Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (2018 - 19)

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The process of selection at IIM L consists of Essay Writing (WAT) followed by Personal Interview.
Feedback - Essay Writing (WAT)
Average Duration: 15 minutes
Word Limit: 300 words
  • India will be better off by using paper ballot system in elections.
  • Increasing consumerism is the fallout of e-commerce.
  • Artificial Intelligence - The future or just a buzz?
  • Fitness should be a compulsory criterion for admission into MBA.
  • Social Media is leading to rise in loneliness.
Feedback - Personal Interview
Average Duration: 15-20 minutes
No. of Panelists: 2-3
Excerpt from Interview 1-
Candidate Profile: B.Tech (Mechanical), Work Experience of 2 years in government sector
Tell me something about yourself. Oh! You worked at Rakshak Foundation. What was your role? Do you know the headquarters of this foundation? Why did you take this internship? So, you were preparing for UPSC. Why did you leave your preparation and what made you turn towards MBA? So, getting a job in audit department made you forget about your IAS aspiration? What is your role in the whole audit process? What is the difference between audit and investigation? What other calls do you have? You are from Jaipur. So, what is Jaipur famous for? Can you tell any famous personality from Jaipur? Do you know any sportsperson from Jaipur? What does Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore play? In which year did he get Padma Bhushan Award? What are your views about the recent budget? Tax exemption is done to grab votes. Do you also think so? Ok let’s solve one problem (The interviewer wrote an equation on paper and asked me the value of variables a, b and c.) Are you sure or you still want to give it a try? Give me integral solution. You did mechanical engineering from IIT-Delhi. How does it feel to study from one of the best institute in the country? ok, you did a project on AI. So, tell me can AI ever take over human intelligence? What are your favorite subjects in Mechanical Engineering? Can you calculate the diameter of a steel wire which can withstand some 'X' Newton of force?
Excerpt from Interview 2-
Candidate Profile: B.Com, CA, Work Experience of 11 months at Deloitte Haskins
What is your graduation stream? So you cleared CA in 2016? Are you working currently? You cleared CFA exams? What other calls you have? So done with Calcutta interview? Why such a low score in graduation? You have so low score in subjects like Business Administration and Statistics, then why do you want to go for MBA? So you think IIM L teaches leadership? What is the difference between manager and a leader? Among Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, who's a manager and who's a leader? Are you sure? What is difference between a political leader and business leader? How many of the Tata CEOs and top management do you know about? Why do you want to join IIM L? (Interviewer gave a compound interest question to solve)
Excerpt from Interview 3-
Candidate Profile: B.Tech (Mechanical), Fresher
Introduce yourself. What other calls do you have? How many interviews done so far? What are your views on Ravan? So according to you what Ravan did was wrong? Compare Ravan with Lakshman. According to you, who is better in what they did? Suppose you're about to launch a product. How will you decide whether this will be successful or not? What is a brand? Who is the Vice president of India? How is he selected? Why diesel engine is not used in bikes? World bank and IMF both provide loans. What's the difference between them? Do you read newspapers? Your college uses a range of scores for grading. IIML has grading relative to the topper. Do you think you can compete? You have principles of management (PoM) as a subject and have scored A+? What all did you read in PoM? Why should we select you?
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Excerpt from Interview 4-
Candidate Profile: B.Tech (Chemical), Work Experience of 18 months at TATA Steel
Tell us about this theory of suicide by Durkheim that you have mentioned in your WAT? So, what were Durkheim’s suggestions to fight loneliness? Suggest some solutions to combat the rising loneliness epidemic. So how can we promote the culture of reading among teenagers and school children? There are already classes devoted to reading in schools, what’s new about your idea? Ok, think you are the director of CBSE and you are supposed to implement this suggestion in schools. Tell us how you would go about doing it and implement in effectively. So do you yourself read books? So, what is their business model? (Candidate previously mentioned about Nike) You read any fiction? Don’t you think Hosseini and Murakami only focus on Afghanistan and Japan respectively? What about representation for the rest of the world? Do you read fantasy? Who should not be named in the HP series and why? Character who was in the 8th movie but not in rest of the movies? What is the full name of Dumbledore? Have you got calls from any other IIMs? What do you think Lucknow should do so that you reject all those calls and join our institute? Still, you must have thought about it a bit. Or will you follow the herd like you did during engineering?
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