[2011-2013] IIML Essay/GD/PI Experiences

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MY FIRST IIM INTERVIEW

I apologize for the late post



PROFILE:

Acads
X %,Board, year : 86.8% CBSE 2001
XII%, Board, year 84.2% CBSE 2003
Undergrad Stream (BA, BE etc), Specialization (CS, mech etc), Percentage, Year, Institute.
60.7% , Bachelor of Technology

Work-Ex:
2 years 3 months , Software


CAT (2010):93.6
DI 87.3
Quant 89.09
Verbal 90.27
Aggregate: 93.6
(category if applicable) NC OBC

Extra acads :

Any other special thing about you:

Interview & Essay

Venue:Mumbai
Date : 25-02-2011

Essay and GD
Topic: Religion is the only way to realize spirituality(Common for all the groups)
Number of Ppl present: 8 (6 boys and 2 girls )
Time: 15 mins
Brief Snapshot of the attempt: Some Random Gyan
Time given : 12 for GD
GD was nice. Not a fish market :clap::clap:. Every1 chipped in with some points though girls were more coherent and structured
Rate your preparation(0-5): 2
Rate your performance(0-5): 3

PI:
Panel Members Intro: Quite Old but silent male prof(P) and a lady prof(L)
ME (M)

Questions:
1)L: Please tell me smthin abt ur self
M: Told abt myself.

2)L: Where r u from UP(I am from UP)
M: Told. Here I also told about my fathers work profile and the organization he works in.
3)L: What are the problems with your father's org ?
M: :shock::shock:. Not much idea. Told sm random things. Though put some stats about the org which saved me.
4) L: Asked about the project I undertook during btech and my work profile.
M: told
5) L: Asked about the work profile and kind of work I do
M: Told

6)L: Asked Y I come in the Non Creamy Layer.
M: Told
7)P(1st time): What about your extra-curriculars?
M: Told abt the extra- curriculars and they wanted to see the certificates which i showed to them.
Then thank u .. i was :o:o:o:o .. itni jaldi...
NO questions on acads...nothin i had studied about...



Rate your preparation(0-5): 2
Rate your performance(0-5): 2
Any other relevant details: Every1 in my group was asked same types of questions. No acads..no why mba etc etc....
Verdict:Result Awaited

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do we always need to support whatever is given in the essay topic..
plz reply.

PROFILE:

Acads
X - 85%,CBSE,2002
XII - 87.8%,CBSE,2004
Undergrad Stream B.E, 2004, 63.9%,Pune University

Work-Ex:
IT Sectors, IBM GBS, 31 months

CAT (2010):
DI - 91.16
Quant - 99.29
Verbal - 97.65
Aggregate- 99.19
GENERAL

Extra acads : Dramatics, Paper presentations etc

Any other special thing about you: Plain simple guy

Interview & Essay

Venue: Hotel Monarch Luxor, Bangalore
Date : 5th March,2011

Essay :
Topic: "War is the only way to preserve peace"
Number of Ppl present - 10 approx
Time: 2 PM
Brief Snapshot of the attempt: Had a few examples in mind, was able to complete in time. Did my best
Time given : 15 mins
Rate your preparation(0-5): 3
Rate your performance(0-5): 3

PI:
Panel Members Intro: 2 people, both males. One in late 40's(P1) and other in late 30's(P2)

I was the one first one to be interviewed in my group. And even in the GD, I was made to sit in a corner

P2 walks out, as I enter (Grrr)

P1 : Which place do u belong to?
A : dash dash

P2 : Why is ur engg score so less ?
A : funde

P2: What are your hobbies?
A: I said travelling and said that I had travelled to Nathu La, Sikkim. And then he asked me the name of a lake close to that place. I had a vague idea. But wasn't very sure. Answered but the name was wrong.

P2: When did Sikkim join India ?
A: Again didn't remember the exact year. But gave a time period.Which was correct, but that doesn't count, I guess

By this time, P1 enters and starts going through my file

P1: I had a business plan presentation, certificate in my file. So he asked me, about the financial things to be taken care of while starting a business
A: I used some terms like ROI, Break-even point and capital investment. So the next few questions were on this.

P1: How much should be the ROI of an ideal business?
A: I made a really wild guess and ended up quoting a large percentage figure, which made him disagree.

P1: How much is the ROI for an average investor in Indian stock markets?
A: I quoted the returns of a mutual fund. Which he said were again large, but somewhat possible.

P1: What is capital intensive business?
A: Funde

At this he indicated to P2 to grill me on acads

P2: What's the distinguishing feature of a communication satellite?
A: Funde but he wasn't convinced

P2: Which company has the largest sea cable network?
A: AT&T;, which he agreed with thankfully

P2: How much would be the length of cables? Make a guess
A: Guessed something and he moved on

P2: Which company has most number of mobile towers?
A: No idea sirji

P2: AT&T;'s revenue
A: Guessed something.

Ok then I guess that is it. An abrupt end.:shock:. Thank you, you can go now.

No about me, no work-ex questions, no why mba? Am really not sure, what to say abt this, and open for your opinion

Questions:
Rate your preparation(0-5): 3.5
Rate your performance(0-5): Please judge for me. and let me know
MISC. - None
Any other relevant detail.

VERDICT : Awaited.

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PROFILE:

Acads
X %,Board, year : 83.6,CBSE,2000
XII%, Board, year: 88.6,CBSE,2002
Undergrad Stream: BE,CS, 71%, 2007, NSIT.

Work-Ex:
Telecom, Huawei Technologies - 42 months

CAT (2010):
DI : 98.81
Quant : 98.54
Verbal : 94.6
Aggregate: 99.44
(category if applicable): General

Extra acads :

Any other special thing about you:

Interview & Essay

Venue: Monarch Luxur, Bangalore
Date : March 4, 2011, 9.30 AM

Essay n GD:
Topic: Common man has to bear the burden of corruption because he isn't as honest as he ought to be.
Number of Ppl present : 9/9 (including SamX)
Time:15 min for essay and 13.5 min(1.5X9) for GD
Brief Snapshot of the attempt:

Wrote a decent essay as I had read an essay on corruption few days back.
Started the GD with 4-5 different ways in which corruption can be defined.Root cause behind corruption.After this came in 4-5 times during the GD.Took examples of Sonawane killing,SC judgement on CVC appointment,2G Spectrum scandal.
Essay was decent and GD was awesome.

Rate your preparation(0-5):1
Rate your performance(0-5):4

PI:
Panel Members Intro:P1,P2
Questions:
P1: Asked few questions on my background and places I've been to.
Me:Answered
P1: Compare Bangalore and Chennai(places where I've worked) on cultural,political and economical grounds?
Me: Gave my opinion.some discussion on culture and economy.before i could answer on political P1 Cuts again.
P1: So you're from ghaziabad?
Me: nopes Sir,from Bihar.But my parents have settled there.Its on outskirts of Delhi.Vaishali,Indirapuram,Kaushambi are small townships developed near delhi like Noida.I stay at Vaishali.
P1: What is the significance of names : Vaishali,Kaushambi?
Me: Told about Vaishali and its historical significance.
P1: Kaushambi?
Me: Not able to recall sir.some mythological significance perhaps?
P1: Mythological or Historical?Can you differentiate?
Me: Corrected myself.Its Historical sir.then differentiated b/w the two.gave example of Indraprastha as a place of mythological significance.
P1: Yes you're right kaushambi has historical significance.So whats special abt Kaushambi?
Me: Sir not able to recall.(First Mistake.Its a Buddhist pilgrimage place near Allahabad.I knew abt it but just couldn't recall).
P1: ok thats fine.
P1:In the GD you mentioned the name of S.H. Kapadia.Who is he?
Me: Chief Justice of India.
P1:You also spoke about Judicial Activism.Whats that?
Me:Answered.
P1:So whats the judgement all about?(Today's Headline)
Me: Answered.
P1:How many Judges in the bench?
Me:Answered.
Suddenly P2 jumps in.
P2:Can you name anyone else other than Kapadia from that bench?
Me:Sorry Sir,dont know.(Second Mistake)
P2:How many judges in SC?
Me: Dont know(Third Mistake)

P2:So tell me abt your work and company?
Me:Answered.
P2:Ok since you're from telecom tell us abt the 2G spectrum issue.first tell me why is spectrum auctioned?what is spectrum allocation?I've no idea abt it?
Me: Answered.Spoke about bandwidth.How spectrum is scarce like oil and gas and needs to be handled by govt.
P2:You're speaking in technical terms?Imagine I've to explain this to my 10 yr old daughter?
Me: Tried again but mentioned frequency and he caught me again.
P2: ok leave it.Tell me abt the controversy and the companies involved.
Me:Answered
P2:How this allocation could've been dealt to avoid the monetary loss?
Me:Answered.
P2:What is the regulatory body in telecom sector?
Me: TRAI
P2: How would you form a regulatory body if you've to?
Me: Bring in telecom experts.Not much idea sir.
P2: You know the differnce between statutory and non statutory body?
Me: No idea Sir
P2: what do you do in leisure time
Me:watch movies.
P2:what kind of movies?
Me:Political thrillers like blood diamond,lord of war,body of lies etc.
P2:Tell me the political connection there.
Me:Told about US fuelling the civil wars in africa so that they can dump their weapons (stockpiled during cold war) and earn profit on that as well.They do so illegally through private bodies.At the same time they show to the world that they care for africa.
P2:Convinced.No cross questioning.
P1:Any book that you read in recent times?
Me: Mystery of Banking.
P1:More Please?
Me:Told in depth about Austrian economic theory and how it criticizes Keynesian theory.
P1:Keynes?Who Keynes?
Me: some discussion on keynes,classical economics.Then back to the book.
P1:So you mean to say zero regulation and free banking.whats the term for this free market thing you're talking about?
Me: laissez faire
P1:How it"ll help the economy?Indian economy survived the recession because of regulation.I'm not convinced with your arguments.
Me: Explained how we're also impacted.Took example of ICICI bank.In 2009 there were rumours of ICICI bank ATM's running out of cash.Explained the concept of bank run and how it evokes fear in the minds of public.And how finance minister and RBI came in defence of ICICI.Tried to explain how central banks perform an inflationary kind of banking and how it leads to recessions.
P1:See you have read something unique and it shows that you've knowledge.But you haven't gone through other theories.You tend to form very strong opinion by reading just one book.You need to have a holistic approach here because economics is a vast subject.And I must tell you whatever book you read the arguments will appear very convincing.
Me: Sir I accept I dont have the complete knowledge of the subject.That is one of the reasons to go for an MBA course.
P1:You're mistaken.That kind of stuff is not taught in a B-school.And then the 2 profs started laughing.
Me:
P1: To study economics in detail you need to go for some course in eco itself.Anyways we're done here.you may leave.
Me:Tried to ask something abt certi verification.
P1:Arey yaar dekh liya.ab jao yaar.Aur bhi logon ka interview lena hai.


Rate your preparation(0-5):2
Rate your performance(0-5):3.5
MISC.
Any other relevant detail: PI wenk ok.However towards the end P1 was a bit irritated and advised me against having a strong opinion.Couldn't answer a few questions.So a bit scared.This is the lone IIM call for me.

VERDICT: Awaited

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Hi puys,

Had my interview on 3rd march in bangalore. My IIML experiences can be found in
My IIM Lucknow Essay/GD/PI Experience

All the best for the interview .

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hi puys,

X: 85.33%
XII: 80%
Grad: 7.64 GPA (NIT)
Work ex: 3 yrs in an auto company

CAT: 99.76%ile


I have tried to give u detailed account of my IIM L GD/interview experience to get a feel. If u feel its too long and would like to see other IIM experiences of mine so far, pls visit http://my-newsense1.blogspot.com



We were divided into 6 groups (panels) each consisting of 7-8 candidates for GDs/PIs. I was in panel 5 with 6 others (including a guy whom I had met at my coaching classes. A tough, talkative nut to crack watever be the GD topic.). We were led to one of the posh hotel rooms. 2 small tables joined together and 7 chairs fairly close to each other (and some light music would have made it perfect) was the GD site. But first the essay writing

We were alloted about 15 minutes for it (L showing that they were far more generous than the others.). The topic - " All Government instituitons should come in the purview of RTI."
A good topic and a far cry from the not-so-ideal GD of 'C'. There was lots to write on - the RTI, its uses so far, examples, recent facts & figures, good points, flipsides etc. The script was well-reasoned out, structured & concluded well.
A word of advice - please be aware of recent happenings and develop opinions on it.
Watch loads of talk shows,debates, discussions - it helps bigtime.

Most of us finished within the stipulated time (for want of more space to write. The guy beside me had increased his font-size deliberately.). Our papers were then taken away. The panel of 2 men instructed us to start our discussion saying we had 10.5 minutes for the same (7*1.5 = 10.5 min. Got the logic?). They then pretended to read through our 'essays'.

The GD kicked off on a brisk note as the spectacled guy opposite me spoke without interruption for half a minute till we thought it was time to cut him off and I managed to enter it. I managed to enter 3 more times. Everyone got an oppotunity to talk & most importantly be heard.
The points were pretty much the same as the ones put on paper. I spoke on RTI activism, the real estate mafia, politician-bureaucrat-biz nexus, RTI in defence deals & mining etc, the flipsides, media attention etc. At the end of the 10.5 munutes, we exited the room, a satisfied lot.
We were called for our turns for our interviews and as expected I was the last one.
All 6 panels had their interviews simultaneously in addition to the IIM B interviews which were also held in the same floor in opposite rooms. When you have the top 100-200 brightest minds of the country together within a few square metres, it is hard to miss the competitive streak and an air of anxiety is always prevalent.

My turn finally did arrive after what seemed an eternity of wait outside the same room in which we had our GD session. (They deliberately did that i guess).

P1: (the khadoos guy), P2 : (relatively cool).I sensed a stress-session there in the offing and i guessed it right!!

P1: Come in, why are you waiting outside. We were wasting time inside
waiting for you.
Me: (Not my problem)Sir, I thought it appropriate to wait till u called me.

P1: Sit down, you dont expect us to ask you questions standing, do u?
Me: sat down

P1: (Not looking at me. He dint 70% of the time ,to unsettle me)Tell us about urself.
Me: (perfect poetry - blah blah1, blah2 etc)

I hand over the originals/certificates to P1. P1 & P2 divide it among themselves as if it were the 'prashad' offered in temple.

P1: (Pissed at not being able to find a fault in my 10th, 12th & grad marks started examining the quality of my trancript, quite deliberately) So where is the original for ur transcript?
Me: Sir , what u r holding is the original transcript of my marks.

P1: What??? (Stunned expression on his face, as if I had told him my favourite hobby was watcing porn) You call this a transcript and u call urself an engineer.
(Turns to P2) Looks at this piece of paper. They call it an original these days it seems. imagine how worse a photocopy wud be (Hearty laugh all around. Hearty laugh changes to a disgusted expression and shake of the head.)

P1: You have a lot of work to do. My advice to u is go and get this laminated properly and only then attend future interviews.understood?

(Ya right, it was just torn a bit at 1-2 places which had obviosuly not missed his eye. He was making a mountain of a mole-hill. I sat expressionless and nodded my head).

P2: You say u hav completed B.Tech. what is so great about B.E/B.Tech? what is the difference between degree & diploma?
Me: (Ragging chalu) ..Sir , B.tech is composed of balh, blah.. ( happily cut off by the ever-khadoos P1).


P1: You have done B.tech in NIT Trichy.
Me : yes sir.

P1: So u will go to IIM Trichy?
Me: Yes sir.

P1: and IIM A?
Me: Yes sir.

P1: Stop confusing us. Do u want IIM Trichy or A? Dont change ur answers at will.
Me: I would A over Trichy.

P1: So u have done B.tech in metallurgy...(cut off by P2)
Me: Yes sir

P2: What is the latest in metallurgy these days?
Me: Rattled off the names of a few processes & benefits in the industry.

P2: (Still obsessed with my marksheets)..See this marksheet specifies marks. You must have a certificate which specifies whether u have flunked or passed?
Me: (What the?) Sir, the marksheet satisfies both requirements. Pls have a closer look (He did and ruefully admitted he was wrong.)

P1: (Purposely singling out a subject in the 6th sem in which I got a D)What is High speed steel?
Me: Told what it is, its uses.

P1: What are its benefits?
Me: Clung on to my 6th sem basics and formed the answer well.

(P1 nodded in appreciation.)

P1: Do u know the inventor of this?
Me: No sir.

P1: Think. He is one connected with 'scientific management'.
Me: Cant recall the name, Sir.

P2: (Feeling left out)I see u have also studied Economics in ur graduation (As if I had a choice then).
Me: Yes sir, i did.

P2: What do u remember? Do u remember anything?
Me: Yes sir (rattled off names/terms/terminologies like 'bandwagon effect','demand-supply' curve,elasticity of demand, 4P's of marketing, Some smith etc.

P2: What is on X-axis of demand-supply curve?
Me: Dont remember ir.

P2: Y-axis?
Me: Dont know sir.

P1: You said adam smith. When did he live?
Me: Sir, 16th century.

P1: He wrote a book. what was it called? (argh..can v just move on)
Me: I remember he wrote book. Cant seem to recollect its name.

P2: At least he remembers Adam smith ( and both have a laugh. I join in)

P2: So wat is ur job about. explain it to us?
Me: Told about it for a few minutes.

P1: So,wat is standardisation?
Me: Explained it to them with the help of an example in automobile part. Told them the benefits of it.

P1: (nodding his head) good. So which is a most recent & visual exampls of standardisation in auto industry?
Me: (thought for while)..Sir, its K-series engines in Maruti (explained about maruti's platform and multiple launches in short ime).

P1: do u know wat is simplification?
Me: no sir. Not heard of it.

P1: do u have any hobbies/interests?
Me: Yes sir reading & blogging.

P1: So u write your own blogs and you are forced to read them urself only. ( Turns to P2. Roaring laughter all around.)
Me: (smiling) Sir, i have got enough readership base for my blogs.

P2: What do u read?
Me: Fiction. Political-fiction.

P2: Which language?
Me: English

P1: What about Tamil? you know to read it?
Me: Yes sir I can read & write

P2: So u read tamil novels also?
ME: No sir, not novels. But i read the smaller sections/captions/sign boards in tamil.

P1:(turning to P2) Most of them dont even know to read their mother-tongue well. Its a pity. (yeah..say that while staying in Mumbai)

P1: Do u read Jeffrey Archer?
Me: No i dont.

P1: Why?
Me: Coz, I find it boring.

P1: (turns to P2 who by now seems to be having a ball of a time)These guys specify reading but say they dont like Archer. What a shame, these people.
Me: (Nothing but a stifled smile)

P2: what books & author?
Me: Named a few

P1: Is the protagonist same or different for all Dan Brown novels?
Me: Sir, for "Da Vinci code" and "Angels & Demons" it is the same.

P1: What is his name?
Me: Robert Langdon.

P2: (cuts off P1 and his questioning spree)..Did u watch the movie or u stick only to books and more books?
Me: Sir i did watch the movie.

P1: What did u like? book or movie and why?
Me: Sir , the book. Becoz while watching the movie you only have to watch what is shown or pojected to u. In a book, u can analyze and make mental pictures of characters as per ypur convenienc and thought.

Both seemed satisfied with the answer. A few more questions followed on it which I reasoned out well. Some more banter and laughter.

P2: You have fileld up PGP-abm profile also.
Me: Yes sir. But its a 2nd choice

P1: Whatever it is. At the end of it, its a choice and u filled it. There is no escape.
Me: Yes sir.

P2: So tell me..why do u want to do abm?
Me: (fumbled at the start but then picked up after a few seconds of thought. Talked abt M&m;, farm equipment, initiatives for productivity,mechanization, farm advicing etc and so my interest.)

P2: what is the initiatives taken by m&m; called?
Me: Shubhlabh. (Explained what they do like seed distribution, supporting irrigation, soil testing etc.)

P1: Have u been to a village?
ME: Not exactly village. but my engg college was in the country-side far frm city.
(Both giggle over my answer.)

P1: have u been to a village farm?
Me: Yes Sir.

P2: Have u seen people farming?
Me: Yes sir. But not from very close quarters.

P2: So from where do u see farming? Using binocolurs?? (Both have a laugh and i join in with a smile)

P1 & P@ look at each done with a " I am done" expression.
"Thank you" They said in a chorus, I reciprocated and walked out of yet another gruelling session.


ATB to all

cheers

vish

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had my 'L' interview on 2nd March, Hotel Monarch Luxor ( used to see this hotel from outside..but now got a valid reason to enter inside.. haha..)

Essay n GD topic:- Taboos and Traditions are apart of cultural baggage.
absolutely no time to settle after entering the room..
fill the essay form details n then start.. finish the essay n then GD start..
no fish market.. most of us spoke well..

Interview:- Sir 1(S1)- young fella... Sir 2(S2)- very strict with killing looks

I was the last to enter the room.. 8th member.. had to wait almost 3 hours for my first ever IIM Interview..

S1 - very long wait .. isnt it ?
Me- Yes Sir.. long one for my first interview..
S2 - sometimes being last adds to your advantage..
Me- blank face.. staring at him...
S2 - Dont u think so ??
Me- Sir, its both an advantage n disadvantage..
S2 - I see.. how is it disadvantage ??.. you get to know what topics are asked etc..
Me- Yes Sir, in that way its an advantage.. but sometimes you might loose concentration, which is not good..
-- all this while S2 is checking my certificates...
i told S1 that i work for retail clients...he asks me whats 4PL ?
Me- no Sir.. no idea..
S1 - heard of 3PL ?..
Me - yes Sir.. third Party Logistics..
S1- then what is 4PL ?
Me- Fourth party logistics..
(dumbest answer which the panel might have heard till date..)
S1- smiles a bit .. ofcourse it is..but what is it ?..how it works..
Me - Yes Sir, i know 1PL, 2 PL, 3 PL.. but not 4PL..
S1- explain them..
Me ( very happy..).. explained in detail by example..
S2 suddenly jumps into the disc and asks. why are u telling about logistics..??
Me- sir i am from Retail dept in my company..
S1 - for a 3 yrs exp your company pays u very less..
Me - gave a big smile.. haha.. n also gave a reason why company perspective of the low sal..
S2 - why did u write NCFM certification ??. this is no way related to your work..??
Me- Sir i wrote it out of my interest..
S2- I see.. but how does this help..
Me- Sir it adds value to my profile..
S2- Are you sure ??..he gave a dangerous look..
Me - yes Sir...
S2- but i have seen many people with this certification..
Me- Sir but i scored 92 %..
S2 - so what.. the candidate before u had 93..
Me - blank face.. (what else can i do ??..wonder why that candidate came before me..)
now i dragged the topic to stock markets..had a disc about it for few mins.. was feeling good at this point.. but i was stammering a lot.. could not frame proper sentences..

suddenly.. S2 - OK..
S1 - OK..
Me - (wht the hell.. nothiing was asked at all..)
S2 - we are done with the interview..
Me- ok Sir.. thank you..
(I was waiting for them to ask me to take a toffee.. but they didnt even offer one..but still wanted to take one.. haha..)

Overall exp :- panel was completely exhausted by the time my turn came.. so they were completely informal in asking questions..spoke casually..with some killing looks in between..
.. seems like they already selected few candidates before me.. and were not much interested in me..
i answered almost all the questions.. and was honest in telling 'I'm not aware' when i didnt know a topic..but face a lot of problem because of my occasional stammering..
but i am sure that the panel already decided upon certain candidates before me.. hence such a casual interview..

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Hi Seniors,

WAT: I can not asses my essay may be my grmmar and spelling had errors
coz I had to rush n complete but as I am slow I guess I did hardy wrte
some 200-250 wrds.
GD: Over all GD was not a fish market one and I did add a couple of
points which were different. in the end I was also the time keeper.
Interview: went fine, I could see no disappointment on interviewers
faces though I could not ans a couple of questions out of a bunch. It
was all about my BTech : pharma companies, drug trials and BT Brinjal.
It over all went kool, so much so tht in the end, I held out m hand to hav a handshake n left.

At one moment I ifelt Im selected but then I remmbered that
couple of who went before me also said interview was chilled out.

Now I am wondering wat could the kool interview mean ?

Can you please with your previous exp tel me how can we asses our performance ?

Thanks a lot,

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PROFILE:

Acads
X %,Board, year : 96.8, CBSE, 2005
XII%, Board, year : 93.2, CBSE, 2007
Undergrad Stream : B.Tech(EEE), NIT Trichy, final year, CGPA 8.15

Work-Ex:
nil

CAT (2010):
DI 99.08
Quant 97.80
Verbal 98.49
Aggregate 99.76
(category if applicable) general

Extra acads : nope.. :D

Any other special thing about you: nope..

Interview & Essay

Venue: Monarch Luxur, Bangalore
Date : March 4, 2011, 9.30 AM

Essay :
Topic: Commom man has to bear burden of corruption because he isn't as honest as he should be.
Number of Ppl present : 8/9
Time: 15 mins
Brief Snapshot of the attempt: dint do that well, got in a couple of points but on the whole, shouldve done better.
Time given : 15 mins
Rate your preparation(0-5): 2
Rate your performance(0-5): 3

GD also was the same topic. Became a bit of a fish market and two speakers were dominating not letting the others speak..

PI:
Panel Members Intro:
P1 was an old professor who knows every damn thing in the world and P2 was a younger prof who barely asked any questions..
Questions:
I was first in the batch and P2 asked for my file when i entered.
P1 : tell me abt urself..
me : blah
P1 : some more qns abt background (father, grandfather, etc)
me : blah
P2 : placed in which company?
me : morgan stanley
P1 : profile ?
me : IT.
P2 tries to ask about investment bank vs comm. bank , but P1 cuts him off
P1 : wats ur fav. subject in engg ?
me : object oriented programming(OOP).. ( even though i'm in electrical )
P1 : wats OOP and why's it better than previous methods ?
me : answered somewhat, he wasnt very convinced.
P1 again : sees the file and grade cards and asks wat all data structures u learnt and give where they're used.
me : tress, linked lists, stacks, queues, etc..
P1 : trees used whre ?
me : to store data ..
P1 : starts laughing..
me : sir, dictionary..
P1 : why ?
me : fast traversal.
P1 : smiles and says ok now i'll ask you a few basic gk questions..
me :
P1 : wats a lunar eclipse ?
me : explained..
P1 : on which day does it happen ?
me : sir, full moon day..
P1 : every full moon day ?
me : no sir..
P1 : then when ?
me : :|
P1 : when theyre all on same plane..
me : smile and agree. ( what else !! :D)
P2 : heard about global warming ?
me :( happens to be my fav subject )
P1 : disadvantages ?
me : sir i don't agree with the concept of global warming.
P1 and P2 : :wow:
me : gave some fundae.
P2 : seen inconvenient truth ?
me : no sir, but i've read a lot of articles and books about global warming both in newspaper and on the internet..
P2 : gave some funda abt two viewpoints and blah blah..
me :
P1 : hobbies ?
me : football, reading books..
P2 : looks at grade cards ( i had screwed up my fifth sem ) and asks wat happened ?
me : sir, health problems..
P2 : standard excuse..
me : :banghead::banghead::banghead:
P2 : any other calls ?
me : A,B,C.
P2 : best of luck, u may go.
I smile and thank them and leave..
Rate your preparation(0-5): 3
Rate your performance(0-5): 3.5
MISC.
Was my first interview, could've answered the why mba and acads part better.. On the whole, a very chilled out interview, great experience..

VERDICT : Converted

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X % - 85% Assam Board
XII% Science - 72%, Assam Board
B.E. Civil Engineering 68%, N.I.T warangal

Work-Ex:
I.T. industry-32 months
CAT (2010):
89.22
(category SC)

Extra acads :
member of college volleyball team,Tabla visharad

Essay:
Topic: "Taboos and tradition are nothing but cultural baggage"
Number of Ppl present: 8
Time given: 15 mins
Brief Snapshot of the attempt:

Wrote an essay on the same topic.It Was supposed to be within 300 words,think it went far beyond that,was just about average,tried to draw a conclusion by saying we should be open to learn from other cultures and enrich our tradition else it becomes obsolete and burdensome bla bla bla.

Didn't join any coaching for GDPI..spoke only twice...lot of guys were talking about tradition of china and japan for some reason.I tried to distinguish between taboo and tradition but don't think it was proper :banghead:

Rate your preparation(0-5): 1
Rate your performance(0-5): 2

PI:
Panel Members Intro:one middle aged guy(M),one younger(Y),had a feeling he is ex alumni.I was the second last to go in
Questions:
M:So,you are from Assam!
Me: Yes sir
M: Which place exactly
Me:told the district name(Nagaon) and the town
M: How far is Nagaon from Guwahati?
Me:126 km by road sir ( give or take 1-2 km :P)
M:Hey I heard one chief minister of Assam is from your district!!
Me: Prafulla kumar Mahanta sir(and some additional info such as he was the secretary of nagaon college student council etc etc)
M: How long did he serve?
Me: He was elected twice sir,once in 80's and then in 90's(Couldnt remember exact years )
M: Ok,brahmaputra passes through your district?
Me: yes sir ,there is a bridge near a place called silghat in my district over it.
M: How wide is the river?
Me: (Confused) width as in near Nagaon sir?
M:No ,I mean where is it more wide?Guess its narrower near Guwahati?
Me: Its quite wide in upper assam,and yes it passes through khasi hills near guwahati and is narrower,the first bridge over Brahmaputra was built over there.
M: Name of the bridge?
Me:saraighat.
M:How long is that?
Me: I don't remember the exact length but its more than one km.
M:(Smiling) it will be definitely more than one km man.
Me: Yes sir..I mean I am sure its less than 1.5km but more than 1 km
M:Heard another bridge was being built near upper assam?
Me: In a place called Bogibil near dibrugarh district sir.
M:What is the length of that?
Me: (Damn) ...i think more than 4 km sir(actually 4.940)
M: Less than 5 is it?
Me: I think so sir ;)
M:Ok,so why is ur district famous?
Me: Chief ministerial discussion was over..and i didn't really know if my district was that famous.Told about spiritual and cultural figure of assam, sankardeva being born there,agricultural hub etc...guess i should have studied more:(
M:Do u know about Majuli?
Me: Yes sir,largest river island in the world.
M: You know that place was in news in the 90s.I mean it was even in international headlines,related to action of Ulfa.
(I saw that coming,he probably gave me a hint,it wasn't really a question I think)
Me:told about social activist Sanjay Ghose who worked for the developement of that place and its inhabitants,being kidnapped and later killed by Ulfa.
(felt for the first time he was impressed).
M: how many bihus are there?
Me: named them and the seasons in which they are celebrated:D
M: Why is one of them called Kati Bihu?
Me: Mixed up in excitement,recovered later saying that its celebrated in the assamese month of Kati so...
M: I heard people starve from hunger at that time??
Me:Its infertile season so crop production is not high.the food deposits from previous years get reduced by that time for farmers.(did start well but damn..mixed up later while comparing with bhogali bihu....so there it was...a rehersed answer gone bad:banghead:)
M: ok...have u visited Kamakhya temple ?
M: As a child,once .
M: Do you agree with animal slaughter ritual that is performed there?I mean its banned in rest of India but still the government does nothing about it in Assam?Why?
Me:(So a question about GD topic)Its tantric tradition.Also I don't think its only in Assam sir,similar rituals are performed in some other places in India as well.
M: (his face turns grim)Where else?
Me: Told him about some places and temples of north bengal.(don't really know if I should have said that)
M: Ok but do you agree with that?
Me:Said i don't agree.Cruelty against animals in the name of worshiping is a pretty sick medieval tradition.But then the govt. doesn't wanna interfere with religious sentiments of the mass. So...
M:(Doesn't look that convinced)Ok...so who built the Kamakhya temple?
Me: King Narakasura,
M:Allright (Leans back and Starts smiling)...
Y:(For the first time he speaks...he was going through my certificates and watching me)tells M while raising his eyebrows and pointing to me-->'civil engineer'
M:(looks excited..bad sign)you saw the structure of kamakhya temple?!
Me:(here it comes...sh**)yes sir..its dome shaped..made from stone
M: Its amazing isn't it?no pillars,no beams but it has been there for thousand years!!
Me: (Trying to turn the discussion)...well even pyramids have no beams sir.
M: (Stops me...he had enough of G.K.discussion I guess)..yes but it isn't dome shaped
Me: blabbered something about load distribution,being max. on pillers.
M: (He has got me by that time..takes out a paper ,draws the diagram and asks me to point out where the force due its own weight will be more)
Me: near the edges
Me: Ok magnitude of force due its own weight at the top?
L: not sure sir(Sh**)
M:In a beam where should the reinforcement be,in middle or near edges?
Me: I was not thinking much...said cant recollect...was a long time ago and i have not been in touch...blabbered again trying to answer and they started laughing
Y:did you read about Bandra Worli sea link?How was it built?
Me:(I even read about the first accident that took place over there after it was opened,but didn't care much about the technology :()
I have not followed in detail sir.
Y:various types of bridges?
Me:answered.
Y:grade of ordinary cement?
me:could not recollect
Y:What is quick setting cement?
Me:answered correctly
Y:Grade of that?
Me:dont remember sir.
M:(takes back charge, again draws diagram of rcc beam and describes load distribution on that,says--now you see how it bends?
Me:yes.
M:Why is that so?
Me:(My mentos moment) it imparts elasticity to the structure sir.Otherwise concrete is quite brittle at higher loads.
M:what took you so long earlier then?
Me:(frankly did not know what to say...just smiled)
M to Y:You have any questions ?
Y signals he is done and hands me over the file.
M:Thanks,and please send the next person.
Me:Thanks so much sir.

Rate your preparation(0-5): 1
Rate your performance(0-5): :drinking:

It was pretty chilled out,didnt get stressed much.
But big 0 on past academics,was banking more on work exp related topics and my technical domain of work.

VERDICT: Converted!!!Don't wanna introspect any further,just living it for the time being!!

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Sorry for the spamming bro but I am sure you have made it, you handled things smoothly and didn't panic when stressed.............ALL THE BEST :)

Profile

X-90.2% CBSE Board
XII-89.6% CBSE Board
1 year Gap
Btech-IIT roorkee-77.86%
Work-ex:43 months

CAT:
QA-95.67
DI-98.8
VA-96.7
OA-99.30

What a day and what an end my dream sure does end for L Bangalore it will be next.

Gd topic : sex education should be imparted at primary schools.

when we were supposed to discuss on students in the age group of 5-10 we were discussing on adoloscents ended up messing up big time on my essay and gd discussed all the things other than what should be taught to small children from porn to hiv to sexual fantasies the target audience was wrong ........................

preperation : 2
performance :0

now starts the interview I am from paper and pulp and did not know somebody can know some much about it ..
A the old guy and B the cool dude

A: so you are from paper and pulp
me : yes sir
A:do you use any of your education from undergrads in work
me:not the core knowledge sir but start the usual we were taught this and that and that helps us .. cut short
A: where do you work
me : told
A:what do you do
me : told
A : what is the main pulp used in india
me : kraft pulp sir started explaining cut short
A: caught lignin from my answer what is it,why remove can we add it what is this what is code for this paper(dont know what he ment by code so said no sir i don't know
me : hek new more than me ended up saying i dont know sir
A: do you know any biological bleaching methods
me : enzymes are used (asked me name ended up saying don't know
A:passes the baton to cool dude conveying he no good
B: do you know economics and banking
me : will try sir
B: some acronym
me : no sir
B: do you know mortgage backed loans
me: explained
B: which one would a bank prefer car loan or house loan
me : explained car loan housing loan are on perceived value that may crash and people may default connected to sub prome crisis
B: do you know have prices of houses have fallen in india
me : long term for 50 yrs have not fallen but in short term have fallen by 10-15 % again said subprime shit ki if it happens banking system will crash
B:how do we check such things in india
me : policies limits on loans consumer profile
B: what is the ratio of banks to individual in lone
me : told ki guessing 70:30 so he came back and justified limits are there to put a check
B: role of black money in stability of banks
me : told hawala transactions in deals cut shorta and he exlained ki ppl pay mostof the money in cash and thus banks end up giving less loan so less risk ( i could have answered ........
A : (while B nudges him to close it chod do bacche ko) Do you know mt everest controversy
me : well had heard of it and eended up explaing ki diff versions of height.
A: what would have bcom highest peak
me : k2
A: where is it
me : pok
A: ramayan and ravan related stuff is found in sri lanka and india ur take on it
me: ramayan is amythbut if we take it as a true story yes they can be true related to ram setu resembling the bridge from ramayan times
A: who is kumbhakaran
me : ravan brother
B: laughs around it wasnt he his son making fun of me
me I stand my ground
A: who was his son
me : meghnath
A: brothers of ravan
me : kumbhkaran and vibhishan
....................thank you you may go send the next guy....................

no why MBA no tell us about yourselves no hobbies all i was left to answer was economics and my acads that I have not studied for the last 4 yrs
Agree I screwed my essay an digressed from primary students but did give relevant point for ppl uptil the age group of 15 odd like disease , molestation, problems taht ppl may have and can become aware noted that we need to have mass awareness programmes to tackle this problem by communicationg on tv and counselling..... gd continued with it when i knew ki i missed the bus tried to correct my view as well.


don't know what to take from it not being asked the standard questions seems its end of story

verdict : u know what to expect:splat:

Profile

X-90.2% CBSE Board
XII-89.6% CBSE Board
1 year Gap
Btech-IIT roorkee-77.86%
Work-ex:43 months

CAT:
QA-95.67
DI-98.8
VA-96.7
OA-99.30

What a day and what an end my dream sure does end for L Bangalore it will be next.

Gd topic : sex education should be imparted at primary schools.

when we were supposed to discuss on students in the age group of 5-10 we were discussing on adoloscents ended up messing up big time on my essay and gd discussed all the things other than what should be taught to small children from porn to hiv to sexual fantasies the target audience was wrong ........................

preperation : 2
performance :0

now starts the interview I am from paper and pulp and did not know somebody can know some much about it ..
A the old guy and B the cool dude

A: so you are from paper and pulp
me : yes sir
A:do you use any of your education from undergrads in work
me:not the core knowledge sir but start the usual we were taught this and that and that helps us .. cut short
A: where do you work
me : told
A:what do you do
me : told
A : what is the main pulp used in india
me : kraft pulp sir started explaining cut short
A: caught lignin from my answer what is it,why remove can we add it what is this what is code for this paper(dont know what he ment by code so said no sir i don't know
me : hek new more than me ended up saying i dont know sir
A: do you know any biological bleaching methods
me : enzymes are used (asked me name ended up saying don't know
A:passes the baton to cool dude conveying he no good
B: do you know economics and banking
me : will try sir
B: some acronym
me : no sir
B: do you know mortgage backed loans
me: explained
B: which one would a bank prefer car loan or house loan
me : explained car loan housing loan are on perceived value that may crash and people may default connected to sub prome crisis
B: do you know have prices of houses have fallen in india
me : long term for 50 yrs have not fallen but in short term have fallen by 10-15 % again said subprime shit ki if it happens banking system will crash
B:how do we check such things in india
me : policies limits on loans consumer profile
B: what is the ratio of banks to individual in lone
me : told ki guessing 70:30 so he came back and justified limits are there to put a check
B: role of black money in stability of banks
me : told hawala transactions in deals cut shorta and he exlained ki ppl pay mostof the money in cash and thus banks end up giving less loan so less risk ( i could have answered ........
A : (while B nudges him to close it chod do bacche ko) Do you know mt everest controversy
me : well had heard of it and eended up explaing ki diff versions of height.
A: what would have bcom highest peak
me : k2
A: where is it
me : pok
A: ramayan and ravan related stuff is found in sri lanka and india ur take on it
me: ramayan is amythbut if we take it as a true story yes they can be true related to ram setu resembling the bridge from ramayan times
A: who is kumbhakaran
me : ravan brother
B: laughs around it wasnt he his son making fun of me
me I stand my ground
A: who was his son
me : meghnath
A: brothers of ravan
me : kumbhkaran and vibhishan
....................thank you you may go send the next guy....................

no why MBA no tell us about yourselves no hobbies all i was left to answer was economics and my acads that I have not studied for the last 4 yrs
Agree I screwed my essay an digressed from primary students but did give relevant point for ppl uptil the age group of 15 odd like disease , molestation, problems taht ppl may have and can become aware noted that we need to have mass awareness programmes to tackle this problem by communicationg on tv and counselling..... gd continued with it when i knew ki i missed the bus tried to correct my view as well.


don't know what to take from it not being asked the standard questions seems its end of story

verdict : u know what to expect:splat:

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