Applying for colleges

A person needs to apply individually to each college he/she wants to get admitted into. Each college has a different deadline for applying.

He/she can apply for the IIMs while applying for CAT itself. However, he/she has to fill the forms of other colleges, depending on the deadlines they have set. You should know that some of the colleges end their application process before the CAT exam, and some end it before the CAT results are declared. Although most of the colleges will continue till at least January.

Once the CAT results are declared, the colleges a person has applied to are going to shortlist applicants on the basis of score as well as other parameters which vary according to each college (past academics, work etc), and then begins the second stage of the selection process.

 

Stage number two

The second stage varies from college to college and will include some or all of the following in the list:

  • Essay writing,
  • Group discussion,
  • Statement of purpose,
  • Case Analysis
  • Personal Interview,
  • Extempore.

A person’s admission to a college is based on his/her overall performance (CAT score, PI, GD, academic record, work experience etc).

The entire process goes on from July to about March.  

Prepare for your GD, PI and WAT

Once a person is done with his/her application process, there is one more aspect which plays a crucial role in post exam days. The GDPIs.

One should know what to focus on, how to go about handling typical questions, how to keep one’s motivation up all the way through the 7-8 interviews over a 3 months period.  

Keep your momentum

One should prepare well for every institute one gets a call from. It is a long process. A person must develop the habit of learning because in the end it is a learning process. One must look for one’s shortcomings without being too self-critical and also without blaming the system. It's all about hard work, how much vigour a person has, and the passion of getting into a good school.