Type of the institute: Indian Institute of Technology
Complete Mailing Address: IIT Madras P.O., Chennai 600036, INDIA
Contact Person For Admission: Deputy Registrar (Academic Courses)
Designation: Deputy Registrar
Email: drcourses@iitm.ac.in
Alternate Email: cacad@iitm.ac.in
Phone Nos: 91-44-22578035
Fax No: 91-44-22578042
Mobile No.:
About the Institute:

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) is among the finest, globally reputed higher technological institutions that sensitive and constructively responsive to student expectations and national needs. IITM was founded in 1959 as an ‘Institute of National Importance’ by Government of India with technical and financial assistance from the Federal Republic of West Germany. IITM celebrated its Golden Jubilee in the year 2008-09. During these 50+ years, IIT Madras has gained reputation for the quality of its faculty and the outstanding caliber of the students in the undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes. IITM is recognized as a centre of academic and research excellence offering engineering, science, management and humanities education on par with the best in the world. IITM is ranked as the #1 Technical Institutions in India in 2017 and 2018, by National Institutional Ranking Framework (www.nirf.gov.in).

IITM campus is famous for its serene and scenic natural environment. Comprising 650 acres of lush green forest, including a large lake and a rich variety of flora and fauna, the campus is the pride of its residents and provides an ideal setting for serious academic and developmental pursuits.

It is an autonomous body under the administrative control of a Board of Governors appointed by the Government of India. IITM is a residential institute with nearly 584 faculty, 9300 students and 725 administrative and supporting staff and is a self-contained campus. It has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in the country.

The Institute has sixteen academic departments and a few advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories organised in a unique pattern of functioning. A faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical and supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras.

IIT Madras offers B.Tech/Dual Degree in twelve disciplines; M.Sc. in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics; M.Tech. in several advanced streams; M.B.A and Integrated M.A., and research degrees through the M.S. and Ph.D. programmes. Life at IIT Madras is an exciting mix of academic, sporting and cultural activities. Our graduates have succeeded with brilliance all over the world, and leave a distinctive mark everywhere they go giving IIT Madras its global reputation.

Fee Structure:

Fees for the Indian students to be admitted in the academic year 2018-19


Items of Fees & Deposits

(Value in Rs.)

B.Tech./DD @


A. One time Fees:    


Admission fee



Grade card fee



Provisional certificate



Medical Exam fee



Student welfare fund



Modernization fee



Alumni Life Membership Fee (NS)



Publication fee (NS)



Total A (One Time Fees)


B.   Semester Fees:    


Tuition fee per semester +



Examination fee



Registration-Enrolment fee



Gymkhana fee



Medical fee



Hostel Seat Rent *



Fan, Elec. & Water Charges *



Student Wellness fee



Medical Insurance Premium (subject to revision)



Total B (Jul-Nov 2018 semester fee)


C.  Deposits (Refundable):

 Institute Deposit and Library Deposit  (each Rs.1000)


Institute fees payable

through online at www.iitm.ac.in/academics






Day scholars







Hostel Admission fee



Hostel Deposit (NS)- (refundable)



Estt.’A’ charges



Estt.’B’ charges



Advance Dining charges


Hostel Fees payable through online at www.ccw.iitm.ac.in & www.dost.iitm.ac.in


 NS  -  Non-Statutory fees

+     -   a) SC/ST/PwD students are exempted from payment of tuition fee irrespective

                of their parental income.

           b) The most economically backward students (whose family income is less than

               Rs.1 lakh per annnum) shall get full remission of the fee.

           c) The other economically backward students (whose family income is less than 

               Rs.1 lakh to Rs.5 lakhs per annnum) shall get remission of 2/3 of the tuition fee.

          d) All the students shall have access to interest free loan under Vidyalaxmi scheme for

              the total portion of the tuition fee payable

*      -   For Hostellers only        

@    -  Dual Degree students have to pay B.Tech. fees for the first 8 semesters and M.Tech.

           fees for 9th & 10th semesters


Fees for Foreign Nationals to be admitted in the academic year 2018-19


Institute fees payable through online at www.iitm.ac.in/academics


Items of Fees & Deposits



A. One time Fees:    


Admission fee

USD 261


Grade card fee


Provisional certificate


Medical Exam fee


Student welfare fund


Modernization fee


Alumni Life Membership Fee (NS)


Publication fee (NS)


Total A (One Time Fees)

USD 261(or) equivalent INR

B.   Semester Fees per semester:    


Tuition fee per semester




Gymkhana fee




Medical fee




Hostel Seat Rent *




Fan, Elec. & Water Charges *




Student Wellness fee




Medical Insurance Premium (subject to revision)




Total B (Jul-Nov 2017 semester fee)



USD 261 (or) equivalent INR +  INR 308250




Hostel Admission fee




Hostel Deposit (NS)- (refundable)




Estt.’A’ charges




Estt.’B’ charges




SWD Charges




Advance Dining charges



Hostel Fees payable through online at www.ccw.iitm.ac.in & http://hosteldine.iitm.ac.in/iitmdost/



                                *      -   For Hostellers only                            NS  -  Non-Statutory fees



Procedure for balance fee payment over and above the fee paid at the time of Seat Acceptance

v  Please enter the roll number assigned to you in theAcademic Fee Payment Portal’ at https://www.iitm.ac.in/academics to pay the INSTITUTE fee.  Verify your name and date of birth before proceeding for payment.  (Example ) Roll No. AE18B001

v  Skip Tuition fee & Establishment  ‘A’ charges fields and enter the balance amount (balance fee payment over and above the fee paid at the time of Seat Acceptance) against others  (all categories)


v  Students who paid more than Institute fees applicable to them as indicated above at the time of Seat Acceptance need not pay any fee at the time of admission

v  All the students have to pay the Hostel fees Rs.28,930/- through  online at www.ccw.iitm.ac.in & http://hosteldine.iitm.ac.in/iitmdost/


Hostel rooms are allotted depending on availability on sharing basis. If you wish to be a dayscholar, you should register your name in the Office of the Dean of Students and obtain dayscholar certificate immediately after admission.

Academic Structure:

The institute offers high quality academic programmes leading to B.Tech., Dual degree B.Tech. and M.Tech., Dual degree B.S. and M.S. (Physics and Biological Sciences), M.Sc., M.A., M.B.A., E.M.B.A., M.S. (Research), and Ph.D. degrees through its technology, engineering, science, management and Humanities and Social Sciences Departments. Students seeking a wholesome, academically rigorous, intellectually challenging, personally enriching and value-laden educational experience have for long found IIT Madras an ideal institute for pursuing their higher studies.

The four-year B.Tech. and the five-year dual degree (B.Tech. + M.Tech. and B.S. + M.S.) programmes consist of an amalgamation of core courses in the chosen engineering/science discipline along with courses in basic sciences, humanities and practical engineering skills. Laboratory courses and an industry internship give students a platform to test the fundamentals acquired in the classroom. The institute follows a policy of relative grading and continuous assessment done through class tests, assignments and examinations. The curriculum of the five-year dual degree programme is common with the four-year programme for the first three years, after which electives are offered based on the chosen M.Tech./M.S. specialization.

Honours Programme

Students admitted to IIT Madras in four-year B.Tech. or five-year dual degree programmes can opt for B.Tech. (Honours) at the end of the fourth semester.

They should have a minimum CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 8.5 (on a scale of 10), and should have cleared all the courses as prescribed in the curriculum in the first attempt. In addition, B.Tech. (Honours) students must complete additional courses specified and a project. Dual degree students who meet the above criteria will be awarded B.Tech. (Honours) and M.Tech /B.S. (Honours) and M.S. degrees.

Programme Description

With focus on research and development, in the complex changing scenario of today’s industry, IITM curriculum constantly reflects key trends and emerging areas of interest.   The curriculum is reviewed regularly and changes are incorporated to enable IITM students to be well-prepared for the future.   The greatest strengths of the IITM curriculum are its academic rigor and the variety it offers one to pursue one’s interest in diverse disciplines ranging from engineering, technology, pure sciences, management, and humanities and social sciences including economics, sociology, philosophy, development studies and literature. Interdisciplinary learning is encouraged and achieved through the policy of giving students freedom in choosing their electives and minor streams. The curriculum, pedagogy and the atmosphere together infuse in our students a strong spirit of inquiry, the joys of learning, and the excitement of discovery. 


Credits are assigned to the courses as given below:

·                   Three credits per lecture period (50 mins)

·                   One credit per tutorial period (50 mins)

·                   One credit per laboratory hour (50 mins) *

* Additional credits may be allotted depending on the time required to be spent outside the laboratory session.

The number of credits for various programmes of study are given below :

B.Tech                                     : 434 ± 2

B.Tech. (Honours)                   : 461 ± 2

DD [B.Tech. + M.Tech.]         : 555 ± 5

DD [BS + MS]                         : 555 ± 5

DD [B.Tech. (Honours) + M.Tech.] : 585 ± 5



Four-Year B.Tech. Programme

Aerospace engineers are concerned with the design, analysis, construction, testing and operation of flight vehicles, including airplanes, helicopters, rockets and spacecraft. The course is based on the fundamentals of fluid dynamics, materials science, structural analysis, propulsion, aerospace design, automatic control and guidance, and development of computer software.

Five-Year Dual Degree Programme (B.Tech & M.Tech)

Aerospace engineers are concerned with the design, analysis, construction, testing and operation of flight vehicles. The basic courses are based on the fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics, Materials Science, Structural Analysis, Propulsion, Aircraft Design, Propulsion, Aircraft Design, Automatic Control and Guidance, and Development of Computer Software. A number of M.Tech. level  electives are available for further specialization in one of the above areas.  Further, students carry out a fourteen-month project in their area of interest.  Modern experimental and computational facilities are available for project work.

For detailed information on faculty expertise, courses offered, research programme, laboratories and infrastructure facility and various depart level student activities please visit http://www.ae.iitm.ac.in/


Five Year Degree Programme (BS & MS) in Biological Science

This dual degree in Biological Sciences (B.S. & M.S.) provides a strong foundation in biological sciences. It encompasses the study of living organisms and life processes at all levels, including individual organisms, tissues, cells, subcellular structures, and molecules. The application of biological sciences to improve health, agriculture and environment is unlimited and currently there is a dearth of well-trained manpower in this area. Apart from the fundamental courses in biological sciences, the curriculum will emphasize on other areas – chemical biology and computational biology. In addition to a few core theory and laboratory courses, a basket of elective courses will be offered in each of these areas. Each student will undertake an extensive research project, spread over the last 4 semesters of the curriculum. Therefore, this programme provides intense research-based training, which is lacking in traditional M.Sc. Biology programmes. The curriculum imparts specific skills on interfacing cellular, molecular and computational biology, trains students to undertake academic research in frontier areas in world class universities and also equips students with skills to be employed in R&D laboratories of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in India and abroad. The Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, with its large faculty body and diverse expertise in various disciplines of biology, such as cellular & molecular biology, structural biology, chemical biology and computational biology, is uniquely positioned to offer a research-oriented programme in biological sciences. Biology at school level is not a prerequisite for admission to this programme.

Five-Year Dual Degree Programme (B.Tech & M.Tech) Biological Engineering

The Department of Biotechnology at IIT Madras has a large faculty body having expertise in diverse areas such as bioprocess engineering, chemical biology, computational biology, cellular & molecular biology and structural biology.

The Dual Degree B.Tech. & M.Tech. course on Biological Engineering brings together engineering principles and molecular life sciences to develop and operate biology-based technologies in diversified fields such as energy, environment, bioprocesses, biomaterials, diagnostics, biopharmaceuticals and food processing. Hence, the curriculum in biological engineering is designed to be a broad-based one. The programme will impart knowledge on different areas of the biology-engineering interface. It emphasizes core courses in basic sciences,  biological  sciences  and  provides  a  solid  foundation  in application of engineering principles  to biological systems, through courses in different areas such as bioprocess engineering, biomedical engineering, biomolecular engineering and computational biology. This will allow the students to have a wider appreciation of the biology-engineering interface and allow them to evolve interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, research and technology development. In addition to core theory and practical courses, a basket of elective courses will be offered in bioprocess engineering, biomedical engineering and computational biology. The curriculum also aims to impart a more research-based training than what is available in traditional M.Tech. Biotechnology programmes. Each student will undertake an extensive research project spread over the last three semesters of the programme/study. The programme will also allow the students sufficient time and courses to familiarize themselves with different areas of the biology-engineering interface before embarking on a specialization. It will open-up different avenues for taking up doctoral-level research; and also expands the scope of the industry-job market. The students graduating from this dual degree programme will be well- positioned to take up academic research at Ph.D. level, or explore the job market in bioprocess industries. The programme trains students to be employed as process engineers and R&D scientists in industries.

Biology at school level is not a prerequisite for admission to this programme.

For detailed information on faculty expertise, courses offered, research programme, laboratories and infrastructure facility and various depart level student activities please visit https://biotech.iitm.ac.in/welcome


Four-Year B.Tech. Programme

Chemical engineers work in diverse fields like petroleum refining, petrochemicals and polymers, personal care products, food and agricultural products, conventional and unconventional energy production, fertilizer technology and prevention and control of environmental pollution. Chemical engineering deals with the development, control and improvement of processes and materials.  They also work in design, construction, operation, management and safety of the plants built for these processes.  Research in Chemical Engineering focusses on developing cleaner, safer and more efficient chemical processes that do not damage the surrounding air, water and land resources. 

Five-Year Dual Degree Programme (B.Tech & M.Tech)

The major thrust of this dual degree course in Chemical Engineering is to prepare students for advanced applications in industry, R&D, and academics. The course imparts advanced concepts in specialized areas such as Chemical Engineering Mathematics and Thermodynamics, advanced transport phenomena, intelligent automation and control, advanced materials and processing, interfacial science, combustion, multiphase systems, nanosciences, bioreactor design, etc. A student with this degree is adequately equipped for taking up challenges in the frontier areas in chemical engineering.

For detailed information on faculty expertise, courses offered, research programme, laboratories and infrastructure facility and various depart level student activities please visit http://www.che.iitm.ac.in/


Four-Year B.Tech. Programme

The program deals with scientific and engineering aspects of designing and building computing systems. Computer Science aspects include foundational subjects such as Programming, Design and Analysis of Algorithms and Theoretical Computer Science. Building on these foundations, the engineering aspects address the theoretical and applied aspects of system building including Computer Organization and Architecture, Systems and Application Software, Compiler Design, Data base Systems, Computer Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data and Human-Computer Interaction.


Four-Year B.Tech. Programme

A civil engineer is concerned with planning, analysis, design, construction and maintenance of a variety of facilities such as buildings, highways and railways, airports, waterways and canals, dams and power houses, water treatment and waste water disposal systems, environmental quality control, docks and  harbours, bridges and tunnels. A civil engineer is also required to deal with critical problems of today such as disaster mitigation and management, constructing offshore structures for oil production, flood forecasting and flood control, traffic congestion, transportation planning, use of non-conventional energy resources, for example, wind, tides, waves, etc. The breadth and diversity of the civil engineering profession make it particularly attractive. Computer Aided Design (CAD) and software development for various civil engineering facilities have become integral parts of civil engineering profession.

Five-Year Dual Degree Programme (B.Tech & M.Tech) listed in the following specialization

The following specializations are available at Dual Degree level. The students will be able to exercise options for specialization after completing sixth semester. By then, they will have a better perspective of the specializations and will be in a position to make a right choice depending on their performance and preference of the subjects.

Building Technology and Construction Management (CE1)

Building Technology and Construction Management (BTCM) is a multi-faceted group of eleven faculty members who work in broad areas of Materials and Construction, Construction Engineering & Management, and Functional Design of Buildings and Infrastructures

BTCM has four independent state-of-the-art laboratories; these are Acoustics and Lighting Laboratory, Materials and Systems Laboratory, Advanced Surveying Instruments Laboratory, and Integrated Construction Practice (ICP) Laboratory – a joint venture of Autodesk Inc. and IIT Madras. The ICP laboratory is the nucleus for a consortium of facility owners, contractors, consultants and researchers and serves as a learning center for architects, civil, electrical and mechanical engineers on the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools and integrated project delivery. In essence, the laboratories facilitate in preparing future generation professionals with the latest tools to improve industry effectiveness.

The group is focused towards providing new, innovative and efficient methods of construction practice for buildings and infrastructures. BTCM shoulders responsibility of spearheading the industry sponsored M.Tech. (UoP) in Construction Technology & Management for M/s Larsen & Toubro Limited, India and PG Diploma Course in Metro Rail Technology and Management for M/s Chennai Metro Rail Limited. Besides, the faculty members undertake socially relevant projects like restoration and rehabilitation of heritage structures in India and abroad, and have won awards for their contributions.

This unique specialization offers courses covering a range of subjects in Building Sciences, Construction Materials, and Construction Engineering and Management areas, which include: (1) Building Science: Functional design of buildings, Buildings acoustics & noise control, Building services, and Energy management in buildings; (2) Construction Materials: Modern construction materials, Characterisation of Construction Materials, Advanced concrete technology, Maintenance & rehabilitation of constructed facilities, and Structural systems & design; (3) Construction Engineering and Management: Construction methods and equipment, Sustainable Construction, Construction planning and control, Construction project management,  Construction economics and finance, Quality and safety management, Lean construction, Construction contracts & specifications, and Computer applications in construction.

Environmental Engineering (CE2)

Environmental Engineering is a group of six accomplished faculty members with diverse research expertise. The broad teaching and research areas of the group are Environmental Engineering. Some specific areas of research under these broad areas include:

Environmental Engineering: Air and water quality modeling, monitoring and management; Water and wastewater treatment; Solid and hazardous waste management; Bioremediation of contaminated sites; Subsurface contaminant transport.

This interdisciplinary Programme is designed to meet the needs of government departments/ public sector and industry, with emphasis on various aspects like protected water supply and sanitation for public health, pollution control, sustainable development, and fundamental science of various climate interaction and processes. The topics to be covered include protected water supply, waste water management, air pollution control, solid waste management, ground water pollution-fate, transport and remediation, environmental planning and impact assessment, modelling of air and water quality environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology biotechnology and environmental systems analysis, fundamentals of atmospheric and climate sciences.

The laboratory is equipped with sophisticated instrumentation facility with Gas chromatographs, High pressure Liquid Chromatograph, Ion chromatograph, Elemental analyzer, Total organic compound analyzer, FTIR and UV Spectrophotometers is one of the best facilities in the Country for environmental sample analyses. State-of-the-art and high end instruments for air pollution and climate research including aerosol research.

Geotechnical Engineering (CE3)

Geotechnical engineering is an active group of nine faculty members with vast expertise in different areas of geotechnical engineering. Some of the major research areas of the geotechnical engineering faculty members are: Constitutive modeling of soil and rock; Soil mechanics; Shallow and deep foundations; Finite element analysis; Soil dynamics and earthquake geotechnical engineering; Soil stabilization, geosynthetics and reinforced soil structures; Rock mechanics and underground excavations; Field instrumentation and monitoring; Geo-environmental engineering; Reliability analysis of geotechnical systems

Well equipped laboratories aid in both imparting world-class education to undergraduate and post-graduate students in various testing methods, and facilitate fundamental and applied research. Some important facilities available include geotechnical centrifuge, cyclic triaxial test setups, Bishop-Wesley stress path systems, large scale geosynthetic pull-out test facility, atomic absorption spectrometer, gas chromatography, MASW, WP4, SWCC Cell, and a shake table.

Faculty members actively participate in numerous practical projects and offer number of Short Term Courses and Training Programmes for college teachers and practicing engineers.

This Programme provides specialized knowledge in various geotechnical engineering topics such as foundation engineering, ground improvement techniques, design of retaining walls, underground excavations, etc. A wide range of subjects such as advanced soil mechanics, rock mechanics, soil exploration and testing, applied soil mechanics, advanced foundation engineering, soil dynamics and machine foundations, earthquake geotechnical engineering, geo-environmental engineering, geo-synthetics and reinforced soil structures, ground improvement, finite element analysis and constitutive modelling of soils, geotechnics for infrastructures, and seismic site characterization are included in the curriculum.

Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering (CE4)

The Hydraulic Engineering laboratory, established in 1969 with assistance from the German Universities, is one of its kinds in the country and has facilities like large towing tank, different types of flumes, open air physical models, and latest table-top hydraulic models.

Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering is a group of six accomplished faculty members with diverse research expertise. Some specific areas of research under these broad areas include:

Hydraulic & Water Resources Engineering:  Hydrologic modeling including stochastic and spatial hydrology; Conjunctive use of surface and ground water; Aquifer modeling and management; Urban water supply; Water resources planning and management; GIS/remote sensing applications

The major emphasis in Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering is to provide specialized and practical knowledge in: soft computing in water resources, hydrologic modelling, stochastic and spatial hydrology, computational hydraulics, river flow, flood, dam-break flow, tsunami and storm surge propagation, coastal and estuarine flow, conjunctive use of surface and ground water, aquifer modelling and management, pollutant and sediment transport in rivers, water resources planning and management, irrigation water management, climate change, urban water supply and GIS/remote sensing applications.

The laboratory has several flumes for conducting various open-channel flow experiments. In addition, the laboratory is equipped with several table top models (hydraulic benches) to demonstrate basic hydraulic and hydrologic phenomenon such as laminar and turbulent flow, impact of jet, flow over weirs and notches, pumps, water distribution networks and basic rainfall-runoff processes. In addition, a number of high end PC’s are available to meet the requirements of the graduate students. Advanced technical, computational and mathematical software tools required for design and simulation of water and environmental systems are available for class projects and research use.

Faculty members undertake many socially relevant projects and offer various training programmes to solve modern day environmental issues.

Structural Engineering (CE5)

Structural engineering is a vibrant group of thirteen faculty members with extensive theoretical and practical experience. The broad areas of work of the group include: Earthquake Disaster Mitigation, Computer Aided Analysis and Design, Structural Dynamics, Structural Stability, Structural Optimisation, Design of Masonry, Reinforced and Pre-stressed Concrete, and Steel Structures.

This Programme deals with the following major areas:  advanced structural mechanics, finite element analysis, structural dynamics, structural stability, structural reliability, structural optimization, reinforced and pre-stressed concrete, steel structures, design for wind and earthquake, plates and shells, bridges, tall buildings, towers, computer applications in structural engineering, fracture mechanics, masonry structures, power plant structures, composite structures.

The structural engineering laboratory, one of the best experimental facilities in the country, has two bays for large scale structural testing, a casting yard, and facilities for fabrication of large specimens. The first bay has a structural testing strong floor with loading frame capacity of 2000kN. There are test facilities with capacities up to 6000kN in compression, and high and low frequency pulsators for fatigue tests. The second bay has a strong wall and floor system with 1000kN computer controlled actuators for pseudo-dynamic tests. In addition, relaxation and smart materials testing facilities are available in the laboratory.

The group contributes to social and industrial development of the country by engaging in various challenging sponsored projects and industrial consultancy to provide solutions to practical problems. These include analysis, design, optimization, repair and retrofit of buildings, bridges and other industrial structures.

Transportation Engineering (CE6)

The programme covers wide range of topics under Transportation Engineering which includes characterization of pavement materials, design, construction, maintenance and management, traffic engineering including Intelligent Transportation System, transportation planning, modeling and management. The programme trains the students with the needed expertise and proficiency for a professional career in the field of transportation engineering. The students are imparted hands on training on pavement material characterization using state-of-art equipment; pavement evaluation studies; traffic engineering studies and analysis; development of models through latest software in design studio and by associating the students in several industry sponsored research projects. The students specialized in the area of Transportation engineering are very well placed in leading consultancy and research organizations/institutions in India and abroad.

Traffic Engineering & Transportation Planning: Traffic operations and control; Intelligent transportation systems; Heterogeneous traffic-flow modeling, simulation, safety and congestion mitigation; Activity-based travel demand modeling; Dynamic and stochastic modeling of transportation networks.

Pavement Engineering: Micro-mechanical characterization of asphalt concrete; Investigation on modified binders and healing of asphalt mixtures; Performance based design of bituminous mixes; Concrete pavements for highways and airports; Pavement recycling, State-of-the-art laboratory facilities supplement faculty expertise in teaching, research and consultancy of the group. Some important facilities available include infra-red & radar traffic sensors, signal controller, GPRS based GPS units, vacuum capillary viscometer, simple performance test equipment, gyratory compactor, CORELOK, rotary evaporator, and automatic penetrometer. Besides, an exclusive 24 hour computing facility is available for graduate students and research scholars with latest versions of application based software packages for research.

Infrastructural Civil Engineering (CE7)

Infrastructure is seen as one of the key drivers for economic growth the world over. In India, a large portion of the budget and a significant portion of the GDP (nearly 6%) is invested in the infrastructure sector today. In the next six years, India will be investing Rs. 3,20,000 crores for the development of infrastructure projects viz., roads, ports and harbours, airports, pipe line etc. The boom in infrastructure investment has widened the gap between demand and supply of qualified and trained graduate engineers specialized in the area of Infrastructural Civil Engineering. Engineers specialized in infrastructural engineering are therefore in great demand and they have a key role to play in planning, design, construction, maintenance and asset management of the various infrastructure projects in the country in the years to come.

The dual degree programme in Infrastructural Civil Engineering at IIT Madras is an inter-disciplinary programme which provides the students an opportunity to gain knowledge and expertise to plan, design and manage various infrastructure projects. The students will learn basics of Civil Engineering with additional exposure to advanced topics in planning and design of infrastructure projects in the areas of transportation engineering, water resources, environmental engineering apart from construction, planning and management. In addition, the students will also be exposed to courses in finance and management viz., infrastructure finance, infrastructure planning and management. The students will be facilitated to take up internships with reputed national and multinational infrastructure firms to obtain hands on experience in infrastructure planning and management. The current and future demand for infrastructure specialists is such that students specialized in Infrastructural Civil Engineering programme are likely to be presented with very lucrative and challenging job offers and also opportunities to pursue higher education at reputed institutions in India and abroad, upon completion of this programme.

For detailed information on faculty expertise, courses offered, research programme, laboratories and infrastructure facility and various depart level student activities please visit http://www.civil.iitm.ac.in/




Four-Year B.Tech. Programme

This programme covers the foundations of both the disciplines of electronics engineering and electrical power engineering. An electrical engineer is concerned with the generation, distribution and use of electrical power, power control and instrumentation applications. An electronics engineer deals with the application of electronics in the processing of information in the fields of communication and control systems, electronic computers, industrial electronics and instrumentation. This programme introduces the student to both areas. The program gives the student a basic introduction to science, humanities and basic engineering, and then introduces the student to core concepts. Starting in the fifth semester, students take a large number of electives that permit the student to specialize in areas of his interest, both within Electrical Engineering and in other areas.

Five-Year Dual Degree Programme (B.Tech & M.Tech)

The Dual Degree programme in Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras has been structured to make it highly flexible. During the first five semesters a strong foundation is laid by courses such as Signals and Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Electrical Machines, Control Engineering, Analog and Digital Circuits & Systems, Solid State Devices. etc. From the sixth semester onwards, courses from a basket of restricted electives enable a student to specialize in a particular area. Student can specialize in such areas as Communications, Signal Processing, Microelectronics, VLSI Design, Power Systems, Power Electronics, Control, Instrumentation, RF and Photonics. It is also possible to take courses that span across the above specializations, e.g., a  student  can  take  courses  in Microelectronics, VLSI and also in Photonics. In addition to the Restricted Electives, a student can choose electives from an array of advanced courses in various specializations. The final year is largely devoted to a high quality project, which has the potential to result in research publications, patents, and/or product design.

 A sample list of advanced level courses are: Probability Foundations for Signal Processing, Introduction to Wireless and Cellular Communication, Image Signal Processing, Communication Networks, VLSI Technology, Analog  &  Digital  IC  Design,  Synthesis of Control  Systems,  Robust  and  Optimal  Control, Power  Converter Analysis and Design, High Voltage Technology, Nonlinear Optics and Devices, Optical Engineering, Computational EM.

For detailed information on faculty expertise, courses offered, research programme, laboratories and infrastructure facility and various depart level student activities please visit http://www.ee.iitm.ac.in/


Five-Year Dual Degree Programme (B.Tech & M.Tech) in Engineering Design

Engineering Design is an exciting dual degree programme recently introduced at IIT Madras. The programme consists of B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in Engineering Design with a post graduate specialization in Automotive Engineering  and Biomedical Design. The choice between these 2 specialization is made at the end of 4th semester.

Engineering Design With M.Tech. in Automotive Engineering

The course will be a dual degree programme with a B.Tech in Engineering Design and a M.Tech. in Automotive Engineering.  The objective of the programme is to produce engineering graduates well versed in the process of design. This involves designing products to meet customer requirements, for the required quality standards, taking into account manufacturability, serviceability, reliability, human factors, efficiency of operation and economics.

The programme represents a shift in emphasis from analysis to skill sets appropriate for design, development and prototyping and will encompass best design practices followed world-over. Emphasis on creativity, efficient use of materials, sensitivity to environment and managerial skill development are some of the aspects of the programme.  The curriculum focuses on the aspects of learning to learn and teaching of concepts through case studies especially in unstructured design situations. The mission of the programme is to make IIT Madras a Global centre of Excellence in Engineering Design. We are looking at students with exceptional abilities to provide leadership to the Indian industry in the area of design and manufacture of new products in the increasingly globalised economy.

Engineering Design With M.Tech. on Biomedical Design

The course will be a dual degree programme with a B.Tech in Engineering Design and a M.Tech. in Biomedical Design. A medical equipment is any instrument, apparatus, or material that is used in diagnosing, treating, and/or preventing diseases in humans. Medical devices constitute one of the fastest growing industries. German medical devices industry is one of the largest with an estimated 100,000 employees working in more than 500 companies. Lead by giants in the field like Siemens, Philips there are many more companies with a very large turnover.  An analysis of the costing of medical devices reveals that the highest component is the intellectual content and development costs of the invention and the actual product cost is very much less by comparison.

The major objective of this course is to develop biomedical designers who have the background to design, manufacture, test and market such products. The biomedical instrumentation as the course is called in many Indian universities, is usually tuned towards maintenance of medical instrumentation and is heavily biased towards electrical engineering. Though such courses are no doubt important, there is a need to develop biomedical designers, who have an interdisciplinary background in mechanical design, controls, mechatronics and manufacturing science. Apart from this they should be well versed in human anatomy and physiology, mechanics as applied to physiology and biology (there is a recent book titled “Cardiovascular Solid Mechanics”), biosensors, protocol and procedures for animal models, signal processing and so on. In our opinion, no such course which systematically builds a designer exists.

For detailed information on faculty expertise, courses offered, research programme, laboratories and infrastructure facility and various depart level student activities please visit http://www.ed.iitm.ac.in




Four-Year B.Tech. Programme

Mechanical Engineering is concerned with the principles, design, operation and maintenance of machines and their components; automation and control; mechanisms, machine tools and manufacturing processes and systems; components of thermal power systems including internal combustion engines and turbo machinery; solar energy, heat transfer, refrigeration and air conditioning. The students of Mechanical Engineering will have an opportunity to study both the fundamental and applied aspects of these areas.

Five-Year Dual Degree Programme (B.Tech & M.Tech)

Students joining the Dual Degree programme of Mechanical Engineering can choose one of the following M.Tech specialization at the end of sixth semester.

Mechanical Engineering With M.Tech. in Thermal Engineering

After studying the general Mechanical Engineering courses in the first six semesters, the students of this stream study courses and also do a two-semester project work on a specialized topic in thermal engineering. With two core courses: Measurements in Thermal Engineering and Numerical Methods in Thermal Engineering, specialized knowledge in thermal engineering is imparted through six professional and two free elective courses in a chosen area from Heat Transfer and Thermal Power, Internal Combustion Engines, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Thermodynamics and Combustion and Turbomachines.

Mechanical Engineering With M.Tech. in Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering under dual degree programme will cover various related topics in addition to the basic Mechanical Engineering areas such as Modeling Simulation in Manufacturing, Computer Aided Design in Manufacturing; Microprocessors in Automation, Computer Numerical Control and Adaptive Control, Oil Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems, Sensors for Intelligent Manufacturing and Condition Monitoring are covered as core courses.  Several other professional and free electives will be offered under various areas in Manufacturing Engineering. The two semester project will provide avenue for exploring advanced areas in manufacturing.

Mechanical Engineering With M.Tech. in Mechanical Design

This specialization is aimed at enabling the student to imbibe the essence of a holistic approach to mechanical system design. The student is trained through core courses in advanced solid mechanics, materials engineering, vibrations and finite element analysis; a number of electives are available, enabling the student to specialize in an area of his/her interest.  This prepares the student to undertake a two-semester project in broad research domains such as Mechanics, Advanced Materials, Dynamics & Acoustics, Non-Destructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation Engineering.

For detailed information on faculty expertise, courses offered, research programme, laboratories and infrastructure facility and various depart level student activities please visit http://mech.iitm.ac.in/


Four-Year B.Tech. Programme

Advances in technology depend on the availability of high performance materials. The field of engineering materials has expanded enormously in the recent past and has encompassed a variety of materials such as ceramics, polymers, electrical and magnetic materials, glasses and composites, along with the traditionally important metals and alloys. Critical selection of such materials for advanced engineering applications in high technology areas such as space, energy, transport and communications, is of utmost importance.

The B.Tech. programme encompassing metallurgical engineering and materials science/engineering has been designed to train engineering graduates to become highly competent in meeting the emerging needs of the globe in advanced materials and processes as well as in conventional metallurgical engineering. This comprehensive programme allows the student to grasp the fundamentals of metal extraction, processing, characterization and selection of engineering materials along with basic concepts of modeling. A wide variety of electives are available during the third and fourth years of study to give an opportunity to the student to develop comprehensive understanding in an area of his/her choice.

Five-Year Dual Degree Programme (B.Tech. & M.Tech.)

Over the past decades, considerable efforts have been devoted towards an integrated understanding of the nature of processes involved in extraction, refining, downstream processing, evolution of microstructure, advanced materials, processes and various evaluation/characterization techniques of materials. The present-day competitive environment demands modern metallurgical plants to operate at high levels of productivity and efficiency. The course is designed to produce engineers having an integrated understanding, who can contribute to the process optimization and control, and design and development. In this programme, the student also carries out a one-year long mandatory project to get hands on experience on various aspects of materials engineering. There are ample job opportunities for graduates with specialization in the areas of materials production, design, development and research.

For detailed information on faculty expertise, courses offered, research programme, laboratories and infrastructure facility and various department level student activities please visit http://mme.iitm.ac.in/


Four-Year B.Tech. Programme

Ocean Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that is concerned with all aspects of exploration and exploitation of the resources of the oceans.  Naval Architecture deals with the design, construction and maintenance of ships and other water borne vessels.  Apart from the core programme in science and mathematics, well structured courses in fluid and solid mechanics, wave hydrodynamics, offshore structures, foundation and coastal engineering are taught.  The programme also imparts good design and experimental skills.  The courses in the advanced semesters lay emphasis on numerical modelling and CAD, with electives from many postgraduate courses.  Excellent facilities exist for carrying out the final year  project work on advanced design, and experimental as well as numerical analysis of ocean engineering systems including marine vehicles.

A wide variety of job opportunities are available to the graduates  in companies dealing with offshore engineering, ship building and ship repair, coastal and port engineering, shipping companies, classification societies, statutory bodies, Port Trusts, Coast Guard, the Indian Navy and consulting organizations.  Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the programme, a large number of graduates find employment in allied engineering professions and management area also.

Five-Year Dual Degree Programme (B.Tech&M.Tech)

The discipline of Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture is one of the oldest of the IIT System. It started in 1952. Ocean Engineering provides solutions to basic needs of the society by exploration and exploitation of the resources from the ocean-mineral oil from offshore oil fields, high protein food (fish of various varieties and see weeds), minerals e.g. cobalt, nickel etc. and energy (thermal, wind and tidal waves). The subject of Ocean Engineering is concerned with various industrial activities of design, construction, building, transportations, installation and maintenance at site of the marine structure floating or fixed at a place. Naval Architecture is a major branch of Engineering, which deals with design, classification approval, construction and maintenance ofmerchant ships, defense ships and other floating or submerged moveable vehicles. The discipline of Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture is a unique and balanced blend of different engineering, management and science streams which gives it a distinctive characteristic. The curriculum includes subjects dealing with Marine Hydrodynamics, Wave Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Computational Methods in Marine Hydrodynamic and Structural Mechanics, Structural Vibration, Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, Design of Ships and Marine Structures, Coastal Engineering, Coastal Zone Management, Port and Harbour Engineering, Green Technology, etc.

The employers of Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture Graduates (B.Tech) and postgraduates (Dual Degree M.Tech and 2 year M.Tech) are shipbuilding and repair yards, classification societies, offshore industries, shipping companies, statutory bodies of Central Government and State Government Ministries, consulting firms, ministry of Defense and Home Ministry, software industries, engineering and economic data analysis firms, research organizations, academic institutions and many more.

For detailed information on faculty expertise, courses offered, research programme, laboratories and infrastructure facility and various depart level student activities please visit http://www.doe.iitm.ac.in/


Four-Year B.Tech. Programme in Engineering Physics:

The Engineering Physics programme at IIT Madras encourages students to learn the fundamental and applied aspects of frontier areas in Physics and Electrical Engineering. In addition to several core courses in Physics, Electrical Engineering and other engineering branches, special topics will be covered by elective courses such as Solid State Devices, Cryogenic Engineering, Materials Technology, Nanotechnology, Communications Engineering and Photonics. The academic curriculum provides excellent academic/ laboratory training in Thematic Physics laboratories, Digital Electronics, VLSI, Communication Systems, and experiments based on advanced principles of physics.

These programmes will be suitable for those students who intend to pursue higher studies in physics (basic and applied), or would like to take up advanced studies in engineering requiring a good grasp of physical principles or wish to branch out after graduation in industrial research and development programmes. Good employment opportunities for Engineering Physics graduates exist in universities, Industry and in research and development sections of national and international laboratories.

Five-Year Dual Degree Programme (BS & MS) in Physics:

The five-year integrated Dual Degree, B.S. and M.S. in Physics, has been introduced by IIT Madras a few years ago. This special course is designed to impart an exciting curriculum in the foundations and applications of Physics to students who would become distinguished scientists and/or leaders in the academic world or play a lead role in pure and applied research and development in interdisciplinary areas which requires a strong background in Physics. Students would get accelerated exposure to advanced principles and applications in a curriculum format that is carefully paced to make comprehensive learning an exciting and fulfilling experience. A strong research component in the final year will be a stimulating component of this programme.

For detailed information on faculty expertise, courses offered, research programme, laboratories and infrastructure facility and various depart level student activities please visit  http://www.physics.iitm.ac.in/


Inter-disciplinary Dual Degree programmes (ID-DD)

The Institute also offers ‘Inter-disciplinary Dual Degree programmes’ (ID-DD) in the following areas:

1.     Advanced Materials and Nano Technology

2.     Biomedical Engineering

3.     Computational Engineering

4.     Data Science

5.     Energy Systems

6.     Robotics


Rules For Change Branch:

The academic programmes offer ample flexibility for areas of specialization. In addition, students can change their branch to another one at the end of the first semester depending on their academic performance.

Upgradation from B.Tech to Dual Degree (B.Tech & M.Tech)

B.Tech Students who are maintain a CGPA of 8 without any backlog at the end of 5th semester are eligible for transfer from four-year B.Tech to five-year Dual Degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) programme in the same department with  effect from the 7th semester. In the final year (9th & 10th Semester) the student will have to pay the fees as applicable to M.Tech Students.

Dual Degree Specialization Stream Allocation

Change of specialization will be considered in Dual Degree Programmes where there  are more than one specialization, at the end of 6th semester,  (at the end of 4th semester in the case of Dual Degree in Engineering Design), the student should have a minimum CGPA of 8 at the end of 5th semester (3rd semester  in case of Dual Degree in Engineering Design)

Upgradation from B.Tech – B.Tech. +  MS (Entrepreneurship) Programme

At the end of 6th semester, student with a minimum CGPA of 8.0 or qualify through GATE are eligible for HTRA from their 9th semester onwards. The students will be required to complete all the credits required for their B.Tech programme (Dept. specific), and the B.Tech. project of 9 credits in the form of a Detailed Project Report (DPR) establishing pre-feasibility of the product/process to be developed. 5 courses for MS(E), but on case by case basis, General Test Committee (GTC) can decide to waive up to 3 courses, based on performance of the student and the expertise that he/she has acquired. DoMS quarter system based courses to be counted towards course requirements of MS(E) thesis.

Upgradation from Dual Degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) to B.Tech + MS(Entrepreneurship)

Dual Degree students can convert to B.Tech + MS(E) programme at the end of their 3rd or 4th year, and will have the same requirements as B.Tech students converting to B.Tech + MS(E) programme at the end of their 3rd year. They have to complete the B.Tech requirement in parent department (except the project) with the project credit being merged with their MS thesis. They will have to take 5 courses for MS(E), as discussed above.

IIT Madras has several faculty members with exemplary teaching / research capabilities.  Several academic distinctions, honours and awards, fellowships of professional societies, and memberships on editorial boards of journals, have been bestowed on our faculty, in recognition of their academic achievements.  SS Bhatnagar award, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri are some, to mention.  A complete account of the details of faculty members and the laurels won by them can be found from our website, http://www.iitm.ac.in

In order to encourage excellence in teaching with high quality research, a scheme of awards for young faculty members (less than 40 years of age) is in place.  Two awards for faculty in Engineering Departments and one award in the Departments of Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences and Management Studies are given annually.


Academic Facilities

Central Library

The Central Library, a five-storey, air-conditioned building, is home to a large number of books and a wide range of journals and periodicals. The library is divided into different sections - Text Book/Reference,  General Stacks, Reading Halls, Journals and Current Periodicals, Media Research Centre (which regularly screens educational and scientific videos), and a Book Bank.

The   library has   subscriptions to most of the renowned research journals of engineering, science, and technology including e-subscriptions to a palette of journals. As a member of our Central Library, every student can get access to books/journals and reference material from other libraries in the Chennai city also.

The institute ID smart card, that is provided to all students, is used to borrow books from the library. It can be used for borrowing books from the General Stacks for a month’s period. Books can be borrowed for overnight loan from the Textbook reference section. Please note that this “smart card” is very important, as it serves as your principal photo identity. The Book Bank Section is open only to the B.Tech, Dual Degree and M.Sc. students. Each student can borrow fixed number of books from the book bank for the duration of one semester. 

The Library has an online renewal system available for renewing the books and also one can send an online pre-request for the books they need. The Library building also houses the Digital Knowledge Centre (DKC) having computers with broadband internet connection. It is available to all students for their general requirements during the library working hours.


In order to fulfil the teaching and research pursuits, IIT Madras has laboratory facilities ranging from the very basic to highly sophisticated ones. The Institute houses many labs with cutting-edge technological resources built in collaboration with industry partners. The  central lab  facilities include Sophisticated Analytical Instruments Facility (SAIF), Material Science Research Centre (MSRC),  and  Central Electronics Centre (CEC). A complete list of all the labs under each department is available at the following link http://www.iitm.ac.in/departments.  You can select a department to view the list of labs it has. Research-oriented students pursuing their B.Tech/ Dual Degree may work in any of these labs under the guidance of professors and research scholars on projects.  Working in these labs will expose the student to the advances in research in that particular field. Alternatively, to get  hands-on engineering experience, they  can  work in  the  Centre for Innovation  (CFI), which is described later in this booklet.

Computer Centre

The Computer Centre at IIT Madras was established in 1973 to provide Centralized Computing resources and support to the Academic initiatives of the Institute. It has professionally maintained facilities, from the IBM system 370 in the 1970s, and the Siemens system in the 1980s, to the SGI and Sun systems in the earlier part of this millennium and the super-computers, communication and network services of today, which have served the IIT Madras community. Over the years, the computing and information technology requirements of IIT Madras community have changed.   The Computer Centre's organization has also evolved with these changing requirements.  In 2014-2015, the activities of the centre were organized under five verticals: High Performance Computing Environment (HPCE), Networks, E-Services, Data Centre, and Workflow.

High Performance Computing Environment:

The High Performance Computing Environment group (HPCE) was established to cater to the ever-increasing demand for supercomputing facilities by researchers at IIT Madras. The Virgo super cluster with 292 nodes and 2 master nodes of I-Dataplex Dx360M4 and with  FDR 10 infini-band connectivity is already in use.  These nodes have 2 X intel E5-2670, 8 core, 2.6 GHz processors and have 4 GB of memory per core. This machine  caters to the needs of the research community which mostly uses parallel programming. In terms of speed, this machine when commissioned was rated 224 in the world and is the fastest in educational institutes across India.  With energy efficiency of 932 MFop/Watt., this machine has set new benchmarks for energy efficiency.  It is the most energy efficient supercomputer in India and was ranked 5thworldwide. The Virgo system has a storage capacity of two 80 TB General Parallel File systems and the NAS file system of 50TB for backup. Suselinux 11.2 has been installed on all nodes with Xcat as clustering software. Load leveler has been installed for scheduling jobs.


The campus computer network was established in 1994 connecting about 18  buildings in the academic zone using telephone cables. The initial bandwidth was 64Kbps.  Today, using Fiber Backbone high speed network connectivity to all the buildings in the academic zone is operational. In addition, a backbone interconnecting the three zones - Academic, Hostel and Residential is also operational.  The total number of nodes in the campus is approximately 18,000. The network equipment in the academic zone were upgraded to provide 100/1000 Mbps connectivity to the nodes. All the buildings in the academic zone are provided with dual fiber connectivity.  Facilitation for Video Conferencing is also provided under the network service.


The E-Services vertical focuses on services such as web system configurations, e-mail, web access, web security, storage solutions, virtualization, web services etc.  Several new services were enhanced and added by the e-service group. For more details visit http://www.cc.iitm.ac.in/

Data Centre 

The function of the Data Centre is to ensure the appropriate facility management for efficient functioning of all verticals of the computer centre.  These facilities include uninterrupted power supply, backup power supply (DG Set), CCTV, climate control, access control, water leakage system, fire protection and office space maintenance.


The implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, or what is internally referred to as a Workflow, has expanded its services in different sections of Academics, Administration, Accounts, ICSR, Stores and Purchase.

Workflow group at the Computer Centre works with various sections in the institute to support system usage, capture change requirements, involvement in process development activities, maintaining reporting websites that collects data from workflow and generating reports using new software tools. The workflow team works with users from different sections to re-engineer selected processes to streamline operations.  Reports from workflow have been widely used in administration, accounts and academics to easily manage the day-to-day operations. Workflow submissions that were enforced in few processes such as Leave, LTC, faculty visits, festival advance, children education allowance, purchase order creation, imprest claim, SRB, student course registrations, student travel approval, student worklog approvals, grade approvals etc in the previous financial year are successfully running. Based on the user feedback, change requests are raised to implement few modifications in these processes as well.

In the financial year 2014-2015, the data extracted from workflow has been analyzed and utilized by ISO internal audit team to improve the performance of administrative staff and better align our internal processes to support our vision for IIT-Madras. 

Central Workshop

The workshop is an educational platform where science and technology intersect. The process of modernizing the workshop training is done in line with industry to suit industrial requirements is complete. The Central workshop is one of the support services of the Institute that enhances the academic process of B.Tech and M.Tech students M.S and PhD.Research Scholars. 

The Central workshop facilities are utilized to impart practical skills for the students in major fields of engineering and technology. Experimental set ups are routinely fabricated in this facility with the utmost quality within the stipulated time to support research projects and teaching lab requirements of the Institute.

Residential Facilities


There are currently 18 hostels out of which three are ladies hostels. All hostels are named after the prominent rivers of India. The number will become 20 during 2015.

In view of the unique and echologically diverse nature of IITM campus, the students are not allowed to drive powered vehicles in the campus. They can use bicycles only or walk. The institute operates buses and vans from the main gate to different parts of the campus and also around the Hostel and Institute Zone at frequent intervals for easy travel.

Most hostels have a capacity of about 350 to 400 rooms. The first year undergraduate Students are accommodated in a separate hostel following a Supreme Court order related to ragging.   With a couple of new hostel buildings  nearing completion, the institute will have room for every student admitted to the institute. 

Internet and Local Area Network (LAN) facility is provided in every room and there is a computer room in all hostels as well. Students will also be given an email account on the institute server and it will generally read rollnumber@smail.iitm.ac.in.

Students can borrow novels and other reading material from the hostel library. Most hostels also have a garden. Every hostel has facilities for sports with all the equipment and gear. Every hostel has a Music room and a tech-room. Washing Machines are provided in all the hostels. Students can also avail the laundry facility in the campus. There is a room with television known as the ‘common room’ where most of the hostel gatherings take place. Students celebrate many festivals like Holi, Diwali, Pongal etc. The Hostel Night and Ice-Cream Night are two other occasions when the entire hostel meets. 

Each hostel has a Warden, who is a faculty member, and a resident Assistant Warden. The Warden and Asst. Warden, with the help of the office staff, handle all administrative work concerning the hostel. The Hostel Council consisting of the warden and a number of student secretaries, elected by  the residents of each hostel, decides issues pertaining the hostel.

Open Air Theatre (OAT) 

In between the Gajendra Circle (GC)  and the hostel zone, you will spot a  large arena called the OAT (Open Air  Theatre), where the  weekend movies are screened by the Film Club. The best of the latest movies in English, Hindi and regional languages are screened. Movies in other languages are also screened by the cultural associations. OAT is the venue where the Saarang Proshows are held. The capacity of this place is about 7000 and it looks splendid when it gets lit up during shows for Saarang.

Student Facilities Centre 

There are many locations in the hostel zone in which general student facilities to cater to the needs of the students. The Students Facilities Centre (SFC) housing the Patisserie cum coffee shop, general store, gift shop, juice shop, saloon, travel agency, printing and photocopying, and ATM is a popular location for students.  This is a great place to spend your evenings as it is also a place for people to chat with their friends. Apart from this, there are facilities located near the Ladies’ hostels, Quark where a restaurant is going to be opened with a first floor for use. The IRCTC canteen is another place students frequently to chat and satiate their taste buds.


Institute has two large dining facilities namely Himalaya and Vindhya. Students of Sarayu and Sharavati hostel dine at the Vindhya dining facility while the other students dine at Himalaya dining facility. The Institute provides its catering facility in two other places in Krishna and Cauvery hostels. We have a multitude of caterers operating the Himalaya dining facility, with a choice  North Indian and South Indian vegistarian and non-vegistarian cuisines. Students get to choose the caterer and the cuisine every month on a first- come-first-served basis. There is also the facility of food courts which can be booked for the whole semester which is a pay-as-you-eat facility. A two story sprawling food court will be available from July 2015 in the Academic zone which will provide a wide range of choices.

Bank Facilities

State Bank of India has a branch just down the road from the GC. Canara Bank has a branch in the  Shopping Centre. The Institute has two State Bank of India ATMs – one at the Bank and the other at the Taramani Guest house located and two Canara Bank ATMs: one at the shopping centre and another opposite to Narmada Hostel. The SBI ATMs can be used to make all payments to the institute. There is also an ICICI bank ATM in the Office of Hostel Management (CCW  Office).

Student Life at Institute:

Institute Hospital

Institute hospital has the facilities to take care of general health problems faced by the students. The Institute hospital runs round the clock service. The hospital is located at the centre of Hostel, Institute and residential zone. Apart from the regular doctors, there are a set of visiting specialist including a general surgeon, ENT surgeon, ophthalmologist, orthopedist, cardiologist and psychiatrist.  Well-equipped laboratories for all  tests, X-Rays, and inpatient ward are also present. Ambulance facility is also available. Apollo hospital runs the pharmacy in our hospital. All students are covered under medical insurance with a premium of Rs.1297/- and an additional amount of Rs.700/- per semester as medical fee. For details visit https://hospital.iitm.ac.in/           


MiTR is a body comprising faculty and senior students. The objective of MiTR is to provide guidance to the students on various academic and extra-curricular activities on campus, expose them to various life skills and to counsel students to cope overwhelming emotional disturbances they face - curriculum-related, or otherwise.

When a new student joins the institute, he/she needs a lot of information and orientation to adjust to the new place. MiTR plays a key role in making the transition from a new student to an IITian viz. the process of instilling a sense of pride and confidence in oneself, an essential to do anything to the expected level at IIT. 

MiTR student volunteers will be your first friends on campus. For anything you may need, just contact MiTR team and they will always be there to help you. Please meet your student mentor as early as possible. The responsibilities of MiTR also includes helping out students who find it difficult to cope with the academic load with connecting to tutors who will do the needful. Look out for interesting talks and workshops by people from various parts of the institute, arranged by MiTR, to facilitate acquaintance with them so that students can contact the right person(s) freely as and when necessary. MiTR is not just limited to first year students; MiTR associates are also actively involved in counseling or offering any kind of help to the students even in the higher semesters. You can reach MiTR at any time for any kind of difficulties and they will solve them just the way your friend would.

Counselling Services 

To help students who require counselling, expert/professional counsellors are engaged by the Institute and are available in a counselling room located in the Central Library.  They are also available 24x7 through telephone.  Apart from this, the Institute hospital has 2 specialists Psychiatrist who take care of students who seek their help or who are referred by MiTR or faculty advisors.

Weaker Section 

Special help is provided for SC/ST students.  The Advisor for weaker section provides the required nurturing wherever required and tutoring by senior students is provided.  Students are benefited significantly through the help provided at the different stages.

Students with Physical Disability 

All the buildings are installed with elevators and ramps to facilitate access students with physical disability, and are assigned specially designed hostel rooms with attached bathroom in ground floor.  An exclusive advisor has been assigned to take care of academic and general well-being of these students.  Dean (Academic Courses), Advisor (PD) and Dean (Students) meet with each of these students periodically to understand the special attention/requirements on a case to case basis, additional requirements like large font question paper, extra time during examinations, suitable requirement/assistance in conduct of laboratory experiments, flexible curriculum requirements are provided.

Faculty Advisor/HOD/Deans

To help the students in planning their courses of study and for getting general advice on the academic programme, the concerned Department will assign 10 students to a Faculty member who will be called their Faculty Adviser.  The students should always feel free approach any faculty member in the department.  The head of the department and Dean (Academic Courses) are always available for any help required by the students.  Parents are always encouraged/requested to stay connect with the faculty advisor.  In case of any concerns, students and their parents can always meet with Dean (Academic Courses) and Dean (Students).

Financial Assistance:

IIT Madras offers many scholarships which are based on financial situation of the student or academic performance of the student.  There are also scholarships which are based on both financial condition and academic performance of student. For more details https://www.iitm.ac.in/scholarships 


Institute Scholarships



Benefits of scholarship

Institute Merit-cum-Means Scholarship

 Annual income of parents should not be more than Rs.4,50,000/-/ Awarded on 25% of the students admitted.

Amount of Rs.1000/- every month.

Reimbursement of Tuition fees.

Renewal of scholarship in the subsequent years is subject to maintain 5.0 CGPA (minimum).

Inspire Scholarship

Dual Degree (BS & MS) Physics and Biological Science.  Selection as per DST norms.

Rs.60,000/- per year and additional Rs.20,000/- per year for  summer time research project. Renewal of scholarship in the subsequent years is subject to maintain 6.0 GPA (minimum) in each semester.

Scholarships for SC/ST students



Benefits of scholarship

Institute SC/ST Scholarship

Annual income of parents should not be more than Rs.4,50,000/-

Free messing (basic menu only) with pocket allowance of Rs.250 p.m. and exemption of hostel seat rent. (Tuition fee is exempted for all SC/ST students). Renewal of scholarship in the subsequent years is subject to maintain 5.0 CGPA (minimum).

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GoI. Central Sector Scholarship For SC students

Top 23 students based on JEE (Adv.) rank and total family annual income not exceeding Rs.4.5 lakhs.

Personal PC Rs.45000/- (one time); Living Expenses Rs.2200 per month; Books and Stationery Rs.3000 per annum; Reimbursement of fees. Renewal of scholarship in the subsequent years is subject to maintain 5.0 CGPA (minimum).

Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI.  Central Sector Scholarship For ST students


Annual income of parents should not exceeding Rs.6.0 lakhs.

Personal PC Rs.45000/- (one time); Living Expenses Rs.2200 per month; Books and Stationery Rs.3000/- per annum; Reimbursement of fees. Renewal of scholarship in the subsequent years is subject to passing of final examination of each year.



Industry Funded Scholarships 




Benefits of scholarship

Aditya Birla Scholarship

The selection of students will be made by the Aditya Birla Group among the top 20 students in JEE (Adv.) Rank. Selection based on written test and interview at Mumbai

Rs.65,000/- per annum and renewable every year subject to norms fixed by the Aditya Birla Group.


3 toppers from 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year of B.Tech students in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering. Selection based on written test and interview at IIT Madras.

Rs.80,000/-  one time payment

ST Engineering Scholarship

Top 10% of students in AE Department based on first year results.

Rs.1,25,000/- per year.  Renewal based on the condition that the student maintains 8.0 CGPA (minimum).

Societe Generale Global Solution centre (SCGSC) Talent Scholarship

Based on JEE (Adv.) Rank and annual family income should not exceed Rs.5 lakhs


Institute fees (inclusive of Tuition fees), Hostel and Mess fees. Renewal based on the condition that the student maintains a good level of academic performance.

Samsung Star Scholarship

The selection of student of B.Tech./ DD from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya will be made by the Samsung Star Group based on JEE (Adv.) Rank.

Rs.2 Lakhs per year per student. Renewal based on the condition that top 50% of their respective Department

HFCL Scholarship

Top 5 students from B.Tech / DD based on JEE (Adv.) rank and annual family income should not exceed Rs.6.75 lakhs

Rs.3,00,000/- per year per student. Renewal of scholarship in the subsequent years is subject to minimum 8.0 CGPA.


Donor based Scholarships




Benefits of scholarship

Girish Reddy Scholarship


On the basis of highest JEE(Adv.)rank and parents income not exceeding Rs.5,00,000/-  (2 scholarships) On the basis of best all round performance in the previous school years and parents annual income not exceeding Rs.5,00,000/- (one scholarship).

Rs.25,000/- per year and the renewal of scholarship in the subsequent years is subject to a minimum GPA of 8. in the previous semester.

M Sankaraiah and M Saradha (Mithigiri) Scholarhsip

Students of 3rd year B.Tech / Dual Degree Electrical Engineering are eligible based on highest CGPA at the end of 4th semester.

Rs 20,000/- (one time)

Sriram Srinivasan Scholarship

One student based on Parents annual income upto Rs.5.50 lakhs based on JEE (Adv.) rank

Reimbursement of tuition fee plus Rs.1000/- p.m. and renewal of scholarship in the subsequent years based on CGPA 6.5 and above.

Prof G V N Rayudu Memorial Merit Scholarship

One student of B.Tech/Dual Degree Mechanical Engineering based on JEE (Adv.) rank and parental income less than Rs.4.50 lakhs (MCM norms)–Once in four years

Rs.1,25,000/- per year and Renewal subject to CGPA of 8.0 and above.

Smt Hattiangadi Manorama Bai Scholarship

One girl student based on  top JEE(Adv.) rank with parental income between Rs.4.50 lakhs to Rs.6.75 lakhs

Rs.1,40,000/- per year Renewal subject to CGPA of 8.0 and above.

Sarasvidya Scholarship

Top 2 students from 2nd year B.Tech / DD with highest CGPA at the end of 2nd semester and annual family income should not exceed Rs.12 lakhs

Rs.1,50,000/- per year per student. Renewal of scholarship in the subsequent years is subject to minimum 7.0 CGPA.

Ram Shriram Scholarship

Top 7 students from B.Tech / DD based on JEE (Adv.) rank and annual family income should not exceed Rs.12 lakhs

Rs.1,20,000/- per year per student. Renewal of scholarship in the subsequent years is subject to minimum 8.0 CGPA.

Kalidas Madhavpeddi Scholarship

One Meritorious student from 3rd year B.Tech / DD in Civil Engineering Department based on highest CGPA and cocurricular activites

Rs.53,000/- (one time)

B Jayant Baliga Scholarship

One Meritorious student (highest CGPA) from 3rd year and one Meritorious student (highest CGPA)  from 4th year B.Tech / DD in Electrical Engineering Department

Rs.45,000/- (one time)

Half Time Teaching Assistantship (HTTA) 

The final year Dual Degree students are eligible for HTTA of Rs.12,400/ p.m.  Student those who secure CGPA of 8.0 and earned minimum credits specified by the senate at the end of 8th semester or “Having valid GATE score and earned minimum credit  specified by the senate at the end of 8th semester”.

Students’ Welfare Fund 

Students welfare fund has been established to provide financial assistance for various welfare schemes and measures for the needy students such as aid for physically handicapped, accident or sudden illness related expenses that are not otherwise met by the regular medical insurance, and loan to individual students to meet expenses related to travel and other expenses when they have to go on a study abroad schemes,

Student’s Distress Fund Supported by Alumni 

IITM Alumni have created a corpus to provide help to deserving students who have been identified to be under financial distress due to any reason such as loss of bread-winner in the family.  Such requests are considered by the Dean (IAR) and approve the required financial support every semester.

Educational Loan by Campus Nationalized Bank 

 Along with the letter of admission, a certified statement of total educational expenses (including boarding & lodging) is sent for all students.  This will help the student to avail bank loan from any of the banks in their place of residence. All students offered admission to IIT Madras are provided along with the admission letter, a welcome kit by a SBI offering (i) Zero balance SB account; (ii) Online Transaction Facility; (iii) Debit card; (iv) Pre-approved bank loan which will cover entire 4/5 years expenses.

Alumni Funded Interest Free Loan (SSAN ANANYA IITM Educational Trust) 

An alumnus, Mr. Sunderam Swaminathan, has created “SSAN ANANYA IITM EDUCATIONAL TRUST” to provide financial assistance in the form of interest free loan to B.Tech/Dual Degree students at IIT Madras for the purpose of covering tuition fees and living expenses. He has committed to support 5 students from the first academic year 2014-15 at Rs. 1.2 lakhs each, and add 5 students every year for the next 3-4 years. His vision is to see this scheme supports at least 100 students within 12-18 years and start growing exponentially further. He intends to achieve this by having beneficiaries pay back into the programme directly within about 5 years after they start earning. The candidates should realize that this Trust is started purely with a vision to make the Trust large enough to ensure no candidate is deprived of education in IITM due to financial reasons. This means that its success solely depends on these candidates giving back the amount within, say, 5 years (this will be about Rs. 10,000 / month which is very reasonable) once they start earning. No interest will be applicable. They can even contribute more, if they wish.

Medical Insurance Coverage for all students 

All students are coverd under a medical Insurance scheme exclusively designed for students.  Annual premium is paid by the student.  All minor ailments are attended to by the Institute hospital.

Travel Support by Alumni 

The IITM alumni funded IITMAANA Travel Grant programme is designed to assist IITM students, faculty and staff to visit USA and other countries abroad and present their papers at internationally recognized technical conferences. Participation in summits, workshops, competitions and internship and semester exchange programmes may also be funded through this Programme. The main objectives are to help IITM students, faculty and staff participate in International events in the U.S. and  other countries, promote the ‘IIT Madras’ brand at these venues, promote Research and Development in Technical Education by providing an opportunity to deserving students to interact with peers and experts at International level  and support personal and professional development among IITians by facilitating participation in foreign internships, workshops, competitions, and summits.  For more details log in to http://alumni.iitm.ac.in/


No competent and deserving candidate goes unrecognized at IIT Madras! They win prizes for achievements ranging from commendable academic performance to those excelling in extra-curricular an co-curricular activities. The highest honour is the President’s Gold Medal followed by the Governor’s Medal. All round meritorious performances by students earn them the prestigious ‘Institute Blues’ award. 
Training & Placement:
The Placement Office is involved in securing placements for  students graduating from the institute. The office maintains a  close liaison with various industrial establishments (both private and public sectors), which conduct campus interviews and select UG and PG students from alldisciplines. The Placement Office provides the infrastructural  facilities to conduct group discussions, placement tests and interviews. Nearly 300 companies visit the campus every year for holding campus interviews. To give students an exposure to the application of technology in the industry and hands-on work experience, the institute mandates that students do an internship in a company in India engaged in core industrial activity for a minimum duration of six weeks, over the summer following third year. This internship is included in the curriculum and carries credits. The Institute has a dedicated Internship office with a Faculty-in-charge to coordinate Internship related activities. Companies such as Google, Microsoft, GE, Schlumberger, ITC, Airbus, Shell Technology, Texas Instruments, Eaton, Robert Bosch, NVidia, to name a few, visited IITM for internships as well as campus placements last year. The students  of  IITM  are placed in various sectors, namely, Core Engineering, Software/IT, FMCG, Finance/Consulting and R&D. ​Since the recruitment scenario is constantly changing across the globe, it is essential that students acquire a range of skills in order to make them employable in this changing scenario. To this end,students are guided about their career choices not only in their final year but all through their study at IITM starting right from their first year.  A new early career development programme has been setup for this purpose. This is staffed by trained professionals with able guidance from the faculty and alumni of the institute.
Industry And Alumni Relations:

Industry Relations

IITM is actively involved with national and international organizations through its Centre for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (IC&SR). Set up in 1973, the IC&SR plays a vital role in bringing together industry professionals and the faculty of the institute for gaining insight and solving challenging problems. These joint efforts result in significant contributions to technology design and development, improved efficiencies in industrial performance and increasing impact on national development. Students are actively involved in all these efforts.

For more information please visit: https://icandsr.iitm.ac.in/

International & Alumni Relations


IIT Madras offers many opportunities for students to spend time at Universities abroad. Course-based exchange programs as well as research-based internships are available through more than 250 MoUs and Student Exchange Agreements established with the best academic institutions around the world. A thriving international community of students on campus allows extensive interactions in and out of the classroom. Visiting faculty from abroad also impart an international character to teaching and research on campus. Students will have a chance to take credit courses taught by some of the best practitioners in the field.


IITM enjoys a warm affectionate relationship with its over 30000 alumni located all over the world.  The alumni have extended intellectual and financial support that has enabled the institute to build infrastructure for learning and living in its beautiful campus and also establish various advanced facilities.  A contribution by an anonymous alumnus has enabled us to provide uniform financial support to all eligible and deserving students of B.Tech., dual degree, M.A. & M.Sc. programmes.  Supplementary alumni funding also enables our students to attend international conferences, competitions, summits and workshops. Alumni also play an active role in facilitating student internships and placement in various organizations, as well in mentoring and supporting student-led enterprises.


For more information please visit: http://alumni.iitm.ac.in/

Recreational/Extra Curricular activities:

IITM is a vibrant campus with a lot of opportunities for students to get involved in co-curricular and extracurricular activities.  There are as many as 40 different co-curricular and cultural clubs that keep our 9000+ students intellectually and socially engaged. These pave the way for students to develop their talent, passion and skills and also to showcase their abilities.  Many explore new dimensions of their interests to discover their passion. 

Many competitions and festivals are held.  The prominent ones are the technical festival named Shaastra and the cultural festival named Saarang.  There are many smaller versions of festivals conducted by the clubs on campus such as Quiz Fest Saahitya (Lit-Fest) and E-Summit.  Apart from these, some departments also conduct special festivals at different times in the year. Some of the prominent ones are CEA Fest, Exebit, Biofest, Amalgam, Forays, Wavez, Mechanica, Samanvay, and Chemclave.

Descriptions of some of these activities and facilities are provided below:

Centre for Innovation (CFI)

Envisioned to promote student invention and innovation, with a focus on technology environment, this ‘student lab’ at IIT-Madras was set up with funds donated by the Alumni batch of 1981.  It makes a positive impact to the environment and society with its contributions. This lab serves as an intellectual environment to provide facilities to the students to work on hands-on engineering activities. This lab supplements the engineering learnt in class with another important component of engineering: Innovation and Creativity.

Since its inception, CFI has played a major role in fostering student interest in technical activities, through various projects that it has funded and supported. A few of them are even being patented, depending upon the social and economic impacts of the project. CFI has also been associated with several major, long-term projects and competitions such as Robocon and Formula-SAE. The Spirit of Engineering projects, displayed at Shaastra (Annual Technical Festival) are major highlights such as, the Yu- Fly VTOL Craft, Robo-fish, the paper suspension bridge (the world’s longest paper bridge 11m in length), the automatic page flipper, have all been SOEs in the past. CFI fosters and channels students’ interest through its various clubs such as the Ibot club, Auto club, Aero club, 3D Animation club, Computer Vision group, the HAM Radio club and the Electronics club. In summary, CFI is a place where a student can ‘walk in with an idea and walk out with a product’.

Lit Soc activities

Lit Soc is a yearlong inter-hostel battle royale. All the hostels go head to head over the course of the academic year and battle it out with each other trying to win different competitions in an effort to get the necessary points to take the Lit Soc cup home at the end of the year and be crowned champions. The various events have different points and special points are awarded to enthusiastic and talented freshers! Freshie events are also be held towards the beginning of the odd semester to initiate them into Lit Soc and give them a feel of how intense and enjoyable Lit Soc events can be. It is a matter of great pride for a hostel to win Lit Soc and as a resident of your hostel, it will be up to you to help your hostel win it.

Tech Soc activities

Very simply put, Tech-Soc was born as a tournament where hostels could compete against each other in all tech-related events for points, power and fame. Tech-Soc was started in 2005 and has since then grown steadily, adding events to its repertoire every year. Together with Schroeter and Lit-Soc, it forms the set of three independent “Big” trophies that hostels compete for every year. Tech-Soc is being re-envisioned as forum with a much wider reach than just inter-hostel events.  It has now become the umbrella under which all tech-related student initiatives will be encouraged and nurtured. In the odd semester, various informal sessions like “Fundae” sessions and Tech interaction sessions will also be organized so that the first year students can learn about the tech world they are about to step into. Apart from these, there are various clubs related to the technical activities which one can join. For the tech-savvy we always have something or the other going on. You get to dirty your hands and build stuff on your own or participate in tech quizzes or watch the spectacle as different hostels battle it out in Tech-Soc.


The Cell for Technology Innovation, Development and Entrepreneurship Support (C-TIDES) acts as a platform that bridges the gap between established entrepreneurs and aspiring students of IIT Madras. In order to foster and encourage this spirit of entrepreneurship, C-TIDES was established in 1998. The cell provides budding entrepreneurs with a platform to support them, thereby helping them realize their ideas and converting them to reality. Events and workshops are conducted all-round the year emphasizing at least one of the many aspects of entrepreneurship. So if you are a person who is constantly dreaming and striving to get the best out of the things around you and looking for places where you can make a difference, you are similar to a class of people opting for their own ventures in their careers and becoming entrepreneurs.

C-TIDES is something in between being a Student Club and an institute body. Though primarily a student-managed cell, it is mentored by professors, renowned entrepreneurs, and alumni. C-TIDES also organizes Breakthrough, a technical Business Plan competition, as well as Genesis, which is one of the largest Social Entrepreneurial competitions in the whole world.

Techno Entrepreneurial Social Initiatives

IIT-Madras is well known for the diversity in the range of activities that its students and the administration take up. The Institute aims not only at the academic development of its students, but also their overall development. IITM is actively involved in several initiatives which help its students put their technical knowledge to practical use, encourages them to hone their interests, and also target at making a difference to the Society and Environment.


A large number of student-managed clubs are active in the institute. It is strongly encouraged that the students actively take part in at least a few of them. They play a key role in the all-round development as well as honing skill-sets. Further, no prior knowledge is required in many of these clubs. A keen interest and enthusiasm is all that is necessary to participate and excel. These clubs act as pathways in developing hobbies to a higher level. 

Astronomy Club

Enthusiastic about astronomy, gazing and studying stars? Then this is a must visit club for you, even if you don’t have any prior knowledge of the subject. Theory sessions are organized, where interesting observations in astronomy and astrophysics are discussed. There are members having astrophotography equipment. Even a novice can learn a lot from these sessions. Members of this club watch out for planets, open clusters, globular clusters, and galaxies.

Data Analytics Club

The Analytics Club helps students acquire the skills required to extract meaning from data, which can be put to use doing live projects with real-world data in partnership with companies in the field of analytics.

Linux Users Group

Also known as LUG, it is a club which provides support and education for Linux users (particularly inexperienced users). It also helps in promoting the use of open source software. Those with an interest in developing stuff need not worry. There are a few very good developers in the group. Lectures and workshops are conducted regularly for the members.

Design Club

The Design Club of IIT Madras is a great way to immerse yourself into the graphic design community. We intend to inspire you to become active and creative. You can meet other designers, present and share ideas, ask questions, talk about the latest design news, ask for feedback about your work and much more. Being active in a design community is also a great way to promote your own work and get your name out there. Above all it is also a learning platform for all the budding Graphic Designers. Anybody can become a collaborator of the Design Club by contributing designs and ideas by means of Blog posts, Facebook posts etc.

Music Club

If you are a music lover, then this is the ideal place for you. This is a club specially formed for promoting music in the institute. For the past 30 years, it has been responsible for bringing famous musicians to the Institute. It is actively engaging music enthusiasts with concerts almost every month. A series called ClassFest is also organized during which leading musicians perform in the Institute.

Adventure Club

“Adventure is not outside man. It is within.” It is with the sole purpose of exploring this adventurous side of students that three adventure enthusiasts started the club in 2011. The activities of the Club include trekking and cycling. Treks to Nagala, Tada, Talakona, Yercaud are organized by our organizers on a fortnightly basis. Cycling to Mahabalipuram, Kovalam beach and Elliots beach are organized on a monthly basis. Started in February last year, the club has already made 3 trips: 2 Trekking trips to the famous Nagala hills and 1 cycling trip to Kovalam. The club has also nurtured sister clubs in other colleges like NIFT, thus helping in socializing with other college students for greater exposure to the outside world. IAC gives you a great platform to interact with like-minded people who love adventure. Also, IAC seeks to help you out with ways and means to explore the unexplored and dare the daring! After all, “It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves”.

Quiz Club

Quizzing has always been a popular pastime on IITM campus. Consisting of a bunch of people united by a common passion, the IITM Quiz Club conducts several quizzes throughout the academic year. Quizzes are conducted on a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from sports and entertainment to science and technology. The quizzes at Saarang and Shaastra (as well as LitSoc and TechSoc) are also organized by QC members. Whether you’ve quizzed before or are new to quizzing, this is a great way to meet people and have a lot of fun!

Word Games Club

Interested in quirky word origins, bamboozling anagrams and cryptic crosswords? If you love scrabbling, solving word puzzles and other teaser word games; any friend of the English language is a friend of yours; if the polymorphous intricacies of language enthrall you – then this is your “Mecca”. Their primary activities are Scrabble, Cryptic Crosswords and WTGW (What’s the Good Word?) with a lot of other random word puzzles. The club meets every fortnight or so for WGC activities. They organize an Institute Scrabble tourney, a national Scrabble tourney and Crossie Open in addition to various activities for both Saarang and LitSoc.


A completely student-run initiative, IIT for Villages (IViL) has been a life-changing experience for many. Whether it is helping women self-help groups or working towards rural sensitivity amongst urban students, IViLians have no boundaries restricting the scope of their work. With members across all batches and courses, the only prerequisite to joining the group is a desire and willingness to get down on the ground and understand grass root level reality. Whether it is the Integrated Knowledge Centre that IViL helped set up or cottage industries that it helps promote, IViL helps you make a difference in the lives of those around us, and grow in the process. Being an IViLian is known to help in more ways than one – seeing the India most IITians don’t, sharing life-changing experiences and having stories to tell, learning to be proactive and always spreading the joy!


This is a group of environmentally conscious people, which mainly works towards making young students aware of environmental issues on our campus, our country and on planet earth. It also strives to preserve and improve the ecology of the IIT campus. In addition, The forum strives to create awareness among the campus residents in preserving the endangered species that inhabit our campus.

Oratory Club

The perfect place for all the literature enthusiasts: this is the longest running literary club in the institute. As a completely student-managed club, it has helped a lot of students overcome their public speaking inhibitions and improve their oratory skills. Its informal nature has attracted all kinds of students. It creates an ideal platform wherein all the people can participate and learn a lot from each other. This club organizes JAM sessions, extempore, and a host of other activities. Spending time with this club guarantees to make you an orator and probably a good one at that!


The Colloquium is an informal student discussion forum that conducts open discussions on various current affairs and topics of social relevance. The forum seeks active engagement from its participants and promotes debate and exchange of ideas through weekly discussions. The forum maintains an active online presence in the form of a Facebook page which serves as a hub for sharing interesting thoughts and articles as well as initiating and scheduling discussions.

The Harvard US-India Initiative

The Harvard US-India Initiative or the UII, as it is called, is a new addition to the numerous student clubs that exist on campus. The UII seeks to foster interactions and long term cooperation between youth from the United States and India and to leverage these relationships to address socially relevant issues. The UII, has in its short span of existence, achieved significant results and we hope that the IIT Madras chapter will follow the trend.

The Fifth Estate

The Fourth Estate is defined in a dictionary as ‘the press, including journalists, newspaper writers, and photographers’. As IIT Madras’ official magazine and news body, we are all this and more! We cover events and news in the campus and also publish op-eds, editorials, interviews and investigative pieces. Apart from this, we bring out several photo-series and other popular features, such as Humans of Insti. Usually, we have something to say about everything that happens on campus, and never fail to bring our 11,000 strong following the latest on campus buzz. Finally, we also function as a forum where campus inhabitants’ can voice their opinions on institute events.


Once at IITM, always at IITM! We never forget our alumni and constantly have them interviewed by correspondents on this blog.  Alumni talk about their lives after their wonderful and enriching campus life and how they have strived to keep up the name of their alma mater. The Alumni Association has also started the ‘I Love Insti’ video series that captures every aspect of our beautiful campus life and culture.


Perception. Introspection. Retrospection...  Reflection. The transformation every human goes through: and to keep the spirit alive, up and fighting, Reflections was born. Reflections works towards bringing out various unexplored horizons that lie within and lead to better living. We are a team of people who, in our own way, are trying to help keep the spirits up and alive. Reflections conducts programmes to encourage discussions on issues pertaining to everyday life which have a far deeper impact than normally perceived. It brings out the “Reflections” magazine, which contains articles from alumni, professors and students. Many writers from outside the campus have been actively contributing every year. It provides a platform for expression to everyone. Talks, diverse topics, by speakers ranging from the fields of engineering to science to psychology are conducted, which encourage thinking and help in understanding things which we normally neglect in our day to day lives. Panel discussions are held to question, share, contradict and explain, and movies screened to touch, teach and inspire.

EMLs (Extra Mural Lectures)

As children, we admire; as adolescents, we aspire; as adults we perspire; and as responsible, successful citizens, we inspire. It is this inspiration that one gets in these lectures. One cannot achieve big without listening to people who have done it before. It is as they say; we shall not live long enough to learn from our own mistakes. We shall have to learn from others’ too. The Extra Mural Lectures in IITM cover diverse topics, and bring in people from across the globe; those people, who have been pioneers and who have received the highest honours in their fields. Where else do you get to interact with people so knowledgeable, so experienced and so successful? The faces that you came closest to on television screens or online, are now brought before you to dispense their wisdom in person! These lectures unfold tales of unfathomable perspiration and unmatched genius. It is said that we cannot discover new continents with the fear of losing sight of the shore. We provide you with the tales of these conquests and much more...

The Open Forum

It is an ambitious plan to get students closer to professors and the topics of research undertaken by them. It is often characteristic of research that progress happens in steps and not in continuity. Be it the professors or their doctoral students, many a times they find themselves stuck at a stage which ranges from a conceptual hurdle to a tough mathematical equation to solve. Our proposal shall have these students/professors put these problems they face out on an open forum such that it could be tackled by any student at IITM.

Leisure Time Activities Programme (LTAP)

This newly formed programme offers activities related to learning various skills in a structured manner.  These activities promote a student’s personal development, independence and confidence apart from social skills.  Offerings include leisure time courses such as, Introduction to Meditation, Psychology in Everyday Life, Beginner Painting, Appreciating Music, Appreciating Cinema, Blogging, Introduction to Writing, Robotics for Fun, Computer Generated Art, Coding in Java, Android programming, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Discovering India, English Speaking Skills, Mythology, Learn “language”, Learn Cooking, etc.

The activities in the programme are planned, supervised, facilitated and guided by a leisure time activities coordinator.


IIT Madras also hosts a large number of regional clubs, including but not limited to the Telugu Samskruta Samiti, Kerala Kala Samiti, Marathi Mitra Mandal, Hindi Mitra Mandal, Kannada Sangha and SADINER (Student Association for the Socio-Economic Development of India’s North Eastern regions). These clubs host various cultural and social events throughout the year which provide a platform for students to share and revel in their respective cultures and make acquaintances and friends among the student body, staff and faculty. These events can involve lectures, music and dance performances, dinners, competitions and other kinds of performances and events.



Shaastra is the annual technical festival of IIT Madras. True to its name, Shaastra (signifying ‘science’) is a celebration of science and technology; a confluence of minds and a melting pot of diverse disciplines. It provides a chance to unleash the engineer and scientist within us, providing glimpses of the elegance and scope of evolving technology.

Shaastra has so far seen 15 editions, having started in its current avatar in the year 2000. It is scheduled to be held over four days and four nights during the first week of January. Shaastra is a veritable engineer’s paradise where fervent enthusiasts congregate, compete, learn and enjoy. Intense competitions, spectacular demonstrations, world-class lectures and a variety of informative workshops are just the tip of the iceberg. Shaastra attracts an immense number of participants from diverse technical, scientific and managerial backgrounds ranging from college students to graduates, from academicians to professionals, from design engineers to managers. The fest holds the distinction of being the first student managed event in the world to implement a Quality Management System and earn ISO 9001:2008 certification by TUV. This has been done to ensure that the standards of the festival are maintained at the highest level and assure our sponsors a consistent degree of exposure at Shaastra.

This is the platform to showcase our knowledge and enthusiasm. Shaastra is our way of celebrating our love for the spirit of engineering. And in the process we plan to give our visitors a show they will never forget. Shaastra has always been a phenomenal learning experience for the organizers and the participants alike. So at the end of the day we go back feeling much wiser and happier. Of course, if you are not a hard-core techie, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered too. Just walk in for a pleasant surprise. Shaastra nights are the icing on the cake. Laser shows, fireworks displays and so much more each year, proving that you don’t always need the know-how to appreciate what science can do. This is just a glimpse of the sort of stuff we have in Shaastra every year. How much more you uncover is entirely up to you. So welcome, make yourselves at home, and remember - don’t be shy when it comes to revealing the engineer in you.


IIT Madras has seen a glorious 56 year journey, punctuated by many milestones – one of which was the advent of Mardi Gras, a pioneer student cultural extravaganza. Mardi Gras has the distinction of having hosted Uriah Heep, in one of their rare world tours, Buddha’s Babies and even A R Rahman as a college student. Almost forty years later, the legacy lives on, albeit in a new avatar as Saarang.

Saarang has always made heads turn. It is one of the largest cultural festivals in India attracting over 50,000 people from around the country. Held in the month of January every year, Saarang is commonly acknowledged as the mother of all cultural festivals, a reputation that we at IITM are honour-bound to uphold!

This five-day festival is the traditional meeting place for the young and those young at heart. Saarang is characterized by days jam-packed with enough events and competitions to make your head and your heart do cartwheels. Be it the theatre arts, musical displays such as Decibels or the laugh out loud wackiness of extempore and Just-A-Minute, Saarang always has the crowds screaming for more.

The mainstay at Saarang has always been the 4 Professional Shows, with past editions having seen performances by prominent classical artists such as Balamurali Krishna, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia; international acts such as Opeth and Skidrow; as well as light music shows by Shaan, S.P. Balsubramaniam, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Karthik, KK, Benny Dayal, Lucky Ali, Udit Narayan and Sonu Nigam.

Be it the acoustics, sound Systems, stage or seating capacity, Saarang promises a memorable experience for everyone. A large fraction of the student community works around the clock for months to ensure a better Saarang each time around. Cherishing the support of a bevy of sponsors throughout previous years, Saarang has always managed to strike a chord with the people who flock to see it all happen.

On the events front, we cater to all genres. We have quizzes on all topics. We also have other exciting events like WTGW, Picto and Tinto blend into Pot Pourri along with DumbCs, painting and modelling apart from theatre, speaking events, creative writing, music and so on. So just turn up, and figure out what floats your boat because this truly is the place to be!



Sports at IIT Madras generates a lot of enthusiasm, not only from within the campus, but from other colleges in the city and the country as well. The academic calendar is packed with sporting events, intra-hostel and inter-hostel events, inter-collegiate  and inter-IIT tournaments. All hostels actively compete to win the coveted Schroeter Cup which is the Inter-Hostel sports championship.

The institute has excellent sporting facilities in the campus which include:

•    IIT-Chemplast cricket field

•    Athletics stadium

•    Synthetic tennis & wooden badminton courts

•    Three floodlit synthetic basketball and three volleyball courts

•    A swimming pool of Olympic standards

•    Hockey & football fields with flood-lights

•    A well-equipped gymnasium

•    Two newly constructed world class squash courts

All this, combined with the untiring commitment and enthusiasm of the student community, with encouragement and guidance from the faculty has created tremendous opportunities for students to hone their talents. It is no wonder then that tournaments in IITM have continued to  draw teams and colleges from all over the country.

Blessed with a sprawling and spacious campus, IITM has the facilities to cater to the most active sportsmen and sportswomen.

Intra-Hostel  and Inter-Hostel Competition

During the course of the year, all the hostels compete for the ‘Schroeter’ (pronounced as “shroy-eter” ... read more about it on the IITM sports website) – a trophy for the best hostel in sports. So fierce is the competition, that you might just be reminded of an India-Pakistan Cricket match! You have got to witness it to believe it. In September, every year, the institute hosts Sportsfest, an intercollegiate meet for local colleges, in Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Hockey, Football, Table Tennis, Badminton and Aquatics. Other specific sports events are also  hosted such as Sanmar cricket tournament and Gerhard Fischer and Kokila Rajaiah, All-India Basketball tournament for men and women.

The even semester (Jan – May semester) arrives and you have a feast of informal events starting from 6-a-side hockey, 3-a-side-baski, 6-a-side footer (football), 9-a-side cricket, 3-a-side volley and so on. All this and more await you— a seemingly endless list of events-all played at Sangam (look up campus map to locate it!) under floodlights. The Gymkhana Day marks the culmination of all the sports activities for the academic year. Sign of true celebrations is sure to erupt from the Schoeter-winning hostel.

One sec… Where does it all begin? Where do you start off if you are a novice in sports? Well, the answer won’t lie far away once you are in the hostel. In addition to a playing area within its quadrangle where Cricket, Football, Hockey, etc. are played, every hostel has facilities for TT, Carrom, Chess, Volleyball and Baski. There is nothing to be bashful about being a beginner. Every year, there are a few people in every sport team, who had started playing only after they came to the institute, and learnt to play well enough to represent the Institute in Inter-IIT, one of the highest honours in sports that an IITian sportsperson can hold. Everyone has to make a beginning somewhere. Use the available resources to the fullest!

Inter-IIT Sports

Held annually by rotation among the IITs, the Inter-IIT meets aim at promoting the interaction between students of the various IITs and encouraging sportsmanship. The meet is held in December after the end of the odd semester. IIT Madras had hosted the event a couple of years ago in conjunction with its Golden Jubilee celebrations. A General Championship (GC) is awarded to the team with the best performance in the Inter-IIT Sports meet and the Inter-IIT Aquatics meet (held in October). In these games, a fierce competition coupled with  a great spirit of sportsmanship mark these as the most memorable moments of any IIT student life. It is during this week-long event, that IITians get perhaps their only opportunity to meet and interact with students from other IITs. IIT Madras has excelled continually at these games, winning the general championship (GC) eleven times in a row in the past. IIT Madras has a great history in Inter-IIT with over 19 wins in the 47 meets, thanks to an excellent performance of IITM students.
Location and Accessibility:

Location and Accessibility:

IIT Madras campus is located on the Sardar Patel Road, about 12 kms from Chennai Central Railway Station.  The notable landmarks around our campus are the Guindy Snake Park adjacent to the IIT main gate, Gandhi Mandapam (Anna University stop), Madhya Kailash temple and the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) campus directly opposite to our campus. 

For more information please visit: http://www.iitm.ac.in

Academic Programwise Seats breakup:
Institute CodeProgram CodeAcademic Program NameState/All India SeatsSeat PoolOPENOPEN-PwDSCSC-PwDSTST-PwDOBC-NCLOBC-NCL-PwDTotal(includes Female Supernumerary)
Seat Capacity Female Supernumerary
110 4101 Aerospace Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology) All India Gender-Neutral 17 1 6 0 3 0 10 0 37
45 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 8
(including "0" Supernumerary)
110 4107 Chemical Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology) All India Gender-Neutral 27 2 8 0 5 0 15 1 58
73 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 7 1 2 0 1 0 4 0 15
(including "0" Supernumerary)
110 4109 Civil Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology) All India Gender-Neutral 26 2 7 0 4 0 14 1 54
63 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 9
(including "0" Supernumerary)
110 4110 Computer Science and Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology) All India Gender-Neutral 28 1 7 0 4 0 13 2 55
64 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 5 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 9
(including "0" Supernumerary)
110 4111 Electrical Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology) All India Gender-Neutral 27 2 7 0 4 0 14 1 55
66 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 6 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 11
(including "0" Supernumerary)
110 4117 Engineering Physics (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology) All India Gender-Neutral 13 0 3 0 2 1 7 1 27
30 2
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 5
(including "2" Supernumerary)
110 4125 Mechanical Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology) All India Gender-Neutral 35 2 11 1 5 0 19 0 73
75 10
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 5 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 12
(including "10" Supernumerary)
110 4127 Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology) All India Gender-Neutral 16 0 5 0 2 0 8 1 32
36 2
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 6
(including "2" Supernumerary)
110 4132 Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology) All India Gender-Neutral 16 0 5 0 2 1 8 1 33
36 3
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 6
(including "3" Supernumerary)
110 5201 Aerospace Engineering (5 Years, Bachelor and Master of Technology (Dual Degree)) All India Gender-Neutral 4 0 2 1 1 0 2 0 10
13 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
(including "0" Supernumerary)
110 5207 Biological Engineering (5 Years, Bachelor and Master of Technology (Dual Degree)) All India Gender-Neutral 14 0 4 0 1 0 8 0 27
34 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 7
(including "0" Supernumerary)
110 5210 Chemical Engineering (5 Years, Bachelor and Master of Technology (Dual Degree)) All India Gender-Neutral 8 0 2 0 2 0 4 0 16
18 1
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
(including "1" Supernumerary)
110 5213 Civil Engineering (5 Years, Bachelor and Master of Technology (Dual Degree)) All India Gender-Neutral 13 1 4 0 2 0 8 0 28
35 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 7
(including "0" Supernumerary)
110 5217 Electrical Engineering (5 Years, Bachelor and Master of Technology (Dual Degree)) All India Gender-Neutral 21 1 6 1 4 0 12 0 45
53 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 8
(including "0" Supernumerary)
110 5227 Engineering Design (5 Years, Bachelor and Master of Technology (Dual Degree)) All India Gender-Neutral 23 1 6 1 4 0 13 0 48
57 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 4 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 9
(including "0" Supernumerary)
110 5233 Mechanical Engineering (5 Years, Bachelor and Master of Technology (Dual Degree)) All India Gender-Neutral 34 2 9 1 5 0 18 1 70
72 10
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 6 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 12
(including "10" Supernumerary)
110 5243 Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (5 Years, Bachelor and Master of Technology (Dual Degree)) All India Gender-Neutral 5 0 2 1 0 1 3 0 12
13 1
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
(including "1" Supernumerary)
110 5249 Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (5 Years, Bachelor and Master of Technology (Dual Degree)) All India Gender-Neutral 9 0 2 0 2 0 4 0 17
18 2
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
(including "2" Supernumerary)
110 5601 Biological Sciences (5 Years, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (Dual Degree)) All India Gender-Neutral 13 0 5 0 1 0 8 1 28
35 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 7
(including "0" Supernumerary)
110 5602 Physics (5 Years, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (Dual Degree)) All India Gender-Neutral 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 8
10 0
Female-only (including Supernumerary) 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
(including "0" Supernumerary)
     Total Seats 421 22 125 7 62 3 225 12 877
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