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Written Ability Test was introduced to replace Group Discussion (GD) from the selection process, in 2016. In a WAT, candidates have to write an essay on a current social issue or a generic thought-provoking issue. The test will hold more than 10% weightage in the selection process of CAT 2020.
CAT 2020: Key Features of Written Ability Test for IIM
|Preparation Tips||Writing Tips|
Different IIMs allocates different weightage to the Written Ability Test factor. While appearing for multiple IIMs, a candidate has to attempt only one WAT. The IIMs share the WAT score with each other, which helps to speed up the process. Although, the interview process is distinct for every IIM.
Details regarding the same are tabulated below:
|IIM Rohtak||30 (PA)|
|IIM Udaipur||21 (PA)|
|IIM Bodh Gaya||10|
(PA - Personal Appearance)
Some IIMs participating in the common counseling process have only disclosed the weightage for personal appearance, which accounts for both WAT and PI.
Every institute allots a different time limit for attempting the test. The following table depicts the estimated time limit allotted by different institutes for the process:
|B-School||Time Limit (in minutes)||Suggested Word Limit|
The new IIMs are participating in a common counseling process (CAP), which organizes a common WAT process. These new IIMs are IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur, Amritsar, Bodhgaya, and Sambalpur. The common counseling will be majorly held in these cities:
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The purpose of a WAT in a CAT exam is to have a better insight into your philosophy of life, your thought process, and your moral structure. Even in general writing, a person requires a high discipline of intellect. Thus a candidate should be well versed with current topics, leaders, and discoveries, etc.
While attempting the written test, a candidate should focus on time management. For this test, you have to put a pen over paper, thus an article with a lot of cutting will send a wrong message to the panelists from IIM. Candidates have to visualize the entire article in their mind before they start writing. Following tips will help you to understand the dos and don’ts of WAT for CAT 2020:
|Time Management||Take the first 2-3 minutes (not more than that) to gather your thoughts|
|Structure||The structure should be Concise, engaging, informative paragraph|
|Introductory Paragraph||The idea of the article should be clear in the first paragraph|
|One Idea||Explain one idea in one paragraph. Avoid ambiguity.|
|Vocabulary||Avoid using heavy vocabulary. Use the simplest language to express your views.|
|Cutting||Avoid Cutting. It tends to send a negative message.|
|Explanation||Avoid explaining in detail.|
|Positives||Emphasize more on positives than negative|
|Concluding Paragraph||Your concluding paragraph should summarise your views effectively. Use a quote if you can.|
The more you read more information you will have on multiple topics. From news and latest updates, newspapers are a useful medium. Reading more will eventually also complement your verbal comprehension skills. Written Ability Test tends to check the reading ability and information processing and presentation of the candidate. Some of the recommended newspapers are mentioned below:
You can also buy a yearbook, like Manorma to update yourself with the latest trends and topics. Newspaper reading should be a part of daily activity. Focus on the editorial articles. You can also buy some other books or novels, which help you to see from a different perspective.
Books are responsible for the overall personal development of a person. For an MBA aspirant, books will help you improve speed, vocabulary, and context. One can start with classics:
Apart from these classics, the following books can help you to have a general context about different circumstances and situations:
A few more books are listed below, which have been recommended multiple times by IIM alumni:
|The Alchemist||Paulo Coelho||Adventure, fantasy|
|The Zahir||Paulo Coelho||Novel|
|The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari||Robin Sharma||Fiction, inspirational|
|Nineteen Eighty-Four||George Orwell||Political satire, social science fiction|
|The Compassionate Samurai||Brian Klemmer||Motivational|
|The Great Gatsby||F. Scott Fitzgerald||Fiction novel|
|The Catcher in the Rye||J. D. Salinger||Realistic fiction|
|The Fountainhead||Ayn Rand||Philosophical novel|
|Narcissus and Goldmund||Hermann Hesse||Historical fiction, philosophical fiction|
|Atlas Shrugged||Ayn Rand||Philosophical, Mystery and Romance|
The Written Test covers a wide range of topics from social to political, from management to environmental, etc in IIM. The topics are chosen in order to test your knowledge of the subject matter. Thus it is advisable to practice topics from previous years to get your thought process in-line. Below mentioned topics have been asked previously during WAT process:
A candidate needs to be updated about different sectors of life and corporate in order to be well versed with these randomly chosen topics. Additionally, one should practice attempting one topic with different time limits, like 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 45 minutes.
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WAT in CAT 2019 is still a new step in the selection process. Some of the solved sample solutions for previously asked questions are given below. It is important to note that there is no official structure for answering the written ability test. The only thing that matters is the clarity of the idea.
Every country in the world is a signatory of the Paris Agreement. But the question is, will it be enough to keep the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. That’s a tough target when you realize that the earth is 1.1 degrees Celsius warmer than the pre-industrial period. Still, more than 190 countries are expected to pledge more ambitious goals to prevent climate change in this coming Climate change summit in Chile.
Climate Change Agreement: The Need
Climate Change Summit in Chile
The Climate Change Summit is going to take place in Santiago, Chile from December 2 to December 13. The venue is important since neighboring countries are fighting the fires in the Amazon forests, which accounts for the biggest rainforest in the world and an essential element in balancing the temperature on earth. Chile is already providing all the support to Brazil and other affected countries.
As the host of COP25, Chile specifically and Latin America more broadly have a wide-open opportunity to demonstrate vision and leadership on ambitious action that helps the entire world avoid the direct consequences of climate change.
“A world that is safer and more secure, more prosperous, and freer.” In December 2015, that was the world President Barack Obama envisioning the future, coming generations deserve.
Despite his commitments Donald Trump, the president of the world’s biggest economy, decided to exit the Paris deal as soon as possible, giving a major blow to the Paris Agreement. Fortunately, instead of abandoning the fight, people across the country and around the world are ramping up efforts to drive the clean energy advances needed to meet the goals of the accord and put the brakes on dangerous climate change—with or without the Trump administration.
What to expect from the Chile Summit:
The following key elements are expected out of the Chile summit:
The U.N. Paris Agreement was not strong enough “to prevent the world from continuing on a path that could end in tragedy,” the Chile president, Sebastian Pinera, told a news conference. Chile, fronting the Pacific Ocean at the southern tip of South America, will also advocate for the protection of Antarctica and the oceans, Pinera said.
As of now, China has invited the United States for the Chile summit. As of other countries they are also committing to the stricter measures but there’s still a major disparity regarding the commitment of the governments, especially at the ground level.
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Whether an MBA is necessary for success, merely depends upon your definition of success. It varies from person to person. If success means having an edge over your colleagues in the corporate then yes, an MBA is necessary. MBA refurbishes your communication skills, body language, uniformity, time management, etc which a non-MBA might or might-not acquire with experience.
|Arguement in Favour|
According to a survey conducted by Harvard Business Review, on analysis and ranking of the performance of 2,000 CEOs around the globe, 40% of the CEOs in India have an MBA, 60% don’t. That’s a lot to back one degree and maybe these numbers are the reason why Indian youth is seduced by the scope of the MBA degree.
Arguments against the notion
On a personal note, I won’t agree with the statement to the fullest. There are many successful people around the world, who succeeded without any MBA degree. No doubt, an MBA degree boosts your professional skills and give you a holistic perspective to lead life. Moreover, success is a subjective idea that depends upon a person’s own efficiency and skills.
But that doesn’t mean that an MBA graduate is destined to succeed. That actually depends on your career plans. If a person is opting for an MBA just to get a 6 digit salary, then it's worthless. And if someone really has a keen interest in the MBA, then he/she must go for it. So the famous saying "Investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.'' There's nothing wrong with an MBA because it will surely help you get a successful career in life.
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