Idea Cellular Interview experience by Er. Amit Yadav
Idea Cellular campus recruitment takes place in 4 stages:
Stage 1: Engineering and Aptitude Test
Stage 2: Group Discussion
Stage 3: Interview (Technical + HR)
Stage 4: Final Interview (HR)
# Stage 1: Engineering and Aptitude Test
It is an online test and is conducted before the Idea Cellular visits the campus for recruitment.
As far as I remember it contained 65 questions that were to be attempted in 1 hour.
Around 15 questions were from General English & Aptitude.
The remaining questions were from core subjects with more emphasis on Communication (Analog and Digital), Digital Electronics and Basic Electronics.
# Stage 2: Group Discussion
The selected candidates were divided into groups of 10 each.
The topic for my GD was 3G v/s 4G.
I just spoke once in the GD and highlighted that if we wish start-up culture to flourish in India then high-speed internet is a must as in the Western Countries they use 5G.
We were also required to make conclusions individually.
In conclusion I said: I strongly support 4G because I believe if we implement it successfully then 3G is already covered as we will have the requisite infrastructure for 3G.
(I said this because most candidates were suggesting things like: 4G should be implemented in metro-cities and 3G in the cities, villages and remote areas).
Further I added that 4G is vital due to 2 key factors:
1. Online learning (which is utilized in the West at a rapid rate to continually enhance the quality of education and learning)
2. Start-up culture (most tech start-ups utilize internet)
Let’s talk about Rae Bareli.
I use Vodafone 3G and the service is really bad.
Many times videos aren’t played online on YouTube.
# Stage 3: Interview
The selected candidates were called for interview.
There were two interviewers in the interview panel (one was male and the other female).
Amit, where you hail from?
Ma’am I hail from Jaunpur.
You have mentioned that you are a blogger. What you blog about?
I write about inspirational and motivational stuffs.
(The male interviewer remarked cheerfully that “So, you are a philosopher”.
I responded by saying yes. We need people like you. You shall scale up very swiftly.)
How you got into engineering then?
I loved machines. So, I opted for engineering.
You review books too?
What kind of books do you read?
I read mostly inspirational and self-help books.
Like Robin Sharma.
Have you read “The Monk who sold his Ferrari”?
Can you tell us 3 lessons you learned from the book?
Lesson 1: Money is not everything. We need to enjoy the life too. We need to relax at times and spend time with family. We also need to get time for ourselves to plan for the next day.
Lesson 2: We have to pursue healthy relationships.
Let’s talk in figures.
If I help say 100 folks then surely 10 will revert back. That’s what is called as “Love Account”.
Lesson 3: To take care of one’s health. If we don’t take care of our health then we won’t be able to perform at the peak-levels.
How you do so many things? What about college and all that?
I blushed and said ma’am I have scored well in engineering too.
My percentage is 70 plus.
You have mentioned “personal branding” in CV. What is its USP?
It just means that whenever I interact with people they are attracted towards me.
How are they attracted to you?
I think it’s the “power of words”. I strongly believe in it and I think you can get attention of any person on Earth through the power of words.
After this the male interviewer said- so, let’s have the technical round. Hope you answer questions philosophically. He laughed.
I too passed a smile.
Can you draw the block diagram of SMPS?
Okay, can you draw the circuit diagram of RPS?
RPS is Regulated Power Supply.
Are you talking about Zener Diode as a regulator?
He said if I will tell you that then surely you will be able to answer the question.
He further told that you would have studied about it in 3rd semester.
I said I can’t recall.
Then he asked me to draw the circuit of Bridge Rectifier. I became happy (as I knew it) and started drawing it.
Then he interrupted in the middle and asked me to leave it.
He asked me another question: Suppose there are two antennas of same characteristics. One emits frequency of 500MHz and another frequency of 500GHz.
Which will travel more distance?
I said, 500Ghz.
He asked why?
I answered that when we send the unmodulated wave (message) which is of low-frequency. It dies out soon.
And when the same wave is superimposed with carrier wave now high-frequency wave then it tavels more distance.
He wasn’t much satisfied with the answer.
What is the frequency range used for Satellites?
Frequencies are in GHz.
Basically there are 3 frequency bands that are used.
They are C band, Ka band and Ku band.
C band: 4-8 GHz
Ka band: 10-18 GHz
Ku band: 18-31 GHz
(Even rote learning helps sometimes!)
What are the modulation techniques used in Digital Communications?
ASK, PSK, FSK, BPSK, QPSK…
Draw the wave-diagram for FSK or PSK?
I failed to draw it. It was a complete spoiler question.
Stage 4: Final Interview (HR)
I couldn’t clear the previous stage.
With Great Love,
Er. Amit Yadav
Life is easy…☺