….THE GOOD :
For a start, the campus is very beautiful and calm, the climate is pleasant, and somehow almost everyone seems to have a brilliant and refreshing sense of humour to life.
The curriculum is very interesting , the classes are fun, and it’s easier to focus during the lecture because of the excellent infrastructure provided. The emphasis in the assignments is on team-work, and also, because of the Enrons and Satyams, there is a huge focus on ethics in the curriculum.
Surprise quizzes are an essential element of the culture and the daily lives there and that really ensures that students do their pre-reading before any class as well as pay attention during the classes. (But we HATED these quizzes, and they happen so frequently they’re hardly worth being called surprises.)
Everything is well organized and there’s a lot of discipline imparted which surely proves to be good in the long run. And obviously the students are high-quality.
…THE BAD :
Although all the teachers are superstars on their resumes, not all of them are that adept at passing on their knowledge.
The students aren’t from very diverse backgrounds with mainly engineers making up the batch. (They’re really working on changing this nowadays)
Lastly, the city is very far and so you’re really isolated from the rest of the world.
…THE UGLY :
It really can get very hectic sometimes! (One of my seniors put it best: There are days when you wake up feeling that to crack CAT was the biggest mistake of your life ! ) High stress level is an important ingredient in the training.
And ya, the word “surprise” totally loses its positive connotation.