GD Topper Mantra

Ajit Singh

Ajit Singh, an electronics and telecommunications engineer from KC College of Engineering, Thane has worked with IBM India Pvt. Ltd. for 10 months before appearing in MAHCET for MBA/MMS admission and getting into JBIMS. Ajit Singh is a professional hockey player and has represented his school at the state level 6 times and has also represented Maharashtra at the National level in Hockey.

Ajit had his schooling from Bhonsala Military School, Nashik and during his engineering, his final year project was published in the IJERT journal. Ajit had also cleared the UPSC NDA exam in 2010 for becoming a pilot in the Indian Air Force. He got his Engineering degree with distinction in 2014 and scored 99.98 percentile in MBA MAHCET that enabled him to get into JBIMS.

JBIMS started with a new admission process from this year. There was no GD. We had case studies. The case study which I had was ‘People today are becoming more and more health conscious, come up with a business model that you would adopt to target these health conscious customers’.

Akshay Kumar Singh

Akshay hails from Purnea Bihar. He is a B.E in Mechanical Engineering and had a work experience of 6 months before joining MBA at SIBM Pune after scoring 99.97 percentile in SNAP 2015. He has great interest in Playing cricket, watching Bollywood Movies, Listening to music. His source of inspiration is his family.  

During my GD-PI round, I was quite impressed by the way entire process was managed by the students. I went back and researched about it and found about the student driven culture which made me think about the learning opportunities available at the institutes.

 

At most of the institutes we had Case Discussions where a case of two to three pages was provided and we were supposed to provide a solution for the same.

Avidipto Chakraborty

Avidipto Chakraborty scored a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2016 in his first attempt itself! What’s interesting about Avidipto is that he completely relied on self-studies and did not take get enrolled in any coaching centres. Avidipto believes that his success is due to the number of mock tests he has taken for the CAT preparation. Avidipto took 80+ mock tests for preparation! Avidipto is now targeting MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad. He wishes to be an entrepreneur in the future.

GD experience scored a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2016 in his first attempt itself! What’s interesting about Avidipto is that he completely relied on self-studies and did not take get enrolled in any coaching centres. Avidipto believes that his success is due to the number of mock tests he has taken for the CAT preparation. Avidipto took 80+ mock tests for preparation! Avidipto is now targeting MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad. He wishes to be an entrepreneur in the future.

Jugad Singh Grewal

A teenager at the age of 19 years, Jugad Singh Grewal scored 99.99 percentile with a score of 296 out of 400 in his 1st attempt in CMAT.  Jugad Singh is Son of a farmer father and was studying in his B.Sc. Science at Ludhiana when he cracked CMAT. Earlier he appeared in CAT but could not score high. This led to his determination to crack CMAT with high score. Grewal was offered admission by JBIMS and at present he is a student at JBIMS of 2016-18 batch.

Was placed at Merit 14 in DTE CAP 2016 as Outside Maharashtra Candidate (OMS). There was no separate GD round as JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya among others participated in the Centralized Admission Process (CAP) 2016 conducted by Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra

Karan Kokane

Karan completed schooling from Symbiosis Secondary School, Pune with 89.23% in the 10th standard and 92% in 12th standard. With no gap in studies Karan scored a 192 out 200 in the MHT CET 2009 (Engg entrance) exam in the same year and got 69th rank in the whole state of Maharashtra.

Karan opted for computer engineering from College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), and secured a CGPA of 8.6 on a scale of 10 in COEP and was amongst the top 15% in a class of 90 students. Along with maintaining his academics, Karan was active in extracurricular activities. He was the Event head of the event Circuit-Fixer in Mindspark’11 and a sponsorship coordinator in Mindspark’10. Mindspark is COEP’s national level technical festival.

After completing graduation in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering, Karan Kokane got  placed in HARMAN International India Pvt. Ltd. as a software programmer and worked with them for 20 months. Karan was awarded the HARMAN Superior Performance award for contributions to the project, and for his performance and potential. Karan was also one of the few employees to get a four star rating in the yearly assessment review.

With a percentile score of 99.993 in the MAH MBA CET exam Karan stood among the three toppers.

GD Experience 1:

For MDI, my GD topic was “Is theoretical knowledge sufficient for managers today?”

I took part in a lot of interviews to prepare for the second stage. I had around 4-5 friends who were preparing along with me. All of us were shortlisted in different institutes. We would sit together and discuss a lot of different topics to expand our knowledge and form opinions. After the GD, we would ask each other for tips to improve on our shortcomings. GDs are basically of two types, abstract and real. It is necessary to practice both types of Group Discussions because the thinking and structuring process is different for both types. To improve at Group Discussions, it is important to read as much news as possible during the second stage preparation process. It is also important to practice speaking in a crisp and clear manner.

GD Experience 2:

For JBIMS, we had to discuss strategies for a Chinese soft drinks manufacturer to enter the Indian market

I was shortlisted by many top Colleges like SPJAIN-Fin, new IIMs, MDI, NMIMS, JBIMS. JBIMS Mumbai did not take part in DTE CAP then and conducted its own admission process. To prepare for GD, I had around 4-5 friends who were preparing along with me. All of us were shortlisted in different institutes. We would sit together and discuss a lot of different topics to expand our knowledge and form opinions. After the GD, we would ask each other for tips to improve on our shortcomings.

To improve at Group Discussions, it is important to read as much news as possible during the second stage preparation process. It is also important to practice speaking in a crisp and clear manner

 

Ketan Anand

Ketan Anand belongs to Ambala. He has studied at P.K.R. Jain Sr. Sec. Public School and scored 80.72% in class 12. He took admission in B.CoM in Kurukshetra University, and obtained 64.66%. Ketan was working with his father in the family business, which built his interest towards the business world. This inspired him to pursue MBA and prompted him to prepare and appear in the MAT and CAT exams. Ketan wants to achieve good position in Corporate after completing his management education.

In fact MAT requires you to apply separately to each B-school but I did not apply to any B-school on the basis of my MAT score. I got into LBSIM on the basis of my CAT score. 

Shashank Heda

Shashank belongs to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. He attributes his success to his parents and teachers. Shashank is a B.Tech in  Electrical Engineering (Hons.) with Minor in Computer Science from IIT Gandhinagar.  He had gained 11 months of work experience with Texas Instruments to his credit before joining IIM Bangalore. He loves sports along with his studies and has keen interest in Athletics especially in Sprinting & Swimming. 

Only IIM Kozhikode had the GD round followed by WAT on the same topic ‘Relevance of reservation for girls at top academic institutions in today’s context’ 

Shekhar Kapoor

Shekhar is a B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering  and has a work experience of 21 months. A working professional, Shekhar had to balance his professional duties and the study hours but made it sure to score high in XAT 2016 and CAT 2015 get into SPJIMR Mumbai, one of the highly ranked B-schools in India.

I joined TIME WAT-PI prep in Bangalore and used to attend their knowledge transfer, Group Interview, Group Discussion and Personal Interview sessions over the weekend. My on the spot thinking, awareness of the topics discussed, coupled with a positive body language was the key to my success.

Sourav Dutta

SNAP topper Sourav Dutta who scored 99.994 percentile in 2015 and opted for MBA at SIBM Pune, is a national level professional archer and was also a working professional before joining MBA at SIBM Pune. Sourav belongs to Jamshedpur. He has a consistent good academic record with 87.2%  in class 10; 81% in class 12 and 81% in his B.Tech which he completed from KIIT Bhubaneswar in 2013. Sourav Dutta had acquired a work experience of 17 months at Aricent, Gurgaon as Software engineer  before joining SIBM Pune.

 Apart from SNAP 2015 in which he scored 99.994 percentile, Sourav also appeared in CAT 2015, NMAT by GMAC, XAT 2016. He had admission option among SIBM Pune, NMIMS and a couple of new IIMs  but he opted for SIBM Pune.  

At SIBM Pune, we got a role based GD. We had to organise an event and we were divided into different roles. We collectively had to discuss for fifteen minutes and had to come to a conclusion with the final budget for the event.