Saturday, February 7, 2009

GD/PI @ IRMA - An experience

This has to be one of my best experiences of giving an Interview
(haven't given many before :D).
But seriously, must be said that the Group Discussions and Interviews were very well conducted. And they don't give a damn to your certificates or how u dress. I went in with my floaters on and no one questioned me even once!!!
PS: That said, not wearing formal shirts and trousers would be going a bit over the top!

It all began at precisely 9:00 am when we got our name tags. We then had a briefing session which was followed by question-answer round where the director was himself there to answer our queries.I was very impressed by him :)
One thing that everyone there makes it very clear right from the beginning is that MBA at IRMA is not something anyone can do...u need to have a feeling towards rural mgmt.
We were divided into three groups (instead of 4) as attendance was low...just 28 out of 40.

I was in group 1 so our Group Discussion started immediately. The topic given was 'Indian security services have failed to fulfill their duties in big cities. Do you agree?' The same topic was given to group 2 who had their GD going parallel to ours and the topic for the third group was something to do with credit cards. Are credit cards useful or something like that.
The group task then involved numbering nine strategies based on their importance for the Indian Planing Commission.We had to first number them individually and then come to a group consensus after 20 mins of discussion.We managed to come at a consensus for only 5 points out of 9 :(
The nine strategies were like
1)Increasing food and commercial crops
2)Increasing literacy
3)Reducing population growth
etc etc etc.
After the GD we had an essay writing session. The topic was 'Successful sportspersons earn a lot of money through various means. Some people justify it while others think it is unfair.Express your views'. This is not for evaluation and is only to know whether you need extra lessons in English before joining

We then had some not very good food for 40 bucks. (a 'taste' of things to come ahead?? )
I had my interview at 2:30pm. I think the PI experience depends on the panel that you get. I was lucky to have got a pretty chill panel (two faculty members and a psychologist) though other candidates weren't grilled much as well.
I managed to divert the conversation to environmental protection fairly early in the interview and i have pretty good knowledge about it so wasn't a big problem. Some questions asked were:
1)Why rural management after E&C engineering
2)What part cud technology play in rural development
3)What are the problems faced by the world with respect to the environment.
4)Do you know about ozone depletion
5)Why not choose some institute in forest management etc if u r so interested in environment.
6)Did you appear for any other admission tests
7)Tell us about ur family.
and other general questions based on use of technology for environmental protection...
and finally any question that you would like to ask us...I asked a very dumb question so forget it!

so am waiting a little anxiously for the results...fingers crossed :)

EDIT: I managed to get in with a normalized score of 53.04 ...Yayy!!!