This year's placement season at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) isn’t only about fat pay cheques. An anonymous student blog — theunemployediitian — is humorously documenting “placement-related pain” that students undergo and the blog has become a rage on the Powai campus. It has allegedly got more than 4,000 hits since the first post two days ago.
IIT-B’s placement parade began on December 1. For some, the offers came under gruelling circumstances, says the blog. This includes juggling up to 11 interviews a day or the superhuman task of answering 80 questions in eight minutes, which was part of one company test.
"The blog is amusing and it makes fun of the situation, so it's become popular on campus," said a student. "I got placed early, but some of my friends didn't get jobs, so I can feel their pain of not getting placed."
The buzz about the blog has been growing on the campus. There's also the angst over computer science and electronics students snagging the best jobs. A graph on the blog exaggerating the situation shows 99% of jobs going to them, and the 1% majority being left with a sliver of the placement pie.
“The media only writes about the top job offers, but the average student may not even get a Rs10 lakh job offer,” said another student.
Another post depicts a candidate appearing for multiple interviews, parroting the same lines, depending on the context. “Yours being a small company offers me a lot of opportunity for growth and a steep learning curve,” says the candidate to the small company. “Yours being a big company offers me a lot of opportunity for growth and a steep learning curve,” says the candidate to the big company.