RIL, Airtel Emerge Top Recruiters in IIM-A’s 2nd Placement Round

Reliance Industries (RIL) and Airtel emerged as the biggest recruiters in the second round of final placements at the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) on Sunday with nine offers each. The second round, which IIMs refer to as the second cluster, seemed to have matched the expectations of students as more than 30 companies participated, including some first time recruiters like Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting and L’Oreal Group. Airtel offered roles for its Africa operations, while Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting hired a student for its Malaysia office.
The 2011-13 batch of the flagship Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) had experienced a muted start to placements in the first cluster, held on the previous Sunday, as the finance sector, the best pay masters, did not make a large number of offers. However, in the second cluster this Sunday (February 17), the mood was rather more upbeat.
“Several firms had conducted pre-interview processes on February 16 in the form of group discussions and tests, and offers were extended following the interviews conducted today (Sunday). The second cluster consisted of five cohorts: consumer goods and services, general management and leadership, strategy and niche consulting, Indian financial services and business development,” according to a release by IIM-A.
The consumer goods and services companies included regular participants
such as HUL, P&G, ITC,
Nestle, Airtel and L’Oreal Group. KT Prasad, executive vice-president, corporate human resources of ITC said: “We recruit individuals with the intention of creating a leadership pipeline in our organisation and hence we ensure that the senior leadership at ITC participates in identifying talent every year.”
The general management and leadership cohort comprised recruiters such as Mahindra Group, TAS, RIL and Lodha Group. The Niche Consulting sector saw firms such as Feedback Infra, TSMG, Capgemini, EXL and Cheers Interactive take part.
Samsung, a first-time recruiter for a managerial role, participated in the business development cohort, the release stated.
According to sources, companies such as Asian Paints, Vector Consulting, HSBC, which was looking to recruit in the area of marketing, and Standard Chartered, too offered various roles to students.
Last year, IBM was the top recruiter in the second cluster, with 20 offers in the technology sector. The other recruiters last year included FMCG companies HUL, P&G, ITC, Kraft, Pepsi, Nestle and SuperMax. Also, recruiters like Tata Administrative Services (TAS), Reliance Industries and Lodha Group had offered roles in general management.

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