Yes, IIIT Gwalior is better than NIT Patna. The former tops the latter, be it infrastructure or placements. I say this based on the review I received from my friends at both institutes.
- You might consider NIT for its tag but it really does not make that much of a difference. IIIT Gwalior is funded by the central government and is slowly becoming a leading institute in its field.
- For placements, the average packages offered at IIIT Gwalior is around INR 7-14 LPA whereas for NIT Patna it is INR 8.8 LPA. Infrastructure is also better at IIIT Gwalior than NIT Patna.
- The main drawback at IIIT Gwalior is that the college offers only a dual degree with B. Tech + M. Tech courses in the IT branch. Hence, it is open to you only if you are interested in the field of IT.
Overall, the college is definitely a good choice for students who rank around 17000 in the general category.