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The most challenging part of MBA studies, is to crack the entrance exams. CPLC faculty gives you tips and tricks to ace these exams and get into your dream B School

Over the last few years, the DI section of CAT has moved from “Data Representation” to “Data Interpretation”. Confused? What we mean to say is that in the past, your decision of whether to attempt or not attempt a particular set depended on what kind of Data Representation it was. Thus a student comfortable in graphs would search for sets containing in the paper and solve them. Or for that matter, a student who was not so comfortable in caselets would end up skipping all the sets on in a paper. However this strategy would no longer be valid. CAT has moved beyond a caselet or a graph or a table or so as to say, it is no longer important to establish how is the data represented. As the statistics suggest, graphs have almost gone missing in the last 8 CAT papers and special kind of data representations have crept in.

Data can be represented in the form of tables, graphs or even caselets. Data represented in the form of a table is raw and usually is quite time consuming to process such data. Analyses such as trends, problem areas, percentage distribution are quite difficult to perform when the data is represented in the form of a table. Graphs on the other hand represent the same data visually. Graphs offer the luxury of processing data by observation as we can easily see the trends and distribution. Even problem areas are easy to identify by looking at the deviation from the trends. Representing data in the form of caselets is quite uncommon in the real world. However, it is very popular with CAT examiners. In this case, date is hidden between paragraphs and you have to unearth the data as you go on reading the paragraph. This is probably the worst case of data representation when it comes to analyzing and drawing conclusions out of it. In this article we bring to you the shortcuts that will help you master these types of data representation.

At first glance at a set, no one can grasp what the set is pertaining to. It is as you go on reading and solving and unearthing information bit by bit, the set reveals itself as a whole. The sets are logical, based on reasoning. Before one attempts to solve the question, he will have to think over it for 5-7 mins. The questions in such sets are NEVER direct. Most of such sets have to be left directly on the face of it. 

Managers have to deal with large amount of data in order to make informed decisions. As a marketing manager, you may have to make critical decisions on the launch of your new product based on the data provided by your market research department. As a finance manager, you need to analyze the financial data of your company and make critical decisions pertaining to some important factors. As an HR manager, you need to go through records of your employees in order to take decisions regarding appraisals and evaluation. Hence managers need the aptitude to process large amount of data and draw quick conclusions out of it. Perhaps this is the reason why CAT has always given importance to Data Interpretation.

Aspirants wanting to secure admissions into the country’s IIMs need to be prepared for some changes. The IIMS of late have been gradually changing their admission process with most of them doing away with the Group Discussions. Some of these IIMS, including IIM Ahmedabad & IIM Lucknow have introduced changes in their admission policy.

1. What should be the ideal number of attempts in verbal?
About 80% of the total questions in the verbal section should be attempted. Since most successful candidates will have maximized their score in verbal, a modest attempt will not be sufficient to reach the overall percentile to get a call. A mere cut-off score will be useful only if you are able to score extremely well in the other 2 sections, which may prove to be more difficult than scoring well in verbal.

CAT registrations for this year have ended at 2,18,664 after the registration deadline was extended for 5 days. This decision was a bid to avoid the low registrations of the previous two years, and it seems that the decision was a sound one. This year’s registrations have been the highest seen for 3 years.

Maharashtra CET for MBA is said to be the easiest of all MBA entrance exams. But if there is one question type, that is an eye sore to even the CET test takers, it is the ‘Visual Reasoning’.

Every year there are 25-30 questions on ‘Visual Reasoning’, and the candidates fear these 30 marks in the CET the most. In fact for all practical purposes most candidates consider the paper to be of 170 questions instead of 200 and leave out the Visual Reasoning questions. For the first time in 2011, CET had only 25 Q’s instead of 30. But in 2012, the exam was back with 30 questions.

CMAT September 2014 or the first test for the year 2015-16 conducted by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), was conducted smoothly with no report of technical glitch or erroneous questions or options. The CMAT September 2014 was on the expected lines and the overall difficulty level was termed as easy to moderate. The General Awareness section was the toughest while Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation section was the easiest. The other 2 sections were of moderate difficulty level where some questions were easy but several challenging questions were also there.

CMAT second test for the academic year 2014-15 was easy in terms of difficulty level as compared to CMAT September 2013. Overall the test was easy and students are expected to score more than they did in the Sep 2013 CMAT. Along with easy questions, the sections of Quant and Logical Reasoning were less time consuming compared to theCMAT September 2013 exam.