Bachelor of Engineering [BE] (Electronics & Communication Engineering) - Course Overview

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BE Electronics and Communication Engineering deals with the study of design, manufacture, installation and operation of electronic equipment, system, machineries and telecommunication systems. It is similarly curated as other BTech courses considering the duration of the course is 4 years.

The course shares diverse areas from creative, interaction, embodiment designing to instrumentation, robotics, and automation. It covers basic engineering concepts and techniques like engineering mathematics, drawing, physics ,chemistry.

The minimum eligibility criteria is a pure Science Stream Background with 55% aggregate and valid score in JEE Advanced.

Bachelor in ECE is taught in a number of institutions in India. Some of the colleges for pursuing Electronics and Communication Engineering are :

NIRF Ranking 2020College NameAdmission ProcessAverage FeesAverage Salary
1IIT MadrasJEEINR 1,00,000 INR 7,00,000
2IIT DelhiJEE MainINR 1,16,000INR 8,00,000
6IIT RoorkeeJEEINR 1,57,000INR 7,00,000
7IIT GuwahatiJEE MainINR 2,00,000INR 8,00,000
15VIT VelloreJEEINR 1,00,000INR 5,00,000

Most institutes take admission which is based on the performance in the entrance examination like JEE,BITSAT, DUTEE conducted by those institutes. The average annual salary of a fresh graduate is INR 7-8 Lac and there are various career options here in India as well as abroad.

The common job roles offered to a graduate in B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering are Production Manager, Programmer, Electronics Engineer, Electronics Hardware Development Engineer.

In ECE Undergraduate degree, students are mainly selected on the basis of the 10+2 score or there are special entrance examinations conducted by few institutes such as JEE Mains which are conducted once in a year followed by JEE Advanced.


Merit Based Admission


  1. The undergraduate degree is admitted on the basis of the Class 12 Boards Examination with pure Science background (Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry).
  2. Candidates must pass their XII boards from CISCE, CBSE or any other State Boards.
  3. The minimum aggregate of PCM should be 60%.


Entrance Based Admission

  1. Most of the institutes take entrance based admission in the ECE course.
  2. In case of Entrance exams it is required to keep an update on the notification of colleges that offer Electronics and Communication Engineering courses.

After the announcement for application, candidates can apply online by visiting the website.

  1. Essential documents during registration should be uploaded correctly according to the instruction given.
  2. Test centres are mentioned in the portal to help the candidate in choosing centres according to their convenience.
  3. After the examination on the given date, results will be announced on the following website.
  4. Candidates who manage to clear the set cut off marks by the institutions will be called for counselling.
  5. Producing original documents in the counselling date and completing the admission procedure candidate will secure their position in their choice of college.

Also read about:

College of Engineering, Chennai                 Chandigarh University

The eligibility criteria is applicable for both Merit based or Entrance based examination. The minimum eligibility criteria for this course is listed below


  1. Candidates must have Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry in 10+2 with reasonably high percentages in order to be eligible to sit for the entrance exams.
  2. B.E. in ECE selection is done on the aggregate marks obtained in the last qualifying exam which is 12th  boards.
  3. Minimum aggregate of 60% is compulsory in the above combination subjects .

For few colleges the admission is directly on merit basis depending on the marks obtained in 12 boards. Mostly the institutions conduct their own entrance examination since the last few decades .Candidates who qualify the entrance test are called for an interview .Admission is done on the basis of the performance both in the test and personal interview.

Exam NameModeApplication PeriodExam Date (tentative)
JEE AdvancedOnlineJanuary- February 2021Last week of April 2021
BITSATOnline1st week of January 20212nd week of May 2021
NCHMCT JEEOnlineFirst week of January, 2021 - Second week of May, 2021Aug-21
SRMJEEOnline3rd week of Oct 20203rd week of April 2021
VITEEEOnline and OfflineLast week of November 20202nd Week of April, 2021
  1. BITSAT: This is the engineering entrance exam for the candidates who want to pursue their BTech from BITS PILANI. This seat for this exam is almost 2000.
  2. JEE Main: This exam is conducted once a year. The examination is divided into two parts one is JEE main conducted this year(2020)conducted in 1-6th September at the preliminary level.
  3. JEE ADVANCED: Soon after the results of JEE MAINS the candidates who have qualified can sit for this exam (advance) which decides the candidate’s entry into the prestigious IITs and NITs.
  4. NCHMCT JEE: It consists of 200 MCQs of 200 marks .It is a 3 hour long exam which is divided into five sections which are Language, Numeral Ability, General Reasoning, Logical Deduction and Aptitude. The number of seats available for this exam is 8000+.It is conducted by National Testing Agency
  5. SRMJEE: It is a similar examination for BE/BTech Degree exclusive to SRM University. This exam consists of five sections Physics, Maths, Chemistry, English, and Aptitude.


How to Prepare

How to prepare for the entrance examination for B.E. ECE ?

BE ECE entrance examinations are of 3-hour, so candidates should be prepared beforehand to clear the cut off and get admission in one of the top Engineering Institutes. Here are few important tips for preparation:


  1. The candidate should be aware of the latest changes in the examination pattern due to Covid-19.For that they can keep an eye on the official websites of the following entrance exams.
  2. Knowing the detailed syllabus for Joint entrance of preparation. A three -hour examination with MCQs from different sections such as English Language, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Numerical & Data analysis and General Intelligence.
English LanguageVerbal Reasoning, One word substitution, Syllogisms, Idioms, Analogies, Antonyms, Sentence Correction, Contextual usage
PhysicsMechanical Properties, Current Electricity, Magnetism, Gravitation, Kinematics, Work and Energy, Force.
ChemistryThermodynamics, Coordination Compounds, P-Block Elements, Hydrogen and S-Block elements, Chemical Bonding, Alkenes, and Alkynes.
MathematicsCalculus, Differential Equation, Quadratic Equations, Matrices , Probability, Geometry, Number System, Ratio Proportion, Percentage, Geometric Progression.
Logical ReasoningVisual Reasoning, Puzzles , Arrangement, Series, Numeric Grid, Critical Reasoning, Statement Conclusion.
  1. There is negative marking (-1) for each wrong answer in most of the entrances, still candidates need to be certain to answer the questions.
  2. To build the confidence candidates need to practice mock tests from the sample papers or some of the test series mentioned below.
  3. Reading the newspaper on a regular basis will be helpful for the General Knowledge section which has 30 questions.
  4. Solving papers in the given time without break can be effective for the exam day.
  5. Previous year question papers of the entrance should be solved as chances are questions can be common from the last five years.
  6. Practising regularly and effective studying for four to five hours a day is more than enough for securing good marks in the entrance test.


Few books which will help in the preparation for the entrance examination are as follows :

JEE Main -2020 Test SeriesthinkIIT
17 Years’ Chapterwise Solutions Physics JEE Main 2020Arihant Experts
Chapter-wise Solutions JEE MainSudan,Upadhayay,Tomar
JEE Previous Year Question Paper with SolutionsWiley
41 years Chapterwise Topicwise Solved papers IIT JEE MATHEMATICSAmit M. Agarwal
Master Resource Book in ChemistrySanjay Sharma

How to get admission in a Reputed B.E. ECE College?

Candidates who wish to get admission in the best colleges then they should smartly plan their schedule and get prepared to clear the entrance exam.


    1. Candidates need to have the minimum eligibility criteria of having 60% in Class XII boards.
    2. A good preparation for the entrance exam is always a plus point.
    3. Preparation must be started after announcement of application fill up that doubles up the chance of doing well in the exam.
    4. For the interview as well as the Current Affairs part candidate should read the newspaper and check the current global affairs.
    5. Checking the course curriculum, regular and visiting faculty as well exposure ,internship will help the candidate to sort out the best college for them.

B.E. ECE is focussed about the Developing and Testing out products. Let us check a few important aspects of this course.


  1. It is an undergraduate course over a period of four years.
  2. Being one of the most popular branches of engineering involves research, designing, developing, testing and maintenance of equipment.
  3. ECE engineers supervise the assembling and manufacture of communication and broadcast systems.
  4. This field of ECE has its basic foundations in three major technical areas i.e. Information, Networks, Systems, Semiconductor Device, Optical System, Microprocessor and Computing Device.
  5. B.E. in the field of Electronics and Communication Engineering gets the opportunity to work in Core IT, Entertainment Media, Hospitals and Defence Force.
Course LevelUG
Full-FormBachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering
DurationFour years
Examination typeOnline
EligibilityClass XII optional subjects and on the basis of the set cut off by the colleges.
Admission ProcessValid score in JEE /COMEDK/BITSAT
Course Fee6Lac approx
Average Salary7.08 Lac (varies country wise)
Top Recruiting CompaniesBosch, Ernst & Young, Infosys, QUALCOMM, Faurecia, The PAC Group, LumiLor India, Signify .
Job PositionsElectronics Engineer, Field Test Engineer, Product Line Engineer, Customer Support Engineer, Electronics Technician.

Electronics and Communication Engineering change lives, it makes life more efficient and this very thought can induce us to pursue this course. This undergraduate course encourages critical thinking and market research which are life enhancing skills.


    1. B.E. Electronics and Communication Engineering can learn to create, visualize and trial their products.
    2. From automobile to designing set, candidates gather skills in CAED, MEMS, Digital VLSI Design, Medical Instrumentation, Modelling of Field Effect Nano Devices.
    3. ECE courses help the students to understand the current technological trends better than other streams as they deal with Information Technology, Coding and Designing.
    4. By researching and learning about the consumer base ,the designers get the opportunity to design products which are more user-friendly.
    5. Aesthetics and functionality is the fundamental of this course with upcoming digital skills.
    6. The annual salary of a BTech Industrial Design graduate can be around 5 to 7LPA.
    7. The recruiting companies associated with various institutes in their placement are Bosch, Siemens, DRDO, DLF, L&T, QUALCOMM, IBM, TCS, Infosys and Wipro to name a few.

The two popular Bachelor Engineering courses for the students who take interest in software designing, algorithms, coding, IT and Designing Structures in B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering. B.Tech in Civil Engineering that involves the study of structure and design of infrastructure like buildings, bridges, roads and dams.

ParameterB.E. in ECEBTech in Civil Engineering
Full FormBachelor of Engineering Electronics and Communication EngineeringBachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering
OverviewB.E. in ECE is a 4 year programme designed to know about the design, manufacture, installation, operation, and maintenance of electronic equipment and systems.B.Tech in Civil Engineering is a 4 year long programme with no such specialisation offered although it is also a technical course which mainly focuses on construction of buildings, stable transportation systems and large structures.
Admission procedureThe admission is mainly done by score in the entrance examination which is conducted nationally like all other BE/BTech courses or private entrance examination is conducted for some group of institutions like IITs like JEE,BITSAT, GATE.The admission is carried out by following the entrance examination or rounds of counselling or test privately conducted by the respective institution such as JEE (Main+Advance), BITSAT, SRMJEE, COMEDK.
Course FeeINR 1,20,000 – 5,00,000INR 2,00,000- 4,50,000
EligibilityAny student with Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry as their core subjects in Class XII with minimum 60%.Students with compulsory mathematics as well as Chemistry and Physics in XII are eligible for the admission procedure or Diploma in Mechanical or Allied Science after class X.
SyllabusMEMS, Cryptography, Electromagnetic theory, Digital Design, Control System, Signal and Systems, Information Theory and Coding, Data Communication Network.Functions of Variables, Series and Matrices, CE Materials and Construction, Mechanics of Materials, Transportation and Hydraulic Engineering.
Top InstitutesNIT Rourkela , Delhi Technological University, IIT Roorkee , IIT Madras IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee, NIT Trichy 
Job ProfileProduction Manager, Programme Analyst, Electronics Hardware Development Engineer, Product Line Engineer.Civil Engineer, Transportation Engineer, Structural Engineer, Civil Engineering Technicians.
Top RecruitersGoogle, Microsoft, Canoo, IDEO,NVIDIA.Hindustan Construction Company, L&T, DLF, Unitech, Tata Projects , Gammon India.
Average annual salaryINR 4,00,00 to 7,00,000INR 4,00,000 to 6,00,000

B.E. in ECE is taught in some of the premium institutes in India. Given Below are some of the best colleges with location, fee and placement .

NIRF Rank 2020College NameCityAverage Annual FeesAverage Placement Package
1IIT MadrasMadrasINR 1,00,000INR 12LPA
2IIT DelhiDelhiINR 1,00,000INR 16LPA
3IIT BombayMumbaiINR 1,15,000INR 18 LPA
4IIT KanpurKanpurINR 1,00,000INR 13LPA
6IIT RoorkeeRoorkeeINR 1,00,000INR 7.8LPA
7IIT GuwahatiGuwahatiINR 1,00,000INR 14LPA
16NIT RourkelaRourkelaINR 1,00,000INR 12LPA
36Delhi Technological UniversityNew DelhiINR 1,00,000INR 7LPA
87Lovely Professional UniversityJalandharINR 1,00,000INR 6LPA
-MS RamaiahSchool of Advanced StudiesBengaluruINR 2,00,000INR 7LPA

The top 3 colleges for B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering have slight differences which are categorised according to some parameters as mentioned below.

OverviewIIT Roorkee is one of the leading colleges promising to generate creative entrepreneurs and leading engineers established in 1847.IIT Madras is one of best engineering colleges in India with the best of faculties though the admission cut off is quite stringent. It was established in 1959.IIT Delhi is one of the leading institute for quality designed education, high impact dedicated Research. This institute was established in 1961.
LocationRoorkeeChennaiNew Delhi
EligibilityClass XII with Physics, Maths and Chemistry.Class XII with pure science streamPure Science stream in Class XII
Admission processEntrance basedEntrance basedEntrance based
Average Fee1.57 Lac1Lac1.09Lac
Average Salary7lac10Lac12Lac
Top Recruiting CompaniesITC ,Mahindra, Deloitte, Siemens, TCS, Wipro.Google, Microsoft, Mahindra & Mahindra ,American ExpressMicrosoft, Uber, HCL, Mastercard.

The course syllabus is nicely designed within 8 Semesters with almost 4 to 5 papers as mentioned

Semester 1Semester 2
Calculus & Linear AlgebraBasic Electronics
Engineering PhysicsAdvanced Calculus and Numerical Methods
Engineering ChemistryBasic Electrical Engineering
Basic ProgrammingEngineering Graphics
Introduction to Probability & StatisticsAnalog Circuits
Power Electronics and InstrumentationVerilog HDL
Digital System Design LaboratorySignals and Systems
Network TheoryAnalog ,HDL and Communication Lab
Semester 5Semester 6
Electromagnetic WavesDigital Communication
Digital Signal ProcessingEmbedded System
Information Theory and CodingMicroprocessor
Management and Entrepreneurship DevelopmentAntennas and Propagation
Semester 7Semester 8
Computer Communication NetworksDigital Switching Systems
Optical Fiber CommunicationWireless Communication
VLSI LabProject + Seminar

What are the Important Books of B.E. in ECE?

Some of the academic books with the name of the author are mentioned which are followed by these top institutes are

A Textbook on Analog CircuitsA.Rajkumar
Microelectronic Circuits :Theory and ApplicationAdel.S Sedra
An Integrated Course in Electronics and Communication EngineeringJ.B. Gupta
Electronic Devices and CircuitsBoylestad ,Nashelsky
Modern Digital and Analog Communication SystemB.P. Lathi and Zhi Ding
Decode Laplace Transforms ,Numerical Methods and Complex VariablesDr. H.R. Bhapkar

This course is so versatile and dynamic candidates can expect job offers for a variety of roles related to Electronics and Communication.


  1. Students who have completed a Bachelor in Electronics and Communication Engineering can join any Software or Telecom Industry.
  2. Skilled Engineers are valued and even the pay package is really well.
  3. Even the Government Organization like Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, DRDO Laboratories, ISRO are a secured place to start their career after graduating.
  4. Business Development Manager and Research & Development Engineer are the two offset jobs that are also offered to fresh ECE graduates .
  5. An ECE can work in aviation, consumer electronics, transportation, communication, computer application, diagnostic equipment .
  6. New avenues are opening everyday for ECE engineers with the advent of new technologies which includes automation in industries, autonomous drone logistics, self driving cars, smart energy systems etc.


Job RolesDescriptionAverage Annual Salary
Electronics EngineerTo work on the system which controls the flow of data such as communication and broadcasting.INR 5.45Lac
Field EngineerDeveloping standard procedure for field tasks, evaluate operational performance and recommend solutions.INR 5 Lac
Production ManagerResponsible for designing, scheduling and assessing projects with budget, resource and time as constraint.INR 6.80Lac
Network Planning EngineerWork for the maintenance of the external and internal network of an organization, support critical teams, implement new standards for fiber design engineering .INR 5.20Lac
Software EngineerDevelop systems and software for Business from applications to network control systems and operating systems.INR 4.96 Lac
Electronics TechnicianIs in charge of help in development, design, installation, manufacture of electronic equipment.INR 2 Lac

An electronics and Communication graduate is open to work in a variety of fields which are Multinational Companies, Healthcare Equipment Manufacturing, Mobile Network Connection, Aviation, Corporate Business, Entrepreneurship, Government Sector and other industries like Steel, Coal, Petroleum and Chemical.

  1. The starting salary ranges from 3,50,000 to 10,00,000 as a Senior Level Manager after gaining experience of more than five years.
  2. The job market for Electronics and Communication Engineering is on demand. They are always in the search for qualified skilled engineers who can assist them in developing the latest technologies.
  3. Candidates with skills in Robotics, Automation, Renewable Energy, Internet of Things, Mechatronics Engineering Concepts will be valued more in the future.
  4. A lot of the industries are located in Germany, Canada, China and the Gulf Countries so students of ECE have a lot of opportunities overseas because of the presence of various manufacturing firms.
  5. In India, BE ECE graduates can also prepare for government competitive exams or can pursue MBA courses to enhance their management skills along with technical knowledge. 

Read More: 

MBA in Information Technology              M.Tech in ECE

These are some of the top institutes abroad to complete the higher education –


InstituteLocationAdmission ProcessAnnual Fee
Harvard UniversityCambridgeTOEFL / IELTS17 LAC
Columbia UniversityNew York CityTOEFL/IELTS18 Lac
Yale UniversityNew HavenIELTS16 Lac
University of SydneyNew South WalesTOEFL8 Lac
University of QueenslandBrisbaneTOEFL8Lac
Technical University MunichMunichTOEFL7Lac
University of British ColumbiaVancouverIELTS10Lac

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