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With determination and tenacity
in pursuit, every goal is attainable.
Mani Singhal, a first year MBA student at the Faculty of Management Studies,
Delhi, speaks to Satarupa Sen Bhattacharya about her aims, convictions and
the strategies for success in the MBA entrance examinations.
“ business and its dynamics to the
Could you briefly describe your
level that is required to perform
educational background? Were
effectively in the corporate world.
you always one who
I found that the industry interface
had an exceptional academic
the institutes provide during the
record? Any other significant
focussed on. The FMS test
MBA programme exposes you to
achievements - curricular or
preparation was no different as the
the intricacies of a manager’s
pattern in all entrance tests is
I am a B.Com (Honours) responsibilities. My aptitude in
almost the same with minor
graduate from the Sri Ram College logical reasoning and my analytica
variations. Moreover, since the
of Commerce, Delhi University l ability were considerations in
FMS test happens to be in January,
and am currently pursuing MBA pursuing this career.
students have enough time for
from the Faculty of Management What was your preparation plan
practice and to attain a reasonable
Studies, Delhi. I have been a for the various management
comfort level as far as handling
diligent student throughout my entrance tests in terms of
such variations is concerned.
academic life and performed well timelines and other strategies?
How did you prepare for the
consistently. I won several Did you adopt any special
extempore section of FMS? How
academic distinctions and strategy for cracking the FMS
would you advise candidates
scholarships for academics in test?
planning to take the FMS
School as well as College. My preparation for all the
However, I did manage to balance entrance tests spanned a period of
Since I participated in many
my studies with co-curricular over eight months. I devoted time
debating and essay contests, I was
activities in debating, essay writing everyday and divided it between
pretty confident about facing the
and recitation. Apart from that, I the sections on which the tests are
extempore section of the FMS
have also handled positions of based. Two to three hours daily in
selection process. I would advise
responsibility as the Head the initial four months was
prospective candidates to consider
Girl, Editor of school/college sufficient but as the final dates
the Extempore as an exercise in
magazines and as Treasurer in approached, I not only increased
creative thinking. Most of the time,
college events. the time devoted but also started
the topics range from current
to take tests in simulated
Why did you decide on
scenarios in business or economy
conditions. The day following a
management as your career
to adages, old sayings, or even
test was spent in analysing the
option? Was it based on some
abstract topics relating to a colour.
mistakes made in the test and the
research you did or on your
Infact, the topic assigned to me was
overall scope of improvement in
White. When you are faced with
Management to me seemed a the score. Such analysis, I believe,
such topics, it is more important to
logical extension of my went a long way in providing me
just keep speaking while
background in commerce. It was with critical inputs about which
connecting the thoughts that come
meant to take my understanding of section my efforts should be
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to your mind. A tip here: you could diligence and perseverance. With
suggestions would you give to
ask someone to give you any topic determination and tenacity in
readers on choosing their
at random and practise in front of pursuit, every goal is attainable. If
the mirror by shooting off on that. I intend to specialise in finance. I were to advise all aspirants, I
Some of my friends benefited from This decision was based on my would say keep believing in your
this technique. interest, aptitude and strengths in heart and sincerely follow your
the subjects related to this field. aim.
How did you prepare for the
However, I did not make up my
Group Discussions and Is an MBA needed for all those
mind about specialisation
Personal Interview stages of the who want to pursue a career in
immediately after joining the
admission process? management?
This requires a multi-point institute. I explored the career MBA as a degree may not be a
preparation plan. The general opportunities and typical job mandatory requirement for a
reading from newspapers should profiles in the different fields. I career in management. However,
be done on a continuous basis. In suggest that instead of coming being an MBA student, I feel that
addition to that, you could find out with a fixed mindset, candidates it prepares you adequately for the
about the past GD topics set by should be open and flexible about demanding work requirements.
different institutes. I suggest that choices. You could use your The guest lectures, hectic work
you list points for and against the experience during your summer schedules and frequent inputs
current topics that are receiving a internship (that every top business from the industry prove valuable
lot of attention in society and school has as a part of the in making the two years a good
media and structure your thoughts curriculum) to make logical and training period.
on the most expected ones. well informed decisions. Where do you see yourself ten
One of the essential Did you have a role model? Do years from now?
prerequisites for handling an I want to excel in the field, I
you think it is important to have
interview well is to be thoroughly have chosen for myself. I want to
and absolutely sure about your I do not believe in the concept work hard and my effort in the
personal objectives and of role models. I feel that every initial years will be concentrated
information. A question you are individual is unique and should on being recognised as a talent in
almost bound to face is “Tell us not aspire to be like someone else. the organisation, which I feel will
about yourself/your background.” Each person has a specific set of open up tracks for further growth.
Easy as it appears, you need to talents and corresponding What would be your general
have a well-rehearsed and opportunities in life and hence, it advice to our readers who aim
coherent answer for this one. Good is not logical to map your own life to get into FMS or other premier
presentation needs preparation. to someone else’s who is not even institutes?
Do not get stressed in any part remotely similar to you. Having A regular study schedule is to
of the interview. In case you do not said that, I also feel that it is be followed honestly. If you can
know an answer, never bluff, important to learn from all the take care of that, the rest will
simply say a polite ‘no’. Be clear in people you come across— follow. It is important that you
your mind about why you want to everyone has something good that have the satisfaction of putting in
do an MBA. Also revise one or two you can inculcate. your best. You should always find
of your favourite subjects well. time for relaxation, which is
To whom or what would you
Finally, it’s all about confidence necessary to rejuvenate yourself. A
attribute your success?
and attitude. Success is always a function of relaxed state of mind is very
industriousness and a bit of luck. essential for success in a
Which area do you plan to
Luck here means the availability of
specialise in? Did you decide on competitive examination.
the right opportunities. I attribute
it immediately after you got
my achievements- both academic
admission or was it based on
and extra-curricular to my
self-analysis over time? What