Xat Essay Topic 2010 Winter

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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This article on "The Olympic Games” will boost your confidence to be successful in Essay Writing Test: 


The Olympic Games are regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition. The games are a major international sporting event featuring summer and winter sports. Thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions during Olympics held every four years. 


From the very beginning for ancient Greece and its neighboring countries, the Olympics have developed into a worldwide, commercially oriented event. The origin of Olympics can be traced to the ancient Greeks who dedicated it to God Zeus. 


In Greece the games were held on the plains of Olympia every four years. The four-year period between the Olympic Games was called an Olympiad. The first Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC; that was about 3,000 years ago. Women were neither allowed to compete in the games nor to watch them, because the games were dedicated to Zeus and were therefore meant for men. 


The ancient Olympics did not have many events. In the first thirteen Olympic Games, there was only one event called sprint- a short run that was called the "stade". The sprint event was about one hundred and eight meters in length. The race was run by men who competed in the nude. A wreath of olive branches, called as kotinos in Greek was placed on the winner's head.


The Crown Olive was the most coveted, and only, prize won at Olympia. The olive tree was considered as the sacred tree of Athens, Greece. The prize the winners received included free food and lodging for life. Winners were lauded in poems, their figures set in sculpture, and their achievements were known throughout Greece. To put it simply, winning the Olympic Games made you a hero in the eyes of the people.


Nowadays different medals are designed for each new Olympics. Victory diplomas known as Certificates are also given to many top winners in each sport. Even the presence of an individual during the Games was an honour. All the famous people of the time attended the Games. People from Italy, Sicily, Asia, Africa, and Spain all made the long journey to Olympia. 


For a period of 1,170 years, the Greeks held Olympics, which continued to grow and change. They had generally two major events Equestrian and Pentathlon. Later on many other sports were added, including other races, wrestling, boxing, pentathlon (five events, including the long jump, javelin throw, discus throw, foot race, and wrestling), and equestrian events (events with horses and people, like chariot races and horse races).


In the year AD 394, the Olympic Games were banned by the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II. Fifteen hundred years later a French educator and sportsman Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin revived the Olympic Games. An all-male Olympic games were held in 1896, in Athens, Greece. The first winter Olympics were held in 1924, in Chamonix, France.


The motto of Olympic is, "Citius, Altius, Fortius," which means "Swifter, Higher, Stronger."


The tradition of the Olympic flame began during the ancient Olympic Games, over 2700 years ago in Greece. A flame was lit for each Olympics, every four years, and it burned throughout the games. The flame symbolized the death and rebirth of Greek heroes. During the games this flame begins its Olympic Torch Relay by touring Greece.


The flame is normally taken to the host country usually by an airplane. The flame is extinguished during the closing ceremony. A new Olympic torch is designed for each of the games. The first torch relay took place at the 1936 games in Berlin, Germany.


The flag of the Olympic Games has been designed by Baron de Coubertin in 1913-1914. The flag has five interlocking rings in the colour of blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white background. The rings represent the five parts of the world that were joined together in the Olympic movement: Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe. The Olympic flag was first used in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. The Olympic flag is paraded during the opening ceremony of each Olympic Games. 


The Olympics are held every four years which means the winter and summer games are always two years apart. The events in the Summer Olympics include: archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football (soccer), gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, kayaking, marathon, pentathlon, ping pong, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, taekwando, tennis, track and field (many running, jumping, and throwing events), triathlon, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling (freestyle and Greco-Roman).


The events in the Winter Olympics include: ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, snowboarding, luge, bobsleigh, skeleton (a type of sledding), curling, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, slalom, downhill (Alpine) skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined (skiing plus ski jumping), and biathlon (skiing and shooting).


The 2010 Winter Olympics was held in Vancouver, Canada. This was the third Olympics held in Canada. The other Canadian Olympics were the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.


India showcased its scintillating performance in the 2008 Beijing Olympics when 25-year-old Indian shooting ace Abhinav Bindra won the first individual Olympic Gold Medal. The win superceded the silver medal feat of double trap shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in Athens 2004 last time. Similarly boxer Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar brought home bronze medals to give the country a record three medals for the first time ever. The venue for 2012 Olympics is London.


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