Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur)

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) is a public technical institution situated within Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was designated one of the Institute of National Importance by the Government of India under the Institutes of Technology Act.In 1959, it was established to be one of the first Indian Institutes of Technology. The institute was established by an association comprised of 9 US research universities as part of the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP)

IIT Kanpur Ranking

  • IIT Kanpur scores 8.9/10 as per Collegedunia Reviews, which is an above-average score. Other ratings from the agency for 2021 can be found here:

  • Rated as 4th in ARIA ranking 2021.

  • Rated 5 and 4 by The NIRF 2021 for the overall Engineering category.

  • It is also placed 16 in its management programs in an NIRF report in NIRF 2021.

  • For the year 2020 National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) placed IIT K with:

  • 6 overall in the category

  • 4, in the BTech category.

  • Indiatoday 2020 evaluated the IIT Kanpur BTech course as 20.

  • QS 2020 ranked IIT Kanpur at 6 overall in the category.

IIT Kanpur Campus

IIT Kanpur is located on the Grand Trunk Road, 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) to the west to the west of Kanpur City, and measures close to the size of 420 Hectares (1,000 acres). The land was given to the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1960, and by the month of March 1963, the institution was moved to its current location. The institute is home to about 6478 students including the enrollment of 3938 undergraduate students, 2540 postgraduates and 500 research assistants.

Noida Extension Center

IIT Kanpur is to open an extension center in Noida with the aim to create a smaller convention center in the area to help with activities for outreach. The foundation was laid on the 4th of December 2012 on five acres of land that was allocated to the Uttar Pradesh state government in the sector-62 area of Noida city located less than an hour's drive away far from New Delhi and the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The cost of the construction is estimated at around 25 million dollars. This new facility will include an auditorium, seminar rooms to host international and national conferences, and the International Relations Office, along with an eight-story guest house. A variety of short-term management courses as well as refresher courses to be taken online will be offered at this Extension center. News from. IITK. Retrieved on 9 October 2013.

Helicopter Service

Being an industrial city of major importance, Kanpur has good connectivity both by road and rail but is not as well in regards to air connectivity. IIT Kanpur was suffering significantly when compared with IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay because of this when it comes to visiting dignitaries and other companies are concerned. On June 1, 2013, an air-based ferry service was launched from IIT Kanpur run by Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited. The initial service links IIT Kanpur to Lucknow, but the plan is to extend it later up to New Delhi. At present, there are two daily flights between and to Lucknow Airport with a duration of about 25 minutes. Lucknow Airport operates both international and domestic flights to major cities. IIT Kanpur is the first educational institution in the country to offer this service. The cost is estimated to be the equivalent of Rs. 6000 (US$100) per person. If someone would want to avail this service they must contact the Student Placement Office (SPO) at IIT Kanpur since the helicopter service is dependent on the availability of helicopter rights. There are also airstrips on the campus that permit flight training and joyride rides for students.

IIT Kanpur Placements 2021

The institute has established an entirely separate branch, "The Students' Placement Office" which is the sole authority in IIT Kanpur placements (SPO). According to reports in the media that a total of 1062 offers were made as of Day 8 of Phase 1 of IIT Kanpur places 2021-22 of which 885 were accepted. Additionally, IIT Kanpur has received 47 offers from international universities. The amount of PPOs that were offered and accepted in for this year's academic session was 207 and 156, respectively. The top International and domestic packages accepted for Phase 1 IIT Kanpur placements 2021-22 are INR 2.8 crore per year or INR 1.2 crore annually in both cases. Additionally, 49 offers of over INR 1 crore year were offered at the time of IIT Kanpur placements 2021-22

IIT Kanpur Scholarships

IIT Kanpur scholarship opportunities are available to the most deserving students. A few of the most sought-after IITK scholarship opportunities are as follows:

  • Donor Scholarships: Donor Scholarships are given through the institution to worthy and financially disadvantaged students. The total amount of 115 scholarships were given out in which year.
  • Scholarship for Basic Meals Students who are in that class (SC/ST) that have parents' annual earnings that is under 4.5 lakh may apply for this scholarship. The scholarship offers students the cost of a basic meal and an allowance for pocket money.

Other Facilities and Laboratories

The campus spans an area which is 4.3 sq km (1,100 acres). The facilities include one of them, the National Wind Tunnel Facility. Other major research centers are The Advanced Centre for Material Science as well as a Bio-technology research center and The Advanced Center for Electronic Systems and the Samtel Center for Display Technology, Center for Mechatronics, Center for Laser Technology, Prabhu Goel Research Center for Computer and Internet Security, Facility for Ecological and Analytical Testing. Each department has its own libraries. The institute also has its own airfield to test flight, as well as gliding.PK Kelkar Library (formerly Central Library) is an academic library at the institute that houses an extensive collection of over 300,000 volumes and subscriptions to more than 1000 periodicals. The library was named to its current title in 2003, after the late Dr. P K Kelkar, the founder of the institute. It is located in a 3-story building and has a floor space of 6973 square meters. There are Abstracting of and Indexing journals, Microform, and CD-ROM databases Technical reports, Standards and thesis are part of the library. Each year, approximately 4500 volumes of journals and books add to the library.The New Core Labs (NCL) is a three-story building that houses high-tech laboratory facilities for chemistry and physics classes in the first year of. This New Core Labs also has Linux and Windows computers for the classes in the first year, as well as the Mathematics department lab, which houses powerful computers.

IIT Kanpur History

IIT Kanpur was established by an Act of Parliament in 1959. The institute was founded in December of 1959 in an area in the canteen of Harcourt Butler Technological Institute. Harcourt Butler Technological Institute at Agricultural Gardens in Kanpur. It was in the year 1963 that the institution relocated to its current location in the Grand Trunk Road near the Kalyanpur area. Kalyanpur in the Kanpur district. The Campus was developed by Achyut Kavinde, a modernist style.The first 10 years that it was in existence, it was a consortium comprised of nine US universities (namely MIT, UCB, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Case Institute of Technology and Purdue University) helped set the IIT Kanpur's research labs as well as academic programs within the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP). The initial director at the Institute was P. K. Kelkar (after whom the Central Library was renamed in 2002). Under the direction of the economist John Kenneth Galbraith, IIT Kanpur was the first university in India to provide Computer science education. The initial computer classes were initiated within IIT Kanpur in August 1963 using the IBM 1620 system. The concept of computer education was a result of the Electrical Engineering department, which was then headed by Professor. H.K. Kesavan was the chair of Electrical Engineering and head of the Computer Center. Professor. Harry Huskey of the University of California, Berkeley, prior to Kesavan, assisted with the computer program within IIT-Kanpur.In 1971 the IIT started an independent academic program with a focus on Computer Science and Engineering that led towards MTech as well as PhD degrees. In 1972, the KIAP program was ended due to tensions resulting from tensions over the U.S. support of Pakistan. Also, the government cut its funding in response to the perception that IITs contributed to brain drain.


Frequently asked questions

What is the rank of IIT Kanpur in world ?
The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K), has risen 73 places in the QS World University Rankings from its 2021 position among the finest universities. This year, IIT K was rated 277th top institution in the world, up from 350th in the 2021 edition
Is IIT Kanpur best IIT ?
India Today placed IIT Kanpur third among engineering institutes in India in 2021. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) placed it fourth among engineering institutions in India in 2020, and sixth overall
What is the fees of IIT Kanpur ?
B.Tech ₹2.43 Lakhs (1st Year Fees) 10+2 with 75% + JEE Advanced
M.Tech ₹2.14 Lakhs (1st Year Fees) Pass in Graduation + GATE
Ph.D ₹64,050 (1st Year Fees) Post Graduation
B.Tech + M.Tech ₹2.13 Lakhs (1st Year Fees) 10+2 with 75% + JEE Advanced
M.Des ₹64,050 (1st Year Fees) Graduation with 55% + CEED
B.S ₹2.16 Lakhs (1st Year Fees) 10+2
MBA ₹1.54 Lakhs (1st Year Fees) Graduation with 50% + CA
Why is IIT Kanpur famous ?
The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) is one of the country's most prestigious institutions, with a campus that spans 430 hectares. The institute was founded in 1959 with the help of the Kanpur-IndoAmerican programme – KIAP, and has been dedicated to quality in education, research, and innovation ever since
Which branch is best in IIT Kanpur ?


Computer Sc. & Engg.

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Electrical Engg.











Comp. Sc. & Engg. 5 yrs

M.Tech. Dual Degree











Electrical Engg. with M.Tech. in Information & Communication Tech.

5 yrs Dual Degree

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Electrical Engg. (Power)

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Which IIT is better IIT Kharagpur or IIT Kanpur ?
IIT Kharagpur is ranked 281 in the QS Ranking 2020, whereas IIT Kanpur is ranked 291. IIT Kharagpur is ranked fourth, and IIT Kanpur is ranked fifth, according to the NIRF rankings
What is the cutoff for IIT Kanpur ?
Courses IIT Kanpur BTech Cutoff 2021 (Round 1-6)
Opening Rank Closing Rank
Aerospace Engineering  2209 3809
Biological Sciences and Bioengineering 4610 6837
Chemical Engineering  2229 4063
Civil Engineering  3684 5648
Computer Science and Engineering  100 216
Electrical Engineering  685 1297
Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering  4271 6105
Mathematics and Scientific Computing 321 1045
Mechanical Engineering  1365 2823
How good are the IIT Kanpur Placements ?
Particulars Placement Statistics (2020-22)
Participating recruiters 287
Number of start ups 16
Number of offers made 1300
Number of offers accepted 1100
Number of international offers 47
Number of PPOs 207
Highest international salary INR 2.06 CPA
Highest domestic salary INR 1.2 CPA
Top recruiters Axtria, EXl, Goldman Sachs, OLA 
Can I get single room in IIT Kanpur ?
Rooms at the Visitor Hostel (Extension), which are air-conditioned and well furnished, will be the first option. The monthly rent for these rooms would be INR 7500. (on shared basis; INR 15000 for single accommodation). If two students choose to share a room, they can do so
Who founded IIT Kanpur ?
IIT Kanpur was founded on November 2, 1959, when a society was registered in New Delhi. The first batch of B. Tech. students graduated on December 14, 1959, under the direction of Professor P. K. Kelkar, the founding director
Do IIT students get salary ?
The first round of placement season at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) ended recently, with many students landing lucrative jobs. Over 60 IIT Delhi students have been offered yearly packages of more than Rs 1 crore, while a student from IIT-BHU has been offered a Rs 2 crore annual pay
How is academics at IIT Kanpur ?
IIT Kanpur is a world-class research institution as well as an academic powerhouse, and its vast resources help to make the IITK academic programmes remarkable. There are many interdisciplinary courses available, as well as a great deal of interdisciplinary interaction
What is the rank of IIT Kanpur in world ?
In the 2021 edition, IIT K was ranked as the 277th top university in the world, down from 350 in the previous edition
Will IIT Kanpur conduct GATE 2023 ?
Yes, IIT Kanpur is the organising authority for GATE 2023. The test is scheduled during the first and second weeks of February 2023. The notice for GATE 2023 will be given in September 2022
Is IIT Kanpur campus beautiful ?
IIT Kanpur's campus, which is located on the Grand Trunk Road, provides a dynamic and secure environment for its students. The campus houses all of the amenities for students and employees, including sports and recreation, clubs and communities, housing, food and eating, health care, retail and services, and so on. It's a mini-academic city, a self-sustaining, lush-green campus with around 14,000 residents, including teachers, students, staff, and helping hands, spread across 1055 acres. The infrastructure on campus is well-equipped to meet our academic, culinary, residential, recreational, retail, and other demands. We have completed Apartments and a Guests House for tourists
What is the hostel rent for the students at IIT Kanpur ?
Hostel rent at IIT Kanpur is INR 13400 for both Indian and international students. The sum also covers mess setup and water expenses
Who is exempted to appear for the Ph.D. entrance exam at IIT Kanpur ?
Applicants who already have a valid GATE/CEED score are excluded from the IIT Kanpur Ph.D. admission test. Applicants who have been awarded a CSIR/UGC/NBHM/DBT Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or a DST INSPIRE Fellowship can also apply for direct admission to IIT Kanpur
What is e-summit IIT Kanpur ?
The IIT Kanpur E-Summit is the institute's signature event. Academic groups, venture investors, and new-age businesses will all benefit from the gathering. Through activities such as company ventures, product design challenges, and social entrepreneurial concept competitions, the event provides several possibilities to demonstrate entrepreneurial ability and ingenuity
What is the rank of IIT Kanpur in the world ?
According to the QS World University Rankings, IIT Kanpur is the 277th best institute in the world in 2022. The institute was ranked 350th in 2021, a lower position than in 2022. In addition, IITK was ranked between 601 and 800 in the Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
What is SIIC IIT Kanpur ?
"IIT Kanpur's Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC) is a startup incubator that helps students launch their own businesses. The centre is made up of experienced professors, entrepreneurs, mentors, and team members who give students possibilities. To far, SIIC IIT Kanpur has mentored over 200 businesses. The centre offers three programmes: "Dhrishti F6s EdTech Hackathon," "Dhrishti F6s EdTech Hackathon," and "Dhrishti F6s EdTech Hackathon "