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Summer Placements of top B-schools on the rise amid weak job market

Nidhi Gupta

The summer placements with the top B-schools of India, brought a cheer on the faces of hundreds of MBA Aspirants. Irrespective of the weak scenario of employment in the economy, summer placements did not let down the spirits of the top B-schools including the IIMs. On the flip side, the IIMs have broken the records of their previous year in terms of the summer placement packages offered to the candidates in various profiles.

Here is a look at the hiring trend that the summer placements saw for the coming year i.e. 2018:

Summer Placements at IIMs

While IIM Lucknow and IIM Kozhikode managed to complete their summer placements within four days, IIM Calcutta made news by placing 5 of its students with Government’s highest planning agency i.e. the NitiAyog. In addition, IIM Calcutta completed its summer placements within a span of 2 days only in different roles and profiles.

IIM Calcutta Summer Placements 2018: 180 recruiters ensure 100% placements

IIM Bangalore was another bee in the bonnet of the reputed IIMs that successfully completed 100% placements for the students. On achieving this milestone, Ganesh Prabhu, Chairperson, Career Development Services, IIM Bangalore, said: "The slight downturn that we observed in the final placements of the batch of 2017, just eight months ago, has been corrected by a major resurge in hiring interest across all sectors for the IIMB summer placements."

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Summer placements at other top B-Schools

IIFT has emerged as the fastest B-school to complete their summer placements for its 2017-19. Not only this, the institute has also achieved a milestone. The institute saw average stipend shoot up by 11% in comparison to last year. XLRI joined the league and registered a stipend package of Rs 5 lakhs for 2 months in the Summer Placement 2018 drive. The institute also witnessed average and median stipend numbers registered a healthy growth of around 20%. Another top B-School, has seen a 24% rise in the average stipend offered to the candidates.

XLRI Summer Placement Report 2018: Highest stipend of Rs 5 lakhs

Top Recruiters in the placement drive

No less than 150 recruiters participate in the placement process at IIM Lucknow in the summer placement drive. For IIM Bangalore also, there was no dearth of companies that visited the campus. There were over 130 companies that extended offer of summer placements to the MBA aspirants. IIM K welcomed 90 recruiters on their campus from diverse domains such as finance, consulting, marketing and human resources etc. Other top B-schools such as XLRI witnessed participation of 90 companies including top brands from across India.

These numbers in itself is a proof that the job market is open for the candidates that have the true potential to contribute in the overall development of the organisation.

IIM Lucknow Summer Placements 2018: Record 459 students placed

Is Job Market really weak?

While the above statistics are entirely based on the summer placements and do not talk about the final placements, but they are a good indicators of the strength of job market. Be it any domain from sales and marketing, consulting and finance, students have bagged roles on good profiles in their campus placements. On the contrary, the report from Confederation of Indian Industry says that between 2011-12 and 2015-16, India created 3.65 million jobs a year.

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