Cognizant Recruitment Process for Freshers 2018

Cognizant Recruitment Process 2018

There are three different kinds of recruitment procedure for Cognizant 2018.

For Package Rs.3.35 LPA

  • Cognizant On Campus Process
  • Cognizant Off Campus Process

For Package Rs 6.5 LPA

  • Cognizant On Campus Process for 6.5 LPA Position
  • Cognizant Off Campus Process for 6.5 LPA Position – Not Conducted.

Cognizant On Campus Recruitment Process for Rs 3.35 LPA

  • Exam conducted via – MeritTrac
  • Total Number of Sections – 3
  • Total Time – 60 mins
  • Total Questions – 55 Questions

Detailed Process –

  1. Quantitative Aptitude – 16 Questions
  2. Logical Reasoning – 14 Questions
  3. Verbal English – 25 Questions
Interview Round Process
  1. Student should have cleared the written round
  2. Technical Interview – 20 mins
  3. HR Interview – 10 mins

Read Student Interview for On Campus 3.35 LPA

Cognizant Off Campus Recruitment Process for Rs 3.35 LPA

  • Exam conducted via – AMCAT
  • Total Number of Sections – 4
  • Total Time – 55 mins + 60 mins
  • Total Questions – 55 Questions + 2

Detailed Process –

  1. Quantitative Aptitude – 16 Questions
  2. Logical Reasoning – 14 Questions
  3. Verbal English – 25 Questions
  4. Coding – 2 Questions ( 60 mins)
Interview Round Process
  1. Student should have cleared the written round
  2. Technical Interview – 20 mins
  3. HR Interview – 10 mins

Read Student Interview Experience for 3.35 LPA Off Campus

Cognizant On Campus Recruitment Process for 6.5 LPA

  • Exam Conducted via – AMCAT
  • Total Number of Sections – 4
  • Total Number of Questions – 49 Questions
  • Total Time – 113 mins

Detailed Process –

  • Pre Screening Round – Coding Round on HackerRank
    • One Easy Question
    • One Medium Difficulty
    • One hard Questions

You need to solve atleast 1 questions correctly and get partial output in the other to get to the actual written round conducted via AMCAT.

  1. English Comprehension – 22 Questions (18 mins)
  2. Data Interpretation – 10 Questions(15 mins)
  3. Critical Reasoning – 15 Questions (20 mins)
  4. Coding – 2 Questions (60 mins)

Read Student Interview Experience for 6.5 LPA Process

Student Interview Experience for On Campus 3.35 LPA

  • Name: Ganesh Chandrasekaran
  • Branch: CSE
  • College: Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College, West Bengal
  • Type of Interview: On-Campus (3.38 LPA)

Student Interview

Recently Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) visited our campus for the on-campus recruitment drive. The eligibility criteria for this drive was minimum 60% in 10th, 12th, and graduation and no existing backlogs. I fulfilled this criterion, so I was eligible to participate in the drive. The selection process had three rounds:

  1. Written Test
  2. Technical Interview
  3. HR Interview

Round 1- Written Test

MeritTrac hosted the written test for CTS. The written test had three sections:

  1. Verbal Ability: Had 25 questions which were to be completed in 25 minutes time. It had questions related to basic English, such as synonyms, antonyms, comprehensions, etc.
  2. Quantitative Ability: Had 16 questions and the time limit for this section was 16 minutes. This section had mathematical questions on topics: number system, pipes, and cisterns, profit and loss, time and work, speed and distance, etc.
  3. Reasoning ability: This section contained 14 questions on data sufficiency, arrangements, coding, and decoding, etc. The time limit for this section was 14 minutes.

The test had moderate difficulty, and most questions were similar to the ones posted on MyGeekMonkey, so, I was comfortable with the test paper. Also, MeritTrac used the adaptive method of test in which the difficulty of the questions gets altered as per student’s ability. The sectional and overall cut-off for the cognizant written test was 65 percentile. I cleared the cut-off and therefore, was eligible for the subsequent rounds.

Round 2-Technical Interview

The technical interviewer had a grim expression when I entered the room, so I was bit scared at the first instance. Bust as soon as our conversation started; I was very comfortable talking to him. He asked me questions on the fundamental of C, C++, JAVA, DBMS, OS, and my major project.

  1. Explain binary search.
  2. What is the difference between pass by value and pass by reference in c?
  3. Explain round robin scheduling.
  4. Name the type of joins in DBMS.
  5. Define normalization and specify its types.
  6. What was your role in your major project?

I knew all the answers, so I answered confidently. Mainly, the interviewer was testing my fundamental knowledge and communication skills. So, my confident answers helped me to clear this round, and I was sent for the HR interview.

Round 3-HR Interview

HR round was quite simple. I was asked easy questions related to my personal life, interests, hobbies, likes, and dislikes such as:

  1. What is your favorite pastime?
  2. Why do you want to join Cognizant?
  3. Do you want to pursue higher education?
  4. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  5. Where do you see yourself in next 5 years?

Then the interviewer asked if I was comfortable with night shifts and relocation. I agreed to it. He said, very well, we are done for the day. You will be notified of the result later.

Two days after the interview, the result was announced, and I was selected. It was the best moment of my life.

Student Interview Experience for On Campus 3.35 LPA

  • Name: Krish Naruto
  • College: Jeppiar Engineering College, Tamil Nadu
  • Branch: Computer Science
  • Type of interview: Off-Campus Interview (3.38 LPA)

Student Interview

Cognizant’s off-campus interview begins with an AMCAT written round that is conducted at AMCAT center. So, after completing my engineering degree, I started preparing for the AMCAT written round through MyGeekMonkey and some other competitive exam books. I prepared for three continuous months, after which I appeared for the written round.

  1. AMCAT Written Round

The paper was divided into four sections, i.e., Quants, Verbal, Logical Reasoning, and Programming. The test was of 85 minutes with the average difficulty level.

  • The Quants section was pretty difficult as compared to the other three sections. Some of the questions were exactly the same that I studied on MyGeekMonkey. As a result, I was able to get the required passing percentage for the Quants section.
  • The verbal section was way too time-consuming. There were questions about reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar.
  • The Logical Reasoning section was the most interesting one. Major questions were based on Data Sufficiency and Objective reasoning.
  • The programming section majorly had output based questions.

After a week of the paper I got the selection mail, luckily I scored 86% aggregate and qualified for the next round which was the Automata.

  1. AMCAT Automata

In this round, there were two coding questions out of which one was a pattern making, and one was of bubble sort. I gave the paper from home. It was a 60 min test in which the requirements were that the webcam and the microphone should be turned on during the test so that everything is recorded, just in case anyone could cheat. I tried both the codes in which bubble sort was easy as I had already studied it while preparing for the test. Therefore, I was able to execute it, but the pattern making was a bit tricky, so it was executed partially. Since one of my codes was running perfectly; I qualified for the final round.

After ten days I got the mail from Cognizant Visitor Management with the Express check-in code for the main and the final round. It was a Face-to-Face round that was held at the main Chennai premises of the company. I had to log in the Physical Security Application to confirm that I will be present for the interview. The mail comprised of the interview confirmation and the hall ticket with basic essential documents that I had to carry on the day of the interview

1) My all the Marksheets (Original as well as Xerox).



iii) Graduation mark sheet

2) Printout of the Hall Ticket.

3) 3 Passport size photos.

4) 2 copies of my updated resumes.

On the day of the interview we were informed that the Face-to-Face interview would be divided into two separate rounds, first will be the Technical then the HR.

  1. Technical

As I entered the room, the interviewer asked me for my resume. He asked me a total of six questions related to JAVA, out of which I answered four correctly. He asked me to wait outside as there were still four candidates after me.

After almost an hour, we were informed that five students had been selected out of seventeen for the HR round. Luckily, I was one of those five. After ten minutes the HR round began.

  1. HR Round

I was very nervous. There were two candidates before me. Then my turn came. As I entered the cabin, the HR asked me for my resume. He had the results for my technical round in his hand. After going through my resume and analyzing my technical round scorecard, the interview began.

*Why should we hire you?

* What was your role in your final year major project?

* What did you do for last three months?

* Why do you wish to join Cognizant?

* Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

* Are you are comfortable in relocation to any other part of the country?

* What is your salary expectation?

The interview went on like for 20 minutes. After the interview, I was told that they would let me know the result through an email. According to me, the interview went quite well, so I was happy and was expecting a positive response. After a week, I got the confirmation mail with the call letter for the profile of Junior Software Engineer at Cognizant.

Student Interview Experience for 6.5 LPA Round

Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) has revised its whole hiring process in 2017. The recruitment process is nowhere related to the one that is supposed to be in past.
Earlier it is used to be a tremendous mass recruiter and it is no more now. The level of hiring has decreased, and the level of compensation has increased.
CTS recently came to our for campus recruitment process.
Designation: Associate
Detailed Recruitment Process:

Pre-screening Test:

  • Pre-Screening test will be conducted for initial elimination over the pool of students that have registered for the drive.
  • Students of streams B.Tech-CSE/IT, M.Tech-CSE/IT, MCA, M.Sc Computer Science, B.Tech-ECE, M.Tech-ECE, B.Tech-EEE, B.Tech-Biotechnology, B.Tech Mechatronics who have throughout 60% without any standing arrears were eligible to apply for the drive.
  • So around 800 students had registered for the drive.
  • The company may ask the university/college to conduct the pre-screening test according to the number of students applied for the drive. In our case, it asked because 800 is a big number.

Actual Recruitment pattern:
Round 1: (Cognitive & Language Assessment and Level 1 Programming/Debugging skills – online test)

  • There were four sections on the first round which had English Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Automata Programming.
  • All the four sections were newly introduced in this year’s CTS placement test, especially for Associate Role.
  • The total time of the test was 112 minutes.

Next Process –

  • The English Comprehension section had 22 questions which must be answered in 22 minutes. (Questions were easy but time-consuming.)
  • The Critical Reasoning had 15 questions which must be answered in 15 minutes. (Questions were easy.)
  • The Data Interpretation had 15 questions which must be answered in 15 minutes. (Questions were bit tricky.)
  • The Coding section may contain 2-3 questions which will be of Automata type or Dynamic programming and must be answered in a maximum time limit of 1 hr-1 hr 30 min.
  • In our case 2 coding questions of simple automata were there and time given was 1 hr.
    •  Question 1 : Sorting and printing alternate numbers in a given array.
    •  Question 2 : GCD of all the numbers in a given array.

Round 2: Level 2 coding & Programming skills – online test

Three questions were there, Questions were from Dynamic Programming. (Practicing the section of Dynamic Programming from GeeksforGeeks site will directly help a lot.)

Total 20 out of 38 students were shortlisted to sit for the next round.

Round 3: Technical Interview
If we have good domain knowledge and concepts like Java OOPS, Database Tables and SQL Queries, OS deadlock and Critical Section, Paging, Data structures, Complexity of a code, we can easily crack this interview.

Level of questions were easy.
Total 15 out of 20 students were shortlisted for HR round.

Round 4:

HR discussion. Just formality and nothing more. This kind of process is only for associates role.