ITI Full form? Check ITI Course and trade details.

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What is ITI?

ITI Full form in English:Industrial Training Institute”.

ITI Full form in Hindi: औद्योगिक प्रशिक्षण संस्थान

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These institutes constituted under the Directorate General of Training (DGT), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Union Government to provide training in various trades.

ITI course is designed to provide industrial training to candidates in different trades so that they can help organizations in industrial development growth and deliver through their experience.

The main purpose to establish ITI was to fulfill the needs of trained workers in the fastest-growing Industrial sector by providing skilled labor.

During ITI candidates get training in different trades such as Fitter, Tool and Die-Maker, Electrician, Plumber, Carpenter, Firemen, Data entry operator, etc.

Candidates pursuing this course get industrial training also along with their study.

It means if someone doesn’t want to spend too much time in higher studies and just wants to start his career as soon as possible then ITI is the best option for them. The course duration ranges from 1 year to 3 years and courses include technical and non-technical courses.


ITI Training duration is different for different trades and varies from 6 to 36 months. It was initiated by the Directorate General of Training (DGT) in 1950 with the name “Craftsmen Training Scheme”.

After completing the training candidates have to write the All India Trade Test (AITT). Candidates who successfully cleared the All India Trade Test will get the National Trade Certificate (NTC) by AITT.

After receiving the NTC certificate candidates can start practicing according to their trades.

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Admission process

Admission in ITI is done based on the guidelines released by NCVT. Admission starts every year in April, May, June, July depends on the institute.

Some Institutes take a written test for admission and some institutes take admission on the basis of marks scored in 8th, 10th, or 12th class.

Written exam and merit base are the two preferred methods of ITI Admission. Candidates must contact the Institue they want to apply for all details about the admission process.

The admission process is different for different states.

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Eligibility criteria

Please find below information about ITI eligibility criteria.

  • Eligibility criteria depend on the trades you want to choose.
  • Candidates can apply after the 8th, 10th, and 12th classes. Age of an applicant must be 14 years or more.
  • For admission in some trades, candidates must have passed class 8th, 10th in the subjects required for that trade
  • Candidates must have completed his education from any recognized board/ Institution.

Fee structure

ITI course fee starts from 1000 Rs and goes up to 10000 Rs. The fee is different for different trades.

The course fee is also different for technical and non-technical courses.

Generally, Technical courses are costlier than non-technical courses.

Also if you are pursuing ITI from any private college then you will have to pay some extra money as compared to a Government college.


There are many benefits of ITI courses. Please have a look at some important benefits mentioned below.

  • If someone doesn’t have too much interest in the study or if someone wants to support his family as early as possible then he can pursue the ITI course which can be completed in 6 months to 2 years depends on the trades you choose.
  • After completion of the course, candidates can apply in different organizations for internship opportunities.
  • Some companies like Mahindra, Bajaj, Tata, Aditya Birla, Honda, Essar, L&T, ITC, Wipro, etc offer permanent job opportunities to the candidates completed ITI course.
  • After completion of the course candidates can even start their own business as well with the help of the training they get during the ITI course. The Indian government also provides loans without guarantee to ITI trained candidates under the mudra load scheme.
  • Candidates can even apply for government jobs that hire trained professionals. There are a lot of government jobs that come every year for ITI especially in Indian Railway, Delhi Metro Central, and state-level public sector units, Indian Navy, Indian Army, Air Force, Vocational Education Department, Technical Education Department, etc.
  • If someone wants to apply for the Diploma course then he can get lateral entry in 2nd year directly after the ITI course.
  • Another benefit is the ITI course is cheaper than other diploma or degree courses.

Trades list.

As per the recently updated data by the National Council of Vocational Training, Ministry of Skill Development, And Entrepreneurship, There are 138 ITI trades in 15,042 Institutes in India. Candidates can check the availability of different trades in the ITI institutes they want to apply to. The important Trade list is mentioned below.

In the below table candidates can find ITI course after 8th, 10th, and 12th class.

ITI trades (courses) list:

ITI TradeEligibilityDuration
Architectural Assistant12th class1 year
Architectural Draughtsmanship12th class2 years
Commercial Art10th class1 year
Basic Cosmetology12th class1 year
Book Binder8th class1 year
Call Centre Assistant12th class1 year
Carpenter8th class1 year
Catering and Hospitality Assistant12th class1 year
Computer Operator and Programming Assistant (copa)12th class2 years
Computer Hardware & Networking12th class2 years
Craftsman Food Production (General)12th class2 years
Craftsman Food Production (Vegetarian)12th class2 years
Creche Management12th class1 year
Cutting and Sewing8th class1 year
Dental Laboratory Equipment Technician12th class2 years
Desktop Publishing Operator12th class1 year
Draughtsman (Civil)10th class2 years
Draughtsman (Mechanical)10th class2 years
Dress Making10th class1 year
Electricians10th class2 years
Embroidery & Needle Worker8th class1 year
Firemen10th class1 year
Fitter10th class2 years
Footwear Maker10th class1 year
Foundryman Technician10th class1 year
GoldSmith12th class2 years
Health Safety and Environment12th class1 year
Health Sanitary Inspector12th class2 years
Human Resource Executive12th class1 year
Information Technology10th class2 years
Instrument Mechanic12th class
Instrument Mechanic (Chemical Plant)10th class2 years
Insurance Agent12th class1 year
Interior Decoration and Designing12th class1 year
Leather Goods Maker10th class1 year
Library & Information Science12th class1 year
Litho Offset Machine Minder10th class
Marine Fitter12th class1 year
Marketing Executive12th class1 year
Mason (Building Constructor)12th class1 year
Mechanic (Radio & TV)10th class2 years
Mechanic (Refrigeration and Air-Conditioner)10th class2 year
Mechanic (Tractor)8th class1 year
Mechanic Agricultural Machinery12th class2 years
Mechanic Auto Electrical and Electronics10th class2 years
Mechanic Consumer Electronics Appliances10th class2 years
Mechanic Diesel Engine10th class1 year
Mechanic Lens or Prism Grinding12th class2 years
Mechanic Motor Vehicle10th class2 years
Multimedia Animation and Special Effects12th class1 year
Old Age Care Assistant12th class1 year
Physiotherapy Technician12th class2 years
Plastic Processing Operator12th class1 year
Plumber8th class1 year
Preservation of Fruits and Vegetables10th class
Pump Operator-cum-Mechanic10th class1 year
Radiology Technician12th class2 year
Secretarial Practice (English)10th class1 year
Sheet Metal Worker10th class1 year
Stenographer & Secretarial Assistant (English)12th class1 year
Stenographer & Secretarial Assistant (Hindi)12th class1 year
Surveyor12th class2 year
Tool & Die Maker (Dies &Moulds)10th class3 years
Tool & Die Maker (Press Tools, Jigs & Fixtures)10th class3 years
Travel & Tour Assistant12th class1 year
Turner10th class2 years
Weaving Technician8th class
Welder (Gas and Electric)8th class1 year
Wireman8th class2 years

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Can I do ITI after 12th?

Yes, ITI can be done after the 8th, 10th, and 12th classes. It depends on the trades you choose. Some trades that can be chosen after class 12th are Stenographer, Physiotherapy Technician, Radiology Technician, Architectural Draughtsmanship, Computer Operator % Programming Assistant (COPA), etc. Click here to know more about ITI trades.

Which ITI course is best?

Some popular ITI course is mentioned below which considered the best as most of the candidates choose these trades while taking admission in the course.
i) Computer Operator & Programming Assistant (COPA)
ii) Fitter
iii) Electrician
iv) Machinist
v) Mechanic Motor Vehicle
vi) Electronic Mechanic
vii) Tool & Die Maker (Dies &Moulds)
viii) Tool & Die Maker (Press Tools, Jigs & Fixtures)
ix) Welder (Gas and Electric)
x) Surveyor
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How many ITI trade courses are available in India?

There are as many as 130 ITI trades available in India. The availability of trades depends on the institutes you want to apply. Out of 130 trades, around 77 are engineering, 48 are nonengineering and 5 are for visually impaired. We have already mentioned some popular trade list in our article.

ITI or polytechnic, Which is the better option?

ITI is a certificate course and can be completed from 6 months to 2 years. Polytechnic is 3 years duration diploma course. You can apply for ITI after the 8th class also but Polytechnic can be done only after the 12th class. Candidates having 3 years diploma always get higher salaries than a certificate holder. So Polytechnic is better than ITI.

Is ITI a good course?

Yes, ITI is a good course to start your career early in your life. It also makes you self dependent and you can start your own business as well. There are a lot of trades available and anyone can choose a trade according to their interest.

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