CAT Coaching programs

If you are thinking of enrolling in CAT coaching programs, Career Launcher is the name you should trust. With our experience in not just CAT coaching but also in mentoring students through other exams since 1995, you don't have to simply take our word for it. Talk to any of the CL students, who cumulatively received 25,764 IIM calls in CAT 2017.

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:

Exams

While you are going for CAT coaching, it is important for you to stay updated regarding the various MBA entrance exams in India. We have collated important information about the MBA entrance exams to help you understand each exam better during your CAT coaching.

Get detailed information related to all MBA entrance exams held every year. Get MBA exam dates, pattern, application form, result, admit cards, syllabus, selection procedure and all other information.

Not just this, we provide detailed exam analysis, score calculator, and even an exam simulation, on the same day as the entrance exam. So, with CL, it is not just about CAT Coaching. It is about preparing for CAT and the other exams with complete information about the exam you are going for.

B-Schools

Once you have decided to pursue MBA and have decided to join a CAT coaching, you should research and shortlist your target B-schools by knowing everything about their selection procedure and ranking.

We have observed that students pursuing CAT coaching are often not aware about the B-schools right up till the GD-PI season. Therefore, it is important that for a student like you going for CAT coaching to know right from the start regarding the various B-schools.

Over the years, Career Launcher has compiled a detailed repository of B-school related information that will boost your CAT Preparation and CAT coaching. Explore this repository and increase your awareness about the B-schools.

CAT Coaching Study Plans For You

A good CAT Coaching should provide you with a detailed study plan that helps you chart out your path towards your goal. Even if you do not take up a CAT coaching at a coaching institute like Career Launcher, it is important for you to have that CAT coaching study plan in order to independently prepare for CAT at home.

Therefore, we bring to you the recipe of our students' success. That is our CAT Coaching Study Plans. These are the study plans that have stood the test of time and have been used by many students who either took our CAT coaching programs or the ones who chose to study themselves without taking up any CAT coaching.

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Watch videos explaining details of our CAT coaching and test series programs

What makes our CAT coaching programs so loved among the student community is probably the fact that each of our CAT coaching programs has just one objective - the success of the student. Over the years we have made significant improvements in our pedagogy and our course delivery methods. From a classroom coaching to classroom-like live online classes, our CAT coaching offerings cater to different kind of students as well.

In the videos below, we have put together all the things that you need to know about CL's CAT Coaching programs and Test Series. Watch the videos and understand why CL's CAT coaching programs are the first choice of many CAT aspirants.

Tools

Here are some of the widely used tools used by students of our CAT coaching programs over the years. Some of these tools are Career Launcher's AI-driven tools that have shaped the way students think about their CAT preparation. For example, the IIM Profilizer is a tool that maps your profile across the eligibility criteria of the IIMs and tell you which IIMs you can realistically make it to and at what percentile.

The CAT IQ Test is another such tool that gives you an idea of what is your CAT readiness. Many students across various CAT Coaching programs in India, even in CAT Classroom coaching programs come online to utilize our tools. Why don't you try out some of these tools and see how they can help you alongside the CAT coaching?

Articles

CL experts bring to you some of their pearls of wisdom in these articles that will help you while you are taking CAT Coaching. These articles will give you a perspective, a direction and a lot of motivation during your CAT preparation.

Also, these articles will help you choose CAT coaching programs if you haven't taken one yet. So, find some time of your CAT coaching and read through these articles.

CAT Coaching Testimonials

When it comes to Career Launcher's CAT Coaching programs, our students' success is the testimony of the quality of our CAT coaching programs. While selecting a CAT Coaching program it is important to know from the student who have been a part of the program to tell you about it. In your college or your friend circle, you are likely to find many friends that are or have been students of CL's CAT coaching programs. The results of our students make us proud and therefore we bring to you the reasons why we have strong word of mouth for our CAT coaching programs.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about our CAT coaching. These include the fees for CAT coaching, time for CAT coaching, syllabus of CAT and other small and big things regarding our CAT coaching programs.

    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.

    Section

    No. of Questions

    Time Duration

    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

    34

    60 minutes

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

    32

    60 minutes

    Quantitative Ability (QA)

    34

    60 minutes

    Total

    100

    180

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

    Why CAT Coaching

    CAT is one of the most important milestones (if not the most important) for every serious MBA aspirant. There are several success stories of people who have cleared CAT without any CAT Coaching. This influences several aspirants to think about tackling the CAT Exam without CAT Coaching (especially if someone close to them has done the same). However what these aspirants overlook is that these stories are the exception rather than the rule. There are several benefits of signing up for a CAT Coaching which are enumerated below:

    These are some of the benefits that make CAT Coaching a must for most candidates. While there may be exceptions to the rule, the majority of the candidates require the guidance that the CAT Coaching can provide.

    How to choose the best CAT Coaching?

    Students thinking to prepare for CAT and the other MBA entrance exams often find it tough in the beginning to choose a CAT coaching program that is best for them. This problem happens at multiple levels. Firstly, students are often confused between where to take an Online CAT coaching program or Offline CAT Coaching program.

    While we will not be able to answer which is the best CAT coaching program without being biased (obviously), we can always help you understand what are the parameters that make a CAT coaching program truly great.

    Therefore, here is a list of a few important things basis which you should evaluate the CAT coaching programs.

    1. Past Results

    This is a parameter that has a direct relation with the success of the CAT coaching program. What has been the results of that CAT coaching program in the past? If a CAT coaching program has consistently produced exceptional results, you can be sure that you are at the right place.
    However, you need to be cautious when you are looking at such claims. Always ask and ensure that the results are audited by a trusted third-party audit firm. All such claims made by CL are audited by such firms.

    2. Faculty

    This is one aspect which if ignored can make all the difference. Here you need to ensure that most of the faculty in the CAT Coaching program that you choose is from the best of the B-Schools such as IIMs, MDI, XLRI etc.
    Most of the times even that is not enough. Is the faculty actually taking the CAT themselves year on year? Because if not then you are likely to encounter faculty that are good but not relevant.
    It is also important for the faculty to be approachable. The faculty at the CAT Coaching centers would help you to understand concepts and practice relevant questions for CAT and you also get to get your doubts cleared by the CAT experts themselves in your CAT Coaching.

    3. Mode of Study (Online vs. Offline)

    Various programs are available for CAT Coaching in offline as well as online mode. Those living near the center and can attend weekday/weekend classes during the day should opt for an Classroom CAT Coaching program while, the working professionals or those who cannot travel and attend classes during the day should opt for Online CAT Coaching programs.
    There are various online CAT Coaching options also available that an aspirant can choose from such as early morning batch (7:00am-9:00am) or a night batch (9:30pm-11:30pm) as well as Mid-day online batches etc. Depending on your time constraints, you can pick a program that suits your schedule best.

    4. Fees

    Fees of various CAT Coaching programs varies approximately between 20,000- 65,000/-. You should pick a program that compliments your needs and the price of the program should not be deterrence or hindrance to your CAT Coaching as the returns would definitely be higher.

    5. Your Comfort Level

    Finally, ensure that the CAT Coaching program suits your comfort level. It should at an easy travel distance. You must visit the center and take a demo class to get a feel of the pedagogy and faculty at the CAT Coaching center.

    About CL's CAT Coaching

    An MBA degree gives you the knowledge, skills and the perspective that is difficult, if not impossible, to get with work experience alone.

    No wonder if there is one educational qualification which is the most common among all CXOs, it is some sort of management degree.

    Invest in your future by starting your MBA exam preparation today. Don't let the lack of formal management education be the glass ceiling in your professional career!

    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 Aspiration.ai , 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.