A lot of companies visit college campuses to search for talented freshers for various job roles. It presents opportunities for final year students to bypass the grind of searching for jobs on their own. Also, good companies have a knack at rewarding talent and students can land their dream jobs so early in their careers. MNCs such as Infosys, TCS, L&T, E-Infochips, Reliance Industries Ltd., Vodafone, Airtel, Future First, etc. frequently visit college campuses for placements. Every company has its own selection process which is known as the Campus Placement Test or Campus Recruitment Test.
The selection process varies from company to company. However, the Aptitude and Soft skills required to crack the placement test can be generalized. The skills tested on Campus Recruitment Tests are: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Group Discussion and Personal Interview Skills.
The format of Campus Placement Tests varies with the job description and the company. However, we can broadly summarize the campus placement process in three rounds:
1. Initial Screening Round: Aptitude Test
2. Shortlisting Round: Group Discussion/ Writing Ability Test
3. Personal Interview – HR Round
4. Personal Interview – Technical Round
Some local and national companies might not conduct the first two rounds. It is common for them to directly conduct Personal Interview – HR and Personal Interview – Technical Round.
There’s no particular time and date but the campus placement season in India kicks off after Diwali and lasts till February/March. Companies allow eligible final year students to participate in the process.
Most companies have criteria allowing only certain number of students to sit for placements. For e.g. typically every company wants students with a CGPA of 6.5+ or percentage of 60%+ to be eligible for placements. Also, some companies do not allow candidates with a certain number of blocks/backlogs to sit for their test. Hence, academic excellence is one of the crucial eligibility parameters.
Some of the most commonly asked aptitude question patterns come from these areas:
1. Quantitative Aptitude: MCQ-type word problems testing the application of basic Math below 10th standard.
2. Data Interpretation: Bar Charts, Column Charts, Pie Charts, Tables, Data Analysis
3. Logical Reasoning: True/False, Arrangements, Selections, Syllogisms, Input-Output, Odd Man Out, Logical Series
4. Verbal Aptitude: Reading Comprehension Passages, Critical Reasoning, Parajumbles, Fill in the Blanks, English Usage
Some companies even test Spatial Visualization and Diagrammatic Reasoning.
Logic Academy provides Campus Placement Training to students from multiple institutions. We have been associated with Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, IIT RAM, Saffrony Institute of Technology and Bapu Gujarat Knowledge Village. We train students of our partner institutions on all the skills needed to crack the campus placement.
Additionally, we also conduct workshops and seminars in colleges on need basis. We visited more than 40 institutions last year to train their students for campus placement.
We take the ‘Future of Jobs Report – World Economic Forum 2017’ as the basis for our training modules. The report lists 20 key skills that students must develop in order to secure their dream jobs. The report classifies these skills into 9 categories: For e.g. Cognitive Abilities, Physical Abilities, Content Skills, Process Skills, Social Skills, Systems Skills, Complex Problem Solving Skills, Resource Management Skills and Technical Skills.
Although Logic Academy has a rich content base, we always strive to develop new content and sessions to help our students stay in sync with the skills that industry needs.
Moreover, our students are better prepared for the placement test via video analysis of their Mock Personal Interviews, a question bank with 15,000+ Aptitude questions and hands-on workshops on developing interview dressing and grooming etiquette and mannerisms.
PS: Also, stay tuned for more articles outlining strategies to crack each Campus Placement Round. Thanks for reading!
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