Tata Consultancy Services has locations all over the globe and is a global leader in IT services, consulting, and business solutions. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India with its largest campus located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Getting a job at TCS is a dream come true for many engineering graduates. However, TCS has announced a modification in its recruiting criteria, including the addition of a TCS National Qualifier Test to better assess the appropriate candidate.
So apart from applying for TCS for the role of software developer via its official website, taking part in walk-ins or job drives, freshers also have a way by appearing in the TCS NQT to get their entry into TCS.
TCS National Qualifier Test (TCS NQT) is a multi-level assessment to assess the following competencies and skills:
- Competence on the core cognitive processes required for entry-level jobs
- Industry-specific knowledge and insights
- Specialisation in skills required to perform various job roles
About the Test
- NQT (Cognitive Skills) is a prerequisite for all the tests
- Two-year validity of NQT Score
- Conducted online (at home) and physical In-Centre at TCS iON Authorised Exam Centres
- Candidates with NQT Score will be eligible to apply on the TCS iON Job Listing Portal
- Apply for an entry-level role in any corporate with the NQT Score
The languages that you can use in the test are –
Who can Apply
- UG, PG, and Diploma students in their pre-final and final year
- Students with any degree and specialization
- Freshers with less than 2 years of experience
Now, let’s have a look at how the TCS recruitment process looks like if you follow the general process.
TCS Recruitment Process For Software Development
TCS conducts approximately 5-6 rounds before finally deciding who they want to hire.
Online Aptitude Round
The first round is the Quantitative Aptitude Test, which assesses both numerical and critical thinking abilities. There are a total of 20 questions to answer in 40 minutes. There are certain 2-star questions that carry a little more weight than regular questions and are a little more difficult. There is a 1/3rd of negative marking other than the star questions.
Questions covered in this round would be from probability, percentages, number system, permutations & computations, work and time, reasoning, divisibility, problem on ages, etc.
Programming MCQ Round
This round will consist of 10-15 questions from computer science and programming languages. It will be an MCQ-based round and you will be given approximately 20 minutes to finish it.
This round will consist of 2 coding questions that you will have to solve within 15-30 minutes or so. The questions may appear from C, C++, Python, Perl, Java, etc. The questions may look like this:
- String Reversal
- Average of two Numbers
- LCM of two Numbers
- HCF/GCD Question
Practice interview coding questions from topics like Arrays, Recursion, Sorting, Searching, Linked List, and more.
You will be greeted by the interviewer and the first few questions would be to introduce yourself and explain the projects you have worked on or a similar question from your Resume. To pass this round, you must have a firm grasp of the fundamentals. Data structures and algorithms, DBMS, Operating System, Networking, OOPs principles, and questions from a programming language of your choosing may come up.
Some of the example questions that were asked in this round are:
- How can volte work in a 4G mobile?
- What is an IP address?
- What is Cloud Computing?
- Explain types of protocols.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- How to connect nine dots using three straight lines?
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This round is conducted decision-making capabilities and reactions to hypothetical and spontaneous situations. Sometimes the candidates will be directly sent to the HR round depending on their performance in the past rounds. The key to acing this round is to stay calm, confident, and clear with what you say.
This round will cover mostly basic HR questions. Some of them may look like these:
- Tell us something about yourself.
- Why do you want to go for an IT job?
- Why do you want to work in TCS?
- Are you flexible to relocate to other locations in India?
- Full-time graduates from BE/BTech/ME/MTech are eligible. Candidates with a Secondary or Senior Secondary course from NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) will be eligible to apply if the other courses are full-time.
- The candidate must secure minimum aggregate marks of 60% or above in Class Xth, XIIth, Diploma (if applicable), Graduation and Post-Graduation examination.
- It is to be noted that an overall gap of two years in the academic year is permitted.
- Certification in several Programming Languages will be considered a bonus.
- Only 1 active backlog in the highest qualification is allowed to meet the eligibility criteria for TCS.
To Conclude …
Please keep in mind that the Software Development Selection Process of TCS may differ every year based on off-campus and on-campus drives. Furthermore, applicants who previously applied for TCS but were unable to pass the selection procedure are not permitted to re-apply for the test within six months of the date on which they failed it. Tata Consultancy Services conducts the TCS NQT every year to employ Freshers with less than two years of work experience for various jobs.
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