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B school Admissions: Announcing Interview Calendar for Top 25 B schools; Plan your schedule
This article tells you the different methodologies of PI round adopted by the leading top 25 B schools for their admission 2014.

MBA aspirants who have been shortlisted for


admission round by IIMs, XLRI, MDI, IMT, IMI or other top rated B schools should now understand the intricacies of GDPIWAT round. Rising Importance of PI Weightage of this round is much higher than their CAT/XAT percentile to convert their call. Personal Interview round is the key to success in securing final admission to the desired institute as all the B schools award maximum weightage to this round. Different Methodologies of Personal Interview Round Not all IIMs and other B schools conduct the same methodology for the final admission. While some prefer GD and PI, other institutes may conduct Essay Writing and Personal Interview. Personal Interview Calendar for IIMs & other Top 25 B schools Written Ability Test has become a preferred choice of IIMs who have already started the process of GDPIWAT which will continue till the end of April 2014. IIM Ahmedabad IIM Ahmedabad has replaced GD by WAT and will award, on a scale of 100, a weightage of 70 to WAT and PI round as against 30 to the CAT composite score. IIM Bangalore IIM Bangalore will conduct Written ability test before the Personal Interview session. There will not be any GD round. IIM Calcutta WAT & PI round at IIM Calcutta will consist of 15 minutes duration Writing Ability Test followed by personal Interview. IIM Kozhikode Final admission round at IIM Kozhikode has taken the shape and is going to begin in the middle of February 2014. New IIMs Common Admission Process (CAP) for admission to PGDM 2014-16 batch to six new IIMs Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Trichy, Udaipur is being coordinated by IIM Trichy after declaration of shortlist on January 25, 2014. XLRI Jamshedpur XLRI has scheduled the GDPI process from February 17 to March 8, 2014 after short listing the candidates based on overall percentile cut off from 88 to 94 for different management programmes. MDI Gurgaon MDI Gurgaon will conduct Group Discussion and Personal Interview beginning the 3rd week of February 2014. Final admission round in other top B schools The process of final admission round where candidates preferred to apply or can still apply is going to begin shortly in following institutes. 1. IMT Ghaziabad The process is to begin in the second week of February, 2014.

2. IMI Delhi Final admission round will begin at Delhi campus of IMI on February 19, 2014 and on March 3, 2014 outside Delhi. 3. LIBA, Chennai The institute will begin the GDPIWAT process on February 28, 2014. 4. TAPMI Manipal The institute will focus more on the profiles and academic record of the candidates. 5. IFMR, Chennai Candidates with excellent academic record may apply to this institute even if they have lower than 80 percentile in CAT as better profile will be given due weightage. 6. MICA, Ahmedabad The process of final admission round at MICA will begin in the first week of April 2014. 7. BIMM, Pune The institute will conduct the final admission round in the last week of March 2014. You can still apply to this Institute as the date is open. 8. K J Somaiya Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai GDPIWAT will begin in the last week of March 2014, in this institute. Be a winner in final admission round The weightage to PI and WAT in final admission round is maximum and in a few institutes, it is more than the scored CAT percentile. 5 key tips to know how to write better On a scale of 100 in final admission round Written Ability Test commands a weightage of 10 to 15 which is sufficient to convert or turn down your call. Irrelevant use of vocabulary- Vocabulary which is not required must not be used. It might unnecessarily stretch your message, may have wrong impression on the reader who incidentally is your examiner. Avoid Repetition of ideas and sentences- How would you react If someone goes on saying or repeating the same idea in different sentences or in similar ones? Contradictory statements or ideas- Your statements should not nullify or crisscross your earlier made statements. Poor hand writing with cutting and cancellations- You may be skilled in writing, you have good vocabulary and know how to use figurative, idiomatic language with quotations BUT if the handwriting is poor, your reader may not follow the message which you wish to convey in its true sense. Manage the time-There will be a time limit of say 15 to 20 minutes for written ability test. Personal Interview PI (personal interview) is the most important part of final admission round. The weightage is even more than the written examination. What is the most appropriate dress code for interview? What should you wear in your PI round is a something to be addressed to, with clarity in mind. Your dress code should be in accordance to your personality apart from the climate of the place. It should enhance your smartness and should be comfortable to wear. To Know More: