Campus Winner – Mahindra Rise Challenge 2022

February 8, 2023

SPJIMR participant Gautam Jagannath has been declared one of the three campus winners at the 2022 edition of the Mahindra Rise Challenge. Read his account of this exhilarating experience.

The competition included fourteen colleges, with three campus winners from each. I am a production engineer with a strong interest in automobile engineering, and during my undergraduate studies, I worked on automotive projects for Formula Bharat. So, Mahindra, as one of the best companies in the automobile industry, which manufactures lightweight commercial vehicles, SUVs, and Tractors, inspired me to compete. There were five rounds in the competition: –

  1. Dark Knight: Quiz round comprising questions about the Mahindra brand and initiatives.
  2. From the Future: Business Simulation Round, which had 30 sub-rounds.
  3. Energize your senses: The gaming round consisted of 4-5 small games which needed problem-solving skills.
  4. Spinning wheels: Comprehension round, which included business cases about Mahindra’s projects and initiatives, and the questions were related to decision-making. This round was my favourite round, where I got a glimpse of all projects Mahindra had taken up recently.
  5. Inside Out: Surprise round with two questions that required recording of answering within a time limit.

The simulation round was similar to one of the subjects taught at our college, SPJIMR (Decision Analysis Simulation). The rounds had to be completed in a very short period. As a result, I didn’t have time to look away from my laptop and was concentrating on it.

The competition was extremely demanding, and I could have done even better without the time constraint. It takes a lot of patience and focus on doing well in these rounds, and you must have both. So, for this competition, time management and staying cool were critical.

Patience, calm, and persistence are crucial in these types of competitions. I feel like I didn’t give it my all in every round, but I kept myself motivated to keep going until the end.

This was a thrilling competition, and the various rounds kept me interested. The campus winners will have the opportunity to interact with business leaders, and I look forward to meeting them soon!

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