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TCS NQT 2021 ( National Qualifer Test)

What is TCS NQT?

TCS NQT also known as TCS National Qualifier Test, is a placement exam test organized by TCS to Hire Students for Software Engineer Trainee.

  • This year TCS is using TCS iON platform to conduct their “National Qualifer Test”.
  • The qualifying students are selected for TCS Ninja and TCS Digital profiles.
  • Apart from TCS over 200 other companies will also use NQT score to hire students
  • List of all of these companies can be found here

TCS Ninja: TCS Ninja is a name given by TCS to recruit fresh graduates across India through a National Qualifier Test, students qualifying TCS Ninja get a package of around 3.5 LPA.

TCS Digital : TCS will use NQT scores to also hire other students for the Digital profile as well for which package is 7LPA

Section NameTotal QuestionsTime
Quants2640 mins
English2430 mins
Reasoning3050 mins
C MCQ (Programming Logic)1015 mins
Coding 215 mins & 30 mins
TCS NQT 2021
Registrations Starts on25th Sep
Registration Ends on17th Oct
Hall Ticket2 days before exam
Online Test24th/25th/26th October
Interview Starts on1st Nov

TCS NQT 2021 Pattern

TCS NQT 2021

About National Qualifer Test (NQT)

It is a multi-level assessment to calibrate skills and competency of freshers

Competence on the core cognitive jobs required for entry-level jobs

Specialisation on skills required for performing the job role

Stages of NQT

Stage 1

NQT Score

  • Perfromance Score for Quants (Numerical), Reasoning (Logical) & Verbal Section

Stage 2

Subject NQT Score

  • Performace Score for Programming MCQ and Advanced Coding  Questions

Stage 3

Industry NQT Score

  • Not applicable for TCS selections, NOT required for TCS selection

TCS NQT Exam Pattern

Written Exam

Date of Exam: 24th,25th & 26th October 2020

Total Section in Exam: 5

Stage – 1 NQT Score

This is the first stage of the exam and is a mandatory prerequisite for NQT Score.

  • Numerical Ability –  26 Questions | 40 mins
  • Verbal Ability –         24 Questions | 30 mins
  • Reasoning Ability –  30 Questions | 50 mins

Stage – 2 Subject NQT

This is the second stage of the exam and is IMPORTANT to get Placed in TCS/IT Companies

  • C MCQ (Programming Logic) –       10 Questions  | 15 mins
  • Coding (Hands on Exercise # 1) –    1 Question | 15 mins
  • Coding (Hands on Exercise # 2) –    1 Question | 30 mins

Difficulty: Medium to Hard

Allotted Time: For Stage 1 : 120 mins

For Stage 2 : 60 mins

IMPORTANT NOTE:
  1. There will be no negative marking.
  2. TCS NQT is adaptive this year
  3. You will not get any extra rough paper in the exam as a calculator and Rough Paper will be available on your Desktop Screen. You are not allowed to move your eyes down while giving the examination.

TCS NQT 2021 Exam Pattern

Interview Rounds

TCS NQT has 2 interview rounds, Technical Interview followed by HR interview

Technical Interview

  • Learn Basic Coding Languages like C and C++
  • Learn Basic Questions on :
    • C Prog
    • DSA
    • OOPS
    • Software Engineering
  • Learn In depth about Final Year Project
  • Choose Your Strongest Coding Languages
  • Learn Basic Programs on C :
    • Procedural Programs
    • Palindrome
    • Recursion
  • Learn all the languages mentioned in your Resume

HR/ MR Interview

  • Work on Your Ethics and Values
  • Have a Strong Grip on Vocabulary
  • Always mention about “Growth from Learning New Experiences”
  • Click on the button below for All the Questions
  • Learn Basics of Managerial Qualities
  • Talk about all the managerial works in the past
  • Have a Strong Grip on Vocabulary
  • Click on button below to find MR Round Questions
TCS NQT Apply Link

Apply Now

TCS NQT Registration link for 2021 batch has been announced. The registration is happening via TCS iON Platforms. You can begin your registration by clicking on the link below:-

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for TCS NQT 2021 all the Streams of Engineering Students in UG/PG are eligible.

Criteria

Requirements

QualificationFULL TIME GRADUATES FROM B.E / B.TECH / M.E / M.TECH of 2021 batch
Eligible Streams from UG/PGAll Engineering Streams.
Percentage Criteria60% throughout Academics in X/XII/UG/PG
Backlog Criteria1 Active Backlog at the time of appearing for the Exam
Gap CriteriaOverall Gap in Academic Career not to exceed 2 years

TCS NQT Syllabus

Topics asked in Aptitude(Arranged by Importance Order) –

  • Geometry
  • Series and Progressions
  • Reasoning
  • Sudoku
  • Probability
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Time Speed Distance
  • Equations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Ratio and Proportions
  • Work and Time
  • Number System
  • LCM & HCF
  • more + (other topics given below on the page)

Note – Topics like blood relations and functions are not asked in exam at all. Most website just copy-paste random topics of Aptitude. Only PrepInsta does extensive research and breakdown.

Additional Information

  • No of Questions – 26 Questions
  • Cut-off- None
  • Sectional Time – 40 mins

Topic asked in TCS NQT Verbal

  • Grammar
    • Articles
    • Most confused words
    • Subject-Verb Agreement
    • Nouns
    • Tenses
    • Modals
    • Spellings
  • More

Additional Information

  • No of Questions –24 Questions
  • Cut-Off – None
  • Sectional Time – 30 mins

Topics asked in Logical Reasoning Ability

  • Meaningful Word Creation
  • Number Series
    • Missing Number Single
    • Missing Number Analogy
  • Blood Relations
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Ages
  • Data Sufficiency
    • Rank Based Logic
    • Ages
  • Seating Arrangement (Easy)
  • Seating Arrangement (Complex)
  • Odd Man Out
    • Numbers
    • Logical
  • Distance and Directions
  • Statement and Conclusion
  • Analogy
  • Mathematical Operational Arrangement
  • Symbols and Notations

Additional Information

  • Total Number of Questions – 30 Questions
  • Cut-Off – None
  • Time – 50 mins

Topics asked in Programming Logic

  • Data Types
  • Input-Output (based on C)
  • Functions and Scope
  • Inbuilt Libraries (based on C)
  • Variables and Registers
  • Command Line Programming
  • Pointers
  • Call by value/reference
  • Iteration
  • Recursion
  • More

Additional Information

  • Total Number of Questions – 10 Questions
  • Cut-Off – None
  • Time – 15 mins

TCS NQT Coding Section Syllabus

Practice the following topics to strengthen this section:

  • C
  • C++
  • Java
  • Perl
  • Python
  • More

Additional Information

  • No of Questions – 2 Question
  • Cut-Off – None
  • Sectional Time – 15 mins & 30 mins

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Additional Information (FAQ's)

Has TCS NQT Written Exam pattern has been changed?

Yes, there is a complete change in TCS NQT 2021 Placement Exam, now Verbal Section and Logical Sections are also included with added topics, stage 2 which is the Subject NQT is also important as it will have Programming Logic MCQ and 2 Coding Questions.

Do TCS NQT change their selection criteria every year?

Yes, TCS is very dynamic with their selection. They keep on implementing new things in their selection .

Which branches are Eligible for TCS NQT 2021?

For B.E./ B.Tech all streams are eligible like CSE, IT, ECE, ME, CE, etc
But for M.E./ M.Tech only circuital branches like CSE, IT, ECE etc are eligible.

What is Subject NQT?

In TCS NQT pattern for this year there are two stages and the second stage of the exam is Subject NQT is a Mandatory for getting placed in TCS and other IT companies.

Other Important FAQ’s

1. What is National Qualifier Test (NQT)?

  • National Qualifier Test (NQT) is a General Ability Test that assesses a candidate in the following areas:
    • Verbal Ability : Tests reading comprehension and written communication.
    • Numerical Ability : Covers basic numerical and statistical operations and tests the candidate’s ability to infer meaning from numerical information.
    • Reasoning Ability : Tests the candidate’s ability to apply deductive and inductive logic, and critical thinking in solving everyday problems.
  • Each candidate who completes the National Qualifier Test (NQT) gets a NQT Score. The NQT Score is applicable for all industries and job roles.
  • NQT Score is a prerequisite to appear for Industry NQT and Subject NQT.
  • The National Qualifier Test (NQT) is planned to be conducted every quarter. Candidates can take the tests again to improve their previous scores, if desired.
  • Note: The test will be conducted in English language only.

2. What is Industry NQT?

  • Industry NQT assesses awareness and understanding of candidates on a specific industry in the following areas:
    • Industry structure – domains/sub-domains
    • Operative language and practices
    • Regulatory environment
    • Specific business and technological trends
    • Competitive landscape
  • Each candidate who completes the Industry NQT Test gets a NQT score for that particular industry. For example, Industry NQT- Banking.
  • Industry NQTs are planned to be conducted every quarter. The candidates can take the tests again to improve their previous scores, if desired.
  • There are Industry NQTs for multiple industries. The candidates wanting to showcase their expertise in multiple industries can appear for as many Industry NQTs as desired.
  • NQT score is a prerequisite to appear for Industry NQTs.
  • Note:
    • Industry NQTs will be coming shortly.
    • The tests will be conducted in English language only

3. What is Subject NQT?

  • Subject NQT assesses candidates on their knowledge and skill in specific subjects pertaining to job roles in the following areas:
    • Knowledge of important concepts in a given skill
    • Ability to implement tools, techniques, procedures, practices in solving real-world problems in the workplace.
  • Each candidate who completes the Subject NQT gets a NQT Score for that particular subject. For example, Subject NQT – Cloud Computing.
  • Subject NQTs are planned to be conducted every quarter. The candidates can take the tests again to improve their previous scores, if desired.
  • There are Subject NQTs for multiple subjects. The candidates wanting to showcase their expertise in multiple subjects across industries can appear for as many Subject NQTs as desired.
  • NQT score is a prerequisite to appear for Subject NQTs.
  • Note:
    • The test will be conducted in English language only.
    • In the October 2020 schedule when you register for NQT, you can also enrol for Subject NQT – Programming. Other Subject NQTs will be coming shortly.

4. How will the NQT score help me in getting a job?

  • The NQT score is an assessment of your general ability. Many companies conduct their initial selection of candidates based on their general ability scores.
  • In addition, Industry NQT and Subject NQT scores can help you certify your talent in the areas that are relevant to the role that you are aspiring for.
  • TCS is one of the companies that will use NQT scores for initial selection. TCS iON team is in collaboration with other corporates to acknowledge the NQT Scores, so that you can get a job in any industry or role of your choice.

5. What are the steps to register for National Qualifier Test (NQT)?

  • Following is the step-by-step to register for “National Qualifier Test (NQT)”:
      • Click on “REGISTER NOW” button on the “National Qualifier Test (NQT)” page
      • Login with your TCS iON Digital Learning Hub credentials, if you are an existing user

    OR

    • Sign up if you are a new user by clicking on “Create Account”, and enter all the required details. Once you have completed the sign up, you can proceed with the NQT registration.
    • Fill in all the required details once the registration page opens.
    • Click on “Submit” to complete the registration.
    • You will receive a successful registration message on your registered email ID/mobile number.
    • You can view the registration details from ‘View Details’ on the “National Qualifier Test (NQT)” page, and if required, edit your “Registration Form” on or before the registration closure date.
  • Note: Please ensure that your email ID and mobile number are correctly entered. All test related communication will be sent on the email ID/mobile number provided by you.

6. Who can apply for the National Qualifier Test (NQT)?

  • Candidates eligible to apply for the National Qualifier Test (NQT) should meet the below eligibility criteria:
    • UG, PG and Diploma students in their pre-final and final year of study
    • Students with any degree and specialisation/discipline
    • Freshers with less than 2 years of experience
    • Age limit – minimum 18 years and maximum 28 years

7. What are the different modes of assessment available?

  • For the October 2020 schedule, National Qualifier Test (NQT) will be conducted in 2 modes:
    • 1. Online Remote Proctored Assessment
    • 2. In-Centre Assessment conducted at TCS iON Digital Zones
  • You can choose one of these options while registering, based on the computer and network infrastructure availability at your home.

8. When should I opt for Online Remote Proctored Assessment or In-Centre Assessment modes?

  • You should opt for Online Remote Proctored Assessment, if you want to take it online using a laptop/desktop. Please make sure the following requirements are met. Mobile devices are not supported for this assessment.
    • Windows/Ubuntu OS
    • Google Chrome browser
    • Minimum 2 mbps Internet connectivity
    • A working webcam
  • If you do not have the required infrastructure for the Online Remote Proctored Assessment, you can choose In-Centre option to appear for the test physically from a TCS iON Digital Zone.

9. Where can I view my completed registration details? How can I edit my submitted application?

  • You can view the registration details from ‘View Details’ on the “National Qualifier Test (NQT)” page, using your TCS iON Digital Learning Hub credentials. You can edit your application on or before the registration closure date.

10. I forgot to apply for Subject NQT – Programming. What should I do now?

 
You can view the registration details from ‘View Details’ on the “National Qualifier Test (NQT)” page, using your TCS iON Digital Learning Hub credentials. You can edit your application to include the same on or before the registration closure date.
 

11. Can I change my mode of test, from Online Remote Proctored Assessment to In-Centre or vice versa?

  • You can view the registration details from ‘View Details’ on the “National Qualifier Test (NQT)” page, using your TCS iON Digital Learning Hub credentials. You can edit your application on or before the registration closure date, and change the mode of test from Online Remote Proctored Assessment to In-Centre assessment and choose your city preference for the test. Similarly, you can also change mode of test from In-Centre to Remote Proctored Assessment.

12. What happens if I am unable to give the NQT because of power failure or due to my inability to travel to the test centre?

  • For Online Remote Proctored Assessment:

    In genuine cases, as confirmed by the remote proctor who is monitoring your test, you will be given additional time in line with the time lost due to such issues, up to a maximum of 30 minutes. You can also take the next NQT, in the next cycle, as and when the dates are announced.

  • For In-Centre Assessment:

    Since NQTs are planned to be conducted every quarter, you can take the next NQT, in the next cycle, as and when the dates are announced.

13. How is proctoring done in Online Remote Proctored Assessment?

When you are taking the NQT online, the computer will record your images randomly multiple times during the test. These images will be compared with the image that you have captured during the initial registration. If any malpractice is detected your test will be treated as NULL and VOID, and your NQT scores will be WITHHELD and not shared with you.
 

14. I have chosen Online Remote Proctored Assessment. How do I make sure that my computer is suitable for taking the test at home?

 
If you have selected your test mode as “Online Remote Proctored Assessment”, TCS iON will conduct a mock test to check the infrastructure readiness for your computer. You will receive a communication by email confirming when these checks are to be done and if these checks are successful. In case these checks fail, we will try and help you to fix these issues. If the issues cannot be fixed, you will be given an option to edit your application and select the test mode as “In-Centre Assessment”.
 

15. When and how will I receive the hall ticket/login credentials?

 
Once you complete your registration: If you have opted for “Online Remote Proctored Assessment”, you will receive the login credentials on your registered email ID, 2 days prior to the assessment. In case you have not received your login credentials, you can reach out to TCS iON HelpDesk (1800 266 6282) for support. You will not receive any hall ticket for this mode of assessment. If you have opted for “In-Centre Assessment”, you will receive the Hall Ticket on your email ID, 2 days prior to the assessment. In case you have not received your hall ticket 2 days prior to the assessment, you can reach out to TCS iON HelpDesk (1800 266 6282) for support.
 

16. How do I familiarise myself with Online Remote Proctored Assessment? If I face any issues during the test, whom should I reach out to?

 
TCS iON will share links for taking mock tests on your registered email ID. You can take the mock test to familiarise yourself with the whole test. If you face any issues during the test, you can reach out to the TCS iON HelpDesk (1800 266 6282) for support.
 

17. How will the results be communicated?

After you complete the test, results will be screened and your scores will be shared to your registered email ID and mobile number that you provided during the test registration. This may take up to 3 days. In case you do not get your score within 3 days, you can reach out to TCS iON HelpDesk (1800 266 6282).
 

18. Is there any cut-off score or percentage to pass the NQT?

There is no cut-off score or PASS/FAIL criteria set to report your performance. You will be given a score that indicates your current ability in the topics that are assessed.
 

19. What are the next steps after getting NQT Score?

  • You can apply to any company that recognises the NQT score and indicate your NQT registration number and score in the job application form of that company.
  • Depending on the NQT score you have secured, you can apply to companies and job roles that accept such level of NQT scores.
  • You can view the list of corporates (will be updated shortly) who have acknowledged the National Qualifier Test (NQT) Score on the product webpage.

20. Will TCS iON share my score with all the companies to help me get a job? Will TCS iON arrange job interviews for me?

  • TCS iON will not arrange for any job interviews. You need to apply to the companies yourself. Your NQT scores will be shared only with those companies that you have applied for a job and when they ask for it.
  • You can view the list of corporates (will be updated shortly) who have acknowledged the National Qualifier Test (NQT) score on the product webpage.
  • Note: Each company eligibility/filtering/selection criterion is based on the rules defined by them on the levels of different abilities required for a job and may also have additional eligibility/filtering/selection criteria.

21. How long will my score be valid? Can I take another attempt to improve my NQT scores?

  • Your NQT score is valid for 2 years from the date of test.
  • There is no limit on the number of attempts. You can write the next NQT (as and when it is announced) to improve your NQT scores. The highest score from among your attempts, will be considered as your current NQT score.