IIT Kanpur – Indian Institute of Technology Overview

  Kanpur   AICTE, MHRD   ESTD 1959
  Kanpur   AICTE, MHRD   ESTD 1959

About College

IIT Kanpur Overview

IIT Kanpur is an autonomous engineering institute in Kalyanpur town of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. The institute is placed at 264th position in the QS World University Ranking 2023. It is placed at 1 in Uttar Pradesh by Institute University Rankings. IIT Kanpur is currently shortlisting candidates for the MS and PhD programs. The applications process for the same closed on April 13. Shortlist for the interview rounds will be announced in May 2022. Candidates seeking admission to the BTech program are required to appear for the JEE Advanced exam on August 28. The cutoff rank for the BTech CSE program opens at 100 and closes at 3800 including all the BTech specializations. Application process for the newly introduced 6-month accelerator program will close on April 30.

IIT Kanpur is the fourth best engineering institute in India as rated by the NIRF. The institute began the culture of Computer Science education in India. The early computer science courses were initiated on IBM systems at IIT Kanpur. The institute later began an independent academic program in Computer Science and Engineering, leading to MTech and PhD degrees. The institute currently has an enrollment of 3938 UG and 2540 PG students. IIT Kanpur campus is one of the largest campuses in India. The total area covered in 1055 acres with 108 buildings within the campus.

The institute provides more than 75 courses in Engineering, Management, Sciences, Design, and Research. Among the 75+ courses, the BTech program has the highest popularity among the aspirants. Admission to the program requires JEE Advanced rank and participation in the JoSAA counselling. IIT Kanpur cutoff for the BTech program is between 100-3000 rank in the JEE Advanced exam. The total intake for the program is 741 seats, enrolling maximum students in Electrical Engineering. 

IIT Kanpur fees for the 4 year BTech program is INR 8.30 Lacs. The fees of the institute have increased up to 76% in the past 5 years. Earlier, the annual fee for the IIT Kanpur BTech program was INR 29000 which has now increased to INR 1,24,750 per annum. The increase in the fee level has not only improved the teaching standards, but also the IIT Kanpur recruitment.

The institute has started its 2022 placement drive. 1300 placement offers have been made so far & 1100 out of these offers have been accepted. 207 pre-placement offers have been received till date. The highest international salary package stood at INR 2.06 CPA & the highest domestic salary stood at INR 1.2 CPA. Recruiters like Axtria, EXL, Goldman Sachs, OLA etc visited the campus.

Also, the institute has introduced a news initiative in the education system, i.e., SURGE IIT Kanpur. Students-Undergraduate Research Graduate Excellence (SURGE) program is an 8 week program run by the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), IIT Kanpur. The short term program provides UG research projects beyond the classroom environment. The program is open to IIT Kanpur and non IIT Kanpur students. At present, there is a total of 599 IIT Kanpur students, 704 Non IIT Kanpur students, 6 students from SAARC countries, and 66 overseas students associated with the program. SURGE students who produce exceptional quality research during the period are given an award and a commendation certificate.

IIT Kanpur Ranking

IIT Kanpur scores 8.9/10 as per Collegedunia Reviews, which is an above-average rating. Other agency rankings for the year 2021 are as follows:

  • Ranked 264 in the QS World University Ranking 2023
  • Ranked 4 in the ARIIA rankings 2021.
  • Ranked 5 and 4 by the NIRF 2021 in the Overall and Engineering category.
  • The institute is also ranked at 16 for its management programs by the NIRF 2021.
  • For the year 2020, National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked IIT K at:
    • 6 in the overall category
    • 4 in the BTech category
  • Indiatoday 2020 ranked IIT Kanpur BTech program at 20.
  • QS 2020 ranked IIT Kanpur at 6 in the overall category.

IIT Kanpur Courses

IIT Kanpur offers more than 75 courses under UG, PG, Dual, and PhD degrees. There are 2 UG, 4 PG, 3 integrated, and a doctoral program at IIT Kanpur. The programs offered include BTech, BS, MTech, MDes, MSc, MBA, MSc + PhD, PhD, etc. Admission to all the programs are entrance based. Candidates qualifying the exams are offered seats in the institute. The details of the courses along with their eligibility and selection criteria are as follows:

Course Offered Course Details IIT Kanpur Fees
B.Tech  Eligibility: Passed 10+2 with PCM and 60% aggregate marks
Selection Criteria: JEE Advanced + JoSAA counselling
INR 9.12 Lacs
BS Eligibility: Passed 10+2 with a CPI of 6/10.
Selection Criteria: JEE Advanced + JoSAA counselling
INR 8.30 Lacs
M.Tech Eligibility: Passed BTech/ BE /BSc with 55% or 5.5/10 CPI.
Selection Criteria: GATE + COAP counselling
INR 4.19 Lacs
MS Eligibility: Passed MTech/ME with 55% or 5.5/10 CPI OR B.Sc with 75% aggregate.
Selection Criteria: GATE
INR 1.19 Lacs

Eligibility: Passed BTech/ BE with 60% or 6/10 CPI OR Architecture applicants with Maths at 10+2 can also apply.
Selection Criteria: CAT + GD + PI

INR 2.99 Lacs
M.Sc Eligibility: Passed bachelor’s degree with at least 55% aggregate.
Selection Criteria: IIT JAM 
INR 30,650
M.Sc + Phd (MSPD) Eligibility: Passed bachelor’s degree with 7/10 CPI and without any backlog.
Selection Criteria: IIT JAM
M.Des Eligibility: Passed B.Tech/B.E./B.Des/B.Arch with 55% or 5.5/10 CPI.
Selection Criteria: CEED
INR 1.19 Lacs
Ph.D Eligibility: Passed corresponding master’s or bachelor’s degree.
Selection Criteria: CAT / GATE / CEED / JRF / NET
INR 1.73 Lacs

IIT Kanpur Online Courses 2022

A wide range of online short-term courses, certificate programs, and MOOCs courses are offered by IIT Kanpur. All the MOOCs courses and short-term courses are offered for free and are open to all programs. The E&ICT Academy at IIT Kanpur offers several certificate programs with a variety of specialisations in the duration of 4-6 weeks. Although, the institute charges an applicable pocket-friendly fee for its certification programs. Any undergraduate, postgraduate, faculty, or working professional can enrol themselves in the following online courses:

  • Certificate Program in Cyber Security
  • Certificate Program in Python Programming
  • Certificate Program in Introduction to Blockchain (M)
  • Certificate Program in Fundamentals of Data Science and Statistics
  • Certificate Program in Data Science using Python
  • Certificate Program in Introduction to Robotics 
  • Process Automation (Using UIPath)
  • Certificate Program in Machine Learning Zero to Hero

IIT Kanpur Admission 

Admissions at IIT Kanpur are entrance-based only, followed by counselling. 

  • For both BTech & BS, IIT Kanpur accepts JEE Advanced rank followed by JoSAA Counselling. 
  • MTech & MS admissions on the other hand, require GATE scores. Counselling for M.Tech is through COAP. Last year IIT Madras conducted COAP. 
  • While, M.Des admission at IIT Kanpur, is based on CEED exam scores. 
  • MBA admissions are based on CAT scores and for M.Sc admissions, the IIT-JAM score is accepted. 
  • Ph.D admissions in either Engineering, Management, Science or Humanities accept corresponding bachelor’s or master’s degree with scores in any of the given entrance exams that they previously qualified or are yet to qualify for CAT / GATE / CEED / JRF / NET or any other entrance accepted equivalent to these. 

How to Apply?

Applications vary as per the course and its respective entrance exam. The applicants can apply for entrance, counselling, and admission online through one common application.

  • B.Tech application would be commonly accepted through JEE website, but for counselling (through JoSAA) applicants will have to register again separately. Similarly for M.Tech applicants. 
  • Counselling portals are not application portals, thus candidates must ensure they read all instructions before submitting any application.
  • Only PhD applications are accepted through the IIT Kanpur website only. Applicants can access it when portal links open.

IIT Kanpur BTech

IIT Kanpur offers a 4 year BTech program in 9 specializations. The flagship program of the institute has an annual fee of INR 2.15 Lacs. Admission to IIT Kanpur BTech is procured through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). The minimum cutoff rank required for admission is 100 in the JEE Advanced exam, whereas, maximum cutoff rank required is in 4000. With an intake capacity of 622, the institute has managed 15:9 students to faculty ratio for the B.Tech program. Out of the 622 students graduating every year, 600 of them participate in the recruitment process and the other portion opts for higher studies. The recruitment drive of IIT Kanpur receives 1300 job offers on average which gives a minimum of 2 job offers to each participant. The average salary package offered to the students is INR 16 LPA and the highest package can go up to INR 1.2 CPA.

IIT Kanpur Cutoff 2022 (Expected)

Given below is the IIT Kanpur Cutoff for the BTech program for the year 2021. The cutoff ranks mentioned are for the general category students. Candidates seeking admission to the institute must go through the rank to get an idea about the IIT Kanpur admissions.

Courses IIT Kanpur BTech Cutoff 2021 
Opening Rank Closing Rank
Aerospace Engineering  2209 3809
Biological Sciences and Bioengineering 4610 6837
Chemical Engineering  2229 4063
Civil Engineering  3684 5648
Computer Science and Engineering  100 216
Electrical Engineering  685 1297
Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering  4271 6105
Mathematics and Scientific Computing 321 1045
Mechanical Engineering  1365 2823

GATE 2023

IIT Kanpur is the organizing institute of the GATE 2023 exam. International students living in countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Shri Lanka, Singapore, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be able to appear for GATE 2023. Such students must be pursuing or have completed final year studies of their bachelor’s degree in engineering and technology or equivalent. The exam will include 29 papers, including the newly introduced- Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (NM) and Geomatics Engineering (GE) in 2022. There are no expected changes in the GATE 2023 syllabus yet. However, GATE 2023 Syllabus will include the syllabus for General Aptitude (15%) and Core Discipline (85%). The examination will be conducted online through CBT (Computer Based Test) There will be 65 MCQs, MSQs and NATs with a total weightage of 100 marks. For more information, visit GATE 2023 exam.

IIT Kanpur MTech

IIT Kanpur offers an MTech program in 13 specializations. The admission to the IIT Kanpur MTech program is based on GATE score, previous academic record, and the interview round. The institute offers direct admission to candidates who have completed their BTech degree from an IIT by 2021 with current CPI >= 8.0 and CPI of last two years >= 8.0 are offered direct admission in the stream of first preference. For other candidates, IIT Kanpur creates a list of candidates and invites them for the further admission process on the basis of GATE score.

IIT Kanpur MTech Cutoff 2022 (Expected)

Given below is the M.Tech Cutoff for the year 2021:

Name of the Stream/ Course General  SC ST
Aerospace Engineering 750 495 460
Automation and Robotics 750 500 500
Bio Engineering 750 490 490
Chemical Engineering 475 285 285
Civil Engineering 730 630 630
Computer Science Engineering 775 516 516
Earth Science 430 310 269
Electrical Engineering 900 683 594
Engineering Physics 660 396 396
Environmental Engineering 690 690 690
Geo informatics 730 483 483
Industrial Engineering 825 630 630
Industrial Engineering 600 362 362
Mechanical Engineering 750 558 558
Transportation Engineering 728 559 525

IIT Kanpur MBA

IIT Kanpur is considered amongst the best management institutes as well. The institute is ranked 16 by the NIRF for its MBA program. The program is offered by the IME, IIT Kanpur on the basis of the CAT exam. The CAT percentile desirable for IIT Kanpur MBA admissions is 85 percentile. The fees for the program is INR 3 LPA. Read More: Which is better, an MBA from IIT Kanpur or a PGDISEM program from NITIE?

IIT Kanpur Placements

IIT Kanpur started its 2022 placement drive. This year, more recruiters visited the campus. Number of placement offers have increased compared to the last year. The highest international salary increased by 40.14 (approx.) compared to the last year. The highest domestic salary increased by nearly 46.34% compared to 2021. The major highlights are tabulated below: 

Particulars Placement Statistics (2020-22)
Participating recruiters 287
Number of start ups 16
Number of offers made 1300
Number of offers accepted 1100
Number of international offers 47
Number of PPOs 207
Highest international salary INR 2.06 CPA
Highest domestic salary INR 1.2 CPA
Top recruiters Axtria, EXl, Goldman Sachs, OLA 

IIT Kanpur Scholarships

Various types of scholarships are offered at IIT Kanpur to both meritorious and those with low finances. The scholarships are in turn, either merit-based or need-based. The following scholarships can be availed by applicants at IIT Kanpur:

  • Merit cum Means Scholarship: This type of scholarship is offered to SC / ST applicants who maintain a CPI of 6.5. They get a full tutition fee waiver, INR 1000 as pocket money allowance. Only parents’ annual income certificate stating below INR 4.5 LPA is mandatory for availing this scholarship.
  • INSPIRE – Merit Based Scholarship: A scholarship amount of INR 30,000 is offered to BS students per semester, along with a research grant of INR 20,000 based on AIR in Chemistry, Physics and mathematics department.
  • Sports Scholarship: Around 20 scholarships with an amount of INR 1000 for 9 months is awarded to IIT Kanpur students showing exemplary leadership in sports and its corresponding growth.
  • Private Scholarships: There are 115 private scholarships that are extended to UG students with 6.5 CPI and above. Some of them are – Class of 1984 Scholarship, Dr. KP Gupta Scholarship, etc.

IIT Kanpur Faculty

IIT Kanpur has a total of 413 faculty members. With student strength of 6478, the institute has maintained a student to faculty ratio of 15.9. The faculty at IIT Kanpur is the recent recipients of major National and International awards. These awards include Padma Shri, Infosys Prize, Humboldt Research Award, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, TWAS Prize, National J.C. Bose Fellowship, Fulkerson Prize, Goedel Prize, National Academy of Sciences (NASc), Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Indian Academy of Science (FASc), Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Swaranajayanti Fellowship.

IIT Kanpur FAQs

Q. Will IIT Kanpur conduct GATE 2023?

Ans. Yes, the conducting authority of GATE 2023 is IIT Kanpur. The examination is expected to be held in the 1st and 2nd week of Feb 2023. GATE 2023 notification will be released in the month of September 2022.

Q. What is e-summit IIT Kanpur?

Ans. E-Summit at IIT Kanpur is the flagship event of the institute. The event is important for academic communities, venture capitalists, new-age entrepreneurs. The event offers many opportunities to showcase entrepreneurial talent and creativity through events such as business ventures, product design competitions, and social entrepreneurial idea competitions.

Q. What is SIIC IIT Kanpur?

Ans. Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC) IIT Kanpur is an incubator supporting students in establishing their own start-ups. The centre consists of experienced academicians, founders, mentors, and team members who provide opportunities to the sudents. SIIC IIT Kanpur has mentored 200+ startups till date. The centre provides three programs namely:

  • Dhrishti
  • F6s
  • EdTech Hackathon

Q. What is the rank of IIT Kanpur in the world?

Ans. As per the QS World University Rankings, IIT Kanpur has emerged as the 277th best institute in 2022. In 2021, the institute was placed at 350th place which is lower than that of 2022. Apart from this, IITK has also been featured between 601-800 rank in Times Higher World University Rankings 2020. 

Q. Is IIT Kanpur campus beautiful?

Ans. Located on the Grand Trunk Road, IIT Kanpur’s campus offers a vibrant and secure environment to its students. The campus consists of all the facilities such as Sports & recreation, clubs & communities, accommodation, food & dining, health care, retail & services, etc. for students and staff. It is a mini-academic –city, a self sustained, lush-green campus spread across 1055 acres with about 14,000 inhabitants including faculty members, students, staff and helping hands. The campus is well-equipped with infrastructure which caters to our academic, culinary, residential, recreational, shopping and other needs. For visitors, we have finished Apartments and a Guests House.

Q. Is Kanpur a safe city?

Ans. Analyzing the recent survey on Kanpur, it can be evaluated that the crimes in Kanpur city are increasing in the past 3 years. With a rate of 50-54% on average, the city has recorded moderate crimes such as being mugged/robbed and things stolen in the last year.

Q. What makes IIT Kanpur different from other IITs in the country?

Ans. The following points make IIT Kanpur different from other IITs in the country:

  • IIT Kanpur is the 1st institution in India to offer Computer Science. It also owned its own supercomputer.
  • IIT Kanpur is the only Indian institution to have a runway of its own. Comprising 3 single engine aeroplanes for a joyride both for students and visitors. 
  • Also IIT Kanpur has the largest campus area of 1055 acres in comparison to other IITs in the country.

Q. How is CPI calculated for admission at IIT Kanpur?

Ans. Since IIT Kanpur does not award any class or division, there are only grades in the final result. CPI is thus calculated by multiplying it with a factor of 10 to come to a numerical percentage. 

Q. What is the grade distribution for B.Tech at IIT Kanpur?

Ans. The grade distribution depends upon the assignment submission. The following table explains the percentage distribution:

With Assignments Without Assignments
  • 2 Quizzes: 10% each
  • Attendance: 5%
  • Assignments: 25%
  • Mid Semester: 20%
  • End Semester: 30%
  • 2 Quizzes: 15% each
  • Mid Semester: 25%
  • End Semester: 45%
  • Attendance: 5% 

Q. What is IIT Kanpur mooKIT?

Ans. IIT Kanpur mooKIT is an online platform for communicating with students. The portal offers 556 courses through various departments. The candidates are required to sign up to the portal name “Hello IITK”.

Q. Who is exempted to appear for the PhD entrance exam at IIT Kanpur?

Ans. Applicants who have already a valid GATE/CEED score are exempted from the Ph.D. entrance exam at IIT Kanpur. Also, applicants from the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of CSIR /UGC/NBHM/DBT or DST INSPIRE Fellowship can get direct admissions at IIT Kanpur.

Q. What is the hostel rent for the students at IIT Kanpur?

Ans. IIT Kanpur charges INR 13400 for both the Indian Nationals and Foreign Nationals as hostel rent. The amount includes mess establishment charges and water charges as well.

Q. What is IIT Kanpur directions?

Ans. IIT Kanpur directions is an institutional series by the institute. It aims at presenting orginial and cutting-edge topics by faculty members and stakeholders of IIT Kanpur. It is a platform reflecting upon the ongoing research and development activities in major achievements.