Study by Apsiring Minds, Companies are Missing Out On Large Set of Employable Students

According to a study conducted by Aspiring Minds, a recruitment assessment co., it appears that Tier II colleges have a moderate pool of employable talent, which is often ignored by companies and therefore creates an artificial dip in employable talent pool. The study also indicates that females and males are almost equivalently employable. With the ratio of the number of top 100 campuses to the rest is more than 10 times, conservatively estimated that more than 70% of all students employable for IT product sector and more than 80% of all students employable for the IT services/KPO sector are in tier 2 colleges. The study indicates that in tier II colleges (those not in top 100) 3.47% of students are employable in IT product, 16.4% in IT services and 8.26% in KPO. In contrast, 29.4% students in tier I campuses are employable in IT services companies, whereas 10% are employable in IT product companies.  BPO and technical-support-job employability do not change much in tier 2 colleges as compared to Tier 1 colleges. It can therefore be estimated that a majority of employable talent lies in tier II colleges and cities which are partially or completely ignored by companies for fresher placements.

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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