Pre-Placement Survey

It is remarkable how over 1400 days could just be a blink of an eye, but well, life has to be embraced as the way it comes. It doesn’t end and a new, exciting voyage begins here on. The campus is abuzz, with the placement season just around the corner, and we present before you the complete scenario like never before. Navjot Singh Sidhu once quoted: “Statistics are like mini skirts. What they reveal is tantalizing but what they hide is crucial!”

Read along while we decipher the IIT BHU placement moods with our inferences.

Higher Education

A saying goes “Graduation is not the terminus of your experience, it is the beginning of your success”. Almost 10% of our graduating students agree with the above and choose to delve deep into their branch and explore it to the fullest. And of course, who doesn’t dream of going to the States! The good days for higher education seem to be gradually coming to India with a few students opting to pursue masters in their home country itself. Or, you know, it may just as well be “the Donald Drumph” effect. However, the States still fascinate over 70% of the perspective masters students.

Interestingly, a high CGPA doesn’t seem to be a barrier to see yourself studying further with the average among the respondents hovering around the 8 mark.

Among those opting for further research,a healthy number seem to belong to the core engineering branches- mainly Electrical and Electronics. 55% people have already appeared in the GRE. Most students were neutral or negative about the effectiveness of the undergraduate curriculum and rated it at 2.2/5. Although a few students did mention that they developed an inclination towards research in college. Some of the non-CSE students also mentioned that they have developed interest in Computer Science and are planning to pursue their masters in CS.

Why higher education?:

  • “my Internship made me realise that job is really too boring and not .. challenging”
  • “Lack of good jobs in my core discipline”
  • “knowledge in core discipline is very much behind the current Technology”

Why not ?

  • “the amount of time and effort spent in PhD or a master’s program in tech. isn’t really worth the hype.”
  • “Pursuing higher studies in core has become a risk just as entrepreneurship”

Jobs

Job Distribution table

Around half of the respondents want to take up software jobs. A large nunber of these students are not currently majoring in computer Science.

Among those opting for a job in their core branches, a majority belong to the core engineering branches of Mechanical and Electrical whereas the jobs related to finance and consulting are equally popular among the students from chemical, metallurgical and ceramic. More than 50% of the students aiming for the sector of software development belong to CS, Electrical and Electronics. Infact, over 90% of the CS students aiming for a job chose Software Development as their preferred sector.

Completions such as LinkedIn Placements and Google APAC are clearly a hit with 5 out of 8 respondents looking for off-campus jobs.

The Good

1-I’ll be a miracle if I get one — — — — — — 2

2 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 2

3 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 2

4 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 12

5 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 14

6 — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 15

7-I am pretty confident — — — — — — — — 29

I have a PPO — — — — — — — — — — — —19

JOB confidence bar graph

More that 50% of the respondents already had a PPO or were highly confident about getting a job and another 42% were reasonably confident about landing a job. Looking at data obtained during a similar survey conducted in 2015 and 2014, the current batch of students seems more optimistic in its approach towards placements. The no of PPO’s awarded jumped by 32% to 94(till Nov 3) against 71 last year.

The Bad

Money — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — 44

My Interest and Aptitude — — — — — — — — 40

Parental and peer influence — — — — — — — -6

Other — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —5

Interests Bar graph

Money is the primary motivation for most respondents for taking up a job and deciding which field to take it up in.

Second highest is interest and Aptitude.

Peer and parental pressure seemed to have minimal influence.

The Ugly

1 in 8 people admitted to lying in their resume and 4 in 8 people said that they had noticed their batch mates doing so. Considering the seriousness of the violation, the Quest team contacted a Training and Placement representative who, while acknowledging the problem, stated that the TPO rigorously verifies the academic credentials mentioned by the candidates. He further added that the TPO would consider putting a mechanism in place to check other credentials. Although just one in 10 people admitted to cheating in placement tests, more than half the junta said that they had noticed their batch mates doing so. Reminding the students that people have been debarred for cheating in the past, the TPO representative said that the TPR community is extremely vigilant when they are assigned the responsibility of invigilation and are not hesitant to book their batch mates, juniors or seniors.

Undergraduate curriculum

Overall Average — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — -2.7/7

Core Engineering — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — -3.2/7

PSU’s — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —3/7

Non-Core(Finance, consulting and Business analytics ) — — — — — 2.2/7

Software(only feedback from CSE students considered) — — — — — 2.4/7

Software(feedback from non-CSE students considered) — — — — — 2.7/7

Most people were unsatisfied with the effectiveness of the undergraduate curriculum in preparing them for the placements. Unsurprisingly, people going for core jobs found the curriculum most suitable and people going for non-core jobs found it to be the least suitable.

What People who came here with an open mind are doing:

Higher Education: 11%

job : 69%

Start up: 5%

MBA : 10%

UPSC : 4%

Still Undecided: 1%

ECA

“All study and no activity makes Jack a dull boy”.

College activities have a great impact in improving key life skills amongst students. Almost 90% of the respondents said that they started exploring extra-curricular activities during their first year. Amongst these, around 50% people continued being involved in college activities during their second year and beyond. There seems to be little correlation between being involved in college activities and one’s CGPA. The average CGPA roughly 7.5–8 in both cases. However, people going for Research are heavily involved in Extracurricular Activities.

The Demographic Effect-

Among the students hailing from rural areas, more than 1/3rd opt to play safe by securing a job with the motive of earning money playing the lead role with 2/3rd choosing it as their main reason. However, the 2nd most preferred choice among them seems to be the idea of a startup instead of Higher Education or an MBA. On a similar note, students residing in semi-urban areas and urban areas prefer a job over the other fields with almost 2/3rd opting for the same and again a similar percentage choosing it for money. However, among them the second most preferred option is either an MBA or UPSC or Higher Research with a meager percent opting for a startup. The passion for higher studies increases significantly as we move from rural to urban backgrounds. The wannabe managers are predominantly urban inhabitants. However, the percentage of wannabe bosses and to-be officers is more significant in the semi-urban areas.

THE NSEW divide-

Among the small Eastern states population (and even when we consider the total population of final yearites), job seems to be the 1st choice for about 40%. However, researchers as well as the wannabe mangers seem to mostly hail from the South region percent-wise even though the number of students opting for the same is more from the North region.

The CGPA effect-

You begin your journey with a JEE rank in your hand, however on entering college you realize that what matters is your CGPA. One of the most sought-after areas by interviewers the CGPA effect can shift the balance from one side to the other. If you are looking for further research, academics seems to be the path to glory as the average CGPA among those opting for further research was 8.5. However, those content with a job average at 8. In contrast to the previous year’s statistics, this year nearly ½ of the students below the 8 mark are satisfied with landing a job whereas the MBA territory and UPSC zone among them has overshadowed further research. Among those above the mark, more than 50% opt for a job as their first preference.

The MBA territory still extends towards the apex of the CGPA pyramid in comparison to UPSC and startup territories. Among those taking a job, software development is the most preferred option especially among the above atthi students with core engineering at 2nd place.

So CGPA does matter.