HOW TO BELL THE CAT in 2017
So you are out looking for a better career option. You’ve just completed your graduation in Humanities, Commerce, Science or engineering…or any other degree, professional or otherwise and now you will have to land yourself a job. You are aware there is cut-throat competition in the job market out there, and you have to better your chances somehow. A Post-graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) or Masters in Business Administration (MBA) is perhaps one of the best choices you can make. Are you sure you want a PGDM/MBA qualification? You do of course but still let’s see what a PGDM/MBA tag can get you. How to crack the CAT in one go in Chennai, we come up with an answer. Following are perhaps the five of the most compelling reasons what a PGDM/MBA can make you:
A PGDM/MBA degree holder stands way above the others in commanding better pay. A graduate from the IIMs or the premier institutes especially get fabulous pay packets.
Better Skills to start your own business
Management schools teach entrepreneurship skills, communication skills and networking skills like no other, equipping students with self-driving tools and knowhow to make their own start-up business and be their own boss.
The two-year grind in a management institute surely refines the person and enhances his/her personality that makes a marked and noticeable difference from the crowd.
Better Career Opportunities
Management graduates have credentials that stand them out, making them better choices of employers.
Better Credibility worldwide
Obviously, a management graduate comes equipped with knowledge and skills for business and has more credibility than ordinary graduates. Moreover the credentials are recognized worldwide, which is why even Indian graduates get plum jobs across the globe.
And of course you’d like to get into one of the IIMs – Indian Institute of Management – or other reputed institutes- if you can. But for that you’ll have to crack the CAT entrance, or the Common Admission Test conducted by the IIMs the score of which are also accepted by a host reputed management institutes like FMS (Faculty of Management Studies), SPJIMR (S.P.Jain Institute of Management and Research), International Management Institute (IMI), Institute of Management Technology (IMT), JBIMS (Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies) and a lot more. The CAT score is the criteria that decides your entry into the PGDM programmes IIMs or associate institutes conduct.
But wait! Don’t you think you’d want to know why, how and when they conduct the CAT entrance? And why would you want an MBA qualification anyway?
The CAT is conducted once a year by the IIMs on rotational basis. The pattern of questions in the 3 hour test consists of multiple and non-multiple choice, designed to gauge the aspirants’ ability, skills and knowledge in three areas/sections:
(a) Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 34 questions
(b) Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) – 32 questions
(c) Quantitative Ability (QA) – 34 questions
The duration of each section is one hour each in this particular order and students cannot switch between sections. Each question carries three marks. Wrong answers in multiple choice questions carry one negative mark.
Scores are distinct in each section and are not correlated. A candidate may score high in one section while in another he/she may not. In all, the score is given in four scales with each section given a percentile ranking and a fourth as the overall score.
The CAT exam is usually conducted in the first week of December and the results declared in the second week of January. The schedule for CAT 2017 (to be convened by IIM Bangalore) is tentatively as follows:
July 4th Week – Release of advertisement
August 2nd week till September 4th week – Online registration
October 2nd week – Admit card download
December 1st week – CAT Exam
January 2nd week – Declaration of results
What you must do to crack the CAT
Cracking the CAT isn’t easy. And there is no substitute to hard work. There were, and still are, many people who’ve done it on their own, studying at home, taking help of whatever study materials they can get in the market. There are others who do it through correspondence courses. These people are a determined lot, a few of them from weaker economic backgrounds. Discipline is the watchword in their daily routine. Coupled with determination, diligence and dedication these qualities are the four D’s of success.
But admittedly, it does make things easier to get guidance through mentors who can provide you with structured methodology so that you remain firmly on track and save time too. For this you’ll need to look for a good CAT coaching institute to enrol into. But there are so many of them in Chennai, like the proverbial needle in the haystack, only they are the haystack! Tough choice indeed. To make it easier for you to choose consider these ten parameters closely:
(i) Popularity – You’ll know by asking around, consulting, talking to alumni etc. (ii) Faculty – What are their credentials? Are they permanent or they keep changing jobs? (iii) Classroom ambience – lights, sounds and comfort level? (iv) Study material and study aids – Regularly updated? Modern gadgets like tabs etc? (v) Batch size – Is it too large, ideally should not be more than 20-25 (vi) Regular Tests – Especially mock tests that simulate real-life tests (vii) Transferability – From one branch to another, or one batch to another (viii) Proximity – Should be near where you live or you waste time unnecessarily (ix) The Administration – To help with forms etc, there’s a lot other things to do besides academics (x) Cost – Courses are expensive, search for affordable fees, some institutes offer discounts. Negotiate.
Of course, there may be other factors which you can consider.
Top 7 CAT coaching Institutes in Chennai
This is the reason we filter for you 7 of the most prominent CAT coaching centres in Chennai. Each of these institutes has its own credentials with its unique mission, vision and style of teaching. It’s up to you however to take advantage of the strategies they offer. Have a look, take your pick. This list is however not an exhaustive one, however, and we advise, please do your own research as well.
BYJU’s classes are delivered by their trainers Byju Ravendran and Santhosh PN through what they call an exclusive qualitative approach CAT Exam Preparation module delivered through regular class programmes and extensive study materials. These programmes covering the entire CAT syllabus are also loaded on tablets in video format enabling students to also learn separately at their own pace and convenience, even without attending live sessions, which suit working professionals.
The trainers provide personalized attention to clear students’ doubts.
Byju’s Classes, 159/160 3rd Floor, Sempurna Towers, Opp. to Joyallukas, North Usman Road, T.Nagar, Parthasarathi Puram, T Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017, India
Phone: +91 92435 00460
IMS is an Institute with 34 years of coaching experience with 90+ centers country-wide. Their motto is to mentor, motivate and guide students on their educational journey till they achieve their purpose. One of the oldest institutions they have trained over 50,000 students. In Chennai they have centres in Adyar, Anna Nagar and Tambaram.
Adyar – Southern part of 2nd Flr, KR Bldg, Old #12A, New #12, LB Road, Adyar, Chennai – 600020
Anna Nagar – 2nd Flr (above BATA), W113, 3rd Ave, Anna Nagar, Roundtana, Chennai – 600040
Ph: 044-42103420 / 42103430 / 9500122124
Tambaram – Old # 9, New # 75, 1st Flr, Shanmugam Street West, Tambaram 600045
MiQ Classes debuted in Bangalore and they have one centre in Adyar, Chennai. The institute’s trainers say they follow a qualitative approach to help students solve the papers in time. The course comes with complete information on CAT preparation and strategies including mock exams for CAT 2017, study materials and special class sheets. The trainers make special attention to exclusive, smart short-cut methods on Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Students have the flexibility to attend any of their centers, which also suit working professionals.
MiQ Classes, “Vantage Plaza” 3B, 3rd Floor, #1, LB Road & MG Road, Adyar, Chennai – 600041
24×7 HELPLINE: +91-99649-71284, +91 99640 94666.
FOR REGISTRATION CONTACT: +91 99640 94666.
Founded by an alumnus from IIM Ahmadabad, the centre has trained over 20,000 students and over 2000 corporate employees since its inception in 1996.
South Usman Road,T-nagar, Chennai 400017
Ph: 044- 42867560/24320029/9841410899
T.I.M.E. is headquartered in Hyderabad but has a pan-India presence, operating out of 240 offices in 114 cities and towns across the country. T.I.M.E.’s guiding principles are to provide highest quality education to students and give them more than they promise. Their fees are reasonable too.
Their eight centres in Chennai are located at Adyar, Anna Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Egmore, Madipakkam, Nungambakkam, Tambaram and Velachery.
044-43500382, 044-43500384, 044-43009797,
VistaMind’s learning programme is to provide focus on each individual and personalised mentoring and guidance on regular basis. Their programs are designed to enhance development in competitive aptitude and core skills through specific tests in Language, Maths, Logic and Data Interpretation with the objective to increase the students’ future employability. VistaMind’s provides excellent faculty, who are alumni from top B-schools and so have the substance to mentor students. Their centres in Chennai are in Adyar, Anna Nagar and Nungambakkam.
Phone: 044 – 4206 8720
2IIM is different. 20% of their course is free. They have options for online preparations, classroom coaching, study material and mock series. They believe in getting fundamentals right the first time for the rest becomes easier.
2IIM focuses on quality rather than quantity, not showing off their knowledge, rather building with the right materials. They update their material regularly. They may push you to levels harder than CAT to acclimatize you to understand ideas better.
2IIM CAT Preparation, 10C Kalinga Colony, Bobbiliraja Salai, K.K.Nagar
Chennai 600 078.
Phone: +91 44 4505 8484
The End game for CAT aspirants
There is status and power in the management arena. All of you CAT aspirants are well aware of its rigours, the pitfalls and the sheer difficulty of it all. Only the best of the best will get to finish line. Get a head start. Join the coaching institutes if you must, but keep in mind, they will inspire you and guide you only as much. Ultimately it is a race that’s to be run by you and you alone.
All the best!!!