Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Video's a Million Words

In our last survey, you told us that you wanted more of career and interview tips. As usual we gave it a serious thought and thus was born the idea of including videos at

We were unanimous in the fact that the value that videos can provide is immense both in terms of info covered in a short time and the impact that these can make in you. As they say, you see it - you remember it!

There are millions of videos online. Why watch all of them, watch the right ones here - we have hand picked them for you!

So here's our career video section. Head right on and give us your feedback please.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Learning is Not Compulsory... Neither is Survival

I happened to read this wonderful quote by Edward W Deming today and felt like sharing it with you. Unlike the early days of your schooling, once you reach college or move beyond, you will not have anybody compelling you to learn. You are on your own. This is especially true for the once away from home.

In the present day of competition, you know what happens when one doesn't learn and keep himself updated. For a person looking for getting placed at his dream company, this would mean to practice their previous placement papers, develop an understanding of their selection process and know the company better.

Do not wait for the placement season to show up at your doors to start preparing. Start it right away - otherwise, you are taking a call on your own survival.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

We Are Listening!

You asked for an intuitive navigation on and we did exactly that. We have organized the home page and the entire site into 10 sections so that you can easily find what you are looking for right from the home page.

Here's a snap shot of the newly designed home page. home page image

Head over to, have a look and let us know what you feel. May it be bouquets or brick bats, keep them coming!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

BSNL JTO 2009 Results Out

The wait of anxious job aspirants are finally over - the results of the BSNL JTO exam that was held on 21st June 2009 is out.

You can find the results by entering your roll number at the below url. BSNL however has given a disclaimer that the online JTO results may not be taken as final.

JTO Results:

NB: This information has been collected from the internet. We have NOT received any formal announcement from BSNL regarding this.

Update 22/09/09: This news was a hoax. BSNL has not yet published the JTO results.

Update 27/10/09: The results are out. You may find it here.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Demand for Freshers is Back!

From the present trend in recruiting, it seems that the spell cast by the recession is slowly fading off. Recruitment numbers in most cities in India show an upward trend. This is evident from this month's report. We have the highlights of the report from a fresh candidate's angle here.


  • Hiring activity for Freshers and Trainees showed an increase of 39 %.
  • ITES and BPO industry saw an increase in hiring activity by 18.3%.
  • Hiring activity in Real Estate increase by 36.8%
  • Recruiting for Retails has increased 12.2%
  • Construction & Engineering saw an increase in hiring activity by 6%
  • Hiring activity in Insurance and IT Software was up by 4.5% and 2.1%
  • Banking & Finance and Oil & Gas saw a dip in hiring activity by 6.5% and 4.6%

chart showing increase in jobs
You may want to read the full report here [.pdf].
*All data are for the month of Sept 09 and are compared against Aug 09.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

3 A’s of Career Change – 16 things that can make a difference

We have come up with a three page article on career change. This article covers the three A's of Career Change: Analyse, Augment and Ace. At the end of this, you would have a clear, step-by-step procedure to build a career change plan. Go ahead and read them right away!

3 A’s of Career Change I: Analyse
This step teaches you to ask yourself a set of questions to figure out the kind of career change is right for you.

3 A’s of Career Change II: Augment
This part deepens the analysis giving you insights into your future while showing you the courses, companies available for you. This part augments your analysis and will help you take the right decision.

3 A’s of Career Change III: Ace

You are now at the final part of your career change planning. This section will leave you with a plan that would land you in your dream job.


Monday, October 5, 2009

15 Tips for a Successful Career

The present employment horizon looks bleak and hanging on to the job you have at hand is the need of the hour. This would mean cutting down your demands from the employer and compromising a bit on certain areas, at least till the situation gets better.

Here are some important points to keep in mind to make your career successful.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Choosing The Right Career

If you are standing confused at the crossroads of choosing a career, you are not alone. There are tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of fresh graduates out there along with you - why? Choosing the right career is not easy, all the more when it’s your first time doing it!

Here's an article on Choosing the Right Career that you may want to read at this point.


Monday, September 14, 2009 is Evolving

While it's true that we started to cater to the placement paper needs of student across the country, with time we are evolving into a complete placement portal which provides all resources and tools you need to get on the road to success.

All we have got to say here is that Your career doesn't stop with the first job, you shouldn't settle in with the first. Keep searching for your passion before you even think of settling down! Take higher studies if you feel that it would take you closer to your passion. Chase your dreams.

As part of this evolution, you would soon see a hand full of interesting sections building up on What would they be? Well, we would like to give you a surprise!

And finally, let me thank all of you for feedback and suggestions which made us take this bold step.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

XAT 2010 Anounced

2010 XAT XLRI graphicThis post is aimed at our reader who are looking forward to do an MBA. As every MBA aspirant know, XLRI Jamshedpur School of Business & Human resources or simply XLRI ranked at #5 is one of the best B Schools in the country. For admissions into the XLRI one should take the XLRI Admission Test or XAT.

XLRI has announced the dates for XAT 2010. Please make a note of the important ones below. For more information visit the XAT website which explains the registration process step-by-step.

01/09/09 to 30/11/09
XAT Bulletin and XLRI Prospectus can be obtained Axis Bank (selected brances) or XLRI.

Last date for the online registration for XAT as well as for XLRI.

18/12/09 to 31/12/09
Admit cards can be downloaded from

XAT will be held in 31 cities across India from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

XAT results would be out

XAT is a tough nut to crack, so hit hard. Prepare well and give your best.

All the very best!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Importance of Company Profiles and Test Patterns

When it comes to campus placements, having an idea about the company for which you are taking the test can make a big difference. This would allow you to set your expectations right. Knowing the test pattern and practicing the previous papers are equally important.

All these can give you an edge over others. You may be able to save only a few minutes in the test even if you already know the pattern and have practiced some previous papers. But these few minutes are often good enough to change your fate!

We have heard what many of our readers have asked for. We have organised the test patterns and company profiles into separate sections so that these can easily be accessed by you. Now you have the following sections handy.

Company Profiles
Totally revamped with an exclusive page for accessing the profiles of all companies from a single page.

Test Patterns
Single point access to all test patterns which would make your life a lot easier.

Placements Papers
Other elements were moved to separate pages making this page exclusive to placement papers. Plus, more papers added.

Take a look now and let us know your suggestions please.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Aavishkar - 09: CET Trivandrum Invites You!

CET Tech Show Aavishkar 09 College of Engineering, Trivandrum invites all of you to ‘Aavishkar - 09’ their national level Inter-collegiate techno-management festival from the 10th to 13th of September. The event is held as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the college.

Our previous experience with this college says that this is going to be a ‘should-be-there’ show!

For more details, check out the event website [a bit heavy on flash] and register your team!


Monday, August 31, 2009

Group Campus Placements And Swine Flu (H1N1)

The talks about A (H1N1) flu or H1N1 Pandemic (commonly, Swine flu) have been going on for quite some time now and many of us are aware of what to do and what not to. Nevertheless, we think that this article may be necessary as there are many students out there who are yet to know how to tackle this when it comes to group campus placement drives. It assumes increased importance as WHO warns, "the age groups affected by the pandemic are generally younger. This is true for those most frequently infected, and especially so for those experiencing severe or fatal illness."

So we have briefed about the DOs and DON'Ts to keep A (H1N1) flu at bay, with regard to group campus placements. We also cover the common symptoms of swine flu in this article. Please feel free to download the pdf file below and share it with all your friends in college and elsewhere - together we can keep Swine Flu at bay!

Read the detailed article here Group Campus Placements And Swine Flu (H1N1)


Friday, August 7, 2009

Civil / Electrical Engineers & Medical Officer at SBI

State Bank of India (SBI) is recruiting Civil / Electrical Engineers & Medical Officers. Here’s a quick brief of the ad. You can find the complete ad from the below link.

Important dates:
Last date of receipt of application: 31st Aug 2009
Date of written exam: The date of written test (in case
of need) will be advised to the candidates by call letters issued to them.

Where to Apply:
Address provided in the attached application form

SC / ST / PWD / XS - Rs 50/- (Only Postage)
OBC / GEN - Rs 250/- (Application Fee & Postage)

Asstt Manager (Civil Engineering)
Post Code: AMCE
Nature of Employment: Permanent.
No. of Vacancies : 21 (SC-2, ST – 1, OBC – 7 and General – 11).
Minimum Age: 21 years
Maximum Age: 30 years
Qualification: A degree in Civil Engg from a recognized University with first class. Candidates with postgraduate degree will be given preference.
Post- Qualification Experience: Minimum 2 years experience in construction / maintenance of multi storied commercial/ industrial /residential buildings involving RCC framed construction or projects involving pile foundation, controlled concrete work, mixed design, testing of materials or projects, planning and control (preferably computer based). Some experience in design office or material testing laboratory is desirable besides experience in preparation of cost estimates for construction work and checking of contractors’ bills.

Asstt Manager (Electrical Engineering)
Post Code: AMEE
Nature of Employment: Permanent.
No. of Vacancies: 19 (OBC - 6 and General - 13).
Minimum Age: 21 years
Maximum Age: 30 years
Qualification: A degree in Electrical Engineering from a recognized University preferably with first class.
Post- Qualification Experience: Minimum 2 years experience in installation, handling & maintenance of all electrical equipments viz UPS generators, energy saving devices, starters, motors, control panels, HT-LT, switch gears, cabling,
water pumps, air conditioning equipments, lifts etc. and also in preparation of tender specification and evaluation thereof.

Medical Officer Permanent Part-time
Post Code: MOPP
Nature of Employment: Permanent Part Time.
No. of Vacancies: 28 (SC-4, ST-1, OBC-8 and General-15).
Minimum Age: 21 years
Maximum Age: 35 years
Qualification: MBBS degree from a recognized University.
Post- Qualification Experience: Minimum 5 years experience as a General Practitioner as on the last date of submission of application reckoned from the date of registration with the Medical Council of India (MCI). (Experience gained during internship will not be counted for eligibility).

For all other details including pay scale, please find the full advertisement here. [Update: link was removed after it got expired]


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

11000 Clerks Needed at SBI

SBI is on the hiring spree. Here’s yet another advertisement from the State Bank of India. This time it’s for a whopping 11000 (yes, Eleven Thousand) clerks.

Here’s a quick brief of the ad. You can find the complete ad from the below link.

Important dates:
Last date of on-line registration: 15th Sept 2009
Date of written exam: 8th and 15th Nov 2009

Where to Apply:

SC / ST / PWD / XS - Rs 50/- (Only Postage)
OBC / GEN - Rs 250/- (Application Fee & Postage)

Educational Qualification (as on 01.10.2009)
Min 12th standard (10+2) pass or equivalent qualification with a min of aggregate 60% marks (55% for SC/ST/PWD/XS).
A degree from a recognized university (graduation level) with a min of aggregate 40% marks” (35% for SC/ST/PWD/XS).

Matriculate Ex-Servicemen Candidates, who have obtained the Indian Army Special Certificate of Education or corresponding certificate in the Navy or the Air Force, after having completed not less than 15 years of service in Armed Forces of the Union are also eligible for the post.

Should be able to write and speak English fluently. Knowledge of local language will be an added qualification.

Min Age: 18 yrs; Max Age: 28 yrs (as on 01.10.2009.) Candidates born between 30.09.1981 & 01.10.1991 both days inclusive are only eligible to apply. The upper age limit may be relaxed – see the below link.

For all other details including pay scale, please find the full advertisement here. [Update: link was removed after it got expired]


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Recruitment - Management Executives at State Bank Of India

SBI gears up for recruiting management executives for filling 500 positions in middle management grade scale – II. Here's a brief of the advertisement.

Important Dates
Last date of payment of fees via post: 08.08.2009
Last date for registration on-line: 10.08.2009
Written examination: 13.09.2009

Educational Qualifications
i) Post Graduate Degree / Diploma in Business Administration, Business Management, Finance, Marketing, International Business, Operations Management, Systems, HR
ii) M.Com. or
iii) M.A. / M.Sc. in Economics or M.A. / M.Sc. in Statistics or
iv) C.A. / CWA / CFA / CS (Company Secretary)

Percentage of Marks (for candidates without any professional qualification)
i) 60% min aggregate marks in XII Standard for General / OBC Category candidates (55% for SC /ST / PWD Category candidates) AND
ii) 55% min aggregate marks in Graduation irrespective of pass course or
Honors Course for General / OBC Category candidates (50% min aggregate marks for SC /ST / PWD Category candidates) AND
iii) 55% min aggregate marks in Post Graduation for General / OBC Category candidates (50% for SC /ST / PWD Category candidates)


In case of candidates having Professional Qualification CA or CWA or CFA or CS, candidates must have secured 60% min aggregate marks in XII Standard. (55% for SC /ST / PWD Category candidates).

Find the complete advertisement here. [Update: link was removed after it got expired]

Only a hand full of days to go, prepare well and give it your best shot!
All the very best!


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

L&T Placement Papers Posted

We have gone through the careeer pages of quite a few IT cos here. Most of them slammed the door on our face with a bold "No Openings Now!" in red.

However, this one company, had few openings posted on their career page. L&T Infotech is a pretty good company for freshers and the test is easy to clear as well. Why not give it a try now?

We have just posted the L&T Placement Papers. Have a look and start the number crunching.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wipro to Honor All Campus Offers

As the last post denoted, the darkness of recession has started to fade away - here's good news again - Prathik Kumar, Corporate VP, HR, Wipro stated that they would honor all campus offer that they have made. Wipro's Jt CEO, Girish Paranjpe added that the worst may be over.

Earlier today, Wipro had announced its Q4 results, reporting a net profit of Rs 1,011 crore and revenues of Rs 6,482 crore. Speaking to its employees this evening, Mr. Kumar stated that they have already started absorbing campus recruits given offers in FY09. They have waited enough and by Q3, all of them would be on-board, he added.

Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel, though a bit dim!


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Employers Would Keep This a Secret

There are two kinds of companies in the world from a recession stand point: Ones those are grappling with recession and other ones that pretend to be affected by recession - but not really!
While companies in the first list makes headlines, their counterparts in the second list remain mostly unseen; except in the eyes of their own top management who chalk the master plan and some employees smart enough to figure this out. Confused? Read on.

There are companies, in fact many, that have buckled under pressure. While it may be obvious that these companies would need to show the pink slip to some of their employees to remain operational, it is to be noted that some companies at least, are trying to strike a deal in these turbulent times by exploiting the recession.

It would seem that such (latter) firms were awaiting an opportunity to trim and fit themselves and the 'God-gifted' recession landed in their hands! Ask the employees in such companies and they would tell you that the quarter results look good, but many employees are silently sacked, perks are slashed - all in the name of recession that has not really touched them!

While my last post spoke about the dipping trend in hiring since October last; today, I have something encouraging for you - study shows that the trend is slowly moving towards the good! You guessed it right, hiring in the domestic market has risen 8.1 percentage in June 09 when compared to May 09, reports The Indian Express.

According to the JobSpeak survey conducted by online jobs portal, the growth in recruitment in June over May is "the highest upward movement since July 2008, indicating a strong hiring sentiment coming back to the market".

Here's a quick summary of the report.
percentage change in hiring - vertical wise

In terms of city-wise hiring, 12 out of 13 recorded an increase in hiring activity.
percentage change in hiring - city wise

May this news heal their 'fish in troubled waters' mindset and put an end to the present exploitation!

Now, to what list do your firm belong?


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Placement Paper Blog

As you know, the present market is not that encouraging and many companies are cutting down on staff. So there's a word of caution in the air and everyone is trying to hold on to the job that they have.

The number of fresh recruits getting on board have been coming down since October last. Companies prefer to hire (if at all) only the best of the best. This emphasizes the need of being prepared - the need of the hour!

While preparation can do wonders, it's important that you do it at the right time. Rushing through the placement papers of a company two hours before you write the test may not be helpful to guarantee you the placement.

Now let me tell you the purpose of this blog. We would post all updates that happen on here - be it addition of new placement paper of a company, the change in test pattern of one or dates of a placement drive in your area. We are posting it here so that you can subscribe to it using your RSS readers or email or even SMS (text message). This can go a long way in keeping you on par with the current placement scene in India.

All the best to all of you!