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Airtel Recruitment Process – Young Technical Leader – Ekta Khattar

Ekta Khattar, Young Technical Leader, Bharti Airtel shares her experience in this brief interview.

Please tell us about your placement procedure at Bharti Airtel (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).                                                                
Ekta Khattar Bharti Airtel Young Technical Leader Bharti Airtel visited the campus in the end of August. There were 3 rounds. The first round  consisted of written test which had 25 questions to be attempted in 10 minutes. Out of them  20 were aptitude questions and 5 were technical questions (related to Computer Networks  and general telecom like no. of mobile subscribers in India etc.).

The second round was GD. The topic of my GD was “Can India become a manufacturing  hub?” Participate in GD as much as you can and bring out relevant points. Around 15  students got shortlisted after GD for the final interview round which was both Technical and  HR.

 What helped you sail through the hurdles and crack one of the finest jobs?

I think it’s just faith and self-confidence that matters the most to achieve the success.  Consistent motivation from my family and friends really helped me a lot.

How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?

I was preparing for software and ICE core companies. I have done few technical projects in 3 years. I did my internship in DRDO and NTPC. For the Technical companies, I suggest my juniors to have good projects (technical) and internships. At the same time practice aptitude questions from TIME modules or Arun Sharma. If you are aiming for the software companies, start with let us c and data structures by Yashwant Kanetkar, practice a lot of codes on CodeChef and GeeksforGeeks. The more you code, the better is your chance to crack the company.

For core companies (ICE), focus more on control system, transducers, measurements (flow, temperature etc.). Placement season can be very easy for some or equally tough for others. Don’t panic. Don’t get disheartened if you are not placed in Aug and Sept (as most people do) because a lot of companies will be visiting the campus throughout the year. Finally, your “hard work” and “luck” will definitely get you through all hurdles and you will land up in the arms of your dream company!!!        

 What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement at NSIT?

Academics play an important role as percentage is the first filtering criteria adopted by every company. Try to have min 65% so that you are allowed to sit for maximum companies. At last what matters are your concepts and knowledge.

What all internships and projects you did while in college? How did you get them?

I did two internships, one in DRDO (DTRL Lab) and the other in NTPC (Control and Instrumentation Department). Both were arranged through contacts.

Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors in NSIT?

Decide in advance which path you have to choose (Non- tech, software or core) and start preparing accordingly. Try to have two options so that one can act as a backup. Keep in touch with your seniors as they can guide you the best. Wisely choose the companies. Don’t just go by the brand name and salary offered by the company, look into the profile offered and decide whether it suits you or not. Stay calm and have faith in yourself. Wait patiently for the day when you’ll have the offer letter in your hands.