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Getting ready for JEE? Find out which engineering course interests you

Students clearing the Joint Entrance Examination often find it difficult to choose a specialisation. From mechanical to civil to electrical engineering. Here are some hot courses

education Updated: Feb 20, 2017 16:45 IST
Mechanical or civil engineering? Which programme will you choose?
Mechanical or civil engineering? Which programme will you choose?(Getty Images)

In 2016, close to 13 lakh students appeared for the JEE Main entrance examination. This number only shows that it is one of the largest entrance exams held across the world, indicative of the fact that engineering remains one of the most hotly pursued fields in India.

However, most engineering students, once they clear JEE, are not sure of what course they should take up. All the engineering branches have great scope and apart from ensuring excellent placements these also provide ample opportunities for further education and career options.

Here we have a list of some of the hotly pursued engineering courses along with the top engineering colleges

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineering is a bridge between the fundamental science subjects such as chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics, and the engineering fields like civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. Engineers from this field specialise in areas like biotechnology, medicine, manufacturing and energy.

Civil engineering

Civil engineering is one of the evergreen branches of engineering. It’s all about the science of construction. Engineers study construction, design and maintenance of buildings, dams, roads and canals. Civil engineering has a plethora of job opportunities in India, both in the public and private sectors.

Electrical engineering

Electrical Engineering covers the study of electricity, electromagnetism, electronics, etc. Engineers in this field design and develop devices for communication purposes and power distribution across the country.

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering deals with the designing, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems involved in almost all the fields. The course primarily includes the principles of physics and material science.

Computer science engineering

Computer science engineering is one of the most sought after specialised courses in India. This discipline combines the fields of computer science and electrical engineering to develop the required computer software and hardware. Computer science engineering offers professionals a plethora of lucrative career options as hardware engineers and software developers. Computer engineers get training in software design, electronic engineering and software-hardware integration in addition to software and electronic engineering. Other than the designing of microprocessors, supercomputers, individual microcontrollers, personal computers and circuits, computer engineers also focus on how systems work and integrate into a larger picture.

Take your pick from some of India’s top engineering colleges (source MHRD). (Handout)

One should also remember that programmes in computer science engineering, electronics and communication engineering, instrumentation engineering, biotechnology, telecommunication engineering, medical electronics engineering, among many others, are gaining immense popularity in India.

The author works for HT Campus