Important IIM Interview Tips

Clearing the CAT exam is just the first hurdle. Candidates who have cleared the required cut off marks will have to pass the second stage of the B-Schools evaluation process (Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, Case Discussion, Personal Interview, Extempore, etc,.) The Personal Interview is the final frontier in the admission process of most of the B-Schools.

The interview is used to assess the clarity of thoughts, future goals and the suitability with the B-school of the candidates.

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Institutes schedule the interview at the following locations. Candidates are required to travel to the nearest/ preferred location when called for the same.

The Interview Location Details for the Respective IIMs:

Sl. No. Institute Interview Center
1 IIM – Ahmedabad New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad
2 IIM – Bangalore New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore
3 IIM – Lucknow Lucknow, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore
4 IIM – Indore New Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai
5 IIM – Calcutta Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata
6 IIM – Kozhikode Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Kozhikode
7 IIM – Shillong New Delhi, Mumbai, Shillong and Kolkata
8 IIM – Rohtak Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore
9 IIM – Ranchi Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore
10 IIM – Raipur Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore
11 IIM – Trichy Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore
12 IIM – Udaipur Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore
13 IIM – Kashipur Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore
14 IIM – Nagpur Information Not Available
15 IIM – Bodh Gaya IIM Calcutta
16 IIM – Visakhapatnam IIM Bangalore
17 IIM – Amritsar IIM Kozhikode
18 IIM – Sambalpur IIM Indore
19 IIM – Sirmaur IIM Lucknow

Important IIM Interview Tips

Remember the interview panel is here to select you not reject you. Here are some of the Do’s and Don’ts you should keep in mind before taking an interview:


  • Your Homework

You are going to face questions like “Why do you want to go to our Institute?” “What are your future plans?” “What are your long-term goals?” etc. Be prepared to answer them well. So, prepare yourself beforehand with all the important and common MBA interview questions to be able to tackle the interview.

  • Carve a good plan for why you want to do an MBA

Why MBA is the question every aspirant is going to face. Make sure you prepare beforehand for this question. Why MBA is the most frequently asked question in the Interview round

  • Study your CV

Try to go in-depth about the skills and work experience you have listed in your CV. Always be prepared to get questions regarding your previous work experience.

Despite months of preparation, no one can predict the questions that the candidate might have to face in the personal interview of CAT. The personal interview is a perfect setup to judge a candidate’s interpersonal and communication skills.

There are a few things that should be kept in mind before a candidate appears for a Personal Interview for B-Schools. They are as follows:


  • Bring the right documents to the interview
  • Copies of Resume, Grade Sheets (10th, 11th, 12th, Graduation), ID Proof and Recommendation Letters (if any)

Attractive CV

  • The CV should be informative, attractive and easy to read
  • Be well-versed with the contents of the CV
  • Should be able to answer questions, if asked outside the CV

Be Well Groomed

  • Important to know what to wear to an interview and be well-groomed
  • Body language should be appropriate
  • Have a positive attitude

Presence Of Mind

  • Give the right answer at the right time
  • Helps to amaze the panel with spontaneity, make the ambience lighter, give out-of-the-box answers
  • Be assertive and attentive

Be Prepared

  • Have well thought out answers to questions such as “Tell me about yourself?”
  • Be prepared with your strategies to tackle the panellist

Follow Your Instincts

  • Always believe in yourself
  • Go with your instincts if the answer to the question asked is partially known

Be Textbook Ready

  • Be well versed with academics (freshers) and work experience (working professionals)
  • Be prepared with current issues in business-economy, taxation and foreign competition

Communication Skills

  • Speaking and listening skills are often tested
  • Understand the question well and provide a precise answer
  • Do not bluff, Use appropriate language
  • Walk into the interview with newfound confidence
  • Don’t fidget, think positively, make eye contact with the panel
  • Be calm, cool and collected


  • Keep up-to-date with all the latest happenings across the world (current affairs)
  • Read the newspaper and business-related magazines every day


  • Bluff or lie to the interviewer

Don’t think that the people sitting there in the panel would acknowledge everything in the CV blindly. They are smart and that’s why they are there.

  • Be concise

Try to start a conversation and carve out a story in the form of your previous experiences. Try to start the conversation with your strengths and weaknesses with relevant examples from your past achievements or failures.

  • Keep Contradicting

Never try to contradict what you had said earlier in the group discussion.

  • Tell anything good or bad about any other institute

Try to talk about balances. Be very diplomatic in answering these kinds of questions.

The personal interview is the last bridge between the candidates and the B-schools; hence it is the most important step of the selection process. Preparing for GD/PI sessions is a good time to reflect and introspect on one’s career goals and reasons why one is opting for a management career. Tricky Questions are a common norm in the Personal Interview round and candidates are required to answer these questions with confidence, logic and ease.

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