Placement Cells usually are of two types – Democrats and Socialists, based on institution culture and compulsions they face. Democratic Placement Cells permit students to undergo the placement process of as many visiting corporates as they want and get multiple offers. This democratic culture spurs competition not only among students but also among recruiting corporates. This process favors students, while recruiting corporates have to match their salary ranges with better paying companies.

When placement cells are under pressure to perform better by the college administration and at times of economic slump, all placement cells become socialistic. Under the socialist model, each student is permitted to apply to a maximum of two corporates. When some students do not get an offer from the first two recruiters,  only then the placement cell may permit them to join the placement process of a third one, but the permission comes at the end of the placement season.

As recruiting corporates come in a sequence, students have to hedge their bets and may decide to wait for a desired recruiter who is supposed to come at a later confirmed date. A particular recruiter may become more desired due to pay package size, responsibilities offered on joining, growth curves or just the fact that it does not bind students with a time-bound bond to be signed.

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