Frequently Asked Questions

Hostel Life

How are hostels allotted to freshmen? Does my hostel change every year?

Allotment of hostels is done while keeping in mind the required interaction among the freshers. Room allotment is completely random. The students are accommodated in rooms of four. There are two hostels for boys (freshers), Neptune and Jupiter, each having a capacity of more than 120 students. The hostel jupiter has an attached mess, whereas, the hostel neptune houses the Student Activity Center (SAC) which comprises of a gym, dance room, music room and art room. Girls are allotted the hostel venus which is a stone's throw away from the aforementioned places. Girls are also accommodated in rooms of four and dine in the same mess as boys.

I have never lived in a hostel before. What should I expect from IIT hostels?

Hostel life is going to be very different from your home. At beginning you may feel the need of larger rooms where lesser number of students live in, but at the end of your stay, you would be crying to stay back. You are going to cherish your hostel memories for the rest of your life. Apart from academics and co-curricular activities, hostel life plays a major role in shaping one's life. Away from parents and siblings, hostel life has much to offer. It inculcates in you, a bit of sincerity, a shred of responsibility, and a great sense of adjustment. Living in a hostel shapes your personality, and teaches you time management. You are going to cherish your hostel memories for the rest of your life.

What facilities are available in the hostel?

The facilities available in the hostels of the institute are as follows
 Barber shop
 Laundry service (paid - nominal rates)
 A well-equipped gymnasium
 24-hour electricity backup
 Common room (TV room which is no less than a theatre during cricket and football finals)
 RO filtered water
 Open terrace
 Gallery for better ventilation
 Bathroom with geyser (shared between two rooms)
 Individual cupboards/Godrej almirah for storage
 A table and a chair for each student
 Wi-Fi zone and lastly four high speed LAN ports (unlimited data download) are available in each room which also enable intra-hostel data sharing.
In case of any problem, the caretaker is always approachable (Office timings). There will be student hostel president for each hostel to listen to your problems and present them in the hostel committee.

What about the mess food? Is the food really tasty and healthy? Do we have a say in the menu?

There is Mess-1 for Jupiter, Neptune and Venus hostels and Mess-2 for Mercury hostel. Mess fees is included in the hostel fee itself and is to be paid every semester. Apart from this, night canteen is available (until 3 in the morning) and also a regular canteen in daytime. Quite honestly, saying that mess food is tasty would somewhat be an overstatement when you would be coming here after having eaten home-cooked food for almost 18 years of your life. However, it is hygienic, nutritious, filling and already paid for. A weekly menu is decided at a periodic interval for the hostel. In case for a change, there are many places outside the campus where you can eat. Every resident has a say in deciding the weekly mess menu. There is a complaint register available in the mess in case you find the quality of food degraded. Feedback is always welcomed. For immediate actions you can contact your hostel Mess Secretary. Here is an example of mess menu that we have.

Is there any ragging at IIT Ropar? What if some senior approaches us?

IIT Ropar has a zero tolerance policy. We do not accept ragging in any form. In case of any uncomfortable situation arising, please inform us as soon as possible. It is to be noted however, that seniors might approach you and interact with you asking you simple questions regarding your branch, hometown, personal interests, hobbies etc. If at any point of the interaction you feel uncomfortable, you must let know the senior and be rest assured that he/she will leave you alone. In case he/she doesn't, you can always contact the authorities.

What about cleanliness in hostels?

Your room and restroom is cleaned daily by the sweepers. However, to maintain cleanliness is your own responsibility. In case of improper functionality you can contact the caretaker or Hostel Secretary of your hostel.

What about weather in Ropar?

Weather at Ropar is hot and humid in summers extending till the end of July. You are suggested to keep handkerchief/napkin with you. Monsoon is pretty pleasant starting from August to mid-September. Winter starts from October and extends till first week of February with temperature as low as 5-6 degrees. You are advised to get warm winter clothing during December and January.

What about security and medical facilities?

Security guards guard your hostel as well as campus all the time. You don't need to worry about security. Medical centre is present right outside your hostel. A doctor and a nurse are always present to treat any medical emergency at any point of time. College ambulance is also available at the service.

Infrastructure and Extra-Curricular

What about college library?

There is a 24*7 college library available to the students. The institute library (our home during exams) has wide range of texts of the latest publications. It also has renowned journals and magazines. The library provides LAN and Wi-Fi for access to online information. It also has an online catalogue named OPAC. Through this you can search for, and reserve books from your room, before even coming to the library. Moreover to ensure that the students study peacefully and comfortably the library houses 6 spacious air-conditioned cabins with charging connections and internet services available along with many more study tables for students.

I like playing sport. What are the sporting facilities available at IIT Ropar?

Sports is a major part of a student's life. Sports are a really important mode of recreation for all students. It is encouraged to play at least one sport. Sporting facilities that are made available are:
1.Three tennis courts
2.One cricket ground
3.Two volleyball courts
4.One football ground
5.A ground for athletic events
6.Two badminton courts (MP Hall)
7.A hockey ground
8.Two Table Tennis tables (MP Hall)
9.A basketball court
Moreover, college provides certain number of sporting instruments too. It is advised to the students to get their own sports instruments. In case you need anything you can always contact the Sports Secretary or the respective sport representative. Coaches are also available to train you for learning the sport as well as Inter-IIT Sports Meet.

Is there any auditorium in the college?

Yes, there is a multipurpose hall (MP Hall) in the academic block of the college. The auditorium is large enough to hold all the students and is used for organizing all the extra- curricular events in the college including the fresher's night, guest talks and other socio- cultural events

What about the classrooms and laboratories in the college?

The temporary campus consists of air-conditioned as well as non-air- conditioned classrooms available in the college on first floor of the Academic Block. The classrooms are spacious with comfortable seats for the students to study without any discomfort. Laboratories like Physics, Chemistry, Computer and Design & Manufacturing are made available with well- equipped and advanced machinery. It is made sure that students are well instructed before starting any working session. While when talking about the permanent campus where we are going to be shifted this academic year has an altogether different lecture complex in the academic block. The classrooms are spacious and air conditioned with a seating capacity of more than 150. In addition to lecture complex there are different lecture rooms dedicated to each department. Practical approach is the key to learning which is encouraged. It is ensured that students get accustomed to the laboratory atmosphere before starting the experiment and know well in advance about all the safety measures which have to be taken care of in the laboratory.

I like dancing/music/working out. Are these facilities available?

Music, dance and gym, all these come under the SAC (Student Activity Centre). There is a dance room in the Neptune hostel which can be used till 1am on weekdays and till 3am on weekends. A music room is available behind the Neptune hostel with certain musical instruments and mics for students to hone their talent with the same timings as that of the dance room. For all those who like working out, there is a well-equipped gymnasium right next to the dance room which is open from 6am to 8:30 am in morning and 5:30 pm to 9pm in the evening. You can contact the respective representatives if you need anything.

Like old IITs, any cultural fest is organized?

IIT Ropar organizes one technical and one socio-cultural fest every year. ZEITGEIST is our annual cultural fest generally held in the second semester. This fest will be as enjoyable and mesmerizing as the ones held in old IITs. Various cultural and fun events are held where students from different colleges participate. IIT Ropar itself has been participating in the events since the fest started. ZEITGEIST has been bringing many megastars from Bollywood and music industry such as Mohit Chauhan, Gajendra Verma, Sharry mann and Zephyrtone. IIT Ropar also proudly organized the first edition of its technical festival Advitiya last year. The technological extravaganza was host to most inquisitive minds of the country showcasing their scientific expertise. The star attractions included Varun Agarwal, Sahil Shah and The Light Year.

Which are the various clubs/societies working in the college?

Clubs which work actively in the college are:
1) Enigma (Quiz and Puzzles Club)
2) Robotics Club
3) Coding Club
4) Monochrome (Video Editing and Animation Club)
5) Zenith (Astronomy Club)
6) Fine Arts Club
7) Belletrist (Literary Society)
8) Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Club
9) Chess Club
10) Arturo (Photography Club)
11) Alankar (Music Club)
12) Beat-Blitz (Dance Club)
13) Dramatics Society
14)Finance and Economics club
15)Movie Club
Apart from these clubs we have other organisations that are very much active in their working like SME (Society of Mechanical Engineers), Enactus and BloodConnect. In the first week of the academic year, the representatives will conduct an orientation programme telling the freshers about the different clubs/organisations and their activities. The doors of these clubs are always open for all. It is Mandatory for every student to be active in at least one club/organization. You all have struggled a lot for the past two years sacrificing many things, this is your opportunity, seize it.

What if become a victim of depression and feel homesick?

Well, when you stay away from your home it's natural for you to feel homesick. Sooner or later, you will adapt to the typical 'IIT Life' and no longer feel homesick. Apart from this, there is a Counselling Centre available at Academic Block of the college with qualified counsellor. You can visit the centre in the declared timings. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. 'A friend in need, is a friend indeed.' as the saying goes, you can always communicate things with your friends. Nevertheless, they are always ready to help you out in your bad times.Also there is no need to specifically mention, we the seniors are always eager and ready to help you people out incase of any kind of problem. So approach us without any hesitation.

I have an interest in participating in events that take place in different colleges. How do I go about it?

IIT Ropar actively participates in the events that take place in other colleges be it cultural, technical or sports. The college encourages its students to go, participate and explore. The college even provides funds to the students participating if the student has prior permissions from the required representative.

I am a shy guy. How do I improve my social skills?

The college encourages its students​ to not just study but be an active participant in all the fields. And for the all-round development of its students the college provides various platforms. Some of them are :- Samagam is a weekly event that is a tradition of our college and this helps in nurturing the talent in all the students. IBCC is the annual inter batch cultural championship which brings out the best in each and every student. Quintessence is our annual intra-college technical fest that aims at improving the technical skills of the students and encourage innovative and lateral thinking. Inter batch sports championship is also held every year to promote sports in the college.


How is evaluation and grading done?

Evaluation in each semester comprises of a mid semester and an end semester exam, and quizzes, practicals etc. depending on the course and course coordinator.

Grading Scheme-

Each subject has some credits, and the grade is assigned on the basis of the performance either relative or absolute as decided by the course coordinator. The various grades that can be assigned are:

A == 10 || A- == 9 || B == 8 || B- == 7 || C == 6 || C- == 5 || D == 4 || E == 3 || F == 2 || I == Incomplete

Grades upto D are considered pass, beyond D (ie E, F) are considered fail. However if a student cannot complete the course for some reason, he/she may be awarded an I. The final semester grade point is calculated as the credit weighted average of the grades. Eg. If a student has three courses in a semester say sub1(4 credit course),sub2(3 credit course) and sub3(4 credit course) with grade B, B-, A- respectively, then the semester grade point will be (4*8 + 3*7 + 4*9)/(4+3+4) = 8.09

What all courses will i be taught in the first year?

In the first year it is aimed that students should be given an introduction to most of the core branches. So we have introduction to computing; principles of electrical engineering; product,design and realisation like courses to aid you in having an overview of other branches. This is done as all branches of engineering are somehow interdependent and in today’s era one needs to link them to scale heights in their field. Also this will help you freshers to choose wisely at the end of first year whether to change your branch based upon your CGPA or not.

What is the procedure of grading?

Grading is primarily done in two ways:

Relative Grading: Your grade is governed by the overall class performance that is the highest marks, class average, standard deviation, etc. The range of marks for a grade thus varies.
Absolute Grading: As the name suggests, your grade won’t depend on how the class performance was. The range of marks for a particular grade is fixed.

What is the difference between CGPA and SGPA?

SGPA stands for Semester Grade Point Average whereas CGPA is the Cumulative Grade Point Average. The credit weighted average of all the courses in a particular semester gives the SGPA whereas CGPA = total credit average of SGPA of all semesters.

Are there any scholarships or fee concession programs we can apply for?

The institute offers Merit-cum-Means scholarship to about 25% of the students. The recipients of the scholarship are exempted from paying the tuition fee and get a scholarship of Rs.1000/- per month. The criteria for the same are based on the ALL INDIA RANK (AIR) in the JEE and Means (only those students are eligible, whose parental income is below Rs.4.5 lac per annum). Further as per IIT rules, there is a limit that the total scholarship received from all sources for a student should not exceed Rs.50,000/- per annum. IIT Ropar also provides Institute Free Studentship to 10% of the students on the basis of means only. The recipients of the free studentship are exempted from paying the tuition fee. The criterion of 10% free studentship is similar to that of MCM Scholarship. Also all SC and ST category students are given full tuition fee waiver irrespective of their parent's / guardian's income. Besides these, the institute also offers merit prizes and certificates to the top 7% of the students of each 4-year B. Tech program for 1st and 2nd Semester. The value of the merit prize is Rs.2500/-. Many other organizations in India and Abroad also offer some assistance to the students of IIT Ropar.

What is the mode of payment of fees?

As of now, you can pay the fees in either of the following two modes:

1. Online mode:

a) SBI i collect
b) Net Banking

2. Offline mode:

a) Cash deposit at IIT Ropar, SBI branch
b) Demand draft in favor of “DIRECTOR, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ROPAR,HOSTEL A/C” (Account No. 30836912866) payable at Roopnagar (Punjab).

Note: In case you have an SBI A/c with net banking facility, then you can transfer the fees directly to A/c No. 30836912866 belonging to Director IIT Ropar Hostel A/c.