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IIM Shillong Interview Experience 23

(15th Feb 2023)

Mechanical Engineer
From Jharkhand
Was Working in chennai – Mahindra
Moved to a startup in gurgaon

GD Topic: A long case on Darjeeling tea. Its scarcity and unique taste causes so many tea labels, who don’t even procure from Darjeeling, to label their product as. “Darjeeling tea”. As a brand manager of a company who doesn’t have any Darjeeling tea but they promote their tea as one, how will you advertise your product and how will you brand it?

Panel: 1M + 1F


1. Introduce yourself
2. Places you have resided (4 years in Chennai with Mahindra)
3. Tell me what you like about Chennai
4. What is Mahabalipuram called in the local language?
5. Tell me places to visit in Jharkhand?
6. What plans do you have to boost tourism in religious places of Jharkhand? (I had earlier told about Vaidyanath Dham)
7. What is the status of make in India?
8. Do you agree with the views of Raghuram Rajan about more focus on service sector than promoting the manufacturing industry?

1. Tell me your favourite subjects? (Solid mechanics & Manufacturing technology)
2. Difference between runner & riser in casting?
3. Why casting is used, which is old process, instead of many new advanced manufacturing techniques?
4. What is rake angle in single point tools?
5. Positive rake angle vs negative rake angle?
6. Tell me about your patent (I had a patent grant)
7. There are similar products, what’s new about yours?
8. Why did you left Mahindra?

Overall, I was able to answer almost all of them with decent confidence.
Hope this helps!!

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 24P1- what is ukulele?

P1- country of origin ?
P1- you are playing ukulele since when?
P1- can it be played in all kind of songs?
P1- your were graduated in 2022 , what are you doing since then?
P1- as you are trading and investing then why do you want to do mba?
P1- what were the sectors that grown exponentially in last 5 years?
P1- why do you think logistics sector grown exponentially and it will grow in future too?
P1- what are the steps that government is taking to grow agriculture sector?
P1- what are the main problems in agriculture sector?
P2- what is economic corridor?
P2- what are your views on adani- hindenberg issue?
P2- as per your views hindenberg report is right ?
P2- what do you do in your free time?
P2 – your YouTube channel name?
P2- tell me the best name of best video of your channel that i should watch?
P2- that’s all from our side
P2- All the best
P2- you can take a candy from the bowl.
20 min approx

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 25

Profile: 96, Bcom hons, 20 months workex

2 panelists- male and female

GD topic- Ethics centered caselet

Panelist 1: 1.Tell me something not in your application
– told them about CA optout, some cross questioning on that
2. Tell me about the budget
-told broadly
3. Railways has been allotted a major chunk of budget, thoughts?
4. Tell me the benefits of improving railways infrastructure
5. Should railways be improved on hill stations as well?
6. What do you think about kingfisher and nirav modi? Privatisation seems like a bad option given these examples
7. Is privatisation a good thing?
8. Name your favorite private entity
9. Why is adani a good entity
10. How much did adani fall after Hindenburg
11. What do you do in your free time? – performed a magic trick for them

Panelist 2: 1. Tell me about SDG’s
2. (A question on stats I don’t remember)
3. (Asked me if I was clear in business maths, said no)
4. Tell me some ethical principles
5. How to you make an investment decision?
6. Difference between capital reserve and reserve capital
7. Tell me about financial statements
8. How does increase in inventory affect financial statements ?
9. How many months did you work?
10. Why did you quit?
11. What was your role?
12. Are indian and europian accounting standards same?
13. Tell me the difference between GAAP and IFRS
. Any questions for us?
Take a toffee if you want. – took one.

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 1 (Excerpts)

(A candidate with 93.68 CAT percentile with 10th -89.2%, 12th -90.4% and B. Com. Economic honors – 82.28% and 1year finance experience at Earnest and Young).

What was your job profile? Why did you leave the job? How did you manage conflicts at work? What are your views on ethics in business? If you know company projections for the next 5 years, what will be the first thing you will do? What is the payback period? What are the methods of capital budgeting? Name three govt. schemes related to children, healthcare, and women? Explain the uses of mean, median, and mode?

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 2 (Excerpts)

(A candidate with 92.53 CAT percentile having 10th -96.2%, 12th– 91.4% and B.Tech Biotech -9.9 CGPA. Started an NGO for underprivileged children and is a national level basketball player).

Tell us about VVIP chopper scam? If you were the defense minister, what would you have done? Should we scrap the deal or not? How exactly your NGO works? What is your height? What is the difference between a slam dunk and a three-pointer? Do you know anything about the human genome project? How has the human genome project benefitted humans so far?

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IIM Shillong Interview Experience 3 (Excerpts)

(A candidate with 98.2 CAT percentile with 10th -94.5%, 12th-92.6% and B.Tech. in ECE – 9.42CGPA and interest in movie making).

What do you understand by repo rate? What happened in Egypt last year? Tell me about the controversy with Vishwaroopam. Quadri is leading a protest in Pakistan, what is happening there? Who gave hate speech at Andhra Pradesh? Recently after Afzal Guru was executed, a leader in Kashmir shared the stage with a Lashkar-e-Taiba leader; what was the controversy all about? What is the difference between the end-fire array and broad site array? Tell me about the skip distance? What are omnidirectional and unidirectional antennas, give examples? 2014 elections are coming, choose one leader as PM. If you are a company would you like to work under a democratic leader or an autocratic leader?

I hope this article helps you with your preparations.

Keep going and All the very best!

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 4

2 panelist male(50yrs,30yrs)

Q. Which state you are from?
Q. Tell me about medieval history of Bihar
Q. How Bihar helped in making of the nation?
Q. Question related to Kanhaiya Kumar of Bihar
Q. What steps will you take and why if you were the External Affairs Minister of India regarding Myanmar coup
Q. What is difference b/w leader and manager?
Q. Any one company you have to choose b/w Reliance and Tata, and why?
Q. Different types of designs of business
Q. Why there is a need of cache memory?
Q. Diff b/w 386 processor and cache memory
Q. Which company you want to join after PGP?

(No introduction, no questions on hobby, for few questions I answered well, few I talked less about, few I don’t have any idea abt #as per their expressions)
Overall my confidence was good though my performance was not that good bcz my general awareness & history is not at par, and mostly they covered that part only

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 5

Two panelists

1. You graduated in 2019, why don’t you have work experience?
2. What type of business does your father do?
3. Do you think Government favours traders?
4. Is trading non value adding activity?
5. Why do young people these days don’t want to enter family business?
6. What has the Government done to encourage entrepreneurship?
7. Achha to tumne US ka CMA kiya hai? Kya hai ye? Tell me about it, the levels of exams, fees and why you did it?
8. Why not CA? (She said okay okay bich me)
9. What is IFRS? What are the difficulties faced by India in implementing IFRS?
10. Difference between pooling of interest method and purchase method?
11. Goodwill kisme arise hoga?

Last me he said ki you can exit jo sunaayi nhi diya.
When I asked ki kya bola so ma’am laughed and said that your interview is over and you can exit.
(All questions were easy and they seemed satisfied. Only issue was voice. I don’t know how they perceived it.)

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 6

Background – Undergrad – Zoology , pg – diploma – Event Management

1. All Documents Verification
2. Tell us something about yourself
3. What is your family business and how are you contributing to it?
4. Difference between Home Decor (my family business) and FMCG Companies
5. Differentiate according to marketing basis
6. What is Environmental Science and how is india doing in it?
7. Do you think Developed nations are forcing developing nations for environment protection and hampering their growth?
8. Why Event Management after Zoology?
9. What is Coronavirus and how does it work?
10. Difference between Bacteria and Virus
11. What are the key skills required in Event Management? – Talked about bigg boss organizing team experience
13. Gave me a case for organizing a event in IIM Shillong
14. What are your hobbies?

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 7

15-20 mins

P1 : 30s
P2 : 40s
P1 : Who is Kavish Kaushal Jhaveri?
P1 : Types of Blockchain
P1 : Ethereum which type of Blockchain?
P1 : Kind of Hashing in Blockchain
P1 : Fastest way to checkmate, no. of moves, name it
P1 : Any competition of chess certificate show it
P2 : Why Architecture to Business Analytics?
P2 : Using Analytics, how would you design Sustainable Housing?
P2 : Reason current salary reduction
P1 : Why low CGPA?
P1 : Covid and digital divide effects on education.

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 8

Profile 2 years workex – CA

1. Asked me to show my PAN (I didn’t have it ready had to make the panel wait for few mins)
2. We see that you are a CA and a BCOM – why do you want to do an MBA after this?
3. Is KPMG into financial advisory also? What does BSR do?
4. What are you doing now? What does that company do?
5. Asked me to show BCOM marksheet – Picked up on the subject on entrepreneurship and asked what I learnt in that
6. What is the major problem that’s preventing the rise of startup ecosystem? What move did the budget have on this?
7. Indian startup ecosystem vs US
8. Startup mentorship – how is it in India?
9. You seem to talk about these private fund providers – what do you think the government is doing on this?
10. The Indian accounting standards in comparison with global standards – why are these different? where do you think we are headed into?
11. What value do you think you can bring to the table in an MBA? You can self learn – why even do this course?
12. Rich got richer during the pandemic and poor got poorer – do you agree?
13. We see thar you write finance blogs for women, being a feminist (we can see that) – what do you think is the current problem that women face to get to the top? Anything specific to this in the budget? Would you recommend something on this ?
14. One downfall in the income tax related move put up in the budget
15. Did the budget have any specific allocation for women? Could you tell us more about it?
16. What is Demographic Dividend?
17. What form of music do you sing? How long have you been learning? Can you show us some certificates?

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 9

1. Why did you leave your job?
2. Tell us about capital and money markets
3. Fintech
4. Job profile
5. Artificial intelligence in finance and investing
6. China’s one road policy
7. If we give you 1 billion dollar, which food would you want to produce globally?
8. How to promote north east for start up India program?
9. Why did GOI do in collaboration with RBI during the pandemic?

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 10

1. What is the meaning of your name?
2. Have you travelled to any place outside Gujarat? What difference did you find in those places and Gujarat?
3. How can India survive in peace with so many different states and cultures?
4. “Secular India is a liability”. Comment.
5. Company Narendra Modi as the CM of Gujarat and as the PM of India.
6. What do you know about Doklam stand off?
7. What issue is Rann of Kutch facing right now?
8. What is Agency Theory?
9. What is Financial Tradeoff?
10. What are Preliminary Expenses?
11. Journal entry for Preliminary Expenses
12. How would they appear in Balance Sheet?
13. What are Fictitious Assets?

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 11


The interview was pretty good
No HR questions

1. So u r a debater.. great.. talk about the vaccine in India
2. Biden for Indian Govt
3. Kejriwal’s initiative for Delhi
4. Delhi being a state what power it will have
5. My internship questions

1. What is NLP?
2. How can I calculate the height of Everest?
3. Eigenvalues
4. Formulate one NLP
5. What is the Transportation Problem?

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 12

2 panelists P1, P2 both male

P1- Asked me to show my Aadhaar (I showed my V I Card, still insisted for Aadhaar and told me to get it or they will cancel the interview)
P1- Did you sit in your college placement and what was the outcome? – I am final year
P1- How do you keep in touch with the current affairs and any recent news? – Talked about how India is moving away from Saudi for oil imports
P1- What will be the implications on Rupee’s health?
P1- In 2019, India increased tax on non essential commodities imports, how did it affected Rupees health?
P2- What components will I need to convert my conventional guitar to a electric guitar?
P2- What are microwaves?
P2- What is the difference in between the RC helicopter VS the Drones used by the armed forces?
P2- Difference between Simplex and Half Duplex
P2- How do I convert my phone into Half Duplex?
P2- Thank you may disconnect..

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 13

B.COM Hons
Audit experience

Show pancard, marksheet, offer letter

P1: Diff between Internal and external audit?
P1: So u studied Taxation Law
P1: Heads under Tax
P1: Deductions?
P1: Under which head donations will come?
P1: Gst Diff rates?
P1: Two ratios to look for, while investing in a company?
Asked if i could give three
P1: Current Ratio me kya check karoge?
P1: Hobbies? (No follow up)
P2: If u have diverse ppl in ur grp, how u as leader would proceed?
P2: if individual goals r not aligned with organizational goals?
P2: Heard about Scandinavia?
P2: What is scientific management
P2: techniques and principles?
P2: Should auditors role and a consultant roles be combined?

U can leave

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 14

2 Panelists, 1 Male and 1 Female ( in their late 40s)
Panelist 1 – Male, Panelist 2- Female

(No Intro, No Why MBA, nothing)

P1 – So, You are from Civil Engineering (Ah! )
Ans – Yes, Sir

P1 – What is your University Name and Where is it located?
Ans – Answered (very near to IIM Sambalpur)

P1 – What have you studied in Civil Engineering
Ans – told

P1 – What are PCC and RCC?
Ans – told

P1 – Where are they used?
Ans – told

P1 – What are the sesmic Zones in India?
Ans – told

P1 – How will structures differ in higher seismic zone?
Ans – told

P1 – Will there any difference in the Steel used at both areas
Ans – don’t know

P1 – What are some of the construction works going on in India post covid era?
Ans – told

P1 – How are the Bridges made? What are used?
Ans – told

P1 – What are different types of Bridges?
Ans – told

P1 – How flyovers are made? What is taken into consideration while construction of a flyover?
Ans – told

P1 – What so you do in Free time?
Ans – told

P1 – Share your screen and show some of the certificates
Ans – Shown

P2 – One certificate is missing, I guess
Ans – Ah! Yes

P2 – What have you done at the Entrepreneurship Cell?
Ans – told

P2 – What are the problems for Entrepreneurs in tier-3 cities?
Ans – told

P2 – What are some Government Initiatives?
Ans – told

P2 – How does one raises fund if he has an idea?
Ans – told

P2 – Why Chattisgarh was on news recently?
Ans – 2 reasons not one. (Naxal Attack and Covid Surge) , they were expecting only nuxal attack

P2 – How can be that reduced?
Ans – Told

P2 – What is your take on NAC? Will that help your University?
Ans – told

Okay, X. Thank You for your time.

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 15

19th April 2021
Two female

F1: show your pan card , college marksheet and workex

F1: so what do you do exactly in office

F1: what type of clients do you have

F1: what is data modernization

F1: who do you report too?

F1: is there anyone who reports to you?

F1: which one is easy?

F1: tell me phases of SDLC

F1: which is better modularized way or all at once?

F1: what is Delphi algorithm? (I didn’t know this)

F1: give examples of some sorting algorithm

F1: what are their time complexity

F1: okay I’m good

F2: so tell me something about yourself

F2: what is ETL?

F2: Which state has bay of Bengal border

F2: if you are the chief minister what and all you will
A bit of cross question on this

F2: okay I’m done, thank you and All the best.

It was a short interview around 12-13mins .

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 16

Background: BMS (fresher)
2 panelists: 1M 1F

F: Tell us something about yourself
Told (mentioned that my family is in aviation hence I get to travel a lot)
F: which is the most recent place you travelled to
F: what are the things that you noticed
(I mentioned the Buddhist temples and various other things)
F: what is the origin of Buddhism
(Don’t know)
F: Trade between India and Bangkok
(Don’t know)
F: The union budget came out recently, what are the changes seen as compared to last year.
(Told and mentioned the increase from 5 lakhs to 7 lakhs exemption and that it will benefit 1 crore people if they decide not to opt for deductions)
F1: So if we collect less tax how will the economy benefit from it?
(Said that people will have more money with them for investment should have said more spending power*)
F1: I was travelling in Uber yesterday and the cab driver said that he will cancel the booking for the app and i should pay him with cash. If you were in the top management at Uber what would you do?
(I will talk to him and try to understand why he is doing so)
F1: you know why he is doing so. He wants to keep all the money in his pocket and he has a family to feed.
(Ma’am in that case I would have to lay him off as he has acquired a customer through my website/app so what he is doing is not ethically correct could have mentioned giving a warning)
F1: how can the unorganised businesses be monitored. They earn in crores but don’t pay taxes.
(Ma’am in my knowledge there is no such policy as of now but with the digitalization and increase in UPI payments where a part of their earnings go directly into the back, that part can be monitored)
F1: what do you do in your free time
(Told, no cross questions)

All this while M1 was going through my documents
M1: Tell me 5 of your favourite subjects
(Told, he picked macro economics i was so happy as that was the only subject i was comfortable with)
The entire conversation with M1 was a to and fro conversation about the Indian economy I cannot remember it in sequence so I’ll put some points of the conversation.
• Spoke about the growth of the economy, how it is one of the fastest growing economies and how all economies are starting to get on par with the pre COVID level but India is on its path to surpass it.
• Mentioned that this growth is because of the large amount of domestic consumption.
• M1 said that as you mentioned domestic consumption there are three types of economies consumption based, export based, investment based. Classify. I gave an example of china in export based and explained it. I explained investment based but couldn’t think of an example.
•M1 asked if US is consumption based or investment based. I said I didn’t mention US as i wasn’t sure if it is investment based or consumption based but if i had to take a guess i would say it is investment based (it is consumption based)
• I mentioned how the FII are pulling out their money from the India market and putting it in the Chinese market as Indian market is overvalued at its P/E ratio touched almost 18-20% as compared to China which has a P/E ratio of just 10%

Some more cross questioning was done on the Indian economy

M1: That’s it from our side, thank you.
F1: You can take a chocolate from the Bowl.

The interview went on for 18-20 minutes.

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 17

Background – Bcom fresher.
GD : same as the chocolate case study mentioned above.
PI : 2 panelists : 1M 1F
M was PhD marketing and F was PhD HR (I think)
First F started with tell me about yourself.
In the answer I mentioned something about completing a course on blockchain.
So she asked me quite a few questions on blockchain,smart contracts, cryptocurrencies,etc.
This was pretty easy.
Then M started asking about acads and tbh he didn’t really know much about cost and works accounting (my specialisation) so he just googled some random stuff to ask. Couldn’t answer much .
He also asked about economics. Gave me a list – GDP , GDP per capita, GNP, GNP per capita, PPP, HDI, Happiness index.
From above list which is the best indicator of the state of an economy?
I wasn’t sure so went with GDP. So he asked is it possible that a country has high GDP and at the same time is in a bad economic condition? I said yes and mentioned a few points like inflation and disproportionate distribution of income.
He asked me what if country has high GDP and high population at the same time? GDP per capita would be low.
So now what do you think is the best indicator of Economy? Said GDP again but not really sure.
Asked me what does the equation MR=MC indicate – Profit maximization strategy or sales maximization strategy?
And some other questions on acads I don’t really remember right now.
M grilled everybody a lot on acads. So make sure you know acads well even if you have a lot of work experience..

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 18

Background*: Engineer from BITS Pilani. 29 months experience in Deloitte Consulting(9/8/8)
Time- 7th feb ,9:30 AM
Stream: Information Management

Panelists: 2(M) 1(F)

Students: 2 IM, 1 Ops, 1 Finance

1. Tell us something about you in 1-1.5 mins.
2. In which domain you work in Deloitte Consulting.
3. Clients and competitors.
4. What is difference b/w NLP, NLU and Chatgpt.
5. Your dream role after MBA.
6. Shifted to finance guy asked him financial terms like depreciation, cashflow etc.
4. Again shifted back to other IM guy asked mongodb, unstructured data etc.
5. Shifted to ops guy asked about his workex in L&T and his patent which he filed.
6. Shifted back to me asked about my social work and tech layoffs.
7. Asked finance guy about his UPSC journey
8. Asked me about difference b/w startup culture and MNC cultures.

Overall interview time -55-60 mins

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IIM Shillong Interview Experience 19

Time- 7th feb ,2:30 PM
Stream: Business Management

Panelists: 1(M) 1(F)

1. Tell us something about you in 1-1.5 mins.
2. Asked one guy about political consulting.
3. Asked about dream company.
4. Difference b/w Management consulting and IT consulting.
5.Difference b/w productivity and efficiency.
6. Why govt is focusing so much on AI when our whole data is with US and China.
7. Will chatgpt cut jobs.
8. Asked more about each person workex.

Overall Interview time- 35-40 mins.

Verdict- Selected for GI2 in both PGDM and PGDM(BM).

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IIM Shillong Interview Experience 20

10th Feb 8.15am Slot

BTech Mech Engineering, Fresher

2F panelists

1st Panelist

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Asked about various things in Pune (I am from Pune)
  3. Asked about my interests
  4. Told to explain 3 financial statements and how they work (bcoz I mentioned doing a course in Financial Accounting)
  5. Ask about India’s policy regarding Mauritius, Nepal, Bangladesh, China and how are the relations between the nations (I had mentioned interest in political happenings in India but she asked all about international things)
  6. Asked about Paytm IPO like what had happened and why it failed and all then latest update on it (Macquarie upgraded it from underperforming to outperforming and so shares jumped up)

2nd Panelist

All about acads

  1. Explain IC engine and EV working and what’s different
  2. Told to explain the Diesel Cycle along with the diagram of the cycle. Some cross questions on it
  3. Went to manufacturing  process – wasn’t good at this at all. She went into very technical questions on different process (around 4 to 5 que on this and couldn’t answer any)
  4. Ask abt my gap year after grads and what I did during that time
  5. Asked about my BTech Project and went into details of it (looked like panelist was of Mech background with very sound knowledge)

Overall a good one except for acad questions on manufacturing domain. Panelist were not grilling and were patient. 

One thing that was common for almost everyone there was that they are asking on Acads and GK Current Affairs (can be around  till 6 months old as well). So a suggestion to be updated with it.

All the best guys !

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IIM Shillong Interview Experience 21

Background*: Engineer from BITS Pilani. 19 months experience in Goodera and Grasim

Data Analytics(9/9/8)


Time- 10th Feb ,10:30 AM

Stream: Finance

Panelists: 1(M) 1(F)

Students: 1 M, 2 Ops, 1 Finance

Watch: IIM Shillong Calls Out ! Selection Criteria | Interview Preparation


  1. Tell us something about you in 1-1.5 mins. 
  2. In which domain you work in Goodera.
  3. Why MBA? Why Finance?(Please prepare this answer appropriately, they didn’t ask any other question wrt finance, and kept pointing out this only. 
  4. Shifted to Marketing guy asked him about segmentation, 4P’s of Marketing, his favorite brand and competitor, grilled him well on these
  5. Shifted to the IM guy and asked about his workex and research paper
  6. Shifted back to other Ops guy and asked about his workex, he mentioned about F1 during his intro so asked a few questions on F1
  7. Shifted to ops guy asked about his workex in L&T and his patent which he filed.

Overall interview time -55-60 mins

IIM Shillong Interview Experience 22

Time- 10th feb, 4:30 PM

Stream: Business Management

Panelists: 1(M) 1(F)

  1. Tell us something about you in 1-1.5 mins. 
  2. Asked one girl about her work at DELL
  3. Asked the person about his workex and questions on Tennis.
  4. Asked the 4th person about his education gap
  5. Asked me about a concept in chemical engineering
  6. Asked the mechanical guy a question on strain and stress data is with US and China.
  7. Ask the other ECE guys a question on hardware

Overall Interview time- 35-40 mins.

Verdict- Rejected for GI2 in both PGDM and PGDM(BM).