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Written test (Total duration of 90 minutes) comprises of two sections Objective section (50 minutes) consists of 30 questions (10

0 each in Verbal, Analytical and Quantitative ability subsections) Subjective section (40 minutes) consists of a case study and few questions on personality/self-assessment Candidates need to clear each section of the objective test and the subjective test to be eligible for appearing in the interview rounds. There is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong attempt.

Interview:
The Interview was based on Guesstimates: 1) Estimate the number of Hockey sticks sold in Delhi in 2010 2) Estimate the revenue of McDonald's at Connaught Place, New Delhi 3) Estimate the number of Microwave Ovens sold in 2010 Apart from the traditional questions like: 1) Tell me something about yourself 2) Why Grail Research 3) Why not an IT job and Consultancy 4) Name the skills you possess for this job.

Grail Asked loads of cases. First was to calculate the market for a pair of female shoes in Mumbai. You are expected to ask for all the data i.e price, type of shoes etc. Then was asked to find the revenue of Barista in Mumbai, market for Laptops in India, all the things you would tell to Wallmart planning to set up retail outlet in India, if you were their Consultant, market for washing machines in India in 2009. The HR questions they asked were to elaborate on an academic as well as a non academic project, the advantages and disadvantages of working in teams. HR component was quite less.

The standard ones include: Kellogg Consulting Casebook, Michigan case guide,Wharton casebook. b) Case study material from leading consulting firms hosted on their web-sites. c) A couple of business magazines which discussed real problems in companies in the form of cases. d) Some of the communities in Orkut hosted good puzzle links.

Grail Research, primarily an analytics firm , conducted a preliminary written test comprising an assortment of DI questions,English comprehension ,numerical ability and a few analytical questions on business situations.

My cases were pricing of an airline ticket and revenue of a restaurant in one day -both pretty simple cases.Proceeded systematically to arrive at reasonably accurate final answers.The interviewer was quite helpful and pointed out a couple of mistakes , and I corrected them immediately after reasoning them out. The second round was with Amit who asked me the revenue that PVR cinemas made in a day in India.Outlined my approach first.Started with no. of PVR cinemas in the country,screens per PVR,seats per screen,cost per seat etc to arrive at a rough number. He was convinced but then asked me to get more accurate,and to solve the case with minimum assumptions.So I proceeded further to classify the screens in terms of language of a movie and included occupancy rate to refine my calculations.I further related occupancy rate data to newspaper ratings of a movie and the possibility of getting one information from the other.That was the final detail.Was made an informal offer then and there.

Do a couple of business cases to get a feel of common industry issues like growth,pricing of product etc.

At the college entrance exam, a candidate is admitted according to whether he has passed or failed the test. Of the candidates who are really capable, 80 % pass the test and of the incapable, 25 % pass the test. Given that 40 % of the candidates are really capable, then the proportion of the really capable students who can pass the test to the total students who can pass is about: Possible Answers Selected Possible Answer 68 % 70 % 75 %

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