I am getting lot of mails requesting, information about M.S course at CS, IIT Madras. So, I am putting my thoughts in Q&A format.
Warning: The opinions expressed here are my own. Below Information is just for guidance. Use your own diligence to take any decisions.
“What is the difference between M.S and M.Tech”
Difference between M.Tech and M.S in India
“What are the cut-off marks for M.S selection call?”
M.S admission happens yearly twice (January and July). In July semester competition will be more compared to Jan semester. Normally cut-off for B.E/B.Tech score >75 – 80% and GATE score > 95%. These cut-offs can change based on number of people applied. If you miss in July, don’t forget to apply during Jan.
“What is the selection process? written test and Interview?”
There will be written test and/or Interview. Written test consists questions from GATE syllabus. Test mainly concentrates on CS basics. If you qualify written test, you need to attend interview on same day. During Interview, Profs will ask for your area of interests and ask questions from those areas. They may ask from two to three areas.
“What are the different admission categories?“
Admission can be offered in Regular, Project or External.
Regular: In this category student will get 8000/- per month stipend. Need to do T.A (Teaching assistantship) (or) Library (or) department related duty.
Project: See next question
External( Sponsored): This is for working professionals. Some organizations can sponsor their employees to study at IITM. In this category, students need to complete course work at IITM and research work at their work place.
” I have gone through M.S. (R) selection process and offered admission there. They have offered me admission in Project Category. I do not have much idea about the Project Category. So, please help me regarding this. I wanted to know that how it is different from regular one.”
It is not much different from Regular. In regular type you need to do T.A duty to get stipend. In project type , you need to do project work to get salary. In project type you’ll get little more stipend than regular. In both regular and project type , you need to do some research on your area of interest and need to submit the thesis. In project type, normally your research topic and project are related. Sometimes they can be different. I have seen many students converting
from regular to project, based on guide’s advice.
“is it equivalent to regular or different? Will I be getting my area of interest project (mean can I provide my preference) or they will be assigning me.“
“Is the duration for both project and regular is same or different?”
” Also, if I want to switch from project to regular is it possible.”
” Still I want to know that during admission time can I ask for switching from project to regular.”
As far as i know, it is not possible during admission time.
” If I have to request for this then to whom I should talk to.”
” I heard from some how that project work takes more time than T.A?“
“Can you please how guide affects over all.”
“According to you under whom (faculty) one should opt. for do research”
“About the duration of course, in what criteria person get its degree completed.”
” I also read on the IITM site that it on an average it take 3yr. So, is not it is better to do M.Tech. & then go from research (Ph.D.) after that.”
I strongly suggest you to read below article written by one my friend to know difference between M.S and M.Tech.
” I read on site also that after 4th semester one can directly enroll for Ph.D. So, this criterion applied to both regular & project one.”
“Wait! What about placements?”
Not a problem. I have seen M.S students getting equal or better offers than M.Tech students. Or you can always go for Ph.d.
If you have any other question, drop a comment.