IMT, Ghaziabad - Interview Experiences

To gain admission to the best business schools, you must achieve a high score in the Common Admissions Test (CAT) or similar other entrance tests. Once done with that, you will need to pass a few more rounds before you can be officially admitted. If you are likely to head to the reputed Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), then you better get ready for the next rounds of selection. At this point, you will be on the battleground with the applicants, who have been carefully chosen from a wide range of demographics and experiences.
Candidates seeking admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)/ Master of Business Administration (MBA) are evaluated based on how well they match the program's academic and professional requirements.
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About IMT
The Institute of Management Technology (IMT) in Ghaziabad was founded in 1980 and is recognised as one of the top business schools in the country by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). For all three campuses (Ghaziabad, Nagpur, Hyderabad), IMT follows a common admissions procedure. It provides a variety of management courses, such as full-time PGDM (General/ Marketing/ Finance), PGDM BFS (Banking & Financial Services), PGDM Executive, PGDM Dual Country Programme (DCP) and Fellow Program in Management (FPM). The institute also offers several management development programs, certificate courses and customised training.
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Selection Procedure at IMT
In the first stage of PGDM admissions, IMT shortlists applicants on the basis of their CAT/ XAT/ GMAT scores. For the Nagpur and Hyderabad campuses, CMAT scores are also accepted. Thereafter, the candidates need to appear for the critical thinking test and a personal interview. The final admission list of applicants is compiled after gauging past academic scores, diversity, CT-PI performance, entrance test scores, and job history.
CT Topics Given at IMT
In this phase, applicants are supposed to write on a particular topic in 30 minutes. Recent events or overarching ideas often form the topics for Critical Thinking (CT) test. Within the allotted time, applicants are expected to submit an essay of roughly 500 words, similar to the essay-writing or WAT round at other B-schools. During past admissions, the following topics were given in the CT round:
  • Crisis is the finest teacher
  • Pros and Cons of Work-From-Home
  • Can India's economy depend upon domestic demand to propel its economy?
  • Is "Make in India" movement successful?
Interview Questions at IMT
The candidates are interviewed by a panel of two experts who probe them about their aspirations, past experiences, interests, and areas of expertise. Some candidates are also asked questions on their SOP and CT topics. A few candidates are subjected to intense cross-questioning. The duration of every interview is between 20-30 minutes. The following are some of the interview questions from previous PGDM admissions:
Academics & Work Experience
  • Rank your abilities as a leader.
  • Clarify the difference between a "firm" and "company."
  • Which brands do you appreciate for their marketing strategies? Have you ever heard a response from Coca-Cola to the criticism that their product is unhealthy?
  • What exactly is influencer marketing?
  • Describe your area of expertise and the tasks you are responsible for in your current position. Where does HSBC come from?
  • Why did you choose French?
Current Events & General Awareness
  • If you were to choose between Trump and Biden, who would it be and why?
  • RBI serves what purpose?
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Hobbies & Extra-Curriculars
  • When comparing a Social Enterprise and a Non-Governmental Organization, what are the key distinctions?
  • Identify three characteristics that should characterise a team player. Can you compare and contrast working on a team at a workplace with playing on a football team?
  • How about the Indian version of Shark Tank? Did you like Ashneer Grover? Why?
  • Which book did you finish reading most recently?
Personality Traits & Goals
  • Exactly who is it that you look up to and admire?
  • Why don’t you continue in the same job?
  • If you fast forward 20 years, what is your plan for getting started then?
  • As opposed to working for someone else, what is the point of becoming an entrepreneur?
  • You can take an online course; why opt for a regular MBA?
  • Which path would you pick if you could become an actor or a politician?
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