TCS iON to conduct National Qualifier Test for hiring by many corporates, small businesses

It helps employers get an in-depth understanding of job seekers’ cognitive abilities

Updated - September 27, 2020 08:07 pm IST

Published - September 27, 2020 06:34 pm IST - MUMBAI

Candidates can take the test from their homes and those who do not have access to the necessary infrastructure at home, can take the test from a TCS iON center.

Candidates can take the test from their homes and those who do not have access to the necessary infrastructure at home, can take the test from a TCS iON center.

TCS iON, a strategic unit of the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has announced that its National Qualifier Test (NQT), usually conducted to recruit candidates for the TCS, will now be open for several participating corporates for their fresher recruitment programmes.

This standardised test will provide candidates with access to employment at multiple corporates, while helping the employers get an in-depth understanding of job seekers’ cognitive abilities.

The NQT will be conducted every quarter and the score will be valid for two years. The first test, which will be available for free, will be held from October 24-26. Registrations are open until October 17. The company may not charge for the next few tests as well.

Candidates can take the test multiple times to improve their scores. Registration is available at

Candidates can take the test from their homes or from a TCS iON centre.

Young professionals with up to two years of experience, as well as students from any stream, currently enrolled in pre-final/ final year of undergraduate or postgraduate programs of science & commerce streams as well as form business schools, can apply and gain an edge in the competitive job market.

“The test acts as a single window for job opportunities across leading organisations in IT, BFSI, manufacturing, pharma, and FMCG sectors, including TCS,” the company said.

The NQT will focus on general abilities covering verbal, numerical and reasoning abilities to arrive at the normalised NQT Score that can be presented to corporates as a demonstration of the candidate’s cognitive abilities.

Keeping in mind the huge demand from the IT industry, the company is planning for a subject NQT which will be focused on programming.

The company is planning to continuously improve the test blueprint to provide employers with a better understanding of candidates’ abilities.

“With this unique Test, we are giving millions of young job seekers an opportunity to work for top corporates,” said Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON in an interview.

“This high-quality standardised test will provide subscribing corporates with a well-rounded evaluation of candidates’ abilities, and access to quality talent across the nation at speed and scale,” he said.

Mr. Ramaswamy said the company is giving access to more than 60,000 jobs.

“The NQT will be a single test that will open up a very large number of jobs in corporates. We are also providing them to small businesses across 600 cities. So small businesses can now get access to top talent in their own region,” he said.

“Our idea is to ensure that no single candidate coming out of the campus as a fresher should get rejected, they will get an ability to apply to a large set of opportunities based on the level of score they get by taking NQT. So, there is nothing called I passed\I failed. They get a score and based on the score they get an access to corporate jobs.

Now candidates can get jobs in manufacturing and retail companies like Titan and Kirloskar Brothers.

“Many corporates have shown interest to participate along with TCS of course to acknowledge this course and make this as a gateway for hiring people,” he said.

Last year, more than 3.36 lakh candidates appeared in this test only for TCS jobs but this year more than 5 lakh candidates from over 3,000 colleges are expected to participate.

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