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MBA Start Prep

Program Fee: Rs. 4,779/- (Rs. 4,050 + GST: Rs. 729)

This program is specially designed for students who wish to get the first mover advantage by beginning their MBA preparation early. This program is an ideal starter kit for all MBA aspirants and comprises the most relevant and effective material for learning concepts that are assessed in the CAT and other B-school entrance tests.

Program Features:

  • New BRM (Basic Reference Material) with 14 books including 1 “Date with CAT module” and 3 books for additional help on other entrances like the XAT, CMAT, IIFT, IRMA, TISS, CET, SNAP, NMAT, MAT and ATMA - includes 5000+ questions across various areas assessed in these tests.
  • Concept Builder: To learn basics concepts. Concept builder (online practice tool) with more than 3000 questions spread across various levels of difficulty. (Available immediately post enrolment)
  • Module tests: (Number of tests: 4) Module tests corresponding to the specific areas/topics covered in the specific Module of the BRM.
  • Access to myIMS:  A student Portal which is a special resource for all IMS Students created to aid a student in his/her preparation for CAT and other management exams. Apart from management entrance tests it will help you stay in touch with CAT Blog, forums B School as well as Test notifications.
  • Institute-specific GD/WAT(Essay)/PI sessions, including National Achievers Workshop for Top 30 B-Schools as listed by IMS- click here to view the list (This feature is offered at Select Centres only.)
  • Annual Online subscription of Advanc'edge MBA magazine (an in-house publication of IMS) to keep you updated on the latest in the business world (starting from the month of April upto March following the Exam year enrolled for).

Note that this program does not include any online or paper based section tests/comprehensive tests that are available to classroom, correspondence and test series students.

Upgrade to a classroom or correspondence program
As an MBA Start Prep student, you can upgrade to a comprehensive CAT classroom or correspondence program by paying the difference in program fee at the time of enrolment.

IMS offers waivers to past IMS students and meritorious students based on Xth/ XIIth performance or past 3 years CAT/ XAT performance or Institute GD-WAT-PI call-letters for Postgraduate Degree/Diploma in Management 2018-20 academic cycle ONLY.

Students who have already taken CAT/XAT earlier (past 3 years) or Institute call-letters of 2018-20 academic cycle only can avail the following waiver:

Waiver Category Waiver percentage
Ex-IMS student Non-IMS student
Students with GD-WAT(Essay)-PI calls from Crème-de-la-crème institutes OR more than 99%ile in CAT/XAT 75%^ 50%
Students with GD-WAT(Essay)-PI calls from Category A++ institutes OR more than 95%ile in CAT/XAT 60%^ 30%
Students with GD-WAT(Essay)-PI calls from Category A+ institutes OR more than 85%ile in CAT/XAT 50%^ 20%
Students with GD-WAT(Essay)-PI calls from any institute OR less than 85%ile in CAT/XAT 30%^ 10%

^Waiver depends on the original product that the student had enrolled for: The above waiver is applicable only to past IMS students enrolled for IMS CAT classroom and correspondence programs on or after 1st April 2016. It is not applicable to past IMS students enrolled for IMS CAT test series / Miscellaneous products (programs like CAT 500, SimCAT Finale, GD-WAT-PI coaching, ADMAT Test packs, SimCAT Solo, CAT Challenge, etc), CET/CMAT classroom, correspondence and Test series programs.

Students who have not appeared for the CAT/XAT before can also avail waivers on the basis of their Xth and XIIth Class Percentage.

 Category  Percentage scored Waiver
% marks in X and XII Both greater than 95% 50%
Both greater than 90% 40%
Any one greater than 90% 30%
Both greater than 80%  20%
Any one greater than 80% 10%

To avail either of the waiver, please write us back on ims@imsindia.com with a soft copy of the relevant document viz.score card (in case of XAT kindly send admit card as well), X/XII mark sheet (best of 5/6 shall not be considered), call letter, course name and contact no. Kindly do not forget to mention the COURSE NAME of your choice as the waiver code is subject to the course name. We will send you a coupon code with the applicable waiver within 24 hrs* (in case you do not receive any reply, kindly check your junk and spam folder).The waiver offered based on merit and/or past enrollment cannot be clubbed with any other promotional national offer. In such a case, the higher of the applicable waivers shall be considered.

  1. Students who have enrolled for proctored SimCATs and miss taking the test in the given window period can take the test outside the test window period in the TAKE HOME MODE. They will not be eligible for all India Ranking however, percentile shall be given.
  2. IMS waiver policy for CAT and CET/CMAT is different. Hence the waivers will differ based on the product.
  3. PSSP waivers(Past Student Support Program Waivers) are considered only for CAT/CET/CMAT. 
  4. PSSP waivers are applicable only for the same product line. If a past Student wishes to move and enrol in a different product line the waivers applicable will be different.
  5. In case of merit or past IMS student waivers please do not make the payment without applying/availing the coupon code. If this is not followed, no refund will be provided for the extra fee paid with respect to the applicable waiver.
  6. Institute call-letters for Postgraduate Degree/Diploma in Management 2018-20 academic cycle ONLY shall be considered. CAT score cards of either CAT 2017/16/15 and XAT score cards of either XAT 2018/17/16 (In case of XAT please share Admit card along with XAT score card) shall be considered. For Xth and XIIth aggregate percentage of marks for all subjects shall be considered irrespective of any State Board rule (best of 5/6 shall not be considered). Institute call letters of IIM Indore-Mumbai campus for PGP 2018-20 cycle, shall NOT be considered under Category Creme-de-la-creme for offering waivers.
  7. This waiver CANNOT be extended to enrolment for other products. For example, CAT call getters can not avail this waiver while enrolling for GMAT variant or vice versa.
  8. Waivers will ONLY be applicable to past students who last enrolled on or after 1st April, 2016.*These waivers are applicable w.e.f 5th April 2017 and available till 31st March 2018
  9. No two offers/waivers can be clubbed. In such a case, the higher of the waivers will be applicable.
  10. All sectional and take home SimCATs will be available online from the month of April, All Proctored SimCATs will be available from the month of June.
  11. Waiver policy and Prices are subject to change any time and no refund will be provided in any circumstances.
  12. Students appearing for Proctored SimCATs (centre-based) from home will not be eligible for SimCAT Achievers Rewards if any.
  13. * On national holiday/ Public off/ Sunday/ second and fourth Saturday, you may not receive the coupon code within 24 hrs. In such a case, to receive an immediate response, call on the following working day. Tel: 1800-1234-467.
  14. Students enrolled with IMS for Miscellaneous products (programs like CAT 500, SimCAT Finale, GD-WAT-PI coaching, ADMAT Test packs, SimCAT Solo, CAT Challenge, etc) and Open SimTests shall not be considered as past IMS students for offering waivers.
  15. If a student enrols for any one of the program of any product based on Merit/Past IMS waiver policy, the student won’t be offered any further waiver based on Merit/Past IMS waiver policy again. In such a case, the add-on waiver policy shall be applicable whereby flat 30% waiver shall be offered on the corresponding product. This is applicable in case of any movement within the product. By product we mean CAT/CET/CMAT.(for Eg: A student enrolling with IMS for CAT 2018 correspondence program with the Merit/Past IMS waiver policy or any offer can enrol with us for the CAT 2018 test series but with a maximum waiver of 30% only.)
  16. SimCAT Video Solutions are for select SimCATs only. The selection of those SimCATs is at the discretion of IMS.
  17. As per the prevailing Govt. norms, GST @18% will be applicable on all the programs.
  18. If you enrolling for this program, please note the tests are for CAT 2018 aspirants and the Tests will be deactivated on 31st March 2019. If you are planning to take CAT in 2019 or 2020, please enrol in the CAT program for the relevant exam year (i.e 2019 or 2020 respectively). To know details, write to us at ims@imsindia.com or call 1800-1234-467.

To know more about preparing for CAT, take a free counseling at any IMS centre. If you wish the centre to get in touch with you, please register your details here.
For any other queries, please write to us at ims@imsindia.com or contact us at Toll-free 1800-1234-467.

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