X %,Board, year: 95.4%, CBSE, 2004
XII%, Board, year: 92.0%, CBSE, 2006
Undergrad Stream(BA, BE etc), Specialization(CS, mech etc), Percentage, Year, Institute: B.Tech (Electrical), IIT Kgp, 2010, 8.57/10
Sectors, Company - Number of months: Analytics, ZS Associates, 20 months
CAT 2011: 99.53%ile overall
Extra curriculars : Classical singer, voluntary work at NGO
Interview & Essay
Venue: Habitat Centre, Delhi
Date : 12th March, 2012
Essay : The internet is an elite organization in a country where few people know how to make a phone call.
Brief Snapshot of the attempt: Went well. Wrote many examples and points.
Time given : 10 min to think, 20 to write. Unlike previous years, only one side of a page was provided to write the essay. So you don't have to worry about filling up too much space.
Rate your preparation(0-5): 3
Rate your performance(0-5): 4
Panel Members Intro: P1 (genial),P2 (main to sabko rulaye bina ghar nahi jaoonga), P3 (looked like an alumnus, just stared most of the time)
It was like a stress interview for everyone in my panel.
P1: Somya, you are the last person. You are going to be the lucky one.
Me: I hope so, Sir.
P2: What feedback did you collect in the last 3 hours?
Me: Everyone came out smiling.
P2: That is observation. What is the feedback?
Me: we are being asked why mba, about current affairs and the general thinking process is being checked.
P2: Where do you want to start?
Me: We could start with my job.
P2: What do you NOT like about your job?
Me: Most of the clients are in the US or Europe. So sometimes, there is not enough clarity on why we do things in a certain way from here in India.
P2: What did you do to solve this?
Me: Most client meetings are late in the night. I try to attend as much as possible. Else, I try to convince my manager to record them. Also, I try to keep a good relationship with my manager. He should believe that it is important for me to know everything and he should copy me on all client e-mails.
P2: Looks like you have solved the problem
Me: Sir what I said is not possible all the time. There are many offline discussions between the client and my manager, which my manager cannot convey to me because he is very busy with his work. So he just tells me what is to be done, but doesn't explain why.
P2: What work do you do?
P2: This is very simple. You just need one equation to get a forecast. Why do u need to do all this?
Me: Eqn is one method but our model is much more detailed. Gave some examples of the new insights we came up with in my projects.
P2: What you described has a standard name. Do you know?
Me: No sir
P2: Reliability theory
P2: What you are saying is nothing new
Me: Yes but no one had validated this in this particular market until we did.
P2: why MBA?
P2: Do you follow business news?
Me: Economy, power sector and pharma sector
P2: Power sector?! Ranbaxy was in the news 3-4 years back. Do you know why?
Me: <3-4 saal pehle to CAT ka naam bhi nahi suna tha. :))> I do not remember. I remember the recent news.
P2: What is it?
Me: US FDA said no to importing Ranbaxy drugs from certain plants in India because of quality issues. But now the issue is resolved. The other big thing is Lipitor.
P2: Why does Ranbaxy export to the US? Why don't they sell here in India? There is so much population and demand here.
For the next 10 minutes, I proposed and he disposed some 5-6 points, one point at a time. In the end,
P2: Leave it.
P3: What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
P3: How have you been able to contribute at the NGO?
Me: Initially, they gave me a teaching position, teaching Eng to computer course students to work on their speaking skills and help them get a job. Then I taught school children for some time when their teacher was absent. Now I am doing write up's for the NGO's new website. Explained about write up's.
P1: Any other hobby? Reading?
Me: Now and then. Not very often.
P1: What did you last read?
Me: Thunder over Kandahar.
P1: What is it about?