How to Prepare for TCS NQT?

How to Prepare for TCS NQT

Tata Consultancy Services has made an official announcement for the TCS NQT Exam 2024. Four main categories make up the TCS NQT Exam selection process. Some of them are online testing, technical interviews, managerial interviews, and HR interviews. TCS Off-Campus Hiring is open to B.E/B.Tech/M.E./ M.Tech/ MCA/ M.Sc for 2024 campus graduates. TCS NQT (National Qualifier Test) has been started by TCS to hire Freshers and Graduates for Ninja, Digital, and Prime Profiles. The packages are 3.6 LPA, 7 LPA, and 9 LPA for Ninja, Digital, and Prime Profiles respectively.

Eligibility Criteria

TCS ITP Requirements
Qualification Full-Time Graduates of BE/B.Tech/ME/M.Tech/M.Sc/MCA
Year of Passing 2024
Eligible Streams from UG/PG All Engineering Streams.
Percentage Criteria 60% throughout Academics in X/XII/UG/PG
Backlog Criteria One Active Backlog
Gap Criteria Not more than 24 months

TCS NQT Rounds

  • TCS NQT Foundation Round
  • TCS NQT Advanced Round
  • Interview

Each of the rounds is explained in detail below


TCS NQT Foundation Round

It is the first round with a difficulty level of Easy to Medium. There are about 65 questions that have to be attempted in 75 minutes. It is a non-adaptive test and has no negative marking. It is divided into four sections:

Round 1 Important Information
Total no. of question 65 Questions
Allotted Time 75 mins (shared)
Section 3 sections and all sections are mandatory
A. Numerical Ability

Number of questions- 20. Duration- 75 minutes (shared). The important topics in this are:

c. Verbal Ability

Number of questions- 25. Duration- 75 minutes (shared). The important topics in this are:

d. Reasoning  Ability

Number of questions- 20. Duration- 75 minutes (shared). The important topics in this are:

Note- It is mandatory to clear this round to advance to the next round. The candidates who pass this round but do not clear the Advanced Round are shortlisted for the Ninja profile.

This format is only for TCS On-Campus Exam

TCS NQT Advanced Round

This is the second round which consists of three sections. The duration of this round is 115 minutes. The difficulty level of this round is High. The preparation strategies for the ITP Advanced test are given below. The three sections are:

  • Advanced Quantitative Ability
  • Advanced Reasoning Ability
  • Advanced Coding
Round 2 Important Information
Total no. of question 15 MCQs and 3 Coding Questions
Allotted Time 115 mins
Section Property 2 sections and all sections are mandatory
Marking Scheme No Negative Marking
a. Advanced Quantitative Ability

Number of questions- 7-7. Duration- 25 minutes (shared). The important topics in this are:

b. Advanced Reasoning Ability

Number of questions- 7-8. Duration- 25 minutes (shared). The important topics in this are:

c. Advanced coding

Number of questions- 3 duration- 90 minutes. The important languages needed for this are:

  • C
  • C#
  • C++
  • Java
  • Python

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Note- The candidates who clear both the Foundation and the Advanced Round are shortlisted for the Digital profile.


TCS conducts its interviews in three parts.

  • Technical Interview
  • Managerial Interview
  • HR Interview
a. Technical Interview

Most of the campus graduates already know about this round, This is the most important interview section, In this, a candidate’s coding and technical skills are tested. It includes questions from programming languages, technical skills, projects, internships, etc.

b. Managerial Interview

This TCS NQT Managerial Round is to maintain and demonstrate your self-assurance, leadership abilities, and ideas. And keep in mind that your responses should reflect your character and sincerity rather than being provided merely to impress and land a job. It includes scenario-based, puzzle-based, and behavioral questions.

c. HR Interview

The TCS NQT Technical and Managerial Interview shortlisted applicants will be requested to move on to the HR Interview phase. The TCS NQT HR Interview is the simplest of all the interviews for new hires. To be confident and communicate openly is the fundamental requirement for passing the HR Round. It focuses on a candidate’s soft skills, personality, experience, work experience etc.

Additional Skills to Develop

Additionally, you can work on upskilling and learn additional skills. The knowledge of the following subjects will go a long way to prepare you for TCS ITP.

i. Data Structure Algorithms

Interviews tend to ask questions based on advanced concepts of DSA in the ITP interviews.

ii. Interview Puzzles

Puzzles are an integral part of HR and Managerial Interviews. These test the candidate’s IQ and Problem-solving skills.

iii. Digital Skills

If you are aiming for the TCS Digital Profile, having knowledge of the latest digital skills is a crucial part of the process. They include:

  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber Security
  • Ethical Hacking
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