RIL, Airtel top recruiters at cluster-II IIMA placements

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The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) wrapped up the second cluster of its final placement process for the graduating batch of its flagship programme Sunday.

Companies from five sectors (termed 'cohorts' on the campus), including consumer goods and services, general management and leadership, consulting (strategy and niche), Indian financial services and business development, participated in the process over the weekend.

The placement committee factors in students' sectoral preferences, salaries that are likely to be offered, the current market scenario as well as past trends to decide the sequence in which cohorts visit the campus for placements.

Global strategy consulting and investment banks were some of the cohorts which the campus last weekend as part of cluster one.

A spokesperson for the placement committee of the Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) said the companies in cluster two began group discussions and written tests at 8 am on Saturday, and the exercise continued till early hours of of Sunday, with interviews beginning by 8 am today. The process was "more or less" complete by around 8 pm.

"Reliance Industries Limited and Airtel were the top recruiters in the second cluster and extended (job) offers to nine students each. Airtel recruited students for various roles spanning multiple functions, including international postings," a statement from the committee said.

The number is representative of those offers that were made by companies and accepted by students at the end of the day, and not those that may have been made but rejected or waiting finalisation.

Other firms that participated in cluster two include consumer goods companies such as HUL, P&G, ITC, Nestle and first-timer L'Oreal, while Mahindra, TAS and Lodha recruited from the general management sector.

Consulting companies such as Feedback Infra, TSMG, Capgemini, EXL and Cheers Interactive were also present, and Samsung made its first managerial role offer.

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