I decided to explore the trend of past one decade to see what the data says about career preferences of IIT graduates.

%age of IITK graduates in USA as a function of year of entrance

%age of IITK graduates in India as a function of year of entrance


  1. Data is only about under graduates (b.tech + m.tech + msc integrated courses) – I removed data about post-graduates since I have seen that they usually follow a different career trajectory than under graduates
  2. It is based on year of entrance to IIT (and not year of passing)
  3. Few alumnis went to Europe, Singapore, Korea, Middle-east, Australia and Africa. (not covered in the graphs)
  4. Data covers only IITK alumni (I did not have the data of the rest)
  5. Data covers all departments.
  6. The anomaly at 1997 (year of graduation=2001) is probably due to the dot-com bust and recession in USA economy in 2001.

I do believe that graphs are good enough to draw qualitative conclusions but due to aforementioned limitations, I would suggest the reader to refrain from drawing any quantitative conclusions.

The graphs are based on the data provided by Cherian Varkey Mathew