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Frequently Asked Questions​

1. What is Outscal’s Talent Accelerator program?

The Talent Accelerator -

  • Offers both Full-time OR Part-time  program

  • Ideal for final year students or recent graduates who have 0 to 2 years of professional experience

  • Interested in pursuing Full stack development (Javascript, web), Full stack game development (Unity 3D, Node.js) and Data Structure and Algorithms programs

  • Unique in offering a Zero Upfront Fee payment model. See Fees and Payment section below for more details

2. How do I apply?

You can apply through our website "Apply Now" button.

Write to us at admissions@outscal.com if you need further help.

Course Related Queries

3. What is the program schedule? What is the curriculum?

Please refer to our Courses page. For further queries, please write to us admissions@outscal.com

4. Will I get a certificate for completing the course?

Yes, you will get a certificate for completing the program

5. Can I share the certificate on my Linkedin profile?

Yes, it will be a digital certificate so you can share it on any social media and add it to your profile online.

6. Can I ask questions during the class?

Yes! With small batch sizes, we ensure you are getting enough attention and 24x7 live help online when you have a doubt from our Trainers and TAs.  

7. Are classes live or pre-recorded videos?

Classes are held online and taught live by industry professionals.

8. Is this more theory or more hands-on learning by doing?

We are focused on coding assignments, code reviews, and pair programming projects on a daily basis. MOOCs or individual HackerRank challenges help you with understanding individual concepts; this program is designed to make sure you have a solid foundation in terms of CS concepts, knowledge of tech stacks, and product building experience.

9. Can I learn whenever I have the time or there are fixed classes?

This a live program (like a college semester!) with a fixed schedule. We expect full attendance across all lectures and assignments, and the Fellows needs to meet a qualifying mark of 80% on each of their weekly assignments to successfully complete that week.

10. Who are your instructors?

Our instructors are tech industry leaders who understand the industry requirements. They have years of software development experience and have worked at top technology companies in India and abroad building software systems.

11. What is the medium of instruction?

We use a mix of online teaching and collaboration tools to deliver our curriculum. Live lectures are delivered on Zoom and we use Slack & Discord for messaging. We also use a mix of online collaboration and project management tools (like Trello).

12. What hardware and infrastructure will I need?

You will need a reliable internet connection with a minimum of 4 Mbps speed and a computer with the following: 

  • 1.6 GHz Processor

  • 4 GB RAM

  • 120 GB Hard Drive

  • WebCam

  • Microphone

You should also have access to a quiet space where you can work, make audio/video calls, and participate in interviews.

13. What if I miss a class?

We suggest you do not miss any of the live classes because they will not be repeated. In the one-off case, you are unable to attend, you will have access to the recorded video of the lecture you missed. We expect full attendance across all lectures. You can avail help from your designated teaching assistant for doubts and support to catch up, but you can not fall too far behind in the program.

14. Is there an offline program I can join?

The program is delivered completely online. You can study from anywhere as long as you have good internet connectivity, access to a quiet room and a decent computer. You do not need to move or spend time commuting. We encourage real-world interactions between our Fellows and Instructors, as well as project groups via audio/video chat on a daily basis.

15. What is the language of instruction?

The course is taught in English since we get graduates from diverse places and that is the language most work happens in the technology domain. Working proficiency in English is a criterion for qualifying for the program.

16. Why is the program so rigorous?

This is not a self-paced learning experience. It is designed to teach you everything you need to start building great products and get you a great job. 

Admissions Related Queries

17. Do I need a background in Computer Science?

No, all engineering streams are eligible to apply.

18. What if I am unable to complete the coding challenge?

We start new batches every month. If you are unable to finish the coding challenge the first time or do not clear our selection process, you can apply again for the next batch. Email us at admissions@outscal.com and we will send you some material that will help you train for the coding challenge.

19. How many rounds of testing are there before selection into a batch?

There will be 2 rounds before selection. The first round is a coding challenge that is online. The final rounds will be a live interview on a video call.

Fees and Payment Related Queries

20. How do I pay for this program?

We offer two payment options to our selected Fellows:

 

21. Tuition Fee

The tuition fee is a fixed fee paid by the student for the training program and to avail of our career services aid for 3 months post-graduation. 

Example: For the Full Stack Web Development Program, the tuition fees for 6 months of program and 3 months of career services is Rs 1.5 Lakhs. You have the option of paying this 100% upfront (eligible for a discount!) or easy EMIs.

22. Income Share Agreements

We firmly believe that the opportunity for learning should be available to all. We offer merit-cum-need based Income Share Agreements (ISA) to students who meet our qualifying criteria, ensuring they pay us only after they secure a well-paying job. You have to deposit Rs. 10000 as security deposit during the admission process which will be adjusted in your last installment.  

Example: For the Full Stack Web Development Program, the income share is 17% of your gross salary for 3 yrs if you earn at least Rs 5 Lakhs per annum.This is subject to a total payment cap of Rs 3 Lakhs. In no circumstances would a Fellow ever pay us more than Rs. 3 Lakhs for the program. The Income Share Agreement has a total duration of 6 years from the program commencement date. However, the agreement expires as soon as 36 monthly payments are completed.

Typically, the amount of the Tuition Fee is less compared to the Income Share, and students who are financially able to opt for the Tuition Fee option should do so.

23. Why can’t I pay a fixed amount up front or easy EMIs?

You can! Fellows can pay an upfront tuition fee or easy EMIs for the program as well. Further, all Fellows who opt for the ISA can migrate to a tuition fee model before 50% of the program is over.

24. Do I have to pay for anything if I leave this program before the completion date?

If you leave the program in the first week, then the ISA will not be applicable or if you opted for the tuition fee, a prorated tuition fee would be refunded. If you leave the program after one week, then the ISA will be applicable or if you opted for the tuition fee, there will be no refunds.

25. If I do an income share-based payment, do I have to pay anything if I get a job that pays less than the base salary in the ISA?

You start paying only when you start making a gross salary that is equal to the base salary in your ISA.

Example: For our Full Stack Web Development Program, the Income Share Agreement is valid for 6.5 years from the first day of the course, so if you do not earn Rs 41,667 in gross monthly salary in any given month out of those ~6 years post-graduation, then you don’t have to pay anything. Only if you make Rs 41,667 in gross monthly salary in any of the 36 months across the 6-year duration as an engineer, you have to pay 17% income share as per the ISA.

26. What happens if I don't pay?

If you are earning more than the ISA base salary, and do not pay your ISA, after a certain number of days we consider you in default. This means we will pursue you for the maximum amount immediately to the fullest extent of the law.

27. How will you know how much I earn?

When you sign the ISA, you agree to share your income, financial, and tax information with us. We have partnered with third-party Fintech companies to implement ISA monitoring.

Career Services Related Queries

28. Will I get a job at the end of the program?

Yes! The program is designed to be employment-oriented, with up to 3-month dedicated career services support available for our fellows to help them seek the right career opportunities post their graduation date.

29. How are the placements going to happen?

Our career services team will work with you till you find a great job - helping with CVs, cover letters, building online portfolios on Github / Medium, interview prep, mock interviews, and industry connections. We will also source placement opportunities for our candidates from our extensive network of recruitment partners.

30. Do you guarantee a job?

No, we don’t guarantee a job. We do everything to help you land as many interview opportunities as possible with our hiring partners. We will also work with you on your areas of improvement. But in the end, it is up to you to find other companies and apply to them that you might want to work with. 

31. Do I have to accept my offer from hiring partners?

No, Outscal or the ISA does not bind you to any one company. You can choose to work for any company you want.

For any further queries, please write to us at admissions@outscal.com

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