Aerospace engineering is one of the main branches of engineering and is specialized in the design and development of the spacecraft and aircrafts as well as research on new technologies in Space Exploration, defense system and Aviation. Its course overlaps two other engineering branches- Astronautical and Aeronautical Engineering and is offered at both Undergraduate level (B.Tech/B.E.) and Postgraduate level (M.S./M.Tech/M.E.).
(to get admission in various Aerospace Engineering courses):
The basic eligibility criteria for pursuing B.Tech or B.E in Aerospace Engineering is having a Higher Secondary degree i.e. you need to complete class 12th degree exam but the admission procedure of different colleges varies. While to get admission in top colleges, you need to crack some of the toughest Engineering Entrance Exams exams, some private colleges take admission without any entrance exams. We’ll discus whole procedures and criteria, here in detail. So, you are advised to scroll down to dive deep into the world of Engineering. For getting admission to:
- IITs (Indian Institute of Technology)-
You need to clear JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) Advance, conducted by different IITs (depending upon their turn) annually. This exam is considered as the toughest engineering exam of India. This year, it will be conducted on 20th May, 2018.
- NITs (National Institute of Technology) and CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutions)-
You need to clear JEE Mains, conducted by CBSE each year in the month of April.
NOTE: JEE Mains and JEE Advance are 2 separate exams conducted by CBSE and IITs respectively. While JEE mains is the preliminary level exam and its score can be used to get admission to almost every Engineering colleges in India, JEE advance is the next level exam and is necessary for getting admission to IITs and ISM, Dhanbad. You need to keep in mind that one needs to clear JEE mains in order to appear for JEE advance and this year, only 2,24,000 top performers (from all categories) of JEE Mains will be made eligible to appear in JEE Advance.
- State Gov. institutions
There are a lot of state gov. as well as private institutions that grant admission on the basis of your score in separate exams of that particular state. Some of these exams are COMEDK UGET (for Karnataka), UPSEE (for Uttar Pradesh), WBJEE (for West Bengal) etc.
- Other Private institutions–
The criteria to get admission to private colleges may vary and depends upon their personal set of rules. While some top private colleges demands score cards of AIEEE or state entrance exams, some don’t have any such rules and take admission directly.
The basic eligibility criteria for pursuing M.Tech/M.E. in Aerospace Engineering is having a B.Tech or B.E. degree in aerospace engineering (with a minimum passing percentage or CGPA that vary from college to college).
Some prestigious College Such as IISc (Indian Institute of Science), IITs, NITs and various private institutions take admission on the basis of GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) score card.
NOTE: GATE is conducted by different IITs and IISc (based on their turn) every year in the month of February.
Aerospace Engineering Course Fee
As you all know, the course fee for any degree can’t be the same and it varies for every institutions, so we are going to mention a range to have a better idea of educational expense.
For Undergraduate Courses, the course fee may vary from around 2 lakhs to 15 lakhs while
For a postgraduate course, it may vary from around 0.5 lakhs to 20 lakhs.
JOBs in/ Scope of Aerospace Engineering
In this emerging era of Space Technology where the world is busy in research and development of cost-effective Space Shuttles, Missiles, Spacecrafts, Satellites, Telescopes etc; demand for an Aerospace Engineer is ever increasing. The opportunities have been sloping upward with the entry of so many private players from different countries in the new space race.
Gov. as well as Private Sector Jobs:
- In R&D
- In teaching sector- as an assistant professor
- As an Aerospace Engineer in various institutions
- As a Spacecraft, Missile etc. Developer
- And many more
There is a lot of companies- Gov. as well as private that recruits Aerospace Engineers to have them on their premises and within their group of employees.
Noted gov institutions are HAL, DRDO, ISRO; Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre; Ministry of Defence etc. while
Private Helicopter and aviation companies like Boeing, Airbus etc. are also in this list.
Salary of an Aerospace Engineer
The salary of an Aerospace engineering may vary from around 4 lakhs to 15 lakhs per annum, depending upon their recruiting companies as well the profile.
While there are great opportunities in R&D sector, some central gov. funded institutions offer a lucrative job with a handsome salary and the fame that comes with it, you do get in bonus. Overall, if you perform well in your degree and have a good academic record, you don’t have to worry about getting a job in this sector. We wish you all the best for your journey ahead in the Aerospace Engineering World.