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April 13 2024

What are CD and PI for NMIMS?

Case discussion and personal interviews are the further rounds conducted by NMIMS Mumbai for the admission process. It is the most crucial aspect that will do justice to all of your hard work is given equal importance. After the NMAT exam is over and if your scores meet the desired cut-offs you will qualify the further admission rounds. Unlike the other B schools that conduct group discussions, NMIMS Mumbai conducts case discussions that are based on business case studies. This process is entirely different and is considered a little difficult since it is a highly competitive environment to be in, with 2000+ people who have got calls for case discussion and personal interview. If you want to cut through such a huge crowd, your preparation should be up to the mark.

NMIMS CD PI Process Overview:

Firstly, make sure you do register for the CDPI process at the earliest to avoid any delays. The NMIMS Process has 3 major parts:

Part 1: Statement of Purpose (SOP): The SOP is a reflection of your best qualities, your journey, and achievements to date with the emphasis on Why you wish to pursue an MBA and the Intent to join NMIMS. Make sure you are honest and portray the Best of Yourself in a well-structured essay.

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Part 2: Case Discussion Unlike most B-School’s NMIMS has a different perspective by giving a case study for a discussion instead of a general or debatable topic. A case discussion is generally a 20-to-30 minute process whose larger objective is to select those candidates who have the ability to perform in a team.

Apart from this, the kind of topic given also helps panelists to know various traits of a candidate’s personality. What matters in the discussion is your stand on the topic, your ability to analyze the given topic, your awareness about the topic, and the way you present the topic. The focus here is more on leadership and decision making because in a CD you may or may not reach a consensus because the issues given to you are debatable. The end result of the CD will not always be to reach a consensus but to assess your people’s skills.

Average Duration: 20 mins. (5 mins to think and 15 mins. to discuss).

No. of Panelists : 3

No. of Participants: 13

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Sample Topics for NMIMS CD PI Process

A. Workers had quit the job after they had to do overtime and night shifts. The HR department and Operations department want to get them back. Suggest the measures to deal with the situation.

B. Come out with consensus on top 10 toughest jobs out of 20 difficult jobs given (Coal miner, Electrician, etc.)

Part 3: Personal Interview Your academic skills were checked in the entrance test, your people’s skills were checked in GD, now comes the turn of gauging you on your own standards. The B-schools want to know how much you are aware of yourself and how much you relate your goals to your personal self. Students spend most of the time in going through course books whereas 90 percent of the interview questions are based on you. What could be better than answering questions on yourself? But answering questions on yourself can catch you in a tight spot.

There can be some rules set when it comes to CD because there are certainly expected etiquettes, but there can be no rules set for the interview because everyone has sui generis personality. The best way to tackle an interview is to sit and know you in and out. Think about why you want to pursue an MBA. Think and make a list of your strengths and weaknesses.

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Not only will it help you analyze your personality, but will also help you prepare many other questions for the interview. The most commonly asked questions are:

  • Why do you want to do an MBA?
  • What are your personal goals?
  • Where do you see yourself 10 years down the line?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What are your strengths and weakness?
  • Tell us about yourself.
Few Additional Questions : 
  • Something that you would want to tell us?
  • Why NMIMS?
  • Which stream would you prefer for your MBA? And Why?
  • What were your roles and responsibilities while you were working?

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