I know there are a lot of suggestions and guidance for WAT and GD preparation, but given the amount of time left for the interviews for batch 2018-20, it would be really appreciated if I could get help with where to start and how to prepare, what/where are the best articles to read to build my opinion on any topic with all the facts in mind. I do read Hindu editorials but its not enough and whenever I open google I think end to end preparation is impossible.
My Percentile in CAT 2017 - 95.8; general category, 2 yrs work Ex ( very few calls expected....and if lucky enough to get one from MDI, I intend to convert with all my might.. so I don't have many cards to play except all the right ones :| )
Any help would be highly appreciated.
My CAT 2017 score is as follows:-
10th : 92.3
12th : 90
Grads : 77
19 months work ex in IT consulting in Big 4 firm.
Can i expect a call?
Hi everyone! What are my chances of converting MDI?
10th -86.6%, 12th -87.2%, BTech - 84.95%
Work ex 36 months.Average GD, average WAT, Pretty good PI.
Admission criteria will be out tomorrow?
Interview March 10, 2017
OA : 94.91
10th : 88%
12th : 89%
Btech CSE 9.25/10
Work Ex: 29 months till Dec 2016 as a Networking Consultant.
GD/WAT : Is remixing in music a good trend?
GD: Good (contributed 5-6 good points in favor of tasteful remixing)
PI: panel - 2 males ( P1 middle aged and P2 young)
P1: Aur batao..
Me: Told about myself , work ex, grad and schooling , hobbies and Music and how I could relate to the GD topic.
P1: Haan yaar, I was upset to hear everyone supporting remixing.
Gave some negative examples of remixing...
Me: Supported my stand in favor of tasteful remixing.
P1: Alright. There is a Marketing guy, sales guy and and product R&D engineer. Who is the most important. Saare imp mat bolna.
Me: Commented on the significance of each and concluded that the Marketing guy being most imp in my opinion as market research will help the rest to begin working on the product and eventually sell.
P1 to P2 ...ab aapki baari.
P2 was silent till now and probably looking at my form / WAT sheet.
P2: Take this paper and pencil and draw 4 points that are equidistant to each other.
Me: (thought for a cpl of secs) I cannot think of any such that can drawn.
P2: Are you thinking in 2D?
P2: Now think in 3D.
Me: Answered, Triangular base pyramid.
P2: You have 2 jugs, 2L and 5L. How will you measure 4 L.
P2: Now make these jugs 3L and 5L
Me : (Asked for some time to think around 30secs) Answered.
P1, P2 smiling..P2 to P1: Anything else, sir?
P1: No. I am done. Do you have any questions for us?
Me: Asked 2 questions. 1 around student clubs and and the other around industrial guest lectures.
P1: Thanks , you can leave.
Thought the GD/WAT/PI went well. Not sure whether my percentile is good enough though.
Can anyone explain how the CAT score is weighted (say at 60%)
Is 300 marks = 60 or is it the highest marks of the individual who has applied to MDI?
Profile: Btech. (Mechanical Engg.)
Grad: 9.18 / 82%
Work ex: 04 months
Sector: R&D, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
Venue: HMATC Mumbai Slot: 25 March (Afternoon) Panel: 2
WAT: Indians work better as individuals than in teams
GD: Topic same as WAT. Everyone was against the motion. Pitched in 4-5 times with some relevant points.
PI: male (~45 years and 38 years)...was 9th to be interviewed (second last)
M1: So, Prashant....Introduce yourself
Me: Told about my work ex, family bg and grad.
M2: I can't find ur academic scores in your form
Me: It was not printed probably (then told them myself)
M1: Are tum toh padhne wale aadmi ho bhai..Acha toh tum fir iss saal toh promotion nahi le paaoge company me....
Me: Sir why?
M1: Coz you will leave ur company and go to mdi Me: Obviously sir for MDI i ll leave my job
Then asked some questions about industry and competitors of M&M which I answered.
M2: What do you think of flying cars?
Me: As of now its not that safe..
M1: So you are saying it is more unsafe than a drunk uber driver?
Me: No sir, drunk driver is a case 1/100....plus I am worried abt technical reasons then they grilled for abt 2 mins. on same topic.
M1: Why did mahindra choose ajay devgn for ad?
Me: Coz he is a man having charisma enough to woo traditional industries like commercial vehicles
M2: Who do you think could substitute him?
Me: My best bet wud be Irrfan Khan...
M1: Why so? Me: Coz he is man who relates to character like ajay in most efficient and serious manner.
M2: What is premium trucking used for?
Me: Answered but could not convinve them. Grilled on same ques. for abt 3-4 mins.
M1: So thank you prashant.
It lasted for abt 10-14 minutes.
In my views WAT: 6/10, GD: 6/10 Interview: 6/10
Still confused abt everything...fingers crossed.....
CAT OA Score: 99.05
Profile - BE(cse)
Work-Ex (number of months): 31
Sector : IT (TCS)
VENUE: HAMTC (Mumbai)
Panel No: 2
WAT Details: Topic and other relevant details: Decreasing defence budget and increasing social budget is the need of the hour.
GD Details: Topic: same as WAT
Number of People present: 10
PI Details: Male(~45) SIR ,Female(~40) MAM
Was 8th to be interviewd.
SIR - So Anmol are you Anmol?
Me - yes sir.
SIR - justify your name.
Me - Sir I took birth after 8 years of my parent's marriage and was the first child so they kept my name Anmol.
SIR - Yaar mai subah se interview le rha hu, 4-5 log TCS se a chuke h, why is it so, sab chhodna kyun chahte h TCS?
Me - Sir TCS is the 4th largest employer in the country after indian (Post, army, railway), the sheer size of TCS workforce is close to 3.7 lakh people so the probability of a person coming from TCS increases.
SIR - gentle laughter.
SIR - don't you think it is because people want to leave TCS?
Me - Sir one can work in TCS after completing MBA, TCS promotes higher study, it gives sabbatical very easily.
SIR - But it does not sponsor?
Me - no sir, TCS does not sponsor regular MBA, it sponsors only leadership programs.
SIR - ok
SIR - Chalo Anmol tell me something you are really interested in, we will interview you in that area?
Me - Politics & Social marketing.
(Social marketing got stuck in their mind)
MAM - why social marketing?
Me - I can work for societal good and in marketing function at the same time, I am interested in both.
MAM - How is social marketing diff. from commercial marketing?
Me - answered.
Mam - if you want to work for society you should have gone to TISS then?
Me - One can do good for society by working in commercial marketing as well, by working for a brand which genuinely adds value to the customers life, gave an example how Dettol ran a campaign by the name "saathi bachpan k" whose main objective was societal good but it helped dettol in building their brand as well.
Mam - do you think swachh Bharat is successful?
Me - Its intention is good, I wont say it is 100% successful but it is a step in the correct path, peoples mindset needs to be changed.
Sir - Say I am a male chauvinist, mai nahi chahta mere ghar ki ladkiyan padhe likhe, mai tmhari bat hi nhi sun na chahta, what will you do about it?
Me - we will show you the examples of thriving economies where women are contributing greatly that might make you change your views, also Sir it highly depends upon the upbringing, gender equality needs to be taught at the very early phase of the life, that is to the school going kids.
Sir - lekin mai tmhari sunna hi nhi chahta?
me - Sir this will be an isolated case then, also thoughts need to be instilled in the childhood.
Sir - So basically you are saying education se hi sab thik hoga?
Me - Education is an important factor but not everything, many educated people have a lots of wrong behaviour like smoking, a lot of educated people do that.
Sir - do you smoke?
Me - no sir.
Sir - I also dont smoke, mam also doesn't, none of us smoke?
Me - Sir but lots of other educated people do. Even not sitting in the correct posture is wrong behaviour.
Sir - are you saying it to me (gentle laughter)
Mam - What if you get a job offer from ITC, a tobacco company?
Me - I read a book written by Neville Isdell, former coke CEO, in it he mentioned that you should only work for a product or company you believe in, I dont beleive in tobacco as a product, moreover ITC has many other brands.
Sir - You want to do what Prashant Kishore did, right?
Me - no sir he is a political campaign manager, Social marketing is different.
Sir - you know no one is able to find Prashant Kishore after UP election, congress is giving 5 lakh rupees whoever finds him.
Me - I didnt know that sir.
Sir - what would be your strategy for congress?
Me - Sir congress is playing reactive politics, they are just reacting to the BJP , they need to bring their own issues.
Sir - But Prashant Kishore failed.
Me - When your product is not good no amount of marketing can help.
Sir - No, there is coke, product is not good health wise but its sells crazy?
Me - Sir there are many aspects of a product, not every one looks for health, there are many other values in the product, it tastes good.
Sir - if poison will taste good you will drink poison ?
Me - (What kind of question is this), no sir that is a differnet case (was about to elaborate but stopped)
Mam - which is your dream company?
Me - Reckitt Benckiser, Dettol brand in particular.
Sir - Ok Anmol we have judged you on all the factors, is there any question that you have for us ?
Me - is there really a golf course in MDI ? :D
Sir - yes there is.
Me - are students allowed to play? :D
Sir - yes there is, but we wont let you play if at all you make it.
Mam - we have a nice golf course, but we have better basket ball and badminton courts
Me - Smile.
Thankyou sir, thankyou mam , got up
Sir - What is your cat percentile?
Me - 99.05
Sir - From which IIMs have you got the call?
Me - sir all the new IIMs.
Sir - why not old IIMs?
Me - Sir my academics are not good.
Sir - ya, we saw that. send the next guy.
Greetings exchanged, phew!!!
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