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Is Russian mathematical education among the best in the world?

The mathematical education in Russia was largely shaped by Andrey Kolmogorov, one of the world's most prominent mathematicians. His ideas were incubated as after-school mathematical circles for youth, and then as Physics-Mathematics Boarding School. In the course of 1960th those ideas were implemented as a nation-wide curriculum. About the same time, there were number of special math schools organized for those students who wanted to learn math above regular curriculum (1). It is one of those schools, Moscow School #91, that I was fortunate to attend from 8th to 10th grade (that is from the age of 15 to 17, or what would be the 10th to 12th grade in the US).Frankly speaking, I don't remember what math was like in the earlier grades, so my description is of that special curriculum and not of what a student would get at a regular school. Still, I feel that the description of that crème de la crème gives an idea of where the mentality of teaching math in Russia was at that time, how high the plank was held, and why it gained the reputation it did.What I remember is that on top of the regular algebra and geometry classes we would have math analysis class. Each month we would get a list of problems to work on, usually introduced by a very short lecture. Each list was dedicated to a specific subject area. If I remember it correctly, the lecture would cover the brief history, definitions, and axiomatic material.Here is a list of twelve lists for the 8th grade that I am copying from “Elements of Math in Problems and Solutions” book (2), a complete description of the curriculum kindly put into writing by some of the teachers.Set theorySet theory: ReflexiveCombinatoricsMathematical InductionCombinatorics: Binomial TheoremGraph TheoryIntegers: DivisibilityIntegers: Euclidean AlgorithmBinary RelationsIntegers: Congruent RelationGroup TheoryGraph of a FunctionHere is the summary of the main principles from the introduction, my attempt at translation from the same book (corrections welcomed).Students work on the problems independentlyStudents must write down their solutionsStudent work in their own paceThere are no grades or homeworkIn class, students discuss their solutions with teachersThere is a team of four to six teachers per classThe program aspiration was to teach students to think independently, to make them experience what mathematical discovery is. This sounds pompous. No one can teach that. Essentially, we taught more humble things: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. A student learns to read the definitions and problems, to write down the solution, to explain the solution to the teacher, and to listen to teacher's comments. But it is up to a student to figure out how to solve the problem. These are the skills that are equally good for students who won't do math beyond high school. (JB: I confess to that. I am a designer, and never aspired to be a mathematician. All my design skills I use today I developed in this math class and not at any design school I later attended.)About lists. Math is creative process. There are no techniques for making mathematical discovery. You cannot learn it by watching others doing it. It is no help to the students to know a discovery has being already made and how. The lists are the ladders students climb on their own to gain mathematical knowledge.About subject areas. We didn’t really care what material to teach. What we cared about was to teach the skills of doing math. At the end of the day, we wrote our curriculum for the specific group of kids and for the specific group of teachers, and our preferences are reflected in our selection of the material. We expect that a different group of teachers will write their own.However we did try picking subjects that can be at least partially sequenced into “a ladder of knowledge.” We started our 8th grade curriculum from informal axiomatic definitions of a set and whole numbers and the introduction to the (naïve) set theory; and then it progressed from these fundamentals to algebraic number field to analysis.Another reason to start from the set theory was that this subject was mostly unknown to the school children (JB: in Russia at that time). It was easier that way to draw a line between regular math classes and ours and establish more rigorous standards. As a matter of fact, we asked our students to forget everything about math they’ve learned before. They weren’t allowed to refer to any math facts from their regular math classes unless they can prove those facts. That way, our curriculum was formally closed.About individualized approach. Some students get more interested in specific topics. For that we had additional lists. Also, the teacher tailored the leading questions and additional questions to each student. These questions were the core of individualized course of study. There were anywhere from four to six teachers per class. Each teacher worked with three to five students. During the lesson, a teacher rotated between her or his students by taking a seat next to them and talking over the problems. There was also a teacher lead, an orchestra conductor of a sort, whose job was to make sure everyone was appropriately engaged.About teachers. The teachers didn't have to be professional mathematicians or accredited educators. All they needed was to know and like math. Undergrad and grad math students were the best teachers. They were psychologically closer to the high school students, eager to share what they have learned in college, and remembered well how they were taught, both good and bad part of it. They were natural at it, and historically made up majority of the teachers' team. That also what made those math classes into a system that sustained itself for decades: the alumni would always return as teachers.About discipline. Studying math is hard work. We found it most important to create an environment where learning is a cool thing to do. Also, a student who would show up for the class without any work done should feel sorry for the teacher. A teacher was a colleague who took time to come to the class, to work together on some problems, to discuss some ideas, and now it appeared she or he came there for nothing, wasted his time.About communication skills. In a class we tried to imitate an ambiance of a scientific institution where a student and a teacher were colleagues. To make communication between colleagues fruitful, we tried to teach math communication skills from the get-go: understanding of what is given and what has to be proved, what can be used in a proof; being able to tell what’s proven from what is not; planning the proof; expressing thoughts clearly (verbally and on paper); negating a statement; fixing logical mistakes and omissions. At the beginning of the year, majority of time was spent developing these fundamental communication skills.About writing down the solutions. Students think very quickly, sometimes more quickly than they can talk. It takes effort convincing them to write down their thoughts. It is only when they do, they can reflect on their own reasoning, understand the logic of their own proof, detect their own errors.About traditional methods. The method of acquiring knowledge through problem solving is extremely time-consuming. It is assumed that knowledge gained that way will be eventually augmented by books and lectures, the more traditional ways of learning.And finally, an example of a list, the “Graph Theory” list Part I, translated by me for your enjoyment in its entirety so that you can get a good feel of how material was introduced.Definition 1. Graph is a pair G = (V, E) comprising a finite set V of vertices together with set E of edges elements of which are (unordered) pairs of vertices of graph G.Graph can be visualized as dots some of which are connected by lines (JB: adjacent).Definition 2. Graph G1 and G2 are called isomorphic if there is a bijection f: V(G1) →V(G2) such that any two vertices A and B of graph G1 are endpoints of an edge if and only if the vertices f(A) and f(B) are endpoints of an edge in graph G2.Problem 1. Which of the following graphs are isomorphic?Problem 2. Draw all nonisomorphic graphs with no more than four vertices.Problem 3. a) Draw the graph whose vertices are all countries belonging to Commonwealth of Independent States, and the edges connect pairs of countries that share a border.b) Draw a graph whose vertices are all natural numbers from 2 to 15, and the directed edges connect pairs of different numbers where one is divisible by the other.Problem 4. a) Build a graph with five vertices which doesn’t have either three pairwise connected, or three pairwise disconnected vertices.b) Prove that at each gathering of six people there are always either three pairwise acquainted or three pairwise unacquainted people.Problem 5. Let’s say there is a gathering where among any three people there are two friends. Is it true that people at such gathering can always be divided into two groups in a way that every two people in one group are friends?Problem 6. Find the maximum possible number of edges in a graph with N vertices if it is given that among any three of its vertices there are two not connected by an edge.Definition 3. A degree (or valency) of vertex A is called the number of edges which incident to A.Problem 7. Show the degrees of all vertices from graphs in problems 1, 2, and 3.Problem 8. Prove that in a graph with more than one vertex there are always two vertices with the same degree.Problem 9. Prove that sum of degrees of vertices of any graph is twice the number of its edges.Definition 4. A path in a graph is called a finite sequence of vertices and connecting edges. Other words, a path is a sequence of a kind V0E1V1E2V2…EnVn where Vi is a vertex, and Ei connects vertices Vi-1 and Vi. Number N is called the length of the path. A cycle is a path where the first and last vertices are the same.In a graph without parallel edges (edges that connect the same pair of vertices, the only graphs considered in this list) path is uniquely determined by sequencing the vertices, so usually just that sequence is written down. However for technical reasons it is more convenient to include edges in definitions.Definition 5. A graph G is called Hamiltonian if it has a path that contains each vertex exactly once.Problem 10. Prove that dodecahedron and icosahedron are hamiltonian graphs.Defenition 6. Graph is called connected if for any two different vertices there is a path that starts at the first vertex and ends at the second.Problem 11. Which graphs from problems 1, 2, and 3 are connected?Problem 12. Prove that if a graph with the number of vertices more than 1 is connected, then the degree of each of its vertex is positive. Is the opposite true?Definition 7. Connected graph is called a tree if it has no cycle (e.g. a path where the end is the same as the beginning), with all different edges.Problem 13. Prove that each tree has: a) at least one; b) at least two vertices of degree 1.Problem 14. Prove that the number of vertices of a tree is 1 more than the number of its edges.Problem 15. The picture shows the location of bridges in the city of Königsberg in XVIII century. Can one walk through the city and cross each bridge once and only once?Definition 8. Graph is called Eulerian if it has a cycle that goes through each edge once and only once.Problem 16. Which of the following graphs are Eulerian?Problem 17. Prove that a graph is Eulerian if and only if it is connected, and the degree of every of its vertex is even.Problem 18. N teams competed in a tournament without draws. Each two teams played against each other exactly once. Prove that it is possible to number the teams 1, …, n so that for any i=1, …, n-1 the team numbered (i+1) won from the team numbered iProblem 19 (Ramsey’s theorem). a) Prove that for any natural numbers m, n, there is a natural number k that in any graph with k vertices there will be either m pairwise adjacent vertices, or n pairwise nonadjacent vertices. The smallest k of that sort is written as R (m, n).b) Find R (3, 4).Definition 9. Let’s call the distance between vertices of a connected graph the length of a shortest path connecting these vertices (the length of each edge is considered 1). Graph’s diameter is the greatest distance between its vertices.Definition 10. A graph is called regular graph with valency of k if its every vertex has the degree of k.Definition 11. A Moore graph is a regular graph with valency of k, the diameter of no more than two, and the number of vertices equal to [math]k^2+1.[/math]Problem 20. a) Prove that a regular graph with valency k and diameter 2 cannot have [math]>k^2+1[/math] vertices.b) Show the example of Moore graphs for k=1, 2, 3c) Is there a Moore graph for k=57?d) Prove that there are no Moore graphs for any other kProblem 21. There is an equilateral pentacontagon (a polygon with 50 sides). In one of its vertex stands Dr. Faust. He has three options 1) walk to the diametrically opposed point free of charge; 2) walk counterclockwise to the neighboring vertex by paying $1.05 to Mephistopheles; 3) walk clockwise to the neighboring vertex by receiving a payment of $1.05 from Mephistopheles. If it is given that Dr. Faust has been everywhere at least once, prove that at some point someone paid no less than $25.--------------------(1) Karp, Alexander, and Bruce R. Vogeli. Russian Mathematics Education: History and World Significance. New Jersey: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., 2010(2) Т. И. Голенищева-Кутузова, А. Д. Казанцев, Ю. Г. Кудряшов, А. А. Кустарёв, Г. А. Мерзон, И. В. Ященко “Элементы математики в задачах с решениями и комментариями” Издательство МЦНМО 2010

What lessons will the world learn from COVID-19?

I’ve learned that it is the human mind that has been contaminated with a “virus” and it doesn't know it which makes it far more dangerous than the Covid-19 virus itself.There is a fungus that “feeds” itself on ants.The way that it does that is, it penetrates the ant’s brain and by that begins to disturb its brain function to which it renders the ant to lose its own volition-ability.The fungus creates a chemical reaction in the ant’s brain to a point where it “controls” the ant to do things that otherwise it wouldn’t.It was nicknamed the “zombie” fungus.This is the best analogy I have to what is happening to human beings all over the world as a result of Covid-19 fiasco.I am very careful with this analogy - human beings have a tendency to take something and turn it to something else - and so I would like to emphasize that it is figurative, not literal: That is, we are not being attacked by a fungus or anything that is alien/abnormal.However, the analogy is accurate in a sense that it is the individual human mind that is on the brink of collapse, and as a result of that collapse it comes with horrendous decisions that are then shoved down the throat of individuals, who in turn, diligently clap their hands and bow down to.Unaware how unaware they become each day as their “possessed” mind is desperately trying to control the Life.Please understand that we live in a consciousness that reveres a mental formula as the ‘end all and be all’ of Life.The ignorant arrogant, human mind reveres and searches for (the) FORMULA as the ultimate answer for all of our problems. At least that what it tries very hard to come up with.Then, it pushes the formula over the individual and says:“Take it, swallow it without questioning or discernment because it is good for you. It will help you, it will help all of us! “The coronavirus hysteria is simply a snapshot for what’s coming for all of us: A fear mongering consciousness that exists and breeds first, within the individual human mind.As a result of dealing with that crippling fear, the human mind comes forth with horrendous decisions and in the interim of all of that, what we get is the dehumanization of humans to such appalling levels.Where each decision that comes forth in their mind is a pure reflection of the fear and anxiety they are overrun by; the fear of futility and the fear of chaos, - are those fears that control them.So they come up with what they rever as “very important decisions for the safety of you and me and all of us, blah blah blah....”The human mind is terribly afraid, so in order to pacify those mental fears, come forth as anxieties and confusions, what those leaders and so called “experts” do, in wherever they are and in whatever constellation they “lead - they succumb to their own inner demons where they are prompted to come forth with more and more decisions, in order to control it.A fear that is projected outwardly, then is translated into appalling decisions that are exercised on the whole.When those decisions are translated into the mundane application of them, that is the mundane reality where you and I really live in, regardless of place and origin or skin color, - simply as the very simple byproduct of living in the 21st century that constitutes the digital age we are so embedded with reflecting the interdependence that is always larger than the sum of it parts.So when those beautiful and superfluous collective decisions are translated to the world of the mundane, to the world of the individual living their day by day, what you get to notice right away is that there is a huge gap between the two.I'll give you a few examples to really expose this ignorance of mind:Immediacy of information as a result of our technological sophisticationEach day the arrogant, human mind gets up in the morning with a thought that says: “We have to do more. Let’s do more. It is not enough.”All, stemming from our current addiction to superfluous ‘doing’, derived from the fact that we are all very good digital zombies who process and digest the same information.We do that, simply because we live in times of immediacy of information, that constantly impinges on our ability to really see and discern for ourselves.If we look at the SARS epidemic or the swine flu, aor any other endemic in our past, for example, we will see that there were not extreme measures as of today simply because of the limitation of technology at that time; There were no smartphones, you could not record a video on a whim and by a push of a button send it across the globe within seconds, there was little to no social media.In other words, the limitation in transferring the data in real time, was actually in favor for us because it did not constantly impinge on the fear that exists within the human mind.If you notice, today, the media only cares to give us half truths, because it is addicted to export the datasets as fast as possible. It is what all humanity is addicted to.So we only get bombarded with stories and titles that say:“ Today there were 200 new infections in such and such place. ““ Today, 300 people have died as a result of Coronavirus. “ and on and on and on…They don't juxtapose that data to how many have actually recovered.They don't juxtapose the data to elaborate on the other side just to have healthy proportions.Coupled with the algorithms of our dumb-phones that pop a notification every second, we only get endless pings and dings that impinge on our mind and its attendant fears.In turn, humanity does not have any inkling on the big picture.All we do, is regurgitate and swallow those half-truth with great zeal, and in turn become very good executioners and enforcers of it without any discernment and self-awareness of our own.The mind of the average individual is very close to collapse as a result of unnecessary panic instilled by our “enlightened” media and technology.I mean, look at the insanity: I have watched a news program from Israel the other day, which by the way has a population of more than 8 million inhabitants, that started its broadcast with the words:“We are facing the largest crisis on earth since the Second World War. “and at the same breath…“We have in total 147 confirmed cases of people who have been infected by Covid-19.”Now let me ask you this: Do you see anything abnormal within those two statements combined?Those two statements depict in supreme exactness where the real crisis is, and that real crisis is nothing but the crisis that exists within the human mind.The dissonance between a collective decision and the ramifications of it on the field.There is a huge dissonance between collective decisions and what happens in real time on the field, that actually creates the reverse. They actually exacerbate the panic and hysteria, and by that create much more harm than the virus itself.As a result of point no.1, the fact that the fearful mind has only digested and swallowed half-truths in the form of “negative” information, the fearful anxious mind looks at all kinds of graphs and numbers and sees that those graphs haven’t changed, so it is deluded to think and believe that if it comes forth with another BIG decision, it will help “flatten” the curve - all that stupid, dumbed-down, unintelligent crap that is propagandized to the mass.In other words, more is always better, is always safer, according to the gospel of the fearful mind.Where every decision is backed up by another (horrendous) collective decision with a propaganda of: “Its for your own good and for our own good as a whole.”For example, they come up with a decision to limit passengers who board a bus, or any other public transportation, where one passenger will occupy two seats instead of one.To the mind it seems like the perfect solution to add in order to eradicate and protect from exposure to the virus, blah blah…But because they are unaware of how a collective formula cannot be translated efficiently to the mundane plane, it basically says that for each decision they come up with, there will be endless extrapolations that will arise as a byproduct.In other words, a decision on paper is far, far from the underlying reality in the field. in whatever the case may be. that each BIG decisions will have many, many extrapolations and repercussions that will actually do the reverse in time.So the problem now, since it is all connected, is that the very fact that the person who now occupies two seats at the bus, will create a congestion at the bus stop, simply because less and less people will be able to board the bus, and by that it will defeat the purpose of the original decision.In other words, we do not have the awareness to understand that each BIG decision has many sub-decisions that comes with it.And they do not bother to do that because they do not understand how it really works. We don’t have aware humans who can point out and translate those big decisions to their indefinite extrapolations.As a result of all those big decision there are so many inefficiencies that actually hurt all classes of people.We have the elderly who become afraid to their lives because of the virus, but also because of other human beings who will target them as a “threat”.Campuses Across the Country Are Closing—These Are the Students ImpactedWe have university campuses who shut down their doors and halls, rendering all those students to become confused and disoriented where they need to go now in order to have a safe place to live. Again, it stems from those decisions that are exercised on the collective level with no regard to the individual and how that collective Formula is translated to the mundane plane.It eventually only hurts the individual.This is what is mind boggling to me, thow unaware humanity is that it actually creates the reverse, with all of its good intentions.Travelers Greeted With Hours-Long Airport Lines As Coronavirus Screenings BeginWhere we have airports who have become congested by humans, all waiting to be examined, and by the fact that there are large swarms of people, all congested, defeats the purpose of those decisions made to maintain a safe zone between individuals.Where food supply chain is systematically distorted by the collective hysteria even through there is no food supply shortage of food supply. Where we keep releasing the news that there is no need to sock on food and toilet paper and yet human beings all over the world do so in spite of those news - then one must ask themselves, why is that?Can it be because those unaware experts and leaders have no idea how those decisions they come forth with are translated and lived by in or day-by-day mundane reality?I can go on and on with so many examples that depict the inadequacy of humanity.It doesn't stop there, every day those so called “leaders” and “experts” keep regurgitate their fake facade that they know what they are talking about.The (neo) mob-enforcement consciousness.Teenage boys arrested after coronavirus mob attack on Singaporean studentOn another level, we also get what I call; A mob-enforcement consciousness that breeds as a result of the mental fear that controls the individual.You meet a neighbor of yours on the stairwell of the building you live in, you chit-chat and the neighbor tells you they have just returned from Italy, and at the same breath they tell you that they are on their way to the supermarket.Bling, bling, bling, your mind begins to nudge at you that they are now the enemy.Just like that.And without any discernment whatsoever and self-awareness, which are minuscule in our current consciousness of digital-gluttony, the individual goes ahead, controlled by their fear, with what they think and believe is their right for safety: Some snitch to the authorities. Some will take the law to their hands.All, in the name of “progress” and human “enlightenment”.They have long gone given authority to the mental agents of darkness, and they don’t know it. What we get is a killer-monkey, enforcement consciousness where people will do all kinds of atrocious acts in the name of protection and defense, and goodness-for-all.That is just one simple example of how one BIG decision creates so much unnecessary confusion and unnecessary anxiety, while in their amplifications, they actually create the reverse, - they exacerbate this endemic.The endemic that has first begun within the human mind. Just like our zombie fungus and our "possessed" little ant.Did I say already that we are all living in a consciousness where the blind is leading the blind?Welcome to the New World.Coronavirus will pass, but what will stay is a new type of consciousness that will become the new reality where fear mongering will control the individual.A consciousness where human beings will seize to gather as they were used to, before. I have written about it many, many times before - we are entering a new world reality and it is all about the diminishing of our “tribal” frequency, which is all about our ability to come together and form groups.This is one of our major fonts that make us all the top of the food chain; When we form groups we are much, much secure in our survivability than alone.When human beings will no longer be able to come together and form groups, there is no progress anymore.Couple that with the fact that any individual is far more fearful for their personal safety and survival, it is but a ‘spit’ distance away from a collapse.Think about a time, not far from now, where a face mask or anything that covers one’s face, will become an accessory for survival. Not a survival from a virus or a deadly bacteria, but a survival from other human beings.I'll let you ponder on that.I am not worried, neither am afraid of this virus.I wary of human beings and their ill decisions.I wary of their ignorance and the zero level of awareness, and how each decision they make, come forth and propagandized as ‘best intentions’, have a chain effect that is horrendous in their dehumanization and indignities they inflict on the individual.

What is an IIM interview like? If you have had an IIM interview, what is your profile, i.e. academic record, CAT percentile, etc.?

Season 2:Profile:GEM.X - 95.6%(Tamilnadu Board)XII - 92%(Tamilnadu Board)UG - 67.4% (B.Tech.(IT) from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore)Work Experience - 5 months, 19 days at Deloitte Consulting as on January 31, 2019.CAT 2018 - 99.71 percentile (99.29|100|87.45)Episode 2: Common Admission Process(CAP) for ten new IIMsDate: 11/02/2019Venue: Monarch Luxor Hotel, BangaloreWritten Ability Test(WAT):The previous generations preferred not to share information about private life. But with the advent of smartphones, the present generation is sharing mundane trivial information online. What are your views on it? (Not verbatim).Started with the previous generation being conservative and they did not have any medium to share even if they wanted to and nowadays with increasingly liberal outlook and technology has provided means to share information; Moved to pros and cons of this and concluded by saying judicious sharing of meaningful information is necessary.Interview:105 candidates were called in my slot. There were seven panels in total with around 15 students per panel I was allotted the first panel. I was the first one to be interviewed in my panel. There were two middle-aged male panelists(M1 and M2) and one elderly lady panelist(F). M1 called me inside.F: Take your seat. You working now?K: Yes ma’am, I am working in the Technology Consulting domain of Deloitte for the past 6 months.M2: Tell us about your work.K: Told.M2: Why is your college score so low? It is only 67%. Is scoring in PSG College that difficult? What is the top score?K: Sir, the top score is around 95%.F: Then why didn’t you study well?K: Sir… Sorry. Ma’am, when I entered college that was the first time I am moving out of college. I didn’t have much wordly knowledge and I was ignorant. I was a bit arrogant that I possessed great leadership skills. I thought getting you a good engineering college would mean passing out with a great managerial job. I was that ignorant. Hence I didn’t pay much heed to the academics. As a result. my grades dropped and it was in the 50s at the end of the first year. I also had five backlogs at the end of the first year. I realized my lesson at the end of the first year. I understood that I will be getting nowhere in my life at this pace and started working hard. In the second year, I worked on clearing my backlogs which resulted in my grades increasing from the 50s to the 60s. I struggled to….. (M2 cutting in)M2: But it is mentioned as 67 here.K: Sir, that is because I cleared the backlogs.M2: Ohh! Continue.K: (Continuing my answer) I struggled to hold a single complete conversation in English at the end of my first year. I have worked on this. I also started participating in Extra curricular activities. In the final year, I went on to hold two Positions of Responsibilities simultaneously.M2: What are those?K: I was the Secretary of the Students’ Research Council of my college and I co-ordinated the establishment of Higher Education Learning Center in my college.F: This is because of your arrogance, not ignorance.K: Ma’am, but arrogance is because of ignorance.F: I will not agree, let’s move ahead.M2: What did you gain as a person in your work experience?K: Started explaining the project experiences I gained… (M2 cutting in)M2: (In a strong tone) As a person!(Before I start answering)F: Weight! (Ultimate savage! For the readers, I stand 6 feet tall with a BMI of 30+)(We four had a good laugh)K: I am maintaining the same weight, ma’am. The gain happened in college.(The panelists had a good laugh again)F: Okay, so tell us now what did you gain as a person?K: (Thinking)F: It’s okay even if you didn’t gain anything. I don’t have a problem with that.K: (After thinking for a few more seconds) I couldn’t think of any now, ma’am.F: Interaction skills?K: (With a Aaah! Yes reaction) Yes, ma’am definitely. As I have already mentioned, I had problems with communication and the day to day interactions and onsite calls helped me a lot to improve on this front. I also picked up a bit of Hindi. A year back, at the start of my internship, I was zero in Hindi. Now, I believe I have upgraded to ‘Thoda thoda maalum’ stage. (With a big smile)F: So you need someone to prompt you? You can’t come up with anything on your own?K: No, Sir. Sorry. Ma’am. It’s just that I couldn’t come up with it at that moment.M2: (Looks up the sheet which contained the list of extempore topics) Importing of Chinese goods is a big deterrent to the growth of Indian businesses. Speak on this topic. You can take a minute to think.(I didn’t see an extempore coming)(Thought for around 10–15 seconds)K: Can I begin, ma’am?F: Yes, go ahead.K: (Blurted out something like Chinese electronic goods are stopping the flourishing of Indian manufactured electronics which are already a very few in number. Said that because of their cheap prices the Chinese goods have captured a large market share. Spoke hardly more than 30 seconds)F: How could that be detrimental? You said the consumers are getting products at cheap prices. So that’ll be beneficial for small retailers selling those products, right?K: Ma’am, but they are able to sell at such low prices because of the low quality with which they manufacture those products.F: Then, do you think the consumers are not intelligent enough to choose a better quality product?K: No ma’am, the first time smartphone buyers go for price over quality. It is this customer base that the Chinese products have captured.M2: (To M1 and F) I think he is contradicting himself.M2: Explain that topic from an Economic perspective. You are giving as the Consumer perspective.K: Sorry sir, I don’t have knowledge about the Economic side of that topic.M2: What do you know about India-China trade?K: Sir, I know that China, along with US, is the major trade partner of India and we have a trade deficit with them.M2: Okay, we’ll give you an another chance (Looks at the list of Extempore topics). Your topic will be ‘The discounts offered by the e-Commerce portal are bad for India’.K: Sir, I will take half a minute to think.M2: Sure!K: (Spoke in favour of the topic; Spoke about how the e-Commerce portals, with their deep pockets, can offer discounts aggressively and this is detrimental to small time retailers who are in crores. Again, not more than 30 seconds)M2: But what about the consumers who are 100 times more than the retailers. Don’t you think they deserve a fair price?K: Definitely they do, sir. But the e-Commerce portals will increase the prices so high once they get rid of the competition in the form of small retailers. This is not good for the consumers in the long term.M2: Say the e-Commerce portals are selling a 7000 rupee worth product for 6000, don’t you think the consumers benefit from it?K: Sir, but in the long run, once the small retailers are got rid of, the e-Commerce portals may raise the price of a 7000 rupee worth product to 10000. That is why I believe the latest changes in e-Commerce regulations are good.F: So, you are saying that the changes in the regulations are not for votes?K: No ma’am, definitely the changes are brought up keeping in mind the upcoming General Elections but I believe this should have been done long back. I believe e-Commerce with some regulations is necessary for healthy local market.M2: Think about the consumers. Adam Smith has said that retailers tend to sell products according to the local consumer needs and consumers tend to buy from the sellers offering the lowest prices for a product. Do you know who Adam Smith is?K: Yes sir, the father of Economics.M2: Hmm, what do you think about what he has said?K: I agree, Sir, but e-Commerce is becoming pervasive. Right from groceries to daily consumer goods are being e-Commerced (e-Commerced - Invented a new word in the heat of the moment).(M2 seemed to give up thinking that I know nothing)M2: (To M1 and F, after looking at the timer in his phone) Please ask something. We have 16 minutes left.F: Why MBA?K: Ma’am, I believe I have good leadership skills and decision…. (M1 cutting in)M1: What comes under leadership skills? I have been hearing this term from the morning again and again. What are the skills do you think are necessary to a good leader?K: Sir, firstly, a leader should have a vision about the task he is given with….(F cutting in)F: So a leader should have a vision for the company he is working for?K: (All these stupid answers of mine are getting to my nerves, started to stutter and stammer) Not necessarily, ma’am, but he should have a vision for whatever the task he is given with.F: What do you think about the upcoming elections? What will happen in Tamilnadu? First, tell us how many seats are there in Lok Sabha?(Finally, Politics - the one area I am longing to be questioned at)K: (In an instant) 545.F: How many of that are for Tamilnadu?K: (Again, in an instant) 39.F: What do you think will happen there? Will the ADMK win all the seats again?K: Ma’am, the ADMK didn’t win all the seats last time. They won only 37 of the 39.F: Okay, so What do you think will happen there? Will the ADMK win all the seats again?K: Ma’am, the ADMK didn’t win all the seats last time. They won only 37 of the 39. That is because they had a charismatic leader last time….(F cutting in)F: So, what will happen to them this time?K: Their vote share will split to smaller parties, ma’am.F: So, they can’t win any seats this time?K: No ma’am, I meant their vote share will come down. Last time, their vote share was 42%, I guess (It is 44.3% actually). This time, I predict it to be around 20–25%.F: How can they still secure that much votes without having a charismatic leader?K: Ma’am, because they can still milk votes using the names of Dr. MGR and Ms. Jayalalitha… (As soon as I said this, F looked at M1 and M2)F: We’re done.K: (With a feeling that I used the wrong choice of words) Thank you ma’am and thank you sirs.This is easily one of my bad interviews as a good part of the interview revolved around Economics which I have just started to learn.Personal Rating: WAT - 15/20 and PI - 30/50.Verdict: Awaited.Episode 1: IIM KozhikodeDate: 10/02/2019Venue: Monarch Luxor Hotel, BangaloreWritten Ability Test(WAT):Capitalism is slowly and inevitably leading to mankind’s extinction.I thanked my stars that I didn’t get an abstract topic. The time limit was 25 minutes and we were told that we can use both the sides of the given paper. I started by defining Capitalism; linked the pure profit-driven motives to the indiscriminate exploitation of resources; mentioned that the mankind has woken up with checks like the UN’s Paris Accord; mentioned that a cause of concern is the rise of far-right politicians like Trump and Bolsonaro who are pro-manufacturing industries and detractors of climate change; touched upon how profit-driven firms exploit their employees and put them into undue stress; concluded by saying some amount of government regulation is necessary for sustainable development and added that there was never a better time to remember the Mahatma’s quote - “The Earth has enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed”.Resume Writing:A question about describing a rewarding work place situation and the gains from it(This question is not for freshers).A question about a decision that I took and failed, the learnings from the failure.The time limit was 15 minutes for this component. I used an instance from my work experience in my first answer and an instance from my college in the second answer.Interview:There were four panels in total with around 10 students per panel I was allotted the fourth panel. I was the first one to be interviewed in my panel. There were two middle-aged male panelists(M1 and M2). M1 is an Associate Professor specialising in Finance, Accounting and Control while M2 is a Professor specialising in Strategic Management. M2 called me inside.M1: How are you? And, please take your seat.K: I am good, Sir! How are you? And Good morning sirs.M1: Good good!M2: Good morning!M1: (Going through my Personal Data Form) You have been working in Deloitte for just 5 months. Why just 5 months? Why do you want to leave it now?(M1 passes my Personal Data Form to M2 as I start answering)K: Sir, I am working in the Technology Consulting Domain. I also spent my final semester at Deloitte. Hence, it’s been more than a year at Deloitte. Having said that, I want to switch stream because my scope in the present role is narrow. I’ll be restricted to IT Project Management while I want to move into a General Managerial role. I believe I possess good leadership skills and decision-making skills. I also….M1: (Reading my Resume questions’ answers) Enough enough… So you’re a Manual Tester at Deloitte?K: Yes, sir. And I am also the functional analyst of my project.M1: What does that mean? Explain.K: Explained.M2: (Reading my Resume questions’ answers) You have written here that you have increased your CGPA by 10 percentage points. What happened? Why the slump happened?K: As I have written in my WAT, I come from a small rural town. I did not have much worldly knowledge when I entered college. I was a bit arrogant that I possessed great leadership skills. I was ignorant to that extent that I thought getting into a good Engineering college would mean passing out with a good managerial job. I didn’t pay much heed to my academics because of this. As a result, I had five backlogs and my grades were in the 50s at the end of the first year. I realised my mistake, I realised that I would get nowhere in life at this pace and started working hard. I studied the basics of my academics and this not only resulted in my grades improving from the 50s to the 60s, but also helped me to secure an Internship + Full-time offer from Deloitte in the final year.(M2 asks for my file meanwhile) I also struggled to hold a single complete conversation in English at the end of my first year. I worked on this also. Apart from this, I started participating in Extra-curricular activities. In the third year, I….(M1 cutting in)M1: Enough. What’s your favourite subject?K: DBMSM1: We are hearing this term called R-DBMS. I don’t know much about it. What’s mean by R-DBMS? Can you explain it for us?K: Sure sir, R-DBMS stands for Relational Database Management Systems. Here, we store the data in tuples and the data are related and connected and are stored in a structured format. The data are stored in a table in the format provided by the schema. We use an unique identifier to retrieve related data.M1: All these discussions are okay. But tell me what it is. Tell me what is the difference between R-DBMS and DBMS?K: Sir, R-DBMS is a subset of DBMS. DBMS can be non-relational also. As I was saying, the data in a tuple will be related. Say, for an example, we can create a DB of all the shortlisted candidates of IIM Kozhikode, storing it in, the various details of the candidates like Academics scores, work experience and so on. These data will be structured according to the schema. While if we take the case of… (M2 cutting in)M2: We store data in tables using unique identifiers in Excel also. Tell us what differentiates it from other DBMS?K: (After thinking for a few seconds) I don’t know Sir.M1: (Mockingly) You don’t know that and DBMS is your favourite subject. Okay, how good are you in Maths?K: I am interested in Maths but I tend to commit very silly mistakes. But Maths is my favourite subject.M1: Let’s see what silly mistakes you are going to do now. Draw the graphs of these two functions. (He writes 1) y = x^2 and 2) y = |x|/x)(Lucky to get such simple functions, I completed it in 15 seconds)M1: (Pointing to the first equation) What is the first order derivative of this?K: Sir, it will be 2x.M1: Yes, what do you mean by it? What do you mean by the first order derivative?K: (Stupidly) Sir, it means that the equation is differentiated once.M1: That is okay. You are saying it is dy/dx. What do you mean by that?K: (Stupidly again) Sir, by dy/dx we mean that y is differentiated with respect to x once.M1: You are taking it to some other place. What do we by finding the first-order derivative? Why do we do that?K: To find the critical points.M1: So if we differentiate it once, we can get to know the critical points ah?K: No sir, we need to equate the first order derivative to zero. The values satisfying this equation will be the critical points of our equation.M1: Why do we do that? Why do we need critical points?K: To find the local maxima and minima of our equation.M1: You are dragging it somewhere. We say the first-order derivative is f’(x). What do we do with that? How do you say maxima and minima exists at critical points?K: (In a totally consfused state)Sir, because the slope changes sign at the critical points. And by differentiating it again, we can find the local maxima and minima.M1: How?K: Sir, by equating the second-order derivative to zero. If it is less than zero, a local maxima exists at that point while if it greater than zero, a local minima exists at that point.M1: You have now taken it to f’’(x). (Looks at M2)M2: What are your hobbies?K: (Relieved) My hobbies are browsing, solving logical… (M2 cutting in)M2: (Mockingly) Browsing Quora is a hobby?K: Sir, I meant I do it in my free time. Apart from that I like to solve logical puzzles especially sudokus and I follow Cricket.M2: You follow Cricket. How long have you been doing it? From long back or only the current Cricket?K: Cricket is the first thing I took interest in apart from academics. I do it from 2002…. (M2 cutting in)M2: What are the records our current captain holds?K: (Confused for a couple of seconds whether he is mentioning Virat or Rohit as Virat is rested now) Sir, our current captain in the T20 International series against the New Zealand is Rohit Sharma. He…. (M2 cutting in)M2: Acha. I meant our main captain, Virat Kohli.K: He is the fastest to reach every number of centuries from 30 in ODIs…. (M2 cutting in)M2: What do you mean by that?K: Sir, I meant that he took the minimum number of innings. Hashim Amla is close on his heels to break this minimum number of innings record… (M2 cutting in)M2: Which country he is from?K: South Africa. Kohli holds 39 ODI centuries till date, the second highest.M2: Who has more?K: Sachin Tendulkar.M2: Any other records?K: He is about to break the record for highest number of Test wins as an Indian captain.M2: Whose record is he going to break?K: (At the moment, thoughts started running in my mind that why they are asking simplest of the questions) MS Dhoni.(M2 looks at M1)M1: Do you follow Current news? What’s happening around? Do you follow any?K: I do.M1: What’s your native?K: I am from a rural town called Nellikuppam in the Cuddalore District of Tamilnadu. It is a coastal district.M1: Do you know the Tanjore temple?K: Yes sir, the Brihadeeswarar temple.M1: Yes, what’s special about it?K: Sir, the Gopuram above the sanctum sanctorum was scripted with a single rock.M1: When was it built?K: Sir, around the turn of the second millennium.M1: Matlab, how many years back?K: Around 1000 years.M1: How did they built it back then without any modern equipments?K: (Using my hand to show the ramp they built) Sir, they built a slope to the desired height and used it as a road. They placed the rock over a wheel and kept changing the wheels. They also use man power to pull the rock to the top.M1: Which empire is behind the construction?K: Sir, the Chola empire.M1: Which king specifically?K: The Rajarajachola, sir.M1: What were the main dynasties of Tamilnadu.K: Sir, the three main dynasties of Tamilnadu were Cheras, Cholas and Pandiyas. The Palla…(M1 cutting in)M1: The Pallavas? Okay, go ahead.K: Yes sir, I was about to mention them. They ruled over the Southern Andhra and the North Tamilnadu. The Mahabalipuram temple is their architecture marvel.M1: What do you know about the three dynasties?K: They were known for their valour. The Cholas engaged in Coastal warfare extending their empire to North Srilanka, Myanmar, Thailand amongst others. That’s all I know, Sir.(M1 and M2 looked at each other and they said they were done. I thanked them and left)To sum up, almost all the questions were so basic that I was wondering during the interview whether am I in an old IIM interview. I could have done a lot better especially in the last question since I knew a lot about them but couldn’t recall at that moment.Personal Rating: WAT - 16/20, Resume Writing - 7/10 and PI - 21/30.Verdict: Awaited.Season 1:Profile:GEM Fresher.X - 95.6%(Tamilnadu Board)XII - 92%(Tamilnadu Board)UG - 66.2% at the time of the interview. (B.Tech.(IT) from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore)CAT 2017 - 99.06 percentile (93.51|99.84|95.90)Having secured only 99.06 percentile in CAT, I wanted to retake CAT and XAT again and give it a one more push for IIM C, FMS and XLRI. So I just planned to attend the interviews of all those institutes which called me (IIM S, New IIMs and IIFT) without serious preparation and gain some useful interview experience for next year.Episode 3: IIM AmritsarDate: 14/05/2018Venue: Monarch Luxor Hotel, BangaloreWritten Ability Test(WAT):Is the era of Coalition Politics over?I believe I did a good work of my WAT. I wrote about how a slight swing of votes can hamper the ruling party’s majority status in the Center and the states where the ruling party has thin majority. I explained that the Coalition Politics has been effectively employed in the past to counter the emergence of a party as the single largest by mentioning various instances. I concluded by saying that the Coalition Politics is here to stay.Interview:There were five panels in total and I was allotted the second panel. I was the second one in my panel. There were two middle-aged male panelists(M1 and M2). M1 called me inside. I went in and M2 asked me to take the seat. I later came to know that M1 was from IIM K and M2 was from IIM ASR by going through the Faculty Directory of IIM K and IIM ASR.M1: (cheerfully) How are you, Karthik?K: I am good, Sir! How are you?M1: I am fine Karthik! Thank you. Can you tell us about your Final year project ?K: Mentioned that I am interning at Deloitte USI instead of doing a project in the final semester.M1: Tell us more about it.K: Briefly explained my job role.M1: Have you studied Statistics in your UG?K: Yes, sir.(A few questions from Normal Distribution followed. I answered those satisfactorily)M1: You have studied about Graph Theory, right?K: No Sir! It was offered to me as an elective and I didn’t take it. (But, it was a small part in the Data Structures course and what followed is a series of questions from Graph Theory and I answered most of those with a “I don’t know”)As the Graph Theory ordeal ended, M1 started to rapid fire GK questions and I answered most of those questions. M1 passed on the baton to M2 who was silent till now.M2: Did you take part in any Extra-curricular activities in college?K: **Finally! The question I was longing for** Answered in detail the various extra-curricular activities I have taken part in my UG and explained my responsibilities in the PoRs I had held.M2 seemed visibly impressed and followed it up with two Current Affairs questions. As M2 said that he was done, M1 asked about my calls and my preference. He further asked me “Why IIM Amritsar?” and finally wished me All the best!Scores: WAT - 10/10 and PI - 37/40. (Source: RTI)Verdict: Converted.Episode 2: IIM ShillongDate: 12/04/2018Venue: Monarch Luxor Hotel, BangaloreCase Discussion(CD):The case was about the Railways Department of a developing African Country. The trains were found to be often late and hence the General Manager has hired Mr.X to improve the situation in one year. Mr.X was give a one-year deadline to produce results and he was bestowed with high-profile decision making rights. But, even after regulating the whole process there seemed to be no improvement in the punctuality levels of the Railways. As the one-year deadline draws to a close, Mr.X is called for a meeting. What should be his stance in the meeting?The CD went well. It was evaluated by a two-member panel. I pitched in two times and made valuable points.Interview:It seemed that they had planned to have seven panels initially. Since the interview happened after the results of ABC were out, a significant number of people gave it a miss. So we were accommodated in five panels. I was allotted the third panel and I was the first one in my panel. There were two panelists - a middle-aged male professor, M and a middle-aged female professor F. I later came to know that F is the Dean(Research) of IIM S and M is a Consultant on contract in IIM S. M called me in and F asked me to take the seat.F began the Interview with the customary “Tell me about yourself”. F followed it up with a few GK questions like - “Which is the last country our PM visited?”, “What is the recent news about Donald Trump?”, “What is the number of Union Territories in our country?” and “Mention the Union Territories along with their capital”. I answered those questions satisfactorily. M then took over.M asked me a slew of academic questions(my grey area) starting from an easy one like “What is Cloud Computing?”. He then asked me some questions from my ‘Information Security’ and ‘Data Structure’ papers. I answered most of these questions although not satisfactorily. The interview ended with F offering me a toffee.Verdict: Rejected.Episode 1: Common Admission Process(CAP) for nine new IIMsDate: 23/02/2018Venue: Monarch Luxor Hotel, BangaloreI was asked to report at 08:30 AM. I reached there by 8:10 AM. The WAT venue was the sixth floor Banquet Hall of the hotel. The professors in-charge of WAT started the attendance sheet signing at 08:30 AM sharp. No document verification happened but our Personal Data Form was collected before the WAT.Written Ability Test(WAT):Government is thinking of making rural practice compulsory for new medical graduates. What is your opinion on this ? Suggest some other measures to improve rural healthcare. (Not verbatim)My WAT was decent. I wrote about the imbalance in medical accessibility between rural and urban citizens, the poor UG seats to PG seats ratio in medicine and the measures government should take to attract those medical graduates who were unable to make the PG cut to rural healthcare. I also suggested some measures like E-consulting and government funding for treatment of rural people in urban hospitals to bridge the rural-urban divide.After the WAT, we were informed that the Interviews will be conducted in the fifth floor and we were asked to move down there after having some refreshments.Interview:There were five panels in total and I was allotted the fifth panel. I was the second one in my panel. There were three middle-aged male panelists(M1, M2 and M3). M1 called me inside the room and M2 asked me to take the seat. I(K) exchanged pleasantries with the panelists as M1 starts reading loud my Personal Data Form.**Thoughts inside double asterisk**M1: (reading my Personal Data Form) You are from Tamil Nadu. Tamil theriyuma ? (Translation: You know Tamil ?)K: Theriyum Sir. (Translation: I know Sir)(After a short pause)K: (Smiling) Nallavey theriyum Sir. (Translation: I know well Sir)M3: (reclining in his chair) You are from Cuddalore. There is a famous waterbody which supplies water from Cuddalore to Chennai. You know the name of it ?K: Yes Sir, Veeranam Yeri.M3: You know the history of the lake ?K: I don’t know Sir.M3: Do you know the reason behind its name?K: Sorry Sir, I don’t know.M3: You studied at Coimbatore. Mention a famous businessman who studied at Coimbatore and is holding a top position in a famous company now.K: Shiv Nadar.M3: No no.K: Shiv Nadar studied at Coimbatore. He is actually an alumni of PSG College of.…. (M3 cutting in)M3: Okay. Let’s make it simple. I’ll give you an hint. I am looking for the name of the Chairman of Tata Sons.K: Sorry Sir, I couldn’t recollect.M3: His name starts with Chandra. Now you should get it.K: No Sir, I could still not recollect.M3: His name is Chandrasekaran. Do you know the person who was the Chairman before he took over ?K: Yes Sir, Cyrus Mistry.M1: (Looking at my Personal Data Form) Why is your UG score this low?K: To be honest, I didn’t give much importance to academics initially. In the first two years, I wasted my time in….. (M1 cutting in with a shocked expression)**Hear me, I have a nice story to tell**M1: Why ?K: I was ignorant when I entered the college. I thought getting into a good college will mean passing out with a great job and I don’t….. (M1 cutting in)M1: Then you’ll do the same thing here again. You’ll get into a good MBA program and repeat the same thing thinking a job is assured.K: No Sir, I have learnt my lesson. From the third year, I have started to work hard. I held….. (M1 cutting in)**Not again**M1: Your grades are still the same in your third year also.K: Sir, I have improved my English a lot from my third year. At the end of the second year, I struggled to hold a single complete conversation in English without stammering. Also, I have done a lot of Extra-curriculars. I have….. (M1 cutting in)**Seems like I’ll not get an opportunity to talk about my Extra-curriculars and academic projects**M1: Why was that? (asking about my poor English in the past)K: That’s because of my background. I…. (M1 cutting in)M1: Are you from Tamil Medium ?K: No Sir, I studied in English Medium only. But they teach everything in Tamil.M1: Are you placed anywhere?K: Yes sir, I am currently interning at Deloitte U.S. India Consulting from 29th January.M1: Location ?K: Bangalore, Sir.M1: How long is your internship ?K: It extends till 27th of July, Sir. And, after that…. (M1 cutting in)M1: MBA programs starts from June or July. So how could you join then ?K: That’ll not be a problem, Sir. I can resign after converting.M1: Then how can you graduate without completing the internship?K: I’ll be graduating in May, Sir. I can show the work I have done in the internship till the end of April to satisfy the requirements of graduation.M1: What after July? You have an offer there after that?K: Yes sir, I have a full-time offer also.M1: Salary?K: ToldM1: Excellent! So you could work there for two years, get some experience and then come to MBA. Why are you here now?K: Sir, in this offer, I’ll be into Technology Consulting, not S&O consulting. It’s more like a service-based IT role. I don’t think it’ll be much relevant to MBA…. (M1 cutting in)M1: No work experience is irrelevant to MBA.K: I can work to gain some work experience points in the admission process but I believe the quality of work experience is more important.M3: So you are from IT background. Tell me what is the difference between CS and IT?K: Explained them the minor curriculum variations between CS and IT in the Anna University affiliated colleges.M1: (Looking into my Personal Data Form) Okay, hobbies?K: I like to solve logical puzzles, sudokus and I follow Cricket.M1: (Looks up and stares at me with his eyes wide open) Logical Puzzles ?(M2, who was busy till now munching on the dry fruits kept in the table, joining in)M2: You know about Fibonacci series ?K: (excitedly) Yes, Sir.M2: What’s so special about the series?K: Sir, it finds application in many real-world scenarios. The sunflower is one. And, also I have read somewhere that everything…. (M2 cutting in as I was about to talk about the series’ ubiquitousness in nature and using it as an approximate mile to kilometer converter.)M2: What do you mean by an application?K: **cursing me for my poor choice of words** Sir, I meant it is just a fact which I have read about. I have also read about….. (M1 cutting in)M1: Where does Fibonacci series come in Sunflower ?K: Sir, the seeds in the Sunflower’s face are arranged in that pattern.M3: So, tell us how many prime numbers are there between 90 and 100 ?K: Umm, 93 and 97. So two, Sir.(A question which I can answer even if asked in the middle of my sleep and I get it wrong in an IIM interview. I realized that I had committed this silly mistake only on my way back from the Hotel)M1: You sure about 93? Check again.K: **They’re checking my confidence** (confidently) Yes sir, I am sure.(I couldn’t stop laughing at myself on my way back from the Hotel for this super silly answer of mine)M3: What do you mean by a Prime Number?K: A prime number is a number which has only two factors, one being that number itself and the other being one.M2: So tell me how many squares are there in a Chess board?K: Asking him permission to use the notepad, I started writing the steps saying it follows the same logic as sum of squares upto n and here the n is equal to 8. I committed a minor calculation mistake which I corrected in an instant and arrived at the answer, 204.M2: Good.M3: Can you tell me the different types of software development methods ?K: Waterfall model, V-Model, Prototype Model, Spiral Model, Agile methodology…. (M3 cutting in)M3: What is the difference between Waterfall Model and Agile Model?K: ToldM3: What are the teams in the Agile Model called?K: Scrums.M2: Do you follow politics?K: A bit.M2: Why is there a black colour in Kamal Hassan’s party flag?K: I don’t know, Sir.M2: Think, think. Think and tell.K: Sir, I remember there is a black colour surrounding the central star. But I couldn’t recollect the reason.M2: You know the name of his party at least ?K: Yes Sir, Makkal Needhi Maiam and he has said that he will follow a centrist ideology.M3: What is your CAT percentile?K: 99.06, Sir.M3: You have a very good percentile. So you’ll be good at Numbers, right?K: To an extent, Sir. Actually my Quant and Verbal percentile are a bit on the lower side comparatively. DILR is my strength, Sir. I have scored 99.84 in that section.M1: Expand DILR.K: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.M2: Logical Puzzles. Interesting hobby.M3: With this academics which are in the 60s, do you think you can make it to the IIMs?K: Sir, there are some IIMs which give lesser weightage to academics. I believe I can make it to those IIMs. Also, my tenth and twelfth scores are good. I have 90+ in both tenth and twelfth.M3: Did you ask for a change in the Interview center ?K: Yes Sir, initially I had opted for Chennai.M3: Why did you change the center ?K: Only after the submission of my application, I got my internship offer letter specifying the location. So I opted for a center change.(M3 looks at M1 and M2. They say they’re done.)M3: I have one more question for you. You know about the abbreviation GAFA?K: Sorry Sir, I don’t know.M3: Write it down. You can decode it better.M3: (as I write on the notepad) Very famous US Technological Giants.(I misinterpreted his ‘Giants’ as ‘Giant’s’ and that changed my entire thought process)K: Sorry Sir, I still couldn’t get it.M3: G is simple, we use that daily.K: Google ?M3: Yes. The rest?(Since I thought the abbreviation is used to denote a single Giant, I started to think only on the Google angle)K: Alphabet?M3: No no. Okay, first tell me what is the difference between Alphabet and Google?K: Sir, Alphabet includes all its subsidiaries like…. (M3 cutting in)M3: Okay. You got that. Now answer the previous question.(As I was thinking)M3: A is fairly easy to get. To give an hint, one of the devices in this table is a product of A.(Now it dawns upon me that it is ‘Giants’ and not ‘Giant’s’)K: Apple?M3: Yes, the next?K: Facebook. Ummm, Adobe?M1: No no.K: Amazon.M3: Yes. Two of those four companies have started e-wallets in India. You know which two?K: Yes Sir, Google with Tez and Amazon with Amazon Pay Wallet.M3: Yes.M2: That’s it. Thank you Karthik! All the best!I thanked them individually and left the room.Scores: WAT - 14/20 and PI - 29.045/50. (Source: RTI)Verdict: Rejected at Trichy, Ranchi and Rohtak. Waitlisted at Udaipur, Raipur and Sambalpur. Converted Bodh Gaya, Kashipur and Sirmaur.

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