PI Topper Mantra

Abhay Agarwal

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

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).

Akhil Garg

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

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!

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.

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.

Chanchal Gupta

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.

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.

PI Experience 1:

I was shortlisted for the second stage process by new IIMs, MDI, NMIMS. There were only group interviews for SPJAIN. New IIMs have an interview after the WAT.

Few questions that were asked to me during the Interview round were:-

-- Why MBA?
-- Why a particular specialization?
-- What is Investment Banking?
-- What is micro- finance?
-- If CFA, why MBA? (I have cleared the CFA level 1 exam)
-- What is the difference between a Spanish Guitar and a Hawaiian Guitar (playing the guitar was a hobby)

PI Experience 2:

Few questions that were asked to me during PI round are-

--3 differences between Pune and Bangalore (I am from Pune and was working in Bangalore)
-- Three things my company does to separate itself from its competitors and three things it can do differently
-- Situation based questions such as “How would to act in a particular situation?” (say an employee comes late everyday, what would be your approach)
-- My hobbies and how I pursue them during the course of a regular day

There were only group interviews for SPJAIN

Mohit Sharma

Mohit Sharma has done B.E (Electronics & Communication) and belongs to Nagpur.  He had 28 months of work experience before joining IIFT MBA (IB) 2016-18 programme. He loves reading and listening music. Mohit Sharma attributes his success to his father.


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.          


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

Mukesh Goyal

CAT 2017 can be conquered with 100 percentile by the determined students from small towns and with their self preparation, is the message Mukesh Goyal, CAT 2016 topper with 100 percentile and student of MBA 2017-19 batch at FMS Delhi shares with the CAT 2017 aspirants.


Apart from CAT, Mukesh appeared in XAT 2017 and IIFT 2016 also. He scored 99.795 in XAT and 99.84 in IIFT but preferred to join FMS Delhi as it was his dream B-school.


Mukesh hails from a modest family of small town Sunam in Sangrur district of Punjab. His father is a businessman and mother is homemaker. Sunam, as the name reflects represents a good reputation and true to the reputation of his birth place, Mukesh has added flying colours to it. Few may be aware that Sunam is also the birthplace of Shaheed Udham Singh, the great martyr who laid his life in Indian independence Movement by avenging of Jalianwala Bagh Massacre where British killed hundreds of innocent Indians.  


Mukesh Goyal was a working professional when he started his CAT 2016 preparation. He balanced his CAT preparation with his working hours and managed both. It was not only simple preparation but also a good deal of devotion was required to overcome the weakness in VARC section.


Breaking the myth that Coaching is required to crack CAT exam, Mukesh remained stuck to self preparation but took as many Mocks as possible. An inspiration to CAT 2017 aspirants, Mukesh advises the MBA aspirants to take more and more Mocks, analyse them and have peer discussion which will help in boosting your score in CAT 2017.


Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) of Delhi University is the dream B-school for CAT toppers who prefer the campus to IIMs and other top B-schools due to the various USPs of this highly ranked B-school which has a legacy of more than 60 years. FMS Delhi is the highest RoI B-school with very low fee structure and high placements.


Mukesh has been a consistent performer throughout his academics. He scored 91.2% in class 10; 87.8% marks in class 12 and 72% marks in Bachelor in Engineering (B.E.). Mukesh had worked as Market Analyst at Futures First before joining MBA 2017-19 at FMS Delhi. Mukesh has great interest in playing and watching Cricket & Football doing  Acting among other hobbies.

PI questions pretty much covered everything from your technical knowledge to your work experience to your current affairs knowledge. Types of questions vary from institute to institute and panel to panel. So, you need to be prepared for everything under the sun. 


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