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CAT 2018 Review Shift 1

CAT 2018 Shift 1: Review

The CAT’18 conducted by IIM Kolkata was a package not with many surprises but the same pattern of questions as the previous year. Sectionwise details are as:

Verbal Ability: This section was comparatively easier than the previous year. The Reading comprehension part was easier and with a little effort to understand the primary purpose and the main argument would have enabled to mark options quite easily. Search and Scan method was equally effective. There were four passages of medium length (4 – 6 paragraph) carrying 5 questions each and one passage with four questions. There were questions based on summary based, parajumbles (TITA Type) and Parajumble – Odd one out (TITA Type) which were of easy to medium difficulty level.

Ideal Number of Attempts: 20 – 30 attempts could have been made with a good accuracy(>80%) to clear the cut-offs for IIMs.

Data Interpretation/ LR: This section carried a mix of easy, medium and difficult problem sets. One calculative DI set was introduced which was the easiest to pick and solve. Other sets involved Venn Diagram and analytical reasoning. The questions focused more on the reasoning ability and deductive reasoning. 

Ideal Number of Attempts: 12 – 18

Quantitative Aptitude: This section covered almost all the topics evenly. Questions on Number System, functions, averages, TSD, Circles, Triangles, Parallelograms, Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Ratios, Logarithms, algebraic formulae, permutation & combination etc were asked from easy to medium difficulty level.

Ideal Number of Attempts: 18 – 25

Overall Ideal Number of Attempts: 

Top Six IIMs: 60 + 

Other IIMs – 55 + 

LOGICANS Preparatory Feedback: 

VA – All the techniques discussed in the class and VA FT session could have been perfectly used to score high. The question types predicted were same in the CAT Exam. Strategy to ace VA through RC was the best found this year too.

DI/LR – The DI set appeared in the exam was close to the PIE CHart chapter in DI primers. To ace other sets the skills developed through PRIMERS, LOGICATs, G- Files and class sheets were sufficient.

Quantitative Aptitude:  CLass Sheets, PRIMERS and LOGICATS were sufficient enough to develop skills and crack any question in Quant section. 

Many questions and concepts asked were already discussed in the class

All the Best !!

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IMT Ghaziabad, Nagpur, Hyderabad – Last Date 22nd November

IMT Common Admission 2019 (Application closes November 22nd, 2018)

Admission Criteria:

Applicants for all IMT PGDM and MBA programs must have a minimum three-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with minimum 50 percent aggregate marks in any discipline. Applicants who are appearing for the final-year degree examination can also apply,


IMT Ghaziabad:To apply for IMT Ghaziabad’s two year PGDM program, applicants must be registered for CAT-2018 OR XAT-2019 OR have taken/taking the GMAT (January 1, 2015 – February 28, 2019). In the case of the candidates applying on the basis of GMAT and score is not provided, processing of application will be provisional, subject to IMT receiving the official GMAT score on or before March 15, 2019.


IMT Nagpur and IMT Hyderabad:
To apply for IMT Nagpur and Hyderabad’s 2 year PGDM program, applicants must be registered for CAT-2018 OR XAT-2019 OR CMAT-2019*  OR have taken the GMAT (1st January 2015 – February 28, 2019). In case of the candidate(s) applying on the basis of GMAT and score is not provided, processing of application will be provisional, subject to IMT receiving the official GMAT score on or before March 15, 2019

Note: CMAT-2019* test will be considered for IMT Nagpur and IMT Hyderabad Campus ONLY.

Payment options: 1Pay directly through Credit/Debit card or Net Banking

                               2) Pay through demand draft: The applicant must make a demand draft payable to                        “Institute of Management Technology” payable at Ghaziabad or Delhi for the amount of Rs 2,000/-plus applicable taxes



Desired LOGICAT Score: 150+

IMT NAGPUR TWO YEAR PGDM PROGRAM FEES (2019-2021) 12,05,000 Rs/-

Desired LOGICAT Score: 90+



Desired LOGICAT Score: 70 +

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XIMB Bhubaneshwar


XIMB Registration Opens

25th August 2018

XIMB Registration Ends

7th December 2018


Process of Registration: Register Online for CAT 2018/XAT 2019 /GMAT/NMAT by GMAC™ or X-GMAT to be conducted by Xavier University and complete the process by paying registration fees.

It may be noted that besides registering for XAT/CAT/GMAT/NMAT, one has to apply (online) separately to Xavier University, Bhubaneswar.

Programs XIMB 

  • MBA- Business Management (BM) –Program Fee: Rs. 17,30,000/,
  • MBA- Human Resource Management (HRM)  Rs. 16,90,000/-,
  • MBA- Rural Management (RM) .12,20,000/-,
  • MBA- Sustainability Management (SM) .12,20,000/-,
  • MBA- Global Management: 1 year fees: Rs. 8,40,000/-

Minimum three-year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, with at least 55% marks in aggregate, from a recognized University. 
Final year degree students, who expect to complete their final examinations and other requirements for obtaining the degree by June 15, 2019, can also apply.

Admission Test

Applicants are required to take any one of the Admission Tests:
a) XAT to be conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur, on January 06, 2019, or
b) CAT to be conducted by IIMs on November 25, 2018, or
c) GMAT taken in 2017 or 2018, or
d) X-GMT to be conducted by Xavier University, Bhubaneswar on January 27, 2019. Applicants opting for XAT/CAT have to follow XAT/CAT advertisements respectively and apply in time. Registering for XAT/CAT/GMAT is a prerequisite for applying to XIMB, if not opting for X-GMT.

XIMB MBA RM program eligibility:
For RM program only:*The candidates who have secured the 1st, 2nd or 3rd position (in the institute/college/university) in their undergraduate program can apply directly, without a CAT/XAT/GMAT/X-GMAT score. Such applicants must submit a Certificate from the Head of the Institution stating their position. They will however, be required to attend the Personal Interview, if called.

Desired LOGICAT Score: 120 +



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XLRI Jamshedpur

Academic Programmes offered at XLRI

PGDM (Human Resource Management Programme) Fee: Rs. 11.50 lakh per annum*

 Registration fee for XAT 2019 through XAT / GMAT

·         Indian candidate registering through XAT 2019 Rs. 1700/- and Rs 300/- each for every additional programme of XLRI

·          Eligibility: Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline. Those completing their final examination by June 10, 2019 may also apply.

PGDM (Business Management Programme)Fee: Rs. 11.50 lakh per annum*

  Indian candidate registering through XAT 2019 Rs. 1700/- and Rs 300/- each for every additional programme of XLRI

Eligibility: Recognized Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration or equivalent in any discipline. Those completing their final examination by June 10, 2019 may also apply


PGDM (General Management Programme)

Fee: Rs. 20 lakh*

·         Indian candidate applying through XAT 2019 Rs 1700/- and Rs 300/- each for every additional programme of XLRI

·         Recognized bachelor’s degree of minimum three years duration in India/abroad in any discipline, be employed in a full-time job, must have at least five years of managerial experience as on March 31, 2019 in an organization of repute in the public, private or non-governmental sector after completing graduation.

Application ends on November 30th 2018 for XAT

XAT Registration Fee (without late fee) – Rs. 1700/-   
  Candidates interested in XLRI programmes needs to pay an additional fee of Rs. 300/- each.

XAT Registration Fee (with late fee) – Rs. 2000/-   
  Candidates interested in XLRI programmes needs to pay an additional fee of Rs. 500/- each.



Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)

Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EXEC-FPM)




Desired LOGICAT Score: 160 + 

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IMI Application – Details & Last date


Delhi (CAT, GMAT)

PG Program(s) Offered (PGDM – Last Date to apply: December 3rd, 2018)




Program Fee: RS. 16, 95,400

IMI Kolkata (CAT, GMAT, XAT)

PG Program(s) Offered (PGDM – Last Date to apply: December 3rd, 2018)



Program Fee: INR. 1449149

IMI Bhubaneswar (CAT/XAT/GMAT/CMAT score)

PG Program(s) Offered (PGDM – Last Date to apply: December 3rd, 2018)


PGDM (Part Time)

Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)

Program Fee: INR.1098000

Form Fees:

Rs.2200/- (For one Program)

Rs. 500 (per program additionally)

Last Date to Apply: 3rd December

Equivalent LOGICAT Score to Apply:

IMI Delhi – LOGICAT Score: 110 +

IMI Kolkata – 70 +


IMI Bhubaneshwar – 50 +

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FMS Application

Eligibility Criteria: 50 % marks in graduation

Examination: CAT 

Fee Structure: Rs.10000 p.a.


Reservations/Relaxations are provided to the candidates as per the guidelines issued by the University

of Delhi, as amended from time to time. At present, the reservations in MBA Programme 2019–

2021 are as under:

Total seats – 200

 Unreserved: General – 101

 Reserved: SC – 30, ST – 15, OBC – 54

• Supernumerary seats: PWD – 10, CW – 10, FS – 10

Important Dates

On-line Registration Opens : 8th October, 2018

On-line Registration Closes : 20th November, 2018

NOTE: Students Scoring above 150 in LOGICATS must fill this form.

All the Best!

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MDI Gurgaon & Murshidabad – Application

The online application form is common for MDI Gurugram and MDI Murshidabad.

MDI Gurugram offers the following programmes:




(Choice of programme will be taken from shortlisted candidates in the month of January/February 2019)

MDI Murshidabad offers only one programme:


The application form fees is as under : 

           Rs.  3000/- (Incl. of 18% GST) for MDI-G 


           Rs. 1180/- (Incl. of 18% GST) for MDI-M

                Rs.  3590/- (Incl. of 18% GST) for BOTH

Qualifying Exam:

CAT  : CAT-2018 Registration Number / CAT User ID

(This field is absolutely mandatory and therefore it should not be left blank/ incomplete/incorrect) 

               Enter the CAT Registration Number / CAT User ID for CAT-2018 which will be of 7 digits.

(Please refer to CAT Admit Card).

 IF CAT Test Registration number / CAT User ID is entered incorrectly, the application will be rejected.

Important – Last date of filling the application form is Friday, 23rd November 2018 (5:00 PM).

MDI – Murshidabad

Note: Candidates scoring  90 + in LOGICAT Test Series can apply to MDI Murshidabad.

Candidates scoring 140 + in LOGICAT Test series can apply to MDI Gurgaon

All the Best!

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Top 10 Must Read Books for MBA Aspirants

Dear MBA Aspirants,

While preparing for CAT and taking tests you must also be in touch with the pleasures of reading which institutes the right knowledge and orientation towards your career. Please find here the list of top 10 books that you must go through if you are planning to go for your MBA.

1) Rich Dad Poor Dad – By Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter

2)  Winning  – Jack Welch

3) World is Flat – Thomas L. Friedman

4) Connect the dots – Rashmi Bansal

5) Who moved my Cheese – Spencer Jhonson

6) The white Tiger – Arvind Adiga

7) Snapshots from Hell – Peter Robinson

8) Future Shock – Alvin Toffler

9) The 7 habits of highly effective people – Stephen Covey

10) The Wall Street Journal – Jeff D. Opdyke

The above ten books will serve as a nexus between you and the management world. But it should be kept in mind that you are reading this book for knowledge and not for your entertainment. So, its nothing like boring or interesting but everything like relevant or irrelevant. 

Reading the above books will give you better reasons on why you should go for management as a career or will simply upgrade you to understand the ‘motor of the world’

Apart from CAT/Online test series one can easily take out one hour of reading time every day. Make reading your passion for great successes as 


All the Best,


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CAT Test Series – 5 Most Common Errors

1. Calculation errors: Generally this is the most common mistake committed by students. Approximately 30 % of the mistakes are in this category. The calculations in terms of accuracy, approximations and comparatives must be nothing less than perfect. Try to be so cognizant with numbers well so that you can execute calculations in the back of your mind perfectly.

2. LOGICAL Errors: This type of an error is due to the failure in establishing the correct nexus between different entities, quantities, ideas, and relations. For this try to solve different type of logical questions in Quant, Data Interpretation, Analytical Reasoning and Verbal Ability and keep on revising them to make those situations lucid.

3. Language Interpretation: This is the trickiest of all and many students fall under this category of errors where they are not able to understand the right meaning of the language given in the question. Focus a lot on language having reasoning essence. Practicing Mock Tests can provide sufficient practice of this provided you keep a track of what you have learned from them.

4. Conceptual Errors: This type of error occurs due to insufficient understanding and grasping of the concepts. This happens when a student is either going through the content hastily to finish it fast or is not under the revision process or further may be because of consistently changing the content very often resulting in loss of a recorded track. Practice your fundamentals from one source (obviously a good one) and try to finish it at least thrice to settle the entire content. Don’t move forward until and unless you understand the concept completely or regress a lot to check whether you are clear with the entire basics. Take help of your seniors, mentors, and experts.

5. Silly Mistakes: These are really silly. While writing exams mind goes blank various times under which we commit silly mistakes. These types of mistakes are committed unknowingly. It simply proves that ‘the brain’ is not 100% ours. The brain has a working of its own and is to be mastered before seeking results and success. Practice a lot and train your brain with alertness. Increase your stamina and concentration.

Keep you Mock Test and CAT Test Series analysis based on the above errors.

All the Best!



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CAT Test Series Special – How To Prepare for CAT in 100 days

Dear CAT Aspirants,

This is the best time to review your CAT & other MBA examinations target scores to reach the ivy league colleges in India. The CAT application will start from 2nd week of August. Thus, it is a right time & opportunity to focus on your preparation strategy. Please take a note of the following important points to start preparation:

1) Take a mock initially through which you can analyze your strengths and weaknesses in different areas (Quant, Analytical Reasoning & DI, Verbal Ability). For students who are not enrolled at LOGICANS can take the  test using the following link:


   2) Start revising the fundamentals in different areas and understand each concept with sufficient practice. Rote learning the formulae alone is not going to help much since questions will focus on how a student device a logic for a particular question or section. 

3) Make a checklist of the tasks and content to be completed every day, weekly and monthly. The content comprises of Basic books and online test series.

4) First 40 days must be targeted to finish the entire basic content with the understanding of the application part followed by chapterwise test series.

5) Keep identifying your strengths and weaknesses in the due course of brushing up fundamentals.

6) After 40 days you can start with the CAT Test series or online mock test which can give you a real picture of your progress.

7) There is no need to solve too many books and devoting too much of time on doing same chapters. Test series is the best way to upgrade your performance.

8) Every mock test requires at least 20 hours of dedicated review to address different aspects of your behavior on the test. Also, it depends on how one observes the post mock test analysis.

9) Avoid working on a single topic or area for the whole week rather try to cover some part of each area every day.

10) A 100-day preparation requires not more than 20 mocks to be written and analyzed as it is all about brain development rather than writing plenty of mocks. Only writing mocks without proper analysis is futile.

11) Avoid working on any new area and revise a lot in the last 20 days. 

12) In the last 20 days, a candidate must have a clear idea of his strengths and weaknesses with time response analysis to make a sound strategy of every minute in the examination.

13) CAT & other aptitude tests are the sheer test of your intelligence, please do not confuse it with any syllabus or knowledge-based examination. Your ability to read and write will transform you into an aggressive test taker. 

14) Work aggressively towards your goal.

15) Remain calm and composed towards your goal.

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