The new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are following some of the older IIM’s like IIM-A, B, L, etc. who have replaced the group discussion (GD) stage of their admissions with a written essay test.
They might use the score of WAT taken by older IIM’s, i.e. if a student has already appeared for the written tests of some of the older IIMs, he or she will not need to take the written test separately for the new IIMs. Either way, the personal interview will still be taken by the new IIMs.
Over the years, GD is gradually getting shunned by the IIMs. In the existing 13 IIMs, only IIM Calcutta has the GD process. The other IIMs have the Essay Writing or Written Ability test and Personal Interview rounds.