Department Establishment: 1919

It can take pride in itself as one of the oldest institutions in the country dedicated to the task of advance training of engineers in the field of Electrical Sciences. From 1949, a separate undergraduate programme in Electrical Engineering is being offered. The following postgraduate courses were progressively introduced.


Q1. What does Electrical Engineering at IIT (BHU) has for me?

Electrical Engineering at IIT BHU gives you tremendous flexibility in pursuing your interests in Coding, Electronics and Core Electrical Engineering. The department has one of the best teachers an institute can offer right from the pioneer of the Linear Induction Motors used in Metro Railway to one of the foremost Computer Scientists in India.

The course content of EE at IIT (BHU), Varanasi is designed in such a way that you get to choose any one from the three streets of Computer Programming, Electronics or Core Electrical as your primary forte. So if you are not very sure at present where your interests lie and would like the option to decide in the future, then this is the course for you.

Q2. What is the course structure like at IIT-BHU Electrical?

Apart from core Electrical courses, EE at BHU has lots of courses from Computer Sc. and Electronics. That makes Electrical BHU very versatile. It helps you during campus placement to opt for different kind of jobs based on your interest.

Computer Science courses:

  1. C Progamming
  2. Data Structures and Algorithms
  3. Operating Systems
  4. Data Communications (elective)
  5. Information Systems (elective)
  6. DS & OS lab

Electronics courses:

  1. Digital Logic Design
  2. Analog Circuits and Systems
  3. Digital Circuits and Systems
  4. Microprocessors and Microcontrollers
  5. VLSI Design (Elective)
  6. Analog Electronics Lab
  7. Digital Electronics Lab

Core Electrical Courses: Too many to list. Please refer to official site link given below. 

The first year courses are common for all departments. The list of courses from second year on-wards can be obtained at: IIT(BHU) Varanasi Electrical Dept. Department

Q3: What is the difference between Electrical and Electronics engineering at IIT (BHU) Varanasi?

Electrical Engineering is slightly biased towards Machines, Control Systems, Power Systems, their devices and the use of electronics therein. The focus is more on machines, power utilization and its control. On the other hand, E&C is biased towards electronic devices, circuits and their design. They have courses such as VLSI, Signal Processing, Communication Systems etc.

However, Electrical Engineering does comprise of compulsory courses on Analog Electronics, Digital Electronics, Microprocessors & Micro-controllers and Power Electronics. These coupled with some electives give any Electronics enthusiast enough skill and knowledge to make it a profession.

Q4. What about the infrastructure of the department?

We can proudly boast to have one of the most equipped EE labs across all 16 IITs where you can perform any EE experiment possible under the sun. The department is home to the best electrical labs that you can find in the country. The HV (High Voltage) Lab is found in only one other IIT.

Q5. How is the placement scenario of Electrical Engineering at IIT (BHU), Varanasi?

The department has always had a fabulous placement record as you’d expect from Electrical department at any premier institute. The number of job offers is surplus with students getting placed in software, electronics as well as core electrical companies.

Department has very good placements with several multiple offers and an average package of around 8 LPA.

  • Software companies like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citrix, Oracle, SISO etc. with offers of 10LPA+
  • Core Electrical companies like PGCIL, IOCL, HPCL, Trident, Reliance, Maruti, and Hero to name a few.
  • Electronics companies such as Broadcom, Sony etc.
  • Non tech. companies such as Future First, United Health, IVP and I-Runway.

The vast number of job offers is mainly due to the versatility of the branch which ensures that students are allowed to sit for interviews in software, core electrical, electronic as well as non technical companies.

Q6. How is the alumni network of the department?

Alumni network of institute is open for all branches and some of the department’s famous alumni includes,

  • Nikesh Arora: Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer at Google. (No. 4 at Google)
  • Rajiv Dogra: Indian diplomat, Ex- Consul General to Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Gyanesh Pandey: Co-founder, CEO and CTO of Husk Power Systems.
  • Narla Tata Rao: Winner of Padma Shree, a doyen of power sector in India.

Q7. Difference between Electrical at IIT (BHU), Varanasi and Electrical at other IITs?

At IITs not having a separate branch for Electronics Engineering, there is equal emphasis on core electrical and electronics courses. At IIT-BHU however, there is a slight bias towards machines, power utilization and its control. However, as mentioned before versatility in courses ensures that you can pursue whatever interests you the most.

Q8. What about the infrastructure of the department?

We can proudly boast to have one of the most equipped EE labs across all 16 IITs where you can perform any EE experiment possible under the sun. The HV lab at BHU can only be equaled by the lab at KGP, IISc Bangalore and possibly Hyderabad.

Q9. What about the faculty?

This question seems quite superfluous as we are talking about the second oldest IIT, going by the year of establishment, but as I said you will find one of the most competent faculty members. Apart from being pioneers in their fields, they also serve as consultants and members of the UPSC/SPSC interview boards.

The standard of the department’s faculty is second to none. Some of the professors are:

  • Prof. S.P. Singh, HOD, Head of National Power System Conference 2013 and Chief Engineer of BHU.
  • Prof. S.N. Mahendra, Inventor of Linear Induction Motor used in Metro Railways.
  • Prof. D.N. Vishwakarma, author of the famous “Badri-Vishwakarma” book on Power Systems and Protection Devices.
  • Prof. S.C. Gupta, one of the pioneering computer scientists of India.

Studying EE at IITBHU gives you the opportunity to work on projects with these esteemed academics.

Q10. What is the scope of overall personality development?

IIT (BHU) offers huge opportunities of personality development through a host of co-curricular activities, Gymkhana clubs as well as professional diploma and degree courses offered by BHU. Students are free to enrol in any activity that BHU offers to its students. The department also simulates you to work hard, think creatively as well as organizes its own Annual Technical Festival-Prastuti for honing management skills.

Q11. I am also interested in programming. I may want to pursue a branch change to CS. How bright is my chance of getting a branch change? How does branch change option compares with other IITs?

IIT-BHU provides branch change option for top 10% of the class. Some IITs are very restrictive. For Example, IIT Roorkee allows only top 2% of students to opt for a branch change. Clearly, that makes it 5 times more difficult. It’s still difficult at IIT(BHU) Varanasi but you can work hard in your first year.

Even if you stay on in EE, most software companies do open for EE guys also so in case there is someone who lands up in EE but has tremendous coding interests, he can sit for any software company that comes. Even Facebook opens for EE guys

Q12. Can I expect to secure a seat at IIT-BHU Electrical if my JEE rank is in the range of 2200-2300?

JEE Counselling 2013 would be the first time when IIT-BHU shall be listed as an IIT. Many students in last few years didn’t prefer IIT-BHU just because it was not an IIT. Last year there was just an anticipation that IT-BHU “MIGHT” become IIT and then we saw substantial jump in opening and closing ranks. This year when IIT status has been accorded, a  higher out-sized jump than the last year is expected.  Here is how closing ranks was impacted last year.

  • Closing ranks in 2011: 2949
  • Closing ranks in 2012: 2684
  • Closing ranks in 2013:  ????  [ Use your judgement, you are bright enough ]

Electrical BHU may close before 2200. Odds may not be too high but you do have a chance of getting Electrical at IIT-BHU if your rank is in the range of  2200-2300.  Last year many students didn’t anticipate a jump while filling the order of their choices. As result, few were assigned some unexpected options. So make sure that you consider this fact before filling the choices of your seats. It will depend on how many students ranked higher than you opt for IIT-BHU Electrical.

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