FMS Delhi MBA 2016-18: Get toppers' guidance to ace PI round; probable questions & tips

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March 28, 2016
Toppers at FMS Delhi share for the benefit of 2157 shortlisted candidates how to clear the extempore and Personal interview round for admission to MBA 2016-18
Meet Bhalavat with 99.97 percentile; Shourya Jain with 99.95 percentile and Tapayan Bhuinya with 99.97 percentile are a few of the toppers studying at FMS Delhi and have shared the topics placed before them

Toppers in CAT who got through the PI round at FMS Delhi exclusively share with MBAUniverse.com for the benefit of 2157 shortlisted candidates how to clear the extempore and Personal interview round for admission to MBA 2016-18 at this premier B-school of University of Delhi.

The type of questions the candidates could expect in PI round and tips from toppers how to get full score in final admission round will be a great help for FMS aspirants.

There are 2157 candidates shortlisted by FMS Delhi for the proposed intake of 216 candidates in MBA 2016-18 batch. Out of 10 candidates only 1 has to be offered admission. It is therefore advisable to understand the pattern of PI round at FMS Delhi and the way how you can get higher score in it.

15% Weightage
The extempore and personal interview round carrying a weightage of 15% in final selection to MBA 2016-18 at FMS Delhi is to begin on April 12 and will be over on April 18, 2016. Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi prefers to declare the final MBA admission result on the last day of PI round and therefore it can be safely assumed that the candidates will come to know about their admission status sometime in the night of April 18, 2016.

Extempore & PI: Both over in 30 minutes
The individual interview process is preceded by ‘Extempore’ speech of 2-3 minutes. There is no syllabus or rules to choose a topic. The Chair decides who among the panel will announce a topic on the spot. No thinking time is allowed, and the speech is to be delivered before the panelists.

If the candidate is not comfortable with the topic, an alternate topic can also be announced with no penalty. Weightage to extempore is 5% on a scale of 100 and scoring full 5 is not difficult also.

Personal Interview may last from 12 to 20 minutes depending upon the quality of your responses. On a scale of 100 PI has a weightage of 10 marks which is very important to convert the call.

The final selection at FMS Delhi will be based on the cumulative performance of the candidate in the CAT 2015 Score as well as the score in extempore and Personal Interview round. FMS awards maximum weightage of 85% to CAT scores and while declaring final admission result will include the academic profile, work experience with CAT scores

Extempore
Meet Bhalavat with 99.97 percentile; Shourya Jain with 99.95 percentile and Tapayan Bhuinya with 99.97 percentile are a few of the toppers studying at FMS Delhi and have shared the topics placed before them in various GD/PI held for MBA admission. They were asked to share their views on

‘Should the budget for space program in India be invested into poverty alleviation?’; ‘South Asia should have common currency like Europe’;‘Make in India vs Make for India’; ‘Red vs Blue’; Colour Red’; ‘Current initiatives taken by the incumbent government’.

In view of these toppers at FMS Delhi candidates should regularly read the newspapers like Economic Times, The Hindu among others on a daily basis to brush up your Current Affairs. . Shourya Jain advises the candidates to appear in as many mock extempore & PIs as possible but be sure to be prepared before giving them

Hot questions for PI round
PI round at FMS Delhi is a friendly process. Toppers and experts do not advise you to go for wild guess, bluff or waste time trying to recollect something not known to you. It will be better if you remain what you are instead of trying to copy someone or try to come out with some misleading responses which could catch you in a web of questions. 

It is also advised not to go for parrot fashion or stereo type responses. Admit the facts if you know or do not know the answer.

There is also no limit nor any specific field can be specified for the questions to be asked in PI round at FMS Delhi. However, the toppers have shared following questionnaire, responses to which can help you to get through-

  • -- How can you improve football as a game in India? (This question could be on any sports/game)
  • -- Tell us something that you would like to change about yourself?
  • -- Detail us about the shortcomings of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
  • -- What do you learn from each activity that you do?
  • -- How do you define ethics?
  • -- Your views on Union Budget
  • -- Tell us about yourself
  • -- Is time relative or absolute
  • -- What are your strengths?
  • -- Why do you want to do an MBA?
  • -- Tell us more about your father’s business.
  • -- How does a Wi-Fi network operate (Candidates was from Telecom Engineering background)
  • -- List top 5 companies that hire from our college for Finance roles
  • -- Discuss which discount model would be most profitable for the firm (Candidate was given a pamphlet of a local clothe store which had different discount rates based on the number of units purchased)
  • -- Explain about different settings you will use while clicking a portrait (The candidate has the photography as his hobby)

Prepare well
The toppers at FMS Delhi, experts and mentors agree on one point that everyone who has been shortlisted should prepare well and make sure to give the best shot in PI round. The 15% weightage can turn the table in your favour or can throw you out of the race.

According to the alumni and students studying at FMS Delhi, the B-school offers one of the best and highest RoI MBA programme. It is the oldest Management college with lowest fee structure and world renowned faculty which add to the learning experience. The small batch size offers optimum teacher student ratio.

FMS Delhi has adopted a different shortlisting criteria awarding weightage to sectional scores in CAT 2015. As against the criteria applied earlier by FMS Delhi to shortlist the candidates on the basis of overall CAT percentile score, a different process of shortlisting has been arrived on the basis of composite scores awarded with sectional weightage to the candidates.

The Composite Score has been computed by giving weightage of 40% to the scores of Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section; 30% to Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section and 30% to the scores of Quant Section as provided by the CAT Centre for the CAT 2015 Examination.

Delhi: The only PI venue
FMS is one of the very few institutes where Personal Interview round is held only at one place. The venue for PI round will be North Campus, University of Delhi, Delhi. All candidates are required to come to Delhi to attend the interviews. Short-listed candidates come from all over India as FMS has no reservation for any seat for residents or students of Delhi or Delhi University.

The Personal Interview schedule for MBA 2016-18 admission at FMS Delhi from April 12 to 18 has further been divided into 7 slots of one hour each every day. The reporting time mentioned against the name of shortlisted candidates could be 8.30AM; 9.30AM; 10.30AM; 12.30PM; 1.30PM; 2.30PM and 3.30PM.

The first 30 minutes would be required for verification of documents and in next 30 minutes you will be over with extempore and PI process.

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