Authored and published by Aspiring Minds research and development team, these white papers touch a variety of topics in helping understand assessment, human capital quality and mapping.
Employability assessment and job credentialing leader, Aspiring Minds analyzed more than 10 lakh job openings mapped to over 30 job roles and 100 job skills to identify the automation potential of the labor market in India.
Aspiring Minds' Philippines National Employability Report - 2017 is based on the results of 60,000 fresh graduates from 80 + colleges on AMCAT: Aspiring Minds Computer Adaptive Test, the world's largest standardized employability test. It is the first-ever study done on the employability of graduates in the Philippines.
Skill Map - India, 2017 is a big data view of jobs across the country. It is the first-of-its-kind interactive platform that showcases demand for different job roles and skill sets in India.
The Skills-Nursing Assistant 2017 is an in-depth analysis of the employability of nursing assistants in India.
The National Trainers' Skills Report is an in-depth analysis of the proficiency of vocational skill trainers in teaching skills and in their respective domain. The report is based on the evaluation of over 500 vocational trainers who participated in the Skill India Fellowship conducted by Aspiring Minds.
The National Programming Skills Report - Engineers 2017 is an analytical study of the employability quotient of more than 36,000 engineering students from IT related branches from over 500 colleges across the country. The report, based on Automata, a Machine Learning based assessment of software development skills aims to uncover the gaps in programming ability of Indian engineers by gender, tier of college, top 100 colleges vs. rest of the colleges, etc. The report brings across some necessary suggestions imperative for improving programming ability of students across the country.
Knowing what NOT to do is a critical job skill - Situational judgment tests have helped organizations across the globe consistently hire high performers. They are an effective way of assessing multiple aspects in an applicant including personality, problem solving and soft skills - i.e. practical intelligence. However, how do situational judgment tests predict performance and what is the right way to configure them?
Now, groundbreaking research by Steven Stemler and Varun Aggarwal based on Aspiring Minds' data sets, assessment modules and scoring methodologies answer the question.
The Skill Map U.S. 2016 is an analytical study of the demand and compensation for approximately 200 skills in the U.S. labor market. The report is a first of its kind effort to objectively present the demand for skills required by the industry across states mapped with the compensation it commands through an interactive visual interface. The report data is based on the analysis of over 300 job roles and 4,028,127 jobs in total.
The National Employability Report - Engineers, 2016 is an analytical study of the employability quotient of 150,000 engineering students from 650+ engineering colleges across the country. In its fourth edition this year, the report has widened its study to create a skill map, through theoretical and empirical evidence, for alternate careers for engineers such as sales engineer, technical content developer etc and report employability for these. It also looks into the job aspirations of engineers.
The Skills Plumbers 2015 report is an analytical study of the employability quotient of plumbers. It is the report of its kind on plumbers and highlights the key knowledge and skill gaps in recently training plumbers. It also highlights the training interventions that are needed to make plumbers more job ready. The findings of the report are based on vocational skills assessment technology, TESLA, which has allowed us to derive skilling levels and capabilities trends like never before. In 2014 alone, more than five lakh vocational workers had been assessed on the TESLA platform.
The National Spoken English Skills Report is an analytical study of the Spoken English Skills of engineers across India. The results derived are based on data of more than 30,000 students from 500+ colleges across India. The report aims to analyse the strong corelation between good communication skills and employability and highlights the gaps in Spoken English Skills in a comprehensive study by gender, city of residence, college etc. It also suggests areas of improvement to develop the requisite skills. The report shows drastic findings that out of the six hundred thousand engineers that graduate annually, only 2.9% candidates have spoken English skills (SES) for high-end jobs in corporate sales/business consulting.
The National Employability Report - Engineers, 2014 is an analytical study of the employability quotient of Indian engineers. It has over the years become an authoritative source for employability statistics for engineers and an auditory mechanism for higher education. The present report aims to delve further into the employability situation and also focuses on job aspirations of engineers. It also aims to understand what factors apart from merit influence employability outcomes.
The National Employability Report-Hotel Management Graduates 2014 is based on objective assessment (AMCAT-Hospitality) data of more than 4000 Hotel Management students from 140+ Hotel Management colleges across India. The report aims to analyze the employability variances across various groups to gain understanding of the needs and the gaps in the field and suggest required targeted intervention to bridge the same. The report also tries to understand the aspirations of the youth today when it comes to hospitality jobs.
The automatic evaluation of computer programs is a nascent area of research with a potential for large-scale impact. Extant program assessment systems score mostly based on the number of test-cases passed, providing no insight into the competency of the programmer. In this paper, we present a machine learning framework to automatically grade computer programs
Principles for using Machine Learning in the Assessment of Open Response Items: Programming Assessment as a Case Study', 'Questions demanding subjective (open) responses have been considered to be the most desirable assessment format in order to gauge candidate learning. Such questions allow candidates to express creatively and help evaluators to understand a candidate's thought process. The evaluation of such subjective responses, however, has traditionally required human expertise and is challenging to automate. On the other hand, automated assessments provide scalability, standardization and efficiency.
Presented at NIPS Workshop on Data Driven Education, Reno, USA, 2013
The Aspiring Minds report titled "Women in Engineering: A comparative study of barriers across nations" is an analytical study of trends for women in engineering in India. It aims to understand by way of comparison with the United States, that in what ways does engineering represent a space for progress for women in India and what and where do the barriers lie in terms of environmental factors and male-female ratio in India's engineering colleges.
The Aspiring Minds' Computer Programming Learning Levels Report- 2013 is based on the objective assessment (AMCAT) data of 55,000+ engineering graduates, all graduates of the class of 2013, from 250+ engineering colleges across India. The analysis of the report is based on performance of students in the Computer Programming module of AMCAT. The report shows stark findings such as around 30% of IT/CS engineers lacking basic theoretical knowledge of programming which is a grave concern. It aims to succinctly analyze skill gaps and areas of improvement in the concerned vertical.
The Aspiring Minds' Practical Intelligence in top-B Schools in India- report is based on Situational Judgment Tests (SJT) data of 230 fresh graduates in 3 out of top 10 B-Schools in India. The report is an empirical study highlighting practical intelligence of fresh MBA graduates on mid-level managerial skills. The results show a large difference in the scores of management graduates and those experienced in the industries on a test of practical intelligence and situation handling, The major area of concern is client management and work management skills.
The Aspiring Minds National Employability Report, Graduates- Annual Report, 2013 is based on the objective assessment (AMCAT) data of 60,000 graduation students from numerous colleges across multiple states in India. The report is the first ever national audit of employability of 3-year Bachelor's degree graduates. It aims to succinctly analyze the existent variations in employability across verticals. Some stark findings from the report highlight lack of English communication skills and emphasis to rote learning over application of concepts as major impediments in employability of Indian graduates.
The Quantitative Ability Learning Levels-Engineering Graduates, Annual Report-2012 is based on objective assessment (AMCAT) data of 55,000 engineering graduates who took AMCAT Quantitative Ability, a competency-based standardized assessment of quantitative aptitude developed by Aspiring Minds. This is by far the most comprehensive analysis of quantitative skills of engineers in India. The report provides in-depth input on skill gaps, areas where training should be focused and how to make pedagogic changes to the education system to impart better mathematical skills to engineering graduates in India.
The National Employability Report-MBA Graduates, 2012 is based on a sample of more than 32,000 MBA students from over 220 Business Schools across India. This is the most authoritative study on the current state of Employability of management graduates in India and covering a breadth of roles and skills sets that MBA graduates bring to the table. The report presents in-depth comparison of available MBA talent pool across multiple parameters like gender, specialization areas, tier of cities, zones, job sectors and campuses amongst others. Some grave findings from the report include facts like 40% of employable MBA graduates being invisible to recruiters due to market inefficiencies.
The National Employability Report-Hotel Management Graduates 2012 is based on objective assessment (AMCAT-Hospitality) data of more than 3,000 Hotel Management students from 120+ Hotel Management colleges across India. This report aims to assess the employability variances of Hotel Management candidates in India across various groups to gain an understanding of the needs and the gaps. It attempts to explore the reasons behind the widening demand-supply gap for quality talent in hospitality.
The English Learning Levels-Engineering Graduates, Annual Report 2011-12 is based on objective assessment (AMCAT) data of 55000 engineering students who took AMCAT English, a competency-based standardized assessment of English developed by Aspiring Minds. The report is by far the most comprehensive analysis of English skills of engineers in India. It gives an in-depth analysis of specific areas in English language where engineering graduates are lacking and the implications of these deficiencies thereof.
The 2011 edition Aspiring Minds National Employability Report - Engineers is based on the objective assessment (AMCAT) data of 55,000 engineering graduates. This is the most authoritative study on job-suitability and skill-analysis of engineering graduates in India. The report features multiple regional, state wise, tier wise, gender wise and campus type comparisons of quality of talent available for the IT and ITeS industry. Some of the rather disturbing findings in the report include the lack of fair opportunity to a substantial percentage of employable engineering graduates due to market inefficiencies.
Technical education in India has scaled over the last decade boasting of 1000s of engineering colleges spread across the length and breadth of the country producing over half a million engineering graduates annually. The study show the drop in percentage of employability of engineers across different states for diffeent sectors. Aspiring Minds Research cell has done advanced statistical studies to uncover the core reasons for the dramatic variation in the quality of talent being produced.
Aspiring Minds recently conducted a study to understand what kind of sectors and job profiles do fresh graduates prefer. A survey was conducted at two metros which attracts graduates looking for jobs from across the country. A total of more than 7500 candidates were sampled. All non-engineering degrees including B.Sc., BCA, B.Com., BBA, BA, BHM, etc. were included in the survey.
Recently Aspiring Minds has again conducted the employability study of technical graduates based on the results of AMCAT conducted for final year engineering and MCA students across the country. The latest study by Aspiring Minds gives an insight into the low employability of IT graduates and provide an estimate of number of candidates require training to be eligible for any job in the IT/ITeS sector. It also says technical engineers have an edge over MCA graduates in IT product roles and KPO.
As the Government is thinking about setting up approximately 50 colleges in the North East, a major question is about the future of the students passing out from these colleges. A good curriculum, a brilliant set of students cannot fill up the vacuum in placements marred by civil unrest in the region. This report is about a comparison of placement scenario across various colleges which reveals a dichotomy in number of companies visiting North East colleges vs colleges in the other parts of the country. It also says the corporate sector and innovative solutions will play a role in improving the situation and building labour inclusivity.
Aspiring Minds has conducted India's first employability study of technical graduates based on the results of AMCAT conducted for more than 40,000 engineering and MCA students (in final year) across the country. 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. The study also investigates which skills are deficient in particular group of candidates with regard to different sectors.
Often, companies use personality tests constructed outside India for the purpose of recruitment, promotion inputs and training-requirement analysis. This white paper argues by means of analyzing the structure of these tests that international tests are not reliable in the Indian context. The paper talks about the need for an effective Personality Inventory for entry level hiring in India and concludes with recommendations on the features a personality test should have to work in the Indian scenario.
India is a vast country with a very large working population. Often companies big and small grapple with the task of figuring out where the talent pool of their interest lies. This report is a beginning in mapping the quality of Engineering in various parts of India.
While personality assessment over the years has grown in relevance world wide, India now has access to a personality inventory designed for the Indian masses. The context - Indian, someone who has never faced a job, language - AMPI has proven to map the right people for particular job streams making sure attrition is controlled and performance is predictable.
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