Computer Science Engineering - Scope & Career

By Avinash Kumar|Updated : May 23rd, 2019

So if you’re considering this branch, firstly, congratulations! Odds are you’ve already made up your mind, nevertheless do read this before you take a decision.

The basic principle of computer science is simply math and logic. It applies everywhere! If you want to go from one place to another, wouldn’t you wanna go by the shortest route? We learn how to find one! With courses like Artificial Intelligence or AI on our palette, we even learnt how to make a computer player for a strategic board game harder than chess: 

Fun as it may be, Computer Science, albeit the most coveted branch in IIT Delhi, is, arguably one of the most academically rigorous. With a multifaceted curriculum, CS has at least 15 subfields that include Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Operating Systems to name a few. The advantage at IIT Delhi is that all of these sub-branches are covered in the core courses prescribed by the institute itself. In our 6th semester, we learnt how to make an OS! Imagine being able to make the very basis of ordinary computers in a course!

With one of the most well-developed departments in IIT Delhi, you will have the opportunity to study under some of the best professors in their field, Mausam and Naveen Garg, to name a few. Mausam is great at communicating the intuition behind ideas and he’s a really funny guy (he has something called The Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Rule)! He would also definitely be a great prof to work under. But you’ve come to the wrong place if you expect to be spoon-fed.

Naveen Garg’s method of explaining things makes even the hardest concepts seem intuitive and easy. Also, his research in theoretical areas is commendable--he won the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar award last year. Where infrastructure is concerned, CS has an entire building and a special computer lab-the general computing lab, fondly known as the GCL, built just for them. The coding culture in the branch is very strong and most courses have a heavy coding component. At the same time it is important to remember that it is not just coding that defines CS and with the huge variety of courses, CS at IITD exemplifies this, with several theoretical courses. Theoretical CS is mostly about math, with a very little coding, and hence can take a lot of time and brainpower, and not everyone can find something cool out of equations written on a whiteboard. You would also have to take several mathematics courses that deal with Calculus, Probability and Discrete Mathematics.

The job prospects for graduates from this branch lie in corporate firms and in the research segment. The corporate job profiles involve mostly coding and designing while in the research segment, there are a lot of theoretical principles that one has to work with, apart from coding. While making your decision, do remember that CS is not everyone’s cup of tea and those who lack the aptitude and logical abilities often struggle with the coding assignments.

Says Nikhil Chaturvedi of the CS branch, "CS, unlike other branches, is not an input-output course, that is, you can put in a lot of effort and still get a zero in the next test, while you could put in no effort at all and crack the next test with the highest marks."

With inputs from

Aditi Partap and Nikhil Chaturvedi

Computer Science

IIT Delhi

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Kame Shwar

Kame ShwarMay 25, 2019

Sir will u plz upload information about aeronautical engineering
Harsh Gupta

Harsh GuptaMay 27, 2019

Tell me the ranks till which cs is given in iit
Surbhi Negi

Surbhi NegiJul 17, 2019

Which college is best in Delhi for computer science engineering and placement also ? and it's cut off ?
Lekesh Mahajan
Sir tell which is the best college in gujarat for computer science?
Jatin Nitin

Jatin NitinAug 17, 2019

Sir which one is the best engineering
Nishant Shukla Nìssu
How is computer science engineering from AMU

SpoorthiSep 30, 2019

I have chosen PCMB combination and I want to join CS engineering. Will it be ok if I go to that branch?
Rama Chari

Rama ChariMay 1, 2020

Sir give the information about Artificial intelligence
Hemant Patil

Hemant PatilJun 13, 2020

Job vacancy in computer engineering

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