IIT Madras - Introduction

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras categorised as the new-generation institutes which provide higher technical education. It is situated in South Chennai, on a beautiful campus which is spread across 630 acres. The IITM has grown from strength to strength ever since its foundation from India's Parliament in 1961 and has since built itself as a significant centre of research, technological development, and consultancy.IITM is a government engineering institution located in Chennai. It was founded in 1959, IITM was the third institution to be made under the Institutes of Technology Act (1961) of Indian Government. National Institutional Ranking Framework for four consecutive years - 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 declared IITM as the top engineering institution.



Year of foundation 


Type/ Accredited

Autonomous/ UGC, AICTE

Formed in

Chennai, Tamil Nadu 60036


630 acre

Courses offered


Number of Students


Faculty-Student ratio



- NIRF 2020:  Overall category-1 

- Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2021: India Ranking- 1, World Ranking- 275

Total Departments


Number of centres in campus


Hostels available


Mode of education

Full-time/ Online

Mode of application


Admission Criteria

Based on entrance

Scholarships Available



IIT Madras offers almost 92 courses in various disciplines at the UG. The duration of these courses is four years for UG programs. 

IIT Madras Courses




  • Aerospace Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Management Studies

  • Physics

  • Applied Mechanics

  • Computer Science and Engineering

  • Mathematics

  • Biotechnology

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Engineering Design

  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

  • Chemistry

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Ocean Engineering

Qualifying exam: JEE Main & JEE Advanced

Eligibility: Minimum 60% (5% relaxation for SC/ST/PD) aggregate in +2 board examination. 

IIT Madras Admission Process

IIT Madras seeks admission in undergraduate courses through written entrance examinations called a Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). The students who qualify this examination will be eligible for a four year Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree, and a five-year dual degree (Integrated course).

IITM also provides scholarships to students using Institute free studentship, Merit-cum-Means Scholarship, Institute Notional Prize and Institute SC/ST Scholarship. The admission process begins in September for undergraduates. The counselling process for admission to all IITs is facilitated by Joint Seat Allocation Authority. According to his JEE ADVANCED RANK, the candidate is allotted a seat in the course and preference of the courses is allotted through the JEE ADVANCED RANK.

There are a total of six counselling sessions for the candidates. The eligibility criteria of almost all the courses include:

  1. Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/ Biology as the major subjects.

  2. Minimum of 60% of marks in +2 to appear for admission. 

  3. SC/ ST will have the relaxation of up to 5% in the minimum qualifying marks.

  4. Cut-off of the particular course.

Application Process

The students are required to complete entire admission applications to apply to IIT Madras. It occurs in the online portal on the official website. The student should register for the JEE Advanced exam for B.Tech courses. The candidate will have to upload all the personal, academic details and upload Scanned Images of Candidate’s Photograph and Signature in the official website. The students will then submit an application fee using Debit card/Credit card/Net banking/UPI/PAYTM. Print the acknowledgement slip for future reference after the payment is made.

IIT Madras Admission Process

The candidates should apply their application through the college's official website, for applying in IIT Madras. However, candidates must also apply on the official website of the relevant examination. The candidate applying B.Tech should fill the entire application form of JEE Advanced via National Testing Agency (NTA).

IIT Madras application process is listed below:

  1. Log on to the official website of IIT Madras.

  2. Choose the desired course and click “Apply Online”. 

  3. Register as a new user and fill up the further required details.

  4. Log in with your credentials and fill accurate details in the application form.

  5. Enter your academic qualifications.

  6. Pay the application fee and submit the application form

IIT Madras Admission Dates 2020



IIT JAM application form correction window

2-Nov-2020 to 10-Nov-2020

Download IIT JAM admit card


Declaration of IIT JAM result


Submission of application form for admission on the JAM 2021 website

15-Apr-2021 to 28-Apr-2021

Declaration of first admission list


Declaration of second admission list


Declaration of third and final admission list

16- July-2021

JEE Mains 2021 date (May session)

24th May 2021- 28th May 2021

JEE Advanced Date

3rd Jul 2021

IIT Madras Admission 2020: B.Tech

Aerospace Engineering

10+2 with Physics and Mathematics as mandatory subjects and Chemistry/Biology/Biotechnology as an optional subject with at least 60% marks (relaxation of 5% SC and ST candidates)

Civil Engineering 

Ocean Engineering

Computer Science and Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Design

Management Studies


Applied Mechanics

Electrical  and Electrical communication Engineering


Humanities and Social Sciences


IIT Madras Application Step-Wise Procedure:

  1. Apply for the official application portal of IIT Madras.

  2. Select the desired course.

  3. Choose the “Apply Online” tab.

  4. Enter as a new user and fill the important details.

  5. login with your user name and fill all your details in the application form.

  6. Mention your academic qualifications.

  7. Submit the application form after paying the fees. 

Following is the list of documents that need to be submitted along with the application form:

  • Coloured signature & photograph.

  • Birth certificate.

  • Passing certificate and qualifying mark sheet.

  • Required scorecard.

  • Certificate of caste or Category  (if applicable).

Cut Off

JoSAA has declared the final closing cutoff rank for all the B.Tech specialisations available at IIT Madras. JoSAA conducted almost six rounds of JoSAA Counselling. Therefore, in the graphs shown below shows a declining and fluctuating trend.


IIT Madras Cutoff Trends: B.Tech 

A declining cutoff trend has been observed for all the B.Tech programmes except Computer Science & Engineering and Engineering Physics specialisations. It is shown by the graphs given below.

B.Tech Cutoff Trend: Declining

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The above three graphs show a declining pattern in the B.Tech specialisation Specialisation like Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Manufacturing Science and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.

B.Tech Cutoff Trend: Fluctuating

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The graph above shows that the B.Tech specialisations, including Computer Science & Engineering and Engineering Physics, have shown both fluctuating and improving trends, respectively.

Key Features for Deciding JEE Advanced Cutoff 2021 for IIT Madras 

All the authorities will take the following features when deciding the cutoff of JEE Advanced for IIT Madras: 

  • The number of applicants applying for the course.

  • Total number of seats available at IIT Madras.

  • Number of applications for the exam.

  • The difficulty level of JEE Advanced 2020.

  • Last year cutoff pattern.

  • The reservation available at the university.

IIT Madras Cut Off (B.Tech): General Category


Opening Rank

(Round 1)

Closing Rank

(Round 6)

Mechanical Engineering



Aerospace Engineering 



Civil Engineering



Electrical Engineering 



Computer Science and Engineering



Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science



Chemical Engineering



Mining  Engineering



Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture




IIT Madras encourages the students to pursue their dreams by providing scholarships. More than 20 scholarships to its students with various eligibility criteria by the IITM. Out of which, Some are stated below:

IIT Madras Scholarships

Scholarship Name


1. Institute Merit-cum-Means Scholarship

2. Institute free studentship

-  Waive 67% of the tuition fee. 

- Reserved for only 25% of students admitted in UG/PG courses.

- Scholarship is renewed only if the student gets a 5.0 GPA.

- The annual income of the parents should not exceed Rs 4,50,000.

3. Institute Notional Prize

Reserved for  7% of students admitted. One time grant of Rs 1000 is given.

Available for  JEE ranks holder and parents' annual income should not exceed Rs 4,50,000.

4. Institute SC/ST Scholarship

- Free messing and pocket allowance of Rs 250 per month over and full exemption of tuition fee.

- Scholarship is renewed only if the student gets a 5.0 GPA.

- The annual income of the parents should not exceed Rs 4,50,000.

IIT Madras Placements

IIT Madras enhances professional communication, soft skills and personality by counselling classes given by professional agencies/experts. 70% of students of IITM were placed with the highest package for aerospace. There were a total of 537 students registered, and 376 internships were given to the students.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the Eligibility to Pursue a UG Programme in IITM?

Ans. For admission to B.Tech/ Dual degree programme, candidates need to pass JEE Main and JEE Advanced exams. The final admission is followed by JEE Advanced rank and JoSAA counselling.

2. Does IITM Provide Accommodation?

Ans. IITM gives decent residential accommodation for its faculty and their family, students, administrative staff.

3. What Types of Hostel Rooms are Available at IIT Madras?

Ans. There are 19 hostels, which are all named after the mighty rivers of India. Of these, four are for girls, and 15 are for boys.

4. What percentage of reservation in IIT Madras?

Ans. The Scheduled Castes (SC), ST and OBC are reserved with 15%,  7.5% and 27% seats.

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