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Cognizant(CTS) Interview Experience - Pune(PCCOE) on (6th and 14th Dec 2013)

Posted By : Siddhesh Chavan Rating : +78, -4
Hello friends,

Myself Siddhesh Chavan I want to share my interview experience, I had registered for Cognizant off-campus drive. They gave the registration IDs to all the students registered and called for the online aptitude test on 6th dec 2013 @9am in Pune (Pimpri Chinchawad COE).

I was one of the 7000 students appearing for the aptitude test as students from all over India attended this drive. The aptitude consisted of three sections.

1. Verbal (25 questions 25 mins).

2. Quant (16 questions 16 mins).

3. Logical Reasoning (14 questions 14 mins).

All the questions were easy but there was sectional cutoff and generally they keep the cutoff at 65% but in our case they kept the cutoff at 75% to filter more students. I got the mail about clearing the aptitude on 11th of Dec and they scheduled Technical and HR on 14th Dec. About 615 students were shortlisted for further rounds but some 500 students came from AMCAT directly for Technical and some 350 students from Indore for tech interview, so again the competition was increased.

I was waiting for my technical round from morning 9 o'clock and was called for it at sharp 5:45 PM it was long tiring wait as number of students appearing was more.

Technical Interview.

Me: Hello Sir Good evening !

Interviewer: Good evening ! How are you Doing ?
Me: Just feeling tired as I had to wait for this long.

Intr: We are tired too. How many students more are waiting outside ?//.
Me: Sir round about 100 more.

Intr: OmG ! okie so you are from Electronics. Ndd I m not an electronics expert so may I transfer you to some 1 who can ask you core stuffs.
Me: No Sir its fine with me you can ask me General C, C++ related questions and programming logic.

Intr: I would be asking you programming stuff from C, C++ is it fine with you ?/.
Me: Yes Sir I would try my best.

Intr: Siddhesh Introduce yourself.
Me: Said about my graduation, my internships which was from BARC ndd Central Railway (dat impressed him) and about my final year project.

Intr: So explain me your project in detail.
Me: I had prepared my project thoroughly as I knew that for non IT students thats where the students are judged and I took 30 mins explaining him each and every detail and he also took interest in it (make sure he takes interest or else be ready for programming related questions :P).

Intr: As you said your project is Kinematical Modeling & Simulation of Six axis robot can you make objects of your overall project and with the help of functions and data make block diagram in C++.
Me: Made it.

Inter: So tell me what is an array.
Me: told.

Intr: Suppose I have an array of 7 elements and if in that array for consecutive 0 and 1 entry in that array I want to replace it by 9 in a new array. Write a code for it.
Me: I knew d logic ndd told him and he told the logic is correct but I have asked for code to implement it.

Me:I asked him whether I can write d code in VHDL.

Intr: Yes no problem you can use any programming language.
Me: I wrote it as I was strong in VHDL and Verilog languages.

Intr: okie good.

After this he wrote a program consisting of two for-loops and asked question regarding the generated output. It was quite simple and I answered it.

Some questions related to DBMS/RDBMS and Data-structure which I had prepared and were expected (normalization/de-normalisation, Types of join, Software development life cycle etc can be asked so be prepared).

Intr: I am Done. I am getting you into next round you can proceed to HR.
Me: Sir, Thank you for your time was pleasure meeting you.


The selected students from technical were called for HR into the next building. They asked for photocopies of all our documents and told to wait.

My name was called and it was 7:50 PM sharp on the clock.

I entered the room and saw a beautiful lady who greeted me and asked me to sit.

Me: Thank you Mam.

HR: Siddhesh tell me something about your family background.
Me: told.

HR: What are your hobbies ?
Me: Mam I am passionate about football, I have represented my school at District level and also have planned & organised football tournaments.

HR: Great. So you are passionate about football. Tell me 5 football team names.
Me: told.

HR: Which Team do you support ?
Me: Madam Barcalona. :P.

HR: Why barcelona why not any other team ?
Me: Mam I like d way they play as a team and particularly I m a big fan of MESSI :).

HR: Why do you like MESSI. Why not any other player ?
Me: Mam because I like d way he controls the ball which helps him get past many defenders with ease.

HR: ok. Do you follow politics ?
Me: (I do follow but I told her that I don't as I taught she might ask me who is the chief minister of XYZ state and all stuff).

HR: ok are you aware about the current political scenario in delhi ?
Me: yes madam. Arvind kejriwal is turning tables in delhi polls and gave her the result of the polls (no. Of seats won by BJP, AAP and Congress).

HR: Thats true. What was the last movie you saw ?
Me: Mam it was Skyfall (007 :P).

HR: James Bond I too had watched it. So Siddhesh if I put you into testing are you ok with it ?
Me: Yes mam its ok for me and I would wait for an internal switch into development.

HR: If there is no internal switch available then ?
Me: I would work as a tester.

HR: are you sure. So I am writing a note here that you would b working as a tester in cognizant. Is it fine ?
Me: Yes, mam its fine as I told you b4.

HR: ok. So are you comfortable with relocation ?
Me: Yes, mam I value my work. Rather than where I work :P :D.

During the HR she was calculating the semester wise percentage and was checking whether I had 60% and above in each year (which I had) and after my interview was done she wrote some remark which she was hiding from me.

HR: I am done have you got any questions for me ?

Me: (I was going to ask what she wrote in hiding about me :P ;) ) Mam what is Cognizant 2.0 platform. I had read about it on CTS website. She explained me in brief.

HR: ok Siddhesh. It was pleasure meeting you.
Me: Same here mam. Thank you !

It all started from morning 8.30 and I completed my HR at around 9 in d night after which we were instructed that we would get confirmation mail cum offer letter within a week and on 18th of Dec it came. So happy and excited to join a MNC.

All the Best in your "JOB HUNT" :) :).

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