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Simple Things You Can Do to Ace the CAT

August 29th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

One of the biggest obstacles that prospective business school students have to overcome is the CAT examination, which is the entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management to determine who can gain entry into highly exclusive management programs. The two-and-a-half hour test can unsurprisingly be daunting for some students, but with the employment of certain study techniques (and avoiding others!) you can be assured of CAT success.

Begin studying well ahead of time. Studying for the CAT is just like studying for another examination.  It needs to be done at a steady pace so that you can truly absorb and comprehend the materials. You can begin studying for the CAT months before you take it in order to prepare, though several weeks should be sufficient as well. Though the CAT mainly covers concepts that you are already familiar with, it is beneficial to relearn these concepts so that you truly master them.

In addition, studying well ahead of time helps your brain to store the information you are learning as “long-term memories,” whereas studying materials in a limited time span will only store that information as “short-term memories.” Long-term memories are more easily recalled and less liable to become confused or muddled, which is the type of memory you want to store your CAT testing information in. On the other hand, short-term memory is unreliable. It may only last for a few hours or days, and can disappear with the onslaught of stress. That is something no test-taker wants, because taking the CAT is stressful, so having your studying efforts disappear due to anxiety is never a good thing. For these reasons, strive to begin studying for the exam well ahead of time.

Although studying is important, be sure to still get plenty of sleep. It may be tempting to stay up late and study for the CAT instead of going to sleep, but this will actually prevent you from properly learning. Every day, your brain processes numerous tidbits of information from the moment you wake up until you go to sleep. Like a computer, your brain must “clear its cache” each night in order to allow more information to be absorbed the next day. It does so while you are sleeping, which is why getting a full seven to eight hours of sleep each night is imperative for academic success. While you sleep, your mind will sift through the information it acquired during the day and toss out irrelevant information and file away relevant information, just like emptying your computer’s recycle bin and defragging the hard drive. It also mulls over the problems you faced during the day, matching up correlating pieces of information. This is why sometimes you can suddenly find a solution to a problem that had perplexed you the day before. Without adequate sleep, your brain can become too bogged down with the day’s data and work slower. New information is also less likely to stick. Therefore, it is better to get plenty of rest than to attempt to trudge through sleepless nights of studying.

Finally, eat healthy and get your exercise. Having a healthy body means having a healthy mind. When you are feeling well, you are more likely to have successful study sessions than if you are feeling sick. In addition, eating healthy and partaking in regular physical activity will also lower your chances of falling ill around examination time, as well as lower your stress levels so that you can concentrate better.

These small things can all add up to make your CAT studying experience much more effective. And when it comes to doing well on the examination so that you may have a fighting chance to enter into a prestigious management program, every bit of effort counts.

About the author

This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who writes on the topics of online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99 @gmail.com.

What are your favorite topics?

August 27th, 2010 | 5 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

It has been a while since we had a survey on any CAT related topic, so today I’d like to kick one off. What are your favorite topics as per CAT syllabus and which are the ones you hate the most?

Try to keep it to your top 3 for each category so that things don’t get out of hand – but please share which broad section or topic or chapter or equation, formula, identity amuse you the most.

You can also include topics like general knowledge which are not included in CAT but are part of some other MBA entrance examinations

So – What are your favorite topics and which are the ones you hate the most? –  Over to you!

Pattern of CAT 2010

August 23rd, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

This information is for all CAT takers of 2010. If you need any further information write us at info@fireup.co.in

Duration and Pattern of CAT 2010

IIMs have announced that the duration of the test is 2 hours and 30 minutes including initial 15 minute tutorial. No breaks will be given during the test. The test will have quantitative, verbal, and logical & data interpretation sections. Therefore, there are a total of three sections in the test. There will be about 60 questions in the test.

At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. After the test, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room.

Sale of CAT 2010 vouchers

The CAT 2010 vouchers can be obtained from selected Axis Bank branches between Monday, 30 August – Monday, 27 September 2010 for Rs. 1400/- (Rs. 700/- for SC/ST candidates)

List of AXIS Bank branches to obtain the form

Source:  http://www.catiim.in/testduration_patterns.html

Quicker Maths

August 10th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Today, let me confess something to all of you. I am sure this will help all the readers.

So here I go. This is regarding the name of the website – QuickerMaths.com. As you might know, QuickerMaths.com is another website in educational sector which we own. The name is inspired by the name of the best mathematics books I have ever come across. This book helped me a lot in clearing CAT and reaching to IIM. The inspiration of creating an interactive platform (QuickerMaths.com) came from this book. As a token of appreciation and to do my bit today I will tell you about this book named –

Magical Book on Quicker Maths

Author: M. Tyra

About the book: The book will be a boon for the aspirants of today’s competitive exams irrespective of their background – whether they come from arts, science or commerce stream. Concepts have been clarified so well, that even if one is vaguely familiar with them as in the case of non-mathematics students, understanding will not be a problem. Direct formulae are beneficial for one and all. They save time and time is precious for everyone.

Must for Competitive Preparation

The book is profusely illustrated. Avoiding the temptation for haste and ending up with a cookbook, the author has put in two years of intensive effort and research. Ideas have been taken from available study material, number theory, readers’ suggestions and, finally Vedic mathematics.

Recently I purchased the latest edition of this book from Flipkart.com

Purchase Online – The list Price is Rs. 250; you get a Discount of 25% (Rs. 62) on Flipkart.com. So you get it for: Rs. 188 (incl. of all taxes)

Those who have already read this book please give your feedback to help others

Author: Vineet Patawari

MBA Entrance Exam Dates

August 4th, 2010 | 4 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

FireUp keeps you informed of the latest news related to your MBA preparation. The table presented below shows the date of various MBA entrance examinations coming up in next few months. If you need any further information, mail us your queries at info@fireup.co.in

Start preparing for CAT now

Examination Examination Date Main Institutes
Common Admission Test (CAT) October 27 to November 23, 2010 All IIMs + 120 other Management Colleges.Click here for more details
SNAP December 19, 2010 All Symbiosis Institutes. Visit www.snaptest.org for more details
XAT January 2, 2011 XLRI, XIMB, Goa Institute Management, SPJIMR Mumbai, LIBA Chennai, Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research and XIME Bangalore.Click here for more details
FMS Entrance Exam December 5, 2010 Faculty of Management Studies
MAT Paper Based – September 5, 2010Computer Based – September 11, 2010 Visit aima-ind.org for complete list of institutes

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