Admissions - M.Sc. (Data Science)

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The online application website opens 14 March 2024
Last date for submission of online applications (Revised 31 May 2024
Entrance test 16 June 2024
Announcement of Merit List TBD
Last date for fee payment for confirmed candidates in the first round TBD
Announcement of Confirmed and Waitlisted Admissions TBD
Registration and document verification at the DA-IICT campus for confirmed candidates 15 July 2024

Data science integrates Mathematics, Statistics, and Machine Learning to comprehend and analyze real-world phenomena using data. It involves extracting meaningful insights from structured and unstructured organizational data through analytical study. In today's digital age, organizations handle vast amounts of data daily, and evolving technologies offer cost-effective data storage and analysis solutions. Proficiency in data analysis is essential for career advancement, spanning various domains such as banking, finance, healthcare, e-commerce, and more. With nearly 100,000 data analytics job vacancies, India ranks as the second-largest data analytics jobs hub globally, indicating a rapidly increasing demand for data science skills.

The field of data science has experienced significant growth, particularly with the advent of the internet and social media. Initially focused on financial data analytics, the scope of data science now extends to analyzing multimedia data, including images, videos, and text from diverse domains. Data collection from sensors, social media posts, digital media, and e-commerce transactions has become ubiquitous, posing challenges in analyzing large multimodal datasets. Modern technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning are crucial in extracting insights from such big data.

With advancements in data storage, cleaning, and computing technologies, data science has evolved beyond traditional mathematics and statistics, incorporating knowledge from computer science. The interdisciplinary nature of data science integrates skills from mathematics, statistics, computer science, and domain expertise to aid organizations in making critical decisions, reducing costs, and exploring new markets. Our Master's program in Data Science started in July 2020, is designed to equip students with foundational knowledge in mathematics, statistics, and computer science, along with domain-specific expertise in multimedia and business. The curriculum includes courses on data processing, database management, machine learning, programming in Python, and solution development to enhance technical and analytical skills. Value-added courses provide hands-on experience and industry-ready skills, ensuring graduates are well-prepared for careers in data science and analytics.

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Detailed program structure can be found here.

The program brochure can be found here.

Degree Name: MSc. in Data Science

Duration: 2 Years (Four Semesters)

Characterization of the Program: Intersection of Mathematics, Statistics, Machine Learning, Programming, and System Development

The uniqueness of the Program: Hands-on and Case Study-based Program

The program primarily aims to cater to the following audience:

  • Traditional Science/ Economics/ Engineering Graduates with good mathematical aptitude, basic programming skills, and an inclination toward data science.
  • Professionals in the workplace who wish to improve their skills for emerging jobs in data-science-related fields

The primary goal of the M.Sc. in Data Science program is to cultivate a competent workforce capable of meeting the growing demands of big data analytics. The program focuses on imparting skills in quantitative data analysis, data mining, modeling, prediction, storage, management, and big data processing. It also emphasizes expertise in data visualization, handling multimedia big data, programming, and communication. Additionally, the program incorporates value-added courses, practical case studies, and training sessions to enhance learner confidence and market readiness.

Placement Statistics for the Last Five Years - Postgraduate Programs:

Highest CTC: 45.03 LPA

Average CTC: 08.10 LPA


Top Recruiters:


*Updated till 11th  March 2024

Intake: 60

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Science from a recognized university with a minimum aggregate of 60% or its equivalent, as determined by the degree-granting institution, in disciplines such as Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Economics, Econometrics, and Operational Research; OR
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology from a recognized University with a minimum aggregate of 60% or its equivalent, as determined by the degree-granting institution, in disciplines such as Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics, Electronics and Communication, or Electrical Engineering.
  • Candidates holding BCA, BSC (IT), BSC (AI/ML), and B.Sc. (Data Science) degrees with a minimum aggregate of 60% or its equivalent, as determined by the degree-granting institution, are also eligible to apply.
  • Additionally, candidates must have passed the 12th standard with Mathematics as a main subject.

Candidates appearing in their final degree examination and expecting to complete it by July 2024 may also apply. However, their final admission will be subject to obtaining a minimum aggregate of 60% marks or its equivalent, as determined by the degree-granting institute/university. All admitted candidates must submit their degree certificates or proof of completion of the degree by 30 October 2024; failure to do so may result in cancellation of their admission.


The decision of the concerned authorities of DA-IICT regarding the eligibility of any candidate shall be final.

Age: There is no age limit applicable to this program.

At the time of counselling an amount of Rs. 1,67,000 (Rs. 1,37,000/- towards Tuition Fee for the First Semester, Rs. 5,000 for Value Added Courses, and Rs. 25,000/- towards a Caution Deposit) - The registration fee is payable at the time of registration and hostel rent on allotment of the hostel room.

Tuition fee Rs. 1,37,000 per Semester
Value Added Courses Rs. 5,000 per Semester
Registration Fee Rs. 2,500 per Semester (including summer semester)
Caution Deposit Rs. 25,000 (Refundable at the end of the program)
Hostel Rent Rs. 27,500 per semester
Food On actuals. There are multiple food options available in the campus (The expense will be approximately Rs. 5,500 per month)

Subject to revision every Academic Year from 8 to 10%.

Education Loan

The Institute will facilitate the students to avail educational loan from selected Banks. The bank officials will be present on campus at the time of registration of admitted students to enable the students to obtain details on procedures and terms and conditions of the loan. The students can also avail loan from banks of their choice, and in either case, the Institute will extend support in completing the loan documentation process.

Refund Policy

The refund policy for the withdrawing candidates will be in accordance with the UGC rules.

The selection of candidates will be based on an entrance test conducted at designated centers nationwide. The tentative list of centers includes DA-IICT Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Patna, Jaipur, Kolkata, New Delhi, Pune, Rajkot, Surat, Udaipur, Bhavnagar, Bhilai, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Jammu, Kochi, Lucknow, Pant Nagar, Porbandar, Ranchi, and Vijayawada. Admission will be granted based on the aggregate score achieved in the entrance test, as reflected in the final merit list.


The decision of the Competent Authorities of DA-IICT regarding the eligibility and selection of any candidate shall be final.

Entrance Test:

The test will evaluate the candidates' mathematical aptitude, logical reasoning, and basic programming.


Multiple choice questions (MCQ) from four sections: Mathematics, Statistics, Basic Computer Science (programming), and Quantitative Aptitude.

Exam Duration:

90 minutes


All questions will carry equal weightage.

Negative Marking:

The correct answers for each question will be awarded +4 marks, while each incorrect answer will incur a penalty of -1 mark. There will be no section-wise cutoffs.

Exam Syllabus:

The detailed syllabus can be found here (syllabus.pdf)

Sample Question Paper:

A sample question paper can be found here (sample-question.pdf)

Tie breaker for Merit:

In case of a tie, the marks in the Mathematics and Statistics sections in the entrance test will be considered to break the tie. If the tie remains, then the Grade 12th and Grade 10th Examination marks will be deemed to break the tie.

Scholarships at DA-IICT

DA-IICT encourages bright young students to join its undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs. The institute is committed to ensuring that every talented and deserving aspirant has access to its programs. Over the last five years, more than 3500 students across UG and PG have benefitted from the various scholarships offered at DA-IICT.

  • The Institute offers several merit cum means scholarships for students aspiring to join its UG and PG programs.
  • UG and PG aspirants can also apply for scholarships provided by the Government of Gujarat. Additionally, DA-IICT also offers scholarships that have been instituted by its alumni.
  • Aspirants to the PhD program can benefit from the various fellowships available at the Institute.

Financial Support

The Institute provides financial support in the form of scholarships to eligible students. More details of it can be seen here.

  • Candidates should submit their online applications by clicking on the provided link below. The non-refundable application fee is Rs. 1500/- plus GST at 18% (Total: Rs. 1770/-).
    Click here to apply online
  • Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria for their application to be considered for final admission.
  • Eligible candidates are required to appear for the Entrance Test conducted at selected centers nationwide. The online application procedure will guide the steps for application fee payment, entrance test registration, and test center selection.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be offered admission (confirmed/waitlisted) based on merit. Counseling will be conducted online. Applicants are advised to regularly check the website from the date of the announcement of the first merit list to learn about the subsequent steps required to proceed with the counseling process.
  • Candidates who accept admission offers must complete registration, document verification, and fee payment. Following this, orientation sessions will be conducted for those granted confirmed admission.

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the M.Sc. (DS) program can be found here

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