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In Indian IT scenario or body shops/chop shops, certifications carry some weight, helps in starting a career. Employees who are on "bench", plain English are sitting idle or not allocated to any project, are encouraged, read forced, to obtain certifications. IMHO, certifications just increase an individual's confidence not his/her experience or ability to write better code. The fact that many of good coders are not computer scientists or are school/college drop-outs tell you that certifications are not that worthy.