LIVE Chat Transcript with XLRI students over the upcoming GD-PI for this Admissions season
Ravi Bhola What's the cutoff for BM. Both overall n sectionals?
External Linkages Cut offs for HR and BM along with the sectional cut offs will be released soon.
Ravi Bhola What all topics to prepare for HR & GMBA?
External Linkages Focus on work-ex , if you're not a fresher and a general understanding of as many topics as possible.
Ravi Bhola For people with Work Ex > 2 Yrs, Questions are asked related to your Graduation discipline ?
External Linkages Mostly no. But you might be asked. There are no hard and fast lines. So, it's better to have a general understanding.
Ravi BholaI Is the interview process for G-MBA separately held?
External Linkages Yes, there will be a different process for GMBA.
Ravi Bhola Please share the Admission Process.. what all are included among GD, PI, WAT, specific to specializations ?
External Linkages GD and PI for both HR and BM process, and the processes will be held differently if you have both calls. GD followed by a PI.
Ravi Bhola What are the tentative dates for admission process?
External Linkages The official announcement regarding the dates is yet to be made. Last year the process started in the 2nd week of Feb.
Ravi Bhola Please throw some light on Global MBA Program. When it was started, course structure, placements?
External Linkages The 1st batch of Global MBA will be placed this year.
Ravi Bhola Any specific general awareness topics which are frequent in XLRI GD’s?
External Linkages Macroeconomics, current affairs should help
Ravi Bhola Total no. of seats for HRM?
External Linkages 180.
Ferdinand Alonso I got XLRI HRM call (98.88 OA, 99.25 DM,94.65 VA, 89.72 QA). I heard that the HRM school is the best in Asia. I read from previous interview experiences that the answer to why HR should be very much clear. I am interested in psychology and own a company that trains students to get software jobs. In the long term, I would like to start an institute for skill dev and do Phd too. Is this convincing?
External Linkages Depends on how you convey it. It is a subjective question to answer.
Ferdinand Alonso How much of the HRM class comes with experience of 2+ yrs? Do they give any weightage to work exp?
External Linkages Yes, relevant work-ex does have weightage. Significant number of 2+ work ex guys in the present batch.
Rajbarath Kr Kindly elaborate on the placements for HR and the preparation strategy to clear the GD PI process for HR.
External Linkages The placement report is published on InsideIIM.
Rajbarath Kr What are the areas to focus on for HR? in terms of labour laws, govt. gazettes. could u please give a overview of the topics.
External Linkages Overview of the subjects of HR like OB, Labour laws might help you. But then it depends on in what direction you take your interview to.
Navin Ram Does Information mgmt covered under BM? Could you please elaborate on Information mgmt in XLRI?
External Linkages XLRI doesn't have IM as a specialization, though we do have few electives that cover IM.
Sohil Mohammad When you said the process will be held differently if we have both calls, what exactly did you mean?
External Linkages You will have 2 processes , 1 for BM and the other for HR. They will be separate. Not 1 common process.
Sohil Mohammad Should we also prepare some basic concepts of economics for PI? If so, what kind of concepts?
External Linkages Concepts like GDP, Inflation etc. which are a part of current affairs helps for both-GD and PI.
Rohan Sharma I have calls from both BM and HRM. I am from Electrical and Electronics Engineering branch and am a fresher. I am a bit stressed about what kind of academic subject based questions can be asked in the PI.
External Linkages Academics just form a part of PI, not necessarily , all panels ask academic related questions. Focus on your favourite subject. Prepare answers for your favourite subject.
Rohan Sharma Can you also shed some light on XAT percentile weightage in the final shortlisting. I posted on Exlink's wall on PG but got no response.
External Linkages They do have a weightage: but GDPI forms the major part.
Rohan Sharma Is it advisable to mention in the interview that one has just been recruited for a multinational consulting firm as part of campus interviews?
External Linkages That depends on how you justify why you want to go for MBA even after being recruited.
SOURAV RANU Is there any problem if I have a gap of year and half straight after graduation?
External Linkages No, there won't be any issues but you can be quizzed regarding this in your interview. Please be prepared for such questions.
SOURAV RANU As I had prepared for civils after graduation will it hamper my chances if I admit the same in interview?
External Linkages There are such people in the present batch too. So shouldn’t be a problem if you admit it in the interview.
Krishna T V I have an HRM call @ 98.10 %ile. Can you tell me what all qualities an HRM aspirant should possess? What differentiates a HRM and a BM aspirant?
External Linkages That depends on the evaluator but I would say : It all depends on how you tackle the question with your presence of mind. Be prepared with questions such as Why HRM? The GD's for HRM are usually case based. So, practice such GD's as well.
Krishna T V What kind of roles do HRM grads usually get into?
External Linkages Depends on how you do it after you're here.
Krishna T V What kind of roles do HRM grads from XLRI usually get into?
External Linkages Depends from company to company. There are HR corp , IR roles , consulting etc.
Krishna T V I was desperate for a BM call, but got an HRM call instead. I'm not really too inclined towards HR. How do I know whether I'll do able to do justice to the course and to myself if I manage to convert my HRM call? I am more inclined towards Marketing.
External Linkages We advise you to talk to current students or alumni of XLRI , who have specialised in HR. Then you can get a basic idea about the field.
Shekhar Suman Will a high percentile have a significant leverage in the final selection? I mean, I will give my 100% but anything which gives extra self-confidence and belief will obviously be a plus. My percentile is 99.88.
External Linkages Yes high percentile does have an advantage but GD/PI have a considerably high weightage. Students with 91% have also converted HRM and 94 BM. So, focus on GD/PI and people with 99.99% have also been rejected.
Shekhar Suman Can I request to schedule my interview on the same day. I work in Hyderabad, but scheduled my interview in Jamshedpur ( to check our the campus mostly! ) as I am from Bokaro. Can I have both the interviews on the same day. I mean does the admission dept. agree to these kinds of requests?
External Linkages You could send a mail once you get the dates. If they could accomodate, they'll. You can look at the college placement reports for more details.
Shekhar Suman I have Work ex. of about 21 months. Should I concentrate on my engg acads too or prioritize my prep. on my work done and companies etc?
External Linkages Give priority to your work done but it all depends on your interview panel. They might ask acad questions. Prepare the basics for any favourite subject.
Shekhar Suman Only 1-2 subjects would do? Can I concentrate on electives. I had OB, HRM and Economics as electives. They would be easier to prepare. I don’t remember much about my Engg.
External Linkages Depends on your interviewer.
Shekhar Suman How many people have been called for GD-PI for BM/HRM this year?
External Linkages It hasn't been disclosed as yet.
Rohan Bapat I want to go into consulting post my MBA. I have been in consulting for the past 2 years. How is the curriculum of BM or GBM relevant?
External Linkages There's no focused consulting oriented curriculum.
Prashant Kumar Is there any resevartion for ST category in XLRI?
External Linkages No there are no reservations in XLRI.
Prashant Kumar Is there a chance for me to convert my call at 74 percentile (in HRM)?
External Linkages If you have got a call then you are at par with others.
Prashant Kumar If I say I have interest in social psychology(which I have). Is it necessary to know details in this field or basic knowledge will also do?
External Linkages It is advisable to know details of your area of interest.
Ravi Chandra M Will there be any preference for last year waitlisted candidates?
External Linkages No Ravi, there won't be any preference. There have been instances where the panel remembered the candidates, so they were asked questions as to why they think they could not convert.
Ravi Chandra M No weightage given to percentile after call?
External Linkages The Admin office doesn't disclose the weightage . But people with low scores have also made it to XLRI.
Sandeep Agarwal I got calls from BM, HRM & Global MBA. OA 98.38 & DM 83. Will DM marks hurt me in final selection ?
External Linkages Just focus on GD/PI. After the call, everyone is at par.