About the Tata Administrative Services Program:

TAS is the Flagship leadership programme for young talent that mentors them for leadership at Tata group, which covers over 100 independent companies

TAS, generally known as the Tata Administrative Service, was conceived by JRD Tata in 1956, the late chairman of the Tata Group. He dreamed to create a talent, strong pipeline of the leaders who would steer the organizations and make them effective, and using that pool of talent as a group resource one that could be tapped by companies across the Tata group of companies.
Today, TAS is the biggest premiere leadership programme in the country and has furnished almost every industry with top pioneers. TAS power lies in that it provides cross functional opportunities through industries, organizations and geographies, international exposure, great players for professionals, and lifetime career mobility. TAS managers are thus, on a fast track programme of career growth, team players and leadership development.

Why is TAS?

With TAS, you will be thrilled with the opportunity to work with the Tata group which places values on the highest mounting. And, you are offered a vast canvas, tools and all the colors you need to create your own masterpieces.

Vision:

To create leaders who, while strengthening the cultural pillars of the Group visible as good thoughts, good words, good deeds would partner the development and growth of the Group and contribute to nation building.

TAS Applicant Eligibility Criteria for TAS In-House 2018:

  • 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).
  • Minimum Educational Qualification: A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline is mandatory.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Performance Management Cycle: Employees should have undergone minimum 2 appraisal cycles within the Group as on 1st April 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

TAS applicant 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.

Summer Internship Selection Process:

TAS separately works with select campuses across the country to provide summer internships for first year students. A rigorous selection process is deployed for selection of summer interns which is a subset of the TAS selection process described for finals.
Select students are offered an opportunity to apply for TAS at the end of their summer internships and can participate in a pre-placement selection process scheduled at that time.

Schedule and Timelines:

Program Launch November 20, 2017
Registration to TAS November 20, 2017 to February 5, 2018
Announcement of GMAT Score cut-off to Applicants February 12, 2018
Announcement of Final Shortlist to Applicants February 23, 2018
 Submission of TAS Application Forms to Group HR  March 12, 2018
 Group Discussion & Presentation rounds at major cities  3rd/4th week of March 2018
Final Interview in Mumbai  April 2018
Program Commencement  2nd week of June, 2018

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

TAS In-house and Campus Selection Process:

  1. Chairman’s Group Discussion 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 minutes of discussion. By the end the group would have discussed 10 cases for 100 minutes.
Having energy for 100 minutes 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 gets 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 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 minutes 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:

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

TAS Case Study 2015-16

This year, the Tata Administrative Services (TAS) Case Study is about Harley Davidson. In this case study the candidates are expected to discuss about the organizational readiness of Harley Davidson for international business. Candidates are also required to comment on Harley Davidson’s leadership style and it’s appropriateness for the company’s business objectives – globally and in emerging markets. The candidates also have to discuss about the operational challenges that Harley Davidson faced during their initial few years in India.

TAS In-House and Campus Selection 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?