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ISI Admission Test(M.Tech-CS) Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The written Admission Test typically consists of two parts:

(i) Test MMA (objective type) is the 1st part,  a multiple-choice and/or descriptive test in Mathematics at the undergraduate level. Paper consists of 94 questions.

(ii) Test PCB (short answer type) is the 2nd part, a multiple-choice and/or descriptive test. The PCB test will consist of two groups - 

  • Group A : All candidates have to answer questions on analytical ability and mathematics at the undergraduate level. 

  • Group B : A candidate has to choose exactly one of the following five sections, from which questions have to be answered: 

    • Mathematics

    • Statistics

    • Physics

    • Computer Science

    • Engineering and Technology

Total Questions - 160

Test Duration- 2 Hours

Total Marks - 194

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 7
No. Of Unit 16
No. Of Chapter 150
  1. Number series
  2. Letter Series
  3. Series Missing Numbers
  4. Odd one out
  5. Blood Relation
  6. Calender
  7. Clock
  8. Cubes
  9. Matrix
  10. Coding Decoding
  11. Direction and Distance test
  12. Ranking Tests
  13. Sitting Arrangement
  14. Linear Arrangements
  15. Matrix Arrangements
  16. Mathematical Puzzles
  17. Venn Diagram
  1. Combinatorial Probability, Conditional Probability
  2. Bayes’ Theorem And Independence
  3. Sampling Distribution Of Statistics
  4. Poisson Law
  5. Multinomial, Bivariate Normal And Multivariate Normal Distributions
  6. Descriptive Statistical Measures
  7. Regression
  8. Elementary Theory And Methods Of Estimation
  9. Tests Of Hypotheses
  10. Chi-Square, Anova, Basic Designs (CRD/RBD/LSD)
  11. Conventional Sampling Techniques
  1. C Programming Language
  2. Gravitation
  3. Surface Tension And Viscosity
  4. Laws Of Thermodynamics
  5. Heat Engines
  6. Electrostatics
  7. Magnetostatics
  8. Electromagnetic Induction
  9. Laws Of Electrical Circuits
  10. D.C. Generators, D.C. Motors
  11. Diode Circuits, Bipolar & Fet Devices
  12. Digital Circuits
  1. Programming Languages
  2. Data Structure
  3. Logic Design and Circuits
  4. Computer Architecture
  5. Operating Systems
  6. Database Systems
  7. Computer Networks
  8. Design and Analysis of Algorithm
  9. Software Engineering
  10. Object Oriented Analysis and Design
  11. Discrete Mathematics
  12. Wan Technology
  1. Calculus
  2. Linear Algebra
  3. Graph Theory
  4. Abstract Algebra
  5. Differential Equations
  1. Percentage 
  2. Profit, Loss and Discount
  3. Time, Speed and Distance
  4. Circular Track & Upstream-downstream
  5. Relative speed
  6. Simple Intrest
  7. Compound interest
  8. Averages
  9. Ratio and proportion
  10. Alligation and Mixture
  11. Time and Work
  12. Pipes and Cisterns
  13. Partnership
  14. Age
  1. BODMAS/Simplification
  2. Number System
  3. LCM and HCF
  4. Linear Equation
  5. Quadratic equations
  6. Permutation and Combination
  7. Probability 
  8. Arithmatic and Geometric Prograssion
  9. Indices
  10. Logarithm
  11. Set Theory & Venn Diagram
  12. Geometry and Mensuration
  13. Angles, lines
  14. Properties of Triangles
  15. Properties of Quadrilaterals
  16. Properties of Circles
  17. Area and Volume of 2D and 3D figures
  18. Height and Distance
  19. Elementary number theory
  20. Eigenvalues And Eigenvectors Of Matrices
  21. Calculus
  22. Definite Integrals
  23. Elementary Discrete Probability Theory
  24. Binomial And Poisson Distributions
  1. Description of rotation velocity
  2. Rotational motion
  3. Moment of inertia
  4. Torque and angular momentum
  5. Conservation of angular momentum
  6. Rolling motion
  1. Coulomb’s law
  2. Electric field
  3. Electrostatic potential and Electrostatic potential energy
  4. Gauss’ law and its applications
  5. Electric dipole
  6. Capacitance and dielectrics
  1. Dual Nature Of Radiation
  2. Hertz And Lenard’s Observations
  3. Photoelectric Effect
  4. Einstein’s Photoelectric Equation
  5. Particle Nature Of Light
  6. Matter Waves-Wave Nature Of Particle
  7. De Broglie Relation
  8. Davisson-Germer Experiment
  1. Energy bands in solids
  2. Semiconductor diode
  3. Junction transistor
  4. Logic gates
  1. Thermal equilibrium and temperature
  2. Specific heat, Heat Transfer
  3. Heat, Work and Internal Energy
  4. Second Law of thermodynamics, Carnot engine
  1. Properties of vectors
  2. Position, velocity and acceleration vectors
  3. Motion with constant acceleration
  4. Projectile motion
  5. Uniform circular motion
  6. Relative motion
  1. Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law, eddy currents
  2. Self and mutual inductance
  3. Transformers and generators
  4. Alternating current
  5. AC circuits, LCR circuits
  1. Pressure, density and Archimedes’ principle
  2. Elasticity
  3. Viscosity and Surface Tension
  4. Bernoulli’s theorem
  1. Alpha-Particle Scattering Experiment
  2. Rutherford’s model of atom
  3. Bohr Model, Energy Levels
  4. Hydrogen Spectrum
  5. Composition and size of nucleus
  6. Isotones
  7. Radioactivity-Alpha
  8. Beta And Gamma
  9. Radioactive Decay Law
  10. Mass-Energy Relation And Defect
  11. Binding Energy Per Nucleon
  12. Nuclear Fission And Fusion

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a timetable and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

Concept clarity rather than rotes learning

It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basics and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important to make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Revision of Class XI and XII concepts

Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabi from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.

Seek guidance

It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.

Sample Papers

Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether, it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.

Mock tests

The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.

Time management

Time management can be learned through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Negative marking

Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.

Duration : 2 Hours

Important Instructions

Applicants are advised to study the prospectus carefully and satisfy themselves that they are eligible for admission to the course/fellowship for which they are applying. If at any stage it is found that a candidate does not satisfy the eligibility conditions or the information furnished in the application is incorrect, the application will be cancelled. Those who have completed or are due to complete the qualifying examinations for which results are not yet published, may also apply for admission; if selected, their admission to a course or fellowship will be provisional pending the announcement of results. In such cases, however, their applications will be cancelled if the final examinations are not completed before 01 July 2016. This date may be relaxed by the Institute in case of candidates with outstanding academic record and performance in the selection tests and interviews.