The question of “Which is better: IIT or BITS Pilani?” has been boggling candidates of JEE since years.Once the mammoth examination is done away with, question over the better performace of IITs and BITS Pilani continues to threaten the peace of students.

The foundation of  IIT (Indian Institute of Tehnology) can be traced back to country’s pre-independence period. After the birth of first IIT – IIT Kharagpur in 1951, Sir J.C. Ghosh along with PM Jawaharlal Nehru introduced IITs across India. Since then IITs are continuously contributing to the country’s educational sector, thereby enhancing the engineering education quality of India.

In the year 1964 another brand – BITS Pilani (Birla Institute of Technology & Science) entered the scene to steal the attention given to IITs till that time. From 1964, the entire glare that only IITs enjoyed was divided suddenly, owing to BITS Pilani’s sweeping response amid engineering aspirants.

Although both the institutes worked to draw India’s unique technological image in the world, a large number of Indians (consciously or unconsciously) have begun comparing both these institutes. Gradually, the local comparison transformed into a national debate, which some people feel is baseless.

To help you know which the superior institute is, we have created comparative study between IITs and BITS. The below comparison is from student’s perspective.


With the help of the number of companies founded by IITians and BITSians, you’ll be able to measure the difference and figure out which one is superior. BITS Pilani’s have produced a number of Founders and Co-founders of many big brands.

Let’s take a look at the list of companies founded by BITSians in India.

Entrepreneurial culture at a campus makes an important yardstick to measure success of an engineering institution. Graduates from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for example have founded companies whose total revenue was about $2 trillion in 2014. Considering India’s GDP in 2015 is just touching $1.88 trillion, the combined worth of MIT graduates’ businesses is more than our entire economy!

IITians have been founders of several prestigious startups in India and abroad. Some of the prominent ones are:

Founder Company Alma Mater
N.R. Narayana Murthy Infosys IIT-Kanpur
Rohit Bansal Snapdeal IIT-Delhi
Ayush Vashney, Sahil Baghla Bluepage IIT-Kanpur
Aditya Singhal, Nishant Sinha Transweb IIT-Delhi
Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal Flipkart IIT-Delhi
Sankalp Agarwal, Sanchit Garg, Prabhat Gupta Travel Triangle IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Guwahati


IIT alumni collectively generate revenue of $1 trillion worldwide – out of which entrepreneurs contribute about $170 billion. About 1,75,000 IIT alumni who have passed out in the last 54 years have created around 15 million jobs – an average of 100 jobs per alumni!

BITS Pilani graduates have founded several successful companies too. Some of the prominent startups founded or co-founded by BITSians include:

Founder Company
Preetish Nijhawan Akmai Technology
Sabir Bhatia Hotmail
Gullu Mirchandani Onida
Phanindra Sama, Sudhakar Pasupunuri, Charan Padmaraju redBus
Gagan Chaddha Value First
Manojr Saxena Webify


Some other recent startups include GharPay, Zivame, Exotel, Scripbox, Online Prasad, Grey Orange Robotics, Forus Health, BigBasket, and Attune.

It is believed that BITS Pilani offers better exposure and all-round development to its students. scores over IITs in terms of entrepreneurs who are willing to do something for their alma mater. It means that startups from BITS are able to find in-house angel investors under The Spark Angel program. The group has over 60 angels on board who provide funding between $50,000 and $250,000 to new ventures. Total revenue of companies founded by BITS Pilani graduates is not available yet.

No. of Entrepreneurs vs No. of Graduates

In 2014, about 6,500 engineers graduated across the IITs. BITS Pilani produced about 2,000 engineers last year – less than 1/3rd of the IITs. Naturally, there are more IITians who seem to be successful and contributing more to Indian economy. But that might only be because they are greater in number. BITS Pilani has its own ‘Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship’ with an agenda of pushing up the institute in Top 3 Science & Technology institutions in India by 2015 and in Top 25 in Asia by 2020.

Prominent faces in the Corporate World

There are more IITians than BITSians in some of the most prominent positions in the corporate world but it may have to with the number of students graduating from the respective institutes too. Some of the most well-known names are:

From IITs:

  • Dipchand “Deep” Nishar, an IITian, was the highest paid manager at LinkedIn till 2014. He left the job in October. He is a board member of TripAdvisor and a software company called Opower and also works as an advisor for several tech companies.
  • Nikesh Arora, a graduate from IIT-BHU, is one of the highest paid employees at Google. He is the Chief Business Officer and a Senior Vice President in the company.
  • Soumitra Dutta from IIT-Delhi is the Dean of Cornell University’s Management School.
  • Vinod Khosla from IIT-Delhi again is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems. He is one of the most influential personalities in Silicon Valley.

From BITS Pilani:

  • Baba Kalyani is the Chairman of Bharat Forge.
  • Prithviraj Chavan is the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
  • Rakesh Kapoor is the CEO of Reckitt Benckiser.
  • Sanjay Mehrotra is the President and Co-founder of SanDisk.
  • Sunil Duggal is the CEO of Dabur).

Highest and Average Salary Packages on Offer

According to the BITS Pilani placement report 2014, 1,002 students (out of a total of 1,060 students in the batch) opted for campus placements. For domestic jobs, highest salary package offered was Rs 40 lakh, the average salary package was Rs 9.75 lakh while the lowest salary package was Rs 2,75,000. For international job offers, highest salary package was $108,000, the average salary package was $64,000 while the lowest salary package was $13,000.

At IITs, highest domestic package was Rs 42 lakh, the average salary package was around Rs 13 lakh a year while the lowest salary package was around Rs 7.36 lakh per annum. For international job offers at IITs, highest salary package soared as high as Rs 2 crore offer from Facebook for an IIT Bombay girl. About 2-3% of the entire passing-out batch at IITs scored had been reported to score a crore+ pay packages in 2015 campus placements.

We can safely say that IITians seem to net better job offers than BITSians.

Academic Environment & Extra-Curricular Activities

When it comes to college environment and campus ambience, BITS Pilani scores over IITs. The BITS Pilani campus has a well-planned campus, libraries and hostels. It also offers a unique concept where students can take tutorials from their various teachers. Its cultural event Grubs is quite popular in engineering students.

Education experts also believe that BITS Pilani adapts faster to changes in education sector than IITs. At IITs, students still study Engineering Drawing while BITSians are being trained in AutoCad for Engineering Graphics they learn.

Fee Structure of IITs vs BITS Pilani fees

Since IITs are run by the government, studying at IIT is highly subsidised. General category, B.Tech students at IITs pay about Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000 per semester. To avail the hostel and mess facilities, candidates have to pay about Rs 30,000 more for the semester.

At the time of admission, one has to pay:

  • Rs 67,786 at IIT Bombay,
  • Rs 56,635 at IIT Delhi,
  • Rs 66,517 at IIT Kanpur,
  • Rs 57,876 at IIT Kharagpur,
  • Rs 63,820 at IIT Roorkeee, and
  • Rs 54,927 at IIT Madras.

BITS Pilani is more expensive. Per semester fee at BITS-Pilani for the 2014 batch was Rs 89,500 per semester which is expected to be increased by 15% for 2015 intake. In 2013, the hostel fee at BITS was about Rs 6,500 per semester. Since BITS Pilani is trying to stay away from government interference and trying to provide better infrastructure and better faculty to its students, the education experts think that the institute is justified in charging higher fees.

BITS Infrastructure vs IIT Infrastructure

Both IIT campuses and BITS Pilani campuses have quality infrastructure in general. However, many new IITs do not have even permanent campuses of their own. Many of them are facing acute faculty crunch and lack of infrastructure. BITS has limited number of campuses that are well-established and it is known to upgrade its world-class infrastructure on a regular basis keeping up with changes in technology.

IIM Conversion Rate

IIT trends show that about 4-5% students start preparing for CAT just after their graduation. After 2-5 years, 40-60% IITians start looking at IIMs for MBA degrees. Many IITians have also made mark in Civil Services.

50-70% BITS Pilani students too opt to study in IIMs after a few years of quality work experience. About 10-20% BITSians get involved with research work in India and abroad. However, not many BITS Pilani students seem to go for Civil Services.

Quantity & Quality of Faculty

BITS Pilani wins hands down when it comes to attracting excellent faculty from India and abroad. It offers better salary and more freedom to its teaching staff. On the other hand, faculty crunch at various IITs often become media highlights. To get over the acute shortage of faculty, IITs have started aggressive campaigns to attract graduates and post docs from top universities worldwide to join them at faculty positions. Many new IITs depend on guest faculty or visiting faculty to conduct their classes.


According to the education and industry experts, old IITs and BITS Pilani are almost at par with each other in terms of quality of education they offer. So, if you have a choice between the top 6 IITs and BITS Pilani, you can easily choose IIT – as it would be more affordable and offers excellent learning and career launching platform to its students. However, newer IITs are yet to prove themselves and are struggling with several challenges such as faculty crunch and lack of proper infrastructure. Hence, if you have to choose between a newer IIT and BITS Pilani, latter seems like a more sensible choice.


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