Academics

This website has been made to introduce incoming freshers to the life at IIT Bombay.
Explore this website and use it to make an informed choice about your college and department.
Please feel free to post any query on the respective page. Have fun!



Introduction



There is a high probability that you have spent the last two or three years appreciating the beauty of physics, chemistry and math and toiling over a hoard of problems meant to drive concepts in. Your entry to IIT Bombay marks a paradigm shift in the way you view academics. Academics form a central aspect of your life at IIT Bombay. Here, you are provided with a basic structure to understand your major and you get to mould your curriculum and churn the maximum out of it. You could choose to explore a breadth of courses from various streams and provide a unique perspective to your major, or you can dive to the depth of the field and become the authority in it. You can contribute to the vast body of theoretical knowledge or bridge the chasm between theory and real world applications.The faculty members here strive to expose you to the latest technological developments in the world and engage in tackling all kinds of problems. While they are going to grade you on courses, they are also open to any projects you initiate and will always be willing to discuss your ideas. The experience of studying with the best minds of the country, steps up the challenge a notch.It is all about how you use the resources innovatively and carve a niche for yourself.

For more information you can contact:

Suyash Verma
General Secretary Academic Affairs (GSAA)
IIT Bombay
Email: gsecaaug@iitb.ac.in

UG Curriculum



The undergraduate curriculum at IIT Bombay is modelled after the curricula of the best universities in the world, and is truly one of the most exciting and versatile in India. It blends flexibility with academic rigor, allowing students to take up some courses of their own choice, both within and outside their departments, apart from completing a certain minimum requirement of “core” courses.

Here at IITB, the academic year is divided into two semesters, each lasting about 16 weeks. Each semester, you have to complete a certain number of credits/courses. Based on your performance, you are assigned a grade at the end of each course. The weighted average of your grade points for all the courses in a particular semester gives your Semester Performance Index (SPI). The weighted average of these SPIs gives your Cumulative Performance Index (CPI). CPI gives an overall impression of your academic performance and plays an important role in course/project allotment in later semesters, not to mention internships and placements.

A word of caution: According to a recent ruling, a professor is allowed to set any minimum attendance requirement (usually 80%) for his course. If a student does not meet this specific requirement, the professor is fully within his/her rights to award them an ‘DX’ grade, in which case they will have to repeat the course. So do make it a point to be regular in all courses. In case a student is unable to achieve the minimum cut-off marks in a particular course they fail and receive an FR grade.

Exceptional performance in a course can even earn you the highly valued AP grade in that course. Awarded rarely to more than 1% of the class strength, it is a feather in a cap worth striving for.

The most exciting part of the system, for the academically-inclined, is the concept of Minors & Honours. Starting from third semester, you will be allowed to take up courses in any discipline that you might happen to be interested in (say, Electrical Engineering or Biology). You can earn a Minor in specific discipline by doing a certain number of extra courses in that discipline. Be warned that registration for Minor courses, particularly in ‘popular’ departments, is very competitive, with a seat-cap on all courses. If you are serious about your Minor ambitions, then be on your toes and maintain a good CPI right through your degree programme!

Dual Degree students, in addition, must have a CPI of more than 8.0 and zero backlogs in order to be allowed to register for Minor courses, as they already have an extra ‘DD elective’ course to complete in addition to the core courses, from second year onwards. The B.Tech students too have the option of completing a certain number of these elective courses in their own department and earn a ‘B.Tech. with Honours’ degree. Honour courses are highly recommended, they’re usually a lot more interesting and fun than the regular ones!

Finally, if you happen to have any backlog(s), you will have to repeat (and this time around, hopefully pass) the course(s). Typically, one-tenth of the class fails every course.

Departments

A short introduction to various departments, Department Activities and Alumni



This site is meant for you, the future entrants into the IITs, to get an idea of what the different branches actually do and what engineering/sciences really involve. We, the students of IIT Bombay, have prepared this material describing the programmes offered at IIT Bombay based on our experience here. The description of each programme is focused on how it is structured at IIT Bombay and the nature of similar programmes offered at other colleges might be different. To get an in-depth description of all the departments and programmes, do check out the individual websites of each IIT.

Please note that this information is NOT officially endorsed by IIT Bombay and merely represents the opinions of the students who have contributed to it.

If you have any doubts, please feel free to post your questions on the respective department pages. If you have any other general questions you can post them here.

Humble Appeal : Countless students have fallen bait to the practice of blindly following the cutoffs of the previous years and ended up hating the branch that they choose. We hope YOU, the future IITian will make judicious use of this initiative and make an informed choice.





Aerospace Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Chemistry

Civil Engineering

Computer Science and Engineering

Economics

Electrical Engineering

Energy Science and Engineering

Engineering Physics

Industrial Design Centre

Mechanical Engineering

Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science

Academic Ethics



IIT Bombay has been a leader in technical education in the country and has been recognised internationally for the calibre of its students. IIT Bombay aims to produce leaders and innovators that can positively impact the society. Academic Integrity is one of the core values propagated by this institute to achieve this aim.. All the students are expected to adhere to an Academic Honour Code and maintain a high standard of conduct.

Cases of academic dishonesty are dealt with seriousness. Disciplinary Action will be taken against students who are found to violate the code by the Academic Disciplinary Action Committee (ADAC) depending on the severity of the act of the malpractice. Here are some acts of malpractice and the indicative punishments that may be imposed


Offence

Punishment

Impersonation/Forging Signatures
Signing for another student in class (proxy) DX (Student will be asked to repeat the course)
Missing from class after signing attendance DX (Student will be asked to repeat the course)
Impersonating a student in an examination Suspension for a semester
Tampering with official documents like grade sheets/medical certificates FR (Fail grade will appear on the transcript till the student repeats the course) in the course + Suspension for a semester
Forging signatures of a faculty/staff member Suspension for year
Copying in Homes Assignments/ Programming Assignments/ Laboratory Projects etc.
Student found copying Zero in Assignment + Grade Penalty
Student from whom material was copied (with consent) Zero in Assignment + Grade Penalty
Copying during exams
communicating with another student during an exam, prompting/seeking answers from neighbours, passing chits or supplements FR (Fail grade will appear on the transcript till the student repeats the course)
Carrying unauthorised material like chits, electronic gadgets, mobile phones, scribblings on one’s body, using prohibited facilities like the internet etc., during an exam FR (Fail grade will appear on the transcript till the student repeats the course) + 50 hrs of Community service
Copying during the evaluation of answer scripts FR (Fail grade will appear on the transcript till the student repeats the course) to the student copying and being copied from
Making changes in valued answer books FR (Fail grade will appear on the transcript till the student repeats the course) in the course + 50 hours of Community service
Communicating with others during toilet breaks during exams FR (Fail grade will appear on the transcript till the student repeats the course) grade + Suspension for one semester
Repeat Offences Suspension for one semester + 200 hours of Community work
Plagiarism in Internal Reports
Reproducing material in seminar reports without proper citation Could range from warning to loss of two grades
Reproducing material in project reports without proper citation Could range from loss of one grade to FR (Fail grade will appear on the transcript till the student repeats the course)
Deliberately claiming false results on experiments, falsely claiming original content in a M.Tech/M.Phil/Ph.D. thesis Minimum penalty is suspension for a period of one year
All punishments are recommended by committees of faculty members and student representatives at departmental and institute level. Students are encouraged to report cases of academic malpractice. A fair, healthy learning atmosphere can only be fostered with the active participation of all students

Faculty Advisor: Your Friend, Philosopher and Guide



Faculty Advisors (FacAd), as the name suggests, are professors from your respective departments, who will help you out in making academic decisions. FacAds keep track of your progress and will guide you properly. Each semester, the courses you take will be finalized only with the consent of the FacAds. Changes in the program, such as dropping of courses, withdrawal from a semester on medical advice etc., can be effected only with the consent of the FacAd. The FacAd might play a limited role in the first year. But as you grow older in the IIT system, you might have to make some tough decisions regarding coursework and programmes in order to choose a career path suitable to your interests. If you intend to change your branch/specialization after the 1st year, your FacAd is the right person to approach. You may also have to seek the FacAd's permission to participate in inter-collegiate competitions. The FacAd is an important link between you and your department. Do not hesitate to talk to them regarding any academic issue.

DAMP



Departmental Academic Mentorship Program is an attempt by SMP to provide a helping hand available to students who aren't freshmen any more, with their academics.

Freshman year has common courses for all departments, except a Department Introductory Course. As in the future years, there are more of department specific courses and electives, and students may need assistance manoeuvring their way through these. With this in mind, all sophomore are provided with a DAMP mentor. For any students with backlogs after sophomore year also, mentors are provided.

SMP is a close knit team with the SMPCs at the top with a cabinet of 5 people to work with the different verticals under the SMP. 2 Cabinet Head members lead a group of DAMP Coordinators (DAMPCs). Each of the 10 department has one or two DAMPCs. The DAMPCs head a group of mentors who then come in contact with the students who need them (mentees). It is a purely voluntary program meant to pass on the experience, advice and techniques of managing academics through the generations.

DAMP attempts to make the academic life of all students in the institute easier, and makes sure those who require support never lack in it whatever year of your programme you might be in.

English Learning Program (ELP) @ IITB



At IITB, you have various platforms and opportunities to learn and develop a wide range of essential skills to prep you for the world outside. English is the language of communication in our institute and to make the best use of your stay here, you need to be proficient in it.
We strongly feel that a mere language gap should not stand in the way of excellence. ELP provides for a structured program for all undergraduates who wish to improve their proficiency in english.
ELP is divided into 2 independent programs:



THE BRITISH COUNCIL PROGRAM

This program is specifically designed for ​ freshmen only ​ wherein professional instructors from British Council have 2 sessions every week throughout the year. These sessions involve a plethora of interactive activities which develop primary skills associated with an overall command of the language- like speaking, writing and reading.



THE DUEL [Dept. Undergraduate English Learning] PROGRAM

This is an initiative to bridge the language gap of students from 2nd to 5th year undergraduates. The content is divided into 3 modules so that students can selectively work on specific areas of improvement. The program is dynamically designed on the following lines:

  1. Assistance of TA's
  2. Interactive activities
  3. Supplemetary Resources



BREAK THE STIGMA

While everyone is aware of its importance, many students think their language skills to be “good enough” and turn a blind eye to these programs resulting in difficulties in the most crucial points of their career. So don’t wait until it’s too late. Remember, help will always be given in IITB to those who ask for it ;)

Semester Exchange



‘Just clear the JEE once, you’ll have fun forever’ might be a little exaggerated but if marvelling at the Eiffel Tower or basking in the breath-taking exuberance of Times Square in New York or just lying on the ground watching the Northern Lights is your idea of fun, you can surely do that here.

IT Bombay provides you with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study abroad at universities across the globe while you’re still a student here. The institute has partnerships with a multitude of universities as part of which you can spend up to two semesters there taking up courses which you would otherwise have to finish at IIT Bombay. Another advantage? You don’t need to pay the humungous tuition fees at the foreign university!

Semester exchanges are often a life changing experience, and the perfect way to immerse yourself into a completely different culture. You get to live as a local in a new country for four months and party like you’ve never done before. Besides this, the fact that you now have friends all over the world who introduce you to their own cultures is one of the major reasons students opt to go for exchanges.

For more information you can contact:

Devang Thakkar
Institute Secretary | International Relations
IIT Bombay
Email: isecir@iitb.ac.in
Blog : https://exchangeblogiitb.wordpress.com

Frequently Asked Questions


I have secured rank XXXX in JEE. Which branch/IIT should I opt for?



Congratulations on your selection! We understand that this is an important and hard decision to make, but only you can make a judgement for yourself. However, you should keep certain factors in mind while making this decision. Of course, these are all very subjective and we have only tried to give a basic guideline.

  1. Area of Interest

    Our first advice would be to carefully read ALL the information provided on this website and the individual department websites about the curriculum and course structure of ALL branches. This should help you match your interests to majors available. However, it is common for first year students to have misconceptions about branches, it is true for all of us. Engineering Physics is not all about mechanics problems, Computer Science does not only involve learning new programming languages and can involve heavy math, Electrical Engineering is not only about transistors or circuits. If you are passionate about Aerospace engineering, then you should go with it. But try to realize what is meant by passionate: designing an aircraft is a final aim which will give that satisfaction and pleasure, but you will have to solve quite a few differential equations and go through basic courses to get to that. Try to gather as much information as you can and speak to people in the department to verify if your understanding of the department is in fact correct.

  2. Performance of the Department

    You should also try to find out how a particular department is faring in the institute of your interest. Good indicators would be the strength of faculty members, research work that goes on in the department, how the courses are conducted, how are the experimental facilities, external activities/competitions that take place in the department.

  3. Future Prospects

    This is by far the factor that is unduly given the maximum amount of weightage to. However, you should understand that there is always plenty of scope in every department and how you perform after 4/5 years in purely contingent on you. You will find people in all departments working at variety of pay scales. Your undergraduate years teach you a lot about what you like as an individual and every department has a range of things that you might end up liking. And if you do, you will be able to find a way to put it good use.


  4. Other external factors

    These would include the amount of exposure you get in a certain institute, the kind of people you get to interact with, the facilities at the institute, the flexibility that the institute provides to pursue non-academic interests etc. Again, these are all very subjective.



How do I choose between a B.Tech and a Dual Degree program?



The Dual Degree students are required to complete 1 extra course per semester (from a list of electives according to your specialization) from the second year and complete a Dual Degree Project (like a Master Thesis). The course coverage is the same as that of a B.Tech+M.Tech degree. It provides a more rigiorous treatment of your major but with an extra load. The B.Tech program gives a little more flexibility as you don't need to restrict yourself to courses of a particular specialization and you can gather a broader perspective, if you like. However, you can also cover more breadth in the Dual Degree Program (by taking additional courses) or go into depth in the B.tech Program (by doing Honors), it is up to you.

Dual Degrees do have a restriction that they can take up minors only if they have a CPI greater than 8 as they already have to do an additional course every semester.

Dual Degree programs are being recognised by universities abroad and you can directly apply for a PhD program after graduating with a Dual Degree. It also gives you an extra year to try out different things (both within your department and otherwise).




Can I change my branch after entering IIT Bombay?



The option to change your branch is made available to students at the end of the first year. No such option is available in the subsequent years except the change from B.Tech to Dual Degree in the same branch. The branch change rules at IIT Bombay are below, subject to final approval of the senate.

Students are eligible to apply for change of branch/programme after completing the first two semesters.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria
  • Completion of the prescribed course credits in the first two semesters
  • No backlog at the end of the first year
  • Secured a CPI of , At least 8 for general and OBC category students , At least 7 for SC, ST and PD category students.
  • Other rules could be found at Rules for Branch change at IITB