TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES
Paper Type : Whole Testpaper
Test Date : 22 February 2008
Test Location : CUSAT,Cochin
TCS PAPER ON 22nd FEBRUARY AT COCHIN
Hi, Friends. Iím a student of sixth semester, Mechanical Engineering
Branch, Cochin University of Science and Technology. TCS visited our
campus on 22nd February, 2008. I write this paper, as I feel there are
many who are aspiring a job at TCS and they would definitely benefit
from this article. From around the 700(approx.) students who registered
the TCS, 381 cleared the aptitude and ultimately, 212 made it to TCS.
The first and foremost instructions I would like to give to aspirants
1) If you aspire for TCS, then be serious about it. Donít take it
2) Be sure to prepare for vocabulary section much before (Synonyms and
Antonyms from GRE Barrons 12th edition).
3) Study critical reasoning only from Model Test Papers at the end of
GRE 12th edition of Barrons.
4) Study C,C++,Data Structures well for CS/IT students and other
branches, plz plz plz..STUDY C WELL. BE THOROUGH WITH C PROGRAMMING. I
repeat it again and again. Thereís a reason. And also study some other
concepts like Intranet, Algorithms, Flowcharts, LAN etc. Have only a
The recruitment process consisted of three sections:
a) Online Aptitude Test (Easy to Crack!)
b) Technical Interview (Be very Careful)
c) HR Round.(A cool round)
ONLINE APTITUDE TEST:
There is no negative marking. So attempt all questions.
It consists of the following three sections:
a) Verbal Section (32 Questions, Duration of 30minutes)
b) Quantitative Aptitude (38 Questions, Duration of 40minutes)
c) Critical Reasoning (12 Questions, Duration of 20minutes)
10 Antonyms, 10 Synonyms
It was simple, if u have atleast gone once through the entire 333 High
Frequency list of words from Barrons GRE book.
12 Questions from Reading Comprehension. Anyone with Basic English
knowledge can do it.
Almost all questions from the previous question papers available at
freshersworld.com. Go through it, and ponder over the questions and
answers again and again. Concentrate well on the Venn diagrams,and other
graphical test. Iím not mentioning the Qs as there is no point in
including the same questions again and again in every sample question
Entirely from Barronís 12th edition 5 Model Test Papers at the end.
Those who donít have barrons, you can obtain it from the Internet and
get the book in a pdf format. The questions asked are from theseÖ
Model test 1: Section5 - qns 1-4 (motorist), qns 13-16 (red and brown)
Section6 - qns 1-4 (conservative,democratic), qns 8-11 (latin, sanskrit),
qns 12-18 (joe,larry,ned), qns 19-22 (a causes b)
Model test 2: Section1 - qns 19-22 (wallachia and rumelia) ---
Section6 - qns 8-12 ( ashland , liverpool), qns 13-16 (spelunker) ---
qns 17-22 (pesth) ---i got this one too
Model test 3: Section6 - qns 1-4 (all Gs are Hs)
Model test 4: Section5 - qns 8-11 (horizontal row), qns 19-22 (a,b,c
Section6 - qns 8-12 (spanish, italian), qns 13-16 (all As, Bs), qns
17-22 (progressive federal party)
Model test 5: Section3 - qns8-11 (museum), qns 19-22 (A is the father)
Section7- qns 1-5 (prahtu, brahtu), qns 21-25 (scurvy)
I got questions from Prahtu and Brahtu marriages, Cricket and Tennis
players. Only the names would be changed. Questions are the same, just
mug up the questions with answers if u donít understand or donít have
enough time to study the critical reasoning.
The points to be noted during the online test areÖ
1) Donít carry any rough sheets with you as they provide it.
2) Donít press the EXIT button on the screen of computer. If it happens,
ur TCS dream not possible for another 6 months.
3) Keep a watch on the time ticking at the upper right corner of your
For technical round, get well dressed in formal outfits and shoes is
compulsory for boys. Bring a file with ur certificates and Resumes.
Donít bluff in the resumes, as they check your resume and ask questions
related to it.
INT: Get in.
ME: Good Morning, Maíam, Good Morning, Sir. (There was a lady and a man.
Both were young around 30yrs old).
INT: Good Morning. Take ur seat. (Donít take seat unless asked to)
INT: So Ajay Menon, u r from Mechanical Engineering, right?
ME: Yes, Maíam. (Maíam was the only one asking me the questions)
INT: Give me an introduction about yourself.
ME: Iím Ajay Menon. Iím studying in sixth semester, Mechanical Engg, at
SOE,here in the Main Campus. I stay with my parents around a place
called Kakkanad, around 9 kms from here. My hobbies include playing
cricket, music, surfing the net etc. My strengths are determination,
trustworthiness and my endurance.
INT: Ok, Ajay. As you are from Mechanical, do you have any knowledge of
ME: Maíam, I have a basic knowledge. Due to the heavy portions of my
core subjects I was unable to concentrate on computer related subjects.
INT: Ok, what do you know about functions?
ME: C programs itself are made of functions. Every program begin with an
execution of function called main. Its involves breaking the program
into different modules.
INT: Does a function return values?
ME: It depends upon the feasibility of the function whether it returns a
value. A function may or may not return a value.
INT: Are u comfortable with flow charts?
ME: Iím not, but still Iíll definitely try.
INT: (Hands me a paper with a flow chart) Can you give the output of
this flow chart?
ME: (It was a difficult one. It took me around 5 minutes to reach to an
output.) Maíam Iím not sure, but I do think this is the output.
INT: (Hands me another paper with an if-else program) Can you give the
final amount with an overdue amount of 6000 Rs. (Some program involving
discount and customer amount)
ME: I tried, and calculated the answer, going thru different nested if
INT: Tell me about pointers (Really tough. I hardly knew it)
ME: I think itís a command to point to the address of a variable.
INT: Can you explain it in detail?
ME: (After thinking a lot) Iím sorry. I cant recollect.
INT: Can you tell me what is Intranet?
ME: I think its something which is connection b/w large university
INT: (Man interrupted) Then what is LAN?
ME: LAN is Local Area Network.
INT: Then what is the difference b/w LAN and Intranet:
ME: I hope the number of computers connected to form a network form the
INT: Can you tell me about your projects?
ME: I explained.
INT: Ok, you can go.
ME: Thank you, Maíam. Thank you, Sir.
From the morning 9am, I waited till 7pm evening. Ultimately I was
rejected only due to the lack of computer knowledge. It depends upon the
panel, that whether they ask us our core subjects or computer technicals.
Many of my friends were asked questions only from purely core subjects
and now they are at TCS. So my humble request, donít take a chance. Just
make yourself clear with the basic computer topics like Algorithms &
Flowcharts, Intranet, Lan, Wan, Man etc. and most important toolÖC
This I heard was the simplest of all the rounds.
Be confident. Reply answers with cool and maintain your eye contact with
The questions are:
Ur introduction, hobbies, projects, readiness to work abroad, strengths,
weaknesses, topics on ur hobbies, 5 years from now what u wud be, why
TCS, why IT, why shift from core to IT, etc.
Try to impress the panel. You should leave an impression on their minds.
Thatís all. Work hard and be prepared for the Tech and HR rounds.
Students always make mistake of being prepared only with the aptitude
and core subjects. But be prepared with the computer fundamentals along
with C. The people who cleared the round describe their success path,
but itís the people who were rejected can help you learn from their
mistakes. So, get placed in TCS and fulfill ur dream. Good Luck to all
And ultimately, those who get rejected, donít worry. TCS is not the
ultimate company. Something better must be waiting for you.
ALL THAT HAPPENS, HAPPENS FOR THE BEST.