PI Topper Mantra
Abhay comes from a modest family of small town of Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh where education facilities are not so equipped as those in metropolitan cities. Abhay completed his schooling from St. Mary’s School Bijnor (U.P.) and has held a consistent good academic record. He scored 86.83% marks in class 10 and 91.71% marks in class 12. Apart from devoting time to study, Abhay has great interest in reading novels and playing guitar.
Abhay was studying in B.Tech (Biotechnology), Pantnagar University, Batch 2012-16 when he appeared in CAT last year. He scored 74.87% marks in his B.Tech exam and cracked CAT simultaneously with a high score of 99.99 percentile. Abhay converted his call to FMS Delhi, IIM Lucknow and other new IIMs who offered him admission but he preferred FMS Delhi.
My first interview was at IIM Ahmeadabad. In PI round, I was asked questions about my under-graduation, about general awareness, current affairs and some aptitude questions. I was not able to perform well and ultimately did not get through.
IIM Lucknow offered me admission. 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.
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.
My PI was based on questions from various fields. Few questions are: Tell us something which you have not mentioned in the form; Do you know Duckworth - Lewis method, if yes explain in detail.
An example on D/L method was given, how would that method be applicable here; Why JBIMS; Compare JBIMS with IIM-A; Tell us something about your work-ex; Which colleges have you applied; What you will do if we reject you; Tell us how in hockey you have to take many quick decisions; Few incidents in life where you have shown leadership skills; tell us something about yourself (this was the last question asked to me in my interview).
Putting a positive note to inspire CAT 2017 aspirants in their preparation journey, CAT topper with 99.73 percentile and IIM Ahmedabad student of PGP 2017-19 batch, Akhil Garg shares his experience on CAT preparation journey which he completed with self preparation. He suggests to improve on your weak areas and monitor the improvement regularly.
One of the key facts about the preparation for CAT by Akhil is that he never went to any regular offline coaching institute to prepare for the exam. However, he suggests to take as many Mocks during your CAT 2017 preparation but emphasizes that without due analysis of Mock, attempting a mock test may not be useful.
Akhil Garg has done B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He is a fresher and got IIM Ahmedabad without any work experience. Akhil belongs to Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh). His father is Senior Manager in THDC Pvt Ltd and mother is a home maker. His interests include playing Table Tennis, watching TV Series and reading novels.
Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Akhil appeared only in CAT exam and did not apply to any other B-school apart from IIMs. With his right preparation strategy and well devised plan, he scored 99.73 percentile.
PI Questions were on:
• Why MBA?
• Science vs Management
• Biggest problem of Indian economy in your opinion and why?
• Major recent economic news apart from GST and demonetization
• Technical Questions from Undergraduate Major
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.
At some institutes we had to deliver an extempore based on a picture or a topic provided by the panels. Some other questions were:
- Strengths and weakness
- Source of Inspiration and why?
- Why bad academics?
- What was your role while you were working?
- Why MBA after engineering?
- Which specialization you would like to take and why?
- Why this particular college?
- Why should we or why should we not take you?
- Most memorable moment of your life
- Biggest failure of life
Ananth Radhakrishnan is a B.E (Hons) in Computer Science from BITS Pilani. He belongs to Kozhikode and his interests include debating, singing and reading. Steve Jobs is Ananth’s source of inspiration. Ananth scored 99.85 in CAT 2015 and finds the exam not very difficult but it needs better time management and accuracy. He preferred to join IIM Bangalore although converted call to other IIMs also
The PI round at IIM Ahmedabad had questions on everything under the sun - from my internship, to Data Mining, to the states passed on the way from Kozhikode to Pilani!
IIM Bangalore PI round asked questions about my placement offer and why MBA, along with a discussion about my internship.
IIM Calcutta had discussion on Indian mythology and its significance, and an estimation of the Dosa demand in Bangalore!
Angshuman Kakoty has done B.Com (Hons.), CA-IPCC Group 1 along with 3 years of articleship training. He is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Angshuman belongs to Guwahati. His family consists of his mother, elder brother and his sister in law.
Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Angshuman appeared in CAT exam and scored 98.09 percentile. He also scored 20 in IRMASAT.
He has interest in Singing, reading fantasy novels, playing DOTA.
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 pursue MBA.to pursue MBA.
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.
PI 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.
CAT topper with 99.79 percentile and IIM Ahmedabad student of PGP 2017-19 batch, Chanchal Gupta is a fresher without work experience. She preferred self preparation instead of joining some coaching although she made it a point to join the CAT Mock test series offered by the coaching institute. Chanchal suggests to improve your accuracy level instead of trying to attempt more number of questions in CAT 2017 and ensure to analyse all the mock tests that you have taken.
Chanchal Gupta is from Indore and has done B.E. in Computer Engineering. Sharing her experience how she prepared for CAT exam, Chanchal advises the CAT 2017 aspirants to clarify all their doubts quickly. Apart from CAT exam, she did not appear in any other MBA entrance test.
Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Chanchal appeared only in CAT exam and did not apply to any other B-school apart from IIMs. With her right preparation strategy and well devised plan, she cracked the exam with a high percentile.
I was asked pretty much everything in the PIs. I was asked questions about current affairs, GK, from my undergraduate course, from what I had written in the WAT, hypothetical situations, why MBA, HR questions.
CAT 2017 can be conquered with 100 percentile by the determined students is proved by Gyayak Jain, a student of PGP 2017-19 batch at IIM Ahmedabad. Gyayak Jain scored 100 percentile in CAT despite the fact he was a working professional and had to keep a balance between work and CAT preparation.
Gyayak preferred self preparation instead of joining some coaching although he made it a point to attempt as many mocks before the CAT exam as possible. More importantly, Gyayak analysed each and every mock and developed his own logic to solve the problems.
One of the key strategies he adopted was that he moved on to next problem, if he was not satisfied with the tailor-made solution which did not conform to his logic.
Gyayak advises CAT 2017 aspirants to believe in themselves. In his view CAT is an easy exam but you need to believe in yourself.
Gyayak Jain is from Indore and has done B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi in 2016. Before joining IIM Ahmedabad, he was working for 7 months with Deloitte. Photography and reading comics are his hobbies.
Apart from CAT exam, he did not appear in any other MBA entrance test.
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 confidence. In IIM Calcutta, I was grilled on the fact that I had scored average marks in graduation while I scored 100%ile in CAT. In IIM Bangalore, I was grilled on my writing skills of SOP.
In IIM Ahmedabad, PI was conducted to select the person rather than reject. I was helped by asking supporting questions in questions where I got stuck and they asked me about my hobbies and tested me on its knowledge also.
Jethwa Satyarajsinh Pradyumansinh
Satyarajsinh Jethwa has done Electronic Engineering from BVM college, Vallabh Vidyanagar. He is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Satyarajsinh belongs to Bhuj, Kutch. His father serves in Gujarat Police, Mother is Homemaker and Brother is pursuing Computer Science Engineering.
Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Satyarajsinh appeared in XAT exam and scored 85 percentile. He also scored 28 in IRMASAT.
He has interest in Playing Chess.
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 didn’t appear for CAT etc.