SAP Labs India hires me!!

On September 21, 2013 Some of us attended placement process for SAP Labs India. First round was an on-line test conducted on a website. Online test had 5 sections
SAP Labs
i. General Ability(Quants)
ii. Verbal and Paragraph writing
iii. Logical Reasoning
iv. Computer Fundamentals
v. Coding
Each sections had around 10-12 questions. For each question marks distribution was given. For each student set of questions were different. General ability questions were easy. R S Agarwal will be good enough to do general ability questions. Verbal part was as usual find the errors, para jumbles, find errors etc. For paragraph writing my topic was “Can Olympic games be organized in India?”. It was alone for 10 marks. Logical reasoning questions were based on finding patterns, age problems etc. Computer fundamentals were all around C, C++, pointers, DBMS, Networking. If you listen to your class then you don’t need to worry about this section. Most important section was coding for 20 marks alone. Question will be shown and you are just supposed to write only the asking function, not full program starting from main. You can code in any of your favorite language C, C++, JAVA, C#. My question for coding was “Reverse a string ”

Input – Amrita is good platform for research
Output – AtirmA Si Doog Mroftalp Rof Hcraeser

Conditions – i. I have to reverse word by word.
ii. When I reverse a word the Last alphabet of word should be printed as capital letter. Code here

After completing your code, you can compile your code and see whether its running fine or not. Your code will be run against some sample test cases. Even You can give sample test case of your choice and check your code.
After 1st round 36 students were shortlisted for technical interview rounds from 700-800 students. Second round was a technical interview. For me it went for more then 1 n half hour. My interviewer was extremely helpful and caring. When I went for interview I was a bit tensed but as I entered in my room my interviewer shook hand with me and asked me to be relax and feel like I am sitting with a friend. After this formal talk he started asking me questions. The questions he asked me were –
1. Which is your favourite language? I told C, C++. He asked me to rate myself out of 5. I told 4.
2. Can we create a interface with the help of C language alone. I told yes, with the the help of graphics we can create. And with the help of command line we can take user input. But it will not be as good as we can do same with java.
3. Difference between switch and if-else conditions?
4. Difference between C and C++?
5. Difference between Object based programming and Object oriented programming?
6. OOP Properties? Explain Encapsulation and Polymorphism with real life example?
7. What is constructor and this pointer?
8. What are difference data types in C++? What is static function?
9. Can we use this pointer in a static function?
10. Write a code to reverse string with the help of pointers.
11. Write code for Linked List declaration.
12. Write a structure for employees. Why is difference between structure and class?
13. What is difference between HTML and HTML5?
14. Whats is difference between HTML and XML?
15. What is CSS? What is use of CSS?
16. What is PHP? Why do we use PHP?
17. What are different activities in Software Development? How did you use these activities in your project development?
18. What is Virtual Memory?
19. What is Paging?
20. What is fragmentation? Explain types of it?
21. Tell about your academic projects?
22. What is throw and catch? Tell about exceptional handling in C++?
23. How to open a file in C++?
24. What id difference between abstract class and Interface? Write sample code for both?
25. Does final keyword exist in C++?
26. What is this pointer?
27. What is static function? Can we use this pointer in static function?

Interviewer touched almost all the computer science curriculum subjects. He was not expecting me to tell definitions. He asked me to answer the question by the way I understood those concepts. Overall this interview went very well for me. He was very much impressed with my knowledge and promoted me to third round which was the Second technical interview.

Second Technical interview started with my introduction, my interests in field of computer science. First thing he asked me was to tell me a software product which I like most and about which I feel like that I should be working on this software product. We discussed it for 15-20 minutes. Then he asked me about my subjects on interest. And then he started with puzzle –
28. We have 10 forks and 20 spoons in a bucket, Without seeing in bucket I have to take out 1 spoon, 1 fork , 1 spoon in same order. so what will be the probability of this? (Hint: think out of box)
29. He asked me that July 21, 2015 will last for how many hours on earth? (Hint: look for different time zones on earth)
I tried my best to answer both the puzzles but Unfortunately I couldn’t make any of correct answer. Now he started asking me about computer networks-
30. What all different network protocols I know?
31. Write different layers in network and corresponding protocols used in each layer?
32. Difference between HTTP and HTTPS? We discussed it for 10-15 minutes. Interviewer was going deep in everything whatever I was answering.
Now he turned to Operating System-
33. What are different functions of Operating system?
34. What is scheduler? Explain different types of it?
35. Why do page fault occurs?
Now he turned to Data Structure –
36. Write a code to insert elements in a linked list such that odd element should go to odd position and even element should go to even position only? There should not be any memory waste. I tried to solve this question for 25-30 minutes. I tried to give him different approaches but I was not able to make the program work completely correct. Later he asked me to leave the question and move on to another question.

Now he told me that he wants to check my object oriented programming skills, so he asked me to write the attributes and functions to design Sudoku game.
We discussed it for 40-45 minutes. Interviewer was modifying the program on every step like –
i. He asked me to design it just for 9 x 9 Sudoku. Later he told that its up to user to select that size of Sudoku.
ii. He asked to design it just for integer values. Later he told that it may contain any value types like int, float etc.(Hint: Use template)
iii. He asked me to change game initialization based on different difficulty levels like Easy, Medium, Hard.

Now he told me to code a program to generate random number, program should work on any given machine in world. I tried to code but he was not satisfied. Later I asked him how to do this. He told that random number will be generated with the help of “Mac address of system + System configuration + IP address”. I was shocked to hear this answer. Because I was no where around this solution.
Now he asked me to write an optimized code to generate prime number. I did it. Then he asked me the biggest prime number and method to store it. I told I don’t know and this was end of my second technical interview, I was grilled by now. In the end I asked about feedback to my Interviewer. He told me that he was trying to check my technical skills in real world application, how well I can use the OOP concepts in designing a real world application like sudoku game. He suggested me that your technical knowledge is very good but you should concentrate on using your knowledge in real world applications.
So as soon I came out of the interview room, My interviewer gave me green signal to next round. 🙂
My fourth round was an HR interview. My interviewer asked me about me, family background, college etc. Now he started asking me general Technology based questions –
37. What is Cloud? What is SAAS?
38. What is Data Warehouse? What is data mining? Give real world example where you see it everyday? I gave example of Facebook, Twitter.
39. How many interviews you have attended before SAP? How many offer letters you have in hand?
40. I told him about my Zoho interview, then he asked me to compare Zoho and Google? Who is CEO of Zoho? Basically he was trying to judge that how much knowledge I have about the company.
41. He asked my dream company and why?
42. Do you read newspapers?
43. He asked how do I keep updated myself about technology?
44. What is CSS?
45. He asked about my website www.techtofun.com. We discussed about it for 15-20 minutes about my posts, how I get visitors etc.?
He asked many more question in between. I suggest you to tell truth and answer only point to point. Because was questioning back on everything I was telling him.
After some time I got call for my next round. It was my 5th round, another HR interview.
My interview asked me again about my family and all. The question he asked me were –
46. Since I have good percentage of marks then why I am not opting for higher studies?
47. For how long I would like to be with SAP Labs if I get offer from SAP Labs?
48. About my hobbies?
49. How often I interact with my juniors.
50. Which was the last movie I watched? How often I watch movies?
51. About my academic projects? He asked about my contribution in project?
52. About modifications I want to do in my academic projects?
53. My views about open source softwares and licensed softwares? Pros and cons of open source softwares? He gave me a scenario and asked which software I will choose? We discussed on it for 15-20 minutes?
54. Preferred job Location?
55. Asked to speak French?(I have studied French before so)

This was my final interview of the day. After some time they announced the results and 3 people got selected, Along with me two of my friends Kavya and Vaishnavi.After our selection, we had a company dinner the same day, which we enjoyed a lot. I am extremely happy and excited to get into SAP Labs. I dedicate my success into the feet of My Guru, My family, My Teachers and My Friends.
If you have any doubt regarding SAP Labs interview process feel free to ask…. 🙂

20 comments on “SAP Labs India hires me!!

  1. eshwar

    hi..firstly, congratulations getting into SAP LABS. i would like to know the questions that were asked in all sections of aptitude round.and did all 700 students get the same string reverse question in online coding?if not,then what were they.please help me .

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    1. robin Post author

      Hi Eshwar,

      Thanks for you wishes 🙂 Questions asked in aptitude round were based on paragraph and then related to paragraph 4-5 questions were there. Paragraphs were based on Age related problems, Round dinning table problems etc. There were few questions from work and time related.

      No, all 700 students didn’t get the same string reverse question in on-line coding. SAP people had set of 4-5 different questions. 1 of the question which my friend got was

      You are given a decimal number x as input. If g(x) is defined as number of 1s in the binary representation of the decimal number, we can see that the next number that follows it could be x+g(x). ie, here we have 1 (01) when done the above operation gives 2, 2 (10) gives 3, 3(11) gives 5 and so on. Here 1 can be said to follow 2, 2 follows 3, 3 follows 5, and so on. Here we can see that 4 doesn’t fit in. As 3 follows 5 already and there is nothing to follow 4. So 4 is called “BLEAK”. So, given a number, you have to find if it is “BLEAK” or “ORDINARY”.
      Sample Input:
      2
      3
      4
      Sample Output:
      ORDINARY
      BLEAK

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      1. eshwar

        Thank you so much Robin.please try to recollect and post the remaining questions.It would be great help 🙂 May I know which is the college that SAP LABS visited.

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  2. somebody

    can you ask your friends and post the remaining questions from coding section,it will be of great help .
    thank you and also congratulations 🙂

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  3. somebody

    Heyy! Congratulations for getting into SAP Labs.
    Can you please share the optimal solution for above two coding questions and if possible please do post other coding question. It would be really helpful.
    Thank you.

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  4. Geet Rathi

    Hey! Congrats again 🙂
    SAP is in our college right now, cleared the first round, have interview tomorrow. I am not a Computer Science or IT student, Electronics actually, but I have definite interest in programming. Are these people actually just looking for hardcore programmers, or should i prepare as much as i can?
    Thanks 🙂

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    1. robin Post author

      Hey Geet,
      Thanks for your warm wishes!! Since your not from computer science background and still you have interest in programming, thats a big plus point for you and SAP Labs don’t just look for the hardcore programmers, they look for candidates who have basic knowledge in all subjects like operating system, database management, C, C++, Software Engineering, Object oriented programming etc. But ya candidate should be able to write efficient codes, in interview they ask to write lots of codes. So my suggestion is you prepare as much you can.

      All the very best for you interview……. 🙂

      Reply
  5. mark

    hi can you please tell on which online coding website does sap conduct its test, because all online coding websites have very different interfaces, it would be better to practice one or two questions before hand…

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  6. Avinav

    Is it necessary to get the output of the code ? Whether it will be beneficial in case that the logic behind the code is correct? Please reply as soon as possible. And congrats for the SAP LAB

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    1. robin Post author

      To be on safe side try to get the required output. But some of my friends were selected for the second round even without reaching final output.
      All the best.

      Reply

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