepts. It is ok to leave few topics. Touching new topics, at the last moment, will only create misperception and anxiety.

  1. Stay confident

Your main mantra on the day of the CAT 2015 exam should be – relaxation. You have done your part well; worked hard to prepare yourself for the exam. Conversely, you haven’t then now is not the time to do so. Just two days before the exam, you cannot expect to compete with the students who have worked hard throughout the year. Self-confidence is your key to success, so do not be nervous at all.

IIFT exam analysis

IIFT Exam: Detailed Sectional-Analysis

IIFT exam analysis

So, yet another MBA entrance exam is done and dusted. You have done your part – prepared for the exam, and appeared for the exam. Now for those of you who aren’t looking upto the CAT 2015 exam, it is time for a well-deserved rest. The IIFT results aren’t expected before December 2015. However, you must be itching to get an analysis of the IIFT 2015 exam, which was held on November 22, 2015. Therefore, to provide an analysis report, our team at Global Educates talked to our panel of experts to provide a detailed IIFT exam analysis. With many incremental changes to exam pattern, IIFT exam can least be described as a roller coaster ride. This year, the overall exam difficulty can be pegged between moderate to difficult. That said, if compared to the last year, this year’s edition of the exam was lot easier, which will ultimately shoot up the cut-off. The overall cut-off of this year is expected to be around 50-52. If you compare this to last year’s cut-off of 38.5, there is a massive spike in the score.

  Speed and the selection of questions are expected to be the major drivers of the exam. Additionally, in our first interaction with the students, we discovered that the questions pertaining to the DI section were of high difficulty level.

IIFT Exam Sectional Analysis: Analytical Reasoning

This section was the easiest section of them all. Almost all question paper sets had the same difficulty for this section; barring a few questions, which had some amount of ambiguity attached to them. We believe, the questions of this section could have been completed in twenty minutes. An attempt of 15-16 questions can be easily considered as a good attempt. That said it is expected that a majority of students will do well in this section. Overall, our experts believe that a good score in this section might not guarantee you complete success due to the low difficulty level.

IIFT Exam Sectional Analysis: Data Interpretation

The overall difficulty level of this section can be considered between moderate to difficult. Additionally, there was some ambiguity in certain graphs; hence, many students were forced to leave questions related to the topic. Notably, this section was bit time consuming, as it required students to put extra time and effort. An above average student is expected to score well in this section. An attempt of 12-13 questions and investment of not more than 20 minutes in this section can be considered as a good attempt. This section might fetch you between 6 and 9 marks.

IIFT Exam Sectional Analysis: Reading Comprehension

This section comprised of four reading comprehension based questions. The overall pattern of this section was consistent with last year’s paper. Moreover, the difficulty level this year was at par last year’s difficulty level. An attempt of 10 questions and investment of not more than 25 minutes in this section can be considered as a good attempt. This section might fetch you between 7 and 10 marks.

IIFT Exam Sectional Analysis: Verbal Ability

This section comprised of 2 questions each on para-jumbles, idioms, word usage, and 9 questions on vocabulary. This section seemed easy because it consisted of words from the often asked phrases and words in any competitive exam. Besides, the value of investment of time was good. An attempt of 15-16 questions and investment of not more than 25 minutes in this section can be considered as a good attempt. This section might fetch you around 10-11 marks.

IIFT Exam Sectional Analysis: General Knowledge

The overall difficulty level of a GK Section cannot be accounted as it depend on person-to-person basis. For some, certain areas may pose stiffer challenge, and for others, questions of some other areas may pose challenge. Nevertheless, the range of questions was notable. There was an even spread of questions on events like Eurozone, world history, authors, awards and recognition, and world economy. Overall, the time spent in this particular section is sufficient for this section.

An attempt of 16 questions and investment of not more than 20 minutes in this section can be considered as a good attempt. This section might fetch you around 5-6 marks.

IIFT Exam Sectional Analysis: Quantitative Ability

This year, the quality of questions wasn’t at par last year. For instance, there were numerous questions on Arithmetic. Conversely, Geometry and Algebra  had only 3 questions each. Only six questions were taken from Modern mathematics. The overall difficulty level of this section was nine easy questions and six of higher difficulty level. An attempt of 16-17 questions and investment of not more than 25 minutes in this section can be considered as a good attempt. This section might fetch you around 12-15 marks.

CAT 2015 exam

CAT 2015 – Last week Preparation Tips

CAT 2015 exam

The final week before one of the most awaited exams of the year is underway. Mastering the CAT exam is one of the most prominent challenges of an individual’s academic life. There is a reason why the CAT exam is considered as one of the toughest exams to crack. What makes it a harder nut to crack is the fact that the exam is a gateway to many top management colleges in India. A well-defined strategy can lead you to your dream IIM. Conversely, an unstructured approach can cost you dearly. The CAT exam, which is further divided into multiple sections, is one, which requires a great deal of time management.

To succeed in the CAT 2015 you need a consistent preparation strategy. Now is the time to define your grey areas and try to work upon them. The Quant. Section is one of the critical sections of the CAT exam. Here is a detailed guide to mastering the CAT exam 2015.

Tips to Master the Quantitative Aptitude Section

  • There are multiple approaches – direct method, shortcut method, elimination method, and much more – to crack the questions pertaining to this section. Analyse your methodology, and stick to it on the day of the exam. Our CAT 2015 experts would suggest you to follow the short-cut method Because this takes the least amount of time on each section.
  • Another important condition for excelling in the CAT exam is to choose your questions wisely. Your final ‘strike-rate’ will be directly affected by the questions you choose to answer. This is the time when your focus should be on devising a strategy to attempt the questions.
  • Accuracy is another important component of the CAT exam. There is no point in attempting 80% questions with an accuracy of paltry 30-40%. Rather, attempting 40% questions with an accuracy of 90% or more will serve you better.
  • Revising your concepts of the CAT Syllabus in detail, prior to the exam is another important tip. Your last week of CAT 2015 preparation should be devised towards revision. By this time, you should be well aware about your strengths and weaknesses.

Tips to Master the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • This is yet another section, which holds high importance in the CAT exam. To master this section, our experts advise you to read newspapers and magazines. There is no alternative to reading quality material. This will serve you two purposes – a strong vocabulary and reading speed. While attempting the questions on the reading comprehension section, the trick is to concentrate on important phrases, sentences, and words.
  • During the last week of preparation for the CAT 2015 exam, allot your time judiciously to each section and stick to the defined timelines. A well-defined, effective time-management strategy can go a long way.
  • Additionally, as the CAT exam is an online test, so build you online reading speed. This will prepare you well for the exam and make you accustomed to online reading.
  • Ultimately, with a proper strategy, time management, and critical analysis during the last week, you could easily master the VARC section.

Time Management in CAT 2015

This year, with the reintroduction of the sectional time limits, time management will be one of the important keys to success. Mark the questions you are not sure about for a review later. Wasting unnecessary time on one particular question will not take you anywhere. Besides, the changes in the cat exam pattern will affect every individual. Don’t lose sleep over the new test pattern. Rather, work on your strengths and try to eliminate your weaknesses.

Finally, a stress-free mind and confidence is something that will help you a lot in doing well in CAT 2015.


IIFT Exam – 7 Last Minute tips


The IIFT Entrance exam is only a day away, and surely, the time for extended preparation is gone. As we earlier mentioned in our few important tips for the IIFT exam article, this is the time for the last minute preparations. The annual entrance test, organized by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), will be held on November 22, 2015. The IIFT is famous for its flagship MBA (International Business) programme offered at multiple campuses. Notably, this is the time which you should spend relaxing. To battle the pre-exam nerves, it is important that you rest properly ahead of the exam. There is no doubt that your continuous hardwork will be enough to see you through the exam, however, it is important that you keep some dos and don’ts in mind. Here are the seven important tips, that might help you deal with the IIFT exam in a confident manner.

  1. Avoid Wasting Unnecessary time on One Question

By this time, you should be well averse with your strengths and weaknesses. There are some areas where you will do well and in some, you may not do particularly well. For that reason, do not put extra time and energy to questions pertaining to your weaker sections. You will be well off if you move away from such questions to the ones you are confident about. Additionally, the IIFT exam is a speed-driven test, so every second counts.

  1. Time Management

Your ability to manage time will be of utmost importance. You must keep track of time you spend on every question. You will certainly come across questions, which might require some extra time. So keep some time on hand for those. For instance, you could divide your time strategically to questions in each section and once you exceed the time limit, switch over to the next section.

  1. Mark Your Answers carefully

This is one of the biggest negatives of undertaking a pen and paper based tests – OMR Sheet Management. A majority of students miss their dream college just because of wrong marking in the OMR sheets. One mistake could easily lead to a complete catastrophe. Therefore, you are advised to keep track of the serial number of the column you are entering your data. Further, avoid putting redundant effort in darkening the answers. This may slit the OMR-sheet.

  1. Keep Calm

Keep Calm, it is only an exam!

Keeping calm before and during the exam is very important. Many students tend to get overly cautious or too casual while undertaking the exam. Being at peace can help you in performing better. There is no point in fluttering while giving exam. Rather, try to find a solution to the challenge; you have prepared well throughout the year, and rest assured that you would do well. By losing your nerve, you will only increase anxiety and might mark the wrong answer option despite knowing the correct answer.

  1. Only Attempt the questions you are confident about

Because the IIFT exam carries negative marking, therefore avoid making guess. One cannot attempt every question. Yes, your strategy of taking risks may come through; that said, avoid taking unnecessary risks. You need to be calculative of the questions you are attempting and the number of questions you should attempt.

  1. Don’t forget your admit card

This may prove very hazardous. Admit card is the first thing, which you should carry with you while appearing for the test. Additionally, it is advisable that you carry an extra copy of your admit card with you; just in case you lose the original one.

  1. Carry a Valid Identification document

An ID proof is very important document, and one, which is mandatory at the test centre. In addition, a photocopy of the ID proof will not be acceptable at the test centre, so carry the original document. For reference, following document can be used by candidates as valid identification documents:

  • Driving license.
  • Election I-card.
  • PAN card.
  • College I-card.

Most importantly, candidates will not be allowed to bring expensive items like the mobile phones, handbags, jewellery, and other electronic devices to the test centre. So, keep them at home.

Eventually, take a proper night’s sleep before the exam and reach your exam centre before the mentioned time. Over the summers, you have prepared well for the exam. This is the time to enjoy the exam and reap benefits of your hard work.