Cognizant Syllabus 2021 | Online Test Pattern


Cognizant is an American Multinational Professional services Company. It provides digital
products, digital IT services including digital technology, consulting, and operations services.

Headquarters of Cognizant Company are in Teaneck, New Jersey, United States.

Cognizant Syllabus for 2021

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.

For latest Recruitment Process and Previously Asked Conding Programming Questions, check the below links:


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
  1. Logical Reasoning
  1. Verbal Ability
  1. Automata Fix (Code debugging)
  1. Coding Questions
  Sections    Total number of questions    Time allotted  
  Quantitative Aptitude    24    35 minutes  
  Logical Reasoning    25    35 minutes  
  Verbal Ability ( English)    1    30 minutes  
  Automata Fix (Code debugging)    7    20 minutes  
  Coding Questions   1.Coding Round 1   2.Coding Round 2    2   2    40 minutes   80 minutes  
  Total    61    240 minutes  

Cognizant Exam Syllabus: 1. Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus:

  Category    Syllabus  
  Basic Mathematics    Algebra   Divisibility   Averages   Ratio & Proportion   LCM & HCF   Surds & Indices   Numbers, decimal fractions and power  
  Applied Mathematics    Area, shape, and perimeter   Time and Work   Simple and Compound Interest   Profit and Loss   Time, Speed and Distance   Inverse   Alligation & Mixtures   Percentage  
  Engineering Mathematics    Geometry, Coordinate Geometry   Logarithms   Clocks & Calendar   Pipes and Cisterns   Permutation and Combinations   Probability  
  • Section: Mandatory type.
  • Total number of Quantitative Aptitude Questions:  24 Questions
  • Total time allotted: 35 minutes

Cognizant Exam Syllabus: 2. Logical Reasoning Syllabus

  Category    Syllabus  
  Logical    Mathematical Orders   Analogy and Classification pattern recognition   Odd Man Out   Inferred Meaning   Data Arrangements   Coding pattern and Number series pattern recognition  
  Reasoning    Objective Reasoning   Seating Arrangements   Coding deductive logic   Directional Sense   Selection decision tables   Syllogism   Statement & Conclusion   Blood Relation  
  • Section: Mandatory type.
  • Total number of Logical reasoning Questions:  25 Questions
  • Total time allotted: 35 minutes

Cognizant Exam Syllabus: 3. Verbal Ability

  Category    Syllabus  
  Verbal ability    Grammar   Tenses & Articles   Speech & Voices   Preposition & Conjunctions   Sentence Improvement & Construction   Error Identification   Subject-Verb Agreement
  Reading Comprehension   Selecting Words   Comprehension ordering   Inferential and Literal Comprehension   Contextual Vocabulary   Sentence Selection   Vocabulary   Synonyms   Antonyms  
  • 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:




  Category    Syllabus  
  Automata Fix    Code Reuse   Logical Error Correction   Syntax Error Correction  
  • Section: Mandatory type.
  • Total number of Automata Fix (Code debugging) Questions:  7 Questions
  • Total time allotted: 20 minutes

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.
  • For all important and previously asked question in Cognizant, please checkout this:
    Cognizant Coding Question

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.
  1. 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

  • 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.
  1. Technical Interview.
  1. HR Interview.

If you want to see complete information then click on: Cognizant Recruitment Process

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

  Topic name    No of questions    Time period  
  Quantitative Aptitude    16    16 minutes  
  Logical Reasoning    24    35 minutes  
  Verbal Ability    22    18 minutes  
  Automata Fix    7    20 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

  • 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

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

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


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here