Credit System

Education at the Institute is organized around the semester-based credit system of study. A student is allowed to attend classes in a course and earn credit for it, only if he/she has registered for that course. Prominent features of the credit system are a process of continuous evaluation of a student’s performance/progress and flexibility to allow a student to progress at an optimum pace suited to his/her ability or convenience, subject to fulfilling minimum requirements for continuation and within the maximum allowable period for completion of a degree.

A student’s performance/progress is measured by the number of credits that he/she has earned, i.e. completed satisfactorily. Based on the course credits and grades obtained by the student, grade point average is calculated. Aminimum grade point average is required to be maintained for satisfactory progress and continuation in the programme.

Also, a minimum number of earned credits and a minimum grade point average should be acquired in order to qualify for the degree. All programmes are defined by the total credit requirement and a pattern of credit distribution over courses of different categories as defined in sections 4 and 5 for UG and PG programmes respectively.

Assignment of Credits to Courses

Each course has a certain number of credit(s) or non-graded unit(s) assigned to it depending upon its lecture, tutorial and laboratory/practical contact hours in a week. This weightage is also indicative of the academic expectation that includes in-class contact and self-study outside class hours.

Lectures and Tutorials : One lecture or tutorial hour per week over the period of one 14 week semester is assigned one credit.

Practical/Practice : One laboratory /practice hour per week over the period of one 14 week semester is assigned half credit.

A few courses are without credit and are counted under non-graded (NG) courses.

Example : Course ELL100 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering; 4 credits (3-0-2)

The credits indicated for this course are computed as follows:

3 hours/week lectures 3 credits Total = 3 + 0 + 1 = 4 credits
0 hours/week tutorial 0 credit
2 hours/week practicals 2 × 0.5 = 1 credit
Total contact hours for the course (3 h Lectures + 0 h Tutorial + 2 h Practical) per week
=5 contact hours per week for 14 weeks.

For each lecture or tutorial credit, the self study component is 1-2 hours /week (for 100-600 level courses) and 3 hours /week (for 700-800 level courses). The self study component for practicals is 1 hour for every two hours of practicals per week. In the above example, the student is expected to devote a minimum of 3 + 1 = 4 hours per week on self study in addition to class contact of 5 hours per week.

Earning Credits

At the end of every semester, a letter grade is awarded in each course for which a student had registered. On obtaining a pass grade, the student accumulates the course credits as earned credits. An undergraduate student has the option of auditing some courses within the credit requirements for graduation. Grades obtained in audit courses are not counted for computation of grade point average. However, a pass grade is essential for earning credits from an audit course. Section 2.9 defines the letter grades awarded at IIT Delhi and specifies the minimum grade for passing a course.