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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

NITIE

This was a quick one. The month of march, i was totally packed up. Three interviews lined up, then my dwindling attendance at college, to top that the project deadline was nearing. It all literally left me with no time for any other activity( now u know the reason for my absence from the blogging circuit for so long?)

Anyways, had my NITIE GDPI on 13Th of march at the NITIE campus in mumbai. I reached Mumbai on 12Th itself, and stayed in the campus hostel. The TEAM IMPACT there did a real wonderful job, and our stay there was very comfortable. I just idled away my time on 12Th, catching up with some friends, moving around the campus, and also meeting one of my uncles who stays in mumbai.

ON 13th morning, we were asked to report at 8AM itself, and i did not even have my shagun ka ** the previous night. I reached the auditorium sharp at 8 itself, and after the regular document verification we were asked to sit in the auditorium. ( This was one bad thing about NITIE organisation - they had called all the applicants at 8 and many of them( including me) had to wait all the way till 7pm to get out of there). They could have rather scheduled us all at different time slots!!

Anyways, they kept us occupied by showing nice movies like CARS, COUPLING SEASON, etc..( heard from a friend that they actually projected LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI the next day). My turn for the GD was at around 11:30. We were around 10 people in the group and the panel consisted of 3 people. The topic was " NUCLEAR TREATY - WHERE ARE WE HEADING TO?". The topic required lots of facts which was lacking with most, and the GD was quite peaceful. In fact, there were even brief spells of silence in the middle, and every participant was waiting for the other to pick up from him, as the points would get exhausted very soon, and even GLOBING was not possible. Overall, a very calm GD, and i quipped in decent inputs.

My turn for the interview was scheduled at 3:30 so i returned to the room and slept for some time. Ultimately i was interviewed at about 6:30PM. There were 4 panelists. After the initial normal question - tell me about yourself, Why MBA?, etc.. the shift happened to current affairs. the present economic situation, the budget, the inflation rate, policies taken by the government, etc..

When they realised that my father is in the retail business( he runs a grocery store), the focus shifted to the present boom in the retail sector - the various entrants, their impact, and other related issues. the interview lasted for about 10 mins, and luckily there was not even a single question on acads!!

p.s. : I came to know of the IIFT convert just about half an hour before my interview, and i was booming with euphoria, and had this extreme levels of confidence, as i did not really care for the outcome. IIFT was any day better than NITIE!! The only thing, it was not yet clear if it was IIFT- Delhi or IIFT - Kol that i had converted!!

Monday, May 14, 2007

IIT - Delhi

A long break again! no matter what?? These gaps just creep in.. and what exactly i intend to do?? just copy stuff from my diary into the blog!!.. basically DATA ENTRY!
Actually was caught up in exams all these days, and then the post exam freak out. went Down to aruku last weekend with friends. More about that later.

As promised, i still have four more GDPI experiences to be chronicled in this blog. and here i do away with IITD.

My interview was scheduled on 24Th Feb, just a week after the IIML fiasco. The students committee in IITD organised it pretty well and i staying in the hostel enabled me to make some real good friends who are still in touch.

My scheduled time was at 12:30 PM, and i reached the DOMS building half an hour earlier. After the usual verifications of the documents we were lead to an auditorium showing the presentations of the insti.

I was called for the GD at about 1:30, and the topic was " SHOULD CELL PHONES BE BANNED?".. we had four people in the panel, including one from the engineering college and one from industry. The topic was shown to have been decided on the spot, and it being a very open ended topic led to a dog - fight among the participants. I put in decent levels of entries, and made good sensible points. The GD was for around 15 - 18 Min's.

Next for the interview.

I was third in the queue and the best part was it had different panels for the GD and the PI, so there is no scope for any bias.

There were three people in the panel and it was like a round table setting. They were well settled on a sofa, and poor me on a high chair, which turns around( the ones we find in a pub!). I was literally playing merry go around to have an eye contact with each of them. They started of the general - Tell me abut yourself?.. what do you do in your past time?.. then they started the normal acads quizzing( on fiber optics).

As soon as i told them of my interest to be a writer.They seems interested and questioned - " Do you think it is necessary to do an MBA to be a writer".. when i quoted them Chetan Bhagat ( an IITD alumnus) and Tushar raheja( Anything for you ma'am.. also an IITD alumni).. he then asked me the names of the 3 characters in Five point someone, which stumped me off. I could recollect only 2, and he remarked sarcastically - "Nah, just asking.. u just said that you are very inspired by it na".

Then a person in the panel picked up in hindi - "paper vaper padte ho aap?".." kaunsa paper padte ho?".. i replied.. THE HINDU. he quizzed me a little on current affairs which i sailed through. Then after a little more quizzing they wished me luck, and thus ended the interview. It lasted for around 7-8 min's