B.Tech (Civil) | Batch of 2018

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Overall Rating : 9 / 10

Written on 14 Jun 2016

Academics & Faculty
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9 /10

  • Mostly classes are in the morning with afternoon slots occupied by labs for around 3 hours, or tutorial / assignment classes which run from anywhere between 1-2.5 hours. The course material is extensively covered over the duration of the semester with 1 tutorial test/class per week.
  • Exams are conducted once in a month ( Quiz-1, Quiz-2 and end semester) ( Each semester is for 4 months ). Also we have surprise tests ( which generally depends upon the professor taking the course ), which help us to be better prepared for exams. 
  • Over and above all these we get assignments ( usually given if tutorials are not regularly conducted) and end of semester projects which count towards our final evaluation. 
  • The professors are very learned and excel in their chosen field of teaching. Being friendly and approchable one can always approach them with doubts pertaining to the subject. Apart from clearing doubts they are mostly always open to students approaching them with novel and innovative ideas. 
  • We also have the option to work on a project under a professor or start a project on our own with the guidance/ assistance from a professor.
  • The overall experience so far, in my opinion has been very satisfactory.

Fees & Scholarship
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9 /10

  • The course fee in total amounts to around INR 55000/- to 56,000/- ( Approx ) per semester, equivalent to roughly INR 1.1 lakhs to INR 1.3 lakhs per year out of which  45000/- ( Per semester ) is the tution fees, and the remaining amount goes towards establishment charges.
  • Students from SC/ST/PwD category are exempted from payment of tution fees which leaves them with an amount of around INR 6700/- to 7000/- per semester to be paid.
  • Apart from academic fees, students are required to pay around INR 18150/- per semester amounting to roughly INR 36300/- per year as hostel fees( Mess charges also included in this amount ).
  • There is no exemption for this.
  • Apart from this, meritorious students recieve scholarship based upon certain parameters and can easily approach the administration to avail the same.
  • Loans can be easily availed from State Bank of India branch available on campus itself.
  • Generally students upon admission ( in first year ) open an account in SBI IIT-Madras branch, and this helps them to easily avail the loan facilities offered by SBI among other facilities.
  • Students who feel the neccessity to avail education loans can approach the bank and avail a loan. 

Placements & Alumni Network
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9 /10

  • Students usually have a compulsory internship as part of their course requirements  ( I'm talking about UG studies only, I have no knowledge of PG / PhD studies ), which requires them to undertake atleast 1 internship  for minimum 6 weeks duration ( generally during their 3rd year for B.Tech students or 4th year for Dual degree students ). Companies come to campus for recruitment ( both for interns as well as during placement time ), and a student can submit his/ her resume and apply for an intern/job offer at companies of his/ her choice, based upon the set conditons if any ( Like, minimum CGPA , or branch, etc etc ).

IT companies, Finance companies, Banks, Business consulting comapnies etc , As well as core companies appear for placements.

  • Some examples are : Schlumberger, Goldman Sachs, Wipro, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Honeywell, Mercedes Benz, Robert Bosch, Tata steel .. etc are some of the companies that recruit from IIT-Madras.
  • On an average ( based on last years statistics ) around 76% of students were placed, with an average salary of as much as INR 10,00,000 Per annum.
  • Generally Computer Science department sees the highest placement percentage and also high pay packages, usually closely followed by Electrical engineering branch. 
  • IIT-Madras maintains a huge and extensive alumni network, with almost all alumni remaining in touch with their alma-mater after graduation.
  • We also have an I&AR ( International and Alumni Relations ) team in place which maintains the vast alumni network. 
  • Often students have the opportunity to meet and interact with alumni, and get their advice

Infrastructure & Transportation
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8 /10

  • There are around 21 hostels on campus. Out of which 18 are boys hostels and 3 are girls hostels. The hostel facilities including mess facilities are up-to-date and furnished for students convenience and comfort.
  • Hostel fees per semester amounts to around INR18,150/- including mess charges also.
  • There are around 14 or 15 messes in campus, accessible to students, which include a food court, jain mess and a non-vegetarian mess. 
  • Students have the option of changing their mess every month and thus dining in the mess which best suits their preferences. They also have the option to change their mess in between, after some formalities.
  • The food is generally good, In my opinion I would give it a rating of 2.5 - 3 out of 5. 
  • Common courses are usually conducted in Lecture halls in Class room complex ( A/C classes ) and the branch related courses are conducted in department. Department related labs are also conducted in the department. Non A/C classes are also there, and classes with relatively lower strength are conducted there.
  • Wi-Fi is available in the Department Computer facility and students can access them.
  • Overall the infrastructure on campus is very good. I would give it a rating of around 4/5.

Clubs & Associations
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9 /10

  • There are several clubs like Fine Arts club, Cultural club, Music Club , Wordgames club, Oratory club, nature clus, phtography club etc to name a few. 
  • Students can also join Tamil sangham, Kerala kala samithi, Bharathiya Kala samithi, etc depending on the region they hail from.
  • Several activities are conducted through out the semester by the clubs which are open to all interested students.
  • IIT-Madras has 2 main festivals - SHAASTRA - Tech festival and SAARANG- Cultural festival , both of which are conducted in January, and often see international participation.
  • Every December All IIT's converge at one of the 7 oldest IIT's ( IIT-Madras, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Roorkee, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Guwahati ) For the INTER IIT sports meet.
  • It witnesses huge participants from the talented sports men and women of the country.
  • The winner gets to go home with the General Championship cup which is fought over again in the next inter IIT meet.
  • Apart from all these, there are several other mini-fests conducted by the departments, clubs , organizations etc on campus.
  • For EG : CFI ( Center For Innovation ) conducted open house.
  • Life on campus is excellent. Apart from getting good exposure academics wise, we have several other extra-curricular activities to grab our interest.
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