First of all, a question- What is the difference between doing an MS and MSc? Most of us fail to answer it. I would like to recall something that an IISERian said about it: ” Doing an MS saves space and time. You don’t have to spend an extra second to write a ‘c’ after ‘MS’ and you can save that space”. Well, that is the best answer you will get regarding this. MS and MSc are almost the same things. MSc in India is called as MS abroad. Sometimes, when you go abroad for Ph.D., they may ask for an equivalence certificate for MS and MSc. But, there are few differences between integrated MS/MSc courses offered by various institutes which you will come to know soon.
1. IISc Bangalore
IISc Bangalore offers a 4-year long Bachelor of Science (Research) program, of which final year is completely dedicated to research. However, getting admission in IISc Bangalore is very difficult than you expect- it is difficult than getting admission to the top IITs. Let me say why:Admission to IISc Bangalore is through all India level exams. i.e, AIPMT, JEE Main, JEE Advanced and KVPY. Do you know the cutoff marks (at least to dream admission to IISc- cut off for spot admission ) set by IISc for UG admission?
The cut off marks for AIPMT candidates is 600(General), 390(OBC-NCL, SC), 216(ST), 362( KM, PH).
The cutoff marks in JEE Main is 325(Gen), 250(OBC-NCL), 220(SC), 108(ST), 250(KM) and 140(PH).
The cutoff ranks for JEE Advanced under Common Rank List are 26(Gen), 1082(OBC NCL, KM, PH), 1200(SC), 12500(ST).
Now you know why getting admission in IISc is tougher than getting admission in IITs.
There are 120 seats for IISc BS program. Students have the option to study for one more year after BS and get an MS degree from IISc itself.
IISc tops among the best institutes offering integrated MS.
IISERs are autonomous institutions of National Importance under MHRD. Now there are totally 6 IISERs, namely IISER Pune, IISER Kolkata, IISER Mohali, IISER Bhopal, IISER Thiruvananthapuram, IISER Berhampur and IISER Tirupati.
IISERs offer a five year integrated BS-MS program in major disciplines. The final year is dedicated to research. Students admitted to IISERs are eligible to get INSPIRE scholarship or KVPY Fellowship of Rs 5000 pm.
Admission to IISERs is through IISER Aptitude Test
, JEE Advanced, and KVPY. There are 1200 seats together in all IISERs.
Some of the IITs offer integrated MS/ MSc under major disciplines. IIT Kanpur offers BS in Mathematics, Physics, Economics and Scientific Computing. IIT Madras offers BS-MS dual degree in Physics while IIT Kharagpur offers a five year integrated MSc in Physics.
The Indian School of Mines offers Integrated MSc in applied physics.
Selection to IITs is through JEE Advanced exam.
IITs and IISERs come after IISc in best institutes offering integrated MS in India.
NISER Bhubaneshwar offers five years integrated MSc in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology. University of Mumbai DAE Center for Excellence in Basic Sciences and Viswa Bharati Integrated Science Education and Research center to offer integrated MSc programs.
Admission to NISER is through NEST Exam
conducted in the month of May every year.
Students admitted to CBS and NISER will get INSPIRE scholarship of Rs.5000 pm.
5. Hyderabad University
Hyderabad University offers a 5-year long integrated MSc course in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Earth Sciences. Hyderabad University has been ranked 4th in the central govt. rank list of universities.
The admission to the 5-year integrated MSc program is through a written MCQ entrance test, which is easier than many of the other entrance exams. Also, those who have secured full mark has got science olympiad, and has got a place in the JEE-Advanced rank list can get admission without the entrance test.
The entrance test was conducted in February in 2015, but it will be conducted only in late May this year. So a clear view about the exam date is not available. Keep updated on their website.
6. Pondicherry University
Pondicherry university also offers a 5-year integrated MSc program for those who have passed +2. Admission is through an entrance exam conducted in May.
There are other institutes offering integrated MS in India, like NITs and we will update it soon.