HCL Fresher Recruitment Placement Paper Jan - 2010
(Aptitude Test, Technical Round-1, Client/Manager Interview)

1. A merchant sells an item at a 20 percent discount. but still makes a
gross profit of 20 percent of the cost. What percent of cost would be gross
profit on the item have been if it had been sold without the discount?

(A) 20% (B) 40% (C) 50% (D) 60% (E) 66.6%

Ans :c) 50%

2. A millionaire bought a job lot of hats 1/4 of which were brown. The
millionaire sold 2/3 of the hats including 4/5 of the brown hats. What fraction
of the unsold hats were brown.

(A)1/60 (B)1/15 (C)3/20 (D)3/5 (E)3/4 Answer :c)3/20

3. How many integers n greater than and less than 100 are there such that,
if the digits of n are reversed, the resulting integer is n+9 ?

(A)5 (B)6 (C)7 (D)8 (E)9 Answer :D)8

4. An investor purchased a shares of stock at a certain price. If the
stock increased in price Rs 0.25 per share and the total increase for the x
shares was Rs 12.50, how many shares of stock had been purchased ?

(A)25 (B)50 (C)75 (D)100 (E)125

Answer :B)50

5. At a special sale, 5 tickets can be purchased for the price of 3
tickets. If 5 tickets are purchased at the sale, the amount saved will be what
percent of the original price of the 5 tickets?

(A)20% (B)33.3% (C)40% (D)60% (E)66.6% Answer :c)40%

6. Working independently, Tina can do a certain job in 12 hours. Working
independently, Ann can do the same job in 9 hours. If Tina works independently
at the job for 8 hours and then Ann works independently, how many hours will it
take Ann to complete the remainder of the jobs?

(A)2/3 (B)3/4 (C)1 (D)2 (E)3 Ans :E)3

7. A decorator bought a bolt of d m number of red chips in any one stack ?

(A)7 (B)6 (C)5 (D)4 (E)3 Answer :C) 5

1) In a murder case there are four suspects P,Q,R,S. Each of them makes a
statement. They are

p: "I had gone to the theatre with S at the time of the murder".

q: "I was playing cards with P at the time of the murder".

r: "Q didn't commit the murder".

s: "R is not the murderer".

Assuming the only one of the above statement is false and that one of them
is the murderer, who is the murderer?

a) P

b) Q

c) R

d) Cann't be concluded

e) S

and: E.) r and s are true as first two statements are contradictory. thus
either P or S is murderer. as q is not murderer, he is telling truth that P was
with him. hence S is murderer.

2) Mohan earned twice as much as Deep. Yogesh earned rs.3/- more than half
as much as deep. If the amounts earned by Mohan,Deep,Yogesh are M,D,Y
respectively, Which of the following is the correct ordering of these amounts?

a) M < D < Y

b) M < Y < D

c) D < M < Y

d) It cann't be determined from the information given

e) D < Y < M

ans d)

3) Statistics indicate that men drivers are involved in more accidents
than women drivers. Hence it may be concluded that

a) sufficiently information is not there to conclude anything

b) Men are actually better drivers but drive more frequently

c) Women Certainly drive more cautiously than Men

d) Men chauvinists are wrong about women's abilities.

e) Statistics sometimes present a wrong picture of things

4) What does the hex number E78 correspond to in radix 7 ?

a) 12455

b) 14153

c) 14256

d) 13541

e) 13112

Ans :d

5)Given that A,B,C,D,E each represent one of the digits between 1 and 9
and that the following multiplication holds:

A B C D E

X 4

E D C B A

what digit does E represent ?

a) 4

b) 6

c) 8

d) 7

Ans: c

6) HCL prototyping machine can make 10 copies every 4 seconds. At this
rate, How many copies can the machine make in 6 min.?

a) 900

b) 600

c) 360

d) 240

e) 150

Ans: a

7) if a=2,b=4,c=5 then a+b c c a+b

a) 1

b) 11/30

c) 0

d) -11/30

e) -1

ans: b

8) 10^2(10^8+10^8) =10^4

a) 2(10)^4

b) 2(10)^6

c) 10^8

d) 2(10)^8

e) 10^10

Ans: b

9) Worker W produces n units in 5 hours. Workers V and W, workers
independently but at the same time, produce n units in 2 hours. how long would
it take V alone to produce n units?

a) 1 hr 26 min

b) 1 hr 53 min

c) 2 hr 30 min

d) 3 hr 30 min

e) 3 hr 20 min

Ans: d (e)

10) if q <> 0 and k = qr/2 -s, then what is r in terms of k,q,s?

a) 2k+s q

b) 2sk q

c) 2(k-s) q

d) 2k+sq q

e) 2(k+s) q

Ans: e

Six knights - P,Q,R,S,T and U - assemble for a long journey in two
traveling parties. For security, each travelingparty consists of at least two
knights. The two parties travel by separate routes, northern and southern. After
one month, the routes of the northern and southern groups converge for a brief
time and at that point theknights can, if they wish, rearrange their traveling
parties before continuing, again in two parties along separatenorthern and
southern routes. Throughout the entire trip, the composition of traveling
parties must be in accord with the following conditions:

P and R are deadly enemies and, although they may meet briefly, can never
travel together. p must travel in the same party with S Q can't travel by the
southern route U can't change routes

11) If one of the two parties of knights consists of P and U and two other
knights and travels by the southern route, the other members of this party
besides P and U must be

a) Q and S

b) Q and T

c) R and S

d) R and T

e) S and T

Ans: e

12) If each of the two parties of knights consists of exactly three
members, which of the following is not a possible traveling party and route?

a) P,S,U by the northern route

b) P,S,T by the northern route

c) P,S,T by the southern route

d) P,S,U by the southern route

e) Q,R,T by the southern route

Ans: b

13) If one of the two parties of knights consists of U and two other
knights and travels by the northern route, the other members of this party
besides U must be

a) P and S

b) P and T

c) Q and R

d) Q and T

e) R and T

Ans: c

14) If each of the two parties of knights consists of exactly three
members of different pX-Mozilla-Status: 0009by the northern route, then T must
travel by the

a) southern route with P and S

b) southern route with Q and R

c) southern route with R and U

d) northern route with Q and R

e) northern route with R and U

Ans: a

15) If, when the two parties of knights encounter one another after a
month, exactly one knight changes from one traveling party to the other
traveling party, that knight must be

a) P

b) Q

c) R

d) S

e) T

Ans: e

PAPER - II

1. How many of the integers between 25 and 45 are even ?

(A)21

(B)20

(C)11

(D)10

(E)9

Ans:d)10

2. If taxi fares were Rs 1.00 for the first 1/5 mile and Rs 0.20 for each
1/5 miles thereafter. The taxi fare for a 3-mile ride was

(A)Rs 1.56

(B)Rs 2.40

(C)RS 3.00

(D)Rs 3.80

(E)Rs 4.20

Answer :d)Rs 3.80

3. A computer routine was developed to generate two numbers (x,y) the
first being a random number between 0 and 100 inclusive, and the second being
less than or equal to the square root of the first. Each of the following pair
satisfies the routine EXCEPT

(A) (99.10)

(B) (85.9)

(C) (50.7)

(D) (1.1)

(E) (1.0)

Answer : A) (99.10)

4. A warehouse had a square floor with area 10,000 sq.meters. A
rectangular addition was built along one entire side of the warehouse that
increased the floor by one-half as much as the original floor. How many meters
did the addition extend beyond the original buildings ?

(A)10

(B)20

(C)50

(D)200

(E)500

Ans: c)50

5. A digital wristwatch was set accurately at 8.30 a.m and then lost 2
seconds every 5 minutes. What time was indicated on the watch at 6.30 p.m of the
same day if the watch operated continuously that time ?

(A)5:56

(B)5:58

(C)6.00

(D)6.23

(E)6.26

Ans :E) 6.26

6. A 5 litre jug contains 4 litres of a salt water solution that is 15
percent salt. If 1.5 litres of the solution spills out of the jug, and the jug
is then filled to capacity with water, approximately what percent of the
resulting solution in the jug is salt?

(A)7.5%

(B)9.5%

(C) 10.5%

(D)12%

(E)15%

Ans :A)7.5%

7. A plane travelled K miles in the first 96 miles of flight time. If it
completed the remaining 300 miles of the trip in 1 minute, what was its average
speed in miles per hour for the entire trip ?

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)

(E)

Ans :(300+k)/97 * 60

8. A merchant sells an item at a 20 percent discount. but still makes a
gross profit of 20 percent of the cost. What percent of cost would be gross
profit on the item have been if it had been sold without the discount?

(A)20%

(B)40%

(C)50%

(D)60%

(E)66.6%

Ansr :c) 50%

9. A millionaire bought a job lot of hats 1/4 of which were brown. The
millionaire sold 2/3 of the hats including 4/5 of the brown hats. What fraction
of the unsold hats were brown.

(A)1/60

(B)1/15

(C)3/20

(D)3/5

(E)3/4

Ans :c)3/20

10. How many integers n greater than and less than 100 are there such
that,if the digits of n are reversed, the resulting integer is n+9 ?

(A)5

(B)6

(C)7

(D)8

(E)9

Ans :D)8

11. An investor purchased a shares of stock at a certain price.If the
stock increased in price Rs 0.25 per share and the total increase for the x
shares was Rs 12.50, how many shares of stock had been purchased ?

(A)25

(B)50

(C)75

(D)100

(E)125

Ans :B)50

12 At a special sale, 5 tickets can be purchased for the price of 3
tickets. If 5 tickets are purchased at the sale, the amount saved will be What
percent of the original price of the 5 tickets?

(A) 20%

(B) 33.3%

(C) 40%

(D) 60%

(E) 66.6%

Ans :c)40%

13. Working independently, Tina can do a certain job in 12 hours. Working
independently, Ann can do the same job in 9 hours. If Tina Works independently
at the job for 8 hours and then Ann works independently, how many hours will it
take Ann to complete the remainder of the jobs?

(A) 2/3

(B) 3/4

(C) 1

(D) 2

(E) 3

Ans :E)3

14. A decorator bought a bolt of d m number of red chips in any one stack
?

(A) 7

(B) 6

(C) 5

(D) 4

(E) 3

Ans :C) 5

15. A sink has 12 lits of water some quantity of water is taken out. if
the remainng water is 6 litres less then the water taken out then quantity of
water taken out is.

a. 3

b. 6

c. 9

d. 1

16. which is the 4 digit number whose second digit is thrice the first
digit and 3'rd digit is sum of 1'st and 2'nd and last digit is twice the second
digit.

1.2674

2.1349.

3.3343

4.3678

17. In a straight highway 2 cars starts from the same point in opposite
directions each travels for 8 Kms and take left turn then travel for 6 Kms what
is the distance between them now.

1.16

2.20

3.25

4.10

HCL Latest Fresher Job Interview Placement Paper Pattern:
10th August 2010

Company Name : HCL

Type : Fresher, Job Interview

Exam/Interview Date : 10-Aug-2010

Location: Hyderabad

No of Rounds : Group Discussion - GD

Contributor Name : Madhuri

This is Madhuri from GIET rajahmundry, information technology. Recently i
have attended the hcl throgh aspiring minds. In 2010, HCL didnt have any campus
drives, it has centralised all the requirement and will b conducted in state
capitals like hyd and Chennai and Bangolore.

First we have to register to aspiring minds online, then they wil send us
admit card for written test with venue details.

This written test contains:

1. Verbal - its very simple just articles like that

2. Aptitude - they wont give ant time and distance and time and work
probs, its also very easy will hav some problems on avgs, ratios,numbers,
logs....

3. Technical paragraphs - inthis they will give u a long paragaraph on any
technical subject followed by questons...

And i didn't remember the remaining sections... one more thing al the qsns
are multiple choices. Guys keep in mind that b fast and correct, all the
sections are easy. i don't know the cutoff and all those things, but they mailed
me after nearly one month and sent me a interview call letter also.

Next round is GD The topic may be any technical topic or any general
matter. No need to worry, but one thing u need to b loud in English. Maintain ur
voice pitch and b clear with what u r talking, and listen to others also..

In our batch they selected 3 out of 10, in some batches they selected 10
out of 10 also..They announced the result in 10 mins and then the final HR
round....The guys who got selected for HR are almost got selected...My HR qsns
are:

Tell me about ur self?

Family back ground?

Interests or hobbies? ( make sure those should be strange and realistic)

He gave me a situation and asked me how u will react?

My situation is, u r a software developer and working for a project as
trainee.. u have done everything and worked very hardly for that project. but
your team leader told to manager that everything was his own talent and work. in
this situation what will u do? (Don't go with any complaints that will show a
-ve mark)

Finally he said okay Madhuri you can leave now and will mail u in 1 week.
But i got the mail from HCL with in 2 days and my good luck I got selected..:)

HCL Placement Question Paper: Solved (C Language)

Instructions:

1. Please ignore any case-sensitive errors and un-included libraries.

2. You may use the back of this question paper for any rough work.

Q1.

main()

{

int i;

clrscr();

printf("%d", &i)+1;

scanf("%d", i)-1;

}

a. Runtime error.

b. Runtime error. Access violation.

c. Compile error. Illegal syntax

d. None of the above

Ans: d,printf( ) prints address/garbage of i,

scanf() dont hav & sign, so scans address for i

+1, -1 dont hav any effect on code

Q2.

main(int argc, char *argv[])

{

(main && argc) ? main(argc-1, NULL) : return 0;

}

a. Runtime error.

b. Compile error. Illegal syntax

c. Gets into Infinite loop

d. None of the above

Ans: b) illegal syntax for using return

Q3.

main()

{

int i;

float *pf;

pf = (float *)&i;

*pf = 100.00;

printf("\n %d", i);

}

a. Runtime error.

b. 100

c. Some Integer not 100

d. None of the above

Ans: d) 0

Q4.

main()

{

int i = 0xff ;

printf("\n%d", i<<2);

}

a. 4

b. 512

c. 1020

d. 1024

Ans: c) 1020

Q5.

#define SQR(x) x * x

main()

{

printf("%d", 225/SQR(15));

}

a. 1

b. 225

c. 15

d. none of the above

Ans: b) 225

Q6.

union u

{

struct st

{

int i : 4;

int j : 4;

int k : 4;

int l;

}st;

int i;

}u;

main()

{

u.i = 100;

printf("%d, %d, %d",u.i, u.st.i, u.st.l);

}

a. 4, 4, 0

b. 0, 0, 0

c. 100, 4, 0

d. 40, 4, 0

Ans: c) 100, 4, 0

Q7.

union u

{

union u

{

int i;

int j;

}a[10];

int b[10];

}u;

main()

{

printf("\n%d", sizeof(u));

printf(" %d", sizeof(u.a));

// printf("%d", sizeof(u.a[4].i));

}

a. 4, 4, 4

b. 40, 4, 4

c. 1, 100, 1

d. 40 400 4

Ans: 20, 200, error for 3rd printf

Q8.

main()

{

int (*functable[2])(char *format, ...) ={printf, scanf};

int i = 100;

(*functable[0])("%d", i);

(*functable[1])("%d", i);

(*functable[1])("%d", i);

(*functable[0])("%d", &i);

}

a. 100, Runtime error.

b. 100, Random number, Random number, Random number.

c. Compile error

d. 100, Random number

Q9.

main()

{

int i, j, *p;

i = 25;

j = 100;

p = &i; // Address of i is assigned to pointer p

printf("%f", i/(*p) ); // i is divided by pointer p

}

a. Runtime error.

b. 1.00000

c. Compile error

d. 0.00000

Ans: c) Error becoz i/(*p) is 25/25 i.e 1 which is int & printed as a
float,

So abnormal program termination,

runs if (float) i/(*p) -----> Type Casting

Q10.

main()

{

int i, j;

scanf("%d %d"+scanf("%d %d", &i, &j));

printf("%d %d", i, j);

}

a. Runtime error.

b. 0, 0

c. Compile error

d. the first two values entered by the user

Ans: d) two values entered, 3rd will be null pointer assignment

Q11.

main()

{

char *p = "hello world";

p[0] = 'H';

printf("%s", p);

}

a. Runtime error.

b. “Hello world”

c. Compile error

d. “hello world”

Ans: b) Hello world

Q12.

main()

{

char * strA;

char * strB = I am OK;

memcpy( strA, strB, 6);

}

a. Runtime error.

b. I am OK

c. Compile error

d. I am O

Ans: c) I am OK is not in " "

Q13. How will you print % character?

a. printf(“\%”)

b. printf(“\\%”)

c. printf(“%%”)

d. printf(“\%%”)

Ans: c) printf(" %% ");

Q14.

const int perplexed = 2;

#define perplexed 3

main()

{

#ifdef perplexed

#undef perplexed

#define perplexed 4

#endif

printf("%d",perplexed);

}

a. 0

b. 2

c. 4

d. none of the above

Ans: c)

Q15.

struct Foo

{

char *pName;

};

main()

{

struct Foo *obj = malloc(sizeof(struct Foo));

clrscr();

strcpy(obj->pName,"Your Name");

printf("%s", obj->pName);

}

a. Your Name

b. compile error

c. Name

d. Runtime error

Ans a)

Q16.

struct Foo

{

char *pName;

char *pAddress;

};

main()

{

struct Foo *obj = malloc(sizeof(struct Foo));

clrscr();

obj->pName = malloc(100);

obj->pAddress = malloc(100);

strcpy(obj->pName,"Your Name");

strcpy(obj->pAddress, "Your Address");

free(obj);

printf("%s", obj->pName);

printf("%s", obj->pAddress);

}

a. Your Name, Your Address

b. Your Address, Your Address

c. Your Name Your Name

d. None of the above

Ans: d) printd Nothing, as after free(obj), no memory is there containing

obj->pName & pbj->pAddress

Q17.

main()

{

char *a = "Hello ";

char *b = "World";

clrscr();

printf("%s", strcat(a,b));

}

a. Hello

b. Hello World

c. HelloWorld

d. None of the above

Ans: b)

Q18.

main()

{

char *a = "Hello ";

char *b = "World";

clrscr();

printf("%s", strcpy(a,b));

}

a. “Hello”

b. “Hello World”

c. “HelloWorld”

d. None of the above

Ans: d) World, copies World on a, overwrites Hello in a.

Q19.

void func1(int (*a)[10])

{

printf("Ok it works");

}

void func2(int a[][10])

{

printf("Will this work?");

}

main()

{

int a[10][10];

func1(a);

func2(a);

}

a. Ok it works

b. Will this work?

c. Ok it worksWill this work?

d. None of the above

Ans: c)

Q20.

main()

{

printf("%d, %d", sizeof('c'), sizeof(100));

}

a. 2, 2

b. 2, 100

c. 4, 100

d. 4, 4

Ans: a) 2, 2

Q21.

main()

{

int i = 100;

clrscr();

printf("%d", sizeof(sizeof(i)));

}

a. 2

b. 100

c. 4

d. none of the above

Ans: a) 2

Q22.

main()

{

int c = 5;

printf("%d", main||c);

}

a. 1

b. 5

c. 0

d. none of the above

Ans: a) 1, if we use main|c then error, illegal use of pointer

Q23.

main()

{

char c;

int i = 456;

clrscr();

c = i;

printf("%d", c);

}

a. 456

b. -456

c. random number

d. none of the above

Ans: d) -56

Q24.

void main ()

{

int x = 10;

printf ("x = %d, y = %d", x,--x++);

}

a. 10, 10

b. 10, 9

c. 10, 11

d. none of the above

Ans: d) Lvalue required

Q25.

main()

{

int i =10, j = 20;

clrscr();

printf("%d, %d, ", j-- , --i);

printf("%d, %d ", j++ , ++i);

}

a. 20, 10, 20, 10

b. 20, 9, 20, 10

c. 20, 9, 19, 10

d. 19, 9, 20, 10

Ans: c)

Q26.

main()

{

int x=5;

clrscr();

for(;x==0;x--) {

printf("x=%d\n”", x--);

}

}

a. 4, 3, 2, 1, 0

b. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

c. 0, 1, 2, 3, 4

d. none of the above

Ans: d) prints nothing, as condition x==0 is False

Q27

main()

{

int x=5;

for(;x!=0;x--) {

printf("x=%d\n", x--);

}

}

a. 5, 4, 3, 2,1

b. 4, 3, 2, 1, 0

c. 5, 3, 1

d. none of the above

Ans: d) Infinite loop as x is decremented twice, it never be 0

and loop is going on & on

Q28

main()

{

int x=5;

clrscr();

for(;x<= 0;x--)

{

printf("x=%d ", x--);

}

}

a. 5, 3, 1

b. 5, 2, 1,

c. 5, 3, 1, -1, 3

d. –3, -1, 1, 3, 5

Ans: prints nothing, as condition in loop is false.

Q29.

main()

{

{

unsigned int bit=256;

printf("%d", bit);

}

{

unsigned int bit=512;

printf("%d", bit);

}

}

a. 256, 256

b. 512, 512

c. 256, 512

d. Compile error

Ans: 256, 512, becoz these r different blocks, so declaration allowed

Q30.

main()

{

int i;

clrscr();

for(i=0;i<5;i++)

{

printf("%d\n", 1L << i);

}

}

a. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

b. 0, 1, 2, 3, 4

c. 0, 1, 2, 4, 8

d. 1, 2, 4, 8, 16

Ans: d) L does't make any diff.

Q31.

main()

{

signed int bit=512, i=5;

for(;i;i--)

{

printf("%d\n", bit = (bit >> (i - (i -1))));

}

}

a. 512, 256, 128, 64, 32

b. 256, 128, 64, 32, 16

c. 128, 64, 32, 16, 8

d. 64, 32, 16, 8, 4

Ans: b)

Q32.

main()

{

signed int bit=512, i=5;

for(;i;i--)

{

printf("%d\n", bit >> (i - (i -1)));

}

}

a. 512, 256, 0, 0, 0

b. 256, 256, 0, 0, 0

c. 512, 512, 512, 512, 512

d. 256, 256, 256, 256, 256

Ans: d) bit's value is not changed

Q33.

main()

{

if (!(1&&0))

{

printf("OK I am done.");

}

else

{

printf("OK I am gone.");

}

}

a. OK I am done

b. OK I am gone

c. compile error

d. none of the above

Ans: a)

Q34

main()

{

if ((1||0) && (0||1))

{

printf("OK I am done.");

}

else

{

printf("OK I am gone.");

}

}

a. OK I am done

b. OK I am gone

c. compile error

d. none of the above

Ans: a)

Q35

main()

{

signed int bit=512, mBit;

{

mBit = ~bit;

bit = bit & ~bit ;

printf("%d %d", bit, mBit);

}

}

a. 0, 0

b. 0, 513

c. 512, 0

d. 0, -513

Ans: d)