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How to know which Engineering branch I should choose

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RE: How to know which Engineering branch I should choose

Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Founder & CEO: Discovering Careers India
  • pune

Hello My Dear Engineering Aspirant,

Choosing an Engineering branch is always not very easy and there fore you have done the right thing to approach us at I am happy that you did not reply on myths and views of people, but thought of approaching the experts. I am sure the experts here will be able to guide you appropriately.

Engineering has always been the top career option for science stream students. After Engineering it is medical. Today Engineering field has evolved to a great extent and there have been additions and introduction of new engineering streams in the decade. Information Technology has been the biggest sector which has come up in the past decade and requires many engineering background candidates for software programming, software development, etc.

Apart from Information Technology field, there are also the traditional industries like manufacturing, production, instrumentation, metallurgy, chemical, construction, etc.

Various available Engineering streams in India:
The most famous and common engineering fields available in all most all colleges and Universities in India are as below:

  • Civil
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Systems
  • Chemical
  • Metallurgy
  • Instrumentation
  • Production
  • Industrial

Apart from the above there may be some others, but the above are the most known and taken up by students for career.

How to choose Engineering Stream:
Choosing the engineering stream for example from the above list is really not easy. Choosing any stream of any course, the first thing which is very important is 'knowing your self'.

To know your self, you can do two things:

One: Sit calmly at one place undisturbed and think of what are your strengths, interests, likings, personality, etc. This is should be very honest and true to being your self.
Second: I woud suggest this option: Psychometric Assessment.

Psychometric Assessment is the most proven and perfect tools to know all the above things listed about your self. Knowing your self and your real abilities and capabilities, is very necessary to choose a career option.

Psychometric Test ( has Engineering Stream Selector Test) which can be downloaded and the test can be done by your self.
I would like you to really ascertain your self first through one of the options above to be sure of for which field you are actually made for.

Best Luck

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RE: How to know which Engineering branch I should choose

Gomathi Venkat
Gomathi Venkat
Verified Career Expert
Managing Director at GV Counseling Group
  • Bengaluru

Dear aspirant,

Choosing an engineering discipline is highly dependent on what subject you are willing to study in depth. However engineering is an excellent field and it is often treated as a professional qualification. There are various branches of engineering like chemical engineering, mechanical, electrical and electronics engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology, bio nanotechnology, bio informative, bio medical engineering, automobile engineering, aeronautical engineering, aerospace engineering, industrial biotechnology, medical biotechnology, civil engineering, architecture, computer science, communication technology and information technology.

To identify what is your favourite branch or what branch of engineering you want to study then simply think of what is your favourite subject until 12th level. We counsellors usually use a set of questions to help students which branch of engineering they are suited to study at college. I can post some of the questions of the questionnarie here too and answering it you can understand the desired branch of engineering for you.

  1. Do you love drawing? Are you creative in thoughts and are also interested in mathematics, especially in geometry and trigonometry angles? If you say yes to this question then architecture, interior designing, textile designing and furniture designing are suitable career subjects for you.

  2. Do you love both physics and chemistry, and also have good aptitude in maths? Do you like repairing or experimenting with circuit boards, old televisions, radios at home? Do you often open up electronic items and have an interest to see what is in it and how they all work? If you say yes then you are suited to study Electrical engineering, electronics engineering and also electronics engineering.

  3. Do you like maths and drawing? Do you like to play with graphics or interested in graphic designing? Do you like drawing mechanical structures in graphics using CAD software? if yes then auto mobile engineering and aeronautical engineering are the best choice for you.

  4. Do you have interest in biology? Are you interested in doing a professional degree in biology other than MBBS/ BDS? Do you like to know or take part in manufacturing medicines, and other bio products? Do you strongly love biology and chemistry? If yes then you are suitable to study Biotechnology, Industrial, medical, nano biotechnology, Bachelor of pharmacy (BPharm), Bio informatics, bio medical engineering and chemical engineering.

  5. Do you love physics, chemistry and maths? Do you have passion for vehicles or how they are manufactured and functioned? If you say yes then production engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering management are suitable choices for you.

All the best.

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RE: How to know which Engineering branch I should choose

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
Verified Career Expert
PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur


Good on your decision to study an Engineering degree. But this requires you to choose the subject you want to study this degree right? Choosing an engineering stream largely depends on what subject you have studied at school level and also in what subject you are interested in. For example, at 12th level, students from either science group or computer science group are often deemed to pursue engineering careers where in a commerce group student cannot pursue engineering. With this, you should understand that you can pursue an engineering degree only that is related to the subject group you have studied at HSC level.

Science group students: studnets in this group usually follow the PCMB route - physics, chemistry, maths and biology. If you have chosen PCB without maths, then you may not be eligible to study BE/ BTech in general as maths is a compulsory subject until 12th level for studying engineering degree. With this PCMB route you can study electrical and electronics engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, production engineering, industrial engineering and management, civil engineering, biotechnology, industrial/ medical/ nano biotech, bio informatics, bio medical engineering, architecture, chemical engineering and pharmacy.

If you are from Computer science group at HSC level: You can pursue all the degrees specified above except the bio oriented degrees. Apart from this you are free to pursue BE/ BTech computer science engineering and BTech Information technology courses.

Lots of students always assume that Electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical are the only engineering disciplines and they often fail to understand that there are many other professional courses beyond these disciplines. For example, B.Des/ BTech fashion designing is a professional degree related to the designing of costumes and attires ranging from ethnic, cultural and modern. You can also study BTech/ B.Des. Textile engineering that is applicable to manufacturing of designing and manufacturing of textiles on a large scale. Then the BTech/ B.Des Furniture designing. This is also the only professional course related to designing and manufacturing of various types of home and commercial furniture. Apart from this students who are interested in chemistry and maths can also study petroleum engineering, oil energy engineering and paint technology.

Choose the stream that matches your subject group at HSC level and correlate with the subject that you enjoy studying the most. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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