TCS starts fresher hiring for 2024 batch

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has kickstarted fresher hiring process for IT as well as business outsourcing roles by announcing its national tests exclusively for engineers and others graduating in 2024.

This comes at a time when the $250-billion IT industry, which witnessed a slowdown in business in the ongoing fiscal year, is expecting growth to return by second half of FY25.

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Launching its annual TCS national qualifier test (NQT) exclusively for students graduating in the year 2024, the Tata group’s IT bellwether has called engineers and computer graduates to apply for Ninja and Digital fresher hiring, TCS’ aptitude and coding tests. The last date for application is April 10 and tests will be conducted on April 26.

The Mumbai-headquartered firm has also started to hire for TCS business processing specialists (BPS) with openings for arts, commerce, and science graduates from 2024. All applicants need to be registered before April 14, the TCS website’s career page said.

Typically, TCS offers annual salary packages for freshers in the range of around Rs 3-4 lakh for undergraduates going as high as Rs 11-12 lakh per annum for post graduate candidates.

Through NQT, TCS calls for freshers with “academic degrees in bachelor of technology (BTech) / bachelor of engineering (BE) / master of technology (MTech) / master of engineering (ME) / master of computer applications (MCA) / master of science (MSc / MS) in any specialisation offered by recognised universities / colleges”, the career page said.

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Although the exact number of hiring could not be ascertained, the total fresher hiring is likely to be slower than the previous years, given the growth slowdown and layoffs in the tech industry amid global uncertainties.

Earlier this month, ET reported that TCS and Infosys are also rolling out smaller recruitment drives to hire junior and mid-level talent with a focus on specific technology skills.

In a breather, ET last week reported that the IT industry is seeing a pickup in hiring mandates by major software services firms. Staffing firms are expecting actual hiring to increase in H2 of this year by 7-8% from last year.

Over four quarters till December, the headcount at TCS, India’s largest software services firm, had dropped by 10,669 to 603,305 employees at the end of the third quarter.

In January, in the third quarter results conference call, Milind Lakkad, chief human resource officer at TCS, had said, “We are committed to hiring from college campuses and growing talent organically. We have commenced our campus hiring process for the next year and see tremendous excitement among freshers to join TCS.”

TCS will report its fourth quarter financial results for FY24 on April 12.

Harry Byrne

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