National Student Aptitude Test

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

  2. Conceptualization of NSAT

  3. Key Features of NSAT

  4. NSAT Matrix

  5. Key Benefits To Various Stakeholders

  6. Employment Facilitation for NSAT Takers

  7. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About NSAT

NSAT 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 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.

Conceptualization of NSAT

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 - TCS, Wipro, Infosys, Accenture, Cognizant, HCL and many more.

Key Features of NSAT

  • Eligibility for NSAT
    -  All Engineering candidates are eligible to take the test

  • NSAT Test Fee :  75 INR per candidate.

Test fee, once paid, is non-refundable and non-transferable.

NSAT Matrix

Skill Competencies Checked Duration (in mins.) No. of Questions
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension To assess candidate's verbal building blocks by evaluating skills like grammar, spellings, punctuations and vocabulary and 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. 20 25
Analytical Reasoning & Engineering Mathematics To assess problem solving skills through questions on quantitative reasoning. To assess candidate's logical skills by evaluating skills like Deduction, Induction and Visualization. 30 20
Basic Programming Concepts To assess programming skills of candidates by evaluating skills in C and object oriented paradigms. 30 20
IT Skills To assess candidate's technical skills in the core areas of computer science. 40 35
  total duration 120 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 NSAT 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.
  • 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 gets a pool of pre-assessed candidates mapped against competencies required for Interns and 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 NSAT Takers

Scores of all Nsat test takers are shared, primarily with all the endorsing companies, and companies directly connect to those who perform well in the NSAT assessment and meet defined job criteria.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Where does Indian IT industry stand today?
    Indian IT sector continues to grow from strength to strength, witnessing high levels of activity - both onshore as well as offshore. The industry clocked export revenue of US$ 49.7 billion (excluding hardware) in FY 2009-10 registering about 5.5% growth from the previous year. The IT sector also created a little over 100,000 jobs in FY09-10, adding the total employment with the industry to around 2.3 million in the same period.

  • What role do IT companies play in NSAT?
    The test is developed and supported by a council comprising of companies that conduct large recruitments like TCS, Wipro, Infosys, Accenture, HCL, Cognizant and many more. 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 NSAT 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 NSAT?
    Please see "NSAT 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 NSAT'.

  • Are there any training programs / courses that one needs to attend before attempting NSAT?
    Since NSAT encapsulates skills which are generic in nature, we does not endorse/recommend any Training or Training Company for the preparation of NSAT. However, there are 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 will be held in colleges across the country.

  • Does one need to pay for this program?
    candidates will essentially will have to pay the test fee.

  • Will people have access to NSAT from small / tier-II, III cities?
    Retail model will surely cater to small towns/cities.

Request For Conducting NSAT

For conducting NSAT, you may please reach us at or contact:

Rama Shriniwas

Mobile: +91-888-299-5652
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