Placement Preparedness Guide: IBM GBS

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The placement season is on and IBM is going to visit campuses really soon. Here is all you need to know about the company profile, their test pattern and interview styles. The MyPerfectice team resourced all the data from students who appeared the process and this will definitely help you to get placed in your dream company.
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IBM Global Business Services (GBS) is the professional services arm of Global Services, including management and strategy consulting, systems integration, and application management services. Revenues from the Global Business Services were $13.5 billion in 2014.
  • Founded: 1995
  • Revenue: 79.92Billion USD (2016)
  • Headquarters: Armonk, North Castle, New York, United States
  • Parent organization: IBM
  • Founder of IBM: Charles Ranlett Flint
The beginning of IBM’s involvement in IT services can be traced back at least to 1989 when Eastman Kodak Company and IBM completed an agreement by which IBM designed, built and managed a new state-of-the-art data center for Kodak in Rochester, New York under the brand name ISSC, Integrated Systems Solution Corporation.
Also in 1989, IBM introduced Business Recovery Services, an offering that enables a business to continue operations in the event of an unplanned outage or disaster.
In 1992, the company formed IBM Consulting Group, as a new management consulting organization with service lines in Business Transformation and IT Strategy Consulting. This initiative was led by Robert M. Howe, IBM Vice-President and General Manager of IBM Consulting Group. The group was rebranded to IBM Business Innovation Services in 2001 and then IBM Business Consulting Services. As the management consulting became more entangled with more technology delivery, the integrated organization became known as IBM Global Business Services.
In 2002, IBM Global Services acquired the management consulting and technology services arm of PWC, around the same time some of the other big four accounting firms were selling off their consulting arms. PWC’s consultancy business was sold to IBM for approximately US$ 3.9 billion in cash and stock. This nearly doubled the number of consultants within IBM Global Services, adding 30,000 consultants in 52 countries.
IBM Global Business Services is organized into six service lines:
  • Business Analytics & Strategy
  • Interactive Experience
  • Application Management Services
  • Mid Market
  • SAP Application Services
  • Microsoft Service


  • CEO IBM: Ginni Rometty
  • Founder: Thomas J. Watson
  • IBM India Head: Vanitha Narayanan


IBM divides selection Process in two stages. These stages are:
  • Written test
  • Personal Interview(Technical + HR)


  • Number series (16 Q; 2.15min/Q): Number series is one of the very important topics for IBM recruitment as it has one complete section on the same. The questions are not exceptionally difficult, however to gain some edge over your competitors, it is important to be able to solve the few tricky ones

Sample questions:

SET 1:
2, 3, 10, 15, 26, ?
0.03, 0.0018,0.00108,0.00648, ?
-5, 1, -11, 23, 29, 17, -20, -14, ? 2, 1/3, 2/3, 6, 7, ?, 3, ?, 14, 20, 1/5, 4, ?
40, 39, 37, 33, 26, 15, ?
4, 11, 66, 74, 370, 379, ?.
2, 1, 2, 3, 8, 0, 1, 9, 1, 2, ?
0, 1, 2, 0.5, 2, 3, 5, 1, 2, 0, 2, 1, 4, 2, 3, ?
37, 33, 9, 49, 58, 85, 25, 64, 29, 92, ?
SET 2:
1) 7, -35, -34, -3, 15, 16, 4, ?.
2) 2, 7, -35, 7, 12, -60, 5, 10, ?. 3) 4, 3, 6, 5, 11, 10, 19, 18, 30, 29, ?.
4) 8, 6, 3, 27, 4, 8, 7, 19, 2, 0, 7, ?.
5) 0.5, 2, 3, 4.5, 6.75, ?.
6) 5, 6, 6.5, 6.5, 8, 7, 9.5, ?.
7) 5, 16, 22, 68, 28, 87, 34, 106, 11, ?
8) 3, 5, 2, 100, 4, 7, 3, 196, 1, 6, 5, ?.
  • Quantitative aptitude (16 Q; 2.15min/Q): Questions from profit & loss, chain rule, time & work, time & distance, problems on ages

Sample questions:

  1. In a certain company, 20% of the men and 40% of the women attended the annual company picnic. If 35% of all the employees are man, what percent of all the employees went to the picnic?
  2. A letter has to be printed 100 lines with 80 character, if 40 character per line printed then how many lines it take?
  3. A company rented a machine for Rs.700/- a month. Five years later the treasurer calculated that if the company had purchased the machine and paid Rs.100/- monthly maintenance charge, the company would have saved Rs.2000/-. What was the purchase price of the machine?
  4. A person starts at 2.05PM with 40km/hr. and reaches to 8.35 pm. Then how much distance he travelled?
  5. In a software company 4/10 of people know C++, 2/4 of them know java, 2/8 of them know neither, find the total possibility to know C++?
  • Business communication (22 Q; 20 min): Based on official/Editorial letter, Error Detection and Sentence Correction, short reading comprehension passages, basic grammar usage questions like fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, paragraph completion, sentence correction, vocabulary, sentence ordering.
  • Psychometric Test (Depends): This round is also called WSI. Work Style Inventory. In this 100 questions were asked related to day-to-day. Life situations and how we tackle them. Those were simple but tricky.

Quick tips:

  • Know-how on IBM products is a must
  • In depth study on your project/internship
  • Basic coding on C/C++/Java

Technical questions:

SET 1:
What do you mean by 3NF in DBMS?
What is join in DBMS?
What is pass by value and pass by reference?
What is Operating System?
Difference between C++ and Java. What is pointer?
Questions on pointer. Write double linked list programs.
SET 2:
What is the key project you have done in B.Tech course?
Which type of server you have used in your project? Name the server you used in your project?
How many types of servers are there?
What is the difference between application server and web server?
How many OSI layers are present in a network architecture? Name it In which OSI layer your project is running on?
What is probability? Explain it.
What is equilateral triangle?
What are the subjects you have studied in B.Tech?
What do you mean by semi-conductor?
What is difference between conductor and semi-conductor?.

HR Questions:

Tell me about yourself?
Why do you want to work for IBM?
Tell me the date you appeared for IBM aptitude test?
How many sections are there in IBM aptitude test?
Duration of each section?
What is your hobby?
Tell me brief about your hobby?
Why do you like Virat Kohli? (As I told he is my favourite cricketer and I love to watch cricket)
How many runs he scored in last match?
Who is the test captain of Indian Cricket Team now?
Are you flexible with re-location?
Some general tips that can help you crack your placement test at IBM and in most of the other placement tests:
  • Be thorough with your resume. Expect questions based on what you have mentioned.
  • Be thorough with your project.
  • Your favourite subject should be the one you’re most confident in?
  • Have knowledge about the company.
  • Be confident.
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