Exit Survey 2020: Personal

Design: Swati Sheenum, G Shreethigha, Shaurya Rawat, Abhiram Pavithran O, and Hardhik Pinjala.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! The last semester wasn’t exactly the one you wished for. In these unprecedented times, we hope you all are holding up well. Enough with the consolation, lets jump into the survey results!

T5E’s Exit Survey 2020 was conducted in the month of july to study student’s perspective of studying at IIT Madras. The respondents of the survey were graduating students of the year 2020. The survey witnessed a total of 300 responses. The survey explored various aspects of a student’s life like Lifestyle, Personal, Career, Academics, Extra-curricular and Opinion.

In this article, we explore the personal aspect, from friend circles to relationships, lets get to the juicy stuff!

Native Place and Gender 

Majority of respondents hail from a metropolitan city, with almost equal numbers belonging to other cities or towns. Unsurprisingly, around 77% of the respondents identified as male.


An overwhelming percentage of respondents (49%) identified as introverts. With around 35% of respondents picking ambivalence, extroverts were the least in number overall.

65% of respondents reported a change in their nature over their course of stay in insti. 

Friends in insti

Around 76% of respondents had contacts in insti, prior to joining. Among these, majority of respondents knew their factory batch-mates in insti. 

Around 80% of respondents have a friend circle bigger than or equal to their hometown friend circle. Only about 20% of respondents had a comparatively bigger friend circle in their hometowns. Out of the respondents which claim to have a bigger friend circle in their hometowns, about 36% described themselves to be introverted. 

Interaction with the opposite gender

The largest majority of respondents (around 36%) knew people of the opposite gender, but only as acquaintances. A majority of women know a few people from the opposite gender and are close friends with them.

Interaction with the opposite gender is also slightly positively correlated with native place. People coming from metropolitan cities and cities are more slightly more likely to know more people from the opposite gender than people coming from a smaller towns.

Relations with family

Around 42% of respondents claimed sparse home visits, either going only when the semester ended or not at all. 46% of them went home around twice or more a semester. 10% of respondents had maximum frequency of home visits, i.e once a month or more. 

As we expected, people who are closer to their family were likely to visit their family more often.

People living in metropolitan cities and cities visited their homes more often. This may be due to the fact that there is better connectivity to these places.

Relationships in Insti

Among those who dated, a marginally higher percentage of them had partners who did belong to insti. On the other end, those who had never been in a relationship in insti did not mainly prefer dating at this point. 

34.9% of UG students were in a relationship while in insti, while 32.9% of PG students were in a relationship while in insti. About 18.4% of UG students claimed to have been in a relationship with someone from insti while about 17% of PG students were in a relationship with someone from insti.

52.1% of UG women were in a relationship while in insti while 30.7% of UG men were in a relationship while in insti. 63% of PG women were in a relationship while in insti while 18.9 % of PG men were in a relationship while in insti.

Among those who did date, the majority of them had been in either one or two relationships on an average. As this question was of short answer format and not multiple-choice, one response (intelligently) read (error) 404. Well played.

Almost 50% of respondents who had been through a breakup were upset for a couple of days/weeks, but moved on eventually. Around 27% claimed to have been completely unbothered, while close to 24% were affected by it for over a semester.

Future Plans

Of the single ones, the general consensus on marriage was cluelessness. A quarter of the total respondents plan on tying the knot more than five years from now. The marriage-is-not-for-me junta totalled to about 14% of the total respondents. 

3.8% of people were already married. 91% of the married people were PG/PhD students. One of the B.Tech students also claimed to have been married.

Most of the PG students are planning to get married in the next 5 years while most of the UG students are planning to get married after the next 5 years or have no clue about marriage.


A majority of respondents were male (duh:) and a majority of them came from metropolitan city/ city.

A majority of people claimed that they are introverts and many of these people claimed that they have changed a bit after their time at insti.

About 3/4th of students in insti knew someone from insti before coming here. A majority of them claimed that most of their friend circle is from insti itself.

A majority of people visited home at least once in a semester while very less % of people did not visit home at all even after the semester ended.  A majority of the people who did not visit home during the semester are PGs.

63.6% of students were not in a relationship at all while in insti. Women were more likely to be in a relationship while in insti than men.

Most of the students didn’t have a clue about when they are planning to marry. A majority of these people were undergraduates.

Overall, the results do seem to mostly depict what one would expect like students close to their family visiting home more often and a higher number of PGs planning to marry in the next 5 years than UGs. Although, there are a few exceptions in some other questions like a considerably higher proportion of UGs were in a relationship than PGs. The reason for both of these could have been the limited sample size and the fact that the number of responses to the survey were 300.

This is it from the personal aspect. We hope you enjoyed the article and it gave you more insight in the overall personal lives of your peers.

Do check out the article on the lifestyle aspect by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more analysis!

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