Only 20% Indian Engineers possess language skills for Business Writing & Client Interaction!


We pride ourselves for having one of the largest English speaking population in the world. We need to rethink that notion. It is probably the Hinglish that we are talking about and not English.

According to survey conducted by Aspiring Minds, majority of recently passed out Engineers in India lack the basic language competence required in Business as well as local environment.

The findings in the Aspiring Minds report  are based on the objective test-attempt data of 55,000 engineering students from 250+ engineering colleges across multiple Indian states who graduated in 2011. All of them undertook AMCAT English, a competency-based standardized assessment of English developed by Aspiring Minds.

Comparison of English comprehension skills

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According to the report, 25 to 35% engineers cannot even comprehend English used in day-to-day conversations. Given that Engineering curriculum and lectures offered are all in English, the level of knowledge transfer during classes is surely a huge concern for colleges and universities.

Nearly half of the Indian engineers (50% to 60%) are unable to construct grammatically correct sentences even for writing emails. In the context of employment, especially in the knowledge based Industry like Information Technology (where maximum number of engineers are recruited), written communication plays a very important role.

The report also finds that only one in four engineering graduates (27%) have superior grammar, comprehension and vocabulary command over English language. This is generally the level that is required for research and analysis profiles in the Knowledge Process Outsourcing industry. This level of competence is also required incase he/she is considering higher studies or studying abroad.

One of the reasons why we see this low level of competency in English language among Indian engineering graduates is because more than 90% of students complete their their school & high school studies in their local language. English comes in as 2nd language. When they enter Engineering, everything is taught in English without the use of local language. Given that their basics are weak, they graduate without much proficiency in English.

The report opines that to achieve good level of proficiency in English language four years of Engineering alone is not enough and the onus lies with schools to clear the basics and inculcate in students a love for reading and writing in the English language.

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  1. suraj says

    In IT industry organizations does not need 100% employees having all these skills…10%of the people can go to client side and earn extra money 90% have to stay offshore and live on peanuts….ofcourse its good for organization also if not everyone is perfects in all these skills…..
    Business analyst is a profile which needs good communication

  2. Altaf Rahman says

    I agree with Arun in one aspect in my personal experience.
    I completed my 10th standard in Telugu. When I joined Intermediate, for the first 6 months I was completely blank. I could not understand a single word the lecturers were saying. By the time I recovered, the first year is over. The point I am making is for the language skills, grammatically correct language.

    Now coming to Business communication, Client interaction, simple grammatically correct English is not sufficient.
    One must develop skills like ‘Reading between the lines’ and ‘see what is not being said in the communication’ and ‘stress your point without being rude’ and other such issues.
    For some it comes naturally and for some they get refined in MBA schools or in Industry.
    Some times it is very important to understand the writing from legal, contractual point of view. What is written looks some thing on surface and implies another in strict legal framework.
    I am writing this through experience. If you compare Indians to Philipinos, Philipinos are not as grammatically correct in their English but as a percentage, most Philipinos are far better in their business writing skills than Indians.
    I may be wrong, may be my exposure to the business world is limited, but what I have seen is in most companies they prefer to hire more Philipinos in Contracts, Finance, QA/QC.
    Just my two paisa :)

  3. Sai Sundhar Padmanabhan says

    Thoughtful post Arun.

    There is one fact that you have presented that I may have to disagree with you. The medium of instruction does play a crucial role in shaping the language skills. But, even among the students that pursue English medium education, the situation is not all that better.

    The Board of education has a crucial role to play in this regard. The Central Board education is quite good in terms of imparting skills in spoken language & written. But, a majority of the State Boards and the Matriculation schools insist on the theoretical aspects of grammar etc. with a rote memory logic behind it thereby clearly confusing and complicating the entire process. Their contribution to the current sorry state of affairs is quite substantial.

  4. Paresh Punjabi says

    At last a Survey which was much Needed..

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