Python Interviews

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Modulus Operator

  • Check whether a number is divisible by another number using the modulus operator, %
n % k == 0

Open a file

for i in l:

List Comprehension

[x**2 for x in range(1,11) if x % 2 == 1]
[x for x in range(1,11) if x % 2 == 0]

Slicing Operator

[start : stop : steps]

Floor Division

  • Floor Division operator used for dividing two operands with the result as quotient showing only digits before the decimal point:
10//5 = 2
10.0//5.0 = 2.0
10.0//4 = 2.0
10.0//7 = 1.0

List vs. Tuple

List is mutable while the Tuple is not.
A tuple is allowed to be hashed. E.g: using it as a key for dictionaries.
List:  a = [1,3,6]
Tuple: b = (1,4,8)

Lambda vs. def

Def can hold multiple expressions while lambda is a uni-expression function.
Def generates a function and designates a name to call it later. Lambda forms a function object and returns it.
Def can have a return statement. Lambda can’t have return statements.
Lambda supports to get used inside a list and dictionary.

Optional statements in try-except block

  • Optional statements possible inside a try-except block:
“else” clause: It is useful if you want to run a piece of code when the try block doesn’t create an exception.
“finally” clause: It is useful when you want to execute some steps which run, irrespective of whether there occurs an exception or not.

List Operations

Insert integer at position 5 at position 0:


Delete the first occurrence of integer:


Insert integer at the end of the list:


Sort the list:


Pop the last element from the list:


Pop 3rd element:


Reverse the list:


Max of List(print runner-ups score):

arr = [1,4,2,6,7,6]
mx = max(arr)
b = [j for j in arr if j != mx]

List to Tuple Conv & Hashing

>>> a = [1,2,3,45,6,7]
>>> a
[1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7]
>>> tuple(a)
(1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7)
>>> hash(tuple(a))

Eval Function

You are given a polynomial  of a single indeterminate (or variable), . 
You are also given the values of  and . Your task is to verify if .


1 4
x**3 + x**2 + x + 1
a = (input()).split()
x = int(a[0])
k = int(a[1])

# Sol 1:
print (eval(input()) == k)

# Python 2:
print eval(raw_input()) == k

# Sol 2:
f = lambda x:eval(input())
print (f(x) == k)

Swap Case

Python has built-in string validation methods for basic data. It can check if a string is composed of alphabetical characters, alphanumeric characters, digits, etc.

str.isalnum() checks if all the characters of a string are alphanumeric (a-z, A-Z and 0-9).

>>> print 'ab123'.isalnum()

str.isalpha() checks if all the characters of a string are alphabetical (a-z and A-Z).

>>> print 'abcD'.isalpha()

str.isdigit() checks if all the characters of a string are digits (0-9).

>>> print '1234'.isdigit()

str.islower() checks if all the characters of a string are lowercase characters (a-z).

>>> print 'abcd123#'.islower()

str.isupper() checks if all the characters of a string are uppercase characters (A-Z).

>>> print 'ABCD123#'.isupper()

def swap_case(s):
    a = ""
    for i in s:
      if i.isupper():
        a += i.lower()
      elif i.islower:
        a += i.upper()
        a += i
    return a

if __name__ == '__main__':
    s = input()
    result = swap_case(s)
print ''.join([i.lower() if i.isupper() else i.upper() for i in raw_input()])
def swap_case(s):
    a = ""
    for let in s:
        if let.isupper() == True:
    return a

 print raw_input().swapcase() 

Arrays & Reverse it

>>> input ="1 2 3 4 -8 -10"

>>> arr = input.split(' ')
>>> arr
['1', '2', '3', '4', '-8', '-10']

>>> arr[::-1]
['-10', '-8', '4', '3', '2', '1']


Positive lookahead     (?=REGEX_1)REGEX_2     (?=regex)      t(?=s) matches the second t in streets.
Negative lookahead     (?!REGEX_1)REGEX_2     (?!regex)      t(?!s) matches the first t in streets.
Positive lookbehind                           (?<=regex)     (?<=s)t matches the first t in streets.
Negative lookbehind                           (?<!regex)     (?<!s)t matches the second t in streets.

Sum Function

lst = []
num = int(input('How many numbers: '))
for n in range(num):
    numbers = int(input('Enter number '))
print("Sum of elements in given list is :", sum(lst))

Convert Numeral System

for i in range(0,10):
    print(i, oct(i), hex(i), bin(i))
for i in range(0,10):
    print(i, oct(i)[2:], hex(i)[2:].upper(), bin(i)[2:])

Justify Text

text.rjust(3,' ')
text.ljust(3,' '),' ')


Old Method:

print('%s %s' % ('one','two'))

New Method:

print('{} {}'.format('one','two'))

Positional Index:

print('{1} {0}'.format(56,'ld'))


listed ={}
plist = set(port_list)
for k,v in listed.items():
    print("Tenant: ", k, "\nNo of Ports: ", len(v), '\n', [i for i in v if len(v) >0], '\n')
c = [1,5,2,3,9,6,2,0]

Reverse a String

'hello world'[::-1]
'dlrow olleh'

Convert to Positive Number

>>> a = -30
>>> abs(a)
  • Interger can be positive or Negative:
>>> int(a)
>>> -a
>>> c = 30.9
>>> int(c)