Completing an MBA and securing an executive-level job in a big MNC is a dream that every management aspirant sees before giving the CAT exam. CAT is the Common Admission Test conducted by the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) in computer-based test mode every year for the selection of future managers in India.
There are a total of 20 IIMs in India with IIM Ahmedabad at the top of the list. Nearly, four lakh aspirants give CAT exam each year to get into one of these 20 IIMs. CAT is considered to be one of the toughest exams in India and the preparation for such an exam is also going to be very tough. This year, CAT preparation and coaching are going to be very different from the previous years, as everything is going to go online due to the COVID-19 outbreak. CAT 2020 is going to be very different from the earlier CAT exams.
Several renowned names offer specialized coaching for CAT preparation:
- Career Launcher
- TIMES (Triumphant Institute of Management Education)
- IMS Learning Centre
- PT education
However, in the current circumstances, conventional modes of preparation for an entrance exam is not feasible. The need of the hour is to maintain social distancing and minimize human contact. Therefore, online coaching and preparation are recommended for classroom teaching.
Online coaching/teaching is not an alien concept for CAT 2020 preparation. Many CAT aspirants are actually working or running their own business and cannot attend the coaching classes physically due to time constraints and other commitments. These candidates generally opt for online CAT preparation.
However, the outbreak of COVID-19 has pushed online teaching and learning platforms in many ways. Many coaching institutes have shifted to online teaching mode for CAT 2020. This is an innovative measure taken keeping in mind the safety of students. Some of the distinct advantages of the online CAT preparation are:
- Updated preparation material
- Multiple mock tests with solutions
- Online classes by top faculty
- Doubt-clarification sessions
E-learning is the need of the hour and there are many options available for CAT aspirants who don’t want to miss the CAT 2020 exam due to pandemic. Besides many coaching institutes that are providing online coaching, several websites and apps also offer novel solutions for CAT aspirants to learn and study at their own pace and convenience.
Some of the popular Ed-tech companies that offer specialized CAT coaching are:
- BYJU’s Learning app
- Career Launcher
- IMS Learning
These platforms also provide students with recorded lectures and e-books, besides 24×7 virtual classrooms. For ease of learning, they have developed mobile apps, so that candidates can access the classes through their phones if they don’t have a laptop. These apps and coaching platforms are also providing online consultancy to students, as most b-schools are conducting their selection process in online mode.
These online CAT preparation classes are gaining huge popularity in today’s scenario as:
- Online classes are safer than physical classrooms
- Students don’t have to travel to the coaching centers which saves time
- Flexible timings as the lectures are pre-recorded and candidates can access them anytime they want
- Online learning platforms are also offering lucrative discounts to students for CAT 2020 preparations
- Students don’t have to go around looking for textbooks as the updated study material and question papers are uploaded on these platforms in PDF format
As everything is being managed online due to the pandemic, so these classes come as a big relief to students. These online classes and platforms are lifesavers when social distancing holds so much importance. As the learning must never stop these online coaching platforms are the real game-changers that all aspirants must look forward to.