Why this placement season could turn out to be great for IIT Bombay freshers

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With technology giant Apple bracing to hire talent from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay this year, this placement season is expected to be better for students compared to last year.

The institute had seen a slump in the number of offers in the first phase of the placements last year. Owing to a tough market scenario in e-commerce coupled with the Flipkart-IIM row, fewer startups had visited the institutes during campus placement. Flipkart had stayed off campuses. Google had resorted to an internal process of hiring candidates than going to the IITs. PSUs and FMCG companies were in great demand.

Apple however has now confirmed its presence at the Powai campus in the 2017 placement season. The company has already floated its application forms for interested graduates.

According to sources, the tech giant is offering positions for coding profile and most computer science students and some enthusiasts from other streams have signed up for the test.

The preliminary short-listing exam would be held before the semester exams take place in the last week of November. Placements kickstart on December 1.

"We are seeing an emerging trend with new companies showing interest in placements. We have received confirmation from a few of them," Tom Mathew, Professor in Charge of Placements, at IIT-Bombay said.

While the other IITs meanwhile wait to hear from Apple on whether it will be hiring from the other campuses this year, start-ups that were blacklisted from placements last year (after the Flipkart-IIM Ahmedabad tussle) will be allowed to return to campuses this year.

Institutes are also waiting for confirmation of participation by Public Sector Undertakings. Last year, PSUs had come in early for placements by replacing start-ups in the early slots. "We are yet to find out if PSUs want the early slots as they are yet to confirm their dates. Invitations have been sent," said Mathew.

Even as Apple has not confirmed its participation in any other campus apart from IIT Bombay as of now, most colleges are seeking clarity in the next two days, without which they say that they may have to turn down Apple's request.
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