How to prepare for GD-PI & WAT rounds of top B-schools - When it comes to Master of Business Administration (MBA) admission process, Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT) is one the most essential part. Before appearing for WAT and PI rounds it is crucial to understand how to tackle both rounds. What to say, what not to say and how to say during Group Discussion and Personal Interview round? Apart from GD and PI round, one should have to appear for the Written Ability Test (WAT) round. One should know how & what to write 250-300 words within 20 minutes. Most of the B-schools in India will conduct their selection rounds from March to April. Careers360 brings to you must-do things to crack WAT and PI rounds of top B-Schools.

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How to prepare for GD-PI & WAT rounds of top B-schools

How to Prepare for Personal Interview (PI)

Management aspirants need to cross a few hurdles in order to take admission to their dream B-school to pursue management programmes. At the time of the selection process, candidates have to appear for Personal Interview (PI) round. Let’s take a look at key components of how to crack Personal Interview (PI), Group Discussion (GD) and Written Ability Test (WAT) round.

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  • “Tell me something about yourself” which is the first question of any Personal Interview (PI) round. This crucial question can make or break the interview. While answering this question, one should talk briefly about education, family, hobbies, career goals, hobbies, and interests. DO NOT talk a lot about the past. Briefly describe past education, future plans, and life journey.

  • If candidates get stuck on a question while PI round, instead of answering a question wrongly just say “I don’t know”, be humble and state that you are unaware of the facts.

  • “Why do you want to do an MBA '' another common question, one should answer it to keep a few things in mind such as for the acquisition of skills for lifelong success in domestic and personal space. Apart from that, they can include career growth factor as well or they can say management as a career is one of the most challenging professions and everybody likes challenges when it comes to growth.

  • “Where do you see yourself five years down the line” while answering this, one should highlight their career goals as achievements, talk about increased responsibility and skill development. Don’t say I want to become a General Manager or VP etc.

How to Prepare for Group Discussion (GD)

  • Read the newspaper on a regular basis so you have enough content in your mind before the commencement of Group Discussion (GD) round.

  • Try to indulge yourself at the right point of time in Group Discussion. Such as when others take a small pause, one needs to be loud and assertive on points.

  • There is a difference between a debate and group discussion which means do not try to prove others wrong in a GD. Everybody has their own and different opinion.

  • Ensure participation by showing maturity and putting up relevant points. While arguing, one should be sure that their statement has facts, situations, and figures. Be logical throughout the Group Discussion (GD).

  • While participating in a Group Discussion (GD), focus on the following:

    • Team approach

    • Content

    • Communication skills

    • Leadership skills

    • Analytical & logical reasoning

How to Prepare for Written Ability Test (WAT)

The best way to start preparing for the Written Ability Test (WAT) is by being updated with the current affairs. Expert says- read magazines such as Outlook, Frontline, and The week, apart from that read at least two national dailies. Make notes and develop critical analysis.

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  • Topics asked in WAT round can be abstract as “Loose lips sink ships' ' or “Describe the color blue and pink” while preparing for it one should focus on current trends. Keep reading the latest trends, news and India’s growth stories. Apart from that, read Mint, Economics Times or Business Standards on a daily basis. Take a look at editorial sections of the newspaper every day.

  • Through Written Ability Test (WAT) the selection committee will check the candidate’s articulation, language, and content skills. So, while writing, be careful what and how you write.

  • While preparing for WAT or essay round, one should refer to the textbooks. But practicing daily is the key.

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How much percentile would be good in CAT to get admission in MBA from IIT Delhi for a general category participant?

anurag khanna 5th Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Till now IIT Delhi has not released its cut-off for CAT for admission to MBA courses. According to last year's trend you should score more than 90 percentile if you belongs to general category and want to pursue MBA from IIT Delhi.

For more details about cut-off for MBA program in IIT Delhi you should read this article .

I hope this answer helps you.

Good Luck!!


Im doing BBA LLB after this should I prepare for judiciary exam ( civil judge ) or for CAT? Which one would be mire practical and easy to clear?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 5th Apr, 2020


see no exam is easier to crack if you dont have enough of preparation. to become eligible for judiciary exam you must completed  an LLB or equivalent degree from an institute that is recognized by the Bar Council of India. and for cat exam eligibility criteria is graduation in any discipline with 50% marks in graduation. cat exam is admission for mba courses in finance, human resource, business analytics and many more stream. now it depends on you , you need to think which of the path you want to go, see in both of the ways you can earn a handsome salary, but you need to really dedicated and hard working for that.

hope you may understand.


Is it easy to prepare for both GMAT & CAT exam ?How can i prepare for both in online?

Ankita yadav 4th Apr, 2020
Hi aspirant
Both of them have same motive of doing MBA and somewhat there preparation is same. You have to Focus in 3 direction
Quantitative ability or maths ( it doesn't have that higher level you need to prepare till class 10th maths)
English ( this has to be done properly, in this a passage will come and you have to answer this requires a lot of practice and vocabulary)
Data interpretation and logical reasoning

Here is the link that will help you in preparation

My father is a government employee.If I get good percentile in CAT or MAT exam,does any b-schools offer scholarship to me?

Shiksha 4th Apr, 2020


Yes, there are many mba colleges through mat/cat those offers scholarships.

  • Iim Ahmedabad
  • Iim banglore
  • Iim lucknow
  • Welingkar mumbai/banglore
  • Tiss mumbai
  • Tapmi Manipal
  • Nmims mumbai
  • Nie mumbai
  • Mdi gurgaon
  • Isb hyderabad
  • Ifmr chennai & many more

Visit this link for more details:

I hope this helps.


my 10th % is 64 and 12th % is 54 in biology can i get the admission in govt. b school for mba through cat?

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 3rd Apr, 2020

Hii Gagan,

Yes, you can. You'll be benefiting from the diversity factor which is just because you are from Biology background in your undergraduation. Though you class 10th and 12th marks are below average but no problem the more you score in CAT the more will it help you in getting a call from a good IIM/B-school. Please prepare for CAT wholeheartedly and give your best shot to CAT. With a composite score percentile in CAT of around 95-98 you can definitely get a call from the CAP IIMs and maybe the old IIMs too.

Though there are many other factors which judge if you will get a call from top B-school or not like your work-ex, extracurriculars etc.

You can reach out to us for more help,


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