One of India’s top Information Technology companies, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which is also among the country’s biggest recruiters of graduates for IT jobs via college campus hiring is looking to fundamentally change the way it hires talent every year. So far, IT firms like TCS, Infosys, Cognizant, Accenture, among others who tend to hire tens of thousands of freshers annually, have relied largely on select colleges for recruitment.
TCS Off Campus Drives:
TCS has announced its ’smart hiring‘ programme, where recent graduates will be tested nationally on 19 November in an online test followed by rounds of interviews. The firm, which has 5.28 lakh employees on its payroll, is looking to hire another 30,000 people through this programme. This is in addition to 40-45,000 that the company has on-boarded in the first half of FY2021-22, mostly via campus recruitment. One reason for choosing this new method could be that, demand for talent has arisen due to spurt in economic activity post the Covid-19-induced slowdown.
TCS On Campus Jobs
The traditional system was a lot of campus visits. We had 700 institutes on our list, and each year, we would typically hire from about 300-400, even as we monitor the 700. A few years back, we experimented with the platform-based hiring called NQT (National Qualifier Test). This is allowing us to reach more than 2,000 institutes. We are no longer dependent on the institute as a surrogate for quality. We can focus on the individuals’ quality. If they can get through the test, it doesn’t matter where they came from,” Gopinathan said in an interview to The Times of India.
Depending on what level they clear in the TCS NQT, their compensation — very different from their batchmates — could be 100 per cent more. Even the person who came in at the lower level has multiple opportunities to jump into the next career trajectory. Twenty years ago, most freshers would learn new things after coming to us.
TCS conducts NQT every quarter and the score remains valid for two years. The NQT will be conducted every quarter and the score will be valid for two years.
About The Test
- NQT (Cognitive Skills) is a prerequisite for all the tests
- Two-year validity of NQT Score
- Candidates with NQT Score will be eligible to apply on the TCS iON Job Listing Portal
- Conducted online (at home) and physical In-Centre at TCS iON Authorised Exam Centres
- Apply for any entry-level role in any corporate with the NQT Score
Who can apply for TCS NQT 2021-22?
Candidates eligible to apply for the TCS National Qualifier Test (TCS NQT) should meet the below eligibility criteria:
- UG, PG, and Diploma students in their pre-final and final year of study
- Students with any degree and specialization/ discipline
- Freshers with less than 2 years of experience
- Age limit – minimum 18 years and maximum 28 years.
4 Practice Tests – 2 for Cognitive Skills and 2 for IT Programming are available with 5 attempts each
About TCS NQT 2021-22 Exam
National Qualifier Test (NQT) is a multi-level assessment to assess the following competencies and skills to generate an associated score:
- Industry-specific knowledge and insights
- Competence on the core cognitive processes required for entry-level jobs
- Specialization on skills required for performing the job role.
NQT (Cognitive Skills) Score: Performance measure of cognitive skills in the areas of verbal, numerical, and reasoning abilities
Attitudinal Alignment NQT (Psychometric Test) Score: Psychometric Test to assess personality traits and dispositions relevant to the workplace
TCS may have made the start but soon others will be forced to follow it because, as Gopinathan put it, off campus recruitment reduces visits to hundreds of colleges (thereby shaving off unnecessary costs) while improving reach.
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