The CAT(Common Admission Test conducted by
the IIMs) is the entrance exam for more than 160 management institutes across
India, including the 13 IIMs. The competition in this exam is very stiff as the
best brains in the country compete for the limited seats in the IIMs and other
prestigious colleges. The questions in CAT assess your conceptual clarity and
can be quite tricky. Therefore, you need systematic practice and well-honed
skills to be able to do well in this test.
CAT 2009 marked the start of a new era, that of the
computer-based CAT. However, the content and difficulty level of the exam
remained the same as before. CAT 2011 has changed the very pattern of CAT by
introducing sectional timings of 70 minutes per section and having only 2
sections, instead of 3 sections as was the trend in previous years' CAT. Let’s
look at the test pattern of CAT and other national level MBA entrance tests.
While T.I.M.E.'s training programme is
tailor-made for CAT, it will also help you to prepare for other entrance exams
like XAT, IIFT, SNAP, NMAT, ATMA and MAT.
As you may be aware, T.I.M.E., founded and
professionally run by graduates from IIMs, IITs and XLRI, is the foremost
institute in the field of training and counseling, with wide experience and an
excellent track record. It gives you the best training for CAT.
T.I.M.E. offers a structured and focused
training programme to help you crack CAT and other premier management entrance
exams. The training includes Class Room Coaching, Quality Study Material, Test
Papers, Comprehensive tests, All India MOCK CATs (AIMCATs), Seminars,
Personalized Counseling, Doubt clearing sessions and more. Complete details of
what we offer are provided below.
a. Super long-term course: The
duration of this course is 12 - 15 months. This course is ideal for students in
their pre-final year of graduation.
course: The duration of the course is 5 - 12 months.
offers the crash course at two different points of time:
a) During the months
of May/June/July, when most of the colleges have holidays, for those students
who cannot join the regular course on account of non-availability of a T.I.M.E. centre at the place where they
(*Crash courses are offered in select cities only. Please check
with the specificT.I.M.E. centre you
have in mind.)
b) 2 - 3 months before CAT exam.
AIMCAT series: Ideal for the students who have
previously prepared for CAT and would like to keep up with the competition. This
package consists of 20 All India Mock CATs (AIMCATs) with comprehensive online
GD/Interview module:Students who opt for courses a, b or c under 1 will get this module as
an integral part of the course. This course is offered in the months of Jan/Feb/March -
soon after the results of the entrance tests are declared.
Courses 1 & 2 will run till the CAT exam.
T.I.M.E. 's courses start from the basics -
reading skill improvement, vocabulary improvement, calculation speed
improvement, basics of Mathematics, GD & Interview basics. This gives you
the much needed grounding in basics and thereby enables you to develop the
skills to tackle complex and difficult questions. The training will, by and
large, also take care of your preparation for MBA CET (Common entrance test)
conducted by different states. CET aspirants can join T.I.M.E. 's Mock test series (for CET) for
What T.I.M.E. offers
T.I.M.E. has a large, experienced and dedicated team of
doctorates, post-graduates and graduates from IITs, IIMs, XLRI and various other
premier institutes in the country.
The courseware ensures comprehensive coverage
of all basic concepts, solved examples, shortcuts and strategies to help you
improve your performance. The test papers of previous years are studied and on
the basis of this research, study material and test papers are prepared so that
you get the best possible material for your preparation. Our courseware is
acknowledged by students as the best in the country, and the most up-to-date. No
other institute can match us in giving such focused and well-structured course
The course is comprised of six
1. Basic Training: Helps you
develop basic knowledge and skill levels for various areas that are tested in
CAT and other management entrance tests. The fundamental concepts are taught in
great detail. Special assistance is available to non-mathematics students to
help them improve their quantitative skills.
2.Section-wise Testing: This module tests,
evaluates and helps you hone your skills through individual test papers and
helps you achieve thoroughness in each individual test area. You will be able to
identify the sections and areas that you are weak in and understand how to
improve your performance in these areas.
Online Sectional Tests The online practice
test module comprises of around 150 sectional tests across
Verbal, Logic Reasoning, DI, and Quantitative areas. These tests help you get a
feel of an online test environment. A certain number of tests are uploaded every
month with the suggestion that you complete these tests as soon as they are
- Basic Tests
- Cover basic concepts in one area
- Each test contains 15 questions
- There are 10 tests in each section
- Intermediate Tests
- Test 2 to 3 areas together
- Each test contains 15 questions
- There are 10 tests in each section
- Advanced Tests –
- At the AIMCAT level
- Each test contains 30 questions
- There are 15 tests in each section
Evaluation: Here you are tested and evaluated with a large number of
comprehensive test papers modeled along the lines of recent CAT papers. This
would give you an indication of where you stand and help you develop your
strategy to tackle CAT.
Mock CATS (MCs - 15 in all)
- 2 - Paper & Pencil Test conducted in class or given as a part of the
Take Home Package.
CAT REPLICA TESTS (CRTs - 10 in all)
These are full length tests, modeled along the lines of recent CAT
exams. They help you learn to implement effective time management skills and
assess your performance.
- 09 - Online
- 1 - Paper & Pencil Test conducted in class
4.All-India Mock CATs (AIMCATs): 20 AIMCATs
are conducted on an all-India basis, replicating the format and the environment
of the actual test. They will give you a near-real experience of writing the
CAT. Our AIMCATs are acknowledged as the best in the market and the closest to
the actual CAT. Continuous tests along with a rigorous analysis of each will go
a long way in preparing you for the actual exam.
- 10 Invigilated CBTs at designated
venues: This test will be conducted from Sunday to Sunday for a span
of 08 days and will have multiple slots. After the end of test window,
detailed analysis of your performance will be put up on our website.
- 08 CBTs Online: This test will be
conducted for a span of 03-05 days. After the end of test window, detailed
analysis of your performance will be put up on our website. You can take the
CBTs wherever you want i.e. at our office, or at a cyber café or at home..
These CBTs prepare you to face the Online CAT confidently.
- 02 Paper & Pencil Tests: These
tests are conducted on an all-India basis across 60+ centres. We will provide
the OMR sheets and the marked sheets will be scanned to give your
The analysis of the AIMCATs is put up on our
website on the last day of the test.
For all students who enroll after the AIMCATs are conducted – the Invigilated and
Online tests will be available on the student homepage.
5. Training for Other Exams: Our CAT Course also
prepares you for entrance exams like XAT, SNAP, IIFT, ATMA, MAT and the various
other management entrance tests in the country. Institute specific classes and
model tests (OMETs - Other Management Entrance Tests) prepare you completely to
excel in these exams as well.
6. GD & Interview Training:
This is provided in two modules, to help you
prepare for the final stage in the selection process.
The First Module is for all our CAT
students where you will be given the basics of GD, Essay & Interview. We
will conduct mock GDs where you will be given individual and group feedback.
Essay workshops will be conducted on similar lines.
The Second Module is only for those
students who have been short-listed by various management institutes. You will
participate in a large number of GDs and two interviews to gain sufficient
practice. We will provide you with material on GD topics. We will also give
you an idea of the GD/PI process at specific institutes. You will receive
professional guidance from our panel of experts on your GD & PI
performance. Thorough guidance will be given to you on essay preparation
GD/PI BRIEFCASE (can be accessed on the website)
- GD/Essay/PI experiences for 2008-2009-2010 students – feedback on the selection
process at various B-schools
- GD/Essay/PI experiences of current
year students – students can post their GD/Essay/PI experiences – in an easy-to-fill document format
- Questions on academic subjects, asked in the past
- Important GK issues - helps
you to understand the whole issue in an easy manner
- Learning Corner : Here you will find links to the best articles on the
website with a commentary and they are arranged into 4 folders - General
Awareness, Politics, Economy and Miscellaneous Articles from “MBA Education
Other than the six modules above, we provide you with other important
Individual Attention and Doubt Clearing Sessions
Students are able to clear their doubts in the class, thanks to a
conscious decision to keep batch strengths low. In addition, students can
discuss their performance and their preparation plan with faculty members on
an individual basis. There will also be doubt-clearing sessions (with prior
appointment) at our offices, where students can get their doubts cleared by
expert faculty members.
Special Seminars/Video/Audio sessions are held
on topics/issues that are critical to a student's selection into a top
Some examples -
Strategies: This session will help you build your strategy in
successfully tackling any entrance exam paper. Strategy is all about how you can
maximize your score in the two hours that you have for answering a test paper.
b) Institute Selection: This
session dwells upon the issues involved in selecting the management institutes
that you want to apply to. It helps you to aim for those management institutes
where you stand the best chance of getting selected.
Basics: Here, we go over basic concepts and issues related to economics
and economy, and explain a number of economy-related terms.
We will post a schedule on our website which
will give you the date, time slot and topic of the chat. A student can post his
queries and they will be answered. Each chat is for about 90 mins to 3 hours,
and queries are answered by expert faculty. We have about 4 to 7 chats every
month. As we approach the CAT exam, the number of chats per month increases.
This will show you all the chats that have
taken place for the last 8 to 9 months. A large number of your queries will be
solved if you go through these questions first and then post any further queries
on our website.
WORD A DAY
Every day you will be given three words with
the meaning, root, synonym, antonym and usage in a sentence for these words.
Also, there will be the Words Archive, which has all the relevant words with
their meaning, root, synonym, antonym and usage in a sentence.