Noida, India (PressExposure) May 21, 2011 -- Continuing with our Toppers Talk series, we bring to you, Vivek Khanduja, 96.12 percentiler in CAT 2009. In the previous Toppers' Talk, you have known the success stories of Siddhartha Saxena and Shipra Pandey, its Vivek's turn to share his experience of treading the road to CAT.
Born and brought up in Lucknow, Vivek did his graduation in Economics from Delhi University.
Excerpts from the exclusive interview:
Q: How many GD & PI rounds have you had? Please share your experience in detail.
A: I had my GD PI in SCMHRD, SIIB, IIM Ahmadabad, NMIMS, TAPMI etc. I am sharing my GD & PI experiences in some of the notable MBA institutes.
IIM Ahmadabad: IIM Ahmadabad had a case study first where in I had a nine member group. Discussed points and in the end we had to write the summary of the discussion. After this I had a 20 minute interview with two panelists. Questions were from my subject and questions like what have u been doing since the last six months et al.
SCMHRD: My first GD PI was at SCMHRD, Pune. It was the best conduction of the round. We were a group of six students and were assigned mentors who were with us right through. GD was a case study for 20 minutes where in we were able to arrive at a consensus. GD wasn't an elimination round and everybody was interviewed. There were two panelists, one lady was friendly but the other panel member grilled me. Questions were from economics, my graduation subject and goals and situational questions. Since I am a fresher, I was asked more on subject.
SIIB: SIIB had a group task and essay writing before GD PI. GD was a case study yet again and PI this time had two rounds. First was an HR round and the second was a technical round where in I was asked questions from my subject, economics.
NMIMS: NMIMS first had a GD which was a case study and had a 12 member group. We were given three topics out of which we had to discuss over one. Two minutes to decide over the topic and 18 minutes to discuss. PI had a three member panel. It lasted about 13 minutes and questions were from my subject, short term and long term goals and why NMIMs et al.
Q: Which is the institute that you have decided to take admission and why?
A: I am waiting for IIM Ahmadabad to convert me from waitlisted to confirmed call. If I can get it then I don't have to make a choice. Otherwise, I'll go for SCMHRD.
Q: What was your strategy for the written exam as well as the GD, PI & Essay writing preparation? Please share in details.
A: For GD PI rounds I tried to attend as many mock rounds as possible and to cover as many topics as possible that could have been given at various institutes. I had a great experience at McGrawHill Mindworkzz with Mr.Arun Sharma and Mrs. Meenakshi Upadhyay Sharma. They made groups and encouraged us to meet on a regular basis to speed up the learning process. They even monitored our practice sessions.
Q: How did you prepare for the computer based format of CAT and what is your advice to the CAT 2010 candidates?
A: I took online tests from McgrawHill Mindworkzz. There were single time tests, double time tests, full length tests which helped me manage time. Also they had sectional tests and tests on particular topics which helped me strengthen my concepts.
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