I am Nancy Verma and I passed out from IIT Delhi, MCA branch last year. My journey was tough during my 5 year stay at IIT but at the same time I had fun at IIT. Presently I am doing MS Finance from a university in US. I got a call from 100Percentile team and was asked to share some facts and experiences about MCA branch at IIT Delhi. My first reaction was “I would love to do that”. I still remember how curious and confused I was when I passed from IIT six years back. But proper counseling and guidance makes a difference. So I would love to share my experience at Delhi campus.
Mathematics and Computing department is an interdisciplinary department oriented mainly towards mathematics and a bit towards computer science.
Curriculum has almost all kinds of mathematics courses, both applied and pure mathematics. Many of them are core (compulsory) courses and one has a choice for a lot of varied elective (not compulsory) courses as well. Mathematics that you study here is not the same as you have done in 11th or 12th class. Pure mathematics (Abstract) courses are completely different from what you have done so far.
Some of the mathematics courses are:
· Statistical methods and algorithms
· Multivariable calculus and matrix theory
· Real and complex analysis
· Numerical methods and computation
· Differential equations
· Optimization methods and applications
· Probability and stochastic processes
· Linear algebra
· Topology and functional analysis
· Applied mathematical techniques
· Computational methods for differential equations
· Finite element theory and its applications
· Modern algebra
· Non-linear optimization
A student also gets a sufficient exposure (not a complete and a thorough exposure) to computer science and electrical engineering (same as electronics at other colleges than IITs) courses. Good thing about this is that one can choose more electives from computer science or electrical engineering courses if one has developed a strong interest in them. Thus, you can have a minor concentration in computer science (CS) or electrical engineering (EE).
The negative point thing is that same courses (with the same content) are offered separately in mathematics, computer science and electrical engineering department. Mathematics students end up doing them in their department only. But the same course might be taught in the other department (CS or EE) by a better faculty and hence the overall quality of course might be better in the other department.
Following are some computer science and electrical engineering courses done by mathematics students:
· Introduction to computers & programming
· Data structures
· Discrete mathematical structures
· Design & analysis of algorithms
· File structures
· Software engineering
· Supercomputing for engineering applications
· Programming languages
· Operating systems
· Neural Networks
· Digital Image Processing
· Digital electronic circuits
· Computer architecture
· Signals and systems
· Computer graphics
· Computer Networks
The coding assignment work in some of the computer science courses will enable students to have experience in programming languages like C, C++, JAVA.
Faculty is just about average with the exception of a few very good professors. There are 2-3 very renowned professors but their courses appeal to hardly 10% of the students. The program is more famous for its curriculum than the professors. That’s why one should make an efficient use of their electives and take good courses in other departments (CS or EE) with good professors.
Job prospects are excellent. The program is one of the favorites among many employers specially investment banks like Citibank, Bank of America, Lehman Brothers etc.
Students can always find jobs in IT sector as they have experience in coding through their course assignments and internships. Mathematics students always face tough competition from computer science students in this sector but still students have managed good jobs in the past few years.
Many jobs are exclusively available to computer science, electrical and mathematics students only.
It is also favored a lot in finance* sector. So, overall from job point of view it is one of the best programs.
It’s a 5 year course and it is not very useful to do 5 year courses at IITs.
A 5-year course is not recommended for students interested in MBA or MS abroad later. The department might not be suitable for students who are sure about doing MBA later though mathematics knowledge will help them in a few MBA-finance (MBA with concentration in Finance) courses. But overall 5-years and curriculum of the program is not recommended for MBA.
Some of the core courses are abstract which are also quite hard to study and understand. These courses are not applied and hence can be uninteresting for students.
Courses can be boring and students might find them impractical if they don’t have an interest in mathematics.
Comparison to other departments at IIT Delhi
· It is definitely ranked below computer science and electrical engineering at IIT Delhi as they have better faculty and quality of students. Still, it is among top 5 programs at IIT Delhi.
· Mathematics (like physics) is a complete science subject and hence courses are a bit harder as compared to other departments.
JEE Rank Required
Definitely top 1000. Last year closing rank was 749.
Who should take it ?
· One who has an interest in mathematics is bound to enjoy many courses offered by the department (some of the abstract courses can be exception to this).
· One who wants a bit of exposure to everything-maths, computer science, programming etc. It will give you many varied options afterwards.
Who should not take it ?
· One who is not very fond of mathematics and computer science.
· One who is not fond of programming.
· One who is sure about doing a MBA or MS abroad later.
Comparison to the same program at other IITs
· Other IITs offer 5-year Msc degree as compared to MTech degree at IIT Delhi. It will make a significant difference when it comes to jobs in India as MSc degree is less favored both among students and employers in India. This also explains why opening and closing ranks in other IITs for mathematics and computing is way behind than that of Delhi.
· Curriculum-wise, Mathematics and Computing at other IITs should be equivalent with minor changes. Specifically, for students going abroad to pursue higher studies, it won’t make a difference whether you are from Delhi or KGP (Kharagpur) or Kanpur provided you have a respectable GPA and have done good projects.
· For jobs in firms which hire for international offices (very few actually and depends mainly on how global economy is doing), they also don’t distinguish between Delhi and other IITs program. But this also depends on whether firms go to other IITs for recruiting.as Kanpur and Kharagpur have location disadvantages as compared to Delhi (Capital, major city in India, now near to Gurgaon, Noida etc. where it is much easier to find a job as compared to Kharagpur or Kanpur).
* MBA and finance both are very broad areas. They are essentially not the same things but there is some overlapping of course.
-Pursuing MS in Finance
-Passed out in 2007 from MCA, Delhi
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