How IIM Calcutta Students Cracked PI WAT Rounds?
How IIM Calcutta Students Cracked PI WAT Rounds? -Deciding to move onto a mountain even after knowing that it will be laborious is challenging. Similarly cracking CAT and moving onto the next selection stages is onerous. All candidates who clear CAT successfully aim for IIM A, IIM B, or IIM C as their first preference. But not everyone can crack the PI WAT rounds of these A, B, C IIMs. Hence, in this article of How IIM Calcutta Students Cracked PI WAT Rounds? Careers360 brings to the future aspirants the tips and tricks on how to crack PI WAT rounds. Along with that link of interview experience of selected candidates in IIM Calcutta is also provided for detailed information. CAT is a national level exam and for the year 2020 was conducted by IIM Indore. Since CAT 2020 is around the corner, hence it is imperative for candidates to be prepared for further stages of admission.
Latest CAT Update:IIM Indore releasedCAT 2020 answer key. Candidates can checkCAT 2020 response sheetin from December 8.
Exam Dates of CAT 2020
All candidates who will be appearing in the IIM admission criteria 2021-2023, must be aware of the CAT 2020 exam dates. Details pertaining to exam, result, cutoff, the start of selection are all provided under the exam dates of CAT 2020. The table below updated accordingly.
CAT Exam Dates 2020
November 29, 2020 (Sunday)
Declaration of Result 2020
Second week of January, 2021
Commencement of Counselling
After the announcement of IIM admission criteria shortlist, selected candidates put emphasis on revamping their communication and soft skill abilities. Before moving straight onto how to crack PI WAT rounds, let us first look at the IIM Calcutta’s selection procedure. IIM Calcutta keeps it simple in terms of its selection procedure.
Selection on the basis of CAT 2020 exam scores
Shortlisting for PI WAT rounds
Final merit list declaration
Let us look at each step one by one
In order to be a part of PI WAT rounds of IIM Calcutta or any other IIM, candidates need to clear CAT 2020 with a good score. For the year 2020, IIM Indore has conducted the CAT 2020 exam on November 29.
Shortlisting for PI WAT Rounds
On successfully clearing CAT 2020, candidates will be called upon as per IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria. Usually, IIM Calcutta conducts a Writing Ability Test (WAT) followed by a Personal Interview (PI). However, last year due to COVID 19 pandemic, WAT component was scraped off from the final selection criteria.
Declaration of Merit List
As per topper Palash Godbole who made it to IIM Calcutta, Apart from WAT-PI and CAT, candidate’s final selection in IIM Calcutta is based upon their performance in work experience and academic diversity as well.
Weightage Given By IIM Calcutta
CAT 2020 Score
Personal Interview (PI)
Written Ability Test (WAT)
IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2021-23 (Expected)
Coaching or Self Study - How IIM Calcutta Students Cracked PI WAT Rounds?
Let us look at what some previous year CAT 2019 toppers who made it to IIM Calcutta have to say on coaching or self study for cracking PI WAT rounds.
Palash Godbole who started his preparation in mid-December for PI WAT rounds says that he had enrolled himself with a coaching institute for mock PI and WAT practice and also took help from his seniors and friends.
For Writing Ability Test (WAT), he followed some online forums wherein essays on various topics were given. He used to write down an essay on any one topic on a daily basis. For him, writing the essay should be divided into three parts and personal ideas should be in sync with the given topic -
Introduction of the given topics
Pros, cons, illustrations of the given topic along with a little introduction
For Personal Interview, the focus should be on five areas namely -
Extra-curricular as well as co-curricular activities
Note that for PI, attending mock Personal Interviews are of utmost importance. Candidates must try to analyze the interviewer’s feedback and rectify the mistakes.
Madhuporna Pal Who Made it to IIM-C, says that she attended the mock GD sessions, practised WAT regularly since December. She also took mock interview sessions and utilized the feedback in improving herself. Madhuporna Pal thinks that it is important to introspect yourself and build your own unique strategy in order to excel in PI round of IIM Calcutta.
CAT 2019 Topper Sanjana Rout, says that talking to people/seniors with similar interests is beneficial to crack the Personal Interviews. She attended some briefing sessions at TIME and IMS. Also took part in mock personal interviews to know where she was going wrong and corrected the same by working on the weaknesses.
How to Handle a Situation if you don’t Know the Answer? - How IIM Calcutta Students Cracked PI WAT Rounds
As per the IIM Calcutta students, in a situation where one does not know the answer to any specific question or given topic, it is better not to bluff and admit it honestly rather than playing. Remember that the interviewers are very experienced in their job and can easily analyze your answer. However, if you have a little knowledge then you can make an educated guess and not a random one. In case of no knowledge, clearly say you do not know.
Do’s and Don'ts - How IIM Calcutta Students Cracked PI WAT Rounds?
Candidates who will appear in IIM Calcutta’s PI WAT rounds can check the major dos and don’ts they need to follow if they get shortlisted -
What to do in PI WAT Rounds?
Structure time distribution beforehand i.e. at least 3 paragraphs: introduction, body and conclusion
Maintain legible and neat handwriting
Add some examples or illustrations
Finish 2 minutes in advance to proofread your essay before submitting and avoid grammatical errors
Give exact data and mention its source
What to do in PI WAT Rounds?
Do not exceed the word count/limit
Avoid writing hastily (Without structuring in advance)
Avoid experiences/writing stories
Do not submit before proofreading your content
Interviewer Panel - How IIM Calcutta Students Cracked PI WAT Rounds
As per most of the students who appeared in PI WAT rounds, the panel who takes the interview is friendly. People usually have this misconception that interviews at IIMs are about Q&A sessions. However, in reality, panellists want to have one on one conversation and want to know candidates. The interviewers at IIM Calcutta will keep the interviewees on their toes. The panel usually has 2-3 members who are polite and allow candidates to think and answer.
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Fascinating Questions - How IIM Calcutta Students Cracked PI WAT Rounds
Topper Sanjana Rout says that she was asked a question which she never anticipated. The question that was asked by IIM Calcutta panel was “If you could be any item in a kitchen, what would you like to be?” As compared to other B-Schools, IIMs put more emphasis on academics and try to get to know students better.
Palash Godbole who appeared in IIM Calcutta’s personal interview in online mode has only two interviewers in the panel. For him, the panel was very amicable and raised questions related to hackathon idea, academic background. The panel at IIM Calcutta was ready to listen to the answers in a steady manner.
“I was asked to defend the stance of Mata Sita for wanting the GOLDEN deer (golden is the keyword here) in Ramayana,” says Madhuporna Pal who will join IIM Calcutta this year.
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Questions related to CAT
my sister have completed 10th gradeand she want to persuer MBA through CAT and unfortunately she dont like chemistry , what courses does she need to take now to become MBA?
First tell you sister to pursue an Undergraduate Degree after 12th be it B.Sc./BBA/B.Tech/BCA/MBBS/B.Com/BMS/BA or whatever she's interested in. Preferably an Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or Commerce degree will help her, since shell ultimately pursue MBA.
In the Final Year of her graduation ask her to appear for CAT followed by MBA, or she may have a short 1-2 year Work Experience followed by MBA in some of Best Management Institutions in India.
For more information about CAT do follow the link below
My 10th number was 46%, 12th with 48%, graduaction with 55% marks. My mediam was not english, i am preparing best for cat and hope to get respectable score. Please suggest me some MBA collages that i can get into bacause most of good b-schools rejects studests based 12th & 10th score? Please help!
Basically 1 Indian Institute of Management each year conduct common admission test or CAT examination to provide admission in in IIMs and top business schools.the basic eligibility criteria for this examination is that you should have minimum 50% marks for general category in your graduation level. There are also some other Eligibility criteria s .
however they initially you are completely eligible for this examination.
You have to secure a good percentile in CAT examination . Top b schools invites candidates with their Percentiles. Then in a group discussion part and personal interview part held for final admission.
(Click on the link below to know more about CAT examination eligibility and total thing
As as your 10th and 12th marks are below 60% which can affect in interviews. However if you somehow managed to to get admission in those colleges, you might have a problem in placement time.
But but don't worry if you think that you can do you better in your life and believe that past is past don't do that again.
Here here is the list of some colleges as you preferred
- KJ Somaiya
- IIm Patna
- Goa Institute of Management
- IIM Lucknow
- XLRI (they might ask for some work experience)
Don't worry .
Try your best. Read that article that can give you some positivity
hello i have completed 12th as well as diploma and i have got admission in my ug on the basis of diploma marks and they are good as compare to my 12th marks so which marks should i feel for cat examination
See if you have good performance in Diploma which is considered as equivalent to 12th than you should go with diploma details while filling your CAT application form. The reason being is, in CAT application you have option to fill either class 12th details or diploma details so if you have completed diploma then you can opt for diploma in the CAT application form.
Also note that to apply for CAT 2021 you should either be in final year of your graduation or should have completed your graduation with 50% minimum marks . For complete details about application form of CAT 2021 kindly check out the link given below :-
Common Admission Test, in short CAT is conducted by any of the IIM in rotation every year , it is a computer-based entrance exam conducted for MBA/PGDM admissions at 20 IIMs and 1000+ B-Schools in India.
As per the new paper pattern the paper is of total 228 marks and it will consists of 76 total number of questions divided in three sections namely VARC, DILR and QA. Out of these 76 questions, 54 question will be of MCQ type and other 22 will be Non-MCQ. For every correct answer 3 marks will be awarded and on incorrect answer -1 will be deducted only from MCQs not from Non-MCQs. For complete exam pattern(latest) of CAT kindly check out the link given below :-
For CAT 2021 no exact dates are out yet but it is expected that the application process for it will start in the month of August '21 and the tentative exam date is November 28th 2021.
You can get complete information about CAT 2021 from the link given below :-
I hope this information helps you.
when CAT form will be fill????
It's expected that by the first week of August IIM Ahmedabad will tentatively commence online registration for CAT at https://iimcat.ac.in/
the exam is expected to be conducted on 28th November, and the eligibility criteria to appear for the same is passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized University with 50% aggregate, there is relaxation of 5% for reserved categories, those in the final years too are eligible to apply, to know more details regarding this, visit our page at https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-registration/amp
I got 87 % in Tenth ; 63% in XII ; 58% in BA (Arts) and 12 years work experience in defence. How much should I score in CAT to get call from IIMs.
Hello Rahul Kumar singh
I hope you are doing good .
I would like to tell you that your academic profile is good as you have 12 years of work experience but age criteria is also important factor and type of work you did. Your marks in 12th and graudation are not very good so you need to get atleast above 95percentile to get a call from baby IIMs like iim ranchi and shillong
Hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future