PGP ABM 2011-13 Final Placements complete at IIM Ahmedabad

The PGP-ABM placement process for the batch of 2013 was completed successfully on 4th March, 2013, with students pursuing career opportunities of their choice within the agribusiness and allied domains. The robust placement process was well received by both recruiters and students, effectively matching talent with opportunities. A testament to the strength of the process and the calibre of students was that companies created special roles for candidates based on their profile.

Leading Recruiters

Despite adverse market conditions and dampened hiring sentiment, the program was well received by the industry as a provider of high quality talent to the agribusiness sector. Over 25 companies participated in the placement process, and the batch attracted a diverse pool of recruiters, ranging from MNCs to small and medium enterprises as well as notable start-up firms. Syngenta, Frontal Rain, GSFC, and Yes Bank were the top recruiters, and recruited three students each. IFFCO, i3 Consulting, Escorts, Frontal Rain, Nancy Barry’s Enterprise Solutions for Poverty, and GlaxoSmithKline hired for the first time from the program. The placement season also witnessed regular recruiters such as Syngenta, Rabo Bank, Godrej Agrovet, StarAgri, and Yes Bank. Notably, Bayer CropScience Limited offered its Commercial Excellence Leadership Program for the first time in India, by recruiting from IIM Ahmedabad this year.

iimapic1.jpgA variety of roles were offered across diverse domains including Seeds, Fertilizers, Pesticides, Corporate Banking, Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Logistics and Warehousing Management, Platform Development, Plantations, Commodity Trading, Agricultural Machinery, Rural Banking, and Consulting.

Entrepreneurship

Two students opted out of the placement process this year – one to launch an entrepreneurial venture in warehousing and the other to pursue a career in the social sector. The institute supports entrepreneurship by providing a two year placement holiday to students who launch their own start-up venture.

Prof. Kirti Sharda, the Chairperson of the Placement Committee, IIM Ahmedabad said, “The enthusiastic participation of recruiters in PGP-ABM placements lead to creation of new and interesting opportunities for students, and enabled them to get placed in a variety of roles both in international and domestic locations. We are pleased to announce that the PGP-ABM batch of 2011-13 has been placed and the PGP-ABM Final Placement Process at IIM Ahmedabad is complete.”

Sanjit Singh, the Recruitment Secretary of the PGP-ABM Program said, “The PGP ABM program continued to attract challenging and rewarding roles in a sector that has a strong requirement for managerial excellence. This year we maintained our international ranking as the finest program in agribusiness and food management and as a team were delighted to provide excellent opportunities for our students to build careers in this sector.”

Further details about the placement process including details about compensation will be released in an audited report, as per the Indian Placement Reporting Standards (IPRS) – an initiative introduced by IIMA to bring about greater transparency in B-school placements across the country. The IPRS report for ‘Final Placements 2013’ will be released 6 months from the date of graduation, and the link to the report will be shared with all stakeholders, once released.

The Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management (PGP-ABM) is a residential 2-year full-time sector-specific programme designed to meet the diverse demands of agri-business and allied sectors through specialised managerial talent. IIM-Ahmedabad’s PGP-ABM program has been ranked No. 1 worldwide in the MBA (Agribusiness) / Food Industry Management Global Ranking for the second year running by Eduniversal, Paris (2012).

Official Link – http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/users/placement/files/Finals%202013/PGP-ABM%20Press%20Release%20Final.pdf

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PGP 2011-13 Final Placements complete at IIM Ahmedabad

The placement process for the graduating batch of the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management at IIM Ahmedabad has been successfully completed with students being placed in sectors and functions of their choice. The successful recruitment cycle stands testament to the high quality of students at the institute and the robust nature of the placement process that provides adequate flexibility to both students and recruiters.

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Placement process

The placement process was conducted in two stages. The first was the laterals process where firms interviewed students with work experience and offered them mid-level managerial positions. In the second stage, the final placement process, firms were grouped into cohorts based on the profile offered, and invited to campus in different clusters. As in previous years, students were provided the flexibility of making a “dream” application to any firm of their choice even with an offer in hand. This gave students the freedom to build careers in sectors of their preference.

Laterals process

50% of the batch was eligible for lateral placements, which provided students an opportunity to optimally leverage their work experience. The laterals process included firms from diverse sectors such as technology, consulting, pharmaceuticals and analytics. Firms which participated in the laterals process included Aditya Birla Group, Amazon, Deloitte, General Electric, Google, Microsoft, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Thomson Reuters.

Sectoral overview

Despite adverse market conditions, IIM Ahmedabad did not witness a hiring freeze from any sector. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered were the global investment banks that recruited students from the batch of 2011-13. Several other banks and financial institutions such as Axis Bank, DBS, HDFC, Kotak, JM Financial and Yes Bank also recruited students this year.

Consulting companies recruited in large numbers in both the finals and laterals processes. Recruiters in the consulting space included global strategy consulting firms as well as niche consulting firms: Accenture, AT Kearney, Bain & Company, Booz and Company, Boston Consulting Group, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Feedback Ventures, KPMG, McKinsey & Company, Monitor Group, Oliver Wyman, Opera Solutions, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, TSMG and Vector Consulting.

A large number of students took up roles in Sales and Marketing in various companies such as Airtel, Asian Paints, HUL, ITC, Kraft, L’Oreal, Mars, Nestle, P&G, Pepsi and Reckitt Benckiser. General Management and leadership profiles were offered to students by Aditya Birla Group, Cipla, General Electric, Ingersoll Rand, Mahindra, Reliance, RPG Group, TAS, Thomson Reuters among others. Students secured roles in the technology sector in firms such as Cognizant, Google, Hewlett Packard, HCL, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.

Top recruiters

More than 130 firms participated in the placement process in 2013 including the laterals process. In terms of volume, Boston Consulting Group was the top recruiter across clusters having picked 15 students from the campus. Several consulting firms recruited a significant number of students. Accenture recruited 13 students while McKinsey & Company and Capgemini made 10 offers each, and Bain & Company selected 9 students from the batch.

Among global investment banks, Goldman Sachs was the largest recruiter having picked 7 students for roles in financial markets as well as quantitative strategy. In the consumer goods and services sector, Airtel was the lead recruiter having made 11 offers to students for roles in marketing and finance, both in India and in international locations. Amazon recruited 7 students for roles in business development and operations.

Entrepreneurship

IIM Ahmedabad has always encouraged students to take up entrepreneurship as a career and this year, five students opted out of the placement process to start their own ventures. The start-ups include a professional network for photographers, an online sampling and market research portal and an e-commerce venture for project equipment.

In line with its culture of fostering entrepreneurship, IIMA offers a placement holiday to its students wherein they will be allowed to participate in placements in one of the next two years in the event that their venture does not work out.

Prof. Kirti Sharda, the Chairperson of the Placement Committee, IIM Ahmedabad said, “The demand for IIMA graduates continues to be high and has overridden concerns of a general slowdown in hiring activities in 2012-13. Students have been placed in their chosen roles in diverse cohorts comprising a remarkable array of recruiters. We are glad to announce that the PGP batch of 2011-13 has been placed and the PGP Final Placement Process at IIM Ahmedabad is complete.”

Barathram A, the Recruitment Secretary of IIM Ahmedabad said, “We are extremely happy with the way full time placements have panned out this year. Despite the uncertain economic scenario, students had opportunities in various sectors. Consulting firms, FMCG and pharmaceutical companies were among the major recruiters this year. Students were able to secure roles of their choice standing testimony to the high recruiter-student fit at IIM Ahmedabad”.

Further details about the placement process including details about compensation will be released in an audited report, as per the Indian Placement Reporting Standards (IPRS), introduced by IIMA in an effort to bring about greater transparency in B-school placements across the country. The IPRS report for ‘Final Placements 2013’ will be released 6 months from the date of graduation, and the link to the report will be shared with all stakeholders, once released.

Official Link: http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/users/placement/files/Finals%202013/PGP%20Final%20Placements%202013%20-%20Press%20Release.pdf

Clarification from the Placement Committee

This is an independent clarification issued by the Placement Committee of IIM Ahmedabad.

The official Press release of IIMA post Cluster 3 was released on 23rd February 2013 and can be found on the IIMA website at this location – Press Release Finals 2013 (Cluster 3).

However, it has been observed that an article published by a particular media agency yesterday carried speculative and unverified information that is over and above the contents of this release. In particular, a firm which was reported to have made the highest number of offers in Cluster 3, did not participate in the final placement process during Clusters 1, 2 or 3. Not only is the reported data factually wrong, no attempt was made to verify it with any IIMA placement committee member. At this juncture, we wish to convey our disappointment over the publishing of such inaccuracies regarding the on-going Final Placements.

IIMA’s Placement Committee wishes to explicitly clarify that the official press release has been our only communication to the media regarding Final Placements, and hence any additional data published is unsubstantiated and not verified by any source within the Placement Committee. As per the IPRS, we differentiate between individual firm/student level data and aggregate statistics. We are committed to publishing audited placement reports as per IPRS standards. Prospective students and the community at large are urged to refer only to these audited reports, freely available on IIMA’s website, and not rely on speculative and unverified reports.

Clarification from the Placement Committee

This is with reference to the recent set of news articles that have been published by multiple media agencies following Cluster 1 of Final Placements 2013 at IIM Ahmedabad. The Placement Committee at IIMA wishes to explicitly clarify that many of these articles carry information that is unverified and speculative. The official press release of IIM-Ahmedabad post Cluster 1 was released on February 10, 2013 and can be found on the IIMA website at this location – Press Release Finals Placements 2013 (Cluster 1). This has been the only communication from IIM Ahmedabad’s Placement Committee to the media regarding Cluster 1 of Final Placements, and hence data published in other articles over and above the contents of the above release is unsubstantiated, inaccurate and not verified by any source within IIMA’s Placement Committee.

It is important to note that unsubstantiated media articles have the propensity to influence career decisions of aspiring students (especially during the current stage of the admission process to IIMs), and also project an inaccurate assessment of the job market scenario in the country. It has also been observed that new media articles on the topic are increasingly quoting references from the initial set of inaccurate articles that is creating a cascading wave of falsified information amongst the public.

IIMA introduced the Indian Placement Reporting Standards (IPRS) in 2010 in an effort to bring about transparency in B-school placement reporting. This initiative was taken by IIMA with contributions from various stakeholders including the media, recruiters and other B-schools, and has resulted in a comprehensive placement reporting standard. The standard assures the privacy of individual level data but specifies the format for reporting aggregate statistics which would satisfy the information needs of the various stakeholders. The due date for the IPRS report for ‘Final Placements 2013’ would be 6 months from the date of graduation, the links to which will be shared with both the media and the general public, once released.  The reports released thus far can be found here – IPRS Reports

IIM Ahmedabad, as a matter of policy, does not publish specific compensation data as this information is treated as strictly confidential. Moreover, IIMA views salary as only one of many components that constitutes a job offer on campus. Details of the number of students entering various sectors and functions as well as aggregate compensation related information would be formally published as part of IIMA’s ‘IPRS Report for Final Placements 2013’.

It is the earnest endeavour of the Placement Committee at IIMA to ensure adequate sharing of relevant information with all stakeholders. We urge reputed media agencies to exercise fair discretion while publishing placement-related articles and adequately accredit the quotes they carry in them. We request the public to view the IIMA Placement Committee’s press releases on the official website.

Clarification regarding article in Economic Times dated 24-01-2013

A news article in the Economic Times dated 24th January 2013, titled ‘Who’s paying what this season’ mentions certain details of recruiters at IIM Ahmedabad as well as salaries offered in this recruitment season with the key tagline stating that “Deutsche Bank has given two 1-crore salary offers at IIM-Ahmedabad for its London office”. At this stage, we wish to explicitly clarify, in the interest of the entire community, that this information is completely unsubstantiated. No member of the IIM-A community including faculty, students and the Placement Committee has released information to the media regarding the pre-placement offers or any related salary details.

Given the prevalent unstructured methodology of reporting placement information in Indian B-schools, IIMA introduced the Indian Placement Reporting Standards (IPRS) in 2010 in an effort to bring about transparency in B-school placement reporting. This initiative was taken by IIMA with contributions from various stakeholders like media, recruiters and other B-schools, and has resulted in a comprehensive placement reporting standard. The standard assures the privacy of individual level data but specifies the format for reporting aggregate statistics which would satisfy the information needs of the various stakeholders. The links to the IPRS reports are shared with both the media and the general public and the reports released thus far can be found at http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/iprs/download.php

IIM Ahmedabad, as a matter of policy, does not publish specific compensation data as this information is treated as strictly confidential. Moreover, IIMA views salary as only one of many components that constitutes a job offer on campus. Details of the number of students entering various sectors and functions as well as aggregate compensation related information would be formally published as part of IIMA’s ‘IPRS Report for Final Placements 2013’.

It is of common knowledge that media articles serve as inputs to aspiring students into making career decisions and also serve as indicators for the job market scenario in the country. Given these facts, we expect and urge reputed newspapers to verify the information that they publish and accredit the quotes that they carry in their articles.

PGP-ABM 2012-14 Summer Placements Complete at IIM-A

The Summer Placement process for Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management started on 8th November, and completed with every student in a batch of 43 placed by the end of next day.

More than 20 firms participated in the placement process, including regular recruiters such as Syngenta, Godrej Agrovet, Rabobank, Marico, Heinz, APPL, Excel Crop Care, and Enercon. This placement season also marked the entry of a number of new firms to the placement process, including Mondelez, PricewaterhouseCoopers, DuPont, TAFE, Sathguru Management Consulting, Frost and Sullivan, PI Industries, Cremica and GreenNGood. Some of the firms conducted pre-placement processes on 7th November. Notably, 5 students chose to sit out of the main summer placement process to pursue their interest in the developmental sector by working with Jeevika, the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project.

Syngenta, a global agribusiness giant, was the largest recruiter and made offers to six students for 11 challenging projects spanning diverse functional domains. Officials from Syngenta commented “This is our second year of participation in IIM-Ahmedabad placements. We were delighted by the talent, diversity and enthusiasm of the candidates and we look forward to build this relationship further.”

In all, a variety of roles were offered across sectors including FMCG, Agricultural Inputs, Consulting and Advisory, Banking, and Plantations. Functional roles available to students included Strategy, International Marketing, Business Development, Research, B2B Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Sales, and General Management and Leadership.
IIM-Ahmedabad’s PGP-ABM Program has been recognized as World’s Number 1 programme in Agribusiness and Food Industry management by Eduniversal (2011), and the variety of roles and recruiters in Summer Placements 2013 has kept pace with the increasing excellence of the program.

IIMA will publish its audited summer placement report for the PGP-ABM program as per the Indian Placement Reporting Standards (IPRS) once the audit process is completed.

PGP 2012-14 Summer Placements Complete at IIM-A

ImageThe Summer Placement process for the PGP Batch of 2012-14 of IIM Ahmedabad was completed following Cluster 3 of the placement process. More than 130 firms participated in the recruitment process across 3 clusters.

Cluster 1, held on 7th November, comprised three cohorts – global strategy consulting, international investment banks, and investment management firms. More than 25 firms participated in the placement process in Cluster 1 this year. This included regular recruiters such as McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital, Royal Bank of Scotland and Accenture. In addition, Cluster 1 also had a significant number of first time recruiters ensuring greater diversity in profiles.

BCG extended offers to 14 students and was the largest recruiter in Cluster 1. Consulting firms recruited in large numbers in general with McKinsey & Co. and Accenture recruiting double digit numbers of interns. Firms in the financial sector also hired aggressively. The Royal Bank of Scotland recruited interns for various roles in different locations.

Pradeep Pattem, Head of Credit and Mortgage markets (EMEA) at the bank, said “We thoroughly enjoyed the process and were able to recruit really sharp candidates. The recruitment process allowed us to have a very good level of interaction with candidates. They displayed good understanding and a keenness for the financial sector. These students bring fresh perspective to the workplace and we are looking to involve them in the development of several projects.”

Cluster 2 of summer placements at IIM Ahmedabad was held on 9th November, a day when a large number of firms extended offers to students for various functional profiles. A significant portion of the firms conducted pre-interview processes in the form of group discussions on 8th November.

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A file photo of placements at IIM Ahmedabad

Cluster 2 comprised 5 cohorts: Consumer goods and services, Indian financial services firms, general management leadership programs, niche consulting, and private equity, venture capital and investment management firms. Consumer goods and services represented a large portion of Cluster 2 recruiters with regular recruiters such as Amazon, HUL and P&G making a significant number of offers. Amazon extended 11 offers and was the largest recruiter in the cluster.

In the general management domain, Tata Administrative Services, Aditya Birla Group, Mahindra and Mahindra, and Reliance recruited a substantial number of summer interns. Leading MNCs such as General Electric and Johnson & Johnson also participated in recruitment today. Technology firms also extended offers to several students in Cluster 2 of this year’s summer placements, with firms such as Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft recruiting students for several profiles. Philips recruited students for business development, and sales and marketing internships as part of its business leadership program. Shell India recruited students for the first time from IIMA for sales and marketing internships.

A large number of firms from diverse sectors participated in Cluster 3 of summer placements. The cluster began on 15th November with pre-processes such as tests and group discussions conducted by a few of the firms. Offers were extended to students by firms following interviews on 16th November.

A significant number of e-commerce firms recruited students for various roles in Cluster 3. Cleartrip, Infibeam and Zovi were among the recruiters from this sector. The cluster also included the portfolio companies cohort which included firms such as Just Dial.

Firms from the financial sector also participated in Cluster 3, and Axis Bank and HDFC were among the major recruiters. A notable addition to the list of recruiters at IIM Ahmedabad was World Bank which recruited interns for its Financial Instruments division.

FMCG firms such as L’oreal, Wipro Consumer Care and Agro Tech Foods recruited students for the sales and marketing function. The cluster witnessed strong hiring from consulting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG, which were a part of the consulting advisory cohort. The RPG Group recruited students in the general management domain.

Mr. Narasimha Rao, Vice President (HR) at Agro Tech Foods, a first time recruiter at IIMA, remarked, “It has been a pleasure to recruit from IIM Ahmedabad. The placement process is very professional and extraordinarily well managed, and we found a large pool of very talented students. We are also very happy that there was a clear communication of placement rules prior to the process and we didn’t have any surprises on the day, which happens in a few other B-schools.”

Recruitment Secretary for the PGP program at IIM Ahmedabad, Barathram A said “A host of new recruiters from diverse domains participated in the summer placement process this year. Students had a wider range of options in terms of industry sectors and functional roles, and this helped them secure internships of their choice.”

Commenting on the conclusion of internship recruitment, Prof. Kirti Sharda, Placement Chairperson at IIM Ahmedabad said, “The enthusiastic response of recruiters is testimony to their confidence in the exceptional quality of our students and their faith in the placement process at IIM Ahmedabad.”

IIMA will publish its audited summer placement report for the PGP program as per the Indian Placement Reporting Standards (IPRS) once the audit process is completed.

Clarification regarding the Article in the Times of India dated 15th October 2011

Following the article in Times of India (Ahmedabad) dated 15th October 2011 mentioning that 3 PPO offers of over Rs. 1 Crore have been given to students, we would like to clarify in interest of the entire community that this information is unsubstantiated. Neither the Placement Committee nor the students have released any specific details to the media regarding the PPO offers and salary details.

We felt compelled to communicate this clarification because as a matter of policy we do not publish individual specific compensation details. These are confidential information and should be respected as such. The number of PPOs received by students is also data which we only share once final placements are over. Further, the Placement Committee has not received any compensation details for the mentioned PPOs from the firm(s).

We would also like to clarify that Times of India has not contacted the Media representative of IIM-A Placement Cell or any other Placement Committee member or the Placement Chair to verify the information they have published. The quote attributed to the Placement Committee member does not carry their name and further discredits the authenticity of this report.

IIMA has this year embraced transparency in reporting salary information as part of the Indian Placement Reporting Standards. We share this information with not just the media but also the general public. However we only share aggregate level data in this report. We do not release specifics of any individual firm’s offer. We understand that placements at IIMA are regularly followed. However we expect reputed newspapers to verify the information that they publish and accredit the quotes that they carry in the article.

 

Placement Report Released in accordance with Indian Placement Reporting Standards

With the proliferation of rankings, newspaper articles about business schools and countless speculations of media agencies, coaching classes, online forums and so on, there is a large amount of information available to an aspiring MBA student regarding placements. However, this data may or may not be helpful to students as different aspects of placements are highlighted by different institutes. Students are hence, not able to compare placements across certain set parameters. Moreover, speculations about salaries figures have always been rife in the media and the IIMA community has often had to respond to reports with clarifications leading to criticism of the institute.

Thus, IIM Ahmedabad has taken the initiative to introduce the Indian Placement Reporting Standards (IPRS) that can be used by business schools uniformly to report placements.

The need for these is evident as many potential MBAs look at reports of placements and salaries to make a decision as to which B-School to join. The reporting standards seek to present information on placements in a clear manner with defined parameters which will facilitate easy comparison. The data is also relevant to current students who are usually privy to inflated CTC figures and will now know their salary break-up.  The biggest step taken is to ensure that the data is audited by a reliable agency. This verified data would then be made available to the general public i.e. existing and prospective students, recruiters, media and ranking agencies and other stakeholders. IIMA has been working hard with other business schools to carry forward this initiative.

The introduction of these standards took place in 4 stages. They were first proposed in October 2010 at the IIMA Recruiter Conclave in Mumbai. Post this; a draft of the standards was prepared and circulated among students, other B-schools, recruiters and the media. The suggestions and revisions were discussed and incorporated at the Placement Reporting Conference held at the IIMA campus in June this year. Finally on the basis of these standards, the IIMA placement reports for PGP, PGP-ABM and PGP-X final placements were released on the 7th of September. Several notable institutes have adopted the IPRS, the full list of which can be found at the IPRS website.

Audited by CRISIL, the IIMA Placement Report concisely classifies the offers given on the basis of function, location and salary. These clearly demarcated heads allow for easy comparison between B-Schools and also for complete transparency in presentation of the data. The reception of this fully audited report was highly positive with most media agencies and stakeholders commending the step.

It is hoped that truthfulness and fairness in placement reporting is adopted among all major business schools in the country. The IPRS represent the willingness of some B-schools to take a step towards publishing verified reports in the interest of all stakeholders. Over time, the practice of releasing unaudited reports will hopefully be discontinued and all B-schools will see the merit in subscribing to the IPRS.

The members of IPRS and audited placement reports can be found at: http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/iprs/members.php

More information on the IPRS can be found at: http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/iprs/index.php

Some of the responses the IIMA community has posted to inflated salary reporting can be found at:

https://insideiima.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/the-truth-about-b-school-salaries/

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2010-03-12/news/27599643_1_highest-salary-bonus-highest-package

https://insideiima.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/clarification-regarding-the-article-in-the-economic-times-dated-26-2-2011/

 

Placements – What to believe and what not to believe


Over the past few days, I have received many queries from friends, family, relatives and fellow students about placements at IIMA based on what they read in the newspapers. I wondered how did some  of those figures come up and what’s the source of such information. As our Placement Chairperson, Professor Saral Mukherjee pointed out, the astronomical salary figures quoted were a misrepresentation.  (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/5674000.cms)

This year the institute took proactive steps in disseminating information to the media about the placement process by sending out a press release after every cluster. However several publications reported information and figures which were incorrect and unverified by the placement committee. Instances of misrepresentation include:

  • Reporting names of some companies as recruiters when they did not even participate in the process
  • Inaccurate and inflated figures about the number of offers given by some of the recruiters
  • Details about the number of students placed after every cluster

Only the members of the student placement committee have authentic and credible information about the process. Hence information from any other sources is unreliable and can be misleading.

Several comparisons have been made about the number of offers made in each slot and the number of days within which the entire batch has been placed, across B-schools and with the previous years. However we believe such comparisons do not reflect a true picture about the kind of opportunities and economic conditions prevailing at a point of time. This year IIM Ahmedabad’s new cohort-based system ensured a far relaxed process allowing recruiters to interact with students over a two day period, thus reducing the pressure on recruiters to make spot offers and on students to accept offers immediately. The parameter for measuring success of this process is not the number of students placed in each cluster or the number of clusters in which all the students get placed, but in achieving better student recruiter fit, which we believe we managed to achieve.

Mansi Chitalia

Media Representative, Student Placement Committee