Top Factors to Analyze before Selecting a CAT Coaching Institute

March 22, 2019

Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most competitive and toughest exams in India. CAT entrance exam is for all the aspirants who aim to make a career in management and business administration (MBA). CAT examination is conducted on a rotational basis by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). The CAT score is considered for admission by most of the top B-schools across India apart from IIMs. With the increasing young population, the competition gets tougher. Therefore students are always in a dilemma regarding the coaching institute they need to choose for the CAT test.


Here are some of the top factors that you need to analyze before selecting a CAT coaching institute:


1. Time and Location

Time is always the most important thing. It should always be the first priority. It becomes difficult to manage time if you are a working professional as it is compulsory to attend regular coaching classes.  So the routine should be made by keeping the time slot in mind.

Location of the coaching institute also plays a major role. A nearby location can save a lot of time if you need to commute regularly during the preparation period. So, if time and location are your major concerns, you can check and compare the timing and schedules of the online coaching classes offered by many Prep players. If you are completely dedicated to CAT during the next six month, you can afford to spend the time required for off-line coaching classes. Still, compare between the online and offline classes to find your suitable option considering time and location factor.  Online classes also offer the flexibility of timings. 


2. Check the Basics

You must be very sure regarding the number of classes, topics, batch size, and availability of doubt-clarification, sessions and courses module. It is very important for the CAT candidates to understand the pattern and format of the CAT exam.

You may collect a brief detail of various coaching classes around you and finally choose the one which helps you in maintaining your daily routine. You can also take offline feedback from your friends and can gather information regarding the same. You should also check the weather the coaching Institute have full-length Mock Tests and can it provide the same to you timely? Would the test series be in accordance with the CAT examination pattern? Answers to these questions must be sought and well analyzed before selecting the right coaching.


3. Affordability

The coaching fee always plays an important role while selecting an organization. Therefore it is very important to check the affordability or else it may lead to time waste.  It is not compulsory that the high fee means high quality always. The fee may be charged higher because of the brand also. Therefore you should check the institute history before joining it.


4. Reputation and Available Experts

There might be various build-ups on the website of the institution which might fool you. Therefore it is very important to physically enquire about the reputation of the organization. Aspirants must also check the qualification, background, and experience of the teachers of working in the coaching centre.


5. Is it a Franchise or a Company Owned Centre?

It will be better if you always stick to a company owned centre. As a franchise centre may be self-owned or maybe a partnership of one or two people. So, it might be difficult for them to handle if any crisis arises. Again, a franchise institute depends more on people than process. So try to avoid such unwanted problem which may lead to time waste. On the other hand, a company will be able to handle a crisis in a much better way as they may not face any staffing issue like the franchise. So play safe.

Yes, I agree that the success of a candidate very much depends upon the selection of a coaching centre. But it doesn’t mean that a good institute will promise you 100% success because hard work and success go hand in hand.


Courtesy: Higher Education Review

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