Interview Experience for PSU’S: Interviewers expectations from You

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Admission to the Public Sector Undertakings offers the most lucrative options for the Candidates. A career in any PSU is accompanied by not only innumerable career opportunities and growth but also accompanied by responsibilities and hard work. Any candidate seeking to embrace this career should understand the magnitude of authority the position carries with no margins of error. In spite of the tremendous responsibility, a career in PSU  provides any enthusiastic candidate exposure to learn novel things and increase his skill set. Nothing beats a career in any of the PSU of the country such as  National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL), Indian Oil Corporation Limited(IOCL), Coal India Limited(CIL), Gas Authority of India Limited(GAIL).
As mentioned earlier career in any PSU offers great remunerations. Thus it is nothing less than a Golden Opportunity for any prospective aspirant to embrace a career path that has abundant remunerations and rewards. With no pressure of overtime and shifts, the position is, in fact, a 9 to 5 job. Selected Candidates can enjoy all the benefits associated with a Government Job. Common benefits include Pension, Less work pressure and Reputation in society. Candidate’s path to move up the ladder in his position is comparatively easier as compared to other jobs and the Salary increments are great. There are distinct approaches on how to get a PSU (Public Sector Undertaking) Job.
  1. GATE Exam
  2. NET Exams ( UGC NET/ CSIR NET)
  3. Campus Interview Selection Process
  4. Direct Selection Process
Whatever the method adopted, the selection process is stringent and highly competitive. Without doubt, appearing for any Interview is a challenging situation and is actually a test of a candidate’s nerves. The Interview for PSU is no exception and most of the candidate is jittery with respect to the expected questions due to be asked by the Interview Panel. Any unexpected question can make a student throw off guard from his natural self often resulting in errors sufficient to cause rejection in the interview. Wouldn’t it be great if there was, in fact, some way whereby the candidates have a basic understanding of the questions that actually form a part of the PSU Interview process? There is no better source to prepare for the PSU Interview than from the actual experiences of the candidates who have aced the interview in the previous years.
Words of advice from the success stories can prove to be an integral element for they are an unbiased representation of the actual experience of the candidates who have faced the PSU panel. The benefits of these are manifold. Firstly the candidates who have appeared for the interview serve as a reference point for the current candidates to follow. Secondly, it provides clarity on the key elements to concentrate on and what the interview panel is looking for. Thirdly and most importantly there are some of the candidates who are apprehensive about appearing for the examination considering the difficulty level. Coming directly from the candidate himself, restores the confidence level, for now, and saves them time and resources in concentrating on the key areas. The advice from the successful candidates of the Engineers Career Group can be extremely constructive for they highlight the important points the candidate should not avoid under any circumstances. Our sole purpose of mentioning the interview context is exclusively targeted at encouraging the prospective candidates to follow suit towards one of the country’s prestigious organisations. We ensure you that the candidate’s first-hand experience in various PSU interviews mentioned in this blog is aimed to provide a guideline to the candidates aiming to be recruited in the leading Public Sector Undertakings. Also, it propels the candidates to channelize the preparation efforts towards building skills like Technical Skills, Communication Skills and Core Competencies. Considering that a greater part of the Interview is basically a test of the candidate’s Technical prowess and Communication Skills, the Engineers Career Group’s dedicated team strives to build in the candidates the aforesaid competencies with desired results.
We are sharing with you the experience of one of our candidate who appeared for the Interview for some of the leading PSU’s. We anticipate that it shall provide the potential candidates seeking recruitment to PSU’s a blueprint for the preparation of the interview perceived by many as arduous.
  1. NPCIL/BARC: I appeared for NPCIL Interview but did not attend BARC interview. A couple of friends who had appeared for the BARC the interviews of both were quite similar. The only difference was that while the interview for BARC extended for 1-1.5 hours whereas the duration of interview for NPCIL was around  40-50 mins. Some of the interviewers were, in fact, the same in both the interviews. If I talk about the content of the questions asked during the interview, I would like to mention that my NPCIL interview was purely technical. The interviewer for the first couple of minutes ask questions based on the personal background to make one comfortable. Other than that, the interview was purely technical. Questions asked started from a basic level and gradually increased their level of difficulty. In the event, you have work experience, ensure to have an understanding of the products of that organisation along with their uses, specifications and applications. Since I had worked in a fan manufacturing plant (Crompton), so I was asked questions about different fans, the difference between a fan and pump, and the applications of a blower. Also, they asked me to mention 5 of my favourite subjects and the basic questions were asked about them. I have to admit that my NPCIL interview went very bad as it being my first interview and being extremely nervous led me to panic and result in some silly answers.
  2. ONGC: ONGC Interview was comparatively an easy one. Most of the interview is HR related accompanied by some technical questions on some basic concepts. The Interview panel consisted of around 8-9 members, but only 1-2 members were asking questions. The interview went for 10-15 mins only, where the members asked questions regarding my personal and educational background, experience (if any), and about the various departments in ONGC. Thus it becomes mandatory to not only know about the company’s organizational structure, Department heads, Annual Profit, Oil production and Prices, etc. Also, there are questions that are asked on current affairs as well. For instance, I  was asked which country has Modiji recently visited and what was the award given to him there.
  3. IOCL: Selection in IOCL is actually a combination of  GD, GT and Interview. The candidate can choose to answer in either of the two languages Hindi or ENGLISH in these rounds. The topics of the GD and GT were based on current affairs and the Interview was just similar to the ONGC Interview, which again went for 10-15 minutes. While I was asked basic questions, there were some of my friends who were asked some difficult technical questions, and still, there were others who were asked only HR questions. Thus in case one is interested in being successful in IOCL, I would recommend him to be prepared for both. However, in my case, the percentage of HR and Technical part was 50-50. Besides, I was also asked questions on my BTech project, Work experience, Favourite sport, and regarding the technical part I was asked technical questions on Bernoulli Equation, the Inertia of motion, and Thermodynamics besides others.
  4. Others: Besides the above, I appeared for two more Mini Ratan companies – Rites and Vizag Steels. The experience for both these interviews was almost the same and both went for around 10-15 minutes. I was asked some really challenging Technical questions. I was asked to mention my favourite subject and when I mentioned thermodynamics (Both Interviews). And incidentally, they both started asking questions from IC engines. The panel asked some good questions, Difference between Otto and Diesel cycle, Emissions, White Smoke, and questions like the consequences of using petrol in Diesel Engine. I personally feel that there is no guarantee that the interview shall be purely technical for there were some of my friends who were not asked a single technical question. Thus the chances of facing a technical round is entirely a matter of luck. The candidates are cautioned not to disclose in the interview if they are doing MTech from any IIT or any other University. However, I mentioned in every interview that I am pursuing MTech in IIT from last one year. May be the likely chances of being asked technical questions increase, however, mentioning MTech will not decrease your chances of getting selected.
Engineers Career Group has been a pioneer institution that is dedicated to preparing the candidates for recruitment to the leading PSU’s. The institute has an influential history of having mentored candidates who have gone to be recruited in some of the leading Public Sector Undertakings in the country. Led by visionary management and a dedicated faculty who strives every day to deliver the most detailed and comprehensive study material for the prospective candidates. Engineers Career Group focuses on both theoretical and psychological methods while preparing the aspirant for any competitive exam. Engineers Career Group unparalleled commitment towards delivering quality guidance towards helping the student reach his target goal. Experienced Faculty along with the state of art study material and comprehensive test series covering the syllabus ensures the candidate clear the GATE with outstanding scores considered as the basis for recruitment to PSU’s. The mock test, questionnaire, study material provided during the coaching, provides students with the necessary skills to clear the various stages of the selection.

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