Essay Tips – Seven Deadly Sins of Essay Writing

January 10th, 2019 by

First thing first, when it comes to essay writing, there could potentially be 700 deadly sins. However, space and time constraints dictate that I resist the perennial, evil temptation of writing another long-winded piece and confine myself to the top seven that lead the line-up. These seven mistakes feature routinely in majority of the essays that I assess, and often a single essay contains all of them in varying degrees. So here I go with the seven deadlies in no particular order of frequency or seriousness. Sin No 1: Irrelevance This one is a two-faced devil and both equally ugly. The

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Written Ability Test – Evaluation Criteria and Recommended Background Reading

January 9th, 2019 by

Over the last few years, most of the top B-schools have switched over from group discussion to writing ability test (WAT). There are compelling reasons why this has happened. It will be prudent to understand them before we begin our preparation for the WAT. The most important reason, I feel, behind this change is that, unlike in GDs, in an essay, it is impossible to borrow the content from anyone else or further develop someone else’s thoughts. You must entirely depend on your own content and reasoning. In fact, GDs are meant to test your ability to assimilate diverse points of view alon

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How to approach a case study based Group Discussion

January 7th, 2019 by

The process of a case-study group discussion is almost similar to that of a topical discussion in that there is a preparation time of about 5 minutes, the panel starts the discussion and observes the discussion without moderating it, and the group is at complete liberty to understand, analyse, and interpret the case as it deems appropriate in order to make a recommendation. There are however 2 key differences. The first is that instead of an opinion-oriented or a descriptive topic, the participants are given a case statement, which they must read so as to prepare within the given prep

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How to Approach an Abstract Group Discussion

January 5th, 2019 by

Before we begin to talk about abstract group discussion, let us first understand what the word abstract actually means. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word as follows: Abstract: disassociated from any specific instance , difficult to understand: abstruse , insufficiently factual: formal Indeed, all the above definitions of the word are reflected in most abstract group discussion topics. Abstract topics can be single words, such as ‘Blue’, short sentences, such as ‘All crows are white’, or even images or pictures. What they all have in common is they do not have any c

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Group Discussion Tips – How to approach a topical Group Discussion

January 4th, 2019 by

Perhaps the most common group discussion types, topical group discussions are an integral part of the evaluation processes many of the top B-schools. Topical group discussions are called so because they have a clearly-defined topic framework within which the group discussion takes place. Topical group discussions are broadly of two types: opinion-oriented, and descriptive. For example, a discussion titled as “Should B-schools do away with their entrance examinations?” is the former type, whereas, “India in 2030” is the latter. Within these two categories, you may find two sub

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Difficult to understand words from news, politics and society

June 21st, 2018 by

If you are a regular consumer of news, there are a lot of words that people keep using especially on social media - nationalist, feminist, racist, etc. You may have heard of these words, but do you know what these actually mean? In this post, we will look at some of the most popular ‘-isms’ doing rounds these days. The idea is to better understand the meaning and usage so that you can use it in the correct manner. unlike news channel panelists or social media revolutionaries. A more important reason is as an aspirant you must be clear with these terms. You may find these words in

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Tips on XAT Essay Writing

December 21st, 2017 by

XAT Essay Writing is one of the major hurdles that students face when preparing for XAT. Entrance tests for MBA are on full swing and the last one in this series is XAT. For all the students who did not do well in CAT, XAT is a golden chance to redeem themselves. Along with Xaviers, a lot of esteemed B-schools such as SP Jain, IMT, MICA etc., accept both CAT and XAT scores for their admission process. It is popular amongst the students that among all the entrance exams for MBA, XAT is the hardest and probably for the right reasons. Unlike other MBA entrance tests in India, XAT contains two

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