Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2021-22)

Vinod Gupta School of Management (VGSoM)is a key department of the reputed IIT Kharagpur. VGSoMoffers a two-year full-time MBA programme, that focuses on nurturing entrepreneurial and managerial skills in students. In the first stage, the candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT scores, academic performance, and similar other factors. The final admission list is prepared as per the candidates’CAT scores, interview performance, and application rating.
Selection Process
The procedure for MBA admissions is as follows:
  • Shortlisting (based on CAT scoreand overall profile)
  • Personal Interview (PI)
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Interview Experiences
MBA interviews at IIT-Kh were carried out by a panel of three members. The candidates were asked about their work experience, internship, academic background, and hobbies. In the case of working professionals, detailed questions were put on the job profile, responsibilities, and related sectors.Each interview went on for 15-25 minutes. Here are the interview experiences of four candidates at VGSoM:
Interview 1:
Background:Working Professional
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Do you know about Nifty? And Sensex?Why two exchanges?
  • What is the Metric index?
  • Are you aware of any scams of the stock exchange?
  • How didHarshad Mehta get money to manipulate the stock market?
  • What solution would you suggest for the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict?
  • How is demand forecasting done in a company? Can you tell me about some market research methods?
  • Can you define stress and strain? What are the different types of stress? What is Spring function?How do you solve the differential spring function?
  • How to find the mean of discreet random numbers? What is the mean of continuous functions?
  • Explain your role. What projects did you do? What did you do for monitoring?What have you learned in your company? What do you think you will learn in MBA?
  • Do you have any questions?
  • How do you think your interview went?
Interview 2:
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Whichtopics of mathematics did you learn in engineering?
  • Given f(x)dx limit a to b, define what an integral is. Give the exact definition for it. Draw a graph related to it.
  • What is an event?What are independent events? How do you test independent events? Take the case of US involvement in the Russia-Ukraine crisis and relate it to independent events.
  • What is a set? Are events sets?
  • Are you aware of the recentPlastic Summit?What was discussed? Which polymers produce dioxanes and fluorines? How can we manage plastic waste? How will we chemically treat plastic waste?
  • What are your hobbies? What is your favourite music genre? Name some singers from this genre. What is Pink Floyd? Name its members.
The candidate was asked detailed questions on the environmental issues caused by plastics.
Interview 3:
Background:B.Tech (Electrical), Work Ex of 29 monthsat TATA Projects Limited
CAT Percentile: 95.20
  • How are you?
  • Where have you logged in from?
  • Tell me something about yourself.
  • Can I ask you some mathematics questions?
  • Find the derivative of y= 15, 15x, 15x2, 15/x, and 15/x2
  • What will be the integration of y = 15*e to power x? Now, carry out this integration with limits.
  • Do you know L'Hospital's rule?
  • What are the formulas fornCr and nPr? Which has bigger value?
  • Which college are you from?
  • What is your view on solar energy in India?
  • What is the future of EVs in India? What is the future of driverless vehicles in India?
  • Why is Elon Musk famous among youth?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • Any questions for us?
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Interview 4:
Background:B.Tech (Chemical Engineering), Work Ex in Reliance Industries Ltd
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Are you currently working?Tell me about your job role.
  • Which stream did you graduate in? Which is your favourite subject?What did you learn in Heat Transfer?
  • Tell me something about your hometown.What are the problems in the city?Any current affairs?
  • Do you know about the Russia-Ukraine war?What is your opinion on it?
  • Tell us aboutthe recent elections.
  • So, you have interned at BPCL. Is it a private or government company?What is a government company called?Any other PSUs in the oil and gas sector?
  • Tell me about your internship.Tell me about the project on the calculation of furnace efficiency.
  • If I want to do maintenance of a furnace, will I have to shutdown the whole plant?How long does it take for the maintenance of a furnace?
  • Do you know about the Nord Stream 2?
  • Do you know about Nuclear plants?
  • What do you do in your free time? So, you are interested in cricket, tell me about the two new teams and their owners. What else are you passionate about? Tell me about any recent happenings in Formula 1.Name the teams in F1. Any Indian team?
  • Any questions you want to ask?
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