Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (2020 - 21)

The selection process at IIM B consists of essay writing (WAT), followed by personal interview.
Feedback - Essay Writing (WAT)
Average Duration: 25 minutes
Word Limit: 250
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Feedback - Personal Interview
Excerpt from Interview 1
Candidate’s Profile: B.Com  Fresher
Duration: 15 minutes
No. of Panelists: 2
Questions: Why do you wish to opt for business analytics? Do you have any prior experience in this field?What all are your areas of interest?Gave a puzzle to solve.Asked to analyze a data graph.Have you studied calculus?
Excerpt from Interview 2
Candidate’s Profile: Work Experience- 18 months
Number of Panelists: 3
Duration- 12-15 Minutes
Questions: How come you went to the UK (The University of Warwick for Economics)? Was it primarily for Education? Can you throw some light on this extreme emphasis on the Ease of Doing business? Are there any concrete implications of these rankings in terms of foreign investments? (candidate had a detailed discussion) Does a higher / better ranking implies more investment? Mention one major criterion that a foreign investor will look at before investing in India? The panelist gives an example of China. Asks a question on Chinese government interference in the business sector? Tell us whether Citi bank is an investment bank or a commercial bank? Explain the difference between an investment bank and a commercial bank? Explain what is a hostile takeover? (Candidate elaborates on the above point.) Are hostile takeovers common in India? A decision making question:Think that you are a promoter of a cash-rich IT firm that has excess cash in the books. The company officials decide to give out excess cash to the shareholders. Tell us the different ways in which this company can do it?
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Excerpt from Interview 3
Candidate Profile: Batchelor of Arts (History, Economics, Public Administration as major subjects)
Number of Panelists: 4
Duration- 15 – 20 Minutes
Questions: Introduce yourself? You have an Arts student, what made you incline towards Management side?  Why did Raghuram Rajan put the limit on inflation to be in between 3 to 5 percent during his tenure as RBI Governor? What is your comment on it? As you're a history grad, give some insight on mythologies like Ramayana and Mahabharatha? Questions were asked on Hobbies. Photography related questions were asked. How to get a good picture in low light conditions? What is the category in our history that interests you? What led to Britisher's accomplishments in India? What could have been done differently by the people at that time so that Britishers might have lost to colonize our land?
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