ALWAYS IN TUNE WITH THE TIMES
Students at T. I. M. E believe that the institute’s intensive workshops are essential to ace the CAT exams
In 1992, when a small group of business honchos, in Hyderabad, gave up their high flying corporate careers to pursue their real passion for academics, little did they know that 21 years later, they would become one of the biggest coaching institutes in the country. With a strong presence already in 112 towns and cities across India, Triumphant Institute of Management Education ( T. I. M. E) is looking to continue its growth in order to provide access to students aspiring for an MBA from even the remotest of towns. While expansion plans are still in the pipeline, T. I. M. E has managed to transcend geographical barriers through their comprehensive online study materials. “Irrespective of the fact that we have centres in over 100 towns and cities, we still cannot ensure that every student can come to the classrooms for coaching. So in areas where we don’t have a presence, students have the opportunity to access material online,” explains Ulhas Vairagkar, Director, T. T. I. I. M. M. E. E.
Over the years, T. T. I. I. M. M. E E has successfully placed thousands of students at the prestigious IIMs. IIMs. According to Vairagkar two- thirds of the students who got calls from IIMs IIMs last year were students of their institutes. One of them is Nihar Kumar from IIM IIM Rohtak, Rohtak, who says, “T. T. I. I. M. M. E's E's mock test known as AIMCAT AIMCAT was was extremely handy during my preparation process. Also, their GDPI GDPI unit, which includes mock interviews and general knowledge lectures, was very helpful. These really helped me increase my percentile from 70 to 90.”
While preparing for CAT CAT last year, Kumar stuck to a very structured and strategic study plan. He says, “Apart from the coaching hours, I used to devote five to
2069 T. I. M. E STUDENTS GOT PLACEMENTS IN the IIM's last year which is at least about two thirds of the total number of students at the IIMs.
six hours daily to concentrated study. I had calculated that by doing so I can keep myself relaxed during the last week. I’d decided that I’d spend half my time in strengthening my basics and devote the remaining half to skill and competence building through topic- wise tests and full length tests.” On the other hand, Aditya Agarwal, a student at T. I. M. E, who’s appearing for CAT this year, says that he’s made a graph of his personal progress which helps him stay on track with his preparation. Guneet Malik who’s been studying at
T. I. M. E since May last year believes that the special workshops at the institute give them an extra edge. “We get very hands- on practice during these workshops. The more of these we attend, the better it is for us,” says Malik.
For Vairagkar, building mental strength in these last few weeks is just as important. “First of all, not all students, barring a few geniuses, can attempt all the questions because the questions are tough and the short time alloted. Secondly, the test has negative markings so students have to be very careful not to be misled by tricky questions. Therefore it’s extremely essential to develop a keen sense of judgement about which questions to attempt and which ones to leave out,” he says. He also advises that just taking mock tests is not enough as these need to be thoroughly analysed as well. “For a 140 minutes mock test you should take at least twice the time for analysis. Without doing this, the test is quite pointless,” he adds.
Ulhas Vairagkar, Director of T. I. M. E institute, with students at the institute’s Connaught Place centre