After 10+2,students are clearly perplexed about which course to pursue,which college to join,which college has better placement opportunities etc.Students are boggled and they know not what to do. Some very common questions that have sprung up in the recent years is should I do B.E or B.Tech?; Which is better:B.E or B.Tech?;Which has  more scopes B.Eor B.Tech?,What is ther difference between B.E and B.Tech?

Before we dive into the answer,it is very important for students to know the differences between BE and B.Tech.They should have a clear idea about the underlying distinctions and scopes of each, BE and B.Tech

Now let’s dig the question little deep. If BE and B.Tech or ME and M.Tech have same value and scope why the names are different?

Right after independence of India we have two types of universities, one that offers degrees in many fields like Sciences, Arts, Education and Engineering too, and the second set of universities (were named as institutes) offer only degrees in engineering. Universities those offer other degrees along with engineering named their engineering degree as BE (Bachelor of Engineering) and Institute constituted for only Engineering studies named their degree as B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology).

Now as AICTE approve courses most of the courses are same and identical for BE and B.Tech. The universities those offering BE when started new courses named them to B.Tech too.

What is the difference between B.E and B.Tech?


B.E (Bachelor in Engineering)

Bachelor in Engineering is a graduate level program done directly after a student’s 10+2. After a student’s 12th exam, the candidate has to appear for any state or national level engineering entrance through which he or she will get admittance into an engineering college. The course of this degree focuses on theoretical knowledge needed to innovate technology and make new technical gadgets.


  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Automobile Engineering
  • Biotechnology Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering

During the course, students are provided in-depth knowledge in their area of specialization, through theoretical knowledge and practical exposure. BE graduates are in great demand in civil aviation industry and merchant navy. One can also opt for working in research/scientific organizations, as a consultant. An engineer with entrepreneurship skills can set up his/her own enterprise.

In India, the Bachelor of Engineering degree is a professional engineering undergraduate degree awarded after completion of four years of engineering study and research.Institutes of national importance, like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT), offer Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) degree since the courses they offer are exclusively engineering related. Some Indian universities, mainly private institutes which are affiliated to regional universities, offer engineering degree under the name of Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng); but whichever name is used, the degree course follows the standard curriculum laid down by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grants Commission (India) (UGC).

In general Universities offer B Tech and colleges affiliated to Universities will offer as BE, however there is no difference in the programme objectives and learning outcomes of B.E or B.Tech. Eligibility for entry is 12 years of school education. Generally the first year (first two semesters) is common to all branches, and has the same subjects of study. Courses divert after first year. The medium of instruction and examination is English.The AICTE, UGC and the Indian Government are responsible for approving engineering colleges and branches/courses. Only those universities which have been approved by these bodies can award degrees which are legally valid and are accepted as qualifiers for jobs in the central/state government and in the private sector.

Placement statistics:

  • Software engineer:                                         Rs 239,468 – Rs 990,254
  • Senior software engineer:                            Rs 429,172 – Rs 1,236,154
  • Software developer:                                      Rs 195,451 – Rs 869,216
  • Mechanical engineer:                                   Rs 157,021 – Rs 978,678
  • Civil engineer:                                                Rs 145,192 – Rs 1,167,578


  • Female: Rs 214,901 – Rs 824,305
  • Male:     Rs 214,901 – Rs 824,305

Popular cities:

  • Bangalore
  • Pune
  • Chennai
  • Mumbai
  • Hyderabad

Popular companies:

  • InfoSys Ltd.
  • TATA Consultancy Services
  • HCL Technologies Ltd.
  • Accenture
  • Capgemini

Bachelor in Technology (B.Tech)

Bachelor in Technology is also a graduate level program done directly after a student’s 10+2. After a student’s 12th exam, the candidate has to appear for any state or national level engineering entrance through which he or she will get admittance into a college that provides technology course. There are many such universities. The course of this degree focuses on application and skill based study and is useful if one is interested in modifying structures to enhance their quality.

In India, the Bachelor of Technology degree is used by the highly ranked and autonomous institutes such as Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT formerly UDCT) for professional engineering programmes. Most of the other institutions in India that are affiliated to a university use the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree.


  • Aerospace Engineering
  •  Bioinformatics
  •  Biotechnology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  •  Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
  • Electronics and Media Technology
  • Food Processing and Engineering
  •  Information Technology
  •  Mechanical Engineering

    Placement statistics:

  • Senior software engineer:        Rs 446,982 – Rs 1,208,048
  • Associate software engineer:   Rs 231,543 – Rs 794,634
  • Software developer:                  Rs 240,000
  • Programmer analyst:               Rs 432,841
  • SAP Consultant:                        Rs 480,000


  • Female: Rs 259,227 – Rs 535,126
  • Male:     Rs 222,196 – Rs 824,181

Popular cities:

  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Kolkata
  • Pune


  • B.Tech is offered by government institutes and B.E. is offered by private institutes.

There is absolutely no truth in this. Institutes like Netaji Subash Institute of Technology, University of Mumbai (Department of Chemical Technology) which are government institutes offer a BE degree and there are many private institutes that offer a B.Tech degree as well.

  • No industrial training in BE or B.Tech

In both, BE and B.Tech, industrial training is compulsory after semester 6.

  • B.Tech or BE is valued more than the other

Your performance and to a lesser extent your college is what matters. Neither is preferred over the other.

It is extremely unfair to make a straight comment on which one is best or which one is better BE or B.Tech, as both of the fields have their own importance and necessities in all the time.  First of all, you must find out at what you have talent or at what you are excellent between the two. Having scope of better job is another matter but having mastery or excellence in a field is the focus.Excellence is the main key to unlock the doors of multiple jobs. So, it is better to decide first what you would like do and at the same time you will have to be happy forever with the decision that you are going to make.

Good luck!

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