Ankur Gupta

Ankur Gupta ‘Class of 2009’ recounts his experience of BHEL recruitment process with the NSITonline team.

The recruitment process for BHEL is more or less quite similar to that of IOCL. It consists of the following stages-

  1. Resume/Percentage short listing
  2. Filling resume sheet of BHEL
  3. Interview

The first stage is resume/percentage short listing. Although resume plays less or probably no role in getting shortlisted in Round 1, it’s the percentage till that time (aggregate of all the 5 semesters) taken together, which helps in making it through the first elimination stage. Usually, the no of total shortlisted students will be in the range of 90-120 students in 5 branches (excluding BT) taken together.

Coming to the second part, the process involves filling up a resume sheet of BHEL in which everything you have mentioned in your CV goes along with your preference of cities to join. Filling up the resume sheet perhaps helps the interviewer in normalizing every profile and probably it helps in zeroing-in on certain particularities in one's profile for further discussion in the interview. Now the second part, i.e. filling up your preferred place of posting is very important as people pay very little importance at that time and regret when they are about to join as its very difficult to get your place of posting changed. I would like to clarify that mentioning your preferred choice of posting doesn't mean that you will be given posting at that place but its only freedom of choice at your disposal. However, your posting depends upon your profile, knowledge, background (stream) and the corresponding manpower requirement of any particular unit located in that city/town. So, be careful while exercising your choice by carefully studying about what kind of work is done at which unit of BHEL (14 manufacturing units located in different cities across the nation). If you are selected, then by the end of the selection process, your place of posting will also be confirmed to you by the recruitment panel.

The interview, the most vital part of the process, is taken by a panel of 4-5 members which is a mixture of technical people from industry, academics & HR. One might feel that the interview is a tough one and probably categorize it as a stress interview but on the contrary, it’s nowhere near that definition.

Following are some of the excerpts of my interview in specific:

The panel members, to my astonishment at least, were very co-operative and struck to the basics. They began with the usual HR questions about my profile and I answered them in a very simple way. This was followed by some technical questions in basic electronics about diodes etc which was a smooth sail until one of them asked my favourite subject. I wasn't actually prepared to answer that. So, I said Microprocessors, and bingo!!!! They asked me very simple things about multiplexing and flip-flops and the interview proceeded without any further hiccups. My projects & extra-curricula’s were also discussed but not in a very big way. Ultimately they asked about my preferred cities and whether I was willing to go to XYZ (don't remember the name of the place), to which I said that "I won't have any issues as I had already been away from my home for the past 3-4 yrs and won't have much problem in adjusting to the new surroundings". It went very well with the interviewers and I was offered PS-PEM @ Noida as my place of posting at the end of the selection process.

Advice to juniors:-

  1. Clear the fundamentals so that you are strong at basics.
  2. Have at least two- three subjects at your fingertips which you can say as your favourites.
  3. Projects and Industrial training play an important part in selection so play absolute attention to them.
  4. Once you are shortlisted, percentage plays very less role in selection and it’s you as a complete package that they evaluate and recruit.


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