GDPI Experiences by Abhinav Sharma (IIM Sirmaur)

The main motive for B-schools in taking the G.D. is to do mass-elimination. Another motive is assessing the students by treating them the future managers because Making a good impression while speaking in meetings is the basic skill every professional should have. Talking about the GD-PI experience I would say that the key factors which influences this final selection round is the right body language, communication skills, and a good about of General Knowledge. Sometimes there are Case Discussions and sometimes you can be given any Abstract topic too.

I have given several GDs in my life and there was variety of topics around which GD was conducted. As far as participation in G.D. is considered, please make note of the following points: –

  • Make an effective group participation.
  • Optimum Speech, i.e. try to perform better than the average
  • Content Richness
  • Try to initiate or end the G.D. (Avoid doing both the things)
  • Never over-participate in the G.D. (i.e. not more than 3 times)
  • Dress in proper business attire

Now for interview, prepare answers for some typical questions, e.g. “Tell me something about yourself”, “Why do you want to do an MBA”, “Where do you see yourself five years from now” etc. Answering these questions confidently will impress the interviewer and your chances of getting selected increases. A good sense of humour is always helpful. You should not look freaked out to am=n interviewer. I always try to make my interview as stress-free as possible and I think this approach really helped me. One should not be too much formal.

There are certain points to follow for PIs: –

  • Dress in properbusiness attire and carry yourself in a confident manner. Try to make eye contact with the interviewer and make appropriate hand movements while answering the questions.
  • Don’t make vague explanations for the topics you are uncertain of. Speak your points clearly and never try to question the interviewer the same question, this is very negative.
  • Don’t fakeabout your personality because the interviewers are smart enough to know who you really are.
  • If you are interested for pursuing your Management degree in one particular domain (e.g. Marketing), then please try to have a basic understanding of it. Tell your short-term and long-term goals in the career if interviewer asks you. Also get a fundamental knowledge of what are the new Business Trends and how a business functions.


About the author:

My Pic (1)Abhinav Sharma is an Information Technology professional with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) focused in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is currently pursuing PGP in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur. His interests include trekking and travelling. In his free time, he loves to do theatre.


Life @ IIM Sirmaur by Abhinav Sharma

The day starts with the sight of beautiful mountains decorated with a trail of clouds. Being a nature lover, all my life I had only wondered about the beauty of nature. Here at IIM Sirmaur, the ever-changing weather just left me spellbound. “Why always the same story”? This campus is not like any other campus. Clear blue sky with snow-white clouds on some days, beautiful amber dusky on others, it was ever so different, just the way every day in college came with a new experience.

Secluded from the rest of the campus, it would host the gossip of close friends, overnight parties and the intimate moments of couples. As with all MBA colleges, we somewhere started getting lost amidst the routine of classes, assignments, quizzes, presentations, guest lectures and the activities of the various clubs and committees. The deadlines kept us perpetually sleep-deprived but excited. And in the process, I found a set of beautiful souls. The people who helped in studies, supported each other and the ones who always had your back; the friends who became family. Off course there are special ones too. The roller coaster of emotions is always there.

The people with whom days were spent working hard and nights were spent laughing at our inside jokes. Because of them, the first Term of my MBA was all the more fun and hopefully, the whole two years will lead to more memories. These 6 months of journey of mine is one of the best moments of my life. I had experienced everything; stress of studies, responsibility of being in clubs and committees, parties with friends and some special moments too ;). It is the place where friends open up to one another, sharing their sorrows and deepest fears. Here, at IIM Sirmaur, the Mechanical Workshop of the HIT campus is the favourite rendezvous for the students. I am living my dreams here with days are golden and nights being silver.

About the author:

My Pic (1)Abhinav Sharma is an Information Technology professional with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) focused in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is currently pursuing PGP in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur. His interests include trekking and travelling. In his free time, he loves to do theatre.


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Must do GD PI Topics for MBA Interviews

Group Discussions are an integral part of any B school selection criteria. Based on your group discussion, the panelists judge you on various personality aspects. That is the reason, the GD topics are diverse and there are varied types of group discussions. The GD topics could range from social issues, philosophical ideas, current affairs, politics, business and economy. Sometimes, instead of giving you a generic topic, you are given case studies. Case studies are nothing but scenarios given to you where you need to read the given script and then discuss about your opinions on the same . You also need to come down to a conclusion at the end of it. The panel is of 8–12 students and each group is given 12–15 minutes on an average to discuss and come to a conclusion.

What skills are judged in group discussion?
-How good you are at communication with others.
-How you behave and interact with group.
-How open minded are you.
-Your listening skill.
-How you put forward your views.
-Your leadership and decision making skills.
-Your analysis skill and subject knowledge.
-Problem solving and critical thinking skill.
-Your attitude and confidence.

Here are the most important and repeated group discussion topics that you need to prepare:

  1. Demonetization : Effects on Economic Pillars
  2. E-commerce– A Boon or a Bane
  3. NITI Aayog
  4. Molestation and Indian Mentality
  5. BREXIT– An event that created a stir in the Global Economy
  6. Union Budget 2018
  7. Rohingya Crisis
  8. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency
  9. Merger of Private Sector Banks
  10. Startup India and Digital India

All the best!! Stay Glued!!!

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How many months are required to prepare for CAT?

answer to this question depends on an individual’s current intellectual level and the commitment a person can give to achieve a specified goal. It is very important to understand that how important CAT is for you. I have read somewhere that if you don’t have a schedule for something, then it cannot be a priority. To cut the long story short, how much time and efforts you are ready to commit for it and at what level do you stand at present is all what you need to decide how much time you need to prepare for it!

In order to crack CAT, it is important that you first understand the paper pattern and the subjects that you would need to prepare for the same. CAT consists of 4 main areas:

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  1. Quantitative Ability(QA)
  2. Logical Reasoning (LR)
  3. Data Interpretation(DI)
  4. Verbal Ability(VA)

LR and DI consists of 16 questions each and it is combined in one section. Quantitative Ability and Verbal Ability are entirely different sections with 34 questions in each of them.

Now you know the subjects, you need to find out your weak and strong areas. Some people are good at mathematics while for some verbal is a cake walk. Some people are very good at cracking LR and DI. So you need to go through each topic and find out what you are good at and which topics you need to work on.

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On an average , with sincere efforts and preparation, it takes 250 to 500 hours to be CAT ready. So you can divide this keeping in mind the number of days you have in hand. Also, you need to keep in mind, that strategy and right materials are very important for starting your preparation. You need to buy the right set of books and start with basic concepts of mathematics. Once you are done with basic concepts then you need to move on with the advanced concepts.

One of the most important aspects of CAT preparation is attempting a good number of mocks. Usually students procrastinate when it comes to mocks and delay it by saying the preparation is not done yet. But that is not the right thing to do. You must attempt a minimum of 30 mocks and analyse them well to ace your CAT preparation.

To summarize it all, basic concepts + advanced concepts+mocks is the key to crack CAT. You need 7–8 months of dedicated preparation coupled with right kind of strategy.

All the Best!!! Stay Glued!!!

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Best way to convey your point in Group Discussion

Almost all institutes are making group discussion as the first criteria for screening the candidates for face-to-face interviews. And there is reason too for giving huge importance for Group Discussion. First thing Group Discussion is used for mass elimination! And second thing group discussion selection criteria’s are based on actual company requirements.

Communication and Group Discussion skill are two relevant soft skills that are must for software testers.

Why group discussion should be the first criteria for selecting software testers?

Managers requires communication with different people like team members, managers and customers. So interpersonal skill is very important for tester.

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Yesterday one of our readers mailed me about her problem. She is very good at work but when it comes to taking credit for her work, someone else is taking the credit.

Why this is happening? She is lagging in interpersonal skills. Lagging in communication. She might be proficient in many skills, but what if she isn’t able to communicate her thoughts in front of her seniors or evaluators? Simply, she will lose the credits of her own work!

Making a good impression while speaking in meetings or interviews is the basic skill every professional should have.
Let’s see how you can make this impression.

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What skills are judged in group discussion?
-How good you are at communication with others.
-How you behave and interact with group.
-How open minded are you.
-Your listening skill.
-How you put forward your views.
-Your leadership and decision making skills.
-Your analysis skill and subject knowledge.
-Problem solving and critical thinking skill.
-Your attitude and confidence.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Group discussion:
1) Keep eye contact while speaking:
Do not look at the evaluators only. Keep eye contact with every team member while speaking.

2) Initiate the GD:
Initiating the GD is a big plus. But keep in mind – Initiate the group discussion only when you understood the GD topic clearly and have some topic knowledge. Speaking without proper subject knowledge is bad impression.

3) Allow others to speak:
Do not interrupt anyone in-between while speaking. Even if you don’t agree with his/her thoughts do not snatch their chance to speak. Instead make some notes and clear the points when it’s your turn.

4) Speak clearly:
Speak politely and clearly. Use simple and understandable words while speaking. Don’t be too aggressive if you are disagreeing with someone. Express your feelings calmly and politely.

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5) Make sure to bring the discussion on track:
If by any means group is distracting from the topic or goal then simply take initiative to bring the discussion on the track. Make all group members aware that you all need to come to some conclusion at the end of the discussion. So stick to the topic.

6) Positive attitude:
Be confident. Do not try to dominate anyone. Keep positive body language. Show interest in discussion.

7) Speak sensibly:
Do not speak just to increase your speaking time. Don’t worry even if you speak less. Your thoughts should be sensible and relevant instead of irrelevant speech.

8 ) Listen carefully to others:
Speak less and listen more! Pay attention while others are speaking. This will make coherent discussion and you will get involved in the group positively. You will surely make people agree with you.

9) No need to go into much details:
Some basic subject analysis is sufficient. No need to mention exact figures while giving any reference. You have limited time so be precise and convey your thoughts in short and simple language.

10) Formal dressing:
Do not take it casually. No fancy and funny dressing. You should be comfortable while speaking in group. Positive gesture and body language will make your work easy.

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How much time should one allocate daily to crack the CAT?

The answer to this question depends on your current level of preparation and your motivation to achieve bigger goal.

First and the foremost thing is you need to SET A TARGET FOR YOURSELF!

Once you have set a target for yourself , Next big step is to MAKE A PLAN TO ACHIEVE THE TARGET!

For this you need to know the subjects covered and the amount of time that you have. As you must be aware that CAT consists of 4 main sections:

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  1. Quantitative Aptitude
  2. Verbal Ability
  3. Logical Reasoning
  4. Data Interpretation

Now you need to segregate topics covered in each of the above sections. As its just February, and you have ample amount of time, I would try and describe in detail study plan to ace your CAT Preparation. I will list down topics section wise and allocate time accordingly.

  1. Quantitative Ability

This section is by far the most supersized section. So this would take your maximum time as there are many topics to cover in it. The topics include:

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  • Arithmetic

This is the most important section as around 30–40 % of the whole Quantitative Aptitude that is around 12–13 questions out of 34 in Quants is Arithmetic. This includes chapters like Percentage, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Profit and Loss, Time Speed Distance , Time and Work, Boats and Streams, Allegations and Mixtures . As this is the most crucial part, you can devote 3 complete days to each of the chapters above. You can start by solving a particular chapter from set of basic books to clear your concepts , then move on to advanced book for the same chapter. Once you are done solving these 2 books, you should immediately move to sectional mocks to understand how much have you grasped. In this way you can devote around 25–28 days in thoroughly studying Arithmetic as this would fetch you the maximum marks.

  • Algebra

Algebra forms an important segment of Quantitative section of CAT. 12–18% of Quantitative Aptitude, i.e. 4–7 questions out of 34 are from this section. Algebra Questions are based on linear equations, quadratic equations, functions etc. To master this section and get your hold on those 5 questions you need to learn all the basic algebraic formulae and advanced tricks to crack CAT level algebra questions. So you can devote around 5 complete days following the same procedure of starting with basic books and moving on to advanced ones and then taking sectional mocks.

  • Modern Maths

Although not as important as Geometry or Algebra, it is not something you can ignore . Modern Maths consists of 10–15% of Quantitative section of CAT, i.e. around 3–5 questions out of 34. Moreover, the questions are based on basic concepts and their applications. The topics include Permutations and Combinations, Probability, Set theory, Sequence and Series, Binomial Theorem. Looking at this you can again devote 3–5 days to grasp these topics and measure your performance with the help of sectional mocks.

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  • Geometry

After Arithmetic this is again one crucial section in Quants. Geometry includes around 28–40% i.e. around 10–12 questions out of 34 in Quantitative section. Geometry section would consist of topics like Lines and angles, Triangles, Polygons, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Co-ordinate Geometry. This section will again fetch you more marks so you must devote around 10–15 days to master this section .

In conclusion, you would need around 2 completely devoted months to get hold of Quantitative Aptitude section and sail smoothly through it till CAT.

2. Verbal Ability

Verbal Ability consists of 34 questions in CAT out of which 24 questions are reading comprehension and rest 10 are parajumbles and critical reasoning.To ace this section , all you need is consistent practice. You must make it a point to devote 1 hour daily to Verbal Ability Section. I would like to suggest some tips to crack this section in CAT:

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  • Start reading books of varied genres (Target 1 book a month)
  • Take up Norman Lewis Word Power Made Easy and finish the book in around 10–12 days. This will enhance your vocabulary and help you to better understand reading comprehension
  • Solve 10 Parajumbles Daily
  • Solve 5 Critical Reasoning Questions Daily
  • Take up GMAT Official Guide and solve all RC’s and Critical Reasoning Questions
  • Start giving sectional mocks once you have touched all sections and measure your performance minutely

Verbal Ability is one such section that you can crack once you get into the habit of reading and start comprehending quickly. This would need you to consistently devote an hour of your day to reading.

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3. Logical Reasoning

In CAT, LR and DI section together contain 32 questions out of which 16 questions are from Logical Reasoning Section. In order to get hold of this section you need to have an analytical thinking approach. Logical Reasoning will include questions based on:

  • Arrangements
  • Rankings
  • Team Formations
  • Puzzles
  • Syllogisms
  • Logical Deduction
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relations
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Statement and Assumptions

You must make a daily schedule to solve 5 questions from each of the above topics. You can take up the basic set of books to get an idea of the entire LR syllabus. Solve around 5–10 questions daily. This would take 40 minutes to 1 hour of your day. Move on to advanced concepts and track your performance by giving sectional mocks.

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4. Data Interpretation

The rest 16 questions out of 32 are from Data Interpretation section. DI is all about quick calculations. If you have learnt all tables till 25, CAT Preparation Strategythen definitely you are much ahead of all your counterparts. Solving fractions, converting data into percentages, being quick at ratios will help you ace DI easily. The type of questions asked here include


-Bar Charts

-X-Y Charts involving Line Series

-Pie Charts


Start with solving 2 DI sets everyday and try to speed up the amount of time you take to solve each DI set. Take up sectional mocks to understand where you stand.

Having done an in depth analysis of all sections and the amount of time you would need to crack each of them, now its your job to do justice to your preparation. As per the schedule described above, you would need around 5–6 months, with 2–3 hours of sincere efforts everyday, to thoroughly study the entire syllabus for CAT. Once you are done with that. You can start giving one full length mock per week and analyse the same to find out your weaker areas and work on them .You must continue giving 1 sectional mock per day once your done with your preparation. This will ensure that you are in touch with all topics and understand where you need to work on.

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Is Self-Study for CAT Advisable

Alright. So to begin with , you need to first analyse your personality traits ! Are you the self motivated one or you need a push sometimes? Are you comfortable studying alone or group studies open up your mind? Does competition keeps you on your toes, or you get laid back ?

According to my opinion, as CAT is a national level competitive exam so you need to be on your toes, when it comes to competition. No doubt that you can obviously study and understand concepts by yourself but you need to have the same peer group to keep you motivated throughout!

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When you join a coaching class , then almost every week you will interact with the people who are striving for the same goal as yours. The amount of motivation that you get by it will definitely enhance your potential and make you slog harder.

Also one of the most important aspects of joining a coaching class is that your are well updated about all the notification and changes happening in the structure and pattern of the exam. Also, the faculty and mentors assigned to you have been CAT toppers themselves most of the times, so you always get that extra benefit from the experience.

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Coming to test series, when in a coaching, you would always be giving mocks and result would show up weekly. For an All India Level Exam, it is very important for you to know, where exactly do you stand when it comes to your own coaching class may be amongst 700–1000 students if not more. If you are very sincerely preparing, then you will obviously have good number of doubts and you need somebody experienced to guide you properly.

Moreover, for a sincere CAT aspirant , MBA would define the next 40 years of his life, so making sure that your “HOW” is sorted is important! You can get in touch with us for any assistance in coaching.

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What is the best way to prepare for the GRE? Should you go for online or offline?

If you have an option of preparing through offline and online it will be great for your preparation.

You can follow the below ways to prepare for GRE:

1. Start your work by creating a realistic schedule of daily work. Because of the reason that the daily part is important, realistic probably translates to 15-20 minutes a day. “I’m going to spend two hours a night” is well-intention mostly, but unlikely to happen.

2. Use the official materials. There is only 1 published book for the GRE Examination.

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3. Materials for study purpose include practice problems and practice tests. Do the practice problems first, then start with the regular practice testing as the actual test date approaches. There are two official GRE practice tests provided that are free to download. Because the GRE tests are adaptive, they can be taken at any multiple times. You can get away with approximately around three sittings per test without significant overlap, so that it allows you six practice tests.These should be taken at least once a week for the six weeks leading up to the test, in an environment which simulates the actual GRE testing environment as closely as possible.

4. Find someone with whom you are able to review the questions you get wrong. The person need not be a professional if that’s not feasible for you, but it should be someone who’s at least good at the relevant content, or who has scored well on the test before, or both.

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5. Solve more practice problems for the content areas that seem to be covering the highest frequency of incorrect answers on your practice tests.

6. Even though there is no official vocabulary list, GRE prep requires studying vocabulary. Antonyms and analogies lean more heavily on mere vocabulary than the passage or vocabulary in context questions

7. Finally, just to sum up — consistent, well-planned preparation is the only key. On tests like GRE, cramming is basically a giant crap shoot.

All the Best!!

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MICA GEPI Experiences

MICA GE PI Experience by Sarandha

Sarandha MICA CATKing GEPI Student

Sarandha MICA CATKing GEPI Student

My group was a jumpy one. Lot of cross talking. I did whatever I could to tie the group together. Gave a lot of ideas also. We managed to come up with a good idea and finished. Just that it was a little chaotic towards the end. But I think I did my part well.

PI (Personal Interview) was really nice. They started off with one of my dislikes, Body shaming, and asked me to design a digital campaign to promote it, I did using Facebook and defined a target audience and all. Tee were some counter questions on that which did answer (came up with some better ideas later but I think I gave the best I could in that moment).