Our List of Top 10s today is all about the most read articles and stories contributed by students on InsideIIM. If you're planning to join a b-school in 2021, this one's especially relevant to you! But wait, we have had, in equal parts, a tough and a great time this year. But the year that was also brought about lots of great stuff. Amongst those, these are some articles were loved, read and appreciated by you, our readers the most! But before we check out the most loved articles, here's a big thank you. Thank you to our readers for staying with us. And a giant thank you to our student writers - all of you who have contributed to InsideIIM's growth story with your personal experiences and your friends' travails. A big warm happy new year! And now let's look at the most read articles on InsideIIM, written by you!
Here's the list of Most Read Articles contributed by the community on InsideIIM in 2020
Common Admission Test is a gateway to most of the MBA colleges, including the IIMs. However, a lot of institutes fall in the league of IIMs have a separate entrance process. We have compiled a list such Top 10 Institutions along with their entrance process. These institutes might require different preparation strategies and hence you must accordingly tailor your efforts while preparing for CAT. Check out this article written by Ashi Jain (MICA) to learn more.
Based on the CAT 2019 results declared by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), stipulations outlined in FMS Information Bulletin and the FMS Admission Committee's guidelines, duly approved by the University of Delhi, the following Composite Scores turn out to be the minimum cut-off for various categories. Accordingly, the lists of candidates eligible for the next round of admission process to MBA Programme of this Faculty, comprising of Extempore/GD/Personal Interview, have been declared. Check out the full list submitted by the FMS Media Relations Cell here.
Some stories are touching, some are fun but there are very few stories which show you the clear path and motivate you towards your goal. To the CAT aspirants, if you’re thinking of starting or already on your way preparing for this exam, this article has it for all. An unfiltered strategy, honest preparation guide and a dream performance for any B-School aspirant, this is a story of Ankit Desai- one of the CAT '19 toppers (99.91%ile) and IIM A & B convert. Curated by Manavdeep Singh Grover from IIM L, this is a must read.
If you're in a B-School and are appearing for your Summer Placement Interviews or Final Interviews, Guesstimates play an important part in any consulting or analytics interview. It gives the panelist a peek in your problem solving and thinking abilities. The focus is more on the approach than getting the answer right. So, what is Guesstimate? As the name suggests, it's an estimate based on a mixture of guesswork and calculation. Check out how to solve Guesstimates written by Ashi Jain (MICA).
The real reason behind investment banking's insanely long hours is actually a dirty secret. Outwardly, most see it as a sort of machismo to be exuded by the banking community so that they can continue to enjoy their pre-eminent status over the rest of humanity. Given that a major chunk of work (for analysts and junior bankers) revolves around collecting data, analyzing and reporting on it, it is quite astonishing that they haven't built any tools to simplify these processes. But if you know Excel, and how to use it effectively, you can build these tools yourself. Or at least learn from Shyam Sunder Ramakrishnan's experiences!
"CAT is quite a different competitive exam that tests your verbal and mathematical aptitude. I decided to appear for CAT 2019 in May end just before my two-month technical internship was about to begin. I skimmed through the syllabus and past year papers and realized that classroom coaching may not be fruitful much in my preparation and secondly managing it along with internship would be quite tough. I enrolled for AIMCAT in early June and just gave 4-5 mocks during my internship tenure."
- Read Siddhant Jain's CAT experience here.
"Firstly, I salute InsideIIM’s mission to educate the aspiring millions who are investing their millions, looking to enter the hallowed portals, about the ground realities. As someone who has had the chance to view 3 full-fledged placement processes up close and received feedback from such processes in other IIMs, I wish to do my part in this meaningful endeavour. If you are among the select few looking to study in an IIM purely for the love for learning, quit reading now (but if you love learning, why would you quit reading the article now?). Else, if you belong to the dark side, looking for a fatter pay check, continue reading. Though I am from IIM Lucknow, the points I make would apply, for the most part, to other top Indian business schools too."
- Read Maheshwaran R, IIM L student's warning to all MBA aspirants!
A year of preparation, followed by a series of competitive exams and two months of GD-PI round has finally led you to your dream MBA college. This was one hell of a journey. This is an earned break before your delve into the rigour of an MBA program. However, it is essential to utilize some of this time to work on a few things so that you have a distinct advantage over other candidates. In the same vein, here's 6 things you must do before joining a b-scchool, courtesy of Ashi Jain (MICA).
"My first attempt was CAT 2017, I thought I would ace it but I could never actually attended classes or even take mocks because of my hectic extra-curricular schedule. I attempted 3 mocks in the 15-day study break of my Semester 5 examinations, scored some 95%ile and thought I will ace the CAT. I just revised QA formula one day prior to CAT and took it anyway. Being a studious person, I never had the habit of leaving anything for option or not attempting any question. And yes, I got stuck in one DILR set which just ruined my entire CAT. As this was my first failure in life, it took me 2.5 months to recover, but in May 2018 I thought of preparing for CAT again."
- Read Isha Nisar, IIM A student's CAT journey here.
It's not the regret for the things we did but the things we didn't that is inconsolable. This is the thought that came to Nishant Sahni's mind as he spent his first month at one of India's finest business schools. Having not made it to his dream institutes in his first CAT attempt, Nishant took a huge risk of dropping out of that B-School to chase his dream and give CAT another shot. From shattering his bones to jittery sleepless nights, here's how Nishant Sahni (MDI Gurgaon) went against all odds to chase his IIM dream!