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Software Analyst
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3 rounds | 9 Coding problems
Interview preparation journey
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Preparation
Duration: 3 Months
Topics: Arrays and Strings, Dynamic Programming, Recursion, Linked List, Stack and Queues, Trees (involving general trees, Binary Trees and Binary Search Trees), HashMap, Priority Queues, Backtracking, Tries, Basics of Graphs data structure, Bits Manipulation, OOPS, SQL and DBMS, Basics of Operating System, and System Design.
Tip
Tip

Tip 1 : Never give up on any question, Don't try to mug up the question, rather than understand the concept behind the topic, this will only help to solve the question while being in the interview.
Tip 2 : Never leave core topics like OS, DBMS etc. They are always asked in an interview
Tip 3 : Focus on core skills i.e DS and Algo but also focus on development projects, they are of much importance.
Tip 4 : Spend time on quality questions rather than the quantity of questions

Application process
Where: Campus
Eligibility: No eligibility Criteria
Resume Tip
Resume tip

Tip 1 : Properly formatted resume with no typos.
Tip 2 : No fancy and colourful resumes.
Tip 3 : Should have projects on your resume.
Tip 4 : Should have links to your GitHub and Linkedin and other competitive sites
Tip 5 : No false information to be mentioned, even in cocurricular

Interview rounds
01
Round
Medium
Online Coding Interview
Duration90 Minutes
Interview date20 Jul 2019
Coding problem3

Timing: Evening around 5
The test was set up inside the computer centre and library of our institute.
There were people from GS and also from hackerrank who were conducting the test.
The test had mcqs + coding questions + essay writing.
Overall the paper I found was medium

1. Next Greater Number
Moderate
15m average time
90% success
0/80
Asked in companies
Paytm (One97 Communications Limited)JP MorganAmazon

You are given a string S which represents a number. You have to find the smallest number strictly great...

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2. Rat In A Maze
Easy
15m average time
85% success
0/40
Asked in companies
MicrosoftOlaIBM
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3. Fenwick Tree
Moderate
15m average time
85% success
0/80
Asked in companies
AmazonGoldman SachsPegasystems

You are given an array/list 'ARR' of ‘N’ integers, and ‘Q’ queries. Each query can be of two types:

Given 2 integers ‘L...

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02
Round
Easy
Face to Face
Duration90 Miinutes
Interview date26 Jul 2019
Coding problem2

The round included discussion over my resume and the projects I had made. Along with that, the person was fascinated by the co-curricular so he went on asking about those. 
Finally we started discussing data structures and algorithm.

1. Maximum Subarray Sum
Moderate
35m average time
81% success
0/80
Asked in companies
Thought WorksPaytm (One97 Communications Limited)HCL Technologies

You are given an array 'arr' of length 'n', consisting of integers.


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2. Puzzle

There are 3 ants sitting on three corners of a triangle. All ants randomly pick a direction and start moving along the edge of the triangle. What is the probability that any two ants collide?

03
Round
Hard
Face to Face
Duration95 Minutes
Interview date26 Jul 2019
Coding problem4

Round included Data Structures, System Design, Puzzle and HR based questions

1. Find K-th smallest Element in BST
Easy
15m average time
85% success
0/40
Asked in companies
MyntraGoldman SachsVisa

Given a binary search tree and an integer ‘K’. Your task is to find the ‘K-th’ smallest element in the given BST( binary search tree).

BST ( binary search tree) -

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2. System Design Question

He asked me to do a system design for a website like Instagram which can be used by travellers.

3. OS Question

What are Semaphores? Explain in detail

Implementing the LRU Cache and its uses

4. Puzzle

a person has 3000 bananas and a camel. He wants to transport the maximum number of bananas to a destination which is 1000 KMs away Camel eats 1 banana for every km. What is the maximum number of bananas that can be transferred to the destination using the only camel?

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