CAT is one of those exams that students are just as much excited about as they are afraid of. And rightly so, because CAT is not a particularly easy exam to crack. It tests you on various parameters like thinking ability, reading comprehension, aptitude, speed, accuracy– all in the span of a few hours.
Luck plays an important role on the D-day but along with that what is important on the D-day is your smartness. That is something you can develop via good mentoring and strategy building. Therefore, you should get enrolled in only the best CAT coaching.
We have brought about a list of Top 5 CAT Coaching in Kolkata evaluated on various factors and parameters.
Career Launcher is a coaching platform carrying forward a legacy of 21 years. Not only that, but it has also been founded by an IIT-IIM graduate.
CL offers a variety of programs you can choose from as listed in the table below.
|The Classroom Program||Personal mentoring, preparation for CAT, non-CAT exams and GDPI, study material||INR 38000 – 60000|
|CAT online classes program||available in day (7 to 9 a.m.) and night (9:30 to 11:30 p.m.) batches||INR 36000 – 60000|
|CAT Night Classes Comprehensive Plus||75+ live sessions, mock tests, 275+ recorded sessions, 21 PDP sessions||INR 25000|
Each program mentioned above offers various levels of study material with a special program called Test Gym offering 7500+ practice questions.
CL also prepares students for non-CAT exams like XAT, IIFT, TISSNET, SNAP etc.
The fees for the programs offered by CL vary according to the various courses as mentioned in the table above.
The best part about CL is the excellent question banks as well as test series. There are also personality development sessions which are beyond the scope of academic or GDPI preparation, they focus on the overall growth of an individual.
CL can come across as a little expensive for some students but they also offer scholarships according to one’s marks in 10th and 12th standards. Additionally, while the teaching may differ from centre to centre, overall, it is a worth it experience.
24b, 3rd Floor, Park Centre Building, Park Street, Kolkata – 700016, Opposite Park Plaza
The second contender on our list is Erudite CAT coaching, established in 1998, it is one of the most esteemed coaching centres in Kolkata.
There are various courses available to students. the blended learning course provides 1000+ hours of video class content, 1000+ concept videos for revision, 164 topic-based tests, 126 speed builder tests, e-books and materials, 18000+ question data Bank, 12000+ questions with detailed video solutions, sectional tests non-CAT tests, 31 simulated tests, 15 actual CAT papers, 20 proctored mock tests as well as weekly doubt clearing sessions.
It also provides training for non-CAT exams.
The fee for the various courses ranges from INR 25000 to INR 68500.
It provides the highest numbers of contact hours, there is a special focus on basics, guided approach to shortcuts as well as many advance techniques. Also, there is an individual monitoring system so that equal attention is given to each student. Moreover, there is a bi-weekly forum to address concerns and open forum for parents. There is a huge question bank as well as tests provided to students for rigorous practice.
The teachers are willing to go out of their way to accommodate the schedule of students. There are personal doubt clearing sessions so that no one falls behind. Although, the fee might feel on a slightly higher side, there are several courses that you can choose from as per your budget. There is also no limit to the number of sessions you take, which again, are customised completely according to you. Overall, a great choice.
BF 206, Sector I, Salt Lake, Kolkata – 700 064
The next addition to our list is T.I.M.E. which is another renowned CAT coaching platform with a team of 40 IIT/IIM graduates as its faculty.
There is a classroom program as well as an online program. TIME provides the following to the enrolled students – study material booklets, hand out papers, doubt clearing sessions, B-school counselling, test taking strategies, achievers meet. Additionally, there are various full-length tests, GWPI briefcase, sectional tests and 9000+ questions as well as foundation tests, intermediate tests and advanced tests.
The course prepares you for XAT, SNAP, IIFT, NMAT, MAT etc. There are about 34 tests for these non-CAT exams.
The fee for the course is INR 60000 on average.
T.I.M.E. has a very experienced faculty who are alumni from top B-schools. Hence, they are very well aware of the strategies and the type of question patterns. The student portal is also really good and there is a vast number of questions of each category to get a good hang of every topic.
The questions are sometimes repetitive which might be good for some students but time consuming for others. Also, the difficulty level is slightly higher than what is asked in the actual CAT exam. TIME has a very renowned name, and it has earned it, but it has been losing its sheen since a few years. It is also positively pricey and has a huge batch strength, but you should try out a few demo classes before making a decision.
400/1A, (Opposite South City Mall), Prince Anwar Shah Road, P.O. Lake Gardens, P.S. Lake, Jadavpur, Kolkata-700045
The last addition to our list is TCC Management Systems which claims to be the Home of Crystal-Clear Concepts.
It provides 108 concept classes, weekly backup and supplementary backup, various shortcuts, 108 sessions towards conceptual doubt clearing, 1000 pages of core concept, 10,000 pages of printed and online study material, 363 topic tests, 90 subject tests, 15 full length tests, 29 full length pattern specific tests, 136 GK tests etc.
It also provides training for non-CAT exams like XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP etc.
The fee for the course is INR 60000 on average.
There is a lot of personal attention given to students. The verbal, DI and Quant classes are really good, along with amazing test series and class discipline. The commitment of the teachers is also commendable and the non-academic guidance given to students is truly amazing. There is a lot of emphasis given on concept clearing which starts from scratch and then gradually moves towards the advanced levels to make your preparation thorough.
Overall, it is a really good choice, especially if you are someone who faces a lot of doubts at the basic level of concepts. There is also a backup option of classes so that you can study as per your schedule. The Special Sessions also act as an excellent motivator and guide to students.
8/1A Little Russel Street, Calcutta
IMS is one of the most renowned coaching platforms with a legacy of 40+ years in the field of management education.
It has an excellent CAT training program with 5+ learning modules- both in textbook as well as e-book format- 150+ hours of video learning, and 110+ full length mocks. There are module specific tests as well as 5000+ topic specific practice questions with different difficulty levels for comprehensive learning.
It provides training for almost all the non-CAT exams like SNAP, NMAT, TISSNET, CMAT, XAT, IIFT to name a few.
There are three different programs offered by IMS as described in the table below.
|Name||e-CATapult||CATapult Classroom Program||CATapult Live Online Program|
|Fee||Rs. 25949/- (incl GST)||City Specific||Rs. 43950/- (incl GST)|
|Ideal for||Aspirants looking to prepare for CAT at their own pace & convenient time with recorded content & online mocks||Aspirants looking for a comprehensive classroom program for CAT & other MBA entrance exams||Aspirants looking for a comprehensive online program for CAT & other MBA entrance exams with live online sessions|
IMS has alumni from the top B-schools as their faculty. The student portal is extremely well designed, it gives you various concept builder as well as application-based tests, it also evaluates your time taken along with the time taken by a student who got it correct and various other factors. Apart from that, the classes are conducted almost every day and you can reach out to the faculties at any moment of the day for assistance.
A great student portal as well as study material. The faculties are sometimes unable to give attention to all students in the class as the batch strength is slightly on the higher side but with a bit of self-preparation this course is absolutely worth it.
IMS House, 10-D, Hungerford Street (near Minto Park), Kolkata – 700017
Website – http://www.imsindia.com
Choosing the right CAT coaching can feel like a very dreary task but it is the most important one in your management journey because it is your first step and it will either make or break your coming year. Therefore, you shouldn’t waste your two most important assets – time and money and rather use them wisely and enrol in the best CAT coaching only.
Along with that give your 100%, do self-preparation and you are surely going to stand out in the exam.
We wish you all the best for CAT!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it’s important because the study material and guidance provided by the coaching institutes in Kolkata speed up the preparations and reduce the chances of making errors
The average fee for CAT coaching institutes in Kolkata is around INR 45000, however, it can range as low as INR 30,000 to as high as INR 70,000.