PI Topper Mantra

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.

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. 

Nitesh Padhi

IIFT 2016 topper with 99.44 percentile studying in IIFT MBA (IB) 2017-19 batch Nitesh Padhi suggests the IIFT 2017 MBA entrance exam aspirants  to go for speed reading the news papers as it will help not only the RC passages but will also help in GK section and in your future life. 


Nitesh comes from a modest family of Bhubaneswar, Orissa. His father is a businessman and mother is employed. He has a younger sister studying in class 10.  Nitesh has a consistently good academic record to his credit. He did his class 10 with 8/10 CGPA, class 12 with 79.40% marks and did his BBA in Finance from NMIMS Mumbai with 75.12% marks. Nitesh had gained a work experience of 10 months with Genpact India in Gurgaon before joining IIFT MBA (IB) 2017-19 batch. 


Nitesh loves playing football and was Captain of School & College Football Teams. His hobbies include photography, reading (Lord of the Rings and Matthew Reilly), blogging among others. 


Nitesh Padhi not only scored 99.44 percentile in IIFT entrance exam, but also scored 96 percentile in CAT 2016 and 99.07 percentile in CAT 2015 and above 98 percentile in NMAT. However, Nitesh preferred to join IIFT instead of any IIM or other B-school.


Sharing with MBAUniverse.com, Nitesh highlights his experience in preparation journey to IIFT and modestly attempts to give the ‘success mantra’ to the IIFT 2017 aspirants 

My PI Experience: Personal Interview at IIFT
The Personal Interview ranged largely around the CV Form which I filled out and submitted to IIFT between the Exam Results being announced and my CD/PI Date. A lot of HR Questions are asked, such as Why MBA? & Why IIFT?


Advice to IIFT aspirants
Prepare your answers well for questions like these, so that it doesn’t look like you’re making stuff up on the spot. They also ask a lot about your extra-curriculars and more importantly, what you learned from them. For example, I was the captain of both my school and college football teams. I was asked to list down 5 bullet points on what I learned from football. I was also asked to describe a difficult situation I went through as a Captain and how I overcame it.


A few Questions related to your field or domain are also asked, along with recent developments in the world pertaining to it. Keep your answers crisp and to the point, and it should suffice. If you don’t know the answer, just say that you’re not aware of it. Do NOT try to bluff any answer, it shows and will work against you.


The Interview Panel will always look to help out any candidate, and will be dropping small hints along the way for you. Pick up on them, and you should be fine.

Priya Sahni

Priya Sahni scored 96 percentile in CAT 2016 and converted her call to IIM Indore. Priya had a work experience of 8 months to her credit before joining IIM Indore. She balanced her work place requirements during her CAT preparation. Priya preferred self preparation instead of joining any coaching institute to prepare for CAT exam.


Priya belongs to Kanpur, one of the 5 KAVAL towns of Uttar Pradesh. She comes from a modest and educated family. Priya’s father is an accountant, mother a home maker and sister is Company Secretary (CS). Priya is a B.Tech in Electronics (ECE) and is fond of listening music.


In view of Priya, it is important to devote more time to the section in which you are weak. This will take you out of dilemma and will strengthen your preparation. A role model for working professionals preparing for CAT 2017, Priya not only cracked CAT with her smart and intelligent preparation, but got into her dream B-school, despite having limited time to study after working hours,  

PI Questions:

Name, academic details


Current affairs

Questions related to graduation subjects.


Sakshi has done B.tech in Agriculture IT from Anand Agricultural Univeristy, Anand, Gujarat and Now she is  pursuing PGDM-RM from IRMA. She is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Sakshi belongs to Motihari, East Champaran, Bihar.  Her father is govt. teacher, her sister has done MBA in HR and is married now and her mother is homemaker.

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 revolved around this only.

Saransh Garg

Saransh belongs to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.  He scored 9.6/10 in class 10 and 90.6% marks in class 12. Saransh has completed graduation in civil engineering from NIT Warangal with a score of 7.19 out of 10. Saransh preferred to join FMS Delhi to other IIMs and B-schools that offered him admission.

Apart from devoting time to study, Saransh has great interest in Cricket, Football, Texas Hold’em poker and watching TV shows. He attributes his success inspiration to his mother, Cristiano Ronaldo – the renowned football player and his willingness to get recognized.

At IIM Ahmedabad, Calcutta and also at FMS Delhi the PI questions ranged from my personal profile, academics, current affairs. The interview was in cordial and at times I was encouraged also. 

Shashank Heda

Shashank belongs to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. He attributes his success to his parents and teachers. Shashank is a B.Tech in  Electrical Engineering (Hons.) with Minor in Computer Science from IIT Gandhinagar.  He had gained 11 months of work experience with Texas Instruments to his credit before joining IIM Bangalore. He loves sports along with his studies and has keen interest in Athletics especially in Sprinting & Swimming. 

IIMA (Interview form is very important):  The PI questions were related to to work experience, detailed explanation of technical aspects of work experience to a layman, why MBA, questions related to WAT topic and hobbies

IIMB (SOP is important): Interaction was focused on Banking industry collapse, NPA declarations, Oil prices, Mr. Rajan’s policies, technical aspects of work-experience, why MBA, profit analysis of banks, recent developments/news in athletics

IIMC (Interview form is important):  Panel asked questions on Quant, probability, explain differentiation and the reason it is used to a five-year-old kid, Marketing campaign design to promote organ donation among school-kids, recent news related to blood/organ donation, why MBA, about relevance of air-crash investigations, recent news in athletics

IIMK- Questions were related to work-experience in detail, reasons behind air crashes and technical aspects, recent news in athletics, interview performance at other IIMs, questions on GD topic in detail

IIML – PI round had questions related to M.K.Gandhi and his philosophy, Dandi march, why MBA, role of ethics in day-to-day life, aspects involved in decision making as a placement team member

Shekhar Kapoor

Shekhar is a B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering  and has a work experience of 21 months. A working professional, Shekhar had to balance his professional duties and the study hours but made it sure to score high in XAT 2016 and CAT 2015 get into SPJIMR Mumbai, one of the highly ranked B-schools in India.

I was well prepared for PI round. The process was encouraging and friendly at SPJIMR