Archive | March 2012


Okay, there is nothing known as “Afterword” in my blog as I’ll keep posting something or the other that’ll be of help 😀 So, I am in Bangalore now and tomorrow is my reporting at TCS, Innovator Building, ITPL in Whitefield! 😀 I don’t have any kind of liking for the place. I just gave it as my second preference because I didn’t have a better second choice! 😛

Whitefield is your typical IT park type thing with lotsssssss of big, glassy buildings around 😛 At this time, it’s hotter than Trivandrum, I think! And it’s drier too!! If your posting is in Bangalore, make sure you bring an umbrella and a thick body lotion 😐 So, today evening, we went to a mall here called Cosmos Mall, roamed about the streets looking for a beauty parlour and finally my friends and I had Strawberry Milkshake (with real strawberries) and Onion Dosa for dinner! 😀 This is the first time in my life where I am having strawberries like grapes!!  I just meant that they are abundant here! 😛

One thing I would like to stress upon is safety! Girls, if you have your posting in Bangalore, it’s not safe to return to your PG at 10 pm! Even with friends! Unless you have a huge group with male associates too! I just saw an instance of that! So, it’s a good thing to be safe and sound! 😀

Btw, the PG I got has big, spacious rooms, Wi-Fi, a small and cute LCD TV in each room and a good bathroom! The negative points are that the cupboards are smaller than my Peepul Park Hostel in Trivandrum and the PG is located in a deserted place 😐 But…….this is the best PG we girls got for Rs. 5500 (including food)! 😛

BOYS: Finding a decent PG for you in Whitefield, Bangalore is a tough thing! -_- If you can manage crappy PGs, it’s way better! 😀

GIRLS: If you have Bangalore as posting, then you have PGs in abundance! 😀 You can write a comment here if you need one and you might just get a good place to stay in! 😛

TO THE GENERAL POPULATION: It’s better to do some research about the place you’ll be going to! Especially, if the place is completely new to you. While you are still in ILP, Google some cheap, budget-friendly lodges and hotels in the place, different TCS offices, their distances, PGs, fare rates, restaurants, Domino’s outlets etc. TCS reimburses your hotel and some travel money, if you get 2nd/3rd/no preference. As far as I know, TCS reimburses (returns the money you’ve spent) Rs 3000/- hotel fare, as Rs 1000/- per day. You can confirm this with your accommodation admin in ILP. Then plan your trip accordingly.

In this way, you can be better prepared for what’s ahead of you! 🙂





If you have read my post on “My last few days at home….”, you will know how bad I felt before I left home. I have to say that I feel worse now!! 😦 I feel really bad about leaving Trivandrum, leaving the life I’ve been living here!

Frankly, when I first came here, I wasn’t so keen on being here!! But today, I really really miss it!! :-< Will miss going to the office everyday, working hard to complete work, studying for diagnostics, the crappy food in the canteen, the crowd in Delhi Durbar, those boring lectures…most of all…the friends I’ve made in the past 3 months and the fun I had with them!! It was totally awesome!! 😛

Almost all the girls in my batch have left so the hostel feels so desolate. I don’t know  know why ILP has a bigger effect of emotions on me, more than what I felt after leaving college 😀 In fact, this happened to anyone who has ever completed ILP! Those days gain significance once you’re done with it. You realize the importance of something after it’s gone. Well, a natural saying!  😛

Anyway, today I went to the Zoo near East Fort. I wanted to see the Napier Museum too (beside the zoo), but the zoo itself took a lot of time to finish! 😦 And we were tired too! 😐 It’s a nice and beautiful hangout with trees, plants, benches and food stalls outside. 😀 Finally, I realized that Trivandrum has something locally exotic (except Kovalam).  The sad part is that I discovered this just before leaving Trivandrum! 😐 It’s a nice spot for couples and friends. If you have Trivandrum as your ILP center, do not be disappointed! You’ll love it! 😀

Then, we went back to East Fort (near Pothy’s or Purple Lounge) to have Grilled Chicken in a restaurant called ‘Food City’. We had garlic naan, half a grilled chicken (Shawai) with garlic cream dip *drools* and Lemon Water! It…was…..awesome!! The prices are also reasonable! If you are a carnivore like me, you’ll DEFINITELY love it! Again, I discovered this too late! 😐 I recommend that after you’re done shopping from Pothy’s or Jayalakshmi, visit Food City,enjoy these, come back and write a comment here about how it was! 😛

All these will be in my memory as long as I live! Maybe someday I’ll visit Trivandrum again and enjoy everything another time! 😉

This entry was posted on March 17, 2012. 2 Comments


Even though all my posts have covered every FAQ a new ILP Trainee might ask, I’ve decided to make a post out of it, so that anyone can access this easily! If I have missed any FAQ, feel free to comment and ask a question. :P


1. Do I reallyyyyy need to study for PAT?

Ans: Nopes. Not really. All facts about PAT aren’t true. It’s just a formality. Your stream allocation and posting depends on the availability and requirements. Chill!! You’re in ILP to learn those stuff!


2. What about Aspire?

Ans: Aspire seems boring as you have to fill in feedback and take quizzes but it is recommended that you study the topics in Aspire thoroughly Or take tuitions and courses to equip yourself with the necessary knowledge. You’re in ILP for learning but this will be faster than most of you can handle! (Esp. non-CS, non-IT) If you know one language, you’ll easily learn the others here.


3. Is it true that girls get their first preference of location?

Ans: No, TCS expects you to be flexible. You might get your posting anywhere! If you’re lucky, you’ll get your first preference.


4.  How do I get my ILP rating?

Ans: The rating scale is from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). Maximum people get 3. People with extraordinarily outstanding performance (no exaggeration :P ) get 5. This is rare. Your ILP rating is shared with you on the second last or last day of ILP. The rating is based on your technical performance, team skills, communication skills etc.  Only whole numbers are there, so you might not be in a position to argue with a person who’s less competent than you and has  a rating of 3.  Pro-activeness, consistent good performance, usage of extra functionality, extra effort, good team handling increases your chances of getting a 4. In the end, it all depends on your leads. Never feel bad if you deserved a 4 and got 3. That is not the end of it! When you get a project, you’ll again be rated. This time, you’ll have decimals.


5. What is ‘Remedial’ and what if I’m in it?

Ans: Remedial package is for those people who are identified as weak performers or need extra help. It is conducted for every new thing that you learn. Stream owners often conduct vivas and written tests to identify them. You’ll have to come early, solve assignments, go through vivas and take tests. Believe me, I’ve heard my batch mates in Remedial say that they’ve actually learned something there!! It’s just ‘learning through pressure’. Remedial isn’t something bad. You just have to cope up with it!


6. What is LAAP?

Ans: Okay, I don’t really remember the full form of this but this is something really bad! :( People are put into LAAP when they can’t clear Remedials on the 55th day and stream owner reviews/ exit interviews before the release. It is an additional 15 days effort that you have to give in to prove that you are ready to be deployed for a project. Otherwise, you have to see the HR! :|


7. On what basis is my performance evaluated?

Ans: Your performance is evaluated on a day to day basis. This means, you’ll be continuously monitored by your tech lead and biz. skill lead to see if you are following TCS values, dress code, able to grasp what is being taught, active in answering (or at least trying) to answer questions, asking questions, having consistent performance in diagnostics, using innovative ideas or extra functionality in assignments/project, helping your team members or pair with their work (team skills) etc.


8. What after ILP?

Ans: It is totally dependent on your base branch whether you will get projects ASAP or will have to wait for months. If the idea of sitting idle bothers you (commonly known as Bench), it’s wise to know which places are getting the most number of projects by visiting the TCS site, asking trainees who’ve already joined/completed ILP and then fill up your location preference. It is highly likely that you will get that location as the demands are high.


9. What if I HAVE TO sit idle after going to the base branch?

Ans: If your base branch has no projects, it’s natural to get disappointed. But, that’s the truth. Instead of lamenting and wasting time, revise what you have studied during ILP, put them into use, learn new Frameworks like Struts 2, AJAX, Hibernate, JPA etc :) By the time you get a project, you’ll be proficient in multiple technologies! :D


10. What type of Projects will be there and how will I get allocated?

Ans: You will be allocated to projects after you report to your base branch (where you’ll be posted) after completing your ILP. You will get projects according to your ISU or domain (ie. Banking and Financial Services, Telecom, Insurance etc.). You will get to know your ISU during your ILP. Availability of projects depend on where you’re posted and the requirements. There might be a few months bench period where you’ll be sitting idle (with salary) but that again depends on the projects in your ISU. 4-pointers or toppers in ILP get allocated first, then the rest! You also have to appear for interviews to get selected, in some cases!


11. I’m interested in Development so will I get Development Projects?

Ans: TCS is a support-based company, which means that you’ll be working in the Maintenance or Change Request (CR) phase of the project most of the time. As freshers, you cannot expect to get into development. You’ll get a development project if you’re lucky! There’s no need to get disappointed as your salary increment and rating will be decided by your performance and not the type of project you work in!


12.  Shall I say “Yes” to a project in Dot Net  if I am from JAVA stream?

Ans: Do not expect to get JAVA projects just coz you had JAVA Stream in ILP. It might be the case that your base branch gets projects in other technologies. If you get a Mainframe/Dot Net/Unix  project, you’ll be expected to learn it in a few weeks and get prepared. Never refuse a project, especially if you have just completed ILP. Every project is equally good and will contribute to your experience.


13. What should be my expectations as a fresher in TCS?

Ans: There are many answers to this question. Ask yourself: Is software your passion and you want to be in TCS and learn things for a few years…..OR…’re aspiring for higher studies and TCS is just a stepping stone for you! As a fresher, you have to be flexible and keep your expectations low. Remember that you have to gain some experience!




Yay!! Yay yay yay yay yay!! 😀 😀 I am now formally released from ILP! I can’t believe that we just joined ILP with so much of nervousness, tension, excitement…and now!! It doesn’t feel like we spent more than 2 months here! That is how fast time flies away and  you never get to recall that you have lived each moment of it!! 😀

I don’t have sufficient words to describe how I feel! Happy would be an understatement! Overjoyed! Relieved! Relaxed! Sad because I’ve made a lot of friends in these months and now they’ll be gone! A bit tensed for what’s in the base branch! etc….

Pardon me for my over-excitement! 😛 That is the reason I’m writing here!! Hehe! So that I can  share it with others! 😀

It was a long day! The process of a batch getting released is very tedious, so we had to wait and wait! There were a lot of formalities that were handled very efficiently by the Group Representatives (GRs). Hats off to them!! They ran around for around 10 hours, trying to clear things off from all the departments!! Then we had our photo session 😀 A group photo was shared with us along with our release letters. There were awards for all the star performers of each group and other awards like ILP Kudos and TCS LIREL Awards. I managed to get a LIREL award somehow 😉

NOTE: If you don’t know what LIREL is, get to know about TCS values! 😀

The last few moments were full of sentiments, hugs, handshakes and smiles! This was the moment when everyone realized that they have to move on. Final words were exchanged and we were all really HAPPY! 😀

In the end, I would like to say that ILP taught us a lot of things. Even if you don’t realize it in the 3 months, you will certainly realize that on the last day. Now that’s ‘Experience Certainty‘! 😉 My Biz. skill lead once said, “These are the golden moments of your life! You’ll never get them after this!”

So enjoy learning and exploring your ILP days to the fullest. 😀