IIT Guwahati - Introduction

IIT Guwahati joined the prestigious fraternity of IITs and became the 6th member of this group. The institute was established in 1994 (by an act of parliament), and its academic program started from 1995. Situated on the northern bank of the river Brahmaputra, the premier institute imparts quality education and produces meritorious students who receive universal recognition and have unparalleled career growth. At present, there are 11 departments at the institute with 5 interdisciplinary academic centres. These centres cover all the major engineering courses, humanities discipline and science.

The infrastructure of IIT Guwahati has been designed at the world-class level where advanced research is carried out. The well-equipped laboratories have state-of-the-art engineering and scientific instruments backed by eminent faculties, a library for higher learning, hostels, and all the facilities that allow for specialized research and developments.

The professors and students at IIT Guwahati are thriving with their achievements in the form of projects, research publications, industrial exposure and fellowships.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati is spread on 285 hectares and is located just 20 kilometres away from the heart of Guwahati city. Straddled by the majestic Brahmaputra river on one side and beautiful landscapes of hills and vast space on the other side, the fully residential campus of IIT Guwahati is an apt setting for invigorating the mind and promoting learning.

Students can be assured of a life which is not just academic but also helpful in the overall development of young minds. They have a gymkhana council, an apolitical and powerful democratic student body that bridges the student community and administration gap. It fosters co-curricular as well as extra-curricular activities for overall personality development. The main syllabi and curricular activities are supplemented by this organization that holds many seminars, events, and workshops. This council has 5 boards: Students’ welfare board, sports board, cultural board, hostels’ affairs board, and technical board.

Alcherigna (or “Alcher” as it is more popularly known) is the annual cultural festival started in 1996 and held every year at IIT Guwahati. The students and IIT administrations organize it on a huge scale. This festival lasts for 4 days with a crowd of more than 80,000 students from 400 participating colleges.

IIT Guwahati Highlights

Year of establishment


Type of Institute




Situated in

Suryamukhi Road, North Amingaon, Guwahati - 781039, Assam.

Campus Area

704 acres

Number of courses offered

More than 50 courses across 5 different streams

Number of Students

5817 (UG - 2630, Doctoral - 1965)

IIT Guwahati rankings

- NIRF 2020 Overall ranking 7

- NIRF 2020 Engineering ranking - 7

- QS Asia University Ranking 2021 - 117

- QS World University Ranking 2021 - 470

- The World University Ranking 2020 - Between 601 and 800

- India Today Top Government Engineering Colleges 2020 - 6

Total Faculty Strength


Total Departments


Total Academic Centers within the campus


Mode of education

Full-time, Part-Time

Number of hostels

11 Boys’ Hostels

2 Girls’ Hostels

School within the campus

Akshara Pre-Primary school

Mode of application


Admission Criteria

Through the entrance exam

Scholarships offered

IMS (Institute Merit Scholarship) - Year-wise class topper from every stream

McM (Institute Merit-cum-means scholarship) - This scholarship is based on merit and awarded to up to 25% of non-SC/ST students)

SC/ST scholarship - This is awarded to students in SC/ST category.

The IIT Guwahati courses offered are mainly in two categories at the undergrad level, which are B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) which has a duration of 4 years.

IIT Guwahati Courses




  • BioTechnology

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Chemical Science and Technology

  • Computer Science and Engineering

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

  • Engineering Physics

  • Electronics and Communication Engineering

  • Mathematics and Computing

Qualifying exam: JEE Advanced

Eligibility criteria: Students must secure a minimum of 75% in their 10 + 2 exams in the science stream with Physics, Chemistry, and Math (or Biology) as their primary subjects.

IIT Guwahati Admission Process

The IIT Guwahati courses offer diversity and relevance in the various undergraduate programs that it runs. With highly qualified teachers, students get exposed to the best education, which makes them industry-ready after finishing their course at the institute. Apart from studies, the institute also promotes many extra-curricular and cultural activities through its infrastructure and annual events, which helps develop students in all directions.

To apply for any of the undergraduate courses at IIT Guwahati, candidates must procure the application form available at the official website of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. The application form has all the applicant's details along with the specialization they wish to pursue, once they get admitted to the course.

Candidates should satisfy the minimum eligibility criteria for the UG program stream that they wish to apply for. The selection process begins with counselling students in the JoSAA (The Joint seat allocation authority) counselling process. JoSAA conducts a common and centralized admission process for admission into the IIT Guwahati course. The applicants who qualified in the JEE Advanced exam must go through this counselling process. The allotments of seats are done considering the rank or position secured by the candidate in the JEE Advanced exam, reservation policy, availability of seats, etc.

The admission cycle for IIT Guwahati begins mostly in September for the UG program.

JoSAA conducts 6 rounds of seat allotment sessions for the candidates, and the eligibility criteria for most of the courses are:

  • Candidates must have Physics and Maths as their subjects in the 12th or equivalent exam.

  • They must have additional subjects like Chemistry or Biology.

  • Candidates must have passed their 12th boards with 75% aggregate (For Scheduled caste and tribes it is 65%).

  • For JoSAA counselling, candidates must qualify in the JEE Advanced, and they must register themselves for JoSAA counselling through the official portal.

Application Process

To begin the IIT Guwahati admission process, candidates must go to the official online portal of IIT G to apply for its courses. They need to fill out the basic details like their academic qualification and grades along with the course they want to choose as part of this program. They also need to provide scanned copies of various documents which are listed in the sections below. After filling the form, students need to pay the fee to complete the application process.

IIT Guwahati Admission Process


Selection Process


JEE Advanced followed by the JoSAA Counselling process

IIT Guwahati Admission Dates 2021



JEE Mains Registration

16th Dec 2020 to 23rd Jan 2021

Last date for payment of the fee

24th Jan 2021

Application form correction timeline

27th Jan 2021- 30th Jan 2021

JEE Main admit card release

2nd week of February 2021

JEE Mains Exam 2021 date (February session)

23rd Feb 2021- 26th Feb 2021

JEE Mains Exam 2021 date (March session)

15th March- 18th March 2021

JEE Mains Exam 2021 date (April session)

27th April 2021- 30th April 2021

JEE Mains Exam 2021 date (May session)

24th May 2021- 28th May 2021

JEE Advanced Date

3rd Jul 2021

IIT Guwahati Admission 2020: BTech

  • Chemical Science and TechnologyBioTechnology (BioSciences and Bioengineering)

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Computer Science and Engineering

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

  • Engineering Physics

  • Electronics and Communication Engineering

  • Mathematics and Computing

12th or equivalent in science stream with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology/Maths as major subjects. Candidates must secure 75% in their 10+2 (For SC/ST the cutoff percentage is 65%)

IIT Guwahati Application Step-Wise Procedure:

  1. Visit the official portal for applying to the IIT Guwahati course.

  2. Select the preferred course and then select “Click here to apply.”

  3. Candidates must register to log into the application portal.

  4. Log into the system with your credentials.

  5. Fill or update the application with relevant details by selecting the appropriate arrows.

  6. After entering all the necessary information, click on Save to save the data in the system.

  7. Pay the application fees through SBI-Select.

  8. Submit the application form by clicking on the Submit button.

  9. Take a print out of the application form by selecting the button “Print Application.”

  10. Make sure the application is complete in all aspects else the form would be rejected.

  11. The application fee is non-refundable.

Candidates must submit the list of documents mentioned below along with the application form:

  1. Scanned copies of coloured photographs.

  2. Scanned copies of DOB (Date of Birth) certificate.

  3. Caste certificate (if applicable).

  4. PwD (Person with disability) certificate (if applicable).

  5. Category certificate.

  6. Sponsored or Part-Time form in the specified format (whichever is applicable).

  7. Scanned copies of pass certificate.

  8. Scanned copies of Qualifying degree mark sheets.

  9. Scanned copies of the scorecard of the entrance examination.

IIT Guwahati Cutoff

IIT Guwahati cutoff is released by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA), which is opening and closing ranks. JoSAA usually conducts 7 rounds of counselling, but in 2020 only 6 rounds of counselling were conducted. The authorities release this cutoff after completion of the admission process at the institute. The students need to know the yearly cutoff as it enables them to understand the minimum rank required to secure a position in the IIT Guwahati ranking scheme.

IIT Guwahati Cutoff Trends: BTech

Below is the graph which depicts the trend of cutoffs in IIT Guwahati entrance exams. Where a decreasing trend is observed, it implies higher levels of competition. On the contrary, a declining trend is a depiction of lesser competitive ranks.

BTech Cutoff Trend: Declining

In the year 2020, a declining cutoff trend was observed in many specializations of BTech programs. These include Civil engineering, Biotechnology, Chemical engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Physics.

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BTech Cutoff Trend: Fluctuating

In the last three years, IIT Guwahati has witnessed fluctuating cut off trends for other BTech specializations. One can observe the visual representation of this data in the graph presented below:

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Key Features for Deciding JEE Advanced Cutoff 2020 for IIT Guwahati

The authorities consider the following factors while deciding the parameters for the JEE Advanced cut off:

  • The total number of candidates who appeared in the entrance exam.

  • The cutoff trends of the previous year.

  • The total number of seats available in the undergraduate course at IT Guwahati.

  • The level of difficulty of the exam.

  • Gender of the candidate.

  • Category of the candidate.

To make quality education available to all strata of society, IIT Guwahati awards various scholarships in its UG courses. These scholarships aim to recognise and promote academic excellence and give equal opportunities for the growth of meritorious students. The scholarship committee at the institute gives its recommendations and scholarships are awarded based on that. The senate lays down rules to decide who gets the scholarship. The scholarships are given in various forms like monthly stipend, free messing, waiver on hostel seat rent, waiver on IIT Guwahati fees for tuition, etc.

IIT Guwahati Scholarships

Institute Scholarship


Period of Scholarship


Top-up scholarships

IMS - Institute Merit Scholarship

The year-wise class toppers from all the streams receive this scholarship. This scholarship is awarded from the 2nd year onwards.

Two semesters - August-November and January - April which covers 8 months in total

- A fixed monthly stipend for two semesters

- Two semesters waiver of tuition fees

A student may receive other external scholarships along with IMS with the condition that the total amount of scholarship is not more than 1.5 times the amount of IMS

McM - Institute merit-cum-means scholarship

This is for non-SC/ST students of the institute which is strictly on merit-cum-means basis and is awarded based on recommendations of the scholarship committee.

Two semesters - August-November and January - April which covers 8 months in total

- A fixed monthly stipend for two semesters

- Two semesters waiver of tuition fees

A student may receive other external scholarships along with McM with the condition that the total amount of scholarship is not more than 1.5 times the amount of McM

SC-ST Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded on a means basis.

Two semesters - August-November and January - April which covers 8 months in total

- A fixed monthly stipend for two semesters.

- Free messing for basic menu.

- Waiver of hostel room rent.

- Tuition fee waiver for all SC-ST students.

A student may receive other external scholarships along with SC-ST scholarship with the condition that the total amount of scholarship is not more than 1.5 times the amount of SC-ST scholarship

IWAB (India’s Women’s Association Bonn)

This is awarded to girl students of first-year undergrad course and is based on the endowment from the Indian Women’s Association, Bonn.

One year

A one-time scholarship amount.

IIT Guwahati Placement

The excellent infrastructure and faculty of IIT Guwahati ensure a 100% placement of its students in reputed companies. The IIT Guwahati highest package is based on the branch, recruiting company, and students' merit. The entire IIT Guwahati placement procedure is handled centrally by CCD or Center for Career Development, which has the apt infrastructure to support all placement stages. CCD arranges Pre-placement talks, interviews, written examinations, group discussions, etc., as required by the organizations.

In 2020 recruitments, the major job profiles were bagged by core engineering branches like Computer Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electronics and Communication Engineering. The various designations that were offered ranged from Software development Engineer to Product engineer, data scientist, analogue or digital engineer, etc. Some non-technical job roles were also offered like Product Manager, Business Analyst, Algorithmic Trader, Graphic Designer, etc.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. What is the Techniche Festival at IIT Guwahati About?

Ans: An annual Techno-management festival ”Techniche” is held at IIT G which was started in 1999. It has had 17 editions where the festival has showcased many events like robotics, corporate modules, etc. This festival serves as a platform for innovators, entrepreneurs, and technocrats for redefining technology through revolutionary innovations. This festival is mostly held on the first weekend of September, and it carries on for 3 days and 4 nights. There are numerous competitions, interactive talks, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and many social initiatives as part of this festival.

Q2. Can a Student Change his or her Branch After Admission to the IIT Guwahati Course?

Ans: B.Tech students do have a provision to change branches after completing the first year. This depends on the CPI of the two semesters. There are a few rules and regulations that have to be satisfied by a student seeking branch change, for B.Des (Bachelor of Design) students, there is no branch change scope.

Q3. What is the Job of the Students' Welfare Board at the IIT Guwahati?

Ans: The students' welfare board's endeavour at IIT G is to ensure students' overall well-being, which means a sound mind, body, and soul for its students. Amongst the many activities that the board carries out, some of them are:

  • Interaction between faculty and students.

  • Interaction between seniors and juniors.

  • Organizing medication camps and yoga.

  • Social service to serve society.

  • Organizing freshers' week.

  • Coffee house sessions.

Q4. How Many Hostels are There at IIT Guwahati?

Ans: Here is the list of all the hostels at IIT G:

  • Barak hostel

  • Brahmaputra hostel

  • Subansiri Hostel - First girls’ hostel at IIT G

  • Dhansiri hostel - This is the 2nd girls’ hostel at IIT G.

  • Dibang hostel

  • Dihing hostel

  • Disang hostel

  • Kameng hostel

  • Kapilli hosel

  • Mamans hostel

  • Siang hostel

  • Umiam hostel

  • Lohit hostel

Q5. What are Some of the Career Roles of a B.Des Graduate at IIT G?

Ans: Some of the job profiles or domains offered to B.Des students of IIT Guwahati are:

  • New media and game design.

  • E-learning and web technologies.

  • Usability engineering.

  • Tangible user interfaces.

  • System design and information architecture.

  • Design and management consultancy.

  • Virtual reality and simulation.

  • Physical computing.

  • Human-computer interfaces and interactive designs.

  • Exhibition and Experience design.

  • Product (electrical appliances, consumer products, etc.) development and design.