Students in Tier 2 colleges show a gap of 20 percentile points in English Communication, Logical Ability and Computer Programming, while the gap in Quantitative ability is 27 percentile points, as compared to students in Tier 1 colleges. This illustrates the gap is maximum in number skills and not in English, as is commonly believed. Also, the current study shows that the difference in employability for female vs. male technical graduates is not more than 2 percentage points in any IT/ITeS sector! The study showed that females performed better than males in English (by 2 percentile points) and Computer Programming (by 4 percentile points), males did better in Logical Ability (by 2 percentile points) and Quantitative Ability (by 11 percentile points). The methodology of the study was as follows. Campuses which fall in the top 100 campus list (according to various credible surveys) were segregated and their employability was compared with the rest of the campuses (called tier 2 campuses in this study). Employability was based on actual testing of students from these campuses on their employability skills using AMCAT, a computer based employability measurement test widely accepted in the industry.
Aspiring Minds has conducted India's first employability study of technical graduates based on the results of a standardized computer-based test called AMCAT conducted for more than 2,50,000 engineering and MCA students (in final year) across the country. AMCAT was conducted in more than 12 states under proctored environment. AMCAT covers all objective parameters for adjudging employability in the IT/ITeS sector including English Communication, Quantitative skills, problem-solving skills and Computer Science and Programming skills. Employability figures are based on actual hiring benchmarks on AMCAT scores set by multiple companies in IT/ITeS related sectors. Since the study is based on a standardized aptitude and skill test, not only does it find the employability quotient, but also helps investigate skills that are deficient in particular group of candidates with regard to different sectors.
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