## Data Sufficiency Questions

August 22nd, 2011 | | Posted in Data Sufficiency

Directions for next 4 Questions: In each data sufficiencyquestions there are two statements: A and B.

Choose [a] if the question can be answered by one of the statements alone but not by the other.
Choose [b] if the question can be answered by using either statement alone.
Choose [c] if the question can be answered by using both the statements together but cannot be answered using either statement alone.
Choose [d] if the question cannot be answered even by using both the statements A and B.
Choose [e] if the question can be answered by using either statement alone but not using both.

1. F and M are father and mother of S, respectively. S has four uncles and three aunts. F has two siblings. The siblings of F and M are unmarried. How many brothers does M have?
A. F has two brothers.
B. M has five siblings.

2. A game consists of tossing a coin successively. There is an entry fee of Rs. 10 and an additional fee of Re. 1 for each toss of the coin. The game is considered to have ended normally when the coin turns heads on two consecutive throws. In this case the player is paid Rs. 100. Alternatively, The Princeton Review CAT sample paper 24 the player can choose to terminate the game prematurely after any of the tosses. Ram has incurred a loss of Rs 50 by playing this game. How many times did he toss the coin?
A. The game ended normally.
B. The total number of tails obtained in the game was 138.

3. Each packet of SOAP costs Rs 10. Inside each packet is a gift coupon labeled with one of the letters S, O, A, and P. If a customer submits four such coupons that make up the word SOAP, the customer gets a free SOAP packet. Ms. X kept buying packet after packet of SOAP till she could get one set of coupons that formed the word SOAP. How many coupons with label P did she get in the above process?
A. The last label obtained by her was S and the total amount spent was Rs 210.
B. The total number of vowels obtained was 18.

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## Sample Verbal Questions

August 20th, 2011 | | Posted in Verbal ability

Sample Verbal Questions- Directions for next 5 sample verbal questions: For each of the verbal questions given below select the best option from the answers given.

1. In 1988, 50 people with emotional disturbances underwent hypnosis to be cured of their mood swings. A follow up survey in 1993 revealed that five had fairly stable emotional conditions at the time of the survey. These five subjects can therefore serve as models of the types of people for whom hypnosis is likely to be successful. Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the suitability of those five subjects as models in the sense described?
(A) The five subjects have very different personalities and backgrounds.
(B) Since 1988, the five subjects have experienced dramatic mood swings interspersed with periods of relative stability.
(C) Those people who were still suffering from unstable emotional conditions at the time of the 1993 survey had shown no improvement since 1988.
(D) Many psychologists are less concerned about a patient’s mood swings than about the patient’s willingness to express his or her problems and fears.
(E) The emotional condition of most of the 45 subjects who were still unstable at the time of the 1993 survey had actually worsened since 1988.

2. The cause of the peculiar columnar growth pattern displayed by junipers growing near burning underground veins of lignite coal has never been convincingly explained. Until recently, the accepted theory posited that the abundance of carbon monoxide in the local atmosphere caused the columnar growth. However, a new theory holds that the cause is the persistent heat present near these underground fires which, while not intense enough to inflame the trees, can nonetheless change their normal growth pattern.
The existence of which of the following would provide the strongest support for the new theory?
(A) A columnar juniper growing in an atmosphere of intense heat and an absence of carbon monoxide
(B) A normal juniper growing in an atmosphere of intense heat and an absence of carbon monoxide
(C) A columnar juniper growing in an atmosphere of normal heat and a high concentration of carbon monoxide
(D) A normal juniper growing in an atmosphere of intense heat and a high concentration of carbon monoxide
(E) A columnar juniper growing in an atmosphere of intense heat and a high concentration of carbon monoxide

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## Logical Questions

August 19th, 2011 | | Posted in Logical Reasoning

Directions for next 3 Questions: A cricket tournament was to be organized in Mumbai in which six teams were to participate. The six teams are A, B, C, D, E and F. Each team had to play each of the other teams once. The tournament is scheduled to be held between 25th to August to 4th September 1998. Following information are given:

(i) There has to be a gap of at least 1 day between the matches played by a particular team.
(ii) There cannot be more than two matches on any given day.
(iii) Team C has to play the 1st match of the tournament on 25th August and the last match is to be held on 4th September.
(iv) A plays C on 3rd September and D on 31st August.
(v) D plays C on 25th August, F on 27th August, E on 29th August and play their last match on 4th September.
(vi) No matches are to be held on 26th August and 2nd September. Only 1 match is to be held on 4th September.

1. Which of the following matches cannot be held on 25th August?
a. C vs B
b. B vs A
c. B vs F
d. None of these

2. E vs F match cannot be scheduled on
a. 30th August
b. 31st August
c. 1st September
d. 3rd September

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## Sample Verbal Questions

August 17th, 2011 | | Posted in Verbal ability

Direction for next 3 Questions: Fill in the blanks with one of the choices provided below.

a. Finishing
b. Catching
c. Running
d. Laundering
e. Hunting

2. Any business calls for two ____ functions.
a. critical
b. rudimentary
c. innate
d. None of these
e. explosive

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## Math Questions

August 16th, 2011 | | Posted in Quantitative Ability

Direction for next 3 Questions: Answer the Questions on the basis of the text given below.

There are 3 bottles and a jug. The bottles each have a capacity of 5 liters but are partially filled with water. The jug also has some water in it. The sum of the water in the jug and water in the first bottle is half of the total jug capacity. When the first bottle and third bottle are emptied into the jug, it contains 6 liters of water. When the second and the third bottle are emptied into the jug, it contains 7 liters of water. When all the bottles are poured into the jug, it’s filled to its capacity. The first and second bottles contain a total of 7 liters.

1. What percentage of total capacity of the bottles is filled with water?
a) 20% – 40%
b) 40% – 60%
c) 60% – 80%
d) 30% – 50%

2. What is the capacity of the jug? (In liters)
a) 7
b) 8
c) 9
d) 10

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## Data Sufficiency Questions

August 13th, 2011 | | Posted in Data Sufficiency

Directions for next 4 questions: In each question there are two statements: A and B.

Choose [a] if the question can be answered by one of the statements alone but not by the other.
Choose [b] if the question can be answered by using either statement alone.
Choose [c] if the question can be answered by using both the statements together but cannot be answered using either statement alone.
Choose [d] if the question cannot be answered even by using both the statements A and B.
Choose [e] if the question can be answered by using either statement alone but not using both.

1. F and M are father and mother of S, respectively. S has four uncles and three aunts. F has two siblings. The siblings of F and M are unmarried. How many brothers does M have?
A. F has two brothers.
B. M has five siblings.

2. A game consists of tossing a coin successively. There is an entry fee of Rs. 10 and an additional fee of Re. 1 for each toss of the coin. The game is considered to have ended normally when the coin turns heads on two consecutive throws. In this case the player is paid Rs. 100. Alternatively, The Princeton Review CAT sample paper 24 the player can choose to terminate the game prematurely after any of the tosses. Ram has incurred a loss of Rs 50 by playing this game. How many times did he toss the coin?
A. The game ended normally.
B. The total number of tails obtained in the game was 138.

3. Each packet of SOAP costs Rs 10. Inside each packet is a gift coupon labeled with one of the letters S, O, A, and P. If a customer submits four such coupons that make up the word SOAP, the customer gets a free SOAP packet. Ms. X kept buying packet after packet of SOAP till she could get one set of coupons that formed the word SOAP. How many coupons with label P did she get in the above process?
A. The last label obtained by her was S and the total amount spent was Rs 210.
B. The total number of vowels obtained was 18.

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## Reasoning ability questions

August 12th, 2011 | | Posted in Logical Reasoning

Directions for next 4 questions: Answers the questions on the basis of the information given below.

Coach John sat with the score cards of Indian players from the 3 games in a one-day cricket tournament where the same set of players played for India and all the major batsmen got out. John summarized the batting performance through three diagrams, one for each game. In each diagram, the three outer triangles communicate the number of runs scored by the three top scorers from India, where K, R, S, V, and Y represent Kaif, Rahul, Saurav, Virender, and Yuvraj respectively. The middle triangle in each diagram denotes the percentage of total score that was scored by the top three Indian scorers in that game. No two players score the same number of runs in the same game. John also calculated two batting indices for each player based on his scores in the tournament; the R-index of a batsman is the difference between his highest and lowest scores in the 3 games while the M-index is the middle number, if his scores are arranged in a non-increasing order.

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1. How many players among those listed definitely scored less than Yuvraj in the tournament?
a.0
b.1
c.2
d. More than 2
e. none

2. Which of the players had the best M-index from the tournament?
a.Rahu1
b.Saurav
c.Virender
d. Yuvraj
e. Cannot be determined.

3. For how many Indian players is it possible to calculate the exact M-index?
a.0
b.1
c. 2
d. More than 2
e. Cannot be determined

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## Importance of fast calculation for competitive examinations

August 10th, 2011 | | Posted in CAT Tips and Tricks

This is the era of competition and to succeed in the competition you need to fire up and keep yourself up-to-date with the fast moving world. The internet is a real boon to all the students and competitive examination takers. All the data and any sort of help that you wanted is just a click away. Many mathematics gurus have extended their helping hand to students and share their ideas over the internet these days. Nowadays if you are thinking to appear for CAT, MAT or even your campus interviews you have to appear for an aptitude round which tests your mathematical skills.

## Why is speedy mathematics required?

1. Time is the most crucial factor. The person who can calculate quickly and accurately wins the match. Mental mathematics saves much of your time. Mental mathematics techniques like Vedic Mathematics, Trachtenberg method, etc. are 10-15 times faster than the conventional way of solving. Vedic mathematics is a very good option to train yourself in quick calculations.

You might have seen QuickerMaths.com. It is an initiative of Vineet Patwari, (the owner of FireUp) who has used all his love for this subject to make this website. You too can follow this link Quicker Maths and help yourself to learn quicker methods to solve mathematical problems.

2. It is an easy way to do away with your math-phobia and to teach students mathematics simply and easily.
4) It enhances your concentration, speed, accuracy and memory.
5) Speed Maths or Vedic Maths is very simple to apply and the tricks are very simple to remember also.
6) It boosts your confidence and makes you acquire a love for this wonderful subject.

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## Verbal Ability Questions

August 9th, 2011 | | Posted in Verbal ability

Directions for next 3 Questions: The sentences given in each question, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

1.

A. In the west, Allied Forces had fought their way through southern Italy as far as Rome.
B. In June 1944 Germany’s military position in World War Two appeared hopeless.
C. In Britain, the task of amassing the men and materials for the liberation of northern Europe had been completed.
D. The Red Army was poised to drive the Nazis back through Poland.
E. The situation on the eastern front was catastrophic.
a. EDACB
b. BEDAC
c. BDECA
d. CEDAB
e. ABCDE

2.
A. He felt justified in bypassing Congress altogether on a variety of moves.
B. At times he was fighting the entire Congress.
C. Bush felt he had a mission to restore power to the presidency.
D. Bush was not fighting just the democrats.
E. Representative democracy is a messy business, and a CEO of the White House does not like a legislature of second guessers and time wasters.
a. CAEDB
b. DBAEC
d. ECDBA
e. ABCDE

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## Why reading is a good habit?

August 8th, 2011 | | Posted in Books, CAT Tips and Tricks

Many of us love to read and can read anything and everything may it be newspaper or a bag made out of newspaper. I have many friends who love reading T-shirt quotations. On the other hand some don’t like to read as much as others may be it reminds them of their school days. Whatever may be the reason of their behavior; they still need to overcome this problem and put in some effort in reading.

1. Reading exercises your brain- Are you shocked? Yes, our brain cells also need exercise just as much our muscle cells do. Reading helps to engage our brain cells and this makes you sharper and smarter. Our brain cells try to paint an image of the things that we read. Reading is a better exercise than watching a movie! You are awestruck. Yes, it’s true.
2. Reading improves our vocabulary and language skills as well – A person who is an avid reader has a much better language skill compared to a person who is not into so much of reading. The reason is simple. Books and other study materials make us aware of the use of language and also improve our vocabulary. It’s the easiest way to improve your vocabulary. If you are a regular reader you will come across various writing styles and usage of words. It will surely reflect in your writing and verbal communication as well. Keep reading books and other materials, give yourself variety and your vocabulary is sure to improve.
3. Acquiring knowledge – Yes my friend, reading opens a whole new world for us. It answers our queries, makes us aware of the unknown and satisfies our inquisitiveness. Reading does it all. Books enlighten us and you can become knowledgeable every time you encounter a new piece of information. There are millions of books and millions of diverse subjects in the world. Whatever you want to know in the world books answer all your queries.
4. Reading increases attention and concentration. Reading a novel takes quite an amount of time and at times we become so engrossed in it that we forget the world around us. Such is the passion for reading. Reading helps build concentration and increases the attention span too.
5. Reading entertains us. Reading is more entertaining than watching a TV show. Many of the passionate readers will surely agree with me. Just imagine the first time you had read the Cinderella story for the first time as a kid. I can bet you loved reading it. It was very entertaining. So I can assure you reading entertains you thoroughly.
6. Reading makes us more creative. Reading enhances our power to think and helps us increase our imagination. It makes us very creative and helps make innovations. I get so many ideas about paintings from the description of the various things I read in books. It really helps me think bigger and brighter.

Reading reduces stress. After a stressful day reading a motivational story may help you unwind in a better way. It may really boost your enthusiasm to even work harder the next day.

Some good books to read are mentioned below.

Many of the readers may want suggestions about some good books to read. You may find the following books quite interesting.

1. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
3. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
4. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
5. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish by Rashmi Bansal
6. The white Tiger by Aravind Adiga
7. My Experiment with Truth by M.K.Gandhi