Also, I sat for the written test of Hero MotoCorp (I wanted to see how it feels to sit in placements), cleared it, made it to the Group Discussion and kept dead quiet there scared that I might make it to the interviews and get selected (something that I did not want as a budding entrepreneur – options in life). Moreover, I also gave one placement interview at Teach for India in November 2010 (which was fixed way before the incubation offer was made for Gyan Lab) which I comfortably cleared and was selected for TFI 2010 Fellowship.
So, here are my key learnings from sitting for placements twice and interviewing over 60 people ranging from MBAs from INSEAD and Michigan-Ross to Diplomas from the most unknown Institutes:-
1) You must remember basic etiquettes – being humble during an interview helps you a good deal, being arrogant does not. If the interviewer points out a mistake in what you have just said, don’t get protective on yourself but instead reply softly that you will look more into it and thank him/her for the correction
2) Don’t take too much of stress – it has been proven that a relaxed mind performs much better than a tensed one. Do not study too much before a placement interview – if you really wish to prepare, study for about 30 – 60 minutes for the same everyday starting today (given that you wish to study!)
3) And that makes me say this again that it does not mean that if you study, you have better chances of getting placed. It is only mostly for self satisfaction. I know folks who have drawn cartoons and got a nice core job, or drank milkshake with the interviewers while answering questions on hobbies and other life related things. It is upto you how you want to do this – there is NO STANDARD RULE!
4) Don’t be too snobbish and bullish on setting your eyes on your core company, ignoring all other companies. I have seen people doing so initially when they made it to the interview round of all other companies and one fine day, their luck ran out and they had to be content with much worse jobs.
5) It is not necessary that your job profile and package will be directly proportional to your CGPA (or marks or whatever). You must understand that your good marks show one thing – that you are dedicated to a cause with a single-point focus. No company will come and see your grades as a sign of excellence – they just use it to sometimes reduce their workload. Also, a lot of companies prefer the 6 and 7 point folks because attrition rate among them is comparatively lower with chances of them shifting from one job to another are way lower (you know why!)
6) Please remember that this is your first time placement experience in your life and the guy on the other side of the table is more experienced. So, he would be smarter than you in the room. All you can do to beat his smartness is be honest and you will be on your own turf. It is really a wonder as to why most people try to be people they are not at placement/job interviews
7) Remember not to make a face when some company offers an Rs 3 or 4 lac package. Trust me and have a look at yourself – you know so little about real life and real work. In case, you are from one of the core engineering branches, you have studied things which are really outdated, yet a company is ready to make a bet on you. Not only this, they even pay you while they train you for the job. Always have a hold on reality and focus on the quality of work profile. It will help you grow better and money will actually start coming once you have a quality work profile. Never focus on the money!
8) You can control everything but you cannot control luck. During placements as well, the last ingredient that can make or break your day is luck. So, if you do not get through one company, do not let disappointment get you. I have a friend who sat for 17 placements, made to the interviews on 14 occasions and yet could only get placed on the 18th attempt. But the 18th job profile and pay was much better than most of the earlier ones. EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY – and so shall you!
9) Placement is no big deal. Remember how class 10 boards were so tough before we gave them and how they we told our juniors they were like shit easy after they were over. It is the same case with Class 12 Boards, College Entrance Exams, CAT and Placements. Your mind needs to be in control and not get overwhelmed in the process. It is good to be excited and you must be – it is a new experience but never let it bother you. Do this and you are good to sail through!
That is all, I know about placements and jobs. Be true to yourself and wait for luck to shine on you one bright day. All the best, guys! Remember that only genuine people find genuine happiness.
With the creation of Telengana as the newest state of Republic of India, fire sparks have been provided to others demanding statehoods in the country some of whom have been doing so right from independence. At this point of time, others demanding statehoods for various regions across the country have understood that you need a very solid movement and a few reasons to benefit the Central Government as basics to get a legitimate claim.
We realized that it would be a good thing for all of us to know which are the other major regions demanding independent statehood and you can decide for yourself as to what is right and what is not. Do you agree with breaking down the existing states to smaller ones or do you believe that we should try going back to 1951 when the number of states were fewer in India? Is there any justification in these claims or is it going to benefit the nation? There are a lot of thoughts that one needs to undergo to truly understand the scenario!
Here is a tentative list of Proposed States (Fighting for Statehood) in India:
1) Awadh – Comprising of 21 districts of central Uttar Pradesh including capital Lucknow, major cities such as Kanpur, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, and Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Rae Bareli.
2) Bodoland – Comprising of four districts with majority of Bodo tribes, a treaty has been signed by Govt. of India, Govt. of Assam and Bodo Extremists (BLTF) creating a subordinate government system in this area under Assam
3) Braj Pradesh or Harit Pradesh – Comprising of entire Western Uttar Pradesh (22 districts) west of Awadh districts including Mathura, Agra, Vrindavan, Aligarh, etc. and long with Gwalior and Bundelkhand regions of Madhya Pradesh. This division is based on Lord Krishna’s native land (Braj) and the stark difference in culture from Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh. Both the demands are separate!
4) Dimaraji – Asked for by the Dimasa tribe, comprising of two complete and four partial districts of Assam and Nagaland (including Dimapur district) and includes the major town of Silchar
5) Gorkhaland – You must have surely heard of this movement leading to a few cases of violence as well. This claim comprises of Darjeeling Hills and Doars region in West Bengal. They have been asking for a separate state for more than 100 years and were first given a subordinate organization – Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council but with the 2008 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha rallied for a separate state again and now the semi-autonomous DGHC is being replaced by Gorkhaland Territorial Administration
6) Kashmir, Dogradesh and Ladakh – All the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir (Jammu – Dogradesh, Kashmir and Ladakh) have asked for separation. While Kashmir and Jammu have been asking for separate statehood, Ladakh has proposed a Union Territory status in order to preserve the Buddhist culture of the region.
7) Kukiland – Kuki was a separate country in the pre-British times in Manipur comprising of three full districts and two partial districts.
8) Kutch – An under developed region of Gujarat compared to rest of Gujarat, this region was a separate state till 1956 but was merged with Bombay state to put together the region of Gujarat state in 1960. It includes the vast dry barren lands of Rann of Kutch in North-west Gujarat. Kutch is also currently the largest district in India
9) Kosal – Comprises of 11 districts, one block and one sub-division in Western Odisha. This region lies of the leeward side of the Eastern Ghats and is bordered by Jharkhand in the north, Chattisgarh in the west and Odisha in east and south.
10) Mithila – Comprises of 24 Maithili speaking districts in Bihar and 6 in Jharkhand. This region is a huge spread right from West Champaran in North-west Bihar to Araria, Kishanganj in Noth-east Bihar to Begusarai, Lakhisarai in Central Bihar to Banka in South-west Bihar. It also includes the 6 districts in absolute north-east Jharkhand including Deoghar.
11) Purvanchal – Comprises of 17 Districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh including Varanasi and Gorakhpur. This is a predominantly Bhojpuri region and the movement for the new state is being headed by none other than Mr. Amar Singh (ex-Samajwadi Party general secretary whom you would know for a flamboyant life style and friend of Bacchans)
12) Saurashtra – Comprises of 7 districts in South-west Gujarat including Rajkot, Junagarh, Jamnagar, Porbandar, etc. A lot of people in this region believe that their overall growth has been slow since the formation of Gujarat state in 1960.
13) Tulu Nadu – Comprises of Udupi and Dakshin Kannada districts of Karnataka and Kasergod district of Kerela. The division is based on the linguistic and cultural presence of Tulu (a language spoken in this region which is close of become one of the recognized languages of India to preserve the same.
14) Vidarbha – Comprises of 11 districts of central Maharashtra including Akola, Nagpur, Gondia and Amravati. For a long time, people in this region believe that, development has been ignored by the Maharashtra governments in past and present whose development focus lies solely in Western Maharashtra. There was already a commission (State Reorganization Commission) that proposed the formation of Vidarbha state with Nagpur as capital but it ended up being included in Maharashtra when the state was formed in 1960.
15) Vindhya Pradesh – Was already a state of India formed by joining 34 princely states but was later included as a part of Madhya Pradesh by the State Reorganization Act of 1956. There has been a call for a separate state for 11 districts in this region since 2000 but the movement is mild.