WIPRO, WASE Program for B.Sc graduates – Review

Q) How did you get introduced to WIPRO WASE Program?

One of my cousins got selected into WIPRO under WASE (Wipro Academy of Software Excellence) program with B.Sc qualification. This was through On Campus Recruitment. When asked for my advice, whether to take it up or not, I googled a lot and observed that there were mixed opinions on this program. The most highlighted one being the stress. Recently my cousin got the hard copy of offer letter and then instructions to follow up for joining in this program. My confusion and doubts also increased with that. Fortunately WIPRO has conducted an interactive session to clear all the doubts which are common for the selected candidates. I also attended the session along with my cousin at WIPRO, Hyderabad Campus and I should tell you that it was an awesome initiative to conduct the session, so wonderfully and it indeed gave lot of clarity in taking the right decision. I’ll try to explain the things that I understood better about this program in that session.

Q) What do you like about WIPRO WASE Program?

1) Vision: Wipro’s vision of providing awesome opportunity for B.Sc graduates to start out early  and shape out a technical career and settle in life, though they haven’t gone through technical courses like B.Tech and MCA. It’s indeed an awesome opportunity to strike back in career for all those who couldn’t either make it or afford Technical degree/PG.

2) Amendments: Wipro’s care to ease out the process as much as it can, to help students. The initiatives taken and the amendments made in recent years depict that Wipro is ready to do anything reasonable to help the students.

3) Stress Factor (Managing Work and Study) : One of the most highlighted problems with WIPRO WASE program by candidates pursuing it and who have already completed or quit from it, is about STRESS. I too had this apprehension on how would a person manage 5 day work load, immediately followed up by two day classes from BITS, Pilani without any break. One of the organizers clarified this point that the classes over the weekend will be only on one day, either Saturday or Sunday. So, one day leave per week is guaranteed, which is quite reasonable because along with working on projects as a Student, the candidate has to complete the MS Program from BITS, so some time has to be spent on it. Dedicating one day/half day per week for MS program looks justified.

4) WIPRO WASE vs MCA: In the Interactive Session, one of the highlights was the interaction with the WIPRO WASE students who have already completed the program with flying colors. It was interesting to see all the three of them to be in Team Lead kind of positions. The spark in their eyes was visible and they are definitely not those unhappy souls dragged to fake smiles and cheat people. The urge to help out juniors was obvious in them. Kudos to these students. The Organizers were excellent, especially the lead one, Narendra Babu G who stole the show, with his patience, spontaneity, intelligence in framing the session and gave awesome clarity to all the parents. He himself did a tough interview kind of session with the three students of WIPRO and also tried his best to cover on the other side of the program, not only on the benefits. The WASE students shared their happiness and clarified that they never felt stress managing work and study. They advised the selected candidates to grab this opportunity and not to forgo this opportunity for MCA. They suggested students to use the opportunity in their hands as it might so happen that even after completing MCA, the same student might sit in the same room, taking induction. They advised not missing out the most valuable Industry experience of 3 years for MCA.

5) Service Agreement (Rs 75,000) : Earlier it was mandatory to deposit Rs 75000 at the time of joining and whoever wants to quit the program will not get it back and only when a candidate successfully completes the program he would get it back. But now, this deposit is not taken and only if a candidate quits the program then he has to pay this amount. This is a very good move from WIPRO as it is not easy for B.Sc graduates to get such huge amount for deposit. This brought more positive vibes over the program. Also the WASE program head, clarified that BOND in India is illegal and this should not be referred as BOND and it is in fact a Service Agreement between Wipro and the student. They also added that they charge this amount because Wipro pays the tuition fee for MS Program to BITS, Pilani.

6) Work Location: There’s no guarantee that a candidate will be posted in a particular location but it was hinted that the joining location would mostly be in the order of preference given by student at the time of selection. It was also added that a candidate can be posted to any location in India, during the WASE program also, depending on the Projects available or the project the candidate working on. However, there’s a provision to request for transfer in work location and Wipro would do its best to satisfy the candidate’s expectation by checking out the Projects availability. This transfer can be worked out in a 6 month time frame as only after a semester completion, a candidate can be transferred.

It looked like Wipro was cautious not to set any high expectations about the working location just to be on safe side but when we checked the female students who have already finished the program they clarified that they got their preferred location and were never transferred in between.

7) BITS, MS Program full time or part time: WIPRO, WASE program is treated equivalent to the full time course by BITS.

8) Why only WIPRO for B.Sc freshers ? Companies like Infosys, TCS, Mahindra Satyam also hire B.Sc graduates and also have Post Graduate Degree plans for these students but none of them have a program so well streamlined like WASE and Wipro is definitely far ahead all of them. If a candidate enters other company with B.Sc qualification he has to take care of Post Graduate degree but in Wipro, the company takes care of most of the things. However the salary for B.Sc freshers, are better in other companies than in Wipro for the obvious reasons of Wipro bearing the MS Program expenses.

9) Miscellaneous:

a)      If a candidate has personal emergencies like health problems, he can extend the program and finish it in more than four years.

b)      Stipend is fixed as mentioned in the offer letter. However there could be project bonuses depending on the Project the student is working on. Salary after the completion of WASE program would be based on the candidate’s performance in Projects that he has worked on and also on the excellence demonstrated in WASE program.

c)       WASE, Ms program exams are of two types, open book and closed book type and are quite easy to manage for sincere students.

d)      Students get vast exposure to various technical streams like Programming Languages, DBMS, Operating Systems, Domains etc

e)      Hundreds of students have successfully completed the program and many are still continuing in WIPRO and also reached positions like Project Manager.

Q) Do you want to suggest anything on WIPRO WASE Program ?

Inspite of providing so many benefits to students, still the underlying business reason to go for B.Sc graduates is obvious that they come for cheap price when compared to B.Tech/MCA graduates. The stipend (as they refer Salary) looks less when compared to Industry salaries for B.Tech/MCA freshers. After getting into the job, this would definitely be pinching the B.Sc graduates who work along with B.Tech freshers who have just a year more academic education but draw double their salary/stipend. Wipro should revive the perks for WASE students which will definitely motivate many students to join in this program.

It’s an interesting catch 22 situation for B.Sc student, as it takes more time for him to get in at a good payroll by completing MCA and getting in to mainstream or by taking up WASE kind of job and start with less pay and gradually grow in career. WIPRO looks like capitalizing the situation by providing mutual benefits. If they revive WASE stipend, then students will be happier.

Q) Any final words about WIPRO WASE Program?

Most of my doubts and confusion got cleared in the interactive session and now I’m strongly recommending my cousin to join in WIPRO WASE program even if the joining location is different than the preferred one. It’s definitely an opportunity which should not be missed, if only for an MCA degree.

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  1. When someone asked the same question to the Wipro folks, they replied that it is equivalent to MS Degree from BITS, Pilani.

    If MS from Bits is AICTE approved then WASE would also be but I doubt Bits, Pilani courses are not approved by AICTE though they have great reputation.

  2. I am also selected in this program..searched on the net and got some mixed replies…I want to know will this degree be treated as full time post graduate degree in other companies or institutions, if I want to do PhD?

  3. I guess MS Degree from BITS is not recognized by AICTE but is widely accepted in private sector.

    If you want to pursue higher studies like PhD or get into Government Sector you might have to rethink on joining WASE program. This is because of two reasons 1) There are confusions every where around MS Degree recognition by AICTE. 2) Though it is mentioned that WASE is on par with regular MS Course from BITS, still it might be considered as a part time course by Government Sector.

    But if Software Industry is your dream destination then you can jump on to this opportunity. I have seen many WASE students who got great advantage on showing up a Masters Degree along with more years of experience.

    I have checked the course contents and material being shared to WASE students and I must say Wipro is very much focussed towards WASE and is doing great. It is a great opportunity to BSc students. Don’t lose it by miscalculated risks.

    To sum up, in Software Industry you will have many advantages with WASE. As you can save 2 to 3 years of post graduation time and simultaneously gain IT experience, it is highly advisable.

    • Hi sir,
      i have been selected to the WISTA program off wipro.
      my query is i have done a mistake i.e., i gave my 10 and +2 percentage wrong
      may it causes any rejection in future i am so tensed about this so can you please help me in this sir,
      Thanking you.

  4. i hv gvn HR interview nd waiting fr letter..
    can u tell me that is dis MS degree is valuable in foreign IT industry?

    and can i do MCA frm ignou with MS bits as it is nt AICTE approvd?

  5. Hi Mohinish,

    Q) Can u tell me that is dis MS degree is valuable in foreign IT industry?

    Ans) With respect to Indian IT Industry, definitely it is good to have MS degree because even if you gain five years plus experience and if your CV shows only BSc degree that wouldn’t give a positive impression. So having a PG and also experience definitely works.

    And coming to your question of Foreign IT Industry, I’m not sure but I never heard of any instances where in Companies abroad cared for the recognition of our Degrees. They might be just interested in knowing if you have a Masters degree or not.

    Many BITSians are well placed abroad, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

    Q) Can i do MCA frm ignou with MS bits as it is nt AICTE approvd?

    Ans) Finishing MS Degree from BITS in four years itself adds more burden on a candidate. But as per the feedback given by Ex-WASE students, it can be managed. But doing MCA along with MS Degree may not be possible in reality. That would add too much stress on you.

    If you are planning to do MCA after MS, then it would take 7 or 8 years in total and wouldn’t add much value.

    If you are targeting Software Industry, you need not worry about the AICTE recognition of MS from BITS.

  6. this is vinod,studying final Bsccomputers in this the information of conducting wiprowase program plz sent to my email.

  7. Sir I would like to knw that after completing 4 years in WASE what will be our value in the industry when we set out fr another job..Do we get a reputable position after it where we also get a pay which is much higher than what we will get in the last year as stipend… Ive heard that such progs dont help in gettng a good job as oder companies dont want to recognise another companies programs and degrees due to competitions…
    Also wat is more valued in this prog: 4 yrs exp or MS degree…
    I have been selected for it and am having serious doubts to clear from some credible sources before i join in as im really interested in this program..

  8. Adnan,
    Your concerns are very genuine.
    The chances of getting a higher package are very high after completing 4 years. Definitely experience counts a lot in Software Industry. I would rate 4 yrs experience to be more valued than MS Degree. Almost 90% – 95% people who completed B.Tech after 2000 and joined IT, didn’t go for higher studies. For them it doesn’t matter much. But for B.Sc graduates, MS Degree would help a lot in standing on par with engineering and MCA candidates.

    If a B.Sc graduate takes up IT job and doesn’t do higher studies that would definitely reduce his prospects. So, 4 yrs exp coupled with MS Degree is an ideal position to be in, for B.Sc candidates. That’s what WASE is designed for. I know people who did MCA from IGNOU along with their job and are well settled in top companies. I have also seen people who settled well after finishing WASE program.

  9. Sir,I am working in TECH MAHINDRA as a Customer support Associate.I have done BCA.Is it worth enough this MS course from tech mahindra with 4yrs bond

  10. Hi Sandeep,
    One of my cousins who works for Tech Mahindra told me that TechM also offers MS Program from BITS, Pilani.

    I don’t have fair idea of this program but all I can say is Wipro’s WASE program has been for many years and is well streamlined now.

    If you want to pursue this MS Program along with your job, Wipro would be the best fit.

  11. Hi,
    sir,this is satya..iam interested in WiSTA program of wipro …bt iam a post graduate in bioinformatics..i did my aptitude and faced the hr of this program..awaiting results..Is it worth for a post graduate in science to do MS from VIT through this WiSTA program.I’m afraid ,choosing this may disturb my growth(career wise) ..Iam in dilema too.one of my friend working in WIPRO said that doing MS,though having PG,is quite waste of eforts..If i loose a company like WIPRO ,thinking that iam having PG n CAN do more,i may loose a great oppurtunity..many thoughts are peeping in my mind.iam totally meshed with all these views..unable to decide..can u help me out…

  12. Hello sir. I m a post graduate in biotechnology.
    I got selected for WiSTA program of Wipro..
    I m very confused tojoin.. give me ur suggestion…

  13. hai
    i have been selected to the WISTA program off wipro.
    i want to whether i will get a job in higher position in any reputed companies after the 4 years.
    and [plz tell me about the working hours during the 4 years.is it too stressful?
    and when will the course atart.im selected for the 2012 batch.
    plz hep me.

  14. Dear sir,

    Im doing my final year bsc. ive been selected in wase program. i got many doubts regarding the worthfulness of the program, salary after completion of ms degree, and job security in IT industry.

    i need to know whether il get paid a good salary after the completion of ms degree, and whether there is a provision to switch to any other company after completion of ms degree with the work experience il be having in wipro. and finally i need to know whether i can apply for any other competitive exam while im doing my ms degree. will i get my certificates whenever necessary?

    Kindly clear my doubts sir…

  15. Sir, I want to know about the stipend amount that they are paying for the students who were selected by this WASE

  16. I got selected for WIMS in Wipro. I dont understand why have they named it as 3 different programs- WISTA, WASE and WIMS if all of these programs are providing ms degree?

  17. hi…..
    are the waseians provided with accomodation for the first semister..like the wista people….bcoz it is mention in the wisat broucher that students are provided accomodation….whereas in wase it is not…..so kindly lemme
    get clarified…

  18. sir,I wanted how’s d WISTA program of wipro? is it better than Msc in biotech,environmental science or pharma? n what salary r we proposed after d completion of the 4 yr program?

  19. sir,I wanted how’s d WISTA program of wipro? is it better than Msc in biotech,environmental science or pharma? n what salary r we proposed after d completion of the 4 yr program?
    please reply soon.

  20. After completing 4 years of MS degree from BITS pilani conducted by Wipro WASE, what kind of domain or field we are going to work in wipro or other IT industries??

  21. I was just going through the review, my main concern is I read in a few places that the experience certificate we get after working for 4 years in wase program says “student” at wipro, so will that experience be counted ??

    I got selected into wase a week ago and would like to persue Executive MBA after that but EMBA needs 3 years minimum work experience so will they accept the work ex offered by wipro wase ??

    Secondly how stressful is the job ?? I read many reviews that said that the work is too much compared to the pay. Is it managable ??

    Thirdly what is the worth of the MS program, meaning is there anybody who can share their experience after completing the program ?? how were the jobs after that and all ??

  22. SIR, i am just completed my degree(bsc) second year(27-03-2012).I am intresting in wase, i want to be sclect in this program,could u please send me the praparation plans for wipro wase.And also send me previous year question papers or mock papers.([email protected])

  23. hi,
    I am doin WASE program

    as far as credibility of degree is concerned…BITS is a deemed university i.e. it can grant its own degrees.
    the stipend you get in WASE program is less compared to salary of B.Tech(which is justified as WIPRO pays for your studies to BITS) but wipro authority revises it every 2 years. Rest assured after 4 yrs you will get more or equal salary than any B.Tech of the same experience(and even more if you perform well). Plus you get all the facilities a regular employee gets like insurance and all..
    and about stress…it all depends on you, how you perceive things…if you know time management, then its a piece of cake else it gets tough..so don’t blame WASE for the stress.

  24. hii
    i have completed my graduation in Bsc biotechnology nd i have been selected for wista program?
    i am waiting for d date of joining?
    also i m confused weather BSC student will be given gud knowledge about IT Pgogram?

  25. Hello Sir,
    I am in B,Sc biotechnology final year and recently got selected for the WiSTA program. I am genuinely confused whether to join or to continue with biotechnology. please guide me as soon as possible. awaiting your replies.

  26. Hey, I got recruited by Wipro for the 2014 batch, from St Xavier’s Ahmedabad. I’m still confused about the Wipro Wista and Wipro Wase program. Who decides which program will the candidates be placed into?

  27. im a BCA student….i got selected in Wipro wase as well as TCS ignite which is offering MCA….which one will benefit me more in the future??& after 4 yrs of Wipro wase wat will be my salary package???plz reply me as soon as possible..

  28. hey sir,
    it is wonderful blog on life at wipro. i am a recruit from the 2014 batch and just want to clearify my doubts. As i want to be clear to you that my programming skills are not good, and i heard that at training sesion there are the tests which must be cleared by more than 80% marks if i do not clear those should the company will throw me out or else something would happen.
    please reply fast as the dates are near.
    please tell me wheather to join wipro or not??

    • I can’t Suggest for your Query But I want to know In what time Period you got your Joining Date after recieving your Offer Letter. Please tell me as I have not recieved my Joining Date yet As i Have recieved Offer Letter a month ago.

  29. Hello
    I want to confirm that i was selected in wase program and i have recieved an offer letter by POST . But I have not recieved Joining Date . So please tell me When the joining date is to be recieved > I have recieved my offer letter in June. and the persons to whom offer letter is sent Do they all get Joining Date.

  30. Sir,
    I am selected for Wipro WISTA program offering M.S IT from VIT(4YRS) and I want to know whether it is equivalent to Wipro WASE or somewhat different from it?Should I go for it or not?

  31. Pls don’t join the stupid wase programme .. u will be forced to work in unrelated projects and waste your valuable time for 4 years .. for example : u might be trained in java and you will be forced to work in excel sheet .. this is a complete bull shit .. !! I’ve been working in wipro for 1.5 yrs as wase programme ..will quit soon.. FOR HEAVEN SAKE DONT JOIN THIS SHIT !!!

  32. Sir,
    i have completed my graduation b.sc. with computer application Hons. and selected for the WiSTA program Now I am totally confused what should i join? will after every 6 months i have to change my place? study only one day in a week will help me to pass in the examination of M.tech? Knowledge will enough for further studies like P.hd and jobs in government sectors ? which one is best MCA from NIT’s or WIPRO Wista cources? Please sir help me…..

  33. This program is waste. Wipro changed policies and now its not MS its Mtech.
    Eligibility for getting mtech is that you have to complete BE/B.Tech with 60% aggregate. Otherwise you are a degree graduate ie, B.Sc/BCA , first of all you have to complete masters in your field ie ( M.Sc/MCA). After that only you can join for MTech. For engineering students, they can directly join for M.Tech. But for Bsc/BCA student, they have to complete their master’s in their respective field. Here Wipro offers mtech directly after B.Sc/BCA.
    This program is fine if you continue in Wipro itself. If you move to some other companies with this M.Tech, they will surely ask you ” what about your master’s? Without M.Sc how can you join for M.Tech”.
    And in their policy they saying that they are giving certificates without showing how many years you studied and will not show any years. I have one question, without year of passing whether a degreee certifiacte is valid? In every degree we will get semster wise marklist and it contain year and semster. Just Think.!

    So my advice for you “Be Aware”

    • it is possible to do m.tech for the b.sc. graduate it is not possible if we want to directly take admission in m.tech after b.sc. but it is possible through WILP(WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING PROGRAM) that is being run by a no of IT COMPANIES like SAP LABS ,WIPRO AND TECH MAHINDRA. SO IT IS NOT WASTE. IT IS BEST

  34. Sir,
    This year 2015 it has been noticed that wase /wista is recruting at it’s highest numbers. Will all of them get allocated in good Domain’s as in Deve;lopment and testing and others but not in CSE?

    Thank You

  35. Hi sir,
    my query is i have done a mistake i.e., i gave my 10 and +2 percentage wrong
    may it causes any rejection in future i am so tensed about this so can you please help me in this sir,
    Thanking you.

  36. do you have any idea if I can continue my studies of WISTA by paying the Fee from hand even after I change the company after 2 or 3 years. Is there any option for it