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The placement and training departments of various colleges are abuzz with activities to help students get their dream jobs.

Each engineering college has its own placement policy and students are attending campus tests following these rules and regulations.

All colleges have a set of rules which vary only when it comes to the salary packages offered to the students. In most colleges, the eligibility criteria is decided by the companies and the placement department helps the companies find eligible candidates.

The placement department of RV College of Engineering has built a computerised database of students from all the branches with a view to serve the industry requirements. Says Ashish Keshkamat, a student co-ordinator at the mechanical engineering branch in RVCE, “Most of the time, companies decide about the eligibility of a candidate. Usually, they prefer those who have scored above 60 per cent in SSLC, PUC and are currently scoring well in college,” he says.

The job options are divided into ‘dream category’, a salary package below Rs 5.5 lakh per annum and ‘open dream category’ which has packages offering more than Rs 5.5 lakh per annum. “If a student gets an offer in ‘dream category’, he or she can attempt for two more companies in the same category or one in ‘open dream category’. There is no such thing for those who get an offer in the ‘open dream category’,” he explains.

In colleges like PES Institute of Technology, companies are categorised into tier 1, 2 and 3 according to the pay scale they offer. “Tier 3 companies offer a package below Rs three lakh. Those under tier 2 offer anywhere between Rs three to six lakh and tier 1 companies offer above Rs six lakh per annum. Students can get two job offers irrespective of the category they belong to. Only a few make it to the tier 3 companies as the tests are tougher and comprise more rounds,” says Koushik, a computer science student.

BNM Institute of Technology has a liberal policy with no category like tier 1 or tier 2. “A student can have two job offers in hand. If a student is exceptionally good in academics and the company’s expectations are really high, we will allow him or her write the test, even though the candidate has two offers already,” says M N Chandrasekharaiah, director of training and placement.

Even the students of M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT) can hold two job offers. “First category is ‘any company of student’s choice’ which offers less than Rs four lakh per annum. In the second category, students can choose their ‘dream companies’ which offer more than Rs four lakh. We make sure no student has two offers from core companies,” reveals Dr M Vijayadev, the head of the department of placement and training at MSRIT.

The Placement and Training Centre at BMS College of Engineering facilitates a compulsory four-day training in soft skills like personality development, CV writing, communication skills, aptitude tests, interview techniques etc to all the third year students. The students are given a choice between two companies with one being an IT company and the other being a core one.

 Reshma, a telecom engineering student of BMS, says the companies are divided into tier 1 and tier 2 categories. “Tier 2 companies offer a package up to Rs five lakh and tier 1 companies offer above Rs five lakh per annum. As colleges want to achieve cent per cent results in placement, more tier 2 companies visit the campus and prefer to recruit freshers in large numbers,” she reveals.

If a college has good contacts, it’s beneficial for the students, she feels. “An MOU signed with different multinational companies for industry–institute interaction will be extremely helpful for students when it comes to projects, internships and placements,” she adds.

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