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AMCAT Employability Test – All You Need to Know

Jun 1, 2018 17:06 IST

    Gone are the days when mere academic qualifications were enough to get you your dream job. In today’s cut-throat competition, graduates, even those walking out from the campuses of premier engineering colleges and B-schools have to prove their mettle in order to be eligible for good job opportunities. This is where the AMCAT employability test comes into the picture. So let’s find out all there is to know about AMCAT or the Aspiring Minds Computer Aptitude Test and how it can help you bag that dream job with a top MNC or a Fortune 500 company.

    What is AMCAT?

    AMCAT is an employability test that tests the aptitude, technical skills, mental ability and reasoning skills of candidates seeking a job with top MNCs. The AMCAT is conducted by Aspiring Minds Assessment Private Limited as a standardized aptitude test through which different types of skills of a prospective candidate can be quantified and compared. This helps organizations screen the right candidates and match them to the right job roles.

    What is a ‘Computer Adaptive Test’?

    Unlike other entrance exams or tests, AMCAT is a computer adaptive test. A computer adaptive test is the one in which the questions or the test gets tougher or easier depending on the performance of a candidate. For instance, if you answer the first question correctly, the next question that is presented to you will be of higher difficulty level as compared to the previous one. On the contrary, if your answer is wrong, the next question that you get as part of the test would be relatively easier compared to the previous one.

    Who can appear for the AMCAT employability test?

    AMCAT is an employability test that quantifies your skills and presents them before an employer in a standardized format. Therefore, any candidate who holds a valid diploma, bachelors, masters or a doctorate degree is eligible to take the AMCAT. There is no age-limit defined for the test. Even the number of attempts is not defined for candidates taking the AMCAT, but a minimum 3 months period is mandatory between two successive AMCAT exam attempts.

    Why AMCAT?

    In the last decade, AMCAT has become an industry norm when it comes to employability tests. It acts as a bridge between candidates searching for jobs and recruiters who are trying to hire qualified candidates suitable for a job.On the other hand, it helps candidates reach out to the right employers for suitable job roles as per their skill-set; thereby creating a win-win situation for both the candidate as well as the recruiter.

    • For Candidates

    From a candidate’s perspective, it presents a detailed report card which clearly indicates the key strengths and weaknesses. It helps candidates identify the areas in which they are good and the areas which require improvement as per industry standards. For instance, a candidate who is technically sound might face rejection in an interview due to hiscommunication skills. AMCAT helps identify such areas through comprehensive feedback and thereby gives candidates an opportunity to improve themselves. 

    • For Recruiters

    While traditional aptitude tests merely test a candidate’s verbal comprehension and reasoning abilities, the AMCAT employability test also takes into account personality traits and domain skills. It presents the skill set of a candidate in a quantifiable manner helping recruiters match the skills with necessary job profiles based on the test performance. Over 700+ companies have already adopted AMCAT as a compulsory testing mechanism to screen candidates for entry-level roles.

    AMCAT Test Schedule

    AMCAT has no fixed schedule but is conducted every month in 32 cities across India. Generally, the test is conducted in various slots on Saturdays and Sundays to help accommodate the busy schedule of working professionals and students. The frequency of the exam varies from one city to another, depending upon the number of candidates taking up the test. For cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad, which are the IT hubs of the country, the test is conducted more frequently as compared to other cities.

    AMCAT – Test Pattern and Format

    AMCAT is a 3-hour employability test that is conducted in a computer-based format. The test comprises five key modules of which three are compulsory while two are options/electives to be selected by a candidate. The compulsory modules include English Comprehension, Logical Ability and Quantitative Aptitude.

    The two optional modules have to be picked by candidates based on their interest and the industry they are targeting. These include:

    Engineering Graduate

    Management Graduate

    Any Graduate

    Computer Programming

    Marketing

    Marketing

    Computer Science

    Human Resource

    Excel

    Electronics & Semiconductors

    Operations

    Physics

    Telecommunications

    Basic Statistics

    Computer

    Electrical

    Bank & Financial Services

    Chemistry

    Mechanical


    Biology

    Industrial


    Housekeeping

    Production


    Food Production

    Metallurgical


    Front Office

    Polymer


    Food and Beverage Services

    Automotive


    Pharmaceutical

    Instrumentation


    Finance & Accounting

    The exam format for AMCAT is as follows:

    Paper

    Time/Questions

    Time

    Maximum Marks

    English Comprehension

    18 questions

    16 minutes

    900 marks

    Quantitative Ability

    16 questions

    18 minutes

    900 marks

    Logical Ability

    14 questions

    16 minutes

    900 marks

    Optional Modules

    Not disclosed

    Not Disclosed

    900 marks

    Total

    3 hours

     

    3600 marks

    What after AMCAT?

    After taking up AMCAT, candidates will be able to view or download their AMCAT scorecard from the official website by logging into their account. Once the final profile score is available, the same is forwarded by AMCAT administration to the companies that are looking for candidates with the required skill set. Based on your score, you will start receiving interview calls from recruiters who are looking for candidates with your skill-set. In general, the higher the score, the better are the chances of you getting more number of interview calls. As per the norm, a 90+ percentile is considered to be a respectable score for AMCAT.

    Where can you find jobs after taking the AMCAT?

    Companies that hire based on AMCAT scores range from big names to mid-sized companies to start-ups and new entrants in the industry. Hence, the AMCAT offers plenty of choices to candidates who can expect to be hired by industries as diverse as IT Services and Solutions, Consulting, Consumer and Financial Services, and Online Media to name a few. Some prominent companies that hire based on one’s AMCAT scores include Cognizant, HCL, Microsoft, Byju’s, Uber, Mphasis, Fullerton India, Aricent, Quickr, and many more.

    In the last decade, AMCAT has become a popular employability test that connects recruiters with candidates searching for jobs based on their skills. Every month, around 1.5 lakh interview calls go out to candidates based on their AMCAT score. This itself proves the worth of AMCAT and is a reason enough for candidates to take the employability test. For more videos related to career guidance and counselling, stay tuned to www.jagranjosh.com/videos.

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