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IIMA PGPX Interview experience/ questions

For Class of 2014

GMAT score: 690

Profile: 6 years Indian Army, 1 year HR

There were 2 interviewers both were IIMA profs. Interview was conducted in IIMA campus on 30-09-12.

Q1 So you asked the other interviewees what is being asked in the interview?

Ans No. Not much. Rather current students were there and I asked them many questions.

Q2 What did you ask them?


Q3 Where all were you posted in Army?

Ans I said my first posting was in Allahabad then there were questions on what all is there in Allahabad. There is a famous church in Allahabad and I knew who build it and why it was build in Allahabad. One prof asked me whether I know what Allahabad University was earlier. I said I do not know.

Q4 You have done BBA and Certificate program in Management then why you need to go for PGPX?

Ans I answered that objective of PGPX and other programs which I did earlier is different and I elaborated it a bit.

Q5 Why you want to go into Retail or Real estate industry (I have written in my essay that I want to get into operations role in these industries)?

Q6 Do you think you will be able to survive in Real estate industry where there are lot of unethical practices?

Ans I said I will keep my ethical standards intact.

After this they gave me extempore topic and one Prof glanced through my documents. While seeing the certificates she asked why you did MSc in Applied Psychology. I answered it and this led to a discussion between two profs.

Q7 What are the five things that corporates can learn from Army?


Final Result: Offered Admission

IIMA PGPX interview experience/ questions

For Class of 2014

GMAT score: 720

Profile: 16+ years in Apparel industry

I was the first candidate of the day, 8.30 AM slot. I was directed to Panel-3. There were 2 profs.

I shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

Q1- Walk us through the resume – I kept it short and started from latest assignment and moved backwards all the way towards 12th class. In the process I highlighted significant achievements at each stage . This lasted for 5-6 minutes.

Prof no.1 was scanning my originals which were neatly put in a folder in serial order.

Q2 – Why MBA /Why now

Q3 – Future of textile industry,

Q4 – What will you do for textile industry

Q5 – How has China changed the landscape in textiles & apparel industry

Q6 – Surprise question : I had indicated that I am fluent in Tamil, so they asked me to recite “Thirukkural” – I could remember one of the couplet studied 3 decades back, I recited it well with meaning.

Q7 – They informed that the course is tough and would call from tremendous dedication, I told them that I am prepared etc etc ..

Final Result: Offered admission

IIM A PGPX Interview experience/ questions

Location – IIMA PGPX campus.

Time – 3PM. Interview panel – No. 3

Interviewers – 2 one smiling (let’s say A) and another not smiling (let’s say B)

1. A – so when did you arrive? (ice-breaker)

Answer – Yesterday in Ahmedabad city. Today at 1:50 out here.

2. A – Gave me a topic. Asked to think and speak – Space Tourism.

Answer- Frankly could not remember much except Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic is saying he will invest. Good to have research on how to do it cheap.

3. B – not smiling. Wants me to speak about what I do – Presales.

Answer –some stuff .. Also made mistake – did not practice this answer well.

4. B – asks about ERP business today (I do presales for ERP).

B – So is ERP dead today?

Answer – No! More and more businesses are moving to it.

5. A – asks about why MBA

Answer – told him some well practiced stuff.

6. A – define strategic leadership, if you were to go back to your company what role will you play? How will MBA help?

Answer – Again, some practiced stuff.

7. A – Asks about strengths as an IT guy – 4 or 5.

Answer – God! I did make this one up on the spot.. Bet he understood!! Luckily did not BS much. Even “Prof Smiling A” did not seem too impressed though.

8. A – Why is Europe in such a bad shape today?

Answer – funds arrived in the Euro Zone. Ireland is good study in failure. Everyone thought they had access to it. So funds were mismanaged and misappropriated. spoke too much as well L

9. A – Max team you have lead? Currently?

Answer – Some facts and figures.

10. A – What else can you tell me about yourself?

Answer – Interested in Tae Kwon Do. Etc.. etc..

B – So you still do Tae Kwon Do?

Answer – Yes.

11. A – Any question for us?

Answer – A practiced question … Nothing tremendous.

12. A – anything else you want to ask us?

Answer – There was a student that we were talking to outside. He answered most other things I had to ask. Thanks!


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