Top 12 Engineering Colleges in India

Sep 20, 2015

Innumerable students dream of being a part of the Indian engineering industry. Do you know why this particular job sector has been witnessing unprecedented growth over the last few years? Well, it is simply due to the fact that the increased investment in industrial production and infrastructure in this segment has been a major contributor to its growth!

Growth in oil and gas, steel, power, consumer durables, etc. is said to have triggered the expansion of the engineering industry of the country.

No wonder, engineering exports from India have been estimated to exceed US$ 70 billion in 2015, marking a 15 percent growth over the previous fiscal year, according to the latest research. This goes on to prove that the engineering segment of the country is blessed with immense growth potential, demanding skilled personnel in this field.

Every year, lakhs of Indian students make efforts to crack the engineering exams, aspiring to be a part of this lucrative industry.

To provide the best academic support to these students, a large number of government and privately-owned engineering colleges have mushroomed in India. These Universities and Colleges offer undergraduate as well as postgraduate programs. And, these academic institutes are not only located in the Indian metropolitan cities but are also present in cities like Kharagpur, Roorkee, Allahabad, Guwahati, Kanpur, Vellore, and others.

Top Engineering Colleges in India

As you already know, IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) rule the territory of engineering in the country. Some of the most reputed engineering professionals are products of these prestigious IIT institutes!

However, to be eligible for the IITs, you must clear the Joint Entrance Examinations.

Now, there exist many other non-IITs that are known for their contribution towards equipping engineering students with the requisite skills and expertise necessary for a successful career in engineering.

Read on to know about the top ten engineering colleges in India:

#1. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Also known as IIT Kanpur, this engineering college is situated on the Grand Trunk Road in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh and was founded in the year 1959.

It is credited to be among the very first IITs in the nation.

IIT Kanpur provides different academic courses on social sciences and management. It offers B. Tech programs that continue for four years in the following spheres:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biological Sciences and Bio-engineering

You need to crack the Joint Entrance exam to qualify for the above programs.

IIT Kanpur


Since 2011, IIT Kanpur has also started providing the BS program in sciences that last for four years. If you study postgraduate courses here, your choices would range from Ph.D to M.Tech degrees.

#2. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Located in the area of Hauz Khas in Delhi, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi was established in 1961.

It has been officially proclaimed as an ‘Institute of National Importance’ as per the IIT Act, Government of India.

This college encourages students to engage in various extra-curricular activities, thanks to the Students Activity Center (SAC) that is existent inside the IIT Delhi premises. The SAC comprises a robotics center, swimming pool, table tennis rooms, a badminton court and a common room that is utilized for conducting quizzes and debates, among other facilities.

IIT Delhi


You can expect nine undergraduate programs (Bachelor of Technology) in IIT Delhi that involve:

  • Textile Technology
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Production and Industrial Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering and biotechnology
  • Engineering Physics

#3. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Founded in 1951, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur or IIT KGP has been honored as an Institute of National Importance by the Indian government.

It is believed that IIT Kharagpur is one of the oldest IITs that have been established in the nation.

You would discover about 13 schools of excellence, 19 academic departments and eight schools in the campus of IIT Kharagpur besides the laboratories. The undergraduate courses that are offered by this institution are:

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Technology (Hons.)

IIT Kharagpur


On the other hand, the postgraduate level programs offered here include:

  • Master of Science
  • Master of Human Resource Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master in Medical Science and Technology
  • Master of Technology
  • Master of City Planning
  • Postgraduate course in Information Technology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Operation and Management

#4. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Previously referred to as the University of Roorkee, the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee was founded by Sir James Thomason, the then Governor of British India, in the year 1847.

In 2001, it was transformed into an IIT. It is presently in the region of Roorkee that is based in Uttarakhand. There are 18 academic departments in IIT Roorkee comprising Management programs, Social Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, and Applied Sciences.

IIT Roorkee

You can study M.Tech, M.Sc., B.Arch. or B.Tech here if you are capable of clearing the joint entrance test arranged at different centers across India.

Some of the famous Universities that are associated with IIT Roorkee consist of University of Waterloo, Canada, National University of Singapore (NUS), University of Texas at Dallas, USA, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and many more.

#5. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Indian Institute of Madras or IIT Madras (IIT-M) is located in Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Established in the year 1959, it is recognized by the Government of India as an Institute of National Importance. It is the third IIT that has been developed by the Indian government.

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There are about 16 academic departments and several research centers in various disciplines like pure science and Engineering in the IIT Madras campus. Apart from that, the IIT-M campus also boasts of a hundred laboratories. There are undergraduate and also postgraduate programs that are offered here in the fields of Science, Management, Humanities and Engineering.

You would have to appear for the Joint Entrance Advance exams if you desire to apply for the BTech and the Dual Degree comprising BTech and MTech.

However, if you aspire to apply for the MS and MTech programs, you must crack the GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.

#6. Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences

Proclaimed as a deemed University according to the Section 3 of the Act of UGC, the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) possesses 15 academic divisions.

It is believed to be among the most distinguished engineering institutes in the entire nation.

Mainly, the curriculum focuses on undergraduate programs offered in sciences and Engineering. The institution was founded in 1964 and has campuses in Hyderabad, Goa, Pilani as well as Dubai. BITS is known for conducting the BITSAT that is the admission test for BITS.



You can choose to study degree courses in pharmacy, technology and engineering at BITS Pilani. Master of Science and Master of Arts programs are provided here. The programs are as follows:

Group A

  • Pharmacy
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering

Group B

  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Physics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry

#7. Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University)

Situated in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, the Indian Institute of Technology or BHU was established in the year 1919.

It is popularly referred to as IIT (BHU).

During the initial days of its foundation, the institute was known as the Banaras Engineering College. Much later, in the year 1968, it came to be officially known as the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University. Finally, in 2012, the institute was declared as the Indian Institute of Technology!

You would come across as many as 13 departments and three schools in the IIT (BHU) campus.

You can opt for any of the four-year courses offered here that are inclusive of Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Technology. Some of the postgraduate level courses conducted here are:

  • Tech in Chemical Engineering
  • Tech in Mechanical Engineering
  • Tech in Electrical Engineering
  • Tech in Ceramic Engineering
  • Tech in Biomedical Engineering



#8. Vellore Institute of Technology

Formerly recognized as the Vellore Engineering College, the Vellore Institute of Technology is in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. However, it possesses yet another campus in Chennai and was established during 1984.

It was proclaimed a Deemed University according to the Section 3, UGC Act.

VIT University provides four research programs, twenty postgraduate courses, four integrated programs as well as thirty-four postgraduate courses.

In 2004, the institute received an accreditation by IET (the Institute of Engineering and Technology), UK and also the Energy Institute, UK. That is not all. VIT also boasts of an accreditation by the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) and the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education).

It offers academic courses in Management, Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology.


There are nine schools that are a part of the Vellore Institute of Technology:

  • School of Advanced Sciences
  • School of Mechanical & Building Sciences
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • School of Social Sciences & Languages
  • VIT Business School
  • VIT Law School
  • School of Computing Science & Engineering
  • School of Bio Sciences & Technology

#9. Delhi Technological University

Formerly called the Delhi College of Engineering or DCE, the Delhi Technological University is a reputable public university that is based in Delhi.

It is said to be one of the most ancient engineering colleges in the country and the very first engineering college of Delhi that was developed in the year 1941. While it was established, it was named as Delhi Polytechnic. At that point of time, it used to be supervised by the Government of India.

Delhi Technological University has 14 departments that aim to promote the aptitude of technological research and education among students.

Doctor of Philosophy, Bachelor of Technology, Master of Business Administration and Master of Technology are some of the courses that are being offered here. Some of the undergraduate courses that are provided to students of this institute include:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Biotechnology
  • Information Technology
  • Environmental Engineering

Delhi Technological University


#10. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

The Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati had been set up by the Government of India, and is located in Guwahati, Assam.

Did you know that this institute is the sixth IIT that had been founded in India?

The Government of India has recognized this institute as an Institute of National Importance.

The following departments are associated with the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati:

  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Design
  • Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering

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The departments that have been specified offer courses in M.A. in Developmental Studies, B.Tech., M.Tech., B.Des., Ph.D. as well as M.Sc. programs.

#11. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

IIT, Bombay was the first institute which was set up with foreign assistance. IIT has become one of the top technical institutes in the world. This institute works with the alumni to develop activities through interactions in research programmes and academic, and even to mobilize financial support.

IIT, Bombay consists of the following departments:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biosciences and Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer science and engineering
  • Earth sciences
  • Electrical engineering
  • Energy science and engineering
  • Humanities and social science
  • Industrial design centre
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Metallurgical engineering & materials science
  • Physics

IIT Bombay

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#12. Anna University

Anna university is based in Chennai and was established in the year 1978 as a unitary type of university. Anna university offers 29 UG programmes and 90 PG programmes in various departments of the college. The university even offers 41 UG and 57 PG programmes in affiliated institutions. The university offers courses that are as follows:

  • UG Courses
  • PG Courses
  • Research

Anna University

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So you see, dear students, the choices are numerous. Therefore, you are lucky enough to be able to select from a wide range of well-acclaimed engineering colleges in India. Are you looking forward to pursuing your Engineering program in Chemical, Computer, Mechanical, Biomedical, Electrical or Electronics Engineering? Here is wishing you all the luck for clearing the joint entrance exams and gaining admission in your favorite engineering college!

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