Information on Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)

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Indian Institutes of Technology i.e.. . IIT at places like Kharagpur, Bombay, Madras, Kanpur, Delhi and Guwahati were administered as ‘Institutions of National Importance’ under the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961. Currently, University of Roorkee has changed to IIT and integrated with IIT system. The ultimate aim of the IITs is to impart world-class training in engineering and technology; to held research in the respective field as well as advancement of learning and circulation of knowledge.

IITs provide Undergraduate Programs in various branches of Engineering and Technology; Postgraduate Programs with specialization and PHD Programs in various different Engineering and Science branches, interdisciplinary areas and helding basic applied and sponsored research. Currently, IITs provide B. Tech. MSC, M. Des. M. Phil. M. Tech. And PhD degrees. IITs are maintaining international standards of teaching and research. The Institutes are continuously evaluating and modifying curricula based on the emerging trends in industry. In the higher-technical education system in the country, the IITs play a critical role. These Institutes are answerable for: Cultivating high quality technical manpower relevant to the needs of our country; Meeting the increasing demand for quality Manpower in IT and related areas, IITs are increasing their students intake in the emerging areas; Providing an ambience for promotion of research, development and innovation; Ensuring that strong industry-institute interactions are developed; Meeting the growing needs of Indian Industry for which 5 years dual degree programs have been introduced; Enhancing level of activities pursued in the areas of sponsored research project and consultancy works especially with the help of Technology Development Missions resulted in successful transfer of technologies, filing of patents and execution of Memorandum of Understanding i.e.. . MoU with huge number of industries; Contributing to updating the knowledge of faculty of other Engineering Colleges through Quality Improvement Program and as host institutions under the Early Faculty Induction Program (EFIP) , IITs act as nucleus to cater to the technical requirements of the respective regions and Updating continuously the knowledge base and skills of working professionals in industry through Continuing Education Program and enhancing the interaction between institute and industry.

From the past few years, there is a huge remarkable increase in students ′ and to meet the growing demand for quality technical manpower, especially in the areas of Information Technology i.e.. . IT. Strength of students in the IITs has increased over 40 % in the last 6 to 7 years. Computing and networking facilities have been upgraded. Electronic classrooms and video-conferencing are being increasingly utilised. These facilities are now state of the art. There is greater use of technology in teaching learning methodology in the IITs. This is resulting in alteration of the pedagogy.

IITs have been proved successful in improving and stimulating the country՚s techno-economic strength and technological self-reliance. The IITs have differentiated themselves by the excellence of their academic activities and research programs. Sponsored research for various financial agencies in the public and private sectors, industrial consultancy and continuing education programmes are areas in which the IITs have made tremendous contributions.

In addition to the existing seven IITs, The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act 2011 added nine new institutes to the list. Out of these 8 are new institutes as per the establishment year-

  • IIT Ropar in Rupnagar (2008)
  • IIT Bhubaneswar in Bhubaneswar (2008)
  • IIT Gandhinagar in Gandhinagar (2008)
  • IIT Hyderabad in Hyderabad (2008)
  • IIT Patna in Patna (2008)
  • IIT Rajasthan in Rajasthan (2008)
  • IIT Mandi in Mandi (2009)
  • IIT Indore in Indore (2009)

IITs were registered as societies and in different stages of consolidation and growth. The ninth is Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU) , which was a faculty under the administration of Banaras Hindu University is now named Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi, abbreviated IIT (BHU) Varanasi.

Studying in an IIT or Indian Institute of Technology is the first thing that every ambitious engineering aspirant can think of in India. IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Guwahati, IIT Roorkee are the 7 IITs in India that are also considered as National Institutes of Importance. Organised under the Institutes of Technology Act, 1963, IITs are statutory entities. IITs central administration is to look after by the IIT Council. IITc Council is the core body administered by the Human Resource Department of Indian Government.

Apart from the already existing seven IITs, nine more IITs have been proposed to be set up in different parts of the country. The states are-Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Orissa, Bihar and Punjab. IT-BHU will changed into an IIT. For a country like ours, which is gigantic in every dimension craves for some more institutes to set up standard technology education.

Getting admission into an IIT college is like a dream come true, Which thousands of young minds nourishe. As IITs provide various courses, the admission procedure also differs from course to course. Admission in most of the courses will be based on the performance of candidates in the concerned entrance examination.

Development of IITs

  • IITs foundation in India was instituted in the year 1946 by the Executive Council of Viceroy, Sir Jogendra Singh.
  • The major objective was to make a technical structure to support the industrial development in the country.
  • On the May 1950, the first Indian Institute of Technology was located in Kharagpur.
  • By the year 1961, four more such institutes were established in Mumbai, Kanpur, Chennai and Delhi.
  • IIT Guwahati was established in 1994.
  • In 2001, University of Roorkee was granted IIT status. This is the 7th campus of the IITs in India.

IIT Entrance Test

  1. Undergraduate Courses: While IIT-JEE is the entrance examination for availing admitted to any of the bachelor degree courses for B. Des and B Arch different aptitude tests have to be given with the IIT-JEE.
  2. Postgraduate Courses: For pursuing Postgraduate courses in IITs, Candidate needs to give the desired entrance exam. The entrance exams are stated below-
    1. GATE (M. Tech)
    2. CEED (M. Des)
    3. JAM (Msc)


Basically an interview is conducted with the help of a written examination, which may be held as per the discretion of the higher authorities. The following mentioned are the colleges, which are being renounced for approving IIT status-

  • University College of Technology
  • Engineering and Technology departments of Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  • IT-BHU
  • AMU Aligarh
  • Andhra University College of Engineering
  • Bengal Engineering College
  • Cochin University of Science and Technology
  • Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology
  • University College of Engineering

Major IITs

IITs are recognized as the Institutes of National Importance by the Indian Government, the well reputed IITs are consider as one of the outstanding places to study technology and science. Find IITs in India on further other pages:

  • IIT Delhi
  • IIT Kanpur
  • IIT Kharagpur
  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Madras
  • IIT Roorkee
  • IIT Guwahati