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Tata National Qualification Test |All You Need To Know About TCS NQT

Over the last few decades, TATA has emerged as one of the leading, most prestigious industries in our country and with each passing year, the success story of TATA seems to only make more sense. The company with its employee friendly work environment, employee benefits and intense training programs has been the talk of the town for more than a few decades now and the successful public image that the company has managed to inculcate has been instrumental in providing a sense of entitlement to the people who are willing to work with the industry. This is why the company has been most sought after in terms of employment opportunities.

But before we dwell into the world of TATA, it is important to know what makes TATA one of the most desirable companies of India, making its stance stronger even in the world map. TATA has its roots in all over the country but one sector which has managed to garner the maximum attention is the TATA Consultancy Services. The TATA Consultancy Services is an IT based service sector dealing with consulting and business solution organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in the transformation journeys for over fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

The most exciting quality about the TCS lies in their attempt to integrate themselves within a global workforce. This global workforce allows all those associated with the company be a part of the global work culture which helps them in inculcating an international work ethics, thus making them an effective competitor in the world market.

Recruitment Process

However, it must be noted that for such a prestigious company, the process of recruitment has to be quite intensive and elaborate so as they know who deserves and is capable enough to be inducted into the company and someone who can stand up to the prestigious name that the company has already created for itself. The process of recruiting with the TCS begins with the National Qualifiers Test which is held in all the major cities of India. (This year the exams will be held on 24, 25 and 26th October 2020 all the while maintaining the COVID-19 protocols).

The NQT commences with the registration process which allows one for the aptitude test mostly including what can be called the “Programming Test” to ensure that one’s candidature is considered for TCS hiring. One of the most attractive qualities of the TCS revolves around the fact that they give opportunity to freshers, hiring college graduates, mainly through their campus hiring program which too forms a part of the TCS NQT.

The main part of the application process revolves around the generation of the CT/DT reference ID which creates a unique identification code for one’s application. Their rigorous and intensive recruitment process includes the following prerequisites:
a. An applicant must have a minimum of 60% or 6 CGPA throughout academics or in the highest qualification till the semester for which the results have been declared.
b. In the cases of backlogs, an applicant must not have more than 1 active backlog while appearing for the TCS selection and once joining TCS, the student must have cleared all the pending backlogs. If the student has failed in clearing the backlogs, the joining wouldn’t be permitted.
c. In cases of a gap in education year, it is mandatory to declare academic gaps. However, the gap shouldn’t exceed more than 24 months.
d. TCS are furthermore only interested in employing students with full time courses.


In terms of age, the candidate should be between 18-28 years of age.

Also Read Infosys – Making The Perfect Off-Campus Placement Application.

Exam Pattern

In addition, it is important to note that the TCS NQT depends on its divisive NQT patterns consist of 92 questions, spanning over 180 minutes. The test consists of five sections dealing with verbal ability, reasoning ability, numerical ability, programming logic and coding.

Tata National Qualification Test |All You Need To Know About TCS NQT
Image: Distribution of time among the five sections in TCS NQT

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the difference between TCS NQT & TCS Campus Hiring?
A. This year, TCS Campus Test Process will be administered as part of the TCS National Qualifier Test (NQT) conducted by TCS on, our Official Test Partner. The NQT Score secured by a student would be considered for the TCS Campus Hiring Process.

Q. Which Year Of Passing is being considered for TCS Campus Hiring Process?
A. TCS Campus Hiring considers Technical Engineering Graduates from 2021 YOP (B.E / B.Tech / M.E / M.Tech / M.Sc / MCA ). It is open to students from all specialization.

Q. What is NQT Registration Number?
A. NQT Registration Number is a unique 13-digit alpha-numeric number generated upon successful completion of TCS NQT Registration.

Q. Is ‘Apply For Drive’ mandatory?
A. Yes it is. It is important to be considered for the candidature of the position.

Q. Is it mandatory to have the same Email Id for TCS NQT & TCS Campus Hiring?
A. Yes, it is advisable that the same E-Mail id is used in the TCS NQT form & TCS Campus Hiring Application.

Q. When are the Interviews scheduled?
A. Interview schedule will be communicated to the shortlisted students based on the TCS NQT scores.

Pros and Cons of NQT

No wonder the intensive NQT enables TCS to recruit the best candidates from the lot. The test enables the candidate to prepare well for what they can expect from the company. The technical tests allow the candidate to engage with their skills and weaknesses and assess where they stand in terms of their overall skill culture. Despite all these, it is important to critically engage with the process of the NQT, especially in terms of its occasionally weak management and the specific division of work which occurs within the company. In terms of the NQT, the drawback can be cited to be imbibed in the fact that the test consists of five sections with uneven division of time which can get a little difficult to manage.


Therefore, it is safe to argue that the level of competency that TCS sets up for its employees and through the recruitment process, NQT seems to be the most viable option for recruitment allowing only the best candidates to get inducted and trained to keep up with the prestigious name of the company. However, the eligibility criterion set by TCS can be quite discriminatory, especially if we take into account the fact that it chooses to eliminate students below 6 CGPA. Sometimes, students may not be academically bright but they can be well equipped to deal with technical programming skills. In this regard it will be better if TCS attempted at reforming their eligibility criterion but regardless, it is impossible to take away the credits that TCS deserves in making its concrete stance in the world market.

Iona Bhattacharyya
Iona Bhattacharyya
Just an average woman trying to find her place in the world by connecting to the people through her words. An hopeful individual who wishes someday the world will be a better, more inclusive place to reside in.


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