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Tips to Prepare for Writing Ability Test

Most IIMs believe that GDs most often proved ‘might is right’. With a motive to offer equitable platform to management aspirants to demonstrate their communication skills, they have now switched to WAT or the Writing Ability Test.  In fact, essay writing has become one of the vital processes for admissions carrying a minimum weightage of 30% for the final selection of candidates.   What does WAT assess? As the name suggests, WAT assess the writing skills of the candidate through essay writing. But it is not just that simple. You will have to write the essay with...

Attending an interview? Improve your body language to create a good impression

Excited about the interview call? You brush up your domain knowledge, read up on the company, browse for current affairs as well as some important statistics and are ready to impress the panel. But are you ready? Are your non-verbal communication skills speaking positively of you? Yes, the panel is scrutinizing your body language. You might be saying all the right things, but if your body language speaks otherwise, your chances may not be too positive. Therefore, it is equally important for you to improve your body language. So what are few pointers you should keep in mind? ...

Checklist of GD topics

As aspirants of a reputed B-school we are sure most of you are anxiously waiting for the GD-PI calls. Since success in group discussions cannot be achieved with minimal preparations, we hope you are busy planning your strategies to successfully crack your GD. Apart from brushing up your basic skills such as communication skills, body language and vocabulary, looking into some old and common GD topics would help you get an idea of what you can expect and save you some shock. Let us look at some of the topics asked in previous years: Advertising is legalized lying-IIM Lucknow ...

Group Discussion Myths Busted

Group Discussion and Personal Interview have been the standard selection tools for admission into Indian B-schools. While work experience, academic record and scores in the competitive entrance test qualify you for an interview call, the final selection largely depends on your performance in the deciding rounds-GD-PI. However, most students fail to turn the GD-PI calls into admission calls. This is because the candidates do not know what the moderators /interviewers are looking for and how to prepare accordingly. Below are a few myths surrounding GDs. Myth 1: Smooth talkers perform better...

Personal Interview-An Integral Part of B-School Admission Process

The heat of the B-school admission process does not end with clearing the most competitive entrance exams such as CAT, XAT and SNAP. You will have to face the final frontier-the Personal Interview (PI). Although many students successfully clear the exams and get the GD-PI calls, many fail to perform well in the interview room. To perform well, it is essential that you understand the What, Why and How of the personal interview round. So what does the PI test? Personal Interview aims at understanding and knowing the candidate better. It is an opportunity to market yourself as the...

Winning objectives for a positive outcome in Group Discussions

Done with the MBA entrance exams? Prepare yourself for the next big step-Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).  Having cleared presumably one of the most difficult steps to secure an admission in a reputed B-school, do not let inadequate preparation for GD-PI ruin your chances. There have been cases of candidates receiving GD-PI calls from all reputed B-schools but failing to turn them into admission calls. So it is time you draw a strategy to crack the next two stages successfully. As MBA aspirants, every candidate must be aware that group discussions are stimulated...

Tips to claim your berth in top B-schools

MBA aspirants who have received calls from B-schools across the country have to appear for the next leg of the admission process: Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). GD is usually not an elimination procedure. The evaluator evaluates you on skills like communication in group, leadership, assertiveness and most importantly listening. Remember you have one mouth and two years. So the communication should also be on similar pattern. A group discussion is your chance to be more vocal. The evaluator wants to hear you speak. So you do not have to sit quietly and hope that...

IIM CAT Group Discussion Tips

GROUP DISCUSSION A group discussion (GD) is a simulated exercise, where you cannot suddenly put up a show, since the evaluators will see through you easily. In this page you can find tips on GD and how to handle them to ensure a positive outcome. Here's how most group discussions work Normally groups of 8-10 candidates are formed into a leaderless group, and are given a specific situation to analyze and discuss within a given time limit. The group may be given a case study and asked to come out with a solution for a problem. The group may be given a topic and asked to...

Get ready with Group Discussion Topics

If you have got a GD PI call from a top MBA Institute, you must be feeling that half the battle is won. But before you let these flights of fancy take control on one more step you need to clear. The GD PI hurdle. This is where multiple call getters fall by the wayside year after year! Although GD’s are the norm, many a time, particularly at  IIM Ahmedabad   , we have seen case studies being the norm rather than GD’s . A case study is a small factual description of a situation. It could be anything from the financial woes of a company to climate...

Group Discussion measure the managerial attributes

Group Discussion for the coveted management colleges are round the corner and these rounds are where decisions are made. During the GD the interviewer evaluates the candidate’s skills, capabilities and level of experience. You may anticipate some questions and prepare the ideal answers but remember that there are no standard responses. Your replies should be clear and relevant, whatever be the question. Mr. Manish Saraf, COO, PT Education explains more Special qualities that MBA schools look for in a candidate: While selecting candidates, the MBA schools always look for...

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