Cognizant Recruitment Process for Freshers 2019

Cognizant Recruitment Process for 2019

Are you looking for Cognizant Recruitment Process 2019. You will find everything that you need to know on this page about Cognizant Recruitment Process for Freshers. Before going further we should tell you that, Cognizant Recruitment Process through AMCAT is different for 3.38 LPA and 2.53 LPA package and its different and for a higher package of 6.5LPA its different.

CTS Recruitment Process Detailed

Cognizant Placement process for Programmer Analyst trainee role (on campus hiring) is as given below. Cognizant hires a good number of candidates for this role each year. The candidates who get selected for this role will be trained at Cognizant Academy for a period of 4 months post which they will join the project teams.

We will divide this post into two Categories –

  • AMCAT for Lower Package
  • AMCAT + HackerRank for Higher Package

Read both of them to know which one is applicable for you. As we have seen that Cognizant has a very weird recruitment Process –

Cognizant Recruitment Process through AMCAT for 3.38 and 2.53 LPA

On Campus Process

On Campus Process is same for both 

  • For both 3.38 LPA package
  • For both 2.53 LPA package
  1. Written Round
    1. Aptitude
      1. Questions – 16
      2. Time – 16 mins
    2. Logical
      1. Questions – 14
      2. Time – 14 mins
    3. English
      1. Questions – 25
      2. Time – 25 mins
    4. Automata Fix
    5. Questions – 7
    6. Time – 20 mins
  2. Interview (Technical – 20 mins)
  3. Interview (HR – 10 mins)

What is Automata Fix? What sort of questions can be expected?

  • Candidate needs to fix all errors in a given code.
  • Candidate needs to correct the syntax of the given code without changing its logic.
  • Candidates need to complete the given code by reusing existing functions in the code.

The best way to prepare for a Cognizant recruitment process is to have a look at the previous Cognizant Placement papers. Since these are very important, we are providing all these for free. Study for CTS recruitment Process section wise.

Cognizant Quantitative Recruitment Paper Process AMCATNumber of QuestionsDifficultyImportanceCorrect Question by 90th %ile Suggested Avg time per Question
Basic Mathematics
– Divisibility
– Numbers, decimal fractions and power
Total – 5 Question
2 Ques
2 Ques
1 Ques
MediumMedium445 sec
Applied Mathematics
-Profit and Loss
– Simple and Compound Interest
– Time, Speed and Distance
– Inverse
Total – 6 Question
2 Ques
2 Ques
1 Ques
1 Ques
MediumHigh41 min
Engineering Mathematics
– Permutation and –
– Combinations
– Probability
– Misc
Total – 5 Question
1 Ques
1 Ques
2 Ques
1 Ques
MediumMedium41 min

Cognizant Verbal Recruitment Process AMCATQuestionsDifficultyImportanceNo of Correct Question by 90th %ileSuggested Avg time per Question
Vocabulary8Low-MediumLow 625 sec
Grammar10MediumMedium845 sec
Reading Comprehension7MediumHigh61 min

Topic No. of QuestionsDifficultyImportance No of Correct Question by 90th %ile Suggested Avg time per Question
Deductive Reasoning5MediumMedium41 Min
Inductive Reasoning5HighMedium41 Min
Abductive Reasoning6HighHigh51 Min

Read Student Experience for Cognizant off Campus AMCAT based round here

Off Campus Process 2019

Process is Same –

  • For both 3.38 LPA Package off Campus
  • For both 2.53 LPA Package off Campus
  1. Written Test
    1. Quants
      1. Questions – 16
      2. Time – 16 mins
    2. Reasoning
      1. Questions – 14
      2. Time – 14 mins
    3. Verbal
      1. Questions – 25
      2. Time – 25 mins
    4. Coding
    5. Questions – 2
    6. Time – 60 mins
  2. Interview Technical 25 mins
  3. Interview HR 10 mins
  4. Background checked

Cognizant Recruitment Process for Freshers 6.5 LPA Package

For 6.5 LPA –

In some colleges sometimes the HackerRank test is conducted first

  1. Pre – Screening Written Round AMCAT
    1. English
    2. Critical Reasoning
    3. Data Interpretation
    4. Debugging
    5. Coding Automata
  2. Level 2 Coding on HackerRank
  3. Interview Technical(45 mins)
  4. Interview HR(15 mins)

Read Student Experience for Cognizant On Campus 6.5LPA AMCAT based round here

Note: Certain times Cognizant excludes the coding test for this role during its recruitment process if it is not via AMCAT. Cognizant has recently excluded coding test for a campus pool drive in April 2019. But there is no guarantee if this would happen in other CTS selection processes. So you need to be prepared for the coding round to crack the CTS selection process. 

Coginizant Recruitment Process through AMCAT Employability Test

AMCAT Employability test is a test that you can given after paying 1000Rs on the website it is basically an Off campus application to more than 400 companies via a single test.

There are 4 compulsary sections adn 2 option sections

  1. Written Round
    1. Quants
    2. Logical
    3. English
    4. Aspiring Minds Personality Test
  2. Option Test
    1. Optional Module 1
    2. Optional Module 2

Wipro, CTS, MindTree, mPhasis, Microsoft, SnapDeal, Amazon use this platform. You can read more about this here on this page.

Interview Experience for AMCAT 6.5 lakhs position

First there was a preliminary test which was held on the platform of AMCAT. Approx 2500 students applied for it. It Consisted of Quants, Verbal, Logical, Coding and computer programming. From this test 96 were shortlisted.

  • Round1 : AMCAT Test
  • Round2 : LEVEL2 Coding
  • Round3 : Technical HR1
  • Round4 : Technical HR2
  • Round5 : Final Round

Round 1: AMCAT Test

This was similar to the preliminary test conducted in the first round and on the same platform. Coding question were mostly from PREPINSTA, practice that and you can clear this round. Cutoff was to solve at least one code completely. There were 4 sections, Critical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Verbal and 2 Coding questions. 46 got shortlisted after this round.

Round 2: LEVEL 2 Coding

This test was conducted on the platform of Hackerrank, test duration was 1.5hr. They asked 4 question which included Knapsack Problem, Strings, Arrays. I solved 3. Students solved 2 full code or 3 partially got shortlisted. 27 got shortlisted after this round.

Round 3:Technical HR 1

Interviewer asked lots of questions from different domain. For me he asked me two solve two codes , codes were easy. One was to count the frequency of character in a given string, other was to check whether the given IP address is valid or not. Then he switched to Web Services, then asked about DBMS, then some web development related questions, asked about software development lifecycle. This interview went for approx. 1 hour.

Round 4:Technical HR 2

This was easy, based on the interview 1, whatever is your strong domain, they will ask questions from your strong domain only. This interview went for 20min.

Round 5: Final HR

HR was very friendly, tell him everything frankly and do not lie.

5 out of 27 made till final Round.

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CTS On Campus Student Experience

  • 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;

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

Round 1- Written Test

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


Number of Questions

Time Duration


Verbal Ability


25 minutes

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

Quantitative Ability


16 minutes

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

Reasoning Ability


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

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 Interview Experience

  • ame: Karthik Shennoy
  • Branch: Computer Science
  • College: Hindustan College of Engineering
  • Type of Interview: Off-Campus (3.38 LPA)

Student Interview

I attended my Cognizant interview through the off-campus mode. The total off-campus interview took place in two steps majorly, AMCAT written test and the Interview. The AMCAT test involved a written test at its test centre and a coding test from home through AMCAT Automata. On the other hand, the interview was further divided into two rounds:

  1. Technical
  2. HR

The entire process takes quite a long time of two weeks if you cross through all the milestones.

Round 1: AMCAT Online Test
This round played a vital role in the selection process. There were total four sections namely, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability, and Coding.

PART AQuantitative Ability16 Questions18 Minutes
PART BLogical Ability18 Questions16 Minutes
PART CVerbal Ability14 Questions16 Minutes

The last section, “Programming” was not of much importance. It was essential to score 75% aggregate and 60% in each section to clear the AMCAT Online Test. For passing the test, it was sufficient to walk-through PrepInsta practice questions. There was no negative marking across all the sections. I was shortlisted in the first level, i.e., AMCAT off-campus drive. It was after a week when I received the mail of getting selected.

Round 2: Coding

The best part about Automata AMCAT coding round was that one can appear for the test while sitting at home, college premises, or any cybercafé. But, while giving the test, it was mandatory to switch on the webcam audio and video for the authorities to assure that there is no cheat or invalid means adopted for clearing the round. The round combats two questions that need to be answered within a time frame of 60 minutes.

The first questions were about creating a star pattern and second questions asked for forming a harder pattern. Therefore, the difficulty level of both the problems was different; one was easy while other was tough to solve. I could quickly answer both the problems as I practiced them before. Again, thanks to PrepInsta.

A week later, I got and email saying that I got selected for the interview rounds, i.e., Technical and HR Round.

Round 3: Technical

I was a little nervous before getting into the question-answer round. But, as soon as it started, it was just about the questions that came from the other side of the table and answer rolling through my end. The interviewer asked 6-7 questions, out of which I could answer only five. Let me put them in front of you:

  1. Tell me something about yourself
  2. Tell me about your project? How many team members were there? What was your role in the completion of the project?
  3. Did you face any difficulty while doing the project? And how did you resolve it?
  4. What programming languages do you know?
  5. Write a program to print first 10 Fibonacci series.

Overall, the interview was good. I was expecting a positive response and thereby, looking forward to the next round of HR. After I was done answering all the questions, the interview smiled and said, “All the best for the HR round.” Smiles allover.

Round 5: HR

Well, I took hardly 15 minutes in one-on-one conversation with company HR. He kept a few questions, such as why should we hire you, what are your strengths and weaknesses, etc. Despite checking the accuracy and appropriateness, the questions were merely to test the confidence level and communication skills.

In the end, he gave me a sheet of paper and asked me to read the last line and if I agree then sign on it. I was delighted and signed on it. He told me to wait for the orientation session. It was after a week that I received my joining letter. I think that it is essential to have a good command of technical concepts and communication to clear the interview.

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