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Why would someone prefer BITS Pilani over IIT- Life at BITS

Both IITs and BITS Pilani are the most prominent institutes in the country, offering world class experience and education. But the question arises- which one to opt for? BITS Pilani or IIT?

Most of us, who are pursuing engineering in auniversity other than IIT feel a little inferior to the IITians. That is just the society’s mentality which has led us into believing that IIT is the ONLY best universityone can get into. It is hyped, branded and what not. Such a society limits our perception and gives us “status anxiety”. And because of it, in the end, IIT is always given the precedence.

IIT is a brand tag, Fine! But to be honest, not all IITs are as good as they are assumed to be. So, why can’t BITS Pilani be the topmost preference? BITS was also established around the same time as IITs, making it as old and as prominent.It has a huge alumnus and iseven better than any IIT in various aspects.

Being the no. 1 Private Engineering College in the country, BITSPilani needs no introduction.In India, people have this false perception that one should pursue his/her Engineering only from an IIT. But is it really the case? Let us appraise some factors that explain why BITS Pilani should be your first preference and not the second option or a backup plan.

No Reservation Policy: Equality

IITs have this foul reservation stratagem for students who belong to the OBC, SC and ST backgrounds. On the other side, reservation on the basis of caste is not blindly followed in BITS, allowing the college crowd to be perfect in every sense.

You won’t meet someone who doesn’t deserve to be in first tier college like BITS. It is an institution where the students are judged based on their performance & intelligence and not on the basis of their backgrounds. It makes it one of the best universities.

BITS, a private university, has never followed the policy of reservation and continues to host the top 1% of the country’s brilliant brains.

However, this is not the case with IITs.This continuous policy of reservation has led to a dip in the quality of students graduating in IITS. In addition to this, it has generated the equality issues too.

For Example, it is very easy for students from a background other than genera to fetch a good CGPAwith less hardwork, but the students who have securedadmission through reservation can lack in certain skills. While in BITS Pilani, all the students are of almost the same level. This is because the selection is given basedon merit and not reservation. This allowsone to become more and more efficient.

Considerate Academy (Grading System)

Well, it can be said that the academics is a bit stringent in IIT. The grading policies followed are rigorous.
For example, in most of the IITs, the grade points are
10: ’A’
8: ’B’
6: ’C’
4: ’D’
2: ’E’
0: ’F’
However, in BITS Pilani it goes like
10: ’A’
9: ’A-’
8: ’B’
7: ’B-’
6: ’C’
5: ’C-’
4: ’D’
2: ’E’
0: ’F’.

This clearly illustrates the compassionate academic grading system of thePilani campus. It can be summarized by saying that “Academics in IITs is the most prioritized, hence the stringent rules and of course, in Pilani, it is more flexible.”

Freedom-> No Attendance Policy

Most importantly, the freedom given to the students is startling. All the responsibilities are given to them and it is up to them i.e. from managing the events &other proceedings or taking any decision academically.

Other advantage of BITS is its zero percent attendance policy.One can choose to not attend lectures and use that time to do coding, getting knowledge or improving the skills on the subject of their interests. So, all that matters is getting good scores and learning, and not attending the classes.

On the contrary, IITs have an attendance policy, makingit important for student to attend all the classes.In IIT, it varies from one professor to another. First year courses in IITs do not have an attendance cut off whilefromsecond year onwards, many courses have an attendance policy(mostly quite strict).


BITS provideone withflexibility in all areas such as choosing the lecturer, one’s class timings and students are given an option of attending a class or not. Also, one is free to roam around the campus all day and night under the ‘No curfew rule’, and is allowed to choose a dual degree ifhe/she does not get their preferred B.E branch.Such flexibilities are not provided by any other institution of the country. BITS is theonly institution in India which has adopted the course system from MIT.BITS consider you mature enough to be able to make your own decisions.

Dual Degree Program

The academic flexibility and the dual-degree program puts the bar even higher. Under this scheme, the students can choose one of the five M.Sc. courses (Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics and Physics). Also, studying hard in the first year can help you score a good resultandstudy your preferred branch.
Taking a dual degree and choosing a B.E. degree means, one has to stay at the campus for 5 years and what’s better than getting to stay one more year at the beloved campus.


Pilani campus organizes its cultural fest “Oasis” which is one of the best fests. Also, there is ‘Bosm’ which is the sports fest and ‘Apogee’ which is the technical fest. Not only this, they also organize several other festivals which helps the student in socializing.

Learning Environment

Each and everything in BITS Pilani is managed by the students. From the very famous cultural fest, OASIS, to the food in the mess. Nobody is dependent on the institute for anything.


The campus has this ‘Niche flexibility’ that helps one study/achieve irrespective of the branch. Also, it is no less in the case of adapting new technologies. It provides student with the new gadgets for better research work which aids them not only intellectually, but also expands their knowledge sphere.

Isolation too has its Perks

The ambience is brilliant as compared toother colleges. With one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, BITS Pilanistands out because of its alienation to an extent from the thriving city life. Thus, providing students a more conducive environment without any distraction.

It is a remarkable place to explore yourself. The amount of social exposure one gathers from BITS, might be convoluted in IITs as compared.Some consider it a drawback, but the Pilani location,unlike Delhi or Jaipur has actually made students more social. They are able to meet each other, play and discuss various things.

Alumni Network-> BITSIAN Day


BITSIANS celebrate BITSIANS’ day too. Although the celebration is simple, yet grand across the world which brings back thousands of memories and give an opportunity to connect with the alumni on one day of the year, irrespective of the place you are in.

Exam and Counselling System

BITS have everything online. Right from BITSAT registration, to writing exam and filling the preference list- everything!On the other hand, IIT is also slowly moving forward in this direction, but the point here is that BITS is way ahead in technology.

Girls enjoy the same Liberty and Status

BITS Pilaniis one of the few universities in India to scrap off the Girls Hostel Curfew. The earlier restriction of 11 pm curfew was lifted in late 2016 and BITS has set a precedence for other universities to follow. The boys as well as the girls studying in BITS have equal opportunities at all fronts and are given creative liberty by the institute as well.

Despite the above blessings, the best asset of BITS is its “People”. Smart people with a proven intellectual acuity, undeterred by petty failures (BITS has the lowest suicide attempt cases in India), innately inspired who, if unleash their fullest potential, have the power to change the world.

It can be concluded by saying that both the institutes are of great repute and have been churning out brilliant individuals for more than 50 years, so you can’t go wrong in choosing any of these. Really,don’t inclinebetween BITS Pilani and IIT but just choose your station in life and the future you envision.

Go for the college that suits you, your interests and resonates the strongest with you.Just analyze which fits you better for your future, and what you make out of it matters ultimately.

“Your Future depends on you. Not, on the institute you are studying in.”