How to crack PI-WAT: Confidence and Honesty the two factors panellists look for, says Tiyasha Ganguly of IMI Delhi
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How to crack PI-WAT: As the selection process at B-schools comes closer, Careers360 continues to bring the PI-WAT experiences of the students of top B-schools to help the management aspirants who are gearing up to convert their calls into admission offers. In the series today, Tiyasha Ganguly of IMI Delhi, who appeared for the selection rounds at multiple B-schools, shares meaningful and result-oriented insights into the selection rounds i.e Personal Interview and Written Ability Test.

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Tiyasha says that one must have a basic knowledge of the topic that is asked in WAT and reading newspapers, books and keeping up with the current affairs are things to be done to achieve that knowledge. It’s ok to not know the answer to every single question that is asked in the PI, She says. She faced the same situation while appearing for the selection rounds at IMI, New Delhi. However, the honest and confident answers in PI opened the doors of the institute for her. Let’s dive into her PI-WAT experiences and learn more about what it takes or required to ace PI-WAT rounds.

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Careers360: What is the selection procedure at your B-school?

Tiyasha: The selection procedure at IMI, New Delhi, consists of WAT, Psychometric Test, Personal interview and Extempore.


Careers360: What was your overall experience of attending the selection procedure of your B-School? Share in detail.

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Tiyasha: The entire process was extremely convenient. It was extremely well organized, wherein, one step led to the next. The administration made us feel at ease and welcome. Each stage of the process seamlessly followed the one prior to it and the timing aspect of the process was well managed.


Careers360: Which other B-Schools’ selection procedure did you appear for? How was your experience in other institutes vis a vis in your institute?

Tiyasha: I attended the process at GIM Goa, TISS Mumbai and TAPMI Manipal. I found the process to be more or less the same with minute differences.


Careers360: What was your WAT topic and how did you structure it? Did you find it easy or you had a difficult time writing it?

Tiyasha: My topic for the WAT was about India’s diplomatic ties with China. I had practiced writing a few essays prior to appearing for the process. The practice sessions helped me in structuring my thoughts during this stage of the selections. I began by outlining my thoughts about the Historical ties with China and then elaborated about the business ties that the countries share.


Careers360: How did you prepare for WAT? When did you start your preparations for PI-WAT rounds?

Tiyasha: I started preparing for the round immediately after CAT. I read up on different domains of Current Affairs and tried forming an opinion regarding the same. I made editorials an integral component of my reading list and tried reading non-Fiction. Also, I made it a point to write 2 essays everyday and get it checked by someone to receive feedback.


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

Tiyasha: I think this differs from person to person. This primarily depends on an individual. If one has diligently read the news and has an opinion regarding the same, a separate preparation strategy isn’t necessary.


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

Tiyasha: Demonetization, beef ban, importance of reservation and impact of advertising were the WAT topics that I had encountered.


Careers360: How should one tackle a WAT topic, if s/he does not have any knowledge about it?

Tiyasha: It’s extremely important to have some basic knowledge regarding the topic. The panellists will definitely understand that the candidate has no idea about the topic if one beats around the bush without giving a definite opinion. There is no way one can escape this round and attempting to do so will be a futile effort. In case one is completely blank about the topic, it’s better to write something related to the topic in a direct manner.


Careers360: What must be the approach, Do’s and Don’ts for WAT?

Tiyasha: It’s important to go without any preconceived notions for the process. Just because something worked during one process doesn’t really mean that it would click for the selection processes of all the other colleges. It’s always better to first structure your thoughts before penning them down. It doesn’t really form a good impression when there are strikes and cuts across the page and shows that one is impulsive and inconsistent. Don’t write every single thing that you can think of. It’s important to stick to the mantra of relevance and ensuring that the structure of the paragraphs isn’t haphazard.


Careers360: Do you think there are some time management skills required for a student to write a complete structured WAT?

Tiyasha: Yes, time management is extremely crucial in this case. Structure your thoughts and start penning down the most important points. Continuing writing without a look at the time is a recipe for disaster. Maintain time and have a deadline to finish writing the most important points that you want to put forward. You cannot write all the possible points for the topic in the 5 to 10 minutes provided. So, stick to the most important and relevant points.


Careers360: How was your personal interview experience? How big was the panel and what were your feelings while facing them?

Tiyasha: My interview panel consisted of 2 panellists. My experience was really good. My personal interview mainly centred upon my graduation subjects since I had no prior work experience. I was asked questions from the domain of Advertising and was asked questions about my college and my experience during the graduation.


Careers360: How did you handle the questions for which you had no answer? Was the panel rude or easy on you?

Tiyasha: I informed my panel that I was not aware of the aspect asked. The panel was extremely friendly at all points of time. It is okay to not know the answer to every single question asked. In my opinion, it shouldn’t be an issue as long as one honestly conveys the same.


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

Tiyasha: I was asked about my favourite movie since I come from a Media and Communication background. I had answered that “La La Land” was a movie that I had loved. I mentioned about how the storyline depicts the characters going through a lot of difficulties and insecurities after which they finally achieve their goals.


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

Tiyasha: I prepared for the questions by brushing up my knowledge about the subjects I had studied during graduation. Since the majority of questions are generally about the individual, I tried analyzing myself as this is something that one has to honestly answer during the interview. I tried understanding my strengths, weaknesses, goals and insights that I had gained during my prior internships and positions of responsibilities.


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

Tiyasha: I think confidence and honesty are the two factors that a panel looks at. The manner in which a candidate answers the questions and their comfort level play a key role during this stage of selection.

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Hello Vaishali,

With your scores, it is quite probable that you. An seek admission into IMI, Delhi for pursuing PDGHRM considering the fact that the cut-off CAT score for admission is expected to be around 80-85%

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will be giving boards in March 2020( commerce-maths). got 2 plans in mind: 1.prepare for CA CPT (june 2020) wait for merit based du selection & persue CA side by side regular/open) & try CAT after UG. 2. take a crash course (IPMAT, DUJAT) & if not get selected then give CA CPT (Nov 2020)

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 25th Jan, 2020

Your plans are great and its really appreciable that you are ready so early.
Now if we talk about your 1st plan then here the most important thing is that you will have to get good marks in your boards to get selected in a good college in DU.
You said you want to do CA and prepare for CAT after graduation.This is where you will get stuck.See,CA itself is very time consuming and one of the toughest exams in india and you need special preparation for it.And on the other hand you said you want to prepare for CAT too which is also a tough exam.My opinion for you is that you should choose any one. If you are interested in management then simply take admission in B.Com and start preparing for CAT and if you are interested in Accounting then prepare only for CA after taking admission in B.Com.

Your 2nd option is good because you are keeping a backup with you so if you will fail in the entrance of DU JAT then you can go for CA but make sure you take admission in B.Com.

You will have to choose one between CA and CAT.
You can do MBA after CA so i would say if you are really interested in management then go for CAT.
If you will aim for both at the same time then you might end up messing both.

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sir/mam Im nivasbharathi now Im doing B.tec aggri in tamilnadu agriculture university. my last 2019 CAT examination mark is 84% did I get top IIM colleges?

hrithik jain 25th Jan, 2020


Sorry to disappoint you, it is quite difficult to get into the top IIMs. Students generally get the call when there score is above 96 in particular for IIM-ABC. 96 might be less as well.

But don't get disappointed, with 84 percentile you can still apply for the other top institutions of India. Or else, you can sit for the entrance exams of other institutions like FMS delhi, NMIMS etc.

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