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Indian Engineers Are Bad: They Deserve To Be Fired

Engineers show larger skill gap in Programming Practices and Programming Ability abilities. Programming Practices is the ability to code in readable and maintainable fashion and Programming Ability is the ability to code in most optimized way.

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With the advancement in digital services and products, good programmers are the constant requirement of industry. Companies require candidates with strong understanding of computer programming and algorithm to implement on new innovative ideas in a time constraint workplace.

Unfortunately, we found out that out of the two problems given per candidate, only 14 percent engineers are able to write compliable codes for both and only 22 percent write compliable code for exactly one problem. To sustain the growth of information technology (IT) industry, we need candidates with high technology caliber and better programming skills.

Engineers show larger skill gap in Programming Practices and Programming Ability abilities. Programming Practices is the ability to code in readable and maintainable fashion and Programming Ability is the ability to code in most optimized way.

These two are the major areas of differences when compared across various demographics such as gender, tier of colleges, and top 100 colleges. There is a need to put emphasis on improving the code quality.

Programming Skills: Gender Comparison

The table unveils that males have better programming skills than females and only 25 percent of females are able to write a compatible code and less than 1 percent can write logically and functionally correct code.

Functionally correct code is the basic requisite of a good programmer. However, to enhance the quality of the code, few more important indicators have emerged - efficiency, time complexity and space complexity.

The key reason behind such paltry employability percentages is deficient skills to apply basic programming and algorithm principles. These concept and principles are there in college curriculum, which indicates that there is a gap in implementation.

Hence, these industries shall have a very hard time in hiring students for their organization who are able to fit in the criteria and yield required results.

Comparison Of Top 100 Colleges Versus Rest

The score trend matches the general perception that candidates from top 100 colleges generally possess superior programming skills than any other college. As observed previously, programming ability is the evident differentiating subsection.

In the last few years, thanks to jobs becoming global, the importance of good programmers has increased manifold. It has over the years become an important criterion of hiring for most of the IT software companies, both at the international and intra-national levels.

A candidate with good programming skills is so important, because there are cases where one doesn’t understand the program statement and if does then fails to implement it properly.

The report tries to identify patterns in employability across different regions, analyzing in detail the distribution of employability across various roles.