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16th MAR 2008

Wealth Incorporation - A CCIM Finance Club Initiative Presents

C HA A N A K Y A
Supplementary Issue

..Tracking the Economy

Finance Batch 2006-08


(Placement Details As On 14th Mar 08)

Compiled and Edited By: Ravi Shekhar

Company: AMBA Research


Profile Offered: Role of an analyst.
Round 1 - 10 multiple choice questions based on 2 paragraphs given and the options are very close and confusing. The paragraph must be read properly before answering them. Round 2 - This includes many other sub rounds; we had to answer 4 sets of question papers.

First one will be on basic 5th std level maths, Second on financial accounting, everything related to finance in general, Third on ATD, i.e. attention to detail where one had to locate very minor
errors but which are important in this profession like different font size, wrong totals, etc.

Fourth the most important is the essay writing to check our grammar and
comprehensive way of English writing. It is usually on very dumb n simple topics like the best movie, favorite sport, role model, place I last visited etc. students who don pass the English test cant go further even though they score highest in the other 3. Round 3 - If selected, one is interviewed by the VP or AVP Vice president or associate vice president before being ushered to this interview one is required to solve a case study (usually same case given to every batch). Based on the case solved by you the interview goes on. Questions are asked on the case and also on the line items of any financial statement. One should be confident with it ratios and other finance concepts. Round 4 - Another case study. Basically financial statements are given P&L A/C, cash flow statement and Balance Sheet. The financial strength has to be analyzed. More of an open end case. Based on this case we were interviewed by the SVP senior vice president. Grilling on concepts the reason behind and conclusion on the case. Once one clears this they get the offer letter n have to give a small excel test as a formality.

Students joining:
HARDIT SINGH K SANAL PEETHI RAMMOHAN singh.hardit@gmail.com ksanal30@yahoocom rpreethi.2@gmail.com

Company: AXIS Bank


Profile Offered: Management Trainee for one year as relationship manager Selection Process:

Group Discussion will be conducted if the number of people interested is large. The procedure followed in the year 2007 was direct interview. The interview lasted for about 10mins. The interview was personal interview and some of the questions asked were as follows: Background profile of the applicant? Why are you interested in the Banking sector? Why are you interested in this profile? Where do you see yourself after a period of 3 years from now? Which are the other departments that you are interested in the bank? Reasons for you being interested in that department? Details on Summer Internship project?

1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7)

ASHISH SHARMA

ashishsharma2985@gmail.com

Company: Axis Risk Consulting


Profile Consultant Selection procedure
1. Group Discussion 2. Personal interview at the office 3. Telephonic interview with the partners All rounds are elimination rounds

Preparation required
1. Knowledge about financial concepts 2. Knowledge about current affairs 3. In-depth insight about the summer project interview questions were based on how to reduce the risk element in the project or the concerned firm 4. Knowledge about accounting concepts

Additional requirements
1. Confidence 2. No issues about traveling 3. No issues about salary (salary disclosed after final selection)

Selected candidates:
MANDAPAKA RAVI SEKHAR ANSHU AWASTHI ROSHIN ANNA MATHEWS YASHAS KOTHARI mandapaka.ravi@gmail.com awasthianshu@gmail.com anna08rm@gmail.com

Company: CB Richard Ellis (CBRE)


Position: Associate, CBRE Consulting group. Profile: As a part of Strategic Consulting Group (SCG), I will need to prepare reports
about various projects and assignment which have to be presented to investors and interested parties in various real estate projects. I will also need to monitor the FDI/FII flow into the country particularly in the real estate sector to spot a potential investor. I will also be involved in research activities pertaining to different projects of the company. Consulting with clients will also be part of my job.

Interview/selection process: The selection process involved a GD followed by a


series of interview rounds. The interview consisted about ones profile, interest in the company, in the sector and a bit of knowledge about the basics of consulting. The technical part of the interview consisted of questions on Financial Management (NPV, IRR, W.C management, basics of accounting) and SAPM. The interviews also quizzed me on my knowledge in MS Excel and SPSS. The HR round consisted of questions on attitude, commitment levels and ability to work for long hours.

Students Joining:

SOUMYA RANJAN MOHAPATRA DEEPTI AGARWAL

sranjan83@gmail.com deepti_agrswal123@yahoo.co.in

Company: Centurion Bank of Punjab


Profile Offered: Management Trainee for one year in Foreign Exchange Solutions
after which the profile will be Marketing Manager.

Selection Process:

Group Discussion will be conducted if the number of people interested is large. The procedure followed in the year 2007 was direct interview. The interview lasted for about 10mins. The interview was personal interview and some of the questions asked were as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Background profile of the applicant? Why are you interested in the Banking sector? Why are you interested in this profile? Where do you see yourself after a period of 3 years from now? Which are the other departments that you are interested in the bank? Reasons for you being interested in that department? Details on Summer Internship project?

Student Joining:
VERNON PATRAO

Company: DE Shaw
Designation: Analyst Job Profile: Either in Financial Operations or Research Selection Procedure: 1) Written Round
2) Personal Interview

Topics to Cover: 1) Financial Management


(Written round) 2) Security Analysis and Portfolio Management 3) Derivatives 4) Forex (basics required)

Written Round: 30 questions time allotted 30 minutes. Divided into three sub
Sections. Section A (15 questions) had more theory and section C (5 questions) had more problems. And though we didnt know break up of marks for each sections it was generally assumed that section C carried more marks than the rest. There were few questions on GK also in the paper. 10 people were short listed for the interview round.

Interview Round: Lasted for half an hour. Questions pertaining to my summer


internship were asked. And other questions on derivatives and financial management were also asked. Then they also asked me What would I want to know from them and with this interview ended.

Student Joining:

NIKHIL.D.THAKKAR

nikhilthakkar@gmail.com

Company: FutureFirst
Job Profile: Derivatives Trader Selection Procedure: Two rounds of Aptitude Test followed by Interview
First round of test consists of 30 questions and time given is 6 mins and the questions will be fully numerical ability. Second round of test consists of 40 questions and time given is 30 mins ant the questions consists of Analytical and Reasoning ability. The interview is a personal interview with no stress on technical questions.

Other Details:
The company is looking out for candidates who are risk taking ability, with hard working nature and a bend of mind to analyze and interpret the current situation and take future positions.

Student Joining:
LOHITH G lohithgr@gmail.com

Company: GMR
Profile: - Project Analyst/Corporate Finance/Strategic Finance
As an Executive trainee for 1 year After one year as Associate Manager

Selection Process:Written Test: - Quants+Analytical+Verbal Case Analysis:- Any company Balance sheet,P&L Account and Share Price will be
given ,analyze how company is performing, is the company healthy and financially sound, is it good to buy or sell the shares of the company.

Personal Interview: - general question, mind twisting general question, some


financial aspects, about you and your family

Other details:One should have 60 %( cumulative of all semester) Offer letter will come within one month

Students Joining:
DEEPAK MANTRI JEN SAMUEL SWATI SINHA VINAY SINGAL RAJESH GV deepak_man85@yahoo.com jensamuel4u@yahoo.co.in swati_sinha25@yahoo.com vinay_singal@hotmail.com gv_rajesh1@rediffmail.com

Company: HDFC Bank


Profile offered: Relationship Management for HNI clients About the Profile:
Liaison and Portfolio Management for High Net worth Individuals (HNIs). It involves requirement of strong marketing skills plus acute awareness of market movements as well as macro as well as microeconomic developments. For this particular profile, the locations include the metros as well as other important cities in the country. As part of HDFC Banks tie-up with CCIM, we also underwent a certification program in Relationship Management (Retail).

Selection Process:
Our selection process was quite simple. We had just one single round of direct Personal Interviews, which were stress and concept based.

Students Joining:
SIMI THOMAS AISHWARYA VISWANATH AVISHEK DEY KAVITA JOSHI NILRATAN DASGUPTA RUMELA BANERJEE CIJO JOSEPH Gayathri Ramdas GOPAL PAI M JEYASHRRI.G JOSEPH S KYNADI NAVEEN KUMAR PRIYANKA MALHOTRA AVINASH SHIVA DANNY RAJU THOMAS VINIT KUMAR GINTO THOMAS simi_thomas1@yahoo.com aishwarya.vishwanath@gmail.com avishek_d23@yahoo.co.in fading_boundaries@yahoo.com niildasgupta@gmail.com rumela1984@rediffmail.com cijojob@gmail.com gayathri.ramdas@gmail.com gpl_pai@yahoo.co.in jeyashrri_g@yahoo.com josephsk@gmail.com naveen.kumar80@gmail.com simplypriya_18@yahoo.com avinash063@rediffmail.com thomasdanr@yahoo.co.in vinit_tomar@yahoo.com ginto.madavana@gmail.com

Company: IndusBank
Profile Offered: Management trainee with a probation period is of 1 year after successful completion will be placed as Asst. Manager for branch location not specified. Selection Process: It consists of two rounds
a) written test- aptitude A) Verbal ability B) Arithmetic with data interpretation one thing that is important is that there are minimum marks u have to get in order to qualify One has to crack 80 questions altogether in 30 minutes. No negative marks. No sectional cut offs. b) Interview they asked me all areas from marketing, hr and project (summers). Only fundamentals for cracking it is to have good knowledge on all streams that is basics of marketing and human resources management.

Students Joining:
AJAY KUMAR PANKAJ JAIN ajahakumar@gmail.com jpankaj_10@yahoo.co.in

Company: I-Flex Solutions


Profile: Associate Consultant/ Business Analyst Selection Process: GD and Interview Other Details: One needs to have a thorough knowledge of the 3rd, 4th and 5th
trimester finance subjects. The interview will be thorough grilling session of all the concepts and no beating around the bush. ANJANA PAUL SRINIVASA REDDY M SANA JAMEEL HASHIM NEEMA JOSEY paulanjana@gmail.com srinivasreddy_m84@yahoo.co.in sana_hashim@hotmail.com neemajosey@yahoo.com

Company: Infosys
Profile:- Equity Research and Analytics Selection Procedure:Short listed the students based on their resumes followed by an interview. The interview was technical as well as HR interview..they mainly focused on the Summer Internship Project. They also asked questions on various NSE Exams that were given by the students. In finance, they asked about CAPM Model, basics of capital budgeting like NPV, IRR, Pay back period methods etc. they also asked discounted cash flow method to the firm as well as equity. The main stress was on the summer internship project and also they gave some situations as how to handle them.

MATHEW A THOMAS NITEEN P RAIKAR RAMESHWAR LAL SONI SHESHACHAL K PUROHIT ABHILASH PANICKER RITESH VERMA SOMU SHASHANK SUBHAJIT MITRA PRIYANKA JAIN SUNITHA C

abramat@gmail.com nitenr@gmail.com rl_soni@yahoo.co.in sheshachal.k.purohit@gmail.com abhilashpanicker83@yahoo.co.in mail.riteshverma@gmail.com somu.shashank@gmail.com mitra_subhooz@yahoo.co.in priyanka.ccim@gmailcom csunithanair@gmail.com

Company: KPMG
Profile Offered: Executive Internal Audit Services Selection Process: One round of Group Discussion, and two rounds of personal interviews at the office. Other details: Be thorough with your CV, your subjects. Be confident and show them
that you really want to be part of the organization SAVITHA CHACKO savithachacko@gmail.com

Company: Maersk Logistics


Profile offered: MISE trainee Finance Selection Process:
1st round Aptitude test consisting of verbal, mathematical, logical reasoning questions. There were 50 questions to be answered within 12 mins 2nd round Personality index test (written round) 3rd round Aptitude test of slightly higher level (50 questions within 12 mins) 4th round Tougher aptitude test (50 questions within 12 mins) All the aptitude tests can be easily tackled if you are quick in you calculations and if you know the basic formulae of Mathematics. Some questions based on solids and figures will also be there 5th round GD 6th round Interview with the All India HR and the North East Area Manager in Bangalore at the Maersk office 7th and final round Interview in the Head Office of Maersk, Worli, Mumbai with the CFO of South Asia, the All India Head Finance, and the Area Manager of Mumbai Other tips: Maersk values the Personality Index test a lot. The only way you can clear the test is to be completely honest. They value frankness, honesty and ethics the most. Be thorough with the resume.

Student Joining:
RIYA SEBASTIAN riya_sebastian@yahoo.com

Company: Mindtree
Profile: Business Analyst Designation: Associate in competency C2 Selection process:
1. Case Study analysis 2. Group Discussion 3. Personnel Interview

Suggestions:
Case study has to be solved with lot of IT implications. Analytical skills were analyzed in the interview. Be honest while answering.

Student Joining:
SMITHA D smithadavid4u@yahoo.co.in

Company: Motilal Oswal


Company: Motilal Oswal Securities Limited (MOSL) Profile offered: Management trainee for Entrepreneurship. The training period is for
a year. After one year of training in each sector of operations of the company, the candidate is supposed to become a sub-broker or a franchise for the company in a preferred location.

Selection process: GD and Interview. (As there were very less candidates who were
interested in the profile only interview was conducted). In the interview questions were asked regarding managerial skills, marketing and also willingness to be an entrepreneur, relocation. Family background also played an important role.

Details: Entrepreneurial skills


SINDHU B NAVALI USHA V DEVANSHU OZA sindhu.navali@yahoo.co.in ushavmurthy@yahoo.com devanshuoza@gmail.com

Company: Mphasis (an EDS company)


Profile:
The Business Analyst plays the critical role of interfacing between the client and the technical team. Their role extends from understanding and documenting client requirements to demonstrating domain awareness; and from resolving functional queries to assisting in the change management process

Interview procedure:
Group discussion on some general or specific topic, if the number is more or else it will
be a direct GD

Personal interview consisting of questions mainly based on summer internship and


general knowledge like past events of significance, e.g. Enron issue. There were also questions about willingness to be located anywhere in India and abroad. Preparations required for the interview: One should be thorough about the summer internship topic and any other related topic which one thinks might have relevance. Also knowledge about past events and current happenings is quintessential. One should also be prepared to be placed anywhere. Though I was not asked personal questions like Tell me about yourself, it would be prudent if one is prepared for such questions KARTHIK.B karthikb1983@gmail.com

Company: Odessa Technologies


Profile: Business Analyst Profile Description: A business analyst is required to interact with the client to
understand their business requirement and to document it in a fashion where they can be understood by the development team. He/she will be required to do need gap analysis for the client.

Selection Procedure:
Round1 Round2 Round3 Round4 Round5 Group Discussion Creative Writing (By looking at a picture) 5 Mins. Personal Interview Interview with the MD (At Odessa Office) Interview with the Chief Business Analyst

Preparations required for the interview:


A Decent communication and written skill for the GD and the written round should do. For the interview, brush up basic financial concepts like leasing, securitization, etc. and be aware of the current affairs. And most of all, be confident. R.SRINIVASAN srinivasan84@gmail.com

Company: Pipal Research


Profile: Research Analyst (Research on M&A, IPO, Valuation, Financial Returns) Selection Process:
1. First basic criteria of short listing are the students having 60% through out the academic career. 2. Short listed students will have Two or Three rounds of personal interview.

Preparations required for the interview:


1) Confidence. 2) Strong in fundamentals

Students Joining:
ERIC MALCOLM SAMUEL TEJASVINI.K.B ermasa84@yahoo.co.in kb_tejasvini@yaho.com

Company: Reliance Life


Profile: Operations or life advisor Selection Procedure:
a) first round was group discussion b) second and final round was personal interview

Other Details: Preparation was as follows I had to prepare on insurance and I had
already cleared IRDA exam so it was sort of easy

Student Joining:
GANAPATHY adithyacm@yahoo.com

Company - SBI LIFE


Profile - Operations/marketing/IT
(Asst. Manager after the training period of one year)

Selection Procedure
Aptitude test + Psychometric test + GD + Interview

Student Joining:
ANURAG BEHL ASISH PHILIP behl.anurag@gmail.com asishphilip@yahoo.co.in

Company: Standard Chartered Bank


Profile: Personal Financial Consultant (PFC). In PFC, the employees have to sit in the
bank branch cabin and attend to customers and sell them products.

Selection Process:
First round of Group Discussion, based on which students were shortlisted for interview. The GD was followed by 2 rounds of interview.

Suggestions:
1. Be prepared with current affairs for GD. 2. Be confident for the interview. Be clear about the profile. Dont be averse to sales. 3. Clear NCFM- AMFI and Derivatives modules.

Students Joining:
MILU GEORGE MARY milumg85@gmail.com shwetasridhar@yahoo.co.in

SHWETA SHRIDHAR

Company: Standard Chartered Bank


Profile Offered: RM with SME's Selection Process
1st Round: Group Discussion 2nd Round: Personal Interview

Other Details

Good communication skills Clarity and Justification for profile opted for and to stick with it. Proper answer to basic questions - Introduction, Future Plans etc A bit of aggressive approach particularly for RM profile. dj_aj475@yahoo.com tanvikansal@gmail.com tarun0886@yahoo.co.in

DIVYA J TANVI KANSAL TARUN GUPTA

Profile: Underwriting Selection Process


Same as above

Other Details

Good communication skills Clarity and Justification for profile opted for and to stick with it. Proper answer to basic questions - Introduction, Future Plans etc A bit of aggressive approach particularly for RM profile.

Students Joining:
SIDDHARTHA KRISHNAN SWAGATA PALHARYA siddhartha_krishnan@yahoo.co.in palswagata@gmail.com

Company: TATA AIG Life


Profile offered: Management trainee for project management. There will be an on
job training for a year.

Selection process: GD and interview Other Details: Important things are to know about the company and the projects
done by the candidate. Apart from that, one has to be thorough in financial subjects and statistics. They look for a fit between the organizational role and the skill set of the candidate. Candidates should be ready to face the challenges in the course of job. The right attitude is crucial to selection.

Student Joining:
ANAND NIRAJ anandniraj@gmail.com

Company: TCS
Profile: Business Analyst Selection procedure
Written Online test ( CAT, MAT entrance based) Personal interview at the office All rounds are elimination rounds

Preparation required
Knowledge about financial concepts Knowledge about current affairs In-depth insight about the summer project interview questions were based on how to reduce the risk element in the project or the concerned firm Knowledge about accounting concepts

Other Details:
Confidence No issues about traveling Basic computer knowledge

Students Joining:
JOHN THOMAS johnty777@rediffmail.com

NIVIN MATHEWS nivin_kool@yahoo.com SRINIVAS PRASAD N srinivasprasad_n@yahoo.com MINI JAIN TARUN BHAYA mini_jain87@rediffmail.com tarunbhaya@gmal.com

Company: ThoughtWorks
Profile: Business Analyst Selection process: One round of written test to check the candidates analytical
ability and two rounds of interview where in they test the candidate' knowledge in his/her field of specialization, attitude, communication skills and personality fit for the role of business analyst.

Other Details: I personally feel preparations should start from day 1 of MBA and not
on the day before placement. Be honest, dont try to fool around and finally be confident

Student Joining:
VINAY P T vincy123@rediffmail.com

Company: Vijaya Bank


Profile Offered: Probationary Asst. Manager Selection Process:
a) First round is a GD round which is not an elimination round b) Next round is an Interview round, and based on the GD performance the students are preferred in the interview c) By the end of the 6th trimester the candidates joining must have 60% above in MBA all throughout the MBA

Other Details:
a) Students should have thorough knowledge about banking sector b) Opt for banking related topic for summers and try to concentrate on the topic and gain thorough knowledge c) All finance concepts must be clear d) Current Affairs e) Accounting concepts

Students Joining:
AMITH C SHETTY ayeith@gmail.com LACHAMAPPA R NARER lrnarer@gmail.com MALLIKARJUNA GOWDA mallikarjunagowdasg@gmail.com RAMYA R SANGITA ROY MANJUNATHA S S SANDEEP G N ramya_r28@yahoo.com sangitroy@gmail.com ssmanjunath@gmail.com sandu_nagaraj@yahoo.com

Company: WIPRO EAS (Enterprise Application Services)


Profile: Business Consultant.
They have 7 verticals in this division namely Ariba, i2, JD Edwards, Oracle, Peoplesoft, SAP, Siebel. I will be getting one of these after joining.

Selection Procedure: Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Other Details:


In PI they see your communication skill and general knowledge. If you are a non engineer they may test you on systems knowledge. My PI was for around 20-25 mins. SOMARDHA SHEKHAR HOTA somardha_shekhar@yahoo.co.in