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Specialised discipline: Students at the chemical engineering department at National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi
Specialised discipline: Students at the chemical engineering department at National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi

Options in chemical engineering

I would like to know more about chemical engineering, the colleges that offer B.Tech. in this discipline and the admission procedures. Kindly give me the details of the institutes that offer dual degree M.Tech. courses in chemical engineering. What are the higher study facilities and the related career prospects?


Chemical engineering is a discipline that includes the study of chemistry and engineering science for the production of chemicals and related equipment. Mathematical ability, imagination and an ability to draw inferences from observational and experimental data and logical reasoning are the skills need to succeed in this branch.

B.Tech. degree

There are several engineering colleges and institutes in India that offer BE/B.Tech. programmes in chemical engineering. Prominent among them are the Indian Institutes of Technology at Madras, Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Roorkee, and the Institute of Technology of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

M.Tech. dual degree

The IITs at Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras also offer five-year integrated M.Tech dual degree programmes in chemical engineering. IIT Delhi offers five-year M.Tech. dual degree in chemical engineering along with M.Tech. in computer applications in chemical engineering.

IIT Roorkee offers M.Tech dual degree in chemical engineering along with M.Tech. in process engineering and design.

IIT Bombay offers M.Tech. dual degree in chemical engineering along with M.Tech. in process systems design and engineering.

Admission to these courses is based on the rank obtained in the Joint Entrance Examination conducted annually by the Indian Institutes of Technology across the country. Those who have qualified their Plus Two or equivalent exam with physics, chemistry and mathematics, and secured 60 per cent marks in aggregate are eligible to appear for the entrance test (

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the IIT Kanpur is endowed with a vibrant graduate programme. Every year nearly 45 students attend the B.Tech. degree course and 40 the M.Tech. dual degree programme in the school. The integrated programme enables the students to earn two degrees within five years.


Following are the IIT websites: IIT Bombay (; IIT Delhi (; IIT Guwahati (; IIT Kanpur (; IIT Kharagpur (; IIT Madras (

The Institute of Chemical Technology of the University of Mumbai, Matunga, is another prominent institute that offers an engineering degree course in chemical technology.

The number of seats is 63. For more details visit

In Kerala

The Government Engineering College, Kozhikode (60 seats), Government Engineering College, Thrissur (50 seats) and TKM College of Engineering, Kollam (60 seats) offer B.Tech. programmes in chemical engineering in Kerala.

Students who have passed their Plus Two or equivalent exams with 50 per cent marks in mathematics and 50 per cent marks in mathematics, physics and chemistry/ bio-technology/ computer science/ biology in aggregate or a three-year diploma in engineering with 50 per cent marks are eligible for admission. Selection will be based on the State engineering entrance exam. Next year onwards weightage shall also be given to the Plus Two marks scored for admission.

The Amrita School of Engineering, Ettimadai, Coimbatore, offers B.Tech. course in chemical engineering. Those who have passed their Plus Two or equivalent exam with 60 per cent marks separately in mathematics, physics and chemistry or a three-year engineering diploma holder with 60 per cent marks are eligible for admission. Selection is based through Amrita engineering entrance examination.

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) offers BE (Hons) programme in chemical engineering at its Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad campuses. Those who have passed Plus Two/ equivalent examination with physics, chemistry and mathematics and secured 80 per cent marks in aggregate in these three subjects can apply. Candidates should also have obtained 60 per cent marks each in physics, chemistry and mathematics. Students should have adequate proficiency in English. Students who are appearing for their final qualifying examination will also be considered. Selection will be made on the basis of a computer-based online test (BITSAT) conducted by BITS Pilani. Admission notification can be expected during December/ January every year (;

The School of Engineering and Technology, Centre of Excellence of Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli- 620024, Tamil Nadu conducts a B.Tech. course in chemical technology with specialisation in pulp and paper technology; fertiliser technology and petrochemical technology (

Some other universities and institutes offering BE/ B.Tech course in chemical engineering are the following:

Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar – 608002, Tamil Nadu

Manipal University, Manipal- 576104, Karnataka (

A.C. College of Technology, Guindy, Chennai – 600028

Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Pennalur, Sriperumbadur- 602105

Amaravati University, Amaravathi, Maharashtra, offers BE/ B.Tech. in petro-chemical technology.

Amravathy's College of Engineering and Technology, Akola, Maharashtra., offers B.Tech. in chemical technology

Dr. Babasahab Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, offers B.Tech. in chemical technology.

Department of Chemical Technology, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, Maharashtra, offers BE in chemical engineering.

Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala- 147004, Punjab.

The list is only indicative and more information about the institutes and engineering colleges offering BE/ B.Tech. degree courses in chemical engineering/ related branches can be collected from the ‘Handbook on Engineering' published by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi, which will be available for reference in the University Employment Information and Guidance Bureaux functioning under the universities in Kerala.

Higher Studies

Chemical engineering graduates have several higher study options.

A score in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a pre-requisite for getting admission to ME/ M.Tech. programmes.

The IITs and other top institution such as National Institutes Technology (NITs) offer these programmes.

Some institutes offer Ph.D. programmes with scholarships for meritorious students. The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, ( offers M.Sc. in engineering and Ph.D. in chemical engineering programmes. Candidates having a high GATE score are eligible for admission.

Chemical Engineering graduates with at least a second class can join the ME programme conducted there. Selection is based on the GATE score. Chemical engineering / technology graduates can do higher studies in polymer technology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, sugar technology, environmental engineering, computational engineering and networking, pharmaceutical technology, petrochemical engineering and so on.

To enter the management field, one can choose MBA programmes with specialisation in pharma management, biotechnology, oil and gas management.

Career prospects

Chemical engineers are employed in the chemical process and petrochemical industries.

They work in pharmaceuticals, health care, pulp and paper, food processing, polymers, biotechnology, environmental health and safety sectors. Fertilizer plants petroleum refineries; plastic and yarn manufacturing companies; food and mineral processing industries also offer job opportunities.




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