Preparation Guide for IBM Off Campus Drive 2021

Preparation Guide for IBM Off Campus Drive 2021
Preparation Guide for IBM Off Campus Drive 2021


International Business Machines Corporation aka IBM, a multinational technology American IT firm is all set to commence its off-campus recruitment drive for freshers for entry-level positions. Students from 2018,2019 and 2020 batches who have completed their graduation/post-graduation in B.E/B.Tech, BCA, MCA, M.E/ M.Tech, MBA are eligible to apply online through the company’s official website.

And to help you gear up for the upcoming IBM Off Campus Drive 2021, we have a complete roadmap. So, let us get started!

About IBM

IBM is a multinational American IT company, founded in the year 1911 as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) in New York. It was later named IBM in 1924. It deals in hardware, software, middleware, and offers services in cloud computing, hosting, consulting, and in mainframes, and nanotechnology.

It also operates as a research organisation and some of its breakthrough inventions includes Automatic Teller Machine(ATM), Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, DRAM, Magnetic strip card, the SQL Programming language, the Relational Databases, and many more. 

So after knowing about its glorious past and significant contributions towards technological enhancement and development, you would be thinking about how you can be a part of IBM. Now, let’s get to know more about it.

Job Description for IBM OFF Campus Drive 2021

IBM has rolled out notifications for IBM off-campus 2021 recruitments. It is anxiously looking for graduates for entry-level positions for the post of Associate Systems Engineer. Your job would be to design, code, test, and hereby provide industry-led solutions by using the latest software development tools and techniques. 

Skills Required:

  • Defining, analysing, and reviewing technical architecture on a required platform and coming up with architecture options and recommendations
  • Demonstrating strong knowledge of enterprise issues related to IT architecture.
  • Defining, detailing, and scoping the technical requirements into solution architecture and ability to drive an independent project from an architectural standpoint.
  • Will design, develop and/or re-engineer application components, and integrate software packages, programs, and reusable objects residing on multiple platforms.
  • The Ability to support Technical Consultants and leads in building solutions and providing technical mentoring and guidance.

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IBM Off Campus Drive 2021 Recruitment Procedure

There are basically two rounds in the IBM off-campus recruitment process and each round is like an elimination round in itself. So there are sub-rounds in the two rounds and they are as mentioned below:

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  • Cognitive Ability Games
  • English Language Test
  • Learning Agility Test
  • Coding Test


This section consists of 4 sub-rounds. According to the previous papers, the Total Time duration of this round is 100mins and the Total No. of Questions is 72. Let us look at the break-up of each round.

Cognitive Ability Games       6        30
English Language Test      10        10
  Learning Agility Test      50        30
    Coding Test      6        30
TOTAL  72 Questions              100 Mins

Cognitive Ability Games:

The first round of IBM off-campus recruitment 2021 is Cognitive Ability Assessment. It is targeted to measure a candidate’s level of intellect with the help of six games. These games are designed in a way that would test the aptitude solving and problem-solving ability of the student and will also be helpful in determining his/her personality.

This section is mandatory and requires a total of 30mins of the total time allotted for the Online Written Test. The six games in Cognitive Ability Assessment are:

Assess Problem Solving:
In this section, the games are given on the spot. But mostly we see that there are two games that have come repeatedly. The time allotted for both the games is 3-4mins. There are basically two games GridLock and Resemble.

Assess Numerical Reasoning:
The games given in this section are purely designed to test your agility and numerical and quantitative ability. The time allotted for each game is 3-4 mins. There are two games in this section-: Numbubbles and Tally Up.

Assess Verbal Knowledge:
There is only one game in this section viz. Proof It. In this, you will get six questions and 1min per question is given. In this, you are required to find grammatical errors in sentences.

English Language Test:
There are a total of 10 questions in this round which you need to finish in 10mins. The questions are related to finding grammatical errors and sentence correction and vocabulary test.

You can find questions on the topics listed below:

  • Spotting Errors
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Tenses
  • Vocabulary and Spelling Correction
  • Articles
  • Conjunctions
  • Synonyms/Antonyms

Learning Agility Test:
This is not the sort of but just a personality evaluation. There will be questions to which you need to answer which you are able to relate to more. And based on your answers your personality will be evaluated. This round will take a total of 30mins and there will be 50 questions to finish.

You can only choose a single option to answer from the following options:
Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree

D. Coding Test:

The previous rounds were non-technical but this is not. There will be two categories of questions in this round. And you will have a total of 30mins to complete them.

So the round is divided into two sections:

HackerRank based Coding questions

In this there the questions will be pretty simple as the total time allotted to this section is less. So you can expect questions of Strings, Arrays, Searching, Sorting. Questions like Find a Prime Number, check if two strings are equal are some of them.


This section contains a total of six MCQs on topics like:

  • DBMS
  • Operating System
  • Software Engineering
  • OOPS Concepts
  • Any Programming Language


  • Technical Interview Round

One cannot predict what questions will be asked from you. But once you clear your written round this is the first round of interviews that you will be facing. Since this is a technical round, you can expect questions related to DBMS, Algorithms, Programming Language (of your choice), Operating System, Software Engineering, Networking, etc.

You might also be asked to code by sharing your screen, or on an editor since pandemic interviews are happening online. Questions related to final year projects, internships, training and other projects and skills might be asked.

  • HR Interview Round

By elimination round, I mean that only those candidates who successfully clear each round/sub-round will be reaching the final round of the HR Interview.

Now let us try to understand each round in more depth. This is the last round and if you clear it, you get the job!

You will be asked questions that will test your communications skills, your personality, ability to deal in a conflicting situation, and to check if you have qualities of leadership, teamwork, etc.

You will be given situations and the interviewer will seek your answer on how you react to them. Some questions from current affairs, hobbies, passion, future plans might also be put up. 

Eligibility Criteria for IBM Off Campus Drive 2021

So now I am going clear your doubt, whether you are eligible for the job role or not. As per the notification released by IBM for IBM off-campus 2021 drive, all the candidates who are-: 

  • graduates of batches 2018,2019,2020 
  • have completed/going to complete their degree in 

B.E/B.Tech, BCA, B.Sc, M.E/M.Tech, MCA, M.Sc 

  •  Graduation/Post Graduation -:  65% or 6.5CGPA
  • No active backlogs
  • Job Locations-: Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, Noida, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chennai, Bhubhaneshwar, Kochi, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kolkata & Visakhapatnam 

Eligible streams of B.E/B.Tech/M.Tech/M.E are:

  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Information Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Electronics & Communication Engineer
  • Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • Applied Electronics & Instrumentation
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering
  • Electronics Telecommunication Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics & Instrumentation
  • Control Instrumentation

How to apply?

So, here I am, finally answering the question, for whose answer you have patiently read the blog till here i.e How to apply for IBM Off-Campus 2021 Drive? You can go to IBM’s official site and check out the notification and apply:

  • Search for the position you are applying
  • Click on SignUp or New Registration
  • Fill the application correctly and upload the documents required
  • Submit the application.

Documents that you might need are:

  • 10TH equivalent mark sheet
  • 12TH equivalent/ diploma mark sheet
  • Graduation/ Post-Graduation degree/ Mark sheet of semesters
  • Any govt ID (Adhaar Card, PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID, etc.)
  • Scanned sign
  • Scanned recent passport size photo
  • Updated Resume/CV

Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply for IBM Recruitment 2021?

You can apply for IBM OFF-CAMPUS 2021 RECRUITMENT on the link.

What is the Job location for IBM Recruitment 2021?

The job locations are Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, Noida, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chennai, Bhubhaneshwar, Kochi, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kolkata & Vishakhapatnam.

Does IBM conduct off-campus?

Yes, IBM conducts off-campus drives every year. But due to the pandemic, the processes starting from applying to the interviews will be done online.

What are the eligibility criteria for IBM?

In order to be eligible for IBM you need to have an aggregate of 60% or above or a minimum of 6.0 CGPA and must be a graduate of batch 2018,2019,2020 having a degree in B.E/B.Tech/M.TECH/M.E/B.Sc/M.Sc.

Do you need a degree to work at IBM?

Yes, the eligibility criteria show that you need a degree in B.E/B.Tech/M.TECH/M.E/B.Sc/M.Sc to work in IBM.

How long does it take to get an offer from IBM?

After applying you need to wait for at least 2-3week till the process of recruitments starts. Once you clear all your rounds you will receive a job offer letter from IBM after 10-20days from your final interview.

Key Takeaways

This is all you need for preparing for IBM OFF CAMPUS 2021 DRIVE. Stick to the syllabus and revise all your technical subjects thoroughly.

Practice competitive coding questions and MCQs. Make a good and crisp resume and add a pinch of confidence and crack the job!

By Shivi Srivastava