TCS PATTERN - 21 FEB 2008
The test was online. There were 3 sections:
ii)Aptitude & D.I.
First there were 10 synonyms and then 10 antonyms. The words were relatively easier than previous year's papers coz i could do about 14 of the 20 questions without any practice. A vocab of 500-700 words from GRE Barrons and the sample papers from TCS are enough to take you through. There were words like omniscience, disassuage and a few more which had seldom previoulsy come.
Then there was the paragraph completion section. There is no need to read the whole paragraph. Just look at the questions and then read the neighbouring two lines of the line which has been asked to fill up. There were 2 paragraphs with 5 questions from each one of them.
There was 1 min. alloted for each of the 30 questions. The time limit is more than enough in the english section.
APTITUDE & D.I.
Practice of previous years papers are enough. More than 75% questions were common. Data may or may not be changed. There were a few new questions. A graph was given and one had to find out the equation of it. In my case it was y=cos(x). There were 32 questions in aptitude section with 1min. for each question.
In the D.I. section there were 3 questions from a Venn Diagram and 3 more from a pie chart. There was 1 min. for each of the 6 questions.
It is child's play for anyone in this section given u have practiced previous years papers. The only thing to keep in mind is the time management issue.
There were 3 paragraphs with 4 questions from each one of them. Total time was 20 mins.
If one can practice the 25 analytical reasoning paragraphs from GRE Barrons then he/she is bound to find common questions with even the order not being changed. If that is hard for someone, then practice the previous years TCS papers only and then also u will find some common passages. As the test was online and everyone didn't get the same passages I am giving a list of a few passages that came:
1.Passage on Democrats
2.Passage on Hospital workers
3.Passage on spelunkar and caves
4.Passage on Ashland and Liverpool
5.Passage on Shortest route between bridge, tunnel and toll free road
6.Passage on Hotel Miramar-East Wing and West Wing
7.Passage on Rectangular Table with george,helga,frank,carol,etc. Basically positional problem
If u practice the above 7 passages u r bound to get atleast 2 passages common in the test out of the 3 passages.
There were a total of 80 qestions in the test with a time limit of about 98 mins.
There is no sectional cut -off netiher any upper cut-off, so answer as many as u can.
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