This blog post of mine follows an earlier blog article titled: TCS Freshers Recruitment 2011-2012: How to apply and prepare
which not only informs you that there is a huge job opportunity to join TCS as a fresher in the year 2011-2012, but also tells you how to apply for it. Focus of this blog post is to provide you the prep materials for TCS exam
– to enable you to download the TCS placement papers of previous years and also list out the prep books which can help you prepare for the exam.
And let us begin that by an analysis of the exam pattern of TCS recruitment.TCS recruitment selection process:
The pattern of examination/selection process of TCS varies from exam to exam, depending on size of applicants and also the target vacancies for which that specific recruitment is done. However, for campus recruitment, following is the usual process of TCS selection:1.0
Psychometric test (Not an elimination round)4.0
Depending on the time available for TCS recruiters, they may organize all these tests or may skip some of them (e.g. GD, Psychometric test) or may club them (e.g. MR & HR Interview). But it is better to know about each of them and therefore the description of the same in brief is given below.Written test pattern of TCS:
The written test of TCS most commonly follows the pattern given at right.
Brief description of the three test sections are given below:Verbal Aptitude:
It consists of about 10 synonyms, 10 antonyms, 5 sentence completion and 5 passage comprehension questions.Quantitative Aptitude:
It consists of about 35-40 questions on Time & Distance, Age, Ratio, Compound interest, Probability etc.Test of Reasoning:
It consists of about 3 passage and 4 questions in each passage (i.e. 12 questions) on Seating arrangements, marriage problems etc.TCS GD topics:
From what I could gather from the exam experiences of previous TCS recruitments, the GD topics given in TCS are either Factual or Controversial GD topics. What are Factual & Controversial GD type of topics? You can find it in my previous blog article titled: Types of Group Discussion Topics
. You can prepare for the TCS GD based on the topics given in that blog post.TCS Psychometric test:
What is a psychometric test? Mostly held over net (sometime also held pen-paper), it actually tries to find out the personality in you by cross-questioning you through a rapid-fire quiz round (about 150 questions to be answered in 30 minutes). This is not an elimination round
and hence you should not be un-necessarily worried about it. You will never fail a psychometric test even without preparation, provided you do not fail yourself by giving contrasting answers to same question asked at two/three places.
Also, please note that psychometric test is not held in all TCS recruitments. So may be if you are lucky, you may escape it. But it is better to remain prepared and hence to know more about it, please visit my earlier blog article titled: Psychometric Test for Jobs
.TCS Technical Interview Questions:
Questions asked in TCS Technical Interview mostly surrounds your final year projects and also few questions on topics such as OS, Router, C, Java, SQL query, Data structure etcTCS HR Interview Questions:
Questions asked in HR Interview in TCS are very simple and straight forward: tell about you, your family, your strengths, weakness, hobbies, are you familiar with the TCS service bond? Willing to work any where in India?TCS MR Interview Questions:
Questions asked in the TCS MR Interview are again very simple and are targeted towards finding your confidence level, your capability to manage a team or a given situation i.e. your leadership capability. MR Interview may be clubbed with HR Interview or may be held separately.Screening process of TCS:
How does TCS screens candidates in each stage, e.g. how many candidates who appears in written test qualifies for TCS interview? How many qualifies interview and are finally selected? I did an analysis of same and found that in written test, most of the person qualifies – highest was 96%, lowest: 47% with an average of 77%. This is because TCS written test questions are reported to be predictive – they are repeated from previous years and also proper study of few chapters of Baron’s GRE guide helps you to qualify for TCS written test.
Percentage of candidate qualifying in TCS Interview is also quite good – on an average 40%-60% of persons appearing the interview. You can find the detailed analysis of TCS screening process from the graph below. The data for this sample was taken from candidate feedback from this yuvajobs compilation
of TCS papers.TCS Placement Papers – Previous years/Sample Papers :
Unlike scarcity of placement papers for other companies, the previous years TCS placement papers are abundantly available on the internet and you can find them very easily with Google. However to reduce your effort, I am pointing you to the following two rich sources of TCS Sample/Previous years papers:Click here to download Yuvajobs collection of TCS Previous years papers
in .doc fomat.Click here to find placementpapers collection of TCS Previous years papers
.Prep Books for TCS Placement:
There is one book which has been recommended by all previous TCS written test candidates for the “Verbal” & “Quantitative” aptitude test sections: Barons GRE
guide. For the “Test of Reasoning” section you can buy the book.
These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from Flipkart.com
which offers huge discounts upto 30%,
apart from free shipping/postage in India
if the order exceeds Rs. 100/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery
” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:BARRON'S GRE by Sharon Weiner Green Publisher: Galgotia
List Price: Rs. 475; Offer Price:Rs. 333; Discount: Rs. 142 (30%)
List Price: Rs. 125, Offer Price: Rs. 106, Discount: Rs. 19 (15%)
Hope with above TCS Campus Interview Exam Pattern, Interview questions and prep books you would be able to crack the placement event very easily. I would be on the look out for more information on TCS placement event and post the same here. So keep checking this blog.