Top IIT’s And NIT’s Alternatives You Should Know About

Indian Institute of Technology or IIT has a great name in the field of Engineering in India. And why not, it has produced some renowned Billion Dollar Start-Ups and Companies of IITians. Every Year, millions of Engineer Minds Fill JEE Application Forms to take one of the biggest examinations of India, to get placed in the topmost Engineering Colleges of India. But, Getting into IIT is not a joke. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, critical strategies and finally a wee bit of luck to secure a place in any of the IITs. The students who miss getting into IITs, their dream of pursuing B.Tech in a quality engineering college should not die out.

Yes, your choice of engineering college for pursuing your higher education matters a lot. However, there are some other factors which also affects your Engineering career. There is a famous saying “Don’t run behind success, follow excellence, and success will come after you”. Don’t lose hope if you have not got the enough marks or you have left outnumbered from getting admission in any IIT’s or NIT’s. There are many options better than or equivalent to IITs. Read this Article because opportunities are waiting for you somewhere else.


IIIT  Hyderabad

Autonomous university setup under a public-private-partnership mode. Offers dual degree programs in B.Tech+M.S. in Computer Science & Engineering, B.Tech+M.S. in Electronics and Communication Engineering, B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering and M.S. in Computational Linguistics, B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering and M.S. in Computational Natural Sciences. Admissions are via entrance exam called UGEE.

CMI – Chennai

CMI is a Deemed University and a premier research and education institute and is noted for its research in the field of algebraic geometry. It offers B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics and Computer Science, B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics and Physics. Admissions are via separate entrance exam.

ISI – Kolkata

Indian Statistical Institute is an Institute of National Importance (like IIT) and was established in 1931 in Kolkata. If offers B.Stat (Hons) from Kolkata campus and B.Math (Hons) from its Bengaluru Campus. Admissions are via separate entrance exam.

IOMA – Bhubaneswar

The Institute of Mathematics and Applications is located in Bhubaneswar and offers BSc (H) in Mathematics and Computing. Admissions are via separate entrance exam.


Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) are high-quality scientific education and research institutions setup by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The IISERs offer wonderful opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students seeking fulfilling science-based careers. There are in all 7 IISERs across India. IISERs offer 3 modes of admissions – via KVPY, JEE Main, and IISER Aptitude Test.

Delhi University

This is a unique B.Tech program offered by the University of Delhi. The course offered is B.Tech (Information Technology and Mathematical Innovations). Admissions are via a separate entrance exam.

Similarly, there are other opportunities which each science student should be aware of. The career pathways offered by such institutions are indeed proven and promising – be it industry recognition, curriculum or placements.


Benefits of attempting these options

Preparation – The level of preparation for JEE Main is sufficient for appearing for many of these opportunities.

Reputation – Did you know that the ISI, setup in 1931, was adopted as a model for the first US Institute of Statistics? Did you know that the Governing Council of IIIT-H has luminaries such as Prof. Raj Reddy (Carnegie Mellon University), R. Chandrashekhar (President – NASSCOM), Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala (Prof at IIT-Madras), and Dr. Vinton G Cerf (Chief Internet Evangelist, Google)?

All-India Eligibility – All the options mentioned above have all-India seats.  While some institutes have a few seats reserved for state domicile candidates, the other seats are open for candidates across the country.

In summary, while it is great to keep IIT as a key target, don’t lose sight of other options that are better than or equal to IITs.

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