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Engineers know their science, but don’t know how to say it!

By: Vinod Agarwal On: 8/9/15


About 67% engineers in India do not have spoken English skills required for any job in knowledge economy. Though they do relatively better in vocabulary
and understanding English, engineers are deficient in elements of spoken English such as fluency, pronunciation and grammar.

English fluency is one of the key qualities recruiters look for during interviews. No wonder candidates with English skills above the local average stand
out from the crowd and garner 30-50% higher salaries than similarly qualified candidates without English skills.

Aspiring Minds, a leading employability credentialing firm, surveyed English skills of 30,000 engineers across 500 engineering colleges with the aid of a
telephonic 20 minute automated spoken English test measuring spoken English (pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary, grammar, spoken English comprehension,
etc.) and active listening skills.

They released the National Spoken English Skills (SES) of Engineers report on the state of spoken English capabilities in young engineers and how their
employability is affected by their Spoken English skills.


A staggering 97% engineers in India cannot speak English required for jobs in corporate sales and business consulting.

About 61% engineers possess grammar skills no better than a class VII student.

Over 51% engineering graduates are not employable based on their spoken English scores.

Not more than 7% engineers can speak English with fluency that renders speech meaningful. These engineers show ability to speak and respond spontaneously.
They can speak fluently, with good pronunciation and proper sentence construction.

Spoken English ability of candidates decreases in campuses in lower tier cities, with tier 3 campuses showing the most degradation. Engineering students in
metro cities do much better in spoken English skills than those in the non-metro cities. Nevertheless, spoken English skills remains a big challenge in
IITs and National Institute of Technology as well.

English is the global language of business and enterprise. With jobs going global, the importance of English has increased manifold. English is now a
medium of communication at both international and intra-national levels.Proficiency in English, particularly spoken English, must be seen as a necessary
skill and not as a post – colonial irksome relic which has to be done away with.

Pronunciation and fluency are the major barriers in effective Spoken English.This signals theneed for emphasis not only on written English but also on
Spoken English skills.If you are a science student aspiring to be an engineer, or have just cracked the JEE, you may well be familiar with the trends
emerging from the above survey. It should also spur you to action.

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15 thoughts on “Engineers know their science, but don’t know how to say it!

  1. sumit verma says:

    candidates who speaks good english earn higher salaries. One out of 10 people who is good in English earns more then the rest 9.

  2. suraj gupta says:

    same here, need imrovment. Any help

  3. Nisha Martin says:

    as mentioned in my earlier Reply, yes Engineers are experts but dont know English , your institute having the best faculty and methods of training can be of great help.

  4. Engineers are well educated, yet lack English s[peaking skills that lands them nearly no where in getting a JOB.

  5. Engineers must know English, just knowledge of science is not Enough, without English, their knowledge of the highest lot is not enough to reach the top.

  6. Neeraj says:

    myself also from engineering background but don't know how to speak few or say or make few English sentence.

  7. Raman says:

    Engineers knows English language grammatically but when it comes to speaking skills they go silent.

  8. Adil Khan says:

    It is true after completing engineering or any post graduate degree if you are not able to speak in English no use of such degrees..to get hike learn English from inlingua

  9. Aporva says:

    I myself from an engineering background but facing problem in getting job as I am not able to express leanings in front of interviewers..Now am planning to join inlingua

  10. Prerna says:

    I myself from an engineering background but facing problem in getting job as I am not able to express learning in front of interviewers..Now am planning to join inlingua for improvement English skills

  11. Shikha Gupta says:

    I want to join Inlingua because Proficiency in English, particularly spoken English,has become necessary for successful carrier.

  12. nehawadhwa says:

    Yes, truly said, At times of interview some engineers who lack in English are rejected because of communication skills.

  13. sanjay sharma says:

    I am an engineer in 2nd year I want to learn fluent English please help me how I can speak English fast.

  14. rohit trikkha says:

    Telling the ideas in an innovative way is very important for an engineer. But when they are weak in english they are less confident in describing their thoughts which is a real problem. With online course from Inlingua engineers can learn english, I think it will be a good idea for them.

  15. Dhanya says:

    Nice post.

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