IBM (International Business Machines) GBS Placement Process Experience - Bangalore, 2016
Thus, it is one of the most awaited companies and every year for both campus placements as well as off campus recruitment drives. So was the case for me!
IBM visited our campus in august of 2016. The following is my campus placement experience with IBM GBS. Sharing it now because I think it will be helpful for others.
First of all, we received a mail to register ourselves on the official careers port of the IBM. The eligibility criteria mentioned was as follows:-
- 65 % or above in B.Tech , Class X and XII.
- No backlogs at the time of interview.
Before the actual selection process started, they had conducted a "pre-placement talk". This session is conducted by most of the companies coming for campus recruitment. The purpose is to introduce the company to the prospective employees and give them reasons as to why they should join.
This session was totally inspirational for me as IBM is one of the oldest companies and has a very rich history with hundreds of possibilities and opportunities. I suggest everyone reading this to attend the pre-placement talks conducted by the companies. They might even ask you some questions from here during the interview process.
The selection procedure had two stages. These are as follows:-
1) Written Test.
2) Technical + HR Interview.
The quantitative aptitude section has 30 questions mostly from time and work, time and distance, profit and loss, ages, percentages, ratios, and other simple concepts. The level of toughness was moderate to hard.
There was no negative marking but there was a restriction on time i.e., each question could be attempted in only 2.5 minutes hence it is necessary to manage time. It is not possible to go back to previous question once it is skipped / attempted. The Pattern of this section is as follows:
Section : No. Of Questions
No.Series : 18
Quant : 18
Eng Lang + Grammar : 22
Total : 58
For the English language + Grammar section practicing short reading comprehension passages, basic grammar usage questions like fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, paragraph completion, sentence correction, vocabulary, sentence ordering etc would suffice.
Number series is one of the very important topics for IBM recruitment as it has one complete section on the same. The questions are not exceptionally difficult, however to gain some edge over your competitors, it is important to be able to solve the few tricky ones.
For aptitude test preparation I referred to the book by RS Agrawal and took mock tests by Oliveboard. Our college provided access to Oliveboard platform for all final year students and their company specific mock tests were exactly similar to the actual IBM test in the end. One of my interview questions also came from there.
I did not use any other source for preparation apart from the above two. If you are very strong in aptitude, this test should not be very difficult although a little practice maybe needed before actual exam.
Interview ( HR +Technical ):
The candidates who clear the written test are required to appear for personal interview. The technical and HR interview was combined. Many questions are from C/C++/JAVA, DS, OS etc. Some of the questions asked in the interview are listed below:
1. What do you mean by 3NF in DBMS?
2. What is join in DBMS?
3. What is pass by value and pass by reference?
4. What is Operating System?
5. Difference between C++ and Java.
6. What is pointer?
7. They asked some tricky questions on pointer.
8. Also asked to write double linked list programs.
This round was fairly easy. Most of the questions were directly based on what was on the resume. The interviewer was very polite and friendly. She was willing to listen to me and at the end she asked me if I had any doubts. I enquired about the next round instead of asking her to rate my interview.
As per their instructions, we received the confirmation mail within 48 hours. Out of the 90 students, 20 were selected from my college and I was one amongst them.
Some general tips that can help you crack your placement test at IBM and in most of the other placement tests:
- Be thorough with your resume. Expect questions based on what you have mentioned.
- Be thorough with your project.
- Your favorite subject should be the one you\'re most confident in.
- Have knowledge about the company.
- Be confident.
I wish all the best to all of you and I would suggest that cracking the aptitude round plays a crucial role in any interview hence focus on Aptitude and there is nothing that is impossible.
Hope this keeps you motivated. All the very best.
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