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Engineering as a Career Option in 2020

Engineering as a Career

Engineering has been the most sought-degree program for fresh school pass outs. There are various institutes providing world-class engineering education in the country. In order to get admitted to these institutes, you either have to clear Joint Entrance Examination organized by IIT or some institutes might conduct their own examinations like BITSAT conducted by Birla Institute of Technology.

The term ‘Engineering’ is said to have been derived from the word ‘Engineer’, one who builds or operates an engine. The word ‘Engine’ itself is derived from the Latin ‘Ingenium’, meaning ‘Cleverness’. Traditionally mechanical and civil were the branches of engineering but with the advent of computers and electronics several other fields of engineering like Engineering in Computer Science, aeronautics, electronics, etc, have emerged.

The best engineering institutes are mainly IITs and NITs and private institutions. Among those institutes, BITS Pilani conducts BITSAT for admission into their undergraduate courses and BITS HD for admission into post-graduate courses.

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani) is a deemed university under and is one of the first six institutes to be awarded the Institute of Eminence status in 2018. The institute was established in 1964. After BITS expanded to campus in Dubai, it has become the first international deemed university, with 4 established campuses and 15 academic departments. BITS, Pilani has expanded its campuses from Pilani to Goa, Hyderabad, and Dubai.

BITSAT Exam Pattern:

BITS offers various entrance examinations out of those exams BITSAT is an online examination. All the questions are MCQ type. For every correct answer, +3 marks are awarded while for every incorrect answer -1 mark is deducted. Unattempt questions are marked zero. Given below is the section-wise break up of marks:

SectionSubjectNumber of questions
Part 1Physics40
Part 2Chemistry40
Part 3English15
Logical Reasoning10
Part 4Mathematics/Biology(B.Pharma)45

If a candidate answers all 150 questions (without skipping), the candidate will have an option to attempt 12 extra questions in the 3-hour time of the exam. There will be four questions each from Physics, Chemistry and Maths/Biology only.

BITS HD Exam Pattern:

This exam pattern of BITS HD has objective type (multiple choice) questions. Each question has four options with one only option correct. For each correct answer candidate gets 3 marks while for each incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted. 0 marks are for questions not attempted.

It is conducted in 2 parts:

  1. Test 1: It is a 45 min exam consisting of 15 Core Mathematics questions and 15 questions of English Language Skills & Principles of Management. This is compulsory for all.
  2. Test 2: Its a 105-minute test consisting of 70 questions, to test a candidate’s knowledge of his/her basic subjects. This is mandatory for all students except those who are applying for only Software systems. Those applying for software systems must appear in a Special Test of 60 minutes consisting of 50 questions.


BITS, Pilani has constantly been ranked among the top engineering institutes in India. This year’s NIRF ranking ranks BITS, Pilani as the top 25th institute in the country. Outlook rankings have given BITS, Pilani 6th ranking among engineering institutions in the country while ‘The Week’ has placed it on the 7th pedestal. Getting admission in and graduating from such a reputed institute is a feat in itself.


Placement is one of the major considerations of students seeking to take admission in any Engineering institute. BITS has been able to provide exceptional placement statistics over the years. The 2019 figures stood at 82% of students placed with an average package of Rs.14.86 lakhs yearly. This statistic makes BITSAT one of the most sought-after colleges for engineering in India.

Is Engineering Still Viable?

If you are preparing yourself well and getting admission in institutes like BITS, IITs or NITs, surely go for it. You will learn a lot, make life-long friends, and enjoy the best 4 years of your life before graduating and walking out of your institute with a degree and job in hand. If you go to a sub-par institute, you might miss out on getting good campus placements unless you work very hard in there (and still lack behind the students at top colleges). It is your future, so choose wisely.

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