How to Prepare for CAT Exam from Home?

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CAT exam is a prerequisite for admissions in all the IIMs and many other top MBA colleges in India. Numerous MBA aspirants appear for the exam every year and only a few of them get into their preferred institute.

For CAT preparation, individuals either go for coaching or choose self-study. In this article, some of the tips are given that can help to prepare more effectively for CAT from home.

Know About the exam

The main thing one should know is the CAT eligibility , syllabus and the exam pattern in detail. One should strategize a timetable and assign proper time for various topics. It is important to cover all the important topics to be able to easily solve the CAT paper and score a high percentile.

Get Study Materials

There are a ton of study materials accessible in neighborhood stores online markets. Picking the correct examination material is a test and one should be prepared for it. Choose materials that are easy for you and covers all the CAT topics.

Online Mock test

The mock test score helps in self-analysis and will demonstrate to you the amount you have to study and which topics to focus upon. Give no less than two online mock tests in seven days. Note down your weak points and endeavor to dodge them in the next test.

Sample Papers and Previous Year Papers

Solving several sample papers helps to get acquainted with the different variations of questions. Also, solving previous year questions can help to understand the CAT exam pattern  and know the difficulty of questions asked in the exam.
These were some of the tips that can help CAT aspirants prepare for the exam more
effectively from their homes. Candidates can also check various online lessons to learn the
topics in a better way.
Candidates can check BYJU’S videos on CAT that are effective and explains the concepts in
an engaging way.
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How Mock Tests Can Be The Game Changer In CAT Exam Preparation

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The CAT exam is conducted by the IIMs every year on a rotational basis for admission in various post management courses. This year, IIM Lucknow is responsible for the conduction of the exam. The CAT exam date is scheduled to be on November 26, 2017 with TCS as the testing partner.
With over numerous candidates taking the exam every year, the competition has become extremely high. It should be noted that the CAT score is a prerequisite for admissions in IIMs and various other B-Schools across India. So, the candidates are required to be very well prepared for the exam and secure a score good enough for admissions in their preferred B-School.  
During preparation, one of the most important tools is the Mock tests. Self-analyzing the weaker areas is one of the several benefits of taking the mock. So, many successful CAT exam takers regard them as the most important preparation strategy. Here, the candidates will be acquainted with the benefits of mock tests on their CAT preparation.
What is a Mock Test?
Mocks can simply be defined as a near replica of something. Similarly, CAT Mock Tests can be defined as the near simulation of the original CAT exam with the same CAT Exam Pattern, timing, and difficulty level of the questions. Mocks are generally taken to know the preparation level by analyzing the overall and topic-wise scores. Mock tests can be of many types like overall mocks, sectional mocks and even topic-wise mocks which are discussed in detail later.
Importance of CAT Mock Tests
The CAT Mock tests have several benefits for the overall CAT preparation, some of which are mentioned below:
  • Self-Evaluation
The mock tests help to evaluate the candidates based on their preparation and performance on the test. This self-evaluation helps the candidates to strategize their preparation accordingly.
  • Develops Accuracy and Speed
By taking numerous mock tests, the candidates become well accustomed to the different question types and the difficulty level. This helps the candidates to slowly improve their speed and accuracy by making them well acquainted with the actual CAT exam type questions.
  • Prevents Repeated Mistakes
The mocks can help the candidates to prevent the common mistakes, provided they analyze their mistakes properly. So, when candidates make mistakes in the mock tests, they get well aware of their common mistakes which they can easily avoid during the exam.
  • Improves Time Management
As the mock tests have similar timing as that of the CAT exam, the candidates can easily get accustomed to the real timing and tweak their approach accordingly. So, after taking numerous mock tests, the candidates can easily improve their time management by adopting approaches that best suits them.
Types of CAT Mock Tests
The candidates have the opportunity to choose the different mock tests according to their preparation needs. In general, the mock tests are of three types:
  • Overall Mock Tests
The overall mock tests are the exact replica of the original CAT with similar timing, difficulty level and pattern of the exam. This mock test can be taken by the candidates who have completed their entire preparation and want to analyze their scoring capabilities.
  • Topic-wise Mock Tests
This type of mock tests is taken by the candidates who want to analyze their conceptual knowledge about a particular topic. This helps the candidates to know their preparation level of some difficult and confusing topics that might cause difficulty during the actual exam.
  • Sectional Mock Tests
The sectional mocks involve tests on individual sections of the VA-RC, QA and LI-DR respectively. This helps the candidates to know their sectional strengths and get acquainted with the sectional timings.

It should be noted that taking the mock tests without analyzing, helps in nothing. So, the mock tests should always be followed by the following steps:
  • Immediate Analysis
Without analyzing the mock tests, candidates can never improve their preparation. So, the mock paper must be immediately analyzed and the weaker areas should be attended properly. This helps to improve the overall preparation and the candidates can strategize their preparation accordingly.
  • Proper Revision
As the mock tests highlight the weaker topics and/or sections, the candidates can easily attend them and revise the respective topics properly. This revision is crucial since the candidates can improve their concepts and take successive mocks to analyze their improvement.
The candidates should also note that the quality of mock tests is very crucial. The CAT Mock tests should also provide proper personalized result analysis by highlighting the weaker and stronger sections individually. The more quality CAT mock tests the candidates take, the better they get with their preparation and become more confident with time. This confidence surely helps the test-takers to ace the CAT exam with ease and grab a seat in their preferred management school.
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Re-taking GMAT is an opportunity to Score well

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You have taken the GMAT test, the marks are lying on a sheet of paper and are depressing. You feel that you did not secure the desired score. It’s time to turn the page of hopelessness because, GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) offers you to take the GMAT test again to meet the maximum score requirement by the B-schools you shortlisted.
Review Your Quant, Verbal Score:
No one can teach you better than your gained experiences; the score is your actual mirror, and you know how well versed you’re and what are the laxness that lagged you behind. The moment you finish the test, your score displayed on the screen narrating the number of questions you have attempted, the number of questions answered correctly/ incorrectly.  The GMAT score range between 200-800 and the current mean is 574. And the verbal and quant score scaled on 0-60 and the average score are 28 and 40 respectively. Review your score, whether they have met the average score requirement or not. If not it’s time to retake the test.

Evaluate your AWA essays:
The AWA section of the GMAT demands to take your stand on the crucial topics or conclusion drawn on the basis of a study.  You have to write tactfully and should make a clear choice of favor or against. You are supposed to make strong points to support your answers. You should be very precise and conscious over choosing the right word. There should not be jargon of words. Your statements should be short and contain all the relevant facts which depict a clear vision of thinking capabilities.

Re-think about Integrated Reasoning questions:
The Integrated Reasoning (IR) section is brainstorming.  You have to be very fast in extracting the facts and converting them into answers of the questions asked. It needs a good practice of the questions as it makes you familiar with the questions and gives you a fair idea about the methods used in solving the questions.

Re-work on the weak nerves:
Re-taking the GMAT depends on the situation and the score requirement by the b-schools. It is not a bad idea if you think you can score much well as compared to the previous test,  then you should go for it. Now at this point, you’re well aware of your weak areas, so it is very necessary to work on those and make them strong. Take mock-tests at regular intervals. It will help you in estimating your performance.

Don’t over-think for re-taking the GMAT test; it is better to learn from your mistakes and make sure not to repeat them.

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Best Strategies To Prepare for UPSC Exams

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UPSC Exams are deemed to be the pinnacle of achievement in our society as passing such an exam is an arduous task and the status enjoyed by an IAS/IPS officer in the society is second to none. Passing such an exam is possible for any aspirant provided he or she has the right guidance and tools. There have been reports about guidance provided by Byju’s the learning app to be possessing the same qualities and preferred by aspirants of civil services across the country. The following strategies would be really helpful in helping candidates while preparing for the civil services exam.

Give importance to NCERT books

The NCERT textbooks as everyone knows are the pillar of the IAS/IPS exam preparation as aspirants should consider them as their primary aspect of their preparation. The following NCERT texts will be helpful in your preparation to a great extent:

        Class VI to X (Every important topic connected to General Studies).
        Class XI to XII (Economy, History, Geography, Polity).
        Class XII Biology (Give importance to Chapter 13 to 16 viz. last 4 chapters focused on Environment and Ecology).
        NCERT Chemistry (For class XII part 2; final 3 chapters).

The above mentioned books are all available for free download from the official site. Candidates could answer a majority of the stable part of all the exam papers using the NCERT and also it would help aspirants to build an in depth understanding. Try reading all the above books a minimum of 4-5 times before candidates attempt their exams. Aspirants should be aware of the fact that their knowledge from the above books would be checked thoroughly for prelims exam.

Read the Hindu (In addition to other newspapers)

You should devote a separate time on a daily basis for reading newspapers like the Hindu. Try to grasp, focus, and comprehend and notice down the information that is relevant. Aspirants should use a separate notebook or sheet for the clippings taken from the Hindu in particular as it would be absolutely vital for success in the exam. It would also be helpful while the exam is approaching fast. Like the Hindu, magazines like Kurukshetra, Yojana, Down to Earth, Science Reporter and Civil Services Times and Frontline should be referred for further understanding.

Refer Previous Year Question Papers

It is advisable that aspirants should refer previous year question papers for at least last 5 years as this would help the candidates to familiarize themselves with the pattern of questions asked in the examination. From their observation, aspirants would have realized that the UPSC never goes for repeated questions. Hence there is no point in cramming questions as it will not be of any help. The major benefit however, would be the fact that the question types might have a chance of getting repeated. The previous year papers would give the aspirants an outline of what all areas would be covered during the exam so that they could prepare themselves well for anything that comes their way. The exam is not just centered around hard work but also about smart work in the right proportion.

Attempt Mock Test Series

Once the aspirants are confident about their grip over UPSC syllabus while preparing, it would be ideal for them to enroll for mock test series so that they could attempt these tests on a regular basis so that they would be able to assess the areas where they are struggling and need to give maximum attention. The Mock test series provided by Byju’s have been heard to cater for the same like answer writing practices, video lectures and test series available for mains and prelims designed by India’s top faculties providing mentorship for civil services preparation. The more candidates practice with these mock tests, the better their scores would become in the due course.

Do more Answer Writing Practice

It would be really beneficial if aspirants would do some exam writing practice by themselves as they would be able to take their level of efficiency to an advanced level. It has two main advantages viz, helps the candidates with the management of time. There are other added advantages like helping you in remembering key concepts in the exam.

The points mentioned above would be more than sufficient for aspirants if they want a right approach for preparing for competitive exams like the UPSC. Hence Candidates should take their preparation as a serious affair and give their best shot while doing the same.
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UGC NET 2016 exam - Last date 12.05.2016 Hurry Up..

Central Board of Secondary Education announced UGC NET 2016 (july) examination for Junior Research Fellowship and  Assistant Professor Eligibility.

ugc net 2016

Age limit for Junior  Research Fellowship

Must not be more than 28 years.Relaxation is available 5 years  for women, categories of SC/ST/PWD , OBC(Non- creamy layer, as per the Central list of OBC available on website: ).

Age limit for Assistant Professor

No age limit. :)

Also check: government jobs

UGC net 2016 required educational qualifications for this exam

Minimum marks of 50% for categories of SC/ST/PWD , OBC(Non- creamy layer).And other categories must have minimum marks of 55%.
For more details check the  link below at the bottom of the post.

Examination UGC net 2016 important dates

1.Last date to Apply Online   -  12.05.2016
2.Last date of submission of Fee
through online generated Bank challan ,
at any branch of (Syndicate/ Canara/ICICI/HDFC Bank)or
through credit/debit card       - 13.05.2016
3.Correction in Particulars of application form
on the website                                   - 17th to 23th May, 2016 5.
4.Date of Examination                     -10.07.2016

Examination fee

General                                                                                   -Rs.600
Other Backward Classes (Non-creamy layer)                 -Rs.300
SC/ST/PwD                                                                             -Rs.150

Exemption (eligibility for assistant professor)

i) NET/SLET/SET shall remain the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professors in Universities/Colleges/ Institutions.
Provided however, that candidates, who are or have been awarded a Ph. D. Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of the Ph. D. Degree) Regulations, 2009, shall be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SELT/SET for recruitment and appointment of Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions.

ii) The candidates who have passed the UGC/CSIR JRF examination prior to 1989 are also exempted from appearing in NET.
iii) For SET Candidates:
The candidates who have cleared the States Eligibility Test (SET) accredited by UGC for eligibility for Assistant Professor held prior to 1st Dec 2002, are exempted from appearing in NET, being eligible to apply for Assistant Professor anywhere in India.
For SET held from 1st Dec 2002 onwards, the qualified candidates are eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor only in the universities/ colleges situated in the state from where they have cleared their SET.
For full details check the link below,

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IOCL - Indian oil corporation limited

Iocl is the no.1 largest corporation in india and also one of the large world corporation ranked 119 in the "Global 500" 2015.Major units of indian oil corporation limited were located mumbai, newdelhi,noida,kolkata ,faridabad. At present in this company there are 33,000 plus people were working. 


Indian oil corporation have setup subsidiaries in  Mauritius, United Arab Emirates and the Sri Lanka.Indian oil entered in the petrochemical field in the year 2004 and now they are no.2 in this field for domestic products. They also have strong position in aviation fuel services which is very helpful for the Indian military (also all other defence services) and for private airlines.For motorcycles ,indian oils provides their contribution as servo lubes and grease products.

Iocl history:

Actually Indian oil corporation has beginning from inpendence onwards.In the year 1958 Indian Refineries Limited was formed with Mr Feroze Gandhi as Chairman.And in the year 1959 indian oil comapany limited was  started and Nijalingappa was appointed as the first chairman.Finally the present indian oil corporation limited was finally founded in the year 1964. Indian oil corporation limited[IOCL] was a merge of  Indian Refineries Limited and indian oil company limited.

Iocl joint ventures list

Avi-Oil India Pvt. Ltd.
Delhi Aviation Fuel Facility Private Limited
Green Gas Ltd.
GSPL India Transco Ltd.
GSPL India Gasnet Ltd.
IOT Infrastructure & Energy Services Ltd.
IndianOil Adani Gas Pvt. Ltd.
IndianOil Petronas Pvt. Ltd.
IndianOil Ruchi Bio Fuels LLP
IndianOil Skytanking Pvt. Ltd.
Indian Synthetic Rubber Pvt. Limited
Kochi Salem Pipelines Private Limited
Lubrizol India Pvt. Ltd.
Mumbai Aviation Fuel Farm Facility Pvt. Ltd.
NPCIL - IndianOil Nuclear Energy Corporation Limited
Petronet LNG Ltd.
Suntera Nigeria 205 Limited
Indian oil have an awesome research departments which holds 384 active patterns.Among 384 ,233 were international patterns.
With an aim to preserve india's heritage ,a non-profit was formed.It was named Indian oil foundation and started its work in the year 2000.

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