Name: Mrityunjaya Parasar
B.Tech (IT), Working for 5 years in CTS.
Place: Kolkata (ER Region)
There were 4 Panelist including the Regional Director as the head of the panel.
Interview started around 2:40 PM and lasted for 15 min.
Head: Why your surname is not Sinha? (My Father’s Name is Binay Kumar Sinha)
Head: You know Sanskrit? (As I mentioned it in my CV)
Me: It was there during my school.
Head: Why you want to leave CTS? Don’t you like it?
Me: Explained: I want to serve people of India and I want to do that being among. Though I am paying taxes (All laughed)
Now he passed it to one of the other 3 panelists…He was Physics professor (looked like)
P1: (After reviewing my resume) What is the meaning of Cognizant?
Me: Answered Excellence. Then he interrupted me, what? I replied again saying Excellence, Knowledge
P1: Do you remember Physics?
Me: A little bit. I can give it a try.
P1: What is light?
Me: Could not remember sir.
P1: What is Polarised light?
Me: Sorry sir
P1: The material used for transmission of electricity
Me: Fumbled, asked if you want to ask me the outer layer of the wire sir?
P1: No No. The material: Metal or Non-Metal?
Me: I said Non-Metal (At this point of time I was thinking that I need to answer the cover of electric wire)
P1: Then how electricity flows?
Me: Sorry sir, I thought you are asking abtou the outer layer. Answer should be Metal sir: Copper
P1: Why copper?
Me: Because it’s a good conductor of electricity.
P1: Why good conductor of electricity?
Me: Because it has free electrons in the outermost layer sir
P1: Then it must be electrically charged.
Me: Fumbling again: said sir it’s not electrically charged because it is found as Cu2.
He passed it to the next. (the most horrible panelist of my panel. She was a lady with vast knowledge of everything it seemed)
P2: (after looking at my resume). Who is the father of Information Technology?
Me: Sorry Ma’m……I don’t know
P2: Who is Shanon?
Me: Sorry Ma’m I don’t know
P2: He developed a mathematical formula for Information. Tell me?
Me: Sorry Ma’m
P2: What is the unit of information?
Me: Are you asking about the unit for datait should be Byte.
P2: No there is another unit.
Me: The smallest unit is Bit.
P2: Yes. Now tell me the parts of Information.
Me: If you want to ask me about the hardware involved (I stopped. And thought what am I saying. She is asking about the information). Information has 3 parts: Sender, Medium and the Receiver.
P2: And what about source?
Me: By saying Sender. I wanted to convey Source only.
She passed it to P3 (An English professor)
P3: Do you enjoy working at Cognizant?
Me: Yes sir. I do.
P3: Do you get time for reading books.
Me: No sir. I don’t like it. I work in Night shift so I don’t get much time for it.
P3: So what u do in your free time?
(It seemed he wanted to ask me about some novel, but as I already surrendered he could not ask)
Me: I play Carrom..Carrom Board (I mentioned it as my hobby)
P3: What is it? Carrom or Carroms?
Me: Carrom sir
P3: Are u sure?
Me: Yes sir. Carrom
P3: Have you heard about Neutron Bomb. What is the difference between Neutron Bomb and Atom Bomb (He bombed me by asking this. As if he was there to nail me, if no novels then Bomb)
Me: (I thought how many times I will say Sorry sir. I don’t know and thought of elaborating Neutron) I started explaining about neutron
P3: (He caught me) He said leave it. It means you don’t know anything about Neutron Bomb. Tell me the difference between Atom Bomb and Hydrogen Bomb.
Me: answered: fission and fusion reaction
P3: Ok. Now he gave me a notebook with couple of sentences (6-7) written. He said to read it louder and identify if there is any error. If present correct it.
Me: I tried: later thought I might be wrong on 1-2 sentences.
Now he passed it to the Chairman.
Head: You like watching Cricket. How is India doing in Bangladesh?
Me: Indian team is not doing good sir.
Head: Hmm… they are 2-0 down in the series. Who is the star performer of the Bangladesh team?
Me: Mushtfir Rahim
Me: Mushtafir Rahman
Head: hmm.. Mushtafizurr Rahman. And how about Virat Kohli?
Me: He is not doing good from last few matches.
Head: Do you think he should be made Captain?
Me: Sir, as I am from Jharkhand, I back Dhoni and also he has proved it
Head: Yeah, I also think so. Ok, tell me the Coastal States of India?
Me: Starting from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa (pause) Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, WB
Head: Are you sure u have not left any?
Me: Sir I left one: Karnatka (Every one laughed)
Head: Ok. Thanks. You can leave
Me: Thank You sir