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IBM - SASTRA UNIVERSITY, September 14,2012

Posted By : Bhishm Singh Rating : +262, -9
Hi everyone, Let me first introduced myself. I'm Bhishm Singh
I'm very glad to share my experience with u all.

IBM placement process at SASTRA University, Tamilnadu held on 14/09/2012.

Process of Selection:

1.Online aptitude test
2 Written communication test
3 Group Discussion
4 Tech
5 HR

Online aptitude test: 14/09/12

There are two sections (a) Number Series (b) Aptitude ( NO verbal and non-verbal).There is     sectional cut-off in for each sections, nearly 65 percentile.

Total 40 questions (20 number series & 20 Aptitude).Matrix question were not asked.
Online Test is based on Adaptive Pattern (The level of successive questions becomes tougher if u answer the previous questions correctly).I mean based on ur answer (right or wrong) the nxt question gets randomly generated.

The main problem is 2 min. Time Window for each question. For us there was no -ve marking....

Few number series: based on my memory

I) Aptitude Section was a bit easy but full of lengthy calculations. Use of computer calculator is allowed.
One type Writer efficiency question, few question on profit and loss, java programmer 4/7 and c++ programmer 5/13.....Due to 2 min. Time Window it was quite difficult to remember the questions.
Totally 1039 students appeared to take the test & 499 cleared.

II)Second Round(Be cautious as it is again an elimination Round)
We were supposed to write an email to a client in 15 min. They provided us a sheet of paper(An article written in 3 paragraph about IBM innovation "GRID Computing") and asked us to go through it & summarize the content of the article in exactly six sentences(remember exactly six sentences you hav to write),without copying the words from the given article ,without grammar mistake & spelling mistake.

The fundamental here is use the format as given below:

Dear Mr. Amit,
                    I am extremely delighted to inform you about IBM innovation GRID.....then write ur story..
I hope to hear from you in the next few days
Thanks & Best Regards,
Bhishm Singh
Team IBM
Out of 499 almost 360 cleared the written communication test.

Day 2-15/09/12
III) Round 3-Group Discussion
12 members in a Group.

Each person was asked to speak about the GD topic in a round robin fashion. After which  about 10 min. were allocated  for open discussion among group member. They rejected only those students who didn`t open his/her mouth during the whole discussion.
Topics are generally from current affairs.such as FDI, Print media Vs Broadcast media, Coalgate, freedom of expression, do engineers requires managerial skills, Private University in India, Cricket is an obsession etc.

Totally 333 students got shortlisted for Interview after GD round.
IV) HR and Tech. combined.
1.Tell me something about yourself.
I started speaking about myself using the format given on most websites, but he instantly he interrupted and asked me to speak something about myself, that were not in my Resume.

TI-Do u know what is ACO?
Yes sir, Its Ant Colony optimization.

TI-can u explain ACO?

TI- Difference between ACO & Stimulated Annealing

TI-Can we perform cross-over in Stimulated Annealing?

TI-Difference between NUL & NULL
TI- Explain Default  argument  and  Function overloading  .
TI- Explain c structure and C++ structure.
TI-Few questions from Database….unique key, primary key, composite key, delete Vs Truncate, self join query.
Then He asked me HR questions:
Creativity, continues learning, challenging job and Balance between professional and Personal Life.explained each one wit suitable example.
HR-What are your strengths?
Easy pickings.
HR-What is your greatest weakness?
          Sir I am Unable to control the flow of money provided by my parents for my monthly expenditure….bla bla bla

HR-Why SASTRA University?
Quality Education, Merit based and Transparent admission procedure, Strict  Rules and Regulations(makes us more disciplined engineer),spiritual and cultural values.
HR- What else you to other than following beautiful chicks in college???
Bla blab la.

HR-Why CSE???
Blab bla bla.

HR-What will you do if I reject you?
Sir, I am a never Dying optimistic …..bla bla bla(Thanks to Dean TNP for using Dying optimistic          during ppt)
HR-What are your Hobbies?
Playing cricket),
Reading Kabir Das Dohas..he asked me to narrate  few  dhohas…..which I did with much ease.
HR-Tell me something about native place Dhanbad  (Jharkhand)..
Coal mines, Gangs Of wasseypur 1 and 2
HR- Do  u have any questions?
Yes sir . What were my weak links during the interview?

Before coming out of interview room I wished him "HAPPY ENGINEERS DAY"
Results were announced next day on 16th  Sept 2012.Out of 333 shortlisted students for Interview 315 got selected for IBM.  I was one among those 315.

It's a Record placement by IBM(max. number of students selected from a single campus by IBM till Date), that too during Recession..SASTRA  University.

The mantra is don't  lose hope. Prepare well for aptitude  & Written comm. Skill.after Clearing first 2  round, 99% you will land into IBM.
Hope my experience helps you
All the very best.

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