Friday, April 04, 2008

All GD Topics at one place

Couple of people said that they had difficulty finding all the GD topics discussed. They could find the analysis, but had to go thru some searching to find the topics. Surprising that very few pointed out this problem during the peak activity days. So here is a post just to improve on the manouverability of the blog and accessibility to the GD Topics. Better late than never. Hope it will help better for GD preparation

Here are the list of topics. The link for this will also come on the top right hand side of the main blog page

  1. Farm loans at lower interst rate - An economic burden caused by populist politics
  2. Chinese competition to Indian IT industry - How to take the bull by the horn
  3. Is copying western culture good for the Indian culture
  4. Boom in the Indian stock market - Is it for real
  5. Case Study - Real Estate
  6. Bribery: A menace or a means of correcting social and economic imbalance - Discuss this in Indian scenario
  7. Judicial intervention in the affairs of Govt and Parliament - Is it a necessity or is the judiciary crossing the line
  8. Case Study - Abhi and Kabhi
  9. Govt censorship of the internet - An instrusion of Freedom of speech
  10. The world with no sundays
  11. Nuclear issue - The hypocrisy of USA
  12. 24/7 News Channels - A bane to the society
  13. Alternate solutions to solve the growing pressure on infrastructure
  14. Would converting LOC into border solve kashmir issue
  15. Given all the powers of India, what steps will u take to improve India
  16. Tax cuts, A great boost for economy heading towards recession
  17. Women empowerment - A cause for increasing divorce rate in India
  18. One Super Power is better than Two


All Key Talking points at one place

I guess there was similar problem with the Key Talking Points with the link on the main page pointing directly to the analysis rather than the topic. So here goes another post to make things better.

Key Talking Points 6 - Inflation
Key Talking Points 5 - Cricket Telecast ordinance
Key Talking Points 4 - Energy and Infrastructure
Key Talking Points 3 - Stock Market
Key Talking Points 2 - Company Affairs
Key Talking Points 1 - Intellectual Property


Thursday, April 03, 2008

To begin with.....

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CAT preparation is a subject that many people talk to me about. Most of them just want to hear things that they have already decided in mind. Like "work hard", "start early", "kill yourself studying day and night"...
Well, it always surprised me that CAT required that kind of preparation. Think about it. The syllabus of CAT or any other MBA entrance for that matter is almost equivalent to that of 12th. The only thing that matters is speed. Well, there is a catch. The questions that come test your basics and they test it hard. So, work to get your basics right and have some practice to oil your rusted knowledge, and you are gonna make it. So it is important to work hard, but on the right things.

So what is the best way to prepare? Here goes my small list

1. Believe in it - If you don’t believe in yourself that you are a top guy who can crack, you never will. If you think CAT is too big, it will be so.

2. Get into the groove - Start with a full fledged paper. Sit thru and analyze the results. This will give you an idea of the areas your knowledge is rusted, areas where you have no idea etc. Analyze carefully and decide on the areas you want to work. Typical would be probability, vocabulary etc

3. Don’t kill yourself with those numerous tests - Do not take another test till you have updated your learnings from the previous test. E.g., cover your probability, vocabulary and then sit for the test. And before you sit, decide on things that you want to get right in the test e.g., speed, accuracy etc
Simply writing tests every weekend only leads to frustration.

4. Figure your shortcuts yourself - Think on the problems and you will see more light than your class room sessions can show. No one became Bill gates by trying to do what he did. And trust me, cracking CAT gives you that 'being Mr Gates' feeling.

5. Work on basics - If your basics aint right, you are never gonna be fast either. In English, you shud be able to tell the difference between opinion, inference, argument etc. Math and DI, you shud be able to visualize the problem. Work and practice and you will get into that groove

6. Coaching classes - Not necessary unless you need to brush up your basics. E.g., if you are a BA and get to understand math better or if you need to improve your English. But the material that they provide is sure important as it helps in practice.
People say coaching helps them stay disciplined in their studies. If you need to pay somebody else to keep you disciplined, well you are not ready to crack. You need to put in passion and believe in yourself.

This list shud do to get you kickstarted. And try for the best of IIMs. Don’t settle for less to start with. Will write more on the sections in leisure. Your comments are most welcome and we can fight it out on things you don’t agree on anything

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

CAT for beginners

The GDs and Interviews are almost over for the year and it is time to start for the new year. Though I have taken a break from writing on this blog for a few months, I thought that it will help to give links to all the maths and word usage posts that I had posted some time back.

Maths Fundae Problems
1. Fake Note problem
2. The Hidden balls
3. Guess and make a fortune
4. Boys and girls
5. Pick the higher number
6. Tennis ball or Cricket ball
7. Hit or Get hit

Word Usage Fundae
1. Its It's or Its
2. You will or Shall you?
3. Would you use Should, or should you use would
4. Which or That