Hello CF Community, I'm addressing Indian Competitive Programmers through this Blog, so non-Indians may not be aware of what I am talking about, so sorry for that !
I know this question has been a Hot Topic among Indian College Students & have been asked many times, but still I want to take views from my fellow Indian Students who are doing CP. Please Don't Downvote :(, you can ignore this if you want.
Long Story Short, Currently, I'm a Third Year Computer Science Student in India, I don't like my Core CS Subjects or more formally I haven't studied it thoroughly. I came to know from Internet that Learning DS & Algorithms helps in getting placements.
I am from a 3rd tier College, where chances of On Campus Placements are almost Zero, but still I have 1 year in hand. I started CP from Placement Perspective but I'm enjoying it now, but my main focus is on Placements, I don't think CP would be Beneficial for me if I am not getting any benefits from it regarding Placements.
Although I know, LeetCode is good from Interview Perspective but I love CodeForces too, so, I compete here too, but I am still a Newbie, although I am focusing on it to be better at it.
My Straight Forward Questions are that -:
Can I get Off Campus Placements if I have only CP & DS — Algo Knowledge & not core Subjects Knowledge ? If yes, What rating would you think (Rating == Knowledge) is enough for Interviews ?
Should I focus on GATE more for M.Tech Opportunities & focus on CP less ? cuz I have heard, getting Off Campus Placements is almost Impossible !
Also, What skills do Companies look for in a Guy so that they offer you a Job, I'm talking about Product Based Companies mainly (decent paying companies LOL honestly speaking)!
Although I have many Questions to ask, but I don't remember them now, I'll add them Later on, If you are on the same boat as mine, feel free to put your views here !
MoreOver, I would like to get views from Experienced Guys like HealthyUG to guide me on this !
I am Sorry if you feel I shouldn't have asked these questions here :(