Technology, consulting largest recruiters at ISB

Hyderabad: Technology and consulting were the largest recruiters at the Indian School of Business (ISB), which Friday announced that its 741 students of class of 2013 participated in the first integrated placements at Hyderabad and Mohali campuses.

Out of 762 students of Post Graduate Programme in Management, 741 participated in the placements process this year. The remaining started their own ventures or returned to their companies or family businesses.

A total of 421 companies have so far made 798 offers. While the number of companies increased by 21 percent over last year, the offers have increased by 27 percent.

“With the rolling placements still underway, and around 5 percent of the class participating in various stages of the placements process, these numbers will only increase further, till the process concludes in May,” ISB said in a statement.

However, it did not reveal the salaries the graduates were offered.

Under the integrated placements, students and recruiters were given an equal opportunity to interact with each other irrespective of the location.

“The 2013 placements season at ISB signifies an important milestone in the history of the school. This success is also a testimony to the acceptance of the one school, two campus philosophy of the ISB,” said ISB’s deputy dean Deepak Chandra.

The technology sector made the largest number of offers on campus. As many as 300 offers were made by 53 companies such as Apple, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Facebook, Google, HCL, Hewlett Packard, IBM, ITC Infotech, Microsoft, Wipro Ltd, among others.

Consulting sector was the second largest recruiter, contributing 163 offers from around 30 companies including A.T. Kearney, Accenture, Booz & Co, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Global eProcure, KPMG, McKinsey & Company, Oliver Wyman, Parthenon and PwC.

This year saw a revival in hiring for finance positions wherein several leading banks and other financial institutions made a total of 75 offers.

Pharma, healthcare and Biotech remained steady with 58 offers made by leading players including Biocon, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson, Max Healthcare Ltd, Novartis Pharma AG and Ranbaxy Laboratories.

Companies across sectors and geographies continued to bring their prestigious leadership programmes to the ISB. They constituted around 10 percent of the total number of offers made this year, and came from companies such as Aditya Birla Group, Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank, IBM India, Ranbaxy Ltd, General Electric, HCL Technologies, among others.

Women students, who comprise 29 percent of the class, have done exceptionally well both in terms of offers received as well as roles.

Consulting and sales & marketing were the two most preferred functional areas for ISB graduates attracting 27 percent and 21percent of students respectively. Recruiting companies for sales & marketing roles included Arvind Lifestyle Brands & Retail, Bharti Walmart, Britannia Industries, Dabur India, Hindustan Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser and Videocon Industries, among others.


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