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Posted By : Satya Rating : +10, -1
Hi Friends

IBM came here at HBTI Kanpur on 29th April'06. I was among the  selected candidates. Selection process consisted of a written test, a  technical interview and an HR interview.

Written Test was of 4 sections consisting of 55 questions in 1 hr (Test was coducted by meri-trac). No negative marking. Candidates doing well in apti section were given preference.

Section 1(Verbal Ability):
consisted of 10 questions. 5 questions were fill in the blanks. They were quite easy n were mainly based on prepositions n use of articles
eg Sweets were distributed _____students  (options were like among, between)
He had ___experience in driving( options  were articles a/an or no article req)
Similar questions which I do not recall  now..
There was a passage, a technical one (explaining how the operating system calls DLL files and executes them), a bit tough to grasp followed by 5 questions which were little inferential.

Section 2(Apti): Consisted of 25  questions.
Some questions were on Venn Diagrams(easy ones)
Some were on  data sufficiency. They were also quite easy ones.
Question on cube: A 5*5 cube is divided into 125 equal cubes.3 cubes from the middle of each side from top n bottom face r removed n the 4 corner cubes of the middle layer are also removed. Now the cube is painted on all exposed sides. Questions were to calculate how many sides were painted on 1,2,3,4 or no sides.

Some questions were on the following pattern: In a binary system 1 is written as $ and 0 is written as *. In this system as 1 moves to the left the value of the number doubles itself.(Clearly this was the problem of binary conversions. You just needed to put $ n *s in place of 1s n 0s after doing proper conversions).Questions were how would nos like 65,252 would be written in the given system.(Just convert them to binary)

Section 3(Attention to  detail):10 questions
Very easy section.
Questions were as to which of the following sets of alphabets n nubers were similar. They were quite easy to pick out the correct ans
Other set of questions were: If + is replaced by *, - is replaced by /, * is replaced by +, / is replaced by * then calculate 2/65*3+65-23 and so on. (Just hold on patiently and calculate to check which of the given options is correct)
A set of questions were based as: There were conditions given as to how a driver for a school bus would be selected and in the following questions individuals with their qualifications were given. Based on the previous conditions given u hv to decide whether each one can qualify or not.(easy set again)

Section 4(Technical): 10 ques
Sum questions on C,database, unix etc. Tough to get through this section especially for a non CS/IT student like me. But u need to hold on ur patience n just do sum intelligent guessing. N ya do study C seriously.

Interview(HR &  Technical):
I had only one interview having both HR n tech but many of my friends had 2 interviews separately. So be ready for that. Interview was quite cool having general ques abt urself, strengths, value addition to the company, why going into software. Followed by sum basic questions on C n database. Also be ready for questions on ur core subjects. Then questions like: hv u faced challenges in ur life n hw u overcame them n hw will u accomplish a project in a group. Also sum abstract ones like: Suggest 3 changes u wish in the mobile handset (shown by the interviewer). N ya be ready to ask them sum questions too. They wuld really appreciate that. If u can pick up points from their ppt it could leave a very gud impression. Be ready for sum grilling on hobbies too. Lastly be cool, be confident to leave a gud impression.

Ur gud marks in written can give u an xtra edge in the interview also as ur ans sheet is wid them only while u give ur interview.
Girl candidates do get extra  preference particularly in the interviews.
Gud percentages in BTech/10th/12th  can give u a very gud chance as IBM pefers such candidates.

Finally,  prepare well n Just give ur 100%
Best of luck for ur future!!
May all ur  dreams cum true!!

Arpit Garg
Chemical Engg.
HBTI  Kanpur
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