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 specializations. Some of the more prominent ones are as follows:
- Electronics and communication
- Computer science
- Information technology
While all these specializations 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
- MHT CET
- TS EAMCET
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 B.Tech 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 B.Tech and BE|
|B.Tech is skill/data oriented. The course is more of application engineering.||BE is more theoretical and knowledge oriented. It is study based on theory.|
|The course deals with the technical aspects of Science||The course deals with engineering aspects of Science|
|The course applies the principles of engineering and technology to modify structures and thereby enhance their quality.||The course is applied to develop innovative equipment and useful technical gadgets in Science and Technology.|
Both BE and B.Tech degrees offer students an opportunity to pursue a career in Engineering. The courses are of duration of 4-years and are spread across 8 semesters.
There are typically two kinds of an 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 rigors to students and covers more with respect to depth of curriculum.
Required Skill set for BE/B.Tech
|Familiarity with Industry Standards||Ability to communicate – verbal and written|
|Teamwork||Knowledge of the core subject|
|Leadership Skills||Application of the knowledge|
|Acquaintance with Computers & IT||Analytical & Creative thinking|
Eligibility Criteria for BE/B.Tech
The basic eligibility requirement for admissions to any B.Tech programme is:
- Candidates must have passed Class 10+2 exam from a recognized board with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as core subjects.
- They must also have secured minimum aggregate marks of 60% in the above subjects combined.
Please note that the B.Tech eligibility criteria would vary from institute to institute.
Course Curriculum for BE/B.Tech
The course curriculum for every B.Tech specialization is different. Take a look at the syllabus/course curriculum for some of the popular B.Tech specializations below.
|Industrial Engineering||Aeronautical Engineering|
|Marine Engineering||Aerospace Engineering|
|Mechanical Engineering||Automobile Engineering|
|Mechatronics Engineering||Biomedical Engineering|
|Metallurgical Engineering||Biotechnology Engineering|
|Mining Engineering||Ceramic Engineering|
|Petroleum Engineering||Chemical Engineering|
|Power Engineering||Civil Engineering|
|Production Engineering||Communications Engineering|
|Robotics Engineering||Computer Science Engineering|
|Structural Engineering||Construction Engineering|
|Telecommunication Engineering||Electrical Engineering|
|Textile Engineering||Electronics & Communication Engineering|
|Tool Engineering||Electronics Engineering|
|Transportation Engineering||Environmental Engineering|
BE/B.Tech: 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 B.Tech graduates below.
Types of job profiles for B.Tech graduates
|Mining Engineer||Computer Science Engineer|
|Ceramic Engineer||Mechanical Engineer|
|Production Engineer||Civil Engineer|
|Robotics Engineer||Automobile Engineer|
|Electronics & Communication Engineer||Chemical Engineer|
|Software Develop||Electronics Engineer|
|Product Manager||Aeronautical Engineer|
|Construction Engineer||Marine Engineer|
|Telecommunication Engineer||Aerospace Engineer|
As a B.Tech 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 B.Tech 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 B.Tech graduates also launch their own start-ups.
Read: What after B.Tech? Know your Options
Top recruiters for B.Tech graduates
The demand for B.Tech graduates is high across every domain. Every company – private or government, big or small — recruits engineers in various capacities. Take a look at the list of some of the top companies recruiting B.Tech graduates after a successful 4 year programme.
|Bain & Company||TATA Consultancy|
|Larson & Turbo||Infosys Technologies|
|Info Edge India Ltd||IBM Global Services|
|AT Kearney||Goldman Sachs|
|Hindustan UniLiver Ltd||Microsoft|
|JP Morgan||Mckinsey Knowledge Centre|
|Intel||Rubric and Uber|
|ICICI||Procter & Gamble|
|Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd||Millennium|
|Triveni Turbine Limited||Sysmex|