This article has been circulating on a few sites recently, which has as its headline:

95% engineers in India unfit for software development jobs, claims report

With the claim:

According to a study by employability assessment company Aspiring Minds, only 4.77% candidates can write the correct logic for a programme -- a minimum requirement for any programming job.


"Sixty nine per cent of candidates from top 100 colleges are able to write a compilable code versus rest of the colleges where only 31% are able to write a compilable code," the report said.

It seems provocative but it is getting a fair number of reposts around the Internet.

Is that claim true? Or is there any corroborating evidence somewhere? Or have they misrepresented information in such a way to drive this claim?

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    From my experience? 95% of engineers from everywhere are unfit for software development jobs - be it India, USA, Brazil, whatever. Most of the people that manage to get a engineer diploma can't program at all. Having good developers is somewhat of a privilege...
    – T. Sar
    Apr 20 '17 at 20:20
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    The study was done on, "36,000 engineering students form [sic] IT related branches." These are not engineers, and aren't necessarily coders. You need to correctly restate their claims in your question. Apr 20 '17 at 21:33
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    @BobTheAverage If the article misstates the results of the study, you should explain that in an answer (with citations), not in a comment.
    – Brythan
    Apr 21 '17 at 2:48
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    To add to what @TSar wrote, Why Can't Programmers.. Program? Apr 21 '17 at 5:04
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    That article is so full of BS that I don't even know where to begin. "over 2/3 could not even write code that compiles" Yeah, right, that is a fantastic criteria to judge if a person is suitable for a software development job. I have about 10 years of experience, and still cannot guarantee that my code will compile in the 1st attempt, but hey, that is not exactly my priority when I write code. I focus more on the important things like getting the design right, because compilation is ... uhm, you know ... what compiler does, and I know how to fix compilation errors.
    – Masked Man
    Apr 23 '17 at 16:23

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