I am a Class XII (non-medical) student. I wanted to be a computer engineer but people say that I should go for Electrical Engineering. Some tell me to take up Mechanical Engineering. Others say that I go for Electrical Engineering. What is the scope in all these subjects? What will I need to do to study abroad?
After Class XII, you will have to sit for an engineering entrance exam like the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination, the All India Engineering Entrance Examination or a state-level admission test, and at that time, you may select your specialisation.
Going by your overall rank in the test, you will be offered a seat in your chosen course. Irrespective of what others say, tick on a specialisation according to your choice and the work you will be able to do with that.
If you are good at Computer Science, then this is a promising field with enormous possibilities, both in software and hardware. But a very high entrance test rank is required to secure a place in a Computer or Information Technology course.
There are excellent job opportunities for electronics and communication engineers in the field of telecommunication and at organisations dealing in the designing, production and application of electronic equipment and devices.
Mechanical engineers are sought after in almost every industry. The growth of aviation sector means soaring demand for aeronautical and aircraft maintenance engineers. Another growing area is civil engineering due to so much construction activity around.
A foreign engineering course will cost Rs. 4 to 15 lakh a year, depending on the country. Admission is given mainly on the basis of a candidate’s marks in his Class XII exams, SAT for the US, and IELTS or TOEFL for countries such as the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Apply in Class XII.