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This Section is an attempt to give you tips on writing essays specifically under time limitations.
How do you Write essays under a given period of time 20 Minutes!!
Specifically stating most of the Bschools keep essay writing as a part of selection process.
Some of the elite institutes including ones under XAT,FMS,NMAT,IIMs etc..have now started essay writing making it as one of vital process and thus it becomes imperative for every MBA aspirant to know more about essay writing .Breaking it up into several sections as :

What does essay writing Test?
What Can we do in 20 minutes ?
What are the key points to highlight?
What can be the topics in essay writing?


=>What does Essay Writing Test?

Essay writing
The essay is used as a tool to judge the the social and ethical values of the aspirant as the written piece provides a valuable insight into the mind of the test taker. The B-school uses the essay as a pre-interview yardstick.An Essay can test you out on : Clarity,Logic,Focus,
Structure,argument and several other factors.Each of these factor reflect your personality traits and that is the main criteria for selection. For example XAT essay would test you out on these parameters including the knowledge about the topic,so the interviewers would know some of your personality traits and can easily spot you on lying.

=>What can we do in 20 Minutes Essay Writing Test ?

In 20 mins [ as in most of the bschools as IIFT,IIMs,XAT,NMAT etc] given a topic, if have substantial information regarding the topic or even if you don't have ,always remember one of the most important criteria is to STRUCTURE you essay! A 20 min essay can test you out as a panic situation if you aren't sure of the information you know, In that time its very important to keep your cool and structure.A structed essay is always interesting and gives vital insights about a person, who is clear and structured in his approach. You are not expected to know everything but you can show that you are meticulous in your approach which is the desired quality by all the bschools.


=>Key point to Highlight during an Essay Writing Test ?

As mentioned you already know which are the desired qualities that you need to show case through an essay.One main criteria for writing an interesting essay would be think of what the reader would like from an essay. You are a reader and reading about 1 lakh essay how would you select! You would only select those which are different from the rest and provide interesting points. This can be done through stating Facts,Humor or adopting a single one sided approach and justifying your point of you that is quite different from the customary views.Few more general points are:
->Develop your main idea with vivid and specific facts, events, quotations, examples, and reasons. There's a big difference between simply stating a point of view and letting an idea unfold in the details.
->Be Specific and Avoid clichéd, generic, and predictable writing by using vivid and specific details.
Cliches are overused expressions, expressions that may once have seemed colorful and powerful, but are now dull and worn out. Time, pressure and anxiety may make you lose focus, and that is when cliches may slip into your writing. A reliance on cliches will suggest you are a lazy thinker. Keep them out of your essay by thinking ahead and proofreading.
->Avoid any regional expressions


=>Topics in an Essay Writing Test ?

As such we cannot predict but looking at trends our suggestion is to read current affairs and once a story is found try to read more stuff about past instances of it in wikipedia .We were mentioning in our GD Special that probable topics include Corporate governance which came in IIFT 2ndFeb09.
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