December 10, 2012

How to prepare for GD PI

Last week IIT Bombay’s GDPI – 9 out of 14 people were sitting like ducklings not talking at all….

Last year SNDT GDPI – 7 people out of 9 looking at each other’s face in GDPI
Last year PI: I asked a girl is india closer to Israel or moon is closer to Israel.. no answer!!
Last thing I want is sitting in a GD and think wht to speak.. No content to talk about..

Please update this list with any good books you have read or came accross… Lets take GDPI as an opportunity to increase of knowledge about Management. Keep on adding…

Newspapers / Magazine

One Newspaper daily – front page and business page

  1. Times of India
  2. The Hindu
  3. Hindustan Times
  4. The Economic Times

One Business Magazine –

  1. Business world
  2. Business today
  3. The Economist
  4. Business India Magazine

One General Magazine

  1. India today
  2. Outlook

Non Fiction

  1.  India Unbound – Gurcharan das
  2. Straight from the Gut – Jack welch
  3. In search of excellence – Tom peters (bible for management)
  4. Imagining India – Nandan Nilekani
  5. Stay Foolish Stay Hungry – Rashmi Bansal(pdf available)
  6. India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium-former President of India A P J Abdul Kalam
  7. Connect the Dots- Rashmi Bansal
  8. I Have a Dream- Rashmi Bansal
  9. The Discovery of India- Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru (pdf available)
  10. Better India,Better World-Narayan Murthy
  11. Finance Sense – An Easy Guide for Non – Finance Executives- Prasanna Chandra
  12. Skills for Effective Administrators – VK Agnihotri
  13. Management by Listening – R Poornalingam
  14. You Can Win – Shiv Khera
  15. Ping – A Frog in Search of a New Pond – Stuart Avery Gold
  16. If God was a Banker – Ravi Subramanian
  17. The Scientific India- President of India A P J Abdul Kalam
  18. Business @ the seed of thought-Bill Gates
  19. Count your chickens before they hatch – Arindam Chaudhari
  20. The Effective Executive – Peter Ducker
  21. Straight from the Gut – Jack Welch
  22. Body Language – Julius Fast
  23. How to Develop Self Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking – Dale Carnegie
  24. Who moved my cheese ? Dr Spencer Johnson
  25. Who moved my job? – Mark Kobayashi – Hillari
  26. The world is flat – thomas friedman
  27. It Happened In India -Kishore Biyani
  28. The Buisness Maharajas- Gita Piramal
  29. The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

2. Interest / Specialisation oriented books


  1. Toyota way for Lean production


  1. Finance for non financial managers – for finance people
  2. Five-Minute MBA – Corporate Finance
  3. Fast Forward MBA – Finance


  • In search of excellence – Tom peters (bible for management)


  • Philip Kotler first 10 chapters
  • 101 Marketing Strategies

Content building PDFs must read

  • HBR Article Marketing Myopia
  • MBA in a Day –
  • Corporate Chanakya by Radhakrishanan pillai



  • NCFM (NSE). There are a total of 7 independent modules. AMFI is usually considered to be the easiest, hence usually the first one that students take. There are also equivalent exams by BSE (BCFM). Almost mandatory in Financial Services sector as everyone seems to crack it.
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP). This is a core finance course, but advantage viz-a-viz CFA/CA/CPA is that its much shorter.
  • iCISA. Information Systems Audit – for Chartered Accountants.


  • Certified Marketing Professional by AoPC


  • APICS CPIM/CIRM/CSCP. These are domain certifications in Supply Chain Mgt. The basic course is CPIM which comprises of 6 modules. Conducted by IMRMI in most Indian metros. CPIM (or atleast its basic modile) is fairly common amongst MBA students n good b-schools.
  • Six Sigma. Quality certifications. Hal multiple levels denoted by “belts” – green, black etc
  • PMI – PMI has two different exams. The CAPM can be taken with lesser work experience.

Information Technology / Systems

  • ITIL ITSM. Has 2-3 different levels.


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