Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who promotes the Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management- Kerala?

The Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management – Kerala (IIITM-K) was set up by the Government of Kerala under its Information Technology Department in the year 2000. IIITM-K’s Mission is to be an institution of excellence in Education, Research, Development, and Training in Basic and Applied Information Technology and Management. The institute envisages to be a leader in educational networking and services provider for higher education and interdisciplinary professions. The Institute is driven with vision and direction by a Board of Directors constituted by the Government of Kerala comprising of a team of accomplished and eminent persons from academia, IT Industry, Research and Development and Administration. Shri. Madhavan Nambiar IAS (Rtd) is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors, IIITM-K. Board of Directors

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Which are the courses currently offered by IIITM-K?

M.Phil in Ecological Informatics

Eligibility:M.Sc. in Natural (Botany, Zoology, Environmental Science, Plant Sciences, etc. or Physical (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) Sciences with a score of 60 % marks or above or CGPA of 6.5 or above in 10 points scale in the qualifying examination SC/ST candidates are eligible for admission, if they have minimum pass marks in the qualifying examination..However certain relaxation is provided for SC/ST candidates. Students those who are in final semester/year can also apply.

Duration – One year

M.Phil in Computer Science

Eligibility: Qualifying examination/degree for the admission for the M Phil-CS degree course is M.Sc/MCA/M.Tech in Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Computational Sciences/Geo-informatics or equivalent having minimum of three papers in CS/IT in the qualifying examination with at least 60% aggregate marks, or CGPA of above 6.5 in 10 points, or equivalent on the above mentioned subjects..

Duration – One year

M.Sc. in Computer Science with Specialisation in Machine Intelligence 

Eligibility:Bachelor’s Degree in any branch of  Engineering or Technology /   Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science,Computer Applications, or Information Technology /  Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Statistics with Mathematics as a subject of study, with a minimum score of 60% or CGPA of 6.5 in 10 point scale in the qualifying  examination.  Students those who are in final semester/year can also apply.

Duration – Two years

M.Sc. in Computer Science with Specialisation in Cyber Security 

Eligibility:  Bachelor’s Degree in any branch of  Engineering or Technology /   Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science,Computer Applications, or Information Technology /  Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Statistics with Mathematics as a subject of study, with a minimum score of 60% or CGPA of 6.5 in 10 point scale in the qualifying  examination. Candidates who are studying in the final year  degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply.

Duration – Two years

M.Sc. in Computer Science with Specialisation in Data Analytics 

Eligibility: The Master’s programme in Computational Science is open to students having Bachelor’s Degree in Science / Engineering / Technology with Mathematics as a subject of study, with a score of 60 % marks or above or CGPA of 6.5 or above in 10 points scale in the qualifying examination SC/ST candidates are eligible for admission, if they have minimum pass marks in the qualifying examination. Students who are in final semester / year and appearing for the exams shortly can also apply.

Duration – Two years

M.Sc. in Computer Science with Specialisation in Geo-Spatial Analytics 

Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree in any Science/Engineering/Technology branch with Mathematics  / Geology   /Geography  as a subject of study in that course, with a score of 60 % marks or above or CGPA of 6.5 or above in 10 points scale in the qualifying examination. SC/ST candidates are eligible for admission, if they have minimum pass marks in the qualifying examination. Students who are in final semester / year and appearing for the exams shortly can also apply.

Duration – Two years

Post Graduate Diploma in e-Governance

Eligibility :Entry-level requirement for the program is a Bachelors degree in any discipline with working knowledge of computer systems. Diploma / Certification in computer application will be an added advantage. Preference will be given to B.Tech / MBA / MCA degree holders. The total intake of the programme is 45 of which 20 are from open quota, 15 are reserved for Kerala Government Officials and 10 for sponsored candidates. Under sponsored category, Central & other State Govt., PSUs and Private Organizations could sponsor their employees through proper channel. SC, ST applicants are eligible for reservation as per Government rules

Duration – One year

Is MSc equivalent to M.Tech.

MSc courses at IIITMK are equivalent to the university level MSc degrees. At IIITMK the MSc programmes are research intensive and offer high quality Education at par with that of IITs/ international universities. The academic rigor of the MSc programme at IIITMK can be expected to be more than that of an MTech programme. Normally M.Sc Programmes are treated at par by IT Companies and considered as equivalent to that of other course based master level programmes.Those students who would like to take up a teaching career after the MSc programme would require to clear NET/GATE and pursue Doctoral studies successful completion of which will earn a PhD Degree. The IIITMK is a approved research centre of CUSAT so aspiring students can after their Post graduation continue for doctoral studies subject to fulfilling eligibility criteria.

Where can I get the application form?

Candidates should submit the application form on-line only. Online Registrations begin on  1st March 2020.

Is there an application fee?


What is the selection process for admission?

Admission to MSc programs will be based on IIITM-K Common Admission Test (ITCAT) / valid GATE score/CUSAT CAT Rank.
Admission to M.Phil programme in Computer Science and Ecological Informatics will be based on IIITM-K Research Aptitude Test (ITRAT) / valid GATE or NET score.

I have a valid GATE score; do I need to appear for the Admission Test?

Institute will decide the cut off for GATE score based on the GATE scores of the applicants. Applicants who have been notified as having valid Gate Score as prescribed by the institute will be exempted from appearing for the entrance test. However, they have to appear for the interview.

I am NET qualified; do I need to appear for the Admission Test for M.Phil (EI)?

The candidates who have qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by UGC/CSIR are exempted from the written test. However, all candidates are required to attend the interviews that will be held at Thiruvananthapuram.

I want to apply for your course. But have less than 60%. If, I apply, will you reject my application?

To get admission in all the Master of Science programs, one needs to have a consistently good academic record with minimum score of 60 percentage marks or CGPA of above 6.5 in 10 points scale, in the final qualifying examination. Candidates belonging to SC/ST communities are eligible for applying if they have minimum pass marks in the qualifying examination. SEBC candidates of Kerala State who are certified as belonging to non-creamy layer are eligible for 5% relaxation in the minimum required marks for qualifying examination, provided that the candidates have passed the examination.

Is this course recognized and who will award the Degree?

All M.Sc and M.Phil courses are recognized and degree will be awarded by Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT)

What is the Tuition Fee structure of the Courses?

The Tuition fee for Masters programme is Rs 1,00,000/- per year. The fee is payable in four equal installments of Rs.50,000/-.

The course fee for the M.Phil programme is Rs.1,00,000/-. The fee is payable in two equal installments of Rs.50,000/-.

The course fee for PGDeG programme is Rs.75,000 /-. For open candidates this has to be paid in two equal installments of Rs. 37500/-. There is also a refundable caution deposit of Rs 5000/-.

Do I have to pay other fees other than tuition fees?

The Tuition fees covers only educational expenses confined to classroom learning and the use of academic support facilities of institute. Apart from Tuition fees students need to pay for University affiliation fees and Semester examination fees amounting to approximately Rs 15000/- for the two years in the case of M.Sc Programs and Rs.7500/- approximately for M.Phil Programs.

For PGDEG the examination fees is approximately Rs 500/- per semester .

Does IIITM-K have its own campus?

Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management – Kerala functions from its own 3500 Sq. Mtr building in Technopark Campus, Trivandrum. As an institute, it has excellent IT supported academic and research infrastructure and labs. Further the pooled Technopark facilities like the convention centre, uninterrupted electricity and food courts are all available to our institute staff and students. As of now, we have all the amenities required to support the current academic programmes of the institute. The first phase of the high tech campus, which includes the hostel facilities, is completed in Technocity Campus of Thiruvananthapuram, Classes for the 2020 intake will be at this new campus.

On IIITM-K's Institutional relations and its pioneering initiatives

The institute is well known as one of India’s leaders in the development of applications of IT in Education, Agriculture, Computational Chemistry.We are now pioneers in areas like Scientific Computing and IT enabled Geoinformatics and Spatial Logistics management. The institute recently obtained the approval to host INRIA’s ‘Scilab’ site and coordinate India’s growth in Scientific Computing. It is working closely with the Kerala University to launch the postgraduate education and research programs in Computational Science. With the IITs and IISc, the institute has been a major contributor to the MHRD’s National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) for the development and dissemination of e-course content for improving the quality of education in the engineering colleges under the AICTE. The Institute’s Education Grid and KISSAN projects have won wide acclaims. The Trivandrum City Police Portal for Community Interaction has won the Manthan Award earlier.

Will there be any scholarships or financial support is available to the students?

IIITM-K has been chosen as an Institution of Excellence by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India. Scholarships are available for SC students (limited to 10 seats) pursuing M.Sc course in IIITMK. Scholarship covers – Tuition fee and other university fees (actual fee), Boarding and lodging charges (Rs 2220 per month), books and stationery (Rs 3000 per annum) and PC & Accessories (limited to Rs 45000, one-time assistance). Scholarship will be available in the 2nd year only if the student has passed all the exam papers in the 1st year.

Students with a domicile of Kerala from SC/ST Category and Other Eligible Communities (OEC) are eligible for scholarships under the e-Grantz scheme of Govt of Kerala. Please check the e-Grantz website of the Govt of Kerala for further details.

How are the Placement opportunities at IIITM-K?

There is a high demand in the industry for our graduates and most of our students are placed through campus recruitment well before they complete their course. Our students are normally considered at par with M Techs by the companies for fixing initial compensation.

Who are the past industry recruiters for your course?

Some of the employers who have recruited our students include: Tata Consultancy Services, Ernst and Young,GE India Technology Services, ABB ,Thomson Reuters, PrimEra Technologies, Allianz, US Technology, Tata Elxsi ,Thoughts Arena,Ruby Software, Mozanta, Livares, Kottackal Business Solutions,Wipro, Infosys Technologies, Siemens, MindTree Technologies, Oracle, iGate Systems, HCL Infotech, Zensar Technologies, Mastek, Vfortress Network Security Pvt Ltd, Interra Information Technologies, Patni Computer Systems, Pramati Technologies, Ingenero, Dimensions, IBS, Wins Infotech, Indus corp India Pvt Ltd, cognizant Technology Solutions, IOR Technologies, Transversal e Networks, Kanbay etc.

Do you provide hostel facility? Is the hostel in "residential flats"? Where is it situated? Are the rooms shared among students? What kind of food is served in hostel?

We provide hostel facility. They are large private hostel buildings in the vicinity of Technopark campus and reasonably well equipped. The hostel rooms are shared – 2 persons per room to reduce cost. Students are also free to make own arrangements. Food is generally of the local type. The Institute arranges for transport at notified hours. Students who will be staying with their family will have to make own arrangements. The Hostel fees is approximately Rs 4000/- to Rs 5000/- per month.

How good are the computing infrastructure and other services in your institute?

IIITM-K has established its own full-fledged advanced IT Infrastructure including e-learning environment, digital library services, terminally mobile information access environment, grid-based information and computing environment for research, groupware and collaboration tools that support knowledge management, e-publishing, multimedia lectures recording and streamed multimedia services, Internet services, etc. IIITM-K has built on its own and regularly using advanced e-learning environment supported by digital library, content management systems and portals accessible on the web round-the-clock… The Institute enjoys the best Web-enabled learning environment in the country. This environment is supported around advanced Web-Technology education Server that has been developed in IIITM-K under the Entrepreneurship Development and Business Incubation programme of the Institute. The learning environment and the curricula have been enriched by constant flow of eminent faculty and experts from the IIT`s, IIM and leading IT industries. Every student has personal e-office accessible inside over the Institute LAN or over the Internet. Through this, they access Course Management System (CMS), streamed lecturers, Digital Library, group collaboration, Journals, News from relevant locations across the world, intra-institute chat, etc. The students are constantly exposed to the different R&D projects under development or implementation at the institute.

Library Services – Library and Information Services caters to the information needs of the Academic and R& D activities of the Institute. The Library houses a large number of Information resources including Books, Periodicals, CD ROMs, and Manuals etc. Library Services include Digital Library Services, Lending Services, Online Search Services, CD ROM Search Services, Inter Library Loan Services, Reference Services, Current awareness Services, News Clipping Services, Consultancy Services etc. Library collection has been increased to over 560 core books in IT and Management, over 200 CD ROMS, over 225 Industry Manuals. Library subscribes to over 5946 electronic journals through EBSCO, out of which 2710 are full text. Recently library procured Edurite Educational products, which helps the students learn different topics online. Edurites products covers and e-Assessment tool and IT Products such as C, C++, C#, VB.NET, and ASP.NET. e-Assessment tool enable the staff and students undergo an online test and there by assess their personality and professional calibre. All CD ROMs are made available through the CD Server. IIITM-K have institutional membership of Global Institute of Flexible Systems Management, New Delhi, British Library, and Technopark Library. The digital library of IIITM-K is claimed to be first functional Digital Library of it’s kind in the Country. Digital Library houses a galaxy of video lectures, e-books, e-journals, content pages of the books, reports and other electronic information resources. All classroom lectures, seminars, invited lectures of the Institute are digitized and made available through the online digital library using advanced SMIL multimedia technologies. Students can view the multimedia lectures along with the corresponding Power Point slides during the sequence of the lecture.

Research – The institute has several advanced R&D and IT enabled services projects and has been a leader in the country in key areas like technology incubation, applications IT in agriculture, smart e-governance, applied Computational Science and so on. A visit to our several portals accessible through the institute’s website will provide you some idea of the breadth and depth of institute’s R&D and services activities.

Quality of life at Thiruvananthapuram

IIITM-K has students from all parts of the country representing all of the Southern States , most of the Northern States and few of the North Eastern States. The past years this institute has fulfilled the career aspirations of students from States as far as Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Manipur. We have had students from Lakshadweep too. Technopark campus enjoys the unique advantages the State of Kerala can offer, with respect to a conducive educational environment supported with competent and dedicated team of faculty, proximity to basic amenities and availability of the minimum requirements for a comfortable living.

Why should you join?

Since its inception in Nov. 2000,Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management- Kerala (IIITM-K) has progressed a long way and has contributed many significant achievements. Chartering a refreshingly different course aligned with the future, the Institute has carried out path breaking work in its academic, Research, Services and Development oriented programs. Its postgraduate program in IT goes beyond being the state-of-the-art to innovations in envisioning and synthesizing systems for the future. Its graduates have near 100% placement in industry and other segments. Its education and training programs also provide the base for several advanced developments in applying IT for the state’s development, science and technology and in socially important areas like Agriculture, Education and Health in general. The institute is a national leader in the applications of IT to the social sector.

The institute is at the forefront of applied research developing, deploying and using next generation information systems, informatics and technologies for socially relevant areas like Education, Health, Agriculture, R&D and E-Governance. The institute has conceptualized and adopted innovative approaches and processes in achieving this. It has successfully nurtured and incubated new IT enterprises and helped generate new employment in certain sectors like Agriculture. In the process of achieving these, the institute itself has emerged as the leading showcase of advanced IT use in education and allied disciplines. With availability of large number of scholarships and declining opportunities in the IT sector, it is right time for students to undertake post graduate studies to equip them better to prepare themselves for next leap by the IT industry.

Where is IIITM-K located?

IIITM-K is located at Technopark Campus, Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala.

Can a student without Engineering / Technology / Science background during under graduation apply for the MSc programme?

No, students who have pursued courses than engineering /technology/science during under graduation are not eligible for the MSc Programme.

I am not a student of computer science for my under graduation. Am I eligible to apply for the MSc Computer Science?

Non Computer Science students can also apply for the MSc Computer Science course. Please carefully check the eligibility conditions for each of the specialisations. We are expecting students to brush up on +2 and graduate level mathematics before joining the course. Students may also do some preparatory work in programming languages like Python or Java.

Test Center Details

Due to issues raised by corona virus, proctored online test is being arranged by which candidates can take the test from their homes. By this, the candidates need not travel to test centres to take the test.

I am awaiting my Degree/PG results. Can I apply for the postgraduate programs of IIITM-K?

In the case of MSc/M Phil  programmes, candidates who await their final semester results can also apply. The students who are unable to submit the final mark list in original and provisional degree certificate at the time of admission need to give an undertaking that they will submit the documents by September 30, 2020. The copy of the undertaking is available here. Such candidates need to submit the original mark list and provisional degree certificate as proof of meeting the eligibility criteria by September 30 2020 at the Academic Office of IIITM-K. For eligibility criteria, please check the admission eligibility conditions given for the specific courses. The submitted documents will be further verified by CUSAT. A student can continue the course only if the documents are found in order and the student is found to be meeting the eligibility conditions after the verification of the documents by IIITM-K and CUSAT.

I forgot my password to access the online application. What is the procedure to retrieve the password?

Using the link ‘Forgot Your Password’ in the online application, you can reset your password. A link will be send to your e-mail id for resetting the password.

How can I pay the Application Fee?

The application fee can be paid online using Credit card, Debit card or through Net-banking facilities.

Should I send the confirmation page to Institute?

No. It is not required to send any documents to IIITM-K.

How shall I get the Admit Card for the Entrance Examination ITCAT/ITRAT 2020?

The Admit Card should be downloaded from the website after completing the online application process. The admit cards will be made available at the online admission portal.

Will the Admit Cards be sent to me by post?

No. Admit cards will not be sent by post from IIITM-K to the candidate. The Admit cards should be downloaded by the candidate by logging into the online admission portal.

What are the guidelines for admissions for international students [foreign / international/ Non Resident Indian (NRI) students?

What is the pattern of questions of ITCAT and ITRAT?

The question pattern for ITCAT is as below.
Sections No. of questions
Mathematics 25
General Aptitude 10
Fundamentals of Computer Science 10
English and verbal ability 10
General Science 5
General Knowledge 5
Fundamentals in Engineering 5

Sample questions of ITCAT can be found here. There are no specific books prescribed for the test.

The question pattern for ITRAT- MPhil Computer Science is as below.
Sections No. of questions
Mathematics 25
Research Aptitude 15
Fundamentals of Computer Science 10
English and verbal ability 10
General Aptitude 10
The question pattern for ITRAT- MPhil Ecological Informatics is as below.

Basic Science
Basic Mathematics
General Knowledge

The total number of questions for ITCAT and ITRAT are 70.

In Mathematics question will be based on +2 Mathematics portions. Important topics for ITCAT and ITRAT (MPhil-CS) are: Matrices, Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, Trigonometry, Algebra

How can I contact the institution in case of queries?

For getting answers to your queries and for clarifications, please email to or

Call between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM on working days (Monday to Friday).

General information relating to admission- +91 9744141350

For Technical issues with online application process- +91 9995838024, 0471-2784116, 0471-2784129

For issues with online payment of application fee: +919447515261, +9194477 12526, 0471-2784126