So probably I was the second last batch to be interviewed for IIM Shillong.
Location: IHMCTAN, Dadar, Mumbai
Date: 27 April 2019
So first we had our Group Discussion. There were 8 of us in the group. The topic was a case-based group discussion.
The case was a person who is in the business of supplying metal parts to automobile companies and the defence sector was facing a dilemma since similar businesses in his area were closing down due to loss of income. His own business had turned unprofitable in the sector of automobiles and he was sustaining only due to income from the Defense sector to where he was supplying materials. Also, since his entire family history was in producing raw metals and not this supply chain he could not even ask money from his family since no one would help him as he had gone out of the family business. Also, he had taken a loan of 4 lacs from some person and now it was overdue to be paid back. Discuss in such a situation what he should do.
The discussion lasted for around 10 minutes discussing the factors and how this could be improved. I myself contributed 3 times to the GD along with the conclusion.
After the completion of GD, we were sent back to the waiting area and were told panelists would come and call our names in a few moments. The interviewers came in ten minutes and I was the first one to be interviewed in my Panel.
My name was called in for the interview. There were 2 panelists, both males and middle-aged. After the initial greetings, I was asked to sit. I will now refer them as P1 for Panelist 1 and P2 for Panelist 2.
P1: So tell us one thing which is not there in the personal data form you have mentioned.
Answer: Told him about my hobby of reading books which is missing in the form.
P1: So what kind of books do you like reading?
Answer: I told him about reading adventures and crime-thrillers. It also included my favourite author.
P1: Okay, now tell me what you have read or known about the current affairs?
Answer: I told them about reading daily newspapers and also weekly magazines such as India Today and Business Today.
P1: Okay so tell me do you know about the NYAY scheme released by the Congress Government?
Answer: I had read complete details about the same and hence explained to him in detail.
P1: So tell me is the NYAY scheme a Minimum Income Guarantee or Universal Basic Income. Also, Explain to me the difference between the two.
Answer: Me being from an engineering background was not sure of the same and hence could not answer properly.
P1: Okay so tell me which is the happiest country in the world according to the latest reports?
Answer: I was again not sure of the same. I answered that I was not sure and hence, I answered most probably Iceland.
P1: So tell me what according to you are the factors that make a country the happiest in the world?
Answer: I made up my answer and told them about the various factors such as population, peace, salary packages, resources, etc.
P1: So recently there was news that a country is measuring Happiness rather than the GDP. So which country is that?
Answer: I was again confused between Bhutan and Myanmar and told them the same.
P1: So what is the need to measure Happiness rather than GDP? Is it necessary to do so?
Answer: I told them that as a person happy with his job works more efficiently for his company's development the same is the case with people of a country being happy.
Finally, P1 ended his questions and turned over to P2.
P2: So you are from a computer science background now tell me what is 4GL.
Answer: I was a bit confused but replied to him it stands for 4th generation languages in computer programming.
P2: So tell me the various 4GL Languages.
Answer: I was not sure of the same and hence told the same.
P2: So tell me what is the advantages of Java over older Languages such as C, C++, FORTRAN, etc.
Answer: Explained to him about the advantages, classes, and objects, etc.
P2: So what do you mean by a class and an object?
Answer: Explained to him in detail regarding the same.
P2: Ok so tell me if I have a PC in each of the rooms in this Institute and I wish to connect them to each other what will I use: WAN, MAN or LAN?
Answer: I would definitely use LAN along with the justification of why and the characteristics of the other two.
P2: And which network Topology would you be using?
Answer: Immediately answered the Bus Topology.
P2: Why bus and not others such as star and mesh?
Answer: Answered the same with Justification.
P2: Okay now tell me the names of various Operating Systems available in the market.
Answer: Told the names such as Windows, MAC, Android, etc.
P2: Which would you recommend as the safest operating system out of these and also justify why?
Answer: Told him with justification about Linux.
P2: Okay so I am done from my side. Asks P1 if he has any further questions ask.
P1: So tell me one last thing can India be called a Peninsula?
Answer: I was a bit confused but answered as much as I could.
Finally, both of us stated that’s it from our side. I said thank you and as I was about to leave they asked me to take a candy but I politely declined the same.
Overall, a good interview with lots of questions. It lasted almost 25 to 30 minutes.