WAT Preparation Tips and Past trends in IIMs

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Updated on January 7, 2014
This article shares with you the tips, solved topics and past trends of Written Ability test (WAT) or Essay Writing which has become a vital part of B school Admission process 2014.
Most of the leading B schools have either substituted GD by WAT or have added WAT to GD to test the writing skills.

Four very important written examinations for admission to top rated B schools namely CAT, IIFT, SNAP, XAT are over and the aspirants are waiting for the declaration of results. The intervening time must now be utilised to prepare for the next stage of admission round which is the GD/PI/WAT.


MBAUniverse.com has already equipped you with the expert guidance on the importance, how to prepare and write the essay in this prestigious test with a salt of warning to avoid common errors.


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WAT Topic for MBA: Corruption is the root cause of current economic and social woes in India


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WAT Topic for MBA: India has more skilled Human Resource


WAT Topic for MBA: Indo-US relations; how much beneficial for India


WAT Topic for MBA: FDI in multi brand retail is a boon or bane


WAT Topic for MBA: Is ASEAN a defunct Group


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Most of the leading B schools have either substituted GD by WAT or have added WAT to GD while some have preferred case let solutions to test the writing skills.


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MBAUniverse.com learning team has come out with the past trend of important WAT topics in IIMs and other leading B schools with the anticipated areas of topics as well as the time limits to write the essays.
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. A glimpse of past WAT topics will further enable you to understand what appeared in past.


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Solved WAT topics 2014 for WAT /Essay Writing Preparations


Past WAT topics

1. The recent financial crisis highlights the perils of Capitalism
2. Women's Reservation Bill
3. Banning politicians with criminal records from contesting elections is against their right
4. India versus Bharat : a divided nation
5. Union Budget is a useless exercise and activities like recession puts it off-track
6. Essential services like water, electricity should not be privatized
7. Is disinvestment in profit making PSU's advisable?
8. Should Petroleum Subsidy go away?
9. Corporate Social Responsibility
10. Discuss the role of Public Private Partnership in India's Economic Growth
11. Voting should be made compulsory
12. IIM should make one year of social service compulsory for all students
13. Should there be reservation for women in MBA colleges?
14. Bollywood is capitalizing on people with disabilities
15. In India mass mobilization can only be achieved through religion
16. IPL is a death knell to Indian cricket
17. Legalizing doping in sports in modern times
18. Cricket is cannibalizing the space of other sports in India
19. The greatest tennis star of all time
20. Vishwanathan Anand is as good a brand ambassador as Sachin Tendulkar
21. Pink is the new Blue
22. Idiots Rule
23. Sometimes wars are required to ensure peace
24. An eye for eye will make the whole world blind
25. World is run by conspiracy. People run by lofty ideas
26. Effects of corruption; In today’s world, business and ethics don’t go hand in hand
27. Foreign coaches are a waste of money in Indian sports.
28. Advertising is legalized lying
29. Family managed business vs. professionally run organizations
30. Financial Crisis in Europe


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Anticipated WAT time limit in different B-schools


The time limit to write the essay varies from Institute to Institute. In XAT/ WAT/IIFT you will have different time limits to write an essay without any word limit but a well worded and managed essay might have 300 to 400 words in 20-30 minutes provided the same is to the point and justifies the topic. A good deal of practice is required to hit the goal.

B-school/test name

Time limit

Suggested Word limit

Probable topics

XAT/XLRI etc. (with written examination)

20 minutes

300-400 words

Current affairs of national, international importance, abstract topics

IIM-A(WAT) spot test

15-20 minutes

300+ words

Current affairs, Finance, economics, socio-political, abstract topics

IIM-B (WAT)spot test

30 minutes

400 words Appx.

National, International

IIM-C(WAT)spot test

20-25 minutes

400+ words

Current affairs, business, science, abstract topics

IIM-L (WAT)spot test

15 minutes

200+ words appx.

Mostly Abstract and National

IIFT- spot test

20 minutes

300+words appx.

Current National, International


Important Notes


1. IIM Lucknow usually gives you an abstract topic on Writing Ability Test. The same topic may figure in Group Discussion.
2. IIFT usually gives you separate topics for Essay and Group Discussion.
3. IMT Ghaziabad prefers case let.
4. XAT (for XLRI etc.) was held on 5.1.14. Candidates who hope to be shortlisted for PI round must recall what they had written in their essay on ‘Beautiful things are not to be touched but are felt’ as questions may be based on their writing piece.


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Understand the trend-How to write


The trend can be well understood by analyzing the topics. The essays are either on contemporary issues, socio-economic, socio-political, sports or abstract topics. It is easy to gather the information on current and contemporary topics since it is very much available on various media platforms but for abstract topics, one has to think what should be the right approach and what would be the contents.


XAT 2014 had the essay topic ‘Beautiful things are not to be touched but are felt.’ What in fact are the beautiful things-physical or abstract; how can the beauty be felt without touching it; were mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi were beautiful-if yes, how; if a human being touches any beautiful thing, would it become dirty; how to differentiate between inner beauty and outward beauty; is the beauty only skin deep. All these thoughts were supposed to be gathered and an outline was to be framed before beginning to write. Another important factor is-you must be aware of what you are writing and should be able to recall the same because questions in PI round may be formed on your writing piece.    


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GD Topic for MBA: Opinion Polls be banned in pre election period

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