Economy

80% of engineers in India unemployable: report

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 19, 2018 Published on January 24, 2016

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Among metros, Delhi leads with highest employability





Indicating a significant skill gap, over 80 per cent of engineers in India remain unemployable, the fifth edition of National Employability Report 2015-16 conducted by job skills matching platform Aspiring Minds has found.

Varun Aggarwal, CTO, Aspiring Minds, said, “Engineering has become the de facto graduate degree for a large chunk of students today. However, along with improving the education standards, it is quintessential that we evolve our undergraduate programmes to make them more job-centric.”

Bihar, Jharkhand and Delhi have managed to retain their positions as most employable States while Kerala and Orissa are the new entrants in the top 25 percentile.

Interestingly, the report also says that tier-3 cities should not be neglected from a recruitment perspective.

“The trend of a significant drop in employability in all roles from tier 1 to tier 2 cities and similarly from tier 2 to tier 3 cities continues to exist. Employability in tier 1 city colleges has marginally increased in all roles except Sales Engineer and employability in different roles apart from IT product is quite similar in absolute terms across cities. This clearly implies that unlike popular notion, tier 3 cities too produce a share of employable engineers. These candidates could also possibly fill the entry-level hiring needs of several IT services companies,” it said.

Across metros, Delhi leads the pack with the highest employability, followed by Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune. The South continues to have the lowest figures.

Gender equality

Signalling a healthy trend, the study revealed employability was almost equal among males and females. “Roles like sales engineer non-IT, associate ITeS/BPO and content developer report slightly higher employability of females.” The report is based on a study of more than 1.5 lakh engineering students graduated from over 650 colleges.

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Published on January 24, 2016
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