Wednesday, September 15, 2010

TCS ILP at Infocity Gandhinagar

This is a guest post by Bhavin Doshi.

this is my first post from ahemdabad, during my ILP period. today we completed two days in TCS. so now i can proudly say that i too am a TCSer!

we reached here on 25th october. the infocity is located in gandhinagar, and is about a 45 minute drive from ahemdabad railway station. this post now contains two parts: information about infocity, and information about my experience in TCS ILP.

there are various kinds of buildings here, including residential, commercial offices and shops. residential buildings are of studio apartments, flats and bunglows. commercial offices are located in various towers. some of the towers are still under construction. TCS has its office in IT tower 1 and IT tower 3. IT tower 3 is also called as “Nal Sarovar”. i formerly thought that this is some landmark like powai lake, but its just a name of a building. The park is quite big, and its maintained in a very nice way.

we have got accomodation in studio apartments. normally, one apartment is occupied by 4 people. now, there four people are never from the same college. TCS allots random rooms to the people in order to make them communicate with new people and co-ordinate with them. rooms are nicely maintained and are cleaned everyday. i was lucky enough to get accomodation with my college friend shawn, which we both thought as something impossible. the room number is 102 in studio apartments block 5. other two room partners are from manipal university. they joined ILP a month before us, and will complete their training on 19th of november.

there is one canteen contractor who provides food both at IT tower canteen and at studio apartments. quality of food is nice, and i am lucky enough to get jain food too. laundry facility is available with manageable rates.

first thing: tie is compulsary. they said previously that tie is optional, but its not. there are strict security policies here. we are not allowed to carry any media inside ILP centre which includes mobile phones, pen drives, CDs and other electronic media. they have five levels of confidentiality, out of which only first level can be made public (which is there on all the ILP related presentations had confidentiality level 2 which is tcs-internal. this information can only be shared with people inside TCS. so there is hardly anything that i can share here.

we all had various presentations explaining various processes inside TCS. it also explained various portals that we would be using as employee of TCS. then there was information about importance of security rules, copyright rules and punctuality etc. all the sessions were very informative, but sadly only few of them were interesting. rest all were either not very exciting or had obvious information conveyed.

all the batches had size of around 250. hence they were divided in groups, but we are batch of 48 only, so we wont be having more than one group.

TCS has affiliation with HDFC bank, so we are offered customized accounts for our salary and reimbursement accounts. they also offer nice gold debit card and demat card options. almost everything is free of cost, with accounts being zero balance accounts. but the activation takes 7 days. we filled out forms today, so by next tuesday, we should get our accounts activated and ready to use.

its colder here than mumbai, but bearable. the temperature will go down in coming weeks, so then it would be slightly tougher to manage. most people didnt anticipate this and have no warm clothes with them. only i and nikhil loya are having proper warm clothes with us. lets see how it turns out!


  1. Thanks for the info.Can you pls tell me the procedure on the first day of the ILP.Means regarding the documents verification over there in detail.

    Waiting for a reply and regards

  2. can u plzz telll me wheather V need 2 bring our own blankets with us or these all will b provided there ????
    plzz telll me soon so dat i can start my packing n all these ....
    i'l b thankful 2 U

  3. thnxx 4 gvng so much information....can u plzz tell what they use to teach during ilp. i'll b very thnkful 2 u.....waitng 4 ur reply...

  4. what about the medical facility?my sister is going there in a month.she is i wanna know if doctors are available nearby....

  5. Thanx buddy for sharing ur experience with us.... m going to join TCS on 13th dec at gandhinagar, n my accommodation is in studio apartment...... So i hav some queries.....

    At the accommodation, are they provide bedding, pillow, blanket.... all these kind of stuffs....???

    Thanx in advance....

  6. Namaskar boss.......
    i am an engineer student ,doing at geetnjali institute technology study,udaipur.i am in final year now and i want the industrial training from tcs, i want 2 ask u that if it is possible or not....

  7. i am an engineer student ,doing b.e. at government engineerning college,modasa.i am in final year now and i want the industrial training from tcs, i want 2 ask u that if it is possible or not...and what is the procedure for it???
    trupesh patel.

  8. wat is the timing of of ILP Gandhinagar?

  9. Live in posh area, where D-Mart is 0.5 km, Sales India 0.5 km, Axis Bank 0.5 km, SBI 0.5 km, City Gold Multiplex 1 km, Motera Stadium 1 km, Javed Habib Beauty Parlor 0.5 km, Bank Of India 0.5 km

    Accommodation only for girls

  10. apart from documents what do we need to carry for accommodation let me put it explicitly- do we need to bring mattress or bathroom accessories like bucket with us
    I am joining TCS gandhinagar on 22nd dec-2011

  11. The students are not allowed to wash clothes or iron the clothes in the hostel in the name of saving water; rather pay Rs 10 per piece of cloth to have them pressed/ironed from the reception of studio appartments. I would suggest to give the clothes for cleaning/pressing o/s infocity coz it's cheaper.

    Had the management banned only the formal dresses not to be washed, then that could have been understandable. But, here except ur chaddi and baniyan, you have to give all your clothes to be cleaned/washed/ironed.

    Gandhinagar being a hot/humid place, you will be sweating a lot esp when you leave your AC ILP centres for your studio appartments. Then you will want to change your sweat soaked clothes. If you change ur dress twice; daily you will have to fork out 40-50 rs in laundry.

    And we are NOTTT getting paid that much.


    Regarding the food, the food at TCS mess is ok; but during the night do avoid eating at the mess of TCS studio appartments. Even the security guards will advise you against that. Many participants have fallen ill due to food poisioning.

    Go to dhabas nearby for thalis ranging from 50-70rs per plate.

    Regarding the bed sheets, plz carry a couple of your own. (u cant wash them urself, even then)....coz the bedsheets , though told that it will be changed every 4 days, look dirty and soiled.

    Pray to god, that you have understanding room-partners. Coz, if u r not lucky, they wont let you sleep properly by creating ruckus; and the result will be u will be half-asleep during the training. That will give you a negative feedback and rating.


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