📌 How to Get into IIT? With and Without JEE!

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How to Get into IIT With and Without JEE

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🎓 What are IITs? Why are they so Famous?

IITs, or Indian Institutes of Technology, are top-tier engineering and technology colleges in India. The government recognised them as crucial for the nation’s development after gaining independence in 1947. IITs have a standardised entrance test (IIT-JEE) for undergraduates and other exams for postgraduates. They’ve produced many successful professionals, inspiring the creation of Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IITs) in the late 1990s and 2000s to further boost technical education in India. 

📌How to Get into IIT?

We have thoroughly instructed you on how to get into an IIT. Just follow the below-mentioned steps:

Eligibility– Qualify Class 12 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects recognised by a Central or State Board. Have a state code of eligibility indicating your state of Class 12 or equivalent passing. Candidates must pass Class 12 in 2023/2024 or be appearing for it in 2023 for JEE Main 2024 eligibility.
– For JEE Advanced, be among the top 2,50,000 candidates in the B.E./B.Tech. paper of JEE Main 2024. Born on or after October 1, 1999, with age relaxation for SC, ST, and PwD candidates
– Maximum of two JEE Advanced attempts in two consecutive years.
– First-time appearance for Class XII or equivalent in 2023 or 2024 with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.
– Not previously admitted to an IIT or accepted an IIT seat.
– Foreign nationals with a 10% supernumerary quota can apply.
– Foreign nationals studying abroad at the 10+2 level are eligible with a 10% supernumerary quota.
RegistrationRegister on the official portal at jeeadv.ac.in if you meet the eligibility criteria.
JEE AdvancedTake the JEE Advanced exam after successful registration and obtaining your admit card.
JoSAA CounsellingComplete the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) counselling to select branch and institute preferences for IIT admission.

Must Read: Best Books for IIT JEE Mains & Advanced 2023

🎓 How to Get into IIT without JEE? 

We have heard that a lot of students want to get into IIT without JEE! Well, Mr. Owl was cunning enough to get a lot of details on this secret information (don’t ask the sources)!  

First, know the courses that don’t require you to give JEE but do have some other eligibility and entrance exam requirements:

IIT CourseEntrance ExamEligibility CriteriaApplicable IITs
MTech, integrated MTech-PhD, PhD in engineering and related fields.GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)Bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent – No age limit – Final-year students with certificates or degrees can apply diploma holders are not eligibleIIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee
MBA programmesCAT (Common Admission Test)Bachelor’s degree with specified marks – Final-year students can applyAll IITs for management courses
BDes (Bachelor of Design) coursesUCEED (Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design)Eligible for Indian and foreign students: Specific birthdate limits – Maximum two attempts in consecutive yearsIIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad
MDes (Master of Design) and PhD in designCEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design)Various qualifications including Bachelor’s, Master’s, or equivalent in design-related fields – Detailed criteria specifiedIIT Delhi, Bombay, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Roorkee
MSc and/ or MSc-related programs.GATE or JAM (Joint Admission Test)Bachelor’s degree from any stream – No age limits – Final-year students can apply – Specific marks required – Physical fitness certificateIIT Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee, and other IITs offering MSc programs

📜Steps to Get Into an IIT Without JEE

Know how to get into IIT without JEE-

  1. Choose a course with an alternative entrance exam other than JEE.
  2. Review the eligibility requirements for the chosen entrance exam to ensure you meet the necessary qualifications.
  3. Complete the application process for the chosen entrance exam by the specified deadline.
  4. Take the entrance exam on the scheduled date.
  5. If you meet the cutoff scores and other requirements, apply to the IITs offering your chosen course.
  6. Some courses may require interviews or counselling sessions for final admission.
  7. Once you receive an admission offer, complete the enrollment process and begin your studies at the IIT.

📜How to Get into IIT Delhi?

You know the general procedure of getting into IITs with or without JEE, Now the only thing left to answer this question is any specific admission-related eligibility requirements that IIT Delhi might have, check out the table below –

ProgrammeEligibility and Admission Procedure
B.TechAdmission through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main and Advanced). For detailed information, visit the JEE website.
B.DesAdmission through Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED). For details, visit the UCEED website. 
Admission to PG programs with advance standingUG students of IIT Delhi with advanced standing are eligible for PG programme admission.
PG Programmes (M.Tech, M.Des, MBA, M.Sc)Admission to PG programs with advanced standing
Ph.D./ M.S. (Research) programPossible anytime during the year through the Department Research Committee (DRC) / Centre Research Committee (CRC), or School Research Committee (SRC) with the approval of the Dean, Academics. Details on the IIT Delhi website
Cultural Exchange Fellowship ProgramAdmission is based on MoUs between IIT Delhi and the concerned country, university, or institution. Terms and conditions apply.
Students under Memorandum of UnderstandingPossible anytime during the year through the Department Research Committee (DRC) / Centre Research Committee (CRC) / School Research Committee (SRC) with the approval of the Dean, Academics. Details on the IIT Delhi website

📜How to Get into IIT Madras?

The general procedure for admission remains the same as that of most IITs; however, there are some minor tweaks in the admission requirements to get into IIT Madras- 

ProgramDurationAdmission Requirements
B.Tech4 YearsAdmission through JEE (Mains) and JEE (Advanced).
Dual Degree (B.Tech & M.Tech)5 YearsAdmission through JEE (Mains) and JEE (Advanced).
Dual Degree (BS & MS)VariesAdmission requirements vary by program.
Master of Arts (M.A.)2 YearsAdmission through GATE.
M.Sc2 YearsAdmission through JAM.
M.Tech2 YearsAdmission through GATE.
MBA2 YearsAdmission through CAT score and other categories.
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)VariesAdmission requirements vary by department and program.
International Interdisciplinary Master’s ProgramsVariesAdmission requirements vary by program.
Joint PhD ProgramsVariesAdmission requirements and opportunities for international collaborations vary by institution.
Joint MS ProgramsVariesAdmission and support for international visits vary by program.

📜 How to Get into IIT Bombay?

IIT Bombay follows the same admission procedures and requires similar exams for its respective courses. However, the following table provides a basic reference to the exams you’ll need to take for admission. For detailed admission procedures, please visit the official website.

CourseAdmission Criteria
B.TechJEE Advanced exam scores
Dual Degree (B.Tech + M.Tech)JEE Advanced exam scores
B.Sc. + M.Sc. Dual DegreeIIT JAM scores
M.TechGATE exam scores
M.Sc.IIT JAM scores
MBACAT scores, GD/PI rounds, and work experience (if applicable)
M.DesCEED scores and interview
Ph.D.Written test/interview for select departments

Also Read: IIT Bombay: Rankings, Courses, Salary and Jobs

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What is the eligibility criteria for admission to IITs in India?

To be eligible for admission to IITs, you must have completed your 10+2 schooling or equivalent examination with PCM (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics). You need to qualify in the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) for undergraduate programs.

How can I prepare for the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) effectively?

Effective preparation for JEE involves a structured study plan, practice with previous years’ question papers, taking mock tests, and seeking guidance from coaching institutes or online resources. Consistent practice and time management are crucial.

Are there any age restrictions for applying to IITs?

Yes, there is an age limit. For the JEE Advanced exam, candidates should be born on or after October 1, 1998, for the general category and on or after October 1, 1993, for reserved categories. There are some relaxations for candidates with disabilities.


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