GD , PI , WAT ?

Proton is a well-known coaching center that offers GWPI courses.

The GWPI stands for Group Discussion, Written Ability Test (WAT), and Personal Interview. 

GWPI was previously known as GDPI. With the IIMs increasingly focusing on WAT over GD, GWPI is becoming the preferred terminology. Some B-schools refer to the Written Ability Test as an essay-writing test as well.

In the B-school selection process, GWPI is the second stage. A student’s chance of getting a call for the GWPI stage (being shortlisted) depends on the number of seats available at an Institute and the ratio of calls to seats.

A call: seat ratio measures how many students were called for the GWPI process compared to how many seats were available. In the top-most B-schools, this ratio could range from 2.5:1 to anything.

Generally, top-15 business schools have a ratio between 10:1 and 15:1.

Group Discussion (GD): An MBA aspirant who gets a call from a B-school is required to undergo this round in which approximately 8-10 candidates discuss a particular topic together. Sometimes, groups are given a case study and asked to come up with a solution. In this round, you will be tested on your knowledge base, and analytical, and communication skills.

Written Ability Test (WAT): Many business schools (including IIMs) are now testing candidates through essay writing. It was claimed that some students overshadowed the other candidates in the GD round with their oratory skills. There is no opportunity for a few participants to express their opinions on the issue at hand. To judge a candidate’s ability to write and introspect thoughts and views on the assigned topic, the essay writing (WAT) round has been introduced.

Personal Interview (PI): This round is only available to candidates who have passed the WAT and GD rounds. As a result, only a few students advance to the PI round. Candidates face a panel of interviewers in this round and are asked several questions about their background, lifestyle, and work experience.


How do India’s top B-Schools select their aspirants? They look for individuals who can learn quickly, have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, can think clearly and rationally, are willing to put in long hours, and can communicate clearly.

Proton makes preparation for the Group Discussion (GD/ WAT & PI) easier.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to GDWI.
  • Resume Building.
  • Mock Tests.
  • Group Discussions & Exercises.
  • PI with experienced faculties & alumni.

Contact us  and prepare for your interview with confidence.

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