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[Official] Quant Thread for 2015!!!

As we are done with CAT 2014 and those who feel that they need to start all over again, and they see IIM as a calling...

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What is the smallest natural, odd, composite no ?

  • @happy3475 aap stud ho. 4m.
  • Not sure.. but ll take that as a compliment ..... :stuck.... 1m.
“The price of getting what you want is having what you once wanted.”

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Official Verbal Thread CAT 2015

As we are done with CAT 2014 and those who feel that they need to start all over again, and they see IIM as a calling...

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whch doc rqrmt for applng for cat reg    iam rel to obc category 

  • @john1237ec but last year I had to scan and upload it. 8m.
  • bhai intial stages mein nahi dena hota hain.... when u fi.... 7m.
Sudhans @sudhans 27

@john1237ec but last year I had to scan and upload it

Rajesh Yadav @john1237ec 74

bhai intial stages mein nahi dena hota hain.... when u fill from of colleges like fms and other government college u need to provide it....

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@IIMAscholar I am interested in the IIM FPM 2015. My profile -

B.Tech - 72%

12th - 87%

10th - 95%

I have 7 years of IT experience. Writing CAT this year. Will a percentile of 90 + will ensure a call for the interview. BTW, how many applicants are invited for the interview.

Thanks in advance !!!

  • @IIMAscholar is my bachelor score of less than 80% affec.... 13h.
  • @ramansv710 The answer to your first query is NO. For th.... 23m.
ರಾಮನ್ ಎಸ್.ವಿ. @ramansv710

@IIMAscholar  is my bachelor score of less than 80% affect my profile. Moreover, I had one backlog in one of my semesters. What will be the effect of the above on my eligibility. Got to know this before I start anything for preparing.

Inside IIMA @IIMAscholar 4,942

@ramansv710 The answer to your first query is NO.  For the second one, you may need to explain the interview panel about it.  Unless you screw up, my personal opinion is that it should not be that important.

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All I wanted to Speak about CAT

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So the story begins. It's a pretty long story, but it rewards your patience least I hope so. The Story starts with a rise, falls and touches the rock bottom and then rises again. I dedicate this story to all those people, all those who rose from the ashes to make their life better (Well, best is always bettered and hence it's the 'better' state that I strive for).

There are few vital data points I would like to present- I am a General, Engineer (CSE), Male (on the verge of sounding clichéd but 3 mistakes of my life). Scores stand at 10th-92.2%, 12th-80.8% and B.Tech (CSE)-64.3%.

10th & 12th

I started out as an above average student. Having delivered a good performance in 10th, I thought I had it all. I got into one of the best schools of Jharkhand, and started my journey for engineering. As one year passed and I graduated to 12th, I thought I wouldn't be able to crack JEE and instead shifted my focus to getting good marks in 12th. It proved to be a strategy that was good and bad in equal measures. Bad because I had already decided to waste one year of my life and good because I managed a decent enough score in 12th Boards.

Post that, I shifted to Jamshedpur, joined a famous coaching centre and here it went haywire for the first time in my life. I write-the first time. As you will read the story, you will find out why. The first 3 months of classes were good, I put in decent effort and managed to stay in top 50 of the batch, which was pretty huge. The next 9 months were disaster, and I screwed up all the exams I wrote.

The next one year was spent again, at home preparing for JEE. I put in my best of effort and screwed myself again. JEE was a whitewash, AIEEE rank was ~20K. Heck, I didn't even get through VITEEE. Managed to clear my CUSAT CAT with a good rank, and got into CSE Branch.


B.Tech was started on a good note, I scored well in first year. It was in the third year where things went haywire again. My complacency cost me huge. In 5th semester, I managed to score 6 backs (Out of 8 papers) and in 6th semester, I had 3 backs. Combined with 2 backs in 4th semester, I had a total of 11 backlogs. My college was swift in taking supplementary examinations, only catch was that it never published results in time. I ended up writing few papers thrice, just to be sure that I would pass. It was a wakeup call for me, I could not tell anyone at home about this. It was a huge shock that jolted me out of slumber and I started focusing on studies. I wrote special as well as regular supplementary examinations and managed to clear quite a few papers.

It was in the beginning of 7th Semester that companies started coming for placements, and I, even after being the member of PlaceCom was not able to sit in any one of them. I saw my friends getting placed one by one and I attended all their placement parties. I couldn't sit as I still had 6 backlogs pending (Results weren't declared yet). In the month of Feb, 2010, I managed to sit in an interview for HCLi (because it had a relaxed criteria for selection-considered marks & backlogs up to 4th semester only) and I managed to get through. I was grilled for 45 minutes for my interview and I came out totally overwhelmed (What happened there is a story for another time, quite an interesting one).

It was a huge morale booster for me, that at least I had a job. Went bankrupt in the party I threw. I managed to clear my degree and join my job in time despite so many backlogs. If nothing else, this shows we can recover from failure, however huge it is.

Job & MBA Preps

I was fortunate enough to get a job which was different from what regular B.Tech pass-outs do in IT Firms. And that is another topic for discussion later. As I started in my job, I knew from the initial few months that I had to get a MBA Degree. The reasons being- I wanted to study in a good college, and the job profile that I had, was perfectly suited for MBA Degree. In fact, many of my colleagues were MBA freshers, although from Tier #2 & #3 Colleges. I started out at a decent enough package and the first two years passed in a jiffy. I learnt a lot from my job and I can confidently say that I knew more about business than people who had passed out from MBA colleges and had come to join my company.

2012- First attempt and an eye opener

I appeared in CAT & XAT in 2012, just to test waters and managed embarrassing myself. The results were a fiasco and not even worth mentioning. No calls, from any colleges. But it was a good eye opener, I knew my weaknesses and strength. In the meanwhile, I took up few responsibilities for my family and the MBA Preps went on.

2013- Second attempt with self-preparation

By 2013 beginning, a huge chunk of my responsibilities were done with and I dived into MBA preps full time. I wanted to be in top IIMs/XLRI or niche colleges like IIFT, IRMA, NITIE etc. I know this point is lost here (eventually most of the MBA grads end up at similar places), but somehow I have a huge respect for the niche colleges.

The studies were going on at a good pace and I had found love in my life too... a beautiful lady!! (Later, she got into a decent MBA college in 2014-16 batch). The pressure on me was building due to multiple reasons and I was running out of time. I had to get into a MBA College just to be sure that we both passed out together so that we could marry in near future. Well, things went haywire again and I screwed up my CAT and XAT Results. CAT & XAT percentiles were in 80s and only consolation was that I had scored 96%ile in CAT quant section. My lady love got into a decent college and here's where the break up started, which eventually lasted longer than the affair.

It was March, 2014 and six of my colleagues from the parallel team were fired due to downsizing policies. Situation was getting out of control. I wasn't getting enough incentives (both qualitative and quantitative) at job (apart from regular appraisals) and the future looked bleak. I was bored of doing the same rote work again and again. The business declined and I kept losing deals. I lived in the fear that I would be the next one to be fired. My job required me to travel a lot for client interactions and this had increased heavily by this time. Combining personal and official trips, on an average, I had outbound travels- short out station trips every 10-15 days. I was living out of bags. This combined with my hectic work schedule had screwed up my life into a shithole.

2014- Third Attempt and Redemption

It was May, 2014 and I was broken beyond repair. I was wrecked emotionally, and economically. Economically I say because I was very poor with my finances. At a point of time, I didn't even have money to fill up college forms. I was getting desperate and all my attempts to get my life back failed in succession.

It was then, I decided to join a regular classroom program at CL, Noida. The irony was that I didn't have money to pay for the fee and later to pay for the examination forms. I managed the money part somehow and joined CL.

Why did I join CL? Mostly it was just to fall into a regular routine for studying and to be methodical in my preparations. Started attending classes regularly, and preparations were in full swing. I was scoring in 90ies in my Mock Tests @CL, doing better test after test. I made it a routine to go sit in CL every evening after office hours for study, study and leave only when the premises shut down for the day. It was going good, I had managed to recover out of my emotional turmoil but life had something else in store for me. In August, 2014, I cleared a job interview at IBM which was offering me a job with 70% hike (+around 1.5L in joining bonuses ... Mind you I was already sitting at a decent package, my sad economic state had nothing to do with my salary, it was due to my poor financial skills) and it required me to shift to Bangalore for 2 months and then to Hyderabad. Now as I sit and study principles of economics, I realize how valid they are- Everything is a trade off in our world. Leaving Noida would mean that I would say good bye to my preparations at CL. At the other end was a job with a better future. I didn't even have money to shift to Bangalore. Managed the money part and decided to shift to Bangalore. By this time I had filled up all the forms, all the centres were at Delhi.

Three things happened meanwhile- A new job meant parties with friends every weekend. We partied a lot. We drank like fish. Although I was attending my classes at CL, but regular self-study went for a toss. And somehow I managed to fix up things with my lady love. I could not ask for more.

In October, 2014 I shifted to Bangalore and joined my new job. With the new job and fat paycheque, came bigger responsibilities and more out-station travels. Heck, I spent close to 4 hours in traffic in commuting to office every day and spent close to 8-10 hours working. I slept on the buses and usually conductors woke me up. With parties every other day, I was eternally sleep deprived and tired, but I was happy. The happiness lasted for a short duration though.

Though short on preparations, I decided to appear for exams and further shortened my already short shortlist. It came down to mere 10 colleges from 25+ odd colleges I had in 2013. (Basis of shortlisting-I wanted to be in those colleges only where the median salary stood better than my current CTC ...more on this later in the post). Spent a hefty sum to travel to Delhi and appear for CAT & IIFT which fell back to back in 2014 and screwed them both. Skipped NMAT (Didn't make sense to appear for NMAT), and shifted XAT & SNAP to Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, my Bangalore stint was about to finish and I had to shift to Hyderabad. I shifted to Hyderabad in December end, 2014 and in a way I was both sad and thankful. Sad because I had left Bangalore and my friends, the absolute heaven for me and thankful because I was tired of living out of my bags for months now. I finally had a place of my own and I started settling down for good.

Appeared in SNAP, it was an average attempt for me. XAT came and went, my attempt seemed average to me and I had lost all my hopes of getting into a MBA college in this academic year. I made my plans to write GMAT for ISB and XLRI (One year programs I had accumulated around 5 years of Job experience which was very similar to MBA grads).

Meanwhile, went and visited ISB Campus (I had a friend there) and heard all about it from my friend- his experience at ISB and was blown away by it. I decided that ISB could be an option worth giving my effort.

Soon enough, Results started pouring in and I faced disappointments which added to my depressions. Yes, the job was good, but I had screwed up all my results and my love life was again headed south. XAT Results were the last and I had a call for one year GMP Program. It was a ray of hope, but I had serious doubts that I could clear the interview.

Come February 2015 and I was in Delhi to attend a training program sponsored by IBM. Somehow managed to fill up the online questionnaire and uploaded my video to XL site (A big shout out for my friend, who helped me with the script!!). Extended my trip by two days and stayed put to give interview. It was scheduled on Monday, and my training ended on Friday. It was a pretty hectic training and I just survived through it. Saturday was spent boozing and Sunday went in clearing the hangover.

Monday morning, I was at the interview location, in a borrowed blazer. GD went fine and I was the first one to be interviewed. The interview lasted for around 15-20 minutes, included questions from various aspects... right from why MBA to questions like ...if I had to choose to be an animal, which one I would be. I was free within an hour and the hour had gone like a flash. I had no idea what would be the outcome. Almost in a trance, I came out, smoked a cigarette and started for the metro journey back to Noida. Spent some more time with friends, collected my luggage and caught late night flight back to Hyderabad.

Coming back to Hyderabad, I had almost forgotten about XAT interview. I was almost sure that my MBA dreams were trashed and I was inconsolable. My mother had a hard time dealing with me and my friends were fed up. My love life had almost ended and I was broken, yet again. I was all alone in Hyderabad, loaded with work and it was killing me. I went back to drinking and all the weekends were spent in drunken slumber.

It was in a drunken slumber, the weekend that I was spending at my cousin brother's place, that my mobile showed me a mail notification. I was about to dismiss it, but I opened to read it. It was a mail from XLRI AdCom, and my god, no sooner than I had read my email, I was jumping in joy, like a kid who had got his long cherished toy.

It was a convert!!!

One Call, One Interview, One Convert!!!

Is it true? OMG, was it real??

I opened the email on my iPad and read it again!! Yes, it was. Called up mom and told her the good news. She was happy and I can't really express those feelings in words now. Everything had changed in a moment. I felt like being on the top of the world and the sense of achievement was just not sinking in. It took a while and I came to terms with the fact, that finally the dream had come true.

Got involved in financing the loan, it was cleared in a day at SBI XLRI Branch. Informed my Manager, put in my papers, returned my joining bonus, packed my bags and came back to School. (About the School, Its fun ...that's another story, for another day!!)  

P.S.: Off topic-Broke up with lady love, finally. But it is okay, it was not supposed to be. I'm better off being single. Things are getting better again!! It all turned out to be good. Only fear is a slight apprehension, I do not fall back to the bottom again. I have a tendency to screw up at the most unexpected times in my life. Well, I only hope for the best in the future.

Key Pointers

1. Take it from me and this has been often repeated in this thread- Failure is just a stepping stone to success. If I could do it, with the kind of academic record I have, Most of us can. In short, if you want it enough, it's going to be yours and no one can stop you.

2. Second and the most important point: Never stop pursuing your dreams. I pursued my dreams till they turned into reality. One of the examples being the bike which had me drooling... I bought it this year, after 4 years of wait post joining my job. And trust me, the pleasure that I get out of driving her on open roads can't be put down in words.

3. Make plans. Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and so on. Have backups ready, never hinge your entire future on one decision, on one event.

4. You will find that I didn't write up about my preps in detail here- the source, the methods etc. Well, my intention was never to do that. Sources-there are plenty good books available, methods- each one has his/her own unique methods to learn and grasp. My entire point is to highlight the fact that there will be lows in life. There will be highs in life. Never let any of them overpower or subdue you in submission. Bad times come and go. Good times come and go. Nothing is permanent here. So have trust on that, when you are low and upbeat.

5. My selection of colleges: I had a list of targeted colleges in year 2013, the list had 26 names. Shortened down to ~15 in the year 2014 and later I narrowed down to around 10 later in August, post joining IBM. I can share the lists if anyone is interested. The reasons were multi-fold for shortening down the list to 10 odd colleges. The first reason was- I wanted to be in a reputed B-School, to actually learn from the best minds- both in terms of faculty and peer group. Trust me, a good peer group takes you places. And I do not need to elaborate about the importance of good faculty. Next-I wanted the B-Schools to have median salary better than what I was earning already. It may seem materialistic and a stupid reason but trust me, as you do the financial analysis, you will understand it. To cement my point further-given equal amount of effort you put post joining a MBA College, where do you stand better chance of getting a 20LPA job offer? Third, I already knew a good deal about business (this was due to learning on the job and from peers) and I was pretty sure, I wanted to be in a college which can supplement and go beyond this. It may all sound pompous and vain, but trust me, people with job ex similar to me would vouch for this. Next-a good brand name would mean personal satisfaction and a sense of achievement-much needed for me to come out of depression that I was constantly in.

Well, I guess that's all. With this, I would wrap up. Feel free to PM me for any queries. I wish you all ...the very best and I hope my story gives you drive for your fight.

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  • Truly Motivating :smiley: All the best .... 1d.
  • Excellently good :smiley:. 51m.
XLRI GMP (2015-16) || ...All it takes is a little push! 
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guys ....where is the simcat 2.0 solution given ? I couldn't able to find it anywhere

Plz help

  • bhai couldn't able to locate... only scores are given in .... 1h.
  • Scorecard, Performance analysis, Back to dashboard .... 58m.
awfully greedy, want everything from life  
Shivanshu Aggarwal @shivanshuaggarwal 4

bhai couldn't able to locate... only scores are given in various formats

Kakarot Z @IITB_571 272

Scorecard, Performance analysis, Back to dashboard 3 option honge...waha performance analysis mai jao....waha section wise analysis, area wise analysis, topic wise analysis, question wise analysis honge...question wise analysis pe click karo....

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Official Thread for Maharashtra MBA/MMS CET-2015

LET US ADD MORE PEOPLE TO IT. Let's start discussing questions on MHCET -Verbal Reasoning, Visual Reasoning, Quant, P...

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D dear students admission against cancellation at Welingkar. Fill the form details available on website

  • Can anybody tell me what exactly is to be covered in the .... 23h.
  • I guess as the dte has declared an extra round there is a.... 1h.
@Maneesha21 1

Can anybody tell me what exactly is to be covered in the bio data? Pls do help. 


I guess as the dte has declared an extra round there is any need of this

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Guys ! How do you analyze the mocks ?

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The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.  
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Official Quant Thread for CAT 2014!!

This is the Official CAT 2014 Quantitative preparation group. Solve questions & discuss answers/solutions shortcuts &...

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anybody has the google drive content that last year provided in jugaad thread of pagalguy by avish jain and toughluck sir please help

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How can we get past years IRMA papers? How should we plan to prepare for IRMA? which books can we use?

  • Hi Alecia, IRMA tests the ' rural' knowledge of an aspira.... 1h.
@shriram93 16

Hi Alecia, IRMA tests the ' rural' knowledge of an aspirant. Its quite different from the conventional GK. Includes all the projects initiated by Government of India , schemes etc. The way to prepare for this section is to read, read and read! The more an aspirant reads about all this , the more clearer the picture gets .

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bull cat 02




lots of disturbances throughout the test. decent score though.

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  • is it acc to new pattern. 2h.
  • Nah.. same ol' 50-50.. i guess it will start from bm24.. 2h.
@abhigl2708 3

is it acc to new pattern

Shashank Prabhu @shashank3012 81,366

Nah.. same ol' 50-50.. i guess it will start from bm24.

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A. A healthy argument can help to clear the air and clarify different points of view. B. Even in the strongest relati...

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A.In 1999, Wipro had a net profit of Rs 176 crore, Infosys Rs 144 crore.

B.Astonishingly, Wipro and Infosys are not big companies by conventional Indian standards, let alone international ones.

C.But the fixed assets of Wipro are just Rs 450 crore, and of Infosys only Rs 169 crore.

D.In Rajiv Gandhi's time, a larger industrial house was defined as one having fixed assets of Rs 500 crore, which at today's prices would be around Rs 2,000 crore.

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[2015] SIMCAT Proctored Mock 4 - Scores and Discussion (Self proctored 17-19 July 2015)

This thread will be used to discuss the scores and strategies for SIMCAT Proctored Mock 4 . Humble request - Please...

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QA - 73(31a,26c)

VA - 38(30a,17c)

OA -111

Galat jyada , sahi kam!!

dukh jyada, score kam!

  • you are my mirror (almost), qa-39 va 71 total 110 :D.... 20 Jul.
  • :smiley: Ye VA mujhe dede @ironfist :stuck out tongue:.... 4h.
Enough is just not enough!!  CAT 2015, Here I come. 
Iron Fist @ironfist 72

you are my mirror  (almost), qa-39 va 71

total 110


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MICA Ahmedabad: Official Discussion Forum (MICAT - 2015)

HelloEveryone, It gives us immense pleasure to kick-startanother season of admissions for the 2 year PGDM (C) program...

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Hi, @MICAstudents , I got the Spot offer Yesterday and transferred the 50K amount and forwarded the Counter Foil receipt for the Same. Is there a confirmation mail I should be waiting for to receive from the Admissions Office or I shall be calling them up and asking about the Payment Status ?

Thanks in Advance.

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  • @Shikhu10 If you don't receive the confirmation email soo.... 18 Mar.
  • bwahahahaha. 4h.
Team Interface @MICAstudents 3,520

@Shikhu10 If you don't receive the confirmation email soon after receipt of payment, please follow up with the admissions office.

- Team Interface

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[Official] 2015-17 Delhi School of Economics, MBA IB/HRD Admission queries

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Civil society frequently turns to the courts when politicians turn deaf. We in the media, too, increasingly work with the judiciary to get 'justice' for the crooks in khadi. Without the pressure of the courts, our political class would never have agreed to declare their assets. ____________________________________

a)Of course, all judges are not angels and the goodwill the judiciary enjoys is being steadily eroded due to the absence of a credible mechanism to punish corrupt judges; to that extent, the clock is ticking against the judiciary.

b)Eventually, the dividing line between judicial activism and judicial over-reach is going to melt away much to the civil society's chagrin.

c)And, the judiciary too, did fail to bring the culprits to book and more often than not politics does interfere with and influence the judgement of such cases.

d)The tension between the two pillars of our democracy seems natural but efforts are on to tame the judiciary, especially its tendency to reject legislation passed by the elected representatives.

  • @piyushcoool4321 leave it. Bekaar question hai. It's not .... 8h.
  • c?. 5h.
Just keep swimming.... 
VALR Morghulis @pulkit_malik 2,158

@piyushcoool4321 leave it. Bekaar question hai. It's not even a full paragraph. Option a is taking the paragraph forward but not concluding it. I'd leave this question

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Puys, I have a doubt.

Can we attempt unproctored simcats whenever we want or there's a test window only during which we can attempt the tests?

Because in TIME, uninvigilated tests also have a window after which we cannot take the test.

Thanks !