My lone IIM call.. after all those arduous AIMCATS... toppin them, working hard.. and even managing a 99.36 percentile in CAT. what do i get?? One single IIM call!! IIM - Lucknow. Reason - My slightly low percentile in Verbal ability section.
Anyways, no use crying over spilt milk. Gave it all my might. A hard competition to all. It was scheduled on 17th feb at 2PM at Hotel Monarch, bangalore.
me in panel 2 numbered 9( y does it always have 2 b ??)
Was called in 4 the GD and essay at about 3. They were two panel members and 12 of us in the group. IIML is known for giving abstract topics and it maintained its reputation with us 2. Topic - The most effective way to eradicate poverty is through effective governance. As soon as it was dictated, we were asked to write a small essay on the topic, in about 150 words within 5 minutes. after the stipulated 5 mins, the papers were taken away leaving us to discuss. With such an open ended topic thrown in... it was literally a fish fight in the beginning. everyone hurling in whatever facts they had in hand. Me no less. Chirped in quite a number of times during the process. Overall it was a pretty good GD, but could have been better.
The interview :
the interviews were quite short for everyone, and my turn came pretty early at 4 : 30 itself.
I walked in. It was the same two people who were there for the GD.
My interview went on for about 6 minutes overall.
As i entered in i was asked if i would like to join the agro-business mgmt( ABM) offered by the institute. I initially relented and then informed them that i would like to keep it as my second option. From here started my unpreparedness!!!
initially, was asked the clinched question. tell me about yourself
answered it pretty decently highlighting hobbies, blogging, basketball, CR, etc..
Was asked some questions on Statistics, probability and simple mathematics. Answered them quite well, but surprisingly got confused in a basic concept of Probability. Told the definition of independent events when asked for disjoint events. Mixed up the two even when asked for an example of a disjoint set. Was so confused that they had to explain it to me. All because of unwarranted tense state. The lack of comfort showed so much on my face that one of the panel members actually had to say - Don't feel tensed. Be cool. It is not a stress interview.
Was asked what do i do in free time? said about sports, and then luckily mentioned Blogging.
The younger guy of the two seemed to get interested. He queried on the content of the blog, and also noted down my blog address!! the only feel good factor of the interview. hope he sees it before deciding my fate!!
With this my interview ended, with them asking if i had any questions for them. i replied no.
bid them a thank you, and left the room confidently.