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New post 04 Jul 2017, 01:01
hi everyone,

Jitender here. You may call me JITU. :)

Let me give a brief description of myself first.

I am an Indian currently working for the largest software consultancy services MNC in the world for the past 5 years.
Total work experience is 5 years and I am a software test engineer.

My score cards are as follows:

10th : 73%
12th : 71%
B.Tech (Instrumentation & Control engineering from a very good (Tier 1) college) : 70%

I wanted to pursue a degree in LAW but had to bow down due to parental pressure and joined engineering instead.

I have no gaps in my studies or professional career.

I have a decent history of co-curricular activities during school and college.
A few examples are:

National cadet corps (A certificate)
basketball runners up in state level competition.
numerous certificates for debates and elocution.
Scored 96 marks in 12th Board examinations. (used to be a great deal at that time. don't know about current English standards) had received a certificate from ADM of my city.
star performer certificate at my current company.
best trainee certificate from my present company.
best faculty certificate from my company.
star team award from my company.
trained a class of 11 security guards from my present company to speak, write and read better English. Received a certificate for that.
Active participant in quite a few social causes taken up by my company in the area of education, social and health.

I recently downloaded the GMATprep software from mba dot com and gave the first full length test to know where I stand.

I scored very bad. ( 520 ).

My goal is minimum 710. ( I was informed by some friends that since I am a software engineer I will have to score very high in GMAT because the number of applicants who have the same professional background as me is going to be too damn high.)

I am primarily interested in ISB (hyderabad or Mohali) but I am open to the idea of getting into any of the top 30-35 colleges globally.

Now, The doubts that I have:

1) While I was giving the prep CAT test yesterday I faced issues with AWA. I mean I knew what I wanted to write but was unable to put it down in exact words. Had I been able to put it down as I was picturing it mentally I would have scored myself 9 on 10. but after reading my own answer I felt like giving myself 3.5-4 out of 10. What Can I do about this? How Can i tackle this?

2) While I was giving the IR section I was feeling very happy. I was almost able to do every question. Understood the questions very well. was enjoying it when suddenly the time was up. I was like what the f..? So my observation is I like the questions with graphs and tables (always loved the graphs and tables) but I was too damn slow. How to tackle this???

3) coming to the quants part.. I was having a great deal of difficulty in understanding some of the questions. Got very tired after the 20th or so question and literally gave up. What can I do to build my concentration to a level where I can concentrate for 4 hours non-stop?

4) Hate to admit it but in verbal too I was very confused with the answer choices. bloody each single option seemed to be correct. Gave up after 30th or so questions and randomly clicked options due to loss of concentration and frustration.

score:

quants 31
verbal 27
IR 5

I think I could have scored a little better if I would have been able to hold my concentration for the full duration. I guessed the answers for last 12 or so quants question and last 8 or 9 verbal questions.

I cant take out regular time daily because of the nature of my project and work but I can surely take out 10 hours a week excluding weekends.

Please someone help me draft a study plan.??
Please someone let me know that with my current position how much time it would take me to reach 710+??
Please someone tell me whether I have any hope of making into ISB if ( god forbid) I am unable to score 710+?
Please someone let me know which books should I go through to achieve 710+?

I wont have time to attend classes on a regular basis so i would like to take the route of self study.
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New post 05 Jul 2017, 08:30
Dear Jitender singh,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

Here's a three-month study plan for folks starting from scratch:
3 Month GMAT Study Guide

Here are some free GMAT Idiom Flashcards.

Here's a blog I recommend specifically for you:
How to Improve Your GMAT Verbal Score

Finally, I will recommend Magoosh. We have a large library of lesson videos to prepare you for every aspect of the GMAT. Here's a free SC lesson:
Substantive Clauses
We also have 1000+ practice questions. Here's a free SC question:
The vice-president of engineering
Here's a free CR question:
Violent felonies in Dismaston
When you submit your answer to either question, the following page will have a complete video explanation of the question. Each Magoosh question has its own VE: this immediate feedback is precisely what you need to accelerate your learning.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mike :-)
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jitender singh wrote:
hi everyone,

Jitender here. You may call me JITU. :)

Let me give a brief description of myself first.

I am an Indian currently working for the largest software consultancy services MNC in the world for the past 5 years.
Total work experience is 5 years and I am a software test engineer.

My score cards are as follows:

10th : 73%
12th : 71%
B.Tech (Instrumentation & Control engineering from a very good (Tier 1) college) : 70%

I wanted to pursue a degree in LAW but had to bow down due to parental pressure and joined engineering instead.

I have no gaps in my studies or professional career.

I have a decent history of co-curricular activities during school and college.
A few examples are:

National cadet corps (A certificate)
basketball runners up in state level competition.
numerous certificates for debates and elocution.
Scored 96 marks in 12th Board examinations. (used to be a great deal at that time. don't know about current English standards) had received a certificate from ADM of my city.
star performer certificate at my current company.
best trainee certificate from my present company.
best faculty certificate from my company.
star team award from my company.
trained a class of 11 security guards from my present company to speak, write and read better English. Received a certificate for that.
Active participant in quite a few social causes taken up by my company in the area of education, social and health.

I recently downloaded the GMATprep software from mba dot com and gave the first full length test to know where I stand.

I scored very bad. ( 520 ).

My goal is minimum 710. ( I was informed by some friends that since I am a software engineer I will have to score very high in GMAT because the number of applicants who have the same professional background as me is going to be too damn high.)

I am primarily interested in ISB (hyderabad or Mohali) but I am open to the idea of getting into any of the top 30-35 colleges globally.

Now, The doubts that I have:

1) While I was giving the prep CAT test yesterday I faced issues with AWA. I mean I knew what I wanted to write but was unable to put it down in exact words. Had I been able to put it down as I was picturing it mentally I would have scored myself 9 on 10. but after reading my own answer I felt like giving myself 3.5-4 out of 10. What Can I do about this? How Can i tackle this?

2) While I was giving the IR section I was feeling very happy. I was almost able to do every question. Understood the questions very well. was enjoying it when suddenly the time was up. I was like what the f..? So my observation is I like the questions with graphs and tables (always loved the graphs and tables) but I was too damn slow. How to tackle this???

3) coming to the quants part.. I was having a great deal of difficulty in understanding some of the questions. Got very tired after the 20th or so question and literally gave up. What can I do to build my concentration to a level where I can concentrate for 4 hours non-stop?

4) Hate to admit it but in verbal too I was very confused with the answer choices. bloody each single option seemed to be correct. Gave up after 30th or so questions and randomly clicked options due to loss of concentration and frustration.

score:

quants 31
verbal 27
IR 5

I think I could have scored a little better if I would have been able to hold my concentration for the full duration. I guessed the answers for last 12 or so quants question and last 8 or 9 verbal questions.

I cant take out regular time daily because of the nature of my project and work but I can surely take out 10 hours a week excluding weekends.

Please someone help me draft a study plan.??
Please someone let me know that with my current position how much time it would take me to reach 710+??
Please someone tell me whether I have any hope of making into ISB if ( god forbid) I am unable to score 710+?
Please someone let me know which books should I go through to achieve 710+?

I wont have time to attend classes on a regular basis so i would like to take the route of self study.

Studying for 2 hours everyday is much more rewarding than 7 hours each on weekends. Improvement in certain subject matters cannot be gained by simply putting in more hours. It is gained through a consistent effort. So, I'd say that to gain the maximum output from your efforts, you should study everyday even if it is only for 1 hour.
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New post 06 Jul 2017, 10:18
Hi jitender singh,

You seem to have a good balanced profile. Getting a good score on the GMAT will certainly help your case.

For your preparation, You need to build the concepts/fundamentals before you jump in solving the problems. You can do so by choosing one of the following ways:
1. In person classes/private tutoring
2. Online classes
3. Self paced online preparatory course
4. Book heavy approach

Since you have already tried the book heavy approach, I would recommend you to opt for an online course or a private tutor. Because GMAT tests you on some concepts and fundamentals that you can learn from a course. Most of the preparatory companies including ours offer a free trial of our course. You can take the trial and see if the course suits your needs.
 Our course comes with a 50 point score improvement or only back guarantee. This guarantee shows our confidence in our course.
In addition to the preparatory material, buy the Official Guides(both the Official Guide and the Verbal Review), Question Pack 1 and the 4 official mock CATs. They should be an indispensable part of your preparation.

You need close to 3 months to prepare well for the GMAT.
1. Understand the concepts and fundamentals before jumping into problem solving
2. Make sure you solve the official questions from the Official Guide

In addition, try to drill down deep on each problem type:

SC: The questions test various concepts such as S-V agreement, modifiers, parallelism etc. Find out what troubles you.
CR: There might be certain types of questions that are troubling you. May be Assumption, may be conclusion, inference etc.
You need to find that out and then practice them
RC: This again can be drilled down into different types of questions and also different topics. See what questions and topics trouble you the most and then practice accordingly.
Quants: Again try to break the questions in topics such as Algebra, Number system (very important), Geometry, PnC etc.

Also, start preparing an error log and keep a note of all the mistakes you made and the lessons you learnt from the problems. This will ensure you do not make the same mistake again.
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