“Confidence, Compassion & Emotional Quotient needed to get into IIMs” says Anushree Naik CAT 2019 Topper
Anushree Naik CAT 2019 Topper Interview - Impeccable efforts and perpetual hard work leads one to live their dream in real life and Anushree Naik is also one of those who not only lives the life of a Chartered Accountant (CA) but also goes to explore the aspects of management. She proves if you are an extraordinary personality and willing to be a multi tasker then there are no boundaries for you. Anushree also quotes about what it takes to ace an IIM interview and what qualities one should possess to get admitted in an elite B-school of the country. In an exclusive talk with Careers360, Anushree shares her journey to IIM Ahmedabad. She shares all the aspects of IIM Ahmedabad selection process and her preparation strategies for AWT and PIs rounds. She shares her success mantra for the aspiring MBA students in near future. Read the full interview to know more about the IIM admission criteria, selection process and how one should prepare for the next round once the individual has cracked CAT 2020. Know all the toppers of CAT 2019.
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Careers360 - Congratulations on converting to your desired institute! How do you feel?
Anushree Naik - I feel overwhelmed! CA + MBA has always been a dream! I feel grateful to have the most supportive parents and a very encouraging sister, the best of the best mentors and seniors who guided me all along and close friends who kept me sane through all of this! I am looking forward to having an enriching and fun experience at IIM-Ahmedabad!
Careers360 - What is the selection procedure at IIM Ahmedabad?
Anushree Naik - After securing the requisite percentile and clearing their overall and sectional cut offs, they release a shortlist for personal interviews. This second round consists of an Analytical Writing Test and one exhaustive round of Personal Interview by professors and the alumni (AWT-PI round). The final selection is based composite score (score derived by considering 10 th , 12 th , Graduation, Work Ex, CAT and AWT-PI scores)
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Careers360 - Please elaborate on your overall experience of the selection procedure at IIM Ahmedabad?
Anushree Naik - After scoring an overall 98.2 percentile and clearing all sectional cut offs I got shortlisted by IIM-Ahmedabad for their AWT-PI round. I started preparing for interviews by reading current affairs regularly and discussing it with my parents and friends. I took about 15 mock interviews with different people ranging from my boss at work to my mentors, friends, ex-students, seniors, etc.
I was the first in my panel and I was extremely happy about it. I finished my AWT (analytical writing test) about 5 minutes before time (that is how I had practiced), rechecked it twice and was waiting for my interview immediately after it.
I entered the room with a wide smile as deep down I was really excited. They started asking me questions on my work profile, which I did answer, but they seemed to be in disbelief of it and then they switched to the topics that were out of my domain. They asked me to solve a numerical question on GST that touched on the concept and impact of the change in prices of composite services (restaurant service) due to GST; I couldn’t answer it satisfactorily but yet stayed calm and confident. Basically the first 20 minutes of the interview wasn’t as I would liked it to be. They then asked me to opine on a few current, political and economic scenarios, which I could, in a very convincing way. I took advantage of that opportunity and laid my views with a lot of conviction. I think that was the first turning point in my interview. They then moved on to my extra- curricular achievements, which I was desperately waiting for. Being a certified graphologist they wanted me to analyse their handwriting on the spot. I seized the opportunity and spoke for 7-8 minutes at a stretch. Though they maintained a straight face, I was overwhelmed. That was probably the question that made it for me as I believe that is how they differentiated me from the others. They closed the interview by asking me a few public policy questions which were again something that I wasn’t very well aware of. Not losing any of the confidence till the very end, I came out of the conference room after a 50 minutes long interview, beaming. I was quite positive and I couldn’t wait for the results.
Careers360 - Which other B-Schools’ selection procedure did you appear for? How was your experience in other institutes vis a vis in the institute you have converted?
Anushree Naik - I got shortlisted for the Personal Interview round by IIM – Bangalore, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, Shillong and all new and baby IIMs as well as the S.P.Jain Institute of Management Research (SPJIMR) apart from IIM-A. I appeared for all my interviews except IIM Lucknow (as it was scheduled after IIM A result). All my interviews were decent and the questions covered were on similar lines of IIM A interview. My IIM Bangalore interview was a very stressful one, but I managed it calmly and confidently.
IIM A conducts an AWT (analytical writing test) for 20 minutes which is more like a case study analysis whereas all other colleges conduct a WAT (writing ability test) which is mostly an essay writing.
Careers360 - What was your AWT topic and how did you structure it? Did you find it easy or you had a difficult time writing/ thinking about the topic?
Anushree Naik - My AWT Topic -
Private School owner opposes the reservation of BPL students as he thinks they won’t be able to fit in and will eventually drop out. I mentioned the concept of inclusive education. I opined that every student must be given an equal opportunity at the primary education level.
Careers360 - Did you get external help or join a coaching school to prepare for PI and AWT?
When did you start your preparations for it?
Anushree Naik - I started my preparations after CAT. I had taken coaching for my IMS Tutorials in Mumbai. I practiced writing essays on random topics and also took about 20 mock interviews.
Careers360 - Do you think that AWT and PI requires some separate preparation apart from what you mentioned?
Anushree Naik - No.
Careers360 - Are there ways to handle a situation when one has no answer to a question during PI?
Anushree Naik - I preferred to honestly admit that I wasn’t aware of an answer incase I had no clue about the topic they were asking.
Careers360 - How must one approach an AWT and PI topic? Could you share some Dos and Don’ts for the same?
Anushree Naik - Practice is the key to writing logical and structured AWTs. For interviews one must be prepared as well as a little candid during the interviews while maintaining to be honest and confident throughout.
Careers360 - Is there a particular kind of time management strategy that should be added to the candidate’s skillset? Will it help in writing a complete structured AWT and Personal Interview?
Anushree Naik - Always time yourself while practicing AWTs. Take enough mock interviews before you appear for your final interviews.
Careers360 - How did you feel when you faced the interviewers during the PI? Please share a few details like the size of your panel and your overall experience.
Anushree Naik - IIM – Ahmedabad Interview:
I was the first in my panel (of a total of 7) and I was extremely happy about it. I finished my AWT (analytical writing test) about 5 minutes before time (that is how I had practiced), rechecked it twice and was waiting for my interview immediately after it. One of my interviewers was a professor and the other one was an alumnus of IIM-A. The total duration of my interview was 50 minutes and it was very exhaustive.
Careers360 - Which interview turned out to be the best one? Enlighten us about the finest one according to you.
Anushree Naik - All my interviews were a mix of easy and difficult questions. None of them were a cake walk. At the same time I tried to keep my confidence high in all the interviews and answered the questions honestly!
Careers360 - What about the questions which you found difficult to answer? How did you reply to those?
Anushree Naik - I tried to answer it in bits. If I was partially sure of the answer I would explain whatever I could calmly and confidently. I also mentioned that I wasn’t completely sure of the answer and would try to go back and read up on the same.
Careers360 - So in those situations, was the panel easy or harsh on you? What should one do when s/he has no answer?
Anushree Naik - They were not harsh on me in most interviews except one interview which was structured yet a stress interview.
Careers360 - What were the most fascinating questions you were asked? Please share your answers too.
Anushree Naik - I was asked to analyse my interviewer’s handwriting on the spot as I am a certified graphologist in two of my interviews. In one of the interviews I was also asked to justify whether Graphology can be classified as a Science. I explained how Graphology is a pseudo-science and explained how it can be used in decision making. I was asked to talk about my personal blog and then asked to answer a few questions on the same. I was also asked about some ethical dilemmas faced in my job as I worked remotely in the fraud risk management department of a company.
Careers360 - How different is an IIM interview from a non-IIM yet top B-School interview? Are their major differences? (If you have appeared for IIMs)
Anushree Naik - I appeared for all IIM interviews and S.P.Jain Institute of Management Research (SPJIMR) Interview. I had a profile based interview call at SPJIMR which was right after I had taken only a very few mock interviews at my Coaching Centre IMS. SPJIMR conducts two group interviews before the final selection. The first round is a technical and academic qualification oriented round where 5 interviewees are interviewed at once by 2 professors or alumni or a mix of both. The ones who qualify the first round, go ahead for the second round of group interviews which is a round to check a candidate’s character, morale, beliefs and honesty. IIMs have a Written Ability Test and a Personal Interview in most cases. I personally found the interviews conducted by IIMs to be more grilling, exhaustive and interesting. Though I converted both my calls from SPJIMR and IIM-Ahmedabad, I will be joining the latter.
Careers360 - How did you go about the preparations for PI? Did you search or look up some questions or practice mock PIs?
Anushree Naik - I started preparing for interviews by reading current affairs regularly and discussing it with my parents and friends. I took about 15 mock interviews with different people ranging from my boss at work to my mentors, friends, ex-students, seniors, etc.
I also prepared a detailed CV and was prepared to answer questions about myself, my
strengths, my weaknesses, failures and successes, etc.
Careers360 - And finally what are the aspects or qualities that the interview board looks for in a candidate?
Anushree Naik -
Authenticity in Answers
Conviction with which we answer
Courage in entire life journey
Character & Personality of the student
Compassion & Emotional Quotient
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Your profile suggests that your domicile state is Maharashtra
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then ,
>>>>> with 460 marks ,
you hold a low chance for an mbbs seat in a Government Medical College
in neet 2019, 521 marks for general category was the lowest mark to get an mbbs seat in Government Medical College, under Maharashtra State quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, jalgaon
You can check the same at
You have chances in deemed universities for mbbs which are listed below along with their neet 2020 , 2nd round cut off :-
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----------) B.L.D.E University, Bijapur:- 387 marks
----------) MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai:- 380 marks
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To get the complete list of colleges in which you have chances, you can go through our college predictor at
It gives you a personalized report with top college in which you have chances for admission , with the help of predicted colleges you can make better choice while filling your choices of colleges during your counselling
450 score, obc cat, MD anaesthesia, low budget college, good govt/ Pvt college, any chance??
To get a government seat one must score above 525. With 450 you can get in to a private college. As your NEET score is 450. Your Overall Percentile is: 93.39 - 93.89 and when it comes to rank, your Predicted Rank is:89930 - 107080 . Also depends upon last years cut-off. Adding it with 15% All India quota and 85% state quota seats in government colleges.
As per the last year result of NEET UG ,General category aspirants need minimum 147 marks (50 percentile). On the other hand General-PH(129 Marks 45 percentile) and SC/OBC/ST requires 113 marks (40 percentile).
Hope this helps
Wish you luck
my jee rank in obc cat. 29192 can I get cse in hbti
First and foremost,
congratulations on achieving an 29k rank in the JEE . According to recent reports, hbti may not accept admmision through Upsee. HBTI KANPUR is moving its intake to the Jee mains, which is wonderful news because it means more intake. And, based on your ranking, you will very certainly be offered a spot in the second round of counselling.
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Hello Yatin. I hope you are in good health. You mentioned your marks but didn't mention the exam you are talking about. Assuming that you have a query regarding NEET UG 2021, I will give an answer based on that. You mentioned you belong to general category. Well, based on your marks, your overall percentile may end up somewhere around 91.59 - 92.09 while your AIR may lie somewhere around 127893 - 160043.
Well, it is quite difficult to predict whether you have any window of opportunity to get government quota seats in private medical colleges in Punjab. Although based on your performance you have less chance to grab a seat for MBBS via All India Counselling as well as State Counselling.
Moreover, you may get chance to grab a seat for B.D.S. under government quota at private dental colleges in Punjab via State Counselling.
You may get admission for pursuing B.D.S. in the following private dental colleges:
- B.J. Singh Dental College Hospital & Research Institute, Ludhiana
- Dasmesh Institute of Research & Dental Sciences, Faridkot - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/dasmesh-institute-of-research-and-dental-sciences-faridkot
- D.B. Dental College & Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/desh-bhagat-dental-college-and-hospital-mukatsar
- SGRD Institute of Dental Sciences & Research, Amritsar - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/sri-guru-ram-das-institute-of-dental-science-and-research-amritsar
To get detailed information on cutoff marks vs rank for Punjab medical and dental colleges, follow this link:
To know your admission chances in medical/dental colleges with NEET Score, to get a personalized report with Top MBBS & B.D.S Colleges and to check course & counselling wise cut-offs of NEET for various state quotas, caste groups etc., I encourage you to use NEET UG 2021 College Predictor:
I hope you find this information helpful.
Thank you and good luck!
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Home preparation or we can say Revision or Practice is more than enough to score good marks for any competitive exams. You should have a proper schedule and syllabus that is to be cover you should go through last years paper for knowing the pattern of questions, you should go through atleast 10 sample papers for proper practice. Be focused and set a target of how much you want to achieve, so that you can atleast give your best to achieve near to that target. The most important thing while writing an exam or while preparing is to be calm and focused. So be calm and don't panic.
Hope this helps you.
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