Every year lakhs of students prepare for getting into management institutes in order to advance their careers along with their pay scales. One of the most sought after exam to get into a reputed management institute is CAT. Aspiring candidates prepare and hope to crack the CAT entrance exam. However, they often tend to ignore the last hurdle which often stops them from crossing the finishing line. It is the Group Discussion-Personal Interview and the Written Ability Test (GDPI & WAT).
Getting into an institute of your choice means that not only do you have to ace your CAT entrance exam but also ace your GDPI and WAT rounds.
Here are things to keep in mind to crack the GDPI and WAT process:
1. Group Discussion – In this round, aspiring candidates who have passed the CAT entrance exam are divided into groups and asked to debate amongst themselves on a particular topic. To ensure that you ace this stage:
- Read newspapers and current affairs topics on a regular basis. Usually the topic to discuss is based on those
- Avoid shouting or cutting others just to prove your point, everybody gets a chance to speak and you should allow others to air their point
- Be assertive on your points, but remember that there is usually no correct answer, you are being judged on your thought process and how to can work in a team environment
- Avoid creating a fish-market
2. Personal Interview – In this round, you are alone facing a panel of the institution’s professors and eminent industry experts who might be alumni of the institute. Some of the typical questions and ways to handle them are:
- Tell us something about yourself: You should briefly mention about your family and what they are all doing. Then you should mention your school, college and job life if any. Be brief as possible and ensure that you put in some extra point about yourself. For example: I have studied in a hostel since Standard 4. Anything out of the box arouses their senses and drives the interview towards that particular point. So be sure that your out of the box thing is positive.
- Why do you want to do an MBA – You should speak about MBA would help you develop your personality in a holistic manner. Secondly it will allow you to progress in your career rapidly and also ensures that you are on a higher pay scale. Be short, precise and true.
- Where do you see yourself five year from now – You should speak about how you want to reach the senior leadership team of an MNC or how to you will apply the skills to use in your family business or set up your own business.
- Just remember – If you do not know the answer to a question, you should say that you don’t know rather than trying to come up with a wrong answer.
3. Written Ability Test – Many institutes specially the IIMs are now opting to conduct the WAT round by replacing the Group Discussion. Out here they ask you to write on a topic in the form of an essay rather than discuss it as in the Group Discussion.
Passing the CAT entrance exam is only the first step; you need to be prepared for the entire process.