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National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)

Package offered (CTC): 8 lpa

Bond: 1+3 yrs
Procedure: CV shortlisting based on Department Rank and finally PI.

Interview 1:
1) Tell me about you and your family?
2) Why your CPI is low in first two semesters?
3) Tell me about your Internship and projects?
1. Your area of interest?
2. How do you detect a problem in the machine? (Vibrations and sound)
3. How to measure the vibrations and what causes vbrations?
4. Now a days, Fluid coupling is being used in automatic trasmission engines (gear less). What is the
5. Various furnaces and where are they used?
6. Draw the complete diagram of a power plant.

Interview 2:
1. Family background?
2. You have a year drop?
3. Sat for any company prior to this?
4. Where did you do schooling?
5. General awareness questions including recent happenings like IPCC Copenhegen meet?
6. Briefly tell your intern experience?

Favourite Subject: Thermodynamics, powerplant engineering.
1. Explain atomisation?
2. Explain detonation in IC engine?
3. Difference between SI and CI engine?

4. Explain complete Rankine cycle?

5. Explain how does a power plant looks like from outside?
6. Explain main contents of emission?
7. Different types of carbon?
8. Explain types of pumps?

Interview 3:
Similar as above mentioned questions.

1. What is super-charging in IC engines?
2. What are hypoid and herring-bone gears?
3. Working and design of a differential gear.
4. What is the problem if wet steam reaches the turbine?
5. Maximum work output is available from which turbine? High, intermediate or low pressure turbine?
6. What energy cycle is used in aeroplanes?

Interview 4:
HR:1) Tell me about yourself and your family background.
2) Why do you want to join NTPC?
3) What is your biggest achievement as of now?
4) What you have done in your summer intern, Explain.
Technical:1) What is 1st and 3rd law of thermodynamics?
2) Draw the schematic of a typical thermal power plant and explain its various componets.
3) Explain Refrigeration cycle and COP.
4) What is knocking?
5) What is the difference between two stroke and four stroke engine?
6) What is interference in gears and how do you avoid it.
7) Questions related to velocity compounding and pressure compounding.
8) What types of turbines are used in modern power plants?
9) Which cycle is used in power plants?
10) How do you increase the effiency of a typical power plant?

Interview 5:
Favourite Subject: Thermodynamics, powerplant
1) Explain atomisation?
2) Detonation in IC engine?
3) Difference between SI and CI engine?
4) Complete Rankine cycle?
5) How does a power plant looks like from outside?
6) Main contents of emission?
7. Different types of carbon?
8. Types of pumps?

Interview 6:
Tell me your field of interest: Power Plant Technology.
1) What is the cycle used in power plant?
2) Attemperation - have you heard of?
3) Explain Reheat, Regeneration, cycle diagrams and closed feedwater heaters (to show in diagrams)?
4) You have a good CPI nd a paper would you go for MS?
5) I see you have a good % in 10th nd 12th - cat giving weightage - you wrote it? - NO
6) Ok, but after some years you will be placed in management related post, it will help u den?
7) No industrial interns?
8) Tell me wat type of turbines are used in NTPC?
9) Difference b/w PPs in India nd USA (say) technology?
10) what is more closely related to work done - entropy or enthalpy?
11) Write the formula for dual cycle efficiency?
12) Any idea of recent development work going on in NTPC?
13) Any choice of place?


Package offered (CTC): 7.6 lpa

Bond: 3 yrs
Procedure: CV shortlisting based on Department Rank and finally PI.

Interview 1:
1) Tell me about yourself?
2) What you have learnt at home, school and college?
3) What other people think about you?
4) Why you want to join IOCL?
5) Any company you sat prior to IOCL? (Mention technical)
6) Any companies you will sit if not selected?
7) Who motivated you the most in your life?

1) Difference between a pump and a compressor?
2) How would you increase the height in a pump at home given a single pump?
3) What is specific speed?
4) Draw performance charecteristic curves for pump?
5) How would you know which type of pump is to be used?
6) Differentiate between radial and axial flow pump?
7) What is the mechanism of heat exchange in a boiler in power plant?
8) What are the ways to strenthen the materials?
9) Expain normalizing and annealing?
10) Types of stailness steel?
11) How does turbine works?
12) What are the problems in turbine?
13) What is condensor turbine?

Interview 2:
1) Tell me about yourself.
2) Before coming to iit did u decided to join Public sector? and why do you think public sector is better

than private sector.

3) Would u like to work on-site or in office and why?

NTPC Project:
1) What kind of treatment is done to reservoir water before sending it in to boilers?
2) Different type of fans uses in plant?
3) What do you mean by air-pretreatment?
4) What are the characteristics properties that can be controlled at the compressor valve?
1) Variation of Viscosity w.r.t Temperature and why it is use in bearings?
2) In planing m/c is job moving or the tool and why?
3) Differences b/w horizontal and vertical plain m/c?
4) What is rake angle and what is its purpose?

Interview 3:
1) Why IOCL?
2) Why this sector?
3) Family Background
4) What is the reason behind the year drop after class XII?
5) Strengths and weakness?
6) Your contribution to the campus?
7) Life in guwahati
8) Sudden increase in your performance index?

1) Courses taught in 6th semester?
2) How roughness is measured?
3) How tolerances are designated?
4) Explain Rankine cycle?
5) Explain Brayton cycle?
6) Different Heat exchangers? Fin Effectivness?
7) Your contribution to the campus?

Package offered (CTC): 5 lpa
Procedure: Mental ability test followed by technical test and finally PI.
Mental Ability Test: 75 Questions in 30 Mins. It was a basic IQ Test.
Technical Test: 50 Questions in 30 Mins. Questions were from all the subjects.

Interview 1
1. Different types of engines and what is the mechanism?
2. Explain Vapour and steam turbine cycle?
3. What is combustion chamber?
4. What is knocking and how do you reduce it.

Interview 2
1. Briefly tell me about your schooling. Where did you do it?
2. Tell me about your family background.

1. What are your favourite subjects? - Thermodynamics
2. What are 1st, 2nd and 3rd laws of thermodynamics?
3. What else have you read in thermodynamics?
4. Explain Rankine Cycle with block diagram.
5. What other subjects have you read? - Fluid Mechanics
6. What is Bernoulli's Theorem?
7. Name all the terms in Bernoull's Equation.
8. What other topics have you prepared? - Stress Strain Curve
9. Draw Stress Strain Curve for Mild Steel.
10. If in diagram you cannot see from where the plastic region start then how will you find out yield
11. Why do we use carbon in steels?
12. Define different type of steels based on carbon content.

Interview 3
Favorite topic - Power plant engineering.
1) Block diagram of the plant cycle.
2) Pressures and temperatures at various points.
3) Effect of alloying elements like Molybdenum, Vanadium, Silicon etc
4) Concentration of stainless steel?

Interview 4:
1. Informational questions: Jee Rank, Departmental Position
2. Family Background?
3. Schooling?
4. How was Kota life?
5. What type of job you would prefer--Field work or Computer one or
6. Detailed analysis of Extra curriculars.
7. Life in Guwahati?

1. What is your most favourite subject? - Thermodynamics.
2. What do you know in thermodynamics?
3. Draw a detailed Rankine cycle P-V and T-S diagram along with block diagram and explain calculation
part of efficiency.
4. Where the Rankine cycle is used?
5. Design consideration of boiler parts?
6. Metal or alloys used in construction of boiler in detail and how they are chosen?
7. Name some of the alloys you know?
8. A long derivation of control mass approach to Bernoulli equation.
9. Explain Navier Stoke's equation?
10. Types of Heat exchangers?
11. Some questions from technical test they have taken
12. Specific speed: definition?
13. Specific number analysis on pump coefficient, power coefficeint, head coefficent and its variation
with rotational speed.
14. Different types of pumps?

Interview 5:
Tell me abt your schooling?
1. Tell me the area in which you are confident? - Materials and turbomachinery.
2. Choose one of them. - Materials
3. Tell me all the things you know in Materials. - Steel alloys, Heat treatment, methods of incresing the
4. List different alloying metals?
5. What happens when Molybdenum is added?
6. What happens when Manganese is added?
7. Where do you use managenese practically? (Spring Steels)
8. Draw the helical spring and tell different parameters which affect its stiffness?
9. Draw mating spur geras and tell the factors which affect the efficiency?
10. Quickly Draw Iron carbide diagram.

Mahindra and Mahindra (Automotive sector)

Package: 3.6 lpa ctc + 1 year house rent.

Round 1: Technical and general awareness written test (Questions related to automobile sector like CEO
of company).
Round 2: HR
Round 3: PI

Technical Written:
Few questions from machine design, manufacturing, material science, app. thermo etc.

HR Round:
Some group activites like virtual volley ball.

Interview 1: Student applied for R&D

Favourite subject: Manufacturing
1) Difference b/w jig and fixture?
2) Explain Rake angle, tool bit?
3) Manufacturing process for gear tooth profile
4) Crabkshaft is made of what and why?

5) Exact value of Carnot efficeincy?

6) Explain hokes's law and stress-strain diagram.
7) Describe knocking in CI engine.
8) Questions on welding.

Interview 2: Student applied for sales and marketing.

1. Hobbies: Ans Hockey, so cross questioned, asked technical details about hockey.
2. Why manufacturing?
3. Any event organised?
4. Why sale and marketing instead of manufacturing?
5. Will you be able to work in a place far of from your home where they dont even speak your language?
6. Why a very low CPI and backlogs?
7. Questions fron CV and the form filled.
1. Questions on minor projects done during the machine design course (as it was mentioned in resume)
and second year work shop.
2. BTP(on welding),most of the questions were asked like types of welding, why solid state weling,
difference between MIG and gas welding,which welding used mostly in car manufacturing, why spot
welding instead of continous welding, what'll happen when two metal sheets are welded with gas
welding(butt welded).
3.IC engines: Difference between two stroke and four stroke,types of cooling system(explain the
working),coolant used,why two stroke are not used these days and four stroke is used, between cam
shaft and crank shaft which runs faster and why,in which direction does the crank shaft rotates in an

Tata Motors
Package offered: 4 lpa ctc
Single test with two sections:
1) Aptitude: Just like CAT pattern. Questions of quant, verbal, data interpretation, reading
2) Technical: all subjects. mostly from nuclear power plant, vapour compression cycle, materials, pump,
manufacturing etc.

Topic 1: USA is forcing India to reduce the carbon emission. Is it right?

Topic 2: Should Indian companies get globalised?

Interview 1:
1) First question: Have you had your breakfast? (PI at 8 am)
2) Tell me about yourself.
3) What do you thing is the role of the youth for the nation.
4) Questions on extra curriculars?
5) How do you manage crises in any organization/group that you have mentioned?
Area of interest: Automobile engineering
1) Diesel enigine/ petrol engine (difference, diagram)
2) Questions on nozzle and spark their orientation.
3) What is the physical meaning of the term 800cc motorbike?
4) What are the anti-freeze agents used in automobile coolants? (ethylene glycol, ethylene diglycol)
5) Which welding is done on the Tata truck driver Cabin?
6) What are turbochargers and where used?
7) What is the mechanism in scooty, No Gear explain?
8) How would you explain the energy crisis situation to a layman?
9) Why so low CPI ?

Interview 2:
1) Your opinion on telangana.
2) Have you ever led a team? How will u manage your team slipping out of youe control?
3)Are you interested in manufacturing sector? Why?
4) What are your hobbies?
1) What are different types of welding?
2) What is the type of welding that is employed in car body? And explain different types of resistance
3) Casting and Forging (In detail)
4) Where are cast alloys employed in car manufacturing? For which parts Forged alloys are preferable?
5) Different alloying elements and their effect on alloy?
6) Importance of chromium.

Interview 3:
1. Tell me about yourself.
2. How did you apply for the internship in Australia? Was it a university program or did you apply by
3. Explain your project of internship.
4. Did you get any emoluments during your internship?
1. What are your favourite subjects? - Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics
2. What topics in thermodynamics? - Rankine Cycle, Brayton Cycle, Otto Cycle, Diesel Cycle etc.
3. Can you draw direction of acting friction force on from and rear wheel of a rear wheel drive vehicle?
4. Tell me the difference between forging and casting.
5. What is this thing called in figure which is outside the dies? - Flash
6. Do you know about non-conventional machining operations?

Interview 4:
1) Favorite topic asked but no question on that (it was applied thermodynamics which was not related)
2) Tell us something about IC and EC engines?
3) Difference between spark ignition and CI engines?
4) Various welding processes.
5) Why is forging used?

Interview 1:
1. You being from Delhi, what difference do you find in the people of delhi and assam
2. Do you know what DRDO does?
3. What is the most common current affair these days, tell us all about it.
4. Do you have any problem with where we place you (as in location of placement)?
5. Tell us about your qualities and weakness.
6. Why DRDO?
1. Questions on solid mechanics like different types of stresses and what are the arrangement
called. What is the angle? (cup and cone and 45 deg.)
2. Draw stress strain diagram and explain each and every point and stage.
3. Can you directly use a petrol engine with CNG? If not what changes are to be made.
4. Different types of pumps: rotatory, reciprocatory etc

5. Explain SI,CI engines and scavenging.

6. Questions on UTM (universal testing machine)
7. Hardness tests: brinell hardness, vickers hardness.
8. What is Open and closed system.
9. First law of thermodynamics: definition and equation and explain with diagram.
10. What is entropy?

Interview 2:
1. What are your hobbies?
2. Why do you want to join drdo?
1) What is your area of interest? - Fluid mechanics
2) The interviewer asked for another. - Solid mechanics
3) Define stress?
4) What are true stress and engineering stress?
5) Draw true stress to true strain cruve.
6) Draw bending moment curves of a cantilever beam, shear force diagrams.
7) What is cold wedling ?
8) In power transmission lines why is the core made of iron and the periphery made of Aluminium.
9) what are prinicpal stresses and strains ?
10) Are frictional forces dependent on the surface area of contact? and how?
11) What criteria we use to determine the failure of ductile materials, brittle materials?
12) Given a material what parameters do we need to determine whether a material will fail or not
under the given load?
13) Difference between strength and toughness of a material?

Interview 3:
1. Where do you belong from?
2. Tell me what you do in your spare time. - Tennis.
3. Do you know about the scoring pattern in tennis?
4. Have you represented you hostel or institute in tennis?
5. What did you do in your BTP? Explain.
1. What subject have you prepared for the interview? - Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
2. What are the principle views by which you can represent an object? - Ans: Top, Front, Side
3. Are these views sufficient to represent all the dimensions of object?

4. Can you draw all the views of this cuboid on paper?

5. If there was a hollow portion in the object then how would you represent it?
6. What is viscosity?
7. Can you define viscosity in Newtonian fluid with diagram?
8. What is Newtonian Fluid?
9. What is Reynolds Number?
10. What is the Reynolds Number for laminar and turbulent flow?
11. What is Mach number?
12. Under what conditions Mach number is defined?
13. What is Mach number for supersonic flow?
14. What are the principle planes in an object? Define.
15. How will you design a thin cylinder? What are the failure criteria?
16. What is lateral strain/axial strain?
17. What are the different modulus of a material?
18. Draw Stress-Strain diagram?
19. Why do we do alloying of metals?
20. Why do we use chromium in alloying?
21. Previously you mentioned that you can represent an object by three views. Can the reverse process
be done means if given three views then can you draw the object?
22. Which software do we use for this purpose? - Ans: AutoCAD
23. How do we do it in autocad?

Dr. Reddys
Package offered (CTC): 6.14 lpa
Test with 3 sections verbal/numerical/technical.

Interview 1:
1. Define mechanical engineering?
2. Give a situation where you have used your leadership skill?
3. Why dr. reddys?
4. How do you see yourself 5 years from now?
1. Difference between compressors and turbines.
2. Series and parallel pumps- which one is for constant head and which one for constant flow rate.

Interview 2:
1. Sorry for keeping you waiting for so long. Are you tired from waiting?
2. Tell me about yourself.
3. Tell me about Shambles, the event you organized in Techniche.
4. What was your project that you did in Australia? Can you explain it?
5. Where do you see yourself five years down the line?
1. What is Young's modulus?
2. Draw Stress Strain Diagram for Mild Steel.
3. How do you design a boiler/pressure vessel?
4. What is the unit of pressure?

Interview 3:
The student was asked about the previous interviewed student.
1) Is he your good friend or just like that
2) Tell us best qualities in him.
3) If we have to take one of you two who should we take?
4) What are the types of boilers?
5) What is the property by which we judge the boiler?
6) What is SS306?
7) Which belt is better V belt or some other belt?
8) They said there is a problem in the job that you may have to do night duty or maybe sent to Vizag on
the other plant. If you have any problem you may quit

Interview 4:
1) What do you think about the separation of Andhra Pradesh?
1) What is Reynolds no., laminar and turbulent flows.
2) How steam is generated in a power plant
3) Rankine cycle, T-S, h-s diagrams
4) If water is flowing on a plate what is the type of heat trasfer between the plate and water, between
layers of water
5) Pumps of all types,
6) Pressure difference formula if the water is flowing in a pipe
7) Difference between tube and pipe.

Jindal Steel and Power

Package offered (CTC): 4.1 lpa
Technical Test: 60 Questions in 60 Mins. Questions were mostly from Theory of Machine, Machine
Design and equally from all other subjects.

Interview 1:
1. Why there is a gap in your studies?
2. Tell me about yourself.
3. What is your weight?
4. What is your height?
5. Sorry to say we cannot take you because you are overweight and there is a policy that Mr. Naveen
Jindal wants to have only fit employees. Do you understand it?
6. We can post you anywhere in India. Do you have any objections?
7. GK questions like vice president of india, governor of assam, news , etc
8. What is GDP?
9. What is consumer price index?
10. Compare economies of India and China?
1. Tell me about yourself.
2. What do you mean by CPI? How do you convert it in percentage?
3. Explain your Bachelor Thesis Project.
4. Why have you taken this project?
5. From where do we get this hydrogen? (BTP)
6. What are the subjects that you have been taught?
7. What is your favourite subject? - Thermodynamics
8. What have you read in thermodynamics?
9. Explain Rankine Cycle.
10. What is this peak point on vapor curve called?
11. What is the pressure at this point?
12. Can a cycle operate above this? How it is different from normal cycle?
13. What is the name of that cycle?
14. What is the need of reheating?
15. What is quality of steam?
16. What is difference between erosion and corrosion?
17. Which one among above is the mechanical phenomenon?

Package offered (CTC): 5.5 lpa
1. How many companies have you sat for before? What was the most interesting question in any of the
previous interviews and how did you answer it?
2. What all sports do you play and activites u participate in?
3. All about yoour interns 2nd yr, 3rd yr?
4. Completely explain project?
5. Pseudo Code - if you have 2 nos. how do find the HCF of the numbers.
6. If you have a series from 11 to 88 and one no. is missing, how do you find the missing no.?
7. Now you have same series how do u find if 2 nos. are missing?
8. What is a binary tree and what is it used for.
9. Is there any other method better than binary tree method?
10. Give a practical application of fluid mechanics
11. How does brakes in cars work.
12. Who is your favourite professor here and why.
13. Favourite subject and why.
14. What is knocking? How do you reduce it?

Larson and Toubro

Package offered (CTC): 4.5 lpa
Written test: CAT preparing students will be benefitefdin the first round
English Comprehension was very important in the second round

Interview 1:
General awareness is very important
1) Asked about today's news
2) Favorite topic asked: questions on that
3) Performance curve of Centrifugal Pump

Infosys (Profile: Engineering Analyst)
Package offered (CTC): 6 lpa
Written Test: Aptitude

Interview 1:
HR: None
1. Describe what you have done in your project (they meant BTP).
2. Questions on the project, technical as well as the use of doing such a project.
3. Questions on solid mechanics, cantilever beam- different materials, same force, which has greater
deflection. (They helped in arriving at the answer).
4. Favourite subjects, questions on them. I answered thermodynamics and IEOR. Questions were based
on IEOR particularly OR, like Optimization- what is it, what all do u know about it, examples of situations
where such problems can be applied.

Interview 2:
1) About BTP explain it in 5 mins: questions on that
2) Bending moment diagram?
3) Why circular cross section is used in airplane and not rectangular?
4) About stress and strain
Remember there are two types of strains: elastic and thermal

Future First

Profile: A trader working on trading domain on the five major futures exchanges in the world.
Package: 45000/month + bonus (CTC-8.05 LPA including Bonus Approx)
Expectation: Good at mathematics (calculations) and decision making.
Part 1: Number crunching
6 minutes, 40 questions, simple arithmetical questions + - * /
Good calculation speed plays a vital role in such tests.

Part 2: Aptitude round

30 questions, 30 minutes.

There were two rounds of the interview. Question about finance sector and related to company profile
and share trading were asked. Main emphasis was on observation skills and stress testing of students.
Tricky questions: Some recent good figures, reversing your phone number etc.Why trader? Why not

This is not an exhaustive list of all the questions asked in the interviews during placement session 20092010.