Goa Institute of Management, Goa (2021-22)

Goa Institute of Management (GIM) accepts the scores of XAT, CAT, GMAT, and CMAT for admission to its PGDM programmes. Apart from the General PGDM, it offers specialised PGDM in Healthcare Management;Big Data Analytics; and Banking, Insurance & Financial Services. As per NIRF rankings, GIM features among the top 50 B-schools of India.
The final selection is based on the Entrance Test(XAT/ CAT/ GMAT/ CMAT) scores, past academic records, work experience, past accomplishments, and performance in admission rounds.
Selection Process
The admission procedure for GIM’s PGDM admissions 2022 followed the given order:
  • Shortlisting (based on CAT/ XAT/ GMAT/CMAT score)
  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • Personal Interview
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Written Ability Test (WAT)
For WAT, candidates are required to write 250-300words on a given topic.Listed below are some of the topics given for WAT round of PDGM admissions 2022:
  • Freedom of speech - an ideal or a mirage
  • OTT platforms
  • Death of the circus
  • Impact of selfies
  • Should same-gender marriage be legalised in India?
  • Make v/s Made in India
  • Leadership, a lonely position?
  • Applications of Augmented Reality
  • The cost of using social media
  • Youth and climate change
  • Should menstrual leave be implemented in organisations?
Group Discussion (GD)
In GD round, a group of six candidates were given a topic to discuss, and there was one panellist to judge the same. The candidates were asked to speak in favour of or against the topic.
They had 2 minutes to think and prepare, 1 minuteeach to speak, and the complete discussion was allotted around 40 minutes. Some of the GD topics were as follows:
  • Role of culture and creativity in management education
  • There should be no exams in MBA colleges
  • Are online platforms making us lazy?
  • Is it better to read from one history book or multiple history books?
  • Plastic Ban : Environment and Economic consequences
Interview Experiences
A group of two panellists evaluated the candidates on their academics, work experience, and general knowledge. Each interview went on for 10-15 minutes. Some of the candidates faced cross-questioning on their choice of PGDM and career goals. Here, you can take a glimpse at the interview experiences of five candidates at GIM:
Interview 1:
  • You have done graduation in mathematics. Why?
  • Why MBA and not doctorate in mathematics?
  • What is the difference between applied and pure mathematics?
  • What is your goal in life after doing MBA? Have you done any course in finance?
  • Why do you want to join GIM?
  • Why should GIM accept you?
  • Do you stay updated with news, and how?
  • Which subjects did you study in graduation? Which one did you struggle with?
Interview 2:
Background: Economics
  • Tell us about your achievements and goals.
  • Why take an economics degree?
  • Name a book by Adam Smith.
  • Who is your favourite economist?
  • Give some examples of Stagflation.
  • Tell me some examples of behavioural economics.
  • How can economics degree help in management career?
  • What is your hobby? At which stage are you at classical music?Why not take music exams? Tell us about ‘raagbhimpalasi’.
  • Any questions for us?
  • What other calls do you have?
Interview 3:
Background:Finance/ Accounting
  • Tell me something about yourself.
  • Why MBA?
  • Which is your dream company to work in?
  • Which newspaper do you follow?
  • Which is your favourite subject?
  • What other calls do you have?
The candidate was also asked questions related to accounting and given a question on probability.
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Interview 4:
  • What is the meaning of your name?
  • Tell us three good things about yourself.
  • What is the difference between RAM and ROM? What is the difference between static RAM and dynamic RAM?
  • What other calls do you have?
Interview 5:
  • Tell me about yourself and your family.What are your family members currently doing? What is your father’s business?
  • Why MBA after graduation? Why not after do MBA after some work experience?
  • Tell me the priority order of your programme choice? (PGDM core or BIFS or both?) Are you open to BIFS also?
  • Tell me about any recent scandal of the banking sector.
  • How willyour long-term goal align with MBA?
  • What is NPA?
  • Tell me three things about your city for which it is famous.
  • What other calls do you have?
  • Do you have any questions for us?
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