Nasscom to launch test for BPO jobs in Nov

By agencies   |   Tuesday, 24 October 2006, 07:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: The NASSCOM Assessment of Competence (NAC), a capability assessment program for potential employees in the BPO industry, is all set for a nationwide rollout from November this year.

Nasscom expects over 100,000 young job aspirants to appear for NAC in the first year of its national rollout, Kiran Karnik, president of NASSCOM, said.

About eight states - Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Kerala, Bihar and Sikkim are expected to launch NAC by end-November.

The NAC is aimed at addressing the talent shortage faced by the industry, he said. "The aim is to create a continuous pipeline of talent by 'transforming' the workforce into an 'employable' workforce".

The pilot project for NAC was completed in June this year and about 6,000 candidates took the test in the select states, Karnik said.

According to NASSCOM, only 25 percent of technical graduates and 10-15 percent of college students are suitable for employment in the IT and BPO industry. It is further estimated that by 2010, India could have a manpower shortfall of 5,00,000 people by 2010.

NAC will be an online test for assessing aptitude of a candidate on seven different skill sets including listening and keyboard skills, verbal ability, spoken English, comprehension and writing ability, office software usage, numerical and analytical skills, and concentration and accuracy.

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