Cognizant Syllabus, Pattern & Model Question Paper

The Cognizant Company has made some changes in it’s recruitment process and syllabus, recently. So, here in this article, we are providing you the latest syllabus of the Cognizant Company in simple understandable words.

Cognizant GenC & GenC Elevate Exam Pattern, Syllabus

The exam is held in three steps as follows:

  1. Cognizant Online Test.
  2. GenC Interview.
  3. GenC Next Interview.


1. Cognizant Online Test.

For a total 61 questions , you will get 240 minutes to solve. And there will be no negative marking. This is the mandatory section.

This online test includes following Sections:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude
  2. Logical Reasoning
  3. Verbal Ability
  4. Automata Fix (Code debugging)
  5. Coding Questions
SectionsTotal number of questionsTime allotted
Quantitative Aptitude2435 minutes
Logical Reasoning2535 minutes
Verbal Ability ( English)130 minutes
Automata Fix (Code debugging)720 minutes
Coding Questions1.Coding Round 12.Coding Round 22240 minutes80 minutes
Total61240 minutes

Cognizant Exam Syllabus: 1. Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus:

Basic MathematicsAlgebraDivisibilityAveragesRatio & ProportionLCM & HCFSurds & IndicesNumbers, decimal fractions and power
Applied MathematicsArea, shape, and perimeterTime and WorkSimple and Compound InterestProfit and LossTime, Speed and DistanceInverseAlligation & MixturesPercentage
Engineering MathematicsGeometry, Coordinate GeometryLogarithmsClocks & CalendarPipes and CisternsPermutation and CombinationsProbability
  • Section: Mandatory type.
  • Total number of Quantitative Aptitude Questions:  24 Questions
  • Total time allotted: 35 minutes

Cognizant Exam Syllabus: 2. Logical Reasoning Syllabus

LogicalMathematical OrdersAnalogy and Classification pattern recognitionOdd Man OutInferred MeaningData ArrangementsCoding pattern and Number series pattern recognition
ReasoningObjective ReasoningSeating ArrangementsCoding deductive logicDirectional SenseSelection decision tablesSyllogismStatement & ConclusionBlood Relation
  • Section: Mandatory type.
  • Total number of Logical reasoning Questions:  25 Questions
  • Total time allotted: 35 minutes

You are suggested to read our detailed coding articles on following.

Cognizant Exam Syllabus: 3. Verbal Ability

Verbal abilityGrammarTenses & ArticlesSpeech & VoicesPreposition & ConjunctionsSentence Improvement & ConstructionError IdentificationSubject-Verb Agreement Reading ComprehensionSelecting WordsComprehension orderingInferential and Literal ComprehensionContextual VocabularySentence SelectionVocabularySynonymsAntonyms
  • Section: Mandatory type.
  • Total number of verbal ability Questions: 1. Question
  • Total time allotted: 30 minutes

Cognizant Exam Syllabus: 4. Automata Fix (Code debugging)

In this Automata Fix section, you have to debug and correct the given codes.

Before the test starts, you will be given the options ;where you have to choose between any of the three languages.The three languages are as follows:




Automata FixCode ReuseLogical Error CorrectionSyntax Error Correction
  • Section: Mandatory type.
  • Total number of Automata Fix (Code debugging) Questions:  7 Questions
  • Total time allotted: 20 minutes

You are suggested to read our detailed article on following.

  • Interview Questions on DBMS
  • Interview Questions on Data Structure
  • HR Interview Questions
  • Cognizant Recruitment Process
  • Cognizant Coding Question

Cognizant Exam Syllabus: 5. Coding Questions:

  • Section: Mandatory type.
  • Total number of Coding Questions:  4 Questions. (2+2 Questions)
  • Total time allotted: 40 minutes + 80 minutes.

2. GenC Interview

This is the second round of the Cognizant exam.

If you clear (qualify) first round, that is Cognizant online test and not able to qualify the second round which is divided into two sections. The two sections are:

  1. Programming Skills.
  2. Problem Solving Data Structures and Algorithm Capabilities.

Then, you are eligible to give this GenC Interview.

Syllabus for Programming is as follows:

OOPS (Object-oriented programming):

  • Complexity Theory
  • Polymorphism
  • Encapsulation
  • Abstraction

Data Types:

  • Procedure, functions and scope.
  • Iteration, Recursion, Decision.

Data Structures & Algorithms:

  • Searching and Sorting
  • Arrays, Linked Lists, Tress, Graphs
  • Complexity Theory
  • Stacks, Queues
  • Heaps
  • Hash Tables

Automata Pro:

  • Arrays and Matrices
  • Recursion
  • String manipulation.
  • Simulated coding platform on Data Structures, etc.

3. GenC Next Interview

If you clear (qualify) first round (Cognizant online test) as well as second round (as mentioned above) of the Cognizant Exam, then you are eligible for this GenC Next Interview.

The interviewer will ask you questions on the following topics in this GenC Next Interview.

  • Cognitive Abilities.
  • Problem Articulation.
  • Programming Concepts.
  • Algorithm Capabilities, etc.

Previously, the pattern of On campus for Cognizant Online test was like this:

The exam is held in three different rounds as follows:

  1. Cognizant Online Test.
  2. Technical Interview.
  3. HR Interview.

Cognizant Exam Syllabus : Cognizant Online Test. (On campus)

Topic nameNo of questionsTime period
Quantitative Aptitude1616 minutes
Logical Reasoning2435 minutes
Verbal Ability2218 minutes
Automata Fix720 minutes

Syllabus for each of the above mentioned topic:

1.Quantitative aptitude

  • Ratios and Proportion
  • Numbers
  • Geometry
  • Time and work
  • Time, speed and distance
  • Percentages
  • Averages, Profit Loss
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Probability
  • Logarithms

2. Logical reasoning

  • Data Arrangements
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Direction Sense
  • Coding and Decoding series
  • Analogy
  • Blood Relations
  • Logical Sequence
  • Odd man out

3. Verbal ability

  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence improvement
  • Sentence Completion
  • Para-Jumbles
  • Sentence Correction
  • Reading Comprehension

4. Automata fix

  • Code Reuse
  • Logical Error Correction
  • Syntax Error Correction

Cognizant Exam Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be passout of BE, ME,,, BCA, MCA, MS[5yrs]degree students belonging to CSE / IT / ECE / EEE / EIE / E&E / Applied Electronics / Computer & Technology / Electrical / ETE / ICE / Software Engineering/Mechanical only.
  • Applicant must have more than 60% or CGPA > 6 in aggregate.( In 10 th, 12 th, Diploma, UG and PG)

Aggregate can be calculated as follows:

Aggregate % = sum of all subjects marks scored / total no. of subjects (as of last semester result declared)

  • Applicants should not have an education gap of more than one or two years.
  • Applicants must not have standing arrears in current education.
  • Applicants should be flexible to relocate anywhere in India and ready to work in any shift/domain. (Indian Nationality)

Cognizant majorly hire for the following roles. Roles along with their packages are mentioned below:

  • Programmer Analyst Trainee (CTC: 3.38 LPA)
  • Associate (CTC: 6.5 LPA)

In this way, we provided you topic wise syllabus for Cognizant Exam. Hope you all find it helpful. Do check other articles on our website also, you will definitely find them helpful.

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