How to Select Top B Schools 2013

Congratulations!!! You have crack the MBA entrance exams after thorough preparation and followed by successful GD and PI. Now, you have offers from more than one B schools and your next challenge is to select the best B school for you. There are various criteria for selecting the most the appropriate B-School including Infrastructure, placements, B-School brand, Location, Quality of students, Quality of faculty & guest lecturers, etc.

Infrastructure:A good management institute should have the excellent basic infrastructure in place that helps in distributing the knowledge and ensures that students get all the modern day college facility and management tools including a well equipped computer centre, seminar rooms for guest lectures, libraries, projectors, etc. Applicants should visit the institute to see verify its infrastructure and facilities available for the management students.

Placements:Applicants should ensure that institute has an excellent and credible campus placement record. Apart from observing the salaries of the management pass out from the institute, applicants should also get the details about the number of placement and reputation of companies of different sectors that come for placements. If you want to specialize in a particular stream, then you should look at the there are sufficient number of reputed companies related to that sector come for placement.

B-School brand:B-School brand means the awareness of B-School among the students and other public. You can ask the people about the B school and see their response. There are various factors that contributes to the brand of a B-School including ranking, industry recognition, advertisement and promotion, alumni performance, and the number of years of functioning. It is important to check the brand value of the institute prior to the making final selection.

Location:For some students, the location of the B-School is also an important factor in determining their choice of the B school. Some students may prefer B school which is close to their home while other may not consider it a big issue. Generally, students prefer those business schools which are located close to the area that has industries and education hub. In fact, metros are among the sought after destination for B Schools as there is good presence of industrial houses and the varied sectors in metro cities.

Quality of faculty:Students should check if the B-School has full time renowned and qualified faculties. You should ensure that faculties of the institute are full-time ones and not guest lecturers who may visit for only few lectures in the college. You can take the feedback bout the faculties from the ex students of the institute or from your seniors.

Quality of students:You should also check the reputation of the students passed out from B schools. You can check on the fellow students to see their academic calibre and varied interests. Generally, the students with diverse backgrounds and high calibre contribute towards the development of fellow students.

Rankings of Institute: You should ensure to check the rankings of the institutes if you are confused between selecting two equally good B schools. The rankings of the institute are done on the basis of the various factors and higher ranked B schools are better than lower ranked ones.

How to Prepare Mathematics for MBA Exams 2013 – Part 2

CAT Quantitative Aptitude preparation

The syllabus for the mathematics section or Quantitative aptitude is roughly the same for various MBA/MCA entrance exams including CAT and Non CAT exams. However, there is huge difference in various types of questions that are asked. Thus, the approach to preparation for CAT and Non CAT entrance exams varies and separate strategy is required for cracking these different exams.

In order to prepare for the CAT exams, students have to master not only the coverage and width of topics but also ensure that there is sufficient depth and clarity of basic concepts. The questions are related to the same basic concepts but there is an application of a high degree. For instance, although the basic theorems of geometry are the same but a single question may require application of multiple theorems.

Understand the basic concepts in detail: It is compulsory for you to understand the basic concepts in details because the higher degree of application of these concepts is required for solving the quantitative questions of CAT and XAT. One cannot score well by simply learning the formulae and familiarising with the topics.

Identify the Areas of Strength:You should identify the areas of strength where you have mastery of topics and you feel comfortable in solving the difficult questions easily. These topics are the areas where you can grasp the fundamentals quickly. In short, your accuracy for solving these problems is the highest and it is reflected in your mock test scores. You should identify such areas and try to capitalise on it by scoring heavily in these questions.

Spend more time in solving questions from your areas of strength:You should ensure to score heavily in your areas of strength. You should invest more time in solving the difficult questions from your areas of strength. You can analyse the previous year’s CAT papers for finding out how many questions come from your areas of strength. In case this number is 10 to 15, then it is a good sign for you. However, if there are very few questions then you need to identify another area of strength. Thus, the trick here lies in identify and developing your areas of strength for scoring heavily in CAT quantitative exams.

Solve question papers in multiple rounds: Students should prepare a strategy for attempting questions and divide the attempts into multiple rounds.

First round:In first round, only those questions should be attempted which can be solved quickly and with 100 percent accuracy. In this round, you can leave those questions that are doubtful and may take a longer time. You should circle these questions and returns to them later in second round if time permits.

Second round:Attempt the questions that take more time and you are sure of solving them.

Third Round: In this round, you should attempt those questions which are doubtful. You should leave those questions completely about which you do not have any clue. Attempt only those, which can be solved with assurance.

How to Prepare Mathematics for MBA/MCA Entrance Exams 2013

Do you consider Mathematics as a big challenge for cracking the MBA/MCA entrance Exams? It is a no brainer to assume that students have to perform exceedingly well in order to get shortlisted for admission to top MBA/MCA colleges of the country. However, one need not worry at all because the mastering of the quantitative aptitude can be achieved with focused strategy in preparation and persistent hard work.

The syllabus for the mathematics section or Quantitative aptitude is roughly the same for various MBA/MCA entrance exams like CAT, SNAP, IRMA, MAT, NMIMS, etc. However, there is huge difference in various types of questions that are asked. Thus, the approach to preparation for CAT and Non CAT entrance exams varies and separate strategy is required for cracking these different exams.

Non CAT Quantitative Aptitude preparation

Cover the entire syllabus:It is advised to leave no section of the syllabus unprepared because in these exams, the coverage of syllabus is more essential than depth. In fact, one should not leave the complex topics like probability or permutation and combinations.

Learn all the formulas thoroughly:One should learn all the formulas thoroughly and get familiar with Common topics such as Algebra, Logarithms, geometrical theorems, etc. One has to practise all these formulas to the extent that one can effortlessly apply them in basic questions.

Focus on every Sub area and standard questions:In the quantitative aptitude, every functional area has 5 to 6 standard sub-areas related to it and each such sub-area is based on 2 to 3 basic concepts that involve related standard questions. For instance, the sub areas in case of work-time-speed questions include Circular motion, Clocks, Relative Speed, Pipes and Cisterns, Boats, and Work efficiency. Students should practise every topic and sub topic well in order to solve related questions quickly, and correctly.

Focus on fast and accurate calculations:Students who are targeting Non-CAT quantitative aptitude exam should focus on solving the questions at great speed with 100% accuracy. As the complexity level of these questions is average, these questions only require faster calculation. For that, you have to memorise the multiplication tables up to first 30 natural numbers along with squares, cubes and square roots of the first 20 numbers.

Solve question papers in multiple rounds: Students should prepare a strategy for attempting questions and divide the attempts into multiple rounds.

First round:In first round, only those questions should be attempted which can be solved quickly and with 100 percent accuracy. In this round, you can leave those questions that are doubtful and may take a longer time. You should circle these questions and returns to them later in second round if time permits.

Second round:Attempt the questions that take more time and you are sure of solving them.

Third Round: In this round, you should attempt those questions which are doubtful. You should leave those questions completely about which you do not have any clue. Attempt only those, which can be solved with assurance.

How to Plan and Prepare for MBA Entrance Exams 2013 ?

Students, who are seeking to take admissions into MBA courses of prestigious B schools of the country, require systematic planning and preparations, in-depth knowledge, analytical mind and sharp memory. The competition for MBA entrance exam is very fierce as the best brains of the country compete with each other; therefore aspiring students need meticulous and long-run preparations for getting selected in the merit list.

There are numerous MBA entrance exams held in the country every year and the syllabi and contents/papers of the entrance exam differs from one institution to other. However, there are certain common aspects of MBA entrance exams such as tests on reasoning, antonyms, case analysis, general awareness, intelligence, comprehension, synonyms, relationships, word power, quantitative aptitude, etc

Quantitative Aptitude:Students should have aptitude for solving the simple arithmetic problems and knowledge of basic and elementary accounting. It is one of the scoring areas of the test where the students can hope to achieve 100% marks with properly preparation and practise. There is wide range of questions that are asked in quantitative aptitude section of the test such as profit and loss, partnership, percentages, ratio, averages, etc. One needs to be good with all the basic arithmetic formulae and quick at doing calculations.

Logical Reasoning:There are several types of logical reasoning questions that are asked in MBA entrance exams. It may include a statement on which the applicants have to draw correct interference. The questions may vary from series of words and figures, arrangement of alphabets, or drawing logical inferences. One has to do thorough practise and prepare very well by doing many mock tests before the exams.

Comprehension Test:There are many MBA entrance exams that includes comprehension test for gauging and understanding the knowledge of English language by the candidates. It includes a paragraph followed by set of questions based on the content of the paragraph. This test requires the candidates to read the passage quickly and attempts the questions accurately. Students need to hone up their reading skills as answers to most of the questions can be found within the passage itself.

General Awareness:This test is designed to judge the general knowledge of the candidates. It covers the wide range of topics including History, Economics, Science, Geography, Polity, etc. Student should read daily newspaper and go through the various books available on the general knowledge in the market. It takes time to develop a sound knowledge of all branches of general awareness so one has to devote one hour daily for preparing the general awareness test. The best part of this test that it can be completed quickly as it does not involve much calculations.

Group Discussion and Interview: Once the students are shortlisted in the written exams, they are called for GD and personal interview in the final round of the selection procedure. These tests are held for judging the communication skills and suitability of a candidate for the MBA course. The group discussions are conducted under the supervision of the specialists, who judge for various qualities in the candidates such as power to argue, initiative, ability to express, reasoning, and leadership qualities.

The group discussion is often followed by the personal interview where various traits of the candidate’s personality are evaluated such as expression, manners, judgement, intelligence, knowledge, sense of proportion, etc.

Tips for Cracking Reasoning Questions in CAT Exam 2013

The CAT exam pattern comprises of critical reasoning questions that are designed for testing the analytical and critical thinking skills of the applicants. These critical questions are basically mini reading comprehension questions that are followed by passages that are one paragraph in length.

Critical Reasoning Questions for CAT Exam

The Critical reasoning questions that come in CAT exam usually ask the candidates to do the following.

· Weaken an argument

· Strengthen an argument

· Identify the inference

· Identify a parallel argument

· Select the best conclusion

· Identify the assumption

Tips for cracking Critical Reasoning Questions

· Read the question prior to reading the passage:Students should read out the questions before reading the passage as it is important to know what is being asked in the passage. Depending on the questions that are asked, you may want to approach to same passage differently. It is because you may be asked either to destroy an argument, or find the best conclusion to the passage. Therefore it is essential to read the questions carefully.

· Identify the passage conclusion: You should try to identify the assumption and conclusion of the passage as CAT passages more often imply instead of stating their conclusions. It can only be achieved by regular practice.

· Guess the correct answer before reading answer choices.This trick helps you in landing at the correct answers quickly. You should read every answer choice because you are required to select the best answer out of the entire lot.

· Use the elimination procedure: You should try to eliminate the weakest answer out of the choices available. Among the various answer options, there are usually some options that will do the opposite of what is being asked. Thus, you should quickly eliminate these choices while answering these questions.

· Practise working backwards: The process of “working backwards” involves inserting the answer choices into the text for adjudging if the passage makes any sense. This technique assists in answering the questions in case one gets stuck on a critical reasoning question. This procedure is usually time consuming and may require re-reading a passage 5 times by inserting diverse answer choice each time before making final choice.

· Be careful in selecting final answer:One should not select any answer simply if it appears to be true. The answer choices are usually the logical extension of the argument found in the passage.

· Avoid the decoys:Most of the times, the CAT passages comprises of irrelevant sentences and information. You should practise to ignore and separate these decoys from the remaining passage so that you do not get distracted from its content.

· Avoid emotionally charged answer choices: The CAT answer choices may be emotionally charged however the correct choices are always moderate in reasoning and emotionally neutral in tone.

· Ignore answer choices which make absolute statements: The CAT Absolute statements are those statements that employ usage of words like “always” and “must.” You can safely eliminate such choices.

Tips for preparing for Group Discussion 2013

Once the students cleared the written entrance exams for MBA, they need to start preparing for the next round of the selection process that comprises of A Group Discussion and Personal Interview. A GD is an activity where 8-10 candidates are placed in a leaderless group, and they are given a topic for analysis and discussion within a specified limit of 25 mins to 45 mins.

A Group Discussion is conducted for judging the candidates in the following aspects.

· Self confidence

· Listening ability

· Ability to present your views logically

· Communication skills

· Time management

· Team skills

· Body language

Tips for preparing for the GD

· Candidates should divide their preparation for GD into two parts including developing Subject Knowledge and soft skills.

· The improvement of Subject knowledge includes the reading voraciously on diverse subjects and hot topics. Candidate should use various resources such as News Papers, Magazines, TV and News Portals.

· The development of the soft skills involves working on communication skills, listening skills and body gestures. Candidates should improve their communication skills by enhancing their vocabulary and working on proper pronunciation. One should use good phrases and try to speak in polite tone.

· Candidate should participate in a few mock GDs along with his/her friends. One should try to identify the areas of strength and improvement during these sessions and work on them consciously.

· Candidate should get into the habit of discussion by focussing on topic of current relevance with group of knowledgeable friends.

· One should not treat other candidates as competitors in a GD but one should try to engage in discussion by respecting everyone’s point of view.

· It is a good practise to analyse the strengths and improvement areas of one another individually after the mock discussion. One should know the perspectives of other candidates and broaden his/her thought process.

· Develop the practise to put your point across in a short and concise manner. In case you talk a lot continuously about one topic and repeating it again then other candidates will lose interest in your discussion.

· It is very important that candidate should address everyone in the group during speaking. It gives the impression that you are talking to entire group rather than talking to a person. One should not focus on the judges or moderators of the group as they do not make part of the group.

· One should take care of his/her attire while going for participating in a GD> It is compulsory to dress formally and use formal language while speaking.

· One should use decent language and address other participants with respect. One can use a proper body language by making gestures with hand while explaining a point however it should not be intimidating to others.

· One should avoid using the extreme statements and does not point to a specific participant while speaking.

· One should learn to disagree with other in a polite manner. For this, one should try to develop good listening skills as most of the time candidates fail to listen with attention when others are talking.

Things to know for IIT JEE entrance exam preparation 2013

Every year, the number of students appearing for IIT JEE entrance exam exceeds 4 to 5 lakhs. There are only few hundred seats available and that makes IIT JEE as one of the highly competitive entrance exam in the country. It is considered to be one of the toughest entrance exams to crack after 12thBoard exams. Thus it requires extensive planning and persistent efforts to get through.

IIT JEE entrance exam preparation Tips for cracking IIT JEE Entrance Exam

· The syllabus of IIT JEE exam is usually based on Class XI and XII. Students can log on to www.iitjee.org to get the exhaustive syllabus with all chapters and their topics. The JEE syllabus of Class XI contributes 45 per cent and class XII contributes 55 per cent of IIT-JEE question papers.

· Students should learn and prepare all the chapters of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics with special focus on the following topics.

Mathematics: Hyperbola in coordinate geometry, probability, vectors , continuity and differentiability , functions , matrices in algebra, limits , parabola, application of derivatives, definite integral in calculus, complex numbers , Quadratic equations and expressions, circle, etc.

Physics: Fluids, heat and thermodynamics, magnetic, waves and sound, capacitors and electrostatics, electromagnetic induction, Mechanics, optics and modern physics.

Chemistry: Electrochemistry, Chemical equilibrium in physical chemistry , Coordination chemistry , Chemical bonding in inorganic chemistry, Qualitative analysis, Complete organic chemistry, etc.

· Students should avoid selective study in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. Due to more number of questions in objective type papers, one should cover all the topics.

· A sound planning is required for preparing and dealing with the study pressure. Students should divide the time available on all three subjects, and then make plans for chapter-wise, topic-wise time schedule.

· It is recommended to prepare summary notes of concepts topic wise and chapter-wise. Also, one should note down the topics that need analytical skills and tough to understand. It assists in quick revision few days before the examination.

· Approach for students preparing for IIT-JEE and Class XII board exams simultaneously: These students should prepare for Class XII first and then concentrate for corresponding IIT-JEE chapters around three weeks prior to board examination. One should also continue to revise the Class XI chapters in between. Once the board exams are over, students should focus and concentrate on revising both Class XI and XII subjects.

· Approach for students appearing for the IIT JEE only is to avoid referring to many books and study material available in the market. Students should identify one reliable source and stick to it. For example, students should study the IIT-JEE archives, Grand Masters Package/ Equivalent, review-packages, work-books, AITS/AIITS series, etc; supplied by FIITJEE.

· Stay focussed: Students should continue to stay focussed and maintain a positive attitude with utmost concentration in order to reap benefits. The quality of time spent counts a lot instead of quantity alone. In order to maintain long hours of concentration, it is advised to take a short break of 5 to 10 minutes after every one to two hours of serious study.

· Keep mind and body healthy: It is advised to pursue some relaxing exercises and meditation daily in the morning or evening for developing inner calm and power of concentration that is required for success. A sleep of 5 to 6 hours daily is required for keeping the mind and body fit.

Study Plan for cracking Medical Entrance Exams 2013

It is a no brainer that cracking a Medical entrance exam is one of the toughest exams to crack in the country. These exams require candidates to study long hours for dedicated concentration and methodical preparation for thoroughly grasping both the theory as well as practical aspects of the involved subjects.

Tips for preparation for medical entrance exam

Remain Calm and composed: Most of the candidates begin to feel pressurised as the entrance exam date approaches nearby. It should be avoided and candidate should practise relaxing exercises. A nervous candidate cannot concentrate well for the exam and get distracted from his/her studies.

Solve previous years Question Papers: Candidate should constantly practise mock tests and also solve the previous year’s question papers as it helps in identifying the areas of strength and weaknesses. It helps the candidates in knowing the pattern of the exam and then prepare accordingly. Candidate can build their speed and divide his/her time in solving various sections of the exams.

Avoid studying new topics in the end: Candidate should avoid studying any new topics at the last minute. It is better for the candidates to consolidate and supplement the already read topics.

Begin revision at least one month before the exam: Candidate should begin revising the topics at least one month before the D-day. One should focus on revising topics that are easy and slowly move towards the difficult ones. One should ensure to keep the basic concepts of the topics clear.

Stress on all three subjects: Candidates should not take any of the subjects lightly and put efforts in all the three subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Although Biology is the main subject in the pre-medical test, the chemistry also helps in scoring more marks.

As far the physics is concerned, it can really creates the difference by either making or breaking the performance. It is because of the numerous numericals that are quite difficult to solve. Most of the candidates who devote much time to elaborative syllabus of biology, fail to practise calculations and learn formulae in physics. Therefore it is important to manage your time properly and intelligently.

Mark the answers as soon as you solve it: Some candidates tend to mark all the answers in the question booklet itself and in the end fill these answers in the OMR sheet. However, it should be avoided and one should not wait till the last minute for blackening the Optical Marking Recognition (OMR) sheet. Because one may run out of the time in the end for marking the answers.

Fill the answer carefully in the OMR sheet: One should exercise full caution while marking answers in the OMR sheet. In case one has left a question no 9 then next answer should be marked in space for question No 10 and not question No 9.

Make a plan for attempting the questions: One should attempt theoretical questions first followed by numerical-based questions because the numericals take lots of time and need more accuracy.