What after CAT 2013?
Ashish Jha, 02 Aug 2014, #CAT
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As CAT 2013  testing window comes to an end, you must now be preparing for other important MBA entrance exams and next stages of MBA admissions depending on your expected CAT cutoff for different B-schools. Careers360.com brings you expert advice on what should you do after CAT. In this interview with Careers360.com, Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education says that after CAT 2013, aspirants should immediately shift their focus on preparation for Group Discussion- Personal Interview (GD-PI) stage.  He also shares his insight on the difference in question pattern between two most important and respected MBA entrance exam- CAT and XAT.

 

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Sandeep-ManudaneIn a 20 minute GD, if you can speak for 3 to 4 times making a lot of sense without repeating, and with examples and facts, and 30 to 50 seconds each times, WOW! You've made it.

--Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education

Besides advising MBA aspirants to immediately take up GD/PI preparation and utilize their knowledge and common sense to draw logical thoughts on different issues and topics, Mr Manudhane shares success tips on GD-PI and WAT.

Q: What should MBA Aspirants be doing immediately after CAT?
A:
First of all, take stock of the situation. Where did you start, and how far have you come. What worked and what didn't. Do an honest introspection. Are your strategies clicking, or misfiring? Are you happy with your results, or not? This will help you calibrate your efforts from here on, for the next 4 months, including the GD-PI phase.

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Q: How different is XAT syllabus from CAT? For a candidate who has already taken CAT 2013, what should be his immediate focus for XAT preparation now?
A:
The XAT tests you much more intensely on the language part and since that happens on a paper-pencil mode, one really gets checked (long passages, for a start). The quantitative portion is very logical, not direct at all, and since the test is in only one time slot for everyone, you won't have ants wriggling all over your existence (2013 CAT takers will understand the irony). Furthermore, the essay writing and GK portions complete the testing process, and the candidate is thoroughly judged. So all students must now change gears, focus on the XAT, and get their preparation in tune accordingly.

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Q: When and how should MBA students start preparing for GD/PI and WAT for next stage of admission process?
A:
What? They haven't started already? Don’t they realise that while they were reading those ETs with such seriousness, they were ploughing deep into their own subconscious the seeds of their GD PI training. Anyone who has been thinking, reading, contemplating, analysing, revising stuff has been preparing for GD, PI and WAT. Of course, the only thing left now is the mechanical practice part - which should be easy for those who have deep content. Remember - in life, as in the CAT and XAT - CONTENT IS KING!

Q: What are the key elements of GD/PI preparation for B-School admissions?
A:
Talk sense, talk sense, talks sense. That's point no. 1. Nothing will work if this does not happen. Then second - talk. Make sure you are able to speak. My benchmark is clear: in a 20 minute GD, if you can speak for 3 to 4 times making a lot of sense without repeating, and with examples and facts, and 30 to 50 seconds each times, WOW! You've made it. As for the Personal Interviews, start asking yourself a lot of personal questions. Try answering them to your own satisfaction first.

Q: What kind of topics should a student prepare for GD this year?
A:
Well, well, well! I can rattle out a list of 675 topics that are most likely to appear this year, but that would not help, right! So just focus on all important things happening around you - the 2G scam, the coming elections, the Food Security Bill, India's military achievements, Mangalyaan, Women's plight and empowerment, Supreme Court and judicial activism, Goa mining ban, RPA act controversies, etc. In short, all interesting things that media publish and talk about. Rest of the topics will be abstract and general, for which no content preparation other than above is needed but yes - a lot of articulation practice is.

Q: What are the common Personal Interview (PI) questions that an aspirant should expect?
A: Become an interviewer yourself and see what you would want to ask. I think you will zero down upon these:

  • Who are you?

  • What do you want from life?

  • How far have you come so far?

  • What excites you really?

  • What depresses you to death?

  • What do you like about your country?

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  • What would you really like to become one day?

  • How much money do you want to make?

  • Did you really study? Prove it.

  • Which movies do you like? Why?

  • Can you sing / dance? Do it.


Q: Many B-schools have introduced WAT also. What is the sucess mantra for WAT?

A: As in life, so in WAT. Follow the K-I-S-S-S principle. KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET STUPID. Don't use 11 words if 10 would do. You should not twist the sentence if straight would do. Be active not passive. Be direct and not indirect. Don't use the word 'procrastinate' if 'postpone' would do. Put examples, facts, and figures. Start well. End better. Be crisp.

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