Previous Year TCS NQT Analysis

Last Updated: May 13, 2022


Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is an Indian multinational IT (Information Technology ) services and consulting company.TCS alone generates 70% dividends from its head company, Tata Sons.

TCS NQT (National Qualifier Test) is a multi-level assessment to access the following competencies and skills

  • On behalf of core cognitive(analytical) processes required for the entry-level jobs.
  • On behalf of Industrial specific knowledge.
  • Specialization in skills required for various job roles.

About the TCS NQT exam-

TCS National Qualifier Test (NQT) is an Ability test for candidates to assess their competencies and skills. Candidates who compete in this test get an NQT score which is, later on, applicable for all the industries and job roles.

TCS NQT(Cognitive skills) is a prerequisite for all tests. TCS NQT scorecards are valid for two years. TCS NQT is conducted online (at home) and physically at TCS Authorised examination centers.

It provides an opportunity for candidates to appear for multiple attempts in each quarter to improve their TCS NQT score(Only the best score will be considered). Candidates can apply for multiple job roles on the TCS iON job Listing portal.


Eligibility criteria for applying the TCQ National Qualifier Test is as follows:

Undergraduate, Postgraduate, or Diploma students who are in their pre-final year, final year or have passed out can apply for TCS NQT.

Students with any degree and specialization can apply for the same.

Freshers with less than two years of experience in their respective fields can apply for TCS NQT.

Overview of TCS NQT 

Company NameTCS(Tata Consultancy Services)
Qualification for the testGraduates from(BE/Btech/Mtech/M.E./M.Sc/MCA)
Name of the testTCS NQT(National Qualifier Test)
Job TypeIT(Information Technology) Industry
Selection ProcessNQT(National Qualifier Test)  and Interview
Experience requiredFreshers with less than two years of experience
Job locationAcross India
Official websiteTCS |

TCS NQT (National Qualifier Test) Paper Pattern

The test pattern is one of the most important things for the candidates. The following is the latest TCS NQT ( National Qualifier Test) Test Pattern for the Off-campus assessment.







English(Verbal Ability)


30 minutes

Reasoning Ability


50 minutes

Numerical Ability


40 minutes

Programming Logic


15 minutes



45 minutes


92 questions

180 minutes



Since it is clear from the above table that there are five sections in total in TCS NQT ( National Qualifier Test). That is 

Section 1: English(Verbal Ability)

This section contains basic verbal questions about sentence completions, articles, prepositions, direct and indirect speech, para jumbles, etc. You can refer to this blog to know more about this section.

Section 2: Reasoning Ability

This section focuses on the reasoning ability of the candidates. This includes topics like Numeric Patterns, Decision-making problems, blood relations, seating arrangement, Odd one out, Analogy questions, symbols and notations, coding-decoding problems, etc. You can practice reasoning ability here.

Section 3: Numerical Ability

This section deals with numerical problems related to the Number system, Mensuration, Arithmetic Ability, Statistics, Simplifications and approximations, Profit and loss, Geometry related problems, Series and progressions, Time, speed, and distance, HCF and LCM, Functions, Algebra, and some other topics. You can refer to this blog for questions related to numerical ability

Section 4: Programming Logic

This section includes questions related to topics like Algorithms(like basic searching and sorting algorithms, tree traversal algorithms, graph-related algorithms, dynamic programming), Data Structure(Array, String, Stack, Queue, Linked List, Tree, Hash Map, Graph, etc.), Programming concepts like iteration, recursion, oops, etc.  You can practice programming logic questions here.

Section 5: Coding

This section includes coding questions on different programming languages like C/C++/Java/Python/Perl etc. For more information, you can refer here.


Various companies of the IT sector hire for multiple roles through the TCS NQT exam-

For more information, you can  refer here to check the testimonials from the recruiters on the official website.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is NQT(National Qualifier Test) Cognitive skills?
    TCS National Qualifier Test (Cognitive skills) for assessment of candidates in the following areas:
    These sections are explained in detail in this blog.
  2. Which type of questions will be asked in the TCS NQT exam, objective or subjective?
    Objective questions will be there, i.e., Multiple Choice Questions and Fill in the blanks.
  3. Is there a negative marking in the NQT exam?
    No, there is no negative marking in the TCS NQT exam.
  4. What is the selection process for freshers of TCS NQT?
    Online Aptitude test, i.e., National Qualifier Test and Personal Interview(including Technical, Managerial, and HR interview). 

Key Takeaways

This blog is about the TCS NQT (National Qualifier Test) exam. We discussed its eligibility criteria and the question paper pattern of the National Qualifier Test. We knew about the NQT paper's multiple sections, including their respective topics.

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Also, try CodeStudio to practice programming problems for your complete interview preparation.

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