IIT Dhanbad (ISM): Cut Off, Placement, Admission 2020

The Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad (abbreviated as IIT (ISM)) is a public technical and research university located in Dhanbad, India.

It was formerly known as Indian School of Mines and was a deemed university before it was converted into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and an Institute of National Importance.

IIT (ISM) is located in the mineral-rich region of India, in the city of Dhanbad. It is the third oldest institute (after IIT Roorkee,and IIT (BHU) Varanasi) which got converted into an IIT.

It was established by British Indian Government on the lines of the Royal School of Mines - London, and was formally inaugurated on 9 December 1926 by Lord Irwin, the then Viceroy of India.

It started as an institution to impart education in mining and geology, and today, has grown into a technical institution with various academic departments. IIT (ISM) admits its undergraduate students through Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced), previously IIT-JEE.

IIT (ISM) has 18 academic departments covering Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Management programs. On 25 May 2016, the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Modi approved that a bill be introduced in Parliament for converting ISM Dhanbad into an Indian Institute of Technology.

On 26 July 2016, the above-mentioned Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha. On 2 August 2016 the Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha. The Bill was eventually signed by the President of India on 10 August and notified in the Gazette of India.


IIT Dhanbad
IIT Dhanbad (ISM) Campus


Key Description:

Motto: उत्तिष्ठ जाग्रत प्राप्य वरान्निबोधत (Sanskrit)

Motto in English: "Arise, Awake, strive for the highest and be in the light"

Type: Public technical university

Established: 1926; 94 years ago

Chairman: D.D. Misra

Director: Rajiv Shekhar

Academic Staff: 332

Students: 8,101

Undergraduates: 3,732

Postgraduates: 1,951

Doctoral Students: 2,418

Location: Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India

Campus Urban: 365 acres (1.48 km2)

Affiliations: Indian Institutes of Technology

Website: www.iitism.ac.in

Social Network: Facebook, Twitter



IIT Dhanbad Admissions


Program Selection Criteria 
B.Tech JEE Main and JEE Advanced Score
M.Tech GATE Score followed by Written Test and/or Interview
MBA CAT, Group Discussion and Interview Round
Ph.D GATE/ UGC-NET/ CSIR-NET/ ICAR or ICMR score OR Written Test and Interview



IIT Dhanbad Cutoff

Tabulated below is the previous cutoff for admission to B.Tech program at Indian Institute of Technology Dhanbad:

Course Male (Opening-Closing) Female (Opening-Closing)
Computer Science and Engineering 1619-2661 2877-5657
Electrical Engineering 3189-5323 8094-10470
Mechanical Engineering 4719-6203 10720-12869
Chemical Engineering 5624-7310 11900-12270



IIT Dhanbad Courses Eligibility & Detailed Fees


B.Tech 10+2 with 75% + JEE Advanced ₹2.23 Lakhs
M.Sc Graduation with 55% + IIT JAM ₹46,900
M.Tech Pass in Graduation + GATE ₹2 Lakhs
Ph.D Post Graduation ₹40,000
B.Tech + M.Tech 10+2 with 75% + JEE Advanced ₹2.22 Lakhs
MBA Graduation with 50% + CAT ₹2.33 Lakhs



IIT Dhanbad Ranking

Indian Institute of Technology has been ranked by several organizations and recognized platforms. The said rankings are listed below:

  • Ranked 15th in Engineering category by NIRF Ranking 2019
  • Ranked 25th overall by NIRF Ranking 2019
  • Ranked 14th in Engineering category by Outlook Ranking 2019
  • Ranked 12th in Engineering by The Week Ranking 2019
  • Ranked 32nd overall by Financial Express Ranking 2019
  • Ranked 13th in Engineering category by SuccessCDs Ranking 2019
  • Ranked 17th in Engineering by Jagranjosh Ranking 2019
  • Ranked 42nd overall by QS Ranking 2019



IIT Dhanbad Courses

The Indian Institute of Technology offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level programs in several specializations. The course details are as mentioned below.

Course Name Specializations Eligibility Tuition Fee (First Year)
B.Tech Engineering Physics Intermediate Graduate with 75% marks or above OR a position in the top 20 percentile in 10+2 from a recognized board INR 2,30,120
Civil Engg.
Chemical Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Mineral Engg.
Electrical Engineering
M.Tech Chemical Engineering B.Tech/B.E. in a relevant discipline with 55% marks or above INR 2,00,000
Structural Engg.
Industrial Engineering & Management
Design Engineering
Open Cast Mining
Manufacturing Engineering
B.Tech + M.Tech Computer Science & Engg. Intermediate Graduate with 75% marks or above OR a position in the top 20 percentile in 10+2 from a recognized board INR 230,120
Mineral Engineering
Mining Engg.
M.Sc Chemistry 55% marks in B.Sc with Chemistry/ Mathematics & Computing/ Physics as one of the main subjects INR 52,500
Mathematics & Computing
MBA Marketing Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with 50% marks INR 2,32,940
Human Resources
Ph.D. In all disciplines Master’s degree in relevant discipline INR 40,000



IIT Dhanbad Placements

The placement cell at IIT Dhanbad is known as the Career Development Centre. It is a highly dedicated and efficient cell through which students have been successfully placed at various organizations in the corporate world.

Top recruiters included tech giants such as Microsoft, Infosys, Amdocs, Deloitte, Presidency University, Amazon, Flipkart, Gammon, BYJUs Learning, Vedanta, Tesco, JCB, Infosys and many more.
Tabulated below are the statistics of placements across the different programs during the placement session of 2019

Courses Total Students No. of students placed % of placement Highest CTC (INR)
B.Tech 781 594 76 39.50 LPA
M.Sc Tech 20 10 50 21 LPA
M.Tech 61 42 68.85 39.5 LPA
Dual Degree 45 27 60 23.8 LPA



IIT Dhanbad Scholarships

A lot of students studying in the Institute avail a number of scholarships offered by the government or Institute’s Alumni Associations. Following are the details regarding the same:

  • ISM 89 Silver Jubilee B.Tech Scholarship: The awardee of this scholarship receives a cash prize and a certificate. It is open to students in all disciplines.
  • Budhwanti Mrig Memorial Educational Scholarship: Only 2 girl students are given this scholarship.
  • Atlas Copco Scholarship: Meritorious students in the final year of B.Tech are awarded.
  • Merit-cum-means Scholarship: Complete tuition fee waiver is provided to general or OBC students whose parents’ income is less than INR 6 Lakh.
  • Ishan Rajvanshi Merit Scholarship: The toppers from each year are awarded.
  • S.L. Sehgal Memorial Scholarship: The top 10 students of 4th year B.Tech are given this scholarship.



History of ISM Dhanbad

The Indian National Congress at its XVII Session of December 1901 passed a resolution stating that:

The Indian National Congress is of opinion that a Government College of Mining Engineering be established in some suitable place in India on the models of the Royal School of Mines in England.

The McPherson Committee formed by Government of British India, recommended the establishment of an institution for imparting education in the fields of mining and geology, whose report, submitted in 1920 and approach of Indian Mine Managers' of India in 1924,formed the main basis for establishment of the Indian School of Mines & Applied Geology at Dhanbad on 9 December 1926. From 1926 to 1946 it was led by Prof F. W. Sharpley.

The institute originally offered courses mainly in Mining Engineering and Applied Geology when it opened. In 1957, the institute began offering courses in Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics and the name was changed to Indian School of Mines. Up to 1967, it was a government institute where the faculties were recruited through Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The school was granted university status by the University Grants Commission under the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 in 1967. Later courses in Mini ng Machinery Engineering and Mineral Engineering were started in 1975 and 1976 respectively. It was among the few institutes to start courses in Industrial Engineering and Management (in 1977), to cater to the needs of industries like metallurgy, mining and manufacturing.

From 1996-97 the school came directly under the financial and administrative controls of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India with pay scales and perks to its employees at par with that of Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management.

In 1997, the institute began admitting students through the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) conducted jointly by the IITs and ISM.

In 1998 courses for Electronics Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering were introduced and in 1999, the institute started a bachelor of technology course in Mechanical Engineering.

In 2006, IIT (ISM) added 14 new courses, prominent among them being Electrical Engineering and a course in Environmental Engineering in the undergraduate curriculum. From 2006, IIT (ISM) also started offering Integrated Master of Science (Int. MSc) in Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry and Mathematics & Computing, and Integrated Master of Science and Technology (Int. MSc Tech) courses for Applied Geology and Applied Geophysics.

In 2011 institute offered a BTech programme in Chemical Engineering. The institute introduced Civil Engineering in 2013 and Engineering Physics in 2014.

Conversion to Indian Institute of Technology

While a proposal to upgrade ISM Dhanbad to an Institutes of National Importance had been put as early as 1994 by a Government Committee, no action was taken by the Government over this proposal.

A proposal for the conversion was included in the 12th Five year plan after its passage through the National Development Council (NDC), on 27 December 2012, and put across the IIT Council on 7 January 2013.

The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, during his budget speech in Parliament on 28 February 2015, proposed to upgrade ISM Dhanbad into an IIT.

On 25 May 2016, the Union Cabinet approved that a bill be introduced in Parliament for converting ISM Dhanbad into an IIT.

On 19 July 2016 the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced into the Lok Sabha. It was passed by the Lok Sabha without opposition on 25 July 2016.

The Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the Bill on 2 August 2016. The Bill got the Presidential assent and a Gazette notification was made on 6 Sep 2016, thus officially converting erstwhile Indian School of Mines into an Indian Institute of Technology.



Campus of IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad campus size is around 365 acres, and is located in Sardar Patel Nagar of Dhanbad. It is situated 3 km away from Dhanbad Railway station. The institute has around 8101 students with 3732 undergraduate studentes, 1951 postgraduate students, and 2418 doctoral students.



Academics of IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Academic Programs

IIT (ISM) offers courses in engineering, pure sciences, management and humanities with a focus on engineering. The institute has 18 departments and five inter-disciplinary centers.

The Department of Mining Engineering has been accorded the status of "Center of Advanced Studies" by the University Grants Commission.

Admission to the courses of BTech, Dual Degree and Integrated courses are done from JEE Advanced qualified students. Admission to the MTech courses are done either through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) or through a special examination conducted by the institute. Admissions to the MBA program is done through the Common Admission Test (CAT). Admission to the MSc.Tech. and PhD courses are done through exams conducted by the institute.

Various courses offered by institute include:

  • BTech Course (Duration – 4 Years)
  • 5 Years Dual Degree/ Int. MTech
  • MTech Course (Duration- 2 years)
  • MSc Course (Duration – 2 Years)
  • MSc Tech Course (Duration- 3 years)
  • MBA Programme (Duration – 2 years)
  • PhD
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships (PDFs)



Departments of ISM Dhanbad

IIT (ISM) has the following departments offering courses in various academic programs.

Engineering Basic Sciences
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Electronics Engineering
  • Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Fuel and Mineral Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Mining Engineering
  • Department of Mining Machinery Engineering
  • Department of Petroleum Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Applied Geology
  • Department of Applied Geophysics
  • Department of Mathematics & Computing
  • Department of Physics
Social Sciences Business
Department of Humanities and Social Science Department of Management Studies (Formerly Industrial Engineering & Management)



Research Centres & Industry Interaction Centres

An eight-storey Central Research Facility has been set up at IIT (ISM) as a Centre of National Importance. IIT (ISM) works as a think-tank for eleven ministries of the Govt. of India.

Industry Institute Interaction Facility, Kolkata: An Industry Institute Interaction Facility, Kolkata has been established in Kolkata, for hosting campus interviews and international conferences, etc.

Another Industry Institute Interaction Facility is being set up in Delhi, and will be ready by 2016.

The Environmental Information System (ENVIS), a centre at Centre of Mining Environment (CME), Indian School of Mines (ISM), was established in 1991 by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF),

Government of India, for collection, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information in the area of mining environment.



Rankings of ISM Dhanbad

Internationally, IIT (ISM) ranked 173 among BRICS nations in the QS World University Rankings of 2019, 801-1000 globally by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020, 201-250 in Asia Rankings 2020 and 251-300 in Emerging Economies Rankings 2020.

In India, among engineering colleges, it ranked 6th by India Today in 2017, 14 by Outlook India in 2019 and 15 by The Week in 2018.

It was ranked 12 among engineering colleges by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2020 in Engineering category and ranks 22 in the Overall category.

The institute was ranked 29th in NIRF for its management course floated by the Department of Management Studies in 2020.



Notable alumni of ISM Dhanbad

  • Rabi Narayan Bastia, Padma Shri awardee, geoscientist, known for his contributions in the hydrocarbon explorations at Krishna Godavari Basin
  • Gulshan Lal Tandon, Padma Bhushan awardee, a pioneer in the Indian Mining Industry and former CMD of Coal India.
  • Vijay Prasad Dimri, Padma Shri awardee, geophysical scientist, known for his contributions in earth sciences.
  • Harsh Gupta, Padma Shri awardee, earth scientist and seismologist
  • R.K. Khandal, fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Waman Bapuji Metre, Padma Bhushan awardee, pioneer in the Indian oil industry.
  • Durga Charan Panigrahi, scientist, author and former director of the institute
  • Shyam Sundar Rai, seismologist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • Deblina Sarkar, neuroscientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology