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I want to become a professor of Mechanical Engineering. What is the eligibility criteria for that?

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RE: I want to become a professor of Mechanical Engineering. What is the eligibility criteria for that?

Thiruvikraman Ramadoss
Thiruvikraman Ramadoss
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To become a Professor you should work as an Associate Professor or Assistant Professor first. Entry criteria to become an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor is B.E(Mech) and M.E or M.Tech in any subject related to Mechanical Engineering viz Thermal, Design etc,. Then you will have to pursue Ph.D to become a Professor. These are according to the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) norms. Anyhow check for norms according to the state you belong to. Also check if there is any visiting faculty way in your state.

You will have to write NET (National Eligibility Test) Conducted by UGC if you are aspiring to enter in to Govt. Colleges and Govt. Related Colleges to get lectureship. Net is also used to get Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)

Wish you all success and Happy teaching soon. All the best.

RE: I want to become a professor of Mechanical Engineering. What is the eligibility criteria for that?

Gomathi Venkat
Gomathi Venkat
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Dear aspirant

Thank you very much for approaching counsellors at CareerGuide.com and i am glad you thought to write to us. Becoming a professor is one of its kind and i appreciate your choice of career. This is a very challenging and highly reputable, responsible position that requires you to do teaching and research.

To become a professor of mechanical engineering, you need a Doctorate degree like a PhD in Mechanical engineering. To go to the stage of studying PhD one needs to mandatory pass the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 route.

  • Passing 10th class with a first class is a 10 point

  • Passing 12th class with a first class will give you +2 points

  • Passing a basic bachelor degree with a minimum first class will give you +3 or +4 points. If you choose to study a three year bachelor degree like the BA/ BSC/ BCOM you are following the 10+2+3 route and if you are choosing the four year bachelor degree like the BENG/ BTECH you are following 10+2+4 route. You can follow any of the routes but following any one route is highly mandatory. As you wanted to become a profesosr of mechanical engineering you are highly advised to only study a BENG/ BTECH Mechanical engineering degree. Studying irrelevant degree will not let you apply for a PhD in future.

  • After the bachelors you can choose to do Masters like the ME/ MTECH Mechanical engineering. Passing this two year masters you can apply for a PhD.

  • If you want to do your PhD Mechanical engineering at any of the IIT institutions, you are advised to take GATE, UGC NET exam. If you want to study any where other than the IIT, you are recommended to take and qualify UGC NET/ CSIR exam. If you also want a stipend to support you every month during your PhD you should pass the UGC JRF exam. Completing the PhD you are qualified to work as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and after 2-3 years you are qualified to work as a professor.

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