CAT OA Score: 97.29
QA: 93.45 ; VA: 97.07 ; LRDI: 94.43
Profile: X – 84% ; XII – 82.80% ; B.Tech – 76.50%
Work Ex – 23 Months (TCS)
MDI WAT-GD-PI Experience – 24 Feb – 9 am slot
We were assembled in a class and documents were verified. Then, at 9:45 we were sent to our respective panels for WAT & GD
WAT Topic – India needs to focus more on Social Sector than on Defence sector. (10 mins to write) Then GD for 15 mins on the same topic.
My take – Was second to enter in the GD..Gave a balanced viewpoint between both defence & social sector..Why India’s defence budget is justified. Told why social sector also needs to be improved..Gave examples of latest health schemes..financial inclusion schemes..Agriculture welfare schemes etc..was a good gd..not a fish market with good points by every candidate.
P1-a lady in 40s
P2-HOD of Strategy – sir in 50s
Time : 20-25 mins
P1: What does ur name means and how does it relates to u? Meanwhile P2 was looking at some documents and noting down something..possibly was evaluating my WAT
P1: Where are you working?
Me: Told working at TCS..Explained about my role and work profile..explained how it contributes to my client.
P1 cuts in between.
P1: How do u think Indian IT sector has a role in Indian economy. How it contributes to its growth?
Me: Explained about how IT sector is a major contributor to dollar inflows and how India is leading in services sector.
P1: What is d share of IT sector in Indian Economy??
Me: close to 60%..not sure though.
P1: Do u think that Govt needs IT?
Me: yes, explained how TCS transformed entire Passport Seva, how it is managing Home Ministry IT dept. And how v r moving towards a digital India.
P1: Candidates prior to u were telling that World Economy is not doing good and as a result Indian Economy is also not doing well.
Me: gave examples on how dey r unrelated on some points eg. Oil crisis is hampering economy of OPEC but is good fr India since we import 80% of oil demand.
P1: explain how china devaluation is affecting Indian Automobile Industry. Me: Gave example of Tata motors that China is a big market for Tata motors and how a slowdown is affecting its business.
P1: What is India’s GDP and what is any other economy growth measure?
Me: gave answers for gdp ques but told not sure abt d other measures.
P1(smiled): Ok..I will now take u to a different area. Tell me whom between Rama and Krishna inspire you more?
Me(thought for 5 secs): I admire Krishna more bcz of him being Witty, diplomatic yet down to earth.
P1(laughed): that’s y u r being diplomatic..
Me: No mam..I am not being diplomatic..only trying to be straight forward and truthful.
P1: Ok..Now sir will ask…:P
P2(was listening to every answer and alas..finally left my docs): So, when was TCS established & for what?
Me: 1968 & for punch cards for Tesco. Then he started asking me abt losses Tata motors, TESCO, TELCO..is incurring.
Me: I know abt TCS business and why it is not doing good since past quarters bt not aware of these companies.
P2: Hw do u rate Ratan Tata?
Me: told he is one of the great leaders I admire.
P2: Why?Me: explained how he has started from being a shop floor worker at Tata Steel and how turned around tata business.
P2: What is Tata’s turnover.
P2(after thinking): But I have researched abt ratan tata. After he became chairman..every tata company went into losses. Gave examples of tata steel.
Me: tried to defend by telling..How he has turned a loss making jaguar company into a profitable one. Hw acquisitions of Tetley and Jaguar by Tata have worked good.
P2: What is d share of Jaguar in Tata motors sale..???. ?
Me: not sure..but told dat considering purchasing power of Indian household..could be 10-20% only.
P2: yeah ..but many other Tata companies were in losses.
Me: told dat I do not only judge a business just by profit nd loss..but ratan tata apart from dis has made a significant change in Indian lives.
P2: den u should probably join Ramdev.. ?
Me: sir..even he is heading a fastest growing FMCG right now ?
P2: yeah..so how Ratan Tata has changed lives?
Me: Nano is one example..which made commute of lower middle income indian..much safer…
P1(suddenly): how much has d accident rate decreased after nano in India?
Me: sorry mam..I do not have figures on dat..but dis what I assume.
P2(laughing): Ok…we had enough…Thank u.
Me(smiling): Is that all sir?..anything else..?? ?
P1(smiling): no..that’s all…thanks…
Me: thank u.. ?
Was not a typical traditional interview..was not asked..abt urslf..why MBA… But tried to respond well to the off d track ques. Overall a good interaction..panel was also nice…!!!