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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