IIT an option for Arts (Humanities) and Commerce students too?

Yes, that’s right. IITs have always been a dream target for every science student and aspiring engineer, and it’s obvious, after all they are the most prestigious institutes of our country. But, non-science students ‘seem’ to not even have a chance to study in one of these. Well, not anymore, breaking this prevailing image of IITs, we bring you some courses offered here for arts and commerce students as well.

Almost all of the IITs in India offer management programmes including MBA and other management courses. While many others have programmes in humanities too.

Some of the courses available are:

  1. IIT Bombay– Indian Institute of Technology Bombay that offers course in Industrial Designing.

It’s a 4-year undergraduate Bachelors program offered by IDC- Industrial Design Centre of IIT-B. IDC is the mecca for Indian designs Industrial designs, mobility and vehicle designs, Interaction Designs, animations and Visual designs.

There’s an entrance examination called UCEED- Undergraduate Common Entrance examination for Design, held for this course. Application for this examination starts quite early, in month of October and ends in November. Though, exam is held in the month of January.

There’s no particular requirement for eligibility, any students who has completed his class XII or is currently in class XII can appear for the exam.

Also, they have Humanities and social science department offering many courses: http://www.hss.iitb.ac.in/en/btech

  1. IIT Madras– Indian Institute of Technology Madras offers a 5-year integrated programme in two streams:
  • Development studies
  • English studies for students after class 12th.

There’s an entrance examination held in the month of April, named HSSE- Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination. Department of Humanities and social sciences at IIT-M offers this course. There are faculty from multiple fields such as Economics, English, History, International Relations, Film studies, Development studies, Environmental studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, History and Health studies.

Initial two years of the course is common for all students and will branch out further into the two streams. Students’ interests and performance during the first three semesters will be the decider of the streams allocated later on.

Check out more details here: https://hss.iitm.ac.in/index.php/programmes/m-a-programme


  1. The Department of Management Studies (DMS), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has also opened doors for non-science students. Also, they offer courses in linguistics, literature, economics, multidiscipline, philosophy, policy, psychology and sociology.

You can check out all the courses offered by IITD in humanities here: http://hss.iitd.ac.in/courses


  1. IIT Kharagpur also has a law programme Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law (RGSOIPL) which is the first of its kind law school to impart legal education with IP specialization within the IIT System bringing synergy among science, technology, management and law. The School offers a Six-Semester, Three-Year Full-Time residential programme leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in Intellectual Property Law approved by the Bar Council of India.

You can find all the details about it here: http://www.iitkgp.ac.in/law


Other than this there is also a 5 year integrated programme for Msc. Economics. It is a masters course available, you can get all the information and subjects included here: https://erp.iitkgp.ernet.in/ERPWebServices/curricula/CurriculaSubjectsList.jsp?stuType=UG&splCode=HS


  1. IIT Gandhi Nagar offers a 2-year MA in Society & Culture and also a 2 year MSc in Cognitive Science.

IIT Gandhi Nagar is the first IIT to make one HSS course compulsory in each of the 8 semesters of the B.Tech program and also to include  2 compulsory HSS courses in MTech programs. In their B.Tech programs, through open electives, the number of the HSS courses can even exceed eight.


  1. Management degrees are also offered at all the IITs, except Guwahati, as well as at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. There is Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) which is a common admissions test for the two-year post-graduate management programmes at these institutes.

So, all the non-science students here is one more option added to your list of dream colleges. Almost al IITs now have Humanities and social science departments, you can check out their website for more. So, don’t restrict your college options and be updated.

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