All you need to know JBIMS GD/PI

MH-CET –MBA is a state level entrance exam for admission into the MBA colleges of Maharashtra. CET is followed by CAP (Common Admission Process) for the final admission to MBA/MMS programs. SIMSREE (Sydenham), K.J Somaiya, Welingkar and PUMBA are some reputed institutes under CET. The final admissions are based on only the written test scores and there is no GD PI round after that. The only step required after the exam is that the students have to verify their documents through ARC’s (Authorized Registration Centre). The only Institute under MH-CET that conducts a GD/ PI round is JBIMS, Mumbai.

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JBIMS has a legacy of 44 years. The B school is located in the heart of Mumbai in Churchgate area and this advantage can never fade as it is the centre of commercial activity. Placements at JBIMS are spectacular in terms of companies visiting campus and profiles being offered apart from achieving 100% placement year after year. It is one of the top ranked institutes under MH-CET.

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Selection Process at JBIMS, Mumbai

Last Year, approximately 1700 candidates were called for In-Person Assessment (GD/ PI) based on their application rating score. The Total score was made up of Application rating score and the In-Person Assessment score. ARS was weighed 60% and the In-Person Assessment 40%. The students were asked to go through WAT, GD and PI stage and based on the final merit 120 admissions were given.

The application rating scores comprised of MH-CET performance, past academic records up to graduation, work experience, extracurricular activity and the academic and Gender Diversity.

Following is the detailed break up of various parameters used by JBIMS for final admissions:

  AR (Application Rating) In-Person Assessment  
Parameter CAT/CET scores PAR
and 12th)
Work ex. and extra Curricular activities Diversity GD PI WAT Total final Score
Weightage 0.60 0.15 0.20 0.05 0.20. 0.60. 0.20. 0.60 (AR) + 0.40(IPA)
Group Discussion

Group Discussion or GD, is used by an organization (company, institute, business school etc.) to gauge whether a candidate has certain personality traits desired by them like communication skills, leadership, teamwork etc.

Group Discussions topics at JBIMS for last year's In-Person Assessment were:

  • River linkage - the only solution to the water problems in India.
  • Cricket is a waste of time and national resources.
  • Rivers are our natural resource. All states have equal rights on them.

There were 12-15 students in each group. As discussed above, there are many parameters on which students are evaluated. You should not be too aggressive or argumentative in a GD. You must demonstrate various skills like knowledge, good communication skills, teamwork, etc. in order to clear this round.

Personal Interview

A Personal Interview is a great opportunity for candidates to show their skills and strengths. It’s a chance to show how they are a perfect fit for the particular institute or position. On the other hand, it gives a chance to the panelists to evaluate the personality of the candidate.

Typically, interview questions can be of different types, like personality-based questions, which focus on strengths, weaknesses, achievements, failures and goals of an individual. Questions regarding educational background focus on an individual's academic performance. There can also be current affairs or career planning based questions. The panelists might also ask technical questions related to your graduation subjects. The best way to prepare for interviews is by practice and preparation. Few questions which were asked in JBIMS interviews are:

  • Why MBA?
  • What would you do if you don’t get through?
  • Justify your weaknesses.
  • Was engineering a waste of time?
  • Is work experience necessary before pursuing an MBA?
  • Does formal education guarantee success?
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