IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

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IIT Dhanbad (ISM) - Introduction

Formerly known as ISM (Indian School of Mines), the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Dhanbad, is a public technical and research university at Dhanbad, India. Established 95 years ago in 1926, this institution has 18 academic departments across disciplines like Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, and Management Programs.

IIT Dhanbad is the third-oldest Institute which was converted into an IIT. Set up by the British Indian Government following the Royal School of Mines, London, this institution began as an importer of mining and geology education. Today, it has grown into a full-fledged technical institution with various academic divisions. With the approval of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2016, ISM was converted to an IIT. IIT Dhanbad ranking is known worldwide, and millions of students, each year, aspire to enrol in this institution.


Year of Establishment 





Sardar Patel Nagar, Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India

Total Area

393 acres

Courses offered

71 courses across 4 streams

Total number of students

3732 UG students

Faculty & Student ratio


Total Departments



  • IIT Dhanbad ranked 24th across the world in Engineering-Mining and Mineral Science, QS World Rankings by Subject, 2017

  • IIT (ISM) Dhanbad positioned at 173 among BRICS nations in the QS World University Rankings, in 2019

  • Ranked 801-1000 worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020.

  • Ranked 201-250 in Asia Rankings 2020.

  • Ranked 251-300 in Emerging Economies Rankings 2020.

  • Ranked at 14th position by Outlook India in 2019 and 12th by The Week in 2019, among Indian engineering colleges.

  • Ranked at 12th position among engineering colleges by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2020 in Engg. Category and ranked at 22 in the Overall category.

  • Ranked at 29th position in NIRF for its management course run by the Department of Management Studies, 2020.

Total Number of Centers in Campus

5 Interdisciplinary centres

Total Number of Hostels

11 hostels (4 Girls, & Boys hostel) with capacity ranging from 400 to 2200 students

On-Campus School

Mode of Education

Physical, Online

Mode of application


Admission Criteria

Based on JEE Advanced

Scholarships offered



IIT Dhanbad offers more than 70 UG courses in various specializations. The IIT Dhanbad courses are of 4 years of duration. 

IIT Dhanbad Courses




Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Science and Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Electronics & Communication Engineering

Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering

Engineering Physics

Environmental Engineering

Mineral Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mining Engineering

Mining Machinery Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

Qualifying exam: JEE Advanced

Eligibility criteria for B.Tech: Candidates must have completed Class 12 exams with a score 75% aggregate (65 percent for SC/ST).


Petroleum Engineering

Qualifying exam: JEE Advanced

Eligibility criteria for BE: Candidates must have completed Class 12 exams with 75% aggregate (65 percent for SC/ST).

Admission Process

The IIT Dhanbad admission procedure of making admission to the UG Programme is normally done in the July through the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced). This exam is conducted on all-India level by the IITs. The admission cycle at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad B.Tech programmes generally starts from September with JEE Main registrations. This admission is based on the rank of the candidate in JEE Advanced. This process is then followed by JoSAA counselling.

Steps for Online Admission/Registration:

  1. All students must register online by filling up all their information and fee payment details.

  2. Pay as per the IIT Dhanbad fee structure accordingly.

  3. While making the fee payment, select the option “Admission – JEE 2020 – 21” from the dropdown list.

  4. Online Admission / Registration will begin on 15.11.2020 at 8 am and continue up to 22.11.2020, 6 pm.

  5. Before filling the registration form, keep the following documents ready:

    1. Fee Payment receipt in PDF format (Max. 200 KB)

    2. Scanned copy of passport size photo 

      1. A photograph without shadows and red eyes. 

      2. Maximum size 200KB, 

      3. Scanned photograph in .jpg or .png format only.

      4. The file name should be maximum of 10-character length.

    3. Scanned copy of applicant’s signature,

      1. Maximum size 200KB, 

      2. Scanned signature in .jpg or .png format only. 

      3. The file name should be a maximum of 10 character length. 

    4. Scanned copy - Class 10 Mark sheet in PDF format (Max. 200 KB) 

    5. Scanned copy - Class 10 certificate in PDF format (Max. 200 KB) 

    6. Scanned copy - Class 12 Mark sheet in PDF format (Max. 200 KB)

    7. Scanned copy - Class 12 certificate in PDF format (Max. 200 KB)

  6. Enter valid and correct data in the form as everything will be verified during your first visit to campus at the time of Physical Registration.

  7. The parent will use the mobile number and bank account number to monitor the students’ status online.

  8. For any technical difficulties, while filling the form, you can drop an email along with the screenshot to official email.

  9. You will be issued a successful online registration completion with the Admission Roll number, hostel room number, and Institute email id.

Documents required to be submitted after online Admission/Registration:

  1. Mandatory for all Candidates

    1. Seat Confirmation Letter is given by JoSAA.

    2. Class 10 Mark sheet/Certificate or Birth Certificate 

    3. Class 12 Mark Sheet/Pass certificate of the Qualifying Examination

    4. Medical Certificate in the specified format given on the JoSAA-2020 website in the Annexure 7.

    5. Transfer Certificate (TC)/College or School Leaving Certificate/Migration Certificate

    6. Anti-ragging affidavit duly signed by the candidate along with his/her parents or guardians.

  2. After successfully filling this form, the student will receive the Student's Anti Ragging Undertaking and the Parent’s Anti Ragging Undertaking through email. 

  3. Print both the Undertakings, read them carefully and sign at designated places and then upload.

  4. Additional documents (if applicable):

    1. Category Certificate (SC /ST/ OBC-NCL / GEN-EWS), if applicable. It must be in the format provided in the information Brochure of JEE (Advanced) 2020 or as per the format provided by the Government of India (available on the JoSAA-2020 website).

    2. Certificate for PwD (Persons with Disabilities), if applicable, in the format provided in the information Brochure of JEE (Advanced) 2020.

    3. OCI / PIO, if applicable.

    4. Passport / Citizenship certificate, if applicable.

    5. “Application for fee waiver” duly filled with all necessary and supporting documents (if applicable).

  5. How to make document submission: 

    1. Once you finish the online registration is complete, you will receive the Admission number.

    2. Prepare a single PDF file containing all the necessary documents to be submitted.

    3. Make a file name as your Admission Number. 

    4. Email this file to official mail.

    5. Note: Send the document file from your Institute mail id only which you will receive after the online registration. It takes about 24 hours to activate the email id after registration. 

    6. It is advised that you regularly check the Institute website for all notices.

This finishes off the online admission process. Present all your original certificates at the time of physical registration to confirm admission.

Cut Off

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad offers a 4-year B.Tech programme at the UG level. Admission to this programme is according to JEE Advanced rank, followed by Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) Counselling. The institute-specific qualifying cutoff is announced only after the declaration of JEE Advanced 2021 result. It helps to manage the seat allotment process. The seat allotment process is made according to the college cutoff and candidates' preference for particular courses and colleges. It takes about seven rounds of JoSAA Counselling to declare the cutoffs. This process is also according to the opening and closing ranks for each of the programme-specific specializations. The cutoffs are further divided into gender and various other categories such as SC, ST, OBC, PwD, etc.

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad Cutoff

IIT Dhanbad Cutoff for B.Tech: General Category (GEN)


Opening Rank

(Round 1)

Closing Rank

(Round 6)

Chemical Engineering



Electrical Engineering



Computer Science and Engineering



Civil Engineering



Engineering Physics



Electronics and Communication Engineering



Mechanical Engineering



Environmental Engineering



Mining Engineering



Mineral and Metallurgical Engineering



Petroleum Engineering



Mining Machinery Engineering



IIT Dhanbad Cutoff for B.Tech: OBC Category


Opening Rank

(Round 1)

Closing Rank

(Round 6)

Chemical Engineering



Computer Science and Engineering



Civil Engineering



Electronics and Communication Engineering



Electrical Engineering



Environmental Engineering



Mechanical Engineering



Engineering Physics



Mining Engineering



Mining Machinery Engineering



Mineral and Metallurgical Engineering



Petroleum Engineering



IIT Dhanbad Cutoff for B.Tech: SC Category


Opening Rank

(Round 1)

Closing Rank

(Round 6)

Civil Engineering



Chemical Engineering



Electrical Engineering



Computer Science and Engineering



Engineering Physics



Electronics and Communication Engineering



Mechanical Engineering



Mineral and Metallurgical Engineering



Environmental Engineering



Mining Machinery Engineering



Mining Engineering



Petroleum Engineering



IIT Dhanbad Cutoff for B.Tech: ST Category


Opening Rank

(Round 1)

Closing Rank

(Round 6)

Civil Engineering



Chemical Engineering



Electrical Engineering



Electronics and Communication Engineering



Computer Science and Engineering



Environmental Engineering



Engineering Physics



Mineral and Metallurgical Engineering



Mining Engineering



Mechanical Engineering



Mining Machinery Engineering



Petroleum Engineering



IIT Dhanbad Cutoff Trend: B. Tech

JoSAA usually takes seven rounds of counselling to release the final closing IIT Dhanbad cutoff rank for all the B.Tech specializations offered at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad. The graphs below show the decreasing trend showing an increased level of competition. While the declining trend implies lesser competitive ranks.

B.Tech Cutoff Trend: Declining – I

Majorly all the B.Tech specializations offered at ISM Dhanbad see a declining cutoff trend over the past three years. The declining trend for these B.Tech specializations have been represented through two graphs given below:

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B.Tech Cutoff Trend: Declining – II

As stated above, the cutoffs have shown a declining trend for nearly all the B.Tech specializations. The graph representing the declining cutoff trend for remaining B.Tech specializations is given below:

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B.Tech Cutoff Trend: Fluctuating

On the contrary for the remaining two specializations, including Computer Science Engineering and Electronics & Communication Engineering, the cutoffs displayed marginal fluctuations over the past three years. Below is the graph representing the same:

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Millions of candidates aspire to seek admission at IIT Dhanbad, as it is one of the country's finest technical institutes. Thus, IIT Dhanbad involves an intense competition seeing the cutoff graphs.


IIT Dhanbad offers numerous Merit-cum-Means scholarships, free ships (i.e. tuition waiver), free basic messing and pocket allowance (for SC and ST categories), and endowment scholarships/fellowships, for the UG students. A designated committee administers these scholarships/fellowships programmes. Students of B.Tech. Programme, who are admitted through JEE Advanced and whose annual family income (from all sources) is less than Five Lakh rupees, can avail a Tuition Fee Waiver.

This Annual Family Income includes the income of both the father and mother (parents) and student from all sources. In case any parent passes away, a death certificate attachment is necessary to avail the waiver. Though this scholarship is not applicable for SC/ST/PwD students as they are completely exempted from any payment of tuition fees.

The other scholarships that are offered are Budhwanti Mrig Memorial Educational Scholarship, Atlas Copco Scholarship, Indrajeet & Satyawati Badhwar Scholarship, ISS Scholarship, and much more.


IIT Dhanbad recruitment is the process which all the students look forward to each year. IIT (ISM) Dhanbad has an extra-ordinary record of students’ placements. This institute has so far ensured that all the candidates enrolled in various courses get a working opportunity in India's most reputed companies and the world with satisfactory salary packages. 2018-19 recorded about 115 companies for the campus placements with the best job opportunities.

As students at IIT Dhanbad secure several offers from various companies, it allows them to select the best offer. This reason further ensures a superior IIT Dhanbad placement record with students at IIT ISM experiencing extremely high packages and offers every year.

IIT Dhanbad has a well-established placement cell that enables the students to interact with the industries professionally. This cell also prepares the students for the campus interviews.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. How is the Student Life at IIT Dhanbad?

Ans: IIT-D hosts several fests and cultural events around the year. For example, Srijan (cultural fest), Concetto (Tech-fest), Parakram (Games-and-Sports-Fest), Basant (alumni reunion), Pratibimb (inter-departmental cultural fest), etc. Apart from these events, IIT-D also hosts several inter-house sports and cultural competitions and technical fests across different departments.

The Students’ Gymkhana gives students a chance to play a role in the administrative and academic governance of the Institute. This opportunity helps them develop strong leadership, administrative and interpersonal skills. Activities at Students’ Gymkhana subordinate to academic activities. It functions through the Students’ Senate and its Executive wing. The Senate is nothing but the Central Representative, Legislative and Supervisory body of the students. The student body is elected through gymkhana elections, and these elections are held every year in March.

Q2. Does IIT Dhanbad Offer Scholarships?

Ans: Yes, ISM Dhanbad provides many scholarship programmes based on some eligibility criteria. There are about 35 popular scholarship schemes, and some of the popular ones are Naresh Vashisht Foundation, Inder Mohan Thapar Research Award (IMTR), Nagendra Kumar Memorial Award of Excellence, etc.

Q3. Does IIT Dhanbad have Research Centres?

Ans: IIT (ISM) Dhanbad has an eight-storey Central Research Facility as a Centre of National Importance. IIT (ISM) works as a brain trust for eleven ministries of the Government of India. It also has the Industry Institute Interaction Facility established in Kolkata to host events like campus interviews and international conferences, etc. There is one more Industry Institute Interaction Facility in Delhi which was established in 2016.

In 1991, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India(GOI) established the Environmental Information System (ENVIS), a centre at Centre of Mining Environment (CME), ISM for the collection, storage, retrieval & dissemination of information in the area of the mining environment.

Q4. What are the Hotspot Areas for Students in IIT Dhanbad?

Ans: IIT (ISM) Dhanbad campus has many interesting places where students can spend their extra time apart from attending classes in the lecture halls. These spots include Student Activity Center (SAC), Ram Dhani (RD), Main Canteen, Penman Auditorium, Library Basement, Oval Garden, Heritage Building, Seismographic observatory, and many more.

Q5. Does IIT Dhanbad have any International Collaborations?

Ans: Yes, IIT Dhanbad has a list of prestigious 37 national and international collaboration. Some of them are University of Windsor, US, Iceland, Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNRPU), Russia, KCT Group Trust, India.