Today, the IITs are the premier of technical knowledge and education in India. With 16 preexisting IITs in the country, the introduction of five new such institutions has been proposed. Being a league of technological excellence in their own right, these elite institutions conduct centralized examinations every year. The examinations are known as IIT-JEE or Indian Instititute of Technology- Joint Entrance Exam. Conventionally accepted as one of the toughest examinations across the globe, cracking the IIT-JEE ensures you a place at one of the finest and most coveted institutions of the nation. For students that dream of becoming an engineer someday, the IITs are their Mecca.

1) Today, the 16 most coveted IITs are:

  • The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi: Established in 1961, IIT Delhi is the most sought after IIT for students qualifying their IIT-JEE. Second only to IIT Kanpur, IIT-D is known for its impeccable programme offering a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology in the Computer Science Stream. Other Popular streams offered include Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, etc.
  • IIT Kanpur: Known for its academic prowess coupled with its background of student culture, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur or IIT-K, as it is popularly known, is one of the most coveted IITs. Offering a varied array of disciplines that students can choose from, IIT-K is popular for organizing the most presitigious college festivals in the nation. Students from all over the country seek participation to claim major rewards from the same. Some of the most popular fests organized by IIT-K are Antaragni and Techkriti.
  • IIT Bombay: IIT Bombay or IITB is an institute that enjoys the highest stature among IITs in terms of innovation and development.

2) Other Indian Institutes of Technology include:

  • IIT Kharagpur
  • IIT Roorkee
  • IIT Bhubaneshwar
  • IIT Gandhinagar
  • IIT Indore
  • IIT Mandi
  • IIT Jodhpur
  • IIT Patna
  • IIT Madras
  • IIT (BHU) Varanasi
  • IIT Guwhati
  • IIT Ropar

3) The proposed IITs, as announced in 2014, include:

  • IIT Karnataka
  • IIT Bhilai, Chhatisgarh
  • IIT Goa
  • IIT Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
  • IIT Palakkad, Kerala
  • IIT Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
  • IIT Dhanbad (after coverting ISM Dhanbad into an IIT)

Of the seven proposed IITs, four of them, namely IIT Goa, IIT Chattisgarh, IIT Tirupati and IIT Palakkad, are expected to commence admissions for undergraduate courses in June in the year of 2015. IITs are the source of few of the greatest minds in the country, producing fine individuals that are not just IT specialists but also excel in other areas of life.