New Course by IITs: 4-year BS Degree in Data Science and Applications

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By Education Today

Posted on March 13, 2023


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The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras last year launched the BS Degree in Data Science and Applications. Candidates can apply for the May 2023 batch at the official website- till May 10. The programme provides candidates an option to exit earlier in the foundation, diploma, or BSc degree level. The programme will be taught through online mode. 

There are two ways to apply for admission to the foundation level of the programme: either through a conventional entry or through the JEE-based entry. In the JEE-based entry, candidates eligible to sit for the most recent JEE Advanced are admitted straight to the Foundation Level, but in the conventional entry, candidates can be admitted by successfully completing the qualifying process.

The course outline, cost breakdown, eligibility requirements, and further information about the BS degree are provided below.

BS programme- Course Structure

A student must successfully finish all four levels of the IIT Madras degree programme in order to receive the BS Degree in Data Science and Applications. Students are allowed to leave at any level.

The programme has four stages: foundation, diploma (in programming or data science), BSc in programming and data science, and lastly BS in data science and applications.

The three terms of each academic year—January Term, May Term, and September Term—are each four months long.

BS Programme- Fee structure

CourseTotal CreditsTotal Fees INR
Foundation Only32Rs 32,000
Foundation + One Diploma59Rs 94,500
Foundation + Two Diplomas86Rs 1,57,000
BSc Degree114Rs 2,21,000 – Rs 2,27,000
BS Degree142Rs 3,15,000 – Rs 3,51,000

BS programme- Eligibility Criteria

Students who have passed Class 12 or equivalent can apply irrespective of age or academic background. Those who qualify for the exam can join the program immediately.

Also, students who have appeared for their Class 11 final exams can apply irrespective of their group/stream/board. Such candidates can join the programme after passing Class 12, if they pass the qualifier exam. The applying candidates are expected to have studied mathematics and English in class 10.