XLRI, Jamshedpur (2021-22)

XLRI (Xavier School of Management) is the oldest B-school of India. It counts among the top 10 management institutes, as per the latest NIRF ranking, and also holds the status of being no. 1 private B-school. XLRI offers two-year full-time PGDM in Business Management (BM) and PGDM in Human Resource Management (HRM). The institute shortlists candidates on the basis of their scores in XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test).GRE and GMAT scores are also considered for shortlisting. The final merit list is determined by the candidate’s interview performance, overall profile, work experience, and othersuch factors.
Selection Process
PGDM admissions 2022 at XLRI followed the given order:
  • Shortlisting (based on XAT/GMAT/GRE score)
  • Personal Interview
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Interview Experiences
A group of three panellists interviewed the candidates based on their personality traits, academics, specialization preferences, work experience, and hobbies. Some of the candidates were also asked questions regarding their SOP. On average, each interview went on for 20-25 minutes, and there was a bit of cross-questioning. Here are some of the experiences shared by candidates interviewed for PGDM admissions 2022:
Interview 1:
Background:Work Ex of 25 months
XAT Percentile: 99.59
Questions:
  • Why are you wearing a black tie? Why are you wearing formals?
  • What’s your take on lungi being a formal wear?How will you convince foreign partnersfor the same? In what regions can lungi be worn atthe workplace?
  • So, you are from the fashion domain. Tell me something about the course.
  • Why MBA? (followed by lots of cross-questioning)
  • Which course (BM or HRM) will be your choice?
  • Look at that quote on the wall. Can you link to the field of HRM or BM or both?
The panel also discussed case-based job scenarios with the candidate.
Interview 2:
Background:B.Tech (Mechanical), Fresher
Questions:
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What do you think of the future of technology? Can technology replace humans? As you must know, many problems in the world are caused by technology, what’s your view on it?
  • Management has existed since long, then why hasn't it solved any problem?
  • What motivates you to opt for HRM? Why HRM and not BM?What's your understanding of HRM?
  • Which was your favourite subject in mechanical?
  • Why geography?
  • Why do disparities exist in India? But why are the resource-rich regions not economically wealthy?
  • Howis the industrial locationsdecided?
Interview 3:
Background:B.Tech, Work Ex of 27 months
Questions:
  • Tell me about your work.
  • Tell me the problems/challenges that blue-collar workers face.
  • You are already working in Tata Projects, then why MBA?
  • Why are supervisors harsh to labourers?
  • What change did you bring?
  • Why don’t birds get an electric shock while sitting on a wire? Under what conditions dotheysuffer shock?
  • Why do we use step-up and step-down transformers?
  • What isEarthing?
  • Tell me about your college.
  • How has the status of ‘institute of national importance’ changed your college?
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Interview 4:
Background:B.Com (H), Fresher
Questions:
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why do you want to join HR?
  • What qualities should one have to become an HR?
  • Why is there a decline in women labour since 2015?
  • Have you created any team?
  • On whose side do you think HR is? Company or employee?
  • How is HR involved in the complete life cycle of employees?
  • What did you learn in your internships?
The candidate was also asked several questions based on their SOP.
Interview 5:
Background:Economics Fresher
Questions:
  • How have your hobbies shaped you?
  • Tell us some examples/instances from your life where you had to take major decisions, and how has it changed you as a person?
  • Why HR?
  • Why XLRI?
The candidate was asked many behavioural questions and a few academic ones. There was also some cross-questioning related to past scenarios and how the candidate could relate them to the HR domain.
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