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Know Your College : IIT Kanpur

IIT Kanpur is one of the Top IITs in India and is reputed as academically and otherwise one of the the best engineering colleges in the country.

P K Kelkar Library at IIT Kanpur

History and Background

Established in December 1959, with the help from Consortium of 9 US universities namely MIT, UCB, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Case Institute of Technology and Purdue University. The founding director was professor P K Kelkar after whose name the iconic PK Kelkar library is named. It was the first college to start courses as well as degree programs in computer science in India.

Undergraduate Program

Admission in the Undergraduate Program of IIT Kanpur takes place through Joint Entrance Exam JEE Advanced, for which student has to also qualify for JEE main exam. Every year several lacs of students appear in JEE entrance exam out of which only a select few students are able to take admission into this prestigious institute.

The academic system of IIT Kanpur is pretty flexible which allows for branch change after first year and even after second year, depending upon merit and availability of seats in a particular branch. IIT Kanpur also offers the facility to do a double major or a minor degree in another department.

JEE 2022 opening and closing rank cutoffs of all the departments is shown in the table below:

S NoAcademic Program NameOpening RankClosing Rank
1Computer Science and Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology)107237
2Statistics and Data Science (4 Years, Bachelor of Science)8171082
3Mathematics and Scientific Computing (4 Years, Bachelor of Science)6101143
4Electrical Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology)7051368
5Mechanical Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology)17723155
6Economics (4 Years, Bachelor of Science)24033300
7Chemical Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology)25044649
8Aerospace Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology)32184683
9Civil Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology)43416297
10Physics (4 Years, Bachelor of Science)10106383
11Materials Science and Engineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology)46556535
12Biological Sciences and Bioengineering (4 Years, Bachelor of Technology)51567309
13Earth Sciences (4 Years, Bachelor of Science)78419614
14Chemistry (4 Years, Bachelor of Science)74359676
JEE Advanced 2022 JoSAA Counselling 6th Round Cutoff Opening and Closing Ranks of Open Gender Neutral Category


Sprawled over an area of 1100 acres, it is the second largest IIT campus by Area. Along with excellent academic and laboratory facilites, IIt Kanpur campus has well maintained sports facilities, great hostels, open air theatre as well as full fledged Airstrip, Helipad and Flight Lab (Hanger). Given below are some of the pictures of different facilities:

Open Air Theatre – New SAC (Students Activity Centre)
Hostel – Hall 11
Aerial View of Lecture Hall Complex
IIT Kanpur Student Flying Drone on Campus Airstrip Runway


IIT Kanpur has the following Engineering Departments:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biological Sciences & Bio-engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Sustainable Energy Engineering

The departments offering Sciences courses and degrees are:

  • Economic Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Earth Sciences

In addition to the above, Humanities and social sciences departments are also there like English, Linguistics & English Language Teaching, Fine Arts, Geography, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology.

Extra Curricular Activities

IIT Kanpur is a hotspot of all the extra curricular activities like Cultural, Sports, Technical, Literary etc. It has a vibrant Dance Club, Music Club, Dramatics Club, English Literary Society, Hindi Sahitya Sabha, Fine Arts Club, Robotics Club, Electronics Club, Aeromodelling Club, Astronomy Club etc. They all organize several events throughout the year and also participate in inter college competitions like Inter IIT cultural meet, Inter IIT Sports meet and cultural, technical, sports and entrepreneurship fests of IITs.

Every year, IIT Kanpur also hosts its mega cultural fest : Antaragni, tech fest : Techkriti and sports fest Udghosh.


The placement season for the session 2022-23 is ongoing at IIT Kanpur and it is performing fabulously. As of the first five days of placements, till dec 6 2022, IIT Kanpur students had received 770 Job offers from 181 national and multi national companies. In addition to the above, 207 students were also offered pre placement offer. Some of the highlights of the placement data are:

  • 918 Job offers including on campus placements and PPOs
  • 74 number of international offers
  • 33 students above 1 cr Package
  • Highest Domestic offer was 1.9 cr
  • Top recruiters included Rakuten, Intel, Capital One, Google, Barclays, Citi Bank, Wells Fargo, Airbus, SLB, Texas Instruments, WorldQuant, Qualcomm, EXL, HSBC, Jio Platforms, Axis Bank, SAP Labs, Rakuten Mobile, Enphase, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company, McKinsey & Company, Square Point Capital, among others.