24 September, 2011

Be proud of the place where you belong!

I felt good after listening to this song. Sharing it for all of you!

Chris Daughtry - "Home"

15 September, 2011

Why do you call yourself a proud engineer?

I am in my final year and I have enough courage to call myself a proud engineer.

Many people though take engineering for granted. They celebrate engineers day with much fervour by listening to inspiring speeches by their principal and teachers citing example of the great engineer, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. But after the show gets over, the inspiration dies down, everybody is back to level 0.

What are the characteristics of a falsely proud engineer?
  1. He has taken up engineering not because he was passionate but to grab up a high paying job.
  2. If he is a CS guy, he calls himself a Hacker, Cracker, or whatever word which sounds cool, but knows nothing about that stuff.
  3. Asking for free stuff online. Sends emails like, "Hey Gaurav!!!....do...you..hav..a..cool..web based..project? I..m in final yr...i need it.. Thnks..in..advance!"
  4. Talking about technical skills, zero! Okay zero, but no urge for knowing techy stuff.
  5. Studying engineering only because their dad was an angry man, and forced them to do so.
... I have a few more points ;)

I don't want to make people sad by writing this. All I want is people to improve. Pride comes internally, right from your heart. You should not be proud just because you have that degree named Bachelor of Engineering. Be proud because you have those engineer skills, that passion for making things right, and that passion for learning new things.
When your principal (or anybody) tells you about some engineering personality, about his inspiring work, his dedication, and passion, don't just sit and listen to it like a boring speech. Instead try to understand what he is telling you, about the expectations from engineers and what the society needs from engineering.

I believe we have great minds. Indian engineers are undoubtedly talented and hardworking. Just that they fail to turn their interest into passion and work. They fail because they succumb to peer and parental pressures. They don't think big, and most of the times have a negative attitude, "mujhse nahi hota" type attitude. My advice - Throw this attitude! If you think you can do something, you will do something!

Now, many people will point at me. They'll say, "Enough talking! Why do you call yourself a proud engineer then?" My answer - Although I have not all the engineering skills, I do have some of them like, being passionate about my area of interest, open to learning new stuff, eager to use my skills to improve something, and "mai kar sakta hu" spirit. That is what makes me proud.

Do you call yourself a proud engineer? If yes, then ask yourself, "Why?"
If you find an appropriate answer, then its good!
If not, then do things which will make you a proud engineer the next time.

With this bang bang, I wish all my proud engineering friends a very Happy Engineers Day! All the best for future!

12 September, 2011

The same old story. Repeated!

So far so good. Ganpati Bappa Morya!

What the...

Oh God! Please give some brain to our citizens. All have empty pots in their heads.

I have only one word for our citizens - Shamless!
Look what they did last year

08 September, 2011

Infosys Campus Recruitment - My Experience

Yesterday I got selected in Infosys. Just thought of sharing my experience here so that students might find it helpful.

Their process of selection was simple - Reasoning Test, English Test, Interview.
The Reasoning test consisted of 30 questions to be solved in 40 minutes. The questions were simple (some of the question were lengthy though). It consisted of questions of type - Data Interpretation, Speed Time & Distance, Profit Loss, Cube Painting problems. There were very few math questions.

The English test comprised of 40 questions to be solved in 35 minutes. The types of questions were - mostly correcting wrong sentences. There were two passages, one was quite long, which was written in slightly difficult English (the context was Biblical - God, Satan, and Jupiter as our future Sun). There were a lot of fill-in-the-blank questions too (pick the correct word based on context).

Out of about 900 people who appeared from 5 colleges, about 145 were shortlisted for interviews.

Then came the interview,

Me : May I come in Sir?
Him : Yes, please come in.
Me : Good afternoon Sir, (told him my name). Here is my resume.
Him : (After going through my resume) What happened in 3rd and 4th semesters, you scored less?
Me : I honestly told him that I could not study well because of (blah blah) problems.
Him : Hmm.. you have to keep your problems aside when it comes to study and work. Did you work hard to improve upon your percentage?
Me : Definitely, if you go through the scores of later semesters, I've scored better than the previous ones.
Him : What about your programming skills? What is the difference between C and C++?
Me : (I thought.. what an easy question!) The major difference is that C++ is an OO language whereas C is a procedural language. Sir, regarding my programming skills, I along with 4 students built a project named Virtual 8085; which is an interpreter for the 8085 assembly language. I played a major role in programming part of that project.
Him : Good. (He saw my aptitude paper and said) Your reasoning part is quite weak. You must improve your logical reasoning, it is a must in programming. Keep on learning...(told me that we should always learn, that he is so old and still learning from we younger people).
Me : Definitely I'll work on that. Sir.
Him : Who is the current CEO, and the current Chairman of Infosys?
Me : (Told him)
Him : What is the punch line of Infosys?
Me : (Told him)
Him : (He asked me about my mom and dad)
Me : (Told him honestly)
Him : Thank you, and all the best (shook hands with me)
Me : Thank you Sir!

Thats all!
From about 145 candidates shortlisted, about 125 were selected.

Remember that before you enter the interviewer's cabin go through all the details of Infosys, its key people, and all other stuff. Expect very easy technical questions (very very easy), and questions based on your project, and scenarios like "what will you do if you have 1 crore rupees?, how will you organize a cultural event?". Those who were very bad in English, scared, not looking confident, ill dressed, were rejected. Interview was quite easy. It is easy to get into Infosys! :)

I hope this is helpful!

And yes, thank you CrazyEngineers for your free mock aptitude tests and interview tips - It helped me a lot :)