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Now that essay writing is gaining importance in the admission criteria of IIMs’ the main concern is the time limit. While writing an essay for admission to a top B-school, the focus should be on the time. IIM Bangalore gives 30 minutes to write the essay, while IIM Lucknow gives 15 minutes and the time for writing the essay is as little as 10 minutes in IIM Ahmedabad.

Here, the key will be to write as fast as possible in order to finish the essay. Don’t waste much time on thinking and planning the structure of the essay, else you will not be able to complete it. For this, you will need sufficient practice.

The best way to practice is by picking up one current-affairs topic every day and writing as much as you can for 10 minutes. Your focus should be on starting the essay and putting in as many important points as possible. There is no compulsion to present the matter in impressive or flowery language.

Instead, accuracy and correctness of spelling and grammar take precedence. The essay’s evaluation is based on the number of new ideas or points you can produce in the given time, the different angles from which you can analyze the topic and the logic behind each argument.

It is important to develop the ability to think and articulate quickly. For B-school panelists, essays are tools to see how you structure your thoughts and produce them in the least amount of time. Apart from IIMs, other prominent B-schools like XLRI and IIFT also use Essay Writing to assess candidates.