What is B Tech (Bachelor of Technology)?
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) is a professional undergraduate engineering degree programme awarded to candidates after completion of four years of study in the field. This undergraduate programme is your gateway to a career in engineering.
In India, a B.Tech degree is offered across various specialisations. Some of the more prominent ones are as follows:
|Computer Science Engineering||Mechanical Engineering||Chemical Engineering|
|Aerospace Engineering||Civil Engineering||Electrical Engineering|
|Ceramic Engineering||Electronics & Communication Engineering||Instrumentation Engineering|
|Metallurgical Engineering||Petroleum Engineering||Electronics & Electrical Engineering|
While all these specialisations offer bright prospects for students to get into different careers, computer science engineering is probably one of the most sought after nowadays. This is also reflected in the high cut off exam scores that top engineering colleges such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the Indraprastha Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) as well as some of the best central universities command from their respective applicants in order to enroll them for this programme.
In India, all technical programmes such as B.Tech, fall under the regulatory purview of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). Admissions to B.Tech programmes take place through national level/state-level/institute-level engineering entrance examinations. The top five engineering entrance exams taken by a large number of students each year are:
- JEE Main
- JEE Advanced
The Bachelors in Engineering (BE) degree programme also offers a similar orientation to students as the one offered by a B.Tech programme. In fact, such is the degree of overlap in eligibility criteria to colleges, subjects taught, recruiting companies and even job profiles offered during placements, that often students wonder whether these are the same.
What is the difference between a BE and BTech degree?
The key difference between these two degree programmes is with respect to the course material taught and the orientation of the programme.
The following table captures the points of difference between these two programmes.
difference between a BE and BTech degree
|BE is more theoretical and knowledge oriented. It is study based on theory.||B.Tech is a skill/data oriented. The course is more of application engineering.|
|The course deals with engineering aspects of Science||The course deals with the technical aspects of Science|
|The course is applied to develop innovative equipments and useful technical gadgets in Science and Technology.||The course applies the principles of engineering and technology to modify structures and thereby enhance their quality.|
Both BE and B.Tech degrees offer students an opportunity to pursue a career in Engineering. The courses are of a duration of 4-years and are spread across 8 semesters.
There are typically two kinds of a engineering programme:
- 3-year BE/B.Tech after Diploma in Engineering
- 4-year BE/B.Tech after Class 12
The four year programme offers more rigour to students and covers more with respect to depth of curriculum.
Required Skill set for BE/BTech
|Ability to communicate – verbal and written||Familiarity with Industry Standards|
|Knowledge of the core subject||Teamwork|
|Application of the knowledge||Leadership Skills|
|Analytical & Creative thinking||Acquaintance with Computers & IT|
Eligibility Criteria for BE/BTech
The basic eligibility requirement for admissions to any BTech programme is:
Candidates must have passed Class 10+2 exam from a recognised board with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as core subjects.
They must also have secured a minimum aggregate marks of 60% in the above subjects combined.
Please note that the BTech eligibility criteria would vary from institute to institute.
Course Curriculum for BE/BTech
The course curriculum for every BTech specialization is different. Take a look at the syllabus/course curriculum for some of the popular BTech specialisations below.
|Aeronautical Engineering||Industrial Engineering|
|Aerospace Engineering||Marine Engineering|
|Automobile Engineering||Mechanical Engineering|
|Biomedical Engineering||Mechatronics Engineering|
|Biotechnology Engineering||Metallurgical Engineering|
|Ceramic Engineering||Mining Engineering|
|Chemical Engineering||Petroleum Engineering|
|Civil Engineering||Power Engineering|
|Communications Engineering||Production Engineering|
|Computer Science Engineering||Robotics Engineering|
|Construction Engineering||Structural Engineering|
|Electrical Engineering||Telecommunication Engineering|
|Electronics & Communication Engineering||Textile Engineering|
|Electronics Engineering||Tool Engineering|
|Environmental Engineering||Transportation Engineering|
BE/BTech: Types of Job profiles and Top recruiters
The job opportunities for B.Tech graduates are huge in technical fields. Any graduate who has successfully pursued a B.Tech degree can get a job in almost all the sectors in India. Besides being hired as engineers, B.Tech graduates are also hired as consultants, subject matter experts, researchers, managers etc. Take a look at some of the popular job profiles for BTech graduates below.
Types of job profiles for BTech graduates
|Computer Science Engineer||Mining Engineer|
|Mechanical Engineer||Ceramic Engineer|
|Civil Engineer||Production Engineer|
|Automobile Engineer||Robotics Engineer|
|Chemical Engineer||Electronics & Communication Engineer|
|Electronics Engineer||Software Develop|
|Aeronautical Engineer||Product Manager|
|Marine Engineer||Construction Engineer|
|Aerospace Engineer||Telecommunication Engineer|
As a BTech graduate, it’s important to be aware of the choices that you are or you will be making for your future. To make the right decision, you must be aware of all the choices available to you after graduation to lead a better career.
Many BTech graduates, after completing their 4 year programme, go for an MBA degree. While there are others who appear for GATE to pursue higher studies in the chosen specializations. Some BTech graduates also launch their own start-ups.
Top recruiters for BTech graduates
The demand for BTech graduates is high across every domain. Every company – private of government, big or small recruit engineers in various capacities. Take a look at the list of some of the top companies recruiting BTech graduates after a successful 4 year programme.
|TATA Consultancy||Bain & Company|
|Infosys Technologies||Larson & Tubro|
|IBM Global Services||InfoEdge India Ltd|
|Goldman Sachs||AT Kearney|
|Microsoft||Hindustan UniLiver Ltd|
|Mckinsey Knowledge Centre||JP Morgan|
|Rubrik and Uber||Intel|
|Procter & Gamble||ICICI|
|Millennium||Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd|
|Sysmex||Triveni Turbine Limited|