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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.

Past WAT topics
- The recent financial crisis highlights the perils of Capitalism
- Women's Reservation Bill
- Banning politicians with criminal records from contesting elections is against their right
- India versus Bharat : a divided nation
- Union Budget is a useless exercise and activities like recession puts it off-track...Read more
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?

Are you writing for yourself to read or for panellists to examine you on various parameters? Obviously you do not write for yourself ignoring your overarching goal-writing for the reader, who happens to be the examiner. After WAT your essay may become a part of questions in Personal Interview. Without considering who will read your article, you will not first consider how fully you should explain the ideas. What figures, data, quotes to include, what terms and concepts you need to define. Before you start writing the essay in neat handwriting (Yes quite necessary) consider your learned reader. Many essays will be presented before the panel, to be examined, so you have to write in such a manner that would hook your reader in the first paragraph itself. Pour your knowledgeable ideas in a systematic way to maintain consistency and conclude it gracefully. It will serve you well....Read more
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. Once shortlisted by IIMs on the basis of your CAT 2016 percentile, academic profile, you will have to go through the Written Ability Test (WAT) to be conducted by almost all the IIMs in the second round of admission process. Out of 20 IIMs, 17 will put you to the Written Ability Test (WAT) and others will also make you show your writing skills...Read more
Toppers Mantra
Prateek Bajpai
IIM Ahmedabad
CAT 2015 - 100 %tile...Read more
Pranjal Agarwal
IIM Ahmedabad
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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
B-School: IIM Calcutta (WAT) Spot Test
Time Limit: 20-25 minutes
Suggested Word Limit: 400 words
Probable Topics: Current affairs, business, science, abstract topics
B-School: IIM Lucknow (WAT) Spot Test
Time Limit: 15-20 minutes
Suggested Word Limit: 200+ words appx.
Probable Topics: Mostly Abstract and National
B-School: IIM Indore
Time Limit: 20-25 minutes
Suggested Word Limit: 250 words
Probable Topics: Current affairs, economic, abstract, National, International
B-School: IIM Kozhikode
Time Limit: 25 minutes
Suggested Word Limit: 300 words
Probable Topics: Current affairs, economic, abstract, National, International
B-School: IIM Shillong
Time Limit: 20-25 minutes
Suggested Word Limit: 300 words
Probable Topics: Current affairs, economic, abstract, National, International
B-School: IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur, Amritsar, Bodhgaya, Sambalpur
Time Limit: 25-30 minutes Common Admission Process (CAP) for 9 IIMs with WAT
Suggested Word Limit: 300 words
Probable Topics: Current affairs, economic, abstract, National, International
B-School: IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur, Amritsar, Bodhgaya, Sambalpur
Time Limit: 25-30 minutes Common Admission Process (CAP) for 9 IIMs with WAT
Suggested Word Limit: 300 words
Probable Topics: Current affairs, economic, abstract, National, International
B-School: FMS Delhi
Time Limit: 20-30 minutes
Suggested Word Limit: 300 words
Probable Topics: Current affairs, economic, abstract, National, International
B-School: IIFT- Spot Test
Time Limit: 20 minutes
Suggested Word Limit: 300+words appx.
Probable Topics: Current National, International
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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