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 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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Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020


see iim evaluated your academic score besides your cat score and there is also separate percentiles to clear like quant, verbal, reasoning. since you have already graduated right now you need to focus on your cat exam, need to work on your communications skills, the cutoff score is comes different for different category of students. I suggest you to regular practice. previous years IIM ahmedabad overall cutoff percentile was as follows,

general- 80




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is droping a year after BBA for preparation of CAT is good option.

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Hi Isha,

Don't take a complete drop instead work part-time/full time and prepare alongside for the Common Admissions test - CAT. Prepare step by step or get yourself enrolled for a weekends program with a good coaching institute depending on your preparation level. This will not only give you an edge over other freshers who will be applying but also will give you an idea on the stream/domain in which you want to pursue your MBA in.

For starters appear for a mock test or do a sample paper and access your preparation level as of now and then decide.

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hello everybody please help me i am from up obc category 1. should i get the benefits of state qouta in neet 2021 ?? 2. at least how many marks(rough idea ) i have to score to get government medical college mbbs in up ??

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020

In 2019, under State Quota, 573 marks secured a seat in Bahraich Medical College under OBC Category. That was the cut off. This is in sharp contrast to 429 marks being the cut off in 2018. This is a proof that cut offs change every year. Cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, top NEET score and difficulty of the exam. So to be able to secure a seat in any GMC in UP, you need to score atleast 600 and above. Regarding reaping benefits of OBC benefits, if you have all the proof of documents in place, you are eligible for 27% of reservation by the virtue of belonging to OBC Category. To help you with your NEET preparation, we have NEET Knockout packages that you can check at: To help you during admission and counselling, we have


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Manisha Gupta Expert 31st Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

You have an average Academic record so you need to target a little higher percentile than the closing cut-off.

After CAT result, Every Institute including IIM prepares a merit list to call students for next round of interview and WSAT which is based on your aggregate score which comprises of many factors such as CAT marks,
10th 12th and graduation percentage, work experience etc. with different weightages for different IIMs.

If you are targeting to get top IIMs like IIM A, B, C then try to score more than 99 percentile and for new IIMs try to score 95 percentile in CAT Entrance Exam. Other than IIMs, To get into top private colleges like FMS, JBIMS Mumbai, S.P Jain etc. You should have more than 96-98 percentile other than this for other private colleges you can get with 90+ percentile in CAT Entrance Exam.

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Hello dear student,

This is not how it works . As you need to put a give us the whole information / description of the question for which you want the information. Please tell us the state of domicile because every state the cutoff is very different. So please provide all the necessary details so that we can provide you with the expected cut off .

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