New Delhi: Students from Tier 2 cities were found to be more employable than Tier 1 towns, according to the India Skills report 2016. Over 50% candidates assessed were found employable in Tier 2 cities such as Lucknow, Patna, Dehradun, than Tier 1 cities where the level of employability was 30%.
The survey found that employability of female students shot up to 40 % in 2015 in Tier 2 towns compared to 36 % last year. In Tier 1 cities, the female employability was 36% in 2015 compared to 32 % in the previous year. Engineering graduates had the highest percentage of employability, while the lowest percentage of employable candidates were From BA, B.Com, ITI, and polytechnics streams. The survey has been conducted by Wheebox, an online talent assessment firm in collaboration with PeopleStrong, CII, Linkedln and Association of Indian Universities. The hiring sentiment also looks positive, with employers across sectors expecting an average increase of about 14% from last year’s hiring numbers.
Nearly 52 lakh students across 29 states and 7 union territories took part in the tests. Uttar Pradesh topped the list where the maximum number of students participated, followed by Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka and Bihar. Out of total number of candidates in the age group of 18-21 years who appeared for the test, about 37% scored more than 60% and were part of the employable pool. For age group 22-25 years, this number was 31.6% and those in 26- 29 years groups it was 21.9%. “Employers have to move to Tier 2 cities to find the real talent. The education institutions in these towns have to open up access to information about the skills required to get into jobs for their students,” said Nirmal Singh, founder and CEO Wheebox.