IIMs GD-WAT-PI process was conducted between January-February and the below experiences were shared by IIMs first call getters.
Class X - 10.0
Class XII - 91.8%
Btech, Electronics and Electrical, IIT Guwahati, CGPA 9.11
Just to mention before going further that my personal opinions/ thoughts (at the time) will be in italics and enclosed within round brackets throughout this answer.
IIM AHMEDABAD PGP EXPERIENCE (DELHI, 24TH FEB)
IIM A AWT Experience:
Time: 20 min (5 to think, 15 to write)
Case study on self driving cars. The writer recommended that the existing self driving technology is the best available technology and it should be adopted as soon as possible as there are no other feasible alternatives to it.
Basic Math Test:
Time: 10 min (3 questions)
Q1: A limit question (extremely basic)
Q2: Inversion of 2x2 matrix
Q3: Definite integration question
Note: This math test does not contribute in any way to the final selection.
IIM A Personal Interview Experience:
Time: around 35 min
2 panelists (P1 and P2). P1 has masters in IT and P2 has four degrees in the field of statistics. Both are IIMA profs. Both look around 40 years of age at the time. (Extremely welcoming and making all the candidates as comfortable as possible.)
Confidence level: 9.9 | Preparation level: 9
(P1 seemed impressed. P2 was simply staring at me real hard.)
P1: I see you are an IP/ML guy (must have judged from the projects that I had mentioned in the form), design an algorithm to detect any particular object in this room.
(There were n number of plastic water bottles on the table.)
(I guess P1 was really impressed with me by now. And I was feeling as if I had already made it. Was really difficult to remain calm.)
(Here comes P2 with his bag of questions)
P1 (to P2 looking at me): He is an algo guy. What does he know of it! (Looking at me)Do you?
P2: (delighted) Can you draw the schematic diagram of a simple transformer with all the relevant equations and its phasor diagram? (I guess he didn’t expect me to explain it fully but I was well prepared.)
(He passed on a sheet of A4 white paper and pointed towards the pen. I got way excited as soon as he completed his question. And because of that my left hand (a lefty!) was shaking a little as I began to draw the diagram)
(Did. I think P2 was satisfied by now.)
Ok, one last thing. A standard question. Why should we take you?
P1 (to P2): Anything else you want to ask him?
P2: No. I am good.
P1: Would you like to have a toffee?
P2: All the best for your future!
IIM A WAT Topic: A case where Firm A has laid off some employees and recruiter at competing Firm B suggests to hire those employees to extract trade secrets.
IIM A Personal Interview Questions :
(I belong to electronics and communication engg)
Group Discussion: related to level of Theobromine content in granola chocolate (similar to maggi crisis)
Personal Interview: There are two panelists male, female
IIM B WAT topic:
The ratio of male and female in colleges are good. Then why is it not the same in corporate life. Mention the causes and solutions. (not exact words) - 10mins(thinking) + 20mins(writing)
Venue: Vivanta Taj, Hyderabad
We were divided into groups of 6-8 and sent to separate rooms for the WAT. Each group was allotted three professors who monitored us throughout the WAT round and took our PIs as well. It was International Womens day and this topic was expected so I had prepared for the topic beforehand. Wrote a well-prepared essay and completed it long before the end time. Interviews started soon after the WAT was over. I was 4th in the group to be interviewed. The three boys who got interviewed before me had come out very happy and satisfied, this made me more nervous. There were three professors (say A and B and C). A was a lady in her mid-40s, B was a little aged, may be in late 50s and C was in his early 50s. Everyone looked scary to me somehow. I was asked to introduce myself initially.
IIM BANGALORE PGPEXPERIENCE (DELHI, 10TH MAR)
IIM Bangalore WAT Experience:
Time: 30 min (10 to think, 20 to write)
Something about GoI mission of 2022 on vocational training. But the actual topic asked for suggestions on how to improve the quality of vocational training that is imparted within this program and the programs conducted before.
IIM Bangalore Interview Experience:
Time: around 15 min
3 panelists. P1 to the left, P2 in center. P1 and P3 are IIMB profs while P2 is a 2004 IIMB alumnus. (P2 was extremely welcoming but again, the other two weren’t hostile either.)
Confidence level: 9.9 | Preparation level: 6
(Some expected questions followed)
(As if suddenly switching gears, P1 pops in with the trendy GST bill. P3 was not comfortable with it. I guess he wanted to hear more about it from me.)
(In a moment which seemed longer than it might have been, I went blank. Here I was, explaining the implications of the GST bill on state revenue and on the other side, I forgot the full form! After 5 long seconds, I answered correctly)
(P1 asked me to continue from where I left)
Wish you all the best!
Background - female, final year engineering student.
IIM C WAT Topic:
Global warming has adverse effects on all species on the planet. Should we migrate to another planet? If no, suggest measures to mitigate the disaster.
Interview panel: Male professor (P1), Alumnus (A), Female professor (P2)
Personal Interview Questions:
Thank you, you may leave.
IIM Calcutta - PGP - 24th March
Profile - X - 94% | XII - 93% | CA IPCC - 73%, CA Final - 66% | BCom - 65% | Work Ex - 3 Months in a PSU | CAT - 99.75
IIM C WAT Topic - TV Serials have started showing Indian Mythology. Are they an effective way to spread awareness about Indian Mythology?
I was the second last in my Panel of 11 people to be interviewed. So the wait of 4 long hours was frustrating. The panel consisted of 3 members, One Lady in the middle along with Two Professors. All in their mid 40s. I had already seen the dejected faces of people who interviewed before me. So I was not expecting anything less than a Stress Interview. The ordeal lasted around 17 minutes.
L: (Gave me a copy of The Economist)
(Finally she stopped & pointed at the Professors)
(The next professor takes over now)
We are done. *No toffees*
I was dead sure that I was going to get rejected. The interview went for almost 17 minutes. First 5 minutes on French. 5 minutes on Ethics in Accounting, 5 minutes on Novels and rest time for I don't know.
Results: Converted :) As if I'm living my dream. Going to IIM C!
What actually happened was, IIM Calcutta has a very high CAT cutoff even for Non-Engineers so a select few CAs get an interview call. But then CAs are preferred inside the campus, so hardly anyone gets rejected in the interview. Also many person had a stress interview in Calcutta. So maybe I just fared slightly better than them.
IIM LUCKNOW PGP EXPERIENCE (IIM-L Noida campus, 1st April)
IIM Lucknow WAT Experience:
Time: 15 min (up to 300 words)
IIM Lucknow Topic: Is social inclusion necessary for economic inclusion?
(Many wrote about reservation and caste inclusion. Didn’t strike me! I went completely tangential to what many wrote but what I felt was relevant to the given topic. Touched on the international relations of India with US, Israel and China and how intermingling of Indian community with the natives helped cross inconspicuous economic bridges. Referring to my WAT during PI, I was told that I brought a fresh perspective to it)
Time: around 15 min
2 panelists. P1 to the left. (He’s busy eating peanuts throughout my WAT and PI. P2 was really interested in having a casual conversation. Extremely humble, I would say.)
Confidence level: 10 | Preparation level: 2 (- for my dainty hair)
(Stopped me on Ed Sheeran. I guess P2 was a fan too!)
(Meanwhile, P1 holding my form up, showing it to P2. I guess he’s pointing to my semester wise breakup of CGPA)
IIM Lucknow Experience (The most interesting one): 2nd March
10 th : 96.4% (CBSE)
12th : 92 % (CBSE )
Grad : 89% (Electrical engineering , NIT Raipur )
Work-ex : 26 months in C*** India Limited
Venue : Taj Bengal , Belvedore Kolkata
The hotel was beautiful with the waiting hall for IIML people even more beautifully arranged. At the start, I was allotted panel no.7 and had a group of 10 people. We were asked to move to a specific room. There waited two very smart looking professors, or so I believe. Let’s call them P1 & P2.
IIM Lucknow WAT topic: Is women empowerment a hyped issue?
Personal Interview experience (The real ordeal):
I was the first to be interviewed and thus was called immediately after WAT.
P2 (laughs): Whoa! Tell me more.
Verdict: Converted both their flagship courses. PGP & PGP-Sustainable management
Conclusion: No questions on ‘tell me about yourself’, ‘Why MBA’ , “strengths & weakness”. Interviews are really dicey!
IIM Indore WAT Topic
India's performance in sports seems very poor. Should government give the authority to cooperate companies to train the athletes. Would it help?
3 panelists - all male. 2 very quite serious but the middle one seemed quite happy to see me.
Lets call them P1, P2, P3 from left to right.
P3 interrupted :
Brilliant answer. Very good. We are going to ask you a series of questions that you wouldn't be able to answer but we want you to figure out your way just like you did now.
Okay its now my last question. Please tell us something about 1 china policy and the issue Donald Trump has raised regarding it.
IIM Indore WAT Topic: Should corporate be involved in development of sports infrastructure. Give reasons?
About myself : Fresher (EEE) 90+ in X and XII. 77.6 in graduation. CAT 96.2 Percentile (Nc-OBC)
First Interview- IIM Kozhikode
IIM Kozhikode Written ability Test (WAT) and Group discussion (GD): Longevity due to medical advancements has adverse effects on the demography. 15 minutes. No word limit but you just has one side to write. GD was conducted on the same topic. Again 15 minutes.
Personal Interview : Two male panelists around the age of 40.
That’s it. It was really short. Around 9–10 minutes. One of the panelists kept looking at the file I had given them (Certificates , my drawings, etc) and the other asked me questions and while I was answering went through my answers in the form . Pretty cool panel , they made me feel comfortable and they waited for me to finish my answers. Overall a good experience.
Verdict - Converted (without WL)
IIM Kozhikode WAT, GD: Ancient war strategies from ancient epics are relevant in modern business
This is my IIM Shillong PGP experience:
CAT percentile: 98.07 (VARC/DILR/QA - 94.3/98.2/96.5)
Background: X - 91.67%(CBSE), XII - 86%(ISC). Final year undergraduate student at Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow.
Venue: Hotel Mantra Almaltas, New Delhi.
Date: 19th February (Morning slot)
The students were divided into various panels, each panel comprising of 8 students.
Round I: The first round was a Case Discussion round and was divided into two parts. Firstly, we were given a case and we had to provide written solutions to it. After this was done, we had a Group Discussion on the same.
Round II: Personal Interview. The panel comprised of two male panelists, both of them probably in their 30s. (P1 on the right and P2 on the left)
I enter the room and wish them. They ask me to take my seat. The interview begins soon after.
Alright, that would be it. Thank you and all the best.
I had my interview with IIM Shillong on 17th April. I hope my interview is useful for the future aspirants.
CAT percentile: 98.7
Work ex : 22 months.
Degree : B.E(Hons.) in EEE at BITS Goa.
Case study discussion on the topic that briefly discusses about Nepotism.
There were 2 people in the panel. P1 and P2.
Thank you so much for interviewing with us. Please take as many toffees as you’d like.
Verdict : Selected.
I personally believe that more than your score, IIM Shillong in particular wants to know that the person does well in the PI and Case discussion.
Process 2016 ‐ 6 New IIMs (Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Tiruchirapally, Udaipur, Kashipur) + 3 Newest IIMs Amritsar,Sambalpur, Bodhgaya)
Feb 21- Afternoon batch
New IIMs CAP WAT PI
Profile - B.Tech IT.Workex 0
New IIMs WAT Topic: Current era is known as "Age of the man" in respect to Usage of natural resources, atmospheric changes, Flora and Fauna. Do you agree or not?
2 Interviewers, 1 lady 1 gentleman.
Overall decent. No grilling. No acad based questions. But no toffee either.
New IIMs CAP Process. Commerce Graduate and played cricket professionally.
New IIMs WAT Topic- Your opinion on the effect of growth of e commerce sites on retails shops and outlets.
Disclaimer: The above IIMs 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.