TCS Interview Experience - Pondicherry, August 2016
The selection process consists of :
1. (a) Email Writing (10 minutes).
(b) Aptitude Round (80 minutes) (you can skip this round if you have CGPA above the direct HR cut off).
The cut-off was such that students with CGPA >=8.5 were into direct HR. Obviously I had only 8.05 CGPA, so I had to attend the email & aptitude round. The really sad thing was last time, the Direct HR cut off was 8.0 and this year they increased to 8.5 : (So I had only 3 days to prepare for my aptitude round. Please don't think that I'm trying to frighten you, but TCS Aptitude has a better standard than most of the other written tests. But this does not mean that you cannot crack it :).
Make sure you know the answer & the method to solve each and every question given in all the links given. Refer 'FACE' academy questions if you want to be more confident. Go through the email writing questions given in the same website and I think this is more than sufficient to crack this round. The most important thing to remember while attempting the written round is time management. Make sure you brainstorm your ideas very quick for email writing. In the apti section, for every wrong answer you get a -0.33 NEGATIVE MARKING.
There are 30 questions in which 2 are STAR QUESTIONS (Correct answer to these questions will fetch you more marks and wrong answer will fetch you more negative marks) The key is to leave the questions in which you are not sure of. I heard that there are 2 DUMMY QUESTIONS (all the four options will be wrong) Please try to identify and avoid these questions as attempting these questions might risk your selection to next round.
I didn't attend 4 questions (including 1 star question) and I was confident about the remaining questions I answered. There is batchwise cut off in which they shortlist candidates and it is not done in an overall basis. The results were out in 2 days and I was through to the next round. 230 people were shortlisted out of 520 people for the interview :).
The previous night before interview, I saw that my name was listed under Telecom panel (I seriously don't know what that was & I might have been listed here because my core was ECE) and I was a little tensed. This was because I was preparing with C & C++ the whole day. As it was 10 pm and I had the interview at 9 am 2moro, I couldn't help that anyway.
But I made it a point to google about what telecom division of TCS does and about the history, current CEO, CTO and latest news and events of TCS. I revised the basics of subjects which I had listed under my areas of interest, the previous day. On the D-Day I didn't prepare anything and when I went to college, I realised that I had to wait for 2 more hours for my turn. I was called in Panel 31 for my interview.
There was 1 interviewer whereas many of my friends had 2-3 people per panel. He was really friendly person who came from CSE background (He told me this). There were general HR questions like Tell me about yourself, Where do you see yourself 5 years from now, my final year project etc. Technical was from my areas of interest, Data Structures, Digital Signal Processing and I was given a circuit to find the current at a particular node.
I was not asked to write codes, but my friends were asked to write codes like fibonacci series, palindrome etc. Decent communication skills with basic subject knowledge and sufficient research about the company is more than enough to clear this round.
The main expectation of the HR is basic programming skills, the optimistic attitude with which you approach and answer the question. Results were out on the same day of interview (within 6 hours) 150 people were selected and I'm very happy to be one among them :).
1. Be thorough with this site.
1. Completely google about the company before the D-Day.
2. Be yourself and be articulate in what you wanna convey.
3. Please say no politely if you cannot recollect or if you don't know the answer.
Hope my experience was helpful for you. There is no guarantee that if you get into direct HR, you are offered a job. Getting a friendly panel is purely based on luck (TCS arranges this order of list). Give it your best shot. Never lose confidence if you don't get in the company you are preparing for :) Never feel inferior or feel bad. Something big is waiting for you :).
All the Best! :) :D.
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