IIT Madras starts sports excellence based admission in UG programmes

IIT Madras has started the ‘Sports Excellence Admission’ (SEA) from the academic year 2024-2025.

Through this initiative, the Institute will offer two supernumerary seats, of which one will be exclusively for female students, in each of its undergraduate programs for Indian Nationals.

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IIT Madras, which is the first IIT in India to recognize & reward talented students who have excelled in sports, is accepting applications for 2 seats per Dept, which will include at least half of the seats for female students.


IIT Madras is the first IIT in the country to introduce admissions for sportspersons in its undergraduate programmes.

Further details are available on the portal: https://jeeadv.iitm.ac.in/sea


The objective behind this initiative is to recognize and reward talented students who have excelled in sports.

This program encourages deserving students to pursue higher education while continuing to excel in their sports.


The admission process through SEA will require a student to qualify JEE (Advanced) but would not be through Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) portal rather through a separate portal operated by IIT Madras, which was launched on 11 June 2024.

IIT MadrasDirector of IIT Madras

Welcoming sportspersons to apply through the SEA, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said sports not only teaches youth to maintain good health and disciplined life but also the mental maturity to handle success and failures, and how to transform failures to success with perseverance and hard work.

Sports quota will ensure presence of youth with these qualities in our campus who will be role models for other children, said Director of IIT Madras.

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Candidates who have secured a position in the Common Rank List (CRL) or category-wise rank list in the JEE (Advanced) 2024, and have won at least one medal in any national or international-level sports competition in the last four years are encouraged to apply, say sources from IIT Madras.


A separate ‘Sports Rank List’ (SRL) will be prepared based on the total score obtained by the candidates based on their performance in a specific list of sports. The seat allotment will be done based on this list.

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IIT Madras has added many sports-related electives and has state-of-the-art sports infrastructure besides research facilities.

This includes the Center of Excellence in Sports Science and Analytics (CESSA), which delivers high quality Sports science and education courses.

It is also developing sports coaching products targeted at students and coaches through various strategic collaborations, say sources from IIT Madras.

IIT MadrasAbout IIT Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) was established in 1959 by the Government of India as an ‘Institute of National Importance.’

The activities of the Institute in various fields of Science and Technology are carried out in 18 academic departments and several advanced interdisciplinary research academic centres.

The Institute offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to B.Tech., M.Sc., M.B.A., M.Tech., M.S., and Ph.D., degrees in a variety of specialisations.

IIT Madras is a residential institute with more than 600 faculty and 9,500 students.

Students from 18 countries are enrolled here. IIT Madras fosters an active entrepreneurial culture with strong curricular support and through the IITM Incubation Cell.

Recognized as an Institution of Eminence (IoE) in 2019, IITM has been ranked No.1 in the ‘Overall’ Category for the fifth consecutive year in India Ranking 2023 released by National Institutional Ranking Framework, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India.

The Institute has also been ranked No.1 in the ‘Engineering Institutions’ category in the same Rankings for eight consecutive years – from 2016 to 2023.

It was also adjudged as the ‘Top innovative Institution’ in the country in Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

ARIIA Ranking was launched by the Innovation Cell of Ministry of Education.


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