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Posted 07 May '08
Result came.. got calls from BLACKI... but then came another problem.. i was not sure how to deal with interviews as they have always been my biggest weak point... then i met a person who gave me a simple mantra... do not take interview as a QA session where you will answer the questions.. take i...
Result came.. got calls from BLACKI... but then came another problem.. i was not sure how to deal with interviews as they have always been my biggest weak point... then i met a person who gave me a simple mantra... do not take interview as a QA session where you will answer the questions.. take it as a discussion.. you will never fail...

but one more issue arose.. i was never good at cramming thigns especially facts and figures 'cause there was never anything to understand in them... but interviews did required me to do it... so should or should i not ? i choose to not cram them.. because i thought doing it will be doing injustice to what i am.. i do not want to hide my true self behind some phoney wall of information.. its an MBA college and if they want to make an informed decision about whether i should be given admission, let them make it on the basis of my personality, on the basis of what i can achieve and not on the basis of what i was/am or what i speak...

IIM B's interview was the best interview i had ever given for it was the only interview where they choose to question my belief's and to see how i think, how i react when questioned.. how i react when i am proven wrong...

the final results came and i got thru IIM B,C,I,K... L is waitlisted and A was rejection...

so i am going to Bangalore... lets see what future has in store for me...

PS. the jist is that all that is required to crack CAT is not how much knowledge you have, its how much trust and faith you have in your ability... its not the toughest exam because of the level of questions, but because we assume it to be that hard.. try to see it as any other simple exam and you will see that it's not really that hard to crack it..

Lancer
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Posted 06 May '08
Well.. i wanted to write in this forum a long time back but then decided to stay away till the final results come lest i look more of someone with all gas and no substance... so today i sit down to write my experience.. CAT.. this word was first introduced to me by a friend of mine in 12th s...
Well.. i wanted to write in this forum a long time back but then decided to stay away till the final results come lest i look more of someone with all gas and no substance... so today i sit down to write my experience..

CAT.. this word was first introduced to me by a friend of mine in 12th standard just as a remark... i never thought much about it thinking that i want to go into a technical job just as everyone else... perhaps i was more than satisfied with the way my life has gone, i have always taken life too easy .. prehaps the biggest reason being my able to get good enough marks without much effort... so why work hard when you can work smart? most of the engineers will find this motto too familiar...

Then i joined college... made a few good friends... and it was during a discussion with one of my friends that i first realised that i do want to do MBA... we got into an argument where i told him that its possible to achieve success in technical field too and earn money .. "so why do MBA?" .. to which he replied..."Aye you can go and spend the next 2 years working while i will go for MBA.. but after 2 years when i pass out, i might join your company as your boss and not the other way around"... this simple statement shook me... is it worth living a life where everyone is like you?

So i choose to give CAT... i enrolled to PT for the regular course... studied what was given to us but never putting in the heart needed for it... i listened to all the various strategies that were told .. about choosing the section you are more comfortable with and doing them first... applied them... and saw noticeable results... but something was missing.. as far as being able to solve problems, i was not that bad but when it came to mock's, i was unable to perform upto the level which i thought i could achieve...

CAT 2005 came.. gave the exam and was totally stunned... got a percentile of 95.67... with 99.6 in QA but 75 in both Eng and DI.... got call from IMT and convertd it.. but then the dilemma came... should i or should i not? in the end it was a picture that made me realize "in order to fly you must leave the ground"... i choose against IMT much to the dismay of my friends and family...

I took up the job that i was offered during campus in college.. so i came to bangalore to work... but i still wanted to give CAT... so again enrolled for PT's test series with self prep.. CAT 2006 came.. i sat and gave it.. to my utter dismay, i totally crumbled in the exam.. could only secure a meagre 90%ile.... not even worth an IMT call.... Ironical isn't it? got a good enough firing from all quarters for not taking up that offer a year ago...

i was totally broken.. distraught.. i looked aroung myself and i could see that all the people i know are achieving something but i am still at the same place.. what went wrong? why did i fail? maybe i am not as good as i think myself to be... it was a period of self-doubt... and i looked around myself for support .. but could not find anyone to stand by me.. to support me... it was at that moment that i realised that i was wrong to look outside for support.. the only mistake that i made in the last 2 years was that i looked upto others for support but never inside myself... it was then i choose to discover what i am truly.. not what others assume or want me to be...it surprised me how muh strength i had inside me.. the confidence you get when you realise your true potential is amazing...

i again rolled for IMS correspondence... this time i made a slight change... every exam that i gave, i went thru my mistakes .. usually all that one does is to see how a question was solved.. i went a step further... i did see the solution but i also made it a point to see why my method failed? and why exactly did i choose that specific way to solve it? what made me do it? .. in the beginning it was annoying but later it did help me a lot especially in RC where i tried to see the difference in my logic and the solution's logic... and as for the startegy to approcah the paper? well it occured to me that strategy is nothing but a way to boost your confidence and not a way to solve the paper... so i will only trust myself and not follow any strategy... my friends used to joke that my strategy is that i do not have any strategy ...

an important driving force for me was the lack of time that i had... it never occured to me that i might not have enough time to become someone.. i was speaking to a friend of mine who was worried about her parents marrying her off... there was one particular statement that shook me inside out.."Frankly speaking i am not sure how much time i have".. it stuck me that i am wasting my life on petty issues that are of no concern .. it was then that i choose to go all out... if i need to start, then it better be now..

CAT 2007 came... went and sat in the exam room.. that one line kept going thru my head.. and instead of panicking, i found it soothing .. calming my nerves.. i knew that if i am able to solve the first 2 questions, i will be able to get a good enough confidence boost to run thru the paper... and that is what i did.. it took me 10 min to solve the first 2 questions(which incidentally were from QA).. and the rest of the paper was a dream... i knew that i have done good...

Continue...
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Posted 02 May '08
> Yeah people, do send in your nominations for whatever sports you play... cricket, volleyball, basketball etc... the teams would be formed by tonight itself and we may as well have a practice session this weekend! :: :: Answering to Lancer.... 8\. Free time on weekends is directly p...
Yeah people, do send in your nominations for whatever sports you play... cricket, volleyball, basketball etc... the teams would be formed by tonight itself and we may as well have a practice session this weekend!

Answering to Lancer....

8. Free time on weekends is directly proportional to your efficiency on weekdays and inversely to your group member's!

9. Loan rate last year was 9%. Correct me my batchies if am wrong, have never been good with remembering numbers...

10. Not much mugging required, if you already know it! Does that answer?

~MS


lmao.. this will be fun considering that a whole bunch of us will be engineers and we all know how "efficient" engineers are .. and as for how much we already know?? hey we are engineers.. we specialise in "specialized learning" ..(read one day recall)
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Posted 02 May '08
Adding to the pool of questions: 8\. How much time on an average do you get free on weekends? (yes i did go through the whole life@IIMb thread.. but still want to know). 9\. What was the average rate of loan last year? 10\. What's with all the mugging? are we really needed to mug u...
Adding to the pool of questions:

8. How much time on an average do you get free on weekends? (yes i did go through the whole life@IIMb thread.. but still want to know).

9. What was the average rate of loan last year?

10. What's with all the mugging? are we really needed to mug up so much as was obvious from the experiences??(worried about this the most)

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Posted 02 May '08
> I like the kind of questions like do we have to share the room? how far is the nearest saloon? how's d mess food? what's the gender ratio like? pubs near by? etc etc.... Trivialities like 'I want to be entrepreneur...' can be answered by lesser mortals.... :: No offence to anyone, all was...
I like the kind of questions like do we have to share the room? how far is the nearest saloon? how's d mess food? what's the gender ratio like? pubs near by? etc etc.... Trivialities like 'I want to be entrepreneur...' can be answered by lesser mortals....

No offence to anyone, all was said in good jest! (Is there bad jest too?? )

~MS

Lmao... you really cracked me up... actually this is part of my initiative to maintain a low profile

ps. hopefully i'll get enough time to jester with you.... will be fun to say the least
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Posted 02 May '08
> My 2 cents. I thought Bangalore as a place has some sort of entrepreneurial ecosystem inbuilt. Like Barcamps, Mobile Mondays (MoMo), proto.in at IITM and quite a few more get togethers keep taking place in Bangalore. I have attended a few of 'em. However, you will find more tech oriented web 2....
My 2 cents. I thought Bangalore as a place has some sort of entrepreneurial ecosystem inbuilt. Like Barcamps, Mobile Mondays (MoMo), proto.in at IITM and quite a few more get togethers keep taking place in Bangalore. I have attended a few of 'em. However, you will find more tech oriented web 2.0 type start-ups junta a lot more. Maybe obvious since the location is Bangalore. Nevertheless Bangalore is a good place.

Also, One of my friends used to be associated somehow with nsrcel , which if I am right, is associated with IIMB and is within the campus. Please see website for more details.

If I am wrong, IIM B seniors, please correct me.

Pradeep


Thx a lot Pradeep.. hope to see you soon on campus...

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Posted 02 May '08
Thx a Lot Kawarimi.. another question... Does Joka allows deferring your placement? if yes then what is the max period for which i can defer it? i heard the period is 2 years for Bangalore Lancer
Thx a Lot Kawarimi.. another question... Does Joka allows deferring your placement? if yes then what is the max period for which i can defer it? i heard the period is 2 years for Bangalore

Lancer
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Posted 02 May '08
> Hi to all future IIMCians, All these are facts about entrepreneurship post IIM Calcutta. IIMC has a tradition of people becoming entrepreneurs post MBA. I personally know lots of Alumni who decided to persue their own dreams and are currently doing extremely well. Check this link out...
Hi to all future IIMCians,

All these are facts about entrepreneurship post IIM Calcutta.

IIMC has a tradition of people becoming entrepreneurs post MBA. I personally know lots of Alumni who decided to persue their own dreams and are currently doing extremely well. Check this link out PaGaLGuY.com - The Everything of MBA, CAT 2008, GMAT, XAT, IIM - IIM-C: Student opts out of placements, launches online portal - Placements

Also check out portals such as kitnebaje.com or LordsOfOdds - Home

All these are ventures where IIMC alumni were involved as Founders.

The biggest venture though has to be of Mr. Ajit Balakrishnan - who is the current Chairperson of the board at IIM Calcutta, who is also the founder and CEO of Welcome to rediff.com and is indeed the Pride of our institute. I personally know that a lot of guidance is provided to aspiring entrepreneurs at IIMC, even by our respected Chairperson.

The thing about IIMCal is that individuality is respected. People are encouraged to persue new paths, and follow their 'calling' in life, while learning about how they will manage their business. A particular elective in this regard is 'Management of innovation' , a subject in the 2nd year.

Best Wishes and hope to see you all at Joka in June,

Siddhesh


Thx a lot Siddhesh.. but my concern still remains ... apart from a single course , is there something like an entrepreneurship cell? and also i heard somewhere that IIM's are allowing students grace period of a few years during which they can work on their own and still be eligible for placements at the end of it.. if Joka also has this , what is the duration of this period ?

Lancer
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Posted 02 May '08
_Hi Everyone, first of all.. heartiest congratulations to all those who made it ... I have a query... I want to go for Entrepreneurship after getting my MBA degree so i want to know which one is better in terms of opportunities ? B or C?? since this thread is for Calcutta i was hopin if...
Hi Everyone,

first of all.. heartiest congratulations to all those who made it ...

I have a query... I want to go for Entrepreneurship after getting my MBA degree so i want to know which one is better in terms of opportunities ? B or C?? since this thread is for Calcutta i was hopin if seniors might enlighten us with what IIM Calcutta offers for students who want to go specifically for entrepreneurship...

Awaiting your reply...

Lancer
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Posted 01 May '08
Hi Everyone, first of all.. heartiest congratulations to all those who made it ... I have a query... I want to go for Entrepreneurship after getting my MBA degree so i want to know which one is better in terms of opportunities ? B or C?? since this thread is for Bangalore i was hopin if...
Hi Everyone,

first of all.. heartiest congratulations to all those who made it ...

I have a query... I want to go for Entrepreneurship after getting my MBA degree so i want to know which one is better in terms of opportunities ? B or C?? since this thread is for Bangalore i was hopin if seniors might enlighten us with what IIM Bangalore offers for students who want to go specifically for entrepreneurship...

Awaiting your reply...

Lancer