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‘39% Indian techies learn to code before turning 20’

This fact was verified by more than 2,000 coders who participated in TechGig’s exclusive survey

New Delhi: A recent survey by an IT-based platform has revealed that 84% of the coders in India learn the art of coding before they turn 24.

The study titled “The race to become super coder” states that 39% coders learned to code at the age of 15-20 years, and more than 45% programmers started coding between the age of 20-24 years.

It highlights the achievements of a 14-year old techie, Tanmay Bakshi, who was hired by the industry leader IBM as Artificial Intelligence scientist.

The appointment of Bakshi in the top ranks at such a young age points towards an upcoming trend wherein youngsters’ ambition to join the race to become super coders is evident.

Apart from Bakshi, achievers like Anvitha Vijay have also baffled many with numerous achievements in their kitty.

Nine-year-old Vijay, who has several iOS applications to her credit, was the youngest participant at the recently concluded Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference.

Reacting on the influx of young coding aspirants, Business Head at TimesJobs, Ramathreya Krishnamurthi said, “This is good news because coding will be a major skill in demand in the future and the sooner you learn it, the better it is.”

Coders prefer MNCs over start-ups

  • The survey by TechGig also revealed a surprising trend that around 30% of coders prefer to work with the established firms in the IT industry to startups.

  • The wave of start-ups has taken a backseat as the report further highlights that only 24% of coders want to work with startups while 16% of respondents want to start their own venture.

Recruiters want ‘on the job learners’

  • As per the survey, 33% of recruiters look for ‘on the job learners’ when hiring coders while only 25% of recruiters seek university certified programming professionals.

  • The demand for short-term diploma holders is being made by only 16% of the employers.

  • This reverse-check on recruiters suggest that the attitude to learn and adapt to the job requirements finds preference among the hiring managers.

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