Indian Inst. of Technology, Kanpur (2017 - 18)

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The process of selection at IIT Kanpur consists of Group Discussion and a Personal Interview. (Personal Interviews may be clubbed with the other IITs which provide them with the scores of the candidates.)
Feedback - Group Discussion
Average Duration: 8 minutes to read, 5-7 minutes to discuss, 1-2 minutes/person for speaking
No. of Participants: 12-15
  • Case study: Lessons from bank frauds like Nirav Modi case. Will the loss of PNB be recovered from taxpayers of the country?
  • Case study: Henry Ford. How he ventured into the mass car production market, and his market strategies? Discuss the things that you could learn from him, and the problems of his approach.
  • MBA in India is highly over rated.
Feedback - Personal Interview
Average Duration: 15-20 minutes
No. of Panelists: 2-4
Excerpt from Interview 1-
Candidate Profile: B. Tech (CSE) with work experience
What was your job profile at Persistent systems? Have you heard of sandbox in Java? What is a virtual machine? What is JVM? (There were three jars one with cashew, one with almonds and one mix. The candidate was blindfolded and allowed to pick one at a time and look at it and keep it back) How many minimum attempts are needed to identify all three jars? Do you know about current news? Do you know about PPP and GDP? What are your hobbies? (The candidate mentioned cycling) Why does it become difficult to cycle when cycle gets slow? What is the physics behind this?
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Excerpt from Interview 2-
Candidate Profile: Fresher, B. Tech (CSE)
What have you basically done in your graduation? Do you have any work experience? So what have you learnt from this specialization course? Why MBA then? Why don't you pursue M. Tech? What are your long term goals? What exactly did this “optimization” part of your specialization entail? Have you done linear programming problems? Can you draw the graph for y=e^x. What about the graph of X cube? Solve this question (Given a probability question). Could you have used the combination formulae here? Have you done any extracurricular activities?
Excerpt from Interview 3-
Candidate Profile: B. Tech (Chemical) with work experience
Tell us about yourself. Describe your work experience. What did you study in economics during engineering? So, economics was in which semester in your college? Who is the professor of economics in your college? Solve the given problem (from calculus). (Some questions from chemistry)
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