Personal Interview (PI)

After the 1st stage shortlisting on the basis of your written exam score, all the B-schools including IIMS, XLRI, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI among others conduct Personal Interview (PI) round as final selection round for admission. The PI round is the test of your verbal communication skill, presence of mind and how do you present your views and knowledge skillfully to convince others.


Apart from the one to one personal interaction session of 10-20 minutes, the PI round at B-schools may consist of other different components also. This may include GD, WAT, Extempore speech, Group Interview, group exercise, psychometric tests among others. However, every B-school conducts the Personal Interaction (PI). There will be 3-4 panelists who will be experts and will be asking questions to you on your academics, work experience, current affairs, social issues, about your personality, your native place, on technical issues related to your academics and work place. The personal interview is tried to be kept healthy, positive and less stressful. You are encouraged to remain what you are and it is tried that during the course of discussion, you should not feel nervous.

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Personal Interview: Questions & Answers

Personal Interview round at IIMs or any other top B-school may have a duration of 8 to 30 minutes depending upon how interesting you are during the process. PI is awarded highest weightage in final selection round. The PI round tests you on your one to one communication skill along with your attitude, interest in surrounding events and way of presentation. Any bluff during PI round can throw you out of the fray.

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Personal Interview Tips

Let your Personal Interview in IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Kozhikode, FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, XLRI Jamshepur, IIFT among others become a discussion giving you an opportunity to enjoy the same instead of feeling a pressure of torturous question answer session.

To be successful in this round, no doubt, you have to be well prepared for the volley of oncoming questions. These are not the questions that are tough or out of this world, but your approach to answer them in a witty, positive and subtle manner gives you an edge over your peers.

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Personal Interview Preparation

Immediately after the declaration of CAT/XAT results, the Institutes have been short listing the candidates and sending the calls for PI, the second admission round. Personal Interview round is the key to success in securing final admission to the desired institute as all the B schools award maximum weightage to this round.

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B-Schools Using Personal Interview (PI)

Almost all the B-schools including IIMs, FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, XLRI, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB use PI round as one of the key components of final selection round. A few of the top B-schools using PI round before preparing the final merit list of the candidates are–


All old IIMs
IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Shillong.


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Important Dates

PI round at top B-schools will begin in the last week of January or the first week of February 2018. This round will continue till April 2018 and the final admission offer will be made in the last week of April or in the beginning of May 2018.

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Topper interviews PI

Gyayak Jain

Almost all of my interviews, except at IIM Ahmedabad, were based on my mechanical engineering and I was not prepared enough to answer those with

Vedant Mukesh Mehta

I am not really able to recall any PI questions that I was asked in any institute.

Jethwa Satyarajsinh Pradyumansinh

In PI,  questions related to my academic background and current affairs were asked. Some of the questions were  why I wanted to join IRMA, why  I


As I have done B.Tech in Agriculture Information Technology (which is kind of unique course in India), my questions in all these three institute

Angshuman Kakoty

PI Questions were on:  The most common PI questions were why MBA and why that Institute. I was also asked about why I left CA studies to