New Delhi, Mar 13: The final placement for the batch of 2018 of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad’s (IIM-A) post-graduate programme (PGP) in management is complete with students placed in more than 23 companies. Over 125 firms took part in the placement process offering 150 different roles with Accenture Strategy making the maximum number of offers.

The placement exercise was carried out in two stages. The first process, namely the laterals process, is where the firms interviewed students with prior work experience and offered them mid-level managerial positions. At least 47 companies hired for diverse sectors, such as technology, banking, consulting, general management and analytics. In the second level of the final placement exercise, firms were grouped into different units which were invited to the campus across different clusters. Students were also provided the pliability of applying to firms of their choice in a successive cluster even with an offer in hand.

There were a total of 176 dream applications for the 2018 session. Students had the opportunity of working under the mentorship of the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), IIM Ahmedabad, on their entrepreneurial ideas. Apart from Accenture Strategy making the maximum number of offers, 18 in total, it was The Boston Consulting Group and Amazon which followed suit with 14 offers each. In the banking sector, HSBC and JP Morgan also recruited five students each. While in the sales and marketing domain, Airtel extended the most offers at eight, followed by HUL at five.

TAS, however, was the largest recruiter in the general management division. Microsoft made eight offers while in BFSI, American Express made eight offers, followed by Yes Bank and FinIQ with six offers each. In IT consulting, EXL extended the most offers with eight.

Six students opted out of the placement process to work on their own ventures, under the guidance of CIIE, IIM-A. Throwing light upon the placement process in the premier B-school, recruitment secretary Sandeep Murisetty said that IIM-A placement process focused on accelerating the optimum fit for students.