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As per the seventh edition of the India Skills Report which was published today, the state of Maharashtra has the highest number of employable talent in India. The list was followed by states like Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have seen a dramatic turnaround since the last report was published which put the states at the 9th and 10th positions respectively.

The India Skills Report 2020 also illuminates the fall of states like West Bengal which came in at 2nd place last year in the list of the most employable states. Meanwhile, Haryana didn’t even make it to the top 10 this year. Telangana topped the list for availability of business communication while participating students helped the state score top marks for numerical skills and critical thinking ability.

Looking at the employable talent within cities, Mumbai topped the list followed by Hyderabad and Pune. Cities like Bengaluru, New Delhi, Lucknow, and Chennai have also reserved their spot in the top 10. Nashik and Guntur have made way for Mangaluru and Coimbatore in the 2020 report.

So who is more likely to land a job in these cities? Well, the report claims that MBA holders are topping the list with an employability score of 54% taking over from Engineers who topped last year’s list. On the other hand, employability in fields like B.Pharma, B.Com, B.A, and Polytechnics surged by 15%.

One metric that remains unchanged is youth employment. The report mentions that youth employability stands at 46% which is a growing concern since the number has remained unchanged for the most part over the past couple of years. The report also hinted that there’s a need for more robust actions to combat this. 

In terms of gender demographics, women are registering higher employability scores compared to men. The report adds that this only shows that women are as employable as men, while also suggesting that industries can leverage this talent pool more effectively.

The report was compiled by assessing a test given to 300,000 students from 35 educational institutions across the 28 states and 9 Union Territories of India. It was prepared jointly by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Association of Indian Universities (AIU) with the help of talent assessment firm Wheebox and consulting group People Strong.

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