Whew!! This longggg list that you are seeing is nothing but a compilation of what you’ll study and encounter in Aspire! as well as some extra materials! πŸ™‚ Click the links and download the things you like! Do not forget to comment and let me know if something is missing/ needs to be corrected! πŸ˜€


Please download all three documents and see which one suits your requirement, as quizzes can be different!

ASPIRE QUIZZES WITH ANSWERSΒ 2011 (Click to Download!)

ASPIRE QUIZZES AND ANSWERS 2012Β (Click to Download!)




  • Fundamentals of Database Management Systems- 3rd Edition (Elmasri-Navathe). Download the book!

UNIX: (The materials given are also useful if you get UNIX stream in ILP) :

  • UNIX ASSIGNMENTΒ (latest assignment is in Aspire quizzes and answers 2012 document above!)
  • Teach Yourself Shell Programming for UNIX in 24 Hours–Β Download the book!Β (REQUIRED FOR ILP UNIX STREAM )




  • Learn JSP and Servlets-Β Download Head First Servlets and JSPΒ (Great for Beginners, especially if you get JAVA stream in ILP. Even better if you can buy the book or get it from a library!)
  • For running PHP code, you need to download and install a software called WAMP (Windows-Apache-MySQL-PHP) or LAMP (for Linux). Download WAMP server according to your system configuration. For installing it correctly, plese read the instructions on the page. For running the code, please read the instructions at-Β



You just need a basic understanding of the different software life cycles and their steps Β to know how projects work! You don’t have to cram and learn everything by heart!



  • JDK- Download it!Β (Please choose the JDK according to your Operating System. This is required for compiling and running JAVA code.)
  • Eclipse IDE-Β Download!Β (You can write and run JAVA programs as well as develop a JAVA-based web application πŸ˜‰ )
  • Apache Tomcat 7- Download!Β (Server for deploying the web application)
  • Oracle 10g Express Edition Database- Download from Oracle!Β (you need to sign up first to download it!)

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  1. i’ve given banglr as my 1st preference of posting.. and hyd as 2nd option..though i hate hyd :-X… but i heard ppl wil mostly be given posting at their 2nd preference option 😦 is this true :(:( ???

    • The first thing I’ll say is “Calm Down!!” πŸ˜€ Do not listen to things that only TCS knows and others don’t! If you have Bangalore as your 1st preference, chances are high that you’ll get Bangalore!! Coz most people do! Kolkata was my 1st preference, Bangalore was my 2nd preference and Hyderabad was my 3rd preference. I didn’t get Kolkata coz none of the JAVA trainees get Kolkata! I got Bangalore and not Hyderabad. You might get Hyderabad if the chances are low but I can assure you that getting Bangalore has higher chances (my friends with Bangalore as 1st preference got it!). You should also know that you can get a location which might not be any of your location preferences. So don’t worry and get prepared for ILP. To give you hope, even if you get Hyderabad, you can always transfer yourself to Bangalore before getting a project! πŸ™‚

      • Hey .. My ILP starts on 26th Dec.. N iv filled my 1st preference as Pune, which I absolutely dont want now and I want my 2nd preference Banglore. Is there anyway to change the preferences before joining ILP so that i get Banglore ??

        • Not until you have valid reasons for a transfer. After joining in Pune, maybe you can find a swap partner who wants to come to Pune from Bangalore. There’ll be lots πŸ™‚

          • Well…it might be a new incentive…we were told the same PAT was very good and I didn’t the location of my choice πŸ˜› nor did I see any good student getting his/her choicest location.

      • hey is it possible to do that? to get that transfer? πŸ™‚ i heard that unless you have sick parents or spouse in that other city you can’t get transfer before 2 years? πŸ™‚
        and very nice blog πŸ™‚ very informative and the best thing is you answer all your readers queries and doubts !! πŸ™‚

  2. hi
    I’m joining TCS Trivandrum for my ILP training on jul 23rd.. i have no idea how i’m going to cope up as i know no one there n none of my friends r posted there….not sure if i’ll be provided accomodations .. wat goes on d 1st day there n howz d place??

    • You are lucky to have Trivandrum as your ILP center! It’s a nice place! I’m sorry to know that none of your friends are going there but you’ll make many new friends during ILP! πŸ˜€ Your accommodation details will be mailed to you a week before your joining. You can check in to your hostel two days before your joining! πŸ™‚ The first day is very boring and long as you’ll have to submit your documents, be seated in the auditorium for various lectures and sessions! The first two or three days will be auditorium sessions. Note that you’ll have your PAT test on the 2nd/3rd day of joining. Please read my posts- First day in TCS, then PAT, Allocation, Stream and finally Accommodation in ILP

  3. Thanks a ton.. reading ur blogs have sure relived me a lot.. i’ve started on d doc process… hope to hav a great experience there.. πŸ™‚

    • hey you got your joining date??? that’s nice πŸ™‚ actually the last notification i got from TCS is about NSR… waiting for aspire πŸ™‚ but till then how to prepare for ILP??? any good suggestions?

      • Learn and master a programming language like JAVA/C++/Dot Net. You can start studying the subjects in Aspire as it is supposed to prepare you for your ILP as well as ace the PAT exam.

        • please re-upload the first download link i.e. ASPIRE QUIZZES WITH ANSWERS .Because after download it is showing that ” the file is corrupt”.

  4. hello….:) i got my ILP in trivandrum…i gave the posting preference as chennai…..But many were telling like if we get ILP in trivandrum we ll b scattered everywere in India 😦 Im very much worried…PLS help…And i have one more question!!!!! when will we be informed about the posting location????? Is it beginning of ILP or at the end????

    • Scattered everywhere in India? 😐 your posting will depend on the requirements, technology used and resources in the places of preference you gave. None of your preferences have any connection with where you’ll have your ILP! You might get any one of your preference depending on where there are projects or where resources are needed. That means, you may have any one of the 3 locations or something different! You should have yourself mentally prepared for that! You’ll be informed of your posting location on the same day after the PAT exam (ie. 2nd or 3rd day of ILP).

  5. Hi there!! Have lots of doubts to be cleared n I hope I have contacted the best person for this purpose πŸ™‚ My ILP is scheduled to start in September in Ahmedabad.


    1. Can u give some idea regarding the training there n if not can u plzz give me a link of any of ur friends who had there training there??

    2. M very much worried regarding the ACCOMMODATION there. Is it possible to get a single A.C. room or a good P.G. there?? n if not what type of rooms r available there?? A.C. or non-A.C.?? double or triple sharing??

    3. Regarding the 3 preferences, I have given my preferences as follows:

    1st Delhi
    2nd Mumbai
    3rd Bangalore

    4. Any idea as to whether I can get my 1st preference i.e. Delhi (my hometown)?? Also is it true that posting will depend on Aspire assignments, Quizzes, Tests and PAT.

    5. Another thing is that I’m from the field of biotechnology engineering? Would it be advisable for me to join TCS???

    6. Also can the passport and pancard be provided to TCS sometime later in the middle of training? Can NSR Registry thing be done in the middle of the training??

    7. Last but not the least, I want to confirm whether the answers provided for ASPIRE here are 100 % correct or bit of changes need to be made from our side n if so plzz provide me a link where I can get 100 % correct answers as I have no idea regarding subjects of IT.

    Plzz let me know the details of the above. It would be of great help to me. Thanx.

    Waiting for ur reply…

    • 1) I don’t know about ILP in Ahmedabad but I highly recommend that you join this Facebook group- There are lots of people you can interact with.

      2) TCS will provide accommodation to you during your ILP. So you don’t need to worry.

      3) About your preferences, I think you will get your first choice only. Other than that, you might get Mumbai also. It depends on the requirements and Mumbai has the highest. So, hopefully, you might expect Delhi only. Worst case, Mumbai. And your posting will NOT depend upon PAT or ASPIRE participation!

      4) Since you have done Biotechnology Engineering, it might be difficult for you in TCS, as in ILP, you have to cope up with a lot of subjects in very less time. You might feel that you’re losing your mind, but I suggest that you study before you join ILP. It isn’t that difficult. If you are a quick learner, you’ll cope with it.

      5) Passport is not a mandatory document but please apply for it if you want to go abroad on employment. Pancard is a very important document and you might face some problems but I think you’ll get extension. Please get it ASAP. As for NSR, after joining ILP, TCS provides NSR registration facilities. You can do it then.

      6) As for ASPIRE assignments, I have done my best to collect and provide correct answers. The quizzes are compiled by my ILP batch when we studied ASPIRE. Also, you don’t need to worry as I suggest that you study a programming language very well (like JAVA/C++).

      Hope I could help you! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  6. Thank u so very much for the info!!!

    1. Regarding the accommodation I know tcs will be providing, but as I’m used to a single A.C. room, so will I be able to get any single A.C. room there n if not what type of rooms r generally available? are they A.C. or non A.C. , double or triple sharing?? Which hostel is the best for boys?? Is T.V. also provided??

    2. One more thing I want to ask is that will laptops be provided to us by tcs or we have to get our own??

    • I don’t think you’ll get a single AC room with TV except in a hotel. Hotel rooms provided by TCS are usually twin-sharing and will have basic furniture. During ILP, you have to stay in a place provided by TCS. You have no choice. You have to bring your own laptop and you cannot take laptops, CDs, pendrives or any other mass storage devices to office.

  7. 1. Okay, so are we allowed to stay in a hotel during ILP OR is it only allowed after we complete our ILP??

    2. During ILP, what type of rooms are then provided?? are they (double OR triple sharing OR 4 people sharing a single room) with attached bathroom??

    3. Besides documents, laptop and pendrive, is there anything else important that you would suggest to carry for our training??

    4. How’s the salary increment in tcs??

    5. When will tcs tell us to undergo that bond procedure?? n is it valid for 2 yrs. and is the fine Rs. 50,000 for breaking it??

    • 1) TCS books hotels/ lodges so that its trainees can stay there during ILP. The fare will be deducted from your HRA. The rooms will be double-sharing. There will be no TV in rooms. Only bed, table-chair, cupboard. There will be an attached bathroom.

      2) After ILP, you have to fix your own accommodation, in your base branch. TCS will not provide accommodation after ILP.

      3) Besides documents, I suggest you take a few required books for studying, like JAVA, J2EE, UNIX.

      4) Salary increment is not so great in TCS. It won’t reach 50,000 in 2 yrs. Your salary will be incremented according to your rating and performance in projects after ILP.

      5) TCS bond is valid for 2 years. The Service Agreement that you’ll submit during ILP is the bond. I’ve heard that many people don’t pay the Rs. 50,000 bond..but that’s when they don’t want any experience certificate.

        • Good Luck!! Btw, Keep in mind that in a worst case scenario, you might not get an attached bathroom either! But that’s rare! I suggest that you don’t worry about accommodation and prepare yourself for ILP instead! πŸ™‚

  8. thanx.

    1. Hey u have posted the links for ASPIRE Assignments in this site. But what about the tests and quizzes?

    2. Also in the answers of tests and quizzes are there, so are they correct?

    3. Will the same questions be this time for both tests, quizzes and PAT? I mean every year the questions are same?

    4. For every assignment there is a due date. Can I submit all the assignments at once right now??

    5. The travel expenses for going to Ahmedabad will have to be borne by me? tcs won’t arrange it?

    6. If the ILP center is one of the preferences that I have given then that will be the final center for me?? Is this true?? n also in this case, no accommodation will be provided then??

    7. In your post decribing your experience during ILP, u have mentioned that tcs will assign a course to everyone. e.g. Java. Are we allowed to choose the course?? n which stream is the best amongst all the streams??

    8. In doccumentation, CID formality is also required?? Can u plzz explain how do we carry out that formality??

    • 1) There is a document known as ‘ASPIRE QUIZZES WITH ANSWERS’. It has all the quizzes.

      2) Everywhere the answers will be same if they are correct. I also did this research, so relax!

      3) PAT will not necessarily have the same questions. It’s all about keeping your basics clear and you can answer any question.

      4) You can submit the assignments any time before the due date. Once, I submitted it an hour late. It doesn’t matter. But try to be punctual.

      5) Travel expenses for going to your ILP center has to be borne by you.

      6) ILP center is solely decided by TCS and doesn’t depend on your preferences. So, TCS will provide accommodation during ILP.

      7) TCS decides what course or stream you will get. You cannot choose. If you have a certification like SCJP (for Java) or something like that, you can mention that and can get that stream.

      8) CID formality is only required for people having Present Address / Address of Longest Stay in the last 7 years / Permanent Address in Mumbai / Thane City / Thane Rural / Pune.

      9) TCS sends you on-site (abroad) when you have to work from the client’s side. Freshers don’t go abroad. It takes more than a year/ two years to even get a chance. It depends upon the requirements in On-site and your performance.

      10) During ILP, your shift can be morning (7am-1:45pm) or afternoon (2:15pm-9pm). Saturdays are usually off! After ILP, work hours for an employee is 10am-6pm. You might have to do overtime if the project requires time and effort. Night shift is also possible. You also might have to work on weekends if your project requires it. So, it all depends on what project you get.

      Finally, I would like to say that you have to flexible. As a fresher, keep your expectations low and carry out the task given! πŸ™‚

  9. 9. What is the criteria for going abroad through tcs ?? After what time period of joining do they send us abroad??

    10. What are the working hours?? n do we have to work 5 days or 6 days a week??

  10. hi.. i got my ILP in trivandrum. I have given posting preference as Kochi. When u say our posting depends on PAT, in which area will I have to perform better to get my posting here…?

  11. thanx a lot Zim!! U’ve the most experienced and helpful person that I’ve met in the context of ILP!!! God bless u!!! πŸ™‚

  12. Hey some Quizzes are missing in the link that u have given for ASPIRE Quizzes such as:

    1. Know your TCS Quiz

    2. Basics of Programming Quiz

    3. UNIX Quiz

    Where can I get the answers for these?? Please give the link for their answers. Thanx.

  13. Please answer this question also:

    TCS is ….. largest IT firm in the world?

    A. 8th
    B. 2nd
    C. 4th
    D. 6th

    Please let me know the correct answer. In Wikipedia its mentioned 2nd, in its mentioned 4th and someone else has posted 8th.

    Waiting for your answer.

  14. Hi..
    1) I belong to a grade C college..I am a 2012 passout..when can I expect my joining date?
    2)how do I know whether I belong to IT/ITIS?
    3)Is it true the toppers of each department(the ones who are exempted from apti round) are always put to IT stream?
    4)what are the career growth prospects for a non-IT stream student?
    5)Will certifications(say java/.NET) fetch the stream of our choice in ILP?if yes,does it hold good for non-IT students also?

    • 1) I am from a grade B college. I got my joining date a year after the interview. Grade C colleges got their joining dates 6 months later. But that might get before that also.

      2) If your joining letter and annexure is named as ‘JL_TECH’, you are in IT stream.

      3) It is not true that only toppers get IT stream.

      4) Career prospects are good if you are hardworking and a quick learner. But, I suggest that if you are a non-IT, you should also try for other companies according to the stream you are in.

      5) Yes, no matter what stream you are in, getting a certification will fetch you the stream of your choice!

    • please visit TCS’s site and learn the corporate facts under “About TCS” and the answer is 4th! I have included a new document on Aspire 2012 by compiling from different sources! You can get your quiz answers there!

      A little tip which will also be taught during ILP– please don’t use All CAPS to write a message. It indicates that you are shouting at that person. It is considered rude and it becomes a habit unknowingly! πŸ˜›

  15. Oh ya sorry about that. It was by mistake, my caps lock was on. Thanx a lot for the new doccument and for the answer. But can u please give a link stating that the answer is 8th? Please check this link:

    TCS News & Events: Press Release : TCS recognized as β€œBig Four” IT Services brand
    TCS announces that it has been named the 4th most valuable IT services brand worldwide by Brand Finance, the world-leading brand valuation firm.

    • Then it must be my mistake! I found the answer while I was googling! Thank you for pointing out! πŸ™‚ If it’s mentioned in the TCS new and events, then the answer is 4th!

  16. Hi there..
    I’ve only a week to join for ILP training .. i have a few doubts can you please clarify… Is it mandatory that reference letters should be provided with BGC forms ? if yes can my uncle give reference for me ? I haven’t got any notification on accommodation details .. my recruitment office is chennai and my ILP training is at trivandrum.. i’ll be provided accommodation rite? will i be able to leave hostel to home for the weekends?

    • Reference letters aren’t necessary! They are usually needed for people who are recruited off-campus. Still, you can have a reference letter from your college’s principal, department HOD or Placement officer. If you haven’t received your accommodation details yet, call up your ILP coordinator in the phone number mentioned in your joining mail.

  17. Hi! can u plz re-upload the web-tech assignmnt? n plz tell me what are the pre-requisites for running that project? do i need to just double click on the the html file named “home”?
    There r some prblm while running it in browser….some codes are appearing on the pages….and watevr name i try to register, it says “name alrdy exist!”.

    • For running PHP code, you need to download and install a software called WAMP (Windows-Apache-MySQL-PHP) or LAMP (for Linux). Download WAMP server according to your system configuration from For installing it correctly and how to run the code, please read the instructions at-

      After installing WAMP server, go to the task-bar on the right. You will see an icon ‘W’. Go to PHP-Myadmin to create a database and tables named shopping_portal and you can also add users and allow special privileges to them. You can use the root user to assign a password for the users. I suggest that you visit and take a look at the tutorials so that you get the concept and try it on your own! πŸ™‚

  18. hi there,
    one doubt.. its urgent, i’ve typed the whole service agreement including the details (like my name, address etc…) … Is it acceptable or else it should be written only by hand? pls help me…

  19. Hi ..
    I’ve got my accommodation details…
    but i searched for federal bank near techno park campus.. i couldnt find any.. is it very far?
    and i en quired to TCS itself the service agreement should be filled hand written only. thanks… πŸ™‚

  20. I have a few queries:

    1. On what date at the earliest can I get accommodation in hostel before 10th September ? By any
    chance, is it possible to get hostel accommodation if I arrive on the 7th of September i.e. 3 days
    prior to the commencement of the training?

    2. The documents that we need to bring such as the birth certificate, mark sheets and degree, do
    we have to get the ‘ORIGINAL’ ones ?

    3. In ASPIRE Quizzes and tests, what is the ‘SAVE’ option at the bottom of every question used
    for? Do we need to press that after we mark the answer for every question ?

    Waiting for reply….

    • 1) You will get your accommodation details a week before joining. If you don’t get the mail, call up the ILP coordinator. You can check into the hostel 2 days before joining.

      2) You have to bring originals of everything except surety’s original documents.

      3) In Aspire, answer every question and save it.

  21. Thanx for the details πŸ™‚

    I know that I’ll get mail from them 1 week before regarding accomodation, but I have to book my flight tickets now. My joining date is 10th September so can I come on 7th September??

    • yes..but after you reach there, you can ask the accommodation authority if you’ll be allowed to check in on 7th because TCS says that you can check in only 2 days before joining! Otherwise, you’ll have to spend the 7th in a hotel.

  22. Zim… How much importance does a PAT carry? I am a non-CS candidate and selected for EIS (As mentioned in the list provided to our college), hence completed ASPIRE simply by collecting answers from net (got 100% though :-P) but damn sure that I wont be able to ans any question in PAT. So how much effect a very very low PAT score can have on an EIS candidate.. [ILP Chennai]

    • PAT score isn’t important, my friend! Please concentrate on performing well during your ILP. So, I recommend that you study/ take tuition for JAVA, Web Technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and Basic UNIX in the few months before your joining! It’ll be of great help and it’ll not take much time if you are dedicated! πŸ™‚

      • But at the time of recruitment they selected me in EIS catagory,, means they gave separate list of selected candidates for IT, ITIS and EIS…… But also heard that chennai does not hav an EIS ILP…. so do u think i can get EIS, and if yes do we still need IT knowledge in EIS?

        • As far as I know, EIS is an ISU. EIS is engineering industrial services..It has telecom, embedded system,mechanical and many other options. Here technical(mech/electrical) projects for clients like General motors,cummins,NISSAN motors, Tata Motors are done… has many verticals like aerospace , automotive, industrial machinery..It is good for people looking for CAD/ CAM CAE projects. Anyway, you’ll need basic IT knowledge like UNIX/C++ and also electronics!! Please read to know about EIS πŸ™‚ I suggest that you continue studying from Aspire. It’ll help you no matter what subjects you’ll have in ILP!

    • You cannot take your laptop to the office as you’ll be provided PCs there!! Keep it in your room. You need a laptop anyway for your work.

    • It’s better to bring your dongle. You’ll not get Internet facility in your accommodation and you can’t access half the sites in office!

  23. hi:) my college grade is B. My seniors got their joining in the month of december. I heard that this time our joining may be delayed.. 😦 is it true???

    • I’ve not heard anything like that. You’ll get your joining, don’t worry! πŸ˜€ Concentrate on preparing yourself well during this time! πŸ™‚

  24. I have made a mistake in the notary instead of putting the offer letter date i kept joining letter date .. Can i use an whitener and correct it?

  25. Hi reading ur posts clarifies lot of doubts for freshers. I am a non IT student and my ILP starts on 27 sep in chennai. I read the pdf file of java mentioned in ASPIRE portal nd took java quiz. I managed 2 answer just 4 questions correctly. I am really disappointed with my performance. plz suggest a good java book fr a non IT student

  26. Hey thanx a lot for this Web technology Assignment!!!

    But there’s a problem I’m encountering after I’ve followed all the steps you have given. When I ran all the files of Shopping Portal as is given in snapshot (in, in Wamp server, following errors are seen when I click on ‘Accessories’, ‘Mobile Phone’ and ‘Clothes’ :

    Warning: mysql_fetch_array() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in C:\wamp\www\Web technology-Assignment 1\Accessories.php on line 22
    Call Stack
    # Time Memory Function Location
    1 0.0168 373520 {main}( ) ..\Accessories.php:0
    2 0.0245 384936 mysql_fetch_array ( ) ..\Accessories.php:22

    Warning: mysql_fetch_array() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in C:\wamp\www\Web technology-Assignment 1\MobPhone.php on line 21
    Call Stack
    # Time Memory Function Location
    1 0.0010 373480 {main}( ) ..\MobPhone.php:0
    2 0.0164 384896 mysql_fetch_array ( ) ..\MobPhone.php:21

    Warning: mysql_fetch_array() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in C:\wamp\www\Web technology-Assignment 1\Clothes.php on line 21
    Call Stack
    # Time Memory Function Location
    1 0.0014 373472 {main}( ) ..\Clothes.php:0
    2 0.0226 384888 mysql_fetch_array ( ) ..\Clothes.php:21

    Also when I click on ‘Contact us’, following message is displayed:

    Not Found

    The requested URL /Web technology-Assignment 1/ContactUs.php was not found on this server.

    Plzzz help at the earliest!!!!

    Waiting for your reply…..

    • You can only debug if you have the concept. We didn’t pay much importance to this project because it was all messed up and we had to submit it! You have to go through the tutorials and have knowledge of PHP before you even attempt to do this project. You might try to see what solution is given in Techforum. Various people have problems with this project. If you have time, you can learn PHP and start this as your own project. That will be much easier!

  27. hi:) you had advised me to learn java and .NET till I start wit my ASPIRE , is it enough if I learn those by myself or getting a certification will be an added advantage???

    • Learn JAVA/ C++/ DOT NET (though I’ll suggest Java), web technology and basic UNIX from Aspire. Certification like SCJP is obviously better but go for it if you have time. You can join a good coaching center or tuition where they offer all these classes and tutorials! That’ll help you learn faster.

  28. I don’t thing SCJP is available for me here 😦 and not even recognized coaching centers. right now I’m learning through some websites.

  29. Thanx a lot for the help you’ve been providing me till now with my queries!

    I have some more queries:

    1. The blanks in the Service agreement and Affidavit that have to be filled by us need to be
    handwritten or printed?

    2. Can we omit the numbers written prior to the blanks in the Service Agreement?

    3. Also for the Affidavit on stamp paper, as there is no enough space to print entire page 6 on the
    stamp paper, do we have to print only the initial three undertakings or only the 1st paragraph
    i.e. the declaration stated prior to the undertakings?

    Plzz help!!

    Waiting for your reply……

    • 1) Go for hand-written as many ILP centers don’t accept printed details.
      2) Don’t edit anything. So, no need to remove the numbers.
      3) For page 6, print first two paras on stamp paper and the 6 clauses and witness page on demy/ A4 papers!

  30. 4. What is First phase of NSR ? NSR can be carried out later also but then I got an e-mail stating that in order to ensure hassle free joining you should have completed 1st phase of NSR!

    What hassles will be there? I’m very worried!!! NSR is a long procedure and I haven’t completed 1st phase. Even if I start now for NSR, the delivery of card is after 20-30 days at my address. By that time I would have left for my ILP!!

    Plzzzzz help!!!!

    • 1st phase of NSR is filling up the form online. 2nd phase is the biometric scanning. Don’t worry! You don’t need the hard copy immediately..They’ll send you an e-card. You can print and self-attest that too during your joining!

  31. hi Zim..
    i have doubt in my degree certificate i got second class..but my aggre from 1st to 8th sem is in fcd
    so will it a problem ..

    • Usually, what is given by the University is final. Please talk to your University and see if it can be changed. If your University has nothing like that, get a written document from the University and keep it with you in case you have a problem! πŸ™‚

  32. hey zim, i missed some of the tests which i was supposed to undertake during ASPIRE. i missed them due to non availability. although i have told the help centre about it. but i wanna know how will the ASPIRE grade affect my joining………….plz suggest

  33. hey I’ve some questions regarding filling the passport application form!
    -no. Of pages in booklet? 36 or 60?
    what to select?
    -and employment type?
    should I give student? or fill it as “others”
    I dint find suitable option.

    • Give your employment details as you’re employed now! Read the brochure properly. All your queries will be solved. You can also get it filled by an agent. Just give him the details and he’ll fill it and submit it for you!

    • You don’t need any reference! References are usually for DT (off campus) trainees. References can be college principal, Placement Officer, Stream HOD. You need to fill BGC form online after joining if you are a CT trainee.

  34. hey zim ..i have chnged my name in passport ..added my surname..der gonna be any problem regarding this???

    which network for dongle works der??

  35. hey zim, in the beginning of the service agreement there is a statement sayin ” this agreement made at (name of the place) so which place are we supposed to provide there. please respond.

    • It’s already written, isn’t it? It goes like this- this agreement made at Mumbai…. Read the service agreement guidelines carefully. Everything is written there!

      • yes it is. i thought it needed to be replaced wid some oda place like the one where i reside or something. anyways thanx for clearing my doubt out.

  36. My father insisted me to opt for that 50000Rs fixed deposit instead of surety for that service agreement.But when I asked in the Bank about the procedure to take a fixed deposit of 50000Rs in
    either of the following formats:
    1.Joint account between Tata Consultancy Services Limited and you
    2. In your name either assigned to Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    3. Lien noted in favor of Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    They got confused and replied me as follows
    ” A volunteer from TCS have to come forward to put sign for creating a joint account…else the above given methods cannot be implemented”
    pls help me in this regard .May I take a Demand Draft of Rs50000 in favour of TCS.Is it acceptable?

    • I recommend that you go for the surety option as that’s easier, less confusing and most of all, hassle-free!! You just need a surety, which your father can be. You need attested copies of surety’s Income tax return for the current/previous year and his PAN card (with signature matching in the form as done in the PAN card). I assume that you won’t be leaving TCS before 2 years as half the time is wasted on bench. You need to be in TCS for 2 years to get the proper experience, unless you decide to leave the company before that!

      • ya…..but my father is a retired person…so he cant be a surety for me….and also he is not interested in depending others for this purpose….so he insisted me to opt for this 50000rs fixed deposit…
        but i dono the procedure for this…..

        • Even my father is a retired person. It doesn’t matter! You can still get the current/ previous year’s IT returns! Talk to the Income tax department.

  37. ya…..but my father is a retired person…so he cant be a surety for me….and also he is not interested in depending others for this purpose….so he insisted me to opt for this 50000rs fixed deposit…
    but i dono the procedure for this…..

    • I have provided the format in the file that you can download here and print it on a Rs. 20 stamp paper. Fill it up and get it notarized! πŸ™‚ And I didn’t understand what you meant by notarized undertaking which is a part of the proof for BGC verification. Where do you need Rs. 100 stamp papers other than Service Agreement and Non-Criminal Affidavit?

  38. i do also have doubt regarding notarised undertaking which is a part of the proof for BCG verification….upto which page given in the format has to be typed in the 100 rupees stamp paper….can we use 2 50 rupees stamp papers???or its mandatory to use only 100 ruppee stamp…it has not mentioned clearly..

  39. Hi zim..
    Thanx a lot for all the info..Its really helpful for a fresher..
    My joining letter file was like my CTRefNo_JL. So which stream I would be in?

  40. it is my CT reference no._jl that’s it.
    I’ve another doubt! I don’t have my passport yet, for first phase of NSR registration do I need it.???
    and I don’t think that I’ll get my passport till my joining:( will it be a problem???

    • such information will be given in the Nextstep profile! If you’re in some other stream, it will be mentioned! Passport is not a mandatory document!

  41. Thanks for all the feedback πŸ˜€ You can do nothing about the location change now. Talk to your supervisor once you join ILP! Explaining the situation and providing valid medical reasons will hopefully get you a transfer! Best of luck! πŸ™‚

  42. Hello Zim,
    u r doing gr8 wrk here. I hav a query. I hav cleard all 8 semesters except for 4th sem (2nd yr) in which i gt an arrear. i hav also appeared for the back paper – result of which vl be available by mid novembr. For this reason i dnt hav my marksheets from 2nd yr onwards i.e i just hav 1st yr marksheet.
    I also wnt be getting my provisional till i clear that arrear.

    Iam placed in TCS and am waiting for DOJ. Wil this create any problem during joining?

    Is there any alternative? Can i join using downloaded copies of semester results and college leaving/bonafide certificate ?
    Pls help me…

    • Usually, candidates having back in a paper can’t appear for TCS interview. Since you are already placed and didn’t get your DOJ yet, it’s wise to get your semester marksheets within this time. You have plenty of time to collect the marksheets before you join! Just poke the University from time to time telling them that your company has given the DOJ!

    • Nothing is easy. It all depends on how much you can understand, past studies etc. If you are from CSE/IT background, none of the streams will be tough for you. If not, you have to dedicate some time to grasp the concepts. Mainframe is the toughest stream of all!

  43. hi zim.:) how abt hostel for girls in trivandrum???
    is it within campus ???
    pls share few words abt the hostel, which you think one must know before staying there. πŸ˜€ So that I’ll be prepared:)

  44. hi zim.:) how abt hostel for girls in trivandrum???
    is it within campus ???
    pls share few words abt the hostel, which you think one must know before staying there. πŸ˜€ So that I’ll be prepared:)

    • Only Peepul Park hostel is inside the campus. There’s also an executive hostel (both girls and boys) that is 10-15 minutes away! If these two are not available, you might get lodges to stay in. Only Peepul Park hostel doesn’t allow electronic devices (other than laptop and mobile charger), polythene and food inside rooms. Food items have a separate room! There’s also a baggage X-Ray! You have to be super careful if you get PP!!

  45. my branch is EC….i havnt got my joining yet….since i am a EC student …i know C language well ….m little worries that how will i cope up with CS and IT students…..please suggest something to help me how should i prepare myself for TCS.

    • People from Non-CS background can perform well. You just have to be smart and open to learning! I suggest that you utilize the time that you have, follow the materials in ASPIRE, join a course/ tuition, learn another important programming language (like JAVA/ C++) and you’ll find yourself more or less equipped to face ILP! Look for centers where they give you a certificate at the end of the training and also train practically through small projects. If you have a year’s time or at least 8 months, this is also a good opportunity to get JAVA training and appear for SCJP exam for a certification. This will also get you JAVA stream during your ILP. Best of Luck! πŸ™‚

  46. hi zim…my 1st pref is bangalore and 2nd is hyderabad n my ilp training is in hyderabad on 22nd oct..i don have accomodation from tcs n we shud find it by ourself…i heard some rumor that if accomodation s not provided by tcs then v ll posted in the same place after training which s hydbd 4 me….is that true?
    i don want my pposting in hyderabad… i want in bang… plz reply 4 my comment

    • Usually, you get your accommodation details a week before joining! And if accommodation would not have been provided, you would have got a mail mentioning that! It is true that if your posting is in the same place, you have to arrange your accommodation. But still, keep your hopes high! Even if you get Hyderabad, you can always ask for a transfer from your RMG after completing your ILP πŸ™‚

  47. Hi.. My aspire is starting from today..(as per date shown on aspire site ) is there any fix time in which I have to give the assessment test ? or i can do that anytime as per my convenience? I was thinking of studying the topics properly and then giving the test …

    • The schedule is mentioned in Aspire! You have to study and take the quiz within the given time. Same goes for the assignments too! You can always study properly. Take it easy! πŸ™‚

  48. hi am a non IT student.i just wanna know scoring in aspire or PAT test has any impact in getting preferred location or stream that we need…actually y all these these only for makin us study or gettin good score will make any changes in givin project to us first or something…..wat is the use in scorin good marks in these test other than learnin..pls help and one more they have mentioned no accomadation will be provided if they given us the same area that we gave in first preference…..i have given first preference as chennai and i got will i be provided accomodation or not????

    • First, NOTHING depends on what you score in PAT! Aspire is provided so that you learn the mentioned subjects and cope up with ILP. Second, if no accommodation is provided, you’ll have to look for it! The location is mentioned in your mail!

  49. they have given a material and durin test v can copy or discuss and write na.then wat use in this test other than learnin and u hav posted all those quiz na is that all previous papers and learnin materials or oly those questions will alone come in test??

    • The questions provided are samples from previous papers and also Aspire quizzes and assignments. You’ll be given a system and you can’t discuss or copy from others!

  50. 1, i want surety to a person which is not my reletive than what shoud write in place of surety relation place .
    2. i have to take reservation for kolkata . but no information about accomodation info provided by them till now . joining in 10 dec. then when should i reach there..

    • I think you can leave it blank if there’s no relation or call up the helpline and ask them. Your accommodation details will be provided 1 week earlier. I don’t think they provide accommodation for trainees in Kolkata. I’m not sure about that as they mention that if your posting is also in Kolkata.

  51. hey, first of all thanks for helping everyone out here. My birth certificate has my surname missing but all other documents including PAN card and passport have my full name, so I was wondering if it would create a problem. I mailed TCS and they asked my to send them the scanned original documents which I did, but did not get a reply. It has been 2 days already. If I get an affidavit on a Rs.20 stamp paper done, then would they consider it as temporary arrangement and expect me to get my birth certificate corrected? I was born in a different city from where I live now, so it would be difficult to get it corrected too.
    How should I proceed? Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Get a notarized affidavit on a Rs. 20 stamp paper. But, TCS requires you to apply for a new birth certificate. So, you’ll have to get a new one anyone. The affidavit is only a temporary arrangement. The Municipal Corporation might help you out. Talk to them.

  52. Hello Zim,
    thanks for answering my query…i got my joining on Nov 5th, Trivandrum…..
    Now the problem is i still dont hav 2, 3, 4th marksheets and provisional….they are expected to come by November last……i did contact my placement department of college and they have given me a Bonafide letter (mentioning that i have successfully completed with —-CGPA and originals certificates will be arriving by Dec, 2012) and have attested all my semester results taken from internet….our TPO as assured that there will be no problem..
    But somehow i dont feel safe….because i have read that ILP Trivandrum is very strict……is this true??

    Can i join without these documents With the help of Bonafide letter?
    What should i do….I am completely clueless….please help me!!

    • I think you should contact your ILP coordinator immediately and ask him/her personally! That’s the solution if you really want to feel safe! I understand your problem!

  53. Hi Zim,
    You are doing a great job.Your posts have cleared most of the doubts of freshers.
    I want to know whether I can change the order of preference of job locations that I had submitted during reception of offer letter.

    • Thank you for visiting my blog! πŸ˜€ I’m sorry but you can’t change the order of preference once you have submitted it unless you are asked for it again. You can always consider a transfer even if you don’t get your preferred location after ILP by talking to the Resource Manager in your base branch! πŸ™‚

  54. HI Zim,
    Since you are already in tcs, could you please tell me which of the base branches have oracle applications projects, i am asking this because i have received some training in this, and maybe i can swap with someone, i ve given my preference as blr,chnnai,hyd in that order.

    • Thanks! πŸ˜€ Only executive hostel in Trivandrum has a gym facility, I think! πŸ˜€ You have to ask them if people from outside can access it.

  55. Hello zim my joining is in dec. My problem is I don’t even remember when and what I filled in my preferences. Can I check it somehow. I tried the nextstep site but couldn’t find it anywhere

  56. hey hi ..
    i will be joining TCS for the ILP program on 17 th of december at trivendrum kerela..
    do you have solutions for assignment and test for group 6.1

  57. hey zim
    my choices for preferences are
    3.New Delhi
    Is there any chance i can get New Delhi……or can i transfer from other location?

    • It’s probable that you’ll get Bangalore as your base location. Getting a transfer from Bangalore to Delhi is tough unless you have your/parents’ medical reasons, a swap partner from Delhi or project in Delhi through sources.

  58. thanks this post has realy helped us a lot
    bt will these answers work for aspire 7.0 and can we have some more questions available

    • They change the questions every year. I will provide the answers as soon as I can collect them πŸ™‚ Meanwhile you can google and find out resources.

  59. hey zim,! if i do ever get a chance to chose my stream..what should i chose so that i get Mumbai?
    Im from mumbai n wud like to know which stream requirements r required here.

  60. I’ve got only a week to join TCS. I’m little scared about PAT. I’m a non-CS student & I’m trying my level best to understand the concepts. I did ASPIRE but I ain’t that satisfied. How many courses are there in PAT exam? I’ve seen only JAVA, DBMS & UNIX papers related to PAT. Will the questions be more or less same? Are there any other previous PAT papers? I didn’t find many. How does PAT affect my β€˜stream’? As in, on what basis am I allocated a particular stream? I’d be glad if you answer each & every question that I’ve mentioned. Awaiting a really early reply.
    Thanks in advance.

  61. i got ilp trivandrum as for training. if i have my btech original degree certificate will they ask for provisional ? pls reply soon

  62. pls reply fast..

    hi.. i m having query i got ilp for training. my btech percentage was 60.5 at the time of registering it was did as 62. on 1st day of tcs ilp document verification will they check the details in database and will they have the xerox copies which we submitted at the time of placement in clg. will they verify the originals with them pls replsy fast days left pls.. and will they calculate the percantages there exactly wtht they will do in front of us pls reply

    • No, they just check your originals. They don’t have time to calculate the percentages for so many joinees! πŸ™‚ After you submit, all these documents will just be in a cabinet.

  63. document check means wht will they check in ilp trivandrum. will they check for percenatges or they will check wether we have originals or not? reply zim

    • It’s better if you can produce your original documents in any form. They usually check the originals in front of you. I didn’t find them calculating the percentages but they’ll record the percentage. That is, you’ll have to tell your marks to the person who’ll do the data entry.

  64. zim i passed out btech 2yers back . tll now no one askd my sem certificates i searched them some certificates are teared of some how i attched and laminated them but my 8th sem certificate was not there its missing and i am having consolidated memo ( contains 8 sem marks) and original degree will it be a problem …. pls reply i got recruited on campus through MTECH

    • Just follow Aspire. Study JAVA by Herbert Schildt, Web Technology (HTML, CSS, Javascript) and SQL from, Servlet and JSP from Headfirst Servlets and JSP by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. You’ll get the links in my post– Healthy Downloads and Aspire Materials.

  65. if spelling of father’s name doesnt match in 10th n 12th marksheet ll it cause ny problm at tym f joining??….if yes den plz provide required solution

  66. If i join a well known coaching institute for java will its certificate help me to get java stream in TCS??……If yes den plz let me know d probable places where i cud get d joining…

    • Only SCJP certification will get you JAVA stream. As for your other doubt regarding father’s name mismatch, make an affidavit and keep it handy πŸ™‚

  67. Hi!I am Basudev Datta I got ILP Pune @ 25 MArch 2013 but they havn’t mentioned domain like IT,ITIS or EIS.Can anyone tell me whether for Non-It students can cope up during training

    • I think your domain will be there in Nextstep. Otherwise, nowadays they don’t mention it in the JLs 😦 You can call up the ILP helpline and ask how you can see it. And non-IT students can cope up. You just need a lot of previous preparation, determination and the sincerity to learn πŸ˜€

  68. my joining date is 11th march abhi i hv joined java coaching…..after this shud i join advance java or dot net or data base managment or sumthing else….plz enlighten me in this regard……

  69. Hi,
    I have some questions regarding ASPIRE:
    1) Can you answer the courses in any order?
    2) From where to study for ASPIRE course tests?
    3)Will the test start once I click the launch button?
    4) Can we take any amount of time we want to answer a course?

    • Everything in Aspire has a system and every module in it has deadlines. One course ends and the other course starts. Within the stipulated time, you have to answer the quiz or the quiz will get closed and you’ll lag behind. I think your session will get over if you take too much of time with one question. So, you have to be fast. Join some Facebook group/ online community where people solve different groups of Aspire together and post the answers. All of us did it that way! πŸ˜€

  70. Hai wil it be any prob if i dint participated in aspire. Nw i am in hospital sme serious prob out of home. . Wil it be any prob

  71. Hey i cntactd ilp regarding lost ofmy SSC AND BTECH ORIGINALS they replid to get atest the xeroxcopies with colege hod nd u have to produce the originals before ilp ends. . . My doubt is wil they surely ask about them before ilp finishes. If i get them i could my SSC IS of state board sme people dint get even aftr 3mnths of apply . Wil they reject me after ilp if i fail 2 submit at that time. . . Pls reply wil they ask surely

  72. Hello Zim, U r doing great job…..!
    I heard that TCS has some electronics related work domain….!
    What should non-IT/CSC candidate do to have that electroincs related stream……!
    Is Trivendrum have that….?

    • You have to finish your NSR, take the NSR e-card printout coz you have to submit the self-sttested copy during joining. For campus-recruited trainees (CT), background info has to be filled online after joining. The background check documents have to be submitted during joining. People from TCS will pay a visit to the address that you have provided to confirm your existence there! πŸ™‚

  73. Hey, you are doing a brilliant job. I just wanted to know about when will we be given the posting locations? is it after ILP or as soon as we join for the training? pls reply

    • Just send a mail to and write your query in the body of the e-mail. In the subject line, write, “Unable to see assignment link on Aspire”. Do mention your CT reference no., date of joining and contact no.

    • Depositing the Rs. 50,000 is pretty complicated. Having a surety and filling up the surety verification form is much simpler, don’t you think? Any income tax payee can be a surety. Your father, friend’s father, relative, neighbour can be your surety. If you have a surety, no need to fill up Clause No. 3 in Service Agreement (don’t delete the clause).

      If you still want to know about the deposition, you have to fill up Clause No. 3. You have to submit a Fixed Deposit Receipt to TCS. The fixed deposit should be in ANY of the following:

      1) Joint account between TCS and you
      2) In your name either assigned to TCS
      3) Lieu noted in favour of TCS.

      If you don’t have a surety, you will have to bring the fixed deposit slip! I suggest that you get someone to be your surety. All this will become less complicated.

  74. hi sir…i am a non-IT student…in our village, there is only one coaching center called DIMS … i dont think we can do a certification course there…so could u pls suggest me how do i prepare myself for PAT and ILP…

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