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Ask an ordinary question – Get a BRILLIANT answer

I’ve seen a mail floating around with ‘Questions asked in engineering vivas’…
This is a small collection of the gems which I’ve personally witnessed at good ol’ RAIT...

1) Subject : Electronics

Examiner : What is a flip-flop?

Brilliant Answerer : Sir it’s a device which…(blank stare into the horizon)

Examiner : Yes yes… go on go on…

Brilliant Answerer : It’s a device which flips…and flops

Examiner : And….?

Brilliant Answerer : It flips …flops…flips..and then again flops…

Examiner : You mean it has 2 states…on and off…?

Brilliant Answerer : Yes sir…exactly sir…

Examiner : Ok ….go

(Actual definition
n.) Also referred to as a bistable gate, a type of circuit that is interconnected with like circuits to form logic gates in digital integrated circuits, such as memory chips and microprocessors. The name “flip-flop” comes from the circuit’s nature of alternating between two states when a current is applied to the circuit (for example, 1 to 0 or 0 to 1). A flip-flop will maintain its state indefinitely until it receives an input pulse, called a trigger, which forces it to alternate its state. Once the circuit changes state it remains in that state until another trigger is received.)

2) Subject : Some arbit comp science submission – Unix assignment

Examiner : What is uname?

Brilliant Answerer : My name is Shylesh.

Examiner (tossing the journal, like a pass in a rugby game…speechless with fury) : Out…

(For the ‘non Unix molested’…uname is a Unix command which gives you the software version plus some info about the Unix installation. The irony of this joke is that once we all had a good laugh over it, after looking up the meaning of ‘uname’ first of course, we realized that we wouldn’t have fared any better….we would have given the exact same answer…)

3) Subject : Robotics

Examiner : How many Degrees Of Freedom does the human hand have? (Correct answer is 5 …I think…)

Brilliant Answerer : 6

Examiner : Sure it’s not 5?

Brilliant Answerer(not willing to accept that the first answer was wrong) : It’s 5, but it can be 6…

Examiner : How can it be 6?

Brilliant Answerer : Sir, take the example of Muthaiah Muralidharan, it’s said that he can touch his wrist with his thumb and fore-finger. In such cases, the hand has an extra degree of freedom, and can therefore be 6 in addition to the existing 5.

Examiner(outplayed…outclassed…beaten outside the off-stump) : You may go…

Brilliant Answerer (smugly):Thank You sir…

(This is one of THE most creative things I’ve ever heard…)

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9:13 PM, September 04, 2005
Blogger dhruv said...

You've got a daily reader! Nice blog you've got here!    

12:25 PM, September 05, 2005
Anonymous Shashibhushan said...

Hey that was really fantastic. I am sure there are many more such memories about the days of vivas, exams, term-work tests, daily submissions, practicals, classrooms, etc. Do write on them too... waiting for them...........    

12:26 PM, November 03, 2005
Anonymous Vasundhara said...

Too many intellectuals .....when met at one place....disasters will follow :)    

7:49 AM, March 15, 2006
Blogger Nitin Mekhiya said...

Man. You always rocked. Your blog is fun to read.    

5:10 PM, June 12, 2006
Blogger GuNs said...

Great memories of viva !!
Remember on the last viva of my final year, the examiner concluded the viva by saying "Ok, that will be all...see you next year".

I was like "WTF...c'mmon sir, have I done THAT badly?" and he said "no no, just kidding" and then I said "this isn't really a time to joke, you know !!"

My...that was scary !!!


9:44 PM, June 14, 2008
Blogger manisha said...

same here, dis was d most creative thng i evr READ !!    

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