Tata Consultancy Services Interview Experience - Gitanjali Park, Kolkata, Friday the 13th, March 2015
This is an experience as well as a guide to how to prepare for TCS.
I am an ECE student 2015 batch and this is how my TCS experience was. I am a candidate form Kolkata, the first round i.e. the written round was conducted in Netaji Subhash.
First is the email part. Use up all the keywords given and try using it in the same order as given (changing the sequence does not matter much). Be careful with the name of the sender and the name person signing off (Be careful , don't sign your own name if the sign off name is mentioned). Do not try fancy flowery words. Try to keep it simple, concise and accurate, avoid spelling errors. 70-150 words should be enough.
Next is the aptitude. This round somewhat requires practice. 2 weeks of practicing form IndiaBix, Campusgate, and m4maths is enough. Reference books like Arun Sharma is handy. I have seen sums which have been directly asked form the Arun Sharma examples.
However my advice is to start with IndiaBix, brush up your basics, recognize your weaknesses and practice them from Campusgate and Arun Sharma. Then try solving form m4maths. Lots of practice from this site is required as questions are repeated. If you have done these sites thoroughly the aptitude is going to be a cakewalk. I got around 12-13 sums common from these sites and I had attempted 23 in total. To my estimate is that the cutoff was 18.33.
After clearing the written round we were called for the interviews after 20 days! Yes we waited 20 days.
This round is the round which is totally dependent on luck. If that day you are lucky you will get the job with zero preparation.
However I wouldn't advise you to risk that and prepare diligently as I did. As I am from ECE, I prepared two of my core subject Digital Elex and Microprocessor/Microcontrollers. I had also prepared Java and had a basic knowledge of DBMS.
Basic programming knowledge was also required.
This is how my interview was:
I faced a 3 panel interview. TR= Technical, MR=Managerial, HR. These are the three major round in the TCS process.
My interviewers were three ladies, two of them were staring sternly and the 3rd lady was roaming around the room fidgeting with her phone.
To my surprise my interview started by the HR round. I was asked about my name school college etc. I am not from a very good college but she seemed to be very put off by it and her expression said it all. Then she asked all sort of rubbish
Questions about my family, why I relocated, why poor grades in class 12. I have a 8.65 GPA in college but she never seemed to notice that. She never appreciated the fact that I had worked hard after my class 12 and was willing to do so if I get the job. I kept calm and put on a smiley face throughout the interview.
Next the lady who took the tech interview was a soft spoken one. She asked me questions like what is a diode. I started explaining in detail about diodes, semiconductor properties, fw bias, rev bias etc, she kept nodding her head but I doubt she understood a single word of what I said. Then she started googling questions and asked me about analog comm basics, some questions from networking.
A few questions from DBMS were asked, primary key, foreign key, normalization. Which I answered correctly and confidently. Form OOPS I was asked about deadlocks and error and exception. These were basic questions and I answered correctly.
Then again the HR lady spoke up again and asked why I wanted to join IT firm even when I am from ECE background. Then she started advising me that I should try for core sector etc. I tried to explain her but she rarely seemed to be convinced.
The 3rd lady hardly sat on her seat as she was still roaming around with her phone and drinking coffee.
When my interview was over I realized that I had blown up my one shot and today I received a regret mail i.e after 37 days after the written test. I had wasted more than a month preparing for this company and I am disappointed that all came down to luck at the end. My hard work went up noticed. If I had got a better and more compatible interview panel who tested me too my full capacity I would have the offer letter.
This is what TCS does to people, all hard work done to dust. No regard for sincerity and discipline. No wonder they ruthlessly sacked 25000 employees.
TCS may be the best Indian IT company today, but I doubt how long will they manage to stay afloat with these in discrepancies. Infosys was the best 5 years back, Today TCS is, maybe there will be new face in the coming years, You never know. So make hay while the sun shines!
Lastly I would conclude that study hard, sincerely, but most importantly PRAY, PRAY to God that you get a good interview panel who will properly test your skills. All the best friends.
Hope this helps!
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