Personal Interview (PI)

Personal Interview (PI) is the most important part of your final selection process not only for MBA programmes at IIMs, FMS, IIFT or other top MBA colleges but also in any top level job. IIMs award highest weightage to this component in final selection process in a range from 30 to 50 percent.


The Personal Interview round is conducted by the B-schools, after the 1st stage shortlisting on the basis of your written exam score is announced. All the top MBA colleges including IIMS, XLRI, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI among others conduct Personal Interview (PI) round as final selection round for admission. The PI round is the test of your verbal communication skill, presence of mind and how do you present your views and knowledge skillfully to convince others.


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One of the key personal interview tips is that immediately after completion of your written exam, it is necessary to improve your personal interview skills and do away with any type of hesitation that you may face during personal interview round.  


Personal Interview format could be different for different types of personal interviews at different places. However, the personal interview format at IIMs and at other top B-schools means that there are 3-4 panelists who are experts and ask penetrating questions to you on your academics, work experience, current affairs, social issues, about your personality, your native place, on technical issues related to your academics and work place.


Whether it is the personal interview for freshers or from second timers, the personal interview format implies personal interaction session of 10 to 20 minutes before the experts. Apart from the one to one personal interaction session of 10-20 minutes, the PI round at B-schools may consist of other different components also. This may include GD, WAT, Extempore speech, Group Interview, group exercise, psychometric tests among others.


Every B-school conducts the Personal Interview (PI) round to get the best talent in its class rooms. The personal interview is tried to be kept healthy, positive and less stressful to make you free, friendly and natural before the experts. You are encouraged to remain what you are and it is tried that during the course of discussion, you should not feel nervous. One of the key tips to crack the PI round is that the further questions arise out of the answers given by you. So it is advisable to be careful while responding to questions and avoid any sort of bluffing.


The information on this page will help you improve your Personal interview skills, contains live personal interview examples, top 10 personal interview questions asked in the PI round with the other personal interview questions and answers, personal interview preparation tips and personal interview tips for the actual PI round.

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Personal Interview: Questions & Answers

Personal Interview round at IIMs or any other top B-school may have a duration of 8 to 30 minutes depending upon how interesting you are during the process. PI is awarded highest weightage in final selection round. The PI round tests you on your one to one communication skill along with your attitude, interest in surrounding events and way of presentation. Any bluff during PI round can throw you out of the fray.

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MBA Personal Interview Tips

Let your Personal Interview in IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Kozhikode, FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, XLRI Jamshepur, IIFT among others become a discussion giving you an opportunity to enjoy the same instead of feeling a pressure of torturous question answer session.

To be successful in this round, no doubt, you have to be well prepared for the volley of oncoming questions. These are not the questions that are tough or out of this world, but your approach to answer them in a witty, positive and subtle manner gives you an edge over your peers.

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GK For Personal Interview

IIMs, FMS, XLRI, MDI and all the other top B-schools use GK for MBA personal Interview in their final admission round. To be successful in PI round, no doubt, you have to be well prepared not only with the Current GK for interview but also with the Business GK and the social GK surrounding your local area issues for interview.


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Personal Interview Preparation

Immediately after the declaration of CAT/XAT results, the Institutes have been short listing the candidates and sending the calls for PI, the second admission round. Personal Interview round is the key to success in securing final admission to the desired institute as all the B schools award maximum weightage to this round.


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B-Schools Using Personal Interview (PI)

Almost all the B-schools including IIMs, FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, XLRI, SPJIMR, IMI, IMT, TAPMI, XIMB use PI round as one of the key components of final selection round. A few of the top B-schools using PI round before preparing the final merit list of the candidates are–


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Important Dates

PI round at top B-schools will begin in the last week of January or the first week of February 2018. This round will continue till April 2018 and the final admission offer will be made in the last week of April or in the beginning of May 2018.


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Topper interviews PI

Gyayak Jain

Almost all of my interviews, except at IIM Ahmedabad, were based on my mechanical engineering and I was not prepared enough to answer those with

Vedant Mukesh Mehta

I am not really able to recall any PI questions that I was asked in any institute.

Jethwa Satyarajsinh Pradyumansinh

In PI,  questions related to my academic background and current affairs were asked. Some of the questions were  why I wanted to join IRMA, why  I


As I have done B.Tech in Agriculture Information Technology (which is kind of unique course in India), my questions in all these three institute

Angshuman Kakoty

PI Questions were on:  The most common PI questions were why MBA and why that Institute. I was also asked about why I left CA studies to