IIT Varanasi (BHU): Cut Off, Placement, Admission 2020

Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi (abbreviated Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi or IIT (BHU) Varanasi) is a public technical and research university located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Founded in 1919 as the Banaras Engineering College, it became the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in 1968. It was designated an Indian Institute of Technology in 2012.

IIT (BHU) Varanasi has 16 departments, 3 inter-disciplinary schools and 1 Humanities & Social Sciences Section.

Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) celebrated its centenary year in 2019-2020. It organized a global alumni meet and other cultural events during the celebration. The 80-year-old BENCO chimney was also re-erected to commemorate the institute's completion of a century.

IIT Varanasi (BHU)
IIT BHU Campus



Key Description:

Motto: संस्कार ही शिक्षा (Hindi)

Type: Public Technical university

Established: 1919; 101 years ago

Parent Institution: Indian Institute of Technology

Director: Prof. Pramod Kumar Jain

Academic staff: 353

Students: 6,030

Undergraduates: 4,340

Postgraduates: 723

Doctoral Students: 971

Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Campus: Urban

Nickname: IITians, BHU IITians

Website: www.iitbhu.ac.in

IIT Varanasi (BHU) Courses Eligibility & Detailed Fees:


Course Eligibility Total Fees Per Year
B.Tech 10+2 with 75% + JEE Advanced ₹2.17 Lakhs
M.Tech Pass in Graduation + GATE ₹2 Lakhs
Ph.D Post Graduation ₹37,648
B.Tech + M.Tech 10+2 with 75% + JEE Advanced ₹2.16 Lakhs
M.Pharm Pass in B.Pharm. + GPAT ₹39,690
M.Sc Graduation ₹39,690
B.Pharma 10+2 ₹1.83 Lakhs



IIT Varanasi (BHU) Courses:

IIT BHU has 17 academic units, including 10 Engineering Departments, 3 Science Departments, 3 Interdisciplinary Schools, and 1 Humanities and Social Sciences Section. The Courses offered by IIT BHU are B.Tech., B.Pharm., and Integrated B.Tech. program at the Undergraduate level, M.Tech. and M.Pharm. at Postgraduate Level, and Ph.D. program at Doctoral level.

Course Name Specializations Eligibility
B.Tech Electrical Engineering Intermediate Graduate with 75% marks or above OR a position in the top 20 percentile in 10+2 from a recognized board
Civil Engg.
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Mining Engg.
Electrical Engineering
M.Tech Chemical Engineering B.Tech/B.E. in a relevant discipline with 55% marks or above
Structural Engg.
Geotechnical Engineering
Industrial Management
Microwave Engineering
Mine Planning
Transportation Engineering
M.Pharm Pharmacology B.Pharm or an equivalent degree in Pharmacy
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
Biochemical Engineering
Ceramic Engg.
Material Science Engineering
Mining Engg.
Ph.D. In all disciplines Master’s degree in relevant discipline



NIRF Ranking of IIT BHU

Body Rank Year
NIRF 11 2019
NIRF 28th (Overall) 2019
The Week 9th among engineering colleges in India 2017



History of IIT BHU

IIT (BHU) Varanasi has formerly been known as the Banaras Engineering College (BENCO), the College of Mining and Metallurgy (MINMET), the College of Technology (TECHNO) and the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU). Its establishment is intimately linked with that of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

The first convocation ceremony at BHU was held on 19 January 1919. The Chancellor of the University, Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar of Mysore who had come to preside over and address the convocation, performed the opening ceremony of the Banaras Engineering College (BENCO) Workshop buildings.

An Artisan Course was started on 11 February 1919. BHU has the credit of first starting degree classes in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Metallurgy and Pharmaceutics, thanks to the foresight of its founder, Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya.

In 2003, Committees constituted by MHRD (Professors Joshi and Anand Krishnan Committees) had recommended for the conversion of the Institute into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

On 17 July 2008, the government of India issued a press release granting "In principle approval for taking over the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University – a constituent unit of the Banaras Hindu University, a Central University, its conversion into an Indian Institute of Technology and integrating it with the IIT system in the country."

The BHU Executive Council approved the proposal of the HRD ministry to convert IT-BHU to IIT (BHU) Varanasi, retaining academic and administrative ties to BHU.

On 4 August 2010 a bill seeking to amend the Institutes of Technology Act 1961 to declare IT-BHU an IIT was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for HRD, D. Purandeswari.

The Lok Sabha passed The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2011 on 24 March 2011 and the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012, thereby formalizing the IIT status of the Institute.

The Bill was signed by the President of India on 20 June 2012 and notified in the gazette on 21 June.

The Department of Architecture, Planning and Design was set up in the Institute in collaboration with IIT Roorkee, beginning its academic activities from the session 2019-2020. The first cohort of students consisted of 20 students admitted into the five-year programme through the JEE Advanced exam.



Academics of IIT Varanasi

Undergraduate Programme:

IIT (BHU) Varanasi offers four-year instructional programs for the degree of Bachelor of Technology (BTech) and five-year programs for Integrated Dual Degree (IDD).

The IDD program offers both BTech and MTech degrees. Admission to all programs is expressly through the Joint Entrance Examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology.

Earlier half of the intake for Pharmaceutical sciences was through JEE and the other half through BHU-PMT. But after the college was converted into an IIT, intake for BTech and the IDD in Pharmaceutical sciences (now Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology) is exclusively through Joint Entrance Exam.

Postgraduate Programme:

Postgraduate courses offer Master of Technology (MTech) and PhD degrees. Admissions to the MTech program are made through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) conducted jointly by Indian Institute of Science and Indian Institutes of Technology.

For admission into the various PhD courses, one can apply through the official institute website. The application brochure is released on the same.



Admission in IIT Varanasi (BHU):

The admission of students to the institute is through JEE Advanced for undergraduate courses and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for postgraduate courses. From 2013, admission to undergraduate programs is based on two tier test called Mains and Advanced.

In addition, the students qualifying through JEE (Advanced) need to be in the top 20 percentile of the respective categories and/or have secured 75% or above in the qualifying exam conducted by the boards of their respective state/UT.



Departments of IIT Varanasi (BHU):

Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) has the following academic departments:

Engineering Humanities and Social Sciences Inter DisciplinarySchools
  • Ceramic Engineering and Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology
  • Department of Humanistic Studies.

Courses are offered in:

  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics
  • Sociology
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Technology
Science Architecture
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Architecture, Planning and Design



Student Life in IIT BHU

IIT (BHU) Varanasi provides students with a vibrant campus life, providing an ideal setting for the all-round development of the students and a forum for interaction amongst themselves, with the rest of the University community as well as outsiders. The IIT (BHU) Gymkhana, housed in Kings' Pavilion, is the primary hub of all extracurricular activities in the Institute.

The Gymkhana functions through its five councils:

  • Games and Sports Council
  • Cultural Council
  • Science and Technology Council
  • Film and Media Council
  • Social Service Council

These councils are headed by their respective Counselors who work in close coordination with the Dean (Student Affairs).

On the student side, each council has a General Secretary and two Joint General Secretaries, with each club being headed by a Secretary and two Joint Secretaries. The councils also organize different festivals in the college annually.



MCIIE of IIT Varanasi (BHU)

Malaviya Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (MCIIE) was established in 2008. The objective of MCIIE is to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable.

Incubator tenants not only benefit from business and technical assistance but also from official affiliation with the incubator, a supportive community with an entrepreneurial environment, direct link to entrepreneurs, and immediate networking and commercial opportunities with other tenant firms. The various programmes under MCIIE include:

  • Open Learning Programme in Entrepreneurship (OLPE)
  • Entrepreneurship Development and Awareness Programs
  • Technology Business Incubator (TBI) sponsored by National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board, DST, New Delhi.

MCIIE has some established startups incubated there like Internlelo, Bridgedots, etc.



Ranking of IIT Varanasi (BHU)

Among engineering colleges, IIT (BHU) Varanasi was ranked 11 by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2019 and 10th overall. It was ranked 9th among engineering colleges in India in 2019 by The Week.



Notable Alumni of IIT BHU

The IIT (BHU) Chronicle is a monthly e-magazine published by the IITBHU Global Alumni Association.

It was first published in May, 2005. It provides an account of events at the institute as well as notable achievements of members of the alumni community.

It also publishes news and articles, sourced from a number of published sources, stating recent developments around the world. The magazine is published around the 25th of each month. It is emailed to over 11,000 alumni, students and faculty of the institute.

The Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi has had numerous notable alumni.

  • Prem Saran Satsangi, Leader of Radhasoami Faith, Dayalbagh, Chairman ACE, DEI. Noted System Scientist and Physicist. (Ex Dean IIT Delhi, Ex Vice-Chancellor, Dayalbagh Educational Institute)
  • Thomas Anantharaman, one of the 3-member team at IBM who developed IBM Deep Blue supercomputer.
  • Pulickel Ajayan, a pioneering scientist in the field of carbon nanotubes.
  • Kota Harinarayana, a Padma Shri awardee and distinguished scientist at DRDO.
  • Narla Tata Rao, a Padma Shri awardee. Doyen of power sector in India, played a pivotal role in development of NTPC and PowerGrid Corporation of India.
  • Patcha Ramachandra Rao, Renowned Metallurgist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize recipient and former Vice Chancellor of Benaras Hindu University.
  • Palle Rama Rao, Renowned scientist. Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee.
  • Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Charles Godfrey Binder (Endowed) Professor at Penn State University, USA. and pioneer of sculptured thin films.
  • Devesh Kapur, Director at the Centre for the Advanced Study of India and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
  • N. Ravishankar, materials scientist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
  • Nikesh Arora, CEO at Palo Alto Networks, Former President at Softbank, Ex-Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer at Google.
  • Sahu Ramesh Chandra Jain, was the Executive Director of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., Chairman of Press Trust of India and the Indian Newspaper Society and the only person to edit both The Times of India and Navbharat Times
  • Ram Charan (consultant), Global Indian of the year 2010 by Economic Times.
  • Dan Gode, Clinical Associate Professor of Accounting, Taxation, and Business law at New York University Stern School of Business
    LC Singh, Founder, President and CEO of Nihilent.
  • Krishan Kumar Modi, Chairman, Modi Group.
  • Krishan Kant, former Vice-President of India.
  • Ashok Singhal, former President, Vishva Hindu Parishad.
  • Manoj Sinha, Minister of State, Railways.
  • Veer Bhadra Mishra, Professor, founder of Sankat Mochan Foundation and was a TIME Magazines "Hero of the Planet" recipient in 1999 for his work related to cleaning of the Ganges.
  • Sandeep Pandey, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee who started the Asha for Education foundation.
  • Satyendra Dubey, former Assistant Project Director at the National Highways Authority of India who was murdered after exposing corruption.
  • Satinath Sarangi, activist and founder and manager of Sambhavna Trust (a charitable trust for Bhopal disaster victims).
  • Rajiv Dogra, Indian diplomat, author and commentator.
  • Ved Prakash Goyal, Former Treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Union Minister of Shipping India.
  • Deepak Ahuja, CFO at Tesla, Inc..
  • Manick Sorcar, Award-winning artist and animator.
  • Varun Grover (writer), National Film Award-winning Lyricist and Songwriter. Famous for writing the songs of Gangs of Wasseypur.
  • Laxmikant Kale.