Stu­dents at T. I. M. E be­lieve that the in­sti­tute’s in­ten­sive work­shops are es­sen­tial to ace the CAT ex­ams

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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

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