Like this post's heading says...my first IIT experience in my life. The campus is astounding (barring accommodation, which can be excused considering the experience and knowledge one will get, post convert i.e). Will try to be as concise as possible..and the experience is just my perception. The reality could well be different.Document verification & senior-interaction:
Everything was chilled out. Even if attested photocopies were unavailable, we were asked to self attest them. Missing photocopies were taken by the seniors for us. A very well managed process, in the most simple manner possible. The seniors played us a DMS clip and we all had an interaction, very 'insightful' I would say.Group Discussion:
After the above process, my group of 12 was taken to the 4th floor. The mentor sincerely advised us to keep our taste for fish with us and against creating a fish market inside..alas, only if there were vegetarians in my group ;).Topic: Lousy managers- men or women
I realized I suck at general topics like this. Thanks to IIFT preparation, I converted from anti-statistics to a pro-statistics guy..so statistics related topics are a yes yes for me. General ones, have to buck up :-(. They are looking @ the candidate's thought process I guess.
3 candidates spoke really well (not me plz)..I could make my entry only thrice. Whenever I successfully piped down one person to make my point, someone barged in at that precise second
. Overall, a noisy fish market..to rub it in, one person tried to summarise the discussion (with the intention of adding something to it I guess) and the panelist asked us to stop & leave since he summarised
.Personal Interview (the biggie):
Since I was luckily/unluckily the first in my group...I was called in for the PI first. I stepped in to see 4 people chatting...4??? Another first for me
Sir1 (S1): DMS's Operation professor (Prof Ravi Shankar
Sir2 (S2): personnel from the industry
Madam1 (M1): looked quite uninterested in my answers
almost till the end :)
Sir4 (S4): Definitely from the industry :D
S1: (starts reading my form till starting of SOP)
..what about the questions??)
S1: So Satish, why IIT-Delhi?
S1: Oh okay..so did you go through the faculty profile??
Me: (damn that hurt!!) I am sorry sir, to be honest, I did not go through the faculty profile.
S1: (beckoning to S2) Okay Sir.
S2: Okay Satish, what is the work that you exactly do?
S2: So are you a project or team leader?
Me: Sir, unofficially a module leader... (then explained the TCS' generous promotion policy)
S2: All right. So more than 3 years now..How would you say you have contributed to the company?
Me: (explained with an example...mentioned winning best team award..M
rolled her eyes in between which stunned
S2: Okay am done. Thank you (smiling).
M: So, what other calls do you have?
Me: Ma'am, IITB - IITD - IIMRRT
M: So which one would you choose?
Me: (explained about the latter two...don't know how I forgot to mentioned IITB, which I hope they did not notice..ended by saying it would be a tight call)
M: Being a manager you can't say that. You have to choose!!
Me: Ma'am, can I answer assuming I have a call from IIT-D? (very stupid ques :oops:)
M: Yes of course, you must. And yes, you can
(I had asked the question for this exact answer though)
M: Okay, thank you (throws a disarming smile, couldn't help but smile :))
S3: Satish, so you are from the CSE background. Are you aware of the current trends in the field?
) .. outside: Yes sir, to an extent.
S3: (smiles) Okay, could you please tell me what is grid computing?
Me: Sir to be honest...I have heard of it. But I cannot explain it...(then gave a half-baked answer)
M: Why do you keep saying "to be honest"?
Me: ...... :)
M: So do you mean to say you are dishonest otherwise??
M: (looked satisfied)
S3: Okay, now could you tell us what is cloud computing?
Me: explained...(searched now and realized that my explanation was just okay)
S3: Can you give an example of a real-world application under cloud computing that has been tested and is in use??
Me: I am not sure sir. But cloud computing is very beneficial for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) ~should have mentioned the internet
S3: Would it be better to distribute the resources or keep them in a single location?
Them: Okay, you are done. Thank you.
Me: (after a pause) If you don't mind, I have a question
M: By all means, please go ahead.
Me: (satisfied look on face...thanked each one of them and left the room).PI timeline:
S1= ~2 min; S2= ~3 min; M= ~1.5 min; S3= ~2.5min; my Q&A; session :D= 2min.. total: ~11min :)
To summarize...an average GD and a screwed up PI. Fingers crossed
:-(!! An approximately 1-month wait starts now!!