Instrumentation Engineer in TCS and its selection procedure.

Instrumentation Engineer in TCS


I am an Instrumentation Engineer who is working with TCS. TCS is a vast organization being vast the number of opportunities that you may get are numerous . When I decided to join TCS I had two jobs in my hand one being that of lecturer in my own engineering college. The second being a trainee validation engineer in one of the reputed pharma company which lured me saying that they will give me an increment of 50% each year(starting salary of 14000/-).Left both of them and went to Hyderabad for Training. Currently i am working on mission critical embedded systems having availability as high as 99.999%. I am an Embedded systems developer working as a part of maintenance team which involves monitoring all the senors and take a maintenance action in case any of them cross the threshold value or failure.

TCS makes sure it is the first company to the company so it was the time the 1st company The TCS came to college on 24th January 2011.
On 25th January 2011 at 4.55 am in the morning when i was asleep i recieved an email
from TCS Recruitment
date Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 4:55 AM
I was in my 8th sem and was employed with one of the best companies in India.
Let me tell you some basic requirements to get in to TCS

Eligibility Criteria: The criterion is quite simple and most of the students fulfill it.

* 60% or above in 10th, 12th & BE/B.Tech.
* No pending or active backlogs.

Selection Procedure: There will be four rounds but it might vary. The order is as given below but sometimes it might change like in our case we had MR interview after the technical interview & then HR round.

* Online test
* Technical interview
* HR interview
* Management round

Online registration: As the first stage of the recruitment process, eligible students from college will have to register their information on the TCS portal to be able to participate in the TCS recruitment process.

Eligible students have to upload their details on the TCS Campus portal, by following the instructions below.

* Eligible students shall visit the link: to register.
* The Login Type will be: Apply to TCS
* The User ID will be: (Your College will provide it.)
* Password would be: (Your College will provide it.)
* Student registration will be open for only 2-3 days so please register yourself in time.
* The year of passing of the final qualification should be 2012 (for students sitting in campus this year.)
* Short-listing of the candidates for the TCS recruitment process would be done through the portal.
* A unique reference id would be generated upon registration. The reference id would be required for any further communication with TCS.
* The reference id is unique and multiple registrations are to be avoided.
* The students shall provide the aggregate marks in all the academic qualifications.
* For the current qualification, the percentage marks should be updated till the last semester for which results have been declared.
* Students from Engineering should select B.E/ B.Tech as per there qualification.
* Students of MCA should select for their Post Graduate Degree as MCA.
* The information required is very critical and request all the students to be very careful while uploading the details

Pre-Placement Talk: The TCS officials gave a presentation and told us about their company and services. Listen to this talk carefully. You will get the answers for…..Why one should join TCS ? What are the recent projects of TCS?….of course about salary and many more. You can ask genuine questions but do not ask anything stupid.

Online Test Instructions: The instructions will be given by the TCS officials. Listen very carefully to the instructions. A silly mistake will prove very costly.

* Open the internet explorer and type the address, given by TCS official, in the address bar.
* The site opens and asks your login id and password. It will also be provided to you.
* Once you login, you might get a page ‘Sample Test’. Ignore it and click ‘Go to main Test’ on that same page. Now your test starts.
* The test has three sections of 20 minutes, 40 minutes and 30 minutes. Test starts with section one.
* On the right top corner, you will have a timer counting down and links to questions of that section. From the timer you can see the time left for that section and through the question links, you can move to any question within that section only.
* The question links have 3 color codes-

Red – Not Visited

Orange- Visited But not attempted

Green- Attempted

* There will be two buttons at the bottom of the page- Exit and Submit
* After answering a question click the submit button to register your answer. You can always come back and change it within the stipulated time.
* EXIT button takes you out of the section so click it only after you have attempted all questions of a section.
* Once you get out of a section then you cannot go back to that section.
* If you have finished all the questions of a section before the time is over & want to exit, you can always do that but remember your time will not be added in the next section so it is better to check your answers.
* After you finish all three sections click EXIT. Do not close the main window without clicking EXIT!
* In case of any problem during the test, call the TCS officials.

Cracking the test: Keep few things in mind for the online test.

* Remember time is very crucial and there is or there maybe no negative marking they use a software called Touchstone.
* For the verbal section don’t waste much time on any question if you know it just do it, If not then also do it and move to next.
* Do not read the passage go to the questions directly. Find keyword in the passage answer the questions accordingly, remember first question of the passage will be from the starting paragraph and so on.
* For the aptitude section just answer the common questions which you have memorized first, skip those questions which you have to solve there, after doing the common memorized questions return to skipped questions.
* Do not leave any Questions unanswered if there is no negative marking.
* Do not try to help your friend during the test if you are caught then you will be thrown out of the room.

Test Pattern : The exam is an online one with three sections. There will be no sectional cutoff so attempt all the questions. The pattern is same as earlier but this time TCS has changed the questions in the aptitude section.

There were 35 ? in the test which i gave and there was also negative marking so i had attempted 33 ? and left 2 ? unanswered.
I am giving a general idea of the topic wise questions asked, but remember it may vary in your paper.

* 1 Question – Number System
* 1 Question – Time and Distance
* 1 Question – Odd one out
* 1 Question – Probability
* 1 Question – Set theory
* 1 Question – Time and Work
* 1 Question – Function
* 2 Questions – Age
* 2 Questions – Partnership
* 2 Questions – General Aptitude
* 3 Questions – Profit & Loss
* 8 Questions – Data Interpretation
* 14 Questions – logical Questions

Test Result: Online test result will be declared within an hour after the test. Once you clear the online test then there are three more steps to go. Most of the time interview is not on the same day & you will get time to relax and prepare for the interview. At the interview day, be ready with your folder having your resume, mark sheets & certificates.I had the interview and everything on the same day our HR Mr. Avinash Krishnamurty had promised and he gave us the offer letter next day at 4.55 am adieus to his commitment.

Interview Tips: Before going for the interview please, keep few things in mind.

* Dress properly
* Always have a smile on your face
* Be confident and enthusiastic.
* Never bluff. If you do not know something tell them politely.
* Never ever argue with the interviewer
* Always try to lead the interview.
* Answers should be compact and relevant.
* Never try to pretend. Be smart and honest.
* Do not try to bluff the officials with fake mark sheets & certificates , if they caught you then you will be blacklisted from TCS for 3 years.
* Do not write anything fake on your resume, they will definitely ask everything mentioned in your resume.
* Conversation skills do matter for the HR & MR interview, for technical all you need is just give at least 60 % of the answers correct.
* Be prepared with common questions like tell me about yourself, Why TCS etc but do not mug up others answer be genuine and give your own answers.
* Please follow the interview etiquettes and try to avoid silly mistakes.
* If they offer you something to eat/drink be generous & try to avoid only first time. If they insist you then take it.
* Eye contact is very important. If there is more than one person in the interview panel then maintain equal eye contact with both of them even if the second person is not asking a single question.
* Remember interview is a selection process not a rejection process. They had already rejected students in the online test. Now, they are looking for a reason to hire you.

Technical Interview: This is the most crucial round of the recruitment process most of the students are rejected from this round only. Be prepared with your core subjects, training & project details. I was asked about expert systems, PLC, SCADA and Transducers he asked me the list of transducers present in the room. what is fuzzy controller etc etc the list goes on and on . It was an interview that lasted for half an hour.If possible then carry your project report with you. In technical interview you might be provided with some blank sheets to solve questions use that sheet carefully & write everything neatly, your sheets will be attached along with your resume & technical round assessment sheet for the next round.
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