CTS Aptitude Test Pattern

Cognizant syllabus had major change in February 2018 though there are different patterns for different kind of off campus, on campus drives. Now, even with packages it differs. CTS has complete different patterns for a package of Rs3.5LPA and package of Rs. 6.5LPA+, read Cognizant Aptitude Test Pattern 2018.

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Cognizant Test Pattern 2018

Aptitude Test Pattern for CTS

We think its better to divide the process into two exam types –

MeritTrac based Pattern

The drive will be conducted via MeritTrac Exam pattern as the first round when –

  1. Drive – On Campus
  2. Package – Close to 3.4LPA (CTS package differs campus by campus)

AMCAT Based Cognizant Aptitude Test Pattern 2018

The drive will be conducted via AMCAT Exam Pattern as the first round when –

  1. Drive – Off Campus
  2. Package – Close to 3.4LPA

also when,

  1. Drive – On Campus
  2. Package – Close to 6.5+ LPA

Detailed AMCAT based CTS Test Pattern

Drive Off Campus –

CTS hires via your AMCAT scores and out of all the sections of AMCAT you give it only considers marks in Logical, English and Verbal.

  1. Written test on AMCAT
    1. Logical
    2. Verbal
    3. Quants
  2. Post clearing the cut off
    1. Coding Test on AMCAT
  3. Technical Interview
  4. HR Interview
  5. Offer Rollout
Test Pattern for CTSNo Of QuestionsTime (mins)DifficultyImportance
Logical Reasoning Cognizant1416HighMedium
Quants1618MediumMedium
Verbal1816MediumMedium
Aspiring Minds Personality Test9020LowMedium
Coding Test260HighVery High

On Campus Drive – (6.5LPA + Package)

Generally if number of students applying are high then,

First there is a Pre screening test, before even CTS visits your campus for actual written round and interviews.

They have a Pre screening test on AMCAT. This test has completely different syllabus than usual AMCAT.

  • Online Test(Pre Screening)
    • English
    • Critical Reasoning
    • Data Interpretation
    • Debugging Round
    • Coding

Now post this when Cognizant actually visits your campus they conduct one more coding round. This time, the coding round is on HackerRank. There are two coding Rounds in Cognizant Aptitude Test Pattern 2018.

Now, sometimes in colleges we have seen that the hackerrank coding round being conducted first and then AMCAT test. But, this is in very rare cases. Please check with your placement department for this.

Test Pattern for 6.5 LPA PositionQuestionsTime (mins)Difficulty
Critical Reasoning1520High
Data Interpretation1015Medium
English2218Medium
Programming2 – 460 – 90Medium

Detailed MeritTrack based Cognizant Aptitude Test Pattern

Cognizant Syllabus 2018No. of QuestionsTimeDifficultyImportance
Logical Reasoning14No Sectional TimingHighMedium
Quants16Time for whole test – 60 minsMediumMedium
Verbal English25No Sectional TimingMediumHigh

MeritTrac Pattern for CTS is just there for on Campus drive where package is about 3.38 LPA.

Logical Reasoning

  • Critical Reasoning
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Linear Arrangement
  • Odd Man Out
  1. Max Score in CTS Question Papers – 15
  2. Questions – 15 Ques
  3. Time – 15 mins(approx that must be used)

Aptitude

  • Numbers
  • Time, speed and distance
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Profit & Loss
  • HCF and LCM
  1. Max Score CTS Question Papers – 15
  2. Questions – 15 Ques
  3. Time – 15 mins(approx time that must be used)

Verbal English

  • Reading Comprehension Questions
  • Para-jumbles
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Critical Reasoning Questions
  • Sentence Correction
  1. Max Score – 25
  2. Questions – 25 Ques
  3. Time – 25 mins

On Campus Interview Experience CTS Pattern

  • Name: Meenakshi Pillai 
  • Branch: ECE
  • College: BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore
  • Type of Interview: On-Campus (3.38 LPA)

Student Interview

Two months back the placement cell of our college notified all the final year students that Cognizant will be conducting a recruitment drive in our college soon. Immediately, everyone applied for it. But due to the eligibility criteria of minimum 60% in 10th, 12th, and graduation and no existing backlogs only a few students were eligible for the drive. Fortunately, I was one of those few students. The CTS selection process had 3rounds in Cognizant Aptitude Test Pattern 2018;

  1. Written Test
  2. Technical Interview
  3. HR Interview

Round 1- Written Test

MeritTrac conducted the written test. The test contained 3 sections.

Sections

Number of Questions

Time Duration

Syllabus

Verbal Ability

25

25 minutes

Synonyms, antonyms, Para-jumbles, comprehension, sentence correction, grammar etc.

Quantitative Ability

16

16 minutes

Number system, Profit, and loss, percentage, time and work, speed and distance, etc.

Reasoning Ability

14

14 minutes

Coding and decoding, arrangements, blood relations, data sufficiency, syllogism, etc.

Overall the difficulty level of the test was moderate, and since I already practiced such questions on PrepInsta, so, I was able to solve most of the problems. Luckily, I cleared the cut-off and was shortlisted for technical interview.

Round 2-Technical Interview

As soon as I entered the room, the interviewer asked me to sit and immediately started asking technical questions. I got nervous, but still, I tried to be calm and composed. Mainly, he was testing my confidence level. And luckily, I was able to maintain that confidence. Then he asked me to introduce myself and eventually we had a friendly conversation.

  1. Which was your favorite subject in engineering?
  2. You are an ECE student why do you want to work in IT domain?
  3. What do you know about Cognizant?
  4. Tell me something about your Project.
  5. What is a pointer?
  6. Distinguish between C++ and JAVA.
  7. What are objects?

The technical interview was straightforward as fundamental questions were only asked. I was able to answer all the questions and so was shortlisted for the HR round.

Round 3-HR Interview for Cognizant Aptitude Test Pattern 2018

The HR primarily evaluated my communication skills and confidence by asking some general question related to my personal life.

  1. Tell me something about yourself.
  2. Why do you want to join Cognizant?
  3. Do you want to pursue higher education?
  4. What are your hobbies?
  5. Suppose you win a lottery of Rs. 10 Lakh, how are you going to spend it?
  6. What are your expectations from this job?

At last, the HR informed me about night shifts, relocation, and other conditions to which I agreed. He asked me if I had any questions. I asked him to give me a feedback about my interview. He said you need work on your communication skills and rest all is great. I thanked him and left.

A week later, results were declared and fortunately, I reserved my seat at Cognizant, in short, I was selected.

CTS Off Campus Pattern Interview Experience

  • Name: Krish Naruto
  • College: Jeppiar Engineering College, Tamil Nadu
  • Branch: Computer Science
  • Type of interview: Off-Campus Interview (3.38 LPA)

Student Interview

Cognizant’s off-campus interview begins with an AMCAT written round that is conducted at AMCAT center. So, after completing my engineering degree, I started preparing for the AMCAT written round through PrepInsta and some other competitive exam books. I prepared for three continuous months, after which I appeared for the written round.

  1. AMCAT Written Round

The paper was divided into four sections, i.e., Quants, Verbal, Logical Reasoning, and Programming. The test was of 85 minutes with the average difficulty level.

  • The Quants section was pretty difficult as compared to the other three sections. Some of the questions were exactly the same that I studied on PrepInsta. As a result, I was able to get the required passing percentage for the Quants section.
  • The verbal section was way too time-consuming. There were questions about reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar.
  • The Logical Reasoning section was the most interesting one. Major questions were based on Data Sufficiency and Objective reasoning.
  • The programming section majorly had output based questions.

After a week of the paper I got the selection mail, luckily I scored 86% aggregate and qualified for the next round which was the Automata.

  1. AMCAT Automata

In this round, there were two coding questions out of which one was a pattern making, and one was of bubble sort. I gave the paper from home. It was a 60 min test in which the requirements were that the webcam and the microphone should be turned on during the test so that everything is recorded, just in case anyone could cheat. I tried both the codes in which bubble sort was easy as I had already studied it while preparing for the test. Therefore, I was able to execute it, but the pattern making was a bit tricky, so it was executed partially. Since one of my codes was running perfectly; I qualified for the final round.

After ten days I got the mail from Cognizant Visitor Management with the Express check-in code for the main and the final round. It was a Face-to-Face round that was held at the main Chennai premises of the company. I had to log in the Physical Security Application to confirm that I will be present for the interview. The mail comprised of the interview confirmation and the hall ticket with basic essential documents that I had to carry on the day of the interview

1) My all the Marksheets (Original as well as Xerox).

i)10th

ii)12th

iii) Graduation mark sheet

2) Printout of the Hall Ticket.

3) 3 Passport size photos.

4) 2 copies of my updated resumes.

On the day of the interview we were informed that the Face-to-Face interview would be divided into two separate rounds, first will be the Technical then the HR.

  1. Technical

As I entered the room, the interviewer asked me for my resume. He asked me a total of six questions related to JAVA, out of which I answered four correctly. He asked me to wait outside as there were still four candidates after me.

After almost an hour, we were informed that five students had been selected out of seventeen for the HR round. Luckily, I was one of those five. After ten minutes the HR round began.

  1. HR Round

I was very nervous. There were two candidates before me. Then my turn came. As I entered the cabin, the HR asked me for my resume. He had the results for my technical round in his hand. After going through my resume and analyzing my technical round scorecard, the interview began.

*Why should we hire you?

* What was your role in your final year major project?

* What did you do for last three months?

* Why do you wish to join Cognizant?

* Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

* Are you are comfortable in relocation to any other part of the country?

* What is your salary expectation?

The interview went on like for 20 minutes. After the interview, I was told that they would let me know the result through an email. According to me, the interview went quite well, so I was happy and was expecting a positive response. After a week, I got the confirmation mail with the call letter for the profile of Junior Software Engineer at Cognizant.

CTS 6.5 LPA Interview Experience

  • Name: Suryakumar 
  • Branch: CSE
  • College: SRM, Chennai
  • Type of Interview: On-Campus (6.5 LPA)

Student Interview

The training and placement officer of our college informed us that Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) had introduced a new job role known as the Associates for the 2018 batch. The salary package for this designation is approximately 6.5 LPA. On hearing about such an opportunity, everyone applied for this post. Since too many students registered for the event, a pre-screening test was conducted to retrench candidates.

Pre-Screening Test

The pre-screening test on Hackerrank. In this test, 2 coding questions of varying difficulty levels (easy, medium, and difficult) were given. Approximately 800 students participated in this round out of which only 100 qualified for the next round. I completed two questions fully and one partially. Luckily, I was one of the selected candidates and so was eligible for the Cognizant campus rounds.

Campus Rounds

Cognizant employs a 3 round selection process in its recruitment drive.

  1. Written Test
  2. Technical Interview
  3. HR Interview

Round 1- Written Test

AMCAT conducted the written test for Associates position. However, the Cognizant syllabus was slightly different from the standard AMCAT syllabus. The written round had following sections:

  1. English: Had 22 questions which were to be completed in 18 minutes time. It had questions related to synonyms, antonyms, comprehensions, etc.
  2. Critical Reasoning: Had 15 questions and the time limit for this section was 20 minutes. The questions were easy in this section.
  3. Data Interpretation: There were 10 questions in this section, and they were a bit tricky.
  4. Debugging: The questions in this sections were related to finding errors in the code, and they were a bit difficult.
  5. Automata Programming Test: This section had 2 coding questions of high difficulty which were to be completed in 60 minutes time.
    1. Find an index in an array such that the sum of elements at its left side is equal to the sum of elements at its right side.
    2. WAP for Knapsack 0-1 problem

Overall the aptitude test was of moderate difficulty. However, the programming questions were difficult and time-consuming. I solved one question entirely and the other one partially. Fortunately, I cleared the test and qualified for the technical interview round.

Round 2-Technical Interview

The interviewer was a kind looking man in his early forties. I asked for his permission and entered the room. He smiled at me asked me to sit. It was a very warm gesture, which boosted my confidence. He had my resume with him, and he started asking questions from it.

  1. Tell me something about yourself.
  2. Why did you choose computer science?
  3. Which is your favorite subject?
  4. What is the difference between a concatenation of string using ‘+’ and StringBuffer?
  5. What is a void pointer? Can you dereference a void pointer without knowing its type?
  6. What are dangling pointers? How are they different from memory leaks?
  7. Do you know why a manhole is round?

The technical interview was difficult; it took around 1 hour to complete. Although I was not able to answer all the questions but was still able to qualify for the next round.

Round 3-HR Interview

The HR round was comparatively comfortable where I was mostly asked questions related to my personal life and likes and dislikes

  1. Tell me something about yourself.
  2. What are your hobbies?
  3. What are your short term and long term goals?
  4. Why do you want to join Cognizant?
  5. Do you want to pursue higher education?
  6. What are your expectations from this job?

Finally, the HR asked me if I was comfortable with night shifts, relocation, and other conditions to which I agreed.

One week later, results were declared, and I was selected. It was like a dream come true for me.

CTS Programming Analyst Trainee Interview Experience

Cognizant Technology Solutions, Pune

Profile : Programming Analyst Trainee

Online Aptitude Test : 28th February 2018

Interview Date : 10th March 2018

Offer Letter : 20th March 2018

Hey Guys, I just wanted to share my Experience for CTS for the Programming Analyst Trainee Profile, The First Round was basically follows the AMCAT Test Pattern. The level of difficulty for Aptitude Round was Easy to Moderate. After the completion of Aptitude Round, Automata ( Programming Round ) was started in which there was 2 Programs.

You can write the code in C,C++ or Java.

  1. Write a Program to Print the Prime Number upto 11.
  2. Write a Program based on Frequency Sorting Methods.

Hopefully I cleared the First Round easily.

After that I got the Admit Card through mail for TR and HR Interview on 10th March, Pune.

Before the Interview Round, They was verification of the All the Documents which was mentioned in the Admit Card. One Set of Xerox along with Originals you should bring for the Interview Rounds.

They were assigning Token Numbers to Each and Everyone, They will call based on Token Numbers you get.

TR Questions :

1. Questions on Resume.

2. B.E Major Project and Mini Project.

3. What is your Favorite Subject ?

4. What is Binary Search Tree, How to Calculate Height of Tree ?

5. Puzzle : Why is the Man hole Round ?

6. If I want to add the Contacts in your Android Smartphone, Which Algorithm should I Follow.

7. Who is the President, Vice-president, Governor of India, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Chief Minister of West Bengal ( Since I’m Bengali )

8. Write an Algorithm for Selection Sort.

9. Why the Mobile Phones are Called as Cell Phones ?

10. From the String having 10 Characters, How can you Delete the Redundant Characters ?

11. Extra Achievements or Curricular Activities.

12. What is Micro Processor ?

I got Qualified for Technical Round and Told me to wait.

Technical Interview Duration : 15 Minutes

HR Questions :

1. Tell me about Yourself.

2. Short Term and Long Term Goals.

3. Ready to Relocate in any Location.

4. Any Questions ?

HR Duration : 5 Minutes

At the End, Ma’am Took all the Original Documents and Verified that it’s satisfying the Criteria or Not.

In the HR Round, They asked to signed the Document, stating that I can work in any Location, Any Shifts and Any Technology, Domain.

I got the Shortlist Mail from Cognizant on 12th March, Pune.

They told that they will be releasing the Offer Letters within Two Weeks, after Documents Verification and Background Check.

On 20th March, I got my Offer Letter, Finally got selected in Cognizant Technology Solutions.

“Wish You All the Best and Be Confident,

You can achieve Anything ”

Regards,

Soumadeep