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Introduction of  IIT/IISc :

The Indian Institutes of Technology are institutions of national importance established through an Act of Parliament.  These Institutes play a leading role in technological manpower development and have research programmes comparable to the best in the world.  The admissions to the Undergraduate Programmes for all Indian and Foreign nationals at these institutions are made through the Joint Entrance Examination(JEE). Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi is one of the oldest institutions devoted to education in various engineering disciplines.  Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, a deemed university, is the oldest institution of its kind in India.  The admissions to the Undergraduate Programmes at these institutions are also made through JEE.

                       All these institutions are known for providing quality education in science and technology and for research in frontier areas.  The environment at these institutions is highly conducive for

(1) Building a solid foundation of knowledge

(2) Development of personality, confidence building, self-discipline and pursuit of excellence

(3) Enhancement of creativity, motivation and drive.

All of the above help to prepare the students admitted to these institutions for successful professional and social lives. Today, alumni of these institutions occupy key positions in industry and academia in India and abroad. Each Institute has well-equipped, modern, laboratories, state-of-the-art computer network and well stocked technical library. Teaching methods rely on direct personal contact between the teacher and the students and the use of traditional and modern instructional techniques. Students live in a pleasant and intellectually stimulating environment with people having similar goals and aspirations leading to an exciting and unique academic experience.

                    Credit-based academic programmes offer flexibility to students to progress at their own pace.  A minimum level of performance is necessary for satisfactory progress.  The medium of instruction is English.  These institutions offer courses leading to Bachelorís degree in a number of engineering, technological and scientific disciplines. M.Sc. Integrated courses in pure and applied sciences and M.Tech. Integrated courses in a few disciplines are also offered by some of these Institutes.  In addition, some IITs offer Dual Degree M.Tech. programmes wherein both B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees are awarded at the end of the programme.


GATE and JEE for Entrance to Master and Bachelor courses in Engineering and Technology.

GATE : The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering(GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee comprising Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board-GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development(MHRD), Government of India. The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:

     Zone 1 - Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
     Zone 2 - Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
     Zone 3 - Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
     Zone 4 - Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
     Zone 5 - Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
     Zone 6 - Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
     Zone 7 - Indian Institute of Technology Madras
     Zone 8 - Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Admission to Postgraduate Programmes, with MHRD and some other government scholarship/ assistantship, in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy/Science at engineering colleges -Institutes in the country are open to those who qualify through GATE. Some engineering colleges -Institutes specify GATE as mandatory qualification even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes. Candidates are required to find out the procedure for selection and award of scholarship/assistantship from the institution to which they wish to seek admission. Gate qualified candidates in Engineering/Technology disciplines are also eligible for the award of the Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories. Some Government Organisations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the Post of Scientists.

Objectives of GATE:

Identify, at the National level, meritorious and motivated candidates for admission to   Postgraduate Programmes in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Science and Pharmacy.

Serve as a mandatory qualification for the MHRD scholarship/Assistantship.

Serve as benchmark of normalization of the Undergraduate Engineering Education in the country.

                    Candidates will be required to appear in a single paper of three hours duration. The question papers will be in English only. Before applying for GATE, candidates must assure themselves that they have chosen the right paper, which qualifies them to become eligible to seek admission to the specific programme they are interested in. The criteria for postgraduate admission with Scholarship/Assistantship are different in various Institutes. GATE Offices are not in a position to provide any information in this regard. Some information regarding postgraduate programmes in various Institutes is given under PG admission. For more details, the candidates are required to contact the Institutes/Universities to which they are interested in seeking admission.


     The candidates with following academic background are eligible to appear in GATE :

Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy(4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.

Master's degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.

Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master's degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master's degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.

Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE(e.g. AMIE) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.


JEE : Admission to Graduate programmes/Dual Degree, and5 Yr Integrated MSc. programmes in Engineering/Technology in the IITs/IIsc(Indian Institute of Technology/Science) are open for candidates who qualify in JEE(Joint Entrance Examination).

Dual Degree: Institutes offers a 5 year Dual Degree programme(DD) in all Engineering departments. This programme is the Bachelor and Master degree combined together. That means that upon successful completion of the necessary academic requirements, a student is awarded two degrees: B.Tech. degree of the parent department. M.Tech. degree of the Specialization within the parent department.

Departments offering B.Tech/Dual Degree:

Aerospace Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Science & Engineering Department

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science


Eligibility & Question Papers: Candidates who have passed H.S.C.(12th) with Maths/Physics/Chemistry are Eligible to apply for JEE. There will be two question papers of three hours duration, each consisting of separate sections in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Questions in these papers will be of objective type, which are to be answered on a specially designed machine-gradable sheet using HB pencils only. Incorrect answers will be awarded negative marks.

Language of Question Papers: Candidates can opt for Question Papers either in English or in Hindi. The option should be exercised while filling the application form. The option cannot be changed at any later stage. Use of calculators and log tables is not permitted in JEE.