Here I am writing this article with a POV of a computer science and engineering student.
Computer Science and Engineering at KIIT
The entire curriculum is divided into 8 semesters.
The first semester remains common for most branches of engineering which includes :
- Professional Communication
- Engineering Graphics and Programming in C.
The second semester includes :
- Basic Electrical Engineering
- Analog Electronic Circuits
- Environmental Science.
Third Semester includes:
- Discrete Mathematics
- Digital Electronics
- Object Oriented Programming in C++
- Probability and Statistics(Part of Mathematics)
- Data Structures and Algorithm
Fourth Semester includes:
- Automata and Formal Languages
- Java and Web Technology
- Business Communication
- Principals of Digital Communication
- Database and Management System
- Operating System
- Computer Organization and Architecture.
Fifth Semester includes:
- Software Engineering
- Computer Networks
- Design and Analysis of Algorithm
- High Performance Computation
- Data Mining and Data Warehousing
- Artificial Intelligence.
Sixth Semester includes:
- minor project
- software project management
- data analytics
- compiler design
- cloud computing
- internet of things
- advanced numerical analysis and techniques.
Seventh and Eighth semester are mostly covered by
- Major projects
- Internships and
- Training with few essential elective subjects
What is Credit and how is CGPA calculated in KIIT?
Think of credit as importance/weightage a subject carries, for example a 4 credit subject will be more important or sizeable than a 3 credit or a 2 credit subject. Also you can associate credits with the number of classes per week for the subject . A 4 credit subject will have 4 classes or hours per week whereas a 3 credit subject will have 3 classes or hours per week.
Let’s take a dummy example:
|Subject A||4 credits||E grade|
|Subject B||4 credits||O grade|
|Subject C||3 credits||A grade|
|Subject D||2 credits||O grade|
|Subject E||1 credit||B grade|
Now total credits are 4+4+3+2+1 = 14, which qualifies for 14 * 10 = 140 points
Now we have got subject A (4*9) + subject B (4 *10) + subject C (3 * 8) + subject D (2*10) + subject E (1*7 ) = 36 + 40 + 24 +20 + 7 = 127 points.
Therefore CGPA = 127/140 = 9.07 CGPA
|O grade (10)||89.5-100|
|E grade (9)||79.5-89.4|
|A grade (8)||69.5-79.4|
|B grade (7)||59.5-69.4|
|C grade (6)||49.5-59.4|
|D grade (5)||39.5-49.4|
|F grade (4)||0-39.4|
Does CGPA matter in KIIT?
Yes!! A Big Yes.
Many Companies who visit the campus shortlist students on the basis of CGPA, therefore you would not like yourself to be rejected because of your low CGPA even if you might have brilliant projects and experience at hand.
People looking for higher studies must keep a good CGPA . Having done so will definitely help you someday.
Also if you are planning to do PHD after BTECH directly without masters degree it is possible to do so if you keep a good CGPA and fulfill the following criteria:
- Carry out research work in a relevant area while doing Bachelor’s.
- Get knowledge on how to publish papers, technical paper presentations and extra projects. This will showcase your interest in research.
- Get strong Letters of Recommendation (LOR).
- A well written Statement of Purpose(SOP).
- Get good GRE and TOEFL or IELTS scores.
- Put in long study hours.
How much CGPA is good enough in KIIT?
In KIIT if you keep your CGPA above 9 you are in the safe-zone. Although this question depends on what semester are you in. As your semester progresses subjects become new and the learning curve increases. Also in your later semesters you would be doing a lot of extra things apart from your course curriculum like development, internships, competitive coding, etc. Therefore you will find harder to score the same marks you were scoring in your earlier semesters .
Therefore try securing CGPA above 9.5 in your first three semesters so that in the later semesters even if you score less, your overall CGPA will be above 9.
How much time should I invest in studying course curriculum at KIIT?
If you are aspiring higher studies or preparing for GATE, then you should focus more on the course curriculum.
But if you are thinking of placements, then you require two important skill-sets:
- Good Knowledge in data structures , algorithms and capable of solving coding questions .
- At least one or two good project / regular open source contributions.
Of Course, you cannot dedicate all time in your course work so what to do?
If you are studying for Mid-Semesters then starting 2-3 weeks prior will let you give your exam with enough confidence and you will end up getting good grades for sure.
If you are studying for End-Semester then starting a month before will be good, although if you are confident on your mid-semester preparations you could start 2 weeks prior and ace the examinations.
What is MidSem and EndSem in KIIT?
In KIIT 1 semester usually consists of 4 months and each subject is evaluated with a total of 100 marks.
- The 100 marks is divided into two components of 50 marks each.
- At the end of 2nd month you will appear for mid-semester examination comprising a paper of 20 marks.
- At the end of 4th month you will appear for end-semester examination comprising a paper of 50 marks.
- Rest 30 marks are internal and are evaluated on the basis of class performance and daily or weekly assignment/test.