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Experiences of Students in IIM Ahmedabad Personal Interview
All MBA aspirants must have heard a lot of things about IIM A’s infamous interview styles. But what is the reality? How are the actual PIs taken? Let’s get to know about this today in this article, which is written by students and their real-life experiences! So let’s get started with the Personal Interview experiences of students at IIM Ahmedabad
1. Garima Bharti
Hello! This is my IIM Ahmedabad Interview this year.
Profile: X- 94.6, XII – 80.8, B.Tech (Delhi College of Engineering) – 73.52, CAT percentile: 99.90, work ex: Nil
Academic writing test: case study on freedom of expression . should there be limits or not.
Interview 2 profs. Let’s call them P1 and P2. Both middle-aged.
Duration: around 15 min
So, it went like :
P1: Tell me something about yourself.
Me: Born and brought up in Delhi. The final year of graduation. NSS Volunteer – social involvement. Learning Bharatnatym for seven years. Talked about my two internships – Delhi Metro and gas power plant. (Could have said more about fests and other stuff)
P1: Ok. So which turbine is used in this power plant?
Me: combined cycle. Two gas and one steam.
P1: What are the capacities?
P1: What is the heat ratio?
Me: I don’t know. (Never heard the term. I think it is related to mechanical)
P1: Cost of the generation of electricity?
Me: The bill charges 5 rs per unit. So must be around 3-4 rs per unit. (Could have talked about transmission and distribution losses and that every plant has a different cost depending on many complex factors.)
P1: Which turbine is more efficient? Gas or steam
Me: don’t know exactly but In the case of the gas turbine, the process is faster due to instant combustion. So, probably gas turbine.
P2: So, why did u choose Bharatnatyam Dance and not any other
Me: sir, initially it was closest to my home that’s why. But then I really liked it and enjoy it a lot. It is really vibrant. That why
P2: Tell me the difference between Freedom of expression, speech, and opinion.
Me: Freedom of speech is a subset of expression. It refers to only verbal expression. An expression is a broader term and can be through a variety of means like cartoons, dance, paintings. Opinions are thoughts, they may or may not be expressed.
P2: You have not taken a clear stand. If you have to take a clear stand- should there be limits on freedom of expression or not?
Me: no. there should not be limits. But people must be made aware that they should use their rights responsibly.
P2: So, the French gov. didn’t do that? That’s why Charlie hebdo happened.?
Me: we as a society learn from our mistakes. And I think this message is clear now.
P1: But French gov. did nothing new in this direction. Me:
But many important people including the Pope have criticized the misuse of freedom of expression to offend a community.
P2: So, you are from Delhi. Do u think Delhi should be given full statehood?
Me: no. it is not practical because Delhi is very small geographically and will not be financially sustainable if made a state. Moreover, a lot of central government machinery is in Delhi like the MPs and foreign dignitaries visiting. Hence, the Centre must have the power to control them. There are two main reasons why Delhi people want statehood. One is law and order i.e the Delhi police is not answerable to Delhi CM. and land issue – state gov. needs permission from the center on land usage. DDA is not under state gov. I think there are better ways to resolve these. Regarding the police, one department of police can be made to report to CM. and regarding land- more representation of the state in DDA and already some steps have been taken in this direction.
P2: So, is Kejriwal mad? Making it an issue?
Me: No, Sir. There are issues. But full statehood is not practical. A better and middle path solution with devolution of more power to Delhi state would be better.
P1: But, there is even a country which is smaller than Delhi. Which one?
me: Vatican city
P1: How does that work?
Me: It is extremely dependent on its neighbors.
P2: What do you think about CCTV cameras being installed?
Me: I think it is a good step. But it is the second part towards ensuring a safe city. It will help in catching criminals. But we can not always wait for crimes to happen to catch a criminal. It needs to be supplemented with more awareness and gender sensitization and similar moves should be emphasized. (Could have also talked about terrorists and related activities)
P1: So, what kind of books do you read
Me: it keeps on changing. But recently I have been reading social books about the life of people. For instance, the last book I read was PRINCESS: THE LIFE BEHIND THE VEIL IN SAUDI ARABIA. BY JEAN SASSON. It is about a girl who is of the Al-Saud’s family and talks about her life as a woman in Saudi Arabia. And before that NOTHING TO ENVY: ORDINARY LIVES IN NORTH KOREA BY BARBARA DEMICK It explores the life of common people of North Korea under the dictator during the 1980s and the subsequent famine of 1990s. it is a compilation of interviews of refugees from North Korea by a journalist.
P2: What is Saudi Arabia doing about oil?
Me: It has refused to cut down oil production and because of this, oil prices have fallen
P2: What is the problem in OPEC?
Me: Saudi Arabia is a rich country with abundant oil and low cost of production. So it can afford to sell at a low price for long. Other countries can’t.
P2: Should OPEC break?
Me: No. their strength lies in staying together because then they can monopolize the market.
P2: Why do u think Saudi Arabia is not cutting down production?
Me: told about the shale gas. If oil prices remain low, then exploration of shale gas in unviable and the world would continue to depend on oil as an energy resource.
P2: Any other reason
Me: market share If Saudi Arabia cuts down production, it will lose out the market share to other countries like Russia.
P2: How is Russia’s economy dependent on oil?
Me: oil forms a huge percentage of Russia’s GDP and export. And due to the low price, it is suffering a lot.
P2: Could this be the reason why the USA is asking Saudi Arabia to not cut production?
Me: Yes, especially because of the Ukraine – Russia conflict. A lot of other sanctions have also been imposed on Russia.
P1: So, since you have read about North Korea, tell me something about the Korean War.
Me: the communist powers mainly USSR was supporting North Korea whereas the USA was supporting South Korea.
Me: 1970s, I think.
Me: I am not sure sir. Sorry
P2: Who is the dictator now?
Me: KIM JONG UN since 2011 after the death of his father. 94-2011 was KIM JONG IL.
P2: So what are the firsts about MOM
Me: three firsts-
1. First time in maiden attempt
2. First time in the least cost
3. First Asian country
And overall it is a very good step
1. Firstly, this allied tech can be used in a lot of Page on places.eg. Communication
2. Then, PSLV is ISROs expertise, and we get a lot of international assignments for the same. It is great.
3. It inspires young kids to take up science Hence, it is a great achievement for the country
P2: What is the full form?
Me: Mars orbital mission
P2: Think of some first related to that
Me : (thinking aloud) Earth’s orbit to Mars orbit. But that would be done by every rocket. So, I don’t know
P1: Okay, thank you. Take something. Take all three( there were three things).
Me: Thank you, Sir. This one is fine ( picked a toffee and went )
Also converted C, L, K, S 😉 Joining A!! Super excited That is it. Hope it helps 🙂 All the best to everyone. My conclusion: IIMs look for positive people who show a willingness to learn and the basic ability to comprehend any situation. It is not necessary to be a master of everything- stellar academics and extracurriculars to get through. (though Grades do matter a lot!). You just have to show the interviewer your ability to think.
2. Parth Shah
CAT 14: 99.89 percentile.
Before I start with Interview experience, let me introduce myself. I am a computer engineer (2014 passout), got 99.89 percentile in CAT. This was my second attempt for CAT(In the first one I scored 99.32 percentile). I am interested in chess, coding, puzzles, and Essays. My Written Assessment was on Hughes’ death due to bouncers, whether bouncers should be banned in cricket or not. Interview:
Two Faculties of IIM Ahmedabad. P1 and P2. Both Male aged around 45-50 years.
P1: Good morning! Have a seat. Can you please introduce yourself.
Me: I told them about my school, college, my hobbies and achievements. (The moment I said that I am interested in Logic Puzzles, P2 started writing something down in paper)
P1: So you are comp. engineer. What subjects did you study during the BTech?
Me: I told them six subjects. They needed more names. I had one subject in mind but didn’t want them to go into it. But with their forcing of more names, I added this name with two other subjects and presented the list. And they picked up the one I didn’t want them to pick. Data Mining and Warehouse.
P1 asked some questions on it, which I was able to answer apprehensively. As my father is in LIC, he asked me about the ways in which data mining can be useful in an insurance company. I answered. Till then, P2 was ready with a smile on the face and a weapon in his hands. He handed me that paper. Which had this written on it? a=b a^2=ab a^2-b^2=ab-b^2 (a-b)(a+b)=b(a-b) a+b=b b+b=b 2b=b 2=1
P2: So what is wrong with it?
As everything wrote was logical but with a very big mistake in it. Since 2 can’t be equal to 1. This is a logical fallacy. I was able to draw his attention to the mistake present in this puzzle. And he was happy. He told me to ask one of my favorite puzzles. I asked this: There are two ways in which one way is leading to the destination. You don’t know which one. There are two persons present there: Of whom, one always speaks the truth and one always lies. You have to ask one and the same question to both of us and have to determine the right way towards your destination. What question will that be and what will they answer?
They couldn’t answer it (or didn’t want to) and asked me to explain the solution. When I explained the answer, they seemed happy. I guessed that if I don’t goof up big time, I may fulfill my long-standing dream of getting into IIMA.
P1: So you play chess. Answer these questions as fast as possible.
He had a tablet in front of him. He asked me 15 questions on chess from it which included some like what is FIDE rating, how is it defined, Against whom Anand lost recently, Anand’s rating, Carlsen’s rating, my chosen first move, E4-C6 is called what, Fool’s mate, Queen’s gambit… I answered all of the questions correctly. (After all, passion says something.)
P2: Any recent news which we may not be aware of.
As my Written assessment was on Phil Hughes. The day before the interview, another incident happened. Daniel HUGHES was hit by a bouncer in the nearly same way and his neck part got swollen and got unconscious. I told them about this incident.
P1: So, you have won two state-level essay competitions. Are you interested in essay writings.? Which essay you wrote recently.
Me: my conversation with God.
P2: Tell three things that you want to ask God if s/he exists.
Me: I will first ask him to prove his existence to all people around the world. Because people around here are taking him for granted. And, are getting advantages out of the blind faith some people are putting in. Second, I will want him to give me the courage to fulfill my dreams. I want to build a business empire which can create enough employment opportunities and in the end, I want to be active in social awareness. Third, as Amish Tripathi has written in his books SHIVA TRILOGY, in the end, ultimate good turns itself into ultimate evil. This was what happened in the case of Somras(read the books for better knowledge about this).
So, I want him to create another parameter apart from money, for which people can aspire. Because right now though money is good it has started to turn itself into evil. Like people have started killing one another for the sake of money. Which will lead money to the ultimate evil and world will end while fighting for and against it. So, we can have another parameter so that people change their focus and money stays good for a longer duration. I know the answer is lengthy. But the experience was of a lifetime.
Now I am going to study in one of the most reputed B-schools. IIM AHMEDABAD.
3. Abhishek Raj
Here’s my IIM A interview in a nutshell:
Background: Class X: 96.4% Class XII: 96.6%
Undergrad: IIT Bombay CGPA (in IITB): 9.27 (out of 10)
CAT Percentile: 99.95 (CAT 2012)
Work-ex: 0 (fresh graduate)
Other things of note: I enjoy public speaking and creative writing. Dabble in stand-up comedy and football journalism.
Interview: Two profs- both of whom I have gotten to know quite well now.
P1: “So Abhishek.. good day so far?”
Me: “More or less, though I think the next 20 minutes might have something to say” *both of them chuckle meekly* *I chuckle meekly*
P2: “Football blogger who has written for ESPN? You think you’re a football expert eh?”
Me: “Everything except playing the actual game sir”
P2: “You don’t play?”
Me: “I do as long as the word “play” has an extremely broad definition” *both chuckle again* *this time I don’t chuckle* *mixing things up*
P1: “So you don’t play?”
Me: “No sir. I write. I’m a vicarious exploiter of the joy of the beautiful game”
P2: “Where are Swansea City in the Premier League Table?”
Me (slightly stunned): “Umm.. 8th?”
P2: “Umm? You’re not sure?”
Me: “8th. Definitely 8th”
P2: “Definitely 8th?”
P2: “6th.. here see” *shows me laptop*
Me: “I’d like to go back to talking about how well I play the game if that’s alright?” *both laugh*
P1: “Abhishek why do you want to do management? You have excellent grades- just do research no?”
Me: “I can’t be a football presenter if I do research”
P1: “Football presenter? That’s your life goal?”
Me: “Yes sir”
P2: “But we don’t produce sports presenters. We produce managers”
Me: “I have no doubt. But that doesn’t change the fact that I can’t be a football presenter by doing research” *both smile*
P1: “Tell me about Biosynth (Project I worked for in IITB)”
Me: *insert gyan about Biosynth* *some more questioning about that* *some more answers* (it got technical here hence glossing over details) Finally,
P2: “Abhishek I love math. I’m going to give you a math problem. If the volume of a cylinder is fixed, derive the radius and height that will maximize the surface area”
Me: *do the problem* *make calculation mistake* (realized later) *prof doesn’t notice or care about answer* (phew!)
P1: “Okay. Thanks, Abhishek. Have a toffee”
Me: “Thank you for your time” *takes an abnormally large amount of time to pick the toffee*
P1: “We have other candidates Abhishek” *we all laugh*
IIM-A Interview Experience 4
B.Sc. Agri graduate
Panicked in the interview.
They started asking me engineering questions… couldn’t answer any of them. Then got network problems in middle of the interview and they asked me to wait till they called me again. At last they called me again and started from tell me about yourself. Asked 3-4 agriculture questions. Overall it was a disaster.
IIM-A Interview Experience 5
Profile : Electrical engineering
Work Ex : Real Estate 2.5 years
AWT Topic : As per recent report of Indian Express, topper from boards are going and workings abroad . Those who choose engineering and stayed back are switching to management because of salaries. Everyone thinks of money only and put country second. Only military people thinks of country
Personal Interview :
2 Gentlemen in panel
P1: Introduce yourself
Me : Did
P2 : What are your views on AWT topic
Me : Explained and mentioned sample space taken for conclusion is too less.
P2 : But suppose it’s only for engineering students, then.
Me : Defended my previous answer and explained some more points and said something like nation need global perspective
P2 : But Nation don’t want you to study MBA as they have already gave you subsidy in engineering.
Me : Said I require both technical and managerial skills so that I can become entrepreneur and contribute to nation
P2 : How many entrepreneurs are without MBA, they why you want to do ?
Me : Explained my need to do MBA.
P1 : What’s your views on de-monetization ?
Me : Said on the line as it has good intentions but implications was little wrong
P2 : What was good about it ?
Me : told about black money
P2 : What was underline assumption ?
Me : Said that people have some black money in the physical form and government is trying to get that
P1 : But according to RBI, there is 100% recovery of all printed money. Then where is rest of the money ?
Me : Tried defending answer but couldn’t
P1 : What was negative impact ?
Me : Told
P1 : Then why you said it was good move ?
Me : Tried correcting them that I said about the intentions
P2 : You worked in real estate sector , what is RERA ?
Me : Explained
P2 : Why there is need ?
Me : Told the working of RERA
P2 : Yes but why you need it ? Are you doing any frauds ?
Me : Said importance of regulations.
P2 : How the transactions happens in Real Estate
Me : Explained about contracts
P2 : How labours get the payment
Me : Either bank account or Cash
P2 : Then who keep track of that money ? Isn’t it black ? How de-monetization affected this ? Do you think digital payment is necessary ?
Me : Said something on the line of having ledger but couldn’t put a strong point
P1 : What’s your hobbies ?
Me : Said classical music and trekking
P1 : what’s dimensions and weight of harmonium ?
Me : Told
P2 : Which school you follow ? Name some Ragas and their speciality.
Me : Told.
P2 : Tell me any situation in workplace where you handled something and it was special work given to you.
Me : Told a scenario
P1 : ( Asked lot of electrical questions )
What’s difference between Voltage & Current ?
What’s a Resistor ?
How you measure these quantities ? Units.
Can we change resistance ?
Me : Explained everything in detail
P2 : That’s it. You can leave.
IIM-A Interview Experience 6
My interview was basically like a class discussion. I wasn’t asked any questions on the subject matter knowledge.
This is how it went on:
1) Basic greetings and haalchaal
2) Why did you quit your job? Follow up questions on my answer
3) View on journalism and marketing as propaganda mechanisms
4) What excites you about marketing? Lots of follow up questions based on my answers but nothing to worry as such because it was more like a conversation (basically trying to test how well I’m backing up what I say with logic)
5) Questions based on my AWT answer, lots of scenarios discussed
6) Your view on dumping all major disputed issues on supreme Court
7) What do you think are the benefits of privatisation?
8) Since you’re not from a mathematical background, how will you deal with our quant-oriented curriculum?
IIM-A Interview Experience 7
AWT : Nature of job vs money making job
1. Tell about what work you do
2. What your company does ( so many doubts were asked regarding this)
3. BTech project
4. Graph between number of bugs vs time.
5. Tell some data structures
6. What all data structures you knew before joining college (Matrix)
7. How to represent graph
8. When to use matrix vs adjacency list
8. What you do in free time
9. What type of bowling you do
10. What is difference between seam bowler and swing bowler
11. Is seam bowler a fast bowler
12. Are you a swing bowler or seam bowler
13. Which overs you prefer to bowl
IIM-A Interview Experience 8
(not verbatim) Work From Home scenario, companies told they found it to be more effective.
We had to give arguments in both support and against of it.
I was 2nd last in my panel.
F(~35 years) and M( White Hair 50 years).
Both were at different place (not same room).
I had network issue so took time in connecting the Call.
So ultimately instead of the big screen they connected from Laptop. There was issue of voice quality though.
M:- You have been waiting for quite a long?
I said it’s ok, no problem in that. Also told that they(Interview centre people) have some network issue so it is delayed and they are using Laptop so video and audio quality might degrade as they have not provided any headphone.
M:- Where are you working right now?
M:- What job you do?
Told I am an Android Developer and I work on Clients App. I design and maintain it.
Discussion went on the that Play Store don’t maintain and all. I explained him like they just provide the platform.
F:- So what you basically do?
I told her that I code to maintain the Android Application of my company’s clients.
M:- Oh it means your Clients have their Android Apps on Play Store and you maintain it.
Me:- Yes Sir, exactly.
M:- What you did in last year?
Told her that I utilised the Lockdown and started a venture of my own.
Expalined the working model and No. Of clients I provided with the service.
Talked a little on that.
F:- Which sector you want to join?
Told about the FMCG bootcamp I did and got to learn intresting things about Product and Service launch, STP and all that. This peaked my interest.
F:- What do you want to do after MBA? And Why MBA?
I told her that during my startup I faced difficulties in the implementation of the ideas, like I was unaware of the things needed to launch a product or a service in my case.
Then I talked about my startup, how I am acting as a mediator.
F:- Cut me in between, how many clients you have served?
I told from Aug to Dec, total 55 clients.
F:- And what do you want to do after MBA?
Told that I want use the theoretical learning that I will be getting from an MBA and complement it with the practical learnings I will be getting by working in different teams and different projects in a company and apply all my learning to lead a teams and be in position to take significant decisions to impact the organisation and society.
F:- But everyone wants to lead, do you have any certain position in mind?
Me:- Ma’am if you are asking for a certain CXO position then I haven’t thought about that far but certainly I see myself in those position taking significant decisions so that I can creat a significant impact on my Organisation and society.
M:- So you have closed your startup?
Me:- Yes Sir, after the relaxation of the lockdown the supply decreased and people were preferring the original service, which was not available during lockdown.
M:- So what do you do apart from working?
Told that I am dedicated toward bodybuilding and fitness and I go to gym regularly and I read about new things happening in fitness industry and in free time I teach my cousin.
M:- Asked about cousin? Which Class? What you teach?
Told She is in 7th and I teach her all the subjects in which she faces difficulty.
M:- What achievment you have mentioned at your workplace in the form?
I explained that I am from Electronics Engg and no prior knowledge of coding. I was picked up by company in campus placement due to my analytical skills and I was told by HR that I will have to learn everything myself and then I told how I made the Android App in my 1st project from the scratch myself in less than the stipulated time which led to early oppertunity I got to work on main projects way before my peers.( He said good).
F:- Do you read anything, in recent time?
I told about the different type of diets people are using now a days.
Talked about Ketogenic diet and how it is useful, how it works and that Fat is not the culprits but the carbs are explained it’s working and efficacy.
M:- Anything happened in month of Feb that caught your attention?
Told about the extradition of Nirav Modi for the fraud of ₹6498 Cr and how he is having 2 months to challenge the court orders in UK higher court but that will happen only after the order of UK Home Minister Priti Patel.
M:- Why this news grabbed your attention?
Told that it will set an example for people who are thinking that they will be safe in other countries after defrauding India and How it important to set an example by Indian Government that was trying very hard to bring the frauds back to India. Also discussed about how Nirav Modi gave excuse that in India he will not be getting fare trials.
They were Ok.
F:- “So can you tell me the marathon runner what type of different, I don’t know what, like different muscles they used?”
I told them how our muscles are of two types Slow twitch and fast twitch and we use Type 1 in day to day task and Type two in task needing explosive power.
(Male Panelist was listening carefully.)
So after that they told me that was all and I can leave.
I said nice talking to you Sir and Ma’am and left.
(No Academics, No GK, No Maths)
It was more of an interaction, no grilling or stress Interview.
IIM-A Interview Experience 9
General, Male, Electrical engineer
42 months experience- railways sector
Panel- SP- one senior male professor and YP- another relatively younger male professor/Alumni.
AWT topic: Support & opposition for work form home. I was caught unaware that we have to write on paper. Was expecting a typed one.
YP: Tell me about your job role? – Answered the normal prepared answer. Maybe he was expecting more layman based and relatable answer.
SP: why diesel vehicles are used for public transport & petrol engines for personal vehicle. Answered based on performance & price. Looked convinced.
SP: what are hybrid vehicles? Answered. No cross question
SP: 2 basic circuit theory questions to solve? Solved
SP moved over to YP for questions.
YP: Do you read news? Told about reading ET & moneycontrol.
YP: what is Sensex? Gave the full form and definition based on free floating capitalization. Asked to explain in layman terms. Explained. No cross question.
YP: is there any other stock exchange? Talked about Nifty.
There was a study done by S&P in the AWT argument in support of rise in productivity due to WFH.
YP: If you are S&P how would you approach the task of the survey? The study was taking perspective of tech companies and only from company management and owners. Talked about bringing in more comprehensive study by including all the stake holders at different levels. Also, the approach is dependent on industry.
SP: do you know about the water dispute between Nepal & India. Tried answering in a general manner bring in history of floods in Bihar. But was not convinced.
I told that I’m not sure about the specific topic.
They informed it is done. Asked me to leave.
Was leaving then S2 sopped and asked to take chocolate. Got excited about it then but now I feel it was decent but still could have been better.
IIM-A Interview Experience 10
7th March 2021
P1: Role in current job? Told
P1: draw a graph on number of bugs against time in a software till deployment? Drew
P1: write equation for the graph
P1: write some other equation similar and more appropriate? Wrote
P2: hobbies? Told
P2: who’s the current world champion and which country? Told
P2: any current affairs in recent times? Told 5state elections
P2: CM of each of 5 states and respective party ? Told
P2: any other recent affairs? Told vehicle scrappage policy
P2: is it implemented in any other countries and why is it required? Told
P1: ok we are done take a toffee if u like? Took🙂
We are done. Thank you.
IIM-A Interview Experience 11
Panelist : 50’s and 30’s
1. So you are from nagpur, what do you like most about it
2. Tell something about nagpur?
3. How many years were you in hyderabad
4. Why Narayana not chaitanya
5. Tell me something about Aurangabad.
6. What is your fav subject
Told fluid mechanics
7. Application of FM in real life
8. What are principles used in pump
Told but they were not satisfied. I explained types of pump. Still not satisfied
9. What is bernoulli’s equation
10. Application of bernoulli’s equation
11. Why mba
12. Why mba without work ek
13. What did you learn from mechanical engineering that will help in mba
Somehow managed to tell
14. Difference between history graduate and mechanical engineering
15. Will a mechanical engineer be a better fit for this program
16. Famous engineer from maharashtra
Was not able to recall any. Then they suggested kirloskar. I knew about kirloskar, so i spoke about that.
17. Tell something about iim a
18. Hobbies and famous artists
19. Who is us president
20. Wife of joe biden and her profession
Was not able to answer her profession
21. Who is kamala harris and her profession before politics
Same, i didn’t knew her profession
22. What are various subjects in iim A
Was able to ans only 2
IIM-A Interview Experience 12
It has two large screens one showcasing only you and other showing two panel members.
1 M (young early 30) 1 F ( early 40)
1. F: Hello How are you?
– Fine Mam. Thank you.
2. F: So you are a mechanical engineer which subject are you comfortable in?
– Mam Fluid Mechanics
3. F: Ok, do you know Pascal’s law?
– Yes Mam, it states that the pressure is distributed evenly throughy all surfaces in a static fluid. Its written as P= rho * g *h. ( Had to repeat the definition twice might be due to mic problem)
4. F: Ok, what is Bernoulli equation?
– Mam in Bernoulli eqn we talk about conservation of energy. The sum of pressure energy, potential energy and kinetic energy remains constant.
5. F: Ok, what is entropy?
– Mam it is a term in thermodynamics which cannot be measured exactly. It deals with system at microscopic level and tells about degree of randomness of a particle.
6. M: Can we measure the entropy of a particle by knowing its position.
– Sir as far as I recall we can measure the movement of a particle either by knowing its position or its momentum, but not both of them together
7. M: How can we measure the constant of gravity, tell me a way?
– (Thought for a while) Sir if a body falls of a cliff then if we know the height of cliff and the final velocity of body before touching the ground, we can calculate g from there.
8. M: How ?
– Sir the energy would be conserved and the potential energy converts to kinetic energy( wrote a eqn to explain)
9. M: How height of the cliff shows potential energy?
– Sir potential energy is considered from a base level and is calculated along some height from that level
10. M: If we rotate a stone with a rope along a vertical axis, can we calculate g from there?
– Sir there will be no conponent of gravity as it will be perpendicular to the tension of the rope. However if it rotate along a horizontal axis then the tension can be equated to tension in string.
11. How abou it rotates along a vertical axis and the string breaks?
– Sir in that case the stone will move tangentially and follw a projectile. And yeah in that case we can calculate g.
12. M: You might have seen todays AWT topic? What is your take over it?
– Sir, Its a very old caricature of 2014 where NY times tries to mock India’s space endeavour. It points out at the huge budget allocation towards mars mission where money should have traced to poor people development. But we have come a long way from then and have launched Chandrayaan 1 n 2, MOM and now trying to send humans. In addition we were also able to develop farm productions as well. Thus we were able to maintain a good balance.
13. M: Dont you think 500 crore is huge amount and spending over mars mission rather than on people welfare a good idea? I favor satellite missions because they predict floods and cyclones but why Mars mission?
– Sir twenty to thirty years back people might have thought same thing about satellite mission about why they r not spending same amt for human development. But we can see how it has worked for human welfare. Similarly we will surely get out something good from Mars mission as well.
14. M: So you will go to your company and say I want 1 crore but you do not know what to do with that, will the company do that?
– Sir I would not go directly, I would do proper planning make a proper portfolio before reaching out for money.
15. M: But here ISRO doesn’t know what it will get out of Mars, it has no planning.
– Sir ISRO has a great track record till now so we believe that it will come out with something very significant.
16. M: So you are telling that this huge money allocation is only because ISROs name, then your company does not believe over you thats why you had to reach out with a portfolio to ask for 1 crore.
– Sir My company believes over me then also I would approach them with full preparation. Isro here also has some objectives to achieve. They say that Mars had life previously and if we study its soil and formation we can get more information about earth’s soil past and how can we get more out of it.
17. M: We can ask for those information from other countries why spend so much?
– Sir we can ask for information but why depend on others when we can do something by ourselves.
18. M: Thats not a reason. If you want to study earths soil then be on earth only why to go out. Leave this topic for now. Tell me what is optimisation?
– Sir I think Optimisation is…
19. M: Dont guess, tell if you dont know its ok. Its a mathematical term.
– Sorry sir I dont know abt it
20. F: So what do you like to do in free time. Any interests in economics or polity?
– Mam I love to cook, watch movies and read something in my free time. I watch some news to remain updated.
21. F: Ok, Tell me some main points of Budget 2021.
– Mam first is that the budget allocation for medical services has increased due to Covid effect. Second, allocation to MGNREGA has decreased and is being condemned because people has lost their jobs and MGNREGA is only hope in rural areas. Third is allocation towards defence sector has increased.
22. F: Do you know abt Vehicle scrapping policy mentioned in Budget?
– Sorry mam I cant recall it.
23. F: okk, Can I ask you a question on probability?
– Mam its been time with Maths but I will try
24. F:( She gave a big question with many constraints which I could not remember now exactly, gave me time to answer)
– (Took my time but could not deduce anything, said 1/15)
25. F: 1/15, okk leave it then. So do you know about India China clash right now? What compelled China to backtrack now?
– Mam I would mention two points here. First China’s escalation was a byproduct of US China cold war. China wanted to showcase its power by escalating towards India but did not anticipate such strong reply from India. Second India gained some strategic locations near Pangong Tso lake which complled China to descalate.
26. F: Your first point is Ok, but second point is after effect of descalation. Tell me the reason of deescalation. The stand was for six months, why didnt they descalated before?
– Mam India was trying to grab those strategic locations near the lake in these six months which compelled China to descalate.
27. F: Ok I got your point. It was nice talking to you. You may take a toffee and leave.
– Thank you Sir and Mam. It was a pleasure.
Overall the interview was serious. Neither of the panelist even smiled throughout the proces except while greeting at the end. The male panelist interrupted me many times while answering and even smirked a fee times. Later when Mam was asking he left the interview for a while and was eating pineapple later times.
I tried best to remain calm n composed. The VC Now centre is nice and has very accommodating staff.
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