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Why IITs are considered prestigious?

Every engineering aspirant knows that getting into an IIT can be incredibly difficult. Counted amongst the finest institutions in India, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have been attracting the best minds. The first IIT was established in Kharagpur in 1950. In the late 50s and early 60s, four new campuses were established in Mumbai, Chennai, Kanpur and Delhi. In the past few years, many new IITs have come up in different parts of India, with many more in the pipeline.

IITs have consistently ranked amongst some of the best institutions in the world. Even with the establishment of new IITs, the number of seats remains limited. With such a large number of students competing for so few seats, getting into an IIT is no easy task. With their top-quality education and vast alumni network, IITs have achieved global acclaim. Many of the IIT students have been working in some of the top companies in Silicon Valley and other parts of the world.

IITs also have a reputation for producing entrepreneurs. There are approximately 25,000 IIT graduates working in the US. Many of these are entrepreneurs. Moreover, almost every US-based Fortune-500 company has an IIT graduate in its senior management. Flipkart, Redbus, Snapdeal and TravelTriangle are some of the successful setups by IIT graduates. Some of the prominent IIT graduates include Rajat Gupta (ex-Managing Director-Worldwide, McKinsey & Company), Arun Sarin (Former CEO- Vodafone Group Plc) and Narayan Murthy (Founder- Infosys Technologies).

Considering the excellence and popularity of IITs, it comes as no wonder that every engineering aspirant wants to get into this prestigious institute. However, with limited number of seats, only a small percentage of engineering aspirants are able to get into IITs. The demand for more IITs has been raised by different states in India from time to time. In the recent union budget, the government acknowledged the need for more quality institutions and announced the setting up of five IITs in Jammu & Kashmir, Chattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Although, the concerns have been raised in some quarters that establishment of more IITs will affect its brand value, there is a pressing need to provide quality higher education to Indian students.

The candidates seeking admission in M.Sc. programs need to take Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) conducted by Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and Indian Institutes of Technology. Clearing the IIT-JAM test is the key to getting into these prestigious institutes at post graduate level.