Axis Bank Data Analyst Interview
Name: Shreya Prabhakar
- Which company have you been placed in and what’s the job description?
>>I got a full time offer from AXIS BANK, for the profile of Data Analyst. I initially got an internship in this organization in my 3rd year, which was then extended to a PPO (Pre-Placement Offer). The job locations being either Bengaluru or Mumbai.
2.Tell us something about your college life and experiences. Were you the part of any club or society throughout your college life and how did they help you?
>> I really had a great time during my college. During the initial phase, i.e., first and second year, I explored a lot of potential areas of interest, took part in various fest (cultural and technical) activities, explored Ranchi (restaurants especially).Talking about the clubs, I was in IEEE and SMAC. IEEE is a technical club that mainly focuses on coding and IT related stuffs. Clubs like these are very helpful as here, one can get a lots of knowledge and learning (tech and non-tech) from other members. SMAC is a sports club, which is basically responsible to organize various sports events in the college. Clubs like these help you to develop your personality, make you more organized and boost your management skills as well. The main thing is enjoying your college, make new friends, explore different things to find your interest and keep going!
3.What message would you give to the first- and second-year undergraduates on effectively using their time and maintaining their academic as well as social life?
>>During the first and second year, I would highly recommended to try different things, as this will definitely help one in finding his/her academic interests as well as it will help them with their personality development. Participate in different activities like fest events, try new clubs, and with all of these try to maintain a good relation with seniors as well because, their experience will definitely help you. And for sure, try to maintain a good CGPA from the very beginning itself (>7.5), so that, during your 3rd and 4th year you do not have to hustle much for improving your GPA (which is the first criteria companies look!)
4.How did you discover that “this particular sector” is suitable for me or I have interest in this? How did you carry forward in this?
>>So, basically the particular sector I am working/learning is Data Sc. (Machine learning and Deep learning). When I was in 2nd year, I came to know about this field and started learning about it. I did an internship in my 2nd year in the above-mentioned field as a research intern in IIIT-B, from where my interests started to develop. Then again, I got a chance in Axis Bank to work under the same fields (machine learning and deep learning) and from here, I got to learn a lot of stuffs and this helped me to move forward in these fields.
5.What are the technical skills that are important for EEE graduates?
>>For EEE students, very less companies come for 3rd year internships in core sector (e.g. — TATA STEEL), but in the placement season, more companies came for providing FTE and 6-months internships, for both core electrical and electronics (e.g.- Infineon, Addverb, etc.). For the students who are willing to join the IT sector, should start to learn coding and other CS subjects (Operating systems, DBMS, etc.) as early as possible, because competitions in these sectors are very high.So, for all the fields, whether it be IT, Electronics or Electrical, the most basic and important thing is GPA, hence try to maintain this (>7.5).
6.How early one should start preparing for internships and how important an internship is? Where did you pursue your internship?
>>There is no such specific time from which one should start the preparation, but try to start as early as possible and try to target big companies in 3rd year internships itself, as many of these internships gets converted into a PPO, and then one feels relaxed during the final placement season. I pursued my internship from Axis Bank, they selected me for the profile of Data Analyst. I was able to grab a PPO from this internship, and will continue here as a full time.
7.What are the projects you have done in 4 years and how did they help in your placement and internship?
>> I have basically done 2 internships and from there I got to work on 3 major projects. And, my personal projects include both Machine learning (Deep Learning) projects as well as Electrical core projects (because these you need to do in your course of study).Your personal projects help you a lot in cracking an internship or a FTE, because one includes these in their resumes and companies basically look for your projects and a major part of your interview will definitely be discussing about your projects.
8.What was the selection procedure of your company? Can you repeat some of the important questions from each round of your interview?
>>The whole process of Axis Bank started with a written technical test, which included 2 coding questions and some MCQs. The MCQs were based on statistics, probability and the basics of machine learning. Followed by which, there was a technical interview round, in which questions were mainly from machine learning, my resume (skills mentioned), past projects and experiences. At last, the HR round was the final round, and here normal HR questions were asked.
9.How to choose and apply for internships, so that we can make our way in the right company that we want to join?
>>For on campus internships, always look at the job profile they are providing, and just for the sake of getting an internship or placement, do not choose any company or profile, choose according to your interests and future plans.For off campus internships, I would suggest you make an online account on LinkedIn, monster.com, Internshala, and many more. There are lots of opportunities for internships and placements for freshers/college students. Apply from these sites to the most relevant internships and full-time roles of your choice.
10.Please tell us something about the Training and Placement Portal of our college.
>>Our training and placement portal is very well organized. It gives you all the information regarding the companies that visit the campus, the profiles they offer, the salaries/stipends they provide, etc. It is very well up-to date during the placement and internship seasons.
11.What are your future plans? Would you like to go for higher studies?
>>My future plans just involve learning , I would definitely try to work in the corporate sector first, know my profile and job more deeply, and then think about the possible routes that I can take further.
12.What is your advice to the juniors who want to get placed in the field you’ve chosen?
>>The field of data science and machine learning is booming now-a-days. Every sector works with data and want this data to bring some insightful information that the company can use for their profit. So, I would definitely recommend people to give this field a try, if one is interested in it. This field basically requires the knowledge of mathematics, machine learning concepts, languages like python and SQL.