Jobs in India after MS in USA – Job Opportunities and Prospects after MS or MBA?

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When you are planning to pursue higher education like MS or MBA in USA, you would need to first think of Why you would like to do MS in USA then decide your goals for doing MS in USA . Along the same lines, if you plan to return back to your home country, which is India in this article context, you need to also consider your job prospects in your home country.  I have worked in both the countries for a good amount of time and will share my thoughts and facts based on my conversations with my friends in recruiting and general job trends in India.

How do people perceive your  MS or MBA degree from USA ? Is it considered Fancy like degree from IIT or IIM ?

I did my MS and MBA from reasonably decent state schools…when I returned to India after MS and MBA, I was under the impression that my degrees would be valued decently. I was NOT expecting that people value it on par with IITs or IIMs. But, I was wrong, they are not perceived as of decent value, unless you have a degree from Ivy league or Stanford kind of top 10 schools.  Your MS or MBA is just equal to yet another M.Tech or M.Sc from an average school or any university India.  So, if you are going to be under impression that MS in US is of great value and will get me job here without any hassle, wake up !

How are the Job Prospects in India after MS in US ? What are the Job opportunities in India after MS in USA ?

If you are a freshly minted MS or MBA graduate from a US university looking for a job in India without any prior experience, you are out of luck. Unfortunately, you will be considered as a Fresher with M.Tech or M.Sc Degree holder in India.   Your job opportunities as a fresh MS degree holder from USA are just like any other M.Tech or MCA degree holder who could not get job in on-Campus selections and struggling to get a job off campus.   Also, most of the top tier companies, select freshers  by on-campus recruitment and you will not have the option to get picked by top tier companies, because you did not go to school in India. Another bad part is that you do not have any network of friends, who are freshers in India, who can help you with walk-ins and other information on job search…you are on your own. You need to just rely on online job application and personal references.

In a nutshell, your job opportunities in India after MS in USA, without any experience as a fresher, are very limited and you are up against a large crowd. It is not the best idea to compete against such large pool of Masters degree holders in India.  Also, if you are under the impression that I worked on-campus, here is another thing to consider…most of the times, your on-campus employment is not really considered as real work experience by many companies in India as you were studying full time. When my cousin included his RA/GA experience in US as work experience in his resume, the company just took that 1.5 years out of the overall experience and told that you were studying full time and we cannot include this experience. It is ironical, but that’s the fact.  Some small companies may consider, but many do not take it, just be cautious… In any case, as a fresh MS degree holder from America, you are just like another fresher here… So, what do you need to do ?

How to get a Job in India after MS in USA ?  What is the best way to increase your odds ?

In India, getting a job is all about work experience…to be more specific, it is relevant work experience in that field that you are applying to work !  Recruiters just look at number of years of work experience in a particular field.  For instance, if you are applying for an IT job as a Developer or Tester, the recruiter would look your experience as a developer more specifically developer of that technology like Java, C++, Android, etc…  So, what should you do to get Job in India after MS in USA ?

During MS or MBA, you would have CPT, consider working on full time CPT in Summer and part time during school as well, it will add up as experience ( of course, you may need to convince them during interview) . After MS in USA, you would get either one year OPT or for 29 months, if you are from STEM Degree , you need to utilize that time and work in US for that 1 year or 29 months to get relevant experience that you can put in your resume. It is best if you can work for 29 months because you will be out of danger zone in India.  Most of the fraud resumes in India are of students who have under 2 years of experience.  Also, you should get certifications done in your field… in IT industry there are many certifications offered by Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, etc. Pick the one relevant to your field and complete it, you can possibly use that in your job search.  Also, if you can do any courses in your area of experience, it will help as well. Many small companies are interested in hiring trained candidates with one or two year experience, you can easily crack the interview and get a job in such cases….

What has been your experience? Did you come back to India after MS as fresher ?


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Comments ( 23 )

  1. Shankar


    Is there a difference in salary for people on OPT vs regular US citizens/Green card holders?

    If a US employer is giving job to an Indian on OPT, will he eventually be willing to sponsor his H1B as well?

    1. administrator


      As long as employer is not paying you below labor market rate, they can offer OPT holders a bitter deal. Big corporations won’t do that though.

      I know of employers who would offer OPT but don’t file H-1B. You have to have that discussion w/ your employer.

        1. administrator


          BITTER deal. They know that they are hiring someone who has limited employment authorization and will have to gamble with H-1 lottery. So they may offer lower salary (but still above prevailing wages). Like I said earlier, big companies won’t do that though.

  2. Venk

    hi ,

    I have two questions.

    1) My wife is on H4 Visa in USA. she want to work in any indian or any company in india from USA . can she work or not ?

    2) I am working on H1B in USA, but i want to work on weekends in any company in india from USA on weekend ? Can I work ? or its illegal ?

    Please respond ASAP.


      1. administrator

        You need to take GRE, TOEFL and apply as per requirements at each school. I suggest you check any university website to get a good idea about the process.

  3. KP

    It is indeed very true that MS in USA is not a valued degree in India.
    I came back in 2009 after my MS as a fresher to face the worst of the situations here too after struggling in USA when the recession was at its peak…. I was literally treated equal to Btechs or BSC It or MCA degrees here. I was also rejected saying I was over qualified and had no experience. The first job I had to take up was a start up company after waiting for 7-8 months as I dint find direct openings in MNC, Post to that after 3 years of experience I could get into a MNC that too with personal references.
    Now while working I feel at the same level as any other degree in India. No justice to MS from USA in India.
    Anyone has any suggestions on how to add value to your profile with MS degree?? Or should I consider going back to USA?

    1. NG

      I agree with you. I graduated in 2009 and as you said it was the recession time having no jobs even though I had 2 internships during summer and on CPT. I had to kept my mouth shut until I got my 1st project in jun 2011 during my post OPT. I was literally frustrated during that time. (Unfortunately I got only 1 yr H1B visa after RFE.) After that I worked almost 1.5 yrs with the clients (1 yr on OPT + 4 months H1B) and I visited India for the H1B stamping and I had 221G from USCIS. I have been waiting for the answers from the employer an almost 5 months went so bad, no reply at all. I had no project work and my visa got expired during the process. I absolutely had a doubt of getting the job here in India. Simply I just look for here and there and no suitability. Sometimes says over qualification, no salary as of my experience.I only had lost my energy and money looking for suitable job in India(almost I covered all hubs and tried with the references too but it didn’t work out. I think those hiring people were from such xxx top institutes where do not even teach to value the other candidates. Sometimes I think why I had valued and giving my help to those Indians people in the another countries while working with them. I regret to say that those are not the right candidates having the upper positions in India just having a degree from top institutes. Those top companies are here too I still think why they won’t hire us, all universities are there in the database.
      I would say if you have enough money and support try to get into the top institute here than wasting your extra $$ to go there and at the end zero result later at your life or try if any of the company ready to file your work visa or if you have long term plan or for life time to stay in US, you can go back. I won’t suggest for PhD, it may take to the same line. No values in India of such good candidates.

  4. avadhesh

    Does MS in engineering management comes under Stem program??? If so how are the job prospect after completion of MEM course?? Can anyone guide me??

    1. AP

      Not great per se. But you can take courses on Quality / Six Sigma and do a black belt Six Sigma certification to add credibility to your resume.

  5. Prabhjot

    I am having 2 yrs experience in India after BE, I want to go for MS in US and then come back to India after 2 yrs in US. Will MS help to add much needed weight in my profile, which I want to utilize to land in a Technical/R&D job in India?

    1. Krishna

      It depends on the university you will be pursuing your MS. Many international candidates come here. So it has become harder to get into top-notch universities. Instead of investing 2 years in US, staying in India and making your way up in the organization will be a better choice.

  6. Divya Singh

    In india it’s very difficult to get Quality jobs. I am also facing this job. Here are many jobs but salary is very low according to working profile. Thanks for posting Sarkari Naukri

  7. r2i

    Hi red2bus,

    I have returned with my MSCS from a top 50 univ and faced a lot of problems in Mumbai. I was making 65k per annum USD but now I make 8lpa rupees. Any one else facing such devaluation of their degrees?? its a shame to work here.. I would also ask anyone to suggest should I try to goto the US again and look for a job or maybe possibly try in Canada or EU how are the prospects there? what shud be my next best step?? Thanks in advance

  8. Hari

    what if we have more over 3 years of work experience with MNC in india and go for MS in USA…think if we do OPT (either 1yr or 29 months)
    later if we come back to home how it will be? does MS really helpful to us or not

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