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AMCAT Employability Test – All You Need to Know

Aug 24, 2018 15:36 IST
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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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