somyasinha

@somyasinha

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I'm in the general category
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Hi. I got a phone call from IIMB today saying they extended the list and are making more offers. Anyone else got such a call? (General category)
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Results for PGP-ABM are out
just go to admissions page and click on admission status link


Ye PGP-ABM aur PGP ke interview aas paas hi khatam hue the kya?
PROFILE:

Acads
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

Work-Ex:
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: IIFT, Delhi
Date : 11th March, 2012

Essay : Allowing people to vote on policy initiatives is the only way to weed out corruption.

Brief Snapshot of the attempt: Went well. Wrote examples and points.
Time given : 1 min to think, 10 to write.
Rate your preparation(0-5): 3
Rate your performance(0-5): 4

PI:
Panel Members Intro: P1 (Young prof), P2 (Old prof, Advani look alike)


P1: Somya, what you do?
Me: I am working as an Analytics Associate at ZS Associates.
P2: Oh it is ZS. We couldn't understand whether it is 2S or 25 Associates.
Me: Oh
P2: What is ZS?
Me: Comes from the initials of our founders, Zoltners and Sinha
P1: What does the company do and what do you do?
Me: Explained.
P1: How does your model work?
Me: It is based on agent based modeling
P1: Oh interesting.
Next 5 minutes on ABM. In the end I could not answer one question.
P2: So you know about the power sector? Tell us about it.
Me: Gave an overview of capacity, thermal/hydel/others distribution and said problems are huge gap b/w demand and supply, high transmission/distribution loss and theft and current coal shortage. Coal India and pvt companies are not producing enough. Export is problematic because Indonesian coal prices have risen recently and companies cannot pass on the rise to consumers because tariff is fixed.
For nuclear, there are safety concerns and enrichment and other technology is not so developed. We do not have enough Uranium deposits so we must import. We have Thorium deposits but we do not have the technology for thorium.
P2: UPA did something for this?
Me: Don't remember the details but now it is easier to import fuel and technology from other countries.
P1: so why this job after engg? Just to get the IIT brand?
Me: Not jst the brand but engg teaches you how things work and this is important in any job. I will giv an example. the model I work on is a probabilistic one. We use distributions for all inputs. We also use engg concepts like state charts.
P2: Do you remember chain rule of differentiation? Write it down.
Me: Wrote.
P2: Differential of f(g(x))
Me: Wrote
P2: Can you derive it?
Me: That is going to be difficult
P2: Difficult or very difficult? :)
Me: Difficult.
P2: Try
Me: We can start with limits. Wrote the first principle. Got stuck after that.
P2: OK fair enough.
P1: You mentioned prob distributions. Remember Gaussian?
Me: No Sir :)
P1: Normal? Write eqn or draw.
Me: Drew.
P1: X and Y axis?
Me: Told
P2: OK we are done. Take a toffee if you want.

Me: I took a toffee and stood up.
P1: Wait a min. Show me your file.
Me:
P2: Sit. What have you written in hobbies?
P1: Hindustani classical.
Me: Singing and volunteering at Literacy India. Teaching English there since some time.
P1: Do you know who is Mark Zuckerberg?
Me: Told
P1: are you on fb? Do you use it very often?
Me: Yeah. Not very often.
P2: OK. We are done.
Me: Thank you.
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PROFILE:

Acads
X: 95.4%, CBSE, 2004
XII: 92.0%, CBSE, 2006
Undergrad: B.Tech (Electrical), IIT Kgp, 2010, 8.57/10

Work-Ex: Analytics, ZS Associates, 20 months

CAT 2011: 99.53%ile overall

Extra curriculars : Classical singer, voluntary work at NGO

Interview & Essay

Venue: Noida Campus, IIML
Date : 5th March, 2012

Essay and GD: A person who aims at nothing hits it.

Brief Snapshot of the attempt:
Time given : 15 minutes for essay
Rate your preparation(0-5): 3
Rate your performance(0-5): 3

Fish market is an understatement. Everyone shouted. The only good part was everyone came out unhurt. I entered the discussion 3-4 times, gave examples against the topic also.

PI:
Panel Members Intro: P1: Young and bald professor, P2: Old professor

I knocked and went it.
Me: Good afternoon.
P2: Good afternoon. Please sit.
P2: How old is this photo?
Me: Not very old. 2-3 months. I have lost a lot of weight.
P2: Why? Tension?
Me: No. Started exercising.
P1: Tell us about yourself, your family, where you work.
Me: I am very fond of music. I learnt classical music when I was in school and in college, I was a member of the music society where I performed on stage several times. But in office I am not getting a chance to sing..
P2: OK we give you a chance. Sing 2 lines.
Me: <> I will sing a movie song by Asha Bhonsle.
<1 min of Roz Roz Dali Dali followed>
P1: Very nice. You have come to the wrong place.
P2: No no. Career is also important
Me:
P2: You were in this Alumni Cell. What did you do there?
Me: Explained.
P1: Which other calls?
Me: A B K I S new IIMs
P1: K done?
Me: Yes.
P1: Stress interview?
Me: Yes. Somewhat.
P2: What is your engineering branch? Remember anything or only remember analytics now? Should I ask you?
Me: We can try. I remember the basics. I still use some engineering concepts like probability distributions, state charts.
P2: Write down Biot Savart law equation.
Me: Sir I do not remember. :grin:
P2: OK. We are done.
Me: Thank you.
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PROFILE:

Acads
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

Work-Ex:
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

PI:
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.

Questions:


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?
Me:
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
Me:
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?
Me: Funda.
P2: Do you follow business news?
Me: Somewhat
P2: Somewhat??
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?
Me:
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?
Me: Explained
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Is the duration of the essay mentioned explicitly on the IIMA website?
Hi,

When is the last date to send the completed form for PGP?

Thanks
I'm there :cheerio:
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sachinkul Says
SR7604862 sachinskulkarni@gmail.com Thanks in advance.



Quant score 179, %ile 99.73
VA score 103, %ile 83.97
Overall 282, %ile 98.99

Congrats
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