We always believe that the results of an institute are made by the students and not the institute itself. We don’t deserve complete credit of the immense hard work our students put in to get selected. What we take pride in is the valuable guidance and direction that we provide to the students at this critical juncture of their career.
CAT-2017 witnessed almost the same number of CAT takers as did CAT-2016. With a marginal drop of 2000 in the number of registrations for CAT, the number still stood at around 2.31 lakhs. The increase in emphasis on work experience and the complicated combination of parameters (among which CAT is just one important input) used to shortlist candidates, might just be causing some freshers to delay their MBA plans. However, with more working professionals taking it up, the CAT numbers could remain in this range in the forseeable future.
With CAT having stabilized in its current 3-section (34-32-34) mode over the past couple of years, it was expected to be more predictable and on that front, it did not disappoint. A remarkable difference in the difficulty level across the 3 sections (with DILR being extremely tough as compared to the other two sections) though needed a cool head, apart from solid reasoning and logical skills. And that’s where students emerging from the intense ADAPTIVE Prep for CAT have an upper hand over others who follow traditional prep.
With 20.1 IIM Calls per 100 students, against an average of around 3 IIM Calls per 100 students at CAT, MBAGuru Rooters ensured a success rate that was nearly 6.7 times higher than the average. Seen across the years, this figure was an even more impressive 7.4 times higher. Since the primary reasoning for opting for a coaching is to increase your chances of success in relative terms, this, in our opinion, is a telling statistic, especially when seen along with the consistency of this superior performance over the last 15 CATs!
With nearly 21.9% MBAGuru-Rooters getting calls from top B-Schools including IIMs, FMS, MDI, SP Jain, IIFT etc., the tradition of glorious results extended into yet another year.
We are confident of an even more impressive performance at CAT-2018!
CAT-2016 saw an increase of roughly 13000 in the number of CAT-takers, and the CAT registrations were at a 6-year high of 2.32 lakhs. With an increase in the number of IIMs, and the seats therein, the interest in CAT saw a slight rebound, perhaps also due to not too many other equally rewarding career options being able to compete with it.
CAT-2016 students at MBAGuru were the first ones to experience ADAPTIVE Prep-V3, a marked improvement over the first 2 avatars of ADAPTIVE Prep, the first and only one of its kind in India. ADAPTIVE got more ADAPTIVE!
Nothing succeeds like success and with a phenomenal 23 IIM calls per 100 students, MBAGuru-Rooters defied the law of averages yet again.
Few highlights of the performance of Rooters at CAT-2016 are:
– An outstanding figure of 23 IIM calls per 100 students: 7.7 times higher success rate than the average success rate at CAT. This becomes especially distinguished when seen in the context of the play of complex parameters and combinations thereof, which most top B-Schools have increasingly begun to make use of in their selection process.
– 24.3% MBAGuru-Rooters received calls from the IIMs and other leading Indian B-Schools including FMS, XLRI, MDI, IIFT and leading International B-Schools such as ISB (Hyderabad).
– The average percentile of Rooters at CAT-2016 was an astounding 81.23 percentile, which clearly shows that the competition at MBAGuru is far tougher on the average than the one at even the actual CAT. That’s hardly a surprise when some of the best, and certainly the most sincere, students come together in an environment of rigour, motivation and focus.
At MBAGuru, our sole focus is (on) the student, and how best the preparation can adapt to his/her needs. 5 years since the launch of ADAPTIVE Preparation have been an incredible journey for us and our students. And we believe it is only the beginning.
CAT2015 saw some changes in the format, with 3 sections instead of 2, and a time limit of 1 hour on each of the 3 sections. It also saw the introduction of non-MCQs for the first time in CAT’s history. The English section was a major surprise with almost 75% of the questions testing your reading comprehension skills. It is in this challenging background that the results of MBAGuru students at CAT-2015 become even more impressive than the already scintillating performance levels that they would have been at, even in a normal scenario.
With 23 IIM Calls per 100 students (for the Top-6 IIMs only!!), MBAGuru students notched up their best performance in the past few years. Just like Virat Kohli continues to defy earlier benchmarks of consistent top-notch performances over the past 12 months or so, MBAGuru students have been doing it for the past 13 years! This performance was nearly 7.7 times higher than the average success rate at CAT-2015.
And not only that, as is customary for MBAGuru students, they brought their A-game even to the non-CAT exams such as IIFT, XAT, NMAT and SNAP among others. The average calls per 100 students from Top B-Schools was an incredible 84.2 for MBAGuru students, nearly 12 times higher success rate than the average at these exams).
Defying probability, nearly all top-calls getters from IIMA, IIMB, IIMC etc. converted almost all their calls into final admits. The conversion rate at Top-3 IIMs itself was nearly 70% (which is much higher than the usually estimated 25%-33% range for these colleges).
It is heartening for us to see so many of our students spoilt for and confused about the choices they have created for themselves. As always, much of the credit goes to the quality of students ADAPTIVE Prep@MBAGuru attracts. It is the sincerity and capability of our students that makes us easier for us to mentor them to their best levels.
The scores of fantastic student reviews of MBAGuru on www.quora.com reflect the values and the environment that bring out the best in our students. Here are a few direct links to the feedback on Quora of MBAGuru students:
If the overwhelming student feedback for V3 of ADAPTIVE Prep is anything to go by, we are looking at even better results at CAT-2016 and beyond.
CAT-2014 was a new beginning – with the Indian tech giant TCS taking over the reins of conducting the nation’s premiere MBA entrance exam. Not only did the span over which the exam was conducted come down drastically from nearly 15 days to 2 days, it also meant less heartburn for students due to the opaque normalization process, which had been a major issue for Prometric, compounded by the extended duration and more number of different tests. In relative terms, CAT-2014 was near glitch free.
The change in the format of the test after many years – substantially higher number of questions, more time and a different test interface – presented a challenge for most but was seen as an opportunity by MBAGuru-Rooters and they totally rocked it.
The success rates for getting an interview call from the Top IIMs and then for converting it into a final admission offer were around 3% and 1.5% respectively. The roll out of ADAPTIVE Prep-V2 at the beginning of 2014 ensured that MBAGuru-Rooters were geared up to take these challenges head on and emerge champions.
For performance at only the top 6 IIMs at CAT-2014, MBAGuru-Rooters achieved 22.5 IIM Calls per 100 students. This means that their performance was a remarkable 7.5 times better as compared to the national average of approximately 3 IIM Calls per 100 students for these 6 IIMs at CAT-2014. With 21.1 IIM Calls per 100 students as against a national average of around 2.5 IIM Calls per 100 students, over the past 11 years, MBAGuru-Rooters have achieved 8.4 times higher success rate! By any measure, these statistics are an astounding testimony to the quality of students we attract. And the fact that these numbers have remained impressive despite an increase in number of students trusting us shows the impact of ADAPTIVE Preparation!
The performance of our students at exams other than CAT also remained impressive. Nearly 22.6% of MBAGuru-Rooters achieved calls from Top B-Schools including XLRI, FMS, MDI, IIFT, NMIMS, NITIE, IRMA, MICA, TISS, GIM, ITM among others. The number of calls from Top B-Schools per 100 MBAGuru-Rooters stood at an awesome 85.1.
The first year of ADAPTIVE Pre-V2 proved to be a spectacular success. But the same is more a tribute to the excellent bond of MBAGuru-Rooters with our mentors who are completely committed to making a huge difference to the lives of our students.
CAT-2013 was the 5th year of the online avtar of CAT. And it has indeed come a long way from its debut in 2009, when hundreds of candidates suffered due to the lack of readiness of Prometric and the IIM panel responsible for conducting the exam. However, controversies marked the declaration of the results as the standardization process adopted seemed to have inducted several errors in correlating marks scored with sectional (and hence, overall) percentiles. Lawsuits have been filed and the courts are hearing the cases of several petitioners who claim to have been unfairly evaluated due to the glitches in the evaluation process. So, as some say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
This would also hold true for the performance of MBAGuru-Rooters. The more CAT has changed, the more the performance of MBAGuru-Rooters has remained the same – brilliant!
The total number of CAT aspirants took another dip and came down to below 2 lakh for the first time in many years. However, these students were vying for only about 6000-6500 IIM Calls for 3335 seats across the 13 IIMs. While the new IIMs still have some distance to go before they are spoken in the same breath as their more distinguished seniors, they have begun to attract better talent as indicated by their cut-offs at CAT-2013.
So, the success rates for getting an interview call and for converting it were around 3% and 1.6% respectively. As usual, it was a fiery test of ability, preparation, nerves and undeniably some luck as well. And as usual, MBAGuru-Rooters rose to the challenge to emerge champions. The ADAPTIVE Preparation at MBAGuru ensured that our students were ready to face each and every challenge that CAT could possibly present with an unflinching belief in their ability and preparation.
Looking at only the top 6 IIMs at CAT-2013, MBAGuru Rooters achieved 19.8 IIM Calls per 100 students. This translates into an extremely impressive 6.6 times better result when compared against the national average of approximately 3 IIM Calls per 100 students for these 6 IIMs at CAT-2013. With 20.8 IIM Calls per 100 students as against a national average of around 2.5 IIM Calls per 100 students, over the past 10 years, MBAGuru-Rooters have achieved nearly 8.3 times higher success rate! Just as you would look at Sachin Tendulkar’s record in tandem with his longevity, this decade long performance is what makes the numbers far more impressive for MBAGuru-Rooters.
The performance of our students at exams other than CAT also continued to rock. Nearly 23.4% of MBAGuru-Rooters achieved calls from Top B-Schools including XLRI, FMS, MDI, IIFT, NMIMS, IRMA, MICA, TISS, GIM among others. The number of calls from Top B-Schools per 100 MBAGuru-Rooters has increased marginally to 86.1. The number of B-Schools from where MBAGuru students received admission offers was 143 – a clear testimony to the success of MBAGuru’s ADAPTIVE B-School Guidance.
With the launch of ADAPTIVE Prep-V2 in January 2014, we expect an even more impressive performance by MBAGuru-Rooters at CAT-14 and beyond!
CAT-2012 saw a marginal increase in number of CAT-takers, signaling a possible steady upmove. With a slight increase in number of seats, and the new IIMs as additional options, the competitiveness remained broadly similar to that of earlier years.
CAT-2012 students at MBAGuru were the first ones to experience ADAPTIVE Prep for CAT, a first of its kind preparation in the entire country. The smarter new-age prep was built around the best parts of the earlier YOUnique© methodology that had brought success to 1000’s of MBAGuru-Rooters across the years.
With a phenomenal 15.6 IIM calls per 100 students, MBAGuru-Rooters proved yet again that the only competition they are up against is themselves. In the process of entirely decimating the competition, they also raised the monumental standards set by their senior-Rooters at earlier CATs.
Few highlights of the performance of Rooters at CAT-2012 are:
– A staggering 15.6 IIM calls per 100 students : 5.2 times higher success rate than the average success rate at CAT. This becomes all the more impressive when seen in the context of the play of various parameters such as work-experience, past academics and diversity, which most top B-Schools have begun to employ in their selection process.
– 21.8% MBAGuru-Rooters received calls from the IIMs and other leading Indian B-Schools including FMS, XLRI, MDI, IIFT and leading International B-Schools such as ISB (Hyderabad).
– The average percentile of Rooters at CAT-2012 was an astounding 83.14 percentile, a pointer to the fact that the brightest amongst the bright students, trust MBAGuru, Leader in ADAPTIVE Prep for CAT
More than just the amazing success (that MBAGuru-Rooters anyways keep on achieving at CAT year-after-year), it is the entire experience of MBAGuru 2012 students, who were the first ones to experience the ADAPTIVE preparation program at MBAGuru, which left them and us completely delighted. Their feedback not only helps us pursue our endeavor of continuous improvement, but inspires us to innovate and retain our leadership in terms of superior delivery through an ADAPTIVE preparation experience.
CAT-2011 saw almost the same number of CAT takers as did CAT-2010. This, coming as it did after 2 years of decline in numbers, might just be a sign of the decline being arrested. The number of aspirants is likely to go up steadily hereafter.
With CAT having stabilized in its online form over the past couple of years, many had hoped that the transition was done with. Change and challenges, however, are continuous – and this time, the slight increase in time and the change in format from a 3-section affair to a 2-section one (with each section independently timed). This was seen as a positive by TeamMBAGuru and MBAGuru students alike as it ensured adequate (even if forced) balance in time distribution, thereby increasing chances of an above-threshold performance in both sections – something that is an imperative to make it to a Top B-School. It is this attitude towards change – seen as opportunity – which makes MBAGuru-Rooters stand apart from their ordinary competitors.
With 17.8 IIM Calls per 100 students, as against an average of around 2.8 IIM Calls per 100 students at CAT, MBAGuru Rooters ensured a success rate that was nearly 6.6 times higher than the average. Seen across the years, this figure was an even more impressive 7.3 times higher. Now, isn’t that (an increased chance of being successful) the main reason for joining a coaching in the first place!!
With nearly 22.3% MBAGuru-Rooters getting calls from top B-Schools including IIMs, FMS, MDI, SP Jain, IIFT etc., the tradition of glorious results became stronger.
We eagerly await an even more impressive performance at CAT-2012!
2010 saw a dip in number of CAT takers for the second year running. Even as the recession was beginning to recede(!), the harrowing time that aspirants had at CAT-2009 probably ensured that only the bravest chose to repose their faith in the operational capabilities of the IIMs and Prometric. While the total number of aspirants dipped from 2.41 lakhs to 2.06 lakhs, the number of seats at the Top-6 IIMs i.e. IIM-Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore and Kozhikode remained at around 2350, with only 50.5% of those available to general category candidates. So, the increase in seats for general category candidates over the past 3-4 years has been rather negligible.
As per the current information, all the 13 (so far :-)) IIMs contribute to a total of nearly 2750 seats, with the 7 new ones contributing only around 420. The total number of IIM calls was around 6500, with around 5000 of these coming from the top 6 IIMs. The total number of students receiving calls was approximated to be 3300, with 2500 being the corresponding number for the top 6 IIMs.
Restricting our comparison and analysis only to the top-6 IIMs as that would best indicate the performance one can see that on an average, every 100 CAT aspirants received 2.42 IIM calls from the top-6 IIMs. Comparing this average top-6 IIM performance with the performance of MBAGuru students, every 100 MBAGuru students received 14.5 IIM calls from the top-6 IIMs. This translates into 5.97 times higher success rate at CAT for MBAGuru students at CAT-2010.
This performance becomes even more remarkable when viewed cumulatively over the past 8 CAT years. While on an average the number of IIM calls per 100 CAT aspirants has been nearly 2.95, MBAGuru students have set a benchmark of 23.1 IIM Calls per 100 students. This makes the performance of MBAGuru Rooters almost 8 times (7.82 to be precise) better than average. Talk about increasing the chances of success via coaching! That’s hardly surprising though, because MBAGuru students are anything but average and the credit for this superlative performance lies, first and foremost, with the exceptional ability and commitment of MBAGuru students. Their efforts are augmented strongly by the YOUnique© framework at MBAGuru, which focuses on bringing out the best in each individual.
Naturally then, MBAGuru students also continued to rock the non-CAT exams – bettering the last year’s performance with 24.8% of MBAGuru students garnering calls from top B-Schools such as FMS, XLRI, NMIMS, IIFT, IRMA, SIBM, SCMHRD, GIM among others. The number of calls from Top B-Schools per 100 MBAGuru students still towers at 83.7 – a cumulative increase inspite of an ever increasing student base. This is an indication of the immense success of the 2-year old “A B-School for YOU” initiative under the YOUnique© framework at MBAGuru.
As CAT-2011 draws near, MBAGuru students stride ahead confidently to emulate, if not improve upon, the mind-blowing success of the MBAGuru students over the past 8 years!
CAT-2009 was a first in many ways. The CAT shed its 33-year old pencil-paper avatar and went Computer Based for the first time. Beset with the challenge of an unprecedented scale for a Compute Based Test, the IIMs, and the testing agency, were caught napping with glitches and gaffes galore! That, however, was beyond our control.
We had guessed the previous year that the number of CAT takers was due for a sensex-like correction, and it did go down from around 2.8 lakhs to an almost 15% lower figure. Still with 2.41 lakh students vying for only about 6000 IIM calls and 2800 seats at the IIMs (including the relatively new ones who have sprung up in abundance lately but actually have some distance to go before they can be spoken about in the same breath as the first 6 IIMs), the success rates for getting an interview call and for converting it were a shade under 2.5% and 1.2% respectively. Clearly it was a battle that needed much courage, ability, preparation and some luck for one to emerge victorious. But then the bountiful presence of the first three attributes is what separates MBAGuru-Rooters from the rest. MBAGuru-Rooters once again rose to the occasion – and overcame the inadequacies in the administration of the test, and the fierce competition – and emerged champions.
Looking at only the top 6 IIMs at CAT-2009, MBAGuru Rooters achieved 12.4 IIM Calls per 100 students. This translates into an extremely impressive 6.7 times better result when compared against the national average of 1.83 IIM Calls per 100 students for these 6 IIMs at CAT-2009. It becomes even more intimidating when seen cumulatively over the past 7 CAT year performances! With 26.02 IIM Calls per 100 students as against a national average of around 2.5 IIM Calls per 100 students, MBAGuru-Rooters end up with nearly 10.4 times higher success rate! This cumulative performance is obviously a better indicator as it shows that the performance is not a flash in the pan. There is a clear and sustainable method to this madness, which has adapted and stayed in tune with CAT for the past 7 years, and infact, ahead of it in many ways.
With a rapidly increasing pan-India footprint, the performance of our students at exams other than CAT also becomes increasingly important. Nearly 22.3% of MBAGuru-Rooters achieved calls from Top B-Schools including XLRI, FMS, IIFT, NMAT, IRMA, MICA among others. The number of calls from Top B-Schools per 100 MBAGuru-Rooters surprisingly remained steady at 82.7% – amazing that it has been hovering around this mark over the past 3 years inspite of a massive increase in the base of students. The number of B-Schools from where MBAGuru students received admission offers went up substantially to 170 – a clear testimony to the success of MBAGuru’s endeavour “A B-School for YOU” under its copyrighted YOUnique platform.
Here’s hoping for a smoother run at CAT-2010, given that CAT-2009 would have served as a wake-up call for the authorities conducting the CAT. That will ofcourse ensure a lesser role of luck in success at CAT, and therefore increase the probability of MBAGuru-Rooters enhancing on the glorious past performance.
From 2.1 lakhs in CAT-2007 to 2.8 lakhs in CAT-2008 – a whooping 33% increase – the numbers just keep growing. We are wondering if the CAT-aspirants market size is due for an occasional correction just like the sensex. The recession gaining momentum (ironical phrasing) across the globe surely did not reflect on the zeal of the CAT-takers across the nation. With the number of seats not really going up that drastically, the percentage success rate CAT took a major dip. An unfair reflection on the calibre of the students, which surely would have been as good as any other year.
So, around 4800 IIM calls for nearly 2.8 lakh candidates meant an average of 1.71 IIM Calls per hundred students. Compare this with the nearly 19.3 IIM calls per every 100 MBAGuru students at CAT-2008. This implies a success rate that is nearly 11.3 times higher than the average success rate at CAT. Just close your eyes and imagine a sky-scraper standing adjacent to a single story building!
A cumulative look at the CAT performance of MBAGuru-Rooters over the past few years makes things look even more impressive, and justifiably so. MBAGuru students continue to defy averages with nearly 38.6 IIM Calls per 100 enrolled students – which is nearly 22.5 times higher than the average success rate at CAT-2008. Another defining trait of MBAGuru students reflects in a healthy call conversion rate of nearly 43%. This against the typical call conversion of approximately 1 in 3 or 33%, is, mildly phrased, superlative. With odds against the selection of any individual growing by the day (with the increasing disparity in the aspirants and IIM-seats), this performance is primarily a reflection of quality of our students – their ability as well as their efforts, the personalized mentoring by IIT-IIM & Top B-School alumni and ofcourse the trademark YOUnique philosophy which lies at the heart of our delivery processes.
While IIM selections ofcourse set the benchmark, the diminishing seats to aspirants ratio makes it imperative to take a look beyond the IIMs (not in the IIPM way – pun intended J). Overall, nearly 23% MBAGuru students achieved calls from Top B-Schools – including FMS, MDI, SP Jain, XLRI, IIFT among a host of others. TeamMBAGuru began the ground-work on its YOUnique “A B-School for YOU” endeavour in line with its ingrained objective that MBAGuru our offerings have to become increasingly customised to ensure that each individual reached his/her best B-School. The number of Calls from Top B-Schools per 100 MBAGuru Students remained an impressive 83. Overall, MBAGuru students received admission calls from over 112 reputed B-Schools spanning the length and the breadth of the country.
CAT-2009 might bring in more aspirants and more surprises. It may change form too and go online. The odds against success may increase. The one thing we are rest assured of is that MBAGuru students will conquer all odds with their indomitable spirit and relentless effort!
It is not without reason that CAT is called the toughest entrance test in the world. And at CAT-2007, the toughest test only got tougher! But then the tough get going, when the going gets tougher.
Fast gaining recognition as the most successful MBA prep offering, MBAGuru faced a gigantic challenge – not only because of the erratic behaviour of CAT in terms of its unpredictability, but also because with the excellent growth in its student base and diversity thereof. So, how did the “tough” respond to the challenge?
Over 2.1 lakh candidates meant an increase of nearly 20% over the previous year’s number of CAT takers, without a commensurate increase in the number of seats at the IIMs or other Top B-Schools. So, around 4500 IIM calls for nearly 2.1 lakh candidates meant an average of 2.1 IIM Calls per hundred students. Compare this with the nearly 32 IIM calls per every 100 MBAGuru students at CAT-2007. This meant a success rate that is nearly 16 times higher than the average success rate at CAT.
If you thought this was impressive, wait till you read the next bit! Seen cumulatively over the past few years, MBAGuru students continue to rule the roost with nearly 57 IIM Calls per 100 enrolled students – which is nearly 28 times higher than the average success rate at CAT. Maintaining such a superb success rate over a period of 5 years, and with an ever-increasing body of students seems quite IM-Possible – but not at MBAGuru, where the IM-Possible becomes IIM-Possible, year after year.
Overall, nearly 26% MBAGuru students achieved calls from Top B-Schools – including FMS, MDI, SP Jain, XLRI and IIFT. Initially focused upon a program for those who were aiming only for the IIMs, TeamMBAGuru realised that not even the best can be certain about their success at CAT with an increasing number of students vying for virtually the same number of seats each year. And that prompted TeamMBAGuru to work towards the objective that MBAGuru offerings became increasingly customised to ensure that each individual reached his/her best – whether that was an IIM, SPJain or an IMT. This bore tangible fruit as the number of Calls from Top B-Schools per 100 MBAGuru Students rose to a phenomenal 90. This means every 10 MBAGuru students had around 9 B-School calls on an average among them. In addition, MBAGuru students expanded the gamut of B-Schools conquered by them and received calls from over a 100 B-Schools, thereby opening up multiple options to choose from.
We are confident, without being complacent or arrogant, that our 2008 results will show once again that we know what goes into making champions at CAT – and knowing our students, we know they are champions in the making!
I am highly grateful to the excellent culture of MBAGuru which made the CAT preparation quite easy for me. My sincerest thanks to Vaibhav sir for Quant and DI, Vikram sir for GD-PI sessions and to Tina mam who is the best mentor I ever had in Verbal skills. Also many many thanks to Abhilasha mam for well thought out schedules and all her support. Special thanks to Deekshant sir who kept us motivated till the day of exam. The ADAPTIVE module and AIRCATs proved to be most effective in cracking CAT.