GD-WAT(Essay)-PI

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About GD-WAT-PI

The selection process of all major business schools is a multi-stage affair, beginning with the entrance test. After taking the entrance test, the subsequent rounds are a combination of two or more of the following: Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT or essay writing) and Personal Interview (PI).

Historically, the rounds used to comprise GD and PI. However, in the last couple of years, institutes have started including the WAT as well, in some cases doing away with the GD altogether.  

The preparation for GD, WAT and PI should ideally start much before the test, since it is knowledge of current affairs and the ability to communicate opinions effectively that are tested. However, starting January, the GD, WAT and PI preparation must intensify exponentially, so that you reach the peak of your ability during the actual GD/WAT and PI rounds.

Shortlisting for GD-WAT-PI rounds

Every institute has its own criteria while shortlisting candidates for the second stage of the selection. While IIMs are known to give considerable weightage to your CAT scores (overall and sectional), work experience and academic background, FMS shortlists candidates based on CAT scores only.

To view the admission policy of IIMs, click here.

Indicative cut-off percentiles for final call (Final Admit)   
B-school Sectional Percentile Overall Percentile
IIM A Each Section: 94 Gen: 99.67,
OBC:
96.42,
SC:
90.68,
ST:
81.10,
DA:
86.76
IIM B* Each Section: 90 90
IIM C* Each Section: 90 95
IIM L Each Section: 85 99
IIM Kozhikode Each Section: 80 98
IIM Indore Each Section: 85 98
IIM Shillong Each Section: 85 98
IIM Kashipur Gen: QADI: 80.58, VALR: 80.07,
OBC:
QADI: 70.05, VALR: 70.04,
SC:
QADI: 45.30, VALR:45.46,
ST:
QADI: 41.59, VALR: 41.45,
DAP:
QADI: 53.23, VALR: 50.42
Gen: 96.60,
OBC:
75.04,
SC:
65.06,
ST:
60.01,
DAP:
75.04
IIM Rohtak
IIM Ranchi(PGDM and PGDHRM)
IIM Raipur
IIM Trichy
IIM Udaipur

Disclaimer: *IIM B, C Cut-offs in the IIMs Final Admit table reflects stage 1 cut-offs as the respective IIMs have not shared their Final admit cut-offs.
IIM A,L, K, I, Shillong and New IIMs cut-offs are shared by the respective IIMs when contacted.
Wherever latest cut-offs were not available, past cut-offs have been considered.

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