You have cleared your CAT Exam and have already accomplished your first step towards getting admission into the business management program in a reputed b-school. However, as you may know, there are several other steps that you need to go through before you can secure yourself a seat in the postgraduate management program. The admission procedure after CAT basically consists of two steps. In the first step, based on the performance in the exam, candidates will be shortlisted for the CAT selection procedure. In the second step, shortlisted candidates will be called for Writing Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. Every b-school that considers CAT for admission into its management education program assigns some weightage to each factor as per their admission process before selecting the students for the final admissions. Here’s a brief idea about each of the steps of the admission procedure that you may have to pass through:
Shortlisting the Candidates According to CAT Percentile
The percentile cut-off for each management institute varies. If your percentile in CAT meets the cutoff criterion set by the b-school you are applying for, you will be shortlisted and called for the further selection rounds. Besides the CAT percentile, the past academic record of the applicants is also taken into consideration while shortlisting them for further rounds. At IILM, Lodhi Road, applicants are required to possess at least 50% aggregate marks in their graduation. Candidates having prior work experience and additional educational qualification are given extra weightage during the selection process.
Acing the Writing Ability Test (WAT)
WAT or Written Ability Test is a part of the final selection process in most of the management colleges, and in fact, in many of the colleges, the group discussion is replaced by WAT.
WAT basically assesses your thinking abilities and your ability to articulate your thoughts in a short span of time. More often than not, the things that you write in the WAT sets the tone for the Personal Interview round. Thus, it is imperative for you to go prepared for this crucial round by reading up on the current topics, practicing writing essays by following a set structure, and timing your writing attempts so that you can complete your piece within the given time span.
Brace Yourself for the Group Discussion Round (GD)
GD round is the key step in the screening process at many of the top B-schools, and the skills that you brush up for this important round will help you in the job scenario in future as well. In a GD, the candidates are tested out on primarily three things – their ability to take charge and express views, their knowledge on the subject, the richness of the content they have to offer, and lastly, their communication skills and body language. Hence, to crack the GD, make sure you hone your communication, listening, and reasoning prowess to your maximum potential.
Preparing for the Personal Interview (PI)
At IILM, Lodhi Road, one among the top PGDM colleges in Delhi, a personal interview is the only round that you need to clear for admission in our PGDM program. In the PI round, the interviewers try to find out if the candidate is thorough with what he/she has mentioned in the resume or the application.
Make sure that you are well-versed in answering questions about your field of study, reasons for choosing a particular field of management, and the reasons to choose a particular institute. Refine your soft skills and make sure your confidence comes through in the interview to win you a place in the Institute of your choice.
Telephonic Interview Round at IILM
At IILM, Lodhi Road, we conduct a telephonic interview or one-to-one interaction of candidates with the eminent faculty members of the college over Skype. To ace the telephonic or Skype interview, you need to prepare as you would for a regular interview. Make sure you have your resume and a notepad with you to take notes if the need arises and it also shows your eagerness and preparedness for the interview. Just as in case of a regular PI, in the telephonic interview as well, you need to pay close attention to the interviewer. Once you are well-prepared and determined to ace your interview, nothing can stop you from getting a rank in the prestigious programs of IILM.