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IIT Kanpur: Admission via JEE Advanced, Cut Off, Fees and More

Last updated on September 1st, 2020 at 04:22 pm

IIT Kanpur counts as one of the most imperial colleges existing in India renowned for its top-notch education, flawless quality research, and administering leadership in the arena of technology. It is ranked 5th in the top engineering colleges of India in the NIRF Rankings.

  • Among the skim layer of a total of 23 Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) existing in India, getting an admission in IIT Kanpur has been a dream for a better part of aspirants appearing for engineering entrance exams every year.
  • To be eligible for a B.Tech or B.S course offered by IIT Kanpur, aspirants need to qualify JEE Advanced with a sufficient cut-off followed by JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) counseling.
  • IIT Kanpur also has tie-ups with several Universities and Organizations across the globe to engage its students with critical thinking focused approach and crafting them for world-class standards and trends.
  • IIT Kanpur was recently ranked 291 by the QS University Rankings in 2020 which speaks volumes about the efficiency of the institute on a global level.
  • The campus stretches across 1055 acres, with 108 constituent buildings altogether. It houses 3938 undergraduate and 2540 graduate students administered by a team of 412 elite faculty members.
  • IIT Kanpur Vision Statement is “To create, disseminate and translate knowledge in science, engineering and allied disciplines that will best serve the society.”
  • IIT Kanpur was established in 1959 as one of the first Indian Institutes of Technology, came into existence with the absence of a consortium of nine US research universities on the deeds of the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP).

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IIT Kanpur – Highlights

Official Website www.iitk.ac.in/
Types of Programs B.Tech, M.Tech, B.S, M.S, MBA, Ph.D., M.Des
Application Mode Online and Offline
Admission Criteria JEE-Advanced and 10+2 scores (for B.Tech)

IIT Kanpur – Admissions Through JEE Advanced

IIT Kanpur houses 5,261 candidates in various undergraduate and graduate programs in various disciplines. The institute offers degrees in various specializations in the field of Engineering, Science, Management and so on. The institute offers admission in various B. Tech courses through JEE Advanced entrance examination followed by JoSAA Counselling.

IIT Kanpur Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must have passed class 12 examination with minimum 75% (65% for SC/ST) or have come in the top 20 percentile in their respective board.
  • Candidates will have to sit for JEE Main followed by JEE Advanced and get the minimum cut off to be eligible for IIT Kanpur Admission.

Admission Process for IIT Kanpur

  • Qualifying JEE Main: The first step in the process of IIT Kanpur admissions is JEE Main. Candidates have to clear JEE Main and get into the top 1,50,000 rank to be eligible for JEE Advanced. The JEE Main Cut Off for general category students go as high as 89 to take participation in JEE Advanced.
  • Qualifying JEE Advanced: Next comes JEE Advanced. JEE Advanced results is your key to your admission towards IIT Kanpur. Students who ace their JEE Advanced and score at least 90 % above the exams have the highest possibility of getting into IIT Kanpur.
  • JoSAA Counselling: Once done with the above two, apply for JoSAA Counselling. Take part in all the rounds until you get a seat in the desired course. Lock your choices based on the rank scored and the expected cut offs of IIT Kanpur.
  • Reporting at College: After the counselling, students who have been confirmed a seat will be required to pay the admission fees by reporting at the college. Depending on the current situation of COVID-19, this process might be handled online by major IITs. Do make sure to visit the official website for updates on admission.

Various B.Tech courses offered by IIT Kanpur

IIT Kanpur offers a manifold of comprehensive courses for thorough virtuosity in the stream of Engineering. The estimated fees for the B.Tech course is about 8,30,000/- and as an institution, the engineering here has been ranked #4 by NIRF(National Institute Ranking Framework) as well as by India Today. The admission to these courses is based upon the performance of the candidate in JEE-Advanced and the cut-off set by them.

 Following are the disciplines offered at IIT Kanpur for Engineering:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering.
  • Computer Science Engineering.
  • Electrical Engineering.
  • Material Science Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Biological Sciences and Bio-Engineering.

The institute also offers B.Tech + M.Tech courses. It is an integrated 5-year course offered by IIT Kanpur in all the above-mentioned streams, admissions to which are, again reliant upon rank in JEE Advanced.

Advantages of Pursuing Dual Degree (B.Tech and M.Tech) from IIT Kanpur

The need for the program arises due to the decline in PG programs over the years. The growing demand of computer engineers and their sky-limit salaries is much more than M.Tech stipend making it less attractive. Therefore, dual degrees help here.

  • The student earns an M.tech degree with just an extra year of effort saving at least 6 months.
  • The program focuses on all the core areas of both B.Tech and M.Tech programs.
  • Dual degrees help the students with additional summer and winter which can be put to use by doing internships.
  • Students pursuing Dual degrees perform a lot more coding than B.Tech courses.
  • The course is very attractive for the students who are interested in research work as well.

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Study At IIT Kanpur During COVID-19

  • In the wake of Covid-19 expanding exponentially, the conduction of classes at various IITs has been shifted on online platforms to facilitate students so that they don’t lag in their studies.
  • The Faculty members are committed to assisting their students via virtual interactions and providing video lectures abiding the course structure.
  • A major setback to this mode is the unavailability of active & fluent internet services in the residing regions of students.
  • Recent feedback sought by IITs in Kanpur, Mumbai, and Guwahati indicated that close to 15 percent of the students reported issues during the reception of online lectures due to poor connectivity or insufficient data plan to download the video lectures.
  • Eliminating the ambiguity over the conduction of examinations of this Session, Abhay Karandhikar, Director of the institute stated that they have decided to close this session for their students and will promote them based upon their performances mid-term exams, projects and assignments and other such criteria.
  • Taking these criteria into account, it is also clear that no student will be barred from passing this semester due to any bad performances in the concluded assignments, mid-term examinations, or any such criteria.
  • The students who were in the final semester of their course would be granted credit relaxations to ensure that they graduate on time.

Read How IIT Bombay is Dealing with Amid COVID-19 Situation?

Why Opt For IIT Kanpur?

Flawless track record and performance-driven approach have been the highlights of this institute since its establishment. Below are some of the aspects that state its dynamic and diverse educational perspectives:

  • Student Oriented Learning Approach: Faculty at IITK engage with the students. Teachers are always approachable in the wake of any doubt pertaining to the students. They’ve developed an atmosphere that eliminates the hesitation in the minds of their students while approaching their teachers.
  • Building Intriguing Minds: The orientation of education at IITK engages critical thinking abilities. Teachers acknowledge students with questions that provoke their thinking capabilities and infuse the intriguing nature of the subject.
  • Optimistic Learning Environment at IITK: The teaching methods at IITK promote a thorough understanding of the subject. In-depth and comprehensive information is provided to ensure that students can grasp the content appropriately.
  • Competent & Accomplished Faculty: IIT Kanpur is renowned for its experienced and cited faculty members, who have excelled in their respective works and are not committed to impart their valuable experiences and knowledge with its students.
  • All-round Development: At IIT Kanpur the emphasis is not limited to technical education but a great deal of attention is given to the overall personality development of the students. They are projected to various extracurricular activities and various other aspects of campus life. The campus sports an efficient Gymkhana along with the various clubs that students can get themselves involved in.

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JEE Advanced 2019 Cutoff for IIT Kanpur

IIT Kanpur counts as one of the most imperial engineering institutes in India. Therefore the cut off rank required for every particular course of this esteemed institute is pretty elevated. The entrance examinations accepted by IIT Kanpur include JEE-Advanced, IIT JAM, GATE and CAT

The cut-off rank for JEE Advanced for various B.Tech courses at IIT Kanpur for the year 2018 & 2019 are listed below:

Course Name 2019 closing rank 2018 closing rank
B.Tech Chemical Engineering 3430 3171
B.Tech Civil Engineering 4681 3707
B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering 217 213
B.Tech Electrical Engineering 994 803
B.Tech Mechanical Engineering 2108 1611

IIT Kanpur JEE Advanced 2019 Cutoff

Factors that determine the cut off rank each year are:

  • The difficulty level of Exam(JEE Advanced)
  • Recent cut off trends
  • Number of candidates appearing for JEE Advanced
  • Quantity of slots available
  • Individual performance of the candidate

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Aerospace Engineering

Category Gender Neutral  Female Only
OBC 1717 3808
EWS 357
General 3497 7516
SC 1084 1608
ST 608

Biological Sciences and Bioengineering

Category Gender Neutral  Female Only
OBC 3399 5822
EWS 663
General 6292 11887
SC 2341 2874
ST 977

Chemical Engineering

Category Gender Neutral  Female Only
OBC 1550 3819
EWS 332 1458
General 3430 6923
SC 1109 1458
ST 555 1160

Civil Engineering

Category Gender Neutral  Female Only
OBC 1787 4431
EWS 502 1436
General 4681 9158
SC 1030 1922
ST 245 452

Computer Science and Engineering

Category Gender Neutral  Female Only
OBC 133 453
EWS 25
General 217 919
SC 88 184
ST 45 231

Electrical Engineering

Category Gender Neutral  Female Only
OBC 556 1684
EWS 92 245
General 994 2974
SC 362 638
ST 186 541

Material Science and Engineering

Category Gender Neutral  Female Only
OBC 2696 6002
EWS 516 1541
General 5188 10143
SC 1929 2115
ST 986

Mechanical Engineering

Category Gender Neutral  Female Only
OBC 890 3187
EWS 181 898
General 2108 6003
SC 576 1331
ST 342

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Mathematics and Scientific Computing

Category Gender Neutral  Female Only
OBC 583 2006
EWS 105
General 1059 2887
SC 585 1191
ST 346 609


Category Gender Neutral  Female Only
OBC 3131 6616
EWS 637
General 5055 11273
SC 2166 3329
ST 877

Earth Sciences

Category Gender Neutral  Female Only
OBC 3993 6749
EWS 822
General 8007 13703
SC 2415 3076
ST 1083

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Reservation Policy For Admissions Through JEE Advanced

Reservation of seats to provide equal opportunity to each class of society has been one of the prominent features of the educational institutions administered by the government. Following the guidelines laid by the government for the division of seats, the total number of seats at IIT Kanpur is divided as per the following percentages:

Category Reservation of Seats
General – Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS) 10%
Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL) 27%
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%

NOTE: A 5% horizontal reservation is provided for PwD candidates in each of the categories – OPEN, GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC and ST category seats.

  • Covid-19 has delayed the admission procedures for all the institutions across India, the delay in conduction of JEE Main & JEE Advanced, keeping in mind the safety of students. JEE Main is now scheduled to be conducted between 1-6th September while JEE Advanced is scheduled to take place on 27th September 2020.

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Faculty At IIT Kanpur

  • The supremacy of IIT Kanpur has greatly been contributed by the experienced and erudite faculty members that have served for the institution over the years.
  • Undeniably, the faculty at IIT Kanpur is among the best in the world in their specific areas of interest.
  • Having excelled in their branch of discipline and gained experiences, the faculty members are now committed to impart this knowledge to their students with the best of their abilities through all the modern aids available at the institute.
  • Their valuable experience has seamlessly contributed to shaping the minds of the students, who have further gone on to juncture the elite alumni of the institution.
  • For a complete list of faculty members serving at the institute for various courses,

Facilities at IIT Kanpur

  • IIT Kanpur boasts of its state-of-the-art facilities with one of the most openly accessible computing and modern laboratories. One of them is a flight laboratory with several powdered aircrafts, gliders and a kilometer runway.
  • The P K Kelkar Library of the Institute is one of the finest scientific and technological libraries. It has an online information retrieval system over the campus LAN.
  • The curriculum at IIT Kanpur emphasizes on Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). The HSS department offers courses in Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Philosophy, Fine Arts, English Literature and Linguistics.
  • The institute has a Language Laboratory with computer controlled audio and video components. It is set up for offering courses in foreign languages such as French, Japanese and German.

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IIT Kanpur- Placement Report

IIT Kanpur has always lured lucrative offers from placement companies each year. Talking about the placement drive in 2020, they were extremely triumphant with the highest package offer of 20 LPA and the average package being 7.5 LPA.

IIT Kanpur Placement Report

Top recruiters in this session were-

Placement Highlights of 2019

  • In all, a total of 1045 students took part in the placement drive.
  • Some of the top reputed companies also offered 2 PPO and 5 PPI to the students.
  • Students were offered various designations in variable departments like marketing, finance, consulting, sales, IT, and Finance.
  • A total of 26 companies from diverse sectors like E-Commerce, Logistics, Healthcare, and various other domains indulged in securing students through placements.
  • Top recruiters during this session were- Infosys, ICICI, BankTres, Vista, Ford, GAIL Limited, IBM, Sapient, Reckitt Benckiser, Indiamart, HDFC Bank, Deloitte, Cognizant Technology Services, HSBC, Ecom Express, EXL, Zirca.

Talking about the overall quantitative review about the placements at IIT Kanpur, the highest package offered here was 1.5 crore rupees in 2016 by Microsoft and the average package is 15.8 lacs.

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Fee Structure for B.Tech / B.S courses at IIT Kanpur

Category Semester Fee
General Indian Students – Rs. 1,36,900Foreign Students – $1000 + Rs. 36,900
Most Economically Backward Rs. 36,900
Other Economically Backward Rs. 70,233
SC/ST(whose family income is less than ₹6 lakhs per annum) Rs. 35,650
SC/ST/PwD Rs. 36,900.00

Fee Waiver

Category Fee Waiver
Economically Backward with income less than 1 LPA 100%
Economically Backward with income between 1 LPA and 5 LPA 2/3rd of the tuition fee

(whose family income is less than ₹6 lakhs per annum)

Not charged for Hostel Seat
SC/ST/PwD 100 %

Food, Accomodation and Other Expenses

Particulars  Amount
One-time Deposits (Refundable) Rs. 7000
Hostel Seat Rent Rs. 1250
Water Charges Rs. 25
Mess Establishment Charge Rs. 12125
Mess Deposit (Refundable) Rs. 10000

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Scholarships Offered By IIT Kanpur

  • Merit cum Means Scholarship: In this scholarship program, students are relieved of their tuition fees and are provided with an allowance of 1000/- per month for the complete duration of the program. For a student to be eligible for this scholarship, he/she must maintain a minimum CPI of 6.5. However, if in any case the CPI falls below 6.5 but is greater than 6.0, students shall still receive this scholarship but the monthly allowance is withdrawn. This scholarship is only available for students (other than SC/ST students) whose annual family income is less than 4.5 lacs.
  • INSPIRE Scholarship: This scholarship is meant for students of the B.S Program only, whose All India Rank is within 10000 as per Common Merit LIST (CML) in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics departments. Students receive a sum of 30,000/- per semester along with a research grant of Rs.20,000.
  • Donor Scholarship: This scholarship is granted by the institution to meritorious and needy students. To know the details of the criteria and recipients of this scholarship.
  • Sports Scholarship: This scholarship is provided as an appreciation to students excelling in a particular sport in Inter-IIT and other external sports meets. A maximum of 20 scholarships are available each year with an amount of 1,000/- provided to the students for 9 months.
  • Free-Basic Mess Scholarship: Available to students belonging to SC/ST category whose annual family income is less than 4.5 lacs. In this program, students receive a free basic mess bill and a pocket allowance of 250 rupees.

Apart from the above-mentioned scholarships, the institution also assists its students in applying for various external scholarships, the contents of which can be obtained on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP).

IIT Kanpur FAQs

Ques. My HSC percentage is 74.9. Am I eligible to appear for IIT Kanpur?

Ans. No, as per the eligibility criteria provided by IITs, the minimum HSC percentage for a student to be eligible for IIT Kanpur is 75 along with accomplishment in JEE-Advanced.

Ques. Is hostel compulsory for students at IIT Kanpur?

Ans. No, the students are not mandated to opt for the hostel at IIT Kanpur or any other IIT for that concern. Students have the liberty to choose any hostel, pg, room, etc of their convenience that suits their needs.

Ques. Who are some of the notable alumni of IIT Kanpur?

Ans. IIT Kanpur has a rich history of producing proficient personalities. It is not possible to enlist all the elite personalities but some of the notable mentions from IIT Kanpur are:

  • Rajeev Motwani, computer scientist, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.
  • N.R. Narayana Murthy founded the software corporation Infosys.
  • Ashoke Sen, FRS, and Padma Shri string theorist.
  • Pradeep Sindhu, founder – Juniper Networks.
  • Prem Das Rai, the first IIT and IIM educated member of Parliament Lok Sabha.
  • Naveen Tiwari – Founder and CEO of InMobi.
  • Manindra Agarwal – Godel Prize winner for AKS primality test.