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The top engineering colleges in Punjab offer multiple engineering specializations ranging from the profoundly known streams like computer science to the seldom discussed Nanotechnology and Robotics. Punjab has 6 private engineering colleges which offer part-time courses as well.

  • There are a total of 174 engineering colleges in the province of Punjab in which 148 are private and 26 are public.
  • The list of these top colleges includes IIT Ropar, NIT Jalandhar, LPU Jalandhar, Thapar Institute, Guru Nanak Dev University, among multiple others.
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar got the best ranking in Punjab by many different ranking agencies

Top Engineering Colleges in Punjab: Ranking

Ranking agencies in India release different ranking lists for both public and private engineering colleges in Punjab. These agencies also release multiple lists for other streams like Management, Medical, Law, Pharmacy, etc. Some of the commonly discussed ranking lists are Top Engineering Colleges in India, Top B.Tech Colleges in Punjab and many others.

Some of the popular ranking agencies in India include NIRF, Outlook, The Week, Business Today, and Times. These magazines and agencies release rankings based on multiple parameters every year. Some of the common parameters for evaluation of a college or university are Placement Quality, Faculty-Student Ratio, Graduation Outcome, Perception of the University, etc.

Top Engineering Colleges in Punjab: NIRF Ranking 2020

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is an initiative by MHRD, India for providing a reliable ranking system for higher education in the country. Listed below are the few top engineering colleges in Punjab and their NIRF rankings.

College Name

NIRF Ranking 2020

NIRF Ranking 2019


Average Annual BTech Fees

Indian Institute of Technology Ropar 25 29 +4 INR 2,27,300

Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala




INR 3,09,400

Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar




INR 62,500

Chandigarh University, Mohali




INR 90,000

Lovely Professional University




INR 1,37,200

Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala




INR 78,500

Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology, Longowal




INR 72,200

Chitkara University, Rajpura




INR 1,74,000

  • Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) is ranked 29 and 23 in two consecutive years by NIRF in Punjab.
  • IIT Ropar is the best college in Punjab with a ranking of 25 in India. The institute has improved its ranking by 4 places.
  • Other popular institutes included in this list are Chandigarh University, NIT Jalandhar, and LPU.

Top Engineering Colleges in Punjab: Outlook Ranking

The table below gives the rankings of top engineering colleges in Punjab as given by Outlook in 2019.

College Name

Outlook All India Rank 2019

Outlook All India Rank 2018


Average Annual BTech Fees

Thapar University, Patiala




INR 3,09,400

Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana




INR 99,200

  • Outlook has also ranked Thapar University, Patiala as the best engineering college in Punjab.
  • The institute, however, saw a drop of 4 positions in its rank compared to that secured in 2018.
  • The only engineering college from Punjab ranked by Outlook is Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludiana. It has improved its rank by 2 and now occupies the 33rd spot among the top engineering colleges in India.

Top Engineering Colleges in Punjab: ROI (Return on Investment)

Return on Investment (ROI) shows how advantageous it is to pursue engineering in a particular college. It gives a comparison between fees paid to the college and the average placement package offered by the college.

College Name

Average Annual Fee

Average Placement Package

ROI Rank*

Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar

INR 62,500

INR 7,53,000


Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar

INR 2,27,300

INR 14,56,000


Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology, Sangrur

INR 72,200

INR 3,75,000


DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jalandhar

INR 80,750

INR 4,15,000


Guru Nanak Dev College of Engineering, Ludhiana

INR 99,189

INR 4,50,000


Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar

INR 1,37,200

INR 4,50,000


Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala

INR 3,09,400

INR 10,00,000


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

IIT Ropar offers the highest average package of INR 14.56 LPA with no surprise, followed by Thapar Institute which offers an average package of INR 10 LPA.

  • However, in the case of Return on investment, NIT Jalandhar stands tall with the highest ROI on the list of around 1204%, leaving behind IIT Ropar at 640%.
  • Thapar institute holds a record of 94% placements for few not so popular branches like chemical. The highest package went over INR 40 LPA by tech giants like Microsoft.
  • The average rate of getting placed from CSE dept. is 94.3% with an average package ranging between INR 14-15 LPA.

Top Engineering Colleges in Punjab: Admission Process

There are 174 engineering colleges in Punjab and around 33 are in Mohali. The private to public colleges ratio is 5.69, with 148 private and 26 public engineering colleges in Punjab.

Number of engineering colleges in punjab

Source: Official Survey

  • Just like other engineering colleges, the top engineering colleges in Punjab also accept JEE Main score for admissions in BTech programmes and GATE for MTech programs.
  • They also ask for a minimum 75% marks in Class XII.
  • Admissions in IIT Ropar are done on the basis of rank obtained in JEE Advanced.

IIT Ropar

One can apply for BTech admission at IIT Ropar after obtaining the JEE Advanced cut-off score as released by the institute. The process of application is as below.

  • Sign up as a new user on the college website. Upon successful registration, one will receive a confirmation mail.
  • Login to the site with credentials, fill the application form online and submit.
  • Application fee of INR 200 must be paid online by everyone except SC/ST/Women; the latter receive a waiver of INR 100.
  • After successfully filling the application, one has to go through the selection criteria based on reservation.

The placement percentage for various branches is as shown in the table below.



Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)


Electrical Engineering (EE)


Mechanical Engineering (ME)


The following graph shows the placement record at IIT Ropar in the past years.

IIT Ropar CTCs offered over the past 5 Years

Source: IIT Ropar Official Website

NIT Jalandhar

Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology is widely referred to as NIT Jalandhar. The admission process for BTech is as below.

  • Admission is only based on JEE Main/JEE Advanced score followed by JoSAA( Joint Seat Allocation Authority) counselling.
  • The student must have studied mathematics and physics in Class XII in addition to a few optionals like chemistry and biology with an aggregate of 60%.
  • Half of the seats are reserved for local Punjab students.

The following chart shows the placements at NIT Jalandhar in the past years.

NIT Jalandhar Placement Offers

Source: NIT Jalandhar Official Website

Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala

Thapar Institute is ranked highest among all the top engineering colleges in Punjab. The college is also deemed to be University.

  • JEE Main acts as the primary selection criteria for Thapar Institute, Patiala after students have scored at least 60% in 10+2.
  • The entrance remains unchanged for the UG courses like B.E/B.Tech and Integrated BE-MBA. However, the lateral entries will be shortlisted based on the LEET exam score.
  • The college also provides undergraduate credit transfer courses in which sophomores can continue their degree in Dublin.
  • There is a 50% reservation criterion for Punjab residents. Along with that, a few more seats are reserved for J&K and North-East students.

The following table shows the placement details at Thapar Institute, Patiala.


No. of Students Placed

No. of Companies Visiting



















Top Engineering Colleges in Punjab: Entrance Exam Wise

The top engineering colleges in Punjab admit students on the basis of various top engineering entrance exams, both national level and state-level. Mentioned below are some of these colleges according to the entrance exam scores they accept.

Top Engineering colleges in Punjab Through JEE Main

Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) is a pan India test for students to get into reputed Institutes like IITs and NITs. Every student in 12th standard with an aggregate of over 60% is eligible to give the test.

Some of the top engineering colleges in Punjab accepting JEE main score are:

  • Dr. B.R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jalandhar
  • CGC College of Engineering, Mohali
  • Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala
  • Chandigarh University, Chandigarh
  • Punjabi University, Patiala
  • Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar

Top Engineering colleges in Punjab Through LEET

Lateral Entry Entrance Test (LEET) is an online test conducted each year by the state board of Haryana for Diploma students to get B.Tech Admission. The candidates will get into the 2nd year of Engineering of their respective branch upon clearing LEET.

Here are some of the top engineering colleges in Punjab through LEET:

  • Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar
  • Sri Sai College of Engineering and Technology, Pathankot
  • Jasdev Singh Sandhu Institute of Engineering & Technology

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Top Engineering colleges in Punjab: Placement Wise

A fresh B.Tech. graduate receives an average annual package of around INR 3-5 LPA if one is from computer science. The other streams generally get a lower package.

  • The top engineering colleges in Punjab manage to get ample amount of placement offers every year. However, the lower-tier colleges suffer when it comes to placements.
  • In Punjab, IIT Ropar, Thapar, and LPU have the highest number of offers and witness the highest-paying companies as well.

Some of the top recruiters visiting these colleges are:










Hero Motocorp

Samsung India

Tata motors



L&T Ltd.


CTCs offered in Top Engineering Colleges in Punjab

Source: Official Institute Websites

Placements also depend upon the stream you choose. Click on the links below to check these colleges stream wise.

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Top Engineering Colleges in Punjab: FAQs

Ques. Which is the best engineering college in Punjab?

Ans. Some of the best engineering colleges in Punjab are:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar
  • Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala
  • Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar

Ques. What are the premier institutes in Punjab?

Ans. The list of premier institutes in Punjab includes IIT Ropar, IIM Amritsar, IISER Mohali and NIT Jalandhar.

Ques. Which is the best private college in Punjab?

Ans. Lovely Professional University (LPU) is popular among the best private colleges in Punjab.

Ques. Which is the best college in Punjab for CSE?

Ans. Thapar University (TU) is ranked and positioned among the top varsities in BRICS by the foremost ranking organization QS. For the CSE branch, Thapar University is also very good as you may get more facilities in Thapar as compared to any other college.

Ques. How are placements in Electrical Engineering in Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh?

Ans. Placements in Electrical engineering are really good. Electrical engineers are eligible for both computer science Companies and the core companies. Apart from that, they are also eligible for the consultancies. They are eligible for the topmost software giants, as well as for automobile companies like Tata Motors, Hero, etc. Overall, the Placements are good with students being offered various core and non-core profiles.

Ques. How are the Computer Science placements at Thapar University?

Ans. Placement records for the Computer Science department are good at Thapar University. Almost every student (satisfying the eligibility of good academic record) of Computer Science grabs a Placement at Thapar. There are many MNCs like Microsoft India, Google, DE-Shaw, Deloitte, and Amazon visiting the campus every year. These companies provide students with their dream job and a good package.


8.5 /10

Faculty :

The knowledge level of every faculty member in our college is just incomparable to any other colleges I have known. Every department has a lead known as the Head of the department. He or she is responsible for all the academic and non- academic activities of the college. Every staff is well versed in their field with high graduation. Their ways of teaching is one which is really inspiring to the students.

Fee Structure And Facilities :

The fee in the University is found to be very feasible. It is easy and possible for all students to pay it without any difficulty. Every student has to pay the fees in a year to year basis. Each year has two semester?s for about six months of each. The yearly payment of fees includes the fees for both the semesters. It is also very affordable to all students of every stage.

Placement Experience :

The placement department of the University undertakes the many steps to achieve the desired results for the students. It conducts Placement Test well before the placement arrives in each and every department (Final Year Students). In-plant training or internships for students are provided in industries during summer and winter vacation.

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7.8 /10

Faculty :

The faculty of the college is too good to be true. They are smart, kind and really helpful. They are reservoirs of knowledge and always believe in sharing the knowledge as much as possible. Moreover, they take personal interest in the growth of every student.

Course Curriculum Overview :

The curriculum of the B.Com course is similar to any other B.Com course just the difference is that here, the focus is majorly on the practical experience of a student. However, regular examinations are held to check the theoretical knowledge of a student.

Campus Life :

To bring students closer and together and to inculcate a feeling of belongingness, students are allowed to organise events and fests. These acts are highly appreciated by the students and also my personal favourite is the Annual Commerce Department Fest.

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8.2 /10

Course Curriculum Overview :

The course curriculum is in accordance with the modern industry and technology trends. The labs focused on helping us gain practical knowledge which we require in our post college life. Although, the exams were frequent and schedule was very tight, but this is the case with every engineering college.

Fee Structure And Facilities :

The fee structure is Rs 1.03 lakh per year during the four year course. The fees was affordable for me but some of my friends had to apply for education loan to pursue the same. This amount is comparable with other colleges that offer E courses.

Faculty :

The faculty is highly qualified and most of them have done research work in their respective subjects. They take keen interest in imparting their knowledge to us. They are always available for doubt clearing sessions and also help in project related work.

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