How to choose between a HR program and a regular MBA

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I think I have said this in another post — India is probably the only country where people will be willing to shell out more than 20 lakhs for a product and at the same time be willing to accept whatever the seller decides to give them. What am I referring to?

When I ask students who have both BM and HR calls from XLRI, what their preference is, or what they would prefer between XL-HR/TISS and IIM-K/MDI, most are very clear the specialization does not matter all that matters is the brand, others start bringing ROI into the picture. Read More


How to prepare for CAT – II

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In the first part of the post on to how to prepare for CAT , we discussed what your practice routines should be like. In this part, we look at how you should approach your practice, how you can get most out of your practice sessions and how you can maximize your potential in fewer iterations.

Your practice should be both quantitative and qualitative

In the previous post we discussed the milestones you need to reach in terms of numbers before various dates. But does that mean that you start today and just keep churning out the numbers?

What happens between practice sessions? Especially, right at the beginning of your prep. Do you pause to reflect on how well you have executed a practice session?

  • Did you solve that DI set cleanly without any wasted steps?
  • Could you have cut down on calculating precisely and instead approximated?
  • Are you, as a process, always looking to exploit the gap between answer options?
  • Are you reading the logic of the RC answer option or are you just matching words and phrases?
  • Do you tend to re-start LR sets after realizing mid-way that you were barking up the wrong tree in your first representation of the data?

Very often test-takers don’t approach their practice with such a mindset, aspirants almost end up doing the same thing over and over again without giving too much thought to their practice sessions.

If you want to improve from session to session you need to relfect between sessions and before you start your next session you need to tell yourself the things you are going to correct.

This is the best way to ensure that you are maximizing your ability in minimum iterations.

Starting your prep with a clean slate and doing it the right way

Practice is only execution but before practice lies the centre or core from which the way you learn stems, the way you perceive you ability stems. You need to first ensure that this core is based on the right principles.

Two things that all test-takers should take to heart are

  • that it does not matter what your history with Math, DI, LR or RC is what you did so far has no bearing on how you will do on the CAT
  • that it is not a matter of talent but a matter of maximizing your potential

So before you start your prep in all earnest you will do well to go through these two posts so that you make the most of your practice:

CAT Preparation: Changing The Default Settings

CAT Preparation: The Natural Talent Myth

How to prepare for CAT – I

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We are slowly getting closer to the business end of the CAT 2018 season. Some of you would have joined for classroom programs as early as last June, a lot of you in Jan and I am sure a few are yet to start but all of you know that you have to start your prep with all seriousness. All of you know that it is time to do more than just attend classes, meet your CAT prep mates and go back home.

So it is not a surprise that I am getting a lot of queries
– how many hours of prep should I be putting in daily to crack CAT 2018?
– what should I be doing on a daily basis to crack CAT 2018?
– how should I plan my prep for CAT 2018?

This post is going to be dedicated to all things related to a prep plan for CAT 2018.

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How to prepare for a CAT retake – Part II

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In the previous post, we discussed the mindset with which one should approach a CAT retake; in this post we shall look at a few more aspects with respect to a successful CAT retake. Since each one of you readers will have a different back story with respect to your first attempt and there will also be some non-IMS students among you as well, the focus of this post will be a bit wider. Read More

How to prepare for a CAT retake – Part I

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Most of the institutes have given out their calls and many of you might be planning to retake the CAT. For some of you, it might be a case of almost getting there but missing out because of one poor section or just missing out on the overall percentile. For others, the CAT-day might have been a bad day at the office and you knew straight away that nothing much was going to happen.On my first attempt, I fell into the latter group — I knew I was out of my depth when I saw the Quant paper, there was no way I was going to clear the cut-offs. This despite consistently doing very well in the Sims leading up to the test. I decided to take another shot since I was very clear that it was not out of my league.

This post, in three parts, is for all those re-takers who are NOT hoping to get lucky next time around but want to ensure that they leave no stone unturned to make the cut in their next shot at CAT. Read More

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As most of my students would know, I have been with IMS for more than a decade now.

But I started teaching for aptitude tests way back in the past, right after my graduation while preparing for the CAT a second time around.

At that time I felt that the teaching stint had a great role to play in my cracking the CAT; I felt the teaching made my thought process very clear when faced with a problem since one has to have utmost clarity of thought to explain a problem in such a way as many students understand the solution right away. Also one is always looking to find better, cleaner or to put it simply more elegant solutions to problems.

My first 6 years stint with IMS was with the Academics Dept and the last six months have been at the front-end teaching as well as running the business.

Starting next month I will be moving back to IMS HO as the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for IMS.

Over the past year, I have met a lot of students across the country who are readers of the blog, so I was wondering if any you might be interested in working with us.

We have roles in both in teaching (both Bombay and in other locations) as well as in content development (only in Bombay at the HO). The remuneration will be depending on your profile, we pay at least as much if not higher than IT firms.

If any of you are interested then drop in a mail to with the following:

  1. A resume or CV
  2. A short answer as to why you feel you have the skill sets to take up a teaching role or a content development role in Verbal/QA-DI-LR. Experience is not mandatory since you have to start somewhere, I myself had no experience at all when I started teaching or designing content. Feel free to include anything that you feel will let us know why you feel you have the potential to take up the role — exam/test scores (SimCAT scores, if you have a tendency to bomb on test day), reading habits, prior informal teaching, love for the section, communication skills — anything that you feel captures your suitability.