Who is an engineer? An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical, societal and commercial problems. Engineers have important jobs because they give life to new innovations that can help bring about positive change. The field of engineering is popular among students not only because it offers a variety of job opportunities but because it helps students to evolve from thinkers to makers. Of course it does help the case that engineering jobs offer very handsome pay packages. If critical thinking and qualitative analysis are qualities that you possess then you should seriously consider pursuing engineering as a career.


In government institutes, it can cost anywhere around R 50,000 to R 1 lakh. However, in private institutions it can cost anywhere in the range of R 2 lakh – 3 lakhs.


In engineering, you can choose from a variety of job opportunities and specialities such as

  1. Aerospace Engineer – It deals with the design, creation and operation of machines related to flying – planes, missiles, rockets, spacecrafts etc.
  2. Agricultural Engineer – It focuses on the design and operation of tools, implements and machines that are used in the practice of agriculture.
  3. Automotive Engineer – It deals with the design, creation, manufacture and operation of machines relevant to automobiles.
  4. Biomedical Engineer – It combines the design and problem solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to advance health care treatment.
  5. Chemical Engineer – It deals with the engineering of chemicals, energy and the processes that create and/or convert them.
  6. Civil Engineer – It deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment.
  7. Computer Engineer – It deals with the design, development, manufacture and maintenance of computer components.
  8. Drafting and Design Engineer – It involves creating plans and designs that can be followed by construction workers, architects and manufacturers.
  9. Electrical Engineer – It involves research, development, design, creation and maintenance of a diverse set of objects ranging from Global Positioning Systems to semi-conductor chips used in mobile phones.
  10. Environmental Engineer – It addresses the issue of energy preservation, production asset and control of waste from human and animal activities.
  11. Geological Engineer – It deals with detailed technical analysis of earth material and the risk assessment of geological hazards.
  12. Marine Engineer – It involves designing, construction and management of ships and other naval vehicles.
  13. Mechanical Engineer – It deals with the design, construction, and operation of power plants, engines, and machines.
  14. Petroleum Engineer – It involves activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, which can be either crude oil or natural gas.
  15. Software Engineer – It deals with the study and application of engineering to the design, development, and maintenance of software


Starting salary for engineers would vary for different organizations. Usually the pay package is around R 3,00,000 to R 4,00,000 per annum. However, there are a few organizations that are willing to pay more for engineers with potential. During recruitment, you need to be able to convince your employers that you are capable and skilled, if they think of you as a valued employee then you can negotiate for better pay packages.

There are many qualities that you need to possess in order to become a successful engineer. You need to be able to express your ideas well, display team work and problem solving skills, and be willing to learn from different situations and seniors. You must also have a clear understanding of the social, ethical, environmental and professional responsibilities associated with the job. It is a very competitive field and so you need to rise above the competition through hard-work and dedication in order to reach the top.


B.E courses – Pass in 10+2 with a minimum aggregate of 60% in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

B.Tech courses – Pass in 10+2 with a minimum aggregate of 60% in Mathematics/Biology, Physics and Chemistry.


B.E – Computer Science and Engineering – 4 years

B.E – Electrical and Electronics Engineering – 4 years

B.E – Electronics and Communication Engineering – 4 years

B.E – Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering – 4 years

B.E – Electronics and Control Engineering – 4 years

B.E – Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering – 4 years

B.E – Mechanical Engineering – 4 years

B.E – Automobile Engineering – 4 years

B.E – Mechanical & Production Engineering – 4 years

B.E – Aeronautical Engineering – 4 years

B.E – Civil Engineering – 4 years

B.Tech – Information Technology – 4 years

B.Tech – Chemical Engineering – 4 years

B.Tech – Biotechnology – 4 years

B.Tech – Bioinformatics – 4 years

B.Tech – Biomedical Engineering – 4 Years

BEST Institutes

BITS, Pilani

Bangalore Institute of Technology, Karnataka

Samalkha Group of Institution, NCR belt, Delhi (For Aeronautical Engineering)

Vivekananda Institute of Technology, Bangalore

Reality Byte

Our country produces 1.5 million engineers every year. And I am one face in that vast sea of people. For the past three years, I’ve been in an engineering college and one thing I can say for sure is that if you don’t have the passion for it, don’t pursue it because an engineering college in India can really grill you to the core. Life as an engineering student has its own merits and de-merits. Sometimes it is fun to learn about the latest technologies and gadgets and sometimes it can be rough as well when you have to sit all night to finish your lab files. The curriculum in India focuses more on bookish knowledge. We are made to mug up formulas and equations rather than learn the actual implementation and practical realisations. But then again, engineering college hostels are a store house of fun!

Manosha Borah, Student, Sikkim



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