Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Chemical Engineering) - Course Overview

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What is BTech Chemical Engineering?

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) Chemical Engineering is a four year undergraduate degree in engineering. Candidates that are 10+2 pass or equivalent are eligible to take admission in this BTech course. 

The BTech Chemical Engineering syllabus is based on the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and chemistry. Therefore, you must have an aptitude in these subjects in order to excel as a chemical engineer.

Most of the engineering colleges offering this program take admission on the basis of entrance exams. Various universities conduct their own entrance exams such as JET, LPU NEST, SRMJEEE, HITSEEE, AMUEEE or take admission (link admission silo) based on the state level entrance exams. Get complete information about all the BTech Course.Whereas, admission to the IITs is done on the basis of JEE Advanced and to NITs is done on the basis of JEE Mains examination.

A BTech Chemical Engineering degree can get you a job in different sectors like Oil, Gas and Energy, Manufacturing and consumer goods, Pharmaceuticals, Chemical Industries and various PSUs. The salary of Chemical Engineering fresher ranges from INR 3.9 lakhs to INR 21.00 lakhs per annum. It is surmised that there will be a upsurge in demand for qualified chemical engineers in areas such as renewable resources, sustainability etc.


Get complete information about all the BTech Course.


BTech Chemical engineering students have a plethora of options for higher studies. Students can do their MS, MBA, M.Tech or PhD from India and abroad after completing the BTech Chemical Engineering course.

Course Level Undergraduate 
Duration 4 years 
Examination TypeSemester system 
Eligibility Class 12th or equivalent with a minimum of 50% of marks.
Admission ProcessNational or State Level Entrance Exam Deemed Universities Entrance Exams Direct Admission Process
Average Course FeesINR 3 to 9 lakhs
Average Salary PackageINR 2.5 to 7 LPA
Top Recruiting CompaniesONGC, Coal India, Geological Survey of India, HCL, IPCL, Neyveli Lignite Corp., NALCO, TISCO, TELCO, Reliance
Job RolesChemical Engineer, Technical Service Engineer, Professor, Fire & Safety Officer, Manager, Chemical System Coordinator
  1. To be eligible for this course, a candidate has to pass higher secondary examination from a recognized board with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as subjects.
  2. The students who have appeared in 12th examination and await the result are allowed to apply for the course by such institutions.
  3. Students should have a score of above 60% to apply for this course.
  4. Students should clear the entrance exams with the cut off mentioned by the colleges for admission.

The most common route to this course is through the entrance exam. Some colleges offer students a direct entry to the students on the basis of merit list.


Every institute follows a selection process of its own. However, most of them accept scores of entrance tests. Some of them proceed with the students who qualify the entrance exams and move them to the next filtering stage, which is a personal interview.


Some universities offer two pathways for admission such as examination and non-examination pathways. Under entrance based admission pathway, the candidates need to appear for the entrance examination. For this, the candidate should have scored a minimum of 60% marks at higher and senior secondary level and 60% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in 12th class.


Whereas, under the direct admission pathway, the admissions are done through board merit. A minimum of 80% marks at higher and senior secondary level and 80% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in 12th class is required for admission through board merit. Few colleges offer management seats reserved in private engineering colleges. The fee structure of the colleges offering management quota is generally higher than other institutes.


Some colleges also offer admission to diploma holders by lateral admission.


For admission through JEE mains, a candidate needs a minimum of 60% marks at higher and senior secondary level and 60% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in 12th class.


What are the BTech Chemical Engineering Entrance Exams


Entrance exam is the preferred mode to take admission for most of the institutions. Some of the top entrance exams are discussed below.


JEE Mains: This exam is conducted in the months of December and January. For Paper 1, students can opt for either pen paper-based exam or online exam.


JEE Advanced: It is the exam for IIT aspirants and Indian School of Mines, Dhanbaad which is available for online admission and application selection.


Tabulated below are some of the important dates of JEE Main and JEE Advanced.

Important DatesJEE MainsJEE Advanced
Availability of Application Form 7-Feb-203rd week of September
Last date to submit ApplicationMarch 6, 2020 (Till 11:50 PM)3rd week of September
Admit Card releasing dateAugust 17, 2020 (Released)4th week of. September
Examination DateSeptember 1 – 6, 202027-Sep-20
Result DeclarationSep-202nd week of October

Tabulated below are some of the entrance exams held by autonomous universities for BTech Chemical Engineering admission.

Entrance ExamConducting BodyApplication DateExam Date
IMU CETIndian Maritime University1-Jul-20August 30, 2020 (Cancelled)
JETJain University18-Nov-1926-Apr-20
LPU NESTLovely Professional University1st August, 2020 onwardsUpto August 31, 2020 (Candidates can opt. for any preferred LPUNEST exam slot within 5-15 days from the date of filling the application form.
SRMJEEESri Ramaswamy Memorial University, ChennaiOctober 12, 2019 To July 15, 2020Exam cancelled
HITSEEEThe Hindustan University of Technology and Science, ChennaiNovember 14, 2019 to July 31, 2020August 5 to 9, 2020 (Chennai Centers) August 5 to 6, 2020 (Other Centers)
AMUEEEAligarh Muslim UniversityTill August 28, 2020To be notified
METManipal Academy of Higher EducationJuly 10, 2020 (for B.Tech)August 01 – 12, 2020 (Revised)
BVP CETBharati Vidyapeeth University19-Aug-20August 25 – 26, 2020
SAEEESathyabama University18-Oct-19August 3, 4 and 5, 2020
AMITY JEEAmity UniversityAugust 31, 2020 (Extended)Cancelled 

Most of the top engineering institutes in India offer Chemical Engineering courses. However, very few of them are considered good for chemical engineering and offer great opportunities for chemical engineers. 

Following are some of the best public and private colleges for chemical engineering

NIRF RankingInstitutes Average FeesPlacement Package
1Indian Institute of Technology, MadrasINR 2.84 lakhsINR 16.1 LPA
2Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi INR 8.77 lakhsINR 16 LPA
3Indian Institute of Technology, MumbaiINR 8.46 lakhsINR 20.34 LPA
4Indian Institute Of Technology, KanpurINR 8.3 lakhsINR 10 LPA
5Indian Institute Of Technology, KharagpurINR 3.16 lakhsINR 15 LPA
6Indian Institute of Technology, RoorkeeINR 8.52 lakhsINR 13.16 LPA
7Indian Institute of Technology, GuwahatiINR 8.59 lakhsINR 11 LPA
8Indian Institute of Technology, HyderabadINR 8.67 lakhsINR 15.52 LPA
9National Institute of Technology TrichyINR 5.72 lakhsINR 4.5 LPA
11Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), VaranasiINR 8.67 lakhsINR 10 LPA
12Indian Institute of Technology, DhanbadINR 8.91 lakhsINR 15.5 LPA
13National Institute of Technology, SurathkalINR 4.84 lakhsINR 14.15 LPA
15Vellore Institute of TechnologyINR 6.95 lakhsINR 6.05 LPA
16National Institute of Technology, RourkelaINR 6.37 lakhsINR 6.5 LPA
19National Institute of Technology, WarangalINR 3.05 lakhsINR 7.49 LPA

The BTech Chemical Engineering syllabus usually involves all common engineering subjects in the first year. Specialized courses are taught from the second year onwards.

Tabulated below is the semester wise syllabus of BTech Chemical Engineering course.

First Year
Semester ISemester II
Technical EnglishEngineering Materials
Engineering Mathematics– IChemical Process calculations
Engineering PhysicsIntroduction to Chemical Engineering
Engineering ChemistryEngineering Physics-2
Computer-Aided Engineering DrawingMathematics-2
Computer ProgrammingEngineering Immersion Lab
Chemistry LaboratoryComputer Programming-2
CAD laboratoryPhysics Laboratory
-Materials laboratory
Second Year
Semester IIISemester IV
Energy Balance and ThermodynamicsChemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Fluid MechanicsMathematics-4
Mechanical OperationsHeat Transfer
Instrumental Methods of AnalysisChemical Technology
Mathematics-3Membrane Separation Technology
Soft SkillsElective
Fluid Mechanics LaboratoryChemical Engineering Instrumentation Lab
Mechanical Operations LaboratoryChemical Technology Lab.
Third Year
Semester VSemester VI
Chemical Reaction Engineering IChemical Reaction Engineering II
Optimization TechniquesProcess Dynamics and Control
Diffusional Mass Transfer OperationsMaterials Technology
Statics and Strength of MaterialsEquilibrium Staged Operations
ElectiveProcess Dynamics and Control
Probability and StatisticsNumerical Methods
Mass Transfer LaboratoryProcess Control lab
Strength of Materials LaboratoryMass Transfer Lab
Chemical Reaction Engineering labChemical Reaction Engineering Lab
Fourth Year
Semester VIISemester VIII
Process Equipment Design and DrawingElective
Modeling, Computer simulation & OptimizationFinal Project
Polymer TechnologyComprehensive Viva Voce
Transport Phenomena-
Process Design and Integration-
Chemical Process Control Lab.-
CAD Laboratory-

BTech Chemical Engineering Elective Subjects

Following is the list of some elective subjects which are available as choice for chemical engineering-


  1. Food Technology
  2. Fluidization Engineering
  3. Process Optimization
  4. Air Pollution and Control
  5. Green Chemistry and Engineering
  6. Drugs and Pharmaceutical Technology
  7. Industrial Management


Above mentioned subjects are prescribed by most of the universities however these may differ in some institutes.

Chemical Engineering is one of the established BTech branches in India as the graduates get hired by various government as well as private organisations. BTech Chemical Engineering offers bright career opportunities and BTech graduates can earn upto INR 3 to 7 LPA in India.


These graduates can opt for on field as well as office jobs. One can work at industrial plants, refineries, thermal plants if opted for on site job roles. Graduates from reputed engineering colleges like IITs get great placements as international firms such as Schlumberger and Johnson Matthey participate in the placement process. These IIT graduates are even offered salaries upto INR 20 LPA. 


Given below are some of the job roles a BTech Chemical Engineering graduate can opt for.

Job RolesJob Description Average Salary
Chemical EngineerChemical engineers develop new chemical substances or improve existing ones. They may also help to examine and improve industrial processes using the application of better chemical systems. Their work involves research and experimenting on chemical processes and formula weights to either develop or improve products which contain them.INR 4.87 LPA
Process EngineersProcess engineers analyze how process changes will affect overall production and the product and perform troubleshooting on plant equipment and systems. They implement process improvements to reduce cost and increase efficiency of the plant.INR 4.58 LPA
Senior Process EngineerAnalyze product specifications to develop process and design alternatives. Research and recommend technologies and materials. Manage and coordinate transition from product development to final production. Pilot, prototype, and scale-up prototypes to test for manufacturing and quality issues.INR 6.46 LPA
Assistant ProfessorAssistant Professors are employed at universities or colleges where they teach and conduct research and assist full time professors. They may also serve on university committees.INR 4.07 LPA
Professor/LecturerProfessors perform research to expand knowledge by performing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, or examining original documents, literature, and other source material and also keep up with developments in an academic field.INR 10 LPA
Chemical Process EngineerThey oversee the production environment, and track metrics like temperature, flow rate and electricity usage. Chemical process engineers also propose, design, and oversee solutions for chemical process issues and optimize day-to-day processes while considering environmental and supply variables.INR 4.91 LPA
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