IIT Madras Placements begin with 20 companies making 102 offers in First Session, exceeding last year’s numbers


Chennai: A total of 102 offers were made by 20 companies during the First Session (1.1) of Phase I Placements of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras on Day One (1st December 2019). This includes 4 international offers. This compares favourably with the preceding Academic Year of 2018-19 when 85 offers were made by 19 companies during Session 1.1 of Phase I Placements.

The big recruiters of this year’s first session include Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Qualcomm and Boston Consulting Group. The Phase I of Placements would continue till 8th December 2019.

The Phase I of Placements at IIT Madras began at 7 am and concluded at 2 pm today (1st December 2019). It saw the participation of 20 companies covering 34 job profiles.

In the second slot (Session 1.2) of Day One Placements that is being held between 4 pm and 11 pm, 30 companies with 42 profiles are scheduled to participate. These companies include Samsung Semiconductor, Jaguar and Bajaj Auto.

Speaking about Session 1.1 of the Placements, Prof. Manu Santhanam and Prof. C. S. Shankar Ram, Advisors, Training and Placement, IIT Madras, said, “In this placement season, IIT Madras has exceeded the number of offers achieved in session 1.1 of last year. We expect this positive trend to continue in session 1.2 and further. The maximum number of offers came from Computer Science and Consulting sectors.”

The Top Recruiters of Session 1.1 include

Ø Microsoft – 20 Offers

Ø Goldman Sachs – 11 Offers

Ø Qualcomm – 9 Offers

Ø Boston Consulting Group – 7 Offers

A total of Four International Offers were made during Session 1.1 by Cohesity, Microsoft, Salesforce and Uber. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) made Six Offers.

A total of 1,334 students registered for placement this year from IIT Madras, across different streams of study. The total number of companies registered for Phase I of Placements is 227. They will be recruiting for a total of 441 profiles, including 40 international profiles. As many as 57 startups are also coming for recruitment.

Speaking about his placement experience, Mr. Ravi Khatri, Fifth Year Student (Dual Degree), Department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras, who got offers in Two MNC Consulting firms during Session 1.1 of Placements, said, “Focus and Preparations are the key to successful results in placements. I prepared intensely in the last four months and spoke to a lot of people, including seniors as well as professionals in the field. In consulting, the background and degree does not matter as any student can apply for consulting firms. This field requires problem-solving ability.”

Mr. Patel Utkarsh Govind, Fourth Year, B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department, IIT Madras, who got an international offer from Salesforce, a multinational technology firm based in the U.S., said, “I was looking for a software developer profile or a research position in computer science as I had experience only in these areas. Salesforce was in my list of preferred companies. I considered international offers as a priority due to their immense learning opportunities and vast exposure. My attention was focused only on the Core Profiles. My preparation started during my third-year internship. By that time, I got a decent idea about the domains I wanted to pursue my career in. The campus placement starts with drafting the resume and I believe that it is one of the most crucial parts as companies get the first impression based on that only. We spent a decent amount of time on the same. Competitive programming is one of the key areas of preparation for job in CSE profiles along with the concepts of fundamental courses. The former plays a critical role in cracking the knockout rounds before the interviews. The latter helps a lot in clearing the technical interviews.”

Mr. Unnan Aswani Kumar, Final Year, MS (Research), Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, who has accepted an offer from Qualcomm for a RFIC (Design) Profile, said, “My preparations revolved around the basic of RC and RLC Circuits and Opamps besides Switched Capacitor Circuits. I am doing my Masters’ in Analog and Mixed Signal IC Design and wanted to work only in a core company in my area specialization. I was keen on this profile and got it.”

Ms. Ramya Vijayram, Fifth Year (Dual Degree), Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, who got placed in McKinsey and Company, said, “My preparations involved analysing business problems with friends, reading news, improving general knowledge and all of that helped me a lot. The company assigns people to practice with you and you have help from seniors. The key is to understand how to approach a problem.”