I got a call from CEIBS for an interview. Have been going through your posts for a whle. Thought if you could let me know whether I could speak to you someday before my interview.
@koolguitarist I would strongly recommend all the applicants who applied to follow up with the admissions office to ensure that the application material is received on time. Speaking mandarin is advantageous, but is not the only criteria for the admission call (this will give you some edge amongst international applicants should everything else be the same).
During the interview they ask you about mandarin skills to know how serious you are about studying in China. Most of the Indians didn't speak Mandarin when they got admission to CEIBS, so this is not exactly a major criteria for admission. It's mandatory to learn Mandarin, after you get admission in CEIBS (School arranges for a pre-course - this optional paid course - and then a subsequent free Mandarin course).