TCS Interview Experience - JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY, 10/11/2017
As per their new format, the online test had 4 sections:
Quantative aptitude (20 questions including 2 star questions),
Email writing (easy),
C Coding (1 program-easy one but have to adhere to the format of the TCS online code compiler set by TCS Touchstone portal, where only command line arguments are supported for accepting user input and printing the processed output). printf() and scanf() don't work here.
So take that fact into account and have a good practice of programs involving command line arguments.
For quants., RS Aggarwal and IndiaBix are more than sufficient but practising previous years placement papers of TCS will certainly help you a lot without any doubt.
Coming to C MCQ part, just glancing through yashwant kanetkar or balaguruswamy will do wonders! Yes negative marking is there so be very careful and confident while answering! Don't take stupid chances by attempting all and ending up giving wrong answers eliminating yourself! Star quant.
Questions carry more marks and obviously wrong answers on star questions carry more negative marks!Basically one can say in TCS, Aptitude section is the elimination section!Most people fail to clear the online test either due to overconfidence or lack of PPP (Planning, preparation and practice).
This PPP is necessary not just for TCS online but for clearing the online round of any company, be it quant, Logical, Data Interpretation or technical!Well that was just a piece of advice!Now coming back to my pt. , I managed to clear the online along with another 115 more students from different departments.
Results were declared that evening through whatsapp. Next day the interview was scheduled. They had already delivered a PPT the day before just before the online test commenced.
On the interview day, there were in total 16 different sets of panelists, with each set having 2 to 3 members (1 HR, 1 TR, 1 from marketing department although in 2-member panelists there was no marketing executive).
I was called in by one of the company executives and sent to a panel. They had already collected our drive application forms and resumes, so just walked in straight with a broad smiling face (the most effective ornament in any personal interview!) , asked for permission to sit and the conversation began.
Now friends here is my point:
What type of panelists you get totally depend on your luck!Mine was extremely cordial and friendly but I have seen meritoriuos candidates getting rejected due to hypnocratic and overcritical panelists!
So luck plays a vital role here! As far as HR is concerned, there were questions like:Tell me about yourself, Family, strengths and weaknesses, Relocation, Working in night shifts, Why TCS?, Why sudden switch from core to IT?, etc. So just prepare these basic HR questions from any standard websites like IndiaBix or youtube videos.
Don't mug up ornamental answers. Be yourself!Be genuine!Remember the panelists are smarter than you!Don't lie about yourself and you will surely figure a way out!Don't worry!Now coming to marketing executive, he mainly asks about your understanding of the IT industry and it's ever-changing corporate dynamics, your understanding of the job profile they are offering, wikipedia facts about TCS, how you can contribute to TCS and upcoming challenges to the IT industry and alike! Have a broad smile on your face and you are done with it!Now coming to technical round, here they mostly (in more than 99% cases) ask about your final year. Projects, summer trainings if any, basic computer and networking concepts like workstations, servers, IP addresses, network protocols and alike.
SO just prepare your final year. Projects and trainings thoroughly and basic computing and network concepts from any standard book like W.Stallings and that's it!They may also ask to write codes like prime no. , palindrome no. , fibonacci series (I was asked this one) , etc. Go through programs given in the book of balaguruswamy at once the night before and that's it! Done.
Remember it's all about defending your resume. So have crystal-clear knowledge about everything that's there on your resume. Just don't write anything for the sake of it!Just because you have heard of it or know very little about it!I have seen meritorious people getting rejected after clearing the online test just because of insufficient knowledge of their own resumes! Remember your stream will not matter but whether you are able to defend your own resume will.
Trust me nothing can be more embarrassing than failing to defend your own resume!In addition taking up and initiating discussion on recent technologies like IOT, Cloud Computing, BIG data, AI and machine learning will do wonders! At the end of the day, your presentation, presence of mind, willpower, optimism, etiquettes and self-trust will be the determining factors, not to mention the luck which does play a very vital role in the overall selection process, starting from online test to getting placed!
Ultimately results were declared after 2 days through whatsapp and I was selected as a systems engineer at TCS IT Infrastructure Services (TCS-ITIS) ! That's my story and I thank IndiaBix for providing me with such a platform to share my experience !
Hope it helps the ones aspiring to join TCS in the future! Best of luck to everyone out there and hope to see you in TCS in the future!
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