Flipkart Interview | Set 9 (On-Campus)

I am 4th year undergrad. Recently Flipkart visited our campus.

  • Online Coding Round(on Interview Street)
    There were 2 questions time limit 90mins –

    1. A person wants to go from origin to a particular location, he can move in only 4 directions(i.e East, West, North, South) but his friend gave him a long route, help a person to find minimum Moves so that he can reach to the destination.
      Input – NESNWES
      Output – E
      You need to print the lexicographically sorted string. Assume the string will have only ‘E’ ‘N’ ‘S’ ‘W’ characters.
      E.g – SSSNEEEW
      output – EESS



    2. A sender will send a binary string to a receiver meanwhile he encrypt the digits. You are given an encrypted form of string. Now, the receiver needs to decode the string, and while decoding there were 2 approaches.

      First, receiver will start with first character as 0; S[0] = 0, P[1] = S[1] + S[0], P[2] = S[2] + S[1] + S[0] and so on.
      Second, Receiver will start with first character as 1; S[0] = 1, P[1] = S[1] + S[0], P[2] = S[2] + S[1] + S[0] and so on.

      You need to print both the strings, after evaluation from both first and second technique. Uf any string will contain other that binary numbers you need to print NONE.

      Input1; 0123210
      Output: 0111000
      NONE
      explanation for NONE – S[0] = 1, P[1] = S[1] + S[0] so S[1] = 0
      P[2] = s[2] + S[1] + S[0] , S[2] = 1
      P[3] = S[3] + S[2] + S[1], S[3] = 2, not a binary character so NONE

  • Machine Coding Round (on Interview Street)
    There was only one question, time limit 45mins
    Q1. Word Wrap problem with few conditions, even I didn’t remember much conditions here are some conditions.
    i) there can be a maximum of X characters in a single line.
    ii) there can be a maximum of Y number of spaces at the end of every single line.
    iii) if a string length is big enough so that it cannot be printed in a single line, use ‘-‘ at the end of the line and print string further in the different line.
    also, there should not be ‘–‘ consecutively in the end, if the string contains already ‘-‘ in the end, don’t put ‘-‘ character.

    E.g. flip-kart and if x = 5 so it should be ->
    flip-
    kart

    iv) the string should not start with these characters(‘.’ , ‘,’ ‘ ‘)
    v) the cost value should be minimum, there can not be multiple answers for a single string.
    Eg. This is a Flipkart online programming test.

    x = 10 Y = 3

    Output
    This is a
    flipkart
    online pr-
    ogramming
    test.

  • First Technical Interview (F2F)-
    • They asked me about myself, so I gave my brief intro to them(there were 2 people who were taking the interview)
    • And then they asked me about, what coding practices you used to do. As I don’t do much coding online so I have told them truly that only Codeforce and Spoj
    • After that, they started my interview, that what is the approach that you had used in the Machine Coding Round and how you implemented and why you uses this type of technique.
      My approach was Greedy.

    • Further, they asked me what Data Structure you Know, how you use it some basic questions.
    • Later they asked me to print vertical nodes together in the binary tree, he asked me why you used Recursion in the solution.
    • After that, they asked me a question, which was –
      you are given an array(say C) of characters and an array(say M) which contains the indexes of the array of characters.
      We started moving elements of the array(C) according to the position of indexes given in the array(M).

      e.g. array A - a b c d e f g
      array M - 1 4 3 5 0 2 6

      So, array A will change in first to – e a f c b d g


      again applying same – b e d f a c g

      again applying – a b c d e f g

      So, after 3 times, we got the same sequence of characters.

      He wants a minimum number of times modification on the array (A) so that we will again reach to the initial order.

      I gave him first recursive solution, then he says optimize it and after that, I gave him O(n) solution; the logic for the problem came to me from Inplace Transpose of Matrix

      the question is like -> http://www.codechef.com/JULY14/problems/SGARDEN/

    • After this he asked me a question on Next Greater Element, he wants how many ways I can handle this question.

      I told him 3 approaches:

      1. (n2)
      2. (nlogn)
      3. (n)

    He asked me about AVL tree, how you will implement it and then said you have a final interview in the early morning 😀

  • Technical + HR interview(F2F) –
    • In this round, first they asked me about myself while studying My Resume
    • So they started asking some questions on LINUX – like what is gdm but I said sir didn’t know much about Linux.

      Further, they asked me how to debug the code, and what is segmentation fault, memory leak and how you will find the segmentation fault in 5000lines of code.

    • After that, they asked me about my projects, why this project how you did it… they grilled me in every step. why this why not this and all.
      after that he wants some optimization to be performed on the project.


    • After this, they asked me some questions on the stack while putting pressure of time that you have 2 minutes for this question.

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