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How to Get Admission in IIT after 12th Commerce and Arts: Colleges, Courses, Eligibility, Seats and Fees

Janvi Bhambri
Janvi BhambriUpdated On: December 01, 2022 03:32 pm IST | UCEED

Engineering aspirants are not the only ones that can take admission into India's premier engineering institutes. IITs also offer courses targetting Commerce, Arts and Humanities students, which offer the same quality and rigorous standards of education that is expected from IITs.

How to Get Admission in IIT after 12th Commerce and Arts: Colleges, Courses, Eligibility, Seats and Fees

Right from its establishment in the year 1951, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has earned tremendous goodwill and has made itself more of a brand than just a mere institute. With an excellent placement record and a marvellous alumni network, IITs are rightly considered to be the premier engineering institutes in India.

Getting admission to one of these best engineering colleges in India is like a dream-come-true for every engineering aspirant and their struggle for this starts from the school level. Students looking forward to admission in these institutes have to appear for the JEE Mains and the JEE Advanced entrance examinations and once they clear these exams, they are further shortlisted for one of the Top Colleges of IIT in India on the basis of their ranks. But there is enough information already available about the Bachelor of Technology (BTech) and Master of Technology (MTech) courses at IITs and this article does not go into that.

While IITs have been primarily set up for engineering courses, they have added their own Humanities and Social Sciences, and Management departments over the years and now students can take admission into Design, MA, and MBA programmes at IITs. This widening in the scope of education offered at IITs has, in turn, benefited students from the Commerce, Arts and Humanities streams, who can now look to India's most revered institutes for their higher education.

In this article, we explore some such IIT courses which can be pursued by Commerce, Arts or Humanities students.

Bachelor of Design (BDes) at IITs

Bachelor of Design (BDes) is a four-year undergraduate programme that teaches the fundamentals of design principles, images, photography etc. BDes programmes are designed to promote visualisation and creativity in an individual by promoting a candidate to ideate and, often, think unconventionally. It is one of the courses that can be pursued after 12th in Commerce or Humanities.

List of IITs Colleges offering BDes

While there are four* institutes accepting a BDes admission via UCEED, candidates from Commerce, Arts and Humanities background are eligible to apply for the following three.

You may also be interested in taking a look at the complete list of BDes colleges in India.

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BDes Admission at IITs

BDes admissions at IITs are done via the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED). UCEED is a national-level design entry exam conducted by IIT Bombay. The exam covers the following subjects:

  • Visualisation and Spatial Ability
  • Observation and Design Sensitivity
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Language and Creativity
  • Environmental and Social Awareness

BDes Eligibility Criteria at IITs

Candidates must ensure that they fulfil the following eligibility criteria for UCEED before they apply.

  • The candidate must not be older than 24 years
  • The candidate must have completed class 12th from a recognized board
  • The candidate must have completed class 12th in the same year or previous year as the year of taking UCEED (i.e. if a candidate appears for UCEED in 2023, he/she should have qualified class 12th in 2022 or 2023).

BDes Seat Availability in IITs

Following is the BDes intake at IITs that accept students from the Humanities or Commerce streams.

Name of the InstituteTotal No. of Seats
IIT Bombay37
IIT Guwahati56
IIT Hyderabad20

BDes Fee Structure at IITs 

The candidates can check the fee structure of the previous year mentioned below. Following is the fee-structure followed by the above-mentioned IITs for the BDes admissions for the academic year (2023- 2024).

NameOne-Time Admission Fee (for first-year)Tentative Per Semester Fee (Academic)
IITBRs 8,900Rs. 1,17,600
IITHRs. 6,300Rs. 1,05,775
IIITDMJRs. 7,000Rs. 65,290
IIT GuwahatiRs. 9,600Rs. 1,30,080 (including hostel)

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Master of Design (MDes) at IITs

Master of Design (M.Des) is a 2-year postgraduate programme that trains students in various specialisations of design. There are many aspirants to IITs MDes course with a Commerce or Arts background.

While there are many colleges offering MDes in India, admission to IITs MDes programmes is coveted by many design aspirants and their popularity is at par with the programmes offered in National Institutes of Fashion Technology and National Institutes of Design.

List of IITs Offering MDes

Currently, there are six participating institutes that accept admissions through CEED into their designing courses.

MDes Eligibility Criteria at IITs

The following eligibility criteria for admission into MDes at IITs need to be fulfilled before a candidate can apply.

  • The candidate must have completed a degree/diploma/post-graduate programme of at least 3 years duration. Colleges may specify the specialisation of the said programme according to the MDes specialisation you wish to go for.
  • Candidates who have passed the GD Arts Diploma Programme are also considered eligible for taking the CEED examination.

MDes Seat Availability at IITs

The following table gives the annual intake into MDes programmes at various IITs.

Name of the InstituteTotal No. of Seats
IIT Bombay78
IIT KanpurNot Available
IIT HyderabadTo be Updated Soon
IIT Guwahati33

NOTE: The MDes annual intake of IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi and IIT Hyderabad can be found out by contacting the institutes individually.

MDes Fee Structure

The approximate MDes programme fees in IITs for the academics year 2023-24 is given in the table below.

NameTentative Semester Fees
General CandidateSC/ST/PH/PD Candidate
IITBRs. 30,850Rs. 25,850
IITKRs. 29,617Rs. 24,617
IITHRs. 38,000Rs. 33,000
IITDRs. 33,000Rs. 27,600
IITGRs. 37,250Rs. 12,250
IIITDMRs. 54,000Rs. 4,000

Note: MDes semester fees are subject to revision at the discretion of the programme-offering institute. Also, the above-mentioned fees include the hostel and mess charges, which are revised every year. The official brochure of the MDes programme at the IIT you wish to join should be consulted to get the most accurate fee details.

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MDes Admission at Non-IITs

The Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) is the entrance exam for MDes admissions at IIT. Some colleges other than IITs accepting CEED score for admission include:

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Master of Arts (MA) at IITs

Master of Arts (MA) is a 2-year postgraduate programme offered in several different specializations including Languages, Social Work, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy, Geography etc. Since it is a postgraduate programme, the curriculum and subjects are completely dependent on the specialisation one opts for.

Since MA is one of the most popular choices of postgraduate courses among Arts and Humanities students, there are many colleges offering MA courses in India. However, there are only a few IITs offering MA programmes in India.

List of IITs offering MA

There are three IITs currently offering 2-year MA programmes. The courses offered and their specialisations are given below.

NameSpecialisationsCourse OverviewTotal Intake
IITGN (Gandhi Nagar)MA in Society and CultureStudy of including Anthropology, Literature, History, Politics, Human Development, Public Policy etc.40
IITM (Madras)MA in Development Studies
MA in English Studies
DS - Multi-disciplinary programme involving aspects of Humanities and Social Science.
ES - Involves the study of English literature, history, linguistics etc.
IITGMA i n Development StudiesA multi-disciplinary programme involving studying and understanding of global developmental issues.60

MA Admissions at IITs

Each IIT conducts its own entrance exam and personal interviews on its campus for MA admissions.

NameEntrance ExamExam Date
IITMHumanities & Social Sciences Entrance Exam (HSEE)To be notified
IITGNIITGN MA Entrance ExamTo be notified
IITGIITG MA Entrance ExamTo be notified

Note: Students must visit the official website of the particular IIT they wish to take admission into and fill the Application Form for each IIT separately.

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MA Eligibility Criteria at IITs

To be eligible for admission into MA programmes at IITs, candidates must satisfy the following eligibility criteria.

  • Completed a Bachelor's programme from a recognized college/university from any discipline
  • The college/programme you apply to may also have a minimum percentage criterion for MA admissions

MA Fee Structure at IITs 

The candidates can check the fee strcuture of few IIT colleges for the academic year (2023-24).

NameCourse NameTentative Semester Fees
IITGNMA in Society and CultureRs. 28,750 (Gen)
Rs. 23,750 (SC/ST/PD)
IITMMA in Development Studies
MA in English Studies
Rs. 8,450 - Rs. 1,08,450
IITGMA in Development StudiesRs. 34,880 (Gen)
Rs. 31,880 (SC/ST/PwD)
(incl. Hostel)

Also Read:Top BA and MA courses after 12th in Arts stream

MBA from IITs

In the past couple of decades, many IITs started offering Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programmes. This was good news for BTech graduates as BTech + MBA was a popular specialisation in the market and its graduates were demanding higher salaries compared to their peers who opted to go for other post-graduate courses such as MTech.

These management courses offered by IITs fast started getting the attention of graduates from other disciplines as well and now these have become some of the most popular management programmes in India and have started getting the attention of the candidates who usually aspire to get admission into the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

However, this was not that surprising as IITs have a global reputation for maintaining a world-class standard of education, research and infrastructure and IITs graduates can be found holding top positions in some of the most powerful companies and organisations of the world.

CollegeDekho has already covered all the details regarding MBA admission in IITs in a separate article, which includes courses, admission process, seats, fees, cut-off etc. of MBA specializations available in IITs.

Many class 12th Commerce and Arts students around the country are usually unaware of the fact that they can also get admission into IITs in some courses. Similarly, most of the science students also stay unaware of the fact that they can get admission into BSc and MSc courses at IITs. Getting more information about such courses is important as it helps you gain a wider perspective on what career path you may choose while also giving you a bigger arsenal of tools for building a successful career in the Commerce or Arts stream.

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