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Proper preparation is the first step to succeeding in a recruitment drive; and for preparation, you need to know about the process that the company, in this case, TCS, follows for their hiring. The Aptitude Test that is conducted by TCS has negative marking for wrong answers and follows the following pattern of questions:

The recruitment test details:


TCS has been following the same pattern of questions for quite some time. The questions can be slightly tricky and need to be solved with care. In the quantitative ability section, certain questions may be marked with a star, which signifies that these questions hold higher weightage and will carry a higher negative marking if answered incorrectly. A calculator is also provided and the topics covered in this section include:

  • Averages
  • Mixtures
  • Alligations
  • Percentages
  • Permutation and Combinations
  • Profit and loss
  • Algebra
  • Ratio and proportions
  • Probability
  • Time, speed, distance
  • Time and Work
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Numbers

The section of Email Writing contains one question, for which you get 10 minutes. Here, you will be given a scenario for which you will have to write an email with the given keywords.

Recommended Strategy:

Quantitative Ability-

Placement Season’s recommended strategy for this section is 22 attempts with 80% accuracy.

It will be rather hard to attempt all the 30 questions within the stipulated time limit. However, a number of questions in this section are repeated from previous tests. So putting in some time to practice the sample papers from previous TCS Aptitude Tests can help you prepare better.

  • First concentrate on solving the easier questions; it’s all about choosing the right ones.
  • If you have no idea in 10 – 15 seconds of reading the question, move to the next one.
  • If you know you can solve the question but it’s time consuming, bookmark it for later.
  • Try to solve at least 10 questions in the first 30 minutes
  • In MCQs, try to eliminate the options rather than solving the whole question

You can clear the cut-off of this section if you make 22 attempts with 80% accuracy.

Email Writing-

If done properly, this can be the easiest part of the test.

  • Understand the scenario before you start writing
  • Be simple and crisp
  • Stick to the point
  • Pay attention to grammar
  • Avoid complex words. The email should be simple for everyone to understand.

You can try your hand at Email writing in our Writing Skills Assessment Tool

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Disclaimer: All of the above information has been collated from the feedback of the users, and we do not guarantee that TCS will follow the same recruitment process in future drives as well.