IIT Madras Online B.Sc. and Diploma in Programming and Data Science Admission 2021

IIT Madras Online BSc and Diploma Admission

IIT Madras Online BSc and Diploma Admission 2021 – Indian Institute of Technology Madras invites application for admission to BSc Degree and Diploma in Programming and Data Science for the Academic session 2021-22.

Check more details on IIT Madras Online BSc and Diploma Admission 2021 below here.

Available Programs

  • Foundation + Diploma in Programming
  • Foundation + Diploma in Data Science
  • BSc in Programming and Data Science

IIT Madras Online BSc and Diploma Admission 2021 Important Dates

BatchForm Open dateForm Close dateExam dateStatus of FormCourse Start Date
Qualifier-2 202101 March 202130 Aug 202110 Oct 2021Opened06 Sep 2021
Qualifier-1 202120 Dec 202013 Feb 202111 July 2021Closed01 March 2021
Foundation05 Apr 202112 Apr 202108 Aug 2021Closed

Admission Paths

There are Two Admission Paths.

Regular Entry

  • Anyone joining the program via Regular Entry will join at the Foundational Level.
  • The Foundational Level courses allow for interested applicants with a variety of educational backgrounds to learn the basics (Math, Statistics, Computational Thinking, Python programming and English) which help them take up the Diploma Level and then the Degree Level courses.
  • There are three exit options for those who enter the program via Regular Entry:
    • Exit 1. Foundational Level certificate from Centre for Continuing Education, IIT Madras.
    • Exit 2. Diploma in Programming AND/OR Diploma in Data Science from IIT Madras
    • Exit 3. BSc Degree in Programming and Data Science from IIT Madras

Diploma Only Entry

  • The Diploma Only Entry is primarily aimed at working professionals or learners who already possess the fundamentals taught in Foundational Level courses and wish to exit with one or two Diplomas (Diploma in Programming AND/OR Diploma in Data Science) from IIT Madras.
  • Learners entering via Diploma Only Entry can only do Diploma Level courses and cannot proceed to the Degree Level courses.
  • Applications for Diploma Only Entry are scheduled to open in August 2021. Details of Eligibility and Qualifier Exam will be provided soon.

Eligibility Criteria for IIT Madras Online BSc and Diploma Admission 2021

Regular Entry (For Third Batch Starting In September 2021)

Eligibility for those who cleared class 12 or equivalent in 2019 or earlier –

  1. The candidate must have studied Mathematics and English in class 10.
  2. They should have cleared class 12 or equivalent in 2019 or earlier. 

No additional eligibility required to apply for the qualifier process or join the foundational courses after clearing the qualifying exam.

Eligibility for those who cleared class 12 or equivalent in 2020 or 2021 –

  1. The candidate must have studied Mathematics and English in class 10.
  2. They should have cleared class 12 or equivalent in 2020 or 2021.
  3. The candidate should be –
    • currently enrolled / previously enrolled in any Bachelor’s Degree program in campus mode OR
    • completed 1 year (campus mode only) diploma OR
    • completed CA Inter

Note that applicants who cleared class 12 or equivalent in 2020 or 2021 may apply for the qualifier process with eligibility criteria 1 & 2 alone, but will be required to fulfil criterion 3 to join the foundational courses after clearing the qualifying exam.

IIT Madras Online BSc and Diploma Admission 2021 Application Process

  • Applications for the third batch starting September 2021 is now open
  • Candidates can apply online on the official website https://www.onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in/

Application Fee

Application feeRs.3,000/-
Application fee for applicants belonging to PwD (>= 40% disability) / SC / ST categoryRs.1,500/-
Application fee for applicants belonging to PwD (>= 40% disability) and also SC / ST categoryRs.750/-

Qualifier Process

  • All applicants will have to go through a Qualifier Process
  • They will get access to 4 weeks of content for the four foundational level courses
    • English I
    • Mathematics for Data Science I
    • Statistics for Data Science I
    • Computational Thinking.
  • Video content of 2 – 3 hours duration will be released for each course on a weekly basis.
  • Along with the content, the first three weeks will also include an assignment for each course that needs to be completed and submitted online within the given deadline.
  • Support for the learners is available through the discussion forum and live interactive sessions that will be conducted at regular intervals.

Eligibility to appear for the qualifier exam

In each course, the average of the best 3 out of the 4 assignment scores will be calculated. Only those who get minimum required average assignment scores in all four courses (as given below) will be allowed to appear for the Qualifier Exam.

Minimum Average Assignment Score required in each course

CategoryMinimum Score
General Learner40%
SC / ST / PwD with 40% disability30%
PwD with 40% disability & SC / ST30%
OBC-NCL / EWS35%

Note – Relaxations in pass criteria indicated for various categories of learners, is applicable ONLY for the qualifier process. There will be no relaxations in terms of grades / pass criteria once registered into the program.

Qualifier Exam and passing criteria

  • Only learners who get minimum required average assignment scores in all four courses will be eligible for the in-person invigilated Qualifier Exam conducted at the end of 4 weeks of coursework. Only these candidates will receive hall tickets.
  • The Qualifier Exam is of 4 hours duration and covers all 4 subjects with 1 hour allotted per course.
  • To pass the Qualifier Exam, the learner has to get a minimum Total Qualifier Exam Score and a minimum Qualifier Exam Score in each course individually. Refer table below.
  • Only those who pass the Qualifier Exam will be eligible to register for Foundational Level courses.
  • Note that the Qualifier Exam result is valid for a period of 3 terms (or 1 year). So, a learner may choose to not register for Foundational Level immediately after clearing the Qualifier Exam and register for the Foundational level in the second or third term following the Qualifier Exam.
CategoryMinimum required Qualifier Exam Score in each courseMinimum required Total Qualifier Exam Score
General Learner40%50%
SC / ST / PwD with 40% disability30%40%
PwD with 40% disability & SC / ST30%40%
OBC-NCL / EWS35%45%

Note: Relaxations in pass criteria indicated for various categories of learners, is applicable ONLY for the qualifier process. There will be no relaxations in terms of grades / pass criteria once registered into the program.

Though everyone who passes the Qualifier Exam will be allowed to register for Foundational Level, there will be limitations on the number of courses a learner will be allowed to register for in the first two terms based on the Total Qualifier Exam Score (M).

Total Qualifier Exam Score (M)Number of courses allowed to register for in first two terms
Minimum required <= M < 50%up to 2 courses
50% <= M < 70%up to 3 courses
M >= 70%up to 4 courses

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