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CAT 2016: IIMs Selection Process & GD/PI Tips

Last Updated - December 07, 2016

CAT 2016 Exam was successfully conducted on December 04, 2016. The Result will be published at iimcat.ac.in in the month of January, 2017. The Result will be published in form of score-cards at the official website. The Candidates clearing the cutoff of Institutes will be called for further rounds of Selection Process. The Selection Process of almost all the Institutes accepting Scores of CAT 2016 is similar to each other.

The Selection Process includes Group Discussion followed by Personal Interview and Written Ability Test. The Candidates are test on their communication skills and thought process. Post the successful conduct of the selection Process, Institutes will publish the final merit list with the name of shortlisted Candidates.

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Let’s have a look at all the stages in Selection Processes of IIMs.


Group Discussion

Group Discussion is more a technique than a conventional test. In fact, it is one of the most important and popular techniques being used in a number of Personality Tests. Conducted as a screening test, the mains aim of Group Discussion is to screen the candidates on the basis of their verbal and analytical skills.

In CAT 2016, leading Institutes including IIM A, IIM B, IIM C and other IIMs conduct Group Discussion as the preliminary test in Selection Process round. The Group of 20-25 students are given a topic related to any recent international or national activity and are asked to discuss about it leading to a conclusion. The topics in group discussion range from current affairs to topic of philosophical value. Some of the examples of Topics in Group Discussion are:

  1. Italy Referendum on EU
  2. Should National Anthem be played at Cinema Halls
  3. Is India ready to go cashless
  4. Airports and Multiplexes should follow normal MRP
  5. Manmohan Singh’s fear of GDP decline- True & False Alarm

Personal Interview

Personal Interview is conducted to know about the candidates over a more personal note. Questions are basic and no surprises take place in the interview. Here is an excerpt about Interview experience of Garima Bharti, 99.99% in CAT 2014.

Q. Tell me something about yourself

Ans. Born and brought up in Delhi. Final year of graduation. NSS Volunteer – social involvement. Learning Bharatnatyam for seven years. Talked about my two internships – Delhi Metro and gas power plant.

Q. Ok . so which turbine is used in this power plant?

Ans. Combined cycle. Two gas and one steam.

Q. What is the heat ratio ?

Ans. I don’t know.

Q. Cost of generation of electricity?

Ans. The bill charges 5 rs per unit. So must be around 3-4 rs per unit. 

Q. which turbine is more efficient? Gas or steam?

Ans. Me: don’t know exactly but In the case of gas turbine, the process is faster due to instant combustion. So, probably gas turbine.

Q. So, why did u choose Bharatnatyam Dance and not any other?

Ans. Me : sir, initially it was closest to my home that why. But then I really liked it and enjoy it a lot. It is really vibrant. That’s why 

Q. Tell me the difference between Freedom of expression , speech and opinion.

Ans. Freedom of speech is a subset of expression. It refers to only verbal expression. Expression is a broader term and can be through variety of means like cartoons, dance, paintings. Opinions are thoughts, they may or may not be expressed.

Q. You have not taken a clear stand. If you have to take a clear stand- should there be limits on freedom of expression or not?

Ans. No. there should not be limits. But people must be made aware that they should use their rights responsibly.

Q. So, the French gov. didn’t do that? That’s why Charlie hebdo happened?

Ans. we as a society learn from our mistakes. And I think this message is clear now.

Q. So, you are from Delhi. Do u think Delhi should be given full statehood.

Ans. No. it is not practical because Delhi is very small geographically and will not be financially sustainable if made a state. Moreover, lot of central government machinery is in Delhi like the MPs and foreign dignitaries visiting. Hence, Centre must have the power to control them.
There are two main reasons why Delhi people want statehood.  One is law and order i.e the Delhi police is not answerable to Delhi CM. and land issue – state gov. needs permission from centre on land usage. DDA is not under state gov. 
I think there are better ways to resolve these. Regarding police, one department of police can be made to report to CM. and regarding land- more representation of state in DDA and already some steps have been taken in this direction.

Q. okay Thankyou. Take something. Take all three. (there were three things)

Ans. Thankyou sir, this one is fine. (picked a toffee and went)


IIMs Selection Criteria

With the basic selection round almost same, the criteria and weightage of various rounds differ with the Institutes. Have a look at all the IIMs Selection Criteria.

IIM AhmedabadClick here
IIM BangaloreClick here
IIM CalcuttaClick here
IIM KozhikodeClick here
IIM RanchiClick here
IIM IndoreClick here
IIM ShillongClick here
IIM TrichyClick here
IIM LucknowClick here
IIM RohtakClick here
IIM UdaipurClick here
IIM NagpurClick here
IIM Bodh GayaClick here
IIM SambalpurClick here

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