Tips to Crack CAT Interview

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Just like in any other competitive exam, post CAT Interview is the last step to be decoded to crack the cumbersome “Management Entrance Selection Process”. Preparing for an interview is equally as important as CAT exam. A high scorer on CAT may loose a chance in interview if not presented  ingeniously.

Following are some handy tips which might be very useful and productive while facing an interview.

  • Begin NOW. Interviews require a fair command over one’s soft skills, which cannot be nurtured overnight. The key is to begin as early as possible.
  • It is very important to know who you really are. Knowing the different facets of one’s personality helps. Prepare a list of your hobbies. Being familiar with your strengths and weaknesses, and knowing your temperament provide you clarity of thoughts. Clear thoughts would definitely result in honest and uninhibited answers.
  • Be honest with the details on your biodata/form/resume. You need to be thorough with the minutest details in your biodata and have convincing basis for everything as a lot of the queries are bound to stem out of it.
  • Maintain a positive and calm demeanor throughout the interview session. Be confident enough and make sure not to display signs of anxiety or discomfort through your answers or your body-language.
  • Respect the board members and do not try to fool them into believing anything which you have very little or no idea about. Try to be very straightforward, humble and honest while answering. It is completely okay not to know all the answers but it very important to know how to convey that in a pleasant manner.
  • Start working on improving your communication skills. Learn to get the hang of the language by conducting debates, mock-interviews or talk sessions with family members or friends. It is equally important to be fluent, crisp and precise with your thoughts and words. Try to cut out on unnecessary details to make your argument more interesting.
  • Be aware of what is happening around you. Include newspaper-reading as a mandatory part of your everyday regime. Apart from the general awareness, it is important to have a strong command on your optional subject-matter. Ensure that you don’t flounder in the areas of your choice and prepare accordingly.
  • Look through the general queries of the post CAT interviews held in the last few years. This would give you the cue to the basic pattern of the interviews and hence, prepare accordingly.
  • The body-language has to be very pleasing and confident. Every single detail matters. Beginning from your dress to your posture and the tone of your voice, every seemingly tiny element has to be taken into consideration. Dress up properly in a formal attire. Make a note of all the important documents to be carried to the interview beforehand in order to avoid last-minute panic. Be punctual and orderly in everything.
  • Last but not the least- try to maintain a sense of composure and calmness throughout. What goes within, gets reflected through your gestures, words and the body-language. A composed, confident personality helps you gain an extra mileage in the run for the coveted positions amongst the topmost contenders.
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Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

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This is one of the most frequently asked questions in a Personal Interview. So, make sure you are well prepared with an answer before you step into the interview room. When asked this question, share with your interviewer the goals you have set in your life for the next five years.

Since you are about to embark on an MBA journey, inform the interviewer how the MBA fits into your five-year goal. If you are keen on pursuing a job in the management role, enlighten your interviewer on the specific path you have in mind (e.g. finance manager, marketing manager, or strategy manager). When your career goals are in line with what you plan to pursue in a business school, it shows that you are focused and organized.

These are some of the qualities that interviewers are looking for. No business school wants candidates who are confused about their career goals or plans in life. So, always conduct in-depth research on your short term goals and be consistent with them throughout the interview.

Apart from the job role that you see yourself in, you can add in names of companies that you envision working for once you graduate from the business school. Generally, many business schools have on-campus interviews and they invite certain companies to hire students.

So, if you see that there is an affiliation between the business school and the company of your dreams, inform your interviewer. He/she will definitely be impressed by your determination and motivation to excel in your career.

Never be vague in your answers. Interviewers want to know specifically what goals you have in mind and how you plan to achieve them. So, plan your answer step by step and clear the interview with flying colors.

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WAT/PI experience – IIM Bangalore

Preparing for the second stage of the admission process including PI/WAT, its important to have an analysis of the trends observed in the PI/WAT process over the past years at IIM Bangalore.

WAT 

Gennerally IIM B WAT is the longest one. 

Average Duration: 10 minutes for thinking and 20 minutes to write.

WAT Topics over the past years

Commonwealth games: Is it a waste of money?

 Union Budget is a useless exercise and activities like recession put it off-track

India should develop fighter jets on its own and not buy them from abroad.

Giving Barack Obama the Nobel peace prize would reduce its value.

Great men think alike but groupthink results in poor decisions.

Women’s Reservation Bill.

Foreign universities in India. Good or bad?

Smart phones have merged home and workspaces-Does it increase productivity or stress?

Priority of MC is to provide clean water and sanitation

Sportsmen should not endorse too many brands

Education degree should come with an expiry date

Democracy made a glorious comeback as the catchword of the revolution

Are shortages artificially created in India? Surplus production and still people starve! Lot of graduates but a lot of  workforce shortage!

Globalization is helping a lot of third world countries. Does it really help the underprivileged people who actually need it?

Is education being diluted by increasing number of seats and decreasing the course load?

Renewable sources of energy.

Medical tourism in India should be banned because primary healthcare cannot be accessed by 50% of the Indians

Indian films are all about vulgarity, violence, songs and dances & do not focus on relevant social issues

Opening new IITs/IIMs is a waste of resources which could be better utilized for upgrading existing ones

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Personal Interview

Average Duration: 15-20 mins

No. Of Panelists: 3

To summarise the interview pattern: the interviews are pretty generic. Just know about yourself, your work and your interests., questions are also based on your sop. It is more like a discussion rather than an interview, they just wanna know abt u… 🙂

There is no set pattern for interview. Basically panelist wants to know more about your thinking process. 

PI experience

PROFILE:Academics

 X %,Board, year – 91.2 (C.B.S.E)-04

 XII%, Board, year – 92.2 (C.B.S.E) -06

 B.Tech Electronics and Communication (IIT), 86.9

 

Work-Ex: iRunway (technology consulting to law firms in patent litigations) – 15 months (at the date of interview)

Infosys – 4 months

 

CAT 2011 percentile:

Quant – 99.22

Verbal – 98.88

Aggregate – 99.71

(category if applicable) – Gen

 

Extra curriculars : Organising events (Technical events), Roller Skating(Hockey) at District Level, Captain of winning team (cricket tournament) at college, etc.

Curricular – Loads

Co-Curricular – Quite decent

Any other special thing about you: was chosen to meet A.P.J.AbdulKalam in 2003 (when he was the president)

Interview & Essay

 Venue: Bangalore

 Date : 25/2/2012

 Essay – The young today, get so much too easily and in a short period of time and that is detrimental to their future.

 Time for thinking – 10 mins,

 Time for writing – 20 mins

 

Attempt : I negated the statement and told how it is not detrimental, on the lines of access to large pool of information from internet, use of algorithms in the project u do, learning curve exponential in this age group thus contributing max to innovations, gave an example of BangaloreanYoutube Guy! I should have put some cons too and balanced the whole article which I didn’t do (many other guys did). So it was just a one-sided article from me. Let’s see how they rate them. Don’t expect much !

Preparation : 1

Performance : 2.5

3 persons (1 Stress Interviewer Guy – SI (most probably an alumni), 1 old male professor M, 1 female professor – F)

M – Tell me about iRunway,

 Me – told, explained in layman’s terms too.

 SI (very rude tone, that was prevalent throughout my interview so won’t write it again. throughout means every single sentence he spoke in the interview, seemingly dissatisfied with everything I said) –

 Why did you leave Infosys in just 4 months?

 Me – told , wasn’t learning enough…(cut in between)

 SI – How can you expect to learn so much in 4 months when people take 35 years and they are still learning ?

 Me – Told specific examples how I wasn’t learning there , then said 4 months is a long time sir.

 SI – How is 4 months a long time, what proportion is it of 35 years ?

 Me – *Fumbling*, “1/4*..(cut in between) – not even 2 seconds to calculate.

 SI – 1/4 … see he doesn’t know mathematics.

 Me – Sir 1/3*thirtyfi…(cut in between again).

 SI – what is this chicago 2011 written in ur SOP, *read out lines* ?

 Me – Sir, this is an initiative I took while working in Infosys, told them about it, and said how the current version of product is based on it !

 SI – So what is this roller skating (hockey), what is hockey doing in it?

 Me – Sir, roller skating is bifurcated into Speed Racing and Hockey and I played roller skating (hockey).

 SI – How do you play, like ur on skates and u have a hockey in hand, seems similar to ice skating?

 Me – Yes sir, it is similar but the surface on which it is played is different.

 SI – do we play it in India ? I haven’t heard this apart from ice skating

 Me – Yes sir, it’s played on national level, even international but ice skating is a huge game in comparison to it.

 M – Did you play in IIT Kanpur (not my IIT)? Do they have a skating rink ? *the guy was gettin confused about the time when I played it*

 Me – No sir I didn’t play , there’s no skating rink in my IIT and I am not sure if IIT Kanpur has it !

 SI (pitches in) – He played it when he was in school not in college.

 Me – what is the difference between roller skating hockey and simple hockey ?

 SI – told how the hockey stick (told them using gestures that roller stick is this long and has this much amount of curve and the other simple hockey stick is this long and this curve…. looked like a fool ) is different but drag-flick approach is same. started to tell about skating rink *interrupted*

 SI – So you have started your SOP by saying that you have met Abdul Kalam ?

 Me – yes, Sir met him on *Date* when he was the president.

 M – Can you tell me what 2020 means in this context ?

 Me – Abdul Kalam stated that India will be a developed country by 2020,,gave some fundaes on GDP growth rate, etc. (interrupted).

 M – Have you read his India 2020 book ?

 Me – No sir,

 SI – No point asking him about it since he hasn’t read it.

 SI – Do you follow Hockey (our national game) ?

 Me – I do keep in touch with what is going around in that sport.

 SI – Can you tell me any change of rules that have taken place in the last 10 years in this game ?

 Me – I really don’t know about the change of rules, just that I keep in touch with the happenings in Indian hockey team.

 SI – you wrote “satiated” word in your SOP. what do you mean by it. Do you use such words in ur daily communication ?

 Me – It means satisfied and I do sometimes use this particular word alot.

 SI – what is this ? “ideas stemming from real life incidents” ?

 Me – told how during the speech of Manmohan Singh in our IIT, I got the idea of a speech highlight reader and I implemented that. I have always lived by applying what I learn.

 SI – You have gone to Germany ? What did you do there ?

 Me – Sir , it was a speech analysis system for cleft lip and palate students (*interrupted*).

 SI – What you did during your internship , that was the same when u built a speech highlight reader and that you spoke of manmohansingh and all is just a figment of your imagination?

 Me – No Sir, those are two different things. In one there is speech recognition and in the other it’s speech detection.

 F – What’s the difference ?

 Me – explained and convinced.

 F – So How many team members have your worked with ?

 Me – max 6, sometimes 4.

 F – Have you interacted with your customers ?

 Me – Yes , I led the project when I was in U.S, working with the lawyers in the law firm for 50 days while my team members were in India. Handled the infringement theories of 3 defendants while distributing sub-tasks to my team members in India. But if your talking about corporations who are involved in lawsuits, then No, haven’t interacted with them (they are not our customers).

 F – Ok. again, how many team members have you worked with ?

 Me – It actually varies, the max is around 6 . The job we have is pretty dynamic, we get pulled out of projects at times if our requirement is somewhere else where I will be more efficient. Get to work in a lot of teams due to it. So , worked with 2 members and max 6.

 M – So what is your goal ?why do you want to do after MBA ?

 Me – Sir I want to go into strategy consulting having set my base in the consulting field in iRunway.

 M – Do you know any strategy consultants who helped Indian companies ?

 Me – Sir, C.K.Prahlad. He was the consultant to various companies such as Taj hotels, HUL,etc.

 SI – But he has passed away, some 3-4 years back.

 Me – Sir, two years back, April 2010.

 SI – So, you played cricket, oh you captained a team in this cricket tournament ?

 Me – told about that tournament.

 SI – Tell me, If a ball has bounced outside offstump but gets to hit the wicket, will it be an LBW (Something like that)?  (WHY SUCH QUESTIONS)

 Me – No sir, the balls need to be pitched in the line of stumps.

 SI – So (some modification related to the same in the context of leg stumps) ?

 Me – I think it would be the same but I am not sure. to be honest, I am not quite a big fan of cricket Sir. I love football though.

 SI – What kind of Football ?

 Me – English Socce (interrupted)

 SI – No, No, What league england, spain ?

 Me – Sir English Premier League and I am a fan of Chelsea.

 SI – Tell me how many european championships have Chelsea won ? (*the guy had knowledge in football*)

 Me – Never Sir.

 SI – Okay, tell me a great management guy in football ?

 Me – Sir, Jose Mourinho, he was won everything wherever he went.

 SI – No, he just won two EPL titles with Chelsea and then nothing significant at real madrid ?

 Me – (interrupting) Sir, he went to Inter, won Serie A and champions league as well and now Real Madrid is on the brink of capturing the La Liga after a long time.

 SI – We all know how real madrid is gona lose at the end ?

 Me – No Sir, I am sure they will win the title, no doubts about that (again interrupting me)

 SI – Oh, Leave it I know they are not gona win…

 M – So can you tell me top consulting firms ?

 Me – AT Kearney, Mckinsey, Boston Consulting group… those are the ones I have heard of.

 M – Okay, can you tell me a management consultancy in the field of sports ?

 Me – hmmm, I am sorry sir . I don’t have an idea!

 SI – Tell me one management consultant from India.

 Me – was gona say C.K.prahlad (interrupted)

 SI – he was is news for the last 6 months, we have heard so much abthim .

 Me – I don’t know Sir.

 M – Okay, we are done.

 SI – would you like to ask some questions ?

 Me – yes sir, how does the curriculum gets updated over here and how frequently is it updated ?

 SI – gave some fundaes and everything.

 Me – So, is there any role for students to play in it ?

 SI- yea their feedback is taken into account .

 Me – So aren’t they involved in real-time faculty meetings. Actually, I was the batch representative and got the feedback from students and presented it before and I did sit in the real time meetings to update the curriculum. so wanted to know how’s it done over here !

 SI – yea, they are not involved in the meetings but we do try to take feedback from them.

 Me- thank you Sir,

 M – thanks,

 F- Nice meeting you.

 Me – Thanks

 About to leave , stood up, about to walk out then I said this to SI

 

*smiling* Sir, Real Madrid will surely win La Liga and I am dead sure about it*. Thank you Sir.

 and I walked out !

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SIBM Pune – Click Here

MDI Gurgoan – Click Here

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A glimpse of the past- WAT/PI experience at IIM Calcutta

IIMPreparing for the second stage of the admission process including PI/WAT, its important to have an analysis of the trends observed in the PI/WAT process over the past years at IIM Calcutta

WAT

Average Duration: 20 mins

World Limit: 200 words

No. of Panelists: 3

WAT topics over the past years

Politicization and Commercialization of sports – reality or fake?

Modern life has corruption, how will a honest man go up as businessman or as a civil servant?

Case studies suggest that enrollment in increasing in Indian schools & that India ranks 2nd from bottom in reading and math abilities. How would you explain the contribution of B-schools?

Is reading no more a leisure thing? How has the advancement of technology affected the concept of leisure?

Do women in the 21st century still face a lot of barriers to rise to senior management positions?

Give your views on book launches, social hype around books and bestselling novels.

Unhappy is the country which has no leaders.

Has the definition of heroes changed? How about heroes in India. Give your opinion.

Suicides in colleges are on an increase. Analyze and give comments regarding this trend. How would you act to counteract this?

People are not taking care of their old. Suggest how we can save our old.

Affection leads to infection

Devil is in the details

Small is beautiful

Bharat vs. India

BPO is primarily profit driven

It’s the time for Underdogs

Monopoly leads to constraint of freedom.

There is always a tomorrow.

Gandhi v/s. Gandhi.

Only poor people are responsible for their poverty.

Should there be international men’s day?

33% Reservation for woman in jobs.

Personal Interview

Average Duration: 30 mins

No. of panelists: 3

PI experience of a student

ABOUT YOURSELF (Education/Work Experience/List of calls): B. Tech. in Engineering Physics from IIT Bombay in 2006, prepared for IAS exams, taught at IMS and now working at Zeus Learning, calls from all 6 IIMs.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION ABOUT THE INTERVIEW : It was a good interview, and I think my performance was average. They were smiling throughout the interview, but they did not seem too happy or unhappy. However, it could be because I gave very diplomatic answers, to which one of the professors said, “He’s already talking like those MBA types”.

 KIND OF QUESTIONS ASKED: One of the professor  gave me a case study on a food products company. Later, another professor asked me about my background, and when I brought in the fact that I had appeared for the IAS exams, the entire interview went on those lines, as in why did I appear for it, what I want to achieve in life, what do I think of diplomacy vis-à-vis the business world, and so on. 

DURATION OF THE INTERVIEW: 15-20 minutes.

HOW WAS YOUR PERFORMANCE: I believe it was OK.

AREAS WHERE YOU COULD HAVE PERFORMED BETTER: Even though the interview was on expected lines and I did not really falter at any point, my performance was not very good either.  Try to be more confident during the interview, and not just before it.

QUESTIONS THAT YOU FOUND DIFFICULT TO ANSWER: They asked me to name a family-owned company which has a democratically elected CEO.

suggestion- Be calm and confident. If the interviewers are asking more about your opinions on issues rather than your knowledge of those issues, you should say what you know, and what you think is right, but do not take any extreme stance on any issue.

 

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IIM Kozhikode – Click Here 

IIM Lucknow – Click Here 

IIM Ahmedabad – Click Here 

IIM Bangalore – Click Here 

IIM Calcutta – Click Here

FMS Delhi – Click Here

SIBM Pune – Click Here

MDI Gurgoan – Click Here

IMT Ghaziabad – Click Here

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A GD/WAT/Interview experience

Here is an Interview /GD / WAT experience @ IIFT held at Lucknow.

Essay writing – All students were seated in a hall.
Topic – Will tax reforms increase savings? 20 minutes

Not quite an easy one, wrote about meanings of saving, taxing system, marginal propensity to consume and how India being a developing country having lots of poor people is a consumption driven economy. With higher MPC, multiplier effect rises and hence boosts the economy so massive saving can hurt economy as well. Introduction of GAAR will bring positive changes but its implementation is tough as its point of application is only not clear. Then said about the need of fiscal policy is to bring society to a social optimum, it is not to be used as completely a monetary tool to stimulate economy.
If we invest more in development then economy grows, need of poor people fulfill, they move to middle class and once their basic needs are over, they will automatically save. So saving is more driven by overall growth not just taxation system. Though taxing policy is important for government revenue but changing just for the sake of increasing savings is not justified.

Group Discussion –
Can a good sportsperson necessarily be a good sports administrator?
1.5-2 minutes of individual contribution, followed by 18-20 minutes of open discussion, in the end asked to summarize. All in all a good attempt, everybody looked really appeared, varying dimensions, some brought in examples. A smooth discussion, no arguments, and it did reach a conclusion.
Personally , after the discussion was open to all, I pitched in 7-8 times with 4-5 valid points.
One guy completely used Hindi as language, don’t know if it is fine.

Personal Interview – Panel of 3 gentlemen
Old Drugs industry specialist (DP)
Serious Professor (SP)
Chilled out Professor (CP)

Questions:
1.(CP) Introduce yourself- Talked about schooling, then college and the internships, later with my job.
2. (CP) So, why MBA? (I was like- Okay I didn’t expected it to be so cliche, felt like being kind of double bluffed)
As I had prepared this answer 1000 times, so it was not a problem.
3. (SP) You have mentioned in your CV form at few places about importance of discipline and punctuality. What is discipline according to you?- Said discipline can be seen in two respects for me in school and in college. I am a student and I am responsible to follow institute’s curriculum, that becomes my discipline. While working in the industry,where I work in Quality control department,discipline is not just regular timings but it impacts the way juniors see me, how staff members respect me,etc. Ended with- As I grow up the ladder, definition of discipline keeps getting broader for me.
4. (SP) So, how do you see Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar governance in Bihar?- Started saying about basic developments including malls and all, then stopped me and said this even 10th class guy can say  ,then I talked about some development like improvement in security, no more abduction industry, how Bihar lacks beyond Patna, no other big city whereas states like Maharastra have numerous renowned towns.

5. (CP)You know only Hindi and English, any other language ?- Sir, since I am from Hindi speaking belt, these are the only 2 languages I know. Though read Sanskrit in 10th also. CP- So you know Sanskrit? Sir, I read it so long ago and also was not used for conversation. CP- So you don’t think language is important? – Sir, when I was working in South I felt the need of language and its importance to win respect of local workers. I will definitely work hard on this aspect in future.
6. (CP) Tell me about a book you have recently read? Talked about Sophie’s World and the story.
Later I said about Economics Times.
P.S.:- I keep looking at DP, but he was kind of lost in my CV form as if it was the XAT essay (beauty can only be felt at heart )
7. (SP) So, what do you read in Economics Times ?- Sir, mostly I find articles related to Indian economy and how government and RBI policy changes the economy.
8.(CP) What is fiscal policy? – Explained him about it in detail, and how fiscal policy hurts in long run as the rates go up.
9. (SP) What are the tools of Fiscal Policy? Tax and government spending.
10. (CP) Okay then about Monetary Policy – I knew a bit of economics, so explained MPC, Multiplier effects, how government spending and all affects fiscal similarly , how the cycle continues, then talked about the interaction of Fiscal and Monetary policy.
11. (CP) When do you use fiscal and when monetary policy?- Sir fiscal in short run when economy is in turmoil and monetary for growth in longer run, explained pros and cons of both policy like fiscal is quick to enact and monetary is given long term benefit.
12. (DP) So, do you plan to go for any entrepreneurship? Straight away said a NO.
13. (DP)Why IIFT, you have any other calls? – Said importance of trade in any business and IIFT being a center of International trade definitely will give me an edge. And rather than talking about 10-12 calls, simply said I wrote CAT, XAT also.
Thank you and that was the end of it

A pretty relaxed interview, very friendly panel. No questions out of my comfort zone and experience.
And a very interesting interaction with fellow aspirants.
However, with a written score of 49, I have no idea to be happy or sad.
All the best to all fellow aspirants.

Essay writing – All students were seated in a hall.
Topic – Will tax reforms increase savings? 20 minutes

Not quite an easy one, wrote about meanings of saving, taxing system, marginal propensity to consume and how India being a developing country having lots of poor people is a consumption driven economy. With higher MPC, multiplier effect rises and hence boosts the economy so massive saving can hurt economy as well. Introduction of GAAR will bring positive changes but its implementation is tough as its point of application is only not clear. Then said about the need of fiscal policy is to bring society to a social optimum, it is not to be used as completely a monetary tool to stimulate economy.
If we invest more in development then economy grows, need of poor people fulfill, they move to middle class and once their basic needs are over, they will automatically save. So saving is more driven by overall growth not just taxation system. Though taxing policy is important for government revenue but changing just for the sake of increasing savings is not justified.

Group Discussion –
Can a good sportsperson necessarily be a good sports administrator?
1.5-2 minutes of individual contribution, followed by 18-20 minutes of open discussion, in the end asked to summarize. All in all a good attempt, everybody looked really appeared, varying dimensions, some brought in examples. A smooth discussion, no arguments, and it did reach a conclusion.
Personally , after the discussion was open to all, I pitched in 7-8 times with 4-5 valid points.
One guy completely used Hindi as language, don’t know if it is fine.

Personal Interview – Panel of 3 gentlemen
Old Drugs industry specialist (DP)
Serious Professor (SP)
Chilled out Professor (CP)

Questions:
1.(CP) Introduce yourself- Talked about schooling, then college and the internships, later with my job.
2. (CP) So, why MBA? (I was like- Okay I didn’t expected it to be so cliche, felt like being kind of double bluffed)
As I had prepared this answer 1000 times, so it was not a problem.
3. (SP) You have mentioned in your CV form at few places about importance of discipline and punctuality. What is discipline according to you?- Said discipline can be seen in two respects for me in school and in college. I am a student and I am responsible to follow institute’s curriculum, that becomes my discipline. While working in the industry,where I work in Quality control department,discipline is not just regular timings but it impacts the way juniors see me, how staff members respect me,etc. Ended with- As I grow up the ladder, definition of discipline keeps getting broader for me.
4. (SP) So, how do you see Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar governance in Bihar?- Started saying about basic developments including malls and all, then stopped me and said this even 10th class guy can say  ,then I talked about some development like improvement in security, no more abduction industry, how Bihar lacks beyond Patna, no other big city whereas states like Maharastra have numerous renowned towns.

5. (CP)You know only Hindi and English, any other language ?- Sir, since I am from Hindi speaking belt, these are the only 2 languages I know. Though read Sanskrit in 10th also. CP- So you know Sanskrit? Sir, I read it so long ago and also was not used for conversation. CP- So you don’t think language is important? – Sir, when I was working in South I felt the need of language and its importance to win respect of local workers. I will definitely work hard on this aspect in future.
6. (CP) Tell me about a book you have recently read? Talked about Sophie’s World and the story.
Later I said about Economics Times.
P.S.:- I keep looking at DP, but he was kind of lost in my CV form as if it was the XAT essay (beauty can only be felt at heart )
7. (SP) So, what do you read in Economics Times ?- Sir, mostly I find articles related to Indian economy and how government and RBI policy changes the economy.
8.(CP) What is fiscal policy? – Explained him about it in detail, and how fiscal policy hurts in long run as the rates go up.
9. (SP) What are the tools of Fiscal Policy? Tax and government spending.
10. (CP) Okay then about Monetary Policy – I knew a bit of economics, so explained MPC, Multiplier effects, how government spending and all affects fiscal similarly , how the cycle continues, then talked about the interaction of Fiscal and Monetary policy.
11. (CP) When do you use fiscal and when monetary policy?- Sir fiscal in short run when economy is in turmoil and monetary for growth in longer run, explained pros and cons of both policy like fiscal is quick to enact and monetary is given long term benefit.
12. (DP) So, do you plan to go for any entrepreneurship? Straight away said a NO.
13. (DP)Why IIFT, you have any other calls? – Said importance of trade in any business and IIFT being a center of International trade definitely will give me an edge. And rather than talking about 10-12 calls, simply said I wrote CAT, XAT also.
Thank you and that was the end of it

A pretty relaxed interview, very friendly panel. No questions out of my comfort zone and experience.
And a very interesting interaction with fellow aspirants.
However, with a written score of 49, I have no idea to be happy or sad.
All the best to all fellow aspirants.

GD/PI/WAT Topics asked at IIMs and other B schools

GD/WAT Topics for XLRI, IIMs, SIBM and other B schools

GD/PI/WAT Topics asked at IIMs and other B schools

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IIMs WAT-PI Experiences

IIM Lucknow, IIM A, B, C, I, K and New IIMs

IIM-Lucknow GD/PI experience

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Here is a list of questions and GD-WAT Topics asked at IIM Lucknow. Especially important for those who are awaiting their interviews.

WAT  Topics

1.What are the solutions for the evils of Democracy?

2.Health care facilities in India are getting expensive .Give some suggestions to improve this condition.

3.How can we improve the Tourism in India. Suggest few ways to attract foreign tourists in India.

4.Corruption in India. Suggest some ways to curb it?

5.Role of NGOs in the development of the country.

6.Development of Education in India.

  1. Democracy needs to be more democratic.
  2. 10 solutions on the education system in India.

PI Questions

1.Questions related to the work experience like job profile, hobbies, engineering subjects questions (for the students of engineering background)

2.What are your views on the Telangana issue?

3.Why do want to do MBA?

4.Why do want to do MBA now?

5.Why do you want to join MBA in IIM-Lucknow?

6.What are your views about the current Budget?

7.What are your views about the consequences of urbanisation in India?

8.Questions related to latest political events.

  1. How will you cope up at IIM Lucknow?
  2. A few questions on Mathematics (for those with engineering background).
  3. Questions on latest events that have occurred till now.
  4. Questions on the books that you have read so far.

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Why MBA?

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Answering this question has always been a confusing task for the students. Not because they can’t answer it, but it’s because they don’t understand completely how to answer it. They have so much to say on this topic yet they fail to do so. Proper structuring and thought process is required to answer this question of “Why MBA?”

Talking about one’s professional life, everything that a person has done and whatever they are planning to do are based on certain experiences in their lives or it’s worthless. Knowledge gained in any manner is never a waste. Be it an article that you might have come across in any newspaper, magazines or the internet or be it anything that you have studied in your curriculum.  Whether you pursued Science or commerce stream in your school days, whether you did engineering or medical or any other course for your graduation and whatever you’ll do for Masters, all need to have a specific purpose in your life. In short, what all you do throughout your professional life, is all inter-related.

Now, 100 people have 100s of reasons to pursue MBA. The main reasons that they may give are as follows:

  • It adds value to us in terms of knowledge acquisition.
  • For my personality development.
  • For nurturing my managerial skills.
  • For better career opportunities
  • For building a good network
  • Last but not the least – for getting higher pay packages.

My question to all of you here is – why do YOU want to pursue the degree of MBA?

The answer to this question lies within you only. No one can tell you to pursue this degree unless you want to. The reasons are very much similar to those mentioned above, but, that you need to try and find out within yourself that what is their relevancy for you.

To cut short, one must answer the question of “Why MBA?” in accordance to the following points:

  1. To develop new skills and acquiring knowledge to become the future leaders:You may think it sounds trivial and may say to yourself – isn’t that what any study programme is supposed to do? Yes, it is, but an MBA education is usually pursued in a very specific situation by a young professional with a few (2, 3 or more) years of experience and sometimes even by senior employees that feel up for the challenge. After some time in the professional life (even as little as 2 years) it is in the human nature to conform to certain repetitiveness and to stagnate in a comfort zone. This limits your disposition for learning and new skill acquisition, why should I learn something new when what I know works just fine; it’s safer to stick to what I know best. Studying a Master of Business Administration forces you to get out of your comfort zone, deal with the latest issues, apply the newest management techniques and just constantly challenge yourself, your practices and your approaches. And that will continue after graduation as well, as an MBA also provides you with the channels that will keep this challenge alive and push you to continuously improve.
  2. A holistic perspective of the business world: As mentioned before, through studying an MBA you become part of a great network of professionals and companies and you constantly challenge yourself with the newest problem-solving. These things together give you a great overview of the business world, a deep understanding and certain receptiveness to the slight changes of this environment. This type of overview and sensitivity is very hard to achieve without spending a lot of time on it. Also, as regular employee, your access will be restricted to much of the relevant information. As an MBA student or graduate this insight comes with the territory and is a great asset, not only to you as a manager, but also to any potential employer. If you are the type of person that can handle the challenge of holding a leadership position, of having a lot of responsibility and of being in a constant learning and development cycle, then you are probably a good candidate for an MBA.
  3. Building up a better consolidated network:As an MBA student you have great networking opportunities. Through this type of study you get to know and interact in a relevant manner (in a context that accentuates your business management capabilities) with colleagues (future high level managers), professors and teaching staff (usually former or current potent business people, with great on-field experience). Furthermore if you are not doing a part-time MBA next to your job or within your company you have good chances to meet potential employers through the various internships that are part of most top MBA programme. Last but not least you gain access to the extensive alumni network of that particular MBA programme and of others (professionals with key positions to whom you already have a direct link through the MBA education you possess). This extensive, well consolidate business network is bound to pay off throughout your whole career making you the first-hand recipient of all relevant information in the field and giving you better chances at seizing the best opportunities.
  4. Aiming at better career opportunities: Graduates of an MBA programme have, due to their qualification, higher chances of obtaining and holding a high level management position. It is estimated that 70% of the MBA graduates worldwide are senior managers or board directors. This type of position brings along a higher salary but of course also a higher responsibility and longer working hours. Whether you wish to further your current career by advancing in a leadership position, or you want to pursue a new career, an MBA is definitely going to boost your chances of achieving these goals.
  5. You get a treat for your hard-work:The average salary for an MBA graduate is considerably higher than that of an employee with a regular master qualification. For MBA graduates the average salary ranges from 10 lacs (in governmental or non-profit Institutions) to 25 lacs (in consultancy, finance or healthcare). That is almost twice as much of what you can expect to earn with a regular University degree. In this case, in 2-3 years, you cover the investment made in your MBA education which is estimated to cost, for a 2 year MBA at a top business university, 12-15 lacs on average.

Hope you find the inputs useful and practical enough to make sure that you are able to answer the Easiest Questions of all – “Why MBA?”

(The writer, Ishan Mishra, a FORE Delhi alumnus, a mentor and counsellor of students for CAT and Associate Vice President(Academics & Marketing) at Mindworkzz).

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FALLING OIL PRICES

  • Oil prices have fallen by more than 40% from $115 a barrel to below $70 a barrel.
  • Demand has lowered because of weak economic activity, increased efficiency, and a growing switch away from oil to other fuels.
  • Turmoil in Iraq and Libya: 2 big oil producers have not altered their output.
  • Main effect is on the riskiest and most vulnerable bits of the oil industry including American Frackers.
  • The fall in international prices of oil will have a soothing effect on inflation. But it  won’t be strong enough because the consumption of oil in industry is not that high.
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SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA.

  • Skill development is an instrument to empower the individual and improve his/her social acceptance or value and take growth rate of the economy to higher trajectory.
  • Industry associations and individual employees are beginning to show interest, involving themselves in the development and management of IITs.
  • Funding is largely restricted to publicly provided training, little attention is paid to financing as an innovative means to encourage good quality public, private or in service training.
  • It aims at enhancing individual’s employability and ability to adapt to changing technologies and labour market demands by improving productivity and living standards of the people thereby strengthening competitiveness of the country.
  • Key skill development initiatives of the Government :
  1.               a) Establishment of 1500 new it is through the DGET.
  2.               b) Establishment of 50,000 Skill Development Centres.
  3.               c) Setting up of Prime Minister National Council on Skill Development.
  4.               d) Setting up of National Skill Development Coordination Board.

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