MBA Placements: How successful are campus job drives?

Campus Jobs: With MBA placements, there is no consistency in performance even among the top 50 B-schools in the NIRF.

MBA Placements: How successful are campus job drives?
Nidhi Agarwal | Dec 2, 2020 - 2:06 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: When it comes to MBA placements, there is no consistency in performance even among the top 50 institutions, as ranked by the government’s National Institutional Ranking Framework.

The ones right at the top achieve 100 percent placements year after year, meaning everyone in the graduating batch who registered find jobs. But for institutions closer to the 50th rank, placing students is harder. The lowest placement percentage among institutions in the top 50 ranks in the latest NIRF 2020, was just 41.22 percent. In previous years, the record was worse. In 2018, the top-50 institution with the lowest placement had failed to place even a quarter of its graduating batch.

Over 6,500 colleges offer a two-year postgraduate programme in management and it is extremely popular among professional courses.

Careers360 examined placement data submitted by the top 50 institutions for the ranking process for NIRF 2018, 2019 and 2020. Till 2018, NIRF ranked just the top 50 institutions. From 2019, the number was increased to 100. For uniformity, Careers360 considered only the top 50 for all years. This, admittedly, constitutes a very thin slice of the total number of B-Schools but the data, and conclusions drawn from it, are indicative of the placement situation in the sector in general. As in any rank-list, there are changes in the top 50 every year, and placements are a factor in determining the rank of an institution.

Average placement

Each year, the top 50 colleges as ranked by the NIRF together average over 90 percent placement. This average has been maintained over NIRF 2018, 2019 and 2020 even though each year, the institutions in the top 50 list keep changing.


Wide disparity in MBA placements

The high average placement, however, masks the startlingly wide disparity in placement figures within the top 50.

Every year for the last three years, the top 17 management institutes have recorded 100 percent placement. But for other MBA institutes, also among the top 50, placing students is a bigger struggle. Anna University, ranked 28 in NIRF 2018 for MBA, had the lowest placement record -- 27.18 percent -- of the top 50 that year. In NIRF 2019, it ranked at 43 and again had the lowest placement percentage -- 23 percent. In NIRF 2020, Amity University Noida has the lowest placement in the top 50 at 41.22 percent

Lowest placement percentages in top 50 ranks:




High rank, low placement

While the performance in placements is a factor in determining the rank of an institution, the NIRF 2020 data shows that institutions can attain high ranks despite poor records. Given below are the 10 colleges with the lowest placement percentages and their ranks in the NIRF 2020.

Colleges with lowest placement %


Rank in NIRF 2020

Placement %

Amity University Noida



Goa Institute of Management



Lovely Professional University



Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines)



Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur



Aligarh Muslim University



Nirma University



Indian Institute of Technology Bombay



Banaras Hindu University



ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education



In the past five years, the top three ranks were awarded to three Indian Institutes of Management -- IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta.

Highest median salary

In the top 50 colleges, the highest median salary has increased steadily from 2018 to 2020. The lowest median salary has also increased but still continues to be much lower than the highest despite the fact that just 50 institutions were considered and all were judged to be among the best in
the country.


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