After being placed at the second spot by a World Bank report on the ease of doing business, Andhra Pradesh has bagged yet another accolade. This time by an India Skills Report. The report, which is a joint initiative of online talent assessment firm, Wheebox, in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Linkedin, PeopleStrong and Association of Indian Universities (AIU), has placed the Sunrise state on the numero uno position among all states in India with largest employability level.

The state has the highest employability level with 65.2 per cent of employable workforce in the 22-25 years age group, a considerable increase from 31 per cent posted in 2015 report. The two cities of Vishakapatnam (85.53 per cent) and Guntur (81.07 per cent) have scored highest in employability index.

The survey found that employability of female students shot up to 40% in 2015 in Tier 2 towns compared to 36% last year. In Tier 1 cities, the female employability was 36% in 2015 compared to 32% in the previous year.

Engineering graduates had the highest percentage of employability, while the lowest percentage of employable candidates was from BA, BCom, ITI, and polytechnics streams.

Out of total number of candidates in the age group of 18-21 years who appeared for the test, about 37% scored more than 60% and were part of the employable pool. In the 22-25 years age group, this number was 31.6% and 21.9% for those in the 26-29 years group.

Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu were top states where women had the highest employability. Andhra Pradesh also had the highest employability for men. Andhra Pradesh also had the highest employability for men. Engineers are still getting hired the most followed by general graduates, who will see a drop in hiring as compared to last year.

Another highlight of Andhra Pradesh in Wheebox study has been gender-wise employability where Andhra Pradesh with 70.26 per cent leading in female employable force and 50.33 per cent male employable force. Within the psychometric tests, Andhra Pradesh is leading in English language & computers skills but ranks low in numerical & logical reasoning aptitude.

The study also forecasts an overall increase of 14.5 per cent in the hiring outlook for 2016. The maximum hiring activity can be seen in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, respectively.

The results are part of Wheebox Employability Skill Test (WEST) that assessed about five lakh candidates spread out to 5,000 educational campuses across 29 States and seven union territories in the country on various employability parameters including numerical and logical ability, communication skills, and domain knowledge, etc.

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