Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) is a public technical and research university established by the government of India in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. Established in 1951, the institute is the first of the IITs to be established and is recognised as an Institute of National Importance. In 2019 it was awarded the status of Institute of Eminence by the government of India.

The institute was initially established to train scientists and engineers after India attained independence in 1947. However, over the years, the institute’s academic capabilities diversified with offerings in management, law, architecture, humanities, etc. IIT Kharagpur has an 8.7-square-kilometre (2,100-acre) campus and has about 22,000 residents.


Establishment year1951
Also known asIIT Kharagpur/ IITK
LocationKharagpur, West Bengal
Campus area2,100-acre
Ownership typeDeemed, Autonomous
RecognitionUGC, AICTE
Student strength11,000+
Rankings– Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Ranking 2021 placed the institute at 2nd position
-the Overall Global Ranking 2021 ranks IIT KGP at 32, a jump from 55th rank last year.
-IIT Kharagpur is also ranked 5th under the Engineering category by NIRF and 4th by Outlook in the year 2020. 
Number of courses offered70+
Number of departments16
Number of centres7
Number of scholarships20+
Education modeFull-time
Gender intakeCo-ed

IIT Kharagpur Admission Process

IIT Kharagpur admission 2021 is entrance based. Students are selected on the basis of various national-level entrance tests like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, GATE, etc. All departments and centres collectively offer 50 plus UG, PG and doctoral degree courses. IIT KGP has started inviting applications for the MMST programme.

The flagship courses of IIT Kharagpur are BTech and MTech.

  • IIT Kharagpur admission to BTech and BArch is conducted on the basis of JEE Main and JEE Advanced ranks followed by JoSAA counselling
  • MTech admissions to IIT Kharagpur are conducted on the basis of GATE score
  • Admission to MSc and MBA is based on JAM and CAT scores respectively
  • In order to seek admission to MS and PhD programmes, the candidates are required to appear for written tests and personal interviews conducted by the institution.

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IIT Kharagpur Cut Off 2020: BTech

Admission to IIT Kharagpur is based on JEE Advanced rank, followed by Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) Counselling. The institute-specific qualifying cutoff is announced after the declaration of JEE Advanced 2020 result to manage the seat allotment process. The seat allotment process is based on the college cutoff and the candidate’s preference for courses and colleges. The cutoffs are generally declared in seven rounds of JoSAA Counselling based on opening and closing ranks for each of the programme-specific specialisations. However, amidst the Covid-19 situation, only six rounds of counselling are conducted. The cutoffs are further divided into gender and various categories such as SC, ST, OBC, PwD, etc. 

IIT Kharagpur Placements

The institute organizes a wide range of career counselling programmes to improve professional communication, soft skills and personality by professional agencies/experts.

It even invites best recruiters during the placement and internship season in various sectors like core engineering, finance, IT, PSUs, consulting, automobiles and several others. Around 1500+ students are placed every year in more than 250 top brands offering the best packages in the industry. As per 2019-20 placement report (phase 1), the college bagged 41 international offers,19 PSU offers, 280 PPOs in first 5 days. Top recruiters included Google, JP Morgan, Goldman Sach, etc.

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IIT Kharagpur Scholarships

Approximately 1,000 students are provided with financial aid at IIT Kharagpur from different corporations, agencies, and foundations. Also, several endowment prizes along with free tuition opportunities are offered at the institution. Further, the institute facilitates and finances students to participate enthusiastically in international competitions. Moreover, the faculty from research projects offers top-up fellowships. For incubated entrepreneurship projects, special grants are available too. In addition, education loans are offered to assist students financially. The details regarding the same are tabulated below:

Scholarship NameScholarship Details
Merit-cum-Means Scholarship– Up to full tuition fee waiver and pocket allowance- Applicable for 25% of students admitted in UG/PG courses- Annual parental income must not exceed Rs 6 lakh
Free Studentship– Exemption from payment of tuition fees- Applicable for 10% of the students admitted- Given on the basis of means criteria only

IIT Kharagpur Annual Fests


With over 40 events, encompassing varied fields of science, technology and management, Kshitij, the annual techno-management fest of IIT Kharagpur, invites students from all around the globe to put their ingenuity and aptitude to test at an unparalleled level of competition. The largest fest of its kind in all of Asia, offers its participants a wide spectrum of events to prove their mettle, while the huge amount of prize money is reflective of the grandeur of the same. Quality of our events was soon noticed by top notch international organizations like ASME, IMechE, ACM and IEEE and they continue their association with us. Gaining patronage from UNESCO for the third time consecutively reflects the kind of impact Kshitij has made on todays student community. 

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 known as Illumination, is a festival unique to IIT Kharagpur. It is inspired from the day of Diwali (the festival of lights) and is usually held on the day of Diwali itself. It is held as a competition among student halls. As part of the Illumination festival, all halls build vertical panels of bamboo (called Chatais) on which thousands of lamps (diyas) are mounted forming outlines of people or things; illustrating an event, or a place of importance. The chatais may reach a height of 6 metres (20 ft), with nearly 20,000 lighted lamps. The lamps on the chatais are lighted with all other light sources switched off, to showcase the art-panels made by the flickering lamps.

IIT Kharagpur Campus

The location is just a couple of hours drive from the bustling metro-city, Kolkata. It’s a serene and creative place with vibrancy of youth all around, where the coffee flows and calmness is preferred. IIT Kharagpur is the 1st IIT and has the largest campus area among all the IITs. The appeal of vast expanses of green, sweeping trees everywhere and the classic architecture blends in with the creative lifestyle of the campus residents. Fully residential campus away from the hustle-bustle of city accelerates the campus life towards social and creative gatherings and develops among them the extra-ordinary skill in all the spheresâ??academic, extra-curricular, social et al.The Campus offers amenities such as Clubs, Eateries Gym, Swimming Pool, Park, Film Shows for social gathering and health and wellness. For more details visit Campus Amenities

Social Life

Club – The campus has two clubs, Technology Club and Staff for campus residents for get together, social cultural programmes and events.

Technology Film Society – TFS hosts movie shows thrice a week at the Netaji Auditorium.

Events and Fests – The campus residents and the students organize events and festivals at different times in the year. The students organize Spring Fest and Kshitij (techno-management fest). These two events have participation from celebrity performers and even Nobel Laureates. The campus residents also organize socio-cultural events, exhibitions, food fests etc.

Health and Wellness

Healthcare – The B.C. Roy Technology Hospital located at the centre of the Campus is available for all campus residents. It provides indoor and outdoor medical facilities for common ailments. The hospital has a competent team of doctors, ICU, OT, all required diagnostic facility etc. The State Hospital and Railway Hospital, both are located about 2 km from the Campus. Additionally the Institute provides medical facilities to the employees and their dependant relatives outside the campus as per standard norms of Central Govt. The campus has a counselling centre as well.

Gymkhana and Swimming Pool – Technology Students’ Gymkhana is the nerve centre for sports, cultural and social activities of the students. The Centre is also facilitated with a state of art gymnasium which can be accessed by Institute staff and campus residents. An Aquatic Club with swimming pools is centrally located right beside the Gymkhana. The Pools, which remain open from morning to late evenings, provide sport, exercise and relaxation par excellence.

Park – A beautifully built landscape with greenery and water bodies have been carved in the campus for morning work-out, evening walks and spending some time in solitude breathing in the freshness of the campus.

Places to visit

On-Campus Places to visit

  • Nehru Museum,
  • Hijli Shahid Bhavan,
  • Old Prison Cells,
  • Martyrs Memorial

Off-Campus Places to visit:

  • Bay of Bengal Sea Beaches: Digha, Mandarmani, Shankarpur, Udaipur, Talshari, Chadipur, Bakkhali
  • Hilly Treks: Ayodhya Hill, Dolma Hills, Kakrajhor. You may also take a weekend off to Darjeeling to enjoy the absolute beauty of Kangchenjunga and Eastern Himalayas
  • Forest Destinations: Arabari, Hatibari, Belpahari, Bhimbandh, Jhargram, Sundarbans
  • River Spots: Deulti, Gadiara, Ghatshila
  • Nearest Cities: Kolkata, Bankura-Bishnupur (Heritage city), Durgapur, Jamshedpur

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Notable Alumni

Sundar Pichai

Pichai Sundararajan is commonly known as Sundar Pichai. He is an Indian American business executive and CEO, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google LLC. He started his career as a materials engineer, and in 2004, he joined Google as a management executive. Later, Sundar Pichai rose to become Google’s product chief and then CEO of Google in 2015, as part of the restructuring process that made Alphabet Inc. into Google’s parent company. After which, he also became the CEO of Alphabet Inc. in December 2019.

Sundar Pichai completed his metallurgical engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and is a distinguished alumnus from IIT Kharagpur. He also holds an MS material science and engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.

Pushpak Bhattacharyya

Bhattacharyya is a popular computer scientist and a professor at the Computer Science and Engineering Department, IIT Bombay. And currently, Pushpak is also the Director of the Indian Institute of Technology Patna.

Besides this, he was the President of the Computational Linguistics Association. Presently he heads the Research Group Center for Indian Language Technology (CFILT) lab at IIT Bombay for Natural language processing.

He has completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from IIT Kharagpur on bachelors and masters of technology. Later, he completed his PhD from IIT Bombay in 1994. Pusphak Bhattacharyya was awarded the “Patwardhan Award of IIT Bombay for Technology Development,” “VNMM award of IIT Roorkee for Technology Development,” “Fellow of National Academy of Engineering,” and “Eminent Engineer awardee of Institution of Engineers.”

Duvvuri Subbarao

Duvvuri Subbarao is a Retired IAS Officer, Ex-Governor of RBI, and Indian Economist. Subbarao was the 22nd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India who served under Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

Dr D.Subbarao is an IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre 1972 batch. On 5th September 2008, he was appointed the 22nd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and served his duties until 2013.

Dr D. Subbarao received his M.Sc degree (Physics) from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur after relieving his administrative duties in 1978. Later, he did his master’s degree in economics from the Ohio State University of United States. Subbarao is also a fellow member of the Humphrey Fellowship during his Humphrey Fellowship program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for pursuing Quantitative Economic Modelling. Besides this, he received a PhD in Economics from Andhra University, where his doctoral thesis was titled “Fiscal reforms at the sub-national level.”

Arjun Malhotra

Arjun Malhotra is an Indian industrialist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and co-founder of the HCL group in 1975, where he also served as vice-chairman. Besides this, he also founded TechSpan, and then he served as a chief executive officer of a US-based firm. Later, he joined hands with his college friend and co-founded SPIC MACAY to promote Indian music and culture amongst the youth.

In 1965, he joined IIT Kharagpur to pursue his degree in Electronics and Electrical Communications. Later, he came to the United States to do the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Malhotra was awarded many prestigious awards, including Albert Einstein Technology Medal in 2001, Dataquest Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, Dr B.C. Roy Gold Medal, Honorary Doctorate from Punjab Technical University in 2013. Also, in 2003, he was named a Life Fellow by IIT Kharagpur and later awarded the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the university in 2012.

Malli Mastan Babu

Mastan Babu Malli was a famous Indian mountaineer and proud alumni of IIT Kharagpur. Malli is well known for his world record of creating the feat of climbing each continent’s highest peak (the Seven Summits) in the shortest time at that point. Malli took a total of 172 days, with the first climb on 19th January 2006 and the 7th on 10th July 2006. This feat made him one of the fastest seven summiteers in the world at that time.

The IIT Calcutta awarded Mastan Babu the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011. Notably, Babu is the first Indian and South Asian to climb all seven summits, the first Indian to climb Carstensz Pyramid and Vinson Massif. On 24th March 2015, Babu passed away in the Andes mountains post a successful attempt at the Tres Cruces Sur Summit.

IIT Kharagpur – Cutoffs, Campus, Fests, Notable Alumni

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