IGL Recruitment Process – Graduate Engineering Trainee – Aman Gupta
Please tell us about your placement procedure at IGL (Short listing procedure, GDs, Interviews).
Placement procedure was simple and consisted of two main parts, first was a written test on topics like General Knowledge(History + Current Affairs), quantitative aptitude, reasoning and verbal ability, in all around 50 questions. Next was a compulsory interview with panelist consisting of 1 Engineer, who would ask instrumentation related questions, and 2 others ,one of those is assessing your personality and other your resume and employment form.
What helped you sail through the hurdles and crack one of the finest jobs?
I had this thing in mind that because IGL is concerned with Gas distribution, so the panelist would ask question related primarily to flow control, which proved correct. I had worked hard in understanding each and every aspect of flow control and flow measurement and was therefore able to answer the entire cross questions that they asked during interview. Also my ability to convince them that I am not the one who only does studied, rather I am a person who takes part in extracurricular activities and I am concerned about my health as I do regular exercising and like to play games like Volleyball and Badminton when free, worked for me.
How did you prepare for the placement season? What advice would you give to your juniors regarding the placement season?
My preparation for the placement season was not that convincing as just 6 weeks before the start of the placement session, someone in my relation, passed away. So I was not mentally prepared initially for the placement season, probably that is the reason why I had to wait till May to get my confirmation. So I had to prepare for the placements and also do my 7th Sem. studies and also to see my other fellows who had prepared well, get good jobs. It was a bit frustrating, but, I have a character of not giving up, till it’s over, that probably forced me to keep working hard till I succeeded.
For ICE people I would request them to focus on subject like Transducers, Analog Instruments, industrial instrumentation, control valves and process control more in comparison to any other subject if you wish to become an Instrumentation Engineer in future. I would also like to advice my juniors to not to lose hope and bring your life to a standstill even if you are not placed initially. Keep looking for motivation; it can come from your friends, your family and majorly from within yourself. Just keep working hard and keep revising the concepts as it is the only key to success. In short, time would be tough, but, you will have to prove that “WHEN THE TIME GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING, AND YOU, ARE THE TOUGHEST ON EARTH ”.
What’s the role of academics in getting a good placement at NSIT?
If one is planning to get a job in his/her core field then academics plays the major role in getting the person placed at NSIT. The reason being that many good companies like Google, Airtel, Bechtel, TI, Freescale electronics, etc. require that the student appearing must have at least 70% in their academics, which is really hard to get at NSIT. So maintaining a percentage above 70% would give the best chances of cracking the best of the companies visiting campus.
If you are planning to apply for a Non-tech company and think of becoming a manager instead of an Engineer, then please don’t focus more on studies. Even 55-60% would make you eligible for companies offering profiles like Analytics, Business manager, etc. Just focus on aptitude and verbal skills. If required study books by R.S. Agarwal rather than by A.K. Sawhney. If you are preparing only for IT industry, then maintain your streams percentage at least above 60% and preferably 70% and focus on concepts of data structures more, i.e., more effort would be required particularly if you are from a non-COE/IT branch.
What all internships and projects you did while in college? How did you get them?
I am not the one who studies a lot and likes to make projects and do a lot of internships, but, I did some internship because your internships do matter when you are interviewed as the work that you have done being an intern or a trainee forms the major part of talks in most of the interviews. I had done summer training of 2014 (part of your course at NSIT) at ITTM, MTNL, where my main concern was to see how a typical day of an Engineer is.
This training eventually helped me realize that I would be good as an Engineer rather being a manager as the work of a govt. Engineer is much more interesting as compared to a manager working on a tight day night schedule. Those who think that being an Engineer is not that challenging, must do training from MTNL, it will change the way you see Engineering. One can get information on www.mtnldelhi.in/ittm.
This is highly recommended for those who don’t have any friend or relative working in PSU’s like ONGC, IOCL, BPCL, etc. as it is open for all branches and because they charge you money, you would take it seriously and really try to learn something out of it, if you wish to learn. Earlier I had done some non-tech internships also. I had done an internship on “Social Media Marketing” at www.dhung.com in 2012. Also I had worked as a teacher for “Jaagriti-an NGO” in 2013. Both of these interns were in summers and I was informed of it though www.collegespace.in .
Basically I was not free in summers and not just sleeping and watching movies, I was rather working here and there trying to learn something new. I did not do any project apart from the compulsory project that has to be done in 8th Sem.
Are you planning to do higher studies in near future?
Right now, I am planning to do work only, but, if I get a chance to study while work, I would like to go for a MBA in Human Resources in distance education mode, preferably from IGNOU, subject to the condition that I get due permission from my company.
Would you like to give any general advice to your juniors in NSIT?
When asked for a general advice I would like if juniors target a group of companies based on the work profiles that they offer, and the kind of work environment you wish to work in. Don’t waste your time applying to all the companies thinking that, “MAY THE DESTINY BE WITH ME”, because “DESTINY FAVOURS THE BRAVEST”, and the one who knows what he/she is capable of, will be one who will be called the bravest .
Also do make a thorough analysis of what you plan to do in future. If you wish to go for MBA or ME or MS or M.Tech, then, please study for CAT or GATE or MAT, but, don’t waste the seats for those who are in urgent need of jobs, because if you get placed in some company and you don’t join that company, then the image of the college goes down and the company tries not to visit again, as students don’t come for work.
This not only hampers NSITs image, but, also deprives a talented Engineer of a good placement in near future. Keep trying for off-campus opportunities which can be accessed from sites like www.freshersworld.com , www.indgovtjobs.com , etc. This will help you keep motivated as the chances never stop on these websites.
Lastly, ALL THE BEST….