Wat Topper Mantra
Abhay comes from a modest family of small town of Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh where education facilities are not so equipped as those in metropolitan cities. Abhay completed his schooling from St. Mary’s School Bijnor (U.P.) and has held a consistent good academic record. He scored 86.83% marks in class 10 and 91.71% marks in class 12. Apart from devoting time to study, Abhay has great interest in reading novels and playing guitar.
Abhay was studying in B.Tech (Biotechnology), Pantnagar University, Batch 2012-16 when he appeared in CAT last year. He scored 74.87% marks in his B.Tech exam and cracked CAT simultaneously with a high score of 99.99 percentile. Abhay converted his call to FMS Delhi, IIM Lucknow and other new IIMs who offered him admission but he preferred FMS Delhi.
At IIM Ahmedabad we got a case study there. At IIM Lucknow, we had a WAT round. This was followed by PI.
Akshay Kumar Singh
Akshay hails from Purnea Bihar. He is a B.E in Mechanical Engineering and had a work experience of 6 months before joining MBA at SIBM Pune after scoring 99.97 percentile in SNAP 2015. He has great interest in Playing cricket, watching Bollywood Movies, Listening to music. His source of inspiration is his family.
WAT was different at different institutes. We were supposed to write a small essay based on a small video or on a still picture shown to us. At some it was divided into two parts where one of them consisted of questions like “Describe yourself in two sentences?” or “Strength and weakness” and the other part was again essays on video or picture.
PI started with the familiar question of “Tell me something about yourself?” at most of the institutes.
Avidipto Chakraborty scored a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2016 in his first attempt itself! What’s interesting about Avidipto is that he completely relied on self-studies and did not take get enrolled in any coaching centres. Avidipto believes that his success is due to the number of mock tests he has taken for the CAT preparation. Avidipto took 80+ mock tests for preparation! Avidipto is now targeting MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad. He wishes to be an entrepreneur in the future.
WAT experience scored a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2016 in his first attempt itself! What’s interesting about Avidipto is that he completely relied on self-studies and did not take get enrolled in any coaching centres. Avidipto believes that his success is due to the number of mock tests he has taken for the CAT preparation. Avidipto took 80+ mock tests for preparation! Avidipto is now targeting MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad. He wishes to be an entrepreneur in the future.
Karan completed schooling from Symbiosis Secondary School, Pune with 89.23% in the 10th standard and 92% in 12th standard. With no gap in studies Karan scored a 192 out 200 in the MHT CET 2009 (Engg entrance) exam in the same year and got 69th rank in the whole state of Maharashtra.
Karan opted for computer engineering from College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), and secured a CGPA of 8.6 on a scale of 10 in COEP and was amongst the top 15% in a class of 90 students. Along with maintaining his academics, Karan was active in extracurricular activities. He was the Event head of the event Circuit-Fixer in Mindspark’11 and a sponsorship coordinator in Mindspark’10. Mindspark is COEP’s national level technical festival.
After completing graduation in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering, Karan Kokane got placed in HARMAN International India Pvt. Ltd. as a software programmer and worked with them for 20 months. Karan was awarded the HARMAN Superior Performance award for contributions to the project, and for his performance and potential. Karan was also one of the few employees to get a four star rating in the yearly assessment review.
With a percentile score of 99.993 in the MAH MBA CET exam Karan stood among the three toppers.
WAT Experience 1:
The WAT for new IIMs was a good experience although I don’t remember the topic. Anything under the Sun can form the WAT topic.
WAT Experience 2:
For NMIMS, we were given a case wherein we had to decide whether the pharmaceutical companies should continue to produce drugs that fetched them a higher margin and ignore others that were low margin drugs.
Mohit Sharma has done B.E (Electronics & Communication) and belongs to Nagpur. He had 28 months of work experience before joining IIFT MBA (IB) 2016-18 programme. He loves reading and listening music. Mohit Sharma attributes his success to his father.
My essay topic was ‘Public-Private partnerships: a boon or bane’. I first introduced the subject and mentioned some of the latest happenings in the field that might have triggered this topic. I then went on to enunciate the benefits of PPP by giving examples. I also mentioned some of the projects that were not able to achieve the desired results and concluded by mentioning how PPP were the way to go and though there are still some creases, it will not be beneficial to term PPP as a bane.
The important thing while writing the essay is to make sure that your sentences are coherent and your change of paragraphs is smooth and flawless.
Saransh belongs to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. He scored 9.6/10 in class 10 and 90.6% marks in class 12. Saransh has completed graduation in civil engineering from NIT Warangal with a score of 7.19 out of 10. Saransh preferred to join FMS Delhi to other IIMs and B-schools that offered him admission.
Apart from devoting time to study, Saransh has great interest in Cricket, Football, Texas Hold’em poker and watching TV shows. He attributes his success inspiration to his mother, Cristiano Ronaldo – the renowned football player and his willingness to get recognized.
At IIM Ahmedabad it was a case study to be attempted in 30 minutes. IIM Calcutta asked me to write on ‘How do you feel about people walking on street whilst talking to mobile phones’ in 20 minutes. The topic at IIM Lucknow was ‘How much do I love my country?’ FMS Delhi has no WAT round. There is extempore speech just before the PI round.
Shashank belongs to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. He attributes his success to his parents and teachers. Shashank is a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering (Hons.) with Minor in Computer Science from IIT Gandhinagar. He had gained 11 months of work experience with Texas Instruments to his credit before joining IIM Bangalore. He loves sports along with his studies and has keen interest in Athletics especially in Sprinting & Swimming.
Almost all the IIMs conduct WAT round alongwith PI. Shared below is my experience of WAT in IIMs -
IIM Ahmedabad: WAT topic was related to conflicts involved in decision making process for a manager
IIM Bangalore: ‘Free basics and its impact’
IIM Calcutta: WAT topic was related to a financial event that happened probably in January
IIM Kozhikode: Relevance of reservation for girls at top academic institutions in today’s context
IIM Lucknow placed an abstract topic for WAT
Shekhar is a B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering and has a work experience of 21 months. A working professional, Shekhar had to balance his professional duties and the study hours but made it sure to score high in XAT 2016 and CAT 2015 get into SPJIMR Mumbai, one of the highly ranked B-schools in India.
My WAT topic at SPJIMR was: “What is that one area which people are good at but you can never be?” It took me a while to gather my thoughts and then present them in the form of an essay. I talked about my inability to develop and sustain namesake personal relationships. I have had come across a lot of people who are friends with someone for an ulterior motive. The structure was the basic Intro-Body-Conclusion type wherein I started with my philosophy in life, followed by a description of an instance, followed by what I learnt from it.
SNAP topper Sourav Dutta who scored 99.994 percentile in 2015 and opted for MBA at SIBM Pune, is a national level professional archer and was also a working professional before joining MBA at SIBM Pune. Sourav belongs to Jamshedpur. He has a consistent good academic record with 87.2% in class 10; 81% in class 12 and 81% in his B.Tech which he completed from KIIT Bhubaneswar in 2013. Sourav Dutta had acquired a work experience of 17 months at Aricent, Gurgaon as Software engineer before joining SIBM Pune.
Apart from SNAP 2015 in which he scored 99.994 percentile, Sourav also appeared in CAT 2015, NMAT by GMAC, XAT 2016. He had admission option among SIBM Pune, NMIMS and a couple of new IIMs but he opted for SIBM Pune.
In WAT, we were shown a video and we had to predict the learnings and write few hashtags regarding us, what sets us apart.