2IIM offers training and study material for CAT Preparation. We run CAT coaching classes at multiple centers at Chennai, Mumbai and Bengaluru. We offer study material and an online test series for CAT


2IIM has a distinct teaching philosophy, built on the belief that the fundamentals are very vital and everything can be learnt well if the basics are learnt thoroughly. We place very high value on building the thought process, and spend an inordinate time in classroom trying to build this. Rule-based learning gives one an illusion of having covered a lot of ground, but is not sufficient for cracking CAT.


2IIM is part of the Ascent Education group that was founded by K Saravana Baskar in 2001, and is currently run by Rajesh Balasubramanian. Rajesh and K. S. Baskar are alumni from the IIMs.

Rajesh Balasubramanian

Rajesh Balasubramanian runs 2IIM's CAT program and handles more than half the classes for CAT preparation at Chennai. He insists on handling the critical topics - Number Theory, Geometry, Permutation and Combinations for all batches. He also runs workshops on the key topics and on test-taking strategies in October every year.

Rajesh completed his Electrical engineering from IIT Madras in 2001 and PGDM from IIM Bangalore in 2003. Rajesh takes the CAT every year and has the distinction of having scored the 100th percentile in CAT 2011 and CAT 2012.

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K.Saravana Baskar

Baskar founded 2IIM and continues to head the parent company. He is a Mechanical Engineer from College of Engineering, Guindy, Class of 1991 and completed his PGDM from IIM Calcutta in 1994. Post his PGDM, he worked in the corporate sector and dabbled in some new ventures till 2000. In 2001, he started 2IIM and has not looked back since.

Baskar is probably one of the most experienced trainers in the country. In spite of all this experience, he retains his curiosity and his desire to spend maximum time with students. He probably clocks in the maximum hours in classrooms at Ascent Education even in 2014.

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Faculty team

We run our course with an extremely small faculty team. Almost all our teachers are graduates from one of the top few B-Schools in the Country. But we do not believe that being an IIM graduate is sufficient to be a great teacher. We select only guys whom, the two us - K. Saravana Baskar and Rajesh Balasubramanian implicitly trust. We train our faculty members every now and then, but select only those that can turn up at an hour's notice and handle any topic. The profiles of our faculty members can be seen here.

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