Inference of Knowledge necessary: Pranjal Agarwal CAT 100 percentile
Pranjal Agarwal, IIM Ahmedabad student and CAT 2015 100 percentiler despite getting getting shortlisted by all the IIMs did not appear for all of them. Sharing his experience, Pranjal says “I appeared for the PI-WAT round of top 3 IIMs. I was offered admission by all 3 IIMs- A, B, and C. Although I was initially waitlisted for B, it eventually got converted.”
Although I took part in the PI/WAT process of IIM A, B, and C only, I would advise people to give as many as possible. I was unable to attend many WAT/PIs owing to travel restrictions (I was doing an internship in Delhi and I had chosen Mumbai as my location for PI).
During PI, I was asked about my placement, some core subjects that I studied during my undergrad (Power Plant Engineering, IC Engines, Machine Design). The questions aren’t always straightforward checking your knowledge, but your inference of knowledge.
-For example, in my IIM Ahmedabad interview, I was asked the reason why most sources of energy are first converted into mechanical energy then electrical energy and not directly.
-I was doing an internship in Gurgaon, so in IIM Bangalore interview, I was asked about any major infrastructure problems I noticed in the city (which related to the WAT topic).
-I was asked about my interests, and then about Asian football and Indian football (as a follow up).
-There were some GK questions as well, which could be arbitrary, depending on recent events (ISIS, JNU, CM of various states, PM/President of any country, etc.).
CAT 2015 - 99.99 %tile
GK & Aptitude – key components: Abhay Agarwal CAT 99.99 percentile
Abhay Agarwal cracked CAT 2015 with 99.99 percentile and decided in favour of FMS Delhi. According to Abhay “My first interview was at IIM Ahmedabad. We got a case study there. In PI round, I was asked questions about my under-graduation, about general awareness, current affairs and some aptitude questions.”
IIML offered me admission. There, we had a WAT. This was followed by PI. There were 3 panelists. I was asked questions about my academic background. Then the topic went to general awareness and also about my hobbies. They asked some questions about cricket and also some questions related to politics. They also asked my views on JNU incident which happened around that time.
FMS admission criteria comprise Extempore and PI. My Extempore topic was Swacch Bharat. PI was largely based on general awareness with questions ranging from business newspapers to government organizations.
I ultimately was offered admission by IIML, FMS and other new IIMs. I decided upon FMS after doing lot of research on IIML vs FMS, and the factors that drove me in favour of FMS are its limited batch strength, ROI among others. I wanted to build a profile for myself. Reviews from my seniors also gave me insight that FMS can help me in doing that.
CAT 2015 - 99.85 %tile
Why MBA? Must know: Ananth Radhakrishnan CAT 99.85 percentile
Ananth Radhakrishnan who scored 99.85 percentile in CAT 2015 and is a student of PGP 2016-18 at IIM Bangalore decided upon IIMB ‘because of the wide diversity in terms of your peer group’. Ananth shares his experience of PI round at IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta.
IIM Ahmedabad – Everything under the sun, from my internship, to Data Mining, to the states passed on the way from Kozhikode to Pilani!
IIM Bangalore – About my placement offer and why MBA, along with a discussion about my internship.
IIM Calcutta – A discussion on Indian mythology and its significance, and an estimation of the Dosa demand in Bangalore!
IIFT 2015 - 99.98 %tile
Mohit Sharma scored 99.98 percentile in IIFT 2015 and is a student of MBA (IB) 2016-18 batch. Apart from IIFT he appeared for NMAT, SNAP, XAT and CAT and scored pretty good percentile but decided upon IIFT over his other options because there is no compromise over quality of education. Also, after talking to seniors the decision was finalized. PI round of Mohit revolved around his hobbies and HR questions.
According to Mohit “My interview was mostly centred on my hobby which is reading and I was able to comfortably answer most of the questions they asked. Interviewers were keen to make me feel comfortable and started up with the basic HR questions and they mostly allowed me to guide the interview.”
Sharing about how he prepared for PI round, Mohit says “During my preparation, I gave a few mock interviews at HR Mentors in Nagpur and worked on the feedback provided to me. I also met a few students who had given IIFT interviews before and their help was indispensable in my preparation.”