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TCS NQT Interview Questions and Answers to Prepare in 2024

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TCS NQT Interview Questions and Answers to Prepare in 2024

TCS NQT (National Qualifier Test) is conducted by TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) in order to hire candidates from a wide variety of areas. This exam provides jobs to almost 10,000 job seekers from a staggering number of approximately 300,000 applicants. Thus, a candidate must have an in-depth knowledge about the exam in order to achieve the goal of working in TCS. This blog will contain all the necessary information regarding the TCS NQT interview process such as TCS NQT exam pattern, interview rounds & interview questions.

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This TCS NQT 2024 Interview Preparation video will take you through various questions which will help you clear the TCS interviews. This video on TCS Interview Questions and Answers will also explain you the format for the National Qualifier Test which is conducted by TCS.


TCS Recruitment Process

TCS process for recruitment majorly consists of 2 steps:

  1. TCS NQT Exam
  2. TCS NQT Interview Questions

What is TCS NQT?

TCS NQT known as TCS National Qualifier Test, is a placement exam test organized by TCS to hire students for software Engineer Trainee.

      • Qualifying Students are selected for TCS Ninja & TCS Digital profiles.
      • Apart from TCS, additionally more than 200 other companies also uses NQT score to hire students.
      • TCS ion platform is used by TCS to conduct their National Qualifier Test.


The pattern for TCS NQT exam is provided below:


No. of Questions
















The duration for TCS NQT Exam is 180 minutes.

TCS NQT Interview Process

TCS Interview Duration

The duration of TCS Ninja Interview is between 20 & 30 minutes where as duration for TCS Digital interview is between 60-70 mins but sometimes it can even last for 90 minutes.

TCS Technical Interview Process

TCS Technical Interview Questions - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka

The Technical Interview is different for Ninja & Digital profiles.

So for digital profile:

In TCS NQT Interview you will be asked Questions Related to Competitive programming, Data Structures & Algorithms & you need a grasp of any trending technology like Data Science, Big Data, Cloud, IOT etc. This will be a tough round as TCS is looking for exceptionally talented candidates for this profile.

On contrary, for ninja profiles

In TCS NQT Interview you will be asked questions related to technologies & programming languages you know. There will also be a knowledge test on basic programming paradigm, algorithms & other core concepts.

TCS Managerial Interview Process

TCS Managerial Interview Questions - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka

In this round the questions are asked on set situations for testing management skills. It is also to check if candidates are good fit for their open positions as it often require managerial & client facing skills.

TCS HR interview process

TCS HR Interview Questions - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka

For both Ninja & Digital profiles, this round remains the same. In this round the questions asked are related to your hobbies, likes, dislikes, as well as questions of general awareness. Sometimes it has happened that HR has asked to solve puzzle-related questions, but this happened during the face-to-face interviews.

    Note: Those who don’t qualify TCS DIGITAL HR Interview will have the option to appear for TCS NINJA Technical Interview then if they qualify, they can appear for the HR Interview of the same.

    TCS Ninja Vs TCS Digital

    TCS Ninja: Through TCS Ninja one gets the work profile of Associate Software Engineer with an estimate salary of 3.3-3.6 LPA.

    TCS Digital: Through TCS Digital one gets the work profile of System Engineer with a salary of approximately 7 LPA.

      TCS Digital Interview Questions

      TCS Digital Interview Questions - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka

      The kind of Coding questions majorly asked in TCS Digital Interview are:

      Note that you will first be asked to choose the programming language of your preference so you have to answer the problem in your preferred programming language like C, C++, Java, Python etc.

      Q1)  Joseph is learning digital logic subject which will be for his next semester. He usually tries to solve unit assignment problems   before the lecture. Today he got one tricky question. The problem statement is “A positive integer has been given as an input.   Convert decimal value to binary representation. Toggle all bits of it after the most significant bit including the most significant   bit. Print the positive integer value after toggling all bits”.

      Constraints : 1<=N<=100

      Example 1 – Input : 10 -> Integer

      Output : 5 -> result- Integer

      Solution in C:

      #include <stdio.h> 
      using namespace std; 
      int main() 
      int n; cin>>n; 
      int k=(1<<(int)floor(log2(n))+1)-1; 

      Solution in Python

      import math

      Q2)  Given an array Arr[] of size T, contains binary digits, where

      • 0 represents a biker running to the north.
      • 1 represents a biker running to the south.

      The task is to count crossing biker in such a way that each pair of crossing biker(N, S), where 0<=N<S<T, is passing when N is running to   the north and S is running to the south.

      Constraints: 0<=N<S<T

      Example 1- Input :

      • 5 -> Number of elements i.e. T
      • 0 -> Value of 1st element.
      • 1 -> Value of 2nd element
      • 0 -> Value of 3rd element.
      • 1 -> Value of 4th element.
      • 1 -> Value of 5th element

      Output : 5

      Solution in Python:

      n = int (input ())
      L =[]
      sum = 0
      c = 0
      for _ in range (n):
      a = (input ())
      if a:
      sum += c
      c += 1
      print (sum)

      When it comes to theory technical questions then in TCS Digital interview questions are majorly asked from trending technologies like Big Data, Machine learning, Data science, cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, augmented reality, IOT etc.

      As, when the candidate gets selected through Digital Profile than at work, he is assigned projects majorly on any of these trending technologies.

      Some of the frequently asked questions in TCS Digital interview are shown below:

      Q1) Define Cloud Computing

      TCS Technical Interview Questions - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka

      Cloud computing is a method for delivering information technology (IT) services in which resources are retrieved from the Internet through web-based tools and applications, as opposed to a direct connection to a server.

      Q2) What are uses of Cloud Computing?

      1. Create new apps and services
      2. Store, back up, and recover data
      3. Host websites and blogs
      4. Stream audio and video

      Q3) Define Machine Learning, deep learning & AI?

      Machine Learning - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka

      • Machine learning is a method of data analysis that automates analytical model building. It is a branch of AI based on the idea that systems can learn from data, identify patterns and make decisions with minimal human intervention.
      • Deep Learning is an AI function that imitates the workings of the human brain in processing data and creating patterns for use in decision making.
      • AI is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. These processes include learning, reasoning and self-correction.

      Q4) What are the characteristics of Deep Learning?

      Deep Learning - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka

      • Major Characteristics of deep learning are:
      • Healthcare
      • Image Recognition
      • Stock Analysis
      • News Analysis
      • Fraud Detection
      • Self Driving Cars

      Q5) Define Big Data analytics?

      Big Data is data but with a huge size. Huge in size and yet growing exponentially with time. In short, such data is so large and complex that none of the traditional data management tools can store it or process it efficiently.

      Q6) List down characteristics of Big Data Analytics?

      • Volume
      • Velocity
      • Variety
      • Veracity
      • Value

      Q7) Define Cybersecurity?

      Cybersecurity comprises technologies, processes, and controls that are designed to protect systems, networks, and data from cyber-attacks. Effective cybersecurity reduces the risk of cyberattacks.

      Cybersecurity - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka

      Q8) What are the types of Cyberattacks?

      Malware attack – It is a common cyberattack where malware executes unauthorized actions on the victim’s system.

      Spoofing – a spoofing attack is a situation in which a person or program successfully identifies as another by falsifying data, to gain an illegitimate advantage.

      Phishing – the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

      Q9) Define IoT & list down it’s applications?

      The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these things to connect and exchange data.


      • Smart homes
      • Wearable (Smartwatches)
      • Manufacturing Industries
      • Transportation
      • Agriculture
      • Healthcare.

      IOT - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka

      Q10.) Define Augmented Reality?

      Augmented Reality (AR) is a general term for a collection of technologies used to blend computer-generated information with the viewer’s natural senses.Augmented Reality - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka


      TCS Ninja Interview Questions

      The kind of Coding questions majorly asked in TCS Ninja Interview are pattern questions like:

      TCS Ninja Interview Questions - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka

      Q1.) Write a Program to print the right triangle star pattern?







      Q2.) Write a Program to print the Half Pyramid Number Pattern?








      There are various other basic programming questions as well, which are asked in TCS Ninja Interview:

      1. Prime number or not?
      2. Fibonacci Series
      3. Recursion Program to print factorial
      4. Matrix row-wise addition


      Where as for TCS Ninja Interview, theory questions are majorly asked from basic concepts of programming, data structures & OOPs.

      Some of the frequently asked theory questions in TCS Ninja interview are provided below:

      1) Explain the functionality of linked list?

      A linked list is kind of a linear data structure, in which the elements are not stored in contiguous memory locations also the elements in a linked list are linked using pointers.

      2) What are the four basic principles of OOPS?

      Object-oriented programming has four basic principles:

      • Encapsulation
      • Polymorphism
      • Inheritance
      • Abstraction

      3) What is inheritance?

      Using inheritance, programmers can extend the functionality of the code’s existing classes to eliminate repetitive code.

      The main object is the superclass & all other objects that follow it are subclasses. Subclasses can have separate elements while adding what they need from the superclass.

      4) What are DDL, DML and DCL commands in my SQL?

      DDL: Extended as Data Definition Language, it consists of the SQL commands that is used to define the database schema. It deals with descriptions of the database schema and is just used to create as well as modify the structure of database objects in the database.

      Following are the DDL Commands:

      • CREATE
      • DROP
      • ALTER
      • TRUNCATE
      • COMMENT
      • RENAME

      DML: These are the SQL commands that deals with the manipulation of data present in the database belong to DML or Data Manipulation Language and this includes most of the SQL statements.

      Following are the DML Commands:

      • INSERT
      • UPDATE
      • DELETE
      • LOCK

      DCL: DCL includes commands such as GRANT and REVOKE which specifically deal with the rights, permissions, and other controls of the database system.

      Following are the DCL Commands:

      • GRANT
      • REVOKE

      TCS Managerial Interview Questions

        In this round of interview you will be facing a manager from TCS holding an experience of 8 to 12 years & the executive will be asking you the stress based questions to test your work efficiency in pressure.

        Some of the most asked questions in the managerial round are provided below:

        1) What were your previous posts?

        This question is asked only to get an idea about your past working profile and to set a tone for the interview ahead.

        Basically, this will set a structure about the questions related to your previous working profile both positive and negative.

        2) What technologies have you worked upon till now?

        Generally, when asking these types of questions, the interviewer is attempting to determine what qualifications you already have and whether they are applicable to the role for which you are being interviewed.

        3) What will you do if you are given a team to work with, which have internal conflicts within?

        For achieving success, teamwork is the highest priority as it ensures a high team output and smooth work environment. Therefore, whenever you are going for an interview for a company which deals a lot in client projects then be ready to talk about your efficiency to work within a team.

        4) How will you react if the deadline of your project suddenly decreases?

        You need to make sure that your answers are strong based on facts and actions that you can convince the interviewers that you are fit for the job. The best possible way to answer such questions is by using previous work experiences to prove that you have successful experience of dealing with deadlines in the past.

        5) Why should I hire you within 200 students?

        Your interviewer is asking you to sell yourself and your qualifications as the right candidate for the job with this inquiry. Make his life easier by persuading him of the following:

        1. You have the ability, to complete the task and produce outstanding results.
        2. You’ll blend in seamlessly and make a valuable contribution to the squad.
        3. You have a unique mix of skills and expertise that sets you apart.
        4. Hiring you can give him a professional appearance and make his life simpler.

        6) What quality do you have that differs you from others?

        1. Consider the qualities that the employer may find valuable
        2. Look & analyze your background & previous experiences
        3. Acknowledge your most popular personality traits.

        TCS HR Interview Questions

        TCS HR Interview Questions - TCS Interview Questions - Edureka

        This round is done basically to examine your communication and vocabulary skills, as TCS has a large number of foreign clients, so it may be possible that you will be meeting or taking calls with clients for different requirement or changes in their products, therefore in that scenario you cannot risk the reputation of TCS & that’s why it is very important for you that you should be fluent in English for clearing this round.

        Some of the frequently asked questions in TCS HR interview are provided below:

        1) Tell us Something about yourself?

        1.  2-3 General Details
        2.  Academic Background
        3.  Internship & work Experience (if any)

        2) Why do you want to join TCS?

        TCS being one of the leading consultancy firm in the market and with quality working environment, Being in TCS will be an amazing opportunity to learn ,grow and explore and give the best of me ,Also above all. TCS would be like an ocean of endless learning experience of the most trending technologies and practices.

        3) What are your expectations from the company?

        Though this answer is objective and can be different for different persons but remember be positive in your thoughts and do not say many things about the company which gives the interviewer an illusion that you are exaggerating.

        In short, be realistic and precise.

        4) What are your strengths & weakness?

        Never tell strengths which you cannot prove on the spot. And speak only the forces that are true.

        Though this is a tricky question but doesn’t be the bait, i.e., the interviewer wants to know your weakness but tell him weakness such that they are also in some way your strengths.

        5) Why should we hire you?

        A quite typical question and needs to be answered sensibly.

        • Talk about matching of skill-set with job requirement.
        • Work experience in domain which can be fruitful for the company.
        • General Positive qualities

        6) Details you know about TCS?

        Name of the CEO – Rajesh Gopinathan

        Total number of employees – 4 lakh+

        Revenue Generation – 1.62 lakh crores INR

        When it was founded and who is the founder – 1 Apr 1968, Tata Sons pvt ltd

        7) Are you comfortable relocating?

        Remember this answer requires a clear-cut reply and wants to know as the company might provide time to time travel hence do not try to be good and if you are not able to change places tell them explicitly if they have any positions for that kind of post, they will consider you.

        8) Any Plans to do MBA?

        1. If you have no plans to do MBA, just simply state “No”
        2. If you have any plans to do MBA, then also just say you don’t   have any such plans right now & 4 to 5 years down the line you can look for such an opportunity but right now your priority is the job.

        9) Can you work for extra hours?

        In Such situation you need to be clear that you can’t work for extra hours every day but if it requires you to work for 1 or 2 days for extra hours in a week or just on random days than you are comfortable with it or if there is any specific project of interest which require continuous extra hours for some days then also you are comfortable with it.


        Well, this is the roadmap of TCS NQT Exam & Interview Process including the most asked questions in the TCS interview. There are few other questions which can be asked as well in the interview but the one discussed above will surely be asked.

        So, we have reached the end of TCS NQT Interview Questions. This blog is enough to give you a blueprint of how to prepare for TCS NQT exam & all the rounds of interview.

        Got a question for us? Please mention it in the comments section of this article and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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