2017 placement season: Adobe offers Rs 40 lakh pay package to a 20-year-old

Medha Kumari, a National Institute of Technology student from the western state of Bihar, recently clutched a Rs 39.5 lakh (4 million) annual package from Adobe during the ongoing 2017 placement drive. Several students from IIT and IIM have bagged such offers from global giants like Google and Microsoft in the past, but why Kumari's story is inspiring is because she is the first girl student from her college to have made it to Adobe, and that too at the highest salary package offered to any NIT Patna student in the past.

Born to a small trader Manoj Kumar Karak, Kumari is a computer science and engineering student at NIT Patna. Her mother Benu Karak is a homemaker. She had earlier bagged an annual pay package of Rs 8.75 lakh at another software company, but tried again. “Since I was expecting better pay package, I started preparing for the placement once again and it worked. The interview was quite tough but I was confident,” she says.

Apart from Adobe, 37 companies including Tata Motors, Samsung R&D Institute India, HighRadius, Hero MotoCorp, Wipro, L&T Corporate (POWAI), IBM, L&T Construction, Capgemini, Futures First and Amazon participated in the placement drive. Amazon became the second biggest recruiter offering five students Rs 27.5 lakh pay package each. HighRadius meanwhile made 51 offers this year, which is the biggest from a recruiter, out of which 49 students were offered Rs 7 lakh package while 2 students received annual offers of Rs 8 lakh. It is a player in cloud-based integrated receivables software space.

Among all these offers, Medha Kumari's salary package has been the highest for an NIT-Patna student till date, according to Samrat Mukherjee from the Training and Placement Cell at NIT Patna.

Kumari had appeared for an online test conducted by Adobe on the institute’s campus, followed by a technical test and an interview conducted in Kolkata. 40 other students also appeared for the online test, however, she became the only student to clear all rounds and secure a job in Adobe from her college.

The 20-year-old student is now bracing to kick-start her stint at Adobe, Noida from June 2018 as software development, implementation, and coding officer.
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