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Senior Survey

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It’s that time of the year again when we say our goodbyes, a lot of them indeed. Some to our batch-mates who would be graduating and even more to our beloved seniors. BSP took a survey of the graduating class of 2017 to find out, for perhaps the last time before they’re out into the world, how they reflect upon their last four to five years of their lives spent at IITD. The questions ranged from academics to extra-curricular activities, from relationship statuses to porn viewership, from food preferences to many more exciting indulgences. Read on to find out more about what the one that leaves has to say!

 

Academics

On the academic front, less than 10% of the batch had a CGPA above 9. Around half of the batch had their grade points in the range of 7-9 and only a minor fraction had their CGPAs below 6.

Unfortunately, nearly 46% of the students rated their departments <2 on a scale of 5. Only 9% of them gave a full score to their respective departments, which didn’t come to us as a surprise.

CS remains the most popular choice for a minor degree, followed by Economics, an expected trend given the paradigms in hiring and a perception that these areas are particularly important for a variety of core and non-core career profiles.

It was rather dismal to note that around one in three students had opted for electives because they were known to have lenient grading policies, re-affirming the importance of grades over interests. Around 12% opted for courses to complete a minor, which is roughly indicative of the number of students who try to get a minor degree.

Around 60% of the students missed classes because of their lack of interest in the course and a whopping 55% of them skipped classes because of their laziness. Also, nearly one in every two student disliked the style of teaching which compelled them to miss classes, which, again, is a huge number and likely the reason for a stringent attendance policy in most courses.

Fig 1.0: Choice of subject for pursuing a minor degree

Fig 2.0: How satisfied were students with their departments

 

 

 

Ethics, Behaviour and Relations:

Moving onto the next segment, we try to explore how students conducted themselves and what egged them to put on a behaviour in certain circumstances. Also, we try to dissect the demographical variations that exist and how they, if they do, affect the inter-personal interactions.

The students coming from big cities (not including metropolitans) made around 34.7% of the sample size, which was closely followed by students from small towns (27.3 %) and then from metropolitans (26%). When it came to the level of interaction with their families, students from urban backgrounds appeared to be more tilted to having a daily talk with their parents (62.23%) as compared to students from rural backgrounds (50%). Also, a majority of students (57.6%) appeared to be involved in interacting at least once a day with their families.

 

Fig 3.0: For what did indulge in unfair means?

 

 

The respondents felt the most difficult to interact with faculty (39.9%) followed by the opposite sex (27.7%). The rural and urban crowd stood almost similar when it came to having been in a relationship. However, a repulsion from dating was prevalent slightly more in students from the rural backgrounds (13.7%) than those from urban areas (9.89%).

Just 10% of the respondents felt that competition in IIT was not intense. IITians appeared to marginally prefer working hard (40%) to being indifferent (38%) as a method to handle this competition. Students coming from urban centres were more likely (48.35%) to not to give up to the competition than those from rural areas (34.4%).

                         

Fig 4.0: changes in social behaviour

 

The graphic below might not come as a surprise given the skewed gender ratio of IIT Delhi! And interestingly, ~12% of the people were not sure. 

                                                                               

Fig 5.0: Were you ever involved in a relationship in the last 4/5 years?

 

 

 

 

Beyond the Classroom:

Apart from academics and work ethics, the most important thing for which students of IIT Delhi are known is extracurricular activities. These activities, involving cultural activities like dance or writing, sports, etc., form the foundation of ‘time-well spent’.

The survey revealed that most graduating students were happily involved in some form of recreational activity (56.4%), with a lot of people involved in co-curricular studies (40.3%), activities prominent in BRCA clubs, like music, dance, etcetera (40.3%), and sports (39.6%). Also, many students were involved in projects (30.2%), managing festivals (29.5%), and social service (23.5%). With as many as 12.1% students involved in start-ups, we see why IIT Delhi is known for its start-up culture. On the other hand, only 4% of the students had something else in their minds, which was not a part of the survey.


Fig 6.0: Where the students spent most of their time

 

69.5% students said that passion drove their participation, while 53% wanted to explore various fields to find something they truly love. 29.8% worked hard for an entry on their respective resumes, and 19.9% worked for getting a position of responsibility. Participation of peers was also a huge factor, with 13.9% being involved in extra-curricular activities because their friends were too.

 


Fig 7.0: What students felt about their time management skills

 

 

Preferences and Habits:

Because we live to eat!

IITD offers a diverse variety of food choices for all grub lovers in campus. Ranging from Baqsa to the night messes to the Shawarma at SDA; IITD has it all. Looking at the choices that people have for food joints on campus, nearly 27% people seem to find the Cafeteria to rule the rest. The easily-accessible and cheaper not-so-fancy food wins over many others. Following close, 25% people like the only South Indian cuisine based kiosk, Southy as their favourite food joint. Lipton/Amul/Nescafe have around 18% students favouring it; they manage to catch the popular support of the people around institute area who are always ready to grab a snack. The major food attraction, our very own but more on the expensive side ‘CCD’ seems to be the choice of around 16% students. Moving on to the eateries around the boy’s hostel region, Baqsa and Rajdhani seem to be the choice of a large 19%. To those few who are never satisfied in any democracy, we have a 10% share of students who feel that the food outlets on campus are not worthy of satisfying their food pangs.

There is an alarming 10% student share who feel that sticking to the mess meal is something that they would prefer. On a detailed analysis of mess food, we observed that nearly 62% people have more number of meals in hostel than they have outside primarily because it is readily available and has already been paid for. There are very few people who form the categories of never eating in the hostel and always eating in the hostel. 

The “sins” of a College student

There is a general belief that students tend to start drinking and smoking once they leave school. This is attributed to an overwhelming sense of independence that college instils in us. However, we observed that for our campus, the end of first year seems to be the pivot. Before entering second year, merely 15% people had indulged in either of these and could still call themselves innocent :P. The percentage of people who started drinking or smoking shoots up to 48% after the first year. In addition to the already-present sense of independence, a major reason behind this could be the increased interactions with seniors who as our stats show are more into drinking and smoking than the freshmen. A positive stat is that 38% of the graduating batch were resolute enough not to try smoking or drinking during their long stay in IIT Delhi.

Now we move on to something that has been associated with boys’ hostels in engineering colleges since the dawn of time - PORN. Around 64% students confessed to having watched porn numerous times during college life. And not surprisingly, a majority of these were males. A whopping 13% says they never watched porn, but we shall leave this to your kind judgement.


Fig 8.0: Frequency of watching porn

 

What’s next? Future Plans!

On delving deeper into the future plans of the seniors, it was found that a majority chunk of 26% wanted to pursue non-core jobs out of personal interest after their graduation. Another 10% of the respondents said they would have pursued core had there been more opportunities and stated this as the primary reason behind opting for non-core. While 13.3% said they were still unsure about their career plans, 12% of the respondents expressed a desire to pursue core. The trend in those who wanted to go for post-graduation was different from that in seen in the case jobs. Out of the 20% of the total who wanted to go for post-graduation, 56.5% said they would go for higher studies in their own department. 9.3% of the respondents said they would prepare for entrance exams after their graduation. While there is a lot of hustle about IITians shifting to  entrepreneurship, only 7.4% believed they would be working in an entrepreneurial field (startups or family business) 5 years down the line.

 


Fig 9.0: FYPs: What’s the status in 5 years?

Abroad|In a Metropolitan|Elsewhere in India| Married| Unmarried| Unsure| Others

 

Out of those who wanted to pursue non-core, a majority of 52.6% said they wanted to settle in India. 31.5% of them were wanting to head abroad while the remaining were unsure about their location 5 years down the line. A similar trend was seen amongst those who wanted to go for core with 48% wanting to settle in India and 40% abroad.

Despite the craze for attending IITs for undergraduate education, it is a common perception that research opportunities as well as the quality of postgraduate education are better abroad. 46.8% of those who wanted to go for higher studies said they were headed abroad while 34.3% still said they would want to be in India.

 

What is the one change that you would like to see in IIT?

We asked this question to get a subjective answer on this matter. And here are some of the general perceptions and replies in broad categories:

  1. Increasing inclination towards core and tech- many respondents have expressed that the technical environment in IIT is not at the level that would be expected of an IIT. Some have said this is due to excessive RCA culture, and some this is due to lack of encouragement from the faculty. One student has also said this is due to seniors forcing the freshmen into activities in their first year.
  2. Problems with the academic system and faculty- The highest number of issues were raised in this bracket. Majority students wanted the attendance policy of 75% to be abolished. They also want a system where the course selection wouldn’t be governed by CGPA or department. Some have even gone on to say that the entire CGPA system of grading is demeaning and archaic and have asked for a major revamping in the system. A few students also expressed their dislike over the teaching methods employed by the professors here, whose main target according to the respondents is “covering the bulky syllabus on time”. 
  1. Hostels and other infrastructure in IITD- Not surprisingly, many students have asked to let girls and boys to be allowed into each other’s rooms at least during the day.  A few have asked for better mess food and in general for better facilities in hostels. A few students have expressed concern over the dogs in campus and asserted demands for a 24hrs LAN service.

 

Shall we? Some Interesting Correlations:

 

1. Handling the competition in IIT Delhi:

It turns out that people from rural areas and/or small towns in general do not give the competition a fight, unlike their metropolitan city counterparts. About 50% of students who were from Tier I cities found the competition fierce, but gave a fight, whereas 50% of students who were from rural areas just tend to go with the flow.


2.  Interaction with Others:

For most students, they felt most uncomfortable while interacting with the faculty members, irrespective of their background. However, while a major chunk of metropolitan students feel they did not have any trouble interacting with anyone, 1 out of every 5 students from small cities felt awkward while talking to the opposite sex.


 

 

3. Drinking/Smoking Habits:

Metropolitan cities fared poorly here, with as many as 20% students admitting to have started smoking and/or drinking before joining IIT. On the other hand, that percentage is only a meagre 2% for students from rural areas and small towns.

The number of students who started smoking/drinking after joining IIT is an alarming (although not surprising) 55%. 

Surprisingly, about 42% of the students from small cities did not indulge in smoking and/or drinking after joining IIT, while the percentage is 24% for their metropolitan counterparts.


Data Set: Drinking/smoking before IIT| After coming to IIT| Never indulged| After spending a year at IIT

 

 

4. Future Goals:

Non-core jobs were clearly the favourite among students from Metropolitan and Tier II cities, while students from small towns and rural areas were more interested in civil services or core jobs.

While a significant fraction wanted to pursue post-graduation in engineering, but not in their respective core-departments.

About 31% were still unaware as to what they wanted to pursue after graduation, most of them being students from smaller cities.

 

 Data set: A post-grad in another country| Post-grad in my country| Core job| Non-core job| Entrance exams| Unsure as of now. 

 

 

Credits :

Survey design: Saksham Gupta, Sanyam Gupta, Aditi Mahajan
Correlation: Dhananjay Gupta, Harsh Pitaliya
Subjective analysis: Akash Panther
Editor: Swati Agrawal
Special thanks to: Class of 2017