My SP Jain Interview Experience

by Vinaya HS on March 3, 2006

in The SP Jain Blog

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The application process for the one-year MBA at SP Jain is very simple. Everything needs to be done online on the institute’s website. The application itself is very simple. You need to have the standard details such as your personal information, educational background, and professional background (work experience) on hand. There are no lengthy essays to fill up. The only write-ups required this year were short paragraphs on your versatility and achievement. Payment is via your credit-card. Scores accepted this year included GMAT, CAT, and SP Jain’s own entrance test. For the batch beginning in January 2007, only GMAT and CAT scores will be accepted.

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After the initial screening, interview calls were sent out to the short-listed candidates. The interviews were held on campus in Mumbai. Following registration, we were divided into groups of six. Each group would face two rounds of group interviews. Two professors and one student would do the evaluation in each round. What follows is a brief summary of the interviews(as far as I can remember).

Round 1 (approximately 45 minutes)

  1. Each candidate was asked to describe something about himself/herself that was not already in the application.
  2. An open question: “Is Ratan Tata right in trying to launch a one-lac rupee car.”
  3. Questions/queries to the interview panel.

Round 2 (approximately 45 minutes)

  1. An open question: How important is economics in daily affairs?
  2. Each candidate was asked about his/her career experience and future goal(s).
  3. Questions/queries to the interview panel.

What I liked about our group was the fact that there was no booth capturing. Each of us got enough time to speak our bit and then hand it over to the next person. I think even the panel appreciated this fact. Two of us from my group made it into the final admission list. The overall experience was fantastic.

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Girish March 4, 2006 at 12:43 PM

Hi Vinaya,
That’s a result oriented experience.
Once again congrats…
You will be keeping you blogging alive na?

raja March 6, 2006 at 3:33 PM

Dear Vinaya,
You made it look very simple.

Cat_aryan February 6, 2007 at 12:39 AM

Congrates….but it will help others only if you provide detailed questiona and yr answers in PI

gautam February 4, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Hi Vinay,
Thanks a lot for the insight. But it’ll truly help if you could put in some questions from the PI as well.

Tanu November 24, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Hi Vinay,

I want to fill SP Jain form. Can you please guide me as what to write in versatility and achievements? I am an engg student and among the top rankers in my class. in addition to this I am quite good in extracurricular activities like dancing, singing, drawing, painting. But I dont have much credits to my account. What should I write? I have heard that in interviews there slot of grilling on these essays. Please help me out.


Aks November 29, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Hi could u pleas help me out as to how exactly i should frame the essays on versatilty and achievement.. i mean, should i write it in complete sentences like usual essays, or should i keep it very concise and bullet-points or something… thanks a lot..

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jane November 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

hello sir,
i have to fill the sp jain form. could you please guide me regarding the format for filling up the responsibilities and adversities column? also should i or should i not include academic setbacks or important decisions taken as adversities?
and how to decide the categories while writing about versatility as beginner proffessional and expert? what are the criteria?

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