Students in India have a dream nestled within them. The struggle they go through everyday with studies has a purpose, a destination to reach. Students look forward to pursuing a type of course of their interest and for each course, there are top colleges which are dream institutes for the students. If they have a strong desire to get admitted in any one of them, they dedicate their days and nights to pass the admission process.
There are colleges for almost every stream in India and some of them demand tough tests to be cleared for an admission, depending on the level of education and placements. One of such institutes is IIM (Indian Institute of Management), which has 20 branches in different cities across India. And, the battle to be won to get into IIM is CAT (Common Admission Test), which is held every year. Apart from IIMs, other renowned B-schools of India consider CAT scores for their admission.
Metaphorically, students dedicate all their blood and sweat to crack CAT and think once it is cleared, they are set to enter any B-school of the country. However, there are other hurdles they need to go through after clearing the exams and here they are.
Clearing CAT Is Not The End
After the results of CAT entrance roll out, all the institutes, which accept CAT scores, shortlist candidates depending on their performance. The shortlisted candidates have to go through either one, two or three other tests. The number of tests differs for every institute. The three tests include:
1. Written Ability Test (WAT)
2. Group Discussion (GD)
3. Personal Interview (PI)
Let's have a look what actually these tests are.
Written Ability Test (WAT)
WAT examination is conducted to test your knowledge and writing skills. This test plays an important role and some institutes replace the group discussion round with this test. The syllabus of this test is mostly current affairs and some general knowledge.
For increasing your prospects of clearing this test, make a habit of reading as much as you can which should include current affairs and happenings around the world. Newspaper reading works the best for this. Don't just read, but also practise to write fluently. Everything you do in this exam is time bounded, which is why you have to learn time management as well.
Group Discussion (GD)
Seldom do students prepare for group discussions by doing appropriate exercises which help in clearing this round. The topics of discussion may vary from world affairs, political issues, lifestyle or any general topic. Also, the number of people participating in the GD may vary. The more the number of people in the rink, the higher is the competition.
Through this test, your verbal communication and body language are tested. You don't just need to be smart enough to come up with intelligent points, you also have to be clear and crisp in expressing them. Additionally, the tone of speech and body language should be amiable.
Personal Interview (PI)
Personal Interview is one of the important steps to get an admission as it involves your personal interaction with the interviewers and they judge your confidence and point of view. Being confident doesn't mean you should be overconfident.
There are some common questions which are asked and it is good to be prepared for them. The questions may include - How do you describe yourself? Why did you choose the particular institute? Where do you see yourself in the coming years? What does success/failure mean to you?