Mumbai (Agencies): In a move to fast-track recruitment, IT firm TCS on Sunday announced that fresh engineering graduates with a good academic record can directly appear for interviews, skipping the entrance test that other applicants have to take.

Engineering students that have consistently scored over 70 per cent throughout their academic career can "leapfrog" directly to the interview stage, it said in a release here.

The system is being implemented from the current hiring season in which TCS plans to make offers to a total of 37,000 fresh graduates. It is being introduced as a pilot project and many pass-outs are already taking advantage of it, a TCS spokesperson said.

Based on the performance of fresh graduates hired earlier, the company has graded engineering colleges in the country and only students that fall in A, A+ and B category institutions can avail of the scheme, the release said.

"The written test is more to check your aptitude and we think the academic consistency takes care of it," the spokesperson said.

The company has already made offers to 23,500 graduates from 171 colleges in the current hiring season. Many of them that have a good academic record did not sit for the written
test, the spokesperson added.