CAT 2019 Topper Amit Gupta says “Don’t lose your composure,” makes his way to IIM Lucknow
CAT 2019 Topper Interview Amit Gupta, 96.66 Percentile - Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations and so did Amit Gupta who made his way to one of his dream management institutes. CAT 2019 topper Amit Gupta who scored 96.66 percentile in CAT exam succeeded in getting admission to IIM Lucknow. To get admission into a dream college is a roller coaster ride. Amit Gupta appeared for the selection process of many B-schools such as SP Jain, IIM Indore, IIM Bangalore, NITIE, IIFT, and CAP IIMs. In his interview with Careers360, Amit Gupta has discussed the complete interview process and the types of questions that were asked. Further he elaborates the Do’s and Don’ts while appearing for an interview of any B-school. He added that, “Note that the biggest thing in PI is confidence, the interviewer will try to catch you off-guard and grill you to see how you handle it.” Read this complete interview of CAT 2019 topper Amit Gupta shares some valuable tips on how to tackle interviews after one qualifies the entrance exam.
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Careers360: Congratulations on converting to your desired institute! How do you feel?
Amit Gupta: Thank you for the kind wishes. To be honest, the feeling hasn’t yet sunk in completely. I will always remember the 23rd May, around 3:30 pm when I was anxiously refreshing the link and it popped up all of a sudden. And, there was that, the ticket to IIM Lucknow. A roller coaster ride for sure. Hoping that the next 2 years will be full of adventure.
Careers360: What is the selection procedure at IIM Lucknow?
Amit Gupta: The selection process at IIM L is a 3 step process. In the first step, students are screened on the basis of percentiles in each of the sections (Quant, DI and Verbal) and Total percentile. This sectional and overall percentile cutoff is different for different categories. Only those who clear this filter is considered for the 2 nd stage, where composite score is calculated for students category wise based on CAT score ( 60%); XII marks –(10%), Grad score – (10%), Work ex – (10%), academic diversity and Gender diversity ( 5+5%).
Based on this CS, a pool of candidates are called for the third stage i.e PI. PI has a qualifying marks (12/40), only then will you be considered for the final list. In the final score, half of the CS of 2nd stage + PI score is added and the merit list is made. Note that this year WAT was scrapped, so final CS was out of 90. Also, there is no concept of giving Waitlist.
Careers360: Please elaborate on your overall experience of the selection procedure at IIM Lucknow?
Amit Gupta: As stated above, since I cleared the sectional cutoff, I was considered for the subsequent rounds. I had my PI on 9Th May (Online mode) and scored 29.88 out of 40. Overall rank of 78 .
Careers360: Which other B-Schools’ selection procedure did you appear for? How your experience in other was institutes vis a vis in the institute you have converted?
Amit Gupta: Apart from Lucknow, I appeared for interviews of IIM Bangalore, IIMI, CAP IIMs, SPJAIN, NITIE and IIFT. IIM Lucknow interview was unique as it was the only interview I gave in online mode. Before the interview, I was circumspect as to how it will be carried out. Needless to say, it was a wonderful experience.
Careers360: What was your PI topic and how did you structure it? Did you find it easy or you had a difficult time writing/ thinking about the topic?
Amit Gupta: My PI was kind of random in nature. It started with my work ex in the automotive industry, effect of COVID on the automobile industry. Then it was changed to random areas like Favorite books, Hobbies, movies etc. Then I was asked about politics i.e why PM Modi chose Varanasi as constituency, places of attraction in Gorakhpur. In the end, I was asked about RBI and SEBI. It lasted for around 15 min. I have to say that it was quite dynamic as the interviewer kept going from one topic to an entirely different topic. Although I answered all of it with ease, it was one of the most unexpected interview I had ever given.
Careers360: Did you get external help or join a coaching school to prepare for PI? When did you start your preparations for it?
Amit Gupta: No, I didn’t take help from any Coaching for Preparing for PIs. I started working for PI in late January. I prepared a list of 100+ HR and work related questions and I used to read it once per day. Also, I used to read The Hindu every day to keep myself updated. Before going for the interview of a particular college, I would research about the faculty, curriculum, extra-curricular activities of that college and make a note of it. This made sure that I could easily answer the tricky questions like “Why this college”?
Careers360: Do you think that PI requires some separate preparation apart from what you mentioned?
Amit Gupta: Well, it depends. If you are an avid reader, keep track of current affairs and have fantastic communication skills, you don’t need any special preparation. That being said, you should have thorough technical and behavioral knowledge of Acads (if you are fresher) /Profile (if you are working). Note that the biggest thing in PI is confidence, the interviewer will try to catch you off-guard and grill you to see how you handle it. Only way to tackle it is by having a sound knowledge of the subject and also the ability to put your ideas in a way which is easily understandable to others. So, in case you feel you lack subject knowledge or you need to improve on your communication skills, you can opt for coaching for PI. Remember, PI is the make or break thing for IIM or any B school for that matter.
Careers360: Please share the PI topics which you were asked during the admission rounds?
Amit Gupta: I was asked about my fav books, hobbies, movies, work ex based in IIML. In IIMI, my whole interview was based on class 11-12 physics (Kinematics, Rotational mechanics). In IIMB, my interview revolved around Entrepreneurship.
Careers360: Are there ways to handle a situation when one has no answer to a question during PI?
Amit Gupta: Yes, in many instances, interviewers might ask you questions which are completely unrelated. For example, I was asked about computer programming in an IIFT interview, even though I am a metallurgical engineer. The best way to tackle such a situation is to have a smile on your face and politely saying “Sorry sir, I don’t know/ I am not able to recall it right now). Sometimes, the intention of an interview is not to judge the subject knowledge, but to see how you handle a difficult situation. Accepting that you don’t know is better than answering it wrongly.
Careers360: How must one approach an PI topic? Could you share some Dos and Don’ts for the same?
Amit Gupta: The whole purpose of PI is to check your aptitude, attitude and subject knowledge. Following are some DO’s and DONTs
Greet the interviewers when you enter the room.
Have a good posture
Maintain eye contact and have a gauge once in a while at all the interviewers.
Politely ask them to repeat if you are not able to hear or understand their questions.
Don’t lose your composure.
Say “I am not able to recall right now” instead of “ I don’t know”.
Have a smile on your face.
Have a thorough knowledge of your acads, current happenings and work profile
Don’t panic in case the interviewer is being a little rude in a stress interview.
Don’t give wrong answers
Be on Time.
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.
Amit Gupta: I had my first interview at SPJain , Mumbai. They have this group interview which is also an elimination round. I feel that was quite exhausting as not only your mind is running on the possible questions you might be asked, but at the same time you have to listen carefully to what others are saying as the interviewer might have your opinion on that. So, I was a little nervous, but then I had interviews almost every week, so till the last interview of IIM Lucknow, It was a routine for me
In terms of panel, SPJain , IIM Bangalore and CAP had a panel of 3 while IIM Indore and IIM Lucknow had a panel of 2. If I go one on one, my SP Jain was shortest and purely on Work experience, IIM Bangalore was a stress interview, CAP was again work experience based. IIM Indore was totally class 11-12 Physics interview while IIM Lucknow was totally random
Careers360: Which interview turned out to be the best one? Enlighten us about the finest one according to you.
Amit Gupta: In my opinion, my interview with IIM Indore turned out to be the most satisfying one. Having a work ex of 3 years, I wasn’t expecting even my Grad acad based questions, let alone 11-12 questions. Yet, the whole interview was based on Moment of inertia, kinematics, Coefficient of Restitution and Optics. I might have surprised myself by answering all of it correctly. Facing such questions out of the blue and still able to ace it gives u immense joy and satisfaction.
Careers360: What about the questions which you found difficult to answer? How did you reply to those?
Amit Gupta: I found the interview of IIMB particularly hard, as it was stress interview based on a case where I had to take up one sport and develop its B model to make it a business like IPL. Most of the time, the interviewer would cut me in between or say its wrong. The Key here is to analyse what the interviewer wants to hear. Most of the time, they are actually guiding you towards the answer themselves. So, you need not panic and take cues . Even after that if you can't answer it, politely say that you don’t know.
Careers360: So in those situations, was the panel easy or harsh on you? What should one do when s/he has no answer?
Amit Gupta: In my case of IIM Bangalore, the panel was a little harsh but actually they were guiding me in the right direction and when I got it, they went easy on it. So, don’t give up immediately, take the cues and try to answer. But if it is completely alien to you, politely say no.
Careers360: What were the most fascinating questions you were asked? Please share your answers too.
Amit Gupta: One question that stands out here was asked during the IIML interview. The question asked was “Which movie you saw recently” to which I replied “ Avengers endgame on Hotstar''. To this, the interviewer started laughing and said “ Are you a kid because only kids watch them”? I replied “ Time is tough sir ( Lockdown) and we all have a kid inside us which we need to keep alive”. He seemed impressed by this answer. One was a guesstimate asked in a CAP interview that “ How many burgers are sold in India daily”. Another one was asked during IIMB that “Why not play Rishab pant ahead of Saha in England as he is dashing”? I replied , well you should be atleast good at your primary job which is wicket keeping in those conditions and if the top 6 with likes of Virat and Pujara aren’t gonna make the runs, you can't expect them to win the match with the bat.
Careers360: How different is an IIM interview from a non-IIM yet top B-School interview? Are there major differences?
Amit Gupta: Apart from IIM, I gave IIFT and SPJain interviews. I am not counting NITIE here as it was recording session. Though the process of SPjain is completely different. It involves WAT, Psychometric test and Group interview 1, where almost half are eliminated. In Group Interview 2, you are asked questions on ethics and morals which was quite fascinating. IIFT interview was a lot like IIM with added component of GD.
Careers360: And finally what are the aspects or qualities that the interview board looks for in a candidate?
Amit Gupta: I felt that interviewers are looking for the candidates who have good aptitude and attitude to face any situation. More than the correct answers, they want to see your reaction when you are put in a difficult situation. At the same time, you should have the subject knowledge and profile knowledge as well. They also want that the student has prepared about that particular college as it shows that you are serious about it.
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With this rank you can get following colleges based in previous ear cut-off of ranks of colleges
1)Govt Dental College RIMS Kadapa
2)REGIONAL DENTAL COLLEGE, GUWAHATI
3)Patna Dental College and Hospital, Patna
4) Government Dental College, Raipur
5) Goa Dental College & Hospital, Goa
6)Government Dental College & Hospital, Jamnagar
7) Government Dental College, Shimla
8)Dental Institue, RIMS, Ranchi
in Telangana , through AIQ you can get admission in
1)Government Dental College and Hospital, Afsalganj
To know more about the cutoff of NEET 2019 for government colleges(separately for dental and medical courses for all the states.) refer to https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-cut-off-for-government-colleges
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The EWS category is an official reservation category that needs to be considered for admission into every college. So college consider EWS category also as other category. You can surely apply for private medical College.
Most of the colleges doesn't have fees as per the reservation. The fees seems to be same for every student. There might be some college that may offer scholarship to reserved category students .
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To apply for the benefit of NRI quota following are the list of documents required
NEET Score Card
A document which can claim that your sponsorer is an NRI ( document can be a Passport, Visa of the sponsorer)
Candidate's Relationship with NRI.
The candidates who had earlier applied under Indian citizenship but whished to changed to NRI quota would have to send relevant documents to the authorities at email@example.com till October 23 up to 10:00 AM.
For more information visit https://news.careers360.com/neet-2020-counselling-mcc-releases-notice-for-admission-under-nri-quota