Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (2019 - 20)

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The selection process at IIM C consists of essay writing (WAT), followed by personal interview round.
Feedback – Essay Writing (WAT)
Duration: 25 minutes
Word Limit: 300 words
  • Are we fighting a losing war against environmental degradation?
  • Unemployment due to economic slowdown
  • Social Media has become a powerful tool. Many feel we need to control the content on social media. But some people feel it will violate their right to expression. What are your views on this?
  • Farmers committing suicide is a major issue that the nation faces at present. What steps can the government take to help prevent this? Which other organisations can help with their expertise?
Feedback - Personal Interview
Duration: 20-30 minutes
No. of Panelists: 3
Excerpt from Interview 1:
Candidate Profile: B.Tech (ECE), Fresher
How do you justify your low percentage in B.Tech? Why IIM Calcutta? Why should we take you, considering you couldn't do well in your graduation? So, you were Accounts and Finance Head in the core team of that fest. What were your primary responsibilities? So, it was a Balance sheet or a profit and loss statement? Did you make any profit out of that fest? So what happened of that money? What is a balance sheet? Are you placed? What are your other calls? Do you follow news? Who's coming to visit India? Where? When are the presidential elections in USA? Who are the faces from Democratic and Republican party? How are they elected to be the presidential candidates? So Donald Trump is getting support from which states of the US? When are the elections in Madhya Pradesh? And which Indian states are going to have their elections this year? What are your hobbies? So, what kind of movies do you like? Who is your favourite Director? What do you like about him? So, what is your favourite way of story narration? Tell us about your internship work.
Excerpt from Interview 2:
Candidate Profile: B.Tech (Chemical Engineering), Fresher
So you study at IIT Madras? Why take an interview in Mumbai? Which other calls do you have? What is CAP? So you did not get a call from Ahmedabad and Bangalore? Why do you think? What’s your percentile? And in class 10th, 12th? Are you from state board? But all engineers have a quant background. Why you? How is IIT Madras? Is Chemical of IIT Madras known? So why did you choose Chemical Engineering? If you’re happy with Chemical Engineering, why do you want to do MBA? Do you think IIM Calcutta will be able to offer you all of this? Where did you get placed? And how much are they paying you? Then why do you wish to come to IIM Calcutta? So, do you know that Donald Trump almost got impeached recently? Why was he considered for impeachment and why didn’t it proceed? Trump was also in India, at the Motera stadium and walls were erected in order to hide slums. Do you think it was a right move? So, you think we should be honest when dealing with nations? So, how would you go about striking a deal with Trump?
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Excerpt from Interview 3:
Candidate Profile: B.Tech (ECE), Fresher
Let’s talk about one interesting thing you did during your college. What is this course about and why did you pursue it? Talk about that one movie which inspired you to take up this course. What are your hobbies? What is the book that you are currently reading? What is it about? What other books you read? The books are vastly different in range. How did you find up the list? When was ‘To kill a mocking bird’ book released? Who was the author? How many books did she write? Who was the actor in to kill a mocking bird? Can you name 3 movies of Gregory Peck, since you are into film studies? You read sapiens, right? What subject did the author specialise in? Where is he now and what does he do? Do you know the relationship between religion and consumerism? So, why are your grades so low in second semester? What’s your rank in your class? Can you name some coaching institutes? (Given a mathematics question to solve)
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