IWSB E-Cell – Already a Leader

This week we received a mail from the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) stating that IWSB’s entrepreneurship cell has been accorded the status of a mature E-cell and as a Lead Mentor to other E-cells in the country.

Considering that this is only the first year of our operation as a B-school, and that there are only five premier institutes in India that share this honour with IWSB, including IIM Calcutta, IIT Bombay, BITS Pilani and IIT Delhi amongst others, we treat this as no mean feat. This honour is indeed an acknowledgement of the leadership skills of our students.

IWSB is in the midst of conducting a unique event called Srijan’09. While in many ways it is very similar to a typical business plan contest, it is also fundamentally different from all the others. Srijan’09 goes way beyond just felicitating the winners – it actually identifies potentially good plans to incubate and provide them with all facilities and resources to turn them into successful ventures. Although there are no benchmarks available in India of such endeavours by any B-school, we would like to incubate half a dozen start-up businesses by next year.

Interestingly, incubating such businesses can also enable our PGP students to get hands-on learning experience while doing their Programme at IWSB – something that classroom teaching alone cannot provide.

Do not miss out the opportunity of joining the exciting and vibrant IWSB community. We accept CAT/XAT scores. You can apply by downloading the application form from www.iwsb.in.

Who knows? You may be running your own business in two years.

Visit IWSB today!


PDP Boot Camp at Kanpur

Young faces brimming with hope & confidence thronged the lobby with their backpacks, at Hotel Bliss, 8pm, 20th Jan with mixed feeligns of fear and excitement that competetion brings about. 58 IIM call-getters from IIT,HBTI,MNNIT,IET were there to img46participate in the first Boot Camp held at Kanpur from 20th Jan to 22nd Jan. The Boot Camp was speare-headed by Nitin Jindal & Arjun Wadhwa. The students were allocated rooms so that they interact with new people to help them develop their inter-personal skills. The tone was set for a lovely Boot Camp by a roof-top dinner & excellent food. Gourmet satisfaction adds to the appetite for intellectual craving so when at 10 o’clock, they were given assignments, they remained up till about 3.00am.

With a hot breakfast, the Boot Camp got started at 9.00am. The heterogeneous mix of participants which varied from Doctors to CAs added spice to the introduction session.

img27The GD drills wonderfully crafted by the faculty members, made the Boot Camp a success, there and then itself. Non-veg lunch with ice-cream took away the fatigue of 4hrs speaking. Gyan session was welcomed and students were
getting ready for the firing squad. Next came the Rope task, a memorable experience.

They strutted like gun-slingers, but were caged in mouse traps on simple questions like “why MBA” and “tell me something about yourself”. The feedback session by mentors that lasted from 5 pm till 2 am made it a night to remember. An excellent dinner and an impactfull movie, created a balming effect before the night.img14 Morning started at 8am & the students appreciated the GK gyan session with Arjun. Students were pleased with the entire concept of Boot Camp where they felt like that they had evolved in all aspects of presentation, content and demeanour. They thanked the mentors, especially for removing there hesitancy in speaking and exposing them to 99.9%ile and 10 pointers. They realized that if you know yourself well, you can clear IIMs. All of them left with the feeling that “IIM is within their reach.”

Upcoming boot camps are being held at Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi on 7-8th Feb . In case you would like to attend please register here


The PDP Boot Camp got us exposure to all that we needed to develop in our personalities, in terms of GD, PI, Interviews etc. Most importantly, we learnt from the feedback that was given to us.

-Garima Shukla

The GD exercise was was my favourite, because it taought me that it is possible to enter the GD at any stage and have content in both favour and against the topic. Hitting the most important points through brief and to the point entries.

-Ayushi Goyal

It exceeded expectation, from lodging, to food, to quality of teachers. Everything was excellent.

-Ahmer Khan

Session on GD tips and exercises lasted for 5 hours and covered all types of topics with a variety of people as group members.

-Shailendra Singh

The Boot Camp gave me a new dimension of thinking, and most importantly, it taught me that all the answers are within you. Just search within and you will be through.

-Ekta Goel

Yes, it did meet my expectation. It gave me valuable insight into concepts of GD, PI and case studies. Also, I got to learn from my competitors, which was wonderul.

-Nikhil Singh

PDP Boot Camp at Trichy

Home for the famous Rock Fort Temple, Trichy oimg43r Tiruchirapalli saw its rocking edition of the PDP Boot camp happen on the 23rd of January 2009. It was a One-day boot camp filled with lots of fun and at the same time, enormous learning for all the participants. We had the majority of the call-getters from the prestigious NIT – National Institute of Technology and also the famous SASTRA University.

The event started off with the participants registering for the programme from 0815 am onwards. The Introduction of the Mentors as well as the participants was followed by a brief yet comprehensive theoretical session on Group Discussions. GD Drills followed; the participants had a completely new experience img26altogether with the exhaustive GD drills. So did the Case Study discussions proceed with the call-getters getting mature with the all-important case analysis and discussion. The Boot camp concluded with Mock Interview drills for every student; video recorded and rich with extensive feedback.

Upcoming boot camps are being held at Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi on 7-8th Feb . In case you would like to attend please register here


I got an idea on how to convey ideas in short and concise statements

Amrutanshu Mishra

The PDP Boot Camp gave me the belief that I would be able to do public speaking


Greatly improved my GD/PI competency with the help of Ideation techniques – the rapid GDs were really challenging – The CL personnel are very friendly and motivating.


It helped me understand my weakness and provided corrective measures. The different circumstances that I got exposed to gave me a feel as to what it might be during the IIM interviews.

-R. Arun

The comments / feed back given on case study exercises were eye-opening

-Srivatsan Rajagopalan

The PDP Boot Camp exceeded my expectations and was really useful in bringing out the best in me. It also reinforced a lot of self-confidence.

-Shri Chakravarthy

The critical theory sessions that nurtured our line of thought and speech process was really good and most useful.

-RA. Madhan

PDP Boot Camp at Bangalore

Chronological description of the PDP Boot Camp at Bangalore:

Day 0img12

Students arrive with the casual ‘chalo dekhte hain’ mind set. Nitin’s ice breaking session gives students a wake up call that there is a serious gruelling session ahead.

Day 1

GD Drills and Marathon GD’s in the first half of the day, made even over confident students rethink about the short falls. Introvert and restrained students had a lot to learn as well. Students commented on unique model of GD conduction, they were pleased that each had an opportunity to speak on every allocated topic.

img25After lunch we split the group into two. While one group was engrossed in rope drills (out door), the other group was engaged in “Meet the Alumnus” session with anchors from IIM A and IIM K. Tea break was followed by GK Session.

Soon after the Dinner, The Interviews session was commenced with 6 outstanding Interview panellists from IIMs. Interview session started at 8.30pm and went on till early morning 2.00am. Each Interview of 20-30 mins, was followed by a 10 min feedback. Our panellists counselled and cajole student separately about the untoward reality ahead. Every interview was video graphed to enable the student to appraise their respective interviews.

Day 2

Morning session started with Interviews for the remaining students who were enthralled in the Movie “Chariots on Fire”. Interview session grilled on every aspect (Technical, Academic, GA etc) based questions.

At the end of the Interview round on Day 2, couple of students whose interview img3performance were low, required a rejuvenation session. This is were we brought in Ian Faria, (motivational speaker) who instilled vigour and enthusiasm back into the students in his 1hr session. Ian’s session was followed with Case study discussion.

When we all packed and boarded the bus, we could see smiling faces all around but the difference was a sharp contrast in the smile from that of Day 0. The session received 100% positive feedback from students.

Upcoming boot camps are being held at Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi on 7-8th Feb . In case you would like to attend please register here


It went beyond my expectations. I didn’t anticipate this to be that exhaustive (both, in terms of time and energy). It was very well structured and planned. The energy and knowledge of the faculty was fabulous.

-Ashish Nayak

The PDP Boot Camp exceeded my expectations. It was very well organized and structured and utilize the limited time available. Mentors were amazing and guest speakers too.

-Chaithanya V

I never expected a personal feedback at such a detailed level. The personal attention given was overwhelming.

-Sidharth Jindal

The rigorous sessions we were made to undergo were simply fabulous. It covered everything we were looking forward to.

-Shubham Maheshwari

I was expecting exposure on GD, interview sessions, and I got enough input, feedback and learning on these. That apart, there were other personality development programs which I found useful.

-Sachin Kumar

The PDP Boot Camp was a very enriching , learning experience for me. Apart from getting the feel of the actual GD.PI experience, the interactions with quality faculty were of immense value. I have emerged as a more confident person after the Boot Camp.

-Vivek Abhinav

PDP Boot Camp at Kolkata

Personality Development Program aims at unlocking the potential within each individual. If there is any program that can lay claim to coming closest to CL’s core purpose: “To enable people realize their potential and make their dreams come true”, we think it is PDP.

Personality is nothing but a sum total of the following:

  1. Who you are (sum total of one’s beliefs, values, attitudes, emotions etc.) &

  2. How you present yourself (one’s behavior and expression)

PDP is essentially a mirror which will help the student understand both these aspects of his persimg_0636onality completely. It will not only help him understand his positives and negatives, but also help him overcome his lacunae.

PDP is a very powerful programme utilizing latest developments in psychology & state of the art techniques for personality development. It makes extensive use of audiovisual media. The programme consists of eighteen sessions spread over thirty six hours of interaction. A brief summary of the major characteristics and processes involved in the program is discussed below:

  1. The underlying philosophy guiding PDP is very simple. To make the students discover and understand who they are, what they lack and what they possess.

  2. The program focuses extensively on the tools used by B schools to evaluate potential leaders, which are primarily group discussions, case studies, role plays and personal interviews. P

  3. There are two special sessions on economic and business awareness, to help students tide over their phobia of economics, and to assist them in handling business related questions more effectively.

  4. The content part of above is provided in an aesthetically appealing PDP file called the IMF (Individual Master File)img_0611

  5. Locations with VSAT facility can additionally log in for special sessions on economic and business awareness.

  6. For faculty support, further material is provided.

Upcoming boot camps are being held at Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi on 7-8th Feb . In case you would like to attend please register here


Yes, definitely. It exceeded my expectations. I never imagined such a comprehensive boot camp was possible. Case study, GD, Interviews, Drills. It left me wishing it never ended.

-Sinchan Mukherjee

Yes, In a variety of ways. It helped me emerge as a more open person and infused a new rigour in me. It gave me the tricks necessary to tackle an interview and the group discussions. I intend to work an it more and improve everyday

-Indrayan Ganguly

As per now, the change that I see in mipelf is beyond description. The PI part was in particular by exceptionally helpful.

-Varun Kumar Gupta

It was way above my expectations in terms of value addition. I now have confidence and the direction to go ahead!!

-Chanderdeep Ekka

Yes, it certainly groomed my personality This experiences was first of its kind. I came to know various aspects of GD & PI like when to enter in GD. How to go about interview.

-Prateek Garg

The GD tasks and the mock interview. The GD talks as the approach was different and refreshing. The interviews because the feedback was pertinent.


PDP Boot Camp at Mumbai

Career Launcher presents the Residential Personality Development Boot Camp: PDP Boot Camp.


The success of the first PDP Boot Camp, held from 15-18 Jan 2009, is unparalleled. And with IIM call getters still wanting more, we are happy to announce further more Boot Camps.

Benefits of the programme:

  • Gauge the competitionimg_2012
  • Reality Check: where do I stand
  • Real time feedback from actual panelists who’ve themselves faced “The Dreaded Panelists”
  • Learn with the best
  • Hands on GD/PI exposure for 2 whole days….. and nights!
  • Stress Test
  • Identify and plug the holes in your profile
  • Up your General Awareness Quotient

Upcoming boot camps are being held at Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi on 7-8th Feb . In case you would like to attend please register here

Testimonials from students:

The PDP enthused my thought process and let me drop my inhibitions. Above all, it allowed me to stitch my story together.

-Shivam Gupta

I specifically liked the feedback DVDs. Only a video can give you the best feedback where you can see yourself.

-Vipul Agrawal

During GD, everyone got the opportunity to measure their performance against other IIM call getters.

-Alok Kumar

I liked GD and rotations the most. It specifically created several situations where you could jump into a GD. Personally, I needed that.

-Ankit Rajransh

Personal Interviews were accurate with personal improvement areas. Expert analysis, no general gyan.

-Arulin Jajprea

The session exceeded my expectations in many ways. It gave me a feel of actually attending an IIM GD&PI. Lots of tips were also given which benefited me.

-Arun Warrier

PDP Boot Camp at Chennai

It was the first of its kind, two day Boot Camp at Chennai for the IIM aspirants short-listed for the next round of selection. There were intensive exercises scheduled for 33 hours for the students from Chennai, Pondicherry, Vellore and Trichy attending the sessions, that grilled them to the core on every aspect(technical, GA, stress etc). Some even went on to say “looks like a mini IIM”.

GD Pointers & Feedback

The sessions comprising GD/PI/Case studies/GK/out door games were clinically executed and not a minute was there to spare. But mind you, no complaints whatsoever on this score.

Every interview was video graphed and short comings if any were dealt with then and there, by the IIM alumni who are experts in their field, with years of experience behind them. The panel comprised of S Ramanathan (IIMA), C. P. Madhusudan (IIMB), Rohit Koshy (IIMK), Amit Bhatia (ISB), Sachin Arora (ISB), Ritu Saaraswat (FMS), Aditya (IIMK), Vinod (BIM), Manish (IIFT), JP (IIML).

img2-mThe PDP Boot camp provided an ideal platform for students to learn in less than 2  days, all that they wanted to know–their whats, hows and whys from their peers  and the industry experts who were available to them throughout the program.

The end was even more spectacular with students speaking their heart out in the admiration of the CL mentors JP, Manish, Karthika and Narayanan (Centre Manager Adyar/T.NAgar) and their anchor Rishi, IIMC. The evidence for you is right there in the testimonials below.

Upcoming boot camps are being held at Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi on 7-8th Feb . In case you would like to attend please register here

Testimonials from students:

Boot Camp has simulated the actual IIM GP/PI in an excellent way. It provided me an opportunity to work with actual IIM call getter in a continuous way.
Amit K Pathak
IIM Calls: B,C,L,K,J

A firm “Yes”! By all means, it exceeded my expectation. The interaction with people (alumni from different premier B Schools) was a highlight. It helped to know the nuances of GD + case study. Better way of carrying forward my PI
Prathap M
IIM Calls: S

To a great extent. I think the dynamics involved & the pattern followed by evaluating panel was highlighted thoroughly.
Vinod Raghavan. B
IIM Calls: B,L,I,K

The PDP Boot Camp was able to give an indepth exposure to both Group process and personal interviews.
Mohammed Jafer
IIM Calls: Lucknow

Yes, It provided lots of inputs on how to prepare for GD and PI. Also, it gave an idea of the peer group to except in Gds, which will help in taking any kind of test.
Yeswanth R.M
IIM Calls: B,L,A,C,K,I

The Boot Camp met, infact, exceeded  my  expectations.  The  kind  of activities (GDs, games, GI) were a good learning experience. I liked the GD in particular, it helped me break my shackles of nervousness.
Ajay Sampath
IIM Calls: A,B,C,L,K,I,S

It absolutely exceeded my expectations. GD drills were particularly eye opening to see so much effort put in to ensure my call conversion were very humbling.
Sudhish Vyas
IIM Calls: K