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BITS and NIT: The Comparison

The dilemma of choosing the right engineering college for a bachelor’s degree is as grueling as those two preceding years spent preparing for it. Which stream is better? Which college to choose? Is it going to be BITS or NITs? Well, that last question is the topic at hand, which is sure to set your heart pounding from anxiety.

A choice between BITS and NIT is a close one, to be sure. To begin with, both the institutes have put India on the technological map of the world. But a large number of Indians (consciously or unconsciously) have started comparing both these institutes. Gradually, this casual comparison has turned into a full-blown national debate.

Firstly, let’s get the basics right.

BITS (Birla Institute of Technology & Science) is a private institution with 4 established centres at Pilani, Hyderabad, Goa and Dubai. Admissions are done through the BITSAT (BITS Admission Test).

NIT (National Institute of Technology) is government-run institute where admissions happen on the basis of the JEE Main examination. Comprising 31 autonomous institutes, they are among the top-ranked engineering colleges in India.

If you want to enroll in one of these, you need to evaluate various factors carefully before jumping to an impulsive decision or relying on the word of mouth. Here’s a comparative study of the various aspects of BITS and NITs, which is completely devoid of any bias, to prevent you from the making the wrong decision.

Companies Founded by Students of NITs and BITS

List of companies founded by BITSians.

 Companies/Brands  Founders
Hotmail Sabeer Bhatia
Onida Gulu L Mirchandani
SanDisk Sanjay Mehrotra
Value First Gagan Chaddha
i-Flex Rajesh Hukku
Akmai Technology Preetish Nijhawan
redBus Phanindra Sama, Sudhakar Pasupunuri & Charan Padmaraju

Even NITs have produced founders of many startups.

 Companies/Brands  Founders
Practo Technologies Shashank & Abhinav Lal Satya Prabhakar & Sangeeta Kshettry
Taxi For Sure Aprameya Radhakrishna & Raghunandan G.
Bloom Energy K.R. Sridhar
OnMobile Mouli Raman
My Dream Store Karthik Ventak & Satish Bala
Varite Inc. Adarsh Katyal

Total Number of Students Graduating from NITs and BITS

The number of seats offered by NITs is far more in comparison to BITS centers. It naturally creates a huge difference in the number of students passing out from the institutes in question.

Infrastructure and Faculty

Both NITs and BITS have quality infrastructure because they are one of the world’s prestigious technology institutes. However, BITS might have a slight edge as it is better equipped to meet the growing demands of students. BITS is also well staffed because the number of students are less in comparison to NITs. There has been a shortage of faculty members in NITs for a while now, which is a cause of grave concern to the Central Ministry of Human Resources.

Fee Structures

Okay! There’s no argument about this. As NITs are run by the government of India, their fee structures are inevitably lower than that of BITS. It makes NITs more accessible to a large chunk to students and BITS remains within the reach of the more well-off students.

Pay Packages

A recent study confirmed that companies are offering the best average packages to students from both NITs and BITS. We need to take into consideration that the salaries are dependent more on the candidates’ academic scores, abilities, and confidence. Institutes have little role to play when it comes to this criteria as the industry scenario keeps fluctuating.

The above discussion is a genuine endeavor by Toppr to help every aspirant to look at these institutions through unbiased lenses. Our major focus is to unveil the real picture and make it simple for you to decide.

We welcome your suggestions, feedback, and queries.

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