Tata Consultancy Services Placement Paper
Company: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
TCS PLACEMENT PAPERS/ INTERVIEW & TIPS -TCS PAPER – 12 JUL 2008
TCS PAPER – 12 JUL 2008
For each of the words in Capital letters, choose from among the answers, the word that is closest in meaning:
(A) lack of training
(A) extrinsic (
For each of the words in Capital letters, choose from among the answers, the closest word that has the opposite meaning:
(A) elegant (
(A) strong-willed (
(D) tenderhearted (
Read the following text. The passage contains some blank spaces. Choose the sentence from the list A – I, that best fits in each of the blank spaces. The numbers in brackets refer to Question numbers.
In a sense the university had failed. It has stores great quantities of knowledge; it teaches more people; and despite its failures, it teaches them better._____ . Of the great branches of knowledge- the sciences the social sciences and humanities- the science are applied. Strenuous and occasionally successful efforts are made to apply the social sciences, not almost never are the humanities well applied. We do not use philosophy in defining our conduct. ____. The great task of the university in the next generation is to learn to use the knowledge we have for the questions that come before us. _____ The difference between a primary problem and a secondary or even tertiary problem is that primary problems tend to be around for a long time, whereas the less important ones get solved.
One primary problem is that of interfering with biological development. _______. Obviously, there are benefits both to individuals and to society from eliminating, or at least improving, mentally and physically deformed persons. On the other hand, there could be very serious consequences if this knowledge were used with premeditation to produce superior and subordinate classes, each genetically prepared to carry out a predetermined mission. _____, Here we have a primary problem that will still exist when we are all dead. Of course, the traditional faculty members would say. “______”. And certainly they would not learn, but they would learn some other things.
A. The next generation, and perhaps this one, will be able to interfere chemically with the actual development of an individual and perhaps biologically by interfering with an individual’s genes.
B. This can be done, but what happens to free will and he rights of the individual
C. But the students won’t learn enough to go to graduate school
D. It is in the application of this knowledge that the failure has come.
E. We do not use literature as a source of real and vicarious experience.
F. The university should organize should organize courses around primary problems
G. The universities greatest shortcoming is not to help students see the relevance of humanities to real problems.
H. It is difficult for modern students, accustomed to the minute of film, to appreciate opera.
I. It is necessary students to require to include in their curricula liberal arts courses.
During the 1930’s, the National Association for the Advancement of colored people (NAACP) attorneys Charles H, Houston, William Hastiem James M. Nabrit, Leon Ransom and Thurgood Marshall charted a legal strategy designed to end segregation in education. They developed a series of legal cases challenging segregation in graduate and professional schools. Houston believed that the battle against segregation has to begin at the highest academic level in order to mitigate fear of race mixing that could create greater hostility and reluctance on the part of white judges. After establishing a series of favorable legal precedents in higher education, NAACP attorneys planned to launch an all-out attack on the separate but equal doctrine in primary and secondary schools. The strategy proved successful. In four major United States Supreme Court decisions, precedents were established that would enable the NAACP to construct a solid legal foundation upon which the Brown case could rest: Missouri ex rel. Gaines v, Canada, Registrar of the University of Missouri (1938); Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma(1948); McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education(1950); and sweat v. Painter(1950).
In the Oklahoma case, the Supreme Court held that the plaintiff was entitled to enroll in the university. The Oklahoma Regents responded by separating black and white students in cafeterias and classrooms. The 1950 McLaurin decision rules that such internal separation was unconstitutional. In the Sweatt ruling, delivered on the same day, the Supreme Court held that the maintenance of separate law schools for whites and blacks was unconstitutional. A year after Herman Sweatt entered the University of Texas law school, desegregation cases were fields in the states of Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware, and in the District of Columbia asking the courts to apply the qualitative test of the Sweatt case to the elementary and secondary schools and to declare the separate-but-equal doctrine invalid in the area of public education.
The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision declared that a classification based solely on race violated the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. The decision reversed the 1896 Plessy.v.Ferguson ruling, which had established the separate –but equal doctrine. The Brown decision more than any other case launched the “equalitarian revolution” in American jurisprudence and signaled the merging primacy of equality as a guide to constitutional decisions; nevertheless, the decision did not end state sanctioned segregation. Indeed, the second Brown decision, known as Brown II and delivered a year later, played a decisive role in limiting the effectiveness and impact of the 1954 case by providing southern states with the opportunity to delay the implementation of desegregation.
The intervention of the federal government and the deployment of the National Guard in 1954 Little Rock crisis, and again in 1963 when the enrollment of James Meredith desegregated the University of Mississippi, highlight the role of federal power in promoting social change during this era. While black local and national leaders organized and orchestrated the legal struggles, and students joined in freedom rides and staged sit-ins, another equally important dimension of the rights quest took shape: the battle between federal and state authority and the evolution of the doctrine of federalism. The fact remains that the United States Supreme Court lacked the power to enforce its decisions. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s use of federal troops in Little Rock was a major departure from the reluctance of past presidents to display federal power in the south, especially to protect the lives and rights of black citizens.
(27)According to the passage, Houston aimed his legislative challenge at the graduate and profession school level on the basis of the assumption that
A.The greatest inequities existed at the highest academic and professional level
B.The separate –but-equal doctrine applied solely to the highest academic level.
C.There were clear precedents for reforms in existence at the graduate school level
D.The judiciary would feel less apprehension at desegregation on the graduate level
E. The consequences of desegregation would become immediately apparent at the graduate school level.
(28)The passage suggests that the reaction of the Oklahoma Regents to the 1948 Sipuel decision was one of
(29)Which of the following best describes the relationship between the McLaurin decision and the 1954 Brown v. Board Education decision?
A.The McLaurin decision superseded the Brown decision
B.The Brown decision provided a precedent for the McLaurin decision
C.The Brown decision reversed the McLaurin decision
D.The McLaurin decision limited the application of the Brown decision
E.The McLaurin decision proved legal authority for the Brown decision
(30)To the claim that judicial decisions without executive intervention would have assured desegregation in education, the author would most probably respond with which of the following?
(31)the passage suggests the Brown v. Board of Education might have had an even more significant impact on segregation if it had not been for which of the following ?
A.The deployment of National Guard
B.The Plessy.v Ferguson decision
C.The 1955 Brown II decision
D.James Meredith’s enrollment in Mississippi
E.The Sweatt v. Painter decision
(32)Which of the following titles best describes the content of the passage?
A.Executive Intervention if the Fight against Segregated Education
B.The Brown Decision and the Equalitarian Revolution
C.A Long War: The Struggle to Desegregate America Education
D.The Emergence of Federalism and the Civil Rights Movements
E.Education Reform and the Role of the NAACP
Q1. Fill in the missing number in the sequence
7 9 13 ?? 27 37
Q2. In the following series, how many Ys are there such that each Y is followed by an U next to it if the U is not followed by a R next to it.
Y U Y R Q M Y U R M U Y U U Y Q M Y Y
U Q Y U R U Y A M U Y U M
Q3. If SURFVV is coded as PROCESS how will VKHHW be coded?
Q4. Suppose the first and second letters in the word PRESENTATION were interchanged, also the third and fourth letters, the fifth and sixth etc. Print the letter that would then be the tenth letter counting from the right.
Q5. How would the decimal number 194 be represented in a base -5 number System?
Q6.What is the largest prime number that can be stored in an 9-bit word computer?
Q7.If n = 10 x 18 x 38, which of the following is NOT an integer?
(a) n / 95
(b) n / 66
(c) n / 45
(d) n / 152
(e) n / 40
Q8. Which of the following is a power of 5?
Pick the odd one out
Q11.The three numbers in brackets represent the angles of a triangle. Which of these does not represent a proper triangle?
Q12.The three numbers in brackets in each of the following options represents the number of edges , the number of faces and the number of vertices respectively. Find out which of these represents a solid planar cube?
(c) (12, 6,8)
Q13.Which set of data exhibits a higher Standard Deviation?
(a) 9, -9, 9, -9, 9, -9
(b) 9, 0, -9, 9, 0, -9
(c) 9, 9, 9, 0, 9, 9
(d) 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9
(e) -9, -9, -9, -9, -9, -9
The three circles below represent the number of people proficient in C, COBOL, JAVA
. Answer the next three questions based on the diagram
Q14. How many more (or less) people are proficient in COBOL than people who are proficient in C?
Q15. What percentages of people proficient in JAVA are also proficient in C but not in COBOL?
Q16. What percentages of total people are proficient in all three languages?
Q17. A hypothetical physical quantity is defined as
(Energy x Velocity)
(Mass x Acceleration)
In what fundamental units would this quantity be expressed?
Q18. A certain number of men complete a piece of work in 60 days. If there were 8 men more, the work could be finished in 10 days less. How many men were originally there?
Q19.Which of these matrices is singular
12 3 2 3 4 0 8 12
A = B = C = D =
9 2 -4 6 0 4 4 6
Q20. Match the following relationships:
(i) Female – Girl (1) Not a type of
(ii) Mushroom – Vegetable (2) Part of
(iii) Panda – Bear (3) A type of
(iv) Oxygen – Water (4) Superset of
Q21. If * stands for squaring and > stands for change of sign what is the value of
* > * (2) – > * > (2)?
Q22. A sequence is defined recursively as
g(0) = g(1) = 1
g(n) = g(n-1) + g(n-2).What will be the value of g(6)?
Q23. What curve best suits the following data:
(a) y = logn x
(b) y = log10 x
(c) y = ex
(d) y = -log10 x
(e) y = – ex
Q24.A Two-dimensional array X (7,9) is stored linearly column-wise in a computer’s memory. Each element requires 8 bytes for storage of the value. If the first byte address of X (1,1) is 3000, what would be the last byte address of X (2,3)?
Q25. Of the four straight lines A,B,C,D find out which pair forms an orthogonal set
A: 5x+4y-7 = 0, B: y = -x , C: y = 7x+3, D: 4x = 5y+5
Q26.Evaluate the expression
M (737,7) + R (3.4) + T (7.7) – R (5.8) where
M stands for Modulo arithmetic, R stands for Round-off operation and T stands for Truncation Operation
Q27.Three independent mechanisms A,B and C have been incorporated for power saving in a plant producing respectively 30%, 20% and 40% efficiency. Assuming that they operate independently, what is the net power efficiency achieved?
(b) 62 %
Q28.The scores in class exams and final exam of 2 students are given as below:
Class exam Final exam
Find the Class exam score of a student who has scored zero in the Final exam.
Q29.The temperature at Mumbai is given by the function: -t2/6+4t+12 where t is the elapsed time since midnight. What is the percentage rise (or fall) in temperature between 5.00 PM and 8.00 PM?
(c) -20.5% (
Q30.An aircraft takes off from A (0o N Lat, 60o E Long) at 2.00 AM local time to B (32o N Lat, 60o W Long). If the flying time is 9 hours what is the local time of landing at B?
(b) 4.00 AM
(c) 3.00 AM
Q31.Fill in the last row of the following Truth Table:
A 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
B 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
C 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1
( A – B ) È C
Interpret the resulting bit pattern as an integer in an 8-bit computer and write the decimal value.
Q32. A file is transferred from one location to another in ‘buckets’. The size of the bucket is 10 kilobytes. The bucket gets filled at the rate of 0.0001 kilobytes per millisecond. The transmission time from sender to receiver is 10 milliseconds per bucket. After the receipt of the bucket the receiver sends an acknowledgement that reaches sender in 100 milliseconds. Assuming no error during transmission, write a formula to calculate the time taken in seconds to successfully complete the transfer of a file of size N kilobytes.
Q33. The memory used by a program is given by the function P(N) = 4000 vN, where N is the size of the program. Find the percentage change in memory usage if the size of the program is increased by 1%.
Q34. A telephone cable is to be run from a junction point on the bank of a river 900 meters wide to an office that is located 3000 meters downstream on the opposite bank. If the cost of laying cable under water is Rs. 5 per meter and that of laying overhead on land is Rs. 4 per meter, find the point downstream where the cable is to cut across the river.
Read the following passages and answer questions under each passage
(1) Each word in a horizontal row must begin with a successive letter.
Each word in a vertical column must begin with a different letter.
Each word in a horizontal row must have the same number of letters
Each word in a vertical column must have a different number of letters
Each word in a vertical column must be the same part of speech.
(NOTE: Many English words are more than one part of speech; for example, cry is both a noun and a verb)
I II III IV V
1) Endear Filter Garish Hotter Intake
2) Chatter Destiny Endless Fester Gradual
3) Bend Calf Death Edge Flow
4) Dread Elbow Fetid Greed Heave
5) Ask Bet Coy Dam Ebb
1. Word 3 in column III would satisfy all rules if it were changed to:
(A) deter (B) dirty (C) deaf (D) dash (E) dry
2. How many rows and columns satisfy all rules for rows and columns, respectively?
(A) Four rows and three columns
(B) Four rows and two columns
(C) Three rows and two columns
(D) Three rows and four columns
(E) Two rows and two columns
3. How many rules are not violated by any row or column in the grid?
4. What is the minimum number of words that must be changed for the grid to satisfy all rules?
(2) On July 4, the Pops Orchestra will perform ten works by nine U.S. composers.Beach’s Quintet will be heard immediately after Della Joio’s Fantasies Ives’ Fourth of July will be heard later than the Della Joio. It will be followed immediately by Foster’s Summer Longings.
The third selection following Copland’s Lincoln Portrait will be Ellington’s New World A-Coming; the next will be an aria from Hansons Merry Mount. Gottschalk’s Grand Tarantelle will be heard earlier than the Della Joio. Antes’ Trio is the second work following the Hanson, and does not end the programme.
1. Which of the following lists the composers mentioned in the order in which their works are heard?
(A) Foster, Ives, Antes, Beach, Ellington
(B) Copland, Della Joio, Beach, Ellington, Hanson, Foster
(C) Gottschalk, Della Joio, Beach, Foster, Antes, Ives
(D) Copland, Gottschalk, Della Joio, Beach, Ellington, Hanson
(E) Beach, Ellington, Hanson, Foster, Ives, Antes
2. The number of works to be heard between the Beach and the Foster is:
3. The soloist who will perform during the Antes, the Gottschalk and the Ellington must begin tuning up just prior to the start of her first performance. She will begin tuning up:
(A) during the fourth work on the programme
(B) during the Della Joio
(C) during the sixth work on the programme
(D) during the Hanson
(E) before the start of the programme
4. If the total number of works played were eleven instead of ten, which of the following would be possible without violating the stated conditions?
I. The Copland Lincoln Portrait being played first
II. The Antes Trio being played after Foster’s Summer Longings
III. The Antes Trio being played before Gottschalk’s Grand Tarantelle
(A) I only
(B) III only
(C) I and II only
(D) II and III only
(E) I, II and III
(3) A, B, C or W may cause D.
B, C or W may cause E.
W or X may cause F.
D or E may cause G or H only if D and E are caused by B or C ; D or E may cause I only if D and E are caused by C.
Only E and F together may cause M or N
F may be cause H only if it is caused by W or X.
1. Which can result from the largest number of immediately preceding events?
2. Which can result in the smallest number of subsequent events, counting both those that follow immediately and those that follow after another event?
3. How many different events or combinations of events may cause H?
4. Which may be a result of the smallest number of different combinations of events?
Tata Consultancy Services Placement Paper
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Tata Consultancy Services is an Indian multinational information technology services and consulting company, headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra and largest campus and workforce in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Founded: 1 April 1968
Founders: Faquir Chand Kohli, Tata Sons, J. R. D. Tata