10th: 92.45 (TN-Matriculation-2004)
12th: 97.42 (TN-2006; Was ranked 50th in the state among approximately 1.7 lakh aspirants who took the last ever TNPCEE)
Graduation: 8.15 (B.E CSE, College of Engineering Guindy (Anna University) -2010)
Work Ex- 11 months ( till May)
DI ~ 99
Calls: All except Shillong
A: Essay - Above Average (Think I did a good job within the 10 mins given. managed to conclude
PI - Good (Plain answers; did not sound "prepared" as most of the answers were constructed on the spot;
Panel was focussed more on the thought process than the answers themselves)
Verdict - Convert.
C: GD- Very Good (sort of took a bigger picture view; spoke on a philosophical plane),
PI -Very Good (again very honest answers did the trick I think; answered everything except acads
Panel was really amused by a few of my answers)
Verdict - CONVERTED
B : Essay - Very good (took one of the famed Idea generation techniques that were preached at the
coaching classes and implemented it to the dot. was very satisfied with the essay)
PI - Below Average (Focused on a lot of acads to start with - did quite bad at this; hence confidence
was a little diminished; was not satisfied with the other answers that I gave later too;
Was my last interview of a series of 5 and hence was a bit tired and not at my best, I would say)
Verdict - Convert. (Still wondering how :D)
L : Essay - Below Average.
GD - Good ( But deviated a lot from what I wrote in the essay)
PI - Good (was able to steer the conversation; sounded confident; spoke on a wide range of topics from escape velocity to stock trading fundamentals; was satisfied)
verdict - convert
I : WAT - Good.
PI - Very Good.
Verdict - Convert.
K : WAT - -(Do Not remember
PI - Average ( It bordered on a stress interview, with the panel trying to counter my every word. There were relatively peaceful periods too when the conversation ranged from a panelist explaining diff b/w Analog & Digital using the example of love & arranged marriages to cloud computing and multicore processors. For some reason, I suspect that they mistook me for an ECE grad.)
Verdict - Convert.
RRRT - GD - Above Average
PI - Average.
Verdict - Rohtak - convert, Ranchi - convert, Trichy - convert, Raipur - Reject
(Took this interview as it was the first of the season. Proved a good decision as it helped ease the nerves and gave a fair idea of what to expect.)
Joining: IIM AHMEDABAD
Lessons Learned : IMHO, the entire process of selection into B Schools boils down to these skills:
1) Smart Work - this is what is needed to crack the CAT. Many of us mortals may not be able to do it the first time around.
But in my opinion, the trick is to persevere and work smart. Simply working out scores of problems and taking tests from umpteen coaching centers is not going to help at all.
The key lies in
a. Analysing your performance and figuring out your strengths & weaknesses
b. Learning from mistakes - both of others and more importantly those done by oneself.
c. Attempting to correct mistakes and convert weaknesses to strengths.
d. Managing time at the test.
2) A good attitude - This is the most important thing post-CAT. Many people who manage to make it across CAT do not make the final cut because of a bad attitude. Arrogance, Sluggishness, I-Dont-care-about-a-thing,etc. are simply unacceptable from the interviewer's point of view.
The interviewers are sure to smell out any streak in your character that does not reflect good on your attitude. They have been there and seen all for a long time.
Also, it is important that one does not attempt to hide such streaks once (s)he recognizes them. If time is on your side, attempt to change it. If not, accept it and prove your willingness to change it.
3) Willingness to learn - This is another important factor that any interviewer looks for. Because whichever is the B School that you aim to join, it will require you to slog it out and learn and experience a whole new life. If you are rigid to new things, it does not help
and most important of all,
4) A strong value system - No matter how talented you are, how smart you are and how hard you work, if your values are not right, they will definitely not let you in. This is because the mission and vision of most exemplary BSchools is to churn out leaders and visionaries. A compromising value system will not work in the long run for such leaders and visionaries. The recent spate of scams and shame further increases the importance of this.
Ultimately, I think that the process of getting into a B-School requires a lot of introspection and discovery of the self. Once you have the right answers to everything (at least most things) about yourself, then the only thing left to do is to go and find a B-School which matches your description of yourself.
All the very best to co-aspirants and future aspirants!!!
PS: Keep in mind - in the end, it is all about YOU!
PPS : I know this became long and I sound very pragmatic, but yeah, you've got to call a spade a spade, even if it sounds unfashionable.