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IIM Lucknow Interview Experience -

12th Feb, 2016

Mumbai , 1:30 pm slot

CAT 15:99.81

WAT : The Road less travelled makes a difference

Wrote a decent essay covering innovation, politics, history where being a maverick helps.

Had heard from previous guys in panel that they were having Stress Interviews in my panel.

Prof had seen the interviewee before me sharing her interview experience while calling me in.

Q- Is the KT(knowledge transfer) over from the previous interviewees?

A- (laughing) Yes

Q- Do you want to go out and ask her in case you feel you missed out anything?

A- No

Q- What have the previous interviewees said?

A- Told about how they have been asking about graduation and the previous one was asked Maths and Hobbies . It depends on each candidate

Q- So which all calls do you have?


Q- No B?

A- Yes.

Q- (Takes my Personal Data form and looks at it) Ok you can leave

A- (astonished) Excuse me?

Q- What is there to ask. (showing the other prof my form) He is a CFA L3 and works at Credit Suisse . Too good for L. Idhar 15 lakhs lagage ke bhi itna hi milega

A- Told that MBA is needed for me as I wish to work in the Strategy/Private Equity space.

Q- Why is MBA for needed that? You already know more about Finance than we will teach

A- Finance is just one part of business. In these areas one needs to understand a business holistically and that knowledge a MBA will provide

Q- Tell us how exactly MBA will help in career progression? Leave all this knowledge etc part out

A- Many roles which I am interested in require MBA. For example after CFA L3 I was looking to shift into Equity Research which values CFA highly but I did not get shortlisted as the feedback was that CFA just provides financial toolbox while we need to evaluate business which is why they prefer only MBAs. (side waala prof says Good )

Q-Ok you can leave then

A-(cursing inwardly) Please do ask me some more questions

Q- No you are CFA L3 you should ask us questions

A-Nothing like that

Q- Ok tell us about your IIMA Interview experience

A- (kya mazaak hain) Told

Q- So they asked you technical questions there

A- Yes

Q- You told you need MBA to get sectoral exposure so tell us about the Teaching Sector in India

A- Dont know about the sector as a whole but can make an attempt .

Q- (cutting in middle) No speak about IITs and IIMs. Do you think IIM Lucknow is a good institute?

A-  Yes as per friends who have been alumni and current students it is a very good institute plus any institute which places 400+ students in 3 days in roles which are desired by students certainly deserves to be called a very good institute

Q- Tell us about your hobbies

A- Told about reading history and fantasy.

Q- Recent book you read on History?

A- India after Gandhi

Q- How did you find it?

A- Very comprehensive

Q- You told me you read Lord of the Rings? So was not including the character of Tom Bombadil in the movies a wise decision?

A- Spoke how it was right as his character is not very central to the plot and how it tied more into the history of Arda and his role as Iarwain or the first one.

Q-It seems you have read Silmarillion as most of that info is not present in LOTR but in it

A- Yes

Q- (Panelists being served Tea) See you know even that. No point is asking you questions. You can leave

A- No do ask me if you have anything

Q- No both of us are done with questions. Please leave now and let us have our Tea in peace

A- Okay. Thank you

Overall one of the weirdest interviews I will face. Trying to have a stress interview by telling I am too good for them :P. Somehow stretched the interview to 15 minutes. Feel that I handled myself well enough to get a convert. Rest anyways will be known in April.

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  • @kittuboy Lets see yaar. A ki level kaafi high hain so no.... 6m.
  • @roy26 Bhai utna patience hain nahi ki MIT Sloan, LBS ty.... 3m.
Praveen Shreenivas @fisherking 1,151

@kittuboy Lets see yaar. A ki level kaafi high hain so nowhere near sure of a convert with my PI. And L3 aur Credit Suisse toh A ke interview main bhi poocha tha. 

Praveen Shreenivas @fisherking 1,151

@roy26  Bhai utna patience hain nahi ki MIT Sloan, LBS types dekhoon. Plus want to work in India Front Office only seeing the dismal state of affairs in both London and NY (Especially London). India FO main mil gaya kisi bhi bulge bracket ya PE main toh life is much better. And India FO main jaana hain toh A ya C se hi karo. Hence all the fight


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For the new IIMs, after logging in, it says:

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Is there no form filling? I couldn't find a link.

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In how many different ways can 8 examination papers be arranged in a row so that the best and the worst papers may never come together. Pls answer WITH explanation. Thanks for the help!

  • 8! - 7!*2! = 7!(8-2) = 6*7!. 14m.
  • thanks pratik . Understood that you did total number of a.... 5m.
Pratik Sahoo @pratiksahoo33 1,134

8! - 7!*2! = 7!(8-2) = 6*7! 


thanks pratik . Understood that you did total number of arrangements minus no of arrangements in which best and worst are not together. But how does no of arrangement when best & worst are not together work out to be 7!*2! ?

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Please reply.

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I am from PH category. I have my disability certificate issued by District Civil Surgeon mentioning my disability and passport size photo. But the disability certificate format mentioned on IIM K website is a bit different and asks to have full body photo attached and mentioning whether disability is progressive or non progressive .. and so on . Do I need to get a separate certificate issued as per the proforma or my existing certificate will do?

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Imran Khan @khan2ims 85

@Rv07 Hello Ravi, did you checked out whether I will need a different certificate?

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Friends, i belong to SC category. You all will be surprised to hear this, but yes it's true. I was shortlisted for IIT-Madras with OA:56.32. I have a decent academics and having very good extra-curricular activities(Holding two world record, two national records and one continental record in the field of mind calculation and memory)...Also I have a diversity(I'm from English literature)...but my questions is how my chance do I have to convert?

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  • @aritrahalder10 Dude do u belong to SC category?. 1h.
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IIM Shillong Interview experience

Location - Bangalore
Date - 12/02/16
B.Tech. - Pulp and Paper Engineering 
CAT - 97.42%ile

WSAT - It is better to fall down from window than falling from roof.

Interview Panel - One Lady (L) and one Sir (S)

S - What is the meaning of your name?
Me - Answered
L - Why did your parents give you this name?
Me - Answered
L - About schooling.
Me - Answered
L - Question about raw materials in pulp industry (Bamboo, etc.). Where else can bamboo be used?
Me - Answered 
L - Engineering related question.
Me - Could not tell in detail
L - Why from Pulp and Paper to IT? (I am working for past 6 months)
Me - Gave reasons. Panel seemed to agree.
L - Name some paper mills in Assam (as I am from Guwahati)
Me - Answered.
L- Will you work in Pulp and Paper industry after MBA?
Me - Told yes, but in a different role.
L- What is unique about North East India and Meghalaya? 
Me - Told about the scenic beauty and abundant natural resources.
L- What are the natural resources Meghalaya is famous for?
Me - Told few, but couldn't answer properly. 

L - What are the countries neighbouring North East region?
Me - Answered

L - What do you want to do 3/10 years down the line?
Me - Answered
S - What other calls do you have?
Me - Answered
S - What makes you happy?
Me - Answered
S - What makes you sad?
Me - Answered
S - Question on quadratic equation. Asked to draw graphs for different values 'a' in ax^2+bx+c.
Me - Answered.

L - About hobbies.

Me - I answered a bit and then S answered L for me (as he had already read from my application form)
Panel - Thank you and All the best .
Me - Thanked both of them.

Told me to take candies. I took one, thanked them again and left. 

Overall a nice panel, no cross questioning and no stress at all.

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  • Duration given for writing, and word limit, if any?. 3h.
  • @Huss No word limit, time limit was 10 minutes. 23m.
J 53 @Huss 21,358

Duration given for writing, and word limit, if any?

Sasanka Bhagabati @sasankaiitr 3

@Huss  No word limit, time limit was 10 minutes

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  • @miteshmohapatra you can fill the form as follows If .... 3d.
  • .. 28m.
Sukhmeet Sikka @Sukh4X4 201
@miteshmohapatra you can fill the form as follows

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I am a Computer Science Grad. I am not in touch with coding and technical concepts.

Currently, in a support project.

Can I expect my Personal Interview to contain questions on my Technical Knowledge like C++ coding and all ? 

What all i should prepare to be in a stronger position ?

  • @dipayan- So how did you handle ? Were you able to clear .... 46m.
  • My badge says it all :stuck_out_tongue: anyway I handle.... 31m.
Up your game.  
Rahul Trivedi @RahulTrivedi 21

@dipayan- So how did you handle ? Were you able to clear that troubling interview ?

Deepayan @dipayan22 1,574

My badge says it all anyway I handled those questions somehow, not particularly a very good interview memory I must say

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I have secured 66.7% and 60% in my 10th and 12th. I am a 2012 b tech pass-out with 59.8%. My CMAT score is 181 with 94.2 percentile and for now I am working with TechMahindra which is an international BPO from June 2014.

Also, will my sports certificate which I have received during my schooling be of any use?

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it was nothing..just self intro

arun m @aruncool_vd

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  • Are you from Kerala or they are asking about Kerala bcoz .... 1h.
  • I am from West Bengal , Kolkata. 1h.
cat 2015 99.06 CALLS:IIM A,B,L,I,K,S 
Kanika Kanak @querypurry

Are you from Kerala or they are asking about Kerala bcoz IIMK is in Kerala. Silly doubt but need to know:P 

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I am from West Bengal , Kolkata

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