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How to Prepare for TCS Aptitude Test

Ranked among the leading IT services companies in the country, TCS attracts many jobseekers. There is tough competition at the recruitment stage. The selection process broadly comprises two stages—the aptitude test and the interview. The former can further be broken up into four different sections:

a. E-mail writing
b. Quantitative ability and reasoning
c. Programming and computer science
d. Coding test

The last two have been introduced recently.

Here’s what you need to know about the TCS Aptitude Test and how to prepare for it:

Pattern and Duration

The pattern and duration of each section is as follows:

• English test (email writing)—1 question, 10 minutes
• Quantitative ability—20 questions, 40 minutes
• Programming language efficiency—10 questions, 20 minutes
• Coding test—1 question, 20 minutes

The quantitative ability and programming language sections are based on the multiple-choice pattern and include negative markings and star questions (questions that carry extra marks/ weightage).

Important Tips to Prepare for TCS Aptitude Test: 

1. Email writing

As far as the email writing test is concerned, ensure that you strictly adhere to the directions. Use all the keywords and maintain the same order, and strictly follow the instructions on word lengths. Try to use the exact keywords without changing their tense.

Pay attention to grammar and punctuation and keep your communication clear and concise.

2. Quantitative ability

This is a multiple-choice round with a mix of logic and arithmetic questions. Avoid guessing since negative marking is applicable.

Some important topics in the this section include numbers, time and work, averages, mixtures and allegation, data arrangements, permutations and combinations, ratios and proportions, profit and loss, time, speed and distance, blood relations, probability, ages, clocks and Sudoku.

3. Programming language proficiency

In this new round, candidates are expected to answer 10 multiple-choice questions related to basic programming concepts on C language in 20 minutes.

4. Coding test

Here you will be given 20 minutes to solve one programming question in C using an inbuilt compiler. The code must be written using Command Line Arguments.

Practice basic programming such as HCF, LCM, factorial, Fibonacci series, string programs, sum of number, even/odd, leap year etc.

5. Time management

It is also very crucial in solving the test. Solve the easy questions first. Also, don’t get stuck on solving the starred questions if you find it difficult just for extra marks—move on if it is taking up too much of your time.

Avoid guesswork in the multiple-choice questions since there are negative markings.

More Resources:

TCS Digital Interview Questions for FreshersTCS Selection Process
9 Ways to Tackle TCS Interview Questions Types of TCS Interview
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