Building Careers. Building Organisations.


Founded in 1969 by Dr Bish Agrawal, ABC Consultants is the pioneer of organised recruitment services in India. Over the years, we have acted as preferred talent acquisition partner to multinationals and leading Indian businesses to emerge as the leading recruitment brand nationally. This combined with our role as trusted consultants for Indian professionals translates into our core capability - Building Careers. Building Organisations.

ABC’s roots in management consulting enable us to bring a unique approach to recruitment at the middle and senior management levels .

We recruit across various industry segments for multinational corporations as well as leading Indian business houses and have helped shape the careers of over 1,65,000 professionals over our 50 year history.

Our network includes 9 offices spread across 8 major Indian cities. We have over 465 consultants who have over 2800 man years of experience with leading Indian and international companies and operate within domain-specialist teams spread across the country, providing customized recruitment solutions across 24 industry practices.

ABC is proud of its long standing relationships in the industry and the fact the 75% of our business is in the form of repeat business from existing clients is testimony to the quality of work we do.



The ABC journey Over the Years

  1. Bish Agrawal founded Associated Business Consultants (soon rechristened as ABC Consultants)

    Located in Kolkata as a management consulting firm that quickly evolves into India’s first organised recruitment firm

  2. ABC grows beyond Kolkata and opens offices across major cities in India.

    Rapidly becomes a household name amongst corporates and professionals across levels, locations and industries. Businesses include Recruitment, management consulting and HR consulting

  3. Executive search arm of the group was formed as ABC Search

  4. HR consulting arm of the group forms JV with Watson Wyatt Worldwide to launch Watson Wyatt (HR Consulting) in India. ABC eventually exits HR & Management Consulting to focus exclusively on Recruitment

    ABC Placements created as volume hiring arm of the group

  5. ABC Search joined Accord Group Worldwide in early 1998 and was rebranded as Accord Group India in 2000

  6. JV with Manpower Inc – the volume recruitment business was sold to Manpower as part of JV

  7. Accord co - founded AltoPartners, now a top 10 global network of retained search firms across the world

  8. Launched FlexAbility, as an Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) solution provider. Signed partnership with Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS), the world’s leading independent RPO company

    Launched HeadHonchos (, India’s first online career services marketplace for senior professionals

    Launched project hiring business unit, HeadCount

  9. ABC logo was changed after
    43 years

  10. A group advisory board was created to oversee group strategy and governance

  11. The search arm of ABC, Chairman’s High Circle, spun out and joined Stanton Chase International

  12. ABC reorganized from a location (branch) to a national Industry vertical-led structure

  13. Stanton Chase merged into Accord India to create one of India’s leading retained search firms

    ABC merges HeadHonchos into, India’s leading recruitment aggregator and takes a majority stake in the combined entity


Press Releases

10 Jan 2018

Alexander Mann Solutions and ABC Consultants partner to extend global RPO network into India

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01 Nov 2017

ABC Consultants acquires a significant stake in

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30 Nov 2010

ABC Consultants launches

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