Best online resources for CAT preparation

In the past five years, the number of students opting for MBA has increased manifold, making it a highly competitive space for students. There are several popular coaching classes that prepare students for competitive exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, MH-CET and so on. Among these, Common Admission Test (CAT) comes across as the highly acclaimed test that lets students enter the prestigious IIMs. Students have now started taking industry experience quite seriously before pursuing MBA and many students opt for management studies after a significant amount of work experience. Such students who are preparing for CAT (while working) with time constraint or living in cities without coaching resources can conveniently opt for online resources. In fact, there are a myriad of resources online that will help you prepare for CAT.

Now you will find all necessary resources on the Internet; some are available for free while others may be available at low to high cost. There is a lot of free material and test series by various educational sites, and there are some professionals conducting coaching classes over Webinar or recording video lectures for students. 

Students or professionals looking to crack the exam with flying colours but face issues like time constraint or lack of classes in vicinity can opt for online courses. Some renowned options include MindWorkzz by Arun Sharma, BYJU’s classes and a few more. However, you will have to carefully chart out what you are looking for in an online coaching – online lectures from the comfort of home or in a class wherein you can interact with other students, classroom coaching combined with certain online lectures or pre-recorded videos, classroom coaching with online test package and so on. Let’s take a look at some of the best online coaching classes to prepare for CAT.

Arun Sharma, an alumni of IIM Bangalore, is one of the known names when it comes to online coaching. His online coaching class, MindWorkzz, offers live lectures wherein he teaches several students using webinar. In case of a query during the lecture, a student can conveniently raise his/her hand ask the question. Before opting for the class, one can check out their demo lectures. This is a good option for those really dedicated professionals and students, who would attend lectures from home. There are several online courses at MindWorkzz starting at Rs 5500. You can specifically opt for a particular section like Verbal or DI, or for the complete comprehensive course. One of the key advantage of this type of online coaching class is the convenience to attend lectures at home. So, if you spend 30 or 45 minutes travelling for a 2-hour lecture, online coaching will help you save that much time, which you can utilise probably studying.

A demo for Quant at Mindworkzz

A demo for Quant at MindWorkzz


BYJU’s classes
If attending a lecture all by yourself isn't your idea of studying, then BYJU’s classes are a great option. BYJU’s classes has centres across the nation. However, students have to come to the local centre and watch the online lecture there. In case of query, they can ask the local teacher present in the classroom. BYJU’s lectures are said to be awesome by many students. Going to the centre and attending it will also let students interact with others in the class. Before taking the final plunge, you can opt for free trial lecture. On the site, you will also find easy to filter free tests (Easy, Medium and Difficult levels) on Verbal, DI, Quantitative along with some mock tests. Students can also download the free e-booklet, a PDF with all shortcuts.

The online comprehensive test series package – including 4000+ online questions, 150+ chapterwise unit tests, comprehensive online feedback, special CAT files to practise techniques and strategies – costs Rs 5,000. Also, lay your hands on 20 online mock tests available on the site.

Apart from the horde of free prep tests and study material, TCYOnline also offers some premium courses. TCYOnline offers three online courses for CAT – Basic, Advantage and Premium, priced at Rs 975, Rs 1,450 and Rs 1,950 respectively. The Basic course contains over 250 chaperwise and sectional tests along with complete mock tests; the Advantage course also includes voice-based lectures and notes that you can download. The Premium online course contains everything included in Basic and Advantage, and also includes mock tests for other tests. TCY Analytics lets you compare your score with other test takers and know where exactly you stand.

Career Launcher
Career Launcher is extremely popular for its classroom coaching, and also has some online benefits. It doesn't conduct classes over webinar like MindWorkzz but offers an online MBA on Demand package that lets you learn at your own pace with 100 hours of recorded AV sessions and includes everything from practice questions and puzzles to former entrance exam questions. It also has a test series package that lets you take tests online, benchmark your performance and prepare yourself for any perceivable scenario. Both MBA on Demand and the test series package cost Rs 2,549 each.

Some more options include WizIQ courses by Ravi Handa. According to a student,both MindWorkzz and WizIQ courses are good for Quantitative analysis and have different unique selling point. Alchemist is a another good option, according to students who took it up on Their online programme includes lectures in the form of videos and PDF files. They offer video-conferences, online test sheets, e-books and discussion forums. Though not a big player, according to a forum member at Pagalguy, it is a good option for a more personalised interaction.

A mix of online and classroom coaching

A mix of online and classroom coaching at BYJU's classes


Free online resources
Besides comprehensive coaching classes, there are a lot of edu-sites that offer practice and study material for free. You may not get specialised ways to approach the paper as provided by the above courses, but there is enough free material for some self study and getting the basics right. There are numerous sectional and timed online mock tests that you can lay your hands on.

Pagalguy prep centre
Pagalguy's forum is a place which brings all the latest scoop about MBA in India. Students have created online prep centres, wherein students indulge in group studies online. Here, students discuss queries and find solutions. Click here to take a look. It also has sectional discussion with forum threads specifically for Verbal, Quantitative, DI and so on.

Quantitative Analysis
There are several sites that help you improve your mathematical skills for free. The TotalGadha has it all covered, be it crunching number systems or factorials. Each topic has been explained well, and below the complete explanation, you will find some sample questions and their solutions.

TCYOnline’s Math worksheet explains all those mathematical basics from grade 5 to grade 10. Afterall, it was while in these grades that you last worked on problems related to probability or profit and loss. The site covers all the basics you need to know about each topic and prepares you to take on difficult problems. You can start with "Easy" and then move on to "Medium" and "Difficult" levels. Topcoaching is another such site that will let you get all the mathematical fundas right.

If you have sharpened your skills enough and want to take some more tests along with your usual mock tests, then SimplyLearnt offers topic-wise, accurately timed tests so that you can practice a particular topic. The site offers different levels of tests and you can move ahead by clearing a lower level.

There is tons of free online CAT prep content

There is tons of free online CAT prep content


Reasoning can be really tricky and requires lots of practice. Offering free study material for Logical, Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning,  Indiabix lets you solve questions and view answers, and provides workspace to do the rough calculation right there. Moreover, there is a button that directly takes you to the forum to discuss the questions and their solutions with other students. All chapters are thoroughly covered by the site. TCYOnline also has a forum wherein one can discuss on multiple reasoning topics. Click here to find out. Moreover, here are a few tips that will help you prepare for logical reasoning.

While some reading everyday could be of great help, one can easily take small, timed, topic-wise grammar tests available for free online everyday. EducationObserver has some nice time-based tests. There are different difficulty levels (featuring almost all topics) and it covers most simple and basic questions too. TCYONline has also put up a series of tests online that you can take up for free. Pagalguy’s own verbal thread is great for discussing your queries; you can learn a lot from these discussions wherein students post their queries.


Data Interpretation
Data Interpretation requires a lot of practise and one will have to remember the types of charts, how to tackle them and some basic formulae. SimplyLearnt has put up some free material and practice sessions for every Data Interpretation (DI) type question. It points out which type of questions you must practice for CAT and if you are low on time, then which type of questions should not be given a lot of importance.

Though this content is a little old, Munira Lokhandwala has explained how to prepare for DI and get comfortable with calculations, along with a couple of practice examples for MBA aspirants. Check it out on TotalGadha. LearnHub also has some old question papers with solutions covered, in case you want to take a look at the DI in these papers.

In a nutshell, one has to precisely choose what suits them the best. A working professional pursuing MBA with a tight schedule can opt for online lectures or combine online and weekend coaching. Forums like Pagalguy have several threads wherein students share their experience of tackling online tests. If you have enrolled for any such courses, do share your experience in the comments section below.


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Published Date: May 28, 2013 17:10 PM | Updated Date: May 28, 2013 17:10 PM