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M.Tech. (Computational & Data Science) Admissions, 2017

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Important Dates:

  • Application Deadline: 24 March, 2017 29 March 2017 (Online at
  • Pre-interview Familirization/orientation towards MTech(CDS): 15 April 2017, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (open to all candidates who were short listed for written test/interview, especially SC/ST candidates) at CDS 102 Seminar Hall
    • Schedule:
      • 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: Introduction to CDS and M.Tech. (CDS) course program structure by Phaneendra Yalavarthy
      • 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM: M.Tech(CDS) aptitude test and Interview process by Yogesh Simmhan
      • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Coffee Break
      • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM : Interactions with current MTech students and a tour of the department
  • Written Test: 17 April, 2017, 11:30AM at CDS 102 Seminar Hall, IISc, Bangalore
    • Candidates with GATE Computer Science Paper: MRC auditorium (opposite to CDS)
    • All other candidates report at CDS 102 Seminar Hall
    • Results of candidates selected for Oral Interview to be posted in this webpage by 17 April, 2017, 6PM
  • Oral Interview: 18 April, 2017 starting at 9AM CDS, IISc, Bangalore
  • Tentative Merit List posted on 18 April, 2017, 9:15 PM

About the M.Tech. (CDS) Program

Computational Science and Data Science are inter‐disciplinary areas that bring together the domain‐specific knowledge of science and engineering with relevant areas of computing systems and formal foundations. While computational science investigates scientific computing applications that require mathematical techniques and parallel computing, data science explores data-intensive applications that use scalable statistical and machine learning methods with Big Data and Cloud platforms.

The M.Tech. (Computational & Data Science) degree at CDS is designed as a course and project based program to be completed in 24 months. Students will take 40 credits of course work over 2-3 semesters. Courses are divided into hard core courses (13 credits), soft core (10 credits), and electives (17 credits). Students will also complete a dissertation project worth 24 credits over a 12 month period. These impart foundational and scalable systems skills for computational and data sciences, with advanced courses selected by students to allow specialization on methods, platforms and applications. More details are at:

The M.Tech. (CDS) Admission Process

  • Candidates who wish to apply to the M.Tech. (Computational and Data Science) program should do so through the IISc Admissions website: Students with a B.E./B.Tech./M.Sc./MCA/Four year B.S. or equivalent in any science/engineering discipline, and a valid GATE Score, are eligible. A strong background in Mathematics and Programming is required.
  • Based on the application, the department will short‐list students and notify them to appear for interview at the CDS Department, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
  • Pre-interview Familirization/orientation towards MTech(CDS): 15 April 2017, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (open to all candidates who were short listed for written test/interview, especially SC/ST candidates) at CDS 102 Seminar Hall. The short listed candidates are encouraged to attend this session.
  • The interview process will begin with a short Written Test on the first day of the interview (Mon April 17, 2017 at 11:30AM). Please bring your “call letter”, and a pen. SC/ST candidates need to produce their original tickets for the reimbursement.
  • Applicants who clear the Written Test will be called for an Oral Interview, which will be held on the next day (Tue April 18, 2017).
  • The syllabus for the written test and the oral interview will be from:
    • Foundations: Linear Algebra/Matrices, Probability and Combinatorics, at the undergraduate engineering mathematics level.
    • Programming: Data Structures (arrays, matrices, etc.), and Basic Programming.
  • The Written Test will test the mathematical foundations of the students, and programming using a high level-language like C/C++/Java (student’s choice). These will be short-answer questions. The duration of the Written Test will be 30 minutes. Please bring a pen, pencil and an eraser.
  • Candidates who clear the Written Test will be asked to appear for the Oral Interview. The topics are similar to the written test, and we evaluate the student’s ability to think and solve problems interactively on the chalk-board. The student will also be tested on core subjects and projects from their undergraduate. For e.g., Algorithms for a Computer Science student, or Fluid Mechanics for a Mechanical Engineering student. The typical duration of the Oral Interview is 20 minutes.

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Last updated on Apr 18, 2017 (4:30 PM)