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Madhur Mehta

An inspiration for non engineers and for Symbiosis B-school aspirants, Madhur Mehta has done his Bachelors in Pharmacy. He is a consistent performer. He scored 88.31% in 10th Std; 76.85% in 12th Std and 7.62 CPI in B.Pharma.  Madhur not only cracked SNAP 2016 with 99.23 percentile but also scored 96.65 percentile in CAT 2016; 214 in NMAT 2016 and 99 percentile in MICAT. Despite receiving calls from other B-schools, he preferred Symbiosis Pune as it was his dream B-school.


Madhur is a fresher and got SIBM Pune immediately after his bachelors. He belongs to Bhuj (Kutch) in Gujarat. Madhur attributes his success to his father who has been his inspiration. He loves playing Basketball, Writing and Acting.

My GD topic was on How P V Sindhu was offered 50cr deal and how to go about other sports in SIBM Pune.


For SCMHRD, My GD topic was rather a case discussion and there we were given certain roles to perform being part of a BCCI. MICA, as always gave a GD topic which was abstract in its true sense and the topic was a full stop ‘.’   

Mudita Vats

Mudita Vats  has done (Computer Science). She has a Work Experience of 27 months and is pursuing PGDRM from IRMA. Mudita belongs to Delhi.  Her  Father is in Government Service . Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Mudita appeared in XAT exam and scored 82.72 percentile. She also scored 29.25 in IRMASAT.


She has interest in Writing Poetry, Exploring different genres of music, bibliophile!

Group activity for admissions at IRMA included two  rounds. Topics and pattern for the activities were provided on the spot and candidates were given 2-3 minutes to think before the discussion started.


Topics were related to business decision making and understanding on contemporary issues.

Mukesh Goyal

CAT 2017 can be conquered with 100 percentile by the determined students from small towns and with their self preparation, is the message Mukesh Goyal, CAT 2016 topper with 100 percentile and student of MBA 2017-19 batch at FMS Delhi shares with the CAT 2017 aspirants.


Apart from CAT, Mukesh appeared in XAT 2017 and IIFT 2016 also. He scored 99.795 in XAT and 99.84 in IIFT but preferred to join FMS Delhi as it was his dream B-school.


Mukesh hails from a modest family of small town Sunam in Sangrur district of Punjab. His father is a businessman and mother is homemaker. Sunam, as the name reflects represents a good reputation and true to the reputation of his birth place, Mukesh has added flying colours to it. Few may be aware that Sunam is also the birthplace of Shaheed Udham Singh, the great martyr who laid his life in Indian independence Movement by avenging of Jalianwala Bagh Massacre where British killed hundreds of innocent Indians.  


Mukesh Goyal was a working professional when he started his CAT 2016 preparation. He balanced his CAT preparation with his working hours and managed both. It was not only simple preparation but also a good deal of devotion was required to overcome the weakness in VARC section.


Breaking the myth that Coaching is required to crack CAT exam, Mukesh remained stuck to self preparation but took as many Mocks as possible. An inspiration to CAT 2017 aspirants, Mukesh advises the MBA aspirants to take more and more Mocks, analyse them and have peer discussion which will help in boosting your score in CAT 2017.


Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) of Delhi University is the dream B-school for CAT toppers who prefer the campus to IIMs and other top B-schools due to the various USPs of this highly ranked B-school which has a legacy of more than 60 years. FMS Delhi is the highest RoI B-school with very low fee structure and high placements.


Mukesh has been a consistent performer throughout his academics. He scored 91.2% in class 10; 87.8% marks in class 12 and 72% marks in Bachelor in Engineering (B.E.). Mukesh had worked as Market Analyst at Futures First before joining MBA 2017-19 at FMS Delhi. Mukesh has great interest in playing and watching Cricket & Football doing  Acting among other hobbies.

No GD at FMS. GD topics were more on current affairs.

Nitesh Padhi

IIFT 2016 topper with 99.44 percentile studying in IIFT MBA (IB) 2017-19 batch Nitesh Padhi suggests the IIFT 2017 MBA entrance exam aspirants  to go for speed reading the news papers as it will help not only the RC passages but will also help in GK section and in your future life. 


Nitesh comes from a modest family of Bhubaneswar, Orissa. His father is a businessman and mother is employed. He has a younger sister studying in class 10.  Nitesh has a consistently good academic record to his credit. He did his class 10 with 8/10 CGPA, class 12 with 79.40% marks and did his BBA in Finance from NMIMS Mumbai with 75.12% marks. Nitesh had gained a work experience of 10 months with Genpact India in Gurgaon before joining IIFT MBA (IB) 2017-19 batch. 


Nitesh loves playing football and was Captain of School & College Football Teams. His hobbies include photography, reading (Lord of the Rings and Matthew Reilly), blogging among others. 


Nitesh Padhi not only scored 99.44 percentile in IIFT entrance exam, but also scored 96 percentile in CAT 2016 and 99.07 percentile in CAT 2015 and above 98 percentile in NMAT. However, Nitesh preferred to join IIFT instead of any IIM or other B-school.


Sharing with, Nitesh highlights his experience in preparation journey to IIFT and modestly attempts to give the ‘success mantra’ to the IIFT 2017 aspirants 

IIFT employs a Case Discussion method and then a Personal Interview.


Case discussion at IIFT
We were given a case related to the decreasing productivity of the Japanese Workforce and the measures which can be taken to improve that. Everyone gets a minute or so at the start individually to speak uninterrupted, and then the floor is open for discussion. The time allotted is more than enough for everyone to get a fair chance to speak, provided you make the effort to enter the discussion and force your point across.


Advice to IIFT aspirants
With IIFT, do not be disheartened if your CD does not quite go as well as you hoped. Not all candidates are dominant in social situations and can excel in every GD. Since every candidate gives the PI, try and make an impression on the Panel. Our professors still talk about a few of the interviews they took of some candidates who were memorable for them.


Sakshi has done in Agriculture IT from Anand Agricultural Univeristy, Anand, Gujarat and Now she is  pursuing PGDM-RM from IRMA. She is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Sakshi belongs to Motihari, East Champaran, Bihar.  Her father is govt. teacher, her sister has done MBA in HR and is married now and her mother is homemaker.

Apart from this questions were mostly asked from politics, general happening in world and my views on it, Why I chose that institute.

Shashank Heda

Shashank belongs to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. He attributes his success to his parents and teachers. Shashank is a B.Tech in  Electrical Engineering (Hons.) with Minor in Computer Science from IIT Gandhinagar.  He had gained 11 months of work experience with Texas Instruments to his credit before joining IIM Bangalore. He loves sports along with his studies and has keen interest in Athletics especially in Sprinting & Swimming. 

Only IIM Kozhikode had the GD round followed by WAT on the same topic ‘Relevance of reservation for girls at top academic institutions in today’s context’ 

Shekhar Kapoor

Shekhar is a B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering  and has a work experience of 21 months. A working professional, Shekhar had to balance his professional duties and the study hours but made it sure to score high in XAT 2016 and CAT 2015 get into SPJIMR Mumbai, one of the highly ranked B-schools in India.

I joined TIME WAT-PI prep in Bangalore and used to attend their knowledge transfer, Group Interview, Group Discussion and Personal Interview sessions over the weekend. My on the spot thinking, awareness of the topics discussed, coupled with a positive body language was the key to my success.

Sourav Dutta

SNAP topper Sourav Dutta who scored 99.994 percentile in 2015 and opted for MBA at SIBM Pune, is a national level professional archer and was also a working professional before joining MBA at SIBM Pune. Sourav belongs to Jamshedpur. He has a consistent good academic record with 87.2%  in class 10; 81% in class 12 and 81% in his B.Tech which he completed from KIIT Bhubaneswar in 2013. Sourav Dutta had acquired a work experience of 17 months at Aricent, Gurgaon as Software engineer  before joining SIBM Pune.


 Apart from SNAP 2015 in which he scored 99.994 percentile, Sourav also appeared in CAT 2015, NMAT by GMAC, XAT 2016. He had admission option among SIBM Pune, NMIMS and a couple of new IIMs  but he opted for SIBM Pune.  

At SIBM Pune, we got a role based GD. We had to organise an event and we were divided into different roles. We collectively had to discuss for fifteen minutes and had to come to a conclusion with the final budget for the event.

Vedant Mukesh Mehta

Vedant Mukesh Mehta has done BE in electronics engineering from Mumbai University. He is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Vedant Mukesh Mehta belongs to Mumbai.  His father is a businessman and mother is a Home maker.


Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Vedant Mukesh appeared in CAT exam and scored 98.39  percentile.  He also scored 29 in IRMASAT.


He has interest in Reading, dramatics, cycling and chess.

GD - An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind was my GD topic for new IIMs