IIM K Interview Experience – Shloak Chopra

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10th-97.6% (Aggregate 96.71%) ICSE Board

12th- 96.25% (Aggregate 95.00%) ISC Board

Graduation-9.15/10 (CSE, B. TECH, VIT, Vellore) Relative Grading

PRESENTLY in Final Year. No work experience


Interview Process at IIM K:

Date: 8th February, 2018

Venue: Radisson Blu, Dwarka, Delhi

Process: 15 mins each for WAT, GD and then the personal interview.

Topic for WAT: Should India follow the Presidential form of government?

GD topic was the same.

Interview process:

Two panelists interview you (they only conduct the GD/WAT) They have your form and verified documents.

**Thoughts/Actions marked by asterisk**

P1: So, you are from Punjab? (seeing my surname)

Me: No sir, I am from Lucknow and I was born in Kanpur.

P1: Why is Lucknow called Lucknow?

**Confident as I had read about it the day before**

Me: Explains why. Elucidates historical significance and also the other name Awadh

P1: **just a smile** So, you are from Vellore? Tell me two important facts about the town?

Me: **Also prepared so very confidently answers**

Answer on leather industry and major contributor to Indian army. Along with the first polio free town.

P1: **again smiles, even the other panelist smiles**

So, how many students are there in your branch at VIT?

Me: 722 sir.

**Both panelists surprised**

P2: How does VIT handle the huge intake? How many batches of students run simultaneously?

Me: Answers about the credit system and number of batches and professors student ratio. Also on how the University offers subjects.

P1: What is your rank amongst your branch mates?

Me: 55 sir.

P1: So you know Computer Science?

Me: **smiles a bit** Yes of course sir.

P2: **comes to the front** So what are your favorite subjects?


P2:**laughs** I will question you from Data structures.

Me: Sure sir. **why, why? **

P2: What are the various sorting techniques?

Me: Gives 5-6 names.

P2: Which is the best?

Me: It depends. Continues answer explaining why and when would we prefer quick sort, merge sort and so on.

P2: Why is quick sort comparatively faster?

Me: Answers in relation. Mentions time complexity.

P2: What is Big O?

Me: **Knows it but stumbles, uses a wrong word in definition, says it depends on input at a point, the time does but Big O doesn’t. **

P2: So, it depends on number of inputs?

Me: Thinking on the lines on execution time, mentions that it does. **rethinks what am I saying** Corrects that the time complexity i.e. Big O won’t, but execution time would.

P2: Draw me a graph for different time complexities.

Me: **Not sure what the axis would be, so chose it as number of inputs and execution time**

Elucidates different complexities and functions

P2: You just said that number of inputs don’t matter, why are they on x axis?

Me: Sir, execution time is affected as I mentioned, not the time complexity in a generalised way.

P2: I don’t think so you are right. **smiles and laughs**

Me: **Pretty confident that I should have made sense, but confused that how I did not. ** Sir, I think this is right.

P1: **going through my form occasionally smiles**

P2: Okay let’s move on to probability.

Me: **seriously? ** Okay sir.

P2: What’s the probability that I flip the coin and it turns to be head?

Me: One by two sir.

P2: How can you say that?

Me: **no idea at first, takes about 5 seconds** sir, because the sample space only contains two options and both are equally possible. **knows that its not the best answer**

P2: Isn’t it a big assumption? If it is biased? How can you test that?

Me: **no idea what to say, quickly thinks**Sir, We can never say surely that the coin is biased or not. Say we so 161 experiments and get 81 heads and 80 tails we cannot say the coin is biased. But on a general note we can say that it is not if we get a probability close to 0.5 in a predecided number of trials. **knows that I do not make perfect sense, but it’s not totally wrong as well**

P2: It’s not the best way. Okay, leave it. What’s the probability that it will rain here tomorrow?

P1: In Delhi.

Me: **What is going on? I think they are done with me already** one by two sir. **smiling a bit**

P1: Like this, everything is one by two only.

**both panelists laughing **

Me: Sir, We can consider the past and experience and make an informed guess.

P2: Make one for us.

Me: **picks up the pen**

P1: Just come up with a number, and tell us how you arrived at that.

Me: **Here goes my time to think.**

P2: Quick. **10 seconds later**

Me: Okay one by thousand. **How am I going to validate it, I will talk slow** So, the normal probability would he 1/2 and now as we know Delhi has only 2 months long rainy season and it is February now, so we are picking one odd day out of the leftover 300. So multiply this by 1/300. **Thinks in my mind, okay 400 more. 1.5 comes to my mind. But how? 0.66 it is. **. And now the months that are in close proximity to the rainy months have a greater probability of rain and as February is pretty far the probability of rain decreases further than half, around 2/3 of the original. So it would nearly be 1/900. And as we see the spring does not experience much rain here **don’t know its right but takes a risk** it further reduces the probability to around 1/1000th.

P2: Okay.

** A pause both panelists look at one another**

P1: So I guess we are done here. Do you have any questions? We won’t give any feedback. **laughs**

Me: When would the results be out sir?

P2: Interviews finish till April.

P1: Mid May would be a good date to expect.

Me: Mid May, okay sir. Thank you sir.

**leaves adjusting the chair.**

Verdict awaited. I will update process of other IIM s as well.


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