Tata Consultancy Services - 1st and 15th November, 2013
TCS recently recruited from our college.
The pattern for this year was a bit different.
The rule for our college was as follows :
1 > If you are in the top 5 (based on aggregate of 6 semester exams) then you need to appear only for the verbal ability test.
2 > Those not in the top 5 list would have to appear for both the verbal ability test as well as the analytical ability test.
The written for our college was held on 1st November. As I was in the top 5 category I was exempted from the analytical section .
The verbal ability test consisted of writing a mail with phrases provided to us.
The phrases given in my case were as follows :
bring- camera- celebrations - cake - instruct - security personnel - not working area - only near pool - obliged.
The instructions on the screen were : Min 50 words should be used ,
name of sender and receiver must be provided as given , All phrases must be in sequence otherwise it might lead to poor grades.
The round seemed quite simple and most of the top 5 guys expected to clear it. However I was shocked when the results were declared. Amongst 25 toppers only 10 manged to clear it.
Overall 72 students cleared the aptitude from approximate 350 candidates.
Our interview date was slotted on the 15th of November at a TCS office in Kolkata(Newtown).
The interview was sort of pooled. Almost 10 colleges were called over a span of 2 days.
This was how my interview went about :
There were 2 interviewers in my panel . The first interviewer started the proceedings while the other was browsing through my campus commune details on the laptop.
I : Good morning , Please take your seat.
Me : Thank you Sir.
I : Please introduce yourself.
Me : Spoke about my academics,family background,extra-curricular as well as my strengths and achievements.
I : So have you done any projects ?
Me : Yes.
I : Please tell what your project was all about and what was your role in it ?
Me : I mentioned in detail about my project . I started with why we chose the platform (j2ee) , why we decided to do the project , how many members were there , who took up which role and also mentioned my role .
I had mentioned that i worked in the db designing part.
So he asked me the following questions :
Explain normalization ? Tell me what would have happened if there was no normalization ? how has normalization helped the db designing process ?
What is denormalization ? Why do we require to do de-normalization? What would happen if we simply normalized the tables and did not perform any denormalization. Is it absolutely necessary to denormalization ?
I got a bit stuck here as i knew denormalization but the reason I gave him as to why de normalization should be done didn't really satisfy him.
He then asked me to explain to him what a dbms was assuming that he was a class 5 student!!!! It was a bit tricky but I was spontaneous and explained the concept of dbms in a very lucid manner assuming that he was a class 5 student!!!
After that he gave me a sheet and asked me to draw the graphs for y=10 and y=|x|. I did that correctly but was quite surprised at the question!!
Then he moved on to oops and asked me to explain polymorphism , method overloading and arraylist. He also wanted to know what would be the problem if we did not use polymorphism and arraylist .
one thing I really liked was that the interviewer never demanded direct answers .
he also asked me to rate myself on Java for which I said 7/10. He immediately asked why not more ? For which I answered that java is huge and learning everything is not possible and there is always scope for improvement.
I had mentioned quizzing as my interests. He asked me the nobel prize winner in literature this year. I was not able to recall the answer!!
He asked me against whom is Viswanathan Anand playing in the recent chess championship? I got this right - Magnus Carlsen !!!
The he handed the resume to the second interviewer.
The second interviewer was I suppose a HR guy. He started of asking me the difference between dbms and rdbms. He then asked some general HR questions :
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
What are the qualities of a leader?
Do you have those qualities? What would you do to develop those qualities?
Then he asked why do you want a job in TCS ?
For this I answered that I joining TCS which is the number one company would give me satisfaction that no other company could give me!!
The interviewer looked towards the other interviewer and asked him jokingly : are we satisfied? and started laughing!! It was a hilarious situation.
And that was all ! He asked me to leave after that..
After the interviews were over some were told to leave for the day while others were called in for another HR round.
Finally on the 17th of November at 1:30 am I received the offer letter!! It was such a happy and memorable moment!
However the number of selections from our college was dismal. Only 22 out of the 72 students who cleared the aptitude made it through. 11 from CSE, 7 from ECE and 4 from IT were selected finally.
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