Amcat Test Experience Telephonic Interview Round – SVAR Test



It sounds simple from the way it is being instructed but here’s what you need to be aware of.

What you need:
1. Proper network. You can re-attempt twice in case of failures, but not more than that.
2. Closed room, with no disturbance.
3. Use headphones with good sound, or put loudspeakers.
4. Vigilant ear, because the only key to cracking this is attention.
5. Note down Your AMCAT ID, PARSE KEY (given to you by your test centre), SVAR ID, TEST ID in a notepad.
You need to type these on your mobile’s keypad for verification.
6. A pen or pencil
(In my situation, I kept my laptop open.
I opened the email instructions in Gmail and placed it in front of me.
There was a pad to my hand’s reach and a pen in my right hand. My left hand was holding the phone.)

Duration: 18-20 minutes
Number of questions: Approximately 40-45

Round 1:
They’ll send you 12 sentences via email in prior which you need to recite at the time of your phone call.
After each beep you need to speak fast and with proper pronunciation within a span of merely 5 seconds.
Round 2:
The automated voice on the phone will recite ten sentences.
You need to repeat the sentence you hear.
Listen carefully.
You will only get one chance to hear a sentence.
If you listen attentively, you can deliver the same well.

Round 3:
In this section, you will hear a conversation followed by a set of questions based on it.
Scribble the points first. In my case, it was a conversation between a lady and a customer service regarding wrong shopping order.

Round 4:
Multiple choice questions followed by its options. Answer as per the instructions given.

Round 5:
You will hear sentences which might have a grammatical error. It will be followed by four options each being a part of the sentence itself. Identify the part which contains an error.

Round 6:
A topic of speech will be assigned to you and you are required to speak about it for 45 seconds.
Mine was ‘A busy market scene’.

All the best. Muster all your wisdom and crack it.



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Top 5 Young CEO’s who thought out of the box


Being a C.E.O. isn’t just about looking debonair in an office. He has to be a man (or a woman) of unique talent, to say the least. The ability to bring the best to the table, the innate quality to convince even the worst of critics and the power to inspire his teammates. Someone who posthumously becomes a legend.Whose name evokes respect and awe.

There are a lot of successful entrepreneurs around, but here’s a round-up of five such C.E.O.’s who inspire me big time:

5. Kevin Systrom ( C.E.O. and co-founder of Instagram):


In 2010, the night before  Instagram was launched, Kevin Systrom and his co-founder Mike Krieger made a  bet on how many people would download the app on its first day of release. Kevin guessed 2,500, but Mike, who was more optimistic, went big and guessed 25,000. By December 2010, Instagram had 1 million registered users. Now it has over 400 Million users. A photo capturing and sharing app, Instagram remains a one of a kind, with no strong rival.

4. Drew Houston (founder and C.E.O. of Dropbox):


Houston is an American Internet entrepreneur who is best known for being the founder and CEO of Dropbox, an online backup and storage service.


According to Forbes magazine, his net worth is $1.3 billion.By outrageously turning down a nine-digit acquisition letter from Apple (yes, you heard that right! It was Steve Job’s proposal for takeover) and heading towards his own direction, he has successfully made Dropbox one of the best online storage services.

3. Sachin Bansal (Chairman) and Binny Bansal (C.E.O.)of Flipkart:


(Top: Sachin and Binny | Bottom: Sachin)


Before Flipkart came into the limelight, Binny previously worked for Amazon for 9 months after facing rejection from Google twice. Binny Bansal and his business partner Sachin Bansal,   both alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, initially thought of starting a comparison search engine but realized that the market for E-commerce in India was very small. Hence, after leaving Amazon in 2007, they founded Flipkart as an e-commerce company. Now it’s the leading online retail company in India.

2. Pete Cashmore (C.E.O. of Mashable):


Hell yeah, this bloke is one of my true role models. Appendicitis pinned him to the bed when he was nineteen-year-old but his sickness didn’t deter him from doing what he loves best — blogging from home. A genuine lover of the power of the internet, he’s now the hottest wunderkind. Someone who worked his way up in the environs of his house, sans backup from Silicon Valley, Cashmore is one inspiration for bloggers (umm… like me?).

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1. Mark ‘exceptionally good’ Zuckerberg (C.E.O. and founder of Facebook):

I reckon half of you came to his blog of mine because of the links I’ve shared on Facebook. That’s the power of Zuck’s creation. A geek who just loves to code. And code. Every programmer’s role model, his Harvard project, Facebook, became the ‘face’ of social networks.


From obsessing over ‘The Social Network’ movie to reading the book from which it is based ‘The Accidental Billionaires’penned by Ben Mezrich, he’s my #1 idol.



How to improve your English 10x within 6 months!


Golden Globes Nominations

Learning good English isn’t much of a task if you do feel it is IMPORTANT to do so.

The problem is that everyone wants to shine like the sun, but you’ve forgotten to burn like one for that.

So, let me get to the point.

Here are the easiest and fastest steps (it’s up to you to simply roll down and return back to being the same old you or to execute it):

  1. Watch a lot of TV Shows: Anything from Crime shows to Sci-Fi or horror or detective. Those which involve a lot of informal conversations. And stay away from the subtitles once you start getting a grasp.1339072817159_suits_s2_vod_keyart_2x1_overlay_590_295
  2. Watch Rom-Com’s and Critically-Acclaimed-Award-Winning movies: If your choice of movies is limited to Marvel, DC, robot-breaking-movies or those of the same type, you haven’t had a real taste of Hollywood. Learn from the Urban conversations in reality-based movies.pat-and-tiffany-silver-linings-playbook-15808-1920x1200
  3. Listen to English music: If your choice is limited to Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Jay Sean and Pitbull (Indian favorites), you have very BAD TASTE in music alone, let go of English-learning. Google for best lyrics, and imbibe good words from the best songs. Feel the lyrics. It will add to your persona. It will make you wiser. 17cb2139-7036-4696-89d4-504fe8996810maxresdefault
  4. Read a lot of magazines: Entertainment, Fashion, Sports, Technology : anything! Keep a highlighter-pen and mark words which seem new to you. Try to use those words in the contexts of your real life. Practice makes man perfect! ffusbazaar-june15-emilia-article           390_thumb_1
  5. Read essays written by famous political figures or debaters: Guaranteed this will help you in almost everything you’re working on. 51-rxswxhxl-_sx331_bo1204203200_
  6. And the last and obvious one. Develop a habit of reading novels : You can choose from any genre. If you’re looking for Indian authors, I’d recommend Anuja Chauhan for her witty narration and exceptionally good vocabulary. With foreign writers, there’s a lot you can choose from. anuja-chauhan-boxset-400x400-imadnz9kkxhgtzcx41a13jnorel    1326278375d1b04059f79f65a22bb52fcb0c9b48how-i-braved-anu-aunty-co-founded-a-million-dollar-company-original-imad8v2r55kh8tzw


All the best 🙂

And tell me if this works for you.

– Rajesh






Important Terms for SEO (Credits : Google) #WebDesigning


The reports in Search Console are organized according to the general outline of the Google Search pipeline: Content is first crawled (discovered), then it is indexed (parsed and analyzed for content), after which you, the website owner, analyze the search traffic to your site and also consider how search results are displayed to the user or linked to by other sites.


Google’s web crawlers follow links and sitemaps to generate a list of publicly available URLs to visit and index for content. This is the first step in the process of being added to Google’s search results.

  • Property
    A generic term for a website or an app that you have added to your Search Console account. You can see a list of your properties on your account homepage.
  • Verify
    To prove that you own the website or app referred to in your Search Console account. A property must be verified before you can start seeing any data for it. You’ll be asked to verify a site after you add it to your Search Console account.
  • Googlebot
    Google’s web crawler. Google has a few different Googlebots that request your pages as different device types (a smartphone, a feature phone, or a desktop computer) to calculate different search results for users searching on these devices.
  • Canonical
    If you host the same page at different URLs, your search results can be diluted across these duplicate pages. For example, you might have the same page at and; a search might then show separate, lower ranked results for each page than if you had only a single page. In this case, you should indicate to Google that these pages are the same, and choose one to be canonical (the official page) to show in search results. Indicate canonical pages or sites using a Sitemap, HTML tags, or Search Console settings.
  • robots.txt
    The name of a file on your site that tells Google which pages not to index or show in search results.
  • Sitemap
    A list of URLs in your site that Google uses as starting locations to begin crawling a website. A sitemap is contained in one or more files stored on your website.


The process of visiting URLs and analyzing the content and meaning of each page. This helps Google determine the best search results for a user’s query.

  • Resource
    A web page typically loads many additional resources such as CSS, JavaScripts, and images. Be sure that Googlebot isn’t blocked from accessing any resources that affect the meaning of the page during the indexing process.
  • Render
    Google tries to display all pages that it indexes in order to view the page as a user would. Rendering is the process of displaying the page with the images and layout to help Google analyze the meaning of the page.

Search traffic

  • Manual action
    If your page violates one of Google’s quality guidelines, such as spammy content, it can be subject to a manual action, which will demote it in Google search results.
  • International targeting
    Explicitly targeting your search results at users by language or country. This can be done using hreflang link tags or the country targeting setting in Search Console.
  • Content keyword
    A single search word that Google Search associates with your site. You can see a list of the top keywords for your site on the Content Keywords report.

Search appearance

How your page or app appears in search.

  • Structured data
    A public XML standard way of describing information about your pages in a format that the Google crawling engine understands. For instance, you can add ratings, event information, or video information. Some types of structured data are used to create rich snippets.
  • Snippets
    The small descriptive lines of text that appear under each result in Google search results. These are generated programmatically by Google during indexing, and can have visual characteristics known as rich snippets.
  • Rich snippet
    A visually enhanced Google search result, such as star ratings or event times. Rich snippets are often generated from structured data added by the page author.
  • Sitelink
    If your website has a logical hierarchy or structure, Google might display a set of sub-links below the main search result. For example, for an airline site, the main result will be the airline home page, and the smaller links below would be direct links to the booking page, the flight status page, the baggage policies page, and so on. You cannot specify sitelinks for your site, but you can ask Google not to show certain pages as sitelinks in results. (This doesn’t really have anything to do with search appearance, but we had to fit this term in somewhere 🙂

Tech Mahindra – Placement Experience ( Out-Campus)


First round saw 800-1000 (not sure) students from different colleges and streams.

130 Quants were asked as a part of online test and the time limit was 80 minutes.

It was composed of Arithmetic Ability, Verbal and Logical.

I started off by completing half of Aptitude .

Then, I progressed to Verbal and completed half of it. (At least that way, I can pass the sectional cut-offs).

After which, I completed the remaining Aptitude questions and at last I did the remaining verbals.

Out of my precious 80 minutes, 5 minutes were gone because of one blank question (an error on their part). There was no question – just the question number.

The coordinators of the host college spent time running around for solutions, and I realized I was losing time.

Due to which, I asked them to stop trying and let me skip it. They further added that they’ll give me another extra question at the end.

Anyway, I scored 110/130 in the remaining 75 minutes and got through. They forgot about the ‘extra question’ and so did I.

Second round:

Selected students were asked to type a passage on any given topic with proper grammar, construction and  meaning. It should be of more than 1200 characters.  Time limit was 10 minutes, and I did it in 7 mins. Mine was “Biggest Challenge in your life.”

You’ll have to ask me personally because I find it amusing.

Third Round : Technical H.R.

  1. Detailed differentiation between C & C++.
  2. Questions based on my area of interest : Data Structures, Linked List, etc.
  3. Questions based on my other passion, Web Designing: 
    1. What tools I use? – Adobe Dreamweaver
    2. My language – HTML
    3. On being asked if I know ASP.NET – My answer’s NO. I explained that I haven’t stepped my foot into the server side programming.
    4. What is e-commerce? – I spoke a little longer than usual considering how I love it.
  4. What’s your weakness – NETWORKING (I answered it without hesitance). And my reason was that my area is more on the algorithmic thinking part and logics, and that it’s not of my interest.
  5. Introduce yourself.
  6. Why did you come to Coimbatore? – My answer was something like this.

Final Round : Personal H.R.

  • About my parents, and after telling their professions I told him that my Dad taught me how to think wise and do wise in life and that he’s behind my sensible side and proper decision-makings, and that my Mom is the reason why I’m fearless. And that makes them my role model.
  • How would you describe the word learning ? – My answer was clear and concise. I loved this question and spoke my mindset off. Learning should be a gradual and progressive step, where we collect facts from everywhere in our daily life, and from every single person irrespective of whether he’s a genius or not. And I stressed the importance of consistent ‘little by little’ knowledge gathering. I told him that I NEVER BURN THE MIDNIGHT OIL and that I didn’t spend all day & night preparing for the day’s interview. “I DON’T BELIEVE IN CRAMMING UP. That’s not the right way. I’m here because I was consistent in everything I did right from the start of my first year.”
  • My take on Hope and Passion : “Hope, for me,  is when I know I’m capable of my aimed target and that I expect myself to get it after knowing my caliber, not necessarily wanting for something to happen. It should be a result of my confidence – the type that comes after you know you’re capable of doing things. “
  • How did you manage the second round? – “I have a habit of typing novels into M.S. Word and that involves quick speed, and correct punctuation, so I’m used to typing something meaningful fast.” He praised me on this.
  • On being asked if I have a year gap – “Yes, it was between my 12th and College.”
  • Do you know Tamil ? – “Koncham Koncham Teriya” (And we laughed together).
  • What’s your ambition? – “I want to become a project manager – a real team leader in a reputed IT company like Tech Mahindra – even if it means starting from a freshers’ stage and progressing into higher posts.”

At the end, he pointed out that he loved my style of speaking, which made me happy and thanked him. He was very friendly and also tapped my shoulder.

Fun afterall 🙂 Loved it.