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How to Get Into IIT (Indian Institute of Technology): A Complete Guide for 2022 Admissions

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In India, millions of students every year aspire to get admission into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus to kickstart their engineering journey. But scoring a seat at IITs, one of India’s most premier engineering institutes, is tough, thanks to the extremely tough competition.  

The multi-level rigorous selection process is a bit complex to understand. So, for students preparing for IIT admissions, we’ve created a complete guide on entering one of the premier institutes. 

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IIT Legacy 

The Indian Parliament considers IITs as Institutes of National Importance. This highlights the important role that the institutes are playing in nation-building. A little more than 70 years old, the institutes have indeed made a reputation of their own.  

Major factors that make up for the hype are a low acceptance rate, subsidised high standard engineering education, top-notch placement record and, of course, the tag that will be with you forever. 

Moreover, the really long list of popular alumni base, which includes Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai, co-founder of Infosys N.R. Narayana Murthy, and ex-governor of RBI Raghuram Rajan, among others, can put any other Indian institute to shame. 

IIT Admission Process 

IIT admission process begins with science stream students who have passed their 10+2 applying for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), which is an engineering entrance assessment conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). 

Clearing JEE Main 

Lakhs of students appear for the competitive exam. Out of the total number of students who write JEE Main, only 2.5 lakh are qualified for the next level, JEE Advanced

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Candidates can appear for JEE Main 4 times a year in February, March, April and May. The exam is conducted in 13 languages, including English, at multiple centres spread across every nook and cranny in India. 

If candidates appear for more than one time, then their best score in any one of the attempts will be considered for the preparation of the merit list. This provides ample opportunity for candidates to improve their performance and realise their dream IIT. 

JEE Main 2022 Exam Format

JEE Main is conducted in a CBT (Computer Based Test) mode. The test consists of 

objective type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and numerically based on three subjects – Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.  

JEE Main 2022 Exam ParticularsJEE Main 2022 Exam Details
JEE Main Test Duration3 Hours
Total Number of Questions75 Questions – Mathematics (25), Physics (25) and Chemistry (25). 
JEE Main Total Marks300 Marks (100 marks for each section)
JEE Main Marking SchemeCandidates are awarded four marks for each correct answer for MCQs. One spot is deducted on each wrong answer.
Candidates are awarded four marks for each correct answer to numerical questions. No mark is deducted for the wrong answer.
JEE Main 2022 Exam Format

Acing JEE Advanced

Under the aegis of the Joint Admission Board (JAB), JEE Advanced is conducted by one of the seven IITs: IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, and IIT Roorkee or Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. 

Candidates bagging the top scores are given admissions to IITs after a rigorous counselling process that makes the dreams of thousands of students come true while shattering aspirations of lakhs. 

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JEE Advanced 2022 Exam Format 

The Joint Admission Board conducts the JEE Advanced 2022 exam in computer-based mode. The top 2.5 lakh candidates, according to JEE Main scores will be eligible for writing the JEE Advanced Exam. 

JEE Advanced 2022 Exam Format 

What after JEE Advanced 2022 Results? 

After the JEE Advanced 2022 results will be out, eligible candidates will be called for JEE Advanced 2022 counselling sessions. In the counselling process, candidates will be allowed to register their preferences for the courses and institutes. The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) then releases a merit list with the names of shortlisted candidates. 

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Which Colleges Accept JEE Advanced 2021 Score? 

Most of the top engineering institutes in India, including all Indian Institue of Technology (IITs), accept JEE Advanced 2021 Score for undergraduate admissions. Here’s the complete list of all the IITs that will take JEE Advanced 2022 Scores: 

  • IIT Gandhi Nagar
  • IIT Bhubaneshwar
  • IIT Madras
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Indore
  • IIT Kanpur
  • IIT Jodhpur
  • IIT Kharagpur
  • IIT Hyderabad
  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Patna
  • IIT Delhi
  • IIT Ropar
  • IIT Mandi
  • IIT Roorkee
  • IIT (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi
  • IIT Jammu
  • IIT Palakkad
  • IIT Tirupati
  • IIT Goa
  • IIT Bhilai
  • IIT Dharwad
  • IIT (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad

How Difficult is it to Get into IITs? 

In 2021, more than 10 lakh students applied for JEE Main exam – the first step towards getting admission into IIT. But scoring a seat at one of the campuses of the institute is tougher than beating 10 lakh candidates in two exams – JEE Main and JEE Advanced. 

Candidates need a strong will, confidence and determination, coupled with countless hours of preparation, that often includes a breakdown or two. But that’s ok, as what you’re achieving is worth it. 

In 2020, more than 12 lakh candidates had registered for JEE Mains, of which around 11,18,673 lakh appeared for the competitive exam. Out of the total 6.35 lakh candidates, a total of 2.50 lakh candidates were shortlisted for writing JEE Advanced. 

Finally, 43,204 candidates successfully secured a seat at IIT and other top engineering institutes in India. This brings the admission selection rate at IITs to around 0.5%, meaning that 1 in 200 candidates successfully secure a seat at IIT or other top engineering colleges. 

Here’s the cut-off for 2020 JEE Advanced:  

Category of the candidateMinimum Percentage of Prescribed Marks in Each Subject Minimum Percentage of Total Marks
Common Rank List (CRL)6.069.0
GEN-EWS Rank List5.062.0
OBC-NCL Rank List5.062.0
SC Rank List334
ST Rank List334
Common-PwD Rank List (CRL)334
OBC-NCL-PwD Rank List334
SC-PwD Rank List334
ST-PwD Rank List334
Preparatory course Rank List010
Cut-off for 2020 JEE Advanced 

Eligibility Criteria for IIT UG Courses 2022 

Candidates appearing for JEE Main 2022 will have to ensure that they meet the basic eligibility criteria mentioned here: 

  • Candidates applying for undergraduate courses should have passed the 12th class in 2021 or 2020. Students appearing for 12th exams in 2022 can also apply for JEE Mains 2022.
  • There’s no age limit to appear for JEE Main 2022 exam, meaning that candidates who passed 12th in 2020 or 2021 or appeared for the 12th exam in 2022 can write the JEE exam. 
  • Candidates applying for B.E/B.Tech programmes should have passed 10+2 with Physics, Mathematics, and any one of (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject).
  • Students applying for the B.Arch programme should have passed the 10+2 exam with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

What is the total number of seats in the IITs? 

In the past few years, the total number of B.Tech programme seats offered by IITs has increased at a rapid pace. For the 2021 admissions, a total of 16,053 seats were up for grabs. 

Admission Process for Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) Course at IITs 

For the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) course admissions at IITs, candidates have to go through a separate entrance test that includes three sections. Part I (Mathematics) and Part II (Aptitude Test) consists of MCQs while Part III (drawing aptitude) is conducted in a pen and paper mode. 

Moreover, shortlisted candidates will also have to appear for the Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT), which is in addition to the JEE (Advanced) examination. The AAT is a paper and pencil test that requires candidates to bring their own drawing and colouring material. 

Wrapping up! 

By now, you would have clearly understood the complete process of how to secure yourself a seat in IIT. It’s time that you double down on your JEE Main and Advanced preparation, which requires hours and hours of practice and learning. Most students usually opt for additional coachings to clear the competitive exam, while a few make it big without the extra support that often comes at a huge cost. The decision to whether go for coaching or not completely rests with you. 

That’s it from our side for today. You can read our other blogs related to other competitive exams that can help you excel in your career. Till then, cheers!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

1. How Tough is JEE?

With lakhs of candidates competing for a handful of seats, JEE is undoubtedly one of the toughest exams in India. The technical questions asked in the exam add to the difficulty level of the exam. 

Can I get admission to IIT by clearing just JEE Mains?

No, applicants will have to clear JEE Advanced after clearing JEE Mains to become eligible for admissions at IIT. 

Can I get Admissions to other Colleges Based on JEE Main score? 

Yes, candidates can get admissions to other colleges based on their JEE Main scores. However, it’s advised that candidates attempt the JEE Advanced exam to get a better engineering college.  

What is JoSAA?

Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) conducts the common counselling process for the allocation of seats on the basis of JEE Advanced ranks. The body allocates seats at IITs, NITs, IITs and other GFTIs.

Can I re-evaluate my JEE Advanced result 2021? 

No, the National Testing Agency does not allow candidates to challenge or request a re-evaluation of the respective result. 

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