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Top 5 unique ways to prepare for CAT GD/PI/WAT

Nidhi Gupta

If you are aiming for the IIMs and Top B-Schools for pursuing your MBA degree then get ready to win another hard-hitting battle. After the CAT 2016 Exam, another challenge awaits for you; the challenge to clear the GD/PI/WAT round. Generally, to get shortlisted in any top b-school of India, after the written test, a candidate needs to clear the Group Discussion (GD) or Essay Writing/Written Ability Test (WAT) round and Personal Interview (PI). For some candidates this round is a thorn n their side and for others’ it’s a cakewalk.

In this article, we will guide you 5 unique tips to prepare for the CAT GD/WAT and PI round so that your happiness doubles after getting a call from IIM or other best B-schools of India. But before we start learning the tips, let us first understand what is GD/WAT and PI

Group Discussion (GD): After you get a call from a B-school, an MBA aspirant is required to undergo this round wherein approximately 8-10 candidates are made to sit together and discuss on a particular issue. Sometimes a group is given a case study and asked to come out with a solution for a problem. This round is conducted to test your knowledge base, analytical skills, and communication ability.

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Written Ability Test (WAT): Now-a-days, various b-schools (including IIMs) are testing the candidates through essay writing. The GD round has been replaced with this round because there were claims that some students overshadow the other candidates in GD round through their oratory skills. This practice does not allow a few participants to express their views on the issue being discussed. Hence, the essay writing (WAT) round has been introduced to judge the quality of writing, introspection of thoughts and views of a candidate on the allotted topic.

Personal Interview (PI): A candidates appears for this when they are able to clear the WAT/GD round. Hence, a few students make it to PI round. In this round, a candidate faces a panel of interviewers and they are asked several questions pertaining to their background, lifestyle and experience.

Tips to crack the GD/WAT and PI round

1. Keep yourself Updated with the latest happenings. In the GD/WAT, any topic related to current happening can be allocated to test you general awareness.

How to prepare for a Group Discussion

2. Remember that GD is not about how much you know about an issue/current happening; but it is about how you put forward your views and opinion about that issue. In this round, your perspective on an issue is judged by the evaluator. Hence, learn the art of articulating your views with a firm opinion.

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3. When an Essay topic is allocated to you, do not start writing about it in a haywire manner. Prepare a blueprint of the topic in your mind and then analyse the topic so as to portray your thoughts logically. Analyse the topic and provide bullet points so that it becomes easy for the evaluator to understand the flow of your ideas and opinions.

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4. When you face the panel of interviewers, do not panic. Stay calm and be optimistic. The interviewers are there to discover more about you. So speak about yourself and give them the information about which you are fully aware. Do not speak lie about anything as it can lead to your loss.

Do's and Don'ts in a Personal Interview

5. Remember that getting selected in a top MBA institute is not a cakewalk. You complete knowledge, skills and aptitude (KSA) is put to test. Only those candidates who perform exceedingly well in the entire three rounds are able to make it to the top-tier MBA College.

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