It has been more than 17 years since I appeared for JEE and I could not get into one of the top technological institutes in the country. I faced a dilemma in life – what should I do next? Should I give it another attempt? What about my dreams? Will I ever be as successful as I had dreamt of becoming? It was mind-numbing. I recall sleepless night I spent looking at my bookshelf full of heavy books. I had spent 2 year studying hard for this exam.

I have come a long way since then. I have met countless IITians who are very successful. I have also met countless non-IITians who are equally or even more successful. Some of them are known to all of us.

More than the onlookers, it is essential for students themselves understand this risk and prepare themselves for it. Once you shortlist the institutes that are your second best choices, appear for other entrance exams.

Our country houses some of the world’s best Technology and Engineering institutes, providing a wide cushion for students aspiring to pursue graduation in engineering. Some of the most prominent out of the lot have been listed as follows:

1. Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences

BITS Campus

Number of Campuses: 4 (Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad, Dubai)

Ownership: Private

Graduation Courses Offered: B.E.(Hons.), B.Pharm.(Hons.)

Admission Criterion: BITSAT (BITS Admission Test) for Pilani, Goa & Hyderabad campus and 12th Standard marks for Dubai Campus.

Ranking (India Today): 3 (Pilani Campus)

Referred widely as the best private engineering institute of India, the first Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences was established in 1964 and now carries the status of a deemed university. The institute offers the following specializations to students:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science

2. Delhi Technological University (DTU)

DTU Campus

Number of Campuses: 1 (Delhi)

Ownership: Government

Graduation Courses Offered: B.Tech

Admission Criterion: JEE MAINS

Ranking (India Today): 5

Established in 1941, Delhi Technological University (formerly known as Delhi College of Engineering) was the first engineering institute of Delhi and now holds a state university status. The institute has the following specializations on offer:

  • Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE)
  • Computer Engineering (COE)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  • Electrical Engineering (EE)
  • Production & Industrial Engineering (PIE)
  • Civil Engineering (CE)
  • Environmental Engineering (ENE)
  • Polymer Science & Chemical Technology (PCT)
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Bio-Technology (BT)
  • Software Engineering (SE)
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE)
  • Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Automotive Engineering (MAM)
  • Engineering Physics (EP)
  • Mathematics and Computing (MC)

3. Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)

VIT Campus

Number of Campuses: 2 (Vellore, Chennai)

Ownership: Private

Admission Criterion: VITEEE (Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Examination)

Ranking (India Today): 6 (Vellore Campus)

Formerly known as the Vellore Engineering College, the Vellore Institute of Technology was established in 1984 and carries the status of a Deemed University. The institute comprises of the following schools, each offering a range of options in terms of specialization:

  • School of Advanced Sciences
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Bio-Sciences and Technology
  • School of Computer Science and Engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • School of Electronics Engineering
  • School of Information Technology and Engineering
  • School of Mechanical and Building Sciences
  • School of Social Science and Languages

4. Sri Ramaswamy Memorial University (SRM University)

SRM Campus

Number of Campuses: 7 (Kanchipuram,  Ramapuram, Vadapalani, Tiruchirapalli, Delhi, Sonepat, Gangtok)

Ownership: Private

Admission Criterion: SRMJEEE (SRM Joint Engineering Entrance Examination)

Ranking (India Today): 8 (Kanchipuram Campus)

Founded in 1985, SRM University is a co-educational Private university. Formerly known as SRM Institute of Science and Technology, the institute now holds the status of a full-fledged University. The institute houses the following schools with each offering multiple specializations:

  • School of Civil Engineering
  • School of Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Electrical and Electronics
  • School of Computing
  • School of Languages
  • School of Bio-Engineering
  • School of Architecture and Interior Design
  • School of Basic Sciences

5. Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT)

NSIT Campus

Number of Campuses: 1 (Delhi)

Ownership: Government

Graduation Courses Offered: B.E.

Admission Criterion: JEE MAINS

Ranking (India Today): 9

Formerly known as Delhi Institute of Technology, the Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology was established in 1983 as an autonomous institute of the Government. The institute has the following divisions on offer for the students pursuing Bachelors in Engineering:

  • B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • B.E. in Computer Engineering
  • B.E. in Instrumentation and Control Engineering
  • B.E. in Manufacturing Process and Automation Engineering
  • B.E. in Mechanical Engineering
  • B.E. in Information Technology
  • B.E. in Bio-Technology

6. National Institute of Technology (NIT)

NIT Campus Suratkal

Number of Campuses: 32 (Kurukshetra, Calicut, Delhi, Agartala, Durgapur, Goa, Pondicherry, Bhopal, Jaipur, Allahabad, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Jalandhar, Jamshedpur, Nagpur, Paatna, Raipur, Rourkela, Sikkim, Silchar, Srinagar, Surat, Surathkal, Trichy, Uttrakhand, Warangal, Arunachal Pradesh, Hamirpur, Tadepalligudem)

Ownership: Government

Graduation Courses Offered: B.Tech

Admission Criterion: JEE MAINS

Ranking (India Today): 10 (Surathkal Campus)

State run National Institute of Technology, with campuses spread around the country, has been deemed as an institute of national importance. The first of these institutes, formerly known as Regional Engineering Colleges, was established in Raipur in 1956. The specializations offered vary across different NITs. Specializations offered at Surathkal Campus are:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical  and  Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics & Communication Engineering
  • Information  Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical  & Materials Engineering
  • Mining Engineering