Top 10 myths about Placements @ Anna University


Disclaimer: This post is out of my experience as a Bachelor’s student at CEG campus, Anna university. It may or may not apply to other people.

#10 I wont get a job if I don’t know JAVA.

The companies require candidates to know an object oriented programming language in most cases. In equal number of cases, they test you in the language you are comfortable and you will be introduced to a new language after you join the company. So, any OOP based language can help.

#9 I can use same preparation method for all companies.

Wrong! That is a baseless assumption that most candidates realise after a couple of interviews. Some companies ask only linked lists and trees. Some ask DP also. Some ask for networks. It depends. Search the web for previous interview experiences. Bug the seniors who got placed on campus in the companies you dream to be at. Use their experience to your advantage. Else you would end up on the loosing side.

#8 I did not do any internship. Only bulk companies will pick me.

When it comes to placements, you need good projects. They would help showing your exposure to the interviewer. If you have done intern, then good but if you did not it does not matter much. Just forget it. Just because a person has an intern nobody would give him a job. And just because another guy does not have an intern, he wont be regarded with any inequality.

#7 I hate coding but took CS/IT by mistake. Now to hell with it! I can get placed only in a software company.

No! You still can end up in a heaven. There are lots of companies that do business analysis.  That would be the best place to be for guys who belong to “anti-coding” force. But watch your prep strategy. Those companies care a lot about communication skills and personality.

#6 I might end up without a job inspite of having no arrears.

This fear exists within every candidate every year. But statistics say that except the year of recession, there had been companies every year to end up without eligible candidates to interview. One important factor to make note of from 2012 batch is the increase in strength for various courses. The effect of this might not be obvious. But my logic is that, bulk companies like TCS, Wipro, CTS, Infosys won’t mind taking 50-75 students more than usual recruitement since it is CEG. Hence much of extra intake students will be consumed by bulk companies and make things even.

#5 It is a sin to skip a company

Not at all. It is mostly a call of one’s confidence in preparation. It is OK to skip companies not in your interests in the initial stages of placements.

#4 I do Contest coding. I will get the best job.

Sadly no! Most of the questions will be from theoretical data structures, OOPS, OOP Design and Algorithms. One should have a good idea of everything related to these subjects. Contest coding might help for a few companies. But in most cases contest coders will end up loosing to some guy who prepared specific for placements.

#3 I am an 8 pointer. CGPA toppers can only make it big.

Everyone having 8 or 8.5 above will have equal opportunity for all companies. From there, the challenge is to clear written round and convert the interview to an offer. So no CGPA advantage above the baseline.

#2 I am a book worm. Obviously I am the most eligible guy for the companies.

Ha Ha! Book worms do end up at good places. But not so always. Placements require problem solving skills. One should expose oneself to as many problems as possible and get familiar to the kind of questions that might be asking in the interview. Simply learning codes from text book wont take a candidate anywhere!

#1 I am a techie. Why do quants? They are for MBA enthusiasts.

Yea Y quants!!??? :( But that’s how the companies test candidates in written round. There will be good amount of quants’ questions that will provide big advantage for CAT students if techies neglected preparing for them.

And one last thing to remember! :D

#0 I have the best profile. Fuck placements. I will do MS no matter what.

Never use this strategy. On campus Placements are the biggest lottery (gamble also! :) ) out of CEG. So, never under estimate the value of it. Anything can happen! Going to US is a thing that will happen after 1 year from the time people get placed on campus. So, things might change within that time duration due to situations. Hence, make full use of campus placements no matter you have an idea to do MS or not. (Make sure you lie to the interviewer! :D )

Hope this post is useful for all placement aspirants and alerts few hard core MS aspirants. Feel free to contact me for any resources reg. placements.

UPDATES:

  1. Please take a look at the Placement Info doc by our batch to CS&IT juniors. I had tried to spread this among all juniors. Still many are not aware of its existence. Please post this in your class groups and forward it to all. Make sure you ppl also document your experiences for juniors!

  2. I recommend people to follow CSIT CEG in google groups. It has useful pointers regarding placements.

regards,

Vidhoon V

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20 Comments

  1. Chid
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    credits to the entire post. point #1 in special :(

  2. Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    nice..!

  3. Posted June 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great post na.. :)

  4. lakshmi
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Will keep in mind!
    SIncerely,
    I’m-sitting-for-AU-campus-placements-in-a-month!

  5. Posted July 4, 2011 at 12:33 am | Permalink | Reply

    Nice one na :)

  6. Posted July 4, 2011 at 12:44 am | Permalink | Reply

    Great post bro :)

  7. Fermi
    Posted July 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    wow! cool post! :)

  8. sivaviknesh
    Posted July 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    wow!! superb and very useful post senior :)

  9. Posted July 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    good one! esp #6, #7 !! :P

  10. Adhiyamaan
    Posted July 5, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanx. It creates a Good Mind set . :)

  11. Banu
    Posted August 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    informative , thanks na :-)

  12. Posted January 21, 2012 at 1:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    nice information………needed it…….:)

  13. Madhan....
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Nice Post da….. :-)

    • vidhoonv
      Posted January 22, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink | Reply

      thanks!

  14. Vignesh Kannan
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 1:57 am | Permalink | Reply

    GREAT ONE ….!! Especially #7 :)

  15. Arvindh
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink | Reply

    i am having a cut off of 199.25
    Everyone are asking me to get into ECE as it has good job oppurtunities but i want to pick up CSE In MIT or CEG
    can u help me with ur suggestion?

    • vidhoonv
      Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink | Reply

      Your order of preference must be:
      CEG CS
      CEG IT
      MIT CS
      MIT IT
      Definitely not ECE if you are looking for job opportunities. Pick ECE if you are interested in Silicon & Electronics.

  16. fareed
    Posted June 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Superb bro
    howz the placement in ceg for eee
    is it adviceable to take up eee
    please please advice………….

    • vidhoonv
      Posted June 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

      EEE – is one of the best courses to land up in CEG. There is/was only one batch (CEG campus) of 80 odd students when I studied. This is a distinct advantage when it comes to placements since for all other top depts like CS ECE there will be around 180-250 students competing for jobs. In case of EEE, the number of core companies that select EEE students for decent pay and number of students is balanced. Hence most often, EEE records 100 percent placement record when eligible students alone are taken into account. All the best!

      • fareed
        Posted June 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

        Thanks bro
        was very useful

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