CTS Interview Experience - SRM University, 16 & 19th September,2015
Preparation: First of all, remember that the first round is the main eliminator in any IT company recruitment. Once you clear it, confidence and some technical knowledge with good communication skills will get you the job and that is a guarantee if you ask me. RESEARCH what kind of software CTS uses in the first round and try to get previous year question papers online and workout those sums.
Surely they will be challenged apart from the typical R.S Agarwal kind of problems. Based on recent papers you can decide what kind of topics to concentrate on and then start preparing. I used IndiaBix a lot for basic quants and verbal. And also sites like M4Maths for AMCAT questions and Campus Gate website too.
16th-SEP-2015 : They conducted test through ASPIRING MINDS (AMCAT). The moment I saw this I was filled with joy as I was thorough with the AMCAT problems in previous year question papers and also knew the methods. Methods are important so please don't BYHEART/MUGUP the answers. I got 25 verbal, 16 quants, 14 Logical questions. Aspiring minds is adaptive which is when you answer a question correctly next one will be tougher and is of Level 2 which contains more marks.
If you succeed in answering correctly, you will get to higher levels which carries more marks in each level. If you mark incorrectly, you will go down one level down. So 1/4 of the questions were from previous question papers and the others I solved easily. Out of roughly 4000 people, 2200 were selected for the Interviews.
19th-SEP-2015 : I was very confident on this day as I wanted to get into CTS which was my 8th company in my campus that I was trying to get in. So I prepared day/night for the past 2 days surfing through C/C++/Java concepts, Algorithms for searching/Sorting, Basic Database concepts/SQL Queries/Networking basics/SDLC etc. My area of interest was only DBMS since I am from CSE department. So, I prepared every nook and corner of it.
My panel consisted of one guy who seemed to be 40-45 years of age. I was very nervous but I didn't show it. Since there was no doors I went in and asked him permission to sit down and he just signaled me to sit down. ALL THIS TIME HE DIDN'T EVEN SEE MY FACE! His first words were "Write Binary search". I started to write and while writing he asked me about my family.
I started with my dad who is a banker and he asked me about bank exams. Trust me guys, I started a very good conversation with him about how I was neutral to these exams and I told him I want to work in an IT company because I want to do justice for studying CS for the past 5 years (including 11th and 12th) He was impressed and said very good and at that moment I knew I had manipulated him into my conversation. I showed him the program and he was ok with it.
Then he asked the differences between stack and queue which I told him, then he asked me to write POP operation in C program. I wrote the pseudo code but he wanted the C program. I tried my best and he was kind of okay with it. He asked me SDLC phases, Networking definition, Topologies, Normalization which I answered easily. Finally he asked me about my paper in ECE for which I replied that I studied Microprocessor. He asked me to write a simple MP program which I couldn't remember. So I told him I can't remember it right now and I will brush up my concepts in the near future. That was it. I was asked to wait for HR Interview.
CTS selects only people who have the passed the TR for the HR round. My name was called and I was met with a Super-Cool HR who offered me juice and told me to calm down (I must have looked like I just jumped from a horror movie I suppose) He scanned my resume and asked me if am Tamil and it seems he was Tamil too.
Asked me questions like Why CTS, Are you flexible?, Relocation and asked me to sign a form. They just check your communication. So just be cool and answer honestly like you would talk to an elderly person but more formal.
I got the results by 1-OCT-2015 and my name was in CTS, TCS and Infosys. And I am going to choose CTS among the 3 for my own reasons. I am still waiting for my offer letter from them.
Tips: Be cool pass the first round with help of previous year papers and IndiaBix. Concentrate on basics for the interview. Always be confident and be willing to try to answer whatever you know. If you don't know anything tell him politely that you'll learn it. They look how willing you are in the interview to select you. Be thorough with each word in your resume as he may ask anything from it.
If you don't know that topic, don't add it in your resume. I am writing this because IndiaBix is the best site from which I learn all my basics in every quants topic and also to help the candidates for CTS recruitment. Good luck and see you in CTS soon. :).
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