eLitmus Syllabus and Test Pattern 2019

Latest eLitmus Syllabus 2019

eLitmus changes their Syllabus every 2 to 3 months, only PrepInsta updates our eLitmus Syllabus 2019 page every week. Glad you’re on PrepInsta, India’s No.1 website for placement preparation. About 99% of people preparing for eLitmus use PrepInsta. Below you will find the eLitmus Syllabus and eLitmus Paper Pattern 2019. As we said eLitmus Exam Pattern changes every few months, so for eLitmus PH Test we change our eLitmus Questions give on the website as well. Almost every 14 days Hiring Potential Test (pH Test) happens with test centers all across the country. On the page we have eLitmus Exam Syllabus for 2019 for the updated eLitmus Aptitude Syllabus –

Companies that recruit via eLitmus are –

  • McAfee
  • IBM
  • Collabera
  • Novell
  • CGI
  • Accenture
  • ITC Infotech
  • HCL Technologies
  • Mindtree
  • Genesys
  • Seagate
  • GeekyAnts

Some other companies that recruit via eLitmus are – Visit here

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eLitmus is one of the most sought after employability exams in India, especially Freshers. Many top companies like Accenture, Adobe, Infosys, McAfee, IBM and CGI are using eLitmus to hire students. These sometimes use eLitmus as assessment criteria in on-campus as well as off-campus drives.

eLitmus conducts a test called pH test (Hiring Potential Test) to assess and hire candidates. This article gives you a comprehensive overview of eLitmus syllabus and written exam pattern, you will find the following in this article:

eLitmus Syllabus 2018 and eLitmus exam pattern 2018
Name of ExameLitmus
Mode ConductedWritten
Cost of ExamRs920
Duraction2 hours
Typenon – Adaptive
Total Marks600
Negative MarkingYes
Score Card Validity2 Years
Type of jobIT and Core
Average Package5.5 LPA
Chances of getting PlacedMedium

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eLitmus Aptitude Syllabus 2019 and Online Test Pattern

ELitmus is one of India’s largest assessment and recruitment company. They provide a hiring platform for over 500 companies and almost more than half of the registered candidates were satisfied with their new found job. eLitmus test pattern basically has 60 questions of 10 marks each so Pattern marks = Ques*Marks = 600 marks. This article is written with the intent to provide you with the ELitmus exam pattern 2019.

What is eLitmus pH Test?

The assessment test conducted by eLitmus is called as the pH test or hiring potential test. The tests cover all the topics that are given importance to by most of the developing companies and these tests also help the candidates to analyze their skills better.

Branches that can give eLitmus for Engineers are – CS/IT/ECE/EEE/EIE/Bio-tech(and other Bio Branches)/Mech(Other Mech Branches)

We have mentioned all the things related to eLitmus including eLitmus Syllabus 2019 and eLitmus Exam Pattern for 2019. We will suggest you to read all the information on this page carefully. PrepInsta has produced over 1000+ 99%ilers in eLitmus.

Each section contains about 20 questions and the overall test is for 600 marks. You can check the upcoming dates on of eLitmus written test on their official website – eLitmus website. Sometimes the sections might change or be modified based on the requirement of a company. All the formula required to solve are given in the paper itself.

The results of eLitmus exam are presented as a percentile. The percentile is based on where you stand among the students who took the test in the last 2 years from the date you took the test.

eLitmus Exam Pattern – Quantitative Aptitude

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  • Number System
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Algebra
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Ratio and Proportions
  • Speed
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • AP GP and HP( Newly Introduced in elitmus syllabus 2019)
  1. Max Score – 200 Marks
  2. Number of Questions – 20 Questions
  3. Time for Sections – no sectional timing
(Solve 5-8 questions for good percentile)

eLitmus Syllabus 2018 Logical Reasoning

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  • Logical Reasoning Type 1
  • Logical Reasoning Type 2
  • Cryptarithmetic
  • Data Interpretation (Bar charts)
  • Data Interpretation (Pie charts)
  • Data Sufficiency Algebra & Arithmetic
  • Data Sufficiency Geometry, Logic and Misc
  • Data Interpretation(Line Graphs) (Newly Introduced)
  1. Max Score – 200 Marks
  2. Number of Questions – 20 Questions
  3. Time for Sections – no sectional timing
(Solve 5-7 questions for good percentile)

eLitmus Syllabus for 2019 – Verbal English

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammatical Errors based Questions
  • Para Jumbles
  • Sentence Completion – Subject Verb(Newly Introduced in elitmus syllabus 2018)
  • Sentence Completion – Vocabulary
  • Sentence Completion – Tenses (Newly Introduced in elitmus syllabus 2018)
  1. Max Score – 200 Marks
  2. Number of Questions – 20 Questions
  3. Time for Sections – no sectional timing
(Solve 11-15 questions for good percentile) Now there used to be this Technical Question Note this section is not asked in eLitmus anymore.

This is not asked anymore

eLitmus Aptitude Syllabus – TECHNICAL (OPTIONAL)

  • Languages(C, C++ code snippets)
  • Operating Systems
  • Database (Oracle, MySQL)
  • OOPS
  • Networking
  • DSA

eLitmus Written Test Syllabus and Paper Pattern for 2019

eLitmus Syllabus for 2018QuestionsMarks for SectionPercentile RangeNegative Marking
Problem Solving and Reasoning20 Questions200 Marks35 – 90 marks = 75 – 95 percentileYes
Quantitative Aptitude20 Questions200 Marks50 – 80 marks = 75 – 95 percentileYes
Verbal20 Questions200 Marks95 – 160 marks = 65 – 90 percentile Yes
Total60 Questions600 Marks150 – 240 marks 75 – 90 percentileYes

Now read this very carefully for eLitmus Aptitude Syllabus. They used used to have this negative marking rule of 25% earlier and some website still show that it exists in 2019. But, the 25% rule isn’t there anymore. We contacted eLitmus directly and they said it will not be there in future.

New eLitmus Negative Marking Rule – Now there is – 10 negative marking for each question. Even if you do 1 question wrong you will get -10 for that. There is no negative marking for unattempted questions

Old eLitmus Negative Marking Rule(Some website still show this old Rule) – 

  • No negative marking if the total number of incorrect questions is less than or equal to 25% of the total number of eLitmus questions.
  • 5 marks will be deducted out of 10 marks for every wrong answer after 25% window.
  • No negative marks for unattempted eLitmus questions.
  1. If you have any unattempted questions then there will be negative marking.
  2. A student may choose to attempt the eLitmus test as many number of times he/she wants.
  3. Companies will not get to see how many times you have attempted elitmus test.
  4. Your latest score – be it lower or higher than previous attempts will be considered.

eLitmus Exam Pattern for 2019 Paper

eLitmus Paper Pattern 2018 for pH Exam<2040506070809095
Verbal English3038455195125145150
Quantitative Aptitude-1015222950758590
Problem Solving-180102235608095

Detailed Syllabus and Job Analysis

PercentileQuantitative aptitude scoresProblem Solving scoresVerbal Ability scoresApprox Interview Offers


eLitmus test is more logic & application based, rather than memory. Hence, the paper is slightly on the tougher side compared to AMCAT or CoCubes. Based on the previous eLitmus papers, here’s a look at commonly asked topics in the order of importance. We have decided the importance of a particular topics based on the frequency in which it occurred in each of the previous eLitmus papers. The eLitmus syllabus is as follows.

  • To be honest, you must atleast score 80% in all the sections for off campus hiring and 75% in on Campus hiring to get called by companies for Interviews.
  • Even if you score 99% in two sections but score less than 75% in any one. Generally it is seen that one doesn’t get calls or gets very few.
  • Thus you must score more than 80% in all the sections.


Atleast two months. I will say since

  • The exam is very tough.
  • There is a lot of competition and it percentile based test

You can study from our eLitmus Dashboard. We have covered the entire syllabus section wise with test, previous eLitmus Questions, Questions for Practice, Paper analysis, exam tips and analysis.

Online Exam Pattern Facts for eLitmus

eLitmus Written Test Syllabus FactsPattern
Type of ExamWritten – Pen Paper based
Time2 hours
CostRs 920
Negative MarkingYes
Validity of ScoreCard2 years
Type of TestNon – Adaptive

Basically, from a student’s perspective we have made the best eLitmus study resource material and you can blindly follow our website daily for 2 – 3 months and prepare from it.


There is no specific book for eLitmus Aptitude Syllabus. You should buy Arun Sharma books for Quants, Logical and Verbal and it is a must buy to do general eLitmus preparation.

But the book isn’t enough as no book is eLitmus Aptitude Syllabus specific. eLitmus questions you will only find on our website and secondly you must do very test focussed preparation which we have tried our best to make possible on our website.


There are a lot to be honest. Companies like Accenture, Samsung, Maruti Suzuki, Dell, Amazon etc

eLitmus is definitely worth to give if you’re not having anyjob. But you must give proper dedication and time to be able to do so. No one can score good percentile in eLitmus with a week’s study. A month atleast should be given for preparation.

Sample Exam Experience by Student who gave eLitmus after the percentile graph is given

e-litmus Online Test Pattern Exam Experience

  • Name: Ruchir Verma
  • e-litmus score: 232.5
  • I appeared for the test on December 10th ,2018 in New Delhi.
  • Test Duration: 2hrs.

The examination’s difficulty level is medium to hard thus people usually don’t score high in this examination.

The examination was offline and had three sections:

Quantitative Aptitude: 4 questions were from Geometry and 4 from Number systems, around 5-6 questions were from permutation, combination and probability and remaining questions were from basic arithmetic topics like ratio and proportion ,profit and loss, etc. The level of questions in this section was medium. This section will be very easy for the students who have strong class 10th mathematics concepts . I attempted 12 questions in this section, my score in this section was 75.00 and my percentile was 97.49.

Problem Solving: 3 questions were from cryptarithmetics, 3 from data interpretation and 3 from from Data sufficiency 4 from logical reasoning and rest of the questions were from random topics. The cryptarithmetic ,data sufficiency and data interpretation problems were very time taking. So I chose to attempt Data interpretation and Data sufficiency ones. Logical reasoning questions were easy . I attempted 12 questions in this section. My score was 93.75 and my Percentile was 99.54.

Verbal: This is the easiest and the most scoring section of elitmus. 6 Questions were from Grammar and did not take any time to solve. Remaining questions were paragraph type and each paragraph had around 3 questions to it. So even though I had 5 minutes left to solve this section I was able to get a decent score in this section. My score was 63.75 and my percentile was 69.34

Try to score as much as possible in Verbal Section as it will boost your score. Try not to waste your time on time taking problems and impart maximum time for Problem Solving section as it is the toughest . Try to get a balanced score with good percentile in all the sections , if you have time left then dedicate it to Problem Solving as this section’s score is the criterion for a lot of companies’ shortlisting.

My final score was 232.5

eLitmus Sample test score using eLitmus Syllabus for 2018

eLitmus Eligibility Criteria

There is no eligibility criterion as such for an eLitmus exam. It is recommended that a student looks at what companies are hiring at any point of time and then take the test. Mostly companies which hire through eLitmus look for candidates from BE/B.Tech, MCA, ME/Mtech or M.Sc (CS/IT/Electronics). Additionally they may ask for minimum marks or grades. The eLitmus eligibility criteria is mentioned for each job opening separately.

How to check eligibility criteria of companies recruiting through eLitmus

1) Visit eLitmus official Job portal – http://www.elitmus.com/jobs
2) You will find a list of job openings
3) Now click on show details button below each company to check if you are eligible.

Elitmus FAQ’s

Ques. For how many years is my eLitmus score card valid?

Ans. eLitmus score card is valid for 2 years after giving the test.

Ques. How many times can I give eLitmus exam?

Ans. You can give it any number of times, but you have to wait for 28 days to give the test again. Since, your best elitmus score will be displayed to the recruiters.

Ques. In how many days are eLitmus results declared?

Ans. After 14 days of giving the test, eLitmus will declare the results for your test.

The eLitmus test is a paper-pen test and the result will be uploaded on the eLitmus site. The result is usually received within a week but in seldom cases, it can take up to two weeks. The test results would be in percentile for each section separately. Any candidate with an 80 or more percentile will have a shot at high pay jobs.

Ques. What is elitmus handicap based negative marking?

Ans. It was old pattern of negative marking that was used in eLitmus and it not used anymore. They still have old pattern on the website.

To prevent guess work, typical tests (including CAT) penalise a test taker with negative marks for wrong attempts. Negative marks are awarded for each wrong attempt and are a fraction of the marks awarded for the right answers. This system is inherently flawed. To begin with, no attempt is made to differentiate between a student who actually solves the question and gets a wrong answer and a guess maker. Seconly, the resources (ex:time) used by a test-taker are not taken into consideration. For example, a test-taker who attempts 20 questions and gets 4 wrong and a test-taker who attempts 40 questions to get 4 wrong are penalised equally, whereas the first test taker had the luxury of more time per question compared to the second one. pH Test uses a handicap based negative marking approach to address such issues. 

Ques. I was thinking maybe I can create account from two ID’s and given eLitmus exam and Apply from the best score to companies?
Elitmus notes down your Class 10 marksheet certificate. If you intend to do this, they will surely figure out this, and would result in you getting permanently disqualified from the eLitmus exam.

Test Locations for eLitmus

  • Kolkata
  • Mumbai
  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Madhurai
  • Bhopal
  • Cochin
  • Hyderabad
  • Pune
  • Lucknow
  • Chandigarh
  • Mangalore

AMCAT Vs eLitmus Vs CoCubes

Mode of Test Conduction –

  1. AMCAT – Online
  2. eLitmus – Offline (Written)
  3. CoCubes – Online

Type of Test –

  1. AMCAT – Adaptive
  2. eLitmus – non Adaptive (Written)
  3. CoCubes – non Adaptive

Adaptive means that the difficulty next few questions in the test will be determined on the correctness of the last few questions that you have solved for example if you solve a questions correctly then next question will be slightly harder and if you solve incorrectly then difficulty of the next questions will decrease.

When and how can we apply –

  1. AMCAT – Visit myAMCAT Website and schedule test any time 365 days.
  2. eLitmus – Visit elitmus website and apply anytime
  3. CoCubes – Visit CoCubes website and apply anytime

What is the cost of each exam

  1. AMCAT – Rs 900 + Taxes
  2. eLitmus – Rs.920
  3. CoCubes – Rs.1000

What is the best time to give the exam –

  1. AMCAT/CoCubes/eLitmus – Anytime as score is valid for more than a year. So, whenver companies become active you will get call from that company.

ScoreCard Validity –

  1. AMCAT – 3 years
  2. eLitmus – 2 years
  3. CoCubes – 1 years

Average Package –

  1. AMCAT – 3 – 6 LPA
  2. eLitmus – 4 to 9 LPA
  3. CoCubes – 3.5 to 8 LPA

Negative Marking –

  1. AMCAT – No
  2. eLitmus – Yes
  3. CoCubes – No
Mode ConductedOnlineWrittenOnline
Cost of ExamRs.900 + TaxesRs920Rs.1000
Duration3 hours2 hoursVaries
TypeAdaptivenon – Adaptivenon – Adaptive
Total Marks45006001000
Negative MarkingNoYesNo
Score Card Validity3 Years2 Years1 Years
Type of jobITIT and CoreIT and Core
Average Package4 LPA5.5 LPA4.5LPA
Chances of getting PlacedHighMediumMedium

More About pH Test of eLitmus

A dedicated, cross-functional team of experts is continuously working towards improving the pH Test. The R&D spend on pH Test development is in excess of 30% of eLitmus revenue.

  1. Path breaking approach to increase test validity and reliability

    eLitmus uses on-the-job performance feedback to continuously improve the test validity. A section of eLitmus customers share the non-soft skill appraisal of the selected candidates with eLitmus. On the reliability front, typical company tests have questions randomly jumbled to generate multiple sets of question paper. Very basic research establishes that the performance of a test-taker can vary across sets when questions are jumbled randomly. Theoretical approaches like test re-test reliability,etc have also been found wanting in completely randomly generated tests. Apart from employing such theoretical approaches, eLitmus also uses a proprietary statistical measure which draws significant inputs from on job performance as well.

  2. Thought leadership

    In Jan 2006, eLitmus advocated that time-challenged approach was not the best measure given the change in India’s education system. It moved to a content challenged test and strongly advocated the same on multiple forums. The second big thing eLitmus advocated was that classical English (including rarely used vocabulary words) was a wrong measure. At the work place, day-to-day communication had to be effective. It was evident given the performance feedback shared with eLitmus. People with high scores in verbal section were rated poor team players and communicators. eLitmus stand stood vindicated when CAT, an admission test to best top B Schools in India implemented both the philosophies. In Nov 2006, CAT was no longer time challenged as it had fewer questions than ever historically. In Nov 2008, CAT had 40 question in Verbal in contrast to 25 each in Quantitative and Problem Solving sections. It was evident that the difficulty level of verbal question was easy and hence less time per question was made available to test takers.

  3. Minimized knowledge component

    All necessary formulae are provided in the question paper. Additionally our team continuously tracks the tricks being taught in the coaching institutes. The idea is to minimize the advantage to test takers who have undergone “excessive” preparation without actually improving their fundamental abilities.

  4. Pen and paper test (originally Online)

    There are a plethora of online tests leading to a certification offered by the best names in the technology industry. Why is it that most successful takers of such tests fail to impress recruiters anymore? A basic feature of online tests is a random pool of questions selected from a large pool of questions. This creates a threat to test reliability (in lay-man’s terms, two instances of a test being of equal difficulty). This can be achieved with a high degree of accuracy only if there is over standardization in selecting questions randomly. Advanced algorithms to create reliability across tests without over standardization fail. Over standardization can be cracked through excessive preparation. Information sharing amongst test takers in India is very high leading to leaked questions. Offline test requires eLitmus to develop only 18-20 question papers per year. Moreover in Indian context, the infrastructure for online test often crumbles midway between the test. Additionally third party environments (like college networks), are prone to being hacked. This enables a person to remotely answer the test for a test taker sitting in front of the machine.

  5. Ability to serve a diverse set of customers

    eLitmus has identified 7 major skills and 2 sub skills. Every question is mapped to one of these skills. Based on the job description and historical information about the company, a different weight is assigned to each skill and the score customized to the company’s precise requirement. It’s a little like how just over a 100 elements make billions of compounds.

  6. Handicap based negative marking and score interpretation

    This has been developed by eLitmus with over 10 person-years of R&D. It is an empirical approach that leverages the performance feedback of companies. While the exact mechanics are proprietary to eLitmus, a couple of notable features follow. First, negative marking based on resources utilized (similar to Duckworth Lewis methodology in cricket) and the accuracy of wrong answers. For example a student who gets 4 wrong answers out of 30 attempts is penalized higher for each wrong answers compared to a student who gets 4 wrong anwers out of 40 attempts. Second, every question has close wrong answers and irrelevant wrong answers. For example a question like “What is the capital of India?” could have choices as Delhi, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. A person marking Delhi as an answer is treated differently as compared to a person marking Mumbai or Bangalore.

  7. Ability to create gradient in the top quartile of test-takers by using handicap-based negative marking and a highly-researched test form design. Tests have an inherent bias towards creating gradient at the higher end of the talent pool, thereby giving inaccurate results. The normal curve figure along side is self explanatory. The table below has data gathered from results of a leading MBA entrance test in India, primarily designed to cater to the needs of the very top B Schools in India. The above test due to its reputation is being used by several other B Schools to offer admissions. It is evident that it is difficult to differentiate among the talent pool not at the very top end of the performance.
  8. All tests by default have this inherent bias of creating differentiation at the top end.

    A decade ago, the top 2% of talent pool sufficed to fill up all positions in companies or seats in leading MBA colleges. Lot of engineers from leading institutes used to find it difficult to find jobs. Today the story is in stark contrast. The top 25% of the talent pool is proving inadequate viz a viz the demand. The theory and science behind design effective tests is yet to wake up to this reality and hence some of the best tests designed by practitioners of psychometric principles produce below average employees or non performing students.

  9. High preparedness of the candidates

    Typically test format or questions are extremely predictable for a company. A candidate gets a long time to prepare for such tests and clear it with ease. Even the IITs recently identified the long, systematic ‘test’ preparation by candidates as a reason for the falling quality of their in-take.

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9 comments on “eLitmus Syllabus and Test Pattern 2019”

  • Juhi

    Will i get the offer if my percentage in academics is 69??? Will the top companies call?

  • Pavan

    I m guy of BTech 2014-18 ,due to backlog I have passed in 2019. Should I b considered as 18 passed out or 19 passed out

  • Kumari Neha

    I want to know if this is helpful for experienced candidate as I am 2018 passout and have experience of 1 year in support project.Will companies approach me if I score good marks?

  • shruti shre

    I want to know if this is only helpful for freshers or experienced. I am 2016 graduated but not have any experience in coding field. have experience in Technical support but I want to change my field.Kindly suggest what should I do.