I’ve decided to write this post so that even though you know that you should wear formals from Monday to Thursday and Business casuals on Fridays, you are able to dress professionally and shop professionally before ILP! πŸ˜€



1) SHIRTS–Light colored, full-sleeved shirts are preferable though you can also wear dark colors! It’s better to go for more light ones and few dark ones!

2) TROUSERS–Whatever you buy, do not buy brown trousers or brown of anything!! It’s considered informal!

3) TIES–You have to wear them only on Wednesdays and during presentations. Choose a tie that goes well with the color of your shirt! The tie knot should be proper and the length of the tie should be just on your buckle!!

4)Β SHOES— Choose jet-black, polished shoes. Do not wear brown shoes!!

5) SOCKS–Again, choose black socks or navy blue socks!! White socks or any other color is considered informal!



1) The perfect combination is a light-colored shirt, dark-colored (preferably black) trousers and a tie that complements the color of your shirt!

2) Wear full-sleeved shirts!! Do not roll the cuffs!!Β 

3) Make sure you wear a proper tie of a Β proper color and make sure you get the length and the knot right!

4) Wear black socks and black shoes.

5) On Fridays, you can wear business casuals like Jeans and T-shirts, but make sure you tuck your t-shirt inside! You can wear sports shoes too! Do not wear floaters/ sandals or any other shoes other than sports shoes or boots.

6) Shave even the slightest beard you get!! If you are sporting aΒ mustache, keep it in proper shape!

7) Use a mild cologne.




Ahem!! Girls do not have so many rules! Thank God! :mrgreen: Just keep a few things in mind!

1) Nylon leggings are not allowed. Wear them only if the people there follow no such rules. A better alternative is to wear cotton leggings instead of the nylon ones! πŸ˜€

2) Wear any kurti or salwar you like as long as it is not flashy, heavily embroidered, too tight or ill-fitting. You can wear normal shoes or sandals with these. Also avoid heavy and expensive jewelry!!

3) Formal trousers, shoes and socks hold the same for you guys! As for the shirts, you have no such big rules! πŸ™‚ Just make sure they are formal wear! You have to wear toe-covered shoes with formals.

4) On Fridays, you can wear Jeans too! If you want to wear a t-shirt, make sure you wear a collared t-shirt or top! Sports shoes are also allowed for you guys!

5) Many women do this, but do not use heavy make-up!! It’s a part of grooming that if you use make-up, you have to make it last the entire day! Use anything as long as it isn’t too loud and looks professional.

6) Flaunt all the funky nail colors you want during ILP, but remove them before a presentation. Your total grooming is evaluated at this time. Make it a habit to use normal nail colors like sober shades of red, brown and pink!

7) Apply a deo on any of your pulse points!!

Keep yourself well-groomed at all times. Of course, that’s something women are good at! πŸ˜‰






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  2. I have few doubts..I have listed here…
    1)what is the salary we get during ILP if we get hostels in Trivendrum..
    2)Is it confirm that they will provide accommodation or we have to be prepared with PG over there ? 3)Is it really necessary to wear tie for guys on Wednesday? how many days before will they provide accommodation? 2 days right…

    • 1) If you get Trivandrum, accommodation will be provided as there’s no chance of getting a posting there. You’ll get your salary as 17-18k the first month. Then 12-13k coz they might deduct HRA and stuff for 2 months and finally 17k again for the 3rd month. After you complete ILP, your salary will be more than 20k only.

      2) You have to wear a tie on Wednesdays and on presentations.

      3) You can accommodate 2 days before your joining.

    • I think that’s fine. Not sure though 😦 You don’t need to worry. You don’t need to be perfect. Your biz skill lead will guide you through it. You can ask him/her if your shoes are okay! πŸ˜€

  3. i have a few questions . it will be great if you can answer them πŸ™‚ thanx
    are decent sleeveless tops, kurtis or salwars allowed for girls?
    and is dupatta mandatory? πŸ™‚
    and after ILP will i get another chance to choose my permanent joining location though i have already submitted my locations in nextstep? i really want to change my first preference !! 😦

    • 1) Sleeveless tops are fine, but make sure you wear collared tops during ILP. After ILP, girls can wear normal, decent tops with a jacket on Fridays!
      2) Dupatta is not mandatory. Kurtis and salwars are allowed. Make sure that kurtis aren’t too short. An inch or two above the knee is fine. Nylon leggings are not allowed during ILP. So, wear them with cotton churidars/ patiala.

      3) After ILP, you have to talk to your RMG about a transfer. Transfers are based on your/parents’ medical reasons, swapping or project in target location through a source.

      Hope I could help! πŸ˜€

    • Formal skirts are allowed but nobody wears them 😦 It’s better if you stick to formal trousers. After ILP, when you are in a project, you can wear formal skirts to office. Avoid dresses.

  4. Hi brother…this is a really useful and interesting blog πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
    I have a doubt. Does TCS provide sponsorships for higher studies, say, an MBA? Will I be able to do my MBA, along with my JOB?

    • I think there’s some provision for doing MBA while on job..your role will remain suspended if you want full time MBA. I don’t know about the sponsorship but I think they have some kind of provision.

  5. At what time do we usually have to report at office!! Looks from the scheme of things I’ll have to get up pretty early as getting dressed will take a lot of time…so many do’s and dont’s!! πŸ˜€

    • There are two working shifts. One from 7am to 1.45pm and other from 2.15pm to 9pm….. Reporting time depends on the shift you get πŸ™‚ Of course in project phase you may require to work in both shifts even if they wont compel you to do so …

  6. I love your blog zim, its helped cleared so many queries of mine especially about ilp…i know this isnt a question u ever expected to be asked so forgive me before hand…u mentioned smoking is allowed during breaks if done at appropiate locations…wat about in the hostel? And what is the scenario regarding drug tests?? I am a habitual user of marijuana (thankfully nothing more), rarely drink alcohol and i dont smoke cigarettes…its just weed that i get off u think it’ll be a problem for me and should i start trying to reduce? Do they check for stuff like this in a drug test?

    • haha.. sorry for the very late reply. There is no drug test done. Also, it depends on the hostel and the location. If you get a TCS provided hostel, chances are less. If you get to stay in a hotel provided by TCS, then maybe chances that you can smoke are high.

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