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The Times of India | TNN | Updated: Nov 13, 2016 |

Bengaluru: The first quarter of the 2016-17 placement season saw a dip in the number of campus picks from the service sector across engineering colleges in Bengaluru.  Seeking specific talent, companies in the service sector which would earlier hire 100-200 eligible candidates from the campus, have raised the bar at the entrance test level itself. Some placement officials have, in fact, recorded a 20-30% fall in the number of offers made by these companies to freshers. Prof D Ranganath, placement director, RV College of Engineering, said the service sector that once used to robustly recruit candidates from campuses has gone slow this time . “We did notice a change in the recruitment pattern by companies like Infosys, Wipro and others. Although they are continuing to visit the campus, the number of offers made have significantly dropped. However, it hasn’t affected the overall placement scenario as such.” Placement officer of Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology (NMIT), P Bhanurekha Reddy, said this year, service sector companies came looking for very specific talent. “Many of them are switching to the automation sector and need fewer people but the best of the lot, who not only fare well in critical thinking and logic but are also technically sound in their approach.”

Deeksha Nair (name changed), a student of the institute, said, “The entrance test was indeed challenging but it’s a changing trend for the better. The standards have gone up and its become more competitive.” With the first quarter of the placement drive ending in December, nearly 300 out of NMIT’s 600 eligible candidates have received offer letters, with packages as high as Rs 9 lakh from companies like Microsoft. “Overall, a few good companies have stopped coming for placements. Some of the service sector ones claim that Brexit and other uncertainties impacting their economy is a risk they don’t want to take and that’s why they’re slowing down the recruitment drive,” said a placement official from a city-based engineering college. Surprisingly, against all odds, Bangalore Institute of Technology (BIT) has seen a rise in the number of candidates recruited. . Over 512 of the 700-odd students found themselves placed with companies like Accenture, Wipro and Infosys. “While this time we had 700-plus students, next year there’ll be nearly 1,000 sitting for placements, as the institute has increased intake of students in a few streams,” said HB Balakrishna, head of training and placement, BIT.  MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT), on the other hand, opened its doors to nearly 92 companies that conducted campus recruitments for the first time. While Savitha Konna, placement officer, said there was a dip in the number of mass recruiters visiting the campus, the institute was still able get 1,144 students placed in the last cycle (2016-17) out of the 1,369 eligible ones. “For a few companies, the numbers did come down since last year. The situation isn’t as glamorous as it used to be. But we’ve been able to pull it off with new recruiters coming in,” said Savitha. –  Courtesy

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