Company : Cognizant
Website : http://www.cognizant.com
Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) is a leading provider of Information Technology, consulting, and business processes.
It is headquartered in New Jersey, USA. CTS is a part of NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 group.
Over the years CTS has provided its services to companies like Dell, HP, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, IBM, Mitsubishi, and many others. With over 240,000 employees spread across 5 continents, CTS supports its enormous client base.
Cognizant Technology Solutions was ranked #529 in The World’s Biggest Public Companies, by Forbes. To recruit new employees into the company, it conducts placement drives in numerous colleges every year.
Cognizant always has a craze for the Indian brains and recruits a pretty good number of students both on campus and off campus.
As Cognizant begins its recruitment drive; it becomes important to know about the process that they follow and the tests that they conduct. The entire recruitment process at Cognizant consists of multiple levels of tests and interview rounds.
The very first round of recruitment is the Aptitude Test, which are conducted by MeritTrac and AMCAT. There is no negative marking in this test and the pattern and the time allotment for the Aptitude Test are as follows:
CTS Placement Pattern 2019 – MertiTrac
The topics that are covered in the test in the Reasoning section are:
i. Data Interpretation – 4-5 Questions
ii. Visual Reasoning – 4-5 Questions
iii. Data sufficiency – 3-4 Questions
iv. Syllogism – 3-4 Questions
v. Logical Reasoning – 4-5 Questions
vi. Coding and Decoding – 3-4 Questions
vii. Critical Reasoning – 3-4 Questions
The topics that are covered under the Verbal section are:
i. Reading Comprehension – 10-12 Questions
ii. Sentence Correction – 6-8 Questions
iii. Parajumble – 6-8 Questions
Facing your Aptitude Test with a well-placed strategy is always helpful. You could have your own game plan to tackle the various questions, or you could take some tips mentioned below.
Expected Cut-off – 15 to 17 Marks
Out of the different types of questions in this section, the logical reasoning and the puzzle questions are the most time consuming. Here is how you could try to tackle this section:
a. Don’t attempt the time consuming questions right at the beginning. Head to questions on Syllogism, Coding Decoding, Visual Reasoning, Data Sufficiency, etc. at first
b. Try to finish the aforementioned questions (around 10 – 15) in the first 10 minutes
c. Your objective is to get at least 10 correct questions
d. Out of the remaining 15 questions you need at least 7 to be right in the next 20 minutes
e. Attempt the lengthy answers like logical reasoning or data arrangement
f. If you get stuck or are unable to solve a question, abandon it and move on to the next. A common mistake people make is that they think that they have already spent some time on a question and tend to carry on trying to solve it when instead, it would be better to leave it and start a new question from scratch.
Expected Cut-off – 13 to 15 Marks
Out of the 25 questions in this section, there might be about 10 – 12 questions on reading comprehension, which will be lengthy to answer.
i. Leave the time consuming answers for the end
ii. Try to get 7 to 8 questions correct in the first 10 minutes, attempt sections like parajumbles, error spotting, etc.
iii. Next, attempt the reading comprehension questions and aim for at least 7 correct answers in the remaining 20 minutes
iv. Do the direct questions first in the reading comprehension and later attempt the inference based ones
Getting around 50 – 60% in the Cognizant Aptitude Test is not hard with the proper strategy. Just make sure that you get ample practice before you have to take the test.
CTS Placement Pattern 2019– AMCAT
In the initial campus recruitment's of Cognizant (This year most of the campuses will have Aspiring Minds Pattern) for the 2018 batch, we observed the test pattern has considerable changes from the previous pattern. The current pattern consists of only 55 questions instead of 70 questions and the maximum time limit is 55 minutes.
The test is of adaptive type where the difficulty level automatically gets modified according to each student’s ability. The written test pattern consists of 3 sections as tabled below:
Majority of verbal ability questions are from the areas of
i. Reading Comprehension
iii. Critical Reasoning
iv. Sentence Correction
v. Synonyms and Antonyms
In this section, 25 Questions to be answered in 25 minutes. Reading comprehension questions are of significant portion. Since more reading is present and one minute per question, prior reading practice will help in clearing this section.
Majority of Quantitative Ability questions are from the areas of
ii. HCF and LCM
iv. Pipes and Cisterns
v. Profit & Loss
In this section, 16 Questions to be answered in 16 minutes. Since it is an adaptive paper and only a minute for each question, it is recommended to complete the questions as fast as possible. We recommend having good amount of practice beforehand.
Majority of Reasoning Ability questions are from the areas of
Odd Man Out
Coding and Decoding
In this section, 14 Questions to be answered in 14 minutes. Here also there is adaptive pattern with a minute for each question. Since understanding reasoning type questions requires considerable time, prior practice will be of immense help.
In the campus recruitment for the 2018 batch, They have introduced a new role known as associates for freshers with an annual package of 6.5 LPA. This test is slightly difficult than the normal one. The first section includes a cognitive and language assessment online test. This section consists of 52 questions from topics like English Comprehension, Data Interpretation, Critical Reasoning with a time limit of 52 minutes. Sectional time limit is allocated. The second section consists of two levels, the first level tests candidates on debugging and basic programming skills and the second level is online coding and programming test. This round carries more weightage. You are provided with 2-4 automata/ Dynamic programming questions and have to solve it within 60-90 minutes of time. It is followed by one technical Hr and one personal HR.
This kind of process is only for associates role and the CTC is 6.5 LPA
Comparing with the previous pattern, current pattern is easier but the selection cutoff is higher.
As the questions are mostly technical, it is highly recommended to practice well beforehand.
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Disclaimer: The information provided above is based on the feedback we receive from our users. We don’t guarantee that Cognizant will follow the same hiring process in their future recruitment drives.