TCS Ninja and TCS Digital: Exam Pattern

TCS National Qualifier Test (NQT) is an online test conducted to hire the most talented brains across the country. It is open to all technical graduates and postgraduates across the country. The qualifying students are selected for TCS Ninja and TCS Digital profiles. Unlike the previous year, TCS Digital hiring is open to all colleges in 2019.
TCS Ninja and TCS Digital: Selection Procedure
TCS Ninja and TCS Digital hiring follows a common selection procedure. The process consists of following rounds:
  1. Online Test - TCS National Qualifier Test (NQT)
  2. Interviews: Technical, Managerial & HR
The students who clear the online test are called for the interview rounds. Also, the top performers of TCS Ninja hiring are offered Digital roles.

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TCS National Qualifier Test - Exam Pattern
While the exam pattern is same for both TCS Ninja and TCS Digital, the difficulty level of the TCS Digital is higher. The duration of the exam is 90 minutes with a fixed sectional time limit. Given below is the detailed exam pattern of NQT:
Except for the coding section, there is negative marking for wrong answers in all the sections. Further, some questions carry higher weightage than the others.
No. of Questions
Time (minutes)
Quantitative Aptitude
1 Problem Statement
TCS National Qualifier Test - Syllabus
You are required to be well versed with the fundamental concepts of each section. Prepare for the following topics of each section:
1. English
This section features a sentence completion paragraph (Cloze Test), with 10 fill in the blanks. The answers need to be chosen from 4 options given for each blank.
2. Quantitative Aptitude
In this section, the questions are asked from the following topics:
  • Number system, HCF & LCM, Percentages, Averages, Series & Progression, Ratio & Proportion
  • Algebra, Functions, Equations
  • Time, Speed & Distance
  • Mixtures & Allegations, Time & Work
  • Probability, Permutation & Combination
  • Geometry
  • Clocks & Calendar
  • Reasoning
3. Programming
This section covers the basic concepts of C language, algorithms and data structures. You are required to have a good grasp over the programming essentials.
4. Coding
In this section, one programming question is given. You need to solve it using an inbuilt online compiler in C language. Additionally, it needs to be written as per the instructions given in the exam.

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General Instructions for TCS NQT:
  • The test questions will appear as per the order of sections given in the above table. Once you migrate from one section to another, you cannot go back to the previous section. For example, if you have moved to Programming section, you cannot go back to Quantitative Aptitude and so on.
  • The countdown timer on the test screen will display the time left to complete the particular section. There are separate timers for each section and the timer will start from the moment the first question appears on the screen.
  • The time duration for each section is fixed. If you complete a section in less than the allotted time, the left over time will not be carried forward to the remaining sections.
  • Click SUBMIT at the end of each section to move to the next one.
Now that you are aware of the exam pattern, prepare the fundamentals of each section and invest a good amount of time in practicing the expected questions.