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IBM Interview Experience - TCE, Madurai, Sept 4, 2014

Posted By : Raju Sundaram Rating : +325, -16
Hi all, I attended IBM on campus placement in TCE, Madurai on Sep 4, 2014

Here is the Selection Process:
1) Online Aptitude test.
2) Business Communication Test.
3) HR Interview.

Aptitude test:

This test was held online. No negative marking.

There were 18 questions from series and 18 questions from General Aptitude. You have only 2.15 minutes to answer every question.  So be fast. Answer the question before the timer goes to 15 seconds, because there may be a time lag to send your answer to the server(max of 5 seconds lag).  Series filling had these type of questions:

1) 3,7,10,8,4,12,0,5,5,3,2,?

 Ans: (Divide the 3 elements into one group ) 3+7=10,8+4=12,0+5=5,so 3+2=5 is the answer.

2) 0,1,1,2,0.5,2,2,4,2,2,4,3,7,2,?

3) 1,1,2,4,6,36,39,1521,?

4) 7,4,6,3,4.5,1.5,2.25,? Ans: -0.75

5) 2,9,5,49,11,169,? Ans:22

6) 49,7,98,16,4,48,9,3,36,25,5,?

7) 2,6,5,14,11,26,17,? Ans:60

8) 7,0,1,8,5,12,9,26,3,23,2,? Ans:28

9) 2,3,10,15,26,? Ans:35

10) 5,16,22,68,28,87,36,106,11,? Ans:45

11) 7776,625,64,9,?

12) 13,24,36,23,34,56,33,44,96,43,54,? Ans:116

13) 0,1,2,0.5,2,2,2,2,4,3,2,? Ans:3.5

14) 18,24,5,21,27,8,17,23,4,24,30,? Ans:9

15) 3,5,2,100,4,7,3,196,1,6,5,? Ans:144

16) 8,5,9,7,2,25,5,1,16,8,6,? Ans:15


18)1/4,1/4,1/2,3/2,6,? Ans:30

19) 8,0.5,16,4,15,0.3,50,4.5,6,0.2,30,?

20) 9,4,16,6,36,21,441,?       Ans:421

21) 4,2,5,9,5,11,13,7,16,17,9,?

22) 33,8,41,46,21,67,72,47,119,124,?

23) 3,2,1,4,5,4,1,0,6,3,?

24) 30.5,31,30,0,67.2,67,70,100,183.9?

25) 48,24,35,7,16,8,75,15,80,40,?

26) 1.8,3,0,6,2.5,5,0.5,3.4,2,1.7,4.8,6,?    Ans=0.8

27) 1370,1320,1070,-180,?

28) 9,3,24,4,9,3,36,6,9,3,30,?

29) 52,62,42,78,89,68,49,61,39,63,76,?

30) -16,-8,4,24,12,-6,-40,?

Part 2:

General Aptitude questions can be solved easily.

syllabus: Equation forming, Time and Work, Trains, Ratio and Proportion.

I strongly recommend that there is no need to study any books for aptitude.  You can refer the important formulas given in RS Aggarwal. Again there is only 2.15 minutes to solve each question. No negative marking.

Over 220 students attended the test and only 51 were selected for next round.

2) Online Business communication Test:

You have to answer 22 questions in 20 minutes. No negative marking. There will be no timer in screen. So please wear any digital watch.

Syllabus: Active voice to passive Voice, Business letter formats, Direct to Indirect Speech, Tenses and Punctuation

Some of the questions are:

Q1. Which of the following will you choose for a short notice to change the lunch hours?

1)Specific details.
2)Context and problem.
3)Regarding lunch.
4)hours All the above.

Q2. kelly is a good babysitter.Qualified, professional and fun

1) dangling modifier.
2) run on sentence.
3) a sentence fragment.

Q3. The question below consists of a pair of related words followed by four pair of words. Select the pair that best express the relation in the original pair: Deprecate: Credit

a. enhance: disparage.
b. bait: heckle.
c. unfair: biased.
d. discourage: force.

Q4. Convert into passive/active voice.

1. They objected to my proposal(My proposal is objected by them).
2. People believe him to be innocent(He is believed to be innocent by the people).
3. The invigilator was reading out the instructions(The instructions were being read by the invigilator).

Q5. Convert into direct/ indirect speech.

1. The preacher said, "Honesty is the best policy."
  The preacher told that Honesty is the best policy.

2. I said to my father, "I am coming back after two hours
  I told to my father that I will be coming back after two hours.

Q6. What does sexist language means?

(A) Language indicating towards woman
(B) Information conveyed as being a male
(C) language indicating difference between man and woman

Q7. Which is in the correct sense?

(A) This child, who was misdiagnosed, thrive by spirit.
(B) This child, who was misdiagnosed, thrives by spirit.
(C) This child, who was misdiagnosed, thrived by spirit.

Q8. It is considered a breach of etiquette ta have documents signed by administrative assistant

Q9. Sign by blue ink is authentic if done by blue ink TRUE or FALSE

Q10. Introduction should be added

(A) before brainstorm.
(B) same time of body of letter.
(C) at end of letter.

Q11. Which is the correct way to end a business letter?

(A) Regards.
(B) Sincerely.
(C) Respectfully.
(D) Both B and C.

Ans: A.

Q12. Which is the correct use of pronoun ?

(a) Each executive.
(b) Few Of the executive.
(c) One Of the Executive.
(d) All Of the above.

Ans: A.

Q13. Which is correct?

(a) Dear President Smith;
(b) Dear Mr Smith;
(c) Dear Mr Smith:
d) Dear Mr Smith

Q14. The formal business letter contains.

1) Regards.
2) Sincerely.
3) Respectfully.
4) 2&3.
5) All above.

Q15.**Ranny was with sally n me.

Ranny was with sally n I.
Ranny was with me n Sally.
--find correct one

Q16. What to include in business letter.

- Purpose.
- Reason of writing.
- For whom intended.
- All of above.

Q17. Enclosures(3) meaning 3 attachments are there in addition to the letter. true or false?

Ans: True.

Q18. Which of the following will you choose for a short notice to change the lunch hours?

1) Specific details.
2) Context and problem.
3) Regarding lunch hours.
4) All the above.

Q19. How to end business letter?

- Regards.
- Sincerely.
- Respectfully.
- a & c.

Ans: Regards.

Q20. Is it necessary to include a table of contents regardless of the size of the document. true or false?

Ans: False.

Q21. Name is Roger Smith, who is also the president. What is the proper salutation?

-Dear Mr. Roger Smith,
-Dear Mr. Roger:
-Dear Mr. Smith:
-Dear President Smith:

Q22. The coachy my best friend play with me everyday. Write the sentence using comma at appropriate position

Ans: The Coachy,my best friend,play with me everyday.

Q23. In formal letter for better understanding.

1. Repeat ideas with picture and all.
2. repeat important ideas.
3. Refrain from repeating ideas.
4. One and two.

52 written the exam and only 16 were selected.

3) HR Interview:

Once you clear the Business communication test, then there is 95% chance that you will be selected.  IBM HR's are very good people. They will test only the Communication skills, if you are good at communication, then HR interview is a Cake for you.

Interview was held on the next day at 11 am. He asked to self Introduce and then came to my project.  He didn't ask any questions from project and asked about my strength.  Once I told my strength, he asked for an example. Then asked "why you want to join IBM?". Told. These are some ready-made questions, so you can prepare well before the interview.  Don't let your confidence down.  If you are wrong, don't go away from your words.  Finally he asked "Will you Relocate?"(Expecting for it). Answered. He told to leave the room.

Results were announced in the Guest House and I was in the list of Selected Candidates.  14 were selected out of 16.  

(In fact, in the interview, 3 students did not communicate well in English, the HR given another chance to perform in the interview.  HOW GOOD THE HR's ARE!!)

More over, I was previously rejected in TCS, Accenture. So Don't let your confidence down.

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