IIM Ahmedabad Personal Interview Experiences

IIM Ahmedabad Personal Interview Experiences

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

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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?

Me: told

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.

P1: Year?

Me: 1970s, I think.

P1: Sure?

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.

Also read: How to get through GDPI Process 


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.

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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?”

Me: “Definitely”

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*

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