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The second day of CII Education Summit saw the launch of first-ever Industry Proficiency Aptitude Test for Engineers (iPATE) which is set to revolutionize corporate hiring of engineers in the country. The test will provide a fully-digital scientific assessment of industrial aptitude of an engineer across all engineering disciplines, industry domains and functional areas such as design, inspection, quality control, erection, testing, commissioning, project management, operations and maintenance.

India has among the world’s highest number of engineers. B.Tech graduates who primarily aspire for higher studies and working in PSUs take the GATE exam which tests their technical knowledge. There are virtually no benchmarks, other than in IT domain, to assess the industrial aptitude and proficiency of engineering graduates in core sectors. As a result, students see no milestone to achieve, to be industry ready.

Industry, on the other hand, finds it tough to scout for competent engineers. Hiring technical resources across geographies involves huge time, effort and cost. Talent from tier 2 & 3 cities is not easily accessible by most small and medium sized companies (SMEs). They are also not equipped with proper technical evaluation teams for effective hiring.

To address this gap from both sides, CII iPATE will evaluate technical competency of engineers through scientific and automated processes, across geographies. This three-hour online assessment will provide ready-made or customized recruitment strategy to corporates, match requirement across domains and functional areas and reduce candidate filtration time, cost and effort significantly.
The three pillars of CII iPATE will be an assessment of basic concepts (physics, chemistry, maths); domain knowledge and cognitive abilities. In order to hand-hold students to ace this assessment, which will become their gateway to the corporate world, CII iPATE will first do a strength and weakness analysis of every candidate. They will then be provided upskilling opportunities through study material, videos, discussion forums, mock tests and interactions with industry professionals. Once they are ready to take the final test, they will be provided the assessment and certification.

The on-line platform will be highly secured private cloud Environment with Multi-level Authentications & Role based Access Control, Safe Exam Browser and Proctoring. Question Bank curated by subject matter experts, from Academia & Industries with Scientific validations with Continuous upgradation with industry inputs.

The CII iPATE certificate for an engineer will provide feedback on three fronts - overall score which will include percentage and grading as well as percentile and ranking. There will be a sectional score on basic concepts, domain knowledge and cognitive abilities and there will be a demographic score which will be across disciplines, industry domains, functional areas and geographical areas (institute, university, state, region etc.)

14 November 2019
New Delhi

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Unlike mainstream recruitment exams where a student needs to apply in this newly launched test, it is the firms who will get the score card and would call the candidates directly for interview.

CII iPATE is a technical recruitment process and protocol for the Indian industry. Under this, an online exam will be conducted to recruit top engineers. The scorecards of the successful candidates in the CII iPATE exam will be shared with the Indian industries, which will then recruit candidates on the basis of their scores and ranks. With this exam, CII is aiming to set a benchmark to assess industrial aptitude and proficiency of engineering graduates across India.

The exam will be online having technical as well as nontechnical papers covering three sections –
Section I : Cognitive Abilities
Section II : Professional Abilities
Section III : Technical Abilities

CII iPATE will be covering 100 questions having total of 100 marks with a negative marking of 1/2 for each wrong answer. After the result of the exam, CII will be sharing score cards of students to different private industries, which will be calling candidates directly for interviews.

In India, there are no professional eligibility tests for engineers that can give them a license to work in technical fields. However, IPATE can become an important exam for any engineer who wishes to join a good private company. There is no age limit either and those who are currently working and want to switch can also attempt this exam. For preparation, students can refer to GATE’s previous year papers and ESE nontechnical paper-1 questions from 2012 onward.

29 March 2020

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The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Proficiency Aptitude Test for Engineers (iPATE) 2020 registrations are open till April 15, 2020.

It's common knowledge that most science students in India majorly opt for engineering as their career path. The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) is one of the biggest names in this domain, which receives around 10 to 11 lakh registrations every year, followed by others such as AIEEE, VITEEE, and BITSAT to name the most significant ones.

Every year, a large number of engineering aspirants hailing from different corners of India appear for these competitive exams to secure admissions in their dream college, while others who fail to qualify, start preparing for the next year.

However, not every science student is a follower of engineering. While some happen to explore other interesting fields in the later years, others make up their mind to enter the corporate world. But there is a catch!

What stops engineering grads to enter the world of corporates?

Engineering graduates who decide to advance their career in the corporate world, often face several challenges. Since there is no benchmark in our country at present to assess a candidate's industrial aptitude and proficiency, even the deserving talents couldn't find the right opportunities to work with leading corporates.

What adds to this challenge is the lack of a mechanism to measure their existing industrial skill-sets and make them industry-ready. Identifying and hiring top technical resources is not only a challenge in India but across geographies.

In India, the underserved student masses, especially those that migrate from tier 2 and 3 towns to urban cities in search of better job opportunities, face this struggle ever so often. Although they somehow secure decent jobs in other fields, the struggle to find their way into the corporate arena remains. Similarly, SMEs, on the other hand, in our country are usually not equipped with qualified technical evaluation teams to ensure effective hiring, which again acts as an impediment for deserving candidates to join the corporate engine.

This is where Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) comes to the picture. It has recently rolled out its competitive exam, CII iPATE to bridge the gap between engineering academia and the industry by standardising its technical recruitment and protocol, thereby strengthening the overall engineering ecosystem.

Understanding CII iPATE

It is a three-hour-long online exam, conducted by the CII to gauge and analyse the engineering acumen and industrial skillsets of eligible engineering candidates, giving them access to the Indian corporate sector. With the introduction of this unique examination, CII strives to set a benchmark to assess industrial aptitude and proficiency of engineering graduates across India.

iPATE will comprise both, technical as well as non-technical papers covering three sections: Cognitive Abilities, Professional Abilities and Technical Abilities. The paper carries 100 questions for a total of 100 marks with negative marking for every wrong attempt. After the declaration of results, CII will be sharing the scorecards of students with different private organisations. Shortlisted candidates will be called for screening by them thereafter.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates who have pursued 4 years of BE or BTech after 10 plus, BArch or Naval Architecture or any professional society exam equivalent to these streams recognised by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE can apply for CII iPATE. In fact, the final year students from any of these streams who are soon to become graduates are eligible for this exam. Since there is no age limit for iPATE, it also allows the postgraduate engineers and PG engineering students to appear.

The best preparational advice for this entrance exam is taking reference from previous year GATE papers and ESE non-technical papers from 2012 onwards.

So, engineering graduates, what are you waiting for? CII iPATE registrations are already open till April 15, 2020. Candidates who wish to set foot in the corporate world can now apply.

8 April 2020
India Today Web Desk

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