GD-PI-WAT: How CAT topper Royston Menezes cracked FMS Delhi GD-PI?
In this interview, CAT topper Royston Menezes who cracked FMS- Delhi GD-PI to secure admission to the top B-school, shares key highlights of his GD-PI experience at FMS Delhi. An engineer with 2 years of work experience, Royston also shares GD-PI preparation tips with the MBA aspirants.
Elaborating on the factors which influenced his selection at FMS Delhi, he says his discussion ability coupled with his inputs in the form of key points helped him get through the GD.
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Group Discussion (GD) experience
Careers360: How was your overall Group Discussion (GD) experience?
Royston Menezes: My overall GD Experience was good. We had a healthy discussion with minimal fish market scenario.
Careers360: What was the role of moderator/observer?
Royston Menezes: The moderator gave us the topic and was a silent observer then onwards. Only in the end he asked few people to summarise.
Careers360: How big was your group size and what was your topic for GD?
Royston Menezes: There were 15 members in my group discussion. The topic for GD was: ‘Political Class is responsible for current state of India’.
Careers360: What was your approach/logic towards the topic?
Royston Menezes: My approach was to look at all the dimensions of the topic. Thereafter, to analyze each issue at length and listing out how the political system was responsible for it.
Careers360: How did you defend your logic during the discussion?
Royston Menezes: I defended my logic by quoting relevant authors, newspapers, philosophies.
Careers360: How many person from your group were finally selected or offered admission?
Royston Menezes: One
Careers360: How long did your GD last?
Royston Menezes: My GD lasted for 15 minutes. Addition 1 minute was given to summarize the CV.
Careers360: Did your GD reach any conclusion? If yes, please share.
Royston Menezes: Yes, our GD reached a conclusion that indeed the Political Class is responsible
Careers360: How did you prepare for your GD? When and how an aspirant should seriously start preparing for GD?
Royston Menezes: I took help from newspapers, television debates etc. More practice of GDs on varied topics helps to gain confidence.
Careers360: What were the key factors which you think influenced your selection at GD stage?
Royston Menezes: I believe my structure of discussion and ability to moderate the group, coupled with my inputs in the form of key points would have been the deciding factor.
Personal Interview (PI) Experience:
Careers360: How many members were there in your interview board?
Royston Menezes: There were 3 members in my interview board.
Careers360: How was the interview structured?
Royston Menezes: The interview started off with an extempore. Thereafter, questions on the extempore and my education and work experience.
Careers360: What was the toughest area for you to answer?
Royston Menezes: The toughest area was my academics as I had lost touch. The interviewers went deep into CS Engineering.
Careers360: What was the toughest moment during your PI?
Royston Menezes: The toughest moment was when the interviewer asked about C++ and I hardly knew about the question.
Careers360: What were the key factors which you think influenced your selection at PI stage?
Royston Menezes: My confidence, diction and honesty.
Careers360: What is your advice to aspirants for Personal Interview?
Royston Menezes: I would advice candidates to stay confident and sleep well the night before the interview date. Believe in yourself.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your PI? When and how an aspirant should seriously start preparing for PI?
Royston Menezes: I took help from TIME Bangalore which guided my preparation by listing down areas of my strength and weaknesses, and guiding the overall improvement process. An aspirant should read papers to enhance his General Knowledge throughout CAT prep, But, for the overall PI practice, December is a good time to start.
Careers360: Any interesting moment from your PI which you would like to share with MBA aspirants?
Royston Menezes: The interview panel knew about my hometown and asked me questions on that.
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