N.R. Narayana Murthy

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IIT schools require an incredibly difficult entrance exam. As its reputation has grown, through the notoriety of its alums -- including N.R. Narayana Murthy -- the competition to get in is increasingly tough. Murthy, who earned a master's degree from IIT Kanpur, cofounded Infosys (INFY), a global IT outsourcing company, in 1981. Infosys employs over 194,000 people.

Nandan Nilekani and Senapathy "Kris" Gopalakrishnan, two other cofounders, also attended IIT schools: one in Bombay and the other in Madras, respectively. All three campuses were among the first IIT schools to be established in India in the late 1950s.

First published July 14, 2016: 2:03 PM ET

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