SATYAM Campus Interview Paper Anna University June 2008
I attended an off campus drive for satyam on June 14, 2008 in Anna University,
Tricy, TamilNadu. I feel sorry for satyam for missing me. But I have immense
pleasure to share the valuable experience that I got there. As Per our schedule
it starts at 2.00 pm. But I reached there around 9 am to get used to the
condition. It was so hot out there and I also feel the heat since it?s my
All set to begin? We are asked to
fill up the hall ticket around 12 noon. Don?t forget your reference number in
the hall ticket since the get back the hall ticket after the apti and you are
referred by that reference number in further selection process. Its about 1.45pm
we asked to enter into the hall college wise? As they are so many students
they conducted apti in 3 batches? Fortunately I belong to the Batch 1. I am so
confident about apti but when I enter into the hall I get perplexed. I would
like to add a note here, don?t get trapped by this situation it?s a crucial
juncture where you have to held your nerves?. It was 2.35pm when they finish
the seating arrangement. About 2.40 they distribute the answer sheet where you
are asked to fill ur ref no, name, 10th, 12th and your Degree percentage and
also about your backlogs if any ?.
It was a single sheet which
organize the 15 questions with multiple choice as 5 as follows 1) a b c d e We
are asked to put a X mark over the corresponding choice (It may vary, so keenly
go through instructions provided in the question paper Since one of my friend
put a tick mark instead and get eliminated) Fine?.. At last they provided the
question paper at 2.45PM. Kindly go through the instruction provided in it. It
was 15 Questions and 30 Minutes. ?ve Mark is 0.25 for each wrong answer and 1
mark for correct answer. So be careful while answering.
The questions are as follows
1. The present population of a city is XXXXX(I don?t remember the
actual value). What is the difference between the population 3 years and 2 years
ago. (Very easy).
2. A number series problem. ( I
didn?t find it )
3. It was big question abt greedy
thieves who rob large no of gold coins and stay in a home at night. They Planned
to divide it equally on tomorrow and went to sleep. Each thief take some amount
of gold coins and leave some amount (Sorry I forget the actual value.) At last
the remaining amount of coins is XX. Then what is the original amount of gold
coins (I didn?t answer it)
4. A time and distance problem
5. An another big passage abt
coding a integer into binary values as per the given rule and they ask the
result of equation. ( I not even try to solve as it was so complex )
6. A logical puzzle. Once again a
large passage. The problem is to put Seven types of Birds A,B,C,D,E,F,G into
some amount of cages. They give some restrictions on putting a bird on cages. (I
didn?t answer it. I took some time in solving this puzzle but all in vain. I
got little panic at this time as I consumed about 15 min and only answered 2 out
of 6. )
7. A calendar problem (Thank god?
Easy one, I solved? But once again I took too much time. )
8. i) a2 + b2 = some value ii) ab =
To find the values of a and b
1) statement (1) only
2) statement (2) only
3) Both statement (1) and (2)
4) Either (1) or (2)
5) None of these (Very very
easy?. I got my confidence back.. since it took only about 10 seconds)
9. Conclusion from passage type
problem. Once again a big passage, I apply the a reverse method here i.e., take
a choice and check whether it is true in the passage fortunately I got the 3rd
choice as right?? ( I smell the success at this time)
10. An another conclusion from
passage type problem. It?s also a big passage. But this time fortune is not in
favor of me. I took about 3 minutes and unable to find out the solution?. (I
scold myself at this time as I wasted some precious time)
11. A tree height problem. Present
height is some value and if it grows by 1/20th of its height then what will be
its height in 2 years?. (Easy one and I answered)
12. A Probability type problem.
There are 5 women and 4 men and how many ways . that we can form a group which
contain more women than men.. (I give up this as I didn?t remember the method
that has to apply this type of problem)
13. A figure series problem. (Easy
one but it required a clear frame of mind. I did it)
14. A number pyramid is given and
asked to find out a number in the apex ( Easy and I answered )
15. They given a no with its last
digit as * (unknown value) and ask what value it would be so that it is divided
by 72. (At this time I heard ?Time Up?, Incautiously I made a guess at it. I
don?t know what forces me to guess the answer. But it happened in a flash and
The Satyam People who took charge
this preliminary told that the result will be announced after 6 and also told
that the HR will be tomorrow. I will definitely thank the god for postponing the
HR round. I get dehydrated because of hot climate and feel so weak around 5.
The Climax : With a lot of
enthusiasm all those who appeared in apti gathered in front of the main building
there around 6. But the result is announced only at 7.15. They started to
announce the result college wise. My college is the first. Everyone feel their
heart in their mouth!!! But I, tired by dehydration, lying below a tree there
with some sort of uncertainty.
They announced by name? My
friends put me up and say you get selected da?. I would like to say thanks to
my good friends Magesh and BalaSundaram at this time, who take care of me when I
suffered by dehydration and also pumped me up with the words of consolation.
BOTTOMLINE : Luck is a spoon of sugar. Hard work is a glass of milk. God give
the spoon of sugar to only those who have the glass of milk?. Its really true
even though I wander with various thoughts while answering the question I get
selected and the reason behind that is I worked really hard for apti for the
last 20 days by spending at least 8 hours per day and reap the benefit of those
hard work when it matters?.
I think the Lower cut off is 6 as
one of my friend get selected by answering only 6 questions. My suggestions : To
be honest, I am not good at solving apti. So I worked very hard to get rid of
it. ?HardWork? is the only medicine to cure the disease called
?Failure?. Ya its true.. My success is truly because of my hard and smart
work. So work hard you will definitely reap the benefit.
The Books I followed are
1. Quantitative aptitude by R.S Agarwal
2. Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by R.S Agarwal
3. Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey Filling Up the
After the completion of announcement, we people who are cleared the apti are
asked to gather in a room there and we are asked to fill up the resume form
given by them. In that form they ask about our personal details, reference, and
percentage in 10th, 12th, and degree. There is also some fields for academic
mini-projects , extra-curricular activities and for some additional information.
Be careful while filling up this
form since the question in HR will be based on this. After completing the 2
pages of that Resume form, You are asked to write a essay about 300 pages on the
third page of the form on the topic they give. My Topic is ?Other side is
always look greener?. It is conducted to asses how good we are in English and
also our understanding of the topic.
Other topics are:
1. Growing up in a small town
2. Have you ever struggled for something and end with failure
3. How your friends know you
4. Whom do you want to interview and why
5. Living for working or working for living It was around 9 when they get back
the resume form. We are instructed to be there at 8am, next day for HR. In this
way the most unforgettable day of my life ends. And I went to sleep with
The DAY 2:
We all gathered in 8am. They call us by our reference no and form
various batches. I was designated to Batch 9 and instructed to take my interview
in room no 210. There are 5 students in my batch including me. I was called as
ME: Excuse sir, May I come in
HR: Yes Come in?.. (When I tried to open my mouth to wish good morning to him)
HR: Take your Seat..
ME: Thank you sir?
HR: TamizhVendan.. am I pronouncing correct?
ME: Yes sir, you are right (With a slight smile)
HR: ok TamizhVendan, Tell me about ur family background
ME: I am hailing from a typical middle class family. My father is working as a
accountant in a small retail store
HR: which store ?
ME: Cement store sir
HR: k, continue
ME: My mother is a house wife and I have a younger sister who is doing her first
year in BE ? CSE.
HR: Wats your hobbies?
ME: My Hobbies are Participating Technical Internet Forums, Playing Cricket and
HR: Origami?.! What is it..
ME: It?s a Japanese art of folding paper into creative shapes sir?.
HR: Oho.. How do You learn it?
ME: Sir I was inspired a documentary about origami in National Geographic
channel. Then I surf the net and get a ebook about origami and learn about it
HR: So you learned it by reading those instructions in that book.
ME: Yes sir?
HR: Do you watch Movies?.
ME: Occasionally sir?
HR: Do you watch TV?
ME: Yes sir? I watch roughly about an hour?
HR: What kind of programs do you watch in TV?
ME: News and Cricket sir?..
HR: News?.! Well what is the recent news?
ME: Inflation rate rises to 8.75% which is 7 year high sir?
HR: What is the reason for that??
ME: They are several factors but predominantly they are two. The first one is
the supply Side factors i.e. supply doesn?t meet its demand sir? Another
factor is rise in Crude oil price.
HR: oh!... What is the oil price now
ME: Its 135$ per gallon sir ( I made a mistake here).
HR: gallon?. Are you confident about it?
ME: Yes sir? I am confident about it..
HR: What is gallon?.. ME: It is a measure to scale liquid sir?.
HR: Then what is barrel ? (Now I got that It is barrel but I told it as gallon
ME: It is also a measure sir?
HR: What is mean by m3
ME: meter cube sir? used in volume measurement
HR: what is meant by cc..
ME: Sorry sir?.. I am unaware of this domain sir?
HR: Any other recent news is there?.
ME: There is a debate on IPL sir??
HR: What is it all about?.
ME: Its about whether IPL is a success or not?.
HR: What is your view on it?..
ME: It is a successful one by money wise but it opens a wrong door for younger
HR: Why you say like that?
ME: In T-20 form of cricket you are encouraged to play unorthodox shots which
would fluctuate the techniques of a batsman and it was hard for them to cop up
in one day and Test cricket?..Any one can hit a six sir.. But only very few
have the ability to stand and deliver a good innings in a test match.. So Test
cricket is the only form of cricket which test the techniques and temperament of
a batsman sir..
HR: Whats your favorite subject in Twelfth standard?
ME: Computer Science sir?
HR: Ok TamizhVendan? Can You solve a problem in maths?
ME: Yes sir,,, I can? (He Drew a 28x24 rectangle and ask me to form a box with
large volume by cutting a square of same size in all the four corners)
ME: Sir? Can I take some time to solve this problem?
HR: Take your own time?. (Nothing comes into my mind abt that problem.. but I
pretend like solving that problem)
HR: Do you think can you solve this problem?
ME: Yes sir? I can?. (After some time? I give up and said him sorry sir I
am unable to find the solution for it sir? )
HR: Its ok? Do you think this problem have the solution?
ME: Every Problem has the solution sir?..
HR: But So many problems in the world don?t have solution?
ME: Yes sir? But for those problems that we don?t have the solution in today
may have the solution on tomorrow ?. Its all depend on how we look at it
sir?. HR: yes.. But still there are certain problems that has been proved that
there is no solution for it. ME: Yes sir I accept your view sir?. But those
Exceptions are not examples sir?
HR: Ok.. TamizhVendan?I am Satisfied with your answer? You can go now?
ME: Thank You sir??. (Since its my maiden interview I don?t know whether I
answered properly are not if you find any mistake kindly remind me through
THE PANEL INTERVIEW:
After hr, they conducted a panel interview as an additional round. Around 30
people were selected and I was one among them. I blame myself for the downfall
in this round as I was not prepared for this kind of panel interview. There are
3 people in that panel and each one pick a topic and ask from it. I felt this as
a rapid fire round. It finished in a flash.
Really I struggled to answer the
questions, as they asked almost simultaneously. Finally after 1 week they
announced the result and satyam missed me. I took it as sportive and started to
move towards the next drives???.. I am really open to all your