How to Crack GD-PI-WAT: Clarity of thoughts and genuine answers helped me clear interview round, says Shailav Goel of MDI Gurgaon

GD-PI-WAT ExperienceHow to Crack GD-PI-WAT: Shailav Goel a student at MDI Gurgaon who started preparing for his GD PI-WAT a month before the commencement of the interview process says that a proper preparation strategy is required to improve on ones ability to structure their thought and concepts on the given topic.

 

Shailav appeared for the selection process of both IIMs and non IIM institutes and found the procedure to be similar. He shares with Careers360 his best PI session which revolved around applications of his learning at workplace in an entirely different scenario along with a discussion around life experiences.

CAT Pathfinder
Know your call chances for top B-schools through CAT

 

How to Crack GD-PI-WAT

 

Excerpts from the interview

Admissions Open Now
Great Lakes PGDM, 100% Placement, Avg CTC 9.3 LPA, Deadline- Feb 25 | Apply

 

Careers360: What is the selection procedure at MDI Gurgaon?

Shailav: They called candidates based on the CAT score and profile after which there is a Written Ability Test and Group Discussion followed by personal interview. The topic of WAT and GD remains the same.

 

Careers360: Could you share in detail your overall experience of attending the selection procedure at MDI?

Shailav: It was a really good experience with a different set of questions asked in the interview. The questions tested not only the academic proficiency but also the life experiences of the candidate.

 

Careers360: Which other B-Schools’ selection procedure did you appear for? How was your experience in other institutes in contrast to MDI Gurgaon?

Shailav: Apart from MDI, I appeared for IIM Kozhikode, SPJIMR Mumbai, FMS Delhi, and IIM Shillong interviews.

 

Careers360: What was the WAT topic given to you? How did you structure it? How did you find the difficulty level of the topic?

Shailav: The topic given was “The issues in the Indian Education sector”. It was an easy topic and the time given was sufficient to gather and structure my thoughts and concepts.

 

Careers360: How did you prepare for WAT? When did you start your preparations for the selection rounds?

Shailav: The preparation focused around general reading and keeping in touch with the current happenings in and around the world. I prepared for about a month before the interviews.

 

Careers360: Do you think that a separate preparation strategy is required for WAT?

Shailav: WAT does require a separate preparation in which one needs to improve on the ability to structure the thoughts and write in a coherent way.

 

Careers360: Could you share the WAT topics which you were asked during the admission rounds last year?

Shailav: The topics revolved around the education system, GST, and current trends in the industry.

 

Careers360: According to you what are the possible ways to tackle a WAT topic? What should one do if they do not have sound knowledge about the topic asked to them.

Shailav: It is rare to have a topic that one doesn’t know about. But just in such case you get one,  you could just take it generally and try to incorporate basic stuff.

 

Careers360: What was your personal interview experience? How big was the panel and how did you feel while facing them?

Shailav: The panel consisted to two professors. Both were quite friendly and made the environment conducive for sharing thoughts.

 

Careers360: Among all the interviews you have appeared in, which one do you think was the best and why? Share your best PI experience with us.

Shailav: The best experience was definitely at MDI as it revolved around applications of my learnings at workplace in an entirely different scenario along with a discussion around my life experiences.

 

Careers360: Which according to you were the most difficult questions? What were your answers to those questions?

Shailav: One of the most difficult question according to me was to tell something different about my life that was not reflected in my CV. I was not a prepared for such a question hence the answer I provided was also vague.

 

Careers360: How did you handle the questions for which you had no answer? What was the panel reaction to it?

Shailav: I just told them about the ones I didn’t have any idea about. The panellists were easy and wanted a genuine reply.

 

Careers360: What were the most interesting questions you were asked? Please share your answers as well.

Shailav: The most interesting question according to me was a discussion based on a book I had read recently and it went really good.

 

Careers360: How did you prepare yourself for your PI? What were the PI questions that you searched for as part of your preparations?

Shailav: I just reflected upon my life thoroughly and tried to be clear about why I wanted to enroll for a management role.

 

Careers360: What factors or qualities, you think does the PI panel looks for in a candidate?

Shailav: I feel clarity of thoughts and genuine answers is what the interview panel looks for.

 

Careers360: Coming to your GD experience, how many candidates were there in your group and what was your approach?

Shailav: I had around 10 candidates in my group. I tried to get to the basics and approached it in a way different from others. I put forward my points and was able to contribute substantially to the discussion.

 

Careers360: Did the discussion reach a conclusion? What was the overall experience of this part?

Shailav: Yes it reached a conclusion. The experience was enriching as I got to know the different perspectives of other candidates as well.

 

Also Read
GD PI WAT Tips

First Published On : 08 Feb 2018 02:20 PM IST

Related Articles

Suggested Reading: MDI Gurgaon|GD PI WAT

QNA - EXAM QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

CAT

Join this QNA topic to get updates about latest happenings about the exam!

  • 12966 Joined
  • 1906 Questions
S

sumanth 41 minutes ago

sumanths picture
SumanthLast Seen: 41 min 19 sec agoJoined on: 25-Feb-2018Education Interest: MBAEducation Level: In Graduation

Now iam planning to write tsmect and join the alloted college and am also planning to prepare cat also if i wil81

Now am planning to write ts tsicet and i will join alloted clg and am also planning to write cat if i will get god marks in cat i will join the that college can i do like that if there is any restr... Read More
User Pic

Nitesh 1 day ago

Niteshs picture
NiteshLast Seen: 1 day 3 hours agoJoined on: 23-Sep-2017Education Interest: MBAEducation Level: In Graduation

#CAT. What do I do for Reading Comprehension ? Shall I go through numerous passages ?

I'm most afraid of RC section !! it is difficult to comprehend the passage entirely , it is tough to retain meaning of cumbersome sentences in mind upto the end of passage !! shall I read passages da... Read More

Answers (2)

User Pic
Vishal Sharmas picture
Vishal SharmaLast Seen: 1 hour 16 min agoJoined on: 20-Feb-2018Education Interest: EngineeringEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Yes go through as many as passage hence practice each and every passage you can .... Because reading passage in this exam is very hard and trickiest ...

View All Answers

A
Abhishek Bhuyans picture
Abhishek BhuyanLast Seen: 1 day 19 hours agoJoined on: 11-Jan-2018Education Interest: MBAEducation Level: Graduate & Above

Does XIMB take CAT scores? If yes then what is the procedure for it?

Answer (1)

S
Shivani sharmas picture
Shivani SharmaLast Seen: 2 hours 12 min agoJoined on: 08-Feb-2018Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Hi
According to me , yes MBA takes CAT score
You have to be graduated max.55% required
And you habe to clear GD&PI as well then you can get the admission
Thank you
Good luck
N

nishant jha 2 days ago

nishant jhas picture
Nishant JhaLast Seen: 12 hours 17 min agoJoined on: 03-Dec-2017Education Interest: MBAEducation Level: Graduate & Above

I scored 636.50 in cat with percentile below 80.56. Can I get a call from IISWBM

Answers (2)

User Pic

Akshay Kadam Expert 19 hours ago

Akshay Kadams picture
Akshay KadamLast Seen: 37 min 17 sec agoJoined on: 03-Sep-2017Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Nishant, first of all, I am not sure whether you are talking about MAT/CAT score because there is no as such score in CAT exam. 80.56 percentile in CAT exam will open up lots of options for you which ...Read More

View All Answers

User Pic
Shivani Dwivedis picture
Shivani DwivediLast Seen: 1 day 4 hours agoJoined on: 09-Oct-2017Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above

I have got 59 percentile in cat .am i eligible for imt nagpur or imt hyderabad

Answers (2)

User Pic

Akshay Kadam Expert 19 hours ago

Akshay Kadams picture
Akshay KadamLast Seen: 37 min 17 sec agoJoined on: 03-Sep-2017Education Interest: ManagementEducation Level: Graduate & Above
Shivani I am sorry to say that with 59 percentile in CAT exam you won't be able to get a call from IMT Hyderabad and IMT Nagpur because of absolute cut-off for IMT colleges in all CAT/MAT?CMAT exam is...Read More

View All Answers