IBM PATTERN & INTERVIEW - 10 MAY 2007 - SURAT
This is the pattern of placement paper for IBM Global which came to my campus on 10th May. 192 out of 390 were selected for GD round and 34 got eliminated after GD. In all 114 were finally selected which was a record for them as well as for my college.
Written test consisted of three sections:
First one was Verbal Reasoning which consisted of some articles n prepositions. A reading comprehension was also asked, this was tricky one and no question could be answered directly. there were 10 questions in all.
Second section was Aptitude related. Believe me it was the easiest test I ever gave. there were different sections. in all 35 questions were to be answered. 5 were related to venn diagram prob, there was a section about binary nos. $ denoted 1 and @ denoted 0. all we had to do was turn each given relation to its binary equivalent and then replace each 1 by $ and each 0 by @.5 questions were about logical reasoning, 20 questions were general questions like time, man power n probability questions, very simple u can do them at one go if u hav average iq.
The third section consisted of technical questions, 3 were C lang related, 3 on unix, 2 on data structure n 2 on dbms specially sql.
GD was more of elimination rather than selection, make it a point to speak some good points and do speak fr some time. just speak and u r thru.
hr: wats ur name
me: sir Abhinav
hr: hav a seat mr.abhinav
me: thank u sir
hr: so mr. Abhinav u r frm electrical stream and u r having such a good CGPA then y u want to go to IT sector
me: sir before coming to this col I was not knowing wats good for me and where my interest lies. after coming here i tried my hands on programming n found tht i m quite good at it and it intersts me very much, I think u can only grow in tht field in which u hav interest.
hr: ok wat all subjects hav u read
me: sir i hv read fundamental of c prog, 8085 microprocessor, digital circuits... (always mak it a point to tel only those subjects which involve logic or programming, try to skip core subjects lik power sys n control sys fr electrical... he will stop u after u tel him 3, 4 subjects)
hr: so u know C lang..
me: yes sir
hr: okk, so how much u rate urself in C?
me: sir i m the best in this col regarding algorithm development, infact i m sure i can compete with any comp. science student regarding logic development (believe me u shld b confident enough to say tht, it was a risk n i took it but if u r not tht good in C just say tht u knw basics of C... or whatever u feel is appropriate)
hr: really, so can u tel me algorithm used by google search engine...
me:(was bit nervous) sir i dont knw exactly bt i can try..
hr: ya sure try try
me: blah blah blah
hr: so u knw wats binary search
me:(tht was very easy) blah blah blah
hr: tel me if i giv u a array of 1000 nos, all in ascending order in hw many iterations will binary search b completed?
me: sir 10 because 2 to pwr 10 is 1024 ...
hr: yes thts good, i m impressed
me: thank u sir
hr: u told me u r very good in prog... can u supprt ur claim.
me: yes sir i hav won one c programming contest n was 11 in c online comp.. out of 200 odd teams.
hr: good so what all programs u did..
me: told him and then he asked me to explain one of the prog..was quite easy
hr: wats diff btwn do while n while
me: (told was easy)
hr: wats pointer
hr: ok so do u want to ask us any question..
me: askd 1-2 questions, (if thy ask u this questions its quite sure u r thru...)
hr: u gav bangalore as ur preference can u tel y?
me: gave sm funda (never say there more oppurtunity or smthng lik tht.
hr: thank u abhinav it was very nice meeting u
me: thank u sir, it was mine pleasure.
Clearing IBM is very easy if u hav good pointer or if hav good marks in their written test, mine score was 43 out of 55, highest ws 48 (can b higher this is best to my knowledge) and i think cut off was 35(can b lower also). its easy fr girls, if girls r in interview its vry rare they will b eliminated (they prefer girls). I don't think they had sectional cut off, they will make u write essay but its hardly ever read bfr interview.
Believe me they hav easiest written test if u comp with othrs, Wipro recruitment process is very tough, Infy takes nearly all who clear their written n Accenture pattern is same as tht of IBM (exactly same)
Abhinav Singh Kakran
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