New Course by IITs: 4-year BS Programme with 6 Specialisations, Admission Through JEE Score

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By Education Today

Posted on February 28, 2023


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The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur introduced 4 year BS programme in place of the 5 year integrated MSc programme in 2022 academic year. The BS programme is offered in six specializations- applied geology, chemistry, economics, exploration geophysics, mathematics and computing, and physics.

By the end of Semester 6 of the 4 year BS program, candidates with an interest in earning MS degree would have the option to do so. So, the planning of semesters 7 and 8 will ensure that a candidate can receive an MS degree at the end of semester 10. (end of year 5).

Below given are the course’s structure, eligibility criteria and other details of the BS programme.

BS Program- Course Structure
Eight semesters are equally allocated across the six BS specialisation courses. The first and second semesters of each of the six BS courses follow a similar curriculum. In total, the first and second semesters will cover instruction in eighteen fundamental areas, including chemistry, physics of waves, science of living systems, programming and data structures, electrical technology, and English for communication.

With semester 3, the curriculum has changed. Students will be taught about 8 to 9 “deep core” subjects in semesters 3 and 4. In semesters 5 and 6, there will be seven to eight core subjects and two elective subjects.

The seventh semester’s curriculum offers students the chance to complete a project and a summer internship. The majority of Semester 8 is made up of a project and a mix of core and elective courses.

The academic year of IIT Kharagpur is majorly divided into spring and autumn semesters. Candidates can also opt for MS degree by the end of the third year of the BS course.

BS Programme- Seat Matrix

Following are the number of seats offered by IIT Kharagpur last year:

CourseSeat Capacity
Mathematics and Computing69
Applied Geology52
Exploration Geophysics45

BS Program: Requirements for Admission
JEE Advanced scores and JOSSA counselling are used by the institute to determine who gets admitted to the BS program. Also, candidates must have successfully completed class 12 in the science stream, or an equivalent.

BS Program: Career Options
Graduates with a BS in chemistry have job options in industries like pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, materials and devices, energy, healthcare, and the environment.

While a BS in physics can lead to a career in a variety of fields, including green energy and sustainable energy materials, photonics and terahertz technology and communications, quantum technology and communications, quantum open systems, flexible electronics, multifunctional materials and devices, smart energy for smart cities, and smart healthcare, there are also many other career options.