Once you have decided to join a coaching institute, what all factors are important to consider before freezing your final option? With a number of CAT coaching institutes available today, each one of them claiming to be the best, selecting a CAT preparation institute had always been a matter of confusion for MBA aspirants. There are some factors you must consider before selecting a CAT preparation institute to get good results after spending some money on preparation fees.
Location & Accessibilty
The first factor (and the basic one) is going to a coaching institute should not take much travelling time and energy. Look out for options that are easily accessible so that you don't end up wasting your time (money & energy too) commuting.
Faculty & Guidance
This is the most important factor to consider before joining a preparation institute. Ask them (coaching institutes) about the faculty qualification and their availability. Ask whether the faculty is full time or part time. Most of the coaching centers provide demo classes; ask for it so you may have better idea about the faculty and their teaching methods. Even for similar brand name, different centres have different quality of their faculties.
Books & Study Material
Every MBA coaching institute provides its own study material, along with mock tests. Moreover, there is no dearth of study material, books and preparation resources available online and at book stores. This factor is of less important as almost all coaching institutes have their standard study material of good quality and quantity.
CAT Test Series
Every institute conducts a series of mock CATs and other MBA admission tests (XAT, MAT, SNAP, CMAT, IIFT). This is one of the most important factors (equivalent to faculty) while considering a coaching institute for CAT preparation. More the number of mocks, you can improve upon your speed, strategy and percentile score. One of the important factor is the number of students giving these mock tests and post-test analysis. This will help you to benchmark your level with other students.
Batch Size and Quality
Ask about the size of the batch, as individual attention is not possible in a larger batch. Smaller batch size may lead to poor discussions, so there must be a balance between the two. Moderate batch size (around 20 to 30 students) is better.
Power back-up, computer infrastructure, air-conditioned rooms, library are some other important factors. Though not necessary, but these add to a better study environment.
Most of the institutes have their own website and forums. As CAT is now a computer based test, it is vital for coaching institutes to provide good online interface.
Fees & Affordability
Fees for coaching institute is also important if budget is your factor. Check for the packages that suit your affordability without wasting your precious time on expensive classes. If you can not afford, you can look for some online option.
Few words of Caution
By reading this article, you might be tempted to join a coaching institute, but this is not necessary for getting a good percentile in CAT. Self-prepration works best in most of the cases.