TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES
TCS-Placement Paper-08 April 2006-West
I have got good news to share. I have cleared TCS!!! Hip Hip Hurrah. TCS had
come to our college Siliguri Institute of Technology (Siliguri, West Bengal)
on 7th and 8th of April. This mail is to inform everyone about my
The recruitment process consisted of:
i) Initial screening(60% in 10th and 12th and 70% in B-Tech)(188 were
screened from over 350 in this phase)
ii) Online Aptitude Test(42 cleared this test)
iii) Technical Interview(26 cleared the technical round)
iv) HR Interview.(15 people got through the HR round. Yes, they slashed 11
out of 26)
Everybody got a different mix of questions.
The antonyms and synonyms were 70% common.
The sentence completion passage was very tough. It was about steadily
depleting energy resources and alternative sources of energy. I don't think
I got all of them right.
The comprehension passage was quite easy. What's more I got it common as it
was from Barron's GRE guide (page 104, 15th edition passage on components of
atmosphere) (Time 20 mins for verbal non verbal part. 10
synonyms,10 antonyms and two passages)
The quantitative part was repeated from previous papers(Time 40 mins-38
The logical part was again from Barron's GRE guide 12th edition. There were
three passages with 4 questions from each passage. (Time 30 mins)
Technical Interview :
The panel had two people both aged under 30. One asked pointed questions
another was moderate. HR questions were being asked for the first 5-7
minutes followed by technical questions and puzzles in between.
Q.1. Why did you select this college? Did you have any other choices? What
were they? Why not an Open University? (as I had said college was not that
much important for me),
Q.2. what are your hobbies reading books and playing computer games), who is
your favourite writer(J.K. Rowling), have you read all her books, Have you
read Da Vinci Code, what kind of games do you play? Do you play strategy
games? Which game? Have you played empire earth? Have you played Road rash?
Q.3. Why is your career graph so sinusoidal?(My marks in 12th was not good
while 10th marks and B-Tech marks were better)? What are your favourite
subjects? In which field would you like to work?
Q.4. You have mentioned that you want to work for a concern which provides
growth opportunities. But in TCS you have none.
Q.5. Question from DBMS; full form of RDBMS, why is it called relational?
unique key, composite attribute, self join, relation schema?
Q.6. Questions from OS; zombie process, interaction between shell and
kernel, CPU scheduling algorithm?
Q.7. Question from Linux; what is the first line in any shell script?
command line arguments in shell script? Execution of shell script?
Q.8. Questions from C; how do rate yourself in C out of 10? Question on
command line arguments? Question on character pointer? Question on string
Q.9. Puzzles;Tell me within three seconds how will you distribute 10 rupees
among two of us so that I get 1 Rs more than him? Puzzle of two liars?
Puzzle on shape of words of the alphabet?
HR Interview :
Panel consisted of a young lady under 30 and a man just over 30. Questions
were pointed but not asked in an aggressive way
Q.1. What were you people discussing outside? (we were cornering those who
had finished with their interview)
Q.2. What are your friends' views about this panel?
Q.3. What sort of questions do you expect from this panel?
Q.4. What kind of books do you read?
Q.5. Tell me the story of the recent book that you have read.
Q.6. What discrete measurable skills do you have which gives you an edge
over your friends?
Q.7. In what situations would you leave a company?
Q.8. Do you have anything to ask us?
The funda is to stay cool and focused. They will try to grill you. But,
don't showany sign that you are feeling uncomfortable.
Luck is also a factor. So, BEST OF LUCK to all aspiring candidates.