Building Careers. Building Organisations.


Founded in 1969 by Dr Bish Agrawal, ABC Consultants is the pioneer of organized recruitment services in India. Over the past five decades, we have acted as preferred talent acquisition partners to multinationals and leading Indian businesses to emerge as the leading talent solutions provider in India. 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 bring a unique approach to recruitment at senior and middle management levels .

We recruit across various industry sectors for multinational corporations as well as leading Indian business houses and have helped shaped the careers of over 1,65,000 professionals in 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 talent solutions across 25 industry practices.

ABC is proud of its long standing relationships in the industry and 75% of its revenues come through its existing clients.



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

12 Jul 2022

AMS strengthens position in India with FlexAbility acquisition

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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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