Abhisek Panda’s experience of TCS

Abhishek Panda

Abhishek Panda – UCE, Burla (2003 – 2007)

It is a pleasure for me to share my experience about the campus recruitment tests conducted by TCS at UCE, Burla. I hope this could help some of the students waiting anxiously for getting through their campus interviews. Care should be taken that my experience is valid for TCS aspirants only. It may not hold good for candidates appearing for the tests conducted by other corporate.

The question paper was divided into three parts

  1. Vocabulary ( 32 questions ) – Synonyms, Antonyms and Reading & Comprehension
  2. Quantitative aptitude (38 questions) – Series, Numerical Patterns, Statistics, Basic Boolean Algebra and High School arithmetic
  3. Critical Reasoning (12) – Small puzzles

The best way to prepare for the written test is to go through all the Synonyms and Antonyms given in the “High Frequency ” words section of Barron’s GRE guide. Quantitative aptitude is easy but requires a little patience. You must have prepared in a lot better way for quantitative tests. Critical reasoning is easy but again your patience is tested.

Be very thorough with the fundamentals in your core papers. I had told them that my favourite was Microprocessors but I was asked about Machines, Transmission & Distribution, C and C++ also. I got the feeling that people at TCS are looking for candidates who have good analytical skills and a strong hold of fundamentals. Details are not that very important, but fundamentals are.

If you have done some project work as a part of your summer training or course curriculum, mention it in your resume and be prepared to be grilled on the fundamentals. I had done my project in SOCKET PROGRAMMING THROUGH C ON LINUX BASED SYSTEMS at C IT ZEN. It really helped me make a good impression.

If you are a student of electrical engineering, go through all the tests being performed on electrical machines. Machines would include Transformers, DC M/Cs, Synchronous M/Cs and Induction motors.


A very short, comprehensive procedure and one should expect some situation response questions.
Your soft skills are tested. Be very short, courteous and a little witty in your replies. A little bit of humour makes your personalities seem more pleasant.

Be very honest in your answers. The important thing is we are guys of an age group of 20 – 22. We are basically very young. They understand that it is our natural hormonal tendency to think big, out of the box, to fantasize etc. So, if you try to give those tailor made, stereotypic answers that your P.D. class teacher has recommended, they would easily make out that you are feigning. So, be honest in telling that you love to listen to EMINEM even if he is infamous for his rap. Be very true in your reply. If you do not know the answer, tell ” SORRY, I DONT KNOW “. Remember the cardinal rule.

KISS – Keep It Short and Simple.

The most important thing is –

Keep your cool. Even if you do not qualify, there are other corporates waiting to absorb you. So, just do your level best and let go.

Wishing you all Good Luck!!!

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