Frequently Asked Questions
Apprehensions and questions hound a potential fresher right before admission, counselling, and even before class. In this article, we try our best to alleviate the suspense. If the answers below don’t cover what you need or you’re looking for any more information, head over to our official Freshers’ group to have your doubts cleared.
What are the cut-offs for each stream? Is it possible to get a certain stream even if I do not make the cut?
The cut-offs for 2017 (at the end of all rounds of counselling) in the main campus are as follows. Students can apply for a branch change at the end of freshman year on the basis of their CGPA and availability of seats. If you haven’t checked your rank yet, click here.
How are the campus placements?
The campus placement statistics vary slightly every year. In general, the placement rate is moderately high and the packages are good. MIT has a well-organized placement team comprising faculty and student coordinators from each department. If you wish to know more about the placement procedure, click here.
How is one eligible for a scholarship in MIT?
Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) offers scholarship opportunities as well as fee waivers based on the parents’ annual income and the student’s academic performance. A detailed run-down of the scholarship offered by MAHE is available on the manipal.edu website and can be accessed here.
What are the documents I’ll need to bring for the counselling round? Which campus ought I go to for the same?
The following documents are required during counselling: e-Hall Ticket, 10th and 12th Standard Marks Cards, Conduct Certificate, Transfer Certificate, two recent Passport-sized photographs, PAN card (of the parent), Aadhar Card (of the student). One set of self-attested photocopies of all the aforementioned documents is also required.
The campus you go to does not determine the college you choose. Select the campus of your convenience when you’re going for counselling.
For further details on the counselling and admission procedure, click here. Please note that the information in the article is based on the Counselling and Admission in 2017. It is subject to change and will be updated soon.
How are the hostels? Are the messes/food courts close by?
The hostels are well-maintained and make for comfortable living for their price. You can choose the hostel of your preference in your first year – the block as well as type (AC/non-AC, Single/Shared). The messes are close to most hostels with some hostels having their own mess. Otherwise, there’s a common Food Court, at nearly the centre of the campus.
What is the climate in Manipal like?
The climate in Manipal is mostly humid, with the months of March to May being the hottest. Monsoon rains start around June and last till August—so don’t forget to carry that umbrella when you’re joining in July.
What all should I pack with me? Is everything available in Manipal itself?
Manipal has well-established markets with stores such as More and other local businesses. You can find most necessities such as toiletries and umbrellas within the campus itself. In general, a student needs to pack clothes and (if desired) goods unique to their native place. For further details, click here.
Is the infamous drug culture of Manipal a reality?
Manipal is no more immune or prone to the drug problem than other places. Contrary to the myth, drug consumption is not the norm here. Indulging in these activities is a choice, and a student is not going to face any pressure to do so. Drugs are not easily available to students unless they actively seek it out.
From the college’s end, there is an Anti-Substance Abuse Declaration that is signed by every fresher. If found using any of the drugs mentioned in the undertaking, strict action will be taken against the student by the college as well as legal authorities.
How are the messes? Is the food healthy and tasty, and is it rationed?
There are various messes on the campus catering to nearly every Indian palate. While everything else is unlimited, the refreshments served in the evening, as well as non-veg items are rationed.
How is the mobile connectivity? Is there a specific network provider I should stick to?
Manipal is not as obscure a town as it may seem! Every service provider is as good as any. Airtel is one of the more preferred networks although the others provide equally decent connectivity.
Is the internet provided by the college in our rooms and classes or is it advisable to buy a dongle?
MIT offers every student an iON wifi connection, with a 30-gigabyte limit per month. Hostels have good internet connectivity, especially with a LAN cable. The speed, if not amazing, is sufficient for most needs. You can also choose to pay to get better speeds and more data.
What are the curfew timings here?
The rules and curfew timings in Manipal are quite reasonable compared to other colleges. As of now, first years have to reach their hostels by 10 PM and the curfew timing for seniors is 11 PM. The curfew timings are extended up to 11 PM for all students during festivals, college fests, and exams. Entry into campus closes at 11 PM.
I hope there is no ragging in Manipal. What rules have been set in order to prevent it?
MIT has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to ragging. The rules are quite strict and implemented well. The students are required to fill an anti-ragging undertaking and ragging here is dealt with as a criminal offence—as it should be. Seniors have a ban on interaction with freshers till before the technical fest, TechTatva, which plays a vital role in keeping a safer senior-fresher dynamic.
What is intra-university sliding?
As the counselling rounds progress, seats end up being vacant in the preferred branches as some students opt out or do not turn up. These seats are passed on to other students, according to their rank and branch priority. As a result, vacancies are created in other branches too and so on the seats are further given to students.
Is branch change after the first year common? What are the cut-offs?
Students often try for branch change. When the session begins, seats end up vacant in some branches as some students opt out of the course. These seats are given to other students, with the allotment according to their GPA. To change a branch after the first year a student has to apply to the administrative section at the end of the first year before the end of semester exams. The cutoffs vary each year depending on the number of students who applied for a particular branch and their GPAs. Sometimes, there are very few or no seats available, and the GPA cutoff can also be quite high.
Which campus do I go for? Manipal, Jaipur, or Sikkim?
Each campus is quite well-built and is competent when it comes to education. The Manipal campus (being the oldest) is preferred and has better placement statistics than others. If a prospective student’s rank qualifies them for taking admission in the Manipal campus and there are no personal issues, then the Manipal campus itself is preferred. If one does not get the desired branch, a branch change after the first year is an option. Branch changes, are, however, dependent on vacancies and have a minimum GPA requirement.
How many holidays do we get in the entire semester?
We usually have very limited holidays in a semester. In addition to them, first years get a week-long teaching break only in their first semester wherein they can go home. The list of holidays will be given in the academic calendar.
When do club and project recruitments start? How will the students be notified?
Freshers are usually not allowed to interact with the seniors in the first half of the semester, to allow the first years to settle in without inhibitions. Also, before and during exams, no club activities are allowed to make sure that students focus only on academics during those periods. No involvement of any first-year student in any club activity is allowed before 17th of September.
What are the cutoffs like after the first round of seat allotment?
The ranks do see a slight drop in each round and tend to fall considerably by the fourth round. Following this, there will be an intra-institute sliding round for students who have already been admitted at the beginning of the semester. During this time, one can change their branch within the institute they have been admitted, and ranks will see a further drop. This is the last opportunity for changing one’s branch through counselling.
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