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MPCVET ADOPTS ONLINE MODEL FOR ITI NCVT AND SCVT EXAMS

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Madhya Pradesh Council for Vocational Education & Training (MPCVET) is the apex body for monitoring, coordination, convergence and providing overall policy direction for skill development activities in Madhya Pradesh. It conducts various State Council for Vocational Training (SCVT) and National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) exams in the state of MP under the guidance of Directorate General of Training (DGT).

Business Challenge

  • Long exam planning cycle time of 6-8 months.
  • Malpractice attempts and QP leakage.
  • Huge overhead costs in the offline mode of exam.
  • Delays in exam result processing.

Solution Delivered

  • TCS implemented TCS iON Digital Assessment to convert end to end semester examinations for ITI NCVT and SCVT in online mode.
  • Digitized student application and automated allocation process.
  • Encrypted and secured question paper creation.
  • Automated evaluation and faster result processing.

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Value Created

  • 100% elimination of QP leakage, tampering with marks.
  • Exam result processing time reduced from 105 days to 1 day.
  • Reduced human efforts and costs in conducting exams.
  • Zero delays in all stages of examination with monitoring and reports.

Customer Testimonial

“The online examination mode has reduced our operational costs by approx. 50%, optimized manpower utilization, eliminated unfair exam practices, and helped in declaring results in 7 days compared to the 3-4 month duration earlier when exams were conducted in the traditional pen-paper mode.”

                                                                                   – G.N. Agrawal, Additional CEO, MPCVET

 

 

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DIMENSiON September 2018 | Business Process – Education

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Maintaining the bulk transactions are now simpler

Introducing a new Extract Transform Load(ETL) to populate lot numbers in enrollment Session Group Master(SGM)  wise facts with a limit of 500 Students for a particular lot. This ETL counts the number of students for every distinct SGM, Subject session master, site and study centre.

For example:-

There are 1150 students for SGM (Apr_May 2018), Subject session master (Semester 1), site ( site 1) and study centre ( study centre 1), then the lot is assigned in the following manner:-

  1. a) Lot number 2 is assigned to the first 500 students
  2. b) Lot number 3 is assigned to the next 500 students
  3. c) Lot number 4 is assigned to the remaining 150 students

Subsequently, for the same granularity if a new student gets enrolled, then lot 3 is assigned until the capacity reaches 500. If capacity surpasses 500 again, a new lot number 4 is created and assigned to the students.

Key benefits:

  • If the data set is heavy, then lot number concept is beneficial for the bulk transaction like regular/backlog processing, report card generation. Starting this release, requests are broken into the site, lot number which will make the overall transaction lighter.

 

Easy view on daily attendance for the students

Functionality:

We are introducing new UI of View Period wise Attendance for Mobile Application. This will provide better usability for a user by covering more use cases. 

Key benefits:

  • With the implementation of this feature, there won‘t be multiple use cases of Summary and Detailed view of Attendance.
  • Moreover, a New UI also covers more use cases such as Month wise Attendance of Subject or Subject-Activity.
  • Students will be able to view the daily attendance.
  • Better Usability and User-friendly with a guided flow.

Using the Feature:

A user can use this feature from the following path:

  • Go to the Admin Panel –> mTop –> User group Access Mapping à Assign use case of View Period wise Attendance.
  • The student will be able to view period wise attendance use cases from their mobile app.
  • It is only applicable for Students and Parents.
  • Please find the screenshot in next slide

 

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Know the time remaining for the login with timer alert

Feature: Enhancements in Candidate Console

Description: Following are the enhancements to the Candidate Console in addition to the existing capabilities.

  • Remaining Login Time Alert: A timer will be displayed on the login page to inform the candidates about the time remaining to login.
  • Registration Photo of Candidate: The candidate photograph taken during registration will also be displayed in the login screen of the candidate console, in addition to the photograph in the application.

Key benefits:

  • Displays remaining login time on Candidate Console.
  • Displays candidate registration photograph on Candidate Console.

 

mTop

Complete course easily on a mobile device

Feature: Introducing iLearn on Mobile

Description: Employees can access mTop to view or complete courses using the mobile phone.

Key benefits:

As people might migrate from computer to mobile devices since the face of the internet is changing, this will increase customer engagement.

 

HRMS solution

Tracking employees weekly off is now simpler

Description: Introducing provision for employees to now raise a request to change their Rest Day using a new screen called Raise Rest Day Change Application. While raising this request, an employee needs to select the Month and Date they wish to change their rest days. The system will show already tagged Rest days to them and they can select any day they wish to take the week off and submit the application. Upon submission, the application requires approval and once approved, the requested Rest days are tagged and updated for the mentioned dates. Until the application is finally approved or rejected, User will not be able to raise new application for the same dates.

Key benefits:

Employees can now choose and select any day they wish to take the week off. Making the lives easier for employees in the workforce.

Highlights of the month

Capture Score New UI

Functionality:

New UI is designed to Capture the Score screen. A dashboard view has been provided to the user to show the capture score status. A new use case of date extension of the overdue task is added, where a user can raise a request for date extension for overdue tasks. This UI is more informative and intuitive to the user. On the landing screen, there will be a dashboard with Pending Tasks, Completed Exams and Overdue Tasks and Capture Score Statistics section. In the Pending Task section, all the records that are not captured or partially captured are displayed and the user can select a record and capture. In Completed Exams, all the exams that are completed are displayed. In overdue tasks section, all the records for which capturing window is closed are listed and the user can request for accessing those records. Capture Score Statistic section shows the Award, Semester, Exam wise captured, not captured and partially captured status.

Key benefits:

  • A user will be notified with the capture score status(list of pending tasks, completed exams.)
  • The user will get the capture score statistics award, semester, and exam type wise completion status on the home screen.

Using the Feature:

Go to Digital Campus–>Exam and Grading–>Capture Regular/Backlog Marks (New UI)

Pending Task Section–>all the records that are not captured or partially captured are displayed and the user can select a record and capture.

Overdue Task Section–>all the exams for which capture window is closed.

Completed Exam Section–>all the records for which capturing window is closed are listed and the user can request for accessing those records.

Statistics Section–>shows the Award, Semester, Exam wise shortlisting, not captured and partially captured status.

Attendance Marking New UI

Functionality:

New UI has been designed for Attendance Marking in bulk screen. A dashboard view has been provided to the user to show the Attendance Marking status. A new use case of date extension of the overdue task is added where a user can raise a request for date extension for overdue tasks. This UI is more informative and intuitive to the user. On the landing screen there will be a dashboard with Today’s Exams, Pending Tasks, Completed Exams, Overdue Tasks and Capture Score Statistics section. In today’s exams section, all the exams that are going on today and attendance can be marked. In the Pending Task section, all the records for which the attendance is not marked or partially displayed, the user can select a record and mark the attendance. In overdue tasks section, all the records for which attendance marking window is closed are listed and the user can also request for accessing those records. Attendance Report section shows the completed, pending and overdue task status.

Key benefits:

  • The user will upfront get the Attendance marking status (list of pending tasks, overdue tasks)
  • The user will get the Attendance Report on the home screen which will show the percentage of records in completed, pending and overdue state.

Using the Feature:

  • Go to Digital Campus–>Exam and Grading–>Mark Absentee in Bulk (New UI).
  • Today’s Exam Section–>List all the exams which are going on today and attendance can be marked.
  • Pending Task Section–>all the records for which attendance is not marked or partially displayed and the user can select a record and mark attendance.
  • Overdue Task Section–>all the records for which attendance marking window is closed are listed and the user can also request for accessing those records.
  • Completed Exam Section–>all the exams which are completed are displayed
  • Attendance Report Section–>shows the completed, pending and overdue task status.

Biometric integration for Hostel Attendance

Functionality:

As per the customer’s Requirement, we have provided biometric integration with the Hostel Attendance. Whenever a student swipes his/her card at the door, the entries will move to the SIMS table first and the manual trigger done at TCS iON Digital Campus will bring the Attendance records from SIMS to TSC iON Digital Campus. A new screen with the name as “Hostel Attendance Sync” has been created for the manual trigger where the user has to hit on the Mark Attendance button after which Attendance will be marked in TCS iON Digital Campus against slots. In case if a student did not swipe or forget to swipe the card, then they can inform the hostel warden/ admin for marking his/her attendance manually via mTOP/Webtop. In a case, if Student has taken Hostel leave for two days and he has applied Hostel Leave in the System then his absent/present status will be marked as per the Leave type selected.

Key benefits:

  • This implementation will ease the process of Hostel Attendance marking.
  • The user will only have to click on the manual trigger, accordingly, attendance will be marked in TCS iON Digital Campus.

Using the feature:

  • A sheet with the detail has Hostel name along with the id will be provided to the user.
  • The user has to create Site with the Site code as” Hostel ID#HOS”, Hostel name under Site description and other details need to be filled in the SysAdmin.
  • Whenever Student Swipes his/her card at the door, the entries will move to the SIMS table first and the manual trigger done at TCS iON Digital Campus will bring the Attendance records from SIMS to TCS iON Digital Campus.
  • A new screen with the name as “Hostel Attendance Sync” is created for the manual trigger where the user has to click on the Mark Attendance button after which Attendance will be marked in TCS iON Digital Campus against slots.
  • In this user has to select the Hostel and the from and to date and click on Mark Attendance button
  • Users can be able to see the status of the process

Exit Feedback

Functionality:

As per the requirement, we have created a new type of feedback as “Exit Feedback“ where a feedback is to be taken only by Students at the end of the Semester.  Students can only be able to submit their response once in an entire academic semester. We have provided a column named as “ PO code” in the Question template where Program objectives are to be mapped at question level while creating Questions. PO code will be available in the glossary and is non-mandatory.

We have provided a column for mapping SGM at Window level. Also, multiple rows will be allowed for the creation of windows but the same SGM cannot be mapped at the different window. Feedback will be sent to all those students who cleared and are selected.

Key benefits:

  • This type of feedback can only be taken by students who cleared the academic course.
  • This type of feedback is taken for a program that is helpful in improving the Program for future batches.

Using the feature:

  • Go to Digital campus–> feedback
  • Click on design feedback, Create a Feedback for Type as Exit Feedback
  • After creating a feedback, the user has to map the PO against the Questions after downloading the Excel
  • Once the Questions are mapped, a user has to create the window.
  • The user has to select SGM at the window level and click on save button.
  • After saving the window detail, click on Send Feedback where the user has to define Site, Award, and session. If these filters are not selected then feedback will be sent to the students who cleared a particular SGM.
  • The user will get a message as feedback is successfully sent.

Photo Capture Using Web Cam

Functionality:

We are going to introduce a new feature in iDC Student Module where the student will be able to capture their photo using Webcam which can be saved to their profile. Admin can also capture the students’ photographs using the webcam and save to the respective student’s profile.

Key benefits:

  • This approach will help in saving the time and cost of extra effort made to save the photo in the system and upload it manually for each student.
  • This will also reduce the chances of a wrong photo upload as the Photographs are captured on the spot.

Using the Feature:

Follow the below steps to use the Webcam for capturing and saving student Photo:

  • Go to the Digital Campus → Student → Student Details
  • Search a Student and Click on Student Profile Button
  • Click on Upload option at Student Photo icon.
  • Click on Take Snapshot to Capture the Photo through WebCam and Click on Save. 

Additional Learning

Functionality:

We have introduced a new functionality named as ‘Additional Learning’

Key benefits:

  • With the introduction of this functionality, a user can schedule and conduct additional learning in an organization such as Guest Lecture, Seminar etc.
  • The user will also able to define the Identified Gap in the curriculum for whom the activity is going to conduct.
  • The user can be defined by the following types of activities:
    Guest Lecture
    Seminar
    Training
    Workshop
    Industrial Visit
    Leaning

Using the Feature:

  • Additional Learning Master:-
  • Go to Digital Campus > Timetable > Miscellaneous > Additional Learning.
  • Select whether the activity is for any gap filing or curriculum.
  • Define Activity Name and Type, Faculty In-Charge, Date, Time, Presenter, Venue and Applicability.
  • Map required Program Outcome (Map PO) for activities.
  • Define Scope for which program session students this activity is going to be conducted.
  • Also, if required user may map faculties who are attending this session in the second tab.
  • For Attendance Marking:-
  • The user has to define a leave type for additional learning at the following path:
  • Go to Digital Campus –> Timetable Settings –> Configure Default –> Leave tab.
  • Once leave is defined at ‘Consider for Additional Learning’ only then the user will be allowed to mark the attendance.

Only Faculty In-charge and Admin will able to mark attendance for additional learning activities.

Impact:
If slot and additional learning activity are applicable for students at the same time.
In such cases, if student marked as Present in additional learning activity then leave type which is mapped at default setup will flow for a student in their timetable slot attendance.
If the student is absent at additional learning activity then there is no impact in timetable slot.
If the student is on leave then leave is shown at both places timetable slot as well as additional learning.

Student Counselling

Functionality:

Introducing a new feature called ‘Student Counselling‘. Currently, we are rolling out phase one where only an admin will have the rights to create and edit student counselling.

Key benefits:

  • We are offering new features where an Admin can raise counselling for Students.
  • Counselling can be offered for Academics/Personal.
  • It will help an organisation to maintain the better environment in the organisation by resolving various grievances of students.

Using the feature:

A user can use this feature from the following path:

  • Go to Digital Campus–> Student –> Student Counselling.
  • Create Student Counselling.
  • Select Student, Counselling type, Faculty (who is going to provide counselling), Date and Status.
  • For Academic Counselling: A user will have the option to select Subject which is not a mandatory process.
  • Currently, it is applicable from Administrator. We may enhance this feature in the upcoming release.

Introducing Manual Punch under Raise On duty Application

Description: With this release, introducing Manual punch under Raise On duty Application. Suppose an employee has forgotten to punch or wishes to mark in and out punch manually, then he/she will have provision to raise On duty Application by selecting On duty type = Manual Punch. On selection of this On duty type, the system will enable a new field i.e. In/Out Punch. The employee can select any one value in this field and can fill the timings.  If the user has selected IN PUNCH in this drop-down then they are allowed to fill the In Time-outs field will become Non-editable and vice versa.

Key benefits:
Easing the complications for employees in case he/she forgot to punch.

Introducing Negative Leave balance
Description: With this release, introducing Negative leave balance concept in Leave module. “Allow negative leave balance” flag has been given under Leave Master. By default this flag is false. If admin checks this flag, then the negative balance is enabled for the organisation wrt that leave type.

Key Benefits:

With this feature, employees will be able to apply for leave even if the balance has been exhausted. The number of days will be considered as negative balance and once the leaves are credited to their account, the leave balance is settled.  Now avail an absolute work-life balance.

 

 

 

DIMENSiON September 2018|Assessment

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Know the time remaining for the login with timer alert

Feature: Enhancements in Candidate Console

Description: Following are the enhancements to the Candidate Console in addition to the existing capabilities.

  • Remaining Login Time Alert: A timer will be displayed on the login page to inform the candidates about the time remaining to login.
  • Registration Photo of Candidate: The candidate photograph taken during registration will also be displayed in the login screen of the candidate console, in addition to the photograph in the application.

Key benefits:

  • Displays remaining login time on Candidate Console.
  • Displays candidate registration photograph on Candidate Console.

 

Viewing the test cases for assessments is now simpler

Feature: Option to include Test Cases in Assessment Reports in Case of Programming Test

Description: Currently, the test cases used to evaluate the program written by the candidate is not included in the assessment reports that are generated after result processing. Starting this release, an option is introduced while generating the report to include or exclude the test cases in the report.

Key benefits:

  • The ability for the user to include/exclude the test cases in the report based on the requirement.
  • The user can view the test cases used for this assessment that will help them to check if the evaluation done based on the test cases is actually correct.

 

 

 

Six Pillars of Conducting Secured Assessments

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The last decade was generously crowded with instances of failures to conduct secure assessments. Earlier this year, India was forced to launch an inquiry into its national school exams when a question paper leak triggered panic among 1.6 million students. The manual and time consuming traditional paper-and-pen method is crippled with multiple drawbacks such as paper leaks, breach of ethics and impersonations, which have adulterated the exam scene.

Intense pressure and competition to crack entrance exams has peaked the dishonesty quotient, which has skewed the futures of candidates irrespective of their locales. Forced to take retests and undergo unwarranted hassles, impressionable students feel cheated. This adversely affects the brand value of institutions and undermines their credibility. More so, opting for a re-exam is a challenging call as the money budgeted for an exam is usually inadequate for a rerun. For instance, Mumbai division had spent Rs 19 crores (2015) to conduct examinations for class X and XII, two each in the months of October and March.

Thus, leveraging technology because of its scalability and cost effectiveness seems to be the most practical step. Institutions are therefore making headway into the educational sphere armed with the new system of online assessments. Besides cutting down on the time, manpower, and money invested, it curbs unethical means by providing a secure environment and helps in uplifting the true spirit of competitive examinations.

But what do you need to make online assessments more accountable, practical, and safe?

The Six Pillars:

Hardware– It is crucial to manage assessment data with secured assessment servers protected with a customized standard operating environment. Proper authentication and continuous monitoring are imperative to keep the system secure and curb any breaches.

Operating system– Development of a highly secure and standardized environment across systems leveraging the customized operating system would ensure uniform candidate experience. Verifying and auditing the testing center before the assessment ensures smooth and timely conduct of exams.

Application– Emphasis must be on enhancing security to inhibit assessment malpractices such as the use of untraceable communication and unwanted hardware.

Data– There should be end-to-end protection of assessment data at all stages over a secured network so as to prevent result tampering. This reduces the cost to ensure on-time and error free results and leaves no room for the manipulation of scores.

Content– It is vital to eliminate content leakage with highly secured solution and dual encryption. The risk of question paper leaks is eradicated as the questions are fed into the system itself and only available to the candidate at the time of the exam. Inclusion of a system of meta questions would also ensure that the effort is reduced and multiple questions with identical level of difficulty can be made available to the candidates.

User– Authorized access to assessments with biometric and photo capture during assessment would enable authentication and eliminate the risk of impersonation. A persistent problem of malpractice can therefore be excluded, and a correct evaluation of the candidate’s potential can be made.

Over the last few years, TCS iON Digital Assessment has been used to conduct 80% of the large-scale and high-stake examinations in India. TCS iON Digital Assessment has assessed more than 121.6 million candidates over 2,546 unique examinations for esteemed institutions pan India across several sectors including Banking, Government, Medical, Law, B-Schools, Engineering, and Institutes of National Importance.

The Need of the Hour

Assessments are crucial for government, corporate, and academic evaluation systems, alike. In 2018, a total of 13 lakh candidates appeared for NEET, 28 lakh students appeared for the CBSE board examinations for classes X and XII, and 11.5 lakh applicants applied for JEE mains. With the age old methods, managing the ever increasing volumes of candidates in a cost effective manner seems like a tall tale. The need for a shift in the assessment process is therefore of paramount importance. Online assessments leveraging technology for eliminating the setbacks in evaluation systems seems to be the only viable alternative.

Do you think that online assessments will help in cracking the complex examination process? We look forward to your comments and encourage you to contact us if you would like to discuss more.

Connect with us at https://www.tcsion.com

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/featurephilia/story/cbse-boards-961341-2017-02-18
  2. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-43593358 ;
  3. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Cost-of-conducting-an-exam-prohibitive-say-experts/articleshow/51271868.cms

 

 

 

National Law University, Delhi achieves operational efficiency with digital transformation and analytics

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National Law University, Delhi (University of Law) is a specialized law university offering courses like B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) and LL.M. program at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. NLUD is one of the elite national law schools in India built on the five-year law degree model proposed and implemented by the Bar Council of India.

Business Challenge

  • Dependency on a single person handling ERP for report generation.
  • Complex and manual process of maintaining and updating academic records of all the batches.
  • Delay in generating reports, thereby hampering decision making.
  • Prolonged effort and time invested in creating timetable and attendance schedules manually

Solution Delivered

  • Implemented TCS iON Digital Campus Solution to manage end-to-end administrative and academic processes.
  • Entire student lifecycle, starting from the admission phase to lesson planning, exams, evaluations, and community collaboration, was digitized.
  • Flawless integration of Timetable and Exam & Grading schedules.
  • Single interface to view the entire transactional history of a student from admission
    until graduation.

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Value Created

  • Student academic records of all batches made available online.
  • Effective data management and informed decision making using automated business intelligence reports.
  • Admission procedure facilitated using online forms and payment modes.
  • Timetable creation duration reduced from 3 weeks to approximately 3 days.

Customer Testimonial

TCS iON Digital Campus module facilitated flawless integration of Timetable and Exam & Grading saving a lot of time and effort. Time taken for university result preparation has been reduced significantly from 3 weeks to approximately 3 days. We really appreciate the support and service provided by TCS iON.

– Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai, Registrar, National Law University, Delhi

Say “Good Bye” to the Age-Old Problem of Question Paper Leakage

The unethical and rampant malpractices in the examination system have left us all in despair. It not only withers the credibility of the Institution conducting the examination but also denudes the morale of the students taking such examination. The latest nationwide exam leak had prejudicially affected 1.6 million motivated students. Along with such students and parents, it is an equally taxing for institutes, board, the paper setters, and the moderators. Scraping the old question papers, creating entire new set of question papers and conducting exams again is a herculean task. Any attempt to re-conduct the examination leads to loss of humongous efforts, time and money.

Nearly 98% of examinations are conducted in pen paper mode. The traditional process of creating question paper and sending it across to locations not only amounts to 20-25% of overall exam cost but also incurs a high risk of question paper leakage at multiple stages including Question Paper printing, logistics, and storage. There may be delays in exam in case Question Paper is not delivered to the right exam center at the right time. The manual creation and distribution of Question Paper creates a negative impact on the environment due to paper usage and fuel for logistics.

The confidentiality of the examination process is critical to prevent leaks. There should be strict monitoring of the entire process from paper setting, printing, storage and distribution. TCS iON Green Paper Device will help in overcoming the above listed challenges. It will re-imagine QP distribution process with minimal human intervention. The device would be immune to data/QP leakage even by entrusted official. It would automate the QP distribution process by electronically delivering the question paper to the students directly on their individual devices.

By leveraging technology the question paper can be uploaded on the cloud just two hours prior to the exam start time where it is encrypted and stored. Every exam center will have one Master Device and every student will have an individual device. Post authentication, via internet, Exam Center Controller can download the encrypted master question paper in Master Device via internet. 10 minutes prior to exam, the encrypted question paper can be transmitted from Master Device to individual devices, without any internet access. Once the encrypted question paper is received, every device can in turn become a transmitter of encrypted question paper to another device.

By this process, in less than 5 minutes, encrypted question paper can be made available in every student’s device within the exam center. The students can access the question paper via a unique password (shared with them only 5 minutes prior to the exam start time) and start writing the exam. The device can be also used to capture the Biometric and Photo attendance of the students saving invigilator from all the hassles. Only scheduled question paper can be downloaded/distributed leaving no scope of mistake.

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Use of technologies can prevent exam malpractices to a great extent. The above process ensures fair and secured conduct of the examination. It eliminates the laborious process of QP printing & distribution and risk of leakages. It would safeguard student’s career and the brand of the exam conducting body.

TCS iON Green Paper Device is a valuable asset to an organization and can be used in innumerous examinations across disciplines. By leveraging such a device, exam conducting bodies can save recurring cost up to 25% of the overall cost. It will reduce the overall operation cycle time and efforts involved in each phase of the cycle. It will save us from the menace of re-exam and logistics cost. With a Fool-proof and highly secured QP distribution mechanism, institutes can enhance their brand image with 100% security from paper leakage. It will instill trust in students who will get a fair chance to compete and demonstrate their knowledge. Not only this, it will save environment with paperless organization.

About TCS iON

TCS iON is a strategic business unit of Tata Consultancy Services focused on enabling institutions, government departments and organisations from multiple industry sectors to be effi¬cient in their recruitment/admissions process, learning and skilling and overall business operations with the use of Phygital platforms. These are platforms that overlay digital technologies over physical assets.

We deliver this with a unique IT-as-a-Service model that provides easy-to-use, secured, integrated, and hosted solutions in a build-as-you-grow and pay-as-you-use business model. We serve our clients with the help of best practices gained through TCS’ global experience, deep domestic market exposure along with industry leading technology expertise.

For more information, visit us at http://www.tcsion.com

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firrms can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS, infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery ModelTM, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 385,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $17.6 billion for year ended March 31, 2017 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India.

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TCS switches to online test to recruit engineering graduates

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Times of India | Bengaluru, September 25, 2018: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), one of India’s biggest hirers, is changing the way it has been recruiting engineering graduates over the past many years.

The tech company is digitizing the recruitment system, and reducing its dependence on the traditional process of going to campuses to find candidates — which is the way much of the IT industry hires today. Starting this year, it has started a pan-India online test — called the National Qualifier Test — and is following that up with a video interview, or a face-to face interview, depending on the candidate’s location.

The company says this has enabled it to reach out to a far larger student talent base, as also complete the recruitment process in three-four weeks, compared to the three-four months it took under the traditional process. TCS traditionally had a pool of 370 accredited colleges where it visited annually for fresh hires. With the online test, the company said it could reach out to nearly 2,000 colleges, including those “in Baramulla, Kohima and other far flung areas”.

The number of students who registered for the test on the company’s digital platform iON was 280,000 from 100 cities and 24 states. This figure is 175 per cent higher than the number of students who registered for the traditional process last year. “The basic process of campus recruitment is not changing but the way we are doing is changing,” Ajoy Mukherjee, executive VP and head of global human resources at TCS, told TOI.

When TCS visits engineering colleges, it conducts recruitment tests for those in the fourth year (7th semester) with the help of its HR team, technical team and recruitment team in individual institutions. After the test, an interview is conducted. So 370 colleges took three to four months to cover. “We have optimized recruitment so that it can be done faster — in three to four weeks,” said Mukherjee.

This year, the tests were conducted earlier this month, and the interview process is currently on. “We could not go to colleges in far-flung areas. Now they come together in one nearby accredited college or an iON centre for the interview,” Mukherjee said. The traditional campus recruitment process, however, will continue in top institutions such as the IITs, NITs and IIMs. But the hiring numbers could be fewer.

The company declined to comment on how many graduates it would hire this fiscal, but said the number would be more than last year, when it recruited about 20,000 trainees.

Venguswamy Ramaswamy, global head of TCS’ digital assessment platform iON, said the company has “democratised talent spotting” through this novel method. The platform has algorithms that evaluate responses from candidates when they write programmes in Java, C or C++. iON has been used for other assessments, such as railway exams, CAT, GATE and CLAT.

To date, it has assessed more than 115 million candidates. “Earlier, we used to give the offer letters by September and wait for the graduate to join us in June. With this platform, we engage with students on trending topics, arrange hackathons and other modes of talent development before they join. This helps us integrate them faster,” said Ramaswamy.