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IIT Madras - Online BS Data Science And Applications


The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is known both nationally and internationally for excellence in technical education, basic and applied research, innovation, entrepreneurship and industrial consultancy. A faculty of international repute, a highly motivated and brilliant student community, excellent technical and supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras. The Institute is proud to bear the laureate of being No.1 engineering university in India. More recently, IIT Madras has been given the title of Institute of Eminence.


Course offered


BS in Data Science and Applications




  • Anyone who has passed Class 12 or equivalent can apply irrespective of age or academic background. Those who qualify can join the program immediately


  • School students who have appeared for their Class 11 final exams can apply irrespective of their group/stream/board. Those who qualify can join the program after passing Class 12.


All courses are online. Proctored exams conducted across India, Sri Lanka and UAE.

It is expected that the applicants have studied Mathematics and English in Class 10.


No additional eligibility other than the ones mentioned above is required to apply for the qualifier process or join the foundational level courses after clearing the qualifying exam.


Application Process


  • Applications for the batch starting January 2023 is now open.
  • Anyone who is eligible may start applying by filling in a simple application form and paying the application fee.
  • Application will be considered only when, after payment, applicant also fills in further details and submits required documents for verification. Applications without details & documents, even if paid, will not be considered valid.



General Category / OBC Applicant

₹3000 application fee

SC / ST Category / PwD (>= 40% disablity ) Applicant


₹1500 application fee

SC / ST Category Applicant who is ALSO PwD (>= 40% disablity )

₹750 application fee



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Admission to the Foundation Level

Regular entry: All candidates, irrespective of their backgrounds, can earn admission to the Foundation Level by successfully completing the qualifier process.


  • All regular entry applicants must go through the Qualifier Process to earn admission to the Foundation Level.
  • Qualifier Preparation: The qualifier process includes 4 weeks of coursework based on lecture videos, assignments, and live sessions of the four foundational level courses - English I, Mathematics for Data Science I, Statistics for Data Science I, and Computational Thinking - that will be provided through our online portal. Every week an assignment must be submitted for grading in each course.
  • Qualifier Exam: At the end of the 4 weeks, a qualifier exam will be conducted for eligible candidates based on the content covered in the 4 weeks of study


Eligibility to appear for the qualifier exam (regular entry):


In each course, the average of the best 2 out of the first 3 assignment scores will be calculated. Only those who get the minimum required average assignment scores in all four courses (as given below) will be allowed to appear for the Qualifier Exam.


Qualifier Exam and Passing Criteria (regular entry):


  • Only learners who are eligible to appear for the qualifier exam will receive the hall ticket for it.
  • The in-person Qualifier Exam at the end of 4 weeks of coursework is of 4 hours duration and covers all 4 courses.
  • To pass the Qualifier Exam, the learner has to get a minimum Average Qualifier Exam Score and a minimum Qualifier Exam Score in each course individually
  • Only those who pass the Qualifier Exam will be eligible to register for the Foundation Level courses.


         Validity of the Qualifier Exam result:


  • For candidates who have already appeared for or cleared class 12 board exams, the Qualifier Exam result is valid for a period of 3 terms (or 1 year). So, a learner may choose to not join the program immediately after clearing the Qualifier Exam and join in the second or third term following the Qualifier Exam.
  • For candidates who are yet to appear for class 12 board exams, the Qualifier Exam result is valid for a period of 6 terms (or 2 years). The extended validity is given to these candidates to facilitate joining the program after passing class 12.

JEE-based entry: Candidates eligible to appear for the most recent JEE Advanced are directly admitted to the Foundation Level.


Candidates qualified to appear for current year's JEE Advanced can directly join our program by following the steps below:

  • Complete the application form found here.
  • Watch video content and submit weekly assignments for first 4 weeks of the four foundational level courses - English I, Mathematics for Data Science I, Statistics for Data Science I and Computational Thinking. (This is identical to the “Qualifier preparation” content in the regular entry process)
  • Appear for the in-person quiz of 4 hours duration conducted at the end of 4 weeks of coursework covering all 4 courses.
  • Register for courses at the Foundation Level based on the quiz scores. The average score of the 4 courses (M) will determine the maximum number of courses a student will be allowed to register for in the first term.


     Important  Dates:




for September 2022 Batch

for Jan 2023 Batch


for May 2023 Batch

Application Form Opens




Application Form Closes


15 January 2023


Qualifier Phase Week 1 Starts

5 September 2022

20 January 2023


Qualifier Exam Date And Results Date

16 October 2022 And 21 October 2022

26 February 2023



Registration Opens (only if cleared Qualifier Exam)

26 October 2022



Registration Closes

27 October 2022

25 December 2022


Re-attempt Qualifier Opens

26 October 2022

8 March 2023


Re-attempt Qualifier Closes

27 October 2022

9 March 2023


Re-attempt Qualifier Exam (re-attempt fee applies)

20 November 2022



Re-attempt Qualifier Results

26 November 2022



Registration Opens (if cleared re-attempt)