How difficult is the IITM curriculum?
It's rigorous, comprehensive, and challenging but once you fall into the university's rhythm, you'll fare well.
Attendance: If you put in a decent effort and attendance in lectures, you'll very likely get a good GPA. Semester breakup: A typical semester at IITM is comprised of 5 courses on average with 3 to 4 lectures per day for 5 days a week (not counting labs).
Credits: The number of credits is the number of hours that a student is expected to put into the course. On average a course consists of 9 credits, which comes up to 3 hours in the classroom and 6 hours of self-study in a week.
Students in the BTech program need to complete 432 credits in 8 semesters, while Dual Degree students need 553 credits in 10 semesters (including the Dual Degree Project).
Courses: Students are expected to complete ~50% mandatory courses, ~25% constrained electives (science, humanities, or professional), and 25% free electives (in which you can select any options from science, humanities and professional). Students can also attend courses offered by the Department of Management Studies and the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences like Economics, Operations Research, Marketing, and Finance.
Exams: The examination pattern is generally 2 quizzes and 1 end-semester or mid-semester exam along with an end-semester evaluation. Some courses may require assignments scattered in between these examinations.