Indian Institute of Management, Shillong (2016 - 17)

Process:
The admission process at IIM Shillong consists of case based group discussion followed by personal interview.
Feedback – Case based Group Discussion
Topic:
  • The case was about a cake manufacturing company which was facing losses for the past few months and had a personal brand of cakes. It was given an opportunity to become a subcontractor for another company. So, the candidates were asked to suggest the right course of action. 
Feedback- Personal Interview
No. of panelists: 2
Duration: 30 mins
Excerpts from Interview 1-
Candidate Profile: B. Tech in Electronics and Computer Engineering, Fresher
Oh so you are from Hyderabad? Where do you stay in Hyderabad? How did you come here?  Did you come here today or yesterday? Which train did you board, the overnight one or the morning one? Are you going back today? (He asked this because the candidate had taken his travel bag to the GD room because of instructions from the Admissions Team about personal property. This was also because he had accidentally knocked over a fellow candidate while taking the lift and P2 was in the lift while this happened) Oh that’s nice! Have fun in the afternoon and tomorrow. So, tell me the difference between Hyderabad and Secunderabad? I wanted the answer in terms of the difference in culture. You are a Gujarati. What are you doing in Hyderabad? When did you shift there? You must be having a business? I mean your grandfather must have started a business? Is your father a farmer too? What does your father do? Why didn’t your father continue to be a farmer like your grandfather?  But you are a Shah? Everything right from the application form to the profession of your family is weird! You mentioned that you love participating in debates? Where do you participate and how often do you participate in them? When was your last debate? What was the topic given? You mentioned that you worked as a Marketing Head of an NGO. What was your role and what did you do there?  Oh! How much money did you raise? When did the NGO start? Who started it? Why did you specifically become the Marketing Head?  Tell me something about TCP/IP? Tell me about the layers in TCP and how many are there? Since you studied DWDM recently, tell me the three schemas from Data Warehousing and Data Mining?  What subject is Product Service and Design and why did you study that? Do you know what disruptive innovation is? How was your academic performance in college? What did you study in Project Management and Structured Finance?
Excerpts from Interview 2-
Candidate Profile: B. Tech in mechanical engineering, Fresher
Why are your engineering grades so low? You were a promising student in school, what happened? Okay, so you’re from Chandigarh. What’s the symbol that welcomes you when you reach Chandigarh? What does it mean? What does the thumb signify? It’s Okay, So you’ve done some parliamentary debating, what is Westminster Parliament?  Do you know who DC of Chandigarh is? What is the difference between the car designed by him, and let’s say Honda? So Modi ji needs so many engineers for his skill India initiative and you are here, shouldn’t you be supporting our Prime Minister’s cause?  So you’ve accepted already that you’re not a good engineer? You’ve not even been in the industry.