TISS 2008 Analysis


TISS 2008 exam did not throw in any surprises. It was clearly communicated to the candidates that the question paper will consist of two parts. Part I was divided into three sections: Quantitative Ability & Analytical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Awareness of Contemporary Social Issues for which the candidates were given an hour to attempt. There was no negative marking and each question had four options to choose from.

Part II of the TISS exam was programme specific. The question paper was objective /descriptive on the basis of the programme(s) that the candidate had applied for. The duration to attempt Part II was one hour. TISS gives 50-50 weightage to both Part I and Part II of the examination for all the programmes except Elementary Education where the weightage is 35-65.


Number Of Questions

Time Taken (minutes)

Possible Attempts

Quantitative Ability & Analytical Reasoning


25- 30


Verbal Ability




Awareness of Social Issues








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My IIMI GD and Interview

Student Name : Saurabh Bhansali – CL Mumbai – 2007 Interviews.

Date:7th Mar,2007

Venue:Institute of Hotel Management,Dadar

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Purpose: IIMI Selection process-Case Discussion followed by an Interview.

Group Discussion:-

Candidates: It was supposed to be a case discussion involving 8 candidates but only 6 were present.All the 6 candidates were males.The group comprised of a CA & 5 Engineers.2 of us were freshers and the remaining four had work-ex. The work-ex of the candidates with experience was 18 months.We were in the room at 9:05 a.m. There were three panels of two panelists each.The process started at 9:12 a.m.We were taken to a separate room by the Panel 1 where the CD & PI was supposed to take place. Continue reading

My IIMB Case discussion & Interview

Student Name : Saurabh Bhansali – CL Mumbai – 2007 Interviews.

Date:13th Feb,2007- A very crucial day in my life.

Venue:Institute of Hotel Management,Dadar

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Purpose: IIMB Selection process-Case Discussion followed by an Interview.

Case Discussion:-

Candidates: It was supposed to be a case discussion involving 8 candidates but only 6 were present.The 6 candidates present comprised of 5 males and 1 female.I was the only non-engineer amongst the 6. 3 of us were freshers and the remaining three had work-ex.Two of the freshers were from IIT Mumbai.The remaining three techies were from NIT’s.One of the guys had a work-ex of 30 months.I & the lady present had a work-ex of 17 months.We were in the room at 2:25 p.m. and since the process was to start at 2:30,we got enough time to introduce ourselves which helped in the discussion that followed.

Case Intro:- It was a case study about a Milk Company Alum which had appointed our group as advisors to advise them regarding the positioning of their products.The company had two options-to position their products on “Cool Platform” or to position their products on “Healthy Platform”.We as a group were entrusted to devise a strategy for Alum Ltd in their endeavour to succeed in the above project.We were given 10 minutes to think about the case & write down our points on the back side of the page containing the case.

Actual Discussion:-Duration was 15 minutes. Since there were only 6 candidates,there was absolutely no chance of Fish Market sort of a situation.A typical Gentlemanly sort of a discussion commenced.Moreover,2 guys entered in the discussion just once,as a result it was effectively a 14 minute discussion involving 4 candidates including me.I entered 7-8 times,was responsible for giving structure to the GD,was the only one to come up with examples to substantiate my points,talked about the costing and pricing issues,the necessity of Market Research,the pros and cons of positioning Alum’s products as “Cool” or “Healthy”& finally made the group agree that a strategy combining both the platforms is needed to succeed.I also talked about the inverse relationship between price and demand & carried forward the points of two of the candidates besides coming up with my own unique points 5-6 times. However,we as a group did falter as the remaining three active members were not interested in devising a strategy.As a result,we didn’t have a concrete solution in place by the time the case ended.Overall,it was a decent CD,lots of content but lack of structured strategy to substantiate our points.My performance was good but I could have taken an initiative in devising a strategy.
Summary Writing: Once the case discussion was over,we were given a piece of paper to write a Summary of the CD.We were told very clearly that the summary should not be what you thought of but should be what the group thought.We were given 15 minute Continue reading

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XAT 2008 – expected cut-offs

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The expected cut-offs for XAT 2008 are:

Institute English Quantitative Aptitude +
Data Interpretation
Reasoning + Decision Making Overall
XLRI – BM 11 – 12 7.5 – 8 7 – 7.5 32 – 33
XLRI – PMIR 13 – 14 6 – 6.5 5.5 – 6 30 – 31
XIM-B 10.5 – 11 6 – 6.5 5.5 – 6 29 – 30

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NMAT 2007 Analysis

This year’s paper was more or less along the expected lines with easy sections on Language skills and Quantitative skills. The Quantitative section included quite a few questions on the application of Vedic mathematics, which were similar to those asked by IRMA earlier this year. Logical Reasoning, however, was a bit tricky with respect to 2 sets; otherwise, even this was a scoring section. Overall, it was an easy paper.
The basic structure of the paper was exactly similar to that mentioned in the institute’s brochure, with a bit of variety thrown in, in the concepts tested by the questions posed.

Total no. of questions: 150
No. of options per question: 5
Time: 120 minutes
Negative Marking: 0.25
Number of sections: 3

1 mark was allotted per question.

S. No. Section Number of questions Time Possible Attempts Possible Scores and Overall Cut-offs


Language Skills


30 minutes




Quantitative Skills, Data Analysis & Sufficiency


50 minutes




Intelligence and Logical Reasoning


40 minutes






120 minutes

105 – 110


The paper was on the easier side, with the total number of questions decreased to 150 from last year’s 200. So, the test-taker had to literally rush through the paper. Difficult questions were to be skipped without second thoughts and the easier ones were to be solved as quickly as possible. One should have attempted around 105- 110 questions and with a realistic accuracy of the order of 80% or more, one should expect a call for the GD/PI stage. Continue reading