NASSCOM Assessment of Competence-Technology(NAC-Tech)

An industry standard assessment for creating 'assessed and benchmarked' quality talent pool of IT / Engineering students
  1. About NAC-Tech

  2. Conceptualization of NAC-Tech

  3. Key Features of NAC-Tech

  4. Fee for NAC-Tech

  5. NAC-Tech Test Matrix

  6. Key Benefits To Various Stakeholders

  7. Employment Facilitation for NAC-Tech Test Takers

  8. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  9. NAC-Tech Infrastructure Requirements

  10. Training and Development

  11. Contact NASSCOM

  12. Official Vendors For NAC-Tech

  13. Request For Conducting NAC-Tech

  14. Access NAC-Tech Sample Paper

About NAC-Tech

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 employability.

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:

  January 29-31, 2015
  February 27-28, 2015
  March 29-30, 2015

Conceptualization of NAC-Tech

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.

Key Features of NAC-Tech

  • Eligibility for NAC-Tech
    -  All 2014, 2015 & 2016 Engineering candidates are eligible to take the test
    -  Preferred Scores of candidates: 60% aggregate in Graduation, 12th standard & 10th standard

Fee for NAC-Tech

Students can either appear for NAC-Tech Part A or NAC-Tech Part A+B

  NAC-Tech Part A: INR 250 per student
  NAC-Tech Part A+B: INR 310 per student

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 Test Matrix

NAC-Tech Part A (Only part A must be attempted by all candidates)

Skill Competencies Checked Duration (in mins.) Mode of delivery
Communication Ability 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. 11 Online
Reading Comprehension 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. 10 Online
Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning Problem solving skills through questions on quantitative reasoning. To assess candidate's logical skills by evaluating skills like Deduction, Induction and Visualization. 20 Online
Attention to Detail Eye for detail. 5 Online
Ability to manage work and safety 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 14 Online
  total duration 60 mins.  

NAC-Tech Part A+B (Both part A & B must be attempted by all candidates).

Skill Competencies Checked Duration (in mins.) Mode of delivery
Computer Fundamentals Knowledge and understanding of basics of a computer, its components and functions, instruction cycle 6 Online
Operating Systems Knowledge and understanding of system and operating software, process management, memory management, file system management and device management 4 Online
Networking Knowledge and understanding of Networking, inter-networking and distributed networking 4 Online
RDBMS Understanding and application of files and Databases, Entity Relationship Modelling, Normalization and SQL 4 Online
SDLC Understanding and application of phases of SDLC and its implementation models 4 Online
Algorithms & Programming Fundamentals Understanding and application of phases of SDLC and itimplementation modelsProblem solving ability (i.e. understanding and application of Logic and Problem Solving techniques, Algorithm Design Techniques, Sorting Algorithms, Basic Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms)
and Programming ability (including Basic Programming Concepts, Control Structures and Best Practices in Programming, Arrays and Pointers, String Handling, Functions, Code Optimization Techniques)
4 Online
Design / System Architecture Importance of architecture, process to identify the communication, control and frame work of subsystems, output of design process, early stages of system design process, major subsystem components, Basics of software engineering and system architecture 4 Online
  total duration 30 mins.  

Key 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.
Educational Institutes
  • 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 opportunities.
Government
  • 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 industry.
  • Will help create a concept of 'education' to 'employability'.
Industry
  • 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.

Employment Facilitation for NAC-Tech Test Takers

Scores of all NAC-Tech test takers are shared with NASSCOM members via the NAC-Tech portal, for companies interested to hire from the NAC-Tech pool of candidates.  

Frequently 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 NAC-Tech'.

  • Are there any training programs / courses that one needs to attend before attempting NAC-Tech?
    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?
    The test is available since January 2015 for candidates.
    The candidate will be able to take the test through:
    • National drive being conducted for off campus & on campus candidates, from January 2015
    • Independently through retail centres (information can be sought by sending a request to nactech@nasscom.in) from February 2015 (specific timelines will be soon published here).

  • Does one need to pay for this program?
    Please refer to the section of NAC-Tech Fee for this.

  • Will people have access to NAC-Tech from small / tier-II, III cities?
    Retail model will 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 students 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.

Contact NASSCOM

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

Email: nactech@nasscom.in

Official Vendors For NAC-Tech

With the participation of the Industry Council, Aptech Assessment and Testing Solutions (Attest), MeritTrac Services Pvt. Ltd and TCS iON have been chosen by NASSCOM as the official vendors for holding the NAC–Tech administrations across the country. Under the aegis of NASSCOM, these vendors can spearhead and conduct NAC-Tech assessment for individual colleges, universities, companies, etc.

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.

About iON Assessment Management Solution from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

iON Assessment Management solution provides end-to-end services to configure and schedule examinations starting from creating online and offline assessments to configuring attendance, hall tickets, creating drives, as well as assigning a test center and exam shift to candidates. The solution also manages the distribution of question papers, the Evaluation process, in addition to Results Management and providing Support Service. The iON Assessment Management solution allows leading educational institutions, government bodies and other examination conducting organizations to simplify the process and conduct digitized, secure, and large- scale assessments.

Request For Conducting NAC-Tech

For conducting NAC-Tech event, you may please reach us at nactech@nasscom.in or connect with any of the below mentioned test provider.

  1. TCS
    Single Point of Contact: Helpdesk
    Email: nactech.tcs@gmail.com
    Phone: 022-61096999

  2. Aptech
    Single Point of Contact: Mr. Rajan Wadhwa
    Email: nactech@aptech.ac.in
    Phone: +91-9810856710

  3. MeritTrac
    Single Point of Contact: Mr. Somdev Chaudhuri
    Email: somdev_c@merittrac.com
    Phone: +91-9900150969

NAC-Tech Sample Papers

  1. Sample Paper - PART A