Did not get a job through campus placements at your college? Well, worry not! There are other ways to land your dream job at the company you have been longing to work for. Heard about campus placements? If not, then read this article to learn more about 2021 off campus interviews and how you can participate in one of them to land your first job.

By the end of this article, you will be familiar with what off campus drives are and how it is different from an on campus drive. Furthermore, you will also gain some insight into a few off campus drives being conducted by some of the big names in the corporate world. So, read on!

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What is an Off-Campus Drive?

An off-campus drive is a recruitment drive carried out by an organization on a large scale to fill in particular job roles. Most times, an off-campus recruitment drive is organized at the company’s head office or a location other than an educational institution and hence is known as off-campus. Off campus drives are a great way to land a job opportunity, particularly, if you haven’t been successful at securing a job through campus placements organized at your college. 

Off Campus Placement vs Campus Placements

A campus placement drive is a recruitment drive organised particularly by your college. Hence, the organizations that participate in a campus placement drive are those that are looking to hire students who have certain skills or educational backgrounds needed to perform within a specified role. For instance, a campus placement drive by a tech giant at an engineering college may be to source fresh talent who are skilled at computer programming.

On the other hand, an off campus drive is one where the job role and skills are predefined and are posted by the company on various job portals or their website. Since off campus drives are conducted by the organization, a candidate needs to find out more details about the job roles, skills requirements and remuneration before participating in one to see if the vacancy matches the interest of a candidate. 

A key difference between campus and non-campus placements is the level of competition. While campus placements will involve candidates from a particular university or college, off campus drives are open to everyone. Hence, the number of candidates participating in an off campus drive is more than a campus drive.

Post-Pandemic 2021 Hiring Outlook

Although COVID-19 did disrupt business as usual which in turn affected hiring trends, the return to normalcy and mass vaccination drives has resulted in companies hiring more people to meet demands. The need to complete projects — which came to a grinding halt due to lockdown — have resulted in a hiring spree.  After the second wave and lifting of lockdown was implemented in the month of April 2021, the Indian economy witnessed signs of recovery.

Based on a recent survey, India’s 2021 hiring outlook looks extremely positive with nearly 89% of employers looking to fill vacancies compared to a global 69%. However, meeting the huge talent requirement is challenging, given the lack of talent with the right skills. Although the largest recruiting sector in the economy has been the IT sector, the hiring in the non-IT sector such as tourism, hospitality and entertainment has seen a gradual rise. However, the demand for young talent who have strong digital and tech-related skills remains higher.

Where to Find 2021 Batch Off Campus Placements?

To learn more about 2021 batch off campus placements some of the easiest sources are job portals on the internet such as Glassdoor, Indeed and Naukri. Running a quick search on Google would help you find a list of off campus placements being conducted by various MNCs such as Accenture, TCS, Infosys, etc. 

In addition to online searches, networking with a recruiter is a great way to land your dream job at your desired organization. Job referrals are one of the most effective ways of getting your dream job. LinkedIn offers some excellent features to help you network with people within the industry who can refer you to their organizations. Furthermore, when you connect with someone over a platform like LinkedIn asking them to refer you, most people do not hesitate since every organization does have an employee referral programme that they can take advantage of. However, you may need to be very clear to your acquaintance as to why you believe you’re the right fit for the role and how you would add value if hired. 

2021 Batch Recruitment

Now that we know what an off campus drive is and where to find them, let us look at a few examples of 2021 batch recruitment being conducted by some large MNCs such as TCS, Accenture,  HCL, L&T and the likes thereof. MNCs hire either for entry-level positions or mid-senior level positions when conducting an off campus drive. Hence, it is essential that you thoroughly read the job description and requirements before you apply and attend one. We’ve mentioned below a few examples of off campus drives being conducted in India.  

TCS 2021 Off Campus Hiring

TCS’s off campus 2021 hiring of engineering graduates has been posted on its official website. To source the best talent in the field of tech, TCS decided to conduct a second phase of its 2021 batch recruitment. All interested candidates are required to register before 30th November 2021 and will have to undergo a test. The recruitment drive is being conducted for those engineering graduates who have graduated in the year 2020 or 2021. Mentioned below are some of the eligibility criteria:

  • Age: 18 to 28 years old
  • Work experience: Up to two years of prior experience
  • Qualification: BE, B.Tech, M.Tech, MCA and MSc from a recognised university
  • Percentage: 60% or 6.0CGPA in all semesters
  • Backlogs: No backlogs or arrears
  • Year Gaps: No year gaps. If any, then it should be declared

To progress through the interview, students will have to clear a test that is 180-minutes long. The test has two parts Part A: Cognitive skills testing, which includes numerical, verbal and reasoning sections. Part B: Programming skills testing, which includes programming logic and coding section.

Accenture Off-Campus Drive 2021 for Non-Engineering Students

Accenture is conducting an off campus drive virtually for non-engineering graduates of the 2020 and 2021 batch. Freshers or candidates with less than one year of experience can apply to 2021 off campus drive being conducted to fill multiple roles. The company is hiring for multiple locations namely: Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune. Mentioned below are the requirements that a candidate should meet to be eligible for the recruitment drive:

  • Qualification: BSc, B. Com, B.A and BBA
  • Backlogs: No backlogs
  • Year Gaps: A maximum of a 1-year gap in education
  • Skills: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, proficiency in verbal and communication skills and aptitude to learn faster
  • Citizenship: The candidate must be an Indian citizen or must have relevant work permits
  • Pay: 2.4 LPA

Furthermore, it is essential that you prepare yourself for an off campus drive and acquire the necessary skills needed for you to ace the interview. Take a look at CareerLabs’ ELEV8 app to help you with all the recruitment solutions you need. The ELEV8 app provides you with specially curated internship opportunities, technical master classes taught by experts and the opportunity to attend workshops to help you gain guidance on your higher education needs.

Now that you know what an off campus drive is, you’re better aware of how to land a job and where to look for them. Looking for your first job as a fresher can be challenging; however, if you search for the right job, at the right place and network well enough, you could work for some of the best names in the industry. 

Remember to watch out for off campus recruitment drives taking place near you by checking various job portals. 

All the best! 


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