While the world-renowned Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are the dream-destination for every B-school aspirant in India, there are several other institutes that offer quality education.
Many B-schools like FMS, Delhi; MDI, Gurgaon; XLRI, Jamshedpur; SP Jain, Mumbai; NITIE, Mumbai; TISS, Mumbai; IIFT, Delhi are arguably as good as the IIMs. B-schools like the IITs; IRMA, Anand; the Symbiosis B-school; Narsee Monjee, Mumbai; IMT, Ghaziabad; FORE; LBS, etc are also good.
After the candidate has cleared his/her written test, a B-school tests an aspirant’s writing ability through what is usually called a Written Ability Test (WAT) and/or his/her ability to participate in a Group Discussion (GD). Some B-schools have devised their own method of gauging the candidate’s suitability. For example, SIBM makes the students participate in what they call Group Activity (GA) and XLRI is known to ask the group to undertake a prioritisation exercise. The candidate also has to do well in other components of the selection process that includes the personal interview before being offered the coveted seat.
WATs, GDs and GAs are important to gauge whether the student possesses skillsets to become a successful manager. They test the student’s maturity level, ability to take the group along etc. Students preparing for the management entrance and the group discussion should be well read and be able to analyse the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of events.
The reviewer of the essay or the moderator in a GD/GA observes whether the candidate is able to express himself/herself both orally and through the written word.
Therefore, avoid use of fancy words. Avoid words like ain’t, sucks, BTW etc.
The moderator in a GD/GA observes the candidate’s communication and leadership skills. It is, therefore, advisable that candidates appear confident and maintain eye contact with all members.
(The author is GM (academics) Triumphant Institute of Management Education Pvt Ltd)