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" - by Anuj Arora * When Spielberg uncle made this movie long back, I guess he would've never guessed that his movie would be a great inspiration for these famous management institutes in India called IIMs!!! Surprisingly, I got a call from three of these coveted institutes - A, B & C, and even more surprisingly, got selected in one of them, usually called the toughest of them all and best of them - IIM-A!!! Now don't ask me how I made it, because even I'm trying my best to get the elusive answer. Let me relive those moments of glory... Sorry I got lost in those moments!!! But I'm back & kicking. So we were called for GDPI for IIM-A in IIFT. Great building but not as great as of IIM-A. So there were loads of students called for GDPI, ratio is usually 1:8. Let's not discuss stats for now because they only discourage you!! To my expectations, I found a lot of fellow engineer "bhailog" from variety of institutes including the IITs. Why can't these geeks settle for something less than IIMs??? So now we should proceed to the GD first!! A group of eight students are called for GDs in various rooms to be courted by different panels simultaneously. (I mean mass-slaughter!!!) In IIM-A, there is always a case study given to be discussed. The group is usually seated around a table, which can be of L or U or straight-line type of shape!! It helps if you are seated in the center because then you can have others' attention easily, otherwise it helps if you can raise your decibel level, but it shouldn't sound like shouting. Try to have a "cultured" GD - that's what my institute people told me. So to my disdain, I got a corner-seat (the seating arrangement is pre-set by institute people.) We were given five minutes to gather our thoughts on a piece of paper and then after a command of "START" by the panelist, the mayhem began!!! There are a lot of things seen in a GD. Such as who initiates the GD, but initiating doesn't guarantee better points. The grasp of the topic, communication skill (try not saying Hindi words in between), the quality of points raised, being a good listener (it helps a lot because a no of times, students say wrong facts or otherwise and you can capitalize on it by saying with sugar coated voice: - " My friend! I would differ with you on this statement because… "!!! But don't cut other's points just for the sake of it. Take control of your body movements as well, like moving both hands while talking sometimes gives an impression that you are dusting a blackboard!! Sometimes you can be asked to give "summary" or "personnel views" about the topic. There is difference between the two, and please be precise. You don't have to recite the whole "ramayan." Usually, the panel present in the GD would be there in interview. So they know how you have performed, so try being nice, but assertive and forceful. The main thing is that in a GD, it's not the quantity of time spoken that counts but the quality of what you've spoken. In the GD, there can be a variety of topics, i.e., based on latest happenings, for example "Iraq war", conceptual kind, for example - "If you don't manage the time, then time will manage you." Or totally abstract, for example - "Who needs education???" Or "Yesterday's gone, tomorrow hasn't come, and we've got today." These are previously given topics in IIMs!! So to prepare for these, what you need is "knowledge". You can't
The questioning went as follows: 1) Anuj. If you don't have the habit of reading newspapers and magazines regularly. When you answer a question. Reading CSR would also help. It's mainly how strong your basics are and if you are able to put them in practical situations. then have a reason for why not OUTLOOK or FRONTLINE." Even if you don't answer four questions in a row but can confidently answer the fifth one. obviously I'll be biased and sympathetic). in book it's given till only this level!!! UFFFFFFFFF!!! As you would've noticed. So I mentioned MICROPROCESSOR as one of the subjects. prepare at least 2-3 subjects. in what form are they? Anuj) They are in molten form and then they ^*&^%&^%$#&$#$%$# 11) While in molten form. what is a microprocessor? Anuj) $&%^$^%&%*&(*&%&^%&%^$^$^* 2) What is the difference between a processor and microprocessor? Anuj) @#^%#^%$#^&*%*&*&�$%&@(*^ 3) How do you fabricate this microprocessor? Anuj) Sir. they may ask you your favourite subject and then say. no matter what.prepare in the last one month. Coming back to my interview for non-engineers. So better have a backup. they started off straight with academics (all my preparation for the introduction thing went waste. "I was ready to rock and roll!!" The panel size is usually 2-3. while using all these layers. so obviously considered myself as "Guinea pig" for the whole group. don't let facts effect you!! Another important thing is "don't loose your smile. they see that to what level you can tolerate the third degree torture. So prepare slow & steady. 5) From where do you get this layer? Anuj) We've electro-graded silicon �$�Y^&^%$#^$^%^$#^$^ 6) From where do you get this electro-graded silicon? Anuj) We've metal graded silicon & $#$#&$#&&^$#^$^#$�$^% 7) From where do you get this metal graded silicon? Anuj) We've silicon & %*$%$#&$#$#&$#& 8) From where do we get this silicon? Anuj) %&&&%%%##$�$#%$#&$#$ 9) What next? Anuj) We have epitaxial layer & $&^&^&%&%%$#&$#$ 10) Anuj.e. the important thing is that you can't prepare for everything. the questions may sound out of the world. So talking about my interview. Now moving to next stage of the slaughter. This habit would be helpful for both GD and PI. you are in the race. but as there was no choice. you are gone. i. interview!!! I was the first to be called in my group. we use a SIO2 layer." So if you've prepared just one. but as I told you earlier. "That's not my favourite subject. we use PLANAR TECHNOLOGY!!! 4) What do you do in this technology? Anuj) Sir. What the . but naturally smiling on the outside!!!) Anuj) Sir. expect some more coming. If you read INDIA TODAY.) They asked me which subjects I had and started off!! About academics. develop it. tell some other subject. are they like iron sheets or what? (Now I had had enough and was pissed off. but notice that to which level they expect you to know. especially engineers (being myself one..
com . Now that's very vague! Be specific! For example. But I was in a gladiator mood. By bad luck. Although I would highly recommend that you don't make this mistake. Now both panelists and I knew I was trapped. I knew that only way out of this mess is that pretend that nothing has happened and stay cool. SO DO I SAY IT: . it'll be dissected. which will stand you out from others. Now at IIM-Ahmedabad. but stay put.panel does is that they see to what extent you can answer. and if pressure gets you. because sooner or later. Another important thing . Eletronics & Communications. I said YANNI!!! Now I had his life history mugged up. Important thing in interview is EYE CONTACT!!! Hey. how do you handle it? Do you've the guts to back up your wrong statement? Because not every time. Prepare well for hobbies. Other thing is not to let panelists' expressions make you feel let down. Don't let it ruin the rest of the interview. This is what they see that if you make a mistake. because they will try to discourage with occasional sneer and odd comment.000 feet. I made this mistake. I had no clue!! First answer was 10. and you think of anything else. The other thing is "never contradict yourself.Tech. FLUKING IN IIM-A INTERVIEW??? Yes readers. Do extra research. Same way it goes for hobbies!!! Let me tell you that when you mention hobbies.whenever they say. otherwise you are gone. his music style. (Booby-trap!!! Don't fall for it!!!) I took another guess. enough for now."I'LL BE BACK!!!" * Contributed by Anuj Arora B. have thorough knowledge about it. and best of luck to all for the written and GDs and PIs!!! If you want to give any comments on the article you are most welcome. Look confident. A lot of people say music. Also I couldn't answer a couple of questions. you'll know the answer. If you are not sure. Send your comments about the write-up at anuj005@rediff. it would be helpful? AS ARNIE BHAI RIGHTLY SAID. "SIR. because take my word. Deep knowledge. largest-selling album. and why I like his music. and answered with confidence and smile. and after that there were three more questions regarding that. don't fluke. I consider myself lucky that I made it. Actually I was asked Mount Everest's height. they will make you say. be strong and face the wind. because to cover-up. don't fall in it. I DON'T KNOW!!!" The latter the better. I didn't back out. Kurukshetra University. No matter how bad is the comment. I defied all reasoning and logic. But unfortunately. and you make the mistake. Just smile and ignore. and name of albums. I had to fluke another four times." Once you've taken a stand. No superficial knowledge. Was asked to take another guess. "TAKE ANOTHER GUESS!!!" it's a booby-trap. I don't mean eve-teasing. "BE BESHARAM YAAR!!!" So I think. his past. but stay cool. DON'T PANICK!!! Face the music.
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