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Which IIT's take admission through written Test and Interviews,Upto what Rank They call and  
Eg Major Subjects To Focus and Type of Questions asked.
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For " Mtech CSE (TA) " Admissions in IIT , All IIT's except IITD and IITK give direct admission based on Gate Score.

IITD Admission Procedure :

IITD gives direct admission based on gate score and btech percentage .Direct admission is  myth here (rank 66 didn't get direct admission last year and those who got ,left the seat and went to IITB/IISC). IITD calls upto 250 rank(approx) for written/interview. Here also they had percentage criteria of 67.5(or may be 70) last year.First there was one round of written(3 questions were asked related to algorithms and mathematics).Time duration was 1 hour approx and it was then followed by one interview based on written exam questions.After then they shortlisted some students and then there was another round of interview.Finally some candidates were offered admission there and some were kept in waiting list (upto 20 ,which was completely cleared later) .Number of seats are 35 there.

IITK Admission Procedure :

IITK gave 33 direct admissions based on gate score + btech percentage.Last rank who got IITK direct was 103. They called upto 550 rank(approx) students for written/interview.In written there were 30 questions (25 multiple choice questions and 5 without options).All questions were of 3 marks.Multiple choice questions had negative marking also(-1 mark).Time duration was 2.5 hours and the total weightage was 90 marks. After written they offered admission to 19 students(who secured >51 marks) and shortlisted 47 students (who secured >42 marks).After taking Interviews , finally they offered admissions to 19 more students.So in total the intake was 33 + 19 +19 .They didnt put any waiting list.Out of first 33 students not more than 8 students are here in IITK with me . And the total current strength here is 41.

PREPARATION :

Prepare maths and algorithms for sure. In every interview u will face questions from these subjects.Apart from that also , don't leave any subject. Anything can be asked.Nothing is predictable.Good Luck to all :)
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Is anything have done to save those seats which are left by direct admit students?
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Last year COAP was used for most admissions. So, vacant seats were quite negligible.
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Earlier at least half of the IITs had interviews for M.Tech. Now most are having direct admits. 

For actual cutoff range please see the respective tab at bottom: http://www.gatecse.in/cut-off-for-masters-admissions/

IISc. Offers direct admit for ME (same as M.Tech. elsewhere) in CSA, SSA, and DESE departments. CSA is Computer Science department, SSA is a joint one of CSA and EE depts and DESE is more on electronic side (embedded). Then there is M.Tech. in SERC which is the super computing department and works on many system side subjects. This has interview. Also, all these departments take interviews for MSc. (same as MS elsewhere).

IITB: M.Tech TA is the normal 2 year M.Tech. and is direct admit. There is also M.Tech. 3 years which has interview. This can be considered like MS elsewhere. 

IITD, IITK: Offers direct admit for select few students (who have high CGPA and GATE score) and for others interview is there. 

IITKgp, IITG, IITM, IITH: Direct admits for M.Tech. interviews for MS.

More information including interview experience you can get from http://lr.gatecse.in

For interviews there might be a screening round where GATE level questions are asked. Sometimes it is more on aptitude side and last year some had plenty of geometry questions also. But areas deep into CN, CO etc. are usually not asked and maths, algorithm, operating system etc. are more important. 

Now, for interviews your profile has a huge impact. I say about research interviews only as for M.Tech, it is usually for namesake.

  • Say if you are a university topper (a university topper in PG has research admit granted due to INSPIRE scholarship) or with high CGPA, NTSE or similar scholarship winner, some other achievements etc. you have a clear advantage.
  • Another criteria is research publication- if you have published a work somewhere, it shows that you have research interest- even if work is not great, and professors value it. So, if you are a final year student get your project published- it is not very difficult. 
  • Be smart in some areas. For GATE one need not be smart in any areas and just basic level knowledge is enough. But for demonstrating research interest one need to show real knowledge - mostly outside text book. This is easy for someone who work in a related area on company- say like those working in Intel and CO area, Cisco and Network area etc. Otherwise one can read the recent publications of the professors of the IITs you are going and get an idea of their work. Reading papers might not be easy but it would help. 
  • Selecting area of interest: This is quite tricky because unless experienced you can't really know your strength as GATE is a very basic level exam. In GATE you are studying like 15 subjects say at 5% depth and now you are going to take 1-2 among them and going to study at 50-80% depth. So, you shouldn't decide this based on your scoring in GATE or B.Tech. For example, in research in DBMS one mostly works on query optimization and not SQL queries as in B.Tech. In Compilers also one works on code optimizations and mostly not on parsing. Most people select algorithms and data structure- but these are mostly theoretical area and recommended only for those who want to be in academia. System side like OS, Compilers, CO etc can get you job in Intel, MS, Google, Nvidia etc. and Intelligence side like Machine Learning can get you jobs in ecommerce giants like Amazon as well as Google, MS, FB etc. Those who are good at GATE questions in CO, OS can safely take system side. Those who are good in probability can take Intelligence area. 

If your profile is normal, I'm no way saying that you cannot be selected- many people do. My only point is that if you add something extra you do have a better chance. A good performance in interview gives selection most of the time.

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Gilbert Strang video lecture series on linear algebra is best to brush up your LA concepts.  You will also solve your visualization problem to some extent. For ML side, you should have a strong hold on Linear Algebra concepts, you might clear the interviews with basics but for taking courses here in IISC, you need a strong hold on your LA concepts. And Strang lecture series is an awesome tool to start with.
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Also, In IISc interviews they don't expect you to know ML. But they definitely expect you  to know your LA and Probability well.
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