Greetings to all the Freshers for making it to IIT Kharagpur. Did you get your favourite branches? If not, you still have another chance. It is often mentioned that “Your admission rank dictates the department you enter at IITs, whereas your determination does not.” Nevertheless, in several IITs, including IIT Kharagpur, students are provided with an opportunity to switch departments in their initial year. Approximately 10% of first-year students are granted the ability to transition to a different department annually. Therefore, you still have a chance to make a change if you’re determined!
The total number of students that managed to change their department in the session 2022-23 amounted to 126, out of which 81 chose BTech/BS course, and the remaining 45 opted for Dual Degree course.
Awaaz, IIT Kharagpur offers a detailed analysis of the Department Change Statistics of 2022-23. Please stick with us to know students’ experiences who successfully got a department change!
Every department has a different cutoff, which depends on the number of students applying to that department and their respective CGPA. (depending on the CGPA and number of students applying for a particular department). The cut-off for Computer Science and Engineering (BTech) was 9.79, followed by CS Dual, which was 9.76.
The department with the maximum intake of students was Mechanical Engineering (25), followed by Electrical Engineering(21) and Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering(20).
HEAR FROM THE ACHIEVERS!
- Sanket Naik (CE to ECE); CG – 10.0
First of all, I would suggest that you decide whether you want a branch change or not. It will make things smooth for you. And it’s not like that you need to sacrifice everything to get a branch change. As from last year onwards everything is going offline so things have changed a bit from what used to happen during online classes. In general I can say is that be consistent in whatever you want to achieve and most importantly attend as much classes as possible. Even if you can understand and read the topics you missed in classes but what I have observed is that my friends who also got a Branch Change are regular in attending almost all the classes. Note that not every subject is counted for branch change and therefore it’s required to give more time on those subjects whose grades are counted for branch change. You can cover the rest of the subjects by mostly attending classes and reading before exams but for the remaining ones keep studying them from the beginning. Although in some subjects you may find that you might have read it earlier in your Jee days still don’t neglect them. And I would suggest you to have discussion among your friends regarding any doubts and also don’t hesitate to ask your respective professors or TA’ s during labs. And things will get more clear in your mind if you discuss it with your friends.For resources, I guess you can find plenty of them in apps like SWG, KGPEllence,etc. and also you will get most of the materials from your professors as well. Also you can check out CSE 2020 website and youtube channel for any kind of study material that you might be requiring. However you must attend all classes and not rely completely on the materials to cover a topic especially the classes for those subjects that are counted for branch change. For PDS, you may watch the lectures of NESO ACADEMY:PROGRAMMING AND DATA STRUCTURES and for lab you can practice from any good website like w3resources or geeks for geeks. Also check previous year’s lab questions and if required you may collect questions from other sections by asking your friends also. For ET, you may use the lectures available as recorded sessions of spring 2021-22 . However don’t completely rely on watching lectures and missing out classes or not solving the tutorials given to you. You may have a book as reference but mostly it is not required and don’t spend time on practising a lot of questions from those book leaving the tutorials. If you have a good understanding of the subject I don’t thing solving questions from books is required. However PYQS are very important as far as i have experienced. You can practice from them before exams. Also try to have revised most of the things before starting of the exams as you may not get sufficient gap between two successive exams. Just before the exam day do a quick revision of all topics and mainly the ones that you find to be more important or you think you can stuck in a particular type of questions during exams. Sometimes some subjects may also carry some marks in attendance which will be told to you by your respective professors.And finally I would suggest you to give your best and don’t panic even once during exams thinking about results, it may hamper your scores and though your final grade in a subject is most likely decided by the end semester examination but I feel that midsems are even more important as you will have less syllabus and questions are generally not much tough so you can boost your score as much as possible especially for Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra,Numerical and Complex Analysis as those are graded absolutely so one needs to score a minimum of 90/100 in them to get an Ex but the questions which you will get in them are not difficult and you can solve them if you have solved all of your tutorials and revised every concept. However don’t be disheartened if you couldn’t give your best once in an exam you can always cover things up in the remaining exams later on. For both the semesters(Chemistry and Physics) you will have certain subjects and labs that are important so try to give your best in all of them and don’t overthing about the results. Just try to be consistent and don’t get demotivated anywhere in between. You can seek help of your seniors or friends whenever required.
2. Devanshu Agrawal (MI Dual to CS Dual); CG – 9.53
DepC is something that has been so put over the high stand, thinking only those who are smart get it and other cannot even think about it but truth is someone who works gets what he wants. I knew wanted I wanted switch departments from the start of my first year, but wanted to ensure I enjoyed my college life. And after having attended my first year and having changed my department. DepC does not ask you to leave everything for it, rather it ask you to put apart sometime everyday for it, like a simple request. Thought it may seem challenging or maybe sometimes not enough but knowing that if you have worked then you will get what you want. My advice would be to ensure to enjoy your first year to the fullest, attend classes religiously, put in some work everyday, try extra academic activities, give society selection, be part of them and make good friends who are going to be there when you need and you can be there for them. 1st year is going to be once only. P.S. – learn time management to manage societies and acads and other things. Stop glorifying DepC.
3. Ahmad Raza Khan (MI to CH); CG – 8.74
Switching departments in college was a big step for me, but it led to rewarding experiences. Adjusting to new subjects in my first year and making friends in a different environment was tough, but it built adaptability and time management skills.Also, I want to stress on the fact that College isn’t just about studying; joining clubs, playing sports and getting involved in extracurricular activities matter too. This change made me realize that a balanced college life goes beyond academics. Extracurriculars introduced me to new friends and interests. Balancing studies and activities is challenging but worthwhile. It reduces stress and offers a broader perspective. My advice: embrace opportunities. Don’t just study – explore sports, arts and social activities. They shape lasting memories and personal growth.
4. Satyabrata Nayak(ME to EC Dual); DepC CG – 9.55
Over the past months, I’ve embarked on a challenging yet immensely rewarding endeavour of my department change. I had the opportunity to undergo a department change, a process that allowed me to transition from mechanical engineering to Electronics and Electrical Communication. This wasn’t just a change in courses; it represented a significant leap towards my academic and career aspirations. It is really amazing to see myself in the department of my choice.
Throughout this journey, I learned firsthand the power of determination and the impact of staying focused on one’s goals. I made a conscious decision to prioritise my studies, which meant saying no to distractions and avoiding unnecessary detours. There were nights when my friends were out having fun, but I chose to invest that time into my studies, knowing that the payoff would be worth it.
The process demanded an extraordinary amount of effort and perseverance. I strived to achieve a CGPA of 9.55 which surpassed the cutoff for E&ECE dual.
I’m proud to say that my hard work paid off, and I successfully secured the department change. The feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming, and it reinforced the belief that with dedication and determination, any goal can be achieved.
It really feels like I have completed JEE for the second time.
To all my juniors I just want to say that your graph of success vs study will be similar to the current vs voltage graph of a p-n junction diode, no change for some time but after the knee potential, you will be kissing the sky
5. Tummalapalli Shiva Chaitanya(EC to CS); CG – 9.84
At first when I came to campus I wasn’t serious about department change as I was pretty satisfied with my JEE rank and my department. But later on as I interacted with some seniors I realized that it’s worth taking a shot . So I began being regular in my studies . There were times when I was afraid of missing out on college life due to this decision . But I always motivated myself as I had a valid reason to study . This doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy my 1st year at all . There were days when I played badminton until 2 AM but I didn’t study till 2AM any day . From debugging segmentation faults in pds lab to facing high voltage electrical technology papers everything was an experience worth having . The most important lesson I learnt from this journey is that the satisfaction in yourself that you get from putting in the effort is much more than you could get from any possible result.
(Un-Edited; opinion of the respective students)
Since the ages, circuital departments have remained the favourite, but the cutoffs have varied across the years.
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