Friday, June 22, 2007

Think laterally.

I can’t swear this is not apocryphal. I got it via e-mail that said it was an extract of the answers given at the Indian Administrative Examination (interview?) by candidates who are now officers. It goes as follows:

“Q. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
A. Concrete floors are very hard to crack! (UPSC Topper)

Q. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
A. No time at all, it is already built. (UPSC 23rd Rank Opted for IFS)

Q. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?
A. Very large hands. (UPSC 11th Rank Opted for IPS)

Q. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
A. It is not a problem, since you will never find an elephant withone hand. (UPSC 14th Rank. Opted for IES)

Q. How can a man go eight days without sleep?
A. No prob[lem]. He sleeps at night. (UPSC - IAS 98th Rank)

Q. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become? [sic!]
A. It will Wet [sic!] or Sink [sic!] as simple as that. (UPSC - IAS 2nd Rank)

Q. What looks like half [an] apple?
A: The other half. (UPSC - IAS Topper)

Q. What can you never eat for breakfast?A: Dinner.Q. What happened when [the] wheel was invented?
A: It caused a revolution.

Q. Bay of Bengal is in which state?
A: Liquid (UPSC 33rd Rank).”

The following seems to be from an IIM interview:

’Interviewer said "I shall either ask you ten easy questions or one really difficult question. Think well before you make up your mind!"

The boy thought for a while and said: "My choice is one really difficult question."

"Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice! Now tell me this. What comes first, Day or Night?"

The boy was jolted into reality as his admission depend[ed] on the correctness of his answer, but he thought for a while and said, "It's theDAY sir!"

"How?" the interviewer asked.

"Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!"He was selected for IIM!’

Talk of Lateral Thinking. Dr Edward de Bono would have been proud of them.

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