GD-PI-WAT: How CAT topper Prakriti Sharma cracked IIM WAT-PI?
In this interview, CAT topper Prakriti Sharma who secured admission to IIM Kozhikode, shares her experiences on the second stage of admission process that included WAT (Written Ability Test) and Personal Interview (PI). A Graduate in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.
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The CAT topper elaborates on the WAT-PI factors which influenced her selection at IIM Kozhikode. Prakriti advises aspirants to be thorough with everything that they write on their CV for the Personal Interview stage.
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Personal Interview (PI) experience:
Careers360: How many members were there in your interview board?
Prakriti Sharma: There were two members in my interview board.
Careers360: How was the interview structured? What was the percentage of questions asked on your academic background, professional experience, and generic issues?
Prakriti Sharma: There were a few basic questions from academics and a brief discussion about my work experience, however, the interview primarily revolved around my extra-curricular activities and interests.
Careers360: What was the toughest area for you to answer?
Prakriti Sharma: Most of the technical questions asked to me were pretty basic and other questions were about me so I found it easy to tackle questions
Careers360: What was the toughest moment during your PI?
Prakriti Sharma: There was one question with regard to use of percentiles in professional spaces but I admitted that I was unsure about my answer and they skipped it and moved on.
Careers360: What were the key factors which you think influenced your selection at PI stage?
Prakriti Sharma: I think it is extremely important to be thorough with everything that is written on CV. It is alright to not be able to answer some questions with regard to current affairs and academics but the inability to answer questions about oneself is unpardonable.
Careers360: What is your advice to aspirants for Personal Interview?
Prakriti Sharma: I would advise aspirants to keep their cool, think on their feet and just be themselves
Careers360: How did you prepare for your PI? When and how an aspirant should seriously start preparing for PI?
Prakriti Sharma: I started preparing for PI after the CAT results came out. I made an effort to ensure that I was well aware of current affairs and tried to develop opinion about pertinent issues. I would advice aspirants to start preparing for PI as early as possible because the ambit of questions that can be asked is huge.
Written Ability Test (WAT) Experience:
Careers360: What was your topic for WAT? How did you write on the topic (please share key highlights)
Prakriti Sharma: My topic for WAT was ‘all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery’. I wrote about the importance of democracy and talked about the 13th amendment brought by Lincoln. I talked of the Indian context as well and tried to touch upon as many different angles as possible.
Careers360: What was the allotted time and how quickly you completed your writing on the topic during the test?
Prakriti Sharma: The time allotted was 45 minutes and I completed my WAT in around 30 minutes.
Careers360: What was your approach on WAT?
Prakriti Sharma: I first wrote down a rough structure and points and then proceed to develop on those ideas.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your WAT?
Prakriti Sharma: I practiced a few essay topics shared online by fellow aspirants.
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