WAT Is The First Test Of Time Management Faced By Any IIM Grad

“Needless to say, WAT is the first test of time management faced by any MBA graduate. Hence, it requires sustained effort for continual improvement in writing style and speed. The topics are so chosen that it makes you to apply your brain and come out with one’s insights in a meaningful manner.

The candidate is supposed to determine the kind of writing that goes in sync with the topic i.e. descriptive, critic, persuasive or analytical one. Depending on that, one should structure the content into the introduction, body and the conclusion paragraphs. Try to introduce a new idea in separate paragraphs and don’t be too verbose. Simplicity is the key and your content will be judged on your thought process keeping in mind the paucity of time.

When it comes to WAT preparation, there is no substitute to extensive writing practice within a fixed time-frame. I went through a lots of current affairs topics ranging from economy, politics, business, entertainment and society at large to develop my own thoughts on them. It helped me to generate ideas and content, whenever I faced an uneasy topic to write. I had started my WAT/PI preparation much before the CAT exam. I feel there is no harm in enriching yourself with regular news updates and being mentally prepared for subsequent interviews.

Dos – Give examples, state facts and figures, write an effective and impressive introduction & conclusion

Don’ts – Refrain from giving your own opinion, unless asked. Don’t be verbose and must avoid grammatical errors

A well-structured and complete WAT reflects well on your personality in the follow-up interview as well. A little dedicated effort will make a long way in deciding your admission offer, so it is advised not to take this part of the evaluation lightly. ”




About the Author:

This article is written by Subhra Pratim Halder, Batch of 2018 IIM Lucknow. He is a core member of Media and Communication Cell of IIM Lucknow and a two-time National level winner of essay writing competition by National Human Rights Commission. A writer at heart, he can be reached at pgp32204@iiml.ac.in

Subhra Pratim Halder

This article is written by Subhra Pratim Halder, PGDM (Marketing & HR) IIML, batch of 2018. He was the head of elected Senate, IIML and worked for the branding & public relations as part of Media Cell of the institute. A two-time National level winner of essay writing by NHRC, he is keen into developing insights on consumer behavior and brand management in Marketing.