IIMs GD-WAT-PI process was conducted between January-February 2016 and the below experiences were shared by IIMs first call getters.
IIM A WAT was designed as a Case Study
IIM A WAT /Case study Topic:
Case study on whether tourism should be limited to only a small part of year coz it is resulting in disintegration, aping of western culture, spread of drug use, and breaking of families (critical reasoning questions based on the case study)
IIM A Interview Questions:
Panel consisted of 2 - one seemed to be professor and the other alumni. Both pretty chilled out.
At this point one panellist said that we are running out of time.
Finally it was over and they offered me toffees.
Engineering background student:
IIM A WAT Topic:
A Danish toy manufacturer suffers 25% revenue fall due to investment in some merchandise. Family business owners fired the CEO and argued that this would not be the case if he would have stuck to their traditional business. Analyze the line of reasoning of the family. What evidence did they refer to? What are the assumptions in the argument? Weaken it with examples. Strengthen it.
IIM A PI Questions:
Interview started with a discussion on my dissertation
Finally asked me to take a candy and leave.
IIMA FABM GD Topic:
It was a case study on the lines of Maggie controversy. We were told that our product has been found to have some poisonous component in it and we had to discuss future course of action.
IIMA FABM PI questions:
IIM B WAT Topic:
Comment on the decision of TRAI which made Free Basics wrap up operations in India.
IIM B PI Questions:
The panel consisted of three people, 2 professors and 1 alumni.
The interview went like this -
The panel asked me to take my seat and we exchanged pleasantries. I was the last person to be interviewed.
That's fine. But don't you think that we have been taking so many interviews, we would be irritated and this might not go well?
So you work for S******, but they are thieves.
PROF 2 to PROF 1 - You know, Startups are afraid to take their products to your company so they generally take only a video demo fearing your company might steal their idea.
Professor 1 - Oh, really?
Professor 1 - Do you know where A*** stole the mouse from?
Alumni - Why should I select you?
Student told about involvement in extra-curricular.
Professor 2 – They come from countries like Liberia, Nigeria etc.
Alumni- You said that you were an athlete, why do you have only 70 marks in your Physical Education paper?
Professor 1- They also have theory exams for Physical education? What do they ask?
Professor 2- That would be all. Do you have any questions for us?
VERDICT – Converted
CAT 99.14 percentile
IIM B WAT Topic: Comment on the decision of TRAI to ban Free Basics
IIM B Interview Questions:
Date: 4 Mar 2015
CAT Profile: 99.82 (QA/DILR/VA - 95.20/99.91/99.67)
Acad Profile (X/XII/Grad) : 94/94/67 (Non Engineer, but worse, B.Sc Hons in Mathematics )
(this is unlikely to be helpful to others since it was unique to me in many ways)
IIM C WAT Topic: Most organizations prefer celebrities endorse their brands. The government also seems to think similarly with their campaigns. Do you think this is justified? (for aspirants yet to take the exam - the topic comes printed on the answer sheet - dont wait around for them to announce it like they do in a few other places - and waste time like I did!)
Wrote about celebrity endorsement. My essay revolved around
Prelude to interview: Everyone came back from their interviews with the dreaded "no GK, no extracurricular, only acads, only math" experience; worse was that the math being referred to was not simple calculus or probability puzzles but rather higher order math such as vector spaces, McLaurins equation, etc. This was applicable also to people with >1.5 years experience! The only non-math question that anyone cared to admit was "Do you think Ayn Rand caused the global financial crisis?" to someone who had written about reading as a hobby and Ayn Rand as a favourite author.
IIM C Interview experience:
Interview started at 12:30 after a 3+hour waiting! Slowest panel - I was 8th to be interviewed while all other panels were on their 11th and final candidate.
Panel consisted of three members;
L: Young, smart male prof,
M: Old and wise male prof (former dean I was told) and
R: Female, middle aged (she came in mid way and the admin people did not seem to know her; not sure if she was a professor or what?). This was the only panel which had taken all forms from before and were probably reading them beforehand because there was 5-7 minutes between each interview.
*L comes into the picture suddenly, very aggressively - tells me that I should stick to my job and grow with the start up - and within 5 years I could be very successful in life - makes the expected point on how your salary in two years' time if you continue will be higher than what you can expect after MBA*
*M butts in and says - since he has applied for IIM C let us move on with the interview*
*M then looks at my form carefully and says - "Oh, a B.Sc. student, and that too from St. Stephen's, that is different from the engineers we keep meeting, good that you have applied" : grin: *
*end with L showing the clock to M and both nodding and ending the interview*
25 min long interview. No calls from A/B so it is C or nothing!
IIM C WAT Topic: Doping should be banned completely in sports and strict actions should to be taken against all offenders
IIM C PI Questions:
IIM Lucknow experience on 9th February 2016
IIM L WAT Topic: Public values are deteriorating in India, and the media is to be blamed.
IIM L PI questions:
IIM L WAT Topic : E-commerce is the next big thing to happen.
Interview was very short interview of hardly 10 minutes. Since I have 39 months workex most of my questions were based on work ex.
IIM L Interview questions:
Date: 3rd March 2016, Mumbai. Morning!
IIM I WAT Topic: Slavery still persists even in the 20th century, what can the corporate do to make sure products that involved slavery do not come to the market.
About: 2.5 years experience in product development and project management.
B.tech Production Engineering
One female professor (P1), one Male professor (P2), One old professor P3)
Professor 2 saw my approach and asked me to stop in the middle
Professor 3: So you are going to work now from here?
Thank you! All the best!Overall, it was a decent experience. No stressing out. Didn’t know what they wanted to gauge or measure. Panelists were involved in the interview. Personally I feel I could have done better.
IIM Indore WAT/PI Experience
CAT: 97.48 (QA/VA/DI: 91.1/99.9/81.5)
X: 94.1% (All Subjects)
XII: 93.8% (All Subjects)
B.Tech: 9.41/86.6% (ECE)
Work Ex: T** (16 months during interview, but 9 months till July 2015.)
WAT/PI Date: February 20th, 2016 at Mumbai.
IIM I WAT Topic: How the growing migrant crisis will affect the domestic and foreign policies of the countries in the long run?
WAT went fairly well as I could state a few points on both domestic and foreign policies. I had to rush the conclusion as I was running out of time.
IIM Indore Interview Questions:
Panel: Three Males (M1: Serious, M2: Very Serious and M3: Jovial and Sarcastic).
M1: You had a very interesting score. (To others) He has a 99.91 in VA and only a 91 in QA.
(To others) Same profile again. Engineering and then working in IT. (To me) You are a shame to T** too. How can you be in T** and be this good in VA? I have never met someone from T** with such a score in VA and such a bad score in QA.
M2: But can you explanation for this anomaly?
M1: So you are saying this call is a fluke?
M1: Don't worry. We like your profile. It is a good score.
M3: (To others) So he does the same thing as everyone else in IT. Same databases and stuff all day.
M1: That's good. Are you nervous?
M3 : (To M1) He is saying nice things about them!
M2: CPM was in power for such a long time in Bengal. How can a government be in power for so long and do so little for development?
M3: CPM and Congress are teaming up now for the elections. What are their chances?
M2: Pune has many automobile plants. Do you know which ones are there?
M1: We are done. You can leave.
M2: (When I am about to open the door) And keep laughing like that always.
GD PI date : 18/2/16
Location : HMATC, Dadar ,Mumbai.
IIM Kozhikode GD and WAT Topic: A topic on terrorism being a subject of monetary aspects and not of religion.
IIM Kozhikode PI Questions:
IIM Kozhikode GDPI Experience
17 Feb 2016, Morning slot 8:30 am - Panel 2
IIM K WAT/GD Topic: Management Education - For too many and too cheap
15 minutes given to write on one side of A4 sheet. This was immediately followed by a GD on same topic.
GD was good a discussion session. 8 participants. No fish market scenario. I was able to put in my viewpoint 3 times and twice it was carried on for further discussion. Twice was able to put counter-view on viewpoint of other participants.
Interview with 2 panelists. One was in mid 40s and other was a aged senior professor. First person started my interview while second one went through my profile and certificates.
IIM Kozhikode Interview Questions
Tell us about your city. Gave a detailed reply.
What do you know about its IIM K and about city of Kozhikode
No questions on current affairs.
WAT and GD went well, must have scored some brownie points. PI was below average performance though questions asked were not tough.
IIM Shillong Interview Experience Date :12/02/16 Afternoon slot Branch: CSE (Fresher)
IIM Shillong WSAT Topic: If you have a head of wax, don't be in the sunlight.
IIM Shillong Interview: Two people in the panel, P1 and P2.
One for acads and one for hobbies.
P2: Arey yaar, even I don't know this. Tell me also.
Till this part no acads and then P2 took over.
Lot of questions on acads where I could answer the basics everywhere but couldn't answer many in depth technical questions. 50-50 interview, but totally chill and no stress whatsoever.
Location - Bangalore
Date - 12/02/16
B.Tech. - Pulp and Paper Engineering
CAT - 97.42%ile
IIM Shillong WAT Topic: It is better to fall down from window than falling from roof.
IIM Shillong Interview Panel - One Lady (L) and one Sir (S)
IIM Shillong Interview Questions:
Sir: What is the meaning of your name?
Lady: About hobbies.
Panel: Thank you and All the best .
Told me to take candies. I took one, thanked them again and left.
Overall a nice panel, no cross questioning and no stress at all.
Process 2016 ‐ 6 New IIMs (Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Tiruchirapally, Udaipur, Kashipur) + 3 Newest IIMs Amritsar,Sambalpur, Bodhgaya)
New IIMs WAT Topic: Thanks to advancement in medical sciences, people are living longer. But the new problem is arising: the care of old age. Do you agree? Share your views.
Duration: 30 minutes
Limit: 300 words
New IIMs Interview Questions:
Approx duration: 15-20 minutes
3 panelists: 1 guy in fifties, 1 guy in thirties, 1 lady in thirties
New IIMs Interview Questions
Very chilled panel, trying to make candidates comfortable
Venue: Jay Pee Siddarth, Rajendra Palace,New Delhi
Slot: 12:30 PM, 03/03/2016, Panel 5 (last room before balcony)
Reached at 1 PM , I was attesting my documents then asked by panel member to be in line and do it later.
Before WAT, I was advised by panel member not be nervous as I was sweating (because I had to run to reach on time, wasn't nervous). I said it's a bit hot today and smiled.
New IIMs WAT Topic: Why youngsters don't take part in politics actively. How can they take part, suggest some points.
I was the first one to be called for interview, so when P1 came outside to call, I was again not around, was drinking water, I politely said him I am coming from around 30 metres.
New IIMs Interview Questions: (2 panelists)
P2: Is everything alright ?
P1: What is your take on demands on Jat quota ?
P1: Any workex ? (TOLD) still working? (No sir, left in July) Why ?
P1: hmm still I would recommend you the other.
P2 : Why should we take you ?
P1: (opening the file) opens second semester mark-sheet. Ok tell me what did you read in process Engineering Economics.
P2 : Write some Cost Analysis methods, take this notepad. Take this pen (I interrupted and said sir I have my own pen.
P1 : Do you remember there was a news few years back some XYZ guy made a fridge from clay which worked absolutely fine.
Last question, which IIM would you prefer ?
ME: all are same Ranchi, is good Udaipur is good, Rohtak I might have to ponder about .
P1: Why? woh infact sabse paas hai ?
ME: Sir I have seen the situation with my bare eyes. Who knows there might be a strike again. And they are targeting things which affect government the most.
P1 : why would it happen again ?
ME : Sir, this is not settled everyone of us knows that, With this hooliganism, Jats will never be given quota as it will give rise to other castes in different states too as doing crime to meet some not so justified demand, our system can be unjust but not blind. And with that it is bound to happen again !
P1: can't be more specific.
Was about to leave.
P1: one more question . Any extra-curricular activity?Verdict – Admission Offer letters from all IIMs Rohtak, Raipur, Udaipur, Trichy, Kashipur, Ranchi, Nagpur and rest new IIMs
Disclaimer: The above IIMs 2016-18 GD-WAT-PI experiences have been compiled with the help of primary and secondary sources for reference purpose only. The names of the candidates have been removed/changed for privacy purposes.