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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (also known as IIT Kanpur or IITK), one of the oldest and most sought-after engineering colleges in India is a public engineering institution located in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. It was declared to be an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India under the Institutes of Technology Act.

Established in 1959 as one of the first Indian Institutes of Technology, the institute was created with the assistance of a consortium of nine US research universities as part of the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP). Being a residential campus and sprawled over 420 hectares of land, IIT K offers accommodation to over 1000 faculty and staff members and around 4000 students. The institute has three primary schools for children in its campus and a Central School for students up to Class XII. A great emphasis is laid on the research and development works and for that, superb facilities have also been made available for the scholars.

IIT Kanpur was established by an Act of Parliament in 1959. The institute was started in December 1959 in a room in the canteen building of the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute at Agricultural Gardens in Kanpur. In 1963, the institute moved to its present location, on the Grand Trunk Road near the village of Kalyanpur in Kanpur district.

The institute has around 6478 students with 3938 undergraduates and 2540 postgraduates and about 500 research associates.

Undergraduate admissions until 2012 were being done through the national-level Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). Following the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s decision to replace IIT-JEE with a common engineering entrance examination, IIT Kanpur’s admissions are now based on JEE  Advanced level along with other IITs.

Postgraduate admissions are made through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.


  • Internationally, IIT Kanpur was ranked 293 in QS World University Rankings for 2018. The same institute was ranked 48 in Asia and 22 among BRICS nations in the year 2016.
  • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked it 501-600 globally in the 2018 ranking 63 in Asia and 32 among BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017.
  • India Today ranked IIT K 1st and 2nd in the year 2014 and 2013 respectively. QS Asian University Rankings placed IIT K at 51st position in the year 2012.
  • In India, among all the engineering colleges, IIT K was ranked third by India Today in the year 2017, fourth in India by Outlook India and fifth by The Week.
  • IIT K was ranked fifth among engineering colleges in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework(NIRF) in 2017, and seventh overall.

National events at IIT Kanpur

  • Antaragni: Antaragni is a non-profit organization run by the students of IIT Kanpur. It was funded entirely by the Student Gymkhana club of the university when it began. Today the budget is around 1 crore which has been raised through sponsorship. It began as an inter-collegiate cultural event in 1964 and now draws in over 30,000 visitors from 300 colleges in India Annual cultural festival held over 4 days in October. The festival includes music, drama, literary games and quizzes. It has a 100,000+ liked fan page on Facebook. There is a YouTube channel dedicated to the festival with 1,000+ subscribers.
  • Techkriti: Techkriti was started in 1995 with an aim to encourage interest and innovation in technology among students and to provide a platform for industry and academia to interact. Megabucks, a business and entrepreneurship festival which was earlier held independently merged with Techkriti in the year, 2010. Notable speakers at Techkriti have included APJ Abdul Kalam, Vladimir Voevodsky, Douglas Osheroff, Oliver Smithies, Rakesh Sharma, David Griffiths and Richard Stallman. It has a 50,000+ liked fan page on Facebook and a YouTube channel dedicated to the festival has 250+ subscribers.
  • Udghosh: Udghosh is an annual inter-college sports meet held in the month of September every year. Udghosh involves students from all over India competing in the university’s sports facilities. The festival includes Motivational Talks, Mini Marathon, Gymnastic Shows and Sports Quizzes to various sports events.
  • Vivekananda Youth Leadership Convention: Vivekananda Samiti, under Students Gymkhana, on behalf of IIT K, has undertaken the celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda from 2011-2015. The convention has included Kiran Bedi, Bana Singh, Yogendra Singh Yadav, Raju Narayana Swamy, Arunima Sinha, Rajendra Singh and other personalities from different fields in previous years.
  • E-summit: The E-Summit at IIT K started in the year, 2013. The first E-Summit was scheduled for 16-18 Aug 2013. The three day festival by Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kanpur on the theme Emerge on the Radar included talks by eminent personalities, workshops, and competitions.

IIT Kanpur offers the following courses at various levels –

Undergraduate Courses at IIT Kanpur

  • IIT Kanpur offers four-year B.Tech programs in the following-
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Biological Sciences
    • Bio-engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Science and Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering

The admission to these programs is procured through Joint Entrance Examination. IITK offers admission only to bachelor’s degree now (discontinuing the integrated course programs), but it can be extended by 1 year to make it integrated, depending on the choice of student and based on his/her performance at the undergraduate level.

IIT Kanpur also offers four-year B.S. Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry in particular), Earth Science and Economics.

Postgraduate Courses at IIT Kanpur

  • Postgraduate courses in Engineering offer Master of Technology (M.Tech), MS (R) and Ph.D. degrees. The institute also offers two-tier M.Sc. courses in areas of basic sciences in which students are admitted through Joint Admission Test for M.Sc (JAM) exam. The institute also offers M.Des. (2 years), M.B.A. (2 years) and M.Sc. (2 years) degrees. Admission to M. Tech is made once a year through Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. Admissions to M. Des are made once a year through both Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED). Until 2011, admissions to the M.B.A. program were accomplished through the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), held yearly, and followed by a Group Discussion/Personal Interview process. In 2011, JMET was replaced by Common Admission Test (CAT).

New academic system at IIT Kanpur

  • From the year 2011, IIT Kanpur has started offering a four-year BS program in sciences and has kept its B.Tech Program intact.
  • Entry to the five-year M.Tech/MBA programs and Dual degree programme will be done based on the CPI of students instead of their JEE ranks.
  • In order to reduce the number of exams for the student, IIT Kanpur has also abolished the earlier system of conducting two mid-term examinations. Instead, only two examinations (plus two quizzes in most courses depending on the instructor-in-charge, one before mid-semester and the other after the mid-semesters and before the end-semesters examination), one between the semester and other towards the end of it would be held from the academic session starting July 2011 onwards as per Academic Review Committee’s recommendations.

Academic Departments at IIT Kanpur

The academic departments at IIT Kanpur are as follows –


  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biological Sciences and Bio-engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


  • Economic Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Earth Sciences


  • Masters in Business Administration
  • Industrial and Management Engineering
  • Technology Management


  • Environmental Engineering & Management
  • Laser Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Material Science Program
  • Earth Science


  • Master of Design

Placements at IIT K

The Training and Placement cell of the college arranges various mock tests, pre-placement talks & interviews with the dynamic students. The highest package offered at IIT K stands at INR1.3Crore. The average package that the students take is 7 lakhs.

Following companies visit the campus for recruitments frequently –

  • Beehyv software solutions Pvt. Ltd.
  • Futures First
  • Galaxy
  • Genpact
  • Bajaj Auto
  • Samsung India Software
  • Mckinsey Knowledge Centre
  • Inmobi
  • Ibibo Web Pvt. Ltd.
  • Engineers India Ltd.
  • Aspiring Minds
  • Trune Energy
  • Ideas SAS
  • Ameex Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Wipro
  • Accenture

Given below are the placement statistics for students pursuing MBA at IIT K –

  • Total Number of Students – 55
  • Number of Companies Participated – 40
  • Highest Domestic Stipend Offered – 70,000
  • Highest International Stipend Offered – 97,200
  • Average Stipend Offered – 21,600

Scholarships offered at IIT K

  • Merit-cum-Means Scholarships for Undergraduate Students (full tuition waiver/ Rs.1000 pm)
  • Merit-cum-Means Scholarships given by alumni of IIT Kanpur (Rs.2000 pm)
  • National Prizes for UG and PG Students& up to Rs.400
  • Sports Scholarships and prizes (Up to Rs.2000)

Facilities offered to the students at IIT K

  • The campus has a spacious library constituting a volume of around 3 lakh books
    • 1400 Periodicals
    • Newspapers & magazines
    • 40, 000 full-text e-Journals
  • IIT Kanpur has 8 separate residentials for Boys & girls
    • Attached washrooms with each
    • Mess facility where fresh food is cooked & served
  • Computer Centre at IIT K offers –
    • High Performance computing
    • 3 hi-tech air-conditioned data centers
    • Email facility for more than 8000 users
    • Updated softwares & hardwares

Research & Development Programs at IIT K

The areas in which research is being pursued at IIT Kanpur can broadly be classified into following categories:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Bluff Body Flows
  • Flight Mechanics

Research Centres at IIT K

IIT Kanpur has the following research centers for its students –

  • Centre for Mechatronics
  • Advance Centre for Material Science (ACMS)
  • Advance Centre for Electronics Systems (ACES)
  • Prabhu Goel Research Centre for Computer & Internet Security

Students’ Research related activities

  • Research at IIT Kanpur is controlled by the Office of the Dean of Research and Development. Under the aegis of the Office, the students publish the quarterly NERD Magazine (Notes on Engineering Research and Development) which publishes scientific and technical content created by students.
  • Articles may be original work done by students is in the form of hobby projects, term projects, internships, or thesis. Articles of general interest which are informative but do not reflect original work are also accepted.
  • Along with the magazine a student research organization, PoWER (Promotion of Work Experience and Research) has been started. Under it, several independent student groups are working on projects like the Lunar Rover for ISRO, alternate energy solutions under the Group for Environment and Energy Engineering, ICT solutions through a group Young Engineers, solution for diabetes, green community solutions through ideas like zero water and zero waste quality air approach.
  • Through BRaIN (Biological Research and Innovation Network) students interested in solving biological problems get involved in research projects like genetically modifying fruit flies to study molecular systems and developing bio-sensors to detect alcohol levels.
  • A budget of Rs 1.5 to 2 crore has been envisaged to support student projects that demonstrate the technology.
  • Jugnu – The students of IIT Kanpur made a nano satellite called Jugnu, which was given by the then President, Pratibha Patil to ISRO for launch. Jugnu is a remote sensing satellite which will be operated by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. The nano satellite will be used to provide data for agriculture and disaster monitoring. Jugnu is a 3-kilogram (6.6 lb) spacecraft, which measures 34 centimeters (13 in) in length by 10 centimeters (3.9 in) in height and width. Its development programme cost around 25 million rupees. It has a design life of one year. Jugnu’s primary instrument is the Micro Imaging System, a near-infrared camera which will be used to observe vegetation. It also carries a GPS receiver to aid tracking and is intended to demonstrate a micro electro mechanical inertial measurement unit.
  • IITK Motorsports – Founded in January 2011, IITK motorsports is the biggest and most comprehensive student initiative of the college. It is a group of students from varied disciplines who aim at designing and fabricating a Formula-style race car for international Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) events. Most of the components of the car, except the engine, tyres and wheel rims, are designed and manufactured by the team members themselves. The car is designed to provide maximum performance under the constraints of the event while ensuring that the driveability, reliability, driver safety and aesthetics of the car are not compromised.

The institute is part of the European Research and Education Collaboration with Asia (EURECA) programme since 2008.

Notable Alumni at IIT K

More than 21,000 of the alumni of IIT Kanpur are working around the globe. Following are a few of the notable alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

  • Lalit Jalan, CEO of Reliance Infrastructure Limited is a winner of Directors Honours and Deans List at Wharton. He was also showcased as one of the 15 achievers from the IIT system at the 1st PAN IIT meeting in California in January 2003.
  • Rakesh Agrawal, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureate and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University.
  • R. Narayana Murthy, the Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Infosys.
  • Satyendra Dubey, a Project Director in National Highways Authority of India who was assassinated for exposing corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral highway project.
  • Jitendra Malik, Arthur J. Chick Professor of EECS at University of California at Berkeley.
  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Padma Shri, and Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras.
  • Amitabh Thakur, an officer of the Indian Police Service, social activist, writer.
  • Ram Sewak Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
  • Anil K. Rajvanshi, Director, Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute and winner of Jamnalal Bajaj Award 2001, FICCI award 2002, Globe Award 2009, 2014 University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award winner.
  • Ashoke Sen, FRS, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, string theorist.

Cut off 2017

Following are the Opening and Closing ranks for various courses under the General category at IIT K: JEE (Advanced) – 2017

Branch name OPO OPC
4-year B.Tech. Course
Aerospace Engineering 1474 2915
Biological Sciences and Bioengineering 2996 4872
Chemical Engineering 1404 2628
Civil Engineering 1718 3356
Computer Science and Engineering 104 203
Electrical Engineering 354 798
Materials Science and Engineering 2973 3909
Mechanical Engineering 917 1335
4-year Bachelor of Science Course
Chemistry 4534 6003
Earth Sciences 4661 6089
Economics 1559 2792
Mathematics and Scientific Computing 305 899
Physics 303 3009

Fee Structure at IIT K


Particulars Amount
Caution Money (One Time, Refundable) 7,000
One Time Fees 2,450
Tuition Fee (per Semester) 1,00,000
Other fees (per Semester) 1,450
Annual Fees 742
Total 1,11,642


Particulars Amount
Hostel Admission Fee (One Time) 500
Hostel Seat Rent (per Semester) 1,250
Water charges (per Semester) 25
Hostel Mess Advance 5,000
Mess Establishment Charges (per Semester) 10,900
Total 17,675

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