Xat 2014 Essay Topics

As the Writing Ability Test and the Essay Writing help the students to score well in IIMs and XLRI, this article will deal with the following avoidable errors which if attended by the students will certainly ensure good score in both CAT 2013 and XAT 2014.

1. Grammar, spelling, punctuation mistakes- These three are the foundation to your essay writing. Any mistake in their usage will not only change the meaning of your sentence but also have disastrous effect – look at the following sentences-

i) My wife, who lives in New York, has just written me a letter. (I have one devoted wife who has sent me a letter)   

ii) My wife who lives in New York has just written me a letter. (The one lives in New York, what about others). It is suggested to build strong fundamentals before writing any long piece of say, 200-300 words. Errors in use of articles, nouns, verbs, modifiers, conditionals make the paragraph clumsy while wrong use of vocabulary words, especially in confusing/similar sounding words like imminent in place of eminent, birth instead of berth etc. make your piece of writing a laughing stock. So be careful about it.

2. Irrelevant use of vocabulary- Vocabulary which is not required must not be used. It might unnecessarily stretch your message, may reflect wrong impression on the reader who incidentally is your examiner. This, instead of elevating your ranking may affect otherwise.

3. 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? A feeling of boredom and lack of interest would occur. Similarly, your reader will also not like such repetition. So avoid it since it conveys the message that you know very less on the given/chosen topic.

4. Writing beside the point (Not focussing the crux of the idea)- This a typical problem and happens when you have not practiced well. You have understood the topic and also have the ideas but don’t know how to start with? Please do not beat about the bush and give a few seconds to outline the thoughts prevailing in the vast arena of your mind. Organise them and then begin to write. Questions may have words like –Discuss, Describe, Analyse and Critically Examine – so take a directional tip – all these aspects are to be taken care of, while writing your essay.

5. Ambiguity of thought-All the paragraphs must have distinct and clear ideas. No confusion in your thought process as depicted in the essay should be present. One paragraph –one idea- must be the strategy, although all the paragraphs are supposed to be interlinked with continuity of thought.

6. Poor formation of sentences and paragraphs- To avoid this, practice more, emphasise on more and more writing. Sentences must be presentable so that your reader is tempted to go through the entire essay in one go. You might remember reading a very interesting novel, story, article etc. the reading of which you didn’t give-up despite the call of nature. Why? The writer was able to create that much of interest in you, with his/her writing skills. So take note of that.

7. Work with all the ideas together, better to take up each point one by one- Don’t mingle your ideas ending up with a poorly written essay. Get a flow of them as a string goes through the pearls. However, you can add humour, give relevant quotes with acknowledgements to emphasise your idea.

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8. Explain too much- This is a big problem. Sometimes we go on explaining an idea, a point etc. to more than desired length. This happens in cases when the reader is not sure of his writing skills or ability to explain. So avoid this practice.

9. Make the essay too lengthy or verbose. Be simple- You do not need to write fat vocabulary words, insert irrelevant figures of speech, proverbs. On the contrary, simple, well worded and concise sentences will have better effect on your reader. You could go for figurative language, use of idioms and use of quotations, if you can use them skilfully otherwise they may do more harm than good to the evaluation process.

10. Poor hand writing with cutting and cancellations- This is one of the most important aspects. 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 please note that your reader may not attentively read the essay or may not follow the message which you wish to convey in its true sense. Practice more. Purchase a note book of fairly large size; write down the essays on it – at least –one a day. Read it. Try to find out the mistakes like – punctuation; grammar; spelling errors in it. Find out how many cuttings and cancellations are there in one paragraph.  Next time when you write – minimise them. Gradually you will be equipped with fine writing skills with fewer mistakes or no mistakes.

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Aspirants seeking the admission to coveted B schools must gear up without wasting any time further and begin their preparation for GD PI WAT. Out of above three, WAT is the most important as it forms the basis of questions in your Personal Interview round also. Besides those who are also preparing for XAT 2014, to be conducted on January 5, 2014 will have to encounter a 20 minutes’ Essay Writing Test which will form the part of main XAT examination. Whether it is WAT or Essay Writing Test both are similar with a difference that XAT has included it with the written examination and CAT associated management colleges conduct it after the declaration of written test round.

CAT 2013 concluded on November 6, 2013 and probably aspirants must have been giving some serious thought on WAT preparation. MBAUniverse.com provided an insight article that number of IIMs and other leading B schools are either gradually substituting GD by WAT or concurrently holding both the rounds i.e. WAT as well as GD.

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Now learn the important aspects on WAT and essay writing from Prof. S.K. Agarwal, expert in preparation of WAT and PI 

How important is WAT in IIMs or Essay Writing in XLRI

CAT 2013 written test result is going to be declared on January 14, 2014 and immediately after that successful candidates will be called for the next round of admission, the WAT. If this Writing Ability Test is casually taken by any aspirant, there is no way he or she can expect some miracle. The weightage is more than anticipated.

While CAT has tested your skills in quantitative aptitude, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning, what remains to be tested is your writing and communication skill.  One may be an expert in a particular subject or topic but it is not necessary that he will have the same skill set while writing down coherently with a clear and relevant flow of thoughts. It therefore, needs to be tested in the writing ability test where the candidate will have to write extempore on a given hot topic in a few minutes’ time.

Accomplished and well worded writing skill always makes good managers who reach the top corporate positions. Realizing this fact, the top Management B-schools such as IIMs, XLRI, IIFT, that earlier focused on Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI), have substituted the Group discussion with Essay Writing and some of them have added this feature for admission to their various Management programmes.

MCQs don’t require you to go on writing with a goal to communicate your thoughts but the writing ability test does.

Need for WAT        

Why is such a change of focus so much needed in the second or final admission round to the most coveted B-schools?  The need is obvious. GD although gives an opportunity to discuss pros and cons of a topic, it, during the course becomes a free for all “fish market” where it is difficult to understand anything in the ‘din’. This leaves a bad impression and the moderator has to intervene sometimes. Even if you have the ability to express your ideas in an effective manner, some ‘bully’ in the group may deprive you of the opportunity. This is one of the major reasons of substituting GD by WAT which brings out your inherent qualities of thought expression.

Future managers must be aware of the importance of error free writing without ambiguity of thought and to make it clear, the top business schools have been resorting to conduct Writing Ability Test, before granting admission to the world renowned MBA programmes.

How and what to prepare

The essay writing by the aspirant is a firm display of his coherent flow of ideas as well as manifestation of his skill and aptitude. It checks the thought process, communication skills of the aspirant. Besides it conveys whether the aspirant is free from biases and is able to understand the things without prejudice.

Those with positive attitude always pour down better thoughts. Whether it is a case let; situation analysis, current affairs, national/ international, controversial, abstract or some grim topic with negative appeal – Writing Ability Test aims to take the best out of you. With positive writing one can turn the tables in his favor and can interlink the personal experiences which become the best part of writing ability test.

You are supposed to prepare on numerous topics and the clue is to go for versatile reading.  Read the articles, editorials, letters to editor and pick out any topic, begin writing on it say for 15 minutes or so.  After completion, check how many spelling mistakes, mistakes of sentence formation, punctuation, grammar, subject verb agreement you have made.  Write again this time more cautiously, your mistakes will be reduced by more than half.

One is supposed to practice it every day and 7 days a week without any gap, if one really wishes to get into your desired B school.  

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Key topics

Concentrate on topics based on

i)  current affairs- like Mission to Mars, Inclusion of indigeneously built fighter air craft, Rise of common man as a political force,
ii) Social-  How safe are women, social media, social activism, Lokpal Bill; corruption-how to address it; Rising gap in the society; Is MBA necessary to become a good Manager  
iii) Business and Economics- Policies to curb inflation, Policies by New RBI Governor, Economic development-causes of slow growth rate; Will India remain way behind China; CHOGM summit in SriLanka, FDI in multi retail business;
iv) Political- Recent rise of Aam Aadmi Party-will it define future of the country; crumbling or revising democracy in India; State sponsored Terrorism or Terrorism is a subjective thought; The type of Government India needs; Should pre election opinion polls be banned
v) Environmental-Global warming; Himalayan Tsunami; Developing countries are more concerned on environmental issues than the developed ones.

 The topic can be anything under the Sun. Please improve your reading and writing skills to be successful in essay writing or WAT.   

The Evaluation of WAT
It is expected that the candidate should be able to express his ideas in a clear, logical and coherent manner. In fact, most of the candidates have been practicing and working on electronic devices like desktops and laptops, leaving, the writing skills behind in the process. The mind, as we read more and more becomes a Jungle of wandering thoughts, difficult to be interlinked.  A person who knows very less can cook up good stories with an empty brain but a learned mind, full of rich thoughts needs to be the store house of organised expressions.

The essay that has balanced and systematic approach gets better rating than the one with unorganised or repetitive thoughts. Writing beside the point, in an ambiguous manner or criss-crossing the ideas, even if with lot of reflected knowledge will not bring the desired result. Hence the need is to communicate effectively and put forth the view point in an impressive manner.       

Time Management in WAT and essay writing

An essay of 200 words in 15 minutes to an essay of 400 words in 30 minutes may be considered good enough, provided it is concise, to the point and meaningful else it will be a futile exercise and may become the cause of volley of troublesome questions in PI round.  It is advisable to adhere to time limit and write coherently only that much which you can explain.

WAT is all about writing in a different but interesting manner to make your point home and not deviating from the thought process than that on the crux of the topic.


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