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IIT Dharwad

IIT Dharwad

IIT Dharwad  or Indian Institute of Technology Dharwad  is a newly setup IIT that was established in the year 2016. IIT Bombay had a key role in setting up the institute and it is also the mentor institute. IIT Dharwad is affiliated to an autonomous university. As the IIT is fairly new, no rankings have been included yet.

Talking about the courses, currently, the institution offers few programs as compared to other institutes. It offers B.Tech course in branches, like computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. As for the number of seats, the institute takes in 40 students in each program which is of 4 year duration. Additionally, the college has also started a PhD program from January 2018 where 100 seats are available. This program is for 2 years.

IIT Dharwad Cutoff

Below we have listed the cutoff required for IIT Dharwad.

IIT Dharwad – JEE Advanced Cutoff
Category General OBC – NCL SC ST
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B.Tech Courses (Duration 4 years)
Computer Science and Engineering 2671 4971 1195 1959 528 1110 602 643
Mechanical Engineering 5623 8397 1616 3129 1009 1800 636 793
Electrical Engineering 4404 7869 2223 3007 1110 1715 512 762

IIT Dharwad – Courses Offered

IIT Dharwad offers B.Tech, MS, M.Tech and PhD programmes. Following courses are offered at IIT Dharwad. 

Computer Science And Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Physics
MS programme
Computer Science And Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
PhD programme
Computer Science And Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

M.Tech in mechanical engineering is a newly launched programme. 

IIT Dharwad Admissions

The admissions for IIT Dharwad are based on the following;

  • For B.Tech programs, students have to clear the JEE exams and attend JoSAA counselling.
  • Candidates can apply for PhD after achieving a qualifying score in any national level examinations such as GATE, NET etc.
  • Apart from these, the applicants must also satisfy the eligibility criteria specified by respective departments.

The candidates can apply online for the programs by filling the application form available on the official website. There is also some application fee that needs to be paid. It is normally between Rs.100 – 200.

IIT Dharwad Seat Availability

The following table shows the category-wise student enrolment in 2020-21.

Program GEN EWS OBC SC ST PwD Total
B.Tech 63 16 45 27 9 0 160
MS 4 1 4 0 0 0 9
PhD 11 0 8 4 0 0 23

IIT Dharwad Fee Structure

The details of IIT Dharwad fee structure is given below.

Institute Fees
Particulars Amount
One Time Fees ₹5,000
Tuition Fee (per Semester) ₹1,00,000
Other fees (per Semester) ₹9,250
Annual Fees ₹126
Caution Money (One Time, Refundable) ₹2,000
Total ₹1,16,376

Note: For tuition, IIT Dharwad offers 100 percent fee waiver for SC/ST/PH students.

Hostel Fees
Particulars Amount
Hostel Rent (per Semester) ₹500
Electricity and Water charges (per Semester) ₹2,500
Hostel Mess (per Semester) ₹20,000
Hostel Establishment Charges (per Semester) ₹2,500
Mess Caution Money (One Time, Refundable) ₹1,000
Total ₹26,500

IIT Dharwad Placements

IIT Dharwad is a young IIT established in 2016. The first batch passed out in 2020. IIT Dharwad has a Career Development Cell to promote placement opportunities for the students. In 2020, 54 students received placements. Recruiters at IIT Dharwad include Microsoft, Cognizant, Air Asia, Nasdaq, McAfee, MBB Labs, ITI Limited, Ajirasoft, etc. As per the placement report 2020-21, the highest package offered was Rs. 40 lakhs per annum and the average package was Rs. 12 lakhs per annum. The Computer science and Engineering department achieved 81% placements.

Pros And Cons Of Joining A New IIT


  1. More exposure than students studying in older IIT as there will probably be a temporary campus initially until the permanent one sets up.
  2. You have more opportunities to explore in a new IIT as you will be the ones that define it in the near future.
  3. More support from faculty and staff is guaranteed.
  4. All round development.


  1. The college may not turn out to be academically satisfactory especially for students looking for a future in research.
  2. There may be a shortage of resources, faculty and a temporary campus too.
  3. Many companies may prefer going to older IIT instead of new ones for placement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is IIT Dharwad located?

IIT Dharwad is located at Dharwad, Karnataka.

When was IIT Dharwad established?

IIT Dharwad was established in 2016.

What is the NIRF ranking of IIT Dharwad?

IIT Dharwad is one among young IITs established in 2016. It has not been ranked by NIRF.

Which course is best at IIT Dharwad?

Considering the placements and package offers, the Computer science and Engineering is the best course at IIT Dharwad.

Which branch of M.Tech is there at IIT Dharwad?

M.Tech in mechanical engineering is a newly launched programme at IIT Dharwad.

Are there any scholarships available for students at IIT Dharwad?

Yes. Scholarships like Merit-cum-Means (MCM), Free Messing, Remission of Fee are available to eligible students.

Is the campus of IIT Dharwad temporary?

IIT Dharwad is making use of the campus belonging to Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) in Dharwad. However, a permanent building is being constructed at Chikkamaligawad village.