FAQ regarding the 3 year M.Tech. R.A. programme
Students often are unable to make up the pros-and-cons of a 3 year Masters programme. This page is setup to answer some of the frequently asked questions.

  1. Can you explain the different application categories?

    For the three year program, there are two generic types of positions. In one case, you are directly assigned to a professor with whom you you will do your Masters Dissertation/Project. In the other case, you are assigned task by a Professor in the department, but you are not required to do a Masters Dissertation/Project with him or her. More details are available in the the MTech brochure which is available at the Academic homepage of the Institute.

  2. I have a job offer from (or I am currently working with) company XYZ. Will joining a 3year programme not adversely impact my career progress and monetary gains ?

    Our students say that one primary reason for joining the M.tech programme is the value add it provides for getting a better career. It is true no doubt that if you go in for a 2 year programme, you will most likely be working when the 3 year person is still at IIT. However, the job scene is not a function of a 2 year programme or a 3 year programme. It is more a function of what you learn, and how well you learn. The additional work experience that a 3 year programme enables you to have a better clarity and marketability when you enter the job market. Plus you have all your 2 year friends in various positions to check if they made the right decision. (It's like should you chase a one-day cricket score, or go first. Both have merits and demerits :-)

  3. Could you spell what exactly are the merits?

    Simply stated, the 3 year programme is a more relaxed programme. You will need to take less courses per semester. Reflect back: did you just mug up the answers to the questions when you did your B.Tech/BE programme? Did you ever feel that if you had more time, you have done more justice to your dreams/capabilities/brain cells? Unless you go back for a Ph.D, it is unlikely you will get a chance to learn from the ultimate "masters" in their individual field.

  4. Do recruiting companies differentiate amongst students of different categories during the placements?

    Yes and no. There is no negative discrimination, but they are likely to pay more attention to the work experience especially if your grade point average is lower.

  5. I wish to go for a Phd in India/abroad after my MTech, which programme is best suited for me?

    First of all, why not try for a Phd programme directly? In any case, PS/PA/TAP programs are more concentrated towards research minded people but that does not stop RA/TA category students to structure their MTech by taking appropriate research-oriented courses and even doing a "Research Project" under a faculty member instead of a course in a semester.

  6. How can I contact some current students of MTech to know more details?

    Please refer to the following links :
    Mtech 1st year students
    Mtech 2nd year students
    Mtech 3rd year students

To summarize in words of a CC RA :

My fear of losing touch with practical work vanished when I got to work on IIT Bombay's core routers hands on! Effectively, I could study topics of my choice and try them out practically on IIT Bombay's vast network! My friends working as RAs in other departments have had similar experiences. One friend is a Application Software Cell(ASC) RA, and he gets to work on oracle database and develops applications for the IIT Bombay's core database. His area of interest has been databases, and feels that he knows more now then what he got from the industry! To conclude...Its not that only networking people like me have benefited. I know atleast 4 other people in my batch alone who have left their "Fat Paying Jobs" in the industry to take up RA positions in different streams here. All of them are highly satisfied with the move they made. Take up an RA position in your area of interest, and I am sure you will not regret it!

Last Modified Date: 18-May-2014


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