Selection Criteria - Tata Administrative Services

Selection Criteria for TAS TAS Case Study TAS Interview Experience

TAS Applicant Eligibility Criteria for TAS In-House 2018:

  1. Nature of Employement:TAS In-house is open only to employees on permanent rolls of Tata Group companies and employees on permanent rolls of a Tata Joint Venture (excluding employees on the JV partner rolls).
  2. Minimum Educational Qualification:A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline is mandatory.
  3. Work Experience:2-6 years of work experience as on 1st April 2018. As an exception, all Management Trainees / Graduate Engineer Trainees / employees of other structured group programmes who have joined the group on or before 3rd September 2016, will be eligible for TAS In-house 2018.
  4. Minimum Service within the Group:As on 1st April 2018, employees should have minimum 2 years of current continuous service in the Group (with the exception of point C above).
  5. Performance Management Cycle:Employees should have undergone minimum 2 appraisal cycles within the Group as on 1st April 2018.
  6. Registration:Interested applicants to register on the TAS website. Each applicant is allowed to register only once. Applicants with multiple registrations/entries via varying name and GMAT score combinations will not be considered for the TAS In-house process.
  7. GMAT:A valid score, for a GMAT test taken after June 2012 is necessary (as a reference point, last year’s GMAT score cut-off was 650). GRE score is not valid for TAS. Applicants to register only once they have a valid and final GMAT score.
  8. Applicants currently on sabbatical, study leave, medical leave and leave without pay are eligible to apply for TAS In-house subject to approval from the respective company HR department and provided they are on the rolls of the company and viewed as continuous service.
  9. All TBLA (Tata Business Leadership Awards) National Finals In-house Winners will get a direct shortlist to the TAS Final Interview round and 1st & 2nd Runner Ups will get a direct shortlist to the TAS Presentation round, subject to meeting all the TAS 2018 eligibility criteria as stated in the points above.

Eligibility Criteria for TAS Campus Selection Process

TAS recruits candidates from the premium business school campuses in the country like IIM’s, XLRI Jamshedpur, FMS Delhi, S P Jain and TISS. For the campus selection round the shortlisted teams from each campus presents the case. The winning team from each campus will battle it out for the national finals..

Schedule and Timelines:

Program LaunchNovember 20, 2017
Registration to TASNovember 20, 2017 to February 5, 2018
Announcement of GMAT Score cut-off to ApplicantsFebruary 12, 2018
Announcement of Final Shortlist to ApplicantsFebruary 23, 2018
Submission of TAS Application Forms to Group HRMarch 12, 2018
Group Discussion & Presentation rounds at major cities3rd/4th week of March 2018
Final Interview in MumbaiApril 2018
Program Commencement2ndweek of June, 2018

Kindly note that Registrations for TAS In-House 2017 will close at 11:59 pm on February 5, 2018

Selection Process for TAS In-house and Campus Selection Process

  1. Chairman’s Round
  2. Case Study Presentation
  3. IRIS psychometrics
  4. Director's round of interviews

Round 1 - Chairman's Group Discussion
In this round group of 10 people, one person is chairman and he/she will be given a case/problem statement (about 5 lines), then he/she have 1 min to read it. You aren't allowed to make notes. Then he/she has to present the case to the rest of the group (the group doesn't get to read the case) - 8 minutes of discussion where it is the chairperson's authority on how to control the group discussion. 1 min to conclude, panel will inform you that you have 1 min remaining to conclude. The chairperson usually concludes. And this process is repeated for the whole group i.e. each participant will become the chairperson and present a different case to the group followed by 9 mins of discussion. By the end the group would have discussed 10 cases for 100 mins.
Having energy for 100 mins is very important and presenting the correct interpretation of the case to the group is also very important. Topics will be usually business scenarios.
This is an elimination round.

Round 2 - Case Study Presentation
All who get through after the profile form short listing will be given case study and a presentation format. The case study has to be analyzed and presented in round 2.
Only the people who get through the GD round will be asked to make the presentation but all have to prepare.
The whole thing is supposed to last for 30 minutes with 20 minutes for your presentation and 10 mins for Q&A. This is also an elimination round.
Round 1 and Round 2 will happen on the same day.

Round 3 - IRIS - Psychometric Interview
This round is non-elimination; this basically tries to measure and quantify the leadership potential and is used in the next round of evaluation i.e. the Director's round.

Round 4 - Director's Interview
Here a panel of Tata Group companies' MDs and CXOs will take your interview, there is nothing specific about the interview. It varies from person to person depending on what the panel wants to evaluate.

Inputs that the panel has

1. The profile form and appraisals
2. The comments from GD panel
3. The comments from the case study panel
4. The IRIS feedback. This round is supposed to take place around 24/25 April and results will be out on the last day.
5. Joining TAS.

TAS In-House and Campus Seletion Process Application Essay Questions 2016

Essay 1: Describe a situation where you achieved something significant after overcoming obstacles.

Essay 2: Describe a situation where you initiated a new idea or approach and implemented it.How did you go about it?

Essay 3: Describe a situation where you had to persuade other to achieve a goal after overcoming resistance.How did you go about doing it?

Essay 4: Successful leader have a clear sense of purpose. What is your Statement of Purpose?

Essay 5: What do you propose to do in your career in the short and long term?

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