Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is engaged in carry­ing out original research of significance and technology development at the cutting edge. It imparts training to stu­dents so that they become competent and motivated engi­neers and scientists. The institute celebrates freedom of thought, cultivates vision and encourages growth, but also inculcates human values and concern for the environment and the society.

IIT Kanpur is located on the historic Grand Trunk Road, 15 km west of Kanpur City and is spread over an area of over 420 hectares. This land was gifted by the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1960 and by March 1963 the institute had moved to its current location. If someone had visited it then, he/she would have seen a standing crop, acacia woods, long winding rows of stately mango trees, flocks of peafowl and a conventional countryside scene of India. The residential campus is planned and landscaped with a lot of environmental concern. Halls of residence, faculty and staff houses and com­munity buildings surround the central academic area to pro­vide easy movement and communication. The rich cultural diversity of India is reflected in the campus activities of IIT-Kanpur as well.

The institute awards Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral de­grees in various branches of technology, science, humanities and management. There are about 3150 undergraduate and 1750 postgraduate students, 340 faculty, and, more than 670 supporting staff. It has one of the finest scientific and technological libraries with an online information retrieval system over the campus LAN. In addition to offering formal Under­graduate and Post-graduate programmes, the institute is involved in Continuing Education and Research and Development in areas of value to the Industry, the Government and the academia.

From its very inception, IIT Kanpur has been striving to develop itself into an institution of excellence in education and research in consonance with the contemporary and future needs of India. In meeting this challenge, the institute has been making special efforts to recruit tal­ented faculty on a world-wide basis and to admit brilliant students from all over the country through a careful selection process. Continuous efforts have been made to provide the faculty with well-equipped facilities to enable them to participate in national endeavors in Science and Technol­ogy in a major way. In a very short span, the institute has attained recognition as a major centre of learning in Engineering, Science and several Inter-disciplinary areas. The institute has been served by illustrious Directors. Not only has the institute acted as the breeding ground for ideas and talent, it also has recognized and honoured scholars of distinction.

The combined record of its past and present fac­ulty and students along with the alumni spread across the world is awe-inspiring. With path-breaking innovations in both its curriculum and research, the institute is rapidly gaining a legendary reputation.


The IIT Kanpur campus is a residential campus offer­ing accommodation to the entire faculty, about 700 support staff, and students. The campus has all the amenities for developing the personal, social and academic skills of the com­munity.

Campus Amenities:

  • Health Centre (HC) equipped with pharmacy, clinical Laboratory and a 30-bed Indoor Ward. Emergency care is provided round-the-clock.

  • Well planned shopping centre which also has branches and ATMs of the State Bank of India and Union Bank of India and Post and Telecom Office.

  • Transport facilities to specific locations in city including the railway station.

  • Outdoor Courts for Basket Ball, Volley Ball, Tennis and Indoor Courts for Badminton and Squash, Fields for Hockey, Football and Cricket, Gymnastics, Indoor Gymnasium and Olympic-size 8-lane Swimming pool.

  • Gliding and Soaring Centre provides an opportunity for learning gliding. Facilities are offered for obtaining glider pilot’s license.

  • Language Laboratory with computer controlled audio and video components, offers courses in foreign languages like French, German, and Japanese.

  • Students Activities Centre (SAC) housing various Hobby Clubs viz., Fine Arts, Photography, Astronomy, Electronics, Debate, Indian Music, Theatre Workshop, Aero-modeling.

  • Visitors’ Hostel (Guest House with 120 rooms).

  • Ten boys’ hostels, two girls’ hostels and two RA hostels.

  • A 1200 capacity Auditorium.

  • Parks and green sanctuary areas.


Department of Chemistry

The department of Chemistry at IIT Kanpur is one of the premier departments in the country today. The strength of the department has been and continues to be - excellence in research and teaching. The faculty of the department is extremely motivated with a strong commitment to teaching and research. On an average the number of papers published by our faculty is 125 per year in journals of high impact factor. The citation index of our publications is also second to none. The faculty has been recognized both nationally and internationally for their contribution in research and teaching. Some of the awards that our faculty members have got include: DST's J.C. Bose Fellowships, Ramanna Fellowships and Swarnajayanti Fellowships; INSA Young Scientist Medals, S.S. Bhatnagar Awards, Associateships and Fellowships of National and International Academies, the Wellcome trust fellowship, etc. The department also attracts funding in the form of projects from various national and international sources such as DST, DAE, DOD, CSIR, Wellcome Trust, etc. The department also conducts consultancy projects with the industries in India and abroad. The alumni of this department occupy high positions in industry and academia both in India and abroad. Their accomplishments have been reflected on the high quality training imparted to the students both at the undergraduate and post graduate level.

The department has well equipped laboratories with Laser induced Fluorescence and Mössbauer Spectrometers, Nanosecond Single Photon Counting Fluorimeter, CCD-X-Ray, State-of-the-Art NMR (400 and 500 MHz) and EPR Spectrometers, ESI Mass Spectrometer, FT-IR Spectrometer, electrochemistry equipment, etc.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The department, which started as the Department of Mathematics in 1960, got its new name as the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2004. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics shares the vision of the institute in striving for excellence in research and teaching activities. The department has succeeded in this endeavor to a large extent. Over the years, the department has evolved as one of the premier departments in the country providing excellent teaching and research in Mathematics and Statistics. The department takes pride in having produced highly qualified and motivated mathematicians who are providing leadership in different educational institutions and R & D organizations in India and abroad. The vibrant academic environment of the department is nurtured by strongly motivated faculty and students. Contributions by the faculty in research and teaching have won them many recognitions from the scientific community including the prestigious S.S. Bhatnagar award, Meghnad Saha Award, Chandna Award, C.R. Rao Young Statistician Award, Mahalanobis Memorial Medal, INSA Young Scientist Medal and Fellowships of National and International Academies. The department has a number of sponsored projects funded by agencies like NBHM, DST.

The current pace of advancement of technology needs a coherent back up of basic science education and research. The vibrant academic ambience and research infrastructure of IIT Kanpur provides an opportunity to pursue teaching and research in the front line areas of basic sciences as well as in interdisciplinary areas of science and technology. The department encourages interdisciplinary trends with the help of the expertise available at this institute.

The department has a well-equipped PC lab, providing computing and remote access facilities exclusively to the department students. It also has a Parallel Computing Lab and its own computer server. The department has a well stocked departmental library. The P. K. Kelkar library of the institute has been identified as a Regional Library for Mathematics by the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM), thereby catering to the needs of mathematicians in the geographical area.

Department of Physics

The Department of Physics at IIT Kanpur has evolved into India's premier physics department and has made significant contributions to research and development of science in India. IITK alumni may be found among the Faculty of most of the research institutes in India, and some are among the best scientists, teachers and researchers not only in India, but also abroad. The department has at present strength of 34 faculty members, 100 doctoral students and a team of scientific officers, research associates and post-doctoral fellows. The Department of Physics conducts cutting-edge research in a wide range of theoretical and experimental areas. In particular, there are very active groups in Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical High Energy Physics, Lasers and Quantum Optics, Ion beam Physics and Nuclear Techniques, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Many of the faculty also conduct research in cross-disciplinary and converging areas and participate in the activities of interdisciplinary research centres at the Institute.

The department has one of the best low temperature and laser facilities in the country including a liquid Nitrogen Plant and a Liquid Helium Plant. These facilities are further augmented by excellent machine shops and central laboratories for SQUID, High magnetic fields, Laser processing of thin films, EPR, NMR, single-crystal X-ray Diffraction and Electron Microscopy. The department also has acquired modern equipments such as Scanning Tunneling Microscope, Focused Ion Beam, and a tandentron with microbeam facilities. The department has extensive computational facilities, and a reasonably well-stocked library. The Department encourages students to participate in research during their programme through degree projects.


Merit-cum-means scholarship of Rs.1000/- p.m. plus free tuition is available for up to 25% of the students.

Two Scholarship each of Rs.5000/- p.m. along with a contingency grant of Rs.3000/- per annum per candidate, given by Associated Cement Company, are available for the M.Sc. Students in Chemistry.

M.Sc., Ph.D. (Dual Degree) Students in Physics having good academic performance are entitled to scholarship of Rs.3000/- p.m. (to be revised shortly) for semesters I-IV and they are paid as per approved norms for Ph.D. students from semester V onwards.


A 50% waiver in tuition fee may be given to some students on case-to-case basis based on their performance in the first semester.


In each discipline, 15% seats are reserved for SC, 7.5% seats are reserved for ST, and 27% for OBC (non creamy layer) category candidates. Such candidates must also satisfy the minimum prescribed qualifi­cations. However, admission offers are made to only those who are found suitable through the written test without com­promising with candidates of other categories. Railway fare is paid to all SC/ST candidates for joining the institute after selection.

They are given 100% waiver in tuition fee. Also no hostel seat rent is charged if the annual income of their respective parent/guardian is less than Rs. 4,50,000/-.

FEES AND PAYMENT (in Rupees)*:


(a) Semester Fee: 13192/- 10192/-

(b) Refundable Security Deposit: 7000/- 7000/-

(c) One time Admission fee 2750/- 2750/-**

Total 22,942/- 19,942/-

* Tentative and subject to change

**Includes Rs. 550/- as hostel seat rent. SC/ST candidates whose parental income is less than Rs 4.5 lakhs per annum, hostel seat rent of Rs. 550/- shall be waived.