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I’ve been somewhat disappointed with the caliber of IIT grads I have encountered in the US. I never got into an IIT and used to hold them in very high esteem, until I worked/studied with them. Contd.

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OP, I don't think grasp of the English language, communication, social skills etc. are taught or tested through the IIT process (or in fact most Indian higher education institutions). You're testing a fish by its ability to climb a tree.

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OP - Can you work on your grammar first before lecturing others on their communication skills? Look at your sentence construction, grammar, and use of commas. You sure ain’t the right person to lecture anyone on this topic.

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I have nothing against people from IITs. Just being from India, I have a sense of pride about the institutions and would like to say that their products are amongst the best globally. It’s just that my interactions with them haven’t reinforced that view. This is not a conversation about individual cases - I’m sure there’s an McK partner from an unknown school as well. Don’t understand the personal attacks either. If you react that “violently” I’m sure you have your own issues

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IITians lack communication and sales skills. Other perspective is that they are wasting their talent in consulting and can rather focus on innovation, not decks.

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They are extremely hard workers and some of them are super smart as well. Not all of them will be superstars !

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Umm, if you’re basing your world view on a few people you’ve met in person then you’re obviously going to reach poor conclusions. One of my classmates who went to IIT is now a Partner at McKinsey. Other dude is working on revolutionizing India with solar panel installations. So, yeah sorry if you’ve met a few under achievers, but IITs do produce grads with intellectual horsepower and resilience

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@D2, am guessing you are from KGP and graduated around 2010 time frame ?

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Many seem to lack in basic social skills, and you know very quickly that they will not be successful in a competitive global pool of talent competing for more executive level roles. Is my experience unique, or have others encountered something similar?

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They treat all non-IITians as though they are from 4th grade college, they live in their own pond. Good that I couldn’t get into IIT.

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C1 - Since you are commenting on grammar, I'm sure "ain't" isn't correct either.

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IITians have never been known for communication skills, they are known for being brilliant engineers. And it's a range of skills just like anywhere else. I recently met a Harvard grad who wasn't sure what MECE was. It's unfair to judge an entire institute based on the few people you know.

Oh, and I’ve interviewed a few IITians and lost them to better firms

As mentioned earlier, IITians are known for their engineering skills. The real skills that solve real problems. And not skills that help sell a lame product/service by using sugar coated consulting buzzwords that really do not require any real problem solving skills.
So I would rather be happy that an IITian does not do well in consulting coz he's meant for doing something better and meaningful

Why are we complaining about lack of social/ comms skills in IIT grads.. is that what they were rated on in JEE? What da....

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