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How XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview Works

Applications that are complete in all aspects and qualify in terms of the minimum academic and other criteria specified above are evaluated for being progressed to the next stage in the admission process. Shortlisted candidates will be called for the XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview process.

The XLRI panel will evaluate each candidate’s performance in terms of quality of work experience, diversity, leadership qualities, social sensitivity, and multifacetedness.

As a general approach to selecting a candidate for the programme, a multi-factor model is used. These factors include academic track record, GMAT/GRE scores, quality of work experience, performance in the interview, and writing ability test. A composite total score will be calculated for each applicant using the multi-factor model. A merit list is prepared based on the composite total score. The offer of admission will be made to a certain percentage of applicants on the merit list. The number of offers made will depend on the availability of seats. The number of offers will be further subject to the candidate meeting a minimum cutoff in terms of the composite score and/or for any other factor score that the admissions committee may decide on

Who will interview you, and how long will the interview last?

Like most Indian B-schools, the XLRI PGDM(GM) interview is taken by a Panel. The Panel usually consists of 2-3 professors. The interview typically lasts for 25-30 minutes or may extend to 35-40 minutes in some instances.

Will the interviewer have read my application?

It is always safer to assume that the Panel members have access to your complete application. In most instances, they would have read it completely. Unless the school specifically says that it will be an blind interview. Mostly North American Business schools in US and Canada have an  Blind interviews, European and SE Asian schools conduct interviews via Alums or panels which have full access to your entire application. 

How can you prepare for your interview?

Like most MBA Interviews, your interview will mainly revolve around a pretty similar set of MBA interview questions. You can never predict what questions will be asked, but with enough research, you can predict what are the most commonly asked questions in these interviews. We have created a short FAQ list below to get you a jump start, and we also have a free guide linked below to help you prepare for these commonly asked interview questions.

XLRI PGDM(GM) Frequently Asked Interview Questions

Professional experience-related questions

  1. Tell me something about yourself, or Walk me through your resume.
  2. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  3. Why MBA? or Why now? or Why an MBA at this stage of your career?
  4. Why XLRI?
  5. What is your Plan B? in case your primary goal does not happen?

Personal qualities-related questions

  1. What are your key strengths? Can you give some examples, please?
  2. What are your key weaknesses? Can you give some examples, please?
  3. How can you add value to the Class? or Why should we take you?
  4. Any reasons why we should not select you?
  5. Interests and Hobbies related questions – why do you do it, what have you achieved/learned?

Frequently Asked Situational & Behavioral Questions

  1. What is your leadership style? Can you give an example of a project you led?
  2. What would you describe are your greatest achievement to date?
  3. Give me an example of a time you failed.
  4. Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict. How did you handle that?
  5. Give me an example of a time when you did not meet a client’s expectations. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?

The last one – Do you have any questions for us?

  1. Can you please tell me how international exchange students and schools are assigned?
  2. How club leadership is selected?
  3. Any other questions you may have in regards to the program.

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XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview Experience – 1 

Skype Interview was conducted on November 13, 2019.

Conclusion and Decision: Accepted

The interview focused mostly on testing your knowledge of various topics, and there were no questions of a more personal kind.

Because it is the capital, Delhi is given a high level of priority. Give me a few examples of things that should be done not just in the city of Delhi but all around the country.

Please name five developed states and five underdeveloped states in our country.

Why does the United States have so many different time zones, yet India just has one? Is it possible for India to have more than one time zone?

How can you possibly assert that the world is two-dimensional?

What exactly is an exit strategy? What sorts of difficulties are associated with this in India?

Do you believe that in the first two years of engineering school, students should be exposed to a wide variety of topics such as sociology, psychology, and others?

What are ESOPs?

XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview Experience – 2 

status: online

On October 31, 2021, I was interviewed.

Acceptance is the final decision.

– Delivered an extemporaneous speech and was able to provide various perspectives on the topic. I believe you can earn some brownie points if you can bring some new ideas.

 During the interview, the following questions were asked. They were quite interesting, and they attempted to learn about my viewpoints and work. 

In your daily work routine, you adhere to specific practices. Please expand on this.

What changes can be made in the country’s education sector? What would you do to improve it?

What exactly are the societal ills? Which social evils predominate in our society?

What will you do if you do not pass XLRI?

Why do people leave engineering to pursue an MBA? Is the grass always greener on the other side?

Why do you require an MBA to reach your objective?

Do you believe that the bookish learning from Mba would be beneficial to you?

The interview lasted approximately 40 minutes.

XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview Experience – 3

My interview for XLRI took place a week ago. The following is a selection of the questions that were posed. I hope that you may find them helpful!

1. In addition to the skills you will acquire in your employment, what else are you going to learn from us?

2. What kinds of things do you learn while working there?

3. Can you explain what a mutual fund is?

4. What is the most challenging question that anyone has ever asked you throughout any of the interviews that you have participated in up to this point?

5. Can you give me three reasons why we ought to let you in?

6. With regard to the quota issue at IIT, could you provide some examples to help me understand why quotas are necessary?

The interview was conducted over the course of around half an hour. It was a positive and enjoyable experience!

Wish you good luck!

XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview Experience – 4

 “I had an interview with a panel that consisted of two professors and one graduate. The interview that I had was quite lengthy. 


In the context of business research, what are type I and type II errors?


Why do you want to do an MBA?


During the course of your workday, you adhere to a set of procedures and protocols. Could you please provide more detail?


Which aspects of the country’s educational system have room for advancement, and how could these be improved? What would you change to make the situation more favourable?


What exactly is a stock fund?


What exactly is equity?


What are your plans, both immediately and in the longer term, for when you finish your MBA programme?


The interview lasted around fifty minutes in total, and it was a very enjoyable experience overall.


XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview Experience – 5

Interview Conducted Online on September 22nd, 2021 


“Greetings to All,


The interview I had was with five different members of the panel. The PGDM GM interview debrief for XLRI can be seen below.


Why is a Master of Business Administration necessary to reach your goal?


Do you believe that the theoretical training that you would receive in MBA would be beneficial to you?


What additional skills are we going to teach you in addition to those that you will pick up at work?


What kinds of things do you learn while working there?


Please update me on the most recent labor reforms.


Where do you see yourself in the future, say, ten years from now? Why, how?


Just what is the HDI? What are the requirements for it to be considered?


What exactly does international transparency mean?


Which nation now holds the top spot in the international transparency rankings?


XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview Experience – 6

My interview was conducted by a panel consisting of two individuals, both of whom hold academic positions. Questions concerning my work, ethics, and the reasons why I should get an MBA were all included. 

They were very similar to this:


Where are you working at the moment? – I mentioned the name of the location


When he asked me which colleges I had applied to, whether or not I had received calls from them, and whether or not the other interviews had been completed, I informed him of the facts.


You come from a background in the fashion industry. Kindly inform me of the nature of the course that you are taking.


How significant is it to have morals? Could you describe the several kinds of ethics that exist? Kindly describe the relevance of ethics to the tasks you are responsible for in your job.


So why do you want to pursue an MBA? I think it doesn’t make sense for an entrepreneur to do an MBA.


Recently, there was a discussion in the media about Whatsapp. Do you know the reason why? What precisely does the GDPR stand for?


Any questions for us?


I would say that the interview took forty minutes to complete.


XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview Experience – 7

According to my recollection, the interview lasted somewhere between twenty-five and thirty minutes and was divided into four sections: a profile, a discussion relating to employment, general knowledge, and MBA-related topics.

The questions that followed are those that were asked:

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Is it possible to juggle extracurricular activities with academic responsibilities at the same time?

Why do you wish to pursue an MBA program?

Give an example of a time when someone questioned the honesty of your actions.

What steps did you take to resolve the conflict of interest that arose with your boss?

What sets XLRI apart from other prestigious business schools?

I wish you the best of luck! My only advice is for you to keep a level head and remain honest, and I am confident that you will be able to realize your goal.

XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview Experience – 8

Skype Final Decision: Admitted Interviewed on: February 20, 2021

“My interview took place over Google Meet.

The panel had two academics, one female and one male.

Why get an MBA if you already work at Tata Projects?

Why should we choose you when we review your application to our institute?

In what ways have your passions shaped you?

What kinds of sports do you enjoy watching?


What are step-up and step-down transformers used for?

Can you mention a few novels you’ve read in the last year?

Except for the technical questions, the interview seemed to go well. I was more prepared for my goals and personality-related questions, but not for the technical ones. It lasted roughly 40 minutes. 

XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview Experience – 9

On campus 

29 November 2022 is the date of the interview.

29 November was the day I went to XLRI Jamshedpur for my interview. I arrived at 2:00, but the interview was scheduled to begin at 3:00.

In which area of TCS do you focus your work?

Explain your product.

Do you have experience in leadership roles?

What kinds of challenges have you encountered while working (you mentioned the behavior essay, right?)

A little bit of back-and-forth questioning concerning the effects that my actions had.

The most important lessons that may be taken from athletics and applied to management. (given that I just brought up sports)

Twenty to thirty minutes in total. No grilling and no discussion of current events.

XLRI PGDM(GM) Interview Experience – 10

The interview was carried out over the Internet on September 11th, 2021. 

The acceptance of an applicant represents a conclusive decision.

“When we started the interview, they asked me questions about my profile and the role that I play in the organization.

1. At your previous job, what exactly did you do?

2. How many people did you speak to on a daily basis, and what did you take away from your interactions with them?

3. After a period of time, Vodafone and Idea combined; how are they doing since then?

4. If you worked for Vodafone, what strategies would you implement to improve the company’s market share?

5. What kinds of human resources policies does your company have in place?

6. Is there any kind of committee that deals with the issue of preventing sexual harassment?

7. The further you ascend, the more isolated you will feel. Are you in agreement with what has been stated and the explanation given?

The interview lasted for around half an hour, and they indicated that they were pleased with the responses. Awaiting the outcome of the test! Fingers crossed!


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