CTS Job Placement Paper
Paper Type : General - Interview
Test Date : 7 January 2007
Test Location : David memorial College, Hyderabad
CTS INTERVIEW ON 7th JANUARY AT HYDERABAD
Here is Nagarjuna Reddy, completed MCA from Osmania University , Hyderabad .
Just undergone the recruitment process with Cognizant Technology Solutions
(CTS) and got selected finally. This is just my second attempt for JOB.
Prior to this, Iíve attended the TCS process and been rejected in the HR
interview. The important dates for me with CTS were as followsÖ
Hall Ticket Received: 01/01/2007 .
Written test: 06/01/2007 . Results announced: same day.
Interview: 07/01/2007 .
Final results announced: 11/01/2007 .
And now Iím here to share my CTS experiences with all of you and to give
some important points to get into CTS by cracking the recruitment process.
The process with CTS is as usual. First of all, written test and then the
Tech+HR round of interview. Strictly speaking friends, for the written test,
we need not require preparation at all. If we just go through the type of
questions that we may face in the test, by following the previous papers,
its more than enough to say. I.e. we should prepare our self to expect such
type of questions in the written test. As for myself is concerned, Iíve
prepared for just one day for the written test and one more day for the
interview. This one-day too more than enough for us, provided you are good
Merit Trac, a consultancy for conducting such aptitude tests on behalf of
CTS, conducted the written test. When we enter into the test hall, weíll be
given an answer sheet. In that, we need to fill some details like our
academic career percentages (Semester wise), strengths, hobbies, software
proficiency and expectations from CTS etc details. To know about all these
details clearly, go through some of the papers available on this great job
Based on the details that Uíve provided here, Uíll be assigned to various
panels in the interview, if youíve cleared your written. And I recommend you
to be cautious while writing the software that you know under the software
orientation column, since in the interview, youíll be asked questions from
these subjects only.
So, its recommended to go to the written test by preparing answers for all
these questions in good English, because, this is going to serve a lot in
the further proceedings with CTS. The same answer sheet will be there with
the CTS people until you receive your offer letter. Even in the interview,
one of my friend has faced one situation. The conversation is..
Int: how many marks you are expecting from your written test?
Friend: I canít say exactly, but it may just cross the cutoff, i.e 35 or 36.
Int: No, Weíll be selecting you based on the explanations that youíve given
in the answer sheet for our questions. Further we donít have any cutoff
marks for the written test. (Even though it is not true that no cutoff, but
there can be a minimal cutoff of 20 to 25 depending on your academic record,
I personally think)
See friends, how much importance is there for those explanations in the
And coming to the interview section:
Mine was asked questions from JAVA mainly. Those who donít know JAVA can
leave that particular section of my interview experience. No need to worry
about it. On that day, there are 15 interview panels totally, each
consisting of only one member. Our interviews were held in the Vanenburg IT
Park auditorium. Itís a surprise for us, since we expected that the
interviews will be conducted in the cabins, but it didnít happened for us.
Coming to my interview part, everybody says that, it is tech + HR interview.
But mine was asked only Tech questions in the interview. Not even a single
HR question, since Iím an MCA, I think and also depending on the panel
member. So, itís better to be prepared to face even such kind of interviews,
in advance. The entire conversation was as follows.
Int: (As soon as I go to him n wished) take your seat Mr. Nagarjuna Reddy.
Tell me about yourself
Me: (Routine question) done.
Int: what r Ur negative points?
Me: told all the Ėve points as it is, which Iíve written in the answer sheet
of my written test without any mistakes. (while Iím giving answer for this
Qís, the interviewer is keep looking at my answer sheet. It means, those CTS
people are cross checking the answers in the interview)
Int: you are an MCA, so you may have done your project work. Tell me about
the software that Uíve used for that.
Me: the title of my project isÖÖÖ and Iíve developed it using servlets n JSP
technologies of J2EE.
(As soon as I given this answer, he started posing questions from Java and
Int: what is a servlet?
Int: what is a web server?
Me: done n also told about BEA weblogic n Tomcat web servers.
Int: where weíll place the war file in Tomcat?
Me. The name of the folder is Ďapplicationsí
Int: in Tomcat................? But what abt weblogic?
Me: (got confused that time n told) Ďapplicationsí is in weblogic and I
donít remember it for Tomcat.
Int: what is the life cycle of servlet?
Me: done. (Told abt init(), service(), destroy() )
Int: when the destroy() will be called?
Me: given wrong answer. (by observing his facial expressions) Iím not sure
Int: when the doGet() and doPost() methods will be used?
Me: sorry, Iím not getting it now, and Iím sorry to say that Iíve forgotten
Int: what is HttpServlet and GenericServlet?
Int: what is JSP?
Me: done. (thatís all about questions regarding my project work n JAVA, then
he jumped into C++)
Int: what are the differences between C++ and JAVA?
Me: (Myself keep telling the main differences. But heís asking new questions
from my each answer) Machine independence, pure object oriented, Byte code
(when I told a difference, he is keep on asking some more questions on that.
Those questions are likeÖÖ).
Int: How can you say that C++ is not pure object oriented and JAVA is pure
Int: what is byte code? And what is the extension of this file?
Me: done. (Also I told that C++ will produce an executetable file with the
Int: is Ď.exeí the extension of C++ executable file? No, its not.
Me: No, Iím sure about it. (Said confidently and stressed it)
Int: what are OOPS concepts?
(friends! an unexpected incident happened here while giving answer for this
Q. My mobile was kept on ringing as Iíve forgotten to switch it off. Iíve
taken it out immediately. Then the interviewer asked me to switch off the
Int: what is compiler and interpreter?
Int: which type of language JAVA is? Whether it is compiled lang or
Me: told that JAVA is both compiled and interpreted language. (some more
discussion over it)
Int: what is overloading n overriding?
Me: done with examples on the paper. (This is all about C++ and JAVA)
Int: what is DBMS?
Int: what are the types of DBMS?
Me: told abt DBMS, RDBMS, ORDBMS.
Int: which type of DBMS is Oracle?
Me: told about the versions like, Oracle 8i Ė RDBMS, Oracle 9i Ė ORDBMS.
Int: is Oracle a DBMS or RDBMS or ORDBMS?
Me: Prior to 8i version, all are DBMS only, I think.
Int: what is the difference between Join and Union ?
Me: Not given exact difference. He was not satisfied with my answer. Then he
left the topic by not continuing questions on it. (Thatís all about DBMS)
Int: what is OSI?
Me: (felt little bit confused with ISO and OSI, and given wrong answer but
given the correct answer after some struggle).
Int: what are the layers of OSI?
Me: told all the layers without any problem.
(Also the interviewer asked me some more questions from Operating Systems
lilke, memory mngt, Paging, Demand Paging, Deadlocks, necessary n prevention
conditions, Thrashing etc. No need to worry about. All are basic questions
Int: (Finally) OK. You can leave.
Me: thank you. (and started back, but myself prepared to ask some questions
and turned back to him) when can I expect the results of this interview?
(even though it is not the question that I wanted to ask him.)
Int: our coordinators will say you. Ask them.
One more funny incident happened here friendz! while Iím coming back after
completing my interview, the interviewer called me back and asked the
Int: Youíve specified that smoking is one of your negative point. How it can
Me: (As Iíve earned Masters Degree in giving lecture on this topic, I
continued saying like this) Even from my child hood, I used to ask everybody
not to smoke. But as the days are passing on, Iíve started smoking two years
ago. Initially, I used to smoke a cigarette for 2 to 3 weeks, later it
became 1 for every week, and now Iíve been smoking a cigarette on every
alternate day. So, when I compare my present opinion with that of my
childhoodís, definitely it is a negative point in me. (He seems to be
convinced with my explanation, but friendz, this answer didnít fetch me the
job. This is just like a conversation between both of us. Remember that)
This is all about my interview pals. Here, the surprise for me is, during
the whole conversation, I was not at all asked any HR questions, even though
Iíve prepared a lot for it, and even the duration was 35 mins for me. But
for every others, it was just 15 to 20 mins on an average on that day.
I was little bit curious over the final result. The results were announced
after 4 days. Butt with Godís grace and sufficient luck in this early New
Year, I got selected finally. I think that, I was selected since I was been
tested in almost all technical subjects.
So, no need to be panic of interviews friends. We should be as cool as we
can. In the interview, we should feel that we are been discussing with our
friends. No more formalities, no sirs, no madams. All those are not really
required and also they donít expect us to salute them with the words
SIR/MADAM. Even if you are not comfortable with any salutation, you can call
them with their name or with the word ĎBossí. Remember it.
I think, this info will help at least some of you aspirants.
Be optimistic always n hope for the best,
Wishing all aspirants of CTS, a good luck.