IIT-Indore's Gaurav Agrawal, a native of Bhilai in Chhattisgarh, is now rubbing shoulders with IIT-BHU student who fetched an annual package of Rs 2.03 crore from Oracle and IIT-Bombay girl who got a job offer of Rs 2 crore (Rs 20 million) from social networking site, Facebook. This offer is highest package received by any IIT-Indore student in past three years of placement seasons.
"We were told Google was conducting a test online. I appeared for the test. After being shortlisted we were called for on-site interview session at Gurgaon. Further interviews were held at Bangalore. Questions were asked related to programming structure and algorithms. I have received offer letter to join as software engineer in US," said Agrawal. His joining date is yet to come.
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Agrawal joined computer science branch at IIT-Indore in 2011 after passing out class X and XII with 90% marks. Earlier this year, he participated in finals of world Informatics Olympiad - ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) held in Russia where team 'Paradigm Shift' of IIT-Indore beat 15 top IITs and even brushed aside challenge from Stanford University, California. IIT-I team bagged the top ranking among all Indian universities at 38th Programming Olympiad. The team was ranked 42nd in the world.
"Preparations and debate with the programming experts from different institutes of the world helped me in interview sessions held for the job. I did not put extra effort for interview. Above all, my interest in computers gave me leverage in taking questions," said Agarwal.
Prior to joining IIT-Indore, Agrawal had offers from older IITs in branches other than computer science. However, he chose computer science branch at IIT-Indore. "The institute was new but since I was interested in computers, I chose IIT-I," he said.