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Dear FMS,

when will u stop playing the old trick of conducting interviews after the ABC selection. When will u do away with the sarkari babu culture and stick to the shortlisting date ..Please get out of the bureaucratic attitude and behave like a modern B School..

The frustrated aspirant.

  • You teach FMS by being a student... Ironic isn't it :stu.... 4m.
  • If you are so frustrated, please don't attend the intervi.... 1s.
First Name @jhootha 98

You teach FMS by being a student... Ironic isn't it

Black Mamba @BlackMamba11 672

If you are so frustrated, please don't attend the interview

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Dear All,

Those who want to reschedule the GD-PI, kindly email your request to providing the valid reason along with the proof. The management will try their best to accommodate your requests depending on the availability of the slots.


Neeraj Kumar


  • I have sent a rescheduling request on this ID , kindly lo.... 1s.
Currently: Delhi School of Management (DTU);  Converts Last Year: DSM, FMS BHU, IIFM, MHRM IIT Kharagpur, BITS Pilani,NIBM 
Rohitesh Kumar @rohiteshk 2

I have sent a rescheduling request on this ID , kindly look into it whenever you are free. thanks. 

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[Official] 2015-17 Delhi School of Economics, MBA IB/HRD Admission queries

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what is the average package and fees of MBA IB ?

  • The average package for the MBA-IB this year had been bet.... 6h.
  • n highest package?. 57s.
Don't stop when you are tired... Stop when you are done... I am not stopping now  
Ashish Verma @Joey1 62

The average package for the MBA-IB this year had been between 7.5 and 8. As the placements are still on therefore a change is expected but only within the range that i have mentioned above.

For the fees part, it's around Rs.36,000 per year.

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Official Thread for SPJIMR- PGCIM course -2015-16

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HI @sam_meow 

In the form we are asked to fill the options right now which institute we want to apply and what course ?

Can you explain what is the procedure of selection in a university or is there an option to choose after first 2-3 semesters?

  • Ad I have no idea regarding the courses ad university rak.... 6h.
  • Exactly...Cant make any choice without knowledge. Also we.... 2m.
@jd2012 2

Ad I have no idea regarding the courses ad university raking. If you a throw some light on that also it will be helpful to me.

Hemante Singhal @hemante 223

Exactly...Cant make any choice without knowledge. Also we would to answer accordingly in PIs . @sam_meow plz help

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four people are to be seated in a linear arrangement of 12 chairs...numbered 1 to 12... such that chair no 1 and 8 are occupied by two of them.... how many ways can you place them such that no two are placed adjacent to each other....????

  • if we place 3rs guy at seat no.3 then there are 5 ways.. .... 6m.
  • First select two out of 4 in 4c2 ways and den arrange the.... 3m.
Kunal Gandhi @krazykunal1410 117

if we place 3rs guy at seat no.3 then there are 5 ways..

seat no.4 ..4 ways

seat no. 5 and 6...3 ways

seat no 10..1 way..

so 5+4+3+3+1=16..and they can be arranged in 4! ways=16*24=384

uttu .. @UTTAM_NARAYAN 4,938

First select two out of 4 in 4c2 ways and den arrange the two in 2 ways so as to get the total as 4c2 x 2 = 12 ways. Further according to the conditions given only 7 places r allowed. All possible ways to sit rest two are 7p2 = 7x6=42. But 5 x2 arrangements are such that two will be always adjacent and can mutually exchange their positions. So possible ways =42-10=32. So per 1 arrangement of 1,8 there are 32 possibilities . Means for 12 arrangements of 1,8 their will be 12x32 = 384 allowed arrangements possible.

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I see a Statement of purpose and an Extempore in their FAQ page as a part of selection process. Is the form to be filled the SOP or is there anything else?? and any idea on the extempore would be highly welcomed!

  • @jamjubin : You will have to answer 2 questions on Statem.... 4m.
Saptarshi Das @sky-aimer 77

@jamjubin : You will have to answer 2 questions on Statement of Purpose when you go for the CA PI process.

Again, during your PI, you will have your Extempore. You will be given a topic on which you will be allowed to gather your thoughts for 1 minute and then speak on it for a couple of minutes.

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School of Management Studies, National Institute of Technology Calicut - Admission Queries 2015-17

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I do not want to indulge in mud slinging/ comparing colleges etc., but the fact of the matter is that IMT-G's ranking has decreased tremendously( if not the numbers, then the general notion about the college) among the students.

So can any of the present students/ alums give us a clearer picture regarding what has caused this trend?

P.S - IMT G is my only hope! I need someone to help me understand how and which college to choose.


  • because of increase in batch size (IMT-G DCP Course), it .... 19m.
Boys play well!!  
Achintya B @Achintya11 417

because of increase in batch size (IMT-G DCP Course), it affected the placements and thus the brand name.. 

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IIML Interview Date : 4th March

Place : IIML ,Noida Campus

Wat/GD Topic : Is it society or an individual which is responsible for corruption? Plenty of options to speak in the topic and luckily our panel didn't have fish market. Everyone pitched in and put some good points. I started the GD, explained corruption problem, its effect in various sections of society and how society and individual are responsible for it. Quoted e.g. of how anna hazare movement and how delhi police feared AK when he came into power, etc. Pitched in 3-4 times.

Performance: Fair enough.

Interview: Sorry but it was long.

There were two professors, one young(Y) and one old one (O). Young prof called me in.

Me: Good Morning Sir.

O: Good Morning. So Aayush, tell me something special about yourself.

Me: Sir, I have diploma in Japanese and Italian as foreign languages but for Italian, I have not been in touch for five years.

O: Oh really. Then, translate this " Sorry, I am not fully prepared for the interview" .

Me. I can do it in Japanese Sir. Sumimasen, Mensetsu ga chotto....(then was not able to do it, I don't know the young prof was keep telling Sir he will not be able to do that. Was able to do that when I got out of the room, it will be mensetsu no juunbi ga dekinakatta..  could have done that). I told that sir I am not remembering the correct word for preparation and the verb to be used in Italian will be preparare.

He said yeah okay.

O: Which place do you belong to?

Me: Indore.

O: Indore is also known as Mini Bombay. Why is it so?

Me: Told convincingly and he was satisfied.

Y: you did your graduation from?

Me: IIT-BHU Sir.

O: Allright. What did you studied in Pharmacy. Tell me what is a patent. What is the patent term in India? What is product patent and process patent? Which kind of patents India provide?

Me: Told.

Y: Since you have done your graduation in pharmacy and now you are a financial advisor/mutual fund advisor, you have wasted your whole graduation degree.

Me: no Sir, I have not. In fact, this has given me the chance to learn about Finance. Moreover, Finance is a holistic thing and now even R&D department of pharma companies have a separate finance section as there are huge funds involved. It is a value addition to me. Y seemed convinced.

Y: okay. Tell me two things that you would ask from the ministry of finance to uplift the mutual fund industry as mutual fund industry don't have much investors now.

Me: (I was again perplexed as I don't deal much in mutual fund and compete it by ULIPs) tried to tell that 80CC limit should be extended to debt market also. Also, reduce the charges that are imposed. I told him the same that I am right now managing funds through a very unique way and generating 20-30% annualized returns.

Y: Then a long discussion on ULIPs. How do you do that? How are ULIPs better than mutual funds? How are you generating returns? What are loading charges on ULIPs? What are entry/exit loads? Don't you think it is stupidity to buy ULIPs as the insurance is very less?Also, what are direct and indirect taxes? How can one avoid indirect tax? Is increasing the service tax justified?

Me: Answered everything and they were just seeing me with a nod.

Y: Okay. So for sensex to go from 30k to 40k, what steps the government should take?

Me: Sir, the govn is already taking steps and on the right way like boosting the manufacturing sector.

Y: (Fully on to me) No, I am not convinced with that. Manufacturing cannot do anything.

Me: Infact Sir, manufacturing is the only way with which India can show its strength now. China did it. Industralized nations initially were all mfg nations.

Y: No, Leave China. Tell me a single manufacturing industry in India which is good.

Me: Sir, pharma only. It is doing very good and earns India large number of exports. Take Sun pharma. It had a name but no one thought it would buy Ranbaxy but that buy has taken it to a different level.

Y: I don't think so Sun pharma did a good thing to buy Ranbaxy. Daiichi sold it at a loss and you are buying that.

Me: Sir, I believe that it was a very strategic decision making by Sun. The huge presence of Ranbaxy in the American and Latin American region has opened the market for Sun there+ all the drug portfolio of Ranbaxy it has got in cheap.

(Changed the topic)

Y: Tell me some historical place in North-east.

Me: Sir new Jalpaigudi. It has toy train.

Y: Okay. Tell me one historical place in Southern India.

Me: Sir, Sravanbelagola in Karnataka where there is world's largest statue to bhagwaan Bahubali ji.

Y: And? Me: Sir, Rameshwaram, Madurai.

Y: Do you know Pondicherry.

Me: Yes Sir. It is also. Was under foreign colony for long time.

O: Aayush, what is your view on life?

Me: Sir, I believe that life is like whatever you gain from it you return it back to your society, your people. If you gain knowledge, you have to give it back...etc.etc. (A discussion on scholarships and money)

O: How important is money for you? Do you believe in ethics? What if in the situation where you have to sacrifice your integrity, honesty? Will you do that?

Me: Told.

O: Aayush do you think that today's youth is digressing from its purpose and is indulged into some activities which are not fruitful (something like that).

Me. Yes sir and put forward my views on that. He was carefully listening and I put one point where Indian media is not promoting Indian culture, which I believe is one of the best. I was fully exhausted by then. He told me to give an example. I took a deep breath and told sir, may I take my time. He told sure but within 10 seconds he told time up :P.

O&Y: Thank you.

O: brilliant efforts.

Me: (while leaving) Thank You Sir.

For the last ques also, there were so many points that started rushing in my mind when I came out of interview. Don't know why it happens? 

Performance: Best GD/PI process for me this year as tickled every portion of my grey matter .  I don't know what will happen( hopeful though) but I was satisfied a lot with myself and even more if I had done the translation and finance ministry ques better.

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  • Looks like a direct convert :smiley:. 3h.
  • Well, off record. How's the Noida campus. 22m.
Vivek @busar005 1,614

Looks like a direct convert

Nikhil Abraham @NMA 18

Well,  off record. How's  the Noida campus 

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Requests or Offers to Donate your Old CAT Study Material : Strictly no buying or selling

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Interested in giving my time material , Intersted people can message me .

pickup location -> wakad , pune

  • Sir I am interested. 28m.
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What is the placement scenario in current year? 

  • Hi @abhikhemka can you please guide me regarding the.... 2h.
  • dude choosing specialization totally depends on ur intere.... 40m.
@mukul.shdev 2

Hi @abhikhemka 

can you please guide me regarding the fact if FMS BHU is a good launch pad for pursuing HR/IT... i am an IT professional with 1.5 yrs exp as of now and have IT/HR/Finance in mind if i pursue it from FMS BHU...

please share some guidance based on past data with the school so thta i can make an informed guess about my future... i am least interested in marketing, which happens to be the most sell-able job after MBA... hence the query.. plz take some time out and guide..

Abhishek Khemka @abhikhemka 101

dude choosing specialization totally depends on ur interest. I also hv 2.5 yrs workex in IT industry and hav chosen marketing which is acc to u is most "sell-able" job after mba. u will get ample tym to decide in ur 1st yr and will surely get help related to it frm ur peers and faculty too.

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IIM K WAT+GD+PI Experience

Date: 13/2/2015, 1.30PM

Center: The Janpath Hotel, New Delhi

Profile: X 93.5%, XII 93.2%, IITD CGPA 8.7, CAT 99.99%ile, 6 month work-exp

WAT Topic: There should be a common currency in South Asia as in Europe. Time: 15mins

Ran out of space and time Had a long introduction perhaps, so couldn't address much to the issue at hand. But I think I wrote relatively well, as this wasn't an easy general topic.

(Preparation: 1/5, Performance: 3/5)

GD Topic: Same as WAT. Time: 15mins. People: 9

I was the second to speak and spoke for over half a minute. Contributed regularly in between with a point here and there. Very decent group I must say. In fact there was a 5 second lull when no body was speaking

(Preparation: 0/5, Performance: 3/5)

PI Experience:

No. of panelists: 2 male profs (L & R) aged 50 & 40 yrs

Panel No: 2, S.No: 3

Panel Demeanour: Haha. You'll know soon.

Time: 25mins

R received me at the door and escorted me in. He asked my name cz they were calling in randomly the person who was closest to the interview room door. He took my form and started reading.

R: So tell me about yourself. (L cut him in between)

L: Wait, first tell me something. Did you go to school? (Sir I'm sorry?)

L: Which school did you go to? (DPS RKP)

L: I knew it. (To R) We should just ban these DPS people. (showing me my WAT) Is this how you write an essay? (I don't know what to say... Quiet for 10 seconds)

L: Where is the margin? Where is the topic? (Sorry sir but there was space crunch)

L: Didn't they teach you in school to draw margin? (Yes sir, they did)

L: Why haven't you drawn then? You just cheated your school. There was 8 out of 10 marks for presentation. You lost all 8. (Oh..)

R: So tell me about.. (again L cut him out)

L: Sorry to cut in again but can you just read aloud the first line that you have written in your essay? (shows me the WAT) (There should not be ... cutting me) Wow you just started on a negative note. I'm deducting 1 more mark for this. You've lost 9 now. (No problem sir )

R: (he was grinning all this while) You look uncomfortable. Is everything ok? (Yes sir I'm fine)

R: so tell me about yourself. (I started with the usual.. he cut me out within 15 secs)

R: Explain what do you do at work. (cross-questioned me a lot. but looked ok with what I said)

L: (To R) Where is his sheet? (There was a sheet with some stuff written about me, not the form some other sheet they had) Oh look (To R) He comes from this thing which we always reject. (I don't know what he was pointing at in the sheet, heck I don't even know what was written in the sheet. I guess it was my CAT percentile, just a guess)

L: Asked questions related to my branch. (I answered, he kept asking why. I kept answering but he didn't stop asking why. He was asking in a cyclic manner so my answers always tended to end at the first answer I said)

L: See you don't even know about your branch. You've even cheated your college. Whole life you have cheated. (Oh..)

L: See, you should say if you don't know. Why are you repeating same answers? I'm going to keep asking why until you say you don't know.

L: What is difference between manufacturing and producing? (Took a guess)

L: If your mom is making chapatti, is she manufacturing or producing? (Producing)

L: Why not manufacturing? I think she is manufacturing no? (To R)

R: I think she is cooking (starts laughing)

L: She's cooking! (Hahaha)

R: What are your hobbies? (Sports)

R: Are you good at current events? (Not much)

Asked some questions. I couldn't answer much.

L: Have you got other calls? (Yes)

L: Which places? (All... A,B,C,...)

L: A,B,C,D,E,F,...? (Yes sir all)

R: How did your other interviews go? (I've only had C. It went pretty well.)

L: Oh did it? They didn't catch your cheating I suppose.

R: How do you think this interview is going? (Sir not too well, but it depends on how you're perceiving this to be)

L: (He remarked something about my sister being with a cheater or something I'm not sure. I told him I don't have a sister.)

R: Oh so you are a lone child? (I have a younger brother)

R: What does he do? (He's an undergrad)

R: Which college? (Yale University, USA)

R: Is he on scholarship? (Yes sir, 90%)

R: (Impressed) What about your father? (Sir he is an IAS Officer posted in Bihar. He is Principal Secretary General Administration right now.)

R: And your mother? (Sir she is a doctor. She is Additional Professor at AIIMS)

L asked some more questions about my branch. I answered some but then he again went into why? mode and I couldn't answer after that.

L: See I was happy somebody from production engineering came to the interview so that I can discuss things, but you don't seem to know anything. All your life you have cheated your school, your college. You've only played football your life it seems.

R: (to L) But his grad marks are very impressive.

L: How much has he got? 86%? That's nothing at IIT Delhi. IIT Delhi gives you marks for free. It gives you 69% (yes he said 69) for just attending the exam. People who get less than that means they didn't even attend the exam. (Sir, I'm ranked third in my department) Oh really? That means your batchmates are even worse than you. Facepalm.

L: Well, since you say you play football, I'm going to ask you about football and you better answer these. What is the diameter of the ball? (I'm not sure about the exact dimension) Why aren't you sure? See I knew it you don't even know how to play football. (Sir, I play football but I never looked into the exact dimensions of the ball.) OK what is the distance between the two goal posts? (100-110m) That's ok but why don't you know the size of the ball? Wouldn't you look at the ball before playing? If I give you a 3inch ball, will you play with it? No right, unless you are a toddler. Ok I'm done.

R: You can leave. Do you want to ask anything? (No sir)

L: Atleast you could have asked how do we think how your interview went. (Sir, it's ok. I'd rather not ask that.)

I thanked and left.

(Preparation: 2/5, Performance: 1/5)

Prediction: Reject

(Well, even if I get in, I'm going to reject them. Sweet Revenge.)

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  • You could have walked out saying to L "Stress Interview a.... 2h.
  • @srishti2854 I'm too polite in an interview for that :s.... 43m.
I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts || CAT2013:79.14 || GMAT:740 || CAT2014:99.99 || Calls:ACBLKISNew || DT'14 
Srishti Mishra @srishti2854 26

You could have walked out saying to L "Stress Interview aapse na ho paega." Rahul Gandhi ki yaad aa gayi post padhte padhte

Shashwat Gangwar @shashwatdgr8 1,970

@srishti2854  I'm too polite in an interview for that Why Rahul Gandhi?

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Can somebody throw light on the how to write an SOP.. I want to go into brand management and wanted to write the same in the SOP, Can anybody tell what all to write that showcases my interest in brand management and gives a nice impression. Will be of great help..TIA 

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Friends, what are you scoring in SIMCETs?

I just took SimCET 4. Was able to attempt only 162 with 75% accuracy. Score 120 :(

This one was a little time consuming I guess. Did you also feel the same about this mock...??

Can anyone advise how to improve speed with compromising with the accuracy...?? pls help......

  • No.. olive ones are easier than IMS. and i find MS ka ver.... 1d.
  • guys what the your study plan for the remaining days?. 48m.
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Nimisha Khattar @nimisha1518 3

No.. olive ones are easier than IMS. and i find MS ka verbal difficult. How about you? 

Forever @forever007 58

guys what the your study plan for the remaining days?

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Can someone please let me know all the interview cities and date slot for the same? for PGDHRM 

"Empires of mind are the empires of tomorrow" 

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hey what docs do we have during the interview? please reply tia

  • @prateekm28 thanks prateek. it helps a lot!. 55m.
  • @shailja1990 yes the call letter is not required :smiley:. 52m.
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1)wat was the CAT cutoff for last yr?

2)wat is d avg package at SPM?

3) wat is the last date to apply?

  • Hi @aniketbodkay I am Siddhartha, second year pursuing .... 53m.
sidd-ditto siddhartha bhatnagar @sidd-ditto 95

Hi @aniketbodkay 

I am Siddhartha, second year pursuing energy management .

1) Last year cut off not out officially but around 75 percentile + previous work ex profile 

2) 6.5 lacs avg , all recruiters info and profile available in website 

3) 12th March last date to apply 

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Why having someone motivate you is important - My Story...


As I pen this down I cannot describe the feelings, emotions, and adrenaline running down my veins..(Tread with caution .This post is gigantic and might bore you off only when u have enough time..)

Here is how and why it started...Recap..

Always was a top ranker in school since childhood. Had scored 93% in Xth.But somehow lost track in class 12 and could not make it to even a NIT.Secured a mediocre rank is state engg entrance exam and could only make it to a private engg college.

This debacle was too much for not only me but for my entire family and relatives.Even friends were shocked. I went into a depression for the 2 months post results. Did not meet anyone or take up calls. For mom this was an even bigger failure having always stressed the importance of getting into IIT/NIT. Few of friends who went to IIT and NIT started displaying their t shirt logos during vacations..And I severed all childhood contacts. Period.

Went to college but for the first 6 months did not make even a single friend. (Had realised that having too many friends was one major reason why I was here today). Was not that interested in Electronics and lost more hope when I learnt that the only way I could make it big was thorugh GATE or CAT. Neways did not decide upon anything yet. Meanwhile my cousin was also staying in kol and we became very good friends and I started enjoying the life of freedom in kolkata. Left studies completely and even forgot that I was still a student.

1st year over. Below average GPA's made me realise during the summer break that this way I will land up nowhere. Took some time and then decided I would go for CAT. But i was very low in confidence at that time having screwed all entrance exams. Heard about the exam being very competetive and getting into one of the top 5 colleges namely A,B,C,XL,FMS takes a lot of determination...

CAT 2011..(The immature year..)

Nevertheless I started my journey but had no directions. I started off with Norman Lewis and build my vocabulary very rigorously. This initial phase was very interesting and I enjoyed a lot. Joined TIME classroom in june 2010.Went to classes very enthusiastically. But as I soon could realise, it wasnt helping me that much. One year passed, I was in final year.When I went to write my fisrt mock I had no clue of many questions.I got to know about pagalguy from a friend in the month of Oct 2011. Browsed through Quant thread and I was aghast with my level of knowledge. (Except for Pnc and and algebra)I could hardly solve anything. I knew then, that CAT 2011 would become just a formality now.Went to the exam hall half heartedly. My roommate took the seat beside me. I somehow got overexcited with Quant having been able to solve first 5-6 question in quick time and breezed through the paper. Va was tough that year. Attempts: QA26 VA24. I was thinking even though I was out of practice and had not rechecked any question I was sure to get 20 correct atleast.I was very happy untill the day of the results. Jan 11th. QA 65 VA 83 OA 75.xx The result screen brought back those very memories of entrance exams and I for the first time did not show any emotions. I sat with a placid face.I could nto make head and tail out of anything... Did I get 20 incorrect in quant out of 26 was what I was thinking.My roommate called up and said he got 91.xx overall and he was kinda happy as we had gone without preparation..But the result that turned me around was of one of my collegemates. He had suffered a similar trauma like me, unable to get into a top engg college. He secured 98.6 in his first attempt and converted NITIE finally. I checked the results of some of the Pagalguy stalwarts and found that many had scored surprisingly very low in one of the sections.

CAT 2012...The year of slogging ..

I knew that I had my task cut out, if I were to even continue with my dream of getting into a reputed B-school. Neways, this was one of the turning points in my preparation. I started solving quant like hell form that very day. PaGalguY Quant thread became my home. Started solving questions from there and within 2 motnhs I was a certified Pagal(only with the help of quant thread, not bakar). Meanwhile I made some very good friends in pagalguy, and preparation went on with full pace. I and my roommate started solving mocks of previous years. We somewhat abandoned the outer world and concentrated only on preparation.Then came the mock season. Enrolled for CL and TIME basic.1st proc I was in toppers list with 95%ile and to be honest that was my 1st ever serious mock and I was happy. Then the wrong move.. I over pressurised myself. Set daunting targets without working out strategies. Thought I need to get 50+ in quant having practised so much in quant thread.Took the mocks as if they were real CAT and as a result Scores started dipping from 2nd mock onwards. I was getting extremely frustrated. On seeing a familiar question I was pushing myself too hard to get that question correct within 30 sec. As a result I ended up with mediocre scores in 80's

Meanwhile I got placed into 2 IT companies.. Accenture and TCS. Chose TCS even though it would put a Aam Admi stamp as I thought of long term gains in choosing a company with relatively less stricter rules.Went to hyderabad just 1 month prior to cat. New place, new environment, etc took a toll on my prep. 3 days prior to cat I wrote PM 10. Scored 108.

Went to the exam hall a little tensed as I knew that I was much better prepared than last time. Memories of Quant thread gave me confidence. But QA was very tough and VA was okayish. Attempted 20 and 24 resp. Did not write XAT or IIFT as I knew preparing amidst all the new brouhaha in a new city wont be possible.(A big mistake..I later realised...). Results came...And once again I was devastated.. QA 91, VA 89 OA 91.5. I was beginning to feel I would never be able to crack any entrance exam. Its better if I switch job and take refuge in PSU bank etc.

CAT 2013 ... The year when all the dots joined....

Post results till march/april I was completely clueless as to how I would shape my career. Images of living a genteel life were fast vanishing...and then came the big turnaround...

I became very good friends with the girl who sat beside me in office. She is a telugu and 2 years senior to me. But unlike others in the office something was very different in her. I loved talking to her. And she reciprocated the same. She was pretty reserved in the office with her other colleagues but she enjoyed my company very much.

I narrated my dream to her and all about taking CAT that year.(as I had decided that this is going to be my last attempt at the feline)..She somehow empathized with my dreams completely..She took up my dream as her own and treated me like a 5 year old kid, promising me gifts after every mock. I started studying from mid may...revising old mocks etc..But something inside was bugging both me and her...It had been only 2 months we had met... But it seemed like we knew each other for more than 5 years...One day she was telling me about her the then ongoing marriage proposals and I instantly said can u wait for 2 more years for me..? She was surprised but very happy with fact that finally I had come up with the thing..And her answer....YES..

Both were happy but we knew instantly that our families wont accept.

Reason 1. Girl elder.

Reason 2 Girl telegu brahmin , boy bengali.

If anyhting I knew I had to get into a top college, as that would be my only saviour. I would then proudly be able to stand up to face the world.

With this I went into my 1st mock... Excited, but I did not pressurise myself. I knew a lot had been happening in life lately and it was diffcult to get things going right from day 1. I planned that whatever I knew I would attempt, rest I would simply skip and check at the last even if that meant I was skipping questions from my favourite areas. Result:99.36%ile.Both of us were ecstatic. She promised me that she would take me to a new place or restaurant after every mock.

I enrolled for TIME and IMS as well. Wrote the 1st Ims mock again a 99 plus %ile.1st Time mock and Iwas the city topper in VA..Everything was going in a way I couldnt have imagined better. Mid august, and my scores averaged to about 97.5... I nominated myself for UDT and surprisingly was selected as the Captain... I was very sceptical in the beginning to be a member of such a coveted family leave aside being the captain.. But my gf always reposed faith in me..She always said that she believed I can do it at a time when even my parents had lost much hope after my continued failure since class12...

If ever I was wee bit sad after a mock, her presence and words comforted me and I started focussing on startegies.Ther were weekends when she had made many plans of us hanging out after my mock but only to find out that I was in no mood to talk about anyhting else having experienced a bad mock. But she never pegged me or got frstrated herself. She sat down beside me and constantly encouraged to concentrate for the next mock.

I struck a perfect strategy in Va becuase of which my scores consistently crossed 60 in every mock i took. She cooked and brought food for me to my flat,and drove me to every mock center (as distant as 20 km from wehre I stay.)so that I could save time for my studies.....I applied for XAT and IIFT as well and booked CAT on 1st nov...The day before CAT I was completely chilled and relaxed. We were roaming the streets of Hyd like free birds at 12 am in the night.

Then came the moment.. She dropped me at the center and wished me good luck....While I was waiting for my exam to start looking at the computer screen, I was cursing the bloody exam. (To ease my nerves... )'So what if I am not able to beat the hell out of u.. My life would not end..I have a lovely girl and I would be happy...'

Neways.. Started the paper. Qa was tough as was already the rumours...Neways I proceeded with a cool mind. Went through all the questions... Few were very tough and I did not even waste a second on them.. Rest I rechecked.. Attempted 22.

When I switched to VA.. i felt very confident as I had the backing of consistent 60+ scores in the last 2 months prior to cat. Rc's were tough. Still attmepted 9/10. One Lr set was easy. Second set I left 1q. When I came to the 3rd set I could not solve it due to contradictory clues.Rechecked it thrice only to find out that it wasworng. I wasnt nervous .. but only cursed and abused the paper setter...(i was expecting a wrong question having experienced the same the previous year...).. Neways... did not even bother to attmept the grammar and phrasal verbs. Proceeded with PJ, PC's and FIB's. Attmepted 22.. I knew I had attempted decent numbers in both.. Only worry was accuracy. I had a long history of screwing up exams with poor accuracy. In the mocks leading upto cat, my accuracy had dropped in QA. So, in effect I wanst that hopefull ....or rather I did not want to pin any hopes, having suffered the pain of failure many times by now.. I was so hopeless that I did not apply to FMS..:(

Next came IIFT .. I screwed it up due to one wrong strategy and calculated my score...a measly 43.xx. Suddenly, I started feeling nervous again about the future.. This time it was not only about me alone.. it was about both of us..I started feeling tense as to how I wouls stand up and face my parents leave aside her. Time was running out and we knew that we had to tell our parents soon as it was getting difficult for her to ignore all the marriage proposals she was getting. I was thinking if it isnt this year, I will not get another year.. Besides i had run out of steam, after so many failures.. one more and it would permanently hamper out future..With all this in mind I started preparing seriously for Xat. Solved mocks of IMS. Compared scores with other DT and UDT members. Devised a strategy.. This was going to be my first well prepared XAT( having skipped it the previous year)

Alas.! The paper was extemely tough. All 3 sections were tough. I was scoring somewhere in the mid 40's in the mocks.. Here I was 10 min remaining, attempted 17 in VA, 6-7 in DM, 9-11 in QA..

I knew XAT was gone, even if I consider that the paper would be very tough.. I was sure DM would play the spoil sport. I was very sad that day.. Cat was as always very unpredicatble, coupled with my accuracy issues..IIFT screwed.. And now XAT...Did not care to check the solutions...

Slowly results time arrived.. I was feeling very hopeless the night before 14th JAN.. I was telling my gf, dont expect anyhting... i am feeling bad for u.. despite so much effort and sacrifice by u, I will not be able to give u perfect gift..She insisted, 'dekhna tumhara achha hi hoga... I am sure'... But still I had no hope.. We knew results would be out by 9 am..I asked her to check mine as I considered myself cursed..:P She entered the details..The screen flashed...My eyes went straight to the Overall perentile section.. ............................................99.43................................................:)

I shouted at a voice which would make even the dead curse me from their graves...I checked the individual scores.. QA 99.21, VA 97.1 OA 99.43... The next moment I started crying loudly... Called up my mom, and for the first 3 mintues only cried and cried and cried...She started crying as well...Dad later told me the way she started crying, he thought that something must have happened to my grandmother..:P .Posted in FB the result screenshot ... The thing which I wanted to do so badly for such a long time.....

But soon the enjoyment was cut short becuase of the IIM's and their criteria. Did not get a call from A,B,C,L,I. Only calls IIMK, S, SPJAIN,MDI, NITIE, IIT B. Somehow, I was dejected at not having a single call among the top 4 IIM's. That feeling made me regret about XAT all the more... If only i had attempted a little more in DM..

Jan 31st came.. My gf called me up while I was at office and told me that I had got 97.21 with QA 88.69, VA 92.5 and DM....94.5.. :o.. I instantly felt she was my lucky charm.....I got the Coveted XLRI Hrm call. I knew. Now I have 2 colleges to fight for and I would give my everything in this last lap...Joined CL pdp programme.. Was mentored well...

Interview season started...

SPJAIN was a reject in the first round.. I became very nervous.. After all the excitement, expectations has soured from every corner... Evryone already had been saying 'tum to IIM jaoge..' and Here I am with only XL and IIM K to fight for.. XL interview was in Bangalore, and somehow I wanted to take my lucky charm with me... I knew deep inside that if she is with me then I would definitely succeed..

As I hadhoped for, XL interview went exceedinlgy well... I could manipulate the interview towards my preapred areas and answered everything ...Did well in the GD too...

Post XL interview, I did not study much and just went to every interview a confident stance..

Attended IIM K interview and did well in the gd but with a average PI I was not that hopeful.

I decided, If I convert a biggie, I would immediately tell my parents about my relationship. And I even planned to take her to my home.

April 7th 2014 7: 20 PM..

I heard that XL Results have been declared. I immediately called up my gf and asked her to take me home where she would be checking the results. I could have checked it in my mobile almost 1 hour back.But i did not. On my way back to home my heart started beating at the pace of usain bolt. She checked the result and said.......

XL HRM waitlist No 6.

The shout returned. The ecstacy returned. But this time it was relief... It was mission accomplished..Childhood dream to study in a reputed institute finally came alive.. When I look back and reflect it still feels that may be I am in some sort fo dream... It was like answering all those critics with a bang... i cannot describe better of what it was....

One after the other results came..

Nitie, MDI both convert..But then came the next biggie.

IIM K. @ibanez asked me my credentials over phone checked the results.

IIM Kozhikode converted.And I made up my mind..XL would remain close to my heart and I would never forget 7th april 2014 for the happiness it gave me, but it was going to be God's own campus.


In short If I have to write a message for all fellow aspirants who are struggling just like I did from 2008 to 2013.. I would say, 'Hard work never goes unrewarded forever and never ever give up in life..' . I never lost the belief in myself that I deserve the best, during my entire journey.

As for me I still have a long way to go far as career and relationship goes... Have a lot of struggles ahead of me..But today as I write this down, I am feeling very confident of the road ahead of me..I will work hard and I dont fear to compete with the best of the best.

P:S would write a separate post for strategies in interview prep...

Signing off,

Captain UDT13,



[Koustav Pal]

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