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Best engineering colleges in India besides IITs and NITs

July 20, 2017


We all dream of being the best that we can be in our lives and one way of achieving it is to study in the best institutes. In India, students who dream of being successful engineers one day, aim to study in IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) and NITs (National Institutes of Technology). However, not all of us can always get through these. But we must not lose hope just because we did not get through an IIT or NIT since there are viable alternatives as well. We can jolly well study from these engineering colleges and universities, and forge successful careers in the domain of engineering one day.

BITS Pilani

Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS) Pilani is one of the top non-IIT and NIT engineering college in India. The way to gain entrance to the postgraduate and undergraduate courses offered over here is to take part in BITSAT Engineering Entrance Exam. In general, students need to pay INR 78,500 per semester and INR 18,000 for mess and hostel charges. The college is located at Pilani in Rajasthan. Students can log in directly to the official website and visit the section named BITSAT in order to apply for a course that they are interested in. The college offers integrated first degrees, higher degrees, and doctoral programmes.

Delhi Technological University

Delhi Technological University (DTU) is also formally known as Delhi College of Engineering and it happens to be a leading government university of India. Students who wish to get admission over here need to take part and do well in Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Mains. Over here, a student needs to pay INR 75,000 per year. The university is situated at Rohini in New Delhi. It offers programmes at three levels – undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD. The university was set up in 1940.

BITS Mesra

Located at Mesra in Ranchi, Jharkhand BITS Mesra is regarded as one of the most prominent names on this list as well. Once again you need to take part and do well in Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Mains in order to gain entry in this deemed university. Over here a student needs to pay INR 66,500 per year as well as INR 12,000 for hostel charges. It primarily offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It was established during 1995 in the shape of an independent technology and engineering institute. The college normally admits around 560 students in a year.

IIIT Hyderabad

International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad was set up in 1998 with the aim of providing education, which is comparable with the very best, to its students. Students interested in gaining admission to this institute need to take part in JEE Mains and perform well. The college admits 210 students in a year. Over here you need to pay INR 80,000 per semester as well as additional fees of INR 10,900 for each semester. The programmes offered over here can be divided into the following categories:

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • Dual degree
  • Part-time
  • Lateral entry   
  • PhD

Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology

Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology was set up in 1983. It was earlier on known as Delhi Institute of Technology. JEE Mains are the main tests through which you can get into this engineering college. The college offers programmes at three levels – graduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes – and admits around 766 students a year. Over here, you need to pay INR 83500 per year and the college is located at Dwarka, New Delhi.

Apart from these there are some other options that you can try:

  • Anna University
  • IIIT Allahabad
  • Jadavpur University
  • Colleges of Engineering Pune
  • Punjab Engineering College


I am from Kolkata. Like any other Bengali I love my fish, eggs and bhaat and sweets but I also feel proud to be a part of the biggest melting pot of the world - India. It is true that I need to go a long way before I finally call it a day but I have come some way and am sure will travel further. Cheers :)