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Why I lost everything running after CAT, but won't give CAT anymore!


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I don't remember exactly when I logged in last time here at Pagalguy and to my surprise, the interface has changed lots. I really had a hard time figuring out how to post in the relevant sections and I hope I am posting it in the right section. I had been banned before at PG for posting stuffs so I hope I am posting it in the right section. First of all, why return to PG after so much time and post this today. Well, I was telling a junior of mine today if he has heard of pagalguy.com. He was asking online resources for CAT prep so to be honest, I could not think of anything else other than PG. Although, I still don't have a clue how to post a smiley here. Everything has changed here. (Coming from a PG veteran- Gaawd, I miss the smileys)

My tryst with CAT started in my third year of Btech. Arun Sharma used to come in our hostel mess and in our common halls and used to tell us, we ought to want CAT as bad as we would had wanted a breath if we are dying of cancer. Well, lots of us were motivated and given the discounts he was offering, we were inclined to join his coaching classes. (Arun Sharma, the CAT related books writer) Cl also chipped in with scholarship offers and I managed to bag second position at their Lucknow centre. Cool, 8k off on fees, well enough for our liquor parties to last for a week at least. Well, I was a ranker in the CL scholarship test so naturally, though no need to study much. In my mind, I was already in most of the IIMs and I didn't even considered JBIMS or any other college with names like SPJIMR or you know, SIBM, lots of colleges that I wanted to target after I failed twice in CAT (missing the PG smiley here, the one with the logo) So, took CAT first time, failed, got 77.73 percentile but since I think rationally to justify my failures, I thought that so what, have a job and who cares. CAT next time. Everything went smooth, smooth like I had always imagined, job to fulfil our daily needs of ciggs and liquor and parties and what not, and on top of that, I was blindly in love so failure in CAT did not even fazed me a bit.

And then, at the threshold of what is called the real life, bang. Gf left, after I had the left the job to prepare for CAT with her, yeah, life does plans out that way. So now, what, CAT, that can redeem me of my sins, and if I make it, I can look myself in the mirror at least. Was very dejected, and yeah, I used to cry too back then. Let me take you back down the memory lane. I was shattered, dejected, and used to cry on the over bridges near Polytechnic, Waves, if anyone is from Lucknow, will know the places I am talking about.

Was bouncing back from Cl kapoorthala centre to Cl Hazratganj centre and it was pretty scary at times, manoeuvring in the traffic. So FMS got included in the list now and was quite determined to make it this time. Bang, results, no success, ha-ha, and then, decided to move to Bangalore.

Bangalore, I love this city. This city has been very kind to me (if you take out the occasional chats with cops that ends with me and my friends in their custody). Used to go to job interviews, well, I even went for call centre interviews and had made up a story to tell back home telling why I have joined a call centre after leaving a job before. Well, got job in HP. And again, the dream started to take its course. AIMCATS, SIMCATS, these words were like, let me tell you, the best things that I knew that time. Like a new-born baby says first time, a word and everyone thinks it's so awesome, I was in the same phase. AIMCAT 19, marks, ohh, you topped, I got this, damn, will bounce back next time after some time at Purple haze Kormangla, tried my best to bounce back the next day. Didn't had many friends back then, so PG was all that I had, in terms of friends too.

People learn lessons from their mistakes, but I had a knack for thinking that what I do is the best, so again, left job, went full fledged with CAT, FMS and yeah, MAH CET has now got a place in my list of exams and (missing the smiley). so, results were not as I expected, crashed in CAT, missed FMS by borderline ( around 38 marks If I remember- and yes, 38 marks is what I call borderline) and MAH CET, 98.73 percentile.(phew, finally, I can also boast of a percentile) so, in nutshell - no job (again), no admits and everything was lost. I even thought of consulting a psychiatrist back then. I still remember the day FMS results were out, I called up one of my friends, and cried, no, wailed. He said, it's okay, maybe it was the first time in ages that you studied hard, it's ok to fail, try harder next time. But I had not motivation left, I was at the lowest of my life. So low that I used to think, what I will do now. All my friends are at so good places, what I will tell my parents, what will happen to my life and all the dreams that I have had, they just shattered. Fast forward next year, luckily, there was an exam called SSC, got through and opted for Bangalore for posting (I love Bangalore). Well, in college I used to think that two to three years after college, I will be riding the bike of my choice, will be partying more, well, personally, I love purple haze marathalli for that ( they let us smoke too) unlike other joints. And there I was, boarding a sarkari bus, and by the time I reached office, all my nightmares had turned into reality and was facing the reality staring in my face in the form of ladies (above 50) as my co-workers (missing the smileys), among other things that made me think what I had done with my life, and how I had ruined it with my own hands. Back at home, everyone was at least thinking that I had now settled for something, not the thing that I had wished for my life, but yes, had a sarkari job, and was trying to portray myself as happy as I could. So was the frustration that I had ended up myself in jail for beating up cops near a pub.

Wait, then, the miracle happened, I had a hobby, in college days, of uttering the word open source. Open source, yeah, I had the hobby of uttering the word every now and then. So after my job, I used to come and see the packages offered by various IIMs and then do my open source thing. Started dreaming again, of having a company, a small one of course, I still fear of dreaming big, since I failed so many times. Dreaming got intense, started taking leave from job more often and one day, lady luck bestowed her showers upon me. Got my first contract and finished it in a week. The long lost of dreams of having the package of 20+ Lpa and all started taking its course again. Yeah I still laugh at it, it happened last year, 2013 started, and I was on the road of getting the dream. Well, my purpose of cracking the CAT was to have a big fat pay package that enables me to do what I want to do. This time, I was not going to give it up. I worked for 16-18 hours a day, applied for leave at office and yeah, I resigned too from office. No, how can you do it again, 7th pay commission is around the corner, how could you do that, was the response from everyone I knew. Once you start failing, people believe that you will always fail and even the slightest thing that you get, they will advise you to hold on to it. No, but I wanted to do it. I resigned, and worked lots. I worked round the clock, seems I mentioned it, before 16-18 hours a day (missing the smiley) results: I have two employees now, both are based out of India (and both are, umm, what's the smiley for saying they are so cute), and the ITR that I filed last fiscal was more than the yearly salary that I used to get at HP. I have a small sort of company right now, and I have clients all over the US and Australia (I don't want to work for UK clients since they ruled us and all, personal vendetta you see) My senior officers at my office call me up to ask that If I have some sort of opening for their sons (missing the smiley) Feels like a dream. But to get here, I had to go through lots. I still remember the day when I crossed that magical figure that I had set up as a benchmark for my financial success, I didn't knew what to do. I went to the Central Mall, BODYSHOP, and purchased the eye mask there, to pamper myself since my eyes hurt lots after crying. I am very fortunate that I got what I wanted. And yes, maybe, I had not wanted CAT that much, because, I see here, people who had wanted it so bad, had got it.

The_hate, the doc mod (shashank -FMS inspiration for me that time and probably these people will be my inspirations in time to come), burning_desire one of the most beloved friends I had at that time at PG. Not only am I doing what I wanted to do (utter open source, among other things) I am doing it from where I want to do. Currently I am in Bangalore, since I love this city. Life could not had been better for me than this. Even though the manager of Purple Haze kormangla has warned me that if he sees me again in the premises, he will have me kicked out, I still go sometimes, thinking that he won't recognise me. After all, once you start yelling "This Place shicks", the managers tend to do that it seems.

The dream is still there, it's still there. I could not make it to the colleges that I dreamed of, but I did something worthwhile. I can now see myself and tell myself that I am not just some guy who gave up because he was tired to continue. There are many tear shedding stories, instances where I had sat numb, staring in the dark, and thinking that life is over. I hope I have not diluted the sacredness of this thread in any manner. Life does rewards us, we just have to dream that reward and work towards it. I could not clear CAT in three years and I saw the success that I had dreamed of in just one year. That makes me think that I was not committed that much to CAT prep and just wanted to crack CAT to prove my self-worthiness to others and me. Now, I just try to prove to myself and maybe that is what matters ultimately. We have to dream the dream for ourselves, not for any other person, not for your gf, not for your parents, it has to be you.

Seems boring now, this gyaan, so will end now.

[UPDATE] I will not be writing any exam now, CAT, or any other for that matter.

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  • pvt jobs r hell bro.i wrk in big IT MNC .Money is not eve.... 7m.
  • @satyam619 it's a person's perception towards life. As l.... 4m.
Dreams come true.Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. AIWTSAC http://goo.gl/r23kcf 
satyam619
Satyam Sharma @satyam619 87

pvt jobs r hell bro.i wrk in big IT MNC .Money is not everything in life.many mba degree  holders getting heavy salary r trying fr govt jobs.pvt life is volatile anything can happen anytime.

foadbear
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@satyam619 it's a person's perception towards life.  As long as you are happy in doing what you are doing, nothing else matters.

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How many seats are there in JB in national quota via MAH-CET for general candidates ?

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  • are you sure? aren't the seats 18? @Mac4ualways. 24m.
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NMAT- 220, IIFT- 96.27% , CAT- 97.41, SNAP 97.85  
nimisha1518
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are you sure? aren't the seats 18? @Mac4ualways 

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JB is no more following the DTE norms of reservation from this year...
So, they have changed the distribution...

It is roughly 60 for Maharashtra state, 6 minorities and 54 All India Open...

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ITM Admissions Official Query Thread 2015-17

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10th-80.5%

12th-88%

ug-68%

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but dew to family problems i had 2 years gap after my graduation. does it affect on gd/pi and placements

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  • whats the last date to apply for itm kharghar? do we need.... 3h.
  • 31 march... we can select spcltn later. 7m.
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whats the last date to apply for itm kharghar? do we need to pre select specialization or we can do it after 1st year?

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31 march... we can select spcltn later 

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MICA Ahmedabad: Official Discussion Forum (MICAT - 2015)

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with a low percentile in (nc obc) 82.69 do i stand a chance for getting into new iims..seniors please help!

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with a low percentile in (nc obc) 82.69 do i stand a chance for getting into new iims..seniors please help!

"InnAllaha Ma' As'sabireen" 
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Hello ! 

I'd like to know the last date of applying to bimtech. 

thank you

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19th march?

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@nikhil540  hi.......m leavng frm delhi on 17 march afternoon by train....when r u leavng.....my gd/pi is on 19

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[Official] 1 Year Post Graduate Program (PGPM)@School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL)

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Hello Everyone! I have been selected for the HRLP 2015-16 and I would like to share my journey of how I came to know about SOIL, how I made up my mind to go for it & my experience throughout the selection process.

First, I would like to present a brief introduction. I am an engineering graduate and a working IT professional with over 3.5 years of experience in Middleware Technologies. Currently I am working with Mercer Consulting and was associated with HCL & Kronos previously.

I came to know about SOIL through Pagalguy when I was searching for 1 year Management courses. Then I went on searching, reading SOIL related threads on Pagalguy and also SOIL's website. All the information required was easily available and accessible and SOIL grasped my interest.

I summarized the facts based on my research on SOIL including, It is a 1 year program, The curriculum is tailor made based upon the needs of the industry, Corporate giants laid the foundation of SOIL and supports it, Satisfactory placements figures, Unique process of selecting students based upon their complete personality, Good reviews and image as compared to the other recognised bschools of India, Better ROI, Mentorship Program, Best national and international faculties and much much more.  HR is my field of interest and I want to switch into it. Not all bschools offer HR and not all are good w.r.t. HR. SOIL's HR program is its Flagship program and one of the best in India. After analysing all of these facts I was clear and registered for SOIL without any hesitation.

So, As per the SOIL selection process, I registered first and started filling out the Application Form which comprises of personal details, educational background, professional background, academic achievements and co-curricular activities & references. Apart from that we have to write few Essays and then submit the profile. Based upon your profile you'll be selected and called for Caliper test. I did all of it and my profile got shortlisted and I was called upon to take Caliper test.

Caliper test was scheduled in a private coaching institute partnered with SOIL specifically for it. I went there, provided an ID proof and was then allowed to take the test. Caliper is a computer based test including six sections measuring six different traits of human personality. For four of the sections I don't think any preparation is required as it focuses upon your inner-self. Remaining two sections measures your quantitative and analytical abilities, So you need to prepare for it just like for CAT/XAT. Just read the questions carefully, analyse it and answer honestly, that's it! I did the same and got selected for the Final round.

As for the Final round, I was being called upon for a Personal Interview along with an initial pre-assessment test at SOIL premises. I went there in the morning on a Saturday, they made me sit in a conference room and offered water and coffee. There were many aspirants already present, busy writing up something on a white paper. Later, I was handed over the same white paper which was a pre-assessment test and told to complete & submit it in an hour. There were 3 different questions in the test, An Essay, A Case Study and a Graph based question. I had attempted the graph based question first in which we have to draw a graph representing the high and low points of your life(Please make sure you remember what you draw). After that I wrote the Essay in which a quote of Albert Einstein("Try not to become a Man of success but rather try to become a Man of value") was listed. Finally, I wrote down the case study analysis and it took much of my time. A scenario was presented in which I am the CEO, my company's product demand has surpassed its supply. Thus retailers are selling the product at a higher price and this is compromising the image and value of the company in the eyes of our customers. How will I solve this problem?

After completing the test, it was handed over to the Interview panel and later I was being called upon for the face to face Interview. The panel consisted of two individuals, One of them was a SOIL faculty and other was a Corporate leader. I am listing down the questions asked and I remember down below:-

1. Tell me about yourself? Please make sure it is of 2,3 minutes including a snapshot of your personal,professional,educational information along with your interests, hobbies, strength and weaknesses. Mine was short so they asked me continue and keep going.

2. Why SOIL and Why HR?

3. How do you came to know about SOIL?

4. Do you know anyone from SOIL(current batch or an alumni)?

5. Questions on your hobbies and interests?

6. Which election party do you support and why(Delhi election fever at that time all around)?

7. There was a painting on the wall and I was asked to brief my views on it. It was very hard but I made it

8. In my pre-assessment essay I wrote down a Quote of mine in the end. One of the panel member grilled me on this for about 15 minutes. But I made my stand.

9. Did you read the question, analysed it and then answer while taking the caliper test? Not sure why this was asked but I said yes.

10. What other exams you gave and what were your score? Mentioned NMAT as I got a decent score in it

11. How do you came to know about SOIL?

12. Questions based upon my technical background like what I do, What technology I am in, etc.

13. Questions based upon the low and high points of my life based upon the graph  represented in my pre-assessment test. Do remember them.

14. Any questions for us? Asked few like how mentorship program works, how frequent international faculties visits are, etc..

The interview went around 50 minutes. And then was offered free lunch in the basement but I had to pass due to some other commitments. All of the steps were completed and the wait for the final result begun. I got my offer letter just after the two days of my interview. Well, this is it! It was a quick and interesting journey and I am glad to be selected. I know one thing that SOIL will definitely help me in accomplishing my goals and shaping my future and I believe that's what we all expect from an Institute

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Did anyone receive mail from Gurgaon campus regarding conference call with Mr. Gautam Lakhamraju, Director - Admissions, Great Lakes, Gurgaon today?

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  • dont knw.i just rcvd the mail saying " Given your intere.... 30m.
  • ok. 29m.
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dont knw.i just rcvd the mail saying "

Given your interest in the 1 year PGPM at Great Lakes, you might want to learn more about the PGPM being offered by the Gurgaon Campus. We are organizing a Conference Call with Mr. Gautam Lakhamraju, Director - Admissions, Great Lakes, Gurgaon and you can utilize this opportunity to get your queries about the PGPM at Gurgaon campus addressed. " they provided con cal lgin details too.

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IIM Calcutta experience (The one I had been most eager about)

Profile: Decent 10th, Okay 12th, terrible grad. CAT score pulled me through to this stage.

2nd March '15, Monarch Luxur, Bangalore. 12.30 PM. Panel 5.

I reached the place at 12.25 and saw some people lollygagging outside the waiting hall. I saw some people sitting inside as well. Walked in and waited.

Document verification began, but then I realised I needed a photocopy which I had not taken. Kicking myself mentally, I rushed out and ran around the area. I got a copy and came back much after my name had been called. My turn came again and I went up for the DV. Really friendly guy, offered me a toffee (which I declined because I wanted to look like a good boy  ) and went through docs in a trice. WAT rolled by soon enough. 200 word essay in 20 minutes (DA candidates were given 10 minutes extra)

Topic: Parents these days enroll their children in many extra-curriculat activities like language classes, music, horse-riding, sports and so on. Is this bad for the children? Discuss.

Easy topic for me, I sailed through in fifteen minutes and waited for everyone to finish. Then it was time for the interview. I was fourth in sequence, but the person in slot 1 had not turned up. So I was third.

The two people before me were asked calculus questions. Joka has a notoriety for asking calculus and math-related questions in interviews. Basic math I can handle, calculus I can't.

When my turn came, I was on tenterhooks, hoping for no calculus questions. The interviewers were surprisingly friendly. There was one young guy (Y) and two middle-aged men (M1 and M2). Interview lasted some ten minutes I think (forgot to time it )

Y was silent almost all the time.

M1: So, Krishna. Wait, you can hear me clearly right?

Me: *grinning innocently* Yes sir. I can hear most spoken voices, at least in these conditions. With a hearing aid my hearing is almost normal.

M1: Then what kind of sounds can't you hear?

Me: Mostly higher frequencies. Like mobile ringtones, especially if the mobile is in some other room, or in my pocket when I'm in traffic.

M1: What about music?

Me: *rubbing hands inwardly* Subtleties at higher pitches, I can't hear. Percussion-intensive music, however, I can appreciate. That's why I began learning percussion (sneaky yet obvious reference)

M1: I see. So. Krishna, Krishna. (I hate it when people do that) Who is Krishna? *smiled*

Me: *chuckled and gave some tidbits about my namesake god.* The story is so long that I don't even know where to begin. And of course you have this little side story, the Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita...

M1: Ah, you've read the Gita?

Me: Not in its original form. However Amar Chitra Katha version I read as a kid.

M1: So you haven't read the original?

Me: Nope

M1: What interests you?

Me: Music, mainly. Also writing; I've written a lot. I used to read a lot earlier but of late the habit has slowed down greatly

M1: Which book did you read last?

Me: Accidental India by Shankkar Aiyar. About how bad policymaking has caused us to miss many opportunities.

M1: Describe a few

Me: *mental fistpump* Nehru socialism blabla, government wanted full control blabla, then Amul vs Govt unions blablabla, how Amul succeeded blablabla (essentially rattled off examples from the book)

M2: Do you follow budget?

Me: Never used to understand it earlier, but this time I made an effort. Can't give you a lecture about it but I can tell you what I feel about it.

M2: Sure, tell us what you think. (At this stage I noticed M1 scribbling something on the notepad)

Me: I feel it isn't too nice to the middle-class earner. More service tax, not offset by other benefits.

M2: Service tax went up by?

Me: (had forgotten original value) It's now 14%. I don't remember old value but I think it was 13.xx.

M2: Not that high. It was 12.6%.

Me: Guess so. I had never bothered to observe, sorry (sheepish grin)

M2: Name three cases where service tax is paid

Me: Mobile bill, travel fare and restaurant charges

M2: Give me an estimate. How much would a middle class earner spend on these three?

Me: (worked out the numbers with his help. After some back and forth we settled on 20k per month for these expenses, upper estimate for family of four)

M2: See, now the service tax went up by 1.5% means new expenditure is just up by 300 rupees. Consider the lowered tax rate and al the rebates everywhere. It isn't hitting them hard no?

Me: (mentally going OHCRAPYOUIDIOT) Agreed sir. I was only telling you what I had read everywhere, since I don't understand this well.

M2: Yeah, those are opinions. Don't get carried away with them. So any two other things you feel are good about budget?

Me: There was some talk about making black money harder to hoard. And some stuff about GST which is a good thing (and here I faltered) because my uncle in the finance sector was saying so (that is the truth, but I have no idea about GST beyond this. Luckily, M2 left me there)

M1: (handed me the aforesaid notepad) Have a look at this problem

30 kph ->                                    

|-----------------------------------------------------|

A                     30 km                               B

Every five minutes, a car leaves from A towards B and from B towards A at the specified speed. You are in one of the cars moving from A to B. How many cars will you pass on the way to B?

Me: (Was flummoxed at first. Slowly worked out aloud, arrived at 6 cars. Explained my reasoning)

M1: And if I replace 60 with 120?

Me: Number of cars will be halved. (Explained why I felt so)

M1 seemed satisfied. Him and M2 looked at Y.

Y: So you play mridangam?

Me: Yep (I can talk about classical music all day I tell you)

Y: You follow both Carnatic and Hindustani I presume. What's the difference between tabla and mridangam?

Me: (explained physical aspect, tonal differences)

Y: How about from the music perspective?

Me: Explained

Y: And what about these other percussion instruments? Ghatam, khanjira and all?

Me: Told

Y: Okay, fair enough.

All three: We're done. Nice talking to you.

Me: Likewise sir.

*dances on the way down*

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  • @fauxnom.apodo I really hope so :grin: The panelists we.... 46m.
  • Ja. :grin: Wish you all the best! :smiley:. 31m.
DA-E-M || CAT '14 - 97.21 || Calls from all except B || Interviews awaited... || XAT '15 - Bye bye XLRI. 
kittuboy
First Name Last Name @kittuboy 2,615

@fauxnom.apodo I really hope so The panelists were exceedingly friendly, much more than I had anticipated. All's well that ends well, nein?

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Ja. Wish you all the best!

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SC/ST & PH students queries and discussion for CAT 2014 & other Exams

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Venue: IIM Lucknow Noida Campus

Date: 1st March

WAT/GD topic: Human-like artificial intelligence is self-defeating, unethical and dangerous.

Time for WAT : 20 min. During WAT, one of the panelist (P2) was arguing with the waiter to bring masala shikanji instead of plain shikanji . .  :-o 

GD: 11 min

Managed to write decent points in WAT but GD was disaster as I couldn't speak much(only 2 points)

Interview Experience: It was a stress interview no doubt about that. There were 2 guys, one in mid 30s (P1) and other in mid 40s (P2)

P2: Tell me about yourself? (meanwhile he was looking in my folder)

Me: Told

P2: Where are your pay-slips? 

Me: (Little shocked because I have all the work-experience certificates with me) Sir, I have all the work-ex certificates in the folder. It wasn't mentioned in the check-list  document of IIM L that pay-slips were required to show during the interview.

P2: Started in hindi in UP bhaiyya type voice (no offence intended to anyone from UP ) "janab tumne kaam kiya toh payslips toh milti hogi naa. . kaha hai woh? mujhe toh lag raha hai tum farzi certificates dikha rahe ho"

Me: But sir, I do get pay-slips but I don't have it right now with me. 

P2: Started blubbering something I couldn't listened, P1 interrupted in between and showed him the work-ex certificates in my folder. He calmed down 

P1: I think you were laid off from your jobs. Also, being from IIT, you are working in small companies no one heard of.

Me: (Flabbergasted) . . one is startup but rest two companies are MNC consulting companies. Explained. .

P1: (seemed somewhat convinced) . . .What is your take on Insurance companies, isn't that a fraudulent industry since they don't give insurance to high risk people, they only provide insurance to low risk people where they know that they won't have to pay a penny to them.

Me: Yes, Insurance company do drive on fear of the people. But at the end of the day, they are business firms so they do need to mitigate their own risk before providing risk protection to other people. And business transaction occurs when two parties have opposing view towards some goods or services. For e.g., insurance company has a view that low risky people would not die prematurely while other party has view that they might die prematurely. Thus, their differences in opinion drive them towards entering into an insurance contract where one party pays some premiums to transfer their risk to other party. So yeah, it is just a risk transfer business and since we are not technically advanced enough to calculate exact outcome we enter into such contracts to minimize the risk. 

P1: Looked convinced. Asked my take on land bill

Me: Explained why I don't like the ordinance proposed before and why  it is necessary to change it.

P1: Why did you not speak much during the GD?

Me: I have relatively less knowledge on this subject, and the points I wanted to raise was covered by someone else in the group.

P1: I don't think you are suitable as an MBA candidate in IIM Lucknow. You don't have a fire in your belly. Why should we even consider you?

Me: Thrown some random fatte as to how my different experience in different firms will help my peers and how it will promote diversity in the group (Don't know whether they were convinced or not  :( )

P2: Why MBA?

Me: Explained

P2: What is an NGO?

Me: Explained

P2: Tell me about something something (some long name related to finance which I never heard of )

Me: Sorry sir,  I am not aware of this term.

P2: Okay, difference between Independence and Republic day?

Me: (Shocked, I know I am not aware of that big financial term but that doesn't mean that I don't know anything)  Told :-/

P2: National anthem and national song?

Me: Told

P1: What will you do if I run with your sister?

Me: First make sure that she has run with you or not. Maybe you have kidnapped her

P1: laughing. No she also ran with me

Me: Then will cheer up for you both on running in a marathon. 

P1 and P2 both laughing:  Okay, you can go 

Me: Thanks

Interview experience: Total disaster!! . . no work ex, no acad, no union budget(which I studied the night before). . nothing.

Chances of conversion: 0/5

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  • @nuke_deal yeah, seriously annoying was that guy jo shika.... 33m.
  • Hote hain bhai kucch log. Importance dikhane mein maza aa.... 31m.
~Darkest hour of night comes just before the dawn~ 
vikki_iitr
pagal Noob @vikki_iitr 53

@nuke_deal yeah, seriously annoying was that guy jo shikanji ke liye argue kar raha tha WAT me

nuke_deal
Nuke` Deal @nuke_deal 197

Hote hain bhai kucch log. Importance dikhane mein maza aata hai unhe. 

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IIM Calcutta experience (The one I had been most eager about)

Profile: Decent 10th, Okay 12th, terrible grad. CAT score pulled me through to this stage.

2nd March '15, Monarch Luxur, Bangalore. 12.30 PM. Panel 5.

I reached the place at 12.25 and saw some people lollygagging outside the waiting hall. I saw some people sitting inside as well. Walked in and waited.

Document verification began, but then I realised I needed a photocopy which I had not taken. Kicking myself mentally, I rushed out and ran around the area. I got a copy and came back much after my name had been called. My turn came again and I went up for the DV. Really friendly guy, offered me a toffee (which I declined because I wanted to look like a good boy  ) and went through docs in a trice. WAT rolled by soon enough. 200 word essay in 20 minutes (DA candidates were given 10 minutes extra)

Topic: Parents these days enroll their children in many extra-curriculat activities like language classes, music, horse-riding, sports and so on. Is this bad for the children? Discuss.

Easy topic for me, I sailed through in fifteen minutes and waited for everyone to finish. Then it was time for the interview. I was fourth in sequence, but the person in slot 1 had not turned up. So I was third.

The two people before me were asked calculus questions. Joka has a notoriety for asking calculus and math-related questions in interviews. Basic math I can handle, calculus I can't.

When my turn came, I was on tenterhooks, hoping for no calculus questions. The interviewers were surprisingly friendly. There was one young guy (Y) and two middle-aged men (M1 and M2). Interview lasted some ten minutes I think (forgot to time it )

Y was silent almost all the time.

M1: So, Krishna. Wait, you can hear me clearly right?

Me: *grinning innocently* Yes sir. I can hear most spoken voices, at least in these conditions. With a hearing aid my hearing is almost normal.

M1: Then what kind of sounds can't you hear?

Me: Mostly higher frequencies. Like mobile ringtones, especially if the mobile is in some other room, or in my pocket when I'm in traffic.

M1: What about music?

Me: *rubbing hands inwardly* Subtleties at higher pitches, I can't hear. Percussion-intensive music, however, I can appreciate. That's why I began learning percussion (sneaky yet obvious reference)

M1: I see. So. Krishna, Krishna. (I hate it when people do that) Who is Krishna? *smiled*

Me: *chuckled and gave some tidbits about my namesake god.* The story is so long that I don't even know where to begin. And of course you have this little side story, the Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita...

M1: Ah, you've read the Gita?

Me: Not in its original form. However Amar Chitra Katha version I read as a kid.

M1: So you haven't read the original?

Me: Nope

M1: What interests you?

Me: Music, mainly. Also writing; I've written a lot. I used to read a lot earlier but of late the habit has slowed down greatly

M1: Which book did you read last?

Me: Accidental India by Shankkar Aiyar. About how bad policymaking has caused us to miss many opportunities.

M1: Describe a few

Me: *mental fistpump* Nehru socialism blabla, government wanted full control blabla, then Amul vs Govt unions blablabla, how Amul succeeded blablabla (essentially rattled off examples from the book)

M2: Do you follow budget?

Me: Never used to understand it earlier, but this time I made an effort. Can't give you a lecture about it but I can tell you what I feel about it.

M2: Sure, tell us what you think. (At this stage I noticed M1 scribbling something on the notepad)

Me: I feel it isn't too nice to the middle-class earner. More service tax, not offset by other benefits.

M2: Service tax went up by?

Me: (had forgotten original value) It's now 14%. I don't remember old value but I think it was 13.xx.

M2: Not that high. It was 12.6%.

Me: Guess so. I had never bothered to observe, sorry (sheepish grin)

M2: Name three cases where service tax is paid

Me: Mobile bill, travel fare and restaurant charges

M2: Give me an estimate. How much would a middle class earner spend on these three?

Me: (worked out the numbers with his help. After some back and forth we settled on 20k per month for these expenses, upper estimate for family of four)

M2: See, now the service tax went up by 1.5% means new expenditure is just up by 300 rupees. Consider the lowered tax rate and al the rebates everywhere. It isn't hitting them hard no?

Me: (mentally going OHCRAPYOUIDIOT) Agreed sir. I was only telling you what I had read everywhere, since I don't understand this well.

M2: Yeah, those are opinions. Don't get carried away with them. So any two other things you feel are good about budget?

Me: There was some talk about making black money harder to hoard. And some stuff about GST which is a good thing (and here I faltered) because my uncle in the finance sector was saying so (that is the truth, but I have no idea about GST beyond this. Luckily, M2 left me there)

M1: (handed me the aforesaid notepad) Have a look at this problem

30 kph ->                                     

|-----------------------------------------------------|

A                     30 km                               B

Every five minutes, a car leaves from A towards B and from B towards A at the specified speed. You are in one of the cars moving from A to B. How many cars will you pass on the way to B?

Me: (Was flummoxed at first. Slowly worked out aloud, arrived at 6 cars. Explained my reasoning)

M1: And if I replace 60 with 120?

Me: Number of cars will be halved. (Explained why I felt so)

M1 seemed satisfied. Him and M2 looked at Y.

Y: So you play mridangam?

Me: Yep (I can talk about classical music all day I tell you)

Y: You follow both Carnatic and Hindustani I presume. What's the difference between tabla and mridangam?

Me: (explained physical aspect, tonal differences)

Y: How about from the music perspective?

Me: Explained

Y: And what about these other percussion instruments? Ghatam, khanjira and all?

Me: Told

Y: Okay, fair enough.

All three: We're done. Nice talking to you.

Me: Likewise sir.

*dances on the way down*

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  • You're clearly on cloud nine! Well done!. 39m.
  • Thanks man :blush: I'm happy because all along, it was .... 38m.
DA-E-M || CAT '14 - 97.21 || Calls from all except B || Interviews awaited... || XAT '15 - Bye bye XLRI. 
michael_scott
Piyush Agarwal @michael_scott 21

You're clearly on cloud nine! Well done!

kittuboy
First Name Last Name @kittuboy 2,615

Thanks man I'm happy because all along, it was pent-up tension. I had been anticipating a cruel grilling, so when I was faced with this... you can imagine!

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There is a high chance of the shortlist being released within a week and the interviews being conducted from 28th March till 5th April

Reason: FMS conducts interviews after four weeks of releasing the shortlist(past year trends barring last year) and the interviews last for only a week. So, as per the communication from FMS media cell that interviews will start in March and will continue in April, this leaves only the week from 28th march till 5th April for the interviews.

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  • I aint a gem, still tham gayi zindagi!. 1d.
  • they have again extended the date for providing cat ident.... 38m.
jhootha
First Name @jhootha 84

I aint a gem, still tham gayi zindagi!

akram007
akram hameed @akram007 9

they have again extended the date for providing cat identification number of those 47 students

153 CAT

PhD/FPM 2015

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Would the interviews generally fall on weekends or no such attempts are made from IIM side ?

( I currently work as a contractor and its really tough for me to get more than 1 holiday /month)..

On checking the IIMK interview dates( 3 weekdays) , chances of me attending interview seems bleak even if I am shortlisted!


  • Weekends not assured friend :disappointed:. 42m.

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in WAT instead of writing a descriptive essay i wrote it in the thumbnail form.... so will i get any points in WAt section or it will straight away get a 0??? please help me out 

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29 CAT SPJIMR Mumbai

Official Thread for SPJIMR- PGCIM course -2015-16

Hi everyone! This thread has been made to solve all the queries you might have about the PGCIM ( Post Graduate Certif...

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Are the calls based on only profile or the entrance exam scores are also considered?I heard the profile based calls will also be given

  • Profiles are given importance. However cut offs need to b.... 10 Feb.
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Hope is the good thing,may the best of things & no good things ever dies!! 
sam_meow
Samved Sabde @sam_meow 45

Profiles are given importance. However cut offs need to be cleared in order to be eligible.

totallycrazy
John Nash @totallycrazy 27

@sam_meow , do they consider CAT score for this particular program?

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After filling the form it is showing cat percentile out of 800....as 95.....nd i hd entered 95.48...plz reply

  • Regarding errors that are appearing in the final printout.... 58m.
Dheeraj_92
Dheeraj Kapula @Dheeraj_92 22

Regarding errors that are appearing in the final printout of admission application form. Please send an email to admissions2015@mgmt.iisc.ernet.in stating Application Number, Name of the candidate, error appearing in the final printout, and state actual score/detail, any other remark. We will cross-check the data provided by you in the e-mail with the data in the application database.http://mgmt.iisc.ernet.in/.../2.../03/update-on-admissions-2015/