IIT Madras is India's best engineering institute. For the past five years, the NIRF has ranked IIT Madras at the first position. The institute has 17 departments, 14 research centres, and a Continuing Education Programs Centre (CEP). All of the centres offer 121 courses in Engineering, Science, Humanities, and Management. IIT Madras has signed MOUs with a number of foreign universities for student exchange programs. As per the MoUs signed, students pursuing UG, PG, and Dual Degree programs at the institute spend a semester abroad for broad exposure. In addition, the institute also offers Joint Doctoral Programs (JDPs) in collaboration with 17 foreign universities. The institute also provides an AICTE-sponsored Quality Improvement Program (QIP).

Out of the 121 courses offered by IIT Madras, BTech and Online Degree program has the highest popularity. BTech is the flagship program of the institute. Admission to the course is done on the basis of rank obtained in the JEE Advanced exam. The minimum rank required for the IIT Madras BTech program is 85 to 4000. The annual fee for the BTech program is INR 2.05 Lacs. For the BTech admissions, NTA announces JEE Main 2022 exam date. The examination is to be conducted in two sessions. JEE Main dates for both sessions are scheduled from April 21 – May 04 2022 and May 24-29, 2022. Currently, the JEE Main 2022 application form has been released. Last date to fill the form is March 31.

IIT Madras Online Degree is India's first online program in Data Science and Programming. Admission to the degree program is based on Qualifier exam score. The candidates appearing for the Qualifier exams are required to score aggregate 50% marks in the exam. The fees for the online degree program range from INR 50k to 1 Lac. Check More: IIT Madras Courses & Fees

Also, IIT Madras’s placement cell has a strong relationship with the industries. The 2022 placement drive is ongoing. Day 1 of the placement drive witnessed a participation of 226 recruiters. 1316 offers have been made so far. Students also received 231 PPOs. Check more: Do engineering design students at IIT Madras get a good package?

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IIT Madras Ranking

Being the best Engineering institute in India, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras has been ranked by recognizing platforms for its excellence in the field. Some of the rankings are as follows: 

  • Ranked 1 in the ARIIA rankings 2021.
  • Ranked 1 in the Overall category by NIRF 2021
  • Ranked 1 in the Engineering category by NIRF 2021
  • Ranked at #255 by the QS Global World Rankings 2022
  • Ranked 50th by the QS Asia Rankings 2021
  • Ranked 1st in Engineering as well as Overall categories by NIRF Ranking 2020.
  • Ranked 1st in the Engineering category by Outlook Ranking 2019
  • Ranked 2nd internationally by ARWU Ranking 2019
  • Ranked 1st in Engineering category by Jagranjosh Ranking 2019
  • Ranked #200 - #250 internationally by Times Higher Education Ranking 2020
  • Ranked 4th overall by QS Ranking 2020
  • Ranked 654th overall internationally by US News Ranking 2020
  • Ranked 3rd in Engineering category by The Week Ranking 2019. 

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IIT Madras Courses

IIT Madras offers more than 100 courses through Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Research degrees. The courses offered are in the streams of Engineering, Sciences, Humanities, and Management. Admission to these courses is based on national-level exam scores such as JEE Advanced, GATE, and IIT JAM. Given below is a brief about the programs with their eligibility:

Program Eligibility IIT Madras Fees/year
B.Tech Eligibility: The applicant must have passed 10+2 in the PCM stream with a minimum of 50% marks.
Selection Criteria: JEE Advanced + JoSAA Counselling
INR 2,04,650

Eligibility: Graduation in a relevant subject (B.E./ B.Tech) with at least 6.5 CGPA (on 10 point scale) or 60% marks from a recognized Institute
Selection Criteria: GATE Score + COAP Counselling followed by Written Test and/or Interview

INR 2,11,847
B.Tech+M.Tech (Dual Degree) Eligibility: Class 12 with 60% aggregate marks (55% for SC/ST/PWD)
Selection Criteria: JEE Advanced and JoSAA Counselling
INR 75,116
M.Sc Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in respective discipline with minimum 55% aggregate marks
Selection Criteria: IIT JAM 
INR 17,670
MBA Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering /Technology/ Architecture /Pharmacy / B.Sc. Agri. Engg. (Minimum 4 year after 10+2) with at least 60% marks
Master’s degree in any branch of Chemistry/ Computer Application, Physics/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Environmental Science or Computational/ Information Sciences/ Electronics Sciences/ Agriculture/ Economics/ Commerce with minimum 60% marks
Selection Criteria: CAT, Group Discussion and Interview Round
INR 6,00,000 

Eligibility: M.E/ M.Tech or MD degree with at least 60% (55% for SC/ST/PH) marks in aggregate
60% (55% for SC/ST/PH) marks in MBBS/ M.Sc/ MBA/ MA
Minimum 70% marks in B.E/B.Tech
Selection Criteria: GATE/ UGC-NET/ CSIR-NET/ ICAR or ICMR score OR Written Test and Interview

INR 19,670

Check More: IIT Madras Admission 2022: PhD and MS applications to begin from March 15, 2022.

IIT Madras BTech

The BTech program at IIT Madras is placed in the first position by the NIRF. The program is specialized in 9 streams. The total intake capacity of the IIT Madras BTech program is 877 seats. The per semester fee for the program is INR 1,00,550. The BTech program gives a good return on investment. For the INR 8.08 Lacs of the fee for the whole program, the students get an average salary package of INR 20 LPA in the placement process. The most opted branch of the BTech program is the CSE. 

The cutoff for the IIT Madras CSE is highest among all the streams. The cutoff rank for the course is 85-163 in the JEE Advanced exam. The placement rate of the CSE branch is 84%. Students pursuing the CSE branch receive a higher package of INR 70 LPA, an average salary package of INR 25 LPA, and the lowest salary of INR 9 LPA. Read onto, What is it like to be a student at IIT Madras?

IIT Madras Cutoff 2022 (Expected)

Courses IIT Madras BTech Cutoff 2021 (Opening & Closing ranks)
Aerospace Engineering  190-3259
Chemical Engineering  2401-4055
Civil Engineering  3515-5740
Computer Science and Engineering  85-163
Electrical Engineering  280-1009
Engineering Physics 833-1884
Mechanical Engineering  757-2491
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering  3595-5800
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering  5512-8085

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IIT Madras MTech

IIT Madras 2-year MTech program is specialized in 35 streams. Admission to the M.Tech program is based on the 500-700 GATE scores followed by a written test and personal interview conducted by the institute. IIT graduates who have a CGPA of 8.0 and above can also apply without GATE scores. The total fee for the program is INR 4.18 Lacs and the salary package received by the students generally ranges between INR 50-60 LPA. Compare: Which is better for an MTech: IIT Delhi or IIT Madras?

Candidates applying through GATE exam scores can check GATE 2022 results, released on March 16. The authority has also announced the GATE 2022 cut off marks along with the results. Based on marks obtained, candidates can check their college via GATE 2022 college predictor. Also, IIT Madras PG admission for the MTech program will begin from March 21 onwards. The last date of application is April 22, 2022. Candidates applying for admission must go through IIT Madras GATE Cutoff 2021 to get an idea about the admissions 2022.

IIT Madras PhD

IIT Madras PhD is a 5 year program currently offered in 5 departments, namely, Engineering, Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management. For admission to the research program, candidates with 60% aggregate marks, a Master’s degree in a relevant field, and a valid GATE or UGC-JRF/NET/CSIR-JRF score can apply for admission. Candidates with a master’s degree from IITs with a CGPA of 8.0 and above can apply directly for admission. However, the final selection of the candidate for the program is done only after the interview round conducted by the institute. Check other details on Direct admission to PhD program at IIT Madras

IIT Madras Online Degree

The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has introduced a substitute for Online Degrees. The substitute allows students to study for an undergraduate degree or diploma anywhere in India. The program has no limits on age and academic background. The programs offered under the IIT Madras Online Degree include Foundation + Diploma in Programming or Foundation + Diploma in Data Science and B.Sc in Programming and Data Science. The basic eligibility criteria for these programs require a student to have studied Mathematics and English in their 10 and should have previously/ currently enrolled in any of the bachelor's degree programs or diplomas.

The interested students can enroll in the online courses either via regular mode or diploma-only entry. Students registering via regular mode are required to join at the Foundation level, which consists of 8 courses. Students registering at the Diploma Only Entry cannot proceed with their diploma towards the BSc degree. 

Must read: Should I do an online BSc data science and programming course from IIT Madras? Will I get placement after it?

IIT Madras Placements

IIT Madras Placements 2022 is in progress. Day 1 of the placement drive witnessed a participation of 226 recruiters. Major recruiters included Bajaj, Auto, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, American Express, Microsoft India and many more. Recruiters came from varipus sectors, like Core Engineering, Data Science & Analytics etc. The major highlights of the placement drive are tabulated below:

Particulars Placements Statistics (2021-22)
Number of recruiters 226 (Day 1)
Number of offers 1316
Number of International offers 45
PPOs 231
Major Sector Core Engineering (42%)
Major recruiters American Express, Microsoft India Pvt Ltd, Bajaj Auto Pvt Ltd, EXL Service etc.

IIT Madras Summer Internship Placements

The institute also concluded its 2021 summer internship placement drive. The summer internship placement drive engaged 140 recruiters who provided internship opportunities to the 964 participating students out of which 619 students placed. The major highlights are mentioned in the below trable:

Batch 2020-2021
Number of Recruiters 140
Number of Students Participated 964
Number of Students Placed 619
Percentage of Students Placed 64.01%
Total Number of Offers 623
Major Sector IT & Software Development
Top Recruiters Adobe, Axis Bank, BHEL, Citi Bank

IIT Madras Scholarships 

To encourage meritorious students and help needy students with financial support, IIT Madras offers different types of scholarships and fee waivers. There are several schemes available for financial assistance by alumni, companies, Govt. of India, and institute at IITM. The following scholarships are famous among IITM students.

  • Institute Merit-cum-Means Scholarships: IITM offers up to 67% tuition fee exemption to only 25% of students admitted. Students whose annual parental income is less than INR 4.5 Lakhs are eligible to apply for MCM scholarships. Also, the subject of renewing this scholarship is a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the previous semester.
  • Institute Free Studentship: Likewise MCM scholarship, IIT Madras offers a free studentship for the students whose annual parental income is less than INR 4,50,000 lakhs. Students are exempted from the payment of 67% of the tuition fee under this scheme. However, the scholarship is only offered to 25% of the UG students.
  • Institute Notional Prize:  On the basis of the JEE rank and annual parental income not exceeding INR 4,50,000, IITM offers a one-time grant of INR 1000 to the 7% of the students admitted.
  • SC/ST Scholarship: IITM offers renewable institute SC/ST scholarship especially for the students belonging from SC/ST categories whose annual parental income doesn’t exceed INR 4,50,000. Students under this scheme are offered tuition fee exemption along with a free messing and monthly pocket allowance of INR 250

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IIT Madras Faculty

Indian Institute of Technology Madras has a large and diverse faculty of 630 members in total across all academic departments, with all of them holding Ph.D. in their respective fields. The best in class faculty members are all alumni from reputed national and international universities, and hold an immense amount of experience in their disciplines. The faculty members include professors, assistant professors, associate professors, and others. They are all extremely encouraging toward students to clarify all their concepts and doubts, even outside of the classroom and lectures. Teachers follow interactive and unique methods to impart education to students. 

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IIT Madras Facilities

Being the most reputed Engineering institute in the country, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras takes care of all requirements that students have on campus. Students at IIT Madras can enjoy convenient and enriching campus life with the following facilities: 

  • Hostel: There are hostels available for both boys and girls on the college campus. The hostels are laid out with green lawns and many amenities available to residents such as libraries, common rooms, indoor games, TV, delicious mess food, music rooms, dance rooms and more. The Hostel Library has a great collection of general books, fiction, comics, and more.
  • Library:  The central library at IIT Madras has around 20,00,000 books covering all disciplines of science, engineering, technology, humanities & social science. 
  • Medical Facilities: There is a hospital available on campus that is in service 24x7. In case of severe emergencies, students can also be transported to the hospital in an ambulance. 
  • Food: Along with the mess facility provided to hostel residents at IIT Madras, the food court is also available to students. The food court offers various delicacies on the menu, serving meals and dishes from all across parts of India.
  • Sports: Students at IIT Madras receive a number of sports facilities on campus including a Swimming pool of Olympic standards, a well-equipped gymnasium, the impressive IIT-Chemplast cricket ground, a vast stadium, and a hi-tech wood-floored multipurpose indoor stadium in the Students' Activities' Center. 

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IIT Madras Notable Alumni

The notable alumni of IIT Madras are currently working in various sectors such as Engineering, Business Development, Marketing, HR, etc. The alumni have represented the country nationally and internationally through their social work and entrepreneurships. Some of the IIT Madras Top alumni are tabulated below:

Name Job position Degree pursued from IIT Madras
IIT Madras Alumni- Ramanathan V Guha
Ramanathan V. Guha
Creator of widely used web standards such as RSS, RDF and Schema.org. He is also responsible for products such as Google Custom Search. BTech in Mechanical Engineering
IIT Madras Alumni- Venky Harinarayn
Venky Harinarayan
Co-founder of Cambrian Ventures and Kosmix. Harinarayan also Co-founded Junglee Corp BTech in Computer Science Engineering
IIT Madras Alumni- Kris Gopalkrishnan
Kris Gopalakrishnan
Popularly known as Kris Gopalakrishnan, is Chairman of Axilor Ventures. He is also a former Executive Vice Chairman of Infosys M.Sc in Physics and MTech in Computer Science
IIT Madras Alumni- Krishna Bharat
Krishna Bharat
Indian research scientist at Google Inc.
In 2015, Krishna received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his Alma mater IIT Madras.
BTech in CSE
IIT Madras Alumni- Vishwas Sringi
Vishwas Shringi
CoFounder at Voylla Retail Private Ltd. BTech in Chemical Engineering

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Particulars IIT Madras IIT Bombay
NIRF Ranking 2021 1 3
Highest CTC INR 70 LPA INR 2.1 CPA
Campus Area 630 acres 550 acres
Fees INR 8.08 Lacs INR 9.12 Lacs
Seat Intake 951 910
JEE Advanced Cutoff 85-8085 1-4204
Recruiters Bajaj Auto, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs Uber, Ruberik, Millennium, Black Stone

IIT Madras FAQs 

Ques. Is IIT Madras costly?

Ans. Studying at IIT Madras will cost you INR 8-9 lakhs in total for the general category. While INR 3-4 lakhs for the SC/ST/PH category. This fee structure for the B.Tech program is a bit expensive to those belonging to economically weak backgrounds. In this case, scholarships and fee waivers might help. 

Ques. What is the rank of IIT Madras in the world?

Ans. IIT Madras has been featured at #255 and #50 positions by QS World University Rankings 2022 and QS Asia Rankings 2021 respectively. Further, the institute is also doing well in Times Higher Education Rankings, US News Rankings, etc.

Ques. Which course is best in IIT Madras?

Ans. Apart from Computer Science and Engineering being the most sought course, IIT madras has 3 other popular courses i.e. Electrical Engineering, Engineering Design, and Mechanical Engineering. These courses are the most opted ones after CS due to their perspective of placements.

Ques. Is IIT Madras good?

Ans. IIT Madras is the top-ranked IIT in India. It has been consecutively rated on 1st position by NIRF for the last 3 years. With a placement rate of 80%, IIT Madras provides the best placement opportunities to its students. The highest package at IIT Madras stood at INR 70 LPA for the B.Tech CSE branch in 2021. The institute is totally recommendable and worth going to.

Ques. Can poor students study at IIT?

Ans. Yes, IITs now offer a complete exemption of tuition fees for the students of SC/ST/PH categories. The institute also offers a variety of merit-based scholarships and educational loans to students whose annual family income is less than 9 lakhs.

Ques. What are the courses available at IIT Madras? 

Ans. The IIT Madras offers a multitude of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, and research levels. The programs available are B.Tech, M.Tech, M.Sc, MBA, and Ph.D. 

Ques. How is IIT Madras? 

Ans. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras is ranked 1st in the Engineering category by NIRF Ranking 2019 as well as Outlook Ranking 2019, making it the leading engineering institute in India and the first option for many eligible candidates. Being the leading Engineering institute in India, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras has been ranked by recognized platforms for its excellence in the field.

Ques. How is the placement avenue at IIT Madras? 

Ans. The placement cell of IIT Madras is very active. They strive to achieve equal placement for all its students. They find field-specific placements for their students. The recruiters included major names in the industry such as Microsoft, Visa Inc, Rolls Royce India Pvt Ltd, Goldman Sachs, Amazon, ICICI Prudential, MRF, Boeing International Corp India Pvt Ltd, Apple India Private Limited, Uber and Google to name a few. 

Ques. Are there any scholarships available for students at IIT Madras? 

Ans. Yes, IIT Madras offers various scholarships to its students from various courses. They are as under - 

  • Facebook’s 2014 Grace Hopper Scholarship: This scholarship is given to 25 women students from all over the world and includes paid registration fee for the Grace Hopper Conference in Arizona (US), paid travel and accommodation, and reception with Facebook’s Engineering team.
  • Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship (Asia Pacific): This scholarship is given to women for excellence in computer science, demonstrated leadership and passion for technology.
  • Apart from these, the Institute also offers DAAD Scholarship, Aditya Birla Scholarship to meritorious and deserving students.

Ques. Are there any hostel facilities available at IIT Madras? 

Ans. Yes, there are hostels available for both boys and girls on the college campus. The hostels are laid out with green lawns and many amenities available to residents such as libraries, common rooms, indoor games, TV, delicious mess food, music rooms, dance rooms, and more. The Hostel Library has a great collection of general books, fiction, comics and more.

Ques. What is the GATE cutoff required to get admission into the M.Tech program at IIT Madras?

Ans. Applicants need to score a minimum of 695 marks in the GATE entrance exam to get admission into the M.Tech program at IIT Madras for the general category applicants. The final selection will be done after the personal interview conducted by the institute.

Ques. Is the online degree from IIT Madras valid for placement opportunities?

Ans. Yes, IIT Madras offers an excellent online program in Programming and Data Science and offers an internship program at the end of the program. Students with this degree can also become alumni of IIT Madras. 

Ques. What is the unique feature of IIT Madras?

Ans. IIT Madras is the 3rd oldest IIT and has collaborated with West Germany for financial assistance and technicalities. Its lush green campus makes it a serene view where deer and blackbuck live in harmony with the student community. The open-air theatre is one more plus point for the institute where Movies in English, Hindi, and regional languages are screened every Saturday at 8 PM.

Ques. What are the extracurricular activities organized by IIT Madras?

Ans. IIT Madras hosts the annual Chennai edition of the Terry Fox Run for cancer awareness and research in association with the Rotary Club of Madras East. Apart from this, the institute also conducts various workshops, seminars, competitions, annual fests, etc.