CAT Topper Brings Technology to CAT Coaching


When you crack India’s toughest entrance examination, you aspire to become some C-level executive in an MNC. But what if a topper tries to help students to reach the similar peak of success.

In 2007, Byju Raveendran started coaching a handful of students for India’s most competitive CAT Exam in a small classroom in Bangalore. Today, every weekend, more than 17,000 students attend his classes for CAT Coaching simultaneously in a single batch in over 50 VSAT centres across India, creating India’s biggest classroom.

Byju, who is also a CAT Topper, attributes this success to his focus on “learning by understanding” rather than “learning by repetition” and the power of technology, which today has started to transform India’s education system. “In India, where competitive exams like CAT go a long way to define a student’s career (and hence life) in an ultra-competitive society, students are under extreme pressure to perform and hence commit a general mistake in believing that scoring in an exam is different than learning for that exam,” says Byju. “Most of the students try to

byju_1 learn by repetition and hence waste a lot of time by solving hundreds of questions from a single topic rather than understanding a concept thoroughly. This very same repetition based approach is also promoted by most of the CAT coaching institutes who find it very difficult to get teachers who can actually make the students learn by understanding. Students, who realise the importance of transforming their way of preparing for an exam, understand that the teaching level required may not be available in their next door coaching institutes. They are now depending on technology to access high-quality training. This has resulted in more students opting for online CAT preparation,” claims Byju who is followed by a whopping 7 lakh students on Facebook.

“Technology is the only way ahead. Though, one should remember that technology is only an enabler. The idea should be to make high quality training accessible to maximum number of students through a technology platform,” says Byju whose company BYJU’S Classes has recently entered into an exclusive association with the electronic giant Samsung where BYJU’S Classes’ courses, delivered by India’s “best team of trainers”, is made available in Samsung tablets that are available in over 8,000 Samsung stores across India.

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Mohit Bansal(23) is B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He has interest in business and entrepreneurship and has published couple of research articles. He is also associated with various NGOs. He is with Techaloo when it was just in concept stage. The Techaloo site was not existing even then. Currently Mohit is working with Mu Sigma as a Business Analyst Profile.

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