An industry standard
assessment for creating 'assessed and benchmarked' quality talent pool of IT /
NAC-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
The test assesses the basic employability skills required for the IT-Engineering industry.
The assessment has been revamped and shall be available for colleges and students on following dates across the country:
First drive: August 30-31, 2014
Second drive: September 13-14, 2014
In-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 - Cognizant, HCL, Infosys, TCS and Wipro.
Features of NAC-Tech
Eligibility for NAC-Tech
2015 and 2014 Engineering candidates are eligible to take the test
Scores of candidates: 60% aggregate in Graduation, 12th standard & 10th standard
NAC-Tech Test Fee:
NAC-Tech Part A: INR 250 per student .
NAC-Tech Part B shall be launched in the next phase.
Apart from this, Rs. 70 / Rs. 60 as
center fee (for infrastructure at retail center or college respectively)
can be chargeable, if applicable. Test fee, once paid, is non-refundable and non-transferable.
NAC-Tech Part A (this must be attempted by all candidates)
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 and ability to make
inferences from a large amount of information. Be able to connect the dots and
make an assessment based on information and ideas spread across the passage.
Ability and Logical Reasoning
To assess problem solving skills through questions on quantitative reasoning.
To assess candidate's logical skills by evaluating skills like Deduction,
Induction and Visualization.
Attention to Detail
To assess candidates eye for detail.
Ability to manage work and safety
To assess candidate’s awareness of and ability to work in an organisational context through
questions around organisational policy, procedures, team structure,
time management and health and safety issues.
NAC-Tech Part B will be launched in few months.
Benefits To Various Stakeholders
Job Aspirants / Test Takers
A common, transparent recruitment process across IT / Engineering companies.
Ability to identify self strengths and weaknesses through test scores.
Detailed feedback on their knowledge and skills help them decide career
opportunities in different areas of IT.
Employment facilitation using NAC-Tech scores.
Enable the college to generate a quantifiable picture of the knowledge and
skill level of its students.
Approach industry aggressively and in a more organized way for placement
Employment generation through increased employability of talent.
Help in attracting serious investors.
Preparing the students on skills that act as pre-requisites to work in the
Will help create a concept of 'education' to 'employability'.
Industry gets a pool of pre-assessed candidates mapped against competencies
required for entry level professionals.
It helps them reach out to a wider geography and access talent from tier II and
tier III cities and institutions.
Facilitation for NAC-Tech Test Takers
Scores of all NAC-Tech test takers are shared, primarily with all the endorsing
companies, and companies directly connect to those who perform well in the
NAC-Tech assessment and meet defined job criteria.
Asked Questions (FAQ)
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 Cognizant, HCL, Infosys, TCS and Wipro.
The test identifies the desirable skills in fresh graduates
that are essential, indicating their employability.
During the current phase and the times to come, 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?
Please see the eligibility criteria under the section 'Key Features of
Are there any training programs / courses that one needs to attend before
Since NAC-Tech encapsulates skills which are generic in nature, NASSCOM does
not endorse/recommend any Training or Training Company for the preparation of
NAC-Tech. However, there are very many training programs, specific to the
foundation skills, which are available across the country that may be attended
if found convincing by the candidate.
How to participate in the program and take the test?
is available since August 2014 for candidates.
The candidate will be able to take the test through:
National drive being conducted on August 2014
Independently through retail centres (information can be sought by sending a
request to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Does one need to pay for this program?
Please refer to the section of NAC-Tech Fees for this.
Will people have access to NAC-Tech from small / tier-II, III cities?
Retail model will surely cater to small towns/cities. However, currently, with
the two above-stated approaches, these towns/cities can still be served by the
organizing bodies (i.e. state / college / university / institute).
What is the progress on NAC-Tech initiative?
In the last few years, over 200,000 studnets have taken the test across the country.
Who will own this program going forward?
NASSCOM, on behalf of the industry, will continue to play the central role.
However, the business & governing model of this program, in view of long
term, is under consideration.
NAC-Tech Infrastructure Requirements
To know about infrastructure requirements to conduct NAC-Tech, please click
NAC-Tech Infrastructure Requirements
Training and Development
NASSCOM with a collective effort from key IT companies—Accenture, Cognizant, HCL, PMI, Infosys,
Microsoft, TCS, and Wipro—has developed the Foundation Skills in IT (FSIT) program with a view to
enhance the skills that students need, to become industry ready. The Foundation Skills in IT (FSIT)
training program is aimed to empower students with IT related skills at the entry level. For more
information about the FSIT program, you can download the
Outcomes Based Framework for FSIT.
For further details on NAC-Tech, please contact
Dr. Sandhya Chintala, Vice President –NASSCOM and Executive Director -Sector Skills Council NASSCOM
Ms. Avneet Bajaj, Deputy Director, NASSCOM
Vendors For NAC-Tech
With the participation of the Industry Council,
Aptech Assessment and Testing Solutions
(Attest) and MeritTrac Services Pvt. Ltd have been chosen by NASSCOM
as the official vendors for holding the NAC–Tech administrations across the
country. Under the aegis of NASSCOM, these two vendors can spearhead and
conduct NAC-Tech assessment for individual colleges, universities, companies,
About Aptech Assessment and Testing Solutions (Attest)
Aptech Assessment & Testing Solutions is a 100% owned subsidiary of Aptech Ltd, offers
complete technology based contemporary assessment solutions to institutions and organizations.
Parent company Aptech Limited, a pioneer in IT and multimedia training has a rich experience of
over 25 years in education and training. Aptech is a global learning solutions provider for
individuals and corporate, having it’s presence at 40+ emerging countries across 5 continents.
Aptech Assessment & Testing Solutions, an ISO 27001 certified testing service provider has an
experience of more than 10 years in implementing innovative assessments using computer based
mode of delivery that enhances performance; ensuring reliability and security in a cost-effective
manner. With pan-India presence through network of 75 testing centers and more than 250 authorized
education partners with a combined capacity of delivering more than 100,000 CBT in a single session.
Since its inception in 2004, it has delivered more than 10 million CBT.
About MeritTrac Services Pvt. Ltd
MeritTrac is India’s Largest Testing & Assessment services company in the private sector.
MeritTrac provides innovative assessment services to leading Corporates, educational institutions and government organizations.
MeritTrac, a Group company of Manipal Global Education has over the last fourteen years been developing
and administering tests for over 400 customers in more than 350 cities through network of certified test centres.
As a pioneer in the testing space, MeritTrac has been leveraging its ISO certified test processes in transforming
the way assessments are managed and delivered in India. MeritTrac’s services offer great quality, reliability and security
for consistently delivering high-stake assessments.
MeritTrac has garnered significant expertise in Test Research, Design, Development and its Delivery
& Administration for Computer Based as well as paper based tests. MeritTrac has over 250 assessment
specialists and a network of over 1,500 certified test administrators across the country. MeritTrac is
a dedicated assessment company without any interest in conflicting business – sourcing through database and training.
For Conducting NAC-Tech
For conducting NAC-Tech event, you may please reach us at
email@example.com or connect with the respective test provider as per the mail sent to you by NASSCOM.
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