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About IIT Kharagpur

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is a public technical and research university established by the government of India in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. Established in 1951, the institute is the first of the IITs to be established and is recognised as an Institute of National Importance.

In May 1950, the first in the series was established in Kharagpur at the site of the Hijli Detention Camp, where the British had incarcerated political prisoners; the institution was named the ” Indian Institute of Technology” before its formal inauguration on August 18, 1951.

IIT Kharagpur Highlights

Establishment year1951                                       
Also known asIITKGP
Type of instituteAutonomous
Location                     Kharagpur, West Bengal
Campus size2,100 acres
Rankings                    -Ranked 5 by NIRF 2020 under Engineering and Management category-Ranked 58 in the QS Asia Ranking 2021-Ranked 2 in the list of Times Higher Education Emerging Economies 2020
Entrance exams acceptedJEE Advanced, IIT JAM, CAT, GATE, UGC NET, CSIR NET
No. of departments19
No. of schools13
Patents                       50-100 patents in a year                                
No. of papers published200 papers each year            
Number of courses 50+
No. of faculty members650+
Student intake      11,500 (approx) each year                    
Types of scholarships offeredMerit-cum-Means, Alumni Funded Scholarships, Inspire Scholarship, Organizational Scholarships & Fellowships, Endowment Prizes and Free Tuition
Highest placement package (2020)  Rs 19 LPA
Average placement package (2020)Rs 8.5 LPA
Top recruiters Barclay, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, etc.
Mode of educationFull-time/ Weekend
Modes of application              Online/ Offline

Courses Offered at IIT Kharagpur

Undergraduate Admissions

Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in IIT Kharagpur is conducted through written entrance examinations.

Admission to undergraduate programmes in all IITs is tied to the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). Candidates who qualify for admission through IIT-JEE can apply for admission in afour-year B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) degree, a five-year B.Arch degree, a five-year Dual Degree (Integrated Bachelor & Master of Technology) or a five-year integrated M.Sc (Master of Sciences) at IIT Kharagpur.

15% of the seats are reserved for students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes (ST). In addition 27% separate reservation exists for the Other Backward Classes.

Details of the Joint Entrance Examination, registration and important dates and examination procedure can be found at the JEE website.

Postgraduate Programmes

Over the last sixty years, IIT Kharagpur has consistently established new and improving standards in higher engineering education. Postgraduate degree programmes at IIT Kharagpur lead to Joint MTech / MCP-PhD, MBA and MMST degrees. In addition, the Institute also offers Integrated MSc programmes and Joint MSc-PhD programmes.

The curricula and pedagogy in these programmes are periodically updated with focus on quality and excellence to meet the demands of the changing world.

Joint MTech / MCP (City Planning)-PhD
The Institute offers joint MTech-PhD programmes in the following disciplines, entrance to which is through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE):

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Land and Water Resources Engineering
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Systems and Management
  • Embedded Controls and Software
  • Hydraulic and Water Resources Engg
  • Environmental Engg, and Management
  • Structural Engineering
  • Earth System Science and Technology
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • RF and Microwave Engineering
  • Visual Information and Embedded Systems Engineering
  • Control System Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Signal Processing
  • Infrastructure Design and management
  • Wireless Communications and Networks
  • Manufacturing Science and Engg.
  • Mechanical Systems Design
  • Safety, Health and Environment
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Quality and Reliability Engineering
  • Functional Materials and Devices
  • Energy Science and Engineering

Other Courses



Masters Program in Medical Science & Technology

Masters Program in Law

Doctoral degree: Ph.D

The wide variety of disciplines at IIT Kharagpur provides a unique environment that fosters both core and interdisciplinary research in diverse areas of emerging technology such as energy, nanotechnology, medical, bioengineering, and computational sciences.

The Institute provides facilities for research leading to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). The Ph.D degree is awarded on the basis of satisfactory performance of a registered candidate in the prescribed course work, comprehensive viva, seminar, the thesis submitted by the candidate and a final viva voce.

The thesis should be the report of research work characterized by either discovery of new facts or a new interpretation of known facts and theory, or an independent design and development, or development of a new instrument/technology.

There are several categories within the Ph.D programme in the Institute, viz.

  • Regular with Institute Assistantship
  • Ph.D with Individual Fellowship (INSPIRE, UGC NET etc.)
  • Sponsored PhD
  • Ph.D through sponsored research projects
  • Ph.D. PROGRAMME (Regular, Sponsored, Working Professionals, CSIR/UGC, INSPIRE Fellowship)

International Relations :

Doctoral Programs

IIT Kharagpur welcomes foreign students to apply for its doctoral programs. Please fill up the preliminary application form as the first step. Applicants with excellent undergraduate and graduate academic records are asked to appear for a video interview. The Department/ School/ Centre may put additional requirements for admission.

Click here to view the Doctoral Flyer.

To know more, write to the Dean of Post Graduate Studies and Research. You are also encouraged to contact faculty members in your area of specialization.

Joint Doctoral Programs

IIT Kgp offers Joint Doctoral Programs (JDP) with its partner institutions. JDP provides students with an exclusive opportunity to live and study in both countries during their candidature and earn their doctoral degree jointy awarded by the partner institutes. The thesis is evaluated by each Institute according to its own rules and the joint nature of the work is acknowledged in the degree certificate(s).

The Institute provides various levels of financial support to JDP students such as one round-trip international travel to the partner institute. Further details regarding support may be found from Dean (Post Graduate Studies and Research) and the Academic Section.

Click below to know more about the programs with the respective universities.

University of Melbourne Curtin University University of Wollongong University of Alberta University of Auckland University of Manchester

For frequently asked questions about the Joint Doctoral Degree Programs, click here.

Masters Programs

IIT Kharagpur welcomes foreign students to apply for its masters programs. Please fill up the preliminary application form as the first step. Applicants with excellent undergraduate academic records are asked to appear for a video interview. A valid GATE score may substitute for the video interview for admission into MTech programs. Likewise, a valid JAM score may substitute for the video interview for 2-yr M.Sc. admission. Please contact the appropriate Department/ School/ Centre for the cut-off scores in GATE/JAM. The Department/School/ Centre may put additional requirements for admission. To know more, write to the Dean of Post Graduate Studies and Research. You are also encouraged to contact faculty members in your area of specialization.

Undergraduate Studies

Admission into IIT Kharagpur’s undergraduate programs (along with all other IITs) is only through the Joint Entrance Exam – Advanced (JEE-Advanced) conducted by the Joint Admission Board (JAB, website https://jeeadv.ac.in/). An Indian student must first appear in and qualify in JEE Mains Examination (organised by the National Testing Agency, website: https://jeemain.nic.in/webinfo/Public/Home.aspx) in order to appear for the JEE-Advanced test.

JEE Mains is conducted only in India while JEE Advanced is conducted in India as well as in select foreign locations (currently Singapore, Dubai, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Addis Abbaba, and Colombo).

Candidates of Indian origin, regardless of citizenship, are treated at par with Indian nationals in matters of JEE and therefore must appear for JEE-Mains in order to qualify for JEE-Advanced.

Foreign nationals, as defined below, are exempt from taking the JEE Mains and can directly appear for the JEE Advanced.

The relevant excerpt from the 2018 JEE Brochure is reproduced below:

” Eligibility criteria for Foreign nationals :

Candidates who are NOT citizens of India (by birth or naturalized), do not belong to PIO/OCI category, and whose parents are not citizens of India and do not come under PIO/OCI category at the time of registering for JEE (Advanced) 2018 are treated as foreign nationals. Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary with a cap of 10% of total number of seats in every course. However, the seats allotted to PIO/OCI card holders will be under the OPEN category, but not supernumerary.

Foreign nationals are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories as specified herein. “

Exchange Programs

This student exchange program covers a funded short-term visit by students between IIT Kharagpur and foreign Institutions/Universities on a reciprocal basis. The visiting student must be a full-time student enrolled in a degree program in his/her Home Institution. The nature and extent of funded support shall cover one or more from:

  • International travel
  • Travel in host country
  • Stay in host institution
  • Food
  • Medical Insurance
  • Tuition fees

In case your University does not have an MoU or agreement with IIT Kharagpur on student exchange, you may still plan to visit. Please see Short Term Visit below and contact the Office of International Relations.

Short-term Visit

Foreign students of recognized Institute/University interested in carrying out Course work / Research not leading to a degree may visit IITKGP for a short period of not exceeding two consecutive semesters with the intervening summer/winter term.

Facilities at IIT Kharagpur

  • Library

    Central Library of IIT Kharagpur is one of the largest and finest technical libraries in Asia. It has been catering to the needs of the ten thousand students of undergraduates, postgraduates, research scholar, seven hundred faculty members and more than thousand staff members of the 19 departments, 14 centres, 12 schools and 11 research facilities of the Institute. Central Library provides IP based access to 20,664 full-text e-Journals, and 1,22,744 full-text e-books to the users. The Library is having a collection of more than 3.5 Lakh documents, subscribing about 100+ print journals, and providing access to over 26,000+ online full- text journals and several abstracting databases. Besides, there are 135,000+ e-books

  • Cafeteria

    Apart from canteens IIT Kharagpur has on campus eateries such as: Subway, Café Coffee Day (CCD), Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Parlour, Heritage Restaurant, Sahara Restaurant, Dreamland Restaurant, Dulal Nandi (Tikka), PAN Loop, Fast Food Corner (PFC), Veggies Restaurant (Pure Veg), Eggies (Night Canteen), Billoo’s Restaurant, etc.

  • Hostel

    IIT, Kharagpur has 21 Halls of Residences (16 for boys, 5 for girls) around campus which can accommodate around more than 12000 students. All the hostels have amenities like reading room, indoor sports, mess, TV etc. Students can have an option to choose between single and double sharing rooms.

    Boys HostelShared Rooms|In-Campus HostelGirls HostelShared Rooms|In-Campus Hostel
  • Sports Complex
    Available Facilities: 
    Badminton Court|Basketball Court|Squash Court|Tennis Court|Pool Tables|Volleyball Court|Aquatic Center|Weightlifting Facilities
  • Labs
    Available Facilities: 
    Civil Engineering Lab|Chemistry Lab|Computer Lab|Electrical Lab|Electronics Lab|Mechanical Lab|High voltage Lab|Instrumentation Lab|Machine and Drive Lab|Analytical Food Testing Lab
  • Gym
  • Hospital / Medical Facilities
  • Wi-Fi Campus
  • Auditorium
  • Convenience Store
Other Facilities:
Counselling Centre|Bank and ATM
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