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What Are NITs?

Updated on - Jun 08th, 2020 | 11:43 AM by Misan

NIT Colleges and Courses

The government of India in the second five-year plan from 1956-1960 concentrated more on the MSME and Chevy industry establishment in our country. The government recognized the need for highly skilled technicians with knowledge of all the latest equipment which is out there to make the industrial process as smooth as possible. It is the time when the government of India started these National institutions in various regions.

What are NITs?

The full form of NIT is the National Institute of Technology. These NIT colleges are located in many cities across India. The colleges are a chain of educational institutions with an NIT Common Council that will be looking after the admission procedures and acts as the central body. In India, there are 32 NIT colleges in different places, spread in every state of India. Each NIT is an autonomous institution that has its own set of rules and regulations, cut-offs, number of seats, etc. The Colleges are all funded by the Government of India. These colleges are public universities offering engineering courses under UG, PG, and Ph.D. programs.

NIT Colleges in India

NIT colleges are present in every region and almost every state. These colleges are considered to be most popular in the field of engineering-related studies. Here is the list of all the colleges in various cities and the states to which they belong. The NIT Delhi acts as the central body and the common council is located on the campus of NIT Delhi.

NIT Colleges in India
Serial No Name Founded Established City/Town State/UT
1 NIT Allahabad (MNNIT) 1961 2001 Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
2 NIT Bhopal (MANNIT) 1960 2002 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
3 NIT Durgapur (NITD) 1960 2002 Durgapur West Bengal
4 NIT Calicut (NITC) 1961 2002 Calicut Kerala
5 NIT Hamirpur (NITH) 1986 2002 Hamirpur Himachal Pradesh
6 NIT Jaipur (MNIT) 1963 2002 Jaipur Rajasthan
7  NIT Jalandhar (NITJ) 1987 2002 Jalandhar Punjab
8 NIT Jamshedpur (NITJSR) 1960 2002 Jamshedpur Jharkhand
9 NIT Kurukshetra (NITKKR) 1963 2002 Kurukshetra Haryana
10 NIT Nagpur (VNIT) 1960 2002 Nagpur Maharashtra
11 NIT Rourkela (NITRKL) 1961 2002 Rourkela Odisha
12 NIT Silchar (NITS) 1967 2002 Silchar Assam
13 NIT Karnataka (NITK) 1960 2002 Suratkhal Karnataka
14 NIT Warangal (NITW) 1959 2002 Warangal Telangana
15 NIT Srinagar (NITSRI) 1960 2003 Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
16 NIT Surat (SVNIT) 1961 2003 Surat Gujarat
17 NIT Trichy (NITT) 1964 2003 Trichy Tamil Nadu
18 NIT Patna (NITP) 1886 2004 Patna Bihar
19 NIT Raipur (NITRR) 1956 2005 Raipur Chhattisgarh
20 NIT Agartala (NITA) 1965 2006 Agartala Tripura
21 NIT Arunachal Pradesh (NITAP) 2010 2010 Yupia Arunachal Pradesh
22 NIT Delhi (NITD) 2010 2010 New Delhi Delhi
23 NIT Goa (NITG) 2010 2010 Farmagudi Goa
24 NIT Manipur (NITMN) 2010 2010 Imphal Manipur
25 NIT Meghalaya (NITM) 2010 2010 Shillong Meghalaya
26 NIT Mizoram (NITMZ) 2010 2010 Aizawl Mizoram
27 NIT Nagaland (NITN) 2010 2010 Dimapur Nagaland
28 NIT Puducherry (NITPY) 2010 2010 Karaikal Puducherry
29 NIT Sikkim (NITSKM) 2010 2010 Ravangla Sikkim
30 NIT Uttarakhand (NITUK) 2010 2010 Srinagar, Uttarakhand Uttarakhand
31 NIT Andhra Pradesh (NITANP) 2015 2015 Tadepalligudem Andhra Pradesh
32 IIEST Shibpur (IIEST) 1856 2019 Howrah -

NIT Cut Offs

Cut-offs are nothing but the minimum score that the candidates have to achieve for being eligible for admission. Each NIT college has its own cutoff. This minimum mark is dependent on the NIRF Ranking and student popularity. A majority of the NIT colleges offer admissions based on the JEE Mains exam score. Let us now look at cut off marks of some of the best NIT Colleges.

NIT Cutoffs
College Name OR/CR CSE ECE ME EE/EEE

NIT Trichy

ORF 2060 5325 4154 5708
CR 5317 8011 12970 10353

NIT Rourkela

OR 2253 8571 11662 4084
CR 9420 12009 20304 19168

NIT Surathkal

OR 960 3378 6315 3456
CR 3181 5608 11788 6801

NIT Warangal

OR 978 2919 4340 5270
CR 2341 2919 10209 8152

NIT Calicut

OR 2201 8023 10629 9703
CR 10222 14769 20480 18966

NIT Kurukshetra

OR 2268 8320 11195 9454
CR 6170 12067 18115 16273

NIT Durgapur

OR 5611 12509 14511 13595
CR 12095 16098 22753 19325

MNIT Allahabad

OR 1449 3600 5884 5879
CR 4051 7128 11145 8790

NIT Silchar

OR 8699 17899 21851 32579
CR 23882 40841 49215 56958

MNIT Jaipur

OR 1148 3881 9277 4119
CR 3831 7868 11426 9179

*Note: OR refers to Opening Rank and CR refers to Closing Rank. The ranks in between OR and CR are eligible for that particular course. 

NIT Courses

The courses are offered exclusively in the subject of engineering. The courses are available in three programs, UG, PG, and Doctorate. All the UG programs are for a time period of 4 years and the PG programs are for a time duration of 2 years. The college follows the semester system. Each year has two semesters respectively. The courses in these colleges are differentiated by the specializations available in the engineering course. Let us now look at the courses that are offered in the table below.

NIT Courses
UG Programmes PG Programmes
Bachelor of Technology (BTech) Master of Science (MSc)
Bachelor of Science (BS) Master of Technology (MTech)
Dual Degree (BTech-MTech) Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Dual Degree (BS & MS)  -
Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)  -

Even though every college in this group college some or the other non-engineering courses, the popularity of these colleges is only because of its engineering courses. The college is famous as students from the engineering courses in these colleges tend to get very good and high income earning jobs in the placements. The corporate sector now has a lot of alumni from the NITs and this helps them to organize one of the best placements in the country. Let us now look at some of the famous engineering courses in the NITs,

  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics & Communication Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Production Engineering

In the end, we can say that IIT is the topmost government college to get an engineering degree. NIT is the second place in the country to study engineering. One more advantage of NIT is that there is more number of NITs than IITs in India. So it makes NIT colleges more available for the people in all regions, in fact, in all states of the country.

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