IIT Varanasi (BHU)

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IIT Varanasi (BHU) - Introduction

IIT BHU or IIT Varanasi is one of the premier IITs that was founded in 1919. Earlier it did not come under the IIT tag and was known as the Madan Mohan Malviya College. In the next stage, the college was established as the College of technology or TECHNO and the college of mining and metallurgy MINMET.

In 1968, all the former engineering colleges namely the Banaras Engineering College (BENCO), MINMET and TECHNO got merged to form the Institute of Technology or IT-BHU. In 2012, the college got the designation of IIT BHU through the Act of Parliament. IIT BHU is the first institute in Uttar Pradesh that offers a degree course in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals and metallurgy engineering. The college has grown since then and introduced various programs.

The institute today ranks 11th among the colleges in the NIRF 2020 ranking.

The college is spread across 400 acres of land, and it is approved by the UGC or the university grants commission. It is also approved by the AICTE or the All India council of technical education. The institute has over 350 members in its faculty. IIT Varanasi or IIT BHU has 15 departments and 3 interdisciplinary schools: humanities and social sciences. The institute offers a B.Tech program that goes for four years and there are 10 engineering departments in this college. To gain IIT Varanasi admission, one needs to appear in the JEE advanced examination conducted by the IITs.

Located in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, IIT BHU is well equipped and offers its students all the basic amenities they need during their campus stay. There are hostels, sports complexes, cafeterias, medical and hospital facilities, and libraries. The library of IIT BHU stands out as it has more than 1.38 lakhs of journals, books and thesis.

IIT BHU also has many national and international collaboration that assists its students across various study areas. These partnerships regularly conduct a student exchange program, and they also conduct many research activities that help provide global exposure to the students. The IIT BHU faculty is also very professional and comes with years of experience.

Being one of the leading institutes in the country, there is a tough competition to get a seat in IIT BHU. Students need to appear for the JEE examination and then sit for counselling to get a seat in this prestigious college and the course of their choice. The selection criteria into IIT BHU are very transparent with students scoring a higher rank getting preference over their choice of subject. Along with all the facilities and exemplary teaching staff that IIT BHU boasts of, this college's placement record is also at par with the other IITs in the country. There have been many well-known national and global companies that have placed students from this college.


Established in the year


Primarily known as 



Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Earlier name

Banaras Engineering College

Accepted exams

JEE Advanced

Popular IIT-BHU courses


Ownership is on


Total number of courses

64 courses across 4 streams

Approvals from


Ranking 2020

Ranked 11 by NIRF 2020

Ranked 10 by The Week


350+ faculty members


IIT Varanasi offers many undergraduate courses conducted by the best IIT Varanasi faculty in engineering, science and technology. The B.Tech program is a 4-year course.

IIT Varanasi Courses




- Ceramic Engineering

- Chemical Engineering

- Civil Engineering

- Electrical Engineering

- Mechanical Engineering

Qualifying exam: JEE Advanced

Students should have cleared their Class 12 examination and should have PCM as their subjects and a minimum 75% aggregate.


Top 20 percentile in the respective boards

IIT Varanasi Admission Process

IIT BHU admission to many courses is purely based on merit and the students’ scores in the entrance exams. To seek admission in the IIT-BHU courses, the student should have had at least 75 per cent marks in their class 12 examination and should have appeared for the examination from a reputed board. The SC/ST candidates are given a levy, and they can appear for the JEE examination with a 65 percent mark. Candidates in their top 20 percentile in class 12 are also allowed to appear for the IIT –Varanasi admission process.

The undergraduate course for admission to B.Tech, B.Arch and the five-year dual course of B.Tech is based on their JEE advanced score. The students need to sit for the JoSAA counselling. Here is the detailed procedure of how students can apply to the B.Tech course in IIT Varanasi:

  • The candidates should first check their eligibility to apply for the course.

  • They should qualify the IIT mains examination.

  • They should keep track of the IIT Varanasi cut of that gets declared on the website.

  • The students’ needs to participate in the JoSAA counselling.

  • They also have to get all their documents verified.

  • They then need to pay fees to book their seat in IIT Varanasi.

IIT Varanasi is among the eight new IITs. The admission council usually starts in December, and this is with the registration of the JEE main examination. It is important that to seek a seat in IIT Varanasi students comply with all the eligibility criteria as stated by the IIT Varanasi institute. The students also need to score well in their JEE advanced. The eligible students are also offered a scholarship. After getting a good rank in the IIT JEE advanced examination and securing the desired percentage in their board examinations, the students have to go through a counselling process to get a seat of their choice in IIT Varanasi.

They should have:

  • Cleared their 10+2 examination and should have physics and mathematics as a compulsory subject.

  • They can choose from chemistry, biology and biotechnology as their additional subjects.

  • General category students’ needs to secure 75% and the reserved category should have 65% marks in their board examination.

  • They should meet the cut off rank to apply for the courses of their choice.

The application form to apply to the IIT Varanasi course will be published on the official IIT Varanasi website. The candidate needs to download the file and print it and then fill it with their particulars. The student has to fill in his academic qualification details and the course that they desire for. They will also need to scan all the documents that have been asked for. Once they get the seat they choose, they pay the fees to block the seat and secure their place in IIT Varanasi.

Here is the document list that the students need to keep ready before attending the counselling session. They may also have to upload some of these documents on the website to book a counselling session.

  • A scanned copy of their coloured photograph and a certificate of their date of birth.

  • They need to submit a cast certificate in case they fall under the researched category.

  • All the qualifying mark sheets should be scanned.

  • The passing certificate should be scanned.

  • Scanned copy of the scorecard of their entrance examination.

Once the scanned copies of the documents are ready, the student can now apply for the counselling. The opening and closing cut off for each course and the category are published on the IIT Varanasi site. Ensure to keep track of the same and then once the cut off is out; you can choose the course of your choice in IIT Varanasi.

Cut Off

The IIT Varanasi B.Tech and B.Arch programs take admission based on their ranking in JEE Advanced. This is followed by a counselling session conducted by JoSAA. After the JEE advanced results are out the institute specific cutoff is declared. The seat allocation in IIT Varanasi is based on the college cutoff and the choice of the candidate. The JoSAA usually conducts seven rounds of counselling and the cutoffs are declared in each round. There is an opening and a closing rank for each of the counselling rounds. In 2020, because of COVID, only six rounds of counselling was done. The cut off is also divided based on gender, and there are a separate opening and closing rank for the reserved category. For the admission into the 2020-2021 session, the JoSAA released the wide round cutoff in Oct 2020 and the last round of counselling was done in Nov 2020.

IIT Mandi Cutoff Trends: B.Tech

If you see that the IIT Varanasi cutoff trend is decreasing, then this is a suggestion that the competition is escalated. The declining trend is an indication that the competitive ranking is lower.

B.Tech Cutoff Trend: Declining

If you look at the cutoff that has been released by JoSAA, then the cutoff trend shows that there has been a declining trend in the various B Tech specialization courses in the past three years. This includes chemical, ceramic, mechanical, civil, mining and metallurgical engineering.

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B.Tech Cutoff Trend: Fluctuating

The IIT BHU cut off in the past three years from 2018 to 2020 for the computer science bachelors of engineering course, electronic, electrical and pharmaceutical engineering and technology has shown a very fluctuating trend.

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Key Features for Deciding JEE Advanced Cutoff 2020 for IIT Varanasi

There are many factors that determine the opening and closing cutoff for each round for IIT Varanasi

  • The total applications that were in total received for the JEE examination.

  • The total aspirants who appeared for the examination.

  • The total availability of seat in IIT Varanasi.

  • The JEE advanced exam complexity in the year 2020.

  • The cutoff trend of last year.

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


Opening Rank

(Round 1)

Closing Rank

(Round 6)

Ceramic Engineering



Chemical Engineering



Civil Engineering



Computer Science and Engineering



Electrical Engineering



Electronics Engineering



IIT Varanasi admission is strict, and there is tough competition among students. IIT Varanasi course is well crafted and innovative to meet global demands. Students who pass out of IIT Varanasi have come across flying colours very well in their careers. This is why the cutoff here is high to ensure that only the best students get a reputed engineering college seat.

Admission in IIT Varanasi is made as per the marks in the entrance examination, and thus students should ensure to perform well. Once the student meets the cutoff, he can choose the course of his choice based on the cutoff.’ The cutoff is different for each of the engineering categories, and this is divided as an opening and closing rank. Students should check the categories and the subjects to get a seat of their preference in IIT Varanasi. The cut of rank gets decided only after the exam results are declared.

It is important to note that the IIT Varanasi cut off is declared online. The opening and closing ranks for each round will be displayed online. The candidate needs to be eligible to gain admission in the institute. Candidates who do not qualify in the cutoff rank will not be considered for admission in the institute.

IIT Varanasi Scholarships

Many students score well in the JEE advanced examination but are unable to pay for the IIT Varanasi fees. They need financial aid to pursue their dreams. The IIT Varanasi scholarship is given to the deserving and meritorious students. These are many government-aided scholarships that students can seek when they apply for admission in IIT Varanasi.

IIT Varanasi gives a merit cum means scholarship to 25% of their undergraduate students. The institute gives many endowment scholarships.

International Scholarship

  • Rhodes Scholarships.

  • Chinese Govt. Scholarship.

  • Korean Govt. Scholarship.

  • Japanese Government Scholarship for Research Scholars

B.Tech Merit-cum-Means Scholarship

  • Top Class education scheme for SC students.

  • National Fellowship and Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Students - Scholarship (Formally Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for ST Students).

  • State Scholarships.

  • Endowment Scholarships.


N.C. Jain Scholarship

Rs 1.04 crore

Jagmohan & Manju Bansal Scholarship

Rs 25.83 lakh

MS. Indira Ananthachari Endowment Fund

Rs 22.61 lakh

IIT BHU 76 Batch Scholarship

Rs 17.10 lakh


MEC. 97 Scholarship

Rs 10.07 lakh

American-Indus Corporation  Scholarship

Rs 31.79 lakh

These scholarships are provided based on the marks scored by the student in the JEE advanced examination. The scholarship saves on the hostel and mess fees, and this is a respite for students who belong to the weaker section of the society. Students need to mention their willingness to consider for a scholarship when filling the JEE form.

IIT Varanasi Placements

IIT Varanasi highest package is at par with the IITs. It has a good placement record, and many national and multinational companies come each year to pick the students up and recruit them in their company. The average pay package is also handsome. In the year 2020, 33 companies visited the campus and offered 180 jobs in the first phase itself. The MNC’s picked up students from various disciplines like mining, computer science and engineering, and metallurgy.

IIT BHU also conducts summer placement for its students. There are companies from the other sectors too, like the banking sector that visit the campus.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. Is the Admission into IIT Varanasi Based on Merit or Entrance?

Ans: The students need to appear for the JEE advanced examination and secure a good rank to be eligible to seek admission into IIT BHU with a course of their choice. The cut off rank is spread across 7 rounds and based on the student's ranking and the choice of the course they wish for. However, there is also an eligibility criterion where students need to score above 75% in their 12th board examination. The reserved category has a relaxation of 65%. This admission into IIT Varanasi is based on merit, and entrance examination both and students need to do well in their examination to get a course of their choice here.

Q2. How is the Infrastructure of IIT BHU?

Ans: IIT BHU has one of the best infrastructures among the IIT campuses. It has a separate hostel for boys and girls. There is a medical facility on the premises. There is also a grocery shop on the campus where students can buy their essential needs. The campus also has a well-equipped library. In fact, the library at IIT BHU is one of the best with a huge collection of books, journals and thesis papers. The auditorium and the conference room are also as per the latest standards with all the modern equipment. Spread across a huge area the campus is a place where students are sure to enjoy.

Q3. What is the Role of the Counselling Body?

Ans: The students first have to appear for the JEE entrance examination. Once done the ranks will be out and then each college will display its own cut off with the opening and closing rank for each category of course. The student will then have to apply for counselling and put in their college and course preference. The counselling body conducts the counselling round to let students secure a seat of their choice in the IITs. The counselling body will publish the cutoff ranks for each of the rounds. The counselling body plays a crucial role in making the admission process transparent.

Q4. How is the Placement Record at IIT-BHU?

Ans: The IIT Varanasi offers students the best placement opportunities and with the best packages. Some of the top companies come here every year to place students from the campus. There is a separate placement cell in the college that takes part in the placement process. They invite companies and assist students in making their resume and preparing for the interview process. IIT Varanasi is also known to offer some of the best placement packages to its students.

Q5. How to Prepare Well to Seek Admission in IIT Varanasi?

Ans: The student can get admission in IIT Varanasi only based on their performance in the JEE advanced examination. Thus, the student should prepare well for the examination and have a strong grasp in physics, chemistry, and mathematics to score a good rank in the IIT JEE examination. It is only hard work that can help them seek a good rank in JEE advanced, which will let them get a course of their choice in IIT Varanasi. Once into the college, the students come out as well prepared to do well in their corporate life or to go ahead and pursue their higher studies.