Successful student who didn’t get selected in IIT or NIT

You have to Just know by yourself that getting into IIT is not a success. There are hundreds of examples (really hundreds of) of people who were not IITian and today they are a successful person.

Successful people who were not IITian or an NITian
Successful people who were not IITian or an NITian

1. Sandeep Maheshwari

College DropOut
He was not an IITian , now he is the owner of Largest Collection of Indian Images and Videos  and a motivator who never charges a single rupee for motivating others (even no ads are there on his videos on Youtube)
You must watch his Last Life Changing seminar .

2. Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Delhi College of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
Founder of One97 and PayTM . He was a graduate from Delhi College of Engineering (Electrical Engineering Department) and today he is the founder of PayTM.

3. Ratan Tata

Ratan Naval Tata (born 28 December 1937) is an Indian businessman and chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons. He was the chairman of Tata Group, a Mumbai-based conglomerate from 1991–2012. He stepped down as the chairman of Tata Group, on 28 December 2012 but continues as the chairman of the Group’s charitable trusts.

4. Honey Singh

You Know him very well.

5. Kapil Sharma

He have just the self confidence and a comedian . You may also know him very well. He was also not an IITian.

6. Narendra Modi

He was also not an IITian.

7. Azim Premji

Azim Hashim Premji is an Indian business tycoon and philanthropist who is the chairman of Wipro Limited, informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry and also guiding Wipro through four decades. He was not an IITian but from Standford University

8. N.R. Narayan Murthy

Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy CBE, commonly referred to as Narayana Murthy, is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys, a multinational corporation providing business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services. He was also not from IIT. He was from National Institute of Engineering.

9. Vinod Khutal

grew up near Indore and studied architecture, before studying computer science. An ad by game developer Gameloft on led him to a job in their Hyderabad office, where he eventually became a game designer. In 2009, he founded Twist Mobile, with apps such as Age Effect. He tied up with VServ to use their app-wrapper technology for ads embedded in apps. Success stories included becoming the first Asian company with 10 million downloads on Noki’s Ovi store. “Today’s killer app is tomorrow’s delete,” says Khutal, who has now branched out into Android and iPhone apps.

10. Alok Kejriwal

Sydenham College, Campion School

Alok Kejriwal is a top serial entrepreneur from India who made his name with the Contests2Win companies, especially Games2Win, which comScore rates as one of the top 20 online gaming businesses in the world. The site has hundreds of games and gets over 15 million unique users each month. A typical Mumbai boy, Kejriwal’s alma mater consists of the Campion School in Colaba and the Sydenham College. While The Walt Disney Company has acquired Mobile2win China, he now acts as a mentor for many startups and has launched a community for budding entrepreneurs – Rodin Hoods.

11. Sriram Subramanya

grew up in Pondicherry and started work in the auto ancillary business, with postings in Chennai and Bangalore and training in Germany. He later moved into the desktop publishing business, migrating from print designs to digital content. Sriram’s wife had to sell her jewellery at one stage to fund the growth of the company, Integra. A tight focus on quality, precision and business culture helped grow the company into one of the world’s Top 10 in publishing BPO. The company also won the Gender Inclusivity Award from NASSCOM.

12. Rohit Bhatt

grew up in Udupi, Karnataka, and studied computer science. He started off with a Japanese company making Mac products. Exposure to Japanese passion, determination, pride and quality inspired him also to strike out on his own, in the area of Indian language computing. Rohit was also inspired by Taiwanese companies who started off with contract manufacturing then branched out with their own brands such as HTC and Acer. His company, Robosoft, also spawned product companies Global Delight (utility apps such as Camera Plus) and 99 Games (such as Wordsworth and ‘Dhoom 3’ games).

13. Sanjay Vijaykumar, Sijo Kuruvilla George and Pranav Suresh

were engineering students in Trivandrum, and started off their first business by selling SIM card packages for students. Their company MobME began with mobile content for movie and TV promotion. Investment also came from wealthy Keralites in India and overseas. But their biggest idea was to amplify their success via Startup Village: to create an innovation hub like YCombinator and ultimately create a ‘Silicon Coast’ – which eventually found support from the government and private sector. As a result, Kerala has become the first state in India with an official student entrepreneurship policy.

14. Deepak Dhadotti

grew up in Belgaum in an agricultural family, studied engineering and then joined the UK company, Moog, in the area of servo-controls. He travelled extensively in Asia and Europe, building deep experience – and also causing worry to his parents that he may marry a foreign woman. They arranged a marriage for him with a local bride, and he moved back to India eventually. Deepak started Servo Controls India with his brother, bagging orders from HAL and then the steel and power industry. Tie-ups with Russian companies and the Tata group have also proven lucrative.

15. Dilafrose Qazi

grew up in Kashmir, and refined her business skills while studying in a government college. She stared part-time courses for women, and eventually set up the SSM College of Engineering, the first private engineering college in all of Kashmir. She ploughed on ahead, despite having her brother and husband kidnapped and being attacked by militants. Qazi even opened a sister college in Haryana for Kashmiris, helping ensure that the next generation would have sources of livelihood.

16. Nand Kishore Chaudhary

grew up in Churu, Marwar, and started off his carpet business with weavers from the ‘chamar’ caste, regarded as untouchables. Today, Jaipur Rugs is India’s biggest exporter of hand-knotted carpets. The company connects woven products directly to global markets, and employs a range of weavers, including tribal women. A focus on local inclusion and global trends led the company to be profiled as a case study by the late great Prof. C.K. Prahalad.

17. C.V. Jacob

grew up in Kolencherry, Kerala, with his father working in the construction industry. He started off in the resin industry, when a trip to Japan exposed him to oleoresins, or liquefied spice extracts. Jacob returned to India, picked up know-how from the Central Food Technology Research Institute in Mysore, and started the firm Synthite. He later on set up joint ventures in Europe and a factory in China, and his firm is now the world’s largest company in oleoresins.

18. Parakramsinh Jadeja

grew up in Rajkot and excelled in cricket and chess as a student. He mastered lathe technology in school and eventually got into computerised numerical control (CNC) machines. Partnership with Siemens and exposure to machine tool fairs in Paris led him to master the tool business based out of India as Jyoti CNC, and the acquisition of a French company turned out to be a win-win situation. As the largest manufacturer of machine tools in India, Jyoti CNC is planning an IPO.

19. Jagjit Singh Kapoor

his parents were displaced from Pakistan during the Partition, and he grew up in Doraha, Punjab. He started off in the wine business but then moved into beekeeping and exporting of honey products. A trip to the UK to chase a non-paying customer ended up opening his eyes to a whole new world of quality, processing and technology. Today, Kashmir Apiaries is the largest exporter of honey from India, and Singh started the National Bee Board to increase awareness and networking for beekeepers.

20. Mukhtarul Amin

grew up in Kanpur and left college to work in the family’s leather business. He tapped into the offshoring trend and partnered with European companies, importing their technology. Superhouse Group is now India’s largest leather exporter. Amin also gave back to society by starting schools and an engineering college to educate the next generation.

21. Vivek Deshpande and Kirit Joshi

met as engineering students in Nagpur, and started off by selling study materials for students as VK Publishers. They then set up a workshop for office furniture, where exposure to Canadian and German companies led them to launch Spacewood, a trend-setter in modular kitchen components.

22. Bahadur Ali

grew up in Rajnandgaon in Madhya Pradesh. His father died at an early age, and he got into the poultry business. That also led him into the poultry feed business and soya bean processing, thus opening up the larger ‘protein’ market for his company, the India Broiler Group, with a turnover of Rs 2,200 crores.

23. Chandubhai Virani

and his brothers started selling chips in a local cinema in Rajkot, and today their company Balaji Wafers has a 65% market share in five states, holding out against local and MNC competitors. They first tried the fertiliser business and then running a hostel, before settling on chips and snacks. Adherence to quality helped them get early customers, followed by importing Japanese machines and taking loans to grow their factory.

24. Sandeep Kapoor

grew up in Jodhpur, and worked in his grandfather’s photo studio. Later he joined ITC, getting exposure to Russia and China in the perfume business. He realised the potential of this sector in India, and returned to start Perfume Station. With a wide range of pricing and open minded customer care, he first expanded in Tier 2 and 3 cities before moving into the metros.

25. Srikumar Misra

grew up in Bhubaneshwar, studied engineering in Pune, and joined Tata Tea as part of the mergers & acquisitions team, criss-crossing the world in a jet-setting lifestyle. But the startup bug bit him, and he joined TiE London to interact with entrepreneurs. He returned to Orissa to set up a dairy company, Milk Mantra, plunging into the world of cows, distributors and packaging.

26. Muruganantham

grew up in Coimbatore, with little material wealth but lots of nature and practical wisdom. In the face of criticism from his own family for acting like a ‘mad man,’ he developed a machine to make low-cost sanitary napkins. In the sustainable business model of his company, Jayashree Industries, machines are given to women entrepreneurs who make and sell the napkins to others. Interest in the machines has been received from other parts of Asia and Africa as well.

27. Chandrasekhar Sankurathri

a fisheries expert from Andhra Pradesh who became a well known researcher in Canada, lost his parents when he was a child – and his wife and children to the terrorist bombing of Air India’s Kanishka aircraft en route from Canada to the UK. Deep soul searching led him to come back to Kakinada and set up the Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology (with inputs from Aravind Eye Hospital) and Sarada Vidayalam School. He eventually converted his deep sense of anguish and loss into a force for successful social enterprise.

28.  Shravan Kumaran and Sanjay Kumaran

Perhaps India’s youngest entrepreneurs, these 14 and 12 year old techie brothers are the founders of Go Dimensions, an app development unit they founded in 2011 in their home in Chennai. Over the years, they have developed eleven different apps that are available on the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play Store. THe apps have received more than 35,000+ downloads.  The two have given various presentations as IIM-B as well as at a TedX conference.


Sydenham College, Manekji Cooper

Ashish Hemrajani, who helms one of India’s top entertainment ticketing applications and analysis solutions provider, Bigtree Entertainment, is an MBA from the Mumbai University (Sydenham College). He completed his schooling from the prestigious Manekji Cooper School in Juhu, Mumbai. After a two-year stint at J. Walter Thompson (JWT), Hemrajani founded Bigtree Entertainment that launched Bookmyshow, which has managed to grab 90% market share in the online entertainment ticketing space. In addition, the Network 18 group has heavily invested in his company.


D.G. Ruparel College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Arya Vidya Mandir

Bhavin Turakhia is an internet maverick, who managed to have a vision about the internet industry in India as no one did. Turakhia, while still in college at Ruparel founded Directi, a web products company, in the late nineties. Now, a technology conglomerate, it has nearly a thousand employees. There are two special things about Directi. One is a pretty well known fact that Turakhia started the company with a capital of Rs 25,000 from his father. What many people don’t know is that thanks to the company’s culture and hiring practices, quite a few employees of Directi have gone and helmed important positions at major startups and have founded their own companies. Turakhia is a top entrepreneur in India who has thus indirectly mentored many entrepreneurs in India.


Kannur University (Dropout)

Deepak Ravindran founded one of the leading mobile companies Innoz, while still at college in 2008 along with three of his fellow students. This tech startup operates the largest offline mobile search engine 55444, which has managed to clock 15 million plus user, and is still growing. In fact, Innoz was rated among the top 100 technology companies by the Red Herring magazine. The only connection that Ravindran has with top educational institutions such as IIT, IIM, or Stanford is that he’s given lectures about the finer nuances of entrepreneurship and starting up to the students of these elite institutions!

32. Dippak Khurana

Narsee Monjee, St. Thomas High School

Dippak Khurana, the co-founder of, earned his Bachelor’s in Commerce as well as his management degree from Narsee Monjee in Mumbai. His company acts as an advertising network for app developers, publishers, and advertisers, enabling major global brands and digital agencies for the in-app marketing. Prior to starting up, Khurana worked at major digital technology projects for biggies like Times of India, Yahoo, and Mauj. However, his zeal for entrepreneurship began during his college days when he started up a business manufacturing and selling t-shirts with rock band prints, which was followed up by a livestock business after graduation.


University of Madras, SASTRA University, and Campion

Girish Mathrubootham, who is the Founder & CEO for one of the leading customer support software provider Freshdesk, could well be an ideal role model for all professionals working at tech companies. Educated at the SASTRA University (Bachelor of Engineering) and University of Madras (MBA in Marketing), Girish got the idea of a helpdesk software after reading an online discussion, after which he thoroughly followed it up and quit his plush job at ZOHO. Freshdesk is now one of the top web based customer support platform, thanks to its really simple to use GUI and intuitive interface. Mathrubootham’s experience and leadership, coupled with competitive rates has made the service a preferred choice of not only startups but also major corporations.


(Dropout), Wilson College Kunal Shah

the co-founder and CEO of, completed his Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and joined the NMIMS to pursue an MBA but soon dropped out. While he began his first company, PaisaBack, a business process outsourcing firm in 2009, it was which has caught the interest of many. Established in 2010, the online recharged site has attracted the likes of Sequoia Capital India, who have pumped in Rs 20 crore. Another indicator of Shah’s success with is the number of copycat sites that have come up and imitated their business model!


Osmania University (Dropout), Kendriya Vidyalaya

Say the words digital media and startups, the first person that comes to your mind is Mahesh Murthy. Schooled at a Kendriya Vidyalaya, Murthy then went to Osmania University to study Chemical Engineering but dropped out after a year and just like every other dropout in India those days, joined the advertising industry and grew through the ranks. He eventually founded Pinstorm, one of India’s top digital marketing agencies. But Mahesh Murthy’s stint with entrepreneurship started in 1999, when he co-founded Geodesic, a pioneering company since it was product-driven. He is also a well-know investor, and is the Managing Partner at Seedfund, which invests in technology companies.

36. Neeraj Roy

SIMSREE, Allahabad University, St. Joseph’s College

Nainital Neeraj Roy, the MD & CEO of Hungama, completed his schooling at St. Joseph’s College in Nainital and then went to Allahabad University. Always, wanting to be an entrepreneur, Roy then came to Mumbai where he completed his MBA from Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE). Hungama is one of Asia’s top digital and mobile entertainment firms. Roy founded the company in 1999, after spending close to a decade at the Taj Group of Hotels and Prime Securities. In addition to being a top entrepreneur, Neeraj Roy has also invested in a company started up by an ex-Hungama employee.

37. Nitish Mittersain

Sydenham College, Bombay Scottish

Nitish Mittersain is the founder and CEO of Nazara, one of India’s top mobile content platform provider and games publishers. Schooled at the Bombay Scottish, he then went to Sydenham College in Mumbai (just like the other top entrepreneurs in India on this list). While in college, Mittersain launched the firm, which focused only on games but it later started to provide content too.The company started just after the dotcom bubble burst but managed to rake in some Rs 20 crores in 2005 from Sequoia Capital. Nazara has come a long way since then and has even backed and incubated another gaming startup, Playcaso, which focuses on casual and social games.

38. Rudrajeet Desai

Fergusson College, Kendriya Vidyalaya

Rudrajeet Desai is the co-founder and CEO of Ideacts Innovations, a startup that has developed software for cyber-cafes and then successfully dabbled in technology solutions for online shopping. Desai graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the Fergusson College in Pune. He has completed his schooling at a Kendriya Vidyalaya. Commonly known as a cyber cafe advertising company, Ideacts Innovations managed to raise capital from Sequoia. Prior to starting up, Rudrajeet Desai worked for industry majors such as BPL Mobile, Cadbury, Mobile2win, and Group M, working on diverse fields, including large-scale distribution networks and branding.

39. Sandeep Singh

Symbiosis, Delhi University

Sandeep Singh is the co-founder of one of India’s leading online lifestyle apparel brand, Freecultr. He finished complete his Bachelors of Commerce with honors at the Delhi University, during which he also had his first stint with entrepreneurship. After graduation, Singh went to Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, where he completed his MBA with a specialization in communication and advertising. Freecultr is a young firm that was started in December 2011 by Sandeep Singh, Sujal Shah (who has now exited the firm), and Rajesh Narkar, and has been funded by the Smile Group. In addition to Freecultr, Singh previously started up Quasar Media, one of India’s top digital marketing agencies.

40. Varun Singh

Kurukshetra University (Dropout), Kendriya Vidyalaya

Varun Singh is the founder and CEO of ScaleArc, a Santa Clara-based technology firm that specializes in database infrastructure solutions. After completing his schooling from a Kendriya Vidyalaya, Singh joined the Kurukshetra University to study electronics and telecommunications but eventually dropped out. While he started off as a tech journalist, Singh created and worked on major online properties related to technology news/information in India, such as TechTree, Tech2, Web18, etc. He eventually started up ScaleArc, which has received some rave reviews and managed to get funding from major VC firms, such as Nexus Ventures, Accel Partners, and Trinity Ventures. This Indian entrepreneur is also a well know host for top technology-related shows on major networks, including CNN and Economic Times Now.

41. Vinay Gupta

Sri Venkateswara University, Kendriya Vidyalaya

Vinay Gupta, the Chairman, Founder, and CEO of Via, completed his schooling at a Kendriya Vidyalaya and then went to Sri Venkateswara University and graduated with a degree in engineering (computer science). Formerly known as Flightraja, Via is India’s largest technology based travel services firm, and a network that spans 900+ cities in the country along with 17000 agents. Coming from a management consultancy background, Gupta has worked with companies such as Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, etc. He founded Via in 2006, and has taken the company to great heights, attracting investments from Sequoia Capital and NEA IndoUS Ventures.

42. Vinay Sanghi

Sydenham College, Campion School

Vinay Sanghi is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of | Buy Used Cars in India, New Cars, Sell Cars, Car Prices, one of India’s top online motoring market for buyers and sellers of new and used vehicles. Born and raised in Mumbai, Sanghi too went to the Campion School and then went to the Sydenham College to complete his graduation. While Sanghi commenced his career at a Bajaj dealership with a job in the sales department, it was in 1999 when he had his first real tryst as an entrepreneur after launched Automart, an online platform for selling pre-owned vehicles. But his claim to fame is with | Buy Used Cars in India, New Cars, Sell Cars, Car Prices, which has become a go-to site for car buyers in India, thanks to a network that spans 80 cities and 12000+ dealers. The company has backing of Canaan Partners, Tiger Global, and Epiphany.

43. Virat Khutal

Pune Institute of Computer Technology, IPS Academy, Indore Public School

Virat Khutal is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Twist Mobile, a Singapore-based mobile development company that focuses on mobile applications and games for India and other emerging countries. Schooled at the Indore Public School, Khutal then studied at the IPS Academy and Pune Institute of Computer Technology. Founded some five years ago, Twist Mobile has made a name for itself in application and game development, and has managed to attract investments from the likes of Matrix Partners India as well as Achal Choudhary, who provided the seed fund. Prior to this, Khutal worked as a game designer at games industry biggie Gameloft in Pune.

44. Vishal Gondal

RA Podar College Of Commerce & Economics, General Education Academy

Vishal Gondal is most probably India’s answer to the Cliff Bleszinskis and Gabe Newells! Schooled at the General Education Academy, Gondal then went to the well-known RA Podar College to study commerce but eventually dropped out to concentrate on his entrepreneurial ambitions. While he dabbled in video games and software development during his teenage years, it was in 1999 when he founded Indiagames, which went on to establish itself as one of the top gaming companies in India. The gaming company set up offices in other countries too. Disney acquired it for around a hundred million dollars in 2011, and Gondal was then made the MD of the newly formed DisneyUTV Digital (from which he quit recently). A true entrepreneur at heart, Vishal Gondal also invests in new startups via Sweat And Blood

45. Pranav Mistry

– B.Tech in CSE from Nirma Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
– Master of Design at IDC, IIT Bombay

– Master of Science at MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
– PhD at MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Pranav Mistry (born 14 May 1981) is a computer scientistand Inventor. At present, he is the Global Vice President of Research at Samsung and the head of Think Tank Team. He is best known for his work on SixthSense, SamsungGalaxy Gear and Project Beyond.[1][2] His research interests include Wearable Computing, Augmented reality,Ubiquitous computing, Gestural interaction, AI, Machine vision, Collective intelligence and Robotics. World Economic Forum honored Mistry as one of the Young Global Leader 2013. He introduced Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch in September 2013.In the past. Before joining MIT, Pranav worked as a UX Researcher with Microsoft.  Here is his CV

Companies whose founder were IITians:

  2. (Founder From IIT Delhi)
  3. Myntra
  4. Flipkart (Biggest ecommerce website i still amazon in India)
  5. SnapDeal (Biggest ecommerce website i still amazon in India)
  6. Micromax (By Rahul Sharma IIT Delhi)
  7. PlancessJEE by IIT Bombay Alumni


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