Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad Interview with Pragati Rana

 | July 24,2010 01:04 pm IST

"Think & talk. Be assertive but not aggressive"


Name – Pragati Rana,  
Institute – Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad,  
Course – Post Graduate Diploma in Communication Management,  
Batch – 2009-2011,  



Can you tell us something about yourself and your pre-MBA qualifications and work-experience?

Studied in St. John’s school, Varanasi. Did Electronics & Communication Engineering from Purvanchal University, Jaunpur. Worked in Convina Research Lab before joining MICA.


Q. So when did you decide to go for MBA?

I gave Civil Service Examination and could not get through. That prompted me to change my career path & opt for an MBA

Q. Will an MBA degree add on to your existing career plan or did you decide to switch/start a career in management?

An MBA degree is definitely in tune with my future plans of working in the area of Brand management.


Q. What exactly were your reasons for pursuing management as your career?

I think it is quite rewarding both in monetary terms and in terms of contribution that you can make to the company and the industry.


Q. Do you think money plays a great role in choosing management as a career?

Very important role.


Q. Which MBA Institutes and Programmes you identified for your MBA?

ITM Navi Mumbai- PGDM, Birla Institute of Management-PGDM, Balaji Institute of Management-PGDM.


Q. Your present B-school and programme. Also specify your Batch.

Mudra Institute of communication Ahmedabad- Post Graduate Diploma in Communication Management; Batch- 2009-2011.

Pre-MBA Preparation:

Q. What was your first step to start preparation for getting into the B-school of your choice?

Joining IMS coaching in Delhi.


Q. When did you start your preparation?

Six months before CAT exam.


Q. How many months and how many hours daily did you devote for preparation of entrance exams?

About six months with almost 3-4 hrs each day.


Q. Did you take up some coaching institute or you believed in self-study?

Joined IMS coaching centre in Delhi.


Q. What was your experience with coaching?

The teachers were good especially the quantitative aptitude teacher. Study material and test series were very useful for preparation.



Q. What are the others books and tests that you used for your MBA preparation, besides the study material provided by you coaching institute?

Coaching institute study material was sufficient.


Q. Can you tell us which your favorite books were - books that you used for preparing for entrance, books for self-development, and books for pure relaxation?

I love Swami Vivekananda’s books and use to frequently read them for motivation.


Q. What were your strongest and your weakest areas while preparing for MBA?

Verbal section- strongest; Quantitative aptitude- weakest area.


Q. Some tips which you used for mastering Quantitative Aptitude, Reading Comprehension, etc.

RC- Reading newspapers; QA-practice,practice &more practice.


Q. How much time did you put for MBA preparation everyday? In case you were working, how did you manage this preparation while working full time?

About 3-4 hrs depending on my energy level & proximity of the exam. Studied in the morning before going to office and in the night after I returned back.