Startups, E-commerce companies are most sought after placements in top campuses like IITs, NIDs, IIMs; upsurge in salary and number of offers

Online companies and startup firms have come to a long way from an almost negligible presence earlier to the most sought-after companies on campus now. Salaries have surged, as have the number of people being offered. Here’s a look at how the online /startup hiring story has played out at India’s best campuses.

Undergraduate Colleges

Offers doubled: Offers at leading Delhi colleges such as Shri Ram College of Commerce, Lady Shri Ram College, Hansraj College and Christ University have doubled, or even become three times in some cases, as compared to previous year.

Who’s recruiting: UTH connect, Cashkaro, Indxx, Papertray, Axsiom, Zocalo, CFBI, Foxymoron, Smartican, Indxx, Inopen, Papertrue, Akosha, Oyo Rooms and Truly Madly, among others. Salaries being offered: between Rs 3-13 lakh

Reasons for bullishness: Companies are looking to get best talent from the undergraduate level; identify strong hires without paying the huge salaries doled out to top tier engineering graduates. Roles are opening up at junior levels now

Sample list of top campuses

LSR: 29 students out of class size of 150-200 who had expressed interest in placements got hired by e-commerce companies/startups at salaries ranging from Rs 2.8 lakh to Rs 13 lakh.

SRCC: From barely 1-2 startups in 2014, about wo of the batch of about 300 bagged offers from the sector. The highest salary zoomed from less than Rs 6 lakh previous year to Rs 9 lakh current year.

Design Schools

The scale-up call: Top institutes including NID, NIFT and IIT Mumbai’s Industrial Design Centre expect online companies to recruit about 400-500 designers from all the institutes in the country put together, as compared with only 200 previous year.

Who’s recruiting: Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, Jabong, Houzify, Pepperfry, Housing, , CarDekho, Coupondunia, UrbanLadder, among others

Salaries offered: Ranging between Rs 6 lakhs to 24 lakh

Reasons for bullishness: E-commerce companies/startups aggressively scaling up there in house design teams. Demand is very high now for graphic designers, followed by UI designers and mobile application and gaming designers.

Snapshot of top campuses

National Institutes of Design at Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar: 60 designers likely to join the ecommerce space in 2015 as compared to just 30 previous year.

IIT Mumbai, IDC: More than 50% increase y-o-y in designers hired up by e-commerce/startups companies with salaries from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.


Growth pack: Over 10% of IITians graduating this year bagged offers from e-commerce companies/startups companies.

Who’s recruiting: Flipkart, , Snapdeal, Olacabs CodeNation, Housing, BrowserStack,LimeRoad, Fuzzy Vizury, LogixBSE 3.60 %, , among others

Salaries offered: Between Rs 3-24 lakhs

Reasons for bullishness: Ambitious growth plans backed by big-ticket funding of ecommerce firms are encouraging these companies to hire the best engineering talent.

Snapshot of top campuses

IIT Madras: 13% of the batch of total 122 students will be joining companies in ecommerce sector as compared to only 1% previous year. Highest salary offered is about Rs 24 lakhs.

IIT Bombay: Nearly 11% of the batch absorbed in 2015.


Expansion trail: Over 11% of the total batch across top business schools will be joining ecommerce sector this year with offers surging by over 100% compared to last year.

Who’s recruiting: Flipkart, Amazon, Shopclues, Olacabs, Appsdaily, Snapdeal, Commonfloor, , Urban Ladder, Zovi, PlayGames24x7 among others

Salaries offered: Range of Rs 8-24 lakhs

Reasons for bullishness: As operations grow, ecommerce companies need efficient managers from top B-schools to drive the growth

Snapshot of top campuses

IIM Calcutta: Over 10% of the overall batch joined the sector in 2015. Edgeverve (an Infosys BSE -2.34 % company) and online medical practice management firm Practo, participated for the first time this year and rolled out international offers.

IIM Kozhikode: This year, close to 10% of the students is headed for the sector, versus just 5% previous year. Salaries greater than 20 lakh were being offered by Snapdeal and Amazon.

MDI Gurgaon: About 15.7% of the batch will be joining the ecommerce sector versus only 6.36% in year 2015.

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