With ex­ten­sive study ma­te­rial avail­able for 24x7 ac­cess online, MBAUni­verse is the go- to zone for CAT as­pi­rants.

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MBAUni­verse is one of the most com­pre­hen­sive and in­ter­ac­tive online

MBA plat­forms to­day and with over one lakh users of the por­tal, has quickly found promi­nence among many B- school as­pi­rants in the coun­try.

“There are many ad­van­tages to online re­source por­tals. For in­stance, since there’s no com­mut­ing re­quired, a stu­dent can take classes from any­where in the world. This is mostly help­ful for stu­dents who are un­able to at­tend coach­ing in­sti­tutes for one rea­son or another. More­over, online re­sources are cost- ef­fec­tive and time sav­ing,” ex­plains Pro­fes­sor S. K. Agarwal, vice pres­i­dent of learn­ing at MBAUni­verse.

MBAUni­verse pro­vides a varied and large num­ber of course­ware for CAT prepa­ra­tion. There’s a com­plete and


GUIDES about CAT prepa­ra­tion along with a com­pre­hen­sive di­rec­tory on top In­dian B- schools on its web­site.

up­dated book on ver­bal abil­ity called

‘ Build Your Ba­sics’ which cov­ers the en­tire CAT syl­labus for the ver­bal sec­tion in a dig­i­tal for­mat. There’s also abun­dant ma­te­rial on quan­ti­ta­tive abil­ity, data in­ter­pre­ta­tion and log­i­cal rea­son­ing, real and mock ac­counts of writ­ing abil­ity tests and tips on group dis­cus­sions and per­sonal in­ter­views on the site.

MBAUni­verse also pro­vides video record­ings of topic- wise teach­ing ses­sions. “This is another ad­van­tage of dig­i­tal over off­line. In case a stu­dent misses a class, he has the op­tion of watch­ing recorded classes online,” says Agarwal.

A 24x7 run­ning fo­rum on MBAUni­verse helps stu­dents con­duct dis­cus­sions and clar­ify their queries with their peers from across the coun­try. Live chats with ex­perts and in­puts from pre­vi­ous top­pers also help stu­dents for­mu­late ef­fec­tive strate­gies for their prepa­ra­tion. “Stu­dents who are usu­ally shy and re­luc­tant to speak out in a class­room can now ask ques­tions and clar­ify doubts sit­ting be­fore his com­puter,” says Agarwal.

“I en­rolled for the online course at MBAUni­verse this year but I’d been us­ing the free re­sources on their web­site for my prepa­ra­tion for a long time be­fore that,” says An­jul Sharma, who’s ap­pear­ing for CAT this year. “CAT, in fact, is not about the quan­tity of learn­ing but mas­ter­ing the few fun­da­men­tal con­cepts and ap­ply­ing the same in the ex­am­i­na­tion to solve ques­tions in the short­est pos­si­ble time. MBAUni­verse’s very stream­lined ap­proach helps you with such con­cept build­ing. It’s es­pe­cially help­ful dur­ing th­ese later stages of prepa­ra­tion,” he adds.

Apart from this, there are tips and words of the day for quick learn­ing. There’s also a sec­tion called ‘ Prep Alert’, which pro­vides guide­lines on topics like ‘ 50 days to CAT: Re- think Your Prep Strat­egy To Score High Per­centile’. The site also has a com­pre­hen­sive B- School di­rec­tory which in­cludes rank­ings of best busi­ness schools in the coun­try and other im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion such as the se­lec­tion process adopted by th­ese schools, the fees and course com­mence­ment dates. “Once you crack the first step of CAT, the site also helps with prepa­ra­tion for group dis­cus­sions and per­sonal in­ter­views,” adds Sharma.

With less than a month left for CAT, Agarwal’s best ad­vice for stu­dents is to “keep your cool and stay calm. It is ex­tremely im­por­tant to keep your mind free from any kind of stress or anx­i­ety dur­ing this time pe­riod.”

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