NASSCOM Assessment of Competence-Technology(NAC-Tech

An industry standard assessment for creating 'assessed and benchmarked' quality talent pool of IT / Engineering students

ABOUT NAC-TECHNAC-Tech has been conceived as an industry standard assessment and certification
program to ensure the transformation of a "trainable" workforce into an "employable" workforce, hence creating a robust and continuous pipeline of talent for the IT/Engineering Industry. It is targeted at final year and pre-final year students, who will be seeking employment opportunities in the IT / Engineering sector. The intent behind assessing these students is to identify the level of talent which is available across India, especially in Tier II and Tier III cities and provide feedback to them on areas they need to work on to improve their employability.

CONCEPTUALIZATION OF NAC-TECHIn-depth meetings with the large recruiters in the industry were

conducted to understand their recruitment practices, cause of attrition desired skills in a candidate, etc. Based on this, a job-skill matrix was developed which formed the basis for the design of this assessment program. Core and Working Committees from the industry were formed and constant interactions were made to make sure that the program was in line with the industry requirements. An evaluation committee was set up to finalize the vendors and decide on the approach to the pilot. Multi-tier evaluation of the vendors happened after the initial interaction. The identified vendors provided the content and technology to run the test. The companies that have helped develop the assessment program are - TCS, Wipro, Infosys, Accenture, Cognizant and HCL.


Eligibility for NAC-Tech - Any candidate appearing in 'final year' of BE, B.Tech, MCA, MSc-IT is eligible to take the test - Preferred Scores of candidates: 60 % aggregate in graduation, 12th standard & 10th standard NAC-Tech Test Fee The price per NAC-Tech test is as follows: - Rs. 155 for Part A of the test - Rs. 77 for Part B of the test - Rs. 70 / Rs. 60 for center fee (for infrastructure at retail center or college respectively), if applicable

NAC-TECH TEST MATRIXPart A (this must be attempted by all candidates)
Duration (in mins.)


Competencies Checked To assess candidate's verbal building blocks by evaluating skills like grammar, spellings, punctuations and vocabulary. To assess English usage by evaluating skills like structure, arguments and verbal reasoning. To assess candidate's comprehension of English passages

Mode of delivery

Verbal Ability






-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do- Mode of delivery Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online Online IT Electrical Electronics Mechanical Civil Chemical Textile Bio-Technology Telecommunications KEY BENEFITS TO VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERSJob Aspirants / Test Takers • • • • A common. Ability to identify self strengths and weaknesses through test scores. transparent recruitment process across IT / Engineering companies. . Be able to connect the dots and make an assessment based on information and ideas spread across the passage. Approach industry aggressively and in a more organized way for placement opportunities. Educational Institutes • • Enable the college to generate a quantifiable picture of the knowledge and skill level of its students. Detailed feedback on their knowledge and skills help them decide career opportunities in different areas of IT. Online Part B .) 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 total duration 30 mins.Optional (can be attempted if the student so desires) (The candidate can choose any one of the domains) Duration (in mins.Comprehension and ability to make inferences from a large amount of information. Skill Competencies Checked To assess candidate's technical skills in the core area of education. Induction and Visualization. To assess candidates eye for detail. To assess candidate's logical skills by evaluating skills like Deduction. Employment facilitation using NAC-Tech scores. To assess problem solving skills through questions on quantitative reasoning. Analytical Reasoning Attention to Detail 25 Online 5 total duration 60 mins.

The test identifies the desirable skills in fresh graduates that are essential. This gives a prospect to the candidates. HCL and Cognizant. The TimesJobs facility will be available by the end of August 2011. to showcase their potential to the employers w.t. Accenture. Infosys. primarily with all the endorsing companies. b. What role do IT companies play in NAC-Tech? The test is developed and supported by the NAC-Tech Council comprising of companies that conduct large recruitments like TCS. and companies directly connect to those who perform well in the NAC-Tech assessment and meet defined job criteria.r.3 million in the same period. from across the regions. indicating their employability.Government • • • • Employment generation through increased employability of talent.5% growth from the previous year. The talks are on with other leading employment portals as well.7 billion (excluding hardware) in FY 2009-10 registering about 5. in association with TimesJobs. Wipro. which allows the candidate to furnish his/her NAC-Tech scores in the CV on the TimesJobs portal. The IT sector also created a little over 100. industry will play a more crucial role in lending credibility / endorsement to the NAC-Tech and will help ensuring that this program gets differentiated amongst other similar products which are available in the market. • • • What are the skills being assessed in NAC-Tech? Please see "NAC-Tech Test Matrix" section above What is the minimum educational qualification / eligibility required to participate in the program? . NASSCOM. provides an amazing opportunity to all 'NAC-Tech candidates'. Help in attracting serious investors. adding the total employment with the industry to around 2. The industry clocked export revenue of US$ 49. It helps them reach out to a wider geography and access talent from tier II and tier III cities and institutions.Com (India's largest employment portal).000 jobs in FY09-10. Will help create a concept of 'education' to 'employability'. various skills that they are tested on. Preparing the students on skills that act as pre-requisites to work in the industry. Scores of all NAC-Tech test takers are shared. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) • Where does Indian IT industry stand today? Indian IT sector continues to grow from strength to strength. Industry • • Industry gets a pool of pre-assessed candidates mapped against competencies required for entry level professionals. witnessing high levels of activity both onshore as well as offshore. EMPLOYMENT FACILITATION FOR NAC-TECH TEST TAKERS a. During the current phase and the times to come.

these two vendors can spearhead and conduct NAC-Tech assessment for individual colleges. However. will continue to play the central role. currently.g. is under consideration. By facilitating knowledge enrichment and skills enhancement. please contact Dr. Senior Manager (Education Initiatives) at nactech@nasscom. candidates will essentially will have to pay the test fee.000+ candidates appearing for it. Senior Director (Education Initiatives) or Ms. in view of long term. state / college / university / institute). will be published on the NAC-Tech website time-to-time and shall also be made known to the public through various media • • • • OFFICIAL VENDORS FOR NAC-TECHWith the participation of the Industry Council. • • Does one need to pay for this program? Under the first two currently-running models/approaches (as mentioned above). state / college / university / institute). Edutech enables academic institutions and corporate organizations to improve performance and meet their learning objectives. Avneet Bajaj. Will people have access to NAC-Tech from small / tier-II. schedules regarding which. However. universities. multiple approaches will be looked into to cover the country. specific to the foundation skills. there are very many training programs. • Are there any training programs / courses that one needs to attend before attempting NAC-Tech? Since NAC-Tech encapsulates skills which are generic in nature. the business & governing model of this program. Under the aegis of NASSCOM. Whom should we contact at NASSCOM for further details? For further details on NAC-Tech. To take this forward. Who will own this program going forward? NASSCOM. About Edutech Edutech is a leading provider of technology & knowledge based solutions and services in the learning space with over 20 years of Industry experience & expertise. However. with the two above-stated approaches. What is the progress on NAC-Tech initiative? In pilot phase. Edutech and Aptech Assessment and Testing Solutions has been chosen by NASSCOM as the official vendors for holding the NAC –Tech administrations across the country. it may/may not require the candidate to pay for the test as this is completely at the discretion of the client organizing for the test (e. .Please see the eligibility criteria under the section 'Key Features of NAC-Tech'. As “Learning Specialists”. How to participate in the program and take the test? The test will be available from August 2011 for candidates. which are available across the country that may be attended if found convincing by the candidate. companies. Sandhya Chintala. NASSCOM does not endorse/recommend any Training or Training Company for the preparation of NAC-Tech. on behalf of the industry. these towns/cities can still be served by the organizing bodies (i. etc. The candidate will be able to take the test through: o A state is holding the test and is inviting candidates for it A college/university/institute is holding the test for its own students o Independently through retail centres (information can be sought by sending a request to nactech@nasscom. once the retail model comes into play which will enable candidates to take the test independently. III cities? Retail model will surely cater to small towns/cities.e. NAC-Tech was conducted in 18 states across India and also with few individual colleges/universities with about 23.

Jharkhand North Eastern States STATES ADDRESSED BY APTECH 1.000 computer based assessments in a single session. you may please reach us at nactech@nasscom. 8. pedagogy and technology. 5. Gurgaon. Extending this vision. REQUEST FOR CONDUCTING NAC-TECHFor conducting NAC-Tech STATES ADDRESSED BY EDUTECH 1. 5. ensuring reliability and security in a cost-effective manner. Tamil Nadu Maharashtra.leveraging its deep industry. 3. . offers complete technology based contemporary assessment solutions to institutions and organizations. Aptech Assessment & Testing Solutions. Aptech Assessment and Testing Solutions NAME: Rajan Wadhwa email id: nactech@aptech. or connect with the vendors based on the following geographies: Edutech NAME: Shruthi email id: nactech@edutech. 9. Ghaziabad Haryana Punjab Kerala West Bengal Himachal Pradesh Jammu & Kashmir For states that do not feature in the above lists. 6. It has a strong pan-India presence through a network of 75 testing centers and more than 40 affiliated test venue partners with a combined capacity of 20. Over the years. About Aptech Assessment and Testing Solutions Aptech Assessment & Testing Solutions. Since its inception in 2004. a 100% owned subsidiary of Aptech Ltd. 2. systems. Andhra Pradesh Karnataka Uttar Pradesh. please reach out to us at 7. 2. Greater Noida. in addition to contributing to enhanced customer performance and improved learning outcomes. Edutech has now partnered with NASSCOM in its skill evaluation and competence building initiative through NAC-Tech. pioneer in IT and multimedia training has a rich experience of over 20 years in education and training. Uttaranchal Madhya Pradesh Rajasthan Gujarat Orissa Bihar. Edutech has worked closely with its partners. Today Aptech is a global learning solutions provider for individuals and corporate. technology and product expertise-Edutech establishes personalized learning environment through an optimal blend of learning resources. Edutech helps customers create an environment that fosters a community of continuous learning and improvement. Goa NCR – Delhi: Delhi. has an experience of more than 7 years in implementing innovative assessments using computer based mode of delivery that enhances performance. Noida. in providing solutions which have enhanced the experience of the end The parent organization Aptech Limited. across 10 businesses and 5 continents. 6. 3. an ISO 27001 certified testing service provider. it has delivered more than 5 million computer based tests. 8. 4. 4. Faridabad.

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