It is difficult to get hold of placed fourth years this semester; thus this interview took place at a rather unusual location. Basking outside DeeTee in the glory of his placement(s) was Navjyot Shanker giving out tips to achieve Nirvana. The guy had had a perfect week a few months back when he got placed in three companies. Known for his fully updated notes and his irritably perfect drawings, Navjyot became the HERO of Mechanical. It came after a series of hard work and tireless effort. Aptly put by himself when he was highly spirited on the day he received his offer letter, “Main teen saal se isi din ke liye notes likh raha tha”
The ups and downs of the Royals, it’s a similar story everywhere .Let us read on how he went about the journey to a 6 Lakh CTC.
What is your present CGPA?
(Looking judgmentally at me) You might need to write it down, it’s 9.29.
When do you start studying?
For end semesters, I generally start a couple weeks before the exams. I pay attention in class so it gets easier.
What do you have to say about the Mechanical Faculty?
It is actually pretty good. I listen to most of the lectures and haven’t been disappointed.
There was a time of utter frustration in the Royal Mech. camp during the first month of placements. Did the lack of opportunities ever get to you?
More than the number of companies, I was upset about the placement procedures the companies followed. I do not believe that a group discussion should be a major factor for rejecting someone for a technical job. I got rejected in Mahindra’s Bingo round which unfortunately depended on how well you knew your group from before. Honda again took a vast majority out though GD. When I gave my L&T interview, I had actually expected my name in the first list. When the results came out, I was very disappointed and decided to take one step at a time. I shifted my focus on to TCS.
Which all offers do you have in your hand, and which are you going to choose?
TCS (EIS), L&T and Hero Motocorp have offered me a job and I’d go with HERO as its R&D department is new and filled with opportunities; (smiles) plus it pays a couple Lakhs more than L&T.
What do you think about the placements in the college?
I would prefer more transparency in the procedures. Mechanical was embarrassed when Schneider and ABB (at least they did not ask us to take the test) did not have any mechanical related job offers. There were rumours that a company had kept an upper cut off for CGPA which no one knew about. Our placements are one of the best right now, but there is always room for improvement and providing transparency enables the students to learn.
What are your future plans?
I want a stable career. I shall stick to my job till it demands higher studies.
Word for the juniors?
Maintain a decent CGPA (Specifically 7.8-8.2). After that the CG does not matter. Pay attention in class and for the placements, do RS Khurmi questions; if nothing it helps boost your morale.