Master of Science (MS) is an advanced level degree that is offered by esteemed and prestigious science & research colleges in India like IISc, IITs, NITs, among others to train students to kick start their careers in the research industry and alike.
The course is offered in two major domains: Engineering and Management, the duration of which can be from 1.5 to 3 years in a full time mode.
A minimum of 50-60% is required in the qualifying examination at the UG level, along with a valid GATE score to get admission in the MS course. Students can also apply after qualifying CSIR/UGC NET exam. Check MS Entrance Exams to know more.
Apart from top prestigious colleges, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, LNMIIT, Jaipur, among others offer this research degree. The following table lists the best colleges from where you can pursue this MS course:
|NIRF Ranking||College Name||Location||Average Fees|
|3||IIT Delhi||New Delhi||INR 1,50,000-2,00,000|
|6||IIT Kanpur||Kanpur||INR 1,00,000-1,50,000|
|82||International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)||Hyderabad||INR 3,00,000-3,50,000|
The average fee charged by these colleges can be around INR 1-4 Lakhs, depending upon the college affiliation and the type of college (government or private).
The major specializations which a student can opt for are Software Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, and many more in the Engineering domain, and Consultant Management, Quality Management, etc. in the Management or Entrepreneurship domain.
After graduation, the most famous option that most of the students go for is to become a Research Scientist and get involved in the research scenario in both private and government organizations such as DRDO, CSIR labs, and alike.
|IIT Admission Process||NIT Admission Process||IISc Admission Process|
Apart from this, you can also become a senior level Consultant or Manager of a reputed company in private organizations such as Deloitte, Accenture, and others if you have pursued the MS in Management domain.
Not a lot of engineering or management students opt for the MS course, because not many want to dedicate their careers to the research industry. Therefore this course is not as famous as courses like MTech or MBA, but the career options and scope is huge after getting MS degree.
Students often confuse Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Science (MS). Read what is MSc and how it is different.
Admission in MS programme is based on the performance in the Bachelor degree in Engineering/Science or Management, and entrance exams such as GATE, NET, and alike.
Students can directly apply to the college via online or offline mode, basis they have a valid score in one of the mentioned entrance exams.
Students must have completed BTech or BE or MSc course with atleast 50-60%. A valid GATE score is an important factor to get admission in an MS degree course. Apart from GATE, you can qualify CSIR/UGC NET/NBHM exams.
If you have none of these scores, you must have scored 80% or above 8 CGPA in BTech from any of the IIT colleges.
Students must have completed Master of Arts/MBA with CAT/MAT/XAT/GATE/UGC/ CSIR/ATMA/CSIR (NET, JRF, Lectureship)/GMAT/GRE.
If you have none of these scores, a minimum of 3 years of managerial experience in lieu of the qualifying examination is mandatory to be eligible to apply for MS degree.
Below listed are some of the main entrance exams that are required for MS admission:
|Entrance Exam||Application Period||Exam Date||Exam Mode|
|GATE||August- October 2020 (Tentative)||February 6-7, 2021||Online|
|CSIR NET||March 16-May 15, 2020||June 21, 2020||Offline|
|CAT||August 4- September 18, 2020||November 29, 2020||Computer Based|
|GMAT||All around the year||As per your selection after the registration||Computer Based|
|GRE||All around the year||As per your selection after the registration||Computer Based|
|ATMA||February 13-May 17, 2020||May 24, 2020||Online|
The syllabus of these entrance exams varies, therefore check the syllabus carefully before starting preparing for these exams.
GRE, GMAT, CAT, XAT are Aptitude based tests and contains questions from the following sections:
CSIR NET, UGC NET, and other NET exams are subject relevant examinations and it consists of:
|GATE Syllabus||CAT Syllabus|
|CSIR NET Syllabus||GMAT Syllabus|
Points to keep in mind while preparing for these entrance exams:
Master of Science (MS):
Aims & Objectives:
|Full Form||Master of Science (MS)|
|Duration||1.5 - 4 years|
|Admission Process||Based on Entrance Exams|
|Average Fees||INR 1-3 Lakhs|
|Job Positions||Research Scientist, Research Fellow, Project Fellow, Research Associate, Management Consultant etc.|
|Average Salary||INR 3-8 LPA|
|Employment Areas||Government Research Institutes, Private Companies, Colleges|
MS vs MSc: Most of the students get confused between the two, but these two are very different degrees. See the following table for the major differences between them:
|Degree type||Academic degree||Professional degree|
|Duration||2 years||1.5-3 years|
|Eligibility||Students should have done either Engineering or BSc in any of the Science subjects||Anyone who has completed the Bachelor degree in Engineering or Masters in Science and Humanities pursue the MS degree|
|Industry focus||Pure science degree which imparts theoretical and practical knowledge of a specific specialization to the students so that they can work in a variety of jobs across various sectors||This is a industry focussed degree, the curriculum of which is based in such a way that the students can find employment in the research and industry domain|
|Career Objectives||Academia, M.Phil’s, PhDs||Research and industry jobs|
|MS by Research||MSc|
MS course is offered in various specializations from the science and technology domain. Some of them are listed below:
|MS in Biological Science||MS in Metallurgical and Material Engineering|
|MS in Software Engineering||MS in Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology|
|MS in Automobile Engineering||MS in Civil Engineering|
|MS Quality Management||MS Consultancy Management|
|MS Computer Aided Structural Engineering (CASE)||MS Manufacturing Management|
|MS Software Systems||MS IT in Building Science|
|MS Computer Science Engineering (CSE)||MS Computational Natural Sciences (CNS)|
|MS Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE)||MS Computational Linguistics (CL)|
|College Name||Location||Average Fees||Average Salary|
|IIT Delhi||New Delhi||-||-|
|International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)||Hyderabad||-||-|
|PSG College of Technology||Coimbatore||-||-|
|Government College of Technology||Coimbatore||-||-|
|LNM Institute of Information Technology||Jaipur||-||-|
|Thiagarajar College of Engineering||Madurai||-||-|
|International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)||Bangalore||-||-|
|Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute||Chennai||-||-|
|Alagappa Institute of Technology||Chennai||-||-|
|RMK Engineering College||Thiruvallur||-||-|
|Overview||Indian Institute of Technology or IIT is a public university, ranking number one in the technology, engineering, science and management studies. Many UG and PG level courses are offered in this prestigious institute, apart from professional certificate and doctoral education.||Indian Institute of Science or IISc is a research based university, preferred mostly by students who want to make a career in the research industry. It offers many UG and PG level courses, apart from doctoral studies.||National Institute of Technology or NIT is considered one of the best engineering colleges in India providing knowledge and training to students in many specializations at the UG and PG level.|
|Campus Locations||New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Ropar, Kharagpur, etc.||Bangalore||Allahabad, Bhopal, Calicut, Hamirpur, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Kurukshetra, Rourkela, Silchar, Karnataka, Warangal, Durgapur, Trichy, and Agartala|
|Average Fees||INR 60,000- 80,000 per semester||Under 50,000- total fees||INR 50,000- 60,000 per semester|
|Average Salary||INR 8-12 LPA||INR 8-10 LPA||INR 4-12 LPA|
|Top Recruiters||Microsoft, Sony Japan, Netherland based financial firm Optiver, taxi aggregator Uber, Accenture Japan, Google, Qualcom, Intel, Samsung R&D, etc.||Bharat Petroleum. Amazon. Hindustan Petroleum. EXIDE. TATA Steel. Oracle. Toshiba. DELL||Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Amazon|
The syllabus is almost the same as compared to MTech courses on the basis of specialization. But there are lists of professional electives also which students have to choose to complete the number of credits.
Apart from classroom training, the students are trained in practicals and experiments to increase their expertise n the field of research studied based on the specialization you are enrolled in.
|Telecommunication Technology and Management|
|Computer Science & Engineering|
Generally, Master of Science (MS) degree holders specializes in a particular field. They can move into various jobs according to their studied field. This course has a great scope & there are various opportunities available for the M. S. graduates.
The following table lists some of the common job options available after MS degree completion along with the Average Salary scale.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Salary|
|Research Scientist||A Research Scientist works in the R&D department, researching on a particular field of study and drawn towards innovation.||INR 6.45 LPA|
|Research Associate||A Research Associate works with the Senior Scientist in his or her research work and assist in their studies and research work.||INR 3.5 LPA|
|Research Assistant||A Research Assistant is an entry level job position in the field of research work, and their main duty is to help their seniors in a particular project work, be it on experiments or research writing||INR 3.08 LPA|
|Senior Research Fellow||SRF is usually employed in government research institutes and assists the supervisor in his/her research, apart from supervising the project work.||INR 3.95 LPA|
|Assistant Professor||An Asstt Professor is employed in various research universities and do research as well as teaching.||INR 3.40 LPA|
|Lecturer||A lecturer is appointed in state and central level colleges after qualifying the NET exam, and is paid as per the govt. standards.||INR 3.42 LPA|
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The scope and opportunities in the Research industry, be it of any kind, will only go forward and increase for MS course graduates. There are so many research projects and policies which require the skills and supervision of learned professionals.
Not only in India, but the opportunities are also huge in Abroad as well in countries such as USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Sweden and much more.
Many students aspire to get their doctoral education from foreign countries because of the international learning and opportunities that they are going to get, apart from financial stability. A Graduate Research Assistant usually gets an average of $27,000-30,000 annually in USA and Canada.
Ques. What is MS degree?
Ans. MS degree is a professional industry oriented course in the field of engineering and management providing various specializations which students can pursue based on your interest. The course duration is typically of 3 years with the main focus on the training provided to have a successful career in the research and academic domain.
Ques. Which colleges in India offers MS course?
Ans. MS course is offered by colleges such as: IITs, BITS Pilani, IIIT Hyderabad, NITs, IISc, IIIT Bangalore, etc. Check MS Top Colleges to know more.
Ques. What is the difference between MSc and MS degree?
Ans. Both MS and MSc are two different degrees. The former is industry focused and the latter focuses on the theoretical and practical knowledge in a particular field of subject. Check MSc vs MS for more details.
Ques. Can I do MS after BCom?
Ans. No, you cant. Check MS Admission Process & Eligibility to know more.
Ques. What are the job opportunities after MS?
Ans. The common job options after completing MS degree are in the research and industry sector as a Scientist, Research Associate, Research Assistant, Lecturer, and much more. Apart from this, you can also go for further studies and pursue doctoral studies and earn around INR 20,000- 30,000 monthly as a stipend for the doctoral research.
Ques. Which is most favorable: MS in India or MS in USA?
Ans. Undoubtedly, MS in USA is more preferred because it provides the exposure and training of the international level, and the curriculum is more advanced. Most of the students aspire to pursue MS in Engineering from USA and get employement in the country itslef to find financial stability.