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NIT Surathkal: Tips for Incoming Freshers

National Institute of Technology Karnataka, NIT Surathkal or the NITK as it is popularly known, is one of the older among the 31 NIT’s across India. Spanning 300 acres by the Arabian Sea, NIT Surathkal has one of the most scenic campuses, being the only one with a private beach (yes, you heard that right!).

After the older IIT’s, NIT Surathkal is considered to be one among the most reputed premier technical institutes in the country. So after clearing JEE well and getting done with the tiring business of applying and counselling, if you land a seat at NIT Surathkal, congratulations! As a fresher at the brink of campus life, you may want to go through the following tips.

Academics and grades

In any technical institute, the way academics proceed is a bit different from what it had been in your school days. Back in school, teachers and parents kept track of your performance. But in college, you are your own master. Lecturers come into the classroom, and cover the necessary topics, but you have to make sure you take the relevant notes and don’t lose track. The end of semester exams have just a 40-50% weightage and the key to good grades is to perform well in the quizzes and surprise tests that happen throughout the semester, which are relatively easier and cover a lesser amount of the portion for the year. This means being regular and up-to-date when it comes to your academics gives you good in-semester scores with the leeway to drop a few marks in the end-semester exams, while still managing to get good grades. Your old school habits like burning the midnight oil the day before exams won’t do much good in college.


In the first year, class hours are much less and flexible and you will have lots of free time in between. So make sure you attend classes. 75% attendance is a must for most of the courses, so attend all the classes in the beginning so that if needed, you can afford to skip a few towards the end before the exams. Keep that buffer attendance in mind as mid-semester and end-semester exams don’t have any study days in between and you will need to be prepared well before the exams. Also, account for sick days that can be a total surprise and eat into your attendance.

Club activities

NITK houses well-functioning student units of reputed clubs like IEEE, IE, ISTE, SAE, Rotary and a college racing team to compete in events like FSAE and BAJA. They organise a lot of events meant exclusively for freshers during your initial months in college which are fun, informative and more importantly, gives you an idea about your own aptitude and interests. Remember, it’s not just your grades that matter, but also the projects you do and the experience you gain as a part of these clubs which enriches your entire college life. So make sure you don’t miss out on these programmes.

Explore places in and around the campus

With its proximity to Mangalore and the Western Ghats, you have a lot of places to explore during the weekends. Weekend getaways that are mostly spontaneous and unplanned are what you’ll enjoy the most and remember for years to come. During your initial college days, you have lots to see and explore in and around the campus, so make sure you utilise your time well.


NITK is a ragging-free campus, with seniors being pretty friendly and helpful. Remember to build healthy relationship with your seniors – they can be the best guides and mentors throughout your time on campus. NITK has intra-college politics as well, where a group of people come together to compete for core posts and festival responsibilities. The best part is that NITK is a national institute and you’ll have friends from all over the country.

NITK is a great place for you to learn, grow and find yourself – just make sure you grab every opportunity and make the most out of it. And there’s one guarantee – you’ll be talking about your amazing college days, years and years later!

Read more about the premier institutes of technology – the NITs – here.

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