Son of Priest Unable to Clear JEE Main Gets High Paying Job at Boston Consulting Group

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 By Team News18 | September 07, 2021

Praveen Sridhar bagged a job at BCG 

Praveen Sridhar, a native of Kerala cracked six rounds of interviews to get a high-paying job at BCG. It was his robotics and machine learning that took him to new heights.

The son of a priest, 27-year-old Praveen Sridhar, has landed a high paying job in the engineering field without cracking the much-sought-after engineering entrance exam — JEE Main. Sridhar has bagged a high-paying job at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). A native of Kerala, he grew up in Delhi. After finishing his school at St Mary’s School, Mayur Vihar, he pursued BTech in mechanical engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in Kerala.

It was his keen interest in robotics and machine learning that took him to new heights. “I did not qualify for JEE, which I considered to be a major setback back then, but now that I look back, it doesn’t feel that big of a deal. IITs are of course the most sought after and prestigious institutions and it would really have been a great learning experience, but in the long run, skills matter more than the college one attends,” he says. After studying engineering, he worked as a machine learning engineer across multiple startups.

It was during his research in robotics and programming that he stumbled into machine learning. “Soon after I joined the Plaksha Tech Leaders Fellowship program since I wanted to take a year off work to delve deeper into the different facets of artificial intelligence and ML. Along with that, I really liked the fact that the program focused a lot on leadership potential with an excellent array of both technical and non-technical courses by eminent professors across the world,” he said.

Praveen also took up several free online courses in ML and data science. “It has the most number of good quality free online MOOCs and video lectures from institutes like Stanford, Berkeley, etc, so I believe that it is one of the most accessible fields to get into if one has the dedication to do self-learning,” he added.

Cracked six rounds of interview

The recruitment drive for BCG consisted of a resume shortlisting, followed by an online coding test, explains Praveen. “We had to solve data science-related problems in a fixed amount of time. Once cleared, we had six rounds of interviews primarily involving case studies of applying data science to business problems,” he says.

“The most important factor to performing well in the recruitment process is to have a solid foundation in the subject followed by good practice with case studies,” he shares.

“My immediate plan is to learn as much as possible about applying data science to solve business problems at BCG Gamma. Over the long term, I wish to grow into a CTO level position leading the technology division of an impact-driven company. I also wish to devote more time to TinkerHub and contribute back to the community,” says Praveen about his aspirations.

This article was first published in News 18 on September 07, 2021.

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