How Vivaswan Pathak cracked SP Jain PI-WAT to secure a management seat
Vivaswan Pathak secured a high percentile of 99.02 and cracked the PI-WAT admission process of SP Jain. He is currently pursuing his post graduate diploma in management- PGDM. In this interview with Careers360, Vivaswan shares his experience of PI-WAT rounds for which he strategically started preparing soon after the CAT exam.
He shares the right approach to be followed for the WAT which can let the candidate write an essay in a structured way. He also elaborates about the group interview round of SP Jain and how to tackle the process for a successful admission.
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Careers360: What was your topic for WAT and what was your Time limit?
Vivaswan: The time limit allotted for the WAT was 30 minutes, with the topic being “How do you justify doing a PGDM from SPJIMR.
Careers360: What was your approach towards WAT?
Vivaswan: The approach a candidate requires for WAT is to know how the structure should be. It is the key mantra for every candidate to be able to organise a strong structure for their write up. If a candidate is able to write all the points within the allotted time, cracking WAT is a no big deal.
I initially took time to collect my thoughts for 5 minutes and decided on a rough structure of the write-up. Though I fumbled a bit at the end due to the time constraint but was able to pull together and finish within the stipulated time.
Careers360: How did you prepare for WAT, your Time Management strategy?
Vivaswan: The important thing for WAT is to keep an update about the current affairs, as it is possible that the topics will be related to the current issues. I read news, blogs and articles related to important issues. The next thing after gaining knowledge is to know how to write. WAT is all about summarizing everything in limited words and time. You must practice writing on various topics with time. It is important for candidates to write as much as possible.
Careers360: How did you Structured your essay writing along with the time constraint?
Vivaswan: For the first 5 minutes I made mental notes regarding the structure and important points. I spent around 5-10% of the time writing introduction, around remaining 80% of the time writing the body of the essay and remaining in conclusion.
Careers360: Was there any difficulty while writing the WAT?
Vivaswan: The topic wasn’t as difficult as it may seems. The only difficulty was the collection of thoughts and choosing relevant points amongst a lot of interconnected thoughts and reasons
Careers360: Is there any advice for the aspirants who’d be appearing in the WAT test soon?
Vivaswan: A regular reading of newspapers, magazines, news websites etc. is essential to stay updated about the current affairs and a practice for essay-writing is essential.
Careers360: How many members were there in your interview board?
Vivaswan: For GI 1 there were 5 members, 2 resident faculty and 3 alumni. For GI 2 there were 2 members on the panel, one faculty along with the director.
Careers360: How was your interview structured?
Vivaswan: In the first interview I was initially asked about my decision of applying for Finance (1st preference) and Information Management (2nd preference) and about my hobbies along with my work experience.
Careers360: What were the key factors which you think influenced your selection at PI stage?
Vivaswan: According to me the panel wasn’t looking for absolute accurate answers but was rather looking at how well a candidate is able to structure his thoughts and his ability to clearly express them.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your PI?
Vivaswan: I went to the online forums which detail the PI-WAT experiences of candidates. It is vital to learn from others experiences. I used to read allot, also I used to read about latest trends in the management field. Also, I use to practice my introduction, as it is said first impressions is your last.
Careers360: What is your advice to aspirants for Personal Interview?
Vivaswan: Be truthful, the interview panelists are far more experienced than the candidates hence the efforts to fool them can be seen through easily. Even if the true answers might not seem perfect but they have a far better chance of making you succeed than the wrong answers.
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Questions related to SPJIMR, Mumbai
i have 61% in my 12th can i get top b school like sp jain ,xlri,fms or iims or good b schools in abroad?
Let me make one thing clear. The only thing that you can stop you from getting admission in these reputated institutions is the same who can get you admission. It is you.
Always remember your will power is the one standing between you and your admission in these colleges.
Now you have already appeared for 12th and youu cannot change that. What you can change is your tenacity and your urge to succeed.
Now I am not a motivational speaker, but you need to realize that if you preapre well and score high marks and acheive high rank, you will definitely get admission in these colleges.
Prepare well, give your best and hope for the best. You will definitely get admission and have a great career.
Hope this helps!
i have 68% in 10th 50% in 12th and 62%in UG CAN i get any main imm or baby iim if i have score 95 percentile in cat.. i am from resorve category SC..Can i get any iim call??
95 percentile is quite good percentile. IIM call doesn't depend only on CAT score.There are various other factors also:
Even some students who didn't have good academic even get call on the basis of their profile.
All IIM want diversity in their campus .So there is good chance for you for getting call from IIM.
HOPE THIS ANSWER IS HELPFUL FOR YOU.
I am expecting 96-98 percentile in CAT 2020 based on my mocks. I have 89.8% in 10th and 71% in 12th and 68% in M.Tech Integrated Biotechnology (No work ex). Are these scores realistic to convert new IIMs and other colleges like MDI, SP JAIN, IIT etc?
Congratulations for your mock tests score.
The cut-off for top institutions depends upon your background, if you are an Engineer, you are required to score 99 percentile for top 10 colleges of India for MBA which includes IIM A, IIM B , IIM C etc. And if you are from non engineering background then 97-98 percentile also may works for you (general category).
As your 10th and 12th score is also good, you have great Chance of getting Interview calls from old IIMs and definitely from new IIMs too, also Colleges like IMT Ghaziabad, MDI gurgaon will definitely gives you an interview call if you apply for them with 98 percentile.
As currently you are scoring 96-98 percentile, try more hard and don't panic in exam, you may score more than 99 in actual exam.
I hope this information would be helpful for you.
All the best for your bright career ahead.
Can you tell me how much percentile required to get into SP Jain, NITIE Mumbai, and XLRI? Is there any chance of mine getting into an IIMs or any other goverment colleges if yes my academic records are X - 60.8% , XII - 63.6% And UG - 72.77% .
Basically to get admission in top IIM'S you will have to get at last 99 percentile or above, still there is no guarantee that you will achieve it.
Yop IIM's follows two different set of rules. One for Initial calling and otehr for Final Selection. For Initial calling they give 35%-40% weightage to your previous credentials and 60 to 65 to CAT score.
For Final calling they give 10% -20% only and remaining is given to GD, PI and CAT score.
For XLRI you will have to XAT. For SP Jain you need 90-92.
All the best!!
I am pursuing my BBA how much percentile i have to score in CAT to get top tier colleges like IIMs or FMS or sp jain? And i am from General category.
Percentile that you should score in CAT exam in order to get top business School depends upon your percentage in bachelor or academic record because for the final admission in the top business school your overall record will be seen so if your percentage in bachelor and your intermediate is good enough then you can consider your good chances of admission with 96 or more percentile, if you don't have good enough record in your academics then you will have to score more than 99 percentile to get into top business school.
Best of luck.