India Skills Report 2020

Maharashtra topped the list of states with the highest employable talent, followed by Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh while Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune stood out as the most employable cities.

Maharashtra moved up from 9th position and Tamil Nadu was up from 10th position of last year as they improved their ranking this year to emerge as the most employable states. The states that registered a dip in their ranking were West Bengal (2nd last year) and Haryana which could not make it to the top 10, according to the seventh edition of the India Skills Report 2020.

Taking a deeper look at the employability at the city level, the report puts Mumbai on top, closely followed by Hyderabad which saw its entry into the list for the first time. Bengaluru, New Delhi, Pune, Lucknow and Chennai have maintained their presence in the top 10 list over the past 6 years. Nashik and Guntur which made it to the list last year, have disappeared this year, replaced by Mangaluru and Coimbatore.

The report assessed 300,000 candidates from 35 educational institutes across 28 states and 9 Union Territories, who appeared for the test. The report has been prepared by Confederation of Indian Industry, United Nations Development Programme, All India Council for Technical Education, Association of Indian Universities, consulting firm People Strong and online talent assessment firm Wheebox.

MBA-holders have taken over the slot of the highest employable category among graduates of various courses with an employability score of 54%. The position was held by engineers the previous year. Employability of B Pharma, B. Com, BA and Polytechnics witnessed an increase at about 15%.

Male and female participants underwent a role reversal in terms of employability scores (from 48% and 46% respectively in 2018 to 46% and 47% respectively in 2019), according to the report. “It shows that women are as employable as men, reflecting the opportunity for the industries to leverage this resource pool,” it said.

Employability of the country’s youth has remained stagnant for the past three years, hovering around 46% of participants who are job-ready. The state of employability has not improved over the last few years, implying the need for more robust actions, the report pointed out.

On the basis of the four skills that was assessed for the participating students from the states, Telangana aced the chart for availability of business communication, numerical skills and critical thinking ability.

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