IBM Complete Recruitment Process

This article gives detailed information on IBM Off-Campus Drive for a freshers job opportunity as Associate System Engineer. Students who have graduated/will graduate to obtain B.E/B.Tech/M.Tech/MCA degrees from all over India are welcome to apply for this job role. In this article, you will understand how to apply for IBM Off-Campus Drive, Test Pattern, Syllabus, and candidate experience.

About the Company- IBM

IBM Logo

IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States, with operations in over 170 countries. The company originated in 1911 as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and was renamed International Business Machines in 1924. IBM is one of the worlds largest employers, with over 380,000 employees. In 2015, IBM was ranked 43rd overall in the Forbes Worlds Most Innovative Companies ranking. In 2017, IBM was ranked 5th in the Forbes Worlds Most Valuable Brand ranking. To get into IBM, one has to go through the IBM Recruitment Process.

Company Website: www.ibm.com

Positions: Associate System Engineer

Experience: Freshers

Salary:

  • BE/ B.Tech/ MCA: INR 4.25 LPA + One-time settling allowance of INR 25000
  • ME/ M.Tech: INR 4.65 LPA + One-time settling allowance of INR 25000

Job Location: Across India

Job roles offered by IBM

Job RoleCTC and Service AgreementSkills required
Associate Systems Engineer

3.2 – 3.6 LPA

2 Years service agreement

Good understanding of operating
systems(OS), computer fundamentals.

Good analytical and problem-solving skills.

IBM Recruitment Process or Selection Process

After applying to the IBM for placement, the candidate has to go through 3 rounds which test his/her employability skill. You can check the detailed IBM Recruitment Syllabus here. The 3 rounds are:

1. Written Test – This round consists of three sections namely, Number series, Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Ability. The total time allotted is 100 mins. This section is designed to test a candidate’s mathematical and communication skill. Almost all companies use such formats to check the analytical level. It is easy to clear this round if you are in touch with your High School Maths and English areas. It is good to gain some practice before the exam.

Practice for the IBM Written Test here.

2. Technical Round – This round is for candidates who clear the written round. The candidate can expect questions on any from the subject of study. Good subject knowledge is required to clear this round. A candidate should have the knowledge of Data structures, algorithms, DBMS, Operating System, Networking, OOPs concepts and a programming language of ones choice. Candidates from branches other than CS should prepare for subjects related to their branch. CS candidates will be tested on coding during the interview. The panel will also be asking questions from the resume, so one should be well prepared with what they have written in their CV. Questions related to puzzles are also asked in this round.

Some common technical questions are mentioned below:

  1. What do you mean by 3NF in DBMS?
  2. What is the operating system?
  3. What is the difference between Java and C++?
  4. What is a pointer?
  5. Tell us more about pointer?
  6. Write about double linked list programs?
  7. What is Join in DBMS?

3. HR Round – For this round, there is no specific pattern, a candidate will have to answer questions based on his/her personal choice, there are no right answers or wrong answers, and it is basically to test ones personality.

Some of the common questions asked are mentioned below:

  1. Tell us something about yourself.
  2. Which is your favourite subject and why?
  3. Why do you want to work for IBM?
  4. Would you be interested in joining any other company?
  5. Would you be comfortable working in shifts?
  6. What subjects have you done in your project?

IBM Eligibility Criteria

The IBM eligibility criteria for freshers is pretty similar to most of the other companies. Have a look at both Graduation and Academic Criteria before applying for the IBM Recruitment Procedure. It is important to note that many companies don’t accept applications if the candidates have less than 65% aggregate during college. Therefore, it becomes essential to maintain an aggregate of 60% with no pending backlogs.

Graduation Criteria

  1. B.E / B.Tech in any discipline (CSE/ECE/IT/EEE/TELECOM/EI).
  2. M.Sc graduates in Computer Science & Information technology are eligible to apply.
  3. MCA graduates are also eligible to apply.
  4. The candidate’s graduation degree should be a Full-Time course recognized by the Central/State Government of India.
  5. Only full-time courses will be considered (Part Time/Correspondence courses will not be considered).

Academic Criteria

  1. The candidate must have more than 65% marks in 10th and 12th (or diploma).
  2. The candidate must have obtained an aggregate of 65% marks in graduation.
  3. A maximum gap of 1 year is permissible after HSC(12th) and not after SSC(10th) or in between semesters of graduation.
  4. All pending backlogs(if any) should be cleared at the time of appearing for IBM selection process.
  5. IBM has a minimum 70% marks requirement across the entire education but this selection criterion varies.

Interview Locations:

Bangalore/ Mysore/ Mangalore/ Belgaum/ Chennai/ Madurai/ Coimbatore/ Trichy/ Nagerkovil /Hyderabad/ Vizag/ Vijayawada/ Tirupati/ Anandapur/ Trivandrum/ Cochin/ Kolkata/ Bhubaneswar/ Pune/ Nagpur/ Mumbai/ Baroda/ Ahmedabad/ Noida/ Panipat/ New Delhi/ Chandigarh/ Bhopal/ Indore/ Jabalpur/ Salem

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduation in 2018/ 2019/ 2020
  • BE/ B.Tech/ ME/ M.Tech/ MCA – 65%/ 6.5 CGPA
  • SSLC/Xth, HSC/ PUC/ XII, Diploma or Equivalent – 60%/ 6.0 CGPA
  • No arrears at the time of application and joining

Eligible Branches:

  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Robotics
  • Information Science
  • Electronics & Communication Engineer
  • Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • Applied Electronics & Instrumentation
  • Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering
  • Electronics Telecommunication Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering

Preferred Expertise:

  • Awareness of basic networking concepts and technologies.
  • Ability to identify basic hardware parts and aware of basic hardware concepts
  • User level familiarity with at least one e-mail client – Outlook, Notes etc.
  • Questioning/probing skills, as relevant to the issue and level of the caller
  • See opportunity and implement process improvements
  • Ability to meet a set of defined account agent productivity measurement
  • Flexibility around working in shifts

Company’s Expectations:

  • Understand the standard mission of the professional group and vision in own area of competence.
  • Accountable for individual or team results. You can contribute by supporting activities that are subject to business measurements, impact customer happiness, or impact immediate costs or expenses.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work across technologies and job locations, based on a business need of the hour.

IBM Recruitment Policies:

  1. If a candidate after applying in IBM, misses the opportunity to give the interview for any reason, then the candidate can apply and attend the selection process again.
  2. If IBM decides to terminate the candidate’s application for any reason, then the candidate becomes ineligible to apply.
  3. If a candidate gets rejected by IBM in the final interview round, then the candidate is ineligible to apply again until a period of 6 months after the interview.
  4. A candidate can apply for the IBM Recruitment Process the second time only after a gap of at least 6 months. The company has the right to cancel the application during that time.

Documents Required (Original and Photocopies):

IBM asks students to upload the following documents in their portal before the final round of selection. The documents required for IBM recruitment process are as follows.

  1. The candidate must produce his/her latest and updated Resume containing all true information.
  2. Government ID Proof with the correct name and Complete Date of Birth i.e., DD/MM/YYYY (as in Aadhar/ PAN Card / Passport / Drivers License / Voters ID)
  3. All Marksheets – 10th, 12th (or diploma), All mark sheets of Bachelor courses.
  4. Other mentioned certificates.
  5. Latest Passport sized photographs of the candidate.

Selection Process:

  • Cognitive Ability Games (Cognify)
  • Learning Agility Assessments
  • English Languages Test
  • Coding Tests
  • Interviews

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IBM Placement Papers, Test Pattern, Syllabus

The previous year IBM easier. These IBM Placement Papers gives you an idea about the IBM test pattern, syllabus, and most expected questions.

IBM Recruitment Process and Test Pattern:

IBM Online Aptitude Test – Sections

The IBM Online Aptitude Test is designed for candidates to check their mathematical capabilities and English verbal and communication proficiency. There are 3 components of this test:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude
  2. Number Series
  3. Business Communication Test – English assessment

Section

Number of Questions

Time Alloted

Quantitative Aptitude

18

40 mins

Number Series

18

40 mins

Verbal Assessment

22

20 mins

Total

58

100 mins

 

Number series & Quantitative Ability section consists of 18 questions each based on topics like series, algebra, time & work, time, speed & distance, arithmetic, percentages, probability, permutation & combination, profit & loss, HCF, LCM, geometry, etc. This section is of a moderate level.

Section

Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude Test

Algebra

Percentages

Time, speed & distance

Profit & loss

Geometry

Time & work

Probability

Permutation & combination

HCF and LCM

 

In these sections, each question has a time limit of 2.15 minutes. If you fail to answer a question within this time limit, then the next question gets displayed on the screen automatically. You need to be very careful while answering these sections. Hence, it is important to understand the pattern and manage your time efficiently to gain maximum marks in the test.

 While taking these tests, it becomes important to be able to solve a particular number of questions so that you are well above the cut-off margin. Since the competition of IBM Online Aptitude Test takers is high, we have evaluated the expected number of questions from each section along with the difficulty level. Have a look at this table to understand the pattern more clearly.

IBM Quantitative Aptitude Topics

Expected number of Question

Level of Difficulty

Profit and Loss

2

Medium

Ratio and Proportion

2-3

Medium

Averages

2

Medium

Geometry

2-3

Hard

Data Interpretation

2

Hard

Time, Speed Distance

1-2

Easy

Algebra

2

Hard

Progressions

1

Medium

IBM Online Aptitude Test – Number Series

Number of Questions: 18

Allotted: 40 mins

The suggested time to solve each question is 2 min 15 secs

Number series is a form of series in which particular numbers are present in a particular order and missing numbers are to find out. A series is solved by a particular number of series tricks, formulas, attitudes of a person. There are various types of series present in the exam. Series can be of many types of Numbers like Natural numbers, Whole numbers, Contagious numbers, etc. A sequence is described as a list of elements with a particular order.

Tricks for solving Number Series Questions:

Number Series puzzles can be solved by various tricks provided by mathematics. After reading a question, check the following:

  1. if all the numbers are prime, even or odd.
  2. If all the numbers are perfect squares or cubes.
  3. If all the numbers have particular divisibility.
  4. If all the numbers are succeeding by some additions or subtraction or multiplications or divisions by a particular number or addition of their cubes and squares.

IBM Online Aptitude Test – Verbal Ability

  • Verbal English section consists of short reading comprehension passages, basic grammar usage questions like fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, paragraph completion, sentence correction, vocabulary, sentence ordering etc. There is also a question on Email Writing.

The IBM Verbal Ability Test is a Business Communication Test which assesses a candidate’s English proficiency. Companies like IBM usually involve tasks which require the employees t conduct meetings and calls with overseas clients. Hence, this test is an important standard for the company to judge a candidate’s English speaking skills. If you are an average English speaker and have graduated from an English medium school, this test should be easy to clear. The IBM verbal test generally revolves around the following base topics:

Section

Syllabus

Verbal Ability

Reading comprehension

Synonyms

Antonyms

Sentence completion

Sentence correction

Vocabulary

sentence ordering

IBM Online Aptitude Test- Overall Cut-Off

SECTION

CUT-OFF (EXPECTED)

Quantitative Aptitude

8-10 marks

Number Series

8-10 marks

Verbal Ability

12-14 marks

 

IBM Interview Questions | Technical and HR Rounds

The IBM Recruitment Process for freshers starts with a written round designed to test a candidate’s mathematical aptitude and English proficiency. A candidate can easily clear this round of the IBM Recruitment Process if he/she is in touch with the fundamentals and basics of their high school Mathematics and English subjects. Also, it is important that the candidate is comfortable with the online computerized format of giving tests.

Advantages of giving Mock Tests:

  • Time Management
  • Immediate result and feedback is insightful
  • A clear idea of one’s preparation status
  • More practice makes online test comfortable to give develops confidence

IBM Written Test is an online test with topics like Quantitative Aptitude, Number Series and Verbal Ability. This test needs to be completed in a time duration of 100 mins.

If you are able to score above the cut-off marks in the IBM Written Test, you will be notified through email or call on the next stage ie Group Discussion or IBM Interview. In case you don’t receive any update, it is advisable to contact your placement head or follow up via email or call.

The next round in the IBM Recruitment Process is the Group Discussion. However, the possibility of this round depends on the number of qualified candidates.  So, this round might or might not take place at your college. Check with your placement cell for more information on this. 

IBM Interview – Technical and HR Round

The IBM Interview is the last stage of the IBM Placement Process and is the final and deciding round for a candidate to convince the company of his/her employability skills. IBM Interview stage generally combines both rounds i.e Technical and HR in just one interview. Make sure you give a good professional impression in this round.

IBM Interview Question – Technical Round

IBM Technical Interview Questions – This round is for candidates who clear the IBM Written Round. The candidate can expect Interview questions on any from the subject of study. Good subject knowledge is required to clear this round. The candidate should have the knowledge of Data structures, algorithms, DBMS, Operating System, Networking, OOPs concepts and a programming language of ones choice.Candidates from branches other than CS should prepare for subjects related to their branch. CS candidates will be tested on coding during the interview. The panel will also be asking questions from the resume, so one should be well prepared with what they have written in their CV. Questions related to puzzles are also asked in this round. Some common technical questions are mentioned below:

  1. What do you mean by 3NF in DBMS?
  2. What is the operating system?
  3. What is the difference between Java and C++?
  4. What is a pointer?
  5. Tell us more about pointer?
  6. Write about double linked list programs?
  7. What is Join in DBMS?
IBM Interview Question – Tips for Technical Round

There is no hard and fast rule for what question will be asked in this round. You can expect any question as this depends entirely on the panel. We can give some insights on some of the IBM Interview Question and answers for freshers:

  • For Computer Science students, be prepared with Data Structure, Algorithms, DBMS, Operating System, Networking, OOPs concepts and a programming language of your choice.
  • For other branch students, be prepared with at least 2 subjects from your branch.
  • Your Resume, for the panel, is the most relevant data about you. Make sure you are aware of whatever you write on the resume as the panel will ask questions from that.
  • The panel will also ask about your final year project (if any). Hence, it is important to be thoroughly aware of the same.

Other Tips to crack IBM Technical Round

This is the first round of IBM Interview Process. There is no hard and fast rule for what question will be asked in this round. You can expect any question as this depends entirely on the panel. We can give some insights on what to prepare:

  • For Computer Science students, be prepared with Data Structure, Algorithms, DBMS, Operating System, Networking, OOPs concepts and a programming language of your choice.
  • For other branch students, be prepared with at least 2 subjects from your branch.
  • Your Resume, for the panel, is the most relevant data about you. Make sure you are aware of whatever you write on the resume as the panel will ask questions from that.
  • The panel will also ask about your final year project (if any). Hence, it is important to be thoroughly aware of the same.

IBM Interview Question – HR Round

For this round, there is no specific pattern, a candidate will have to answer questions based on his/her personal choice, there are no right answers or wrong answers, and it is basically to test ones personality. Confidence, patience, and a smile are the key to clearing this round. It is good to be aware of the most commonly asked questions but it is not advisable to learn the answers by heart. Take some tips but always frame your own answers. Some of the common questions asked are mentioned below:

  1. Tell us something about yourself.
  2. Which is your favorite subject and why?
  3. Why do you want to work for IBM?
  4. Would you be interested in joining any other company?
  5. Would you be comfortable working in shifts?
  6. What subjects have you done in your project?
IBM Interview Question – Tips for HR Round

After the panel is done with asking Technical Question, the discussions will shift to your career plans and milestones, known as the HR Round.

Interview Experiences

#IBM Interview Experience 1

Name: Kiran Tribhuvan

Status: Got selected and accepted the offer

Hello Friends, The interview was a 2 days process.

The very first round was Gaming Round, in which 5 different logical puzzle games were asked. Each game has some set of rules. Based on the given rules, we need to solve the puzzles and earn stars.

Second Round was a psychometric test containing decision making questions. Candidates are instructed to tell agree, slightly agree, Disagree for the questions.

Third Round was Communication Assessment, in which they will provide us a topic and gave three minutes to talk on the topics in English. In this round, they checked our communication skills. 

Final Round was a technical interview, in which they asked me abt My College Project, Computer Network, Linux features, Mainframe, etc. 

#IBM Interview Experience 2

Candidate Name: Aditya (C.S Student)

University: KIIT, Bhubaneswar

Selection Status: Selected

Overall Interview Rating: 4.6/5

The whole process consisted of shortlisting based on an online test. I strongly recommend preparing for “IBM” 1. Aptitude Test 2. English Assessment Test. Concentrate on IBM Latest Question Papers. It was a little difficult to complete all the questions on time so a strategy is important. The good part is there was no negative marking. The overall level of the test was moderate. The Verbal test questions were little tough, I managed to attempt 13 questions successfully there.

The result came out on the same day and I was called for the IBM interview process the next day.

The interview process was well organized. I was among the 103 candidates for the Interview round. I was called after waiting for almost an hour to the panel. there were three seniors ready with my resume. One of them started asking me questions related to SQL(like joins), collections, multi-threading, framework architecture, development process, documentation. I managed to answer most of them with confidence but stumbled on few questions. The second person in the panel then asked me about my favorite programming language. i told them i am proficient in JAVA. He asked some very basic questions there and seemed impressed. Then i was asked some HR questions from the 3rd moderator. Some of the questions I remember are:

  • Tell me something about yourself? 
  • Why do you want to join IBM?
  • What are your limitations? What are you doing to overcome them?
  • How do you rate your Learning skill from 0-10?
  • Did you like the interview experience? What can be made better according to you?

#IBM Interview Experience 3

Candidate Name: Mansi (E.C Student)

University Name: Galgotias University, Greater Noida

Selection Status: Selected

Overall Interview rating: 4.3/5

Hi, my name is Mansi and I did my B.tech in ECE from Galgotias University, Greater Noida. Our campus placement started in September and IBM was one of the first companies to visit our college. The whole Process took 2 long days and around 70 students got placed.

The process started with a written test with questions from Mathematics and English. The Math aptitude was a little tough and required good time management. I was aware of the time issues, therefore, I had given some mock tests so that I could give the test without any pressure. The good thing was that an on-screen calculator was present on the screen. A lot of time got saved because of this addition. The English section was easy. I am an avid English novel reader. This probably helped me attempt this section quickly.

After the exam, we were told to keep checking our emails for the result. The result came at around 7 pm and my name was in the shortlisted candidates list with the interview scheduled the next morning.

The interview round was mostly easy and a lot of us were able to clear it. Since I am from ECE, the panel asked me about my favorite ECE subject to which I responded Electronic Devices. He then asked me why I like it so much and then we started discussing some of these concepts. It was a very comfortable interview overall and felt more like a discussion rather than a stressful interrogation. He also asked some questions like calculation of resistance value and about 555 timer and its pin diagram. The HR questions were also very common like my location preference, relocation thoughts, why do I want to join IT etc. Overall it was an easy experience.

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  • IBM Cognitive Ability Games test Question Answer Paper Sets –
    • In the Cognitive Ability Test, there will be six mini Games.
      • Assess Problem Solving:- Shortcuts
        Gridlock
        Resemble
      • Assess Numerical Reasoning:-
        Tally Up
        Numbubbles
      • Assess Verbal knowledge:-
        Proof it
  • IBM English Language Test Solved Question Answers Paper Sets –
    • Questions on Active/Passive Voice
    • Questions on Fill in The Blanks
    • Spotting Error
    • Spelling
  • IBM Learning Agility Assessment Test Solved Question Answers Paper Sets –
    • Learning Agility Assessment is mainly Psychometric Test.
    • There will be questions from Agree/ Disagree.
  • IBM Coding Test Solved Question Answers Paper Sets –
    • C
    • JAVA
    • C++
    • Python
  • IBM Technical Interview and HR Interview Question Sets –