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With most of the MBA exams like CAT, NMAT, SNAP, TISS-NET, IIFT entrance over now, Careers360.com brings you a series on toppers’ GD-PI-WAT experience.
In this interview, CAT topper Nitin Tibrewal who cracked FMS- Delhi GD-PI to secure admission to the coveted B-school, shares his experiences on the second stage of admission process with MBA aspirants.To prepare for CAT 2014 click here
An NIT Durgapur graduate, Nitin is currently pursuing his MBA at FMS- Delhi. The fresher also received final admission offer from MDI Gurgaon.
The topper who appeared for the second stage of selection process at SPJIMR also, speaks on key highlights of GD-PI experience at other B-schools as well and shares GD-PI preparation tips. He elaborates on the factors which influenced his selection at FMS Delhi. He also shares how the interview board hurled question based on the profile of another candidate and how he responded to the challenge before politely correcting them on their mistake.
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Group Discussion (GD) Experience
Careers360: How was your overall GD experience?
NitinTibrewal: It was an amazing experience. I gave a structure to the GD. The group coordination was good. We reached a consensus. I was delighted to be a part of the success of the GD.
“I believe an aspirant should start brushing up his General Knowledge as soon as possible. But, for the overall GD practice, January (once the results are out) is a good time to start. The preparation should start with your analysis of strengths and weaknesses, followed by planning on how to improve and/or tackle them. Finally, practicing as many GDs as possible on varied topics to gain confidence is very important.”
Careers360: How did your GD start?
NitinTibrewal: First, a moderator provided us with the topic and then left the discussion to start on our own after 5 minutes. Thereafter, post the discussion, he asked one of us to volunteer and summarize the discussion.
Careers360: How big was your group size what was your GD topic?
Nitin Tibrewal: There were 15members in our group. The topic was: ‘The increasing complexity of life today is creating more problems than it is solving’.
Careers360: What was your approach to the topic during GD?
NitinTibrewal: My approach was to look at all perspectives from where complexities would be analyzed: technological advancements, political independence, cultural freedom, social outlook, legal, economic issues and other issues. Thereafter, to analyze each issue at length, listing out the problems and solutions provided by each area and finally, to conclude about the topic and our views.
Careers360: How did you defend your logic during the discussion?
NitinTibrewal: The group largely supported my points. But some of the members brought in the other side of the same coin and tried to weigh them up against my points to determine if the complexities are indeed creating or solving problems.
I defended my logic by quoting relevant authors on their perspectives and supporting them with relevant facts. But largely, my idea was to back it up with strong logic and my perspective on it.
Careers360: How many people from your group were finally selected or offered admission?
NitinTibrewal: Only One.
Careers360: How long did your GD last?
NitinTibrewal: My group discussion lasted for 15 minutes and 1 minute was given to us to summarize our discussions.
Careers360: Did your GD reach any conclusion?
NitinTibrewal: Yes, our GD reached a conclusion that indeed the complexities are creating more problems than they are solving, and the approach needs to be changed in order to use the complexities to solve the problems.
“Stay confident and calm. Be pleasant and happy. The first question mostly influences your chances of success.”
Careers360: How did you prepare for your GD? When and how an aspirant should seriously start preparing for GD?
NitinTibrewal: I took help from TCC Management Systems, Kolkata, which guided my preparation by listing down areas of my strength and weaknesses, and guiding the overall improvement process. I believe an aspirant should start brushing up his General Knowledge as soon as possible. But, for the overall GD practice, January (once the results are out) is a good time to start. The preparation should start with your analysis of strengths and weaknesses, followed by planning on how to improve and/or tackle them. Finally, practicing as many GDs as possible on varied topics to gain confidence is very important.
Careers360: What were the key factors which you think influenced your selection at GD stage?
NitinTibrewal: My structure of thoughts and moderating act in the group, coupled with my inputs in the form of key points helped me score.
Careers360: Did you appear for any other GD exercise at other top B-schools? Share a few experience.
NitinTibrewal: Other GDs were fine as well. I tried to gave a structure to the discussion and tried to moderate. But in some GDs, it became a fish market and it was difficult to moderate and put our inputs.
Personal Interview (PI) Experience
Careers360: How many members were there in your interview board?
NitinTibrewal: There were three members in my interview board.
Careers360: How was the interview structured? What was the percentage of questions asked from your academic background, professional experience, interest, and generic issues?
NitinTibrewal: The interview started off with an extempore. Thereafter, questions on the extempore and family business. There was almost no question from the academic or professional background. Only 1 question on hobby was asked.
Careers360: What was the toughest area for you to answer?
NitinTibrewal: The toughest area was questions on my family business. They went deep into enquiring about the same. I tackled them quite calmly answering almost every question honestly.
Careers360: What was the toughest moment during your PI?
NitinTibrewal: The toughest moment was when the interviewer confused me with another candidate and asked me questions on my background (actually his background, considering me to be him). I tackled them quite calmly. Finally I cleared the confusion.
Careers360: What were the key factors which you think influenced your selection at PI stage?
NitinTibrewal: My calmness, confidence and honesty.
Careers360: What is your advice to aspirants for Personal Interview?
NitinTibrewal: Stay confident and calm. Be pleasant and happy. The first question mostly influences your chances of success.
Careers360: Did you appear for any other PI exercise at other top B-schools? Please share a few experiences (where you went wrong).
NitinTibrewal: I went through the Group Interview at SP Jain, where I was grilled on my hobbies, particularly reading. What went wrong was myself getting a little stressed. Then at MDI, I was again grilled on my hobbies. This time I answered calmly and got selected as well.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your PI? When and how an aspirant should seriously start preparing for PI?
NitinTibrewal: The preparation should start with your analysis of strengths and weaknesses, followed by planning on how to improve and/or tackle them. Finally, appearing at as many mock interviews as possible is important to gain confidence and exposure to various situations.
Careers360: Any interesting moment from your PI which you would like to share with MBA aspirants?
NitinTibrewal: The panel was also a football enthusiast like me. The members discussed quite a lot with me and spent around 20 minutes arguing over football. In the end, we both laughed off at the playing style of different clubs.
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