TCS NQT Test

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TCS National Qualifier Test (TCS NQT)

TCS National Qualifier Test (TCS NQT) is a multi-level assessment to assess the following competencies and skills:

  • 1. Competence on the core cognitive processes required for entry-level jobs
  • 2. Industry-specific knowledge and insights
  • 3. Specialisation on skills required to perform various job roles

NQT (Cognitive Skills) Score

Performance measure of cognitive skills in the areas of verbal, numerical and reasoning abilities

Attitudinal Alignment NQT (Psychometric Test) Score

Psychometric Test to assess personality traits and dispositions relevant to the workplace

Industry NQT Score

Performance measure of the understanding of industry-specific dimensions

Subject NQT Score

Performance measure of role-specific skills on the dimensions of knowledge and ability

About the Test

  • NQT (Cognitive Skills) is a prerequisite for all the tests
  • Two-year validity of NQT Score
  • Conducted online (at home) and physical In-Centre at TCS iON Authorised Exam Centres
  • Candidates with NQT Score will be eligible to apply on the TCS iON Job Listing Portal
  • Apply for any entry-level role in any corporate with the NQT Score

Who can Apply

  • UG, PG and Diploma students in their pre-final and final year
  • Students with any degree and specialisation/discipline
  • Freshers with less than 2 years of experience

*NQT (Cognitive Skills) Score is a prerequisite for all the tests.

What is TCS National Qualifier Test (TCS NQT)?
  • TCS National Qualifier Test (TCS NQT) is an Ability Test that assesses a candidate’s competencies and skills. Each candidate who completes the TCS National Qualifier Test (TCS NQT) gets an NQT Score. The NQT (Cognitive Skills) Score is applicable for all industries and job roles. The TCS National Qualifier Test (TCS NQT) is planned to be conducted every quarter. Candidates can take the tests again to improve their previous scores, if desired. There are four Variants – NQT (Cognitive Skills), Attitudinal Alignment NQT (Psychometric Test), Industry NQT and Subject NQT.
  • Note:
    • NQT (Cognitive Skills) is a mandatory test to be taken to register for Attitudinal Alignment NQT (Psychometric Test), Industry NQT and Subject NQT.
    • All tests will be conducted in English language only and there will be no negative marking.
    • Candidates who have appeared for NQT earlier and would like to improve their NQT Score, can purchase NQT Variant(s) and appear for it in May 2021 or take any of the upcoming tests.
    • Candidates will be able to view/edit their details and add test(s) on/before the registration closure date.
What is NQT (Cognitive Skills)?
  • NQT (Cognitive Skills) is a General Ability Test that assesses a candidate in the following areas:
    • Verbal Ability: This section assesses English grammar, appropriate usage of the same, and reading comprehension.
    • Reasoning Ability: This section assesses identifying words and numeric patterns, problem-solving, figural and factual analysis, decision-making, propositional reasoning and visual-spatial reasoning.
    • Numerical Ability: This section assesses number system, arithmetic, elementary statistics, data interpretation.
  • Note: The score of this test will be called as NQT (Cognitive Skills) Score.
What is Attitudinal Alignment NQT (Psychometric Test)?
  • Attitude is a broad component covering work styles, personality traits and dispositions relevant to the workplace. Attitudinal Alignment NQT (Psychometric Test) assesses the attitude alignment framework relevant for entry-level position and provides an assessment report. The score of this test will be called as Attitudinal Alignment NQT (Psychometric Test) Score.
  • Note: NQT (Cognitive Skills) Score is a prerequisite to appear for Attitudinal Alignment NQT (Psychometric Test).
What is Industry NQT?
  • Industry NQT assesses awareness and understanding on a specific industry in the following areas:
    • Industry structure – domains/sub-domains
    • Operative language, processes and practices
    • Regulatory environment
    • Specific business and technological trends
    • Competitive landscape
  • Each candidate who completes the Industry NQT gets an Industry 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.
  • Note: NQT (Cognitive Skills) Score is a prerequisite to appear for Industry NQT.
What is Subject NQT?
  • Subject NQT assesses knowledge and skill in specific subjects pertaining to job roles in the following areas:
    • Test of Knowledge: Candidates will be assessed on Pseudocode, Algorithms, Programming constructs, basic Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and its stage-wise documents, implementation using C, C++ and Java.
    • Test of Application: Candidates can code in any one of the programming languages like C, C++, Java, Python, and PERL.
    • Hands-on Exercise.
  • Each candidate who completes the Subject NQT gets a Subject 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.
  • Note: NQT (Cognitive Skills) Score is a prerequisite to appear for Subject NQTs.

TCS NQT Exam Pattern

Section
Number of questions
Duration (minutes)
Verbal Ability
24
30
Reasoning Ability
30
50
Numerical Ability
26
40
Programming Logic
10
15
Coding
2
45

TCS NQT Syllabus

1) Verbal Ability –
This section is going to test 24 questions in 30 minutes. The question that are expected in this Verbal Ability section are:

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Sentence Correction or Error-Spotting (Covering topics such as Subject Verb Agreement, Pronoun Agreement, Parallelism, Prepositions, Articles, Tenses, Modifiers etc.)

  • Sentence Completion

  • Para-Jumbles

  • Cloze Passage

  • Vocabulary

  • Phrasal Verbs and Idioms

  • Voices and Forms of Speech and more

2) Reasoning Ability –
This is a brand new section, which will have 30 questions to be solved in 50 minutes. The questions are expected from:

  • Data Arrangements (Linear, Circular and Multi-dimensional)

  • Blood Relations

  • Coding, Decoding, Series and Visual Reasoning

  • Data Interpretation

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Clocks, Calendars

  • Cubes and Direction Sense

  • Logical Connectives and Syllogisms

  • Venn Diagrams

  • Inequalities

3) Numerical Ability –
The Numerical Ability section will have 26 questions to be solved in 40 minutes. The questions are expected from:

  • Permutation and Combination

  • Number System

  • Probability

  • Time Speed and Distance

  • Equations

  • Geometry, Mensuration and Progressions

  • Ratios and Proportions

  • Functions, Logarithms and Graphs

  • Clocks, Direction Sense

  • Profit and Loss, Averages, Mixtures and Alligations

  • Puzzles

  • Physics

  • Base Conversion

4) Programming Logic
This section will consist of 10 questions which you have to solve in 15 minutes.
Last year, this section had questions from Fundamentals of Programming in C, C++ and Java on the following topics.

  • Operators

  • Looping statements

  • Control statements

  • Arrays

  • Strings

  • Functions

There were also questions on:

  • Object Oriented Programming (OOPS)

  • Object Modeling

  • Compiler Design

  • Threading

  • Data Structures: Linked List, Stack, Queue, Trees and Graphs

  • Recursion

For this year, do also prepare on:
Pseudo coding
Algorithms
Basic Software Development Cycle

5) Coding
The Coding section will consist of 2 questions to be solved in 45 minutes. The questions are expected to be of easy to medium difficulty level.
The exact construct of this section will be:

  • 1 Question for 15 minutes

  • 1 Question for 30 minutes

  • The languages allowed will be C/ C++/ Java/ Python 2.7/ PERL.

  • You are expected to master Fundamentals of Programming in any 1 language of your choice to be able to crack this Coding Section.

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