How Sombit Roy cracked GD-PI to get IIT Delhi MBA seat
With CAT 2014 now over it’s time to shift your focus on ‘what after CAT’. Careers360 brings you GD-PI-WAT Toppers series which is the next big step for all the MBA aspirants. We present you Toppers secrets on ‘How to crack GD-PI-WAT’ to get admissions into Top IIM’s and B-School.
CAT 2013 Topper Sombit Roy secured a high percentile of 98.6 and cracked GD-PI to secure admission in Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi. Currently pursuing his Masters in Business Administration , Sombit in his interview with Careers360 shares his key mantras to crack each section of the admission process.
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Careers360: How was your overall GD experience?
Sombit Roy: It’s difficult to tackle GD as it is obvious that it would turn out to be a fish market at no time. But its important to be a part of it, without getting involved in the choas and making your point. In my GD I could just make my point once, but my thoughts and communication was precise and clear.
Careers360: What was the role of moderator/observer?
Sombit Roy: The moderator first told us about how the GD would be conducted. She made us aware that we will get 10 minutes to discuss and in the beginning we will get 2 minutes to point down our thoughts. After that she gave us the topic to discuss.
Careers360: How big was your group size and what was your topic for GD?
Sombit Roy: The group size of the GD was around 12-14 students and the topic was- How to market PCs to convince the consumer to buy them over laptops and tablets.The topic was more of marketing and sales related which aimed to evaluate our thought process and ideas on pitching tech products.
Careers360: What was your approach towards the topic?
Sombit Roy: I first wrote down my points and when the GD began I started to make note of relevant and useful points what others were. I tried to get into the GD but it was difficult as it was a complete fish market. But I waited and finally made my point when I got a chance to speak just after the chaos was over and there was a bit of gap. I took the opportunity to make my point at that moment.
Careers360: How did you defend your logic during the discussion?
Sombit Roy: Honestly, I didn’t get that much time to defend. I just made my point once but whatever I said was relevant and that is what helped me. Irrelevant speaking for long on a topic is not what GD is all about, rather, it’s about communicating the right matter within the right time . I did the same and that helped me to pass my GD of IIT Delhi.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your GD? When and how an aspirant should seriously start preparing for GD?
Sombit Roy: I started to prepare for GD as soon as the results were declared. I did enroll myself in a coaching institute and attended all the GD sessions. I always took notes of what others were speaking. It does help a lot. After every GD session the individual feedback which I got from the faculty I took them very seriously and tried to follow them from the next GD onwards. I think being part of mock GDs is a must as it helps a lot. You learn a lot not only about the topic but also about how to conduct yourself in the GD which includes your body posture and the way you speak. Knowledge is the key in GD and hence one need to read anything and everything around starting from magazines, newspaper, blogs etc. Being aware of the current affairs is a must. It is also very important to have the ability to listen to others and not to interrupt. Try not to be a part of the fish market and do make your point. It is very important to have a strategy as to when you should make the point so that you are heard.
Careers360: How many members were there in your interview board?
Sombit Roy: There were five members in my interview board. All of them I guess were from the academic fraternity. I was a bit nervous at first, but after a small introduction it was all fine.
Careers360: How was your interview structured?
Sombit Roy: I was first asked to introduce myself. Then I was asked about my campus placement and why I would choose to pursue my MBA now over my job and not after two years. Then I was asked about the Whatsapp and Facebook deal which had taken place then. Later, the panel asked to about my opinion on the deal as to whether it is a an advantage or not. A lot of cross questions followed. Then I was asked a variety of questions such as :
Tell us about your city
Talk us through your final year project and what major contribution you had in it ?
Where do you want to see yourself 10 years down the line ?
Would you like to be an efficient manager or an effective manager ?, and other general questions.
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Careers360: Was there any tough question for you to answer?
Sombit Roy: Well there wasn’t any tough question as one would expect such kind of questions when you appear for a top B-school interview but to be frank I did face some difficulty while answering why I would pursue my MBA now over my job as a lot of cross questions followed. The same happened while answering the question about whether it’s good to be an effective manager or an efficient one.
Careers360: What were the key factors which you think influenced your selection at PI stage?
Sombit Roy: I think the key factor was my clarity and thought process. The fact that I didn’t get struck in any of the questions and seemed confident probably helped me to get through. Another factor I think which helped me was my introduction. I could make out that the panel was kind of satisfied with my introduction. The first impression does matter so its important to focus on the introduction part and prepare it well.
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Careers360: How did you prepare for your PI?
Sombit Roy: I did join coaching classes for PI and the mock PIs really helped. The faculty there helped me to analyze my weaknesses and also gave me some valuable insights and ideas about how to approach a question or situation in the PI. I prepared my introduction as well as other common questions and read about a few recent news. Being aware of the fact that I am a fresher I also went through some of my undergraduate subjects in case I am asked something from there.
Careers360: Did you appear for any other PI exercise at other top B-schools? Please share a few experiences.
Sombit Roy: Yes I did appeared in other B-school’s GD-PI sessions. Now that I look back I realize what huge blunders I had made in some of my PIs. It is important to analyze yourself s as you can learn from your own mistakes, it is not something to be ashamed of. In the initial interviews I did lack confidence and also fumbled while answering. To be honest I also feel I wasn’t that well prepared as well on various topics which I should have been. But then after two or three interviews I realized that I really need to work upon myself and things started improving once I did so.
Careers360: What is your advice to aspirants for Personal Interview?
Sombit Roy: My advice to the aspirants would be to make sure you prepare your introduction well. This really helps. The first impression matters a lot and I feel if the first impression is good half the battle is won already. Also prepare the common questions which one can face in the interview, write them down and go through them so as to make sure you don’t fumble in the PI. Have clarity in your thought process and goal. And most importantly be yourself and don’t try to pretend as the panelists are too experienced to identify it in no time. All the best !
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