T.I.M.E. offers top class training for CAT and other MBA entrance exams. It's a one-stop shop for your preparation to get into top B-Schools. The course T.I.M.E. offers takes care of your preparation for the written exam as well as your preparation for the subsequent stages of Group Discussions, Written Ability Test (WAT/Essay) and Personal or Group Interviews. T.I.M.E.'s training programme for CAT is tailor-made to prepare you for CAT as well as other entrance exams like XAT, SNAP,NMAT,MAT, IIFT, etc. In states where there are state-specific CETs, T.I.M.E. offers separate courses for students who want to prepare only for the CETs
The classroom programme for CAT is the most preferred choice for thousands of MBA aspirants every year. The programme is designed to take you from the basic concepts to the advanced CAT level problems, focussing side by side on each area of preparation including the written test, form filling, GWPI and OMET preparation. The following section takes you through the training methodology in a step-by-step manner.
T.I.M.E.’s Training Methodology
Concepts training: Helps you develop the basic knowledge and skills for various areas that are tested in CAT and other management entrance tests. The fundamental concepts are taught in relevant detail. Each session, apart from the regular chalk & board teaching, is supplemented by a discussion on handout papers, and the ‘Study Material booklets’. This gives students a good exposure on a variety of problems and helps them in developing conceptual clarity at the root level. Special assistance is also given to non-mathematics students to help them improve their quantitative skills.
Doubt Sessions and other sessions/seminars: The classroom students have the privilege to attend the doubt sessions conducted by the T.I.M.E. centres on a regular basis. The students can ask their subject related doubts in these sessions. If a student is weak in a particular area, then the faculty also helps her/him in understanding the concept in greater detail for more clarity.
Apart from this, sessions like B-School counselling, Test-taking strategies seminars, Achievers’ Meet, etc are also conducted to help and motivate the students.
Student Home Page: This is an online repository of all your sectional tests, full length tests, AIMCATs, GWPI Briefcase, etc. It is a personal study resource for the students where they can take various tests and have a detailed analysis on the same.
Topic-wise Videos: The student can also find the videos on basic concepts on the SHP. The videos are very useful as they cover a good number of examples, and beneficial for those students who want to revise the concepts or summarise them what they learnt during their classroom sessions.
Section-wise Testing: This module helps you achieve thoroughness in individual test areas and is delivered in an online practice test format. They contain over 9000 questions across Verbal, Logical Reasoning, DI, and Quantitative Ability areas. A certain number of tests are uploaded every month with the suggestion that you complete these tests as soon as they are uploaded. The tests are classified into the following:
- Foundation Tests: These are generally based on a single topic. Students who want more practice on a particular topic can write these tests and have a detailed performance analysis post that.
- Intermediate Tests: These tests are designed by clubbing multiple topics from a broader common area e.g., topics like Time & Distance, Time & Work, Percentages, etc from Arithmetic are combined to test the student’s understanding on this. This again, is followed by a detailed performance analysis.
- Advanced Tests: These types of tests are full fledged tests where the questions can be from any area. These are time bound tests as the actual sections in CAT are.
Comprehensive Testing: Here you are tested and evaluated with a large number of test papers modeled along the lines of recent CAT papers. This would help you identify your strengths and areas of improvement for your CAT test.
- Self Administered Mock CATs(SAMCATs - 25 nos.): These tests are the replica of past papers and are made available to the students on their SHP. The students can take these tests at any time of her/his convenience.
All India Mock CATs (AIMCATs – 25 nos.): AIMCATs are arguably the most popular Mock CAT series across the nation. The unique number of test takers during the peak season may hit as high as 70,000, which gives the students a fair amount of idea in benchmarking their performance against the rest in the country. Apart from this, each question is followed by a detailed text and video solution, which is a unique feature of AIMCATs. The faculty also discusses, for a few AIMCATs the ideal strategy to attempt them.
The AIMCATs are conducted both in Invigilated mode and Non-Invigilated mode. Unlike SAMCATs, the AIMCATs are conducted over a period of two day or four day window depending upon the mode in which it is conducted. The AIMCATs are so close to the actual exam that the actual performance of a student in CAT, in most of the cases is almost the same as in AIMCATs. All in all, AIMCATs are the best bet for a serious candidate to help him gauge and fine tune his performance.
Training for Other Exams: Our CAT Course also prepares you for various other management entrance tests like XAT, SNAP, IIFT, NMAT, MAT conducted by various B-schools across the country. Institute specific classes and about 34 tests (OMETs - Other Management Entrance Tests) prepare you completely to excel in these exams as well.
Workshops/special sessions on specific topics like Decision Making, Higher Mathematics, etc, which are a part of some OMETs are also conducted to help the students.
Essay, GD & Interview training: This is provided in two modules, to help you prepare for the final stage in the selection process.
Module I: Foundation and practice sessions with individual and group feedback.
Module II: Extensive practice sessions, including mock Interviews and a series of GK lectures for the students shortlisted for the GWPI round of B-school selection. The sesisons are conducted by the alumni of IITs, IIMs, and other premier B-Schools of India. This helps the students in understanding the process in much better way, especially from those who themselves went through such a process earlier. Thorough feedback is provided by the faculty members to help you optimise on your prospects.
Classroom Preparation Vs Online preparation
Given the easy and cheap access to the internet these days, one would naturally want to understand which of the two options is useful.
Let us look at different factors that are required for one to successfully crack CAT and see how the two options fare on them.
|S.No||Parameter to evaluate||T.I.M.E. Classroom Program||Internet based preparation|
|1||Doubt clarification||Immediate Doubt clarification by the faculty in the classes||No one available to turn to for doubt clarification|
|2||Multiple approaches to problems||Multiple approaches to the same problem would be explored wherever possible.||This is subjective to the quality of the mateial available on the internet which is unreliable in most cases|
|3||Material quality||Comprehensive and up-to-date material is provided on which one can completely rely on.||Dated material which would most likely be out-of-sync with the current entrance exam scenario|
|4||Workshop sessions||Workshop sessions across test areas will boost the knowledge levels of the students and sharpen their approach to problem solving.||Not possible|
|5||Guidance and Mentoring||Constant guidance and mentoring by highly experienced faculty. No need to depend on half-baked and potentially biased info from the internet fora/groups||Not possible|
|6||Being in touch with the MBA-related happenings||Constant updates about the happenings in the MBA entrance arena, B-school Placements, B_school rankings etc||Not possible|
|7||Guidance on B-school applications||Guidance on B-school applications is provided based on the students performance track record to increase the chances of getting into a good B-school by spending the optimum amount on B-school application fee.||Not possible|
|8||Inputs for the 2nd Phase of selection||Unparallelled Group Discussion, Essay-writing and Interview inputs||Not possible|
|9||Disciplined and planned preparation||Having classes to attend will build a strict routine, enabling students to plan their preparation better, keeping in mind the other requirements like their graduation exams/office work etc.||Availability of material at our beck and call tends to increase a tendency to postpone preparation till the last few weeks by when it would be too late for even a very serious effort to bear fruit.|
|10||What to prepare on?||Our carefully designed courses take the right sequence of topics to the students to ensure appropriate exposure and understanding and also to ensure that the students do not feel overwhelmed.||Lack of any guidance may cause the student to spend time on inappropriate topics at the wrong time, thereby wasting valuable prep-time.|
|11||Learning from Peers||Learning from fellow aspirants in the class during class discussions with the faculty and among the students outside the class. This is one of the major advantages of a classroom program.||Not possible|
It exactly for these reasons that T.I.M.E. has consistently been able to send over 2500 students to the IIMs year after year!! Keeping these in mind, one can, without any doubt, say that a classroom program is the most preferable over any other program, but for cases where the program is not available in one's location. In such case, please refer to our Correspondence/Online programs here.
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