IITs, or Indian Institutes of Technology, are one of the premium engineering colleges in India. Only students with really good minds and also ones who are really hardworking can study in those colleges.
There are 20-something IITs in India as of now. There are both old IITs and new IITs. Old IITs are the ones like Bombay, Kharagpur, Madras, Kanpur and Delhi. New IITs are the ones like Tirupati and Dharwad. It is so obvious that older IITs have a higher brand value and prestige than the newer ones. Only in recent years, in order for having more studies at IITs, the government has decided to construct some new IITs and which have come up in the recent years.
To study in an IIT, students must crack the exam of JEE Advanced, to pursue an undergraduate degree in engineering, while for post graduate one, GATE. Both these exams require students to score really well. The cutoffs for IITs and also for the courses vary depending on the question paper and also on the number of seats left. The cutoffs of the above are different based on different categories/castes, like General, SC, ST and OBC (NCL). IITs rarely or do not have sports and defence quotas. Commitment and dedication towards JEE/GATE can help a student earn a seat in those colleges.
IITs come with several perks. A few of them are having a good brand value which comes after studying in such a reputed college, studying with experienced professors, getting to attend cultural and sports fests, having good placement records and in some cases a lucrative pay package.
Along with the perks, there have been several myths about those group of colleges. Most popular ones are having really costly job packages (ranging like 50 lakh, 75 lakh, 1 crore, 2 crore), while actually the maximum in-hand annual package is 10–15 lakh (in India), every IITian graduating with a six-figure job (in a month), which is not completely true and no competition at all after cracking JEE (maybe students must study even more in those colleges). Largely, the culture of IIT coaching of and by coaching centres spreads this myths, where they promise parents their children will crack JEE and secure a seat in those colleges by advertising and also by spreading these myths among people.
IITs are indeed really tough to secure an admission it. However, with commitment and dedication and also practice, it is not difficult for any student. Having a good brand name and possibly earning a lucrative job can really go a long way in a student’s career.