Interested in knowing when the next round of Qualifier applications will open?  

Interested in knowing when the next round of Qualifier applications will open?  

Admissions 

This page covers all admissions related information - important dates, mandatory requirements, two different types of entry, eligibility, application process, qualifier process and qualifier exam.

To learn more about the program structure, term structure, course structure, assessments, exam cities, fee structure, foundational level courses, diploma level courses and degree level courses, visit Academics page.

Important Dates

For those who have applied:

5th October 2020 Weekly release of Term 1 Qualifier courses content starts
2nd November 2020 Qualifier Exam Hall Ticket (only for those who get minimum required marks in Assignments)
21st / 22nd November 2020** Qualifier Exam (only for those with Hall Ticket)**
7th December 2020 Qualifier Exam Results
7th to 27th December 2020 Registration for Term 1 (only for those who clear Qualifier Exam)
4th January 2021 Foundational Level Batch 1 starts

**Dates for in-person exams are subject to government restrictions prevalent at that time.

Term Dates - 2021 and 2022

Below table shows the tentative schedule of each term in 2021 and 2022.
This is relevant only for those who clear the qualifier process.

Course Registrations Courses Begin Courses End End Term Exams
2021 Jan Term 7 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020 4 Jan 2021 3 Mar 2021 13 & 14 Mar 2021
May Term 5 Apr 2021 - 23 Apr 2021 3 May 2021 28 Jul 2021 7 & 8 Aug 2021
Sep Term 16 Aug 2021 - 3 Sep 2021 6 Sep 2021 1 Dec 2021 4 & 5 Dec 2021
2022 Jan Term 20 Dec 2021 - 31 Dec 2021 3 Jan 2022 30 Mar 2022 2 & 3 Apr 2022
May Term 18 Apr 2022 - 1 May 2022 2 May 2022 27 Jul 2022 6 & 7 Aug 2022
Sep Term 22 Aug 2022 - 4 Sep 2022 5 Sep 2022 30 Nov 2022 3 & 4 Dec 2022

Mandatory Requirements

Access to good internet connection as well as a laptop/desktop device will be a key requirement to learn effectively from our courses.

Learner should be able to travel to assigned exam centres for quizzes and exams, each term. Check the list of exam cities where our exam centres are currently located.

Two Admission Paths

1. 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

View Regular Entry section for details on Eligibility, Application Process, Qualifier Process, Qualifier Exam and Passing Criteria.

2. 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.

NEW Applications for Diploma Only Entry are scheduled to open in May / June 2021. Details of Eligibility and Qualifier Exam will be provided soon.

Regular Entry

Eligibility to apply

Updated 27/08/2020

Eligibility for those who cleared class 12 or equivalent in 2018 or earlier:

1.

The candidate must have studied Mathematics and English in class 10.

2.

They should have cleared class 12 or equivalent in 2018 or earlier. View list of accepted class 12 equivalents.

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 2019 or 2020:

1.

The candidate must have studied Mathematics and English in class 10.

2.

They should have cleared class 12 or equivalent in 2019 or 2020. View list of accepted class 12 equivalents.

3.

The candidate should be:
(i) currently enrolled / previously enrolled in any Bachelor's Degree program in campus mode OR
(ii) completed 1 year (campus mode only) diploma OR
(iii) completed CA Inter

Note that applicants who cleared class 12 or equivalent in 2019 or 2020 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.

Application Process

Applications for the January 2021 batch are now closed. Timeline for applying to the next batch will be announced soon.

Anyone who is eligible may apply by filling in the application form, uploading required documents and paying the application fee.

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

Required documents / files to be uploaded as part of the application form:
1. Passport size photograph (JPEG / JPEG format) - 50KB to 150KB file size.
2. Signature (JPEG / JPG format) - 4KB to 150KB file size.
3. Photo ID Card Scan - Aadhar Card / PAN Card / Passport / Voter ID / Driving License / 12th Admit card with photo / other Government ID with photo (JPEG / JPG / PDF format) - 50KB to 2MB file size.
4. Category Certificate - only for applicants who select SC / ST / OBC-NCL / EWS (JPEG / JPG / PDF format) - 50KB to 2MB file size.
5. PwD Certificate - only for applicants with 40% or more disability (JPEG / JPG / PDF format) - 50KB to 2MB file size.

Updated 27/08/2020 In the ongoing application process, we are accepting OBC-NCL / EWS certificates obtained in January 2015 or later only. If you do not have a valid OBC-NCL / EWS certificate, you'll need to get one in the respective format.
Download Format for OBC-NCL Certificate Download Format for EWS Certificate

07/09/2020 Note that BC / OBC certificate is not the same as OBC-NCL (Other Backward Caste - Non Creamy Layer) certificate. Only applicants belonging to OBC caste as listed in Central Government's www.ncbc.nic.in website and also belonging to Non Creamy Layer may apply in the "OBC-NCL" category. Other BC / OBC applicants must apply in the "General" category.

07/09/2020 If you have already applied as an OBC-NCL / EWS category applicant and have submitted an incorrect certificate, your application will be returned with the opportunity to obtain and submit a new OBC-NCL certificate in the correct format. If you fail to re-upload a correct certificate by the deadline, your category will be automatically changed to "General" and your application status will be changed to "Approved".

07/09/2020 If you have already applied as an SC / ST / PwD category applicant and have submitted an incorrect certificate, your application will be returned with the opportunity to obtain and submit correct certificate. If you fail to re-upload a correct certificate by the deadline, your application will be automatically "Cancelled" and your application fee refunded. Alternately, if you wish to change category to "General", you may write to support@onlinedegree.iitm.ac.in to cancel your current application and apply again as a "General" category applicant before the deadline.

Qualifier Process 

All applicants will have to go through a Qualifier Process, like a trial month, wherein 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 and 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 need to be completed and submitted online within the given deadline.

Average assignment score in each course will be calculated. Only those who get minimum required average assignment scores in all four courses will be allowed to write the Qualifier Exam.

Minimum Average Assignment Score required in each course
General Learner 40%
SC / ST / PwD with 40% disability 30%
PwD with 40% disability & SC / ST 30%
OBC-NCL / EWS 35%

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 3 hours duration and covers all 4 subjects with 45 minutes 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.

New 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.

Minimum required Qualifier Exam Score in each course Minimum required Total Qualifier Exam Score
General Learner 40% 50%
SC / ST / PwD with 40% disability 30% 40%
PwD with 40% disability & SC / ST 30% 40%
OBC-NCL / EWS 35% 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 (S).

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

Maximum number of courses a learner will be allowed to register for in later terms will depend similarly on the average of course scores in the previous two terms.