I have attended the virtusa off campus recruitment drive in Hyderabad on May 21st 2010. I just want to share with you the exam pattern and few questions in the paper. There are 3 stages in the placement process:1)written exam 2)technical interview 3)HR Interview. I will discuss with you on what to expect in the written exam. And I have no knowledge on what is being asked in the interviews as I just needed to clear the written exam and I have done it successfully!!!!!As I am already on an internship in virtusa..i did not have to attend the interviews. So the written exam consists of 5 sections:
1. verbal ability
2. Analytical and logical reasoning
3. Attention to detail
4. C and Data structures
5. Learning capability.
1.verbal ability: In this section, be thorough with the usage of articles(a, an , the). Eg:I met him_____year ago.
2. Know the difference between effect and affect.
3.Be good with prepositions(basic stuff)
There is also a comprehension passage but attempt this later. First complete the rest and at the last come back to this passage. There are 25 questions and you have to answer them in 20 minutes. So make sure you maintain a decent pace right from answering the first question. That’s the key.
4. She’s so shy that she won’t even_____you in the face
Options given are: see, watch, look, glimpse
5.I hope I_______reach home before it gets dark
Options given are: will, can, should, must
6.by the time the movie_______i was feeling sleepy
Options given are:completed,finished,over,ended
7. Neither of the sisters________for the mother
Options: cares, care, looafter, watch\
8.______among the stars is your favourite
Ans: who(not whom)
These are the few questions I remember. There was also this passage on The ban of soft drinks and stuff. Attempt this at the last even though it is easy. Be sure to score well in this section as it is indeed scoring.
2.Analytical and logical reasoning: This is comparatively one of the tough sections. The trick here is the first few questions might not strike you at the first instance. But don’t worry…just go to the questions which you know and then come back to the unanswered. This section contains 25 questions and the time is 30 minutes.
What to expect:
1)questions from blood relations, puzzles.
Questions are like…200 people drink coffee and 110 drink tea and 250 drink both. So how many people drink coffee only and tea only and stuff like that(do refer R S AGARWAL for all these topics)
2. there are 4 Mondays and 4 Fridays in the month of January. So on what day of the week would be the 24th?
Questions from cubes like cutting a particular number of cubes and colouring them and questions on the faces uncoloured and stuff. Problem on probability(simple). Be good with venn diagrams also.
3.Attention to detail: This section contains 20 questions and 20 minutes. Easiest of all the sections but having said that you need to put your focus on them properly.
1. 44556677 44556678 44556677
Are all the above same?or 1 and 2 are same? Or 1 and 3 are same? Or neither are same?
Atleast 5 questions will follow the same pattern.
Then comes mathematical operations. Eg:+ stands for -,/ stands for *,- stands for /. Then perform the following operation:25+32-6*7/8
Atleast 5-6 questions follow the same pattern. But there is a twist here. There are 2 questions here which will make u slog around and work out all the options. So leave those 2 lengthy questions for your own good and work the rest. They expect you to work on those questions and leave the rest. So don’t do that. The rest all questions are easy, provided you haven’t made any silly mistakes out of over confidence. I do that on a regular basis.
4.C and Data structures: This is the lengthiest of all the sections and you need to be smart here. 40 questions in 40 minutes. There are few questions on c but many on data structures. First be good at basics of c (format specifiers, pointers, arrays, conditional operator, relational and logical operator)
1.which of the following is stable?
Options(selection sort, insertion sort, both of them, neither of them)
Be good at the applications of stacks and queues. There will be few theory bits, so try to score more on them. They will give many code snippets and u need to compute the output. Leave the lengthy programs as they are given to waste your time. The trick here is go for the theory and small programs bits.
5. Learning capability: Here they will give a passage for you to read for 15 minutes and then will snatch away the papers and will give you another paper which contains questions on the passage you have read. They won’t allow you to note points while reading the passage. So just read the passage, get the theme of it, remember the abbreviations used, and try to remember the entire passage.(not so tough and not even easy). You will have to answer 10 questions in 10 minutes.
On the whole:
Nobody expects you to answer all the questions correctly. So just do not waste time in questions you don’t know or are lengthy. Trust me as their main intention is to waste your time and divert your attention to lengthy questions. Don’t fall into that trap. The main trick is try to answer as many as you can in the 4 sections ( verbal , analytical, learning, attention to detail). These are the 4 sections that are scoring . Coming to C and data structures, it is a very important section and try to answer atleast 55-60% of the questions correctly as there might be a sectional cutoff here. On the whole, there are 120 questions and if you ask me, I would say answering correctly something above 70 will always place you in the probables (that’s why I said score maximum in those 4 sections but beware of the sectional cutoff in c and data structures). The exam might be sapping for you to sit through 2 hours and 15 minutes and some might have issues with your concentration levels dropping but keep control of it. And sometimes your mind becomes blank when there are consecutively 10 -15 questions which u can’t answer, many people lose the plot here and screw up the questions which they know with tension. Don’t be a victim of it. Keep moving boldly even if u can’t answer many. That will do the trick!!!!!!!!Love you all and do well!!!!!!! And please do study RS Agarwal (verbal and non verbal reasoning)This book will surely help you.
P.S The exam will be conducted by MERITRAC on behalf of Virtusa and they will at their level best try to distract you with their shit talking in between. Don’t pay any heed to it and carry on!!!!!