For admission to IIMs and top MBA colleges in India, GD and Personal Interview Rounds are essential in the further screening rounds conducted at these institutes to shortlist the best candidates. While CAT 2018 exam plays a major role of shortlisting of the candidates for admission, it is the GD-PI rounds which also play an equally important role in selection of candidates for MBA admissions. Therefore, it is very important for you to understand what goes on during an IIM Admission Interview and how you can perform well in the Group Discussion Round of IIMs.
Let’s hear it from the CAT Toppers on their preparation strategies that helped them to ace the GD and Interview rounds and got them selected to top MBA colleges in India like the IIMs.
Alumni Secretary – Student Council
Thanks to the Mentorship programme at IIM Calcutta, I was provided with a personal mentor, who was very helpful. I was able to interact with her a lot, even though, she was busy with her internship. She shared with me her experience of the GD – PI process and how she handled different GDs and interviews. Getting clear insights from someone who has been through the process helped me align my preparation strategy accordingly for the GD – PI rounds. In addition, taking help from coaching centres to enhance my presentation skills also helped. I also appeared for regular Mock Interviews and GDs as part of my preparation process.
Parita Shah -
Overall Coordinator – Intaglio (Annual Business Summit)
Candidates should start preparing for GD & Personal Interview simultaneously along with CAT Preparation. This will help them to steer clear from the last-minute preparation stress. To prepare for GD-PI process, I use to read newspapers, especially the editorial section. This helped me understand how and what kind of opinions to form about the current happenings and scenarios that is happening in India and across the world. In addition, I also gave regular mock GDs and discussed various topics related to current affairs with peers and that also helped me to prepare for my interviews.
Prateek Bansal -
Overall Coordinator – Carpe Diem (Annual Cultural Fest)
IIM – Calcutta
My GD and PI preparation essentially started withreading the newspapers thoroughly on a regular basis, looking up at hot topics for that period and then going to internet to search more about them. I also focused on interacting with family and relatives, who have more knowledge specifically about political agendas and business news. So, they were one of the greatest sources of information to prepare as I got a lot of insights about various current issues from them. In addition, I did a couple of Mock GDs with my friends itself and it helped me to appear for the GD and PI rounds with confidence.
Vice President – Public Relations
IIM Calcutta Toastmasters
My role as a Toastmaster actually helped to get through the GD and Interview rounds since I had developed a habit of speaking at various events. However, I did put effort in improving my current affairs knowledge and I started reading newspaper on a daily basis to stay updated with business and financial news. Reading newspapers and staying updated with recent development across the world really helped me to crack the GD and PI rounds.
Aaditya Ranade -
Sports Secretary – Student Council
The GD and Interview process was again a very interesting part because after having gone through the CAT people tends to get complacent but we need to understand that it is just a half the job done. And, if you don’t prepare well for the next part it really doesn’t make any sense. Even after you are shortlisted or got the call for the interviews it is essential that you still put in that effort. In terms of the interview, I guess, the biggest thing that I would like to share is the time for introspection that is the time where you look at yourself and try to answer as what are the real motivation factors that are bringing you to a B-School. Because apart from some basic technical knowledge or general knowhow of the business world, I think what’s really tested in a GD or an interview is your perspective, your clarity about what you want from your life in the future. I guess while preparing for the interview (I can talk about the IIM-Calcutta interview), rather than testing students on some technical knowledge or something that’s very information related I think IIM-Calcutta really wants to know the kind of person you are, how clear you are about your objectives in your life and how clear you are as to what you want from the campus after you have come here, so it make sense for you to really introspect and try to ask these questions to yourself and be clear about what you want in life? And, that being done I think you should sail through the interviews especially at IIM-Calcutta.
Samiksha Srivastava -
President – Entrepreneurship Cell
For the group discussion and Interview rounds I had to make sure that I am very-very serious of the current affairs andwhether my knowledge is updated to the level that I know. In addition, I paid a lot of attention in knowing about what is going around in the world, what is going around in the nation, what is the history of the IIM that I am going for the interview, what are the current topics, what are some of the major topics on which conflicts arise within a mind.These were some of the important topics that you need to keep in mind when you start preparing for GD interviews.
TLN Gupthaji -
President – Student Council
The Interview part in IIM-Calcutta is completely different from other B-schools. People have a myth that IIM Calcutta’s interview is basically based on Quant. I think that’s still a myth and it’s not true. So, it’s completely about the clarityabout how clear are you in doing your MBA. If you are clear enough that this is the reason based on which I am doing my MBA, I think you should get through the interview easily.
Representative – Student Council
Especially after the CAT results I started reading newspapers. Staying updated with the current events across the world was one of my top preparation strategies for GD and Interview. The most important thing is the critical thinking ability of participants that IIMs want to evaluate. So, you need to develop critical thinking by reading and analyzing storiesfrom national newspapers. In addition, you need to analyze the pros and cons in each of the statements that you find in newspapers or anywhere. I started to write two essays in a day by putting a time limit for essays and I prepared for personal interviews by giving mock interviews to my friends and approached my institutes to conduct mock interviews.
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