B.E. /B.Tech

B.E. /B.Tech

The B.E. /B.Tech is an undergraduate academic Degree conferred after completion of  a four-year program of studies at an accredited university or accredited University-level institution.

In India, we have two types of colleges, one, those offering degrees in many fields like arts, science, business including engineering and are generally known as Universities, and the second, which offer degrees only in engineering and are generally known as Institutes. Universities that offer other degrees along with engineering named their engineering degree as B.E. (Bachelor of Engineering) and Institutes providing professional courses like engineering named their engineering degree as B. Tech. (Bachelor of Technology).

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in engineering provides students with the fundamental engineering training they need to start exciting careers in the engineering field.
  • The Engineering courses in India are regulated and set up under the aegis of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

In India, engineering qualifications include the following:

  • Diploma in engineering (3/4 years, after class 10).
  • Bachelor’s degrees (4 years, after class 12): BE (Bachelor of Engineering) and B Tech (Bachelor of Technology). Both are equivalent. Admission is usually through an engineering entrance examination.
  • Master’s degrees (2 or more years, after BE, BTech, MCA or equivalent): ME (Master of Engineering), MTech (Master of Technology), MSc (Eng) (Master of Science in Engineering), MS (Master of Science), MCA (Master in Computer Application).

Admission usually requires qualification in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or some work experience in engineering.

  • The MTech and ME degrees are of 2 years duration, and usually have coursework in the first year and a project in the second year.
  • The MSc (Eng) and MS degrees are usually research-oriented and may require 2 or more years to complete.
  • Doctoral degrees (3 to 5 years): Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy). Admission requirements vary across universities but usually include a master’s degree in engineering or science or a bachelor’s degree in engineering with an excellent academic record.

An Overview about B.E. /B.Tech Courses:

What is B.Tech.?

In India, the Bachelor of Technology degree is used by the highly ranked and autonomous institutes such as Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT formerly UDCT) for professional engineering programmes. Most of the other institutions in India that are affiliated to a university use the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree.

What is B.E.?

In India, the Bachelor of Engineering is a degree awarded by many universities. Bachelor of Engineering degree is awarded to a student who has completed four years course (eight semesters) in engineering. The entry to B.E is 10+2 years of schooling or completion of Pre University course(PUC). Diploma holders in engineering are also eligible for entry into B.E. Diploma holders of engineering enter degree course, by a lateral entry which gives some concessions in the study of subjects. The university awards the B.E degree in the field of engineering in which student has studied for four years

Some of the key differences between B.E. /B.Tech are:

Bachelor of Engineering

Bachelor of Technology

B.E. is considered as knowledge-oriented course.B. Tech is considered as skill-oriented course.
More emphasis is laid on theory and focuses on strong fundamentals.More emphasis is laid on practical applications rather than theoretical aspects.
Being more knowledge oriented, course curriculum is updated but not as frequent as the other.Being technology oriented, course curriculum is considered as more upto date.
Internships and industrial visits may be an essential part of the curriculum.Internships and industrial visits are a mandatory part of the curriculum.
Generally, universities offering other degrees (like science, arts, education etc.) along with engineering named their engineering degree as B.E.Generally, institutes (including IITs) offering only Engineering studies named their degree as B.Tech.
Some of the popular colleges are NSIT, BITS-Pilani, Anna University Chennai etc.Some of the popular colleges are IITs, NITs, DTU etc.

Similarities between the two Courses B.E. /B.Tech are:

  • In India, duration of both the courses is 4 years
  • Both courses follow semester pattern, with 2 semesters per year and a total of 8 semesters in 4 years
  • Orientation and approach of both the courses may be different but if we closely look into the course content then they are more or less the same
  • AICTE has clarified that it does not consider the two degrees as different and grants equal recognition to both
  • Both the degrees have almost similar scope and future
  • If there is some notification for recruitment of B.E. degree holder then B.Tech. degree holders are also eligible to apply and vice-versa

Some of the frequently asked questions among engineering aspirants are:


Q. Which degree is superior, B.E. /B.Tech in terms of job scope and future?

Ans: Both degrees have equal recognition with equal scope and future. More precisely, it’s your college and branch that matters.

Q. If two colleges holds equal status, then what should I prefer, B.E. /B.Tech ?

Ans: If a student is interested in research-oriented work and wants to pursue higher studies then B.E. may be preferred over B. Tech. However, in the present situation analysis shows that course content is almost same but the approach may be different.

Q. I want to acquire VISA for another country under Skilled Occupation List (SOL). Which degree can help me, B.E. /B.Tech ?

Ans: Both degrees provide equal scope and opportunities in India and other countries. However, in some countries like Australia, a person with a B.Tech. degree may not be eligible for some jobs under skilled occupation list where B.E. degree is required.

For example: A person with one of his evaluations through an immigration consultant was told that he will have to apply as an Engineering Technologist in SOL and not as an Electrical Engineer because he held a B.Tech degree and only engineers with B.E. will come under the category of electrical engineers.


 To sum up, in the present scenario, there is no considerable difference between B.E. /B.Tech and no degree is superior over the other. It is the college and the branch that matters. While taking admission one must select a college or university which has better infrastructure, faculty, campus placement, and the course is approved by AICTE and UGC. visit the website The Direct Admission for more updates.

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