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Getting into Infosys: Harder than Harvard!

 
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http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/15/magazines/fortune/infosys_fortune_032006/index.htm

Is it that hard to make it to Infosys?
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-Amit
 
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Is it that hard to make it to Infosys?




No.

Getting into Harvard is harder than InfoSys.
 
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Infosys has been recruiting students from unviersities in Assam and other eastern states and also students who are BCA. I am not trying to say that those students don't deserve it but that never happened before. In fact when Infosys came to my college they wanted to recruit around 100 students from our bacth of 540. That's a very high number for any college.

So getting into Infosys harder than getting into Harvard... ...NO WAY!!!
 
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Originally posted by Amit Saini:

Is it that hard to make it to Infosys?
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-Amit



That was true before 2000, but not now.
 
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It's like intermittent bragging of professor's of our "elite" universities which goes as follows, "we are the best because we are more selective".
 
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The title is so misleading. As usual, statistics and that too, comparing apples to oranges. Almost every Tom, Dick and Harry graduate, diploma and undergraduate degree holder might apply in a population of a million(??) students per year might apply for a career in IT in Infosys. The people applying for Harvard know the strict application guidelines and definitely, students with average to low grades will not waste their times applying. Others could go for other reputed Universities or even local ones which offer excellent courses. Simply, why waste time and money in application fees and other expenses if the competition is so fierce? Using the same statistics, we could say that getting into American Idol or Indian Idol is tougher than getting into NASA/ISRO. Any fair comparisions here?
 
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Yes,the comparison can not be done.Getting hired at Infy as a fresher till late 90s was quite tough.They used to hire entire floor of one college,ask people to solve 5/6 puzzles in 1 hour or something.If you solve correct,then technical interview which was just a formality and HR interview."Consistent good academic record" was the criteria.One has to agree that though there were many fallacies in this type of hiring,Infy got the success at the perfect time and still its continuing.
Narayan Murthy has a great business acumen but I believe is of academecian/professor type personality.(Recently he said his hobby is to read Theoretical Computer Science books)!


[ March 19, 2006: Message edited by: Arjunkumar Shastry ]
[ March 19, 2006: Message edited by: Arjunkumar Shastry ]
 
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{quote from article}
Securing a position at Infosys is more competitive than gaining admission to Harvard.
{quote}
..meaning harvard MBA ?
Am sure even the company HR w'd feel *very* embarassed on reading this.
 
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The problem is due to the misinterpretation. Infosys is a *hot employer* in India. It receives a million resumes (as stated in a report) for opportunities inside it. However, it cannot employ a million! But, it is a mass recruitter when compared to many other companies in india.
 
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Originally posted by Amit Saini:
http://money.cnn.com/2006/03/15/magazines/fortune/infosys_fortune_032006/index.htm

Is it that hard to make it to Infosys?
Ranchers?

-Amit



Might be if you don't solve old Infosys papers.
 
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I had a lot of fun reading that article. No, "harder" in the article meant statistically, not as measured purely by talent. But I've had recruiters state that over 1000 resumes were being routinely received for relatively obscure positions locally, just because anyone could blast a resume over the Internet, regardless of qualifications.

What amused me so much is INFY's insistance that they were looking for retainable people while simultaneously admitting that they weren't necessarily willing to commit to paying retainable salaries.

For the last few years, Indian businesses have capitalized on low-priced labor. That's already beginning to fade. For the long term, I'm putting my money on companies that are willing to pay good wages for good talent.
 
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