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Entrance tests for BPO jobs

Based on a grading system introduced by NASSCOM, job aspirants will give a test, reports Anusha Subramanian.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 02:18 IST

Getting a job in a business process outsourcing (BPO) centre was always a piece of cake. Not so anymore. Job aspirants will soon have to go through an entry-level assessment test designed by the National Association of Software Services and Companies (NASSCOM).

NASSCOM will roll out its Nasscom Assessment of Competence (NAC) programme for potential employees from November 18 in Rajasthan first.

The NAC programme, being conducted in association with Hewitt Associates, is based on a grading system on the lines of TOEFL and GRE and the scores obtained will help organisations screen candidates and determine individuals' training needs. The test, however, is not mandatory as of now.

"In line with our efforts to strengthen India's IT-BPO workforce, we initiated the NAC certification, in addition to the IT Workforce Development initiative," says Kiran Karnik, NASSCOM president.

The Indian BPO industry is growing at an exponential rate with export revenues of $6.3 billion in 2005-06.

The national rollout, which will be follow by Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, comes after a successful pilot in August.

First Published: Nov 01, 2006 02:18 IST