Top training institutes, coaching classes for CAT in India

Top training institutes, coaching classes for CAT in India
List of top training institutes that offer coaching classes as classroom programs and as correspondence course for CAT, XAT, FMS, IIFT and other MBA entrance exams in India.

Ascent Education’s 2IIM – CAT Classes
An IIM Alumni venture, Ascent Education offers classroom coaching for CAT in Chennai and a comprehensive correspondence course for CAT. The institute also conducts Mock CATs and GD, PI training.

Career Forum
Headquartered in Pune, Career Forum is a training institute that offers training program for CAT, XAT and other MBA entrance exams in 6 cities.

Career Launcher (CL)
Headquartered in Delhi, Career Launcher is a training insitute for CAT with a nationwise presence. Offers its Pegasus program for CAT and other MBA entrance exam preparation.

IMS Learning Resources Pvt Ltd
One of the oldest coaching classes for CAT, XAT, CET and other Indian MBA entrance exams. Based out of Mumbai, IMS offers courses in over 50 cities in India. Offers both classroom and correspondence course for CAT.

Triumphant Institute of Management Education Pvt Ltd (T.I.M.E)
An IIM, XLRI alumni venture headquartered at Hyderabad offers classroom coaching for CAT, XAT, MCA, Engineering Entrance and wide range of entrance exams in various cities and towns in India.

How to select right Coaching for CAT or MBA exams

The first thig which one looks for if they are giving CAT for the first time is which coaching institute to join.
Usually people join one among the big ones like TIME, IMS or CL depending on

1) Which is nearest to their place
2) What their friends are joining
3) How many students have successfull cracked CAT from that coaching.

There are various types of coaching institutes and the only thing common is they all promise you success. Every year, the Indian Institutes of Management churn out more than one thousand five hundred graduates. The past ten years would alone have seen some ten thousand IIM-certified MBAs entering the market. So take all the claims as good examples of marketing and pick through what works for you best.

The types of coaching institutes are: -

Mass Coaching Institutes – They admit everyone, charge a fee and use a combination of classroom and written material. This approach is a relatively less-risky approach, as most people would want to join institutes that claim to have hundreds of success stories over the years. Remember what matters is your own success and the student needs just one seat in the right MBA institute. Try and check the percentage success rate of the institute as in how many candidates successful as a percentage of the total seats admitted. If you have specific weaknesses in one of the individual sections mentioned above, you can go in for specialized coaching.

Specialized Coaching – Generally, mathematics or numerical ability is one area where people prefer specialized coaching as this is the skill that basically needs to be re-learnt as the exams are of the level of high-school mathematics but need to be done in accuracy as possible. Specialized coaching institutes generally conduct exams to offer a limited number of seats, and this is also because they are unable to provide educational infrastructure for all

Postal Coaching for Written Exams – The need for postal coaching is because it is relatively less expensive and also offers you flexibility to set your own pace.

Coaching Only for Group Discussions / Interviews – Once cleared with your exams, you can go in for polishing your soft-skills and hone your initial impressions by attending these coaching programs.

Using More Than One Institute / Coaching Material – An optimized approach works best, as each coaching institute’s curriculum has its own strength and weakness. Some institutes are very good for English Comprehension Skills while others are better for Mathematics-related studies. The best approach is a hybrid-approach which uses sample papers from previous years, study materials from more than one institute and mock tests. To cut down on expenses, you can form a study group that shares study material. It is best if you take in a lot of feedback from ex-students of coaching institutes to spot the relative merits and demerits of each one. This is best done if you take time on this activity as it is important and maybe even crucial for eventual success.

What to do :-

1)  What you can do as an aspirant is get to know few students who are studying in these clases before joining one.

2) There is huge difference for the same coaching institute from city to city and sometimes place to place.

3) If you don’t know anyone then go around some forum (Cat4mba, totalgadha, pagalguy,  solidgyan etc) for CAT and you always ask people there about the coaching institute.

4) Join atleast 2 test series and analyze the test after giving them, which will let you know more about strength weakness and stratagy.

5) For solving quant which is usually the nemesis for most of the people writing CAT, try soom books like QA by Nisit k. sinha or QA by Arun Sharma. Both these books are great.

I think all these will help in makin a more informed choice before joining any coaching than just joining for the sake of it. Choose the right business school, focus on those exams, and choose one or multiple coaching methods as customized to your own need and self-assessment. This will be the first and one of the most crucial decisions for your entrance preparations. Above all, work diligently and at a steady pace, and success will only be an exam away.

How to prapare for CAT exam

As the exam nears, you will need to create a plan to help you study effectively and minimize stress. The first step is to figure out how much time and effort you must dedicate to studying for the exam by asking the following questions:

  • How much material do you need to cover?
  • How difficult is the material?
  • How much time is available?
  • Do you have any other priorities during the study period?
  • What is the format of the exam?
  • How important is the exam?
  • What is your performance target for the exam?

Here are some tips to follow in creating your study plan:

  • budget your time realistically;
  • allocate the study time into several manageable study sessions;
  • divide the course material into small segments and assign them to the study sessions;
  • set clear and specific goals for the study sessions;
  • prioritize to ensure that material weighted more heavily in the exam gets sufficient study time;
  • take into account your familiarity with the material and the difficulty level;
  • don’t make the study sessions too long;
  • study sessions should have enough variety in terms of topics and activities to prevent boredom and loss of effectiveness;
  • avoid cramming before the exam; and
  • Don’t forget to include regular breaks.

Knowing the course material is necessary but not sufficient to guarantee success on the exam – you also need to be able to communicate the answers effectively under exam conditions. Practice using sample questions in the same format as the exam and answer them in a simulated test environment. The sample questions can be sourced from old exams and assignments, which are often similar from year to year with small changes. Even though you are only practicing, it is better to write full answers to the questions so you can work through the entire thought process.

Coachings are helpful for Cat. They will teach you some shortcut methods and you will get chance to appear in Mock Cats. It is tough to say for best coaching. It completely depends on faculty. Before joining any coaching classes, first consult to students who are already joined.

So doing, one time hard work will make your fortune. What is your attitude………….

If any further question come in your mind, plz drop in comments. I will try best for you dear

CAT exam preparation tips

Few tips from my side to crack the Cat-

1- If you are doing your Graduation than start preparing from second year of graduation.

2- If you completed Graduation and ready to give the Cat in next coming November, Prepare ar least 10-14 hours daily and seriously.

3- Minimum 10 hours study required before the 6 months of Cat exams.

4- Minimum 10,000 Vocabulary (new databank) required to prepare.

5- Daily two hours required to study newspapers and Editorials. (English)

6- Read at least two magazines, one novel each week.

7- Try for the shortcuts of mathematics. Calculations must be strong.

8- See any type of graph in any where you find, try to interpret that as fast as possible.

9- Change your attitude. Make one decision strictly. And only try for right decision or don’t answer in case of ambiguity.

10- Read whatever you love. But try to read on different subjects articles.

11- Before three months of Cat, Daily solve one set of available question paper.

12- Try to make logical sense everywhere.

13- Try to solve calculations mentally.

IIFT 2009 Paper : Expected Cutoffs

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, IIFT exams went smoothly. The examination was of 2 hours with 122 questions divided into four sections:

  • General Awareness 20 questions, 0.4 marks each
  • Quantitative Ability: 28 questions, 1 mark each
  • Verbal Ability: RC (15 questions 1 mark each) + Verbal (25 questions, 0.6 marks each)
  • Logical Reasoning  &  DI: 34 questions 1 mark each

IIFT 2009 has sectional cutoff.

The negative marking = 1/3 of the marks of a question.

According to survey, the DI cases were difficult and lengthy and RC was comparitively easy. Quants was on bit difficult, but some of the questions were doable especially in the mensuration section which were quite direct.



37 should get you an IIFT Delhi call.
33 should get you an IIFT Kolkata call.

The paper did talk about sectional cutoffs… In my opinion they would be on the lines of:

Maths – 6
DI – 8
GK – 2.5
English – 10


Analyis by MBATutes

  • Quant Sectional Cut-offs should be no higher than 5-6 marks.
  • DI/LR cut-off should be no higher than 5.5-6.5 marks.
  • GK cut-off should be no higher than 1.3-2.0 marks
  • English cut-off should be no less than 8 marks.

Overall – 32-35 for IIFT, Delhi; 28-32 for IIFT, Kolkata

IIFT 2009 Answer Key

IIFT 2009 exam held on 22nd November 2009′s anwer key will be published here very soon…keep checking.

IIFT Answer Key

IIFT 2009 Paper Analysis and CutOff:

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, IIFT exams went smoothly. The examination was of 2 hours with 122 questions divided into four sections:

  • General Awareness 20 questions, 0.4 marks each
  • Quantitative Ability: 28 questions, 1 mark each
  • Verbal Ability: RC (15 questions 1 mark each) + Verbal (25 questions, 0.6 marks each)
  • Logical Reasoning & DI: 34 questions 1 mark each

IIFT 2009 has sectional cutoff.

The negative marking = 1/3 of the marks of a question.

According to survey, the DI cases were difficult and lengthy and RC was comparitively easy. Quants was on bit difficult, but some of the questions were doable especially in the mensuration section which were quite direct.


37 should get you an IIFT Delhi call.
33 should get you an IIFT Kolkata call.

The paper did talk about sectional cutoffs… In my opinion they would be on the lines of:

Maths – 6
DI – 8
GK – 2.5
English – 10


Analyis by MBATutes

  • Quant Sectional Cut-offs should be no higher than 5-6 marks.
  • DI/LR cut-off should be no higher than 5.5-6.5 marks.
  • GK cut-off should be no higher than 1.3-2.0 marks
  • English cut-off should be no less than 8 marks.

Overall – 32-35 for IIFT, Delhi; 28-32 for IIFT, Kolkata