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A glimpse of the past – WAT/PI experience at IIM Calcutta

Preparing for the second stage of the admission process including PI/WAT, its important to have an analysis of the trends observed in the PI/WAT process over the past years at IIM Calcutta WAT Average Duration: 20 mins World Limit: 200 words No. of Panelists: 3 WAT topics over the past years Politicization and Commercialization of sports – reality or fake? Modern life has corruption, how will a honest man go up as businessman or as a civil servant? Case studies suggest that enrollment in increasing in Indian schools & that India ranks 2nd from bottom in reading and math abilities. How would you explain the contribution of B-schools? Is reading no more a leisure thing? How has the advancement of technology affected the concept of leisure? Do women in the 21st century still face a lot of barriers to rise to senior management positions? Give your views on book launches, social hype around books and bestselling novels. Unhappy is the country which has […]

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B School Admissions: Impact of your Academic Profile

“How much does Class X and XII marks affect my chances of getting a seat in a good B-school?” or “I had poor marks in board exams or in my graduation, should I be worried?” or “I dropped a year in between, is this going to decrease my chances?”. These are some of the questions which bug a large portion of students preparing or planning to prepare for CAT exam. Many students take it seriously and seem to lose confidence because of it. In this article, I will try to present my view point and opinions on this issue. Question : I have a really low percentage in Class 10th and 12th. Will this hamper my chances of getting into the old IIMs? First of all, when it comes to taking the CAT exam, the X, XII and graduation marks are used only for checking the eligibility for the exam. Therefore, your percentile will not be affected at all by your […]

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GD/WAT Topic for IIFT, XLRI, IIMs, SIBM, and other B schools – Trends in India’s Foreign Policy

India is rising and so are its international profile, engagements and obligations growing significantly. With time, comes new, challenging and critical demands on India from international community which arouse and strain, India’s aspirations and legitimate interests. There comes the need for charting the India’s foreign policy and the position that India should take, or not take, on specific issues. Fighting three wars with Pakistan in the west due to the conflicting claims to the state of Kashmir, loss in 1962 war with China in the North over a long disputed border, China’s nuclear tests and its supplying of arms to Pakistan exacerbated Indian insecurity. India pledged itself to non alignment on the international stage and it diluted its non-aligned stance in the 1970s by developing a special relationship with the USSR which bestowed India with diplomatic support over issues such as Kashmir. India steadily drifted towards the Soviet Union and its relations with all the other major centres of power –the […]

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DOWN But Not OUT: Tips to deal with B School Rejection

Results of almost all the B school for the MBA admissions are declared. Congratulations to the students who got their dream college. And those who could not make it should not lose heart. Just because you’re down to your last strike, you’re not out yet. You can always do more. This year if you didn’t get a B school of your choice, doesn’t mean that you can’t get it. Just remember, “Failure is the first key to success”. Don’t lose faith in yourself, just follow these steps and start preparing for CAT’17. 1.Re-evaluate Yourself The first important step you have to take now is re-evaluate yourself and your performance. This will help you in figuring out where you lack this year and what were your mistakes and how can you improve it. The reason of failure can be any one of these: A) Poor Performance This is possible that you are not well prepared this time and you have not performed […]

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Preparation Tips for Verbal Ability [VA] Section

In this article I will share a few important steps to be taken for excelling in the VA or verbal ability section of the CAT exam as it is popularly known. First of all it should be clear that the VA section has become very structured and has 5-6 question types which are very important. Secondly, since the chapters are more or less defined with a few changes or surprises, the option of leaving something does not arise. So we cannot say that I will not solve para-jumbles in the exam because there might be a chance that out of the 10 VA questions there are 3 para-jumbles questions which gives it a 30% importance in that section. Thirdly, since the number of question are limited to 10 in VA, the scope of leaving out questions and the liberty of making errors or doing guess work is out of question. If you plan to do any of those things, then be […]

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Tips to Crack CAT Interview

Just like in any other competitive exam, post CAT Interview is the last step to be decoded to crack the cumbersome “Management Entrance Selection Process”. Preparing for an interview is equally as important as CAT exam. A high scorer on CAT may loose a chance in interview if not presented ingeniously. Following are some handy tips which might be very useful and productive while facing an interview. Begin NOW. Interviews require a fair command over one’s soft skills, which cannot be nurtured overnight. The key is to begin as early as possible. It is very important to know who you really are. Knowing the different facets of one’s personality helps. Prepare a list of your hobbies. Being familiar with your strengths and weaknesses, and knowing your temperament provide you clarity of thoughts. Clear thoughts would definitely result in honest and uninhibited answers. Be honest with the details on your biodata/form/resume. You need to be thorough with the minutest details in your […]

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Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions in a Personal Interview. So, make sure you are well prepared with an answer before you step into the interview room. When asked this question, share with your interviewer the goals you have set in your life for the next five years. Since you are about to embark on an MBA journey, inform the interviewer how the MBA fits into your five-year goal. If you are keen on pursuing a job in the management role, enlighten your interviewer on the specific path you have in mind (e.g. finance manager, marketing manager, or strategy manager). When your career goals are in line with what you plan to pursue in a business school, it shows that you are focused and organized. These are some of the qualities that interviewers are looking for. No business school wants candidates who are confused about their career goals or plans in life. So, always conduct in-depth research on […]

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What are the benchmarks for selecting top B schools ?

Planning for MBA? Preparing for CAT? Some of the questions that are troubling you right now are: Which B school is best? How I can select any B school? Which school I must apply according to my scores? These are the usual questions which bother each and every CAT aspirant. The answers to these questions are different for every individual according to their profile. But most of the answers are common for every individual which are according to some criteria. There are different benchmarks on which the B school is considered before applying. Most of these are placements, academic faculty, environment, location, internship, recruitment partners, return on investment, eligibility and many more. The first and the most important benchmark while selecting the B school is its placement records and this is also the important aspect considered while ranking the B schools. It is important because every student who opts for MBA requires a good placement. If a student is investing such […]

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CAT Syllabus

CAT (Common Admission Test) examination is conducted by different IIMs each year around the month of November. The test is conducted by IIMs for the selection of students for its various business administration programs. CAT doesn’t provide a fixed syllabus for the exam, although questions pertaining to intermediate school learnings in English, Mathematics and Logical Reasoning are asked. This test comprises of three sections namely Quantitative Ability, Verbal Reasoning and Data Interpretation &Logical reasoning. There is a fixed duration of 1hour each for the above three sections. The score obtained in the examination is prerequisite not only for admission in IIMs but also other top B-Schools. The validity of score is for one year only. Although IIMs don’t specify the exact syllabus, our team has categorized the syllabus, which is extremely important to get and overview of the exam. Syllabus for CAT Exam Verbal Ability Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Quantitative ability Reading Comprehension Caselets Numbers ·         Number Systems ·         Progressions […]

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