CAT Coaching programs

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Whatever may be your CAT preparation stage, whichever may be your preferred learning delivery mode, wherever you may be located, Career Launcher has got you covered. Choose from the below bouquet of CAT coaching programs, depending on your preferred style and stage:


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Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of Common Admission Test (CAT) exam is to evaluate the aspirants' business acumen based on topics like Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The exam is conducted by the IIMs for admission into their business management programs. A computer-based test, CAT is held once every year in November.

Depending on the key features and duration of the course provided, the fees vary. Right from INR 8,000 for courses like the ones which provide recorded classes, it can go up to around INR 70,000 for comprehensive long term classroom courses. However, there are always discounts available on the payment of fees. Both long term and short term classes are provided in all the best coaching centers.

Generally, the duration of CAT coaching should be anywhere between 10-12 months. The preparation can be done through different types of courses such as the classroom program, live online classes, or recorded classes also students prefer to do self-study by taking up the Books & Materials.

You should start preparing for CAT around 10-12 months before the exam. However, you can still crack the CAT if you prepare fiercely in an even shorter amount of time. CAT draws the highest number of test takers in Indian management entrance exams, hence, the competition is very stiff. Since every aspirant will be preparing their best, therefore it is important to start early to stay ahead.

Here are the five ways how you can kickstart your CAT preparation without coaching:

  • Familiarize yourself with the paper pattern, syllabus, etc
  • Get your basics right - work on solidifying the fundamental concepts
  • Write consistent online mock tests in the proctored format, from day 1 itself
  • Iron out any areas of weakness with revision and practice
  • Maintain your perseverance, confidence, and motivation

The CAT score required varies as per the category of the student. If you are a General Category candidate, you will require a 96%ile to secure a call from at least one IIM. If you are an OBC candidate, then you would require around 92%ile to get at least one IIM call. For a SC/ST candidate, this goes down to as low as 77%ile to get an IIM call.

Apart from that, each IIM has a certain shortlisting criterion which takes into consideration your past academic scores (10th/12th/Graduation), CAT Score, Work Experience, and Diversity. These scores are combined to calculate a composite score for shortlisting the students for WAT-PI round.

In the simplest of words, the CAT syllabus comprises nothing beyond the 10th Std. To get a thorough understanding of the syllabus, the best way is to go through previous year papers. The official CAT 2019 syllabus comprises of three sections-

Sections Main Topics
Quantitative Aptitude Arithmetic, Number System, Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Time and Work
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Tables, Graphs
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Para-jumbles & para-summary, sentence completion, inferences, RC passages based questions.

To be eligible for CAT, candidates should hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA. There is a 5% marks relaxation for reserved categories belonging to Scheduled Tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC), and Persons with Disability (PWD) or Differently Abled (DA).

Students appearing for their final year of graduation/waiting for the results are also eligible to sit for the exam. However, on getting selected, he/she must submit a certificate from the Principal or Registrar acknowledging the same.

CAT 2019 registration fee is likely to be INR 2000 per applicant. The registration for CAT exam is expected to begin by the first week of August, 2019. The IIM that conducts the exam is chosen on a rotational basis every year, and this year, IIM Kozhikode will be conducting the exam. CAT 2019 is expected to be held in the last week of November and the exam pattern and duration are also expected to remain the same as last year.

CAT doesn’t have a ‘syllabus’, per se. It’s a very generalized pattern which test you on Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. Yet, despite the absence of an official syllabus, the pattern has remained the same over the years.
Most CAT questions are based on Mathematics and English topics from middle school level. While knowing the detailed structure of the syllabus is important, a general overview of the syllabus is equally important as well. CAT 2019 syllabus is expected to have the following section division:

Sections Main Topics
Quantitative Aptitude Arithmetic, Number System, Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Time and Work
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Tables, Graphs
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Para-jumbles & para-summary, sentence completion, inferences, RC passages based questions.

6-8 months of preparation is enough for your CAT preparation if you devote a few hours for your preparation every day. If your fundamentals are weak, then you should spend the first 4 weeks to solidify your basics. Here are few steps in attempt to help fuel your 6 months CAT preparation plan:

  • Get a strong grip on the Quantitative topics; solve all of your CL Funda books within 30-50 days.
  • As a beginner, make it a habit of solving a minimum of 2 RC questions a day. You can gradually increase the number of questions over time.
  • Solve LR and DI on a regular basis. If it’s your first time preparing for CAT, prepare question-type wise.
  • Start taking mock tests from the first day of your preparation itself. This will help you benchmark your preparation right from the start.
  • Make sure to analyse your mocks in detail.
  • Keep a positive mindset, be your own inspiration, and never give up.

While CAT is necessary if you wish to get into the IIMs and other premier B-Schools, CAT is not the only entrance exam to get into a B-school. Apart from CAT, the other MBA entrance exams are:

CAT exam is held once a year, usually in the last week of November.

The fee of all the 20 IIMs is as given below in the table

IIM Ahmedabad

INR 21 Lakhs

IIM Calcutta

INR 20 Lakhs

IIM Bangalore

INR 21 Lakhs

IIM Lucknow

INR 16 Lakhs

IIM Indore

INR 16 Lakhs

IIM Kozhikode

INR 18.5 Lakhs

IIM Shillong

INR 13 Lakhs

IIM Ranchi

INR 15.1 Lakhs

IIM Trichy

INR 14 Lakhs

IIM Rohtak

INR 14 Lakhs

IIM Raipur

INR 14 Lakhs

IIM Kashipur

INR 14 Lakhs

IIM Udaipur

INR 14 Lakhs

IIM Vizag

INR 12 Lakhs

IIM Nagpur

INR 11.5 Lakhs

IIM Amritsar

INR 11 Lakhs

IIM Sirmaur

INR 14.34 Lakhs

IIM Sambalpur

INR 10 Lakhs

IIM Jammu

INR 12.91 Lakhs

IIM Bodh Gaya

INR 10.6 Lakhs

No, there are no age limitations or restrictions for writing CAT. The basic eligibility standards for CAT exam by the IIMs are:

  • Candidates should hold a graduation degree certificate with 50% marks.
  • Candidates in the final year of graduation/awaiting results are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates outside India but fulfilling CAT Eligibility Criteria are eligible to apply.


No. of Questions

Time Duration

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)


60 minutes

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)


60 minutes

Quantitative Ability (QA)


60 minutes




Physical calculators are not allowed in the exam hall while writing the exam. However, an onscreen calculator will be provided.

About CL's CAT Coaching

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Career Launcher's CAT Coaching programs are amongst the finest in the industry. Since 1995, Career Launcher has been successfully launching and managing CAT coaching programs to satiate the needs of all aspirants striving to crack CAT and other MBA entrance exams.

CL's CAT coaching programs and training modules, designed and developed over these years, have led us to great results year-on-year. Our pedagogy lays utmost focus on conceptual clarity, hence, strengthening the students' core knowledge, and most importantly, his aptitude. Beyond this, our programs are the best guides for the students during the subsequent stages of B-school admissions' process, i.e. Group Discussions and Interviews.

CL offers an expansive array of CAT coaching programs to suit the needs of every category of MBA aspirants. Be it the CAT Coaching Classes or the online learning programs, each one is a complete and comprehensive package.

The Classroom Program not only prepares the student for CAT, but also, for other MBA entrance exams, such as XAT, IIFT, TISSNET, SNAP, etc. Beside strengthening the problem solving skills and logic, our CAT coaching programs also prepare the candidate to showcase his talent during placements, interviews and GD-PIs; thereby, helping him move closer to his career goals. The top advantage of any of our classroom CAT coaching program is the personal mentorship of an able faculty. Additionally, the program comes with our MBA Books and Materials, which is rated as one of the most comprehensive set of study material for CAT preparation in the CAT coaching industry.

The MBA Residential is an intensive, full-time MBA coaching program that gives 100 students an opportunity to interact 24*7 with our Connaught Place, Delhi center faculty; the team which sends the highest number of candidates to IIMs and NLUs every year. The program is based out of our Greater Noida campus that provides additional benefits such as round-the-clock doubt-solving, library and sport facilities, group study and peer-learning, and Personality Development sessions. All of this, so you can forget worrying about your accommodation, transport, and safety and focus only on realizing your dream of getting into a top B-school.

The CAT Online Classes Program is our latest pursuit in imparting guidance to the aspirants who cannot visit a CL center due to any personal or professional reason. The program is driven by the best faculty comprising of legendary CL Gurus and other top mentors from all over India including Gautam Puri, Shivku, and Gautam Bawa among others. This CAT coaching program is available in day (7 to 9 a.m.) and night (9:30 to 11:30 p.m.) batches so can prepare at a convenient time from the comforts of your home.

Our renowned Smart CAT Cracker is an online program that allows aspirants to learn the smartest ways of solving trickiest of problems in the form of CAT questions that might come their way. A compilation of 275+ videos of the Smart CAT Cracker helps the students add an edge to their CAT preparation.

Additionally, Our CAT Test Series, Non-CAT Test Series and Test Gym provide an extremely conducive environment for an aspirant to test their CAT preparation and practice at their own pace.

Test Gym offers over 7,500 practice questions that are topic wise segregated. CL's Test Series is considered to be the closest mock to the actual CAT paper. Both, CAT and Non-CAT Test Series provide sufficient number of practice tests for each exam. Each CL student is equipped with online exam resources as part of our , which includes Test Gym, Word of the Day, GK Updates and a lot more. Our mobile apps take your learning with you, wherever you are.

It is our pursuit to keep you updated about everything happening in the world of MBA exam preparation. To stay updated, it is suggested to visit our website, GPkaFunda and the CL Exam Blog on a regular basis.

At Career Launcher, our focus is only on you. The success of our students over the years is a testimony for the same.