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Last Updated: Sep 12, 2023

TCS NQT Recruitment Process 2023

Author Pakhi Garg


Studying for placements? Thinking about your dream company? Want to be a part of TCS? So you are at the right place.

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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is an Indian multinational IT company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. TCS is the world’s largest IT services company by market capitalization ($200 billion) as of February 2021. TCS conducts an NQT exam to hire freshers for 2 job profiles - TCS Ninja and TCS Digital. Each candidate giving the NQT exam gets an NQT score, according to which he gets selected for the interview of Ninja and Digital profile.

This article will go through the TCS NQT exam in detail. The eligibility criteria of the exam, the package of 2 TCS profiles, the registration process for TCS and the syllabus pattern.

What is TCS NQT?

TCS NQT, also known as TCS National Qualifier Test, is a placement exam test organized by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to hire freshers. The students are hired for two roles: TCS Ninja and TCS Digital profiles.

TCS Ninja: TCS Ninja is a profile name given by TCS to recruit fresh graduates across India via a National Qualifier Test (NQT). Students who qualify for TCS Ninja receive a package of around 3.5 LPA.

TCS Digital: TCS Digital is a profile name given by TCS to recruit fresh graduates across India via a National Qualifier Test (NQT). Students who qualify for TCS Digital receive a package of around 7 LPA.

TCS uses the TCS ion platform to conduct the NQT. 


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National Qualifier Test (NQT)

The National Qualifier Test (NQT) is a general ability test that measures a candidate’s performance in the following areas:

  • Cognitive Skills

Verbal Ability:  

This section assesses reading comprehension, written communication skills, English grammar, and appropriate usage of the same.

Numerical Ability:

 Assesses the candidate’s ability to solve arithmetic, number system, statistics, and data interpretation. 

Reasoning Ability: 

Examines the candidate’s ability to identify words and numeric patterns, problem-solving, and decision-making.

  • Subject NQT: The sections mentioned above will be part of the first round of placement for TCS Ninja hiring this year:

Programming Logic: 

This exam assesses theoretical knowledge of technical computer programming. 


This assesses the applicants’ ability to code at the advanced level. 


  • The total allotted time is 180 minutes.
  • The exam will be conducted in the English language only.
  • The exam is held in both online (web proctored) and offline mode.
  • There is no negative marking.
  • NQT is conducted every quarter. Candidates can take the tests again to improve their previous scores if desired.
  • Online calculators and rough paper will be available on the screen.
  • TCS NQT is adaptive this year.

Eligibility Criteria for TCS NQT 2023

The eligibility criteria for TCS NQT are as follows:

QualificationUG, PG and Diploma students who are in their final year.
StreamAll Engineering Stream.
Percentage Criteria60% or above in 10th/12th/UG/PG.
Backlog CriteriaNo or only 1 active backlog.
Gap CriteriaOverall gap in academic career not to exceed 1 year
Experience  CriteriaFreshers with less than 2 years of experience can apply.
Age limitMinimum age is 18 and maximum age is 28

TCS NQT Registration Process

Below is the stepwise explanation of the registration process for TCS NQT:

Step 1: Open the TCS NQT registration page and start filling out the form.

Step 2: On this page, you will see two options IT and BPS. Among the two options, select IT.

Step 3: After choosing the profile, fill the personal details like name, DOB, gender, email ID, password, etc.

Step 4: Now fill the education qualification like institute name, qualification, and year of passing.

Step 5: Select the security question and answer it.

Step 6: Confirm all the details.

Step 7: After entering all the information, you will see a popup showing your registration number will also be displayed on this page. Note down this number for your future reference.

Step 8: Sign in with your reference number to continue filling out the application form. 

Step 9: Fill academic and work experience details.

Step 10: Fill the other details like nationality, languages known, certificates, etc.

Step 11: Preview the application form and fill the declaration part.

Step 12: Apply for the TCQ Recruitment Drive and check the application status.

Step 13: You will receive a confirmation email on your mentioned email ID.

TCS NQT Syllabus Pattern

TopicsNumber of QuestionsTimeDifficulty
Verbal Ability2430 minsMedium
Numerical Ability2640 minsHigh
Reasoning Ability3050 minsMedium
Programming Logic1015 minsHigh
Coding245 minsHigh


If you clear all three rounds, you will get an offer letter via an email from TCS.

You can start practicing problems asked in TCS interview by checking out most asked TCS interview questions in our Problem Lists section.

TCS hiring process and rounds of interviews

TCS conducts 4 rounds to select in their organization.

Written Round

This is the first round of the interview process where candidates are typically tested on their aptitude, reasoning, and communication skills. The written round may also include questions on technical topics depending on the job role.

Technical Round

The technical round is conducted to assess a candidate's technical knowledge and skills related to their job role. The interviewer may ask questions related to programming languages, databases, algorithms, and other technical areas.

Managerial Round

The managerial round is typically conducted by a senior manager or team lead to assess a candidate's leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities. This round may also include questions related to project you've done in your college and team management. 

HR Round

The final round of the interview process is conducted by the HR team to assess a candidate's personality, communication skills, and cultural fit with the organization. The HR round may include questions related to the candidate's career goals, salary expectations, and work experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many sections are there in TCS NQT?

There are 5 sections in total which are:

Section 1. English(Verbal ability)

Section 2. Reasoning ability

Section 3. Numerical ability

Section 4. Programming logic

Section 5. Coding

What are the two profiles for which students are hired on the basis of TCS NQT?

There are two profiles for which students are hired:

TCS Ninja - On the package of 3.5lpa

TCS Digital - On the package of 7lpa

What is the process of TCS hiring for experienced?

The process of TCS hiring for experienced includes four stages :
1. Aptitude round and coding round.
2. Technical round, which is conducted to assess a candidate's technical knowledge and skills related to their job role.
3. Managerial round
4. Finally, the HR round.

How many rounds are there in TCS placement?

The TCS placement process typically involves four rounds: a written round to test aptitude, reasoning, and communication skills, a technical round to assess technical knowledge, a managerial round to evaluate leadership abilities, and an HR round to assess personality and cultural fit.


In this article, we went through the recruitment process of TCS in detail. We discussed what is TCS NQT, eligibility criteria for NQT, registration process and syllabus pattern of TCS NQT.

If you want to prepare for TCS, refer to TCS Guided Path. For perfect interview preparations, enroll for TCS Crash Course

You can also take up the TCS Test Series. You can also check out the interview experiences of TCS, both on-campus and off-campus, shared by our ninjas here.

Also, practice problems asked in TCS here.

Happy Learning!

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