Tech Mahindra - Chennai, December 7, 2013
First of all, I'm a Mechanical engineering 2013 pass-out. I have no prior experience in programming, or computers or anything.
The screening process had four rounds:
1) online aptitude test.
2) Technical interview.
3) Essay writing.
4) HR interview.
Since there were a large number of people, and all four were elimination rounds so at the end of every round, seemingly everyone had mini anxiety attacks!. But usually 2, 3 and 4 are non elimination rounds, they'll inform you otherwise. Anyway, without further ado, let me get into the topic.
1) ONLINE TEST:
Number of questions- 170.
Time- 80 minutes.
Constitution of paper- 100 verbal + 70 aptitude.
TESTING ENGLISH PROFICIENCY:
100 verbal questions were divided into 11 sections, the topics covered were,
IV) Error identification.
V) Synonyms and antonyms.
VI) SV agreement.
You must try and complete this within 20 minutes so that you'll have enough time for the aptitude section.
TESTING NUMERICAL AND VERBAL APTITUDE:
I) 70 aptitude was divided into 35 numerical aptitude questions,
II) Simple Interest.
III) Compound Interest.
IV) Time and work.
V) Mixtures and allegations.
IX) Number series.
I suggest you to be familiar with all topics in RS Aggarwal.
I think this is the most time consuming section, the questions were of average difficulty and the tests on IndiaBix are enough for practice. Try and complete this within 30 minutes.
II) 25 verbal reasoning questions.
Data sufficiency type questions.
For me this was the second most time consuming section but that's mainly because I didn't practice this section much, so it took me some time to decide on an answer. Give this section around 20 minutes or less.
III)10 of those pictorial questions like what comes next in the series, identify the odd one out etc. You can finish this in five minutes or so.
Both these parts have their own cutoffs and you have to clear their respective minimum section cutoffs, so plan how to approach the test accordingly. If all goes well, you may have 10 minutes to spare, during which you can recheck your answers and make corrections if necessary. There are NO NEGATIVE MARKS so answer ALL questions! :)
Don't worry if many people attend the test, if you do the screening test well, then you'll definitely be selected :).
2) TECHNICAL INTERVIEW:
After that was over, they proceeded to technical HR. Since my department isn't related, I was asked only basic questions like what is C etc. (Some people were eliminated here)
This was succeeded by essay writing, the topics were easy. They mainly test your sentence construction, flow of ideas and grammar. Keep it clear and short and you should do well. (some more were eliminated)
The final stage is your HR interview, which is a breeze as long as you keep your head, be confident and smart with your replies.
THE KEY - Show that you are flexible with any kind of work and that you are eager and willing to work in IT.
The questions asked to me were:
1) What is your goal in life?
2) Why IT? (be ready for this if you are from mechanical, this is a sure question)
3) Give me five qualities of a good team leader?
4) Are you willing to work anywhere and on shifts if necessary? (definitely answer this with a yes!)
5) Any other questions?
So that was it and we had to wait for the result for sometime and I finally got selected :) (there were some eliminations here too)
In the end, out of a thousand, they selected around 70.
All the best guys, just keep your mind calm, it's just a test and you have to pass it :)
So prepare well and all the best !
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