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Indian Institute of Technology, [IIT] Chennai

About Indian Institute of Technology, [IIT] Chennai

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is known both nationally and internationally for excellence in technical education, basic and applied research, innovation, entrepreneurship and industrial consultancy was established in 1959. The Institute was formally inaugurated in 1959 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs. The institution was established as the result of the first Indo-German agreement in Bonn, West Germany.

The IIT system has sixteen Institutes of Technology – the first of these to be instituted were at Kharagpur (estb. 1951), Mumbai (estb. 1958), Chennai (estb. 1959), Kanpur (estb. 1959), Delhi (estb. 1961), Guwahati (estb. 1994) and Roorkee (estb. 1847, joined IITs in 2001). IIT Madras is a residential institute with nearly 550 faculty, 8000 students and 1250 administrative & supporting staff and is a self-contained campus located in a beautiful wooded land of about 250 hectares.

The campus is located in the city of Chennai, previously known as Madras. The Institute is proud to bear the laureate of being the No.1 engineering university in India. More recently, IIT Madras has been given the title of Institute of Eminence. IIT Madras has been the top-ranked engineering institute in India for four consecutive years as well as the ‘Best Educational Institution’ in Overall Category in the NIRF Rankings of 2019 put out by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Highlights of the college are mentioned below.

Highlights of IIT Madras
Year of Establishment 1959
Chairman Pawan Kumar Goenka
Location Tamil Nadu, India
Area 620 acres
Accreditation ISO
2020 Fees Structure IITM fee structure
2020 Admission IITM admission
Infrastructure Facilities Auditorium, hostel, transport, library, canteen
IITM Address Indian Institute of Technology MadrasIIT P.O., Chennai, India - 600036
IITM Placement McKinsey & Company, BAIN & COMPANY, BCG, Goldman Sachs
IITM Contact Number 044 2257 8000
Programs Offered UG, PG, Ph.D., dual degree, MBA, MS
Email [email protected]

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IIT Madras Programs Offered:

The college offers several undergraduate, postgraduate, research programs for prospective students to apply to.

UG Programs

Courses Specialization


B.Tech + M.Tech

  • Civil Chemical 
  • Computer Science 
  • Electrical Mechanical 
  • Metallurgical and Materials 
  • Naval Architecture  
  • Ocean Engineering

PG Program

Courses Specialization
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computational and Experimental Mechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Building Technology and Construction Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydraulic and Water Resource Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Communication and Signal Processing
  • Power Systems and Power Electronics
  • Microelectronics and VLSI Design
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • RF and Photonics
  • Integrated Circuits and Systems
  • Industrial Mathematics and Scientific Computing
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Mechanical Design
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Ocean Structures
  • Ocean Technology
  • Functional Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
MA {Integrated}
  • Developmental Studies
  • English Studies
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Integrative Management
  • Marketing
  • HR&OB
  • Operations
  • Information Systems

Continuing Education Program  

Courses Specialization
Short Term Training Program -
Quality Improvement Program -
M.Tech {Web-enabled}
  • Information Security by Computer Science and Engineering Department
  • Multimedia by Electrical Department
  • Microelectronics by Electrical Department
  • Mechanical Design by Mechanical Department

Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses Specialization
  • English Studies, Development Studies.
  • Language Testing
  • Gandhian Philosophy
  • Migration, Public Finance
  • Development Studies, Alternative Education
  • Film Studies
  • Environmental Evaluation
  • Sociopragmatics
  • Dalit and Minority Education
  • European and Chinese Studies
  • Speech and Communication
  • Ecocriticism, Deep Ecology
  • Health Economy
  • Diaspora
  • Cultural Studies.

Research Program

Courses Specialization
Ph.D./ MS
  • Engineering
  • Sciences
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Management

IIT Madras Departments:

The Institute has sixteen academic departments and a few advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories organized in a unique pattern. The departments namely,

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Management Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Physics
  • Interdisciplinary

IIT Madras Infrastructure:

IIT Madras is a residential institute that occupies a 617-acre campus that was formerly part of the adjoining Guindy National Park. The campus is located 10 km from the Chennai Airport, 12 km from the Chennai Central Railway station, and is well connected by city buses. Kasturba Nagar is the nearest station on the Chennai MRTS line. The facilities provided by the college include student governance council, transportation, library, the centre of innovation, banks, post office, hospitals, schools and many others.


The Central Library provides information services and access to bibliographic as well as full-text digital and printed resources to support the scholarly and informational needs of the Institute community. Well-equipped with modern facilities, the five-storey air-conditioned and WiFi-enabled facility contains a myriad of resources including CD- ROMs, online databases, audio-video cassettes, books, e-journals, patents, e-standards, theses, reports, monographs, full-text and bibliographical databases among others. The library is divided into different sections - Textbook/Reference, General Stacks, Reading Halls, Journals and Current Periodicals, Media Research Centre (which regularly screens educational and scientific videos), a Book Bank, among many others. 

Student Government Body:

The student government operates at three levels which are Institute level, Hostel level and Department level. The Student Governance at IIT Madras has a legislative body. It comprises the Student Legislative Council (SLC), the Executive Council and the Student Ethics and Constitution Council. It consists of nearly 60 student legislators elected from various hostels and departments. 

The Centre of Innovation:

The Centre for Innovation (CFI)  is one of India’s biggest 24/7 student labs, this unique lab was set up in 2008 with funds donated by the batch of 1981, and is located in the New Academic Complex at the heart of the campus. A comprehensive inventory, great workspace, ample guidance from faculty and students and the zeal and passion of the CFI family make it a gifted asset for the IIT Madras community. 

Banks and Post Office:

The Institute has two banks situated in the campus, State Bank of India and Canara Bank. Both banks are regular branches in the campus and are housed in separate buildings. Application forms for important national level exams such as JEE, GATE and CAT are sold in these banks. The campus has a Post Office and a Telecom Centre, which come under separate postal zones. 

Shopping Complex:

The campus has two shopping centres that cater to the needs of the students and residents. One is the Student Facility Centre (Gurunath) and the other is located in the residential area. The second complex offers everything from general supplies and groceries to a bakery and saloon. 


The Institute hospital, located near the Central Workshop, includes facilities to address the general health problems of students. Apart from regular doctors, there is a set of visiting specialists that include a general surgeon, ENT surgeon, ophthalmologist, orthopedics, cardiologist and psychiatrist. There are well-equipped laboratories for all tests, X-Ray and in-patient wards, while an ambulance facility is also available. The Apollo hospital runs the pharmacy in the hospital. 


The Institute provides bus transport facilities within the campus. Four regular buses and 10 battery-powered vehicles.


The campus has a couple of food joints, mostly visited by hostel members looking for something different. 

Guest House:

The Institute has two guest houses within the campus. The one near the Gajendra Circle is the Bose-Einstein Guest House and the one in the hostel zone is called the Taramani Guest House (TGH). VIPs, Institute guests and invited guests are usually accommodated in the Bose-Einstein Guest House. The hostels also have guest rooms that can be booked for parents through the Office of Hostel Management. 

Sports and Recreational Facilities:

Excellent facilities including an Olympic-standard swimming pool, a well-equipped gymnasium, the impressive IIT-Chemplast cricket ground, a vast stadium and a high-tech wood-floored multipurpose indoor stadium are available in the Students' Activities' Center.There are several Sporting Clubs namely,

  • Aquatics Club
  • Athletics Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Bridge Club
  • Cricket Club
  • Football Club
  • Hockey Club
  • Squash Club
  • Table Tennis Club
  • Tennis Club
  • Volleyball Club
  • Weightlifting Club

IIT Madras Placement:

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is one of the most reputed institutes for technological education and research in India. Known for its strong relations with the industry, the Institute has always been a favourite destination of recruitment for many firms. The Training and Placement office is the nodal point of contact for companies seeking to establish a fruitful relationship with IIT Madras.  IIT Madras provides our students with the tools to excel in this highly competitive and fast advancing world. The Placement Office has been striving continuously to match the students with their dream jobs, resulting in a win-win situation for the student and the hiring organization. The highest and median salary packages for every department are shown below:

Department Highest Salary Median Salary
Aerospace Engineering 20 LPA 10 LPA
Applied Mechanics 12 LPA 7.5 LPA
Bio-Technology 48.75 LPA 11.6 LPA
Civil Engineering 18.95 LPA 9.6 LPA
Chemical Engineering 32 LPA 11 LPA
Chemistry 12 LPA 12 LPA
Computer Science Engineering 95.87 LPA 21 LPA
Electrical Engineering 39.02 LPA 15.05 LPA
Engineering Design 16.8 LPA 10.05 LPA
Humanities 10 LPA 9 LPA
Mathematics 12 LPA 7.82 LPA
Mechanical Engineering 26.04 LPA 10.01 LPA
Metallurgical and Mechanical Engineering 17.02 LPA 10.05 LPA
Ocean Engineering 48.75 LPA 10 LPA
Physics 20 LPA 10 LPA

Some of the top recruiters include,

  • McKinsey & Company
  • BCG
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Dalberg
  • Deloitte
  • RBS
  • UBS
  • Meibach
  • Ey
  • Futures First
  • HSBC
  • google
  • Microsoft
  • ISRO
  • ICICI Bank
  • Standard Chartered
  • ANZ
  • Halma
  • Samsung
  • Nvidia
  • Apple
  • American Express
  • Amazon
  • intel
  • Flipkart
  • Publicis sapient
  • Honeywell
  • ITC
  • Schlumberger
  • Citibank
  • Mastercard
  • Sprinklr
  • Alphonso

IIT Madras Fellowship Schemes:

IIT Madras offers up to three fellowship schemes for its deserving candidates pursuing the M.Tech program. The three schemes are DAE-GF Scheme, AERB-GF Scheme, ESSO-MoES Scheme. The description of the schemes is stated in the following.

DAE-GF Scheme

This scheme is offered by the Department of Atomic Energy in various engineering disciplines. The candidates who have qualified the GATE exams are selected under this scheme and a fellowship of Rs.35,000 per month is awarded. Once the candidate under this fellowship scheme completes their M.Tech program he/she will be placed in one of the DAE units.


AERB-GF Scheme

This scheme is under the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board Graduate Fellowship, where three students will be selected either from Mechanical Engg. Or Chemical Engineering or from both will be offered a stipend every month.

ESSO-MoES Scheme

Under this scheme, a maximum of ten candidates will be selected belonging to the M.Tech in Ocean Technology discipline which may also include up to two candidates from the National Institute of Ocean Technology. These candidates will be sponsored by the Earth System Science Organization- Ministry of Earth sciences.

IIT Madras Fee Structure:

IITM has laid out a detailed fee structure for the reference of the students for the fee distribution. The candidates can refer to the below-mentioned fee structure and in case of any queries, they can contact the college management. This fee structure is subjected to change at any time by the college management.

Indian Nationals
Courses Amount in rupees
B.Tech 100000
M.Sc. 3000
MBA/ EMBA 150000
Dual Degree 5000
Dual Degree Sponsored 25000
MS/ Ph.D. 2500

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Indian Institute of Technology, [IIT] Chennai Eligibility Criteria and Admission Procedure

IIT Madras Eligibility Criteria:

IITM has a detailed explanation on the eligibility for the UG, PG and research programs for the candidate's reference who are interested to apply. 

Course Eligibility
  • The candidate should have passed the higher secondary examination with minimum aggregate marks from a recognized board.
  • The candidates should have cleared JEE (mains) and JEE(advance) examinations.
  • The candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university in science stream or equivalent.
  • The candidate should have cleared the JAM examination.
  • The candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university in engineering/technology or equivalent.
  • The candidate should have cleared the GATE examination.
  • The candidate should have a Bachelor’ Degree with a minimum of three years from a recognized board.
  • The candidates should have a valid CAT score.
Ph.D./ MS
  • The candidate should have a Master’s degree from a recognized university or board.

IIT Madras Admission:

The candidates willing to apply to the university are advised to visit the official website on a timely basis for any notifications posted as admission alerts will not be sent individually.

  • The candidates are initially asked to register with the university.
  • The candidates can then login using the registration details and then apply by filling in the application form.
  • All the compulsory fields should be mandatorily filled in without any mistakes or infringement.
  • The candidates are then advised to upload a scanned copy of all the required documents and entrance examination scores for the respective programs.
  • This step is followed by the payment of a non-refundable registration fee according to the chosen program.
  • After submitting the application form and remitting the fee amount the candidate is asked to print the application form and the receipt.
  • Once the candidate gets selected they are asked to pay the admission fee and to report to the college with the original documents for verification on a specific date.

Courses and Fees Structure of Indian Institute of Technology, [IIT] Chennai

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Indian Institute of Technology, [IIT] Chennai Engineering Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech]  5 year(s), Full Time Rs. 5 Lakh
Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech]  4 year(s), Full Time Rs. 4 Lakh
Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] + Master of Technology [M.Tech]  5 year(s), Full Time Rs. 5 Lakh
Master of Technology [M.Tech]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 50,000
Ph.D  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 10,000

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Indian Institute of Technology, [IIT] Chennai Management Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Master of Business Administration [MBA]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 3.20 Lakh
Ph.D  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 10,000

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Indian Institute of Technology, [IIT] Chennai Science Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Master of Science [M.Sc]  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 6,000
Ph.D  2 year(s), Full Time Rs. 10,000
Indian Institute of Technology, [IIT] Chennai Humanities and Arts Courses and Fees Structure
Course Name Fees Interested
Bachelor of Arts [BA] + Master of Arts [MA]  5 year(s), Full Time Rs. 60,320
Master of Arts [MA]  5 year(s), Full Time Rs. 15,000

Student Satisfaction Rating 

Based on 39 Student's Reviews 8.6/10  
Overall Rating
Social Life
Rating Distribution
Top Feature & Summary
This institute is recommended by 37/39 students

Indian Institute of Technology, [IIT] Chennai Ranking

Engineering Ranking
Publication Name Rank
The Week 3
Silicon India 5
Outlook 1
MBA Ranking
Publication Name Rank
Outlook 21

Approval, Recognition, Affiliation and Accreditation

The college is approved by null.

Hostel Details

IIT Madras Hostel:

IIT Madras is a residential institute and provides accommodation to students in the hostels. There are 19 hostels, all named after the mighty rivers of India. Of the hostels, four are for girls and 15 are for boys. The first-year undergraduate students are accommodated in a double-occupancy style accommodation. In subsequent years, single/ double/ triple rooms are allotted depending on the hostel. Postgraduate students get single rooms. Internet and Local Area Network (LAN) facilities are provided in every room and there is a computer room in the hostels. Hostel facilities include a garden and a library from which students can borrow books.

Every hostel has washing machines, fully equipped sports facilities, music rooms, tech rooms and television rooms. Most hostel-level meetings take place in common rooms. The students celebrate festivals such as Holi, Pongal, Onam, Diwali, and New Year’s Eve. The hostel night is organized annually by each hostel, where the entire hostel celebrates with food and music. This occasion also commemorates the graduating seniors of that hostel. The Institute operates buses and mini autos connecting the main gate to different parts of the campus, including the Hostel and Academic zones at frequent intervals. Students are encouraged to traverse the vast campus on bicycles or on foot. Use of powered vehicles by students is not permitted.

Hostel Fees:

Course Amount in Rupees
B.Tech/ Dual Degree/ MA 20500
M.Tech /MBA/ M.Sc./ Ph.D./ MS 15500



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Contact Details and Location

Address : IIT P.O, Chennai - 600 036
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Student Reviews

Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] + Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Mechanical Engineering), batch of 2019

Shastra is a technical festival. Saarang is the cultural festival. There are many technical and literary clubs. College life is best. No restrictions for going out of campus and coming back. You can go at whatever time you want.

Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Mechanical Engineering), batch of 2016

The Daily routine can get a little hectic depending on the department of study and the courses being taken. Teachers offer interesting projects to enthusiastic students when approached. The overall experience is awesome.


Students have complete freedom to start and work with student societies and clubs as per campus rules. The main festivals on campus are Shaastra( the tech fest), Saarang( the cultural fest) and Inter IIT sports meet.  It is funded by the alumni donations primarily and also gets funds from multiple startups from seniors or alumni who used to work here.

Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Computer Science & Technology), batch of 2017

Each semester students are allowed to do maximum 30 credits and minimum 19 credits. Commonly it is credit based course. A 2 credit course will be having 2 classes a week, 3 credit course will be having 3 classes a week, 4 credit course will be 4 classes a week. Quality and method of teaching will be dependent on the professor of a course. But overall our quality of learning is very excellent. 


There are numerous activities in the colleges. They are of co-curricular, extracurricular types. Two major fests named shaastra and a technical festival and Saarang. Entire college life is filled with fun.

Master of Arts [MA] (Rural Development), batch of 2022

The daily routine is very flexible. Excellent faculty and a wide variety of subjects. Good interactive courses and holistic teaching.


Excellent opportunities for sports and cultural. There is a club for everything on campus.

Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Civil Engineering), batch of 2020

1.60 credits per semester which means 6 courses, which includes làb, project in first semester in my course. Duration of one class is 50 minutes.

2.Method of teaching is through digital classroom

3.Over all experience is excellent


1.Many student societies, clubs and associations which includes làdies club, Finànce club, NSS and NCC team Telugu ,Tamil, Hindi, Kannada associations

2.shaastra is biggest technical fest and Saarang is cultural fest

3.Life at càmpus is excellent which we never forget

Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Chemical Engineering), batch of 2020

In a week each subject has 4 classes on average. Saturday and Sunday will be holidays. Assignments and projects will be there. Overall quality of teaching is nice.


There are no societies, but we have clubs like photography, choreography, music etc. The main festivals in the campus are SAARANG, the cultural festival and SAASHTRA, the tech festival. The college life will be nice.

Master of Science [M.Sc] (Mathematics), batch of 2016
  • Class Timing from Morning 8:00am to 2:00pm, Project on Mathematical Modelling, Assignments on Core coding of Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Its Good
  • Now in Second Year it very Nice.

  • There are atleast 10 official club and 6 to 8 societies.
  • Sarang and Shastra is most famous fest in our college.
  • In one word College Life is awesome.

Master of Science [M.Sc] (Physics), batch of 2016
  • The quality and method of teaching are good at Indian Institute of Technology

  • A lot of festivals like festivals like Saarang, Shastra are celebrated each year at Indian Institute of Technology
  • Life in college is good

Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] + Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Electrical Engineering), batch of 2017
  • Academics at Indian Institute of Technology are of quite high standards in most fields. 
  • They have a really good teaching faculty.
  • In a semester they have two quiz sessions and one end semester exam. Besides this, some courses have projects (usually one project per course). Assignments are regularly given (bi-monthly or weekly) sometimes acompanied by assignment tests
  •  Classes are between 8AM and 5PM depending on the courses selected

  • Indian Institute of Technology has many clubs and student organizations on campus. Almost every interest is catered to.
  • Almost every department has its own festival annually. Besides this, the main cult and tech festivals are Saarang and Shaastra.
  • College life is quite active and lively in general.

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