Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is a publictechnical and research university located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. As one of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), it is recognised as an Institute of National Importance. Founded in 1959 with technical and financial assistance from the former government of West Germany, it was the third IIT established by the Government of India. IIT Madras has been ranked as the top engineering institute in India for five years in a row (2016–2020) by the National Institutional Ranking Framework of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.


Establishment year1961
Also known asIIT Madras/ IITM
Campus area630-acre
Ownership typeDeemed, Autonomous
RecognitionUGC, AICTE
Student strength10,000+
RankingsIIT Madras has been ranked no 1 in India in both overall and engineering categories in NIRF 2020
Number of courses offered70+
Number of departments16
Number of centres7
Number of scholarships20+
Education modeFull-time
Gender intakeCo-ed

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IIT Madras Scholarships

IIT Madras offers various scholarships to meritorious, talented, and financially weaker students under multiple categories. The details regarding the same are tabulated below:

Scholarships NameScholarships Detail
Institute Merit-Cum-Means Scholarship– Available for 25% of students admitted- Up to 67% tuition fee exemption- Parental income must not exceed Rs 4.5 lakh
Institute Free Studentship– Available for 25% of students admitted- Up to 67% tuition fee exemption- Parental income must not exceed Rs 4.5 lakh
Institute Notional Prize– One-time grant of Rs 1,000 is offered to 7% of students admitted- Given on the basis of JEE rank- Parental income must not exceed Rs 4.5 lakh
Institute SC/ST Scholarship– Tuition fee exemption, free mess, and pocket allowance of Rs 250 per month- Parental income must not exceed Rs 4.5 lakh
Girish Ready Scholarship– Scholarship amount is Rs 25,000 per year- Given on the basis of JEE rank and all-round performance in previous school years- Parental income must not exceed Rs 5 lakh
Indian Women’s Association at Bonn Scholarship– Offered Rs 1,250 per month to one BTech student for 12 months- Given on the basis of JEE rank- Parental income must not exceed Rs 5 lakh
Sri V Ranga Raju Memorial Scholarship– Offered Rs 500 per month to one BTech student for 4 years- Given on a merit-cum-means basis- Parental income must not exceed Rs 5 lakh
M Sankaraiah and M Saradha (Mithigiri) Scholarship– Offered one-time scholarship of Rs 20,000- Given to students of BTech/ Dual Degree Electrical Engineering based on CGPA scored at the end of 4th semester
Dr. K Vasanth Rau Scholarship– Offered Rs 25,000 per annum to one student for the entire programme duration- Given on the basis of JEE Main rank- Parental income must not exceed Rs 5.50 lakh

IIT Madras Campus Life

IIT Madras is a residential institute that occupies a 2.5 km² (617 acre) campus that was formerly part of the adjoining Guindy National Park. The main entrance of IIT Madras is on Sardar Patel Road, flanked by the residential districts of Adyar and Velachery. The campus is close to the Raj Bhavan, the official seat of the Governor of Tamil Nadu.

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.

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Annual Fests at IIT Madras


Shaastra is the annual technical festival of IIT Madras. True to its name, the Sanskrit equivalent of science, Shaastra is a celebration of unconstrained thinking and love for the spirit of engineering. A melting pot of diverse disciplines in science, it provides the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the latest worldwide trending technologies.


IIT Madras has seen a 60-year journey marked by many milestones, one of which was the advent of Mardi Gras, a pioneer student cultural extravaganza. Mardi Gras had the distinction of hosting Uriah Heep (in one of their rare world tours), Buddha’s Babies and even A R Rahman as a college student. Almost 45 years later, the legacy lives on, but now known as Saarang.

One of the largest cultural festivals in India, Saarang attracts over 50,000 people from around the country. Held in January every year, Saarang is commonly acknowledged as the mother of all cultural festivals, a reputation that the Institute is honour-bound to uphold.

IT Madras Cutoff 2021: BTech

A category-wise split of cutoffs with opening and closing ranks from round 1 and round 6 of JoSAA Counselling, respectively for Gender-Neutral candidates seeking BTech admission at IIT Madras, is provided in the table below:

IIT Madras Cut Off (BTech): General Category
SpecialisationOpening Rank (Round 1)Closing Rank (Round 6)
Aerospace Engineering2,2433,678
Chemical Engineering2,0763,636
Civil Engineering2,4575,727
Computer Science and Engineering49158
Electrical Engineering166844
Engineering Physics1,166 1,589
Mechanical Engineering8442,314
Metallurgical & Materials Engineering3,5905,554
Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering5,1247,929

IIT Madras Placements

The Training and Placement Office of IITM maintains relationships with various companies and organisations to provide job opportunities to students. It invites several companies and organisations to the campus for placement drives. In the academic year of 2018-19, 1151 students were hired in leading organisations. Top recruiters of IITM were Google, Microsoft, Myntra, PayPal, TCS, Wipro, Philips, American Express, Kotak, Amazon, Flipkart, Citibank, IBM and Reliance.

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Noted Alumni

IIT madras has a very strong alumni network with some of the best minds of the country hailing from the institute. Some of the most notable alumni are:

  • Kris Gopalakrishnan 

He is one of the seven founders of the leading global IT firm, Infosys, established in 1981. He pursued MSc in physics and MTech in computer science from IIT-Madras.

He also co-founded Axilor Ventures, a venture capital platform, in 2014. Gopalakrishnan was honored with Padma Bhushan in 2011.

  • Ramanathan Guha

Ramanathan Guha, a noted computer scientist, is also a famous alumnus of IIT-Madras. He is widely known as the creator of web standards like RSS, RDF, and Schema.org.He pursued BTech in mechanical engineering from IIT-Madras and later obtained MS from University of California, Berkeley, and PhD from Stanford University.He was a Google Fellow and Vice President (Research) at Google, until 2016.

  •  Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan

Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan, famous web and technology entrepreneurs, are also alumni of IIT-Madras. Both Rajaraman and Harinarayan pursued BTech in computer science from the prestigious institute. They are the co-founders of Junglee Corp., an early pioneer of Internet comparison shopping, which was established in 1996 and acquired by Amazon in 1998. Notably, they also co-founded Cambrian Ventures and Kosmix.

  • Sridhar Vembu

Sridhar Vembu, the founder and CEO of Zoho Corporation, is also one of the noted IIT-Madras alumni. He pursued a BTech degree in electrical engineering from IIT-Madras in 1989 and later did a PhD from Princeton University. He founded Zoho, a software development company that focuses on web-based business tools and IT solutions, including office tools suite, IoT management platform, etc., in 1996.

  • Vishwas Shringi

Vishwas Shringi, Founder-CEO of Voylla, is also an IIT-Madras alumnus. He pursued BTech in chemical engineering from IIT-Madras, obtained MS from Mississippi State University, and MBA from Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. He founded Voylla, the leading online fashion jewelry store, in 2012.

IIT Madras – Cutoffs, Campus, Fests, Notable Alumni

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