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Pavit Laul

 

Currently studying at IIM-Calcutta, Pavit Laul, our esteemed alumnus has proved his mettle time and again. A student of IT department in the class of 2011, he firmly believes in the power of perseverance and that MBA preparation is more about practicing and deciding upon a strategy for the D-day.
 
EYEING THE CAT
 
For CAT, as such, the syllabus is neither very vast nor very difficult. "Time management and score maximization require much more planning and thought process. However, practicing more for a section that you believe you are weak in is a must.", says Pavit. For him, Verbal and Logical Reasoning  had always been strengths. For Quantitative, practice is a must as it is more of revising the fundamentals.
 
Sharing with us his opinion about how to work strategically during the last year and the placement season, Pavit advises that it is good to focus over select companies during the placement season; many would go for each and every firm that visits the campus, but if one is serious about an MBA, then the back-up option (i.e. job) should be decided keeping in mind the same fact. One might feel missing out on good opportunities, but be rest assured that there will be many companies to choose from thereafter.
 
"BTech. Project (BTP) scores, sadly, are very variable. This is probably because everything rests on that 15-20 minute presentation window. However, even companies that come to MBA colleges ask the freshers about their BTP. If you wish to do something substantial in this aspect, don't let your MBA preparation stop you. One can easily manage both", remarks Pavit.

Exams and studies are less taxing in the final year and professors supportive in most cases, thus, it is just sacrificing some of your luxuries during those 4-6 months, but it is all part of achieving a bigger goal in the end and definitely worth the effort.
 
Reminiscing the moments when he received the news of his selections, he humbly agrees, "Every selection news was Awesome!"Further more, “I remember my FMS selection news came at night during Moksha, which was followed by good news of IIMs in the following months. Registering for an institute and then rushing to withdraw for a better one is also an experience in itself, albeit a good one. IIM-Calcutta's news was also at NSIT!”
 
Post calls, preparing for GD- PI consists of two parts,
 
1. Your communication skills and personals (HR questions + CV based questions) : He did not prepare much for it, since he had been comfortable with these questions all along. If you have your 'Why MBA?' part clear, everything else automatically falls into place. He wanted to pursue an MBA course from 2nd year onwards itself, hence the clarity.

2. Technical stuff (economics, finance, General Knowledge etc.) : Mostly the web and some articles here and there. Pavit admits that he never actually went full-fledged into the 'The Hindu' and 'ET' charades. He honestly found these coaching institute-promoted practices hogwash and kind of redundant. What you need is a basic knowledge about business as a whole so that you can contribute positively in the discussions as well as the interviews. 
 
Group discussion at IIM-C was on the topic 'Betting in sports should be legalized', which was followed by the interview. The questions in the interview were pertaining to his curriculum for IT. He was asked about his hobbies and included everything, from General Knowledge to current affairs. As for IIM-Lucknow, the questions ranged from class 11th Physics to characters in Mahabharata. "Some interviews might be stressful but the sole aim behind everything is to gauge you". Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) conducted a 10 minute GD session on the topic, 'A two-year MBA is not a substitute for work experience'.
 
LIFE @JOKA(IIM-C Campus)
 
Joka, as they call the IIM-C campus, is more than that. Like every campus has its points of parity and unique identity, so is true for Joka as well. It has always been a stronghold for NSITians and even this year they have ~15 NSITians in Pavit’s batch alone (just 2 freshers though). Studies at an MBA college form a small part of the whole experience. The first 6-7 months are extremely hectic: getting your CV made, preparing for interviews in November, quizzes/assignments/presentation etc. Coming from NSIT, it might be difficult to adjust to the no-sleep schedules but it is a great experience nevertheless.
 
More so, IIM-C, being the first IIM of the country, is now in its 50th year and right in the middle of year-long celebrations. Dignitaries from varied fields keep visiting and delivering guest lectures. "There's so much activity that one can't even attend every event. While there is a session by an ex-captain of Indian Hockey, there is also another one by Amish Tripathi going on simultaneously!", he exclaims.
 
Hoping to see his juniors assimilate the best and wishing them luck for their future endeavours, here is what he has to speak, "Please do not join an IIM (or any other MBA college) just for the sake of it or because others in your batch plan to do so. You should be clear in your mind why you want to go for higher management studies. It will be a very tough time here at IIMs (and any other PG course for that matter) if you are not clear about your goals. To draw a parallel, would you go for a Masters in Computer System Architecture just because every one else is doing so? A post-graduate course requires a lot of pondering about one's career and so should not be influenced by others but by you. Have an internal locus of control (MBA jargon!)".
 
 
 

 

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