With NMIMS CD PI Preparation Course already getting much love and trust of NMIMS Aspirants this year, we bring to you in this article select elaboration of NMIMS CD PI Experiences. At the outset, we are working with all of you expecting NMIMS Calls this year to continue our track record of 100% Converts for NMIMS Mumbai and Bangalore with the help of NMIMS CD PI Preparation Course.
NMIMS CD PI Experiences
STUDENT 1 [Engineer, with 3 Years of IT Experience, NMAT Score: 216, Result: Converted]
CD (case study) experience
12 candidates per panel, time allowed for case reading: 5 min. and time for discussion: 20 min.
Case given: The given case was based on the job opportunities in the Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities. A bar graph was given and we had to discuss on the reasons for the same.
• There was no fish market in the CD and everyone put forward their points along with assumptions and explanations.
• My strategy: I started the case discussion and gave strong points initially. Then I made 2 more entries throughout my discussion. Keep limited but meaningful entries.
Suggestion: In the time given to read, clearly jot down the major points on which you will speak. Be assertive and not aggressive. Try if you can give structure and direction to the discussion. You don’t need to come to a conclusion. Your thought process is what is examined. Try to be one of the first three speakers in your case discussion. Don’t start any argument or be a part of it. Keep an eye contact with all the candidates in your panel.
Personal Interview (10 mins)
P1: Just observing, P2: keeps on barging in between my answers, P3: pleasant
1. Hi, what is the meaning of your name?
2. What have you learnt in your 3 years of work experience?
3. Why is the IT sector doing well especially in the last 2 years or so?
4. Is TCS doing better or Infosys? Data for attrition rate?
5. Most of the IT people are leaving their jobs for MBA. What would be the percentage in your opinion? Why so less? Are you sure?
6. Which specialization would you choose if you are selected?
7. Choose now between Marketing and Finance.
8. What is the one difference between Selling and Marketing?
9. What are the other calls you have?
10. Any questions for us?
Suggestions: Be confident and think before you speak. More or less, every candidate had 10-15 minutes of PI, so you need to be honest as well as convincing in your answers. If you can’t answer one question, don’t let it dampen your spirits. Keep a smile throughout the process, it helps.
The given case was on a supervisor who calls a team meeting whenever he has to take an important decision. He is also biased towards some of his subordinates. Is the manner in which he takes decisions always correct? (15min to write about the problem at hand and give solutions)
Case discussion ( 5 mins for reading and 15mins for discussion)
In a company OEC, there is a vacancy for a supervisor’s post for a start up in Gaza strip. The job requirements are given. Also are given, the profiles of 5 candidates. We were needed to discuss about each of them and rank them in order of preference. The group had to reach a consensus.
Personal Interview (10-15 mins)
P1: sleepy, P2: energetic and smiling
1. Hi, take us through your life (experiences) till now.
2. What have you learnt in your graduation days?
3. Tell us more about your social work in TCS. What inspires you to work for the underprivileged children?
4. How has the experience (about work) been at TCS?
5. What is the role of an HR person?
6. You are doing well in your company. Don’t you think an MBA would change your work profile? Is it for the good?
7. So, now that you know how HR works, what is your preference – MBA Core or MBA HR?
8. We can’t assure that after 2 years you will get a handsome salary. You might be expecting a lot, your thoughts?
9. What is your family background?
10. What role do you see yourself in after doing MBA HR?
STUDENT 2 – Production Engineer – Score 211 – Result: Converted
Case Study – Teacher Training Programme in India has not been effective in India . No effective teachers are being produced Through Training Programme . It is better to stop all these Training Programme and save public money to build Toilets and infrastructures in Schools.
Personal Interview : Professor 1 ( Anirban Das ) Professor 2 ( Not Able to find )
P2 – So, you are a production engineer , how production engineering is different from mechanical engineering ?
Me : Told ( There are few Papers that are more managerial that we study in 7th and 8th Semester )
P2 : No , I am not asking about papers , but as an overall role they play ?
Me : Mostly Production Engineers are handling role that mostly relates directly to production like production supervisor or even in PPC their role comes …..LiKE in my company mostly these roles were given to a prod. Engg. ( I was exception )
P2 : Ok, So u were in PPC ?
Me : No, sir I was in L&D , working as Training Manager.
P2 : Ok, What u were Doing?
Me: Explained them in detail about how Time , motion study was used in training to reduce skill conversion time .
P2 : Wait ? What is that skill conv??
Me: Sir, it is time taken to convert a trainee into operator ( Conversion of Skill level )
P2 : Ok , Can you tell me what are the types of yarn?
Me: Sir , It depends on Count ( I.e Thickness of fibre is called count ) Varies from 1 to 100.( Can varie more)
P2 : Ok , Can you tell me how variability in yarn can be dealt with variability in production?
Me : Stuck ( Blank )
P2 : Did you understand my question …?
Me : Sir ,Can you repeat that….
P2 : Ok, tell me what are variabilities in yarn that comes?
Me : Sir , only the thickness and initially some mixing comes into play other than this if you are taking dyeing into account . it was not done in our plant.
P2 : Laughingly , Ok dying was not done there ?
Me: No , sir only yarn manufacturing.
P2 : What about Arvind mills ? Look towards P1 laughingly
Me : Sir, I don’t have any idea about Arvind mills but they are also in textile and Vardhman is the major leader in yarn industry. ( Later I came to know Arvind is in Ahmedabad )
P2 : Asked one more question related to what parameter to look into Fully automated plant ? ( Don’t remember exactly )
Me: Answered , but was corrected by P2 .
P1 comes into play
P1 : So Anup you have written that you are looking for some data to agree with author ? ( Referrin to WAT )
Me: Yes, sir as I think without proper data , we are mere giving opinions .
P1 : But what you will do with that data , they are mere chunk of numbers?
Me: Sir, We all can share our opinions and views in day to day life but taking such decision of stopping training programmes without any sound data analysis is vague.
P1: What data are you looking for?
Me : Sir, I would say what are the % of students getting failed in schools % of teachers passed/failed through these training programmes.
P1 : But still how data can help you in making decision ?
Me: Sir , I would like to add one point that recently a data was released by aspiring mind showing unemployability among 80 % of engineer ……this figure 0f 80 make us think that problem is grave and engineers are not getting job ……if the same figure would have been 10% or 5% , we don’t bother much…data’s are helpful in understanding different scenario..
P1 : Tried to question again but P2 came into play …
P2 : So , Do you think so many engineers are not getting job ….there should be some training for professors of engg. Colleges?
Me : Definitely , sir…There is a need for that…( Confidently )
P2 : (Smiles) Why you think so?
Me : Sir , the education is not job oriented there , even lot of my peers after getting job faced lot of problems in their job as they felt what they are learning now , should have been done in college itself . like I myself faced lot of problem in learning excel as most of my work was related to data and I was not good with that……
P2 : (Going completely out of the track) But most of the parliamentarians are given training but yet it is dysfunctional?
Me : Sir, I think two opposing parties would never like to agree on to same views
P2 : You are also giving opinion now……how can you say that..?
Me : Sir, we can look for data in this case also.
P2: Ok , What data u will look?
Me : What number of bills were passed /not passed …..blahh…..
P2 : (seems satisfied)Ok, data of republican and democrat will be helpful in this?
Me: Yes , it can be…
P2 : Ok….Anup u was working in L&D …Can happiness be taught?
Me : Sir , it can be but mostly comes from inside.
P1 : Which is the happiest country in world?
Me : Switzerland.
P2 : Ok, What is happiness index?
Me: Sir, Not sure about it.
P2 : So did you guess?
Me: I studied about it somewhere …and about its measurement but was not aware about index.
P1 : Which neighbouring country of India follows this index?
Me : P1 gave hint , then I guessed Bhutan.
P2 : I can see you published a paper in international Journal ..what was that?
P2 : Ok, There is one more paper that you presented individually in some International Seminar…Where it was held?
Me: Sir, It was held in Goa.
P2 : What was it all about?
Me : Sir, this Seminar was on Emerging Trends of Entrepreneurship……and I presented a paper on Trends of direct selling Business and its impact
P2 : So you did some research on to that?
Me: Yes, sir
P1 : So, you read newspaper?
Me : Sir , not a regular reader but follows financial market ….regularly as I want to pursue a career in finance…..blahh…
P1 : ok , Tell me about Jan Dhan Yojana ?
Me : Told
P1 : Don’t you think opening so many account is a problem?
Me : Definitely , sir ….if I go to sbi they would take atleast 2 days to open my account may be more than that also…..so opening crores of account in short span of time ….definitely a problem.
P2 : Smiling as I answered
P1 : So, Anup Last question……How much forex reserve India has?
Me : Sir, not sure about reserve but I know GDP is 2 trilliion$.
P1 : Starts Laughing ….I was going to ask this question but acha hua nhipucha otherwise you would have answered..Not a problem take a guess..
Me : Sir…..40 billion $ ……I know about world’s forex is somewhat 80 trillion $ not sure about India.s
P1 & P2 – OK…Anup u can leave.
STUDENT 4 – NMAT Score: 210, RESULT: Converted
CD Topic : An antiques collector has a very important artifact which is believed to be bringing good luck to a tribe in the Amazon. But there is no scientific proof. If you are the collector, would you give the artifact back to the tribe?
Ethics based CD.
Special Points for CD : Smile. Smile when the panel arrives. Smile when they look at you. Say thank you when they give you the CD paper. Do not attack anybody, you will get a chance to speak. Say valid points. Look at the group while speaking. You are discussing the case with the, not with the panel. Listen intently. listening helps not to repeat important points which have already been said once or twice. Be original. Say original points and give original inferences. The CD is meant for you to display your analytical, people, vocab and public speaking skills. Being polite gives brownie points too.
PI Review : I entered the room after knocking and asking permission. I was told to sit. I only remember a few questions as there was a barrage of questions from go time.
Panel of 3. M1 55+, F1 55+, F2 45+
F2 – (on my internship) Is this a family concern from which you have done your internship? Said – Not immediate family, its my Mama’s firm. It’s an NBFC registered with RBI.
F1 – What is Mama called in English? Said Uncle. F1 – What uncle? Said Maternal Uncle.
F2 – Walk me through what you did after graduation. Explained – First studying for MBA entrances. Didn’t get through. So uncle offered an internship as I was a finance student. Did internship for 8 months. The started an import-export firm. (All eyebrows raised) So then explained what all I did in the company. Why shut down. Reasons – Bureaucracy and bribery.
F2 – Bureaucracy and bribery will be everywhere. What makes you think doing an MBA will take you away from all this? Said – No it won’t. But I won’t compromise on ethics and moral even if it means shutting down a profitable business.
F2 – What do you think about the current prices of dal in India? All the price rise? Said – I think it is because of hoarding. In 2009 it was around 60/kg and now it’s shot upto 150/kg. Input costs have not risen so much. Fuel has risen about 20%. So its the middlemen and hoarders that are responsible.
F2 – Do you think dal can be hoarded for so long? How long can it be stored before rats infest. Said – Our regular basmati rice are aged for 2-3 years before consumption. So yes, dal can be stored too. You need proper medication/box units to prevent insects and rats.
F1 – So walk me through what next. Said – I shut the business and started pursuing finance full time. Learned technical analysis of stock markets, started a consultancy where I advice clients on stock buying/selling. And I completed FRM from US.
This is when M1 came in, who until now was out of the process.
M1 – Oh! so you completed FRM. You are certified? Said – No just finished exams in consecutive attempts, not yet certified so can’t call myself an FRM. Just cleared FRM Exams.
M1 – Tell me what is Negative duration? (Didn’t remember and tried to say in my own words. Said something about negative interest rates) he again asked – What is it related to. Said – Fixed income, bonds or fixed income funds.
F2 – So why MBA? You should do CFA instead. Said – I am doing CFA. I want to do MBA because it will teach me the skills needed in an organization. It will help me relearn basics and its like a finishing school for business skills. This is where I can hone my existing skills and acquire new ones from the diversity. The diversity is another factor. Our group has 3 IT ppl, 4 Civil Enggs, 3 doing CA and me. This type of diversity is what attracts me towards an MBA as it will help me gets skills and knowledge from all of these people. Networking, Re-learning and Diversity.
F2 – So about your consultancy, how does it work? Said – I focus on technical analysis. So at end of day, I do my research and email to clients wit a buy, sell, hold, target and stoploss figures who then trade accordingly.
F2 – Do you trade? Said – No, I only provide advice, clients trade in their own accounts. But I do trade in my own account.
Then was asked about trading, I said trades can be punched in microseconds. Some more talk on trading.
F2 – Elaborate on technical analysis. Said – I specialize in trend following, dow theory, trendlines and RSI.
M2 – What is bollinger band? Said – It is like standard deviation. A volatility indicator. He said no its not standard deviation. I explained I dont know how its derived. but it is a volatility indicator, Explained how its drawn, etc.
M2 – Do you know stochastics, MACD, SAR, Parabolics? I said I donot know them. He said How do you follow trends then? I said – I use dow theory, and trend lines. He was not happy with trend lines.
I had to explain chart types like bar, candlesticks, line etc. Explained how trend lines are drawn. But they didn’t understand. So I offered to draw on the whiteboard and show, but they refused.
F2 – You said about technical analysis. Explain the process. Said – I think technical work best in short term to medium term. Not so much in long term. She asked what is short term. I said – anywhere from 5 minutes to 3 months.
STUDENT 5 [Non Engineer, Fresher, NMAT Score: 221, Result: Converted]
Case Study: A boy is dying. You want his kidney for your own son. The dying guy is willing to donate it for free, but his family is not willing to give it. You are an entrepreneur. How will you deal with this situation?
- Introduce yourself.
- What are your weaknesses and do you plan to overcome these?
- Who is the chairman of the planning commission of India?
- What is the capital of Uttar Pradesh?
- What is the difference between a share and a bond?
- How does a company price a bond?
- Why you want to get into Narsee Monjee?
- What did you do in college events?
- What did you learn from your college activities?
- What has been the biggest challenge you faced in your life so far?