15% IIT-K students opt out of placement drive to pursue civil services, higher studies

By | January 19, 2016

At the time when hefty salary packages earned by some of the IIT-Kanpur students is doing rounds, more than 15-20% of the students of 800 students in the final year of BTech course are not participating in the ongoing placement drive at this premier institute. These are those set of students who have decided to either go for higher studies in India or abroad or for them joining the civil services is the last resolve. Several students of the final year of BTech have opted for dual degree course. As a result of which they are not appearing in the placement drive this year and will be applying for jobs next year.

The sources informed that there are about 800 students in the final year of the BTech course, 15-20% of them will do a different job than the core engineering job. The job security, the administrative powers in hand and beautiful salary package are a bundle which attracts the IIT-K youths to join the civil services. Further, with centre government to roll out seventh pay commission soon, the government jobs have become all the more lucrative.

 “The priorities of each student is different from the other. While some of them want to opt for job right after graduation, others opt for dual degree course to appear in the interviews after an extended year of studies. At the same time, there are many others who are bitten by the bug of the civil services. Either they are influenced by their seniors or have a family legacy that they remain inclined towards becoming an IAS or an IPS officer. Such students do not appear in interviews”, informed a faculty member of the institute while talking to TOI.
 He said that over the years it has become a trend that after completing BTech, working in the government sector and that too as an IAS or IPS officer becomes a dream and they therefore, work in that direction rigorously. “The institute has produced a number of IAS and IPS in the past. Also IITians are working on top positions in Railways, customs, central excise, income tax departments. While on one hand this kind of job provides security it also gives excess to a number of government facilities. The charm of civil services will never end on the campus and with each passing year, the legacy will continue”, said another faculty member.
 Once the BTech or the dual degree course ends, the students gets down to prepare for the civil services for which most of them camp in Delhi and if everything goes well, in a year or two they crack the exam and reach the pinnacle in their lives, he said further.
 He concluded by saying that the students at IIT-Kanpur get so adapted to long hours of study and taking extreme pressure that concentrating thoroughly while preparing for civil services is not a tough task for them to pursue”, he mentioned.

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