IT jobs have been the go-to option for the lakhs of fresh graduates out of college every year especially the engineers in India. With serious pay-cuts across the board and layoffs in large numbers by global IT majors, people are trying to steer away from the IT sector at the moment.
While it may seem like all doom and gloom with very few companies listing jobs and even fewer companies being open to hiring freshers at competitive salaries, the truth is that there are several exciting opportunities apart from jobs in the IT industry for freshers. In this article, we will go over some of the most sought after and lucrative non-IT jobs for freshers. These jobs might be a great fit even If you are already employed but looking to switch to a more lucrative role.
1. RRB NTPC Recruitment:
The Railway Recruitment Board, more commonly referred to as the RRB conducts the RRB NTPC (RRB Non-technical Popular Categories) recruitment process each year to onboard talented candidates for non-technical roles in the Railways. As you may already know, the Railways is the largest employer in the country. Typically, over 35000 vacant positions are up for grabs every year. These include posts such as the station master, junior clerk cum typist, commercial cum ticket clerk, senior clerk, senior timekeeper, junior account assistant cum typist, etc. Don’t assume that the pay will be sub-par since the RRB hires in large numbers.
The RRB NTPC Salary for a fresher can be anywhere between INR 25,000 and INR 35,500.
2. Bank jobs
The banking sector could offer the ideal career-path with sizable pay, ample allowances & pension, excellent work-life balance, job satisfaction, and opportunities to fast-track your career. Year on year, there are at least 50,000 jobs on offer between the nationalized banks, and private banks. Selection processes are held to recruit candidates for various levels within the organizations. For instance, the largest recruiters in the banking sector such as the IBPS (Indian banking personnel selection), SBI (State Bank of India), and RBI (Reserve Bank of India) conduct separate processes to recruit employees for the post of a clerk (SBI clerk/ IBPS clerk) and that of a probationary officer (SBI PO/IBPS PO).
f a bank job sounds like the ideal one for you then here a few must-attempt exams that can help you secure that coveted job:
1. SBI PO (SBI Probationary Officer)
2. IBPS PO (IBPS Probationary Officer)
3. IBPS Clerk
4. SBI Clerk
5. RBI Grade B recruitment
6. IBPS RRB (IBPS Regional Rural Bank Recruitment)
7. BOB PO (Bank of Baroda PO recruitment)
8. NABARD (National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development) recruitment
9. ICICI PO
10. RBI Office Assistant Recruitment
3. UPSC Civil Services Exam
Every graduate has at one point or the other has considered giving the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) CSE.
There are so many career paths that this can lead to. The UPSC CSE is the gateway to many of the most prestigious posts such as that of the IAS officer (Indian Administrative Services), IPS officer (Indian Police Service), IFS officer (Indian Foreign Services), etc. The starting salary can be over 12 lakhs per annum based on the designation.
4. Defence forces
The UPSC also conducts various recruitment processes to find passionate candidates for the armed forces (Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy) such as the CDS (Combined defence services), NDA (National Defense Academy), etc. Candidates can also try their hand at the AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) to join the ground, technical, or flying branches of the Indian air force. A career in the defense forces promises adventure, a chance to truly serve your nation, numerous perks, and a chance to quickly climb up the ranks.
5. Jobs in PSUs
PSUs or Public Sector Undertakings are great for those who seek technical jobs relevant to their field of study or specialization. But these jobs aren’t easy to come by. The most common gateway to a job in a PSU such as the ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited) IOL (Indian Oil Corporation Limited BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited) etc is the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering). PSU jobs offer job security and competitive salaries too.
We hope that this article was an eye-opener for you. Now, that a world of opportunities has opened up for you, it’s time to start gearing up for the selection processes and exams to come.
Good luck with your job hunt!