Sailesh Balasubramanian

Why Adaptive Prep for CAT?

Before we try and understand the reasons of why Adaptive Prep could be advantageous for you, let’s understand why coaching should be done for MBA entrance and how one can increase his / her chances of getting selected to IIMs or premier b-schools in India.

How can I increase my chances of getting admission to a good MBA college?

Since MBA entrance examinations such as CAT are very competitive, most students need and seek professional guidance. While a majority of students opt for traditional CAT coaching, a small percentage of students opt for correspondence courses or smaller variants of the traditional CAT coaching such as National Level Mock CAT Series or Personal Interview Preparation.

How does traditional CAT coaching help?

Traditional CAT coaching offers a good mix of standard material and classroom guidance through subject experts. Typically, it also includes a Mock CAT series with rankings/percentiles and tutoring for the personality assessment stage once the results of the aptitude assessment stage are out. So, it gives one a platform to practice.

What are the limitations of traditional CAT coaching?

There are 2 significant limitations of traditional classroom coaching:

  1. It invariably offers a standard module to everyone and it treats you in the same manner as everyone else. It functions like an assembly line system
  2. It is used by a vast majority of students – hence, in relative terms also, your chances of success do not increase much

So, despite its noble intentions, most students do not gain much from a traditional CAT coaching.

Why is traditional Coaching no longer as effective?

One major reason why traditional CAT coaching fails to deliver on its promise is that it is outdated. While life around us has changed immensely over the past 20 odd years (you wouldn’t even remember those days when you used to go to a post-office to send a hand-written letter to a dear friend, would you?), traditional CAT coaching hasn’t. The following visual should amplify the fact that it is time for change!

Period 1978-1995 1991-2010 2011 and beyond
Nature of CAT Simple CAT. Less competition Pencil-paper CAT. Increase in competition CAT goes online and may soon be adaptive. Intense competition
Nature of CAT preparation Correspondence Course (Leader: IMS) Traditional CAT coaching (Leader: TIME) ADAPTIVE Prep for CAT (Leader: MBAGuru)
Mode & method of delivery Material via Post Material + Teaching in classroom (mainly offline) – Standard delivery to every student Material + Teaching as per Your needs (offline + online)
Impact on chances of success Everyone took it and by early 1990’s, it no longer gave an edge Everyone took it and over the past few years, it no longer increases your chances MAXIMUM Impact!

The Trend of CAT:

When you prepare students for an exam that continuously changes, you need to continuously ADAPT. ADAPTIVE Prep for CAT@MBAGuru not only ADAPTS to the students’ needs but also proactively ADAPTS to the visible and likely changes in the CAT. The 3-hour long classroom sessions at MBAGuru came into existing 3 years BEFORE the CAT became a 180 minutes affair!

An adage in Stock Markets goes something like: “The trend is your friend”. The trend in CAT is clear and visible and we can foresee its likely course. If there is one thing we are without a doubt best at, it is ADAPTING. We will, and we will ensure that you too stay ahead of time!


An easier QA Section has been the trend many years in a row at CAT (and at XAT too) suggesting at the inclination of the IIMs and Top B-schools to explore beyond Science/Maths students for prospective managers.

The extreme focus on Reading Comprehension (which was almost 75% of the English Section in CAT, much higher than the usual 50%), instead of direct knowledge-based questions, shows that comfort with reading and vocabulary of varied hues, ability to reason critically, infer from and summarize a given text is now mandatory. Cracking the VARC (English) Section has become mandatory now to break the tie that is likely to happen in the other 2 sections.

V3 brings ADAPTIVE Prep in its most powerful avatar yet. ADAPTIVE Prep-V2 itself was the most intensive classroom program with highest number of hours in the industry. V3 pushes the boundary further and takes it right to the edge.

ADAPTIVE Prep-V3 is designed to be, by far, the most powerful and intense CAT Prep Program till date in not only Delhi but the entire nation. We intend to continue being the best and shaking the Traditional CAT Coaching Industry which just hordes students into big batches and delivers the same standard stuff, year after year.

No holds barred. No limits. We will ADAPT – ahead of TIME, every time 🙂

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MBAguru has helped me reach my true potential. The difference between MBAguru and any other institute is the personal attention that each and every student gets. Their discipline in home-work checking is unparalleled. The batch size is restricted to 30 so that each and every student gets to clear his doubts. The AIRCAT are harder than the actual test as one should prepare for the worst. The teachers are familiar with the whole process of MBA application and are always ready to help. With MBAguru you not only get teachers but also personal guidance with respect to how to gain clarity and achieve your goals.

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