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For every MBA aspirant, the focus now is to crack the admission process, which includes the GD/WAT-PI rounds of IIM’s and top B-schools. The admission process of each B-School varies slightly, but the aspirants must accustom themselves with all the aspects of strategies required to be followed at each stage of the B-School admission process.

While you prepare yourself to tackle the admission rounds, it is utmost important that you know about the admission process of the B-School you have been shortlisted. Careers360 brings expert inputs on the selection process of Faculty of Management Studies- FMS Delhi. The Admission Committee of FMS shares their insights on how to tackle the GD/PI rounds of FMS and the key traits that the admission interview panel seek in the candidates at the PI stage.

The FMS Delhi Admission Committee members Dr. Amit Bardhan, Associate Professor, Operations and Dr. Madhu Vij, Professor, Finance reveals insights about the GD-PI process and their expectations from the future candidates.



Careers360: What are the qualities that are required in a candidate to tackle the FMS Delhi GD stage?

Dr. Amit Bardhan: A Group discussion is just a discussion or a conversation in a group about a particlular topic, and it must not be treated as a battle which is to be won. The first important quality is to be a good listener. It is important to address everyone in a group while speaking. Do not encourage formation of small groups, as it refelcts a negative quality of a leader or a manager. And the most important, note what is being spoken. If you don’t have a pen to note, remember the entire discussion on the topic in your mind.

Careers360: How one must tackle the GD of FMS Delhi?

Dr. Amit Bardhan: If you can develop the qualities required to tackle the GD, the process gets as simple as anything. If you get the opportunity, develop familiarity with members before the GD. Listen carefully to the Dos and Dont's announced at the beginning. Listen carefully and analyse what other participants are saying. You can get opportunity to demonstrate leadership quality by being a facilitator. For example, after you have put your points before the group, if you observe a member not being able to speak (getting a start and not allowed to continue) you may encourage him/her to complete his point. 

Make your point whenever you get the opportunity or create one. It is not necessary to have a final word. If time permits summarising the key points discussed is a good idea.   

Careers360: What are the key personality traits that the interview panel looks in a candidate during the Personal Interview rounds?

Prof. Madhu Vij: Getting admission to the best B-School is a difficult task, espicially our’s which has a history of acheivements. The key personality traits that the interview panel looks for in a prospective candidate are communication skills, interpersonal skills, confidence,  self motivation and how genuinly a candidate answers to the panel. Be very clear about your goals and motivation during the interview process. The aim of the interview panel is to judge the clarity of your thought process and to know about your various accomplishments. If you have a hobby, come prepared – you could be asked on the same.


Careers360: What should be the strategy to clear the PI round of admission process?
Prof. Madhu Vij: The strategy to clear this round is to be confident, genuine, create the right first impression and above all read newspapers and magazines regularly.

Dr. Amit Bardhan: A good communicator would have an early advantage. The qualities that are valued in the PI rounds of FMS are intellectual curiosity, emotional stability, honesty and dependability. Lately candidates who value ethics and are aware of societal problems are preffered at our institution.

Careers360: What are the expectations of the FMS admission committe from the future students?
Dr. Amit Bardhan: In a student we would like to have an openness to new ideas and a strength and motivation to pursue new thinking. We  also value ability and intent for critical analysis and objective evaluation. 

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when is fms registration opening?

Apurv 10th Oct, 2019

Hello Permender, It was slated to start on october 5th, but as of now there is no official word yet as to when the registration process for year 2020 will commence. Although admission result for the year 2019 has already been released. You can check the official website of FMS for further information:


Hi, I am appearing as an EWS candidate in CAT but I want to fill category as General in FMS, IIT delhi, DSE. will ews mentioned in CAT score card affect in admission or these colleges will consider me as general as I have filled general in their applications?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 28th Sep, 2019
Dear Ayush, these Institutions will consider you General Category as you are fillong their applivations under General Category. Now you need to reach out to CAT helpdesk to check the feasibility of changing your Categiry from EWS to General.

I failed to upload obc certificate on cat registration but i will fill fms form as obc candidate so are they considered me as an obc candidate? please reply.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 23rd Sep, 2019
Dear Vikash, your application to FMS, is different and you need to upload OBC Certificate to the CAT application separately. If you have missed on uploading the OBC certificate to your application, please write to the helpdesk or raise a Candidate Query available on the official website and ask them as what needs to be done. They will help you further.

CAT 19 exam ka score card aane se phele hum. FMS New Delhi me admission ke liye apply kar skte hai kiya. I am that time a final student in and I doing cat 19 exam and can I can apply FMS new Delhi .

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 21st Sep, 2019
Dear Vikram, FMS New Delhi will release their online application forms tentatively between October and December. Now CAT results will be released tentatively in the month of January. So interested Candidates can fill in the application form. So if you fulfill CAT eligibility criteria you can apply for FMS New Delhi. However Candidates will be shortlisted based on their CAT scores. However final selection will be based on Personal Interview, Group Discussion and CAT scores. FMS Delhi usually has the highest cut offs for its 200 seat intake. The selection process includes 3 stage method. They are:

Eligibility Criteria
Group Discussion and Personal Interview
Final Selection

The basic eligibility criteria remains 50% aggregate for General Category in Graduation and 45% for Reserved Categories or equivalent CGPA from any recognised University. The percentiles in CAT are considered for the further rounds. In 2018, the weightage given for various sections of CAT have been as follows:

QA: 30%

DILR: 30%

VARC: 40%
An additional 3 marks are added to the Composite score in case pf women for shortlisting. This score is used only for shortlisting Candidates for Personal Interview. The weightage for Final selection is as follows:

Personal Interview: 15%

CAT score: 60%

Group Discussion: 10%

Extempore: 5%

10th marks: 5%

12th marks: 5%

An additional 3 marks of the maximum aggregate will be added to the women candidates who have attended the Interview. Now with all this process, the cut offs is an important issue to be discussed. Previously FMS used to consider overall CAT score for shortlisting. However since the past 2 years, FMS has been giving sectional preference and weightage. VARC occupies the top position with 40% weightage. A Candidate with atleast 97 sectional weightage will be shortlisted at FMS. So it is important to focus more on VARC section while not leaving other sections. Higher cut offs are due to the intensity of the competition at FMS, Delhi. Their placements speak for themselves. FMS, Delhi concluded 2018 placemebts with an average placement package of 22.60 Lakhs for Women Candidates. Out of a batch of 223 Students, 215 participated in Placements and all of them have been placed there by leaving FMS, Delhi at the top in 100% Placement Companies. Though 133 companies participated in Hiring process, 83 companies could make the recruitment offers.

i am a general category btech student 10-93 percent 12-95 percent btech( mechanical) -78.6 percent work experience 2 months passed out 2019 june no drop years what is a good score to achieve in simcats . and what is the minimum percentile to get calls from IIM l,k,i or fms .

Afreen Anjum Student Expert 18th Sep, 2019

As you ask about to which rank you will get iim other mention colleges so to get these colleges through simcat..
As here I am talking about IIM.. so different I am have different cutoff as a you are talking about simcat not cat so if you consistently scoring across 90 your simcat
then you  should score five more. In your actual cat to  get top colleges like IIM colleges.
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