Written Ability Test (WAT)

Written Ability Test (WAT) is pen-paper based writing test of 15 to 30 minutes duration conducted by IIMs and other top B-schools to test your writing skills after you are shortlisted for final admission round. In fact most of the IIMs have replaced Group Discussion (GD) round by WAT in the final selection round.

 

Out of the 20 IIMs except 2 IIMs, all have replaced GD round by WAT round as their final selection process for admission to their flagship programmes. IIMs found WAT a better testing process to assess a candidate than GD as many candidates could not express their opinion and views during GD while who could speak louder made their presence felt during GD round.

 

In WAT round a candidate can freely put down his views and thoughts on paper coherently without fear of getting disrupted.   

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WAT Topics

WAT, in fact may be on any kind of topics under the Sun like – Business, Economics & Finance, Social, Political, religious, national or international affairs, Sports related, imaginative and abstract. This section contains past topics, past solved topics and probable solved topics for WAT 2017.

 

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WAT Tips

When you write in Academic Writing Test (AWT) in the final selection round of IIM Ahmedabad, or Written Ability Test (WAT) of IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, FMS Delhi or in the CAP 2017 of 9 IIMs, before beginning to write just think, who you are writing for?
 

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WAT Preparation

Well worded writing skills always make good managers who reach the top corporate positions, with this thought, not only IIMs but also other top Management B-schools like XLRI, IIFT have started the WAT process in PI round to select the suitable candidates to their flagship management programmes.

IIMs earlier focused on Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI), now most of them have substituted the Group discussion with Essay Writing and some of them have added WAT along with GD for admission to their various Management programmes.

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Top B-schools Using WAT in 2017

B-School: IIM Ahmedabad (AWT-WAT) Spot Test
Time Limit: 20-25 minutes
Suggested Word Limit: 300+ words
Probable Topics: Current affairs, Finance, economics, socio-political, abstract topics

B-School: IIM Bangalore (WAT) Spot Test
Time Limit: 30 minutes
Suggested Word Limit: 400 words Appx.
Probable Topics: National, International

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Important Dates

WAT as the part of PI round at top B-schools will begin in the last week of January or the first week of February 2017. This round will continue till April 2017 and the final admission offer will be made in the last week of April or in the beginning of May 2017.

Both WAT and PI will be held on the same day either in the forenoon session or in the afternoon session. The candidate does not need to come twice to attend WAT and PI separately.

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Topper interviews WAT

Akshay Kumar Singh

WAT was different at different institutes. We were supposed to write a small essay based on a

Sourav Dutta

In WAT, we were shown a video and we had to predict the learnings and write few hashtags

Mohit Sharma

My essay topic was ‘Public-Private partnerships: a boon or bane’. I first introduced the subject

Shekhar Kapoor

My WAT topic at SPJIMR was: “What is that one area which people are good at but you can never be

Karan Kokane

WAT Experience 1:

The WAT for new IIMs was a good experience