by Kashish Narula, PGPM 2015-17, MDI Gurgaon
This being my first experience sharing article, I opted to share my experience of GD-PI-WAT first at MDI Gurgaon as this is my alma mater and one of the most reputed B-schools of the country. It started with me getting a call from MDI Gurgaon with a score of 99.15%ile in CAT 2014.
First talking about the selection process in general, since MDI shortlists students with people having a score of more than 94.5%ile, a lot of students appear for this B-school GD-PI-WAT. The weightage criteria for MDI is still a mystery and changes every year but is speculated to have around 50-60% weightage for CAT score followed by 20-30% weightage of GD-PI-WAT and rest 20% on past academics and diversity.
These GD-PIs happen across various centres all over the country at different centres in the month of February and March and 1st list for all three programs (PGPM, PGHR, and PGP-IM), based on preference, is out in the month of April. The session starts around the 3rd week of June.
Coming back to my experience, I came to MDI Gurgaon for my process. It happened in the morning slot on 25th Feb 2015. Before coming to the centre, we had to fill a FORM which includes all our basic details such as past scores, work-ex, preferences, achievements etc. These details are verified on arrival at the centre with the original documents.
We were then divided into groups of 12 students and a GD happened on the topic: “Indians feel that racism happens only in the West and we are the worst victims of all”. After the GD we were told to summarize our GD in 100 words (square box space on the paper given). There were 2 teachers analyzing us and gave us only 10 minutes for GD and 2 minutes for WAT.
After our GD, we all waited for our PI turns in the waiting hall. On talking, I could figure out that my panel included 8 engineers and 9 of us were having some prior work-ex. Since I am myself an engineer with only 1 year of work-ex, I was happy to be a part of the majority group.
My interview happened at 9th position in the panel and a B.Com. student from SRCC was before me. Sir asked me if I had talked to other students also before me for questions being asked. I told them honestly that I did so they asked me which question I found the toughest, so I told the question on “Law of diminishing returns” being asked to the SRCC guy as panelists were also not expecting a Civil engineer to know such terms. Had I mentioned something related to Land Acquisition Bill, Railway Budget etc., it won’t have created much of an impression, so opting something technical was a safe bet. They asked me why I didn’t know anything so I said I am a Civil Engineer and I am not very good in economics.
Listening to this, they got more curious to know more about my technical background and asked me question such as different types of finishing possible for flooring, why did the WTC fall, what is the future of steel structure in India, etc. Note here, I had worked with L&T Constructions as Civil Engineer, so I also wanted to talk more about my work experience than the current affairs and I drove my interview from the start.
It ended with a small talk on my strengths and weaknesses and they told me to leave. The interview went like a conversation as they were unaware of technical facts and I could easily lead my 15-20 minutes long interview. The result came and I got my first preference in the first merit list itself.
Kashish Narula is a student of Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon.
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