3 Step Process To Get Into An IIM
1. Read newspaper editorials: Take out time to read a few editorial articles daily. 2 quality articles per day would suffice. Also, due to the availability of newspapers online, you can read these at anywhere (be it office or cab). This will not only help improve your reading speed and vocabulary for the CAT exam but also help you form your views on the current issues. One of the most crucial parts of an IIM interview is staying updated with the current affairs. Knowledge of current affairs will help you shine in all - GDs, essays and interviews.
2. Improve your communication skills: Speaking with utmost fluency and confidence during the interviews will help you make a good impression on the interviewers. There are multiple ways in which you can improve your spoken English. There is a common and straightforward approach of practising speaking in front of the mirror. You can also try joining Toastmasters club or a debating society or any similar meetups. These meetups occur once or twice a month. Spending just 2-4 hours a month on your communication skills will help you make a great difference during the interviews.
These will also increase your awareness and would add to your extracurriculars.
3. Extracurriculars give you brownie points: Almost every IIM will ask you about your hobbies. Having a thing that you love to do in your free time and in-depth knowledge about it will help you during your interviews. This can be as simple as playing TT in the office or reading books or articles about some topic you like.
It is not just about hobbies. You can speak about your passion, or some influencer you follow, etc. It is for u to showcase your personality.
These are a few simple ways which will be beneficial in the long run without eating up too much of your time.
Last but not the least, my advice for the CAT, try taking at least one mock CAT every week. Those will help you gauge your performance and improvement. Mock CATs help you identify your weak and strong areas. CAT is about relative and not absolute performance. Mocks will act as an indicator of where you stand in the crowd.
All the best!