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Poet or Non-Poet? Who is more likely to crack a Banking/Govt job Exam in India?

Poet or Non-Poet? Who is more likely to crack a Banking/Govt job Exam in India?

Poet or Non-Poet? Who is more likely to crack a Banking/Govt job Exam in India?

By Admin / Feb 21, 2020

Robinson, in his book ‘Snapshots from Hell’ had explained how he, a poet ( no hardcore background in numbers ) had a tough time completing his MBA amongst non-poets.

Competitive exams are at the heart of the education system in India. They are considered great levellers, filtering out extraneous influences, favouritism and other such considerations for limited seats in higher education programmes as well as for job opportunities.

Engineers are considered cool when it comes to exams mentioned above. TCY, with the help of Punjab University researchers, churned out data of test-takers from TCYonline platform to test this hypothesis and separate fact from fiction.

This exercise is important because often students opt for engineering in the belief that a degree here is going to make them more competitive. However, ultimately, like a degree holder in a non-tech field, they may only go for government or banking services exams. In such cases, the additional financial burden and the additional year spent on acquiring this technical degree looks like a wasted effort.

This study highlights some interesting facts observed after analysing data of students across the country that prepared through TCY assessments for different exams in the last ten years.

TCY resources include study material as well as simulated assessments for over 190 different categories of exams. The assessment design is according to the cognitive abilities of the students as demanded by the particular exam. The research team found the TCY data suitable for this research for the extensive multilayer tagging of the question bank. It enhances the depth, size and diversity of captured data which comes from exam aspirants from the length and breadth of India.

The findings are based on scientific analysis of data and observations based on student performance in fields such as Logical Thinking, Algebraic Thinking, Data Handling & Interpretation, English Grammar & Vocabulary, and some more such skills. Thus, the scope of the study is limited to student performance in Mathematical Thinking, Reasoning, English Usage, Current Affairs, and Basic Computer Literacy. This report gives an overview of facts related to various competitive exams in India, focusing on student scores in various subject areas as above.

A data set of 48,000 students drawn from every nook and corner of the country preparing for various competitive exams on TCY Platform was used in this study.

The population is divided into two mutually exclusive segments, technical and non-technical backgrounds, based on their stream of graduation (Tech vs. Non-Tech). For further analysis, the percentage of student scores (number of correct answers/ total number of questions) have been recorded for various skill categories in both the segments.

These scores have been tested for different hypotheses under consideration, using two-tailed independent t-tests. The value of significance at 95% confidence level is taken into consideration and accordingly, the hypothesis stands rejected or accepted. The report makes some very counterintuitive revelations.

The result is interesting and busts one of the myths that engineers are often poor at verbal skills; there was, in fact, no significant difference in Reading Comprehension, English Vocabulary, English Grammar & Usage, and Awareness of Current Affairs.





On expected lines, engineers displayed better skills in areas like Logical Thinking, Analytical Thinking, Critical Thinking, Data Handling, Spatial and Geometric Thinking, Algebraic Thinking and Scientific Aptitude. Non-engineers performed significantly better in skills like General Knowledge and, surprisingly, Quantitative Aptitude and Basic Computer Literacy.

So the reports underline that engineers enjoy an advantage in exams heavy on logical thinking and math, whereas non-engineers are at an advantage when it comes to exams heavy on GK and Quantitative Skills (Arithmetic).

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