14 Aug 2015 20:10 IST

Placement season kicks off with a slew of PPOs

Consulting, marketing, dominate offers across B-schools

The placement season for 2016 is warming up as pre-placement offers (PPOs) start flowing in at most of India’s premier business schools.

MDI Gurgaon

Gurgaon-based Management Development Institute has received 31 offers from top campus recruiters such as PepsiCo, Aditya Birla Group, Vodafone, IBM, Godrej Properties, Hector Beverages, Becton Dickinson, The Boston Consulting Group, Reckit Benckiser, and Stellium Inc.

“We expect more offers from e-commerce firms and major investment banks in the coming weeks,” says Kanwal Kapil, Chairperson-Placements at MDI Gurgaon. The B-school had received 51 offers for a batch of 240 PGPM students and 61 PGP-HRM students.

IIM Shillong

The good news has just kicked in at IIM Shillong campus, with four students receiving PPOs and nine in line for a pre-placement interview (PPI) opportunity. The institute expects to get at least 40 PPOs for a batch of 140 students in the coming year — a big jump in PPOs/PPIs compared to last year’s 14 PPOs and 29 PPIs for a batch of 119 students. Most of the offers are coming from the services sector this year at the IIM campus.

At the same time, about 10 per cent of the batch has already been placed in Delhi University’s Faculty of Management Studies, with such top recruiters as Accenture, BCG, HUL, L'Oreal, Pepsi, Philips, RB, TAS, and Vodafone making final offers at the campus.

FMS Delhi

Many of the PPOs at FMS have been made in the consulting and marketing domain.

“Most e-commerce companies have not released PPOs/PPIs so far but we are expecting a great response from this sector,” said a placement committee spokesperson of FMS Delhi. The B-school expects hiring to rise across all domains, primarily in e-commerce, FMCG and consulting.

IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore

Older IIMs, such as IIM Calcutta and IIM Bangalore, are tight-lipped about the number of final offers received by students so far but reports suggest the PPOs at these campuses may be more than last year’s number. IIM Calcutta and IIM Bangalore clocked 134 offers each last year.

Companies make PPOs to students who have completed their summer internships with them (companies), and PPIs are an assurance that the students will get a direct interview opportunity during the final placement process.

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