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SDE - 1
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2 rounds | 3 Coding problems
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Preparation
Duration: 5 months
Topics: Data Structures and Algorithms, Arrays, Graphs and Trees, Pointers, OOPS, System Design, Algorithms, Dynamic Programming, Constructive Algorithms, Competitive Programming
Tip
Tip

Tip 1 : Try to keep yourself involved in competitive programming on regular basis
Tip 2 : Brush up concepts on DSA and practice at least all questions from Interviewbit and around 300 questions of upto intermediate level, this will help you in building your concepts and you will be quickly able to answer the questions in face to face interviews
Tip 3 : Complete some courses on data structures and algorithms and some programming languages{coding ninjas courses are preferable for valuable content}

Application process
Where: Campus
Eligibility: above 6.5 CGPA, eligible branches- computer science, electronics and electrical
Resume Tip
Resume tip

Tip 1 : Try to keep only those things in resume on which you have very good command and you should be able to answer all of the questions(upto moderate level) related to your technical skills
Tip 2 : Mention your projects with brief description, try avoiding very high level description because some times reader might not be able to understand your work, keep it descriptive and understandable

Interview rounds
01
Round
Medium
Online Coding Interview
Duration120 minutes
Interview date5 Oct 2020
Coding problem2

This was an online coding, MCQ and debugging round round held on AMCAT platform, there were 3 sections in the test.
1) 20 MCQ questions {10 involving mathematics and the other 10 on programming fundamentals}; duration:20 mins;
you cannot navigate back to a questions after moving further, so have to answer carefully
2)debugging section- it involved 7 questions which were to be completed within 20 mins, 5 of them were very easy, each question only took almost a minute to figure out the problem with the code, last 2 questions were relatively moderate and there were errors at 3-4 sections of the entire code. I was able to solve all the questions in 15 mins
3)2 Coding questions- duration:80 mins, one was moderate on string while the other one involved dynamic programming, I was able to successfully execute all the available test cases.

1. Smallest Window
Moderate
10m average time
90% success
0/80
Asked in companies
GoogleHSBCSnapdeal

You are given two strings S and X containing random characters. Your task is to find the smallest substring in S which contains all the characters present in X.

Example:

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2. Minimum Sum in matrix
Moderate
15m average time
85% success
0/80
Asked in companies
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)OlaInfosys

You are given a 2D matrix ‘ARR’ of size ‘N x 3’ having integers, where ‘N’ is the number of rows.

Your task is to find the smallest sum possible while taking one element from each row.

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02
Round
Hard
Video Call
Duration45 minutes
Interview date5 Nov 2020
Coding problem1

The interview started with introduction, there were two interviewers, they both introduced themselves and then asked me to introduce myself. Then we had a brief description on my projects, and they really appreciated my projects. 

Then as they were more concerned with DSA part, so we moved towards solving a coding problem. It was a famous rotten oranges problem with some change in language but as I haven't seen it beforehand, I wasn't able to give them an optimal approach and had to ask for some hints, but with a certain amount of help and hints, I was able to solve the problem and successfully coded it in 5 mins. 

Then the interviewers went for a dry run of the algorithm and tried to run it on each and every corner case, but as my algorithm was kind of bullet proof, it successfully passed all the corner cases.


Then they went for some questions on OOPS concepts involving inheritance and we had a long discussion on virtual function and runtime polymorphism. Then the interview was ended after a Q/A round that lasted for 3-4 minutes.

1. Rotten oranges problem
Moderate
20m average time
78% success
0/80
Asked in companies
SamsungMicrosoftAmazon

You have been given a grid containing some oranges. Each cell of this grid has one of the three integers values:

  • Value 0 - representing an empty cell.
  • Value 1 - r...
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