UG and PG courses at IIIT Hyderabad and admission procedure

Are you passionate about coding? Want to take up a computer science course at one of India's best information technology institutes? Find out all about the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad and the different modes of admission to its various programs.

IIIT Hyderabad - A brief synopsis

IIIT Hyderabad or IIIT-H stands for International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. It is a private deemed university in India that offers courses related to Computer Science & Engineering and Electronics & Communication. IIIT-H was established in the year 1998 in a joint not-for-profit public-private partnership with active support from the then State Government of Andhra Pradesh. It is located near Gachibowli, a prime location in Hyderabad, famed for the numerous offices of software companies. Strategically located on the Professor CR Rao Road, it is also close to top-notch institutes like the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the University of Hyderabad (UoH). The institute has easy access to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport as well as the railway stations. The nearest railhead is Lingampally Railway Station, which is at a distance of 7 km from IIIT-H.

Speaking about the IIITs, there are more than 26 IIITs that dot the country. However, IIIT Hyderabad is unique amongst them. Almost all other IIITs go by the name Indian Institute of Information Technology, whereas IIIT-H stands for International Institute of Information Technology. Moreover, IIIT-H is a public-private partnership, whereas the other IIITs are mostly government-owned. IIIT Hyderabad is also different from conventional engineering colleges like the IITs, NITs, BITs, VITs and SRM, in the sense that it offers only two disciplines, namely, Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) and Electronics & Communication (ECE), whereas the other institutes offer a basket of disciplines. Since the institute offers courses related mainly to the computer science field, it is as such, highly renowned for its CSE courses and the coding culture.

Both the above two disciplines, namely the CSE and ECE are offered at various levels of study. There are undergraduate programmes, dual degree programmes, postgraduate programmes and doctoral programmes as well. Various specialisations are also offered, especially for the dual degree programmes, which are of five years in duration. The undergraduate programmes are of four years and the postgraduate programmes of 2 years. The other unique thing about IIIT Hyderabad is its various modes of entry for its undergraduate courses. In the following paragraphs, we get to learn about these various admission modes for the undergraduate programmes in detail.

Why IIIT Hyderabad

Before we learn about the various modes of entry to IIIT Hyderabad, let us first know why IIIT Hyderabad is so popular amongst students for its computer science courses. Offering just two disciplines, the number of students here is not very high, just around 1500 or so from all the courses and years combined. Built on 66 acres of land, the campus is quite small in size when compared with giants like the IITs and NITs. Its NIRF national ranking is 42, a bit on the lower side compared to its reputation. That is perhaps because of its limited infrastructure and limited disciplines on offer. Notwithstanding the size of its campus, student population or the NIRF ranking, IIIT Hyderabad is nevertheless rated very highly by students as well as the corporate sector, especially the software industry. No wonder, the placements that are offered to graduating students here is one of the highest in the country, even matching that of the top IITs.

All that has been possible because the courses that IIIT Hyderabad offers to its students are excellent ones and even rival those offered by the old IITs like IIT Mumbai, IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai and others. Rated amongst the best for its coding culture and focus on computer science education, IIIT-H has helped its students make it big in various coding contests. The ACM ICPC World Finals is one such contest, where IIIT-H students have outshined others. The institute and its faculty are so focused on coding that they ingrain the coding culture into the students right from the first semester itself. not just the 4-year undergraduate course but the 5-year dual degree programmes are also highly recommended. These 5-year programmes are unique in the sense that they offer advanced levels of research at the undergraduate level itself. Over the years, IIIT Hyderabad has emerged as the top institute in India with the highest number of GSoC (Google Summer of Code, an international programme by Google, where it offers a handsome stipend to select students for their software coding projects during summer internship) selections. In this respect, it has left all the IITs and NITs way behind.

With its focus on computer science and coding, it has one of the best labs and research centres for its small number of students, thus giving them ample opportunity to utilize the resources to the optimum. At IIIT-H, it does not matter whether you are a CSE or an ECE student, coding is very much part of every curriculum. No wonder, IIIT Hyderabad students are able to bag one of the highest placements in India every year. The average placement for the B.Tech CSE students is around Indian Rupees 30 lakh per annum and for ECE students the corresponding figure is 24 lakh. The placement figures have been rising every year. The institute has been reporting 100% placement every year.

Academic programmes

Following are the programmes that are available at IIIT Hyderabad.
  1. B.Tech. – 4-year courses offered only in the streams Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) and Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE).

  2. B.Tech. and M.S. (Research) Dual Degree – These are integrated 5-year programmes offered in areas such as CSE, ECE, and a combination of CSE with Computational Natural Sciences (CNS), Computational Linguistics (CL), and Computing & Human Sciences. The M.S. degree will require a submission of research thesis at the end of the course.

  3. M.Tech. – 2-year courses offered in subjects such as CSE, Computer Science & Information Security, Computer Aided Structural Engineering and Product Design & Management.

  4. Master of Science (Research) – These are 2-year research oriented programmes offered in areas such as CSE, ECE, Computational Natural Sciences, Computational Linguistics, and Computing & Human Sciences

  5. M.Phil. – Offered in Computational Linguistics (CL) for MA language students.

  6. Ph.D. – Offered in all the areas as available for the M.S.(Research) programmes.

  7. Part-time postgraduate courses – These programmes can be opted for by working professionals on a part-time basis.

As can be seen above, the singular focus of IIIT Hyderabad is Computer Science & Engineering and related fields. No wonder, the institute has made its name as one of the top destinations for courses in Information Technology. Now that we know the various programmes at IIIT-H, let us now see the various modes for admission into this premier and highly reputed institute.

UG admissions

UG admissions are of two kinds -, the 4-year B.Tech degree and the 5-year dual degree. The various modes of admission are as follows.
  1. JEE Mains

    This mode of entry is for the B.Tech programmes only. For B.Tech in CSE, the number of seats through this mode is 100 and for ECE it is 60. Based on JEE Mains AIR ranking, applicants are offered admission. For gender-neutral, the final cut-off closes around AIR 1000 JEE Main ranking. For ECE, the corresponding cut-off is close to AIR 3000. Thus it can be seen that the courses at this institute are highly valued.

  2. Special Channel of Admission (SPEC)

    Through this mode, admission is offered to candidates who have extraordinary talent or background. Ten seats each are offered for both the B.Tech CSE and ECE programmes. Candidates are selected based on a computer-based Subject Proficiency Test (SUPR) conducted by IIIT-H itself. Students who are part of the CBSE UDAAN scheme and have studied at a Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNU) or enrolled in the 4th semester of an integrated 6-year class 12 plus B.Tech. programs are only eligible for admission through this channel.

  3. DASA or Direct Admissions for Students Abroad

    As the name suggests, this mode of entry is exclusively for candidates who have studied classes 11 and 12 abroad or hold a foreign passport with no restrictions on where they have studied. Admission is through SAT scores and the candidate's academic performance in class 12. Candidates entering through this mode have the option of applying for both the single degree as well as the dual degree programmes. The number of seats available for such candidates is 25 for CSE, 10 for ECE and 02 each for the dual degree programmes.

  4. Olympiad/KVPY

    This mode of entry is only for the dual degree programmes. Candidates who have excelled in Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) conducted by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) or selected in Olympiads at the national level are eligible to apply through this mode.

  5. Undergraduate Entrance Exam (UGEE)

    Admission through this mode is for the dual degree programmes only. Candidates will have to appear for a two-part computer-based exam, SUPR (Subject Proficiency Test) and REAP (Research Aptitude Test). Candidates clearing the test will be called for an interview. Final selections are based solely on the candidate's performance in the interview.

It is to be noted that as part of gender diversity and to attract women into technical roles, 25% of the seats in all the above modes of entry are reserved for girl students. As has been seen above, there are various modes of entry to this reputed educational institution. Candidates to check, which mode do they qualify for and apply accordingly. All applications are to be done online by visiting the IIIT Hyderabad UG admission portal. For important dates regarding the admission process, the details are published on the institute website as and when the admission process falls due.

Those who might be looking for part-time postgraduate courses from the same institute can refer the page on Postgraduate programmes for working professionals at IIIT Hyderabad.

For queries, if any

UG Admissions,
International Institute of Information Technology,
Prof. CR Rao Road,
Gachibowli, Hyderabad,
Telangana, India - 500 032

Phone: +91 (40) 6653 1250, 6653 1337
(Office timings: 10 am to 5 pm (IST), Monday to Saturday)

Article by Dhruv
Dhruv, an electrical engineer by training and profession, loves to dabble in writing during his free time. For the last seven years, he has been a content writer creating content for ISC on topics mostly related to school and college admissions.

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