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Ah, the IIT Chennai! How many dreams come true, how many brilliant minds compete to get in. No matter what one’s perceptions of this IIT are, there is always a veil of desire about them. Amongst the best engineering institutions in India, IIT Chennai certainly marks its presence as a top-notch one. Giving a little more push to IIT aspirants, here we go with some facts you always wanted to know about IIT Chennai.



IIT Chennai: All You Need To Know

IIT Chennai was founded in 1959. In 1956, the German Government offered technical assistance for establishing an institute of higher education in engineering in India. The first Indo-German agreement was signed in Bonn, West Germany in 1959 for the establishment of the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras. IIT Chennai was the largest educational project sponsored by the West German Government outside their country at that time. Several German Government-supported research programs like DAAD program and Humboldt Fellowships, still exist in IIT Chennai.

IIT Chennai occupies a 620 acres campus that was formerly part of the adjoining Guindy National Park. Much of the campus is a protected forest and is a home to chital (spotted deer), Endangered Species of Blackbuck deer and other wildlife.

There is a Heritage Centre in IIT Chennai, which exhibits photographs, documents, publications, paintings, portraits, products developed and other articles. Information regarding important events, laboratory development, visits of important dignitaries, Indo-German cooperative activities, and academic achievements of faculties and students are also included.

There are more than 8000 students enrolled in the institute where over 550 faculties and 1250 staff are employed. It is indeed an honour and privilege to study in IIT Chennai, which has been recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India.

Organisation and Administration

The Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, is an autonomous statutory organisation functioning within the Institutes of Technology Act. The sixteen IITs are administered centrally by the IIT Council, an apex body established by the Government of India. The Minister of Human Resource and Development, Government of India, is the Chairman of the Council. Each institute has a Board of Governors responsible for its administration and control.

The Senate comprises all professors of the Institute and decides its academic policy. It controls and approves the curriculum, courses, examinations, and results. It appoints committees to examine specific academic matters. The Director of the institute serves as the Chairman of the Senate. The Director from 2001 to 2011 was M. S. Ananth, who stepped down at the end of July 2011. As of September 2011, Bhaskar Ramamurthi has taken over as Director.

Three Senate Sub-Committees – The Board of Academic Research, The Board of Academic Courses and The Board of Students – help in academic administration and in the operations of the Institute. The Finance Committee advises on matters of financial policy, while the Building and Works Committee advises on buildings and infrastructure. The Board of Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research addresses industrial consultancy and the Library Advisory Committee oversees library matters.

IIT Chennai Admissions

Mode of Admission

Exam Name Level of Exam Dates Cut-off Trends
JEE Advanced National Level Exam/Admission View Deadlines
GATE National Level Exam/Admission View Deadlines

Admission Tests

The Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) is a common admission test for students seeking admission to undergraduate programmes of all IITs and ISM Dhanbad. To be eligible to write JEE (Advanced), the candidates have to first appear in the JEE (Main) conducted by JEE Apex Board, in the month of April. JEE(Advanced) is conducted by IITs in the month of June. Only the top 1,50,000 scorers in JEE (Main), which includes students from all categories (GE, OBC (NCL), SC, ST and PD) are eligible to appear in JEE (Advanced). The JEE (Advanced) has two objective type papers. Each paper consists of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Duration of each paper is 3-hours. Question papers will be in both English and Hindi.

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India Examination conducted by all the IITs and IISc to identify meritorious and motivated candidates for admission to Post-graduate programmes in Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Pharmacy at the National level. Information relating to GATE is available through the announcement links and the GATE Brochure.

The Joint Admission Test for MSc (JAM) is an All India examination conducted to provide admissions to various M. Sc. (Two Year) / M. Sc.-Ph. D. Dual Degree and other post-B. Sc. programmes are based on the performance in a single test and consolidate ‘Science’ as a career option for bright students from across the country.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) is an admission test for 5 years integrated Masters of Arts (M.A) degree programme in the following disciplines: English Studies and Development Studies. Students who have passed their 12th standard examination in India can apply for admission into this programme. This unique and innovative masters programme started in 2007-08 is available only in IIT Chennai.

Courses Offered

The academic atmosphere at the Institute is a rare blend of modern day technical skills and the traditional emphasis on imparting knowledge. The faculty, as well as the students who have qualified from the Institute, have always done the country proud through their outstanding achievements and leadership qualities.

Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research degrees are offered at IIT Chennai across more than 16 disciplines. Some of the most sought-after departments in IIT Chennai are Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biotechnology and Applied mechanics.

Courses in disciplines such as Engineering, Sciences, Humanities and Management are offered at this premier institute. The 16 departments at IIT Chennai has several advanced research centres and almost 100 labs for the students to master their skills.


Internationally, IIT Chennai was ranked #254 in the QS World University Rankings of 2015, 56 in the QS Asian University Rankings and 20 in the QS BRICS University Rankings of 2015. The Times Higher Education World Rankings ranked it at 78 and 44 in Asia and BRICS countries respectively in 2015.

IIT-Chennai was also ranked number one amongst Research and Teaching Institutions in Engineering amongst several other similar institutions in India. The Rankings 2016 was released in April by the Minister for Human Resource Development.

Cutoff 2016


Branch name OPO OPC
4-year B.Tech. Course
Aerospace Engineering 1884 3242
Chemical Engineering 1548 3012
Civil Engineering 1005 3703
Computer Science and Engineering 62 173
Electrical Engineering 189 606
Engineering Physics 1380 2274
Mechanical Engineering 535 1246
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 2917 4391
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 3515 5319
5-year B.Tech. + M.Tech. Dual Degree Course
Aerospace Engineering 2412 3251
Biological Engineering 2531 6368
Chemical Engineering 2960 3258
Civil Engineering 3604 4573
Computer Science and Engineering 214 278
Electrical Engineering 663 1212
Engineering Design 1364 5127
Mechanical Engineering 1293 2194
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 4242 5280
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 5222 5870
Five-Year B.S. and M.S. Dual Degree Courses
Biological Sciences 6570 9353
Physics 1736 4116


Branch name BCO BCC
4-year B.Tech. Course
Aerospace Engineering 884 1364
Chemical Engineering 633 1465
Civil Engineering 844 1374
Computer Science and Engineering 38 93
Electrical Engineering 156 344
Engineering Physics 804 1399
Mechanical Engineering 240 512
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 1685 2010
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 1682 2475
5-year B.Tech. + M.Tech. Dual Degree Course
Aerospace Engineering 1108 1582
Biological Engineering 2790 3312
Chemical Engineering 1510 1742
Civil Engineering 1418 1733
Computer Science and Engineering 96 153
Electrical Engineering 363 677
Engineering Design 1402 2052
Mechanical Engineering 597 897
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 2190 2411
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 2474 2644
Five-Year B.S. and M.S. Dual Degree Courses
Biological Sciences 3378 3607
Physics 2281 2777


Branch name SCO SCC
4-year B.Tech. Course
Aerospace Engineering 414 795
Chemical Engineering 467 940
Civil Engineering 175 619
Computer Science and Engineering 14 58
Electrical Engineering 25 196
Engineering Physics 422 1008
Mechanical Engineering 46 248
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 1061 1283
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 894 1835
5-year B.Tech. + M.Tech. Dual Degree Course
Aerospace Engineering 887 887
Biological Engineering 1496 2109
Chemical Engineering 933 1028
Civil Engineering 755 885
Computer Science and Engineering 108 108
Electrical Engineering 353 552
Engineering Design 1043 1476
Mechanical Engineering 303 503
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 1338 1730
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 1636 1864
Five-Year B.S. and M.S. Dual Degree Courses
Biological Sciences 2023 2219
Physics 926 926


Branch name STO STC
4-year B.Tech. Course
Aerospace Engineering 183 324
Chemical Engineering 372 442
Civil Engineering 63 178
Computer Science and Engineering 7 23
Electrical Engineering 84 113
Engineering Physics 746 910
Mechanical Engineering 76 158
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 463 689
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 520 799
5-year B.Tech. + M.Tech. Dual Degree Course
Aerospace Engineering 34 34
Biological Engineering 926 1103
Chemical Engineering 456 456
Civil Engineering 316 327
Computer Science and Engineering 67 67
Electrical Engineering 152 206
Engineering Design 398 866
Mechanical Engineering 185 311
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 699 699
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 846 846
Five-Year B.S. and M.S. Dual Degree Courses
Biological Sciences 224 326
Physics 929 929


Branch name OPPDO OPPDC
4-year B.Tech. Course
Aerospace Engineering 0 0
Chemical Engineering 81 81
Civil Engineering 45 45
Computer Science and Engineering 1 1
Electrical Engineering 22 22
Engineering Physics 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 30 30
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 64 64
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 0 0
5-year B.Tech. + M.Tech. Dual Degree Course
Aerospace Engineering 125 125
Biological Engineering 0 0
Chemical Engineering 186 186
Civil Engineering 86 86
Computer Science and Engineering 4 4
Electrical Engineering 80 80
Engineering Design 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 100 100
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 0 0
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 0 0
Five-Year B.S. and M.S. Dual Degree Courses
Biological Sciences 0 0
Physics 0 0


Branch name BCPDO BCPDC
4-year B.Tech. Course
Aerospace Engineering 46 46
Chemical Engineering 18 18
Civil Engineering 0 0
Computer Science and Engineering 0 0
Electrical Engineering 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 0 0
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 0 0
5-year B.Tech. + M.Tech. Dual Degree Course
Aerospace Engineering 0 0
Biological Engineering 0 0
Chemical Engineering 0 0
Civil Engineering 0 0
Computer Science and Engineering 0 0
Electrical Engineering 0 0
Engineering Design 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 0 0
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 0 0
Five-Year B.S. and M.S. Dual Degree Courses
Biological Sciences 0 0
Physics 0 0

IIT Chennai UG Course Intake

Course Intake
Mechanical Engineering 75
Chemical Engineering 73
Electrical Engineering 66
Civil Engineering 63
Aerospace Engineering 45
Computer Science Engineering 42
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 36
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 36
Engineering Physics 30

Academic Performance of (Std. 10th) Students Who Are Following This College

Board/Percentage 96%-100% 86%-95% 76%-85% 66%-75% 51%-65% 35%-50%
Tamil Nadu Board  28%  52%  15%  3%  2%  1%
ICSE Board  11%  53%  24%  10%  1%  –
CBSE Board  32%  42%  16%  7%  2%  0%

Academic Performance of (Std. 12th) Students Who Are Following This College

Board/Percentage 96%-100% 86%-95% 76%-85% 66%-75% 51%-65% 35%-50%
Tamil Nadu Board  14%  46%  21%  12%  7%  0%
ICSE Board  13%  49%  24%  13%  2%  –
CBSE Board  10%  43%  26%  13%  7%  1%

IIT Chennai Fee Structure


Particulars Amount
Caution Money (One Time, Refundable) ₹2,000
One Time Fees ₹2,550
Tuition Fee (per Semester) ₹1,00,000
Other fees (per Semester) ₹2,150
Annual Fees ₹963
Total ₹1,07,663


Particulars Amount
Hostel Caution Money (One Time, Refundable) ₹3,000
Hostel Admission Fee (One Time) ₹200
Hostel Seat Rent (per Semester) ₹5,000
Electricity & Water charges (per Semester) ₹750
Other Charges (per Semester) ₹6,550
Advance Dining Charges (Six Monthly) ₹14,000
Total ₹29,500


    • 100% Tuition Fee waiver for SC/ST/PH students.
    • Full remission of the Tuition Fee for General & OBC students whose family income is less than Rs.1 lakh per annum.
  • Remission of 2/3rd of the Tuition Fee for General & OBC students whose family income is between Rs.1 lakh to Rs.5 lakh per annum.

Campus Overview

IIT Chennai is situated on Sardar Patel Road and is flanked by Adyar, Taramani and Velachery. The campus is opposite the Central Leather Research Institute and Anna University. It is spread over 250 hectares of lush green forest, which is midway between the Chennai Airport and Central Railway station, and is well connected by buses and local trains.

The Institute in itself is located around 2.5 km inside the campus. Two parallel roads, Bonn Avenue and Delhi avenue, lead you through the residential zone, under a canopy of green, to Gajendra Circle (otherwise called GC) and the administrative block. Buses ply between the gate and other locations on the campus at regular intervals. Named after mountains, the IITM buses take you to the GC, academic zone and hostels (named after rivers) for a nominal fare. This has in fact led to the joke that IIT is the land of moving mountains and stationary rivers!

IIT Chennai Facilities

  1. Boys Hostel
  2. Girls Hostel
  3. Gym
  4. Library
  5. Sports
  6. Cafeteria
  7. Auditorium
  8. Medical
  9. Wifi
  10. IT Infrastructure

IIT Chennai Gallery

Colleges around IIT Chennai

  1. VIT University, Vellore
  2. National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
  3. SRM University, Chennai
  4. PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
  5. SASTRA University, Thanjavur
  6. Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai
  7. Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore
  8. College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai
  9. Anna University, Chennai
  10. VIT University, Chennai

IIT Madras College Address & Nearby Places

College Address: Indian Institute of Technology Madras
IIT P.O.  Chennai 600036  INDIA

Nearby Places:

  1. State Bank ATM
  2. Cafe Coffee day
  3. Campus Cafe
  4. Mahohar C Watsa Stadium
  5. IIT M Institute Hospital
  6. Vindhya Satpura Mess
  7. IIT M Shopping Center
  8. HSB Bus stand
  9. CRC Bus Stop
  10. BT Department 3 Bus Stop

Placement Scenario

IIT Chennai’s placement season has always been a favourable hub for recruitment for many companies.


Course Placed (%)
B.Tech 84.07
Dual Degree 90.08


  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • VISA
  • Google
  • ITC
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Shell
  • Samsung
  • Roland Berger
  • Wrig Nanosystems
  • FinMechanics

College Festivals: Saarang and Shastra


Saarang, one of the largest of its kinds in India, is the annual cultural festivals of IITM and organized by the students of IIT Chennai. It is usually held during the last week of January every year. The entire event is organized by the students, which gives them an opportunity to learn. This five-day festival is attended by a large number of students from colleges all across South India.

Shaastra is the annual Tech. festival of IITM. But what makes it so unique is that it was the first certified ISO 9001:2000 students festival in the world with thousands of national and international students racking their brains to show how much of a geek they can really be. But this is actually no joke, as most of the IIT Madras alumni have actually gone on to do great things. E.g.- Kris Gopalakrishnan (co-founder of Infosys and President of Confederation of Indian Industry(CII)).

Both are one of its kinds and gather a massive footfall from all over.

Notable Personalities from IITM

IITM has been known to produce exceptional talents. Some of the notable alumni of IIT Madras are Anand Rajaraman who is the founder of and is heading, Arvind Ragunathan, MD of Deutsche Bank and B. Muthuraman, MD of TATA Steels, to name a few.

Life at IIT Chennai

When you are at IIT Chennai, you enjoy a lot of privileges apart from quality study and atmosphere. The education at IIT Madras like most other IITs is not just about mugging up books, but to instill a more practical approach. This is the reason why students from IIT Chennai make it big. The atmosphere at the institute motivates the student to not only do better in their academics, but also hone their entrepreneurial skills. During their stay at IIT M, the students are exposed to several experiences which become inspirational and motivational for them.

The lingo used at IITM is very cool and peppy. “Put” is to do and “pack” is not do something. The students use “cup” for failure as the letter “U”, which is the failing grade, resembles a cup.

5 Mind-Blowing Facts About IIT Chennai

  • Wildlife


The institute is home to many species and other flourishing wildlife. Walk in the hostels or roads or classrooms, you’ll find monkeys and deer’s everywhere. The campus is also surrounded by natural vegetation, which covers around 70% of its total area with a well-connected network of roads.

  • Most-Acclaimed Faculty

IIT Madras has set a record for the list of most awarded faculty in their fields of research. The entire faculty combined has over 50 internationally recognized accolades which include awards, fellowships, best paper and thesis award.

  • Top 500 Best Colleges in the World

IIT Chennai has the honours of being in the World University Rankings list. In 2013-2014, it was ranked at 313, with Civil and Services coming in at Rank 49 and Computer Science at 110. And that’s saying quite a bit, considering there are now over 1,00,000 engineering colleges!

  • Fastest Super Computing Facility in India


Top500, a global project that details the most powerful supercomputers in the world, declared that IIT Chennai has the Fastest super computing facility in India with a set of tightly connected computers that work together. Surprisingly, it is also 224th in the World and covers an area of 36 sq.meters.

  • IITM Research Park 


Modelled along the lines of successful research parks at Stanford and MIT, IITM Research Park gives students an opportunity to work in various leading companies. It connects industry personnel to the “innovation inputs” of knowledge. It also acts as a catalyst for far-reaching technological development.

IIT Chennai is certainly one of the top engineering colleges in India. Check out more top engineering colleges in this article!

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