Tech Mahindra Interview Experience - Kolkata, Oct 15, 2014
First of all, a special thanks to my elder brother... it was all his hard work and guidance that helped me earn this job.
I am from CSE. Tech Mahindra visited our college on 15th of October for an on-campus recruitment drive. On that very day, we were asked to report within 8:30 in the morning in our college campus, where we were handed a 'Hall Ticket' number which was unique to everyone. This hall ticket number will find it's purpose as your username in their online exam page, and a crucial point being that we had to paste a passport size photo of ours in the Hall ticket(it was not asked beforehand), so do carry an extra one.
Now coming to the exam pattern, there were mainly 3 rounds and all were eliminating rounds:-
1. Aptitude and English online test.
2. Technical interview.
3. HR interview.
And after that, the selected candidates from the online test will be asked to write an 'ESSAY', but nothing to worry about this round as this is not an elimination round like the rests. But yes, you do have to write a decent essay, i.e., exempting grammatical and spelling mistakes and of at least a page-length, otherwise this essay can also lead to your elimination indirectly in the HR round, if not directly.
At around 10am, they started their PPT (Pre Placement Talk) where they said about their exam patterns and other things about Tech Mahindra and also clarified all our doubts and around 11am, they started their online exam.
After logging in with your hall ticket number and a predefined password we had to change our password and fill out some details and the test began. There were 170 questions in total and was divided into 2 main sections, viz.,
2. Aptitude & Reasoning.
Each of these sections were divided into subsections; for English there were 8 subsections & for the aptitude part, there were 3 subsections. Subsections are given below :
1. Tense (20).
2. Preposition (20).
3. Article (10).
4. Confusable words (10).
5. Building verbiage (Synonyms) (10).
6. Passage Reading (10).
7. Sentence Construction (10).
8. One word Substitution (10).
1. Quantitative (15).
2. Non-verbal Reasoning (35).
3. Verbal Reasoning (20).
English was quite easy though, and a little practice from various sites like IndiaBix, tamilcube will help you a lot. A token of remembrance for all, "Time Management is the most important factor here... it is what that will make you stand apart from the rest". Try to finish off with the English part within 20-25mins, that will catapult you to comply with with time and thereby permitting you ample time to finish up your aptitude part.
For Quantitative part, basic sums from chapters like clocks, partnership, ages, simple and compound interest, allegation & ratio will be more than enough. In this section most of the questions come from non-verbal reasoning. 35 question from non-verbal and for nonverbal and verbal practice blood relation, word jumbling, coding decoding, letter series, number series, figure series, analogy, odd man out, data sufficiency, syllogism. R. S. Aggarwal is enough for this part. AND MAKE SURE YOU MARK ALL 170 QUESTIONS BECAUSE THERE IS NO NEGATIVE MARKING SO DON'T LEAVE A SINGLE QUESTION UNANSWERED. And there will be SECTIONAL CUT-OFF for two main sections (English & aptitude) but there will not be any SUBSECTIONAL CUT-OFF but if number of students appearing for aptitude is huge then they might change the rule, but that they will clear it in PPT.
So 163 students appeared for this test and 70 cleared the aptitude test and I was one of them. Right after they announced the cleared candidates, they gave us application form and some topics for essay. They gave us 5 topics but I forgot one and rest of 4 topics were :
1. Women empowerment.
2. Social Media.
3. Indian politics.
4. Indian sports.
I read in most interview experience that there will be only 10 minutes but in our college they told us that they will start taking interview after 20-25 minutes and by this time we had to complete our essay and also fill up the application form with important documents along with it. So there was no fixed time, if you can fill up your application quickly, then you can buy some more time for writing the essay.
I was called up for interview right after I finished filling up my application form. But there a candidate before me and by the time my turn came. I was asked very few questions like the following:-
1) Explain binary search(explained)
2) Write it's pseudo-code(written and explained)
3) What is recursion?(explained)
And my technical interview was over.
Now the technical round is also an elimination round, students cleared the technical round was called up for their HR interviews. I was called up for HR immediately after my Technical Interview was over. HR round was the best part as it was a ice-breaking round. Questions were like:-
1. Tell me something about yourself?
2. What was your project all about?
3. What will you do if your project have something gone wrong?
4. What does your father do?
5. Do you have any siblings? What does he/she do?
6. Will you be ready for relocation and 24X7 shifts?(Always answer YES, even if you don't want to)
7. Do you have any questions for me?
Actually, my HR round was quite smooth, while some of my friends were asked real tough questions in the HR round also. And yes, be ready to face certain petty chats.
So, at the end of the day, the statistics read like this that out of total 70 students who had cleared the online aptitude & English test and 55 students made it to HR, and at around 11:15 interview of all students, the decision came rolling. 44 students were selected and thankfully, I was one of them.
P.S.- It was my birthday the next day, so getting the job has been my best birthday gift so far.
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