National I.T. Aptitude Test (NITAT), conducted by NIIT, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia's largest IT trainer, witnessed record participation this year with 1,17,192 IT aspirants applying for the 8th NITAT 2012.
Srishti Talwar from New Delhi emerged as the first rank holder in the 8th NITAT, with Tarun Saini and Megha Sapra, both from Gurgaon, securing the second and third ranks respectively.
A list of 'Promising IT Professionals of the Future', including names of those with 'Very High' or 'High IT Aptitude' have been announced by NIIT and made available on www.niit.com/NITAT, which can be accessed by prospective employers including leading technology companies for their talent needs.
NIIT will award a range of benefits to NITAT toppers, including special recognition certificates to the top 30% merit list candidates and encourage their pursuit of a career in IT. Top 1000 candidates will also be awarded a congratulatory letter signed by World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.
NITAT, country's largest IT Aptitude Test, is organized annually to enable students and graduates ascertain their aptitude for the I.T. industry. The - list of National & Zonal Top 25 students of NITAT 2012 are now available online on the official website www.niit.com/NITAT.
Commenting on NITAT 2012 results, Mr. Amitabh Lahiri, Chief Business Officer, Career Building Solutions (IT), NIIT Ltd. said, "NITAT assesses the functional abilities and behavioural traits that is crucial to gain a foothold in the IT industry. The huge success of 8th NITAT reinforces positive sentiments of students about the fast evolving IT-ITeS sector in India, poised to cross the milestone of USD 100 billion this year."
As per industry figures announced by NASSCOM, the Indian IT/ITes sector is on a sustained growth trajectory, despite the challenging global market scenario. The sector continues to be one of the largest employers in the country directly employing about 2.8 million professionals, with over 230,000 jobs being added in FY2012. These figures are a reflection of the growing positive sentiments within the IT and ITeS sectors which will create a demand for a large pool of job-ready professionals for the IT industry. NITAT aims to cater to this need by identifying a ready talent pool for immediate absorption by the industry.
"NITAT has been a very enriching experience. The exam is skilfully designed to test the students in all aspects required to make a successful breakthrough in the IT industry. Securing the 1st rank in this significant scholarship test is indeed a very proud moment for me and will help me choose the right career in the IT industry", said Srishti Talwar, first rank holder in NITAT 2012 and a budding IT professional.
NIIT's pioneering initiative -NITAT- was introduced in 2004 to enable graduates and students pursuing their studies in engineering, arts, commerce and science streams to gauge their aptitude for a career in the IT sector, identify skills further required, if any, and thus systematically charter their career into the IT industry. Over 4,91,000 candidates have benefitted from the test since it was initiated.
NITAT has been designed as an objective type test of reasoning, comprehension, data interpretation skills and behavioural traits. Every student undergoing the test will receive a score-card with their interpretation, along with her/his nationwide and zonal ranking. The assessment is expected to be of particular benefit to graduating students in determining their aptitude for I.T. careers as well as the I.T. domain that they should take up.
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NIIT Limited, a leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia's premier IT trainer, offers learning and knowledge solutions across 40 countries. Leading IT journal Dataquest has conferred upon NIIT the 'Top IT Training Company' award successively for the past 19 years, since the inception of this category.
NIIT's Individual Learning Business offerings include industry-endorsed programs for students seeking careers in IT - GNIIT and Edgeineers, and Global Net Plus for IT professionals. The company has introduced "India's first cloud campus", through its new-age GNIIT program. This offers students a higher mobility as they can access courseware using Netbooks and data cards that connect seamlessly to NIIT's Cloud Campus network.
NIIT's Corporate Learning Solutions offers Managed Training Services including integrated learning solutions (strategic consulting, learning design, content development, delivery, technology, assessment and learning management) to Fortune 500 companies, Universities, Technology companies, Training corporations and Publishing houses.
NIIT Yuva Jyoti, a joint venture between NIIT and NSDC, offers vocational skills training programs to enhance employability of youth across India.
NIIT Imperia - Centre for Advanced Learning, offers Executive Learning Programs in association with leading Business schools in India, KPMG, Google India and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), using the synchronous learning platform.
NIIT Institute of Finance Banking & Insurance (IFBI), formed by NIIT with equity participation from ICICI Bank, offers programs for individuals and corporates in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance.
NIIT Institute of Process Excellence Limited, a NIIT-GENPACT venture, addresses the increasing demand for skilled workers in the business and technology services industry by providing training programs in relevant areas.
NIIT has provided computer-based learning to over 15,000 government and private schools. The futuristic NIIT NGuru range of learning solutions for schools comprises Interactive Classrooms, Math Lab, IT Wizard programs and Quick School (Education Resource Planning software).
NIIT has been ranked among the 'Top 25 Best Employers in India- 2011' by Aon Hewitt and 'Top 25 India's Best Companies to Work for' by Great Places to Work Institute. The company has also been voted the second most trusted education brand in India by Brand Equity- Nielsen Survey 2011.