Narrative - Academics

Being one of the premier educational institutes in India with a rigorous selection procedure, academic habits at IIT Bombay are a genuinely interesting topic. We sought to find out and analyze attitudes towards academics, by looking at a variety of issues, ranging from attendance policies and outlook towards departments, to academic flexibility and the elephant in the room - academic dishonesty.

  • Despite being the so-called creme-de-la-creme of the population, academics was the first priority for only 14% of the graduating batch, while a significant proportion - about 32%- believed that despite being sincere, they could not fulfil their potential. The most popular attitude seemed to be able to land a decent grade point average, with over 35% opting for it.

  • Despite the institute’s attendance policies, the issue still seems divisive amongst students. Given the freedom to skip classes, about 46% said they would attend all or most lectures, while another 43% expressed their desire to attend few to no classes.

  • Amongst the students who admitted to skipping classes, the most popular reason seemed to be the lack of interesting professors (42%), and monotonous courses (28%). Another 33% blamed their own laziness for it.

  • Academic dishonesty was another hot issue that presented several interesting results. Only about 8% of the students surveyed justified using unfair means, while 45% condemned it as ‘very wrong’.

  • Another 35% acknowledged the practice to be inappropriate while accepting it as a necessary evil. This attitude was also reflected in the fact that most students (46%) rated themselves as honest throughout, while only 23% admitted to being dishonest if the situation permitted. Of this 23%, as many as 86% believed that the practice was wrong.

  • This stance was somewhat complicated by the fact that about 47% of the students admitted to cheating on assignments - largely viewed as a minor infraction, while 20% admitted to using unfair means for course projects. Only 3% surveyed believed that they had never used unfair means in any capacity.

  • With branches mostly dictated by JEE Ranks and not something that students choose out of their own volition, a sizeable proportion (42%) found their academic experience in their department different from their expectations. Only about 11% rated their experience as exceeding expectations, while 28% were left disappointed by their department.

  • With branches mostly dictated by JEE Ranks and not something that students choose out of their own volition, a sizeable proportion (42%) found their academic experience in their department different from their expectations. Only about 11% rated their experience as exceeding expectations, while 28% were left disappointed by their department.