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TCS NQT: A Gateway for Fresher Jobs for Engineering Grads

TCS NQT examination or TCS National Qualifier Test (TCS NQT) has been launched to start your career in a big way as a fresh graduate.

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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is a multinational information technology services and consulting company headquartered in Mumbai, India. It provides IT services, consulting, and business solutions to clients in various industries worldwide. TCS delivers innovative solutions to its clients, leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, and data analytics. The company actively collaborates with its clients to understand their unique business needs and develop customized solutions to address them.

About TCS NQT:

TCS NQT follows an Integrated Test Pattern for Prime, Digital and Ninja fresher hiring at TCS. Candidates need to appear for a single test and based on the test performance, they will qualify for Prime, Digital or Ninja interviews.

TCS NQT is exclusively open for graduating batch of 2024 with the following academic degrees: Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) / Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) / Master of Technology (M.Tech.) / Master of Engineering (M.E.) / Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.) / Master of Science (M.Sc. / M.S.) in any specialization offered by AICTE / UGC recognized universities / colleges.

Steps to Apply:

Step 1. Logon to the TCS NextStep Portal here  Opens in new tab

Step 2. Register and Apply for the Drive

  • Scenario A. If you are a registered user under TCS NextStep Portal, ‘IT’ category, kindly login with your TCS Reference ID (CT / DT reference number) and proceed to complete the application form. Upon submission, kindly click on ‘Apply For Drive’
  • Scenario B. If you are a new user, kindly click on Register Now, choose category as “IT” and proceed to fill your details. Submit your application form and click on ‘Apply For Drive’

Step 3. Select your mode of test (In-Centre) and choose your preferred test centre & then click on Apply.

Step 4. To confirm your status, check “Track Your Application“. The status should reflect as “Applied for Drive”.

Eligbility or the TCS NQT test:

Percentage: Minimum 60% or 6 CGPA throughout academics including the highest qualification, till the latest semester for which results have been declared at the time of appearing for the test process. If selected, the offer will be valid only if the degree / provisional degree certificate clearly states that the candidates has cleared Engineering in ‘First Class’ after completion of the course, at the time of joining.

Highest Qualification: TCS NQT is exclusively open for candidates from the batch of 2024 with the following academic degrees: Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) / Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) / Master of Technology (M.Tech.) / Master of Engineering (M.E.) / Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.) / Master of Science (M.Sc. / M.S.) in any specialization offered by AICTE / UGC recognized universities / colleges.

Backlogs / Arrears / ATKT: The candidates should not have any pending or active backlog / arrear / ATKT at the time of appearing for the TCS Selection process. If selected, no pending backlogs / arrears / ATKT will be permitted at the time of joining TCS. All pending backlogs / arrears / ATKT should be cleared within the course duration stipulated by the University.

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Extended Education: No extended education would be allowed. Candidates should have completed the course in the stipulated course duration.

Gap / Break in Education: It is mandatory to declare gaps in education, if any. Overall academic gap should not exceed 24 months until highest qualification. Relevant documentation, as applicable, will be checked for gaps in education.

Course Types: Only full-time courses will be considered (Part-time / Correspondence courses will not be considered).

Open Schooling: Candidates who have completed their Secondary and / or Senior Secondary course from NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) are also eligible to apply if the graduation and post-graduation (if applicable) courses are done full-time. 

Work Experience: Candidates with prior work experience of up to 2 years are eligible to apply for this hiring process (Applicable only for post graduate students).

Age: Candidates should be between 18 to 28 years to participate in this hiring event.

The Hiring Categories for TCS NQT:


CTC for Prime UG Offer – 9.0 LPA
CTC for Prime PG Offer – 11.5 LPA

Complex projects with advance technologies and algorithms

Exploration of emerging tech for industry applications

Integrate system designs using tech, automation, and robust security practices


CTC for Digital UG Offer – 7.0 LPA
CTC for Digital PG Offer – 7.03 LPA

Projects on solution development and integration 

Drive internal initiatives focused on modern technologies

Contribute to TCS’ ventures in pioneering new product developments

Develop tech frameworks and tools for enhanced capabilities


CTC for Ninja UG Offer – 3.36 LPA
CTC for Ninja PG Offer – 3.53 LPA

To manage and support application development and management

Enhance systems engineering for better efficiency

Explore next-gen technologies for an innovative career path 

Test Features:

  • TCS NQT is an integrated test consisting of two sections:  Foundation and Advanced.
  • While all are encouraged to attempt both sections, ‘Advanced section’ is mandatory if you aspire for Digital or Prime.
  • Based on the test performance, candidates will be shortlisted for Prime, Digital or Ninja interviews.
  • TCS NQT will be conducted in TCS iON Centers.

Test Pattern:

SectionsDuration (in minutes)
Part A – Foundation Section 
  Numerical Ability  25
  Verbal Ability  25
  Reasoning Ability  25
Part B – Advanced Section 
  Advanced Quantitative and Reasoning Ability  25
  Advanced Coding  90
  Total Duration  190

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