How Are IITians Different From You?

Janvi Bhambri

Updated On: September 02, 2016 11:41 am IST | JEE Advanced

Know 10 facts about IITians and discover how they are different from us in small ways.
How Are IITians Different From You?

For every engineering aspirant, getting admission in one of the top IITs is a dream and after strenuous hours of studying and no sleep, some students get a chance to live their dream.

Indian Institute of Technology has set itself as a brand right from its establishment in the year 1951. With excellent teaching methodologies and record placements at IITs, being an IITian is a matter of pride as well as joy.

However, there are some stereotypes attached to IITians. They are thought of as nerds and typical bookworms, deprived of any social life and always wanting to excel in everything they do. Most of them are considered geniuses with excellent and out of the box reasoning skills. Well, they definitely are that, but there is much more to them.

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Behind their hectic daily schedule and endless projects and deadlines is a side of them we are not familiar with. A survey conducted on 332 students at IIT Bombay revealed some amazing facts about IITians which make them different from you and me.

CollegeDekho presents you these facts about the life of an IITian.

  • Majority of them do not shower

When it comes to IITians, the monotony starts from the very first task in the morning i.e bathing.

Situation Percentage of Students
Showered once every two-three days60%
Showered daily30%
Showered once a week


  • They choose roomies over folks

Seems like they get so habitual of living with their friends in the hostel that they can't get over it even after graduation.


Percentage of students

Want to live with friends after graduation40%
Want to go back home to their families27%
Want to live alone19%

Also, on asking them about their family, 66% responded that they have maintained a close relationship with their parents. The rest 29.8% said they had close to nil conversation with their folks.

  • Religious Beliefs - 50-50

Unlike how we see in movies, not all IITians are devoted to God and depend on him for good grades. The religious beliefs of students are also 50-50.


Percentage of students




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  • Bucket-list of a cliche college student

Just like every other college student, IITians are no different when it comes to bucket lists. They also enjoy the small perks of being a college student.

Situation Percentage of students
Been on a road trip to Goa with friends52.4%
Travelled ticketless on local train70%
Played Poker or Blackjack55.7%

  • Relationship Status - Single

When asked about their thoughts on marriage, a majority of them denied the idea of digging their own grave before death. (LOL)

SituationPercentage of students
No plans of marriage for another 5 years39.15%
Wanted to marry in next 3-5 years21.4%
No idea31%

  • Studies Not a Priority

When you are in school, you study day and night to make it to IIT. Once you are in IIT, studies are no longer considered as a priority and getting a degree eventually becomes more important.

Situation Percentage of students
Give studies priority15%
Give getting a degree priority85%

  • Attendance is not a big deal

It was found out that a huge number of students did not attend lectures regularly. The credit behind poor attendance was given to the uninteresting and boring teachers at IIT.

SituationPercentage of students
Attended most of the classes39.75%
Attended as few classes as possible32.5%
Attended each and every lecture7.5%

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  • Social life goes down the drain

When the students were asked about their socials life and relationship status, the responded in the following manner:

SituationPercentage of students
Very few encounters with students of opposite sex


No girlfriend/ boyfriend at all73%

  • Cheating is the only way

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Failing a year is not an option for students at IIT, so most of them agreed on using wrong practices and cheating methods to pass on an exam. They further justified the cheating by saying that they were not interested in that particular subject.

Situation Percentage of students
Agreed to have used cheating methods47%
Justified their cheating38%

  • Life can be hard sometimes

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For all those who think life at IIT is easy, we would like to point out cases where people resorted to other stuff to make living bearable:

Situation Percentage of students

Resolved to drinking


Had to visit a psychiatrist

Disappointed because of different expectations from IITs29%

So guys, this is how you live life the IIT-way. It is remarkable how an institute just 5 decades old is now competing with top institutions in the world having centuries of heritage. IITians are making heads turn with their work wherever they and by now you know that there is much more to IITians than their bookish knowledge.

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