LIST OF TOP ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN CHENNAI BASED ON 2020 RANKING

By Pratyasha
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There are about 136 colleges in Chennai offering engineering as an undergraduate course. These colleges are also inclusive of engineering as diploma and certification courses as well. Some of the top engineering colleges in Chennai are IIT Madras, College of Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology.

  • There are a total of 32 public colleges while 104 are private engineering colleges in Chennai
  • Top engineering colleges in Chennai provide a total of 58 options to choose from at various engineering colleges. Ocean and Marine Engineering, Food Engineering, Design Engineering are few examples that one can opt from mainstream options. 
  • IIT Madras is the most prestigious out of all top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu and has been ranked 1st by many reliable agencies like NIRF and Outlook. 

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Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai: Rankings

With so many options available, it gets difficult to choose the right engineering college. The following list has been prepared from the most trusted ranking agencies like NIRF, Outlook, The Week and many more. These agencies come up with the top colleges in different fields every year with their research methodology including various parameters and factors, etc. 

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai: NIRF Ranking

NIRF which stands for National Institutional Ranking Framework is a government organization under the Ministry of HRD. The framework with its extensive research and survey comes up with ranking lists according to different departments in colleges. NIRF puts together its rankings with respect to 5 distinct parameters. The accompanying outline shows the correlation of the weightage distributed to these parameters.

The following graph shows the factors that are considered by NIRF while listing the colleges:

NIRF Ranking Parameters and Weightage

Listed below are the top engineering colleges in Chennai in 2020 according to the NIRF Ranking 2020 survey.

College Name

NIRF Ranking 2020

NIRF Ranking 2019

Change

Average Annual Fee

IIT Madras

1

1

0

INR 75,116

College of Engineering, Anna University

14

9

-5

INR 55,000

SRM Institute of Science and Technology

41

36

-5

INR 2,60,000

Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology

51

47

-4

INR 1,75,000

Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology

95

86

-9

INR 1,70,000

Rajalakshmi Engineering College106139+33INR 50,000

Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science

107

95

-12

INR 1,52,000

B. S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology123131+8INR 85,000
Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences149186+37INR 1,30,000
Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing182197+15INR 1,35,100
Sri Sai Ram Institute of Technology192194+2INR 35,000
  • According to NIRF’s ranking IIT Madras has been placed at number 1 engineering college on All-India basis. It has maintained its position since last year.
  • Following IIT, the college that comes at the second spot in top engineering colleges in Chennai is College of Engineering, Anna University which is at 14th place on all India level.
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology is at rank 3rd where it stands at position 41st on a National basis.
  • Colleges like Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology has seen a dip in ranking this year. 

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai: The Week Ranking

The Week is an Indian magazine disseminated from Kochi and imprinted in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kottayam. The Week generates a list of college rankings named Hansa Research every year to list the top colleges in India in different streams. The following are the top engineering colleges in Chennai as recorded by this organization.

COLLEGE NAME

THE WEEK INDIA RANKING 2019

THE WEEK INDIA RANKING 2018

CHANGE

AVERAGE ANNUAL FEE

IIT Madras

3

4

-1

INR 75,116

College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai

8

11

+3

INR 55,000

SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai

38

49

+2

INR 2,60,000

Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai

45

61

+16

INR 1,75,000

Sri Sai Ram Engineering College, Chennai

55

76

+21

INR 50,000

Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science

59

83

+24

INR 1,52,000

Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology

70

Not Participated

-

INR 1,70,000

R.M.K Engineering College, Chennai

80

100

-20

INR 87,000

  • The Week announces IIT Madras as the top engineering college in Chennai. And it’s the country’s best engineering college standing at first position. 
  • Other top engineering colleges in Chennai are College of Engineering (Anna University), SRM Institute of Science and Technology, SRM Institute of Science and Technology. 
  • Most of the colleges in Chennai have improved in their rankings for e.g. Sri Sai Ram Engineering College, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science with a difference of 21 and 24 respectively. 

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai: Outlook Ranking

Outlook India is a weekly English News magazine published in India. It highlights contents from politics, sports, film, and accounts of wide interests. Below is the ranking issued by the Outlook magazine of the top engineering colleges in Chennai:

COLLEGE NAME

OUTLOOK INDIA RANKING 2019

OUTLOOK INDIA RANKING 2018

CHANGE

AVERAGE ANNUAL FEE

IIT Madras

2

Not Participated

-

INR 75,116

College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai

12

7

-5

INR 55,000

Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai 

44

Not Participated

-

INR 1,75,000

K.C.G College of Technology, Chennai

50

56

+6

INR 50,000

Sri Sai Ram Engineering College, Chennai

52

48

-4

INR 50,000

Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai

72

76

+4

INR 1,70,000

S.A Engineering College, Chennai

90

89

-1

INR 92,000

  • Outlook has also ranked IIT Madras as the top engineering college in Chennai in first position, the national ranking of the college being second. 
  • Out of 150 colleges all over India, there are overall eight engineering colleges from Chennai where all comes under the top 100. With College of Engineering and Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology being at position second and third respectively.
  • Many colleges from Chennai have participated this year. And the colleges that showed a dip in their performance are College of Engineering, Sri Sai Ram Engineering College and S.A Engineering College.

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai: ROI (Return of Investment)

While looking for the top engineering colleges it is imperative to think about the Return of Investments (ROI) one can provide. Seeking after advanced education, in any case on the off chance that it is a bachelor's, master's or a Ph.D. can be an expensive investment for the students and parents both. Hence, it’s important to analyze the ROI of these top engineering colleges in Chennai. 

COLLEGE NAME

AVERAGE ANNUAL FEES

AVERAGE PLACEMENT PACKAGE

ROI Rank*

IIT Madras

INR 75,116

INR 12,40,000

1

College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai

INR 55,000

INR 8,00,000

2

SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai

INR 2,60,000

INR 10,00,000

3

R.M.K Engineering College, Chennai

INR 50,000

INR 3,25,000

4

Sri Sai Ram Engineering College, Chennai

INR 87,000

INR 3,50,000

5

Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science

INR 1,52,000

INR 4,50,000

6

Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai

INR 1,75,000

INR 3,20,000

7

Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology

INR 1,70,000

INR 3,10,000

8

ROI= {(Average Placement Package)/ (Average Annual Fee)}*100%

  • IIT Madras explains why it’s the best engineering college in Chennai.  As it gives the highest ROI with an average placement package of 10 lakhs per annum. 
  • The second position is the College of Engineering with an ROI percentage of 1454.54%. 
  • Other colleges that have up to 500% ROI are SRM Institute of Science and Technology R.M.K Engineering College. 
  • The lowest ROI is given by Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology with an annual package of INR 3,10,000 where the annual fees is of INR 1,70,000.

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai: Admission Process

Chennai has 136 engineering colleges, out of which 104 are private colleges and 32 government colleges. Let’s have a look at how admissions took place in top engineering colleges in Chennai. 

Number of Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai

Admissions to the top engineering colleges in Chennai takes place through top engineering exams like:

  • The most common and reputed exam as we all know is JEE-Main, GATE held on a national level. Most of the colleges take admission on the basis of their ranking. 
  • Other exams that are accepted by various colleges are TNEA, TANCET taken by Anna University, SRMJEEE for SRM Institute of Science and Technology. These are state-specific. 
  • There are other exams as well like VITMEE, VTUEEE, VEE. 

IIT Madras

The Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai is popularly known as IIT Madras. The establishment has a strength of 550 employees, 8000 undergraduates and a supporting staff of 1250. The grounds is spread over 250 hectares and have in excess of 100 research centers. 

  • IIT Madras has 9 committed divisions for giving engineering education. These incorporate Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and Ocean Engineering. 
  • The college offers B.Tech. in 9 specializations and M.Tech. in 31 specializations. There are additionally double degree programs running in 13 specializations. 
  • IIT Madras additionally offers interdisciplinary engineering dual certificate programs in 6 fields. These are recorded in the table beneath.

Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

Biomedical Engineering

Computational Engineering

Data Science

Energy Systems

Robotics

For B.Tech., IIT Madras gives seats based on the rank got in JEE Advanced test. The accompanying graph shows the opening and closing ranks for the general classification students in the year 2019.

_IIT Madras JEE Advanced Cut off for B.Tech 

College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai

The College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG) is a government engineering school in Chennai, India and is India's most established specialized organization, established in 1794. It is additionally the oldest institute foundation to be set up outside Europe.

  • School of Engineering, Guindy offers undergrad Engineering degrees in different fields. It likewise offers postgraduate degrees, for example, MBA, MCA, M.E., M.Sc. M.Tech., M.S. by Research and Ph.D.programmes.
  • Admission to CEG Anna University takes place by the merit scored in state-level entrance exam namely TNEA. 
  • College of Engineering has been ranked as the second-best engineering college in Chennai, where it stands at 14th position in all India ranking by NIRF. 

The placement record of the college is also commendable. The following chart shows the placement record of the CEG Anna University:

College of Engineering Placement Statistics

SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai

SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRM IST) was built up as SRM Engineering College under the University of Madras in 1985. The private esteemed college offers a few postgraduate, doctoral and undergrad programs in the management, engineering, medicine, health sciences, science, and humanities.

  • The SRM IST generally conducts its entrance exam known as SRMJEE for engineering, where the admission form has to be filled online.
  • SRM IST is one of the top engineering colleges in Chennai as it is the third-best engineering college in Chennai according to The Week.

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai: Entrance Exam Wise

Admissions to different top engineering colleges in India are done through numerous engineering admission tests, both national-level and state-level. B.Tech. admissions are significantly done based on JEE Main score while M.Tech. admissions are given through GATE. A portion of the state-level engineering admission test in Chennai are

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai: Accepting JEE Main Score

IIT-JEE is the mainstream engineering admission test in India for courses like B.Tech. and B.E. The principal level of the test is JEE Main for which in excess of 12 lakh students show up each year. The ones who clear it experiences JEE Advanced. While the JEE Advanced score is considered for confirmation in IITs, a large portion of the private and Tier-3 universities consider JEE Main score for affirmations.

Some of the top engineering colleges in Chennai that accept JEE Main score are:

  • Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science
  • VIT University
  • Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology
  • BSAU, Chennai

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai: Accepting GATE Score

GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is the national placement test to seek after M.Tech. from the top engineering schools in India. The admission score is additionally considered to get a job in numerous PSUs in India. The following are a portion of the top M.Tech. colleges in Chennai accepting GATE score.

  • IIT Madras
  • MIT, Chennai
  • SSN College of Engineering
  • VIT University, Chennai

Also, Check

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai Accepting TANCET 

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai Accepting JEE Advanced

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai Accepting TNEA 

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai Accepting IMU CET

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai: Placement Wise

The presence of most of the prestigious colleges of India at Chennai like IIT, SRM IST, COE, Anna University, etc make it a lucrative spot when it comes to placement packages.

  • The average engineering package in Chennai varies from INR 5-9 lakh per annum.
  • As per PayScale, the average B.Tech. package in Chennai is INR 6 LPA and the average M.Tech. package is INR 7.2 LPA.
  • Among the top private engineering colleges in Chennai, SRM IST offers one of the highest packages at INR 10 LPA.
  • In the year 2019 the highest package offer has been made at 95.87 LPA in C.S course. 

Some of the top recruiters visiting the top engineering colleges in Chennai are listed below.

Microsoft

Uber

Goldman Sachs

Boston Analytics

Flipkart

Zomato

Google

Qualcomm

Dell

SanDisk

Bajaj

UBS

PayPal

NVIDIA

Titan


The following graph shows the CTCs offered in some of these engineering colleges as per the specializations: 

CTCs offered in Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai

The specialization one chooses matters a lot during the placement season. The most prefered stream among recruiters is CSE (Computer Science and Engineering). Check the links below for top engineering colleges in Chennai stream wise.

Top Engineering Colleges in Chennai: FAQ's

Ques. Which is the top engineering college in Chennai?

Ans. NIRF, The Week, Outlook and many other agencies have ranked IIT Madras as the top engineering college. Other best private colleges are

  1. Anna University (Guindy)
  2. MIT (Chrompet)
  3. VIT (Vellore) 
  4. SRM

Ques. How many engineering colleges are there in Chennai?

Ans. There are a total 136 engineering colleges in Chennai.

Ques. Which college has the best placement?

Ans. Some of the top colleges in terms of placement include IIT, College of Engineering and SRM IST.

Ques. What is the fees of IIT B.Tech.?

Ans. The fees to pursue B.Tech. from IIT varies from INR 10-15 lakh.

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