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BTech (Bachelor of Technology) Chemical Engineering Admission, Syllabus, Colleges, Jobs and Salary 2023

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) Chemical Engineering is a four year undergraduate degree in engineering. The course is designed to impart concepts of Chemical Engineering and in depth knowledge of Chemical Management and extraction concepts.

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The basic eligibility criteria is 10+2 pass from a recognized university with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Admissions to BTech Chemical Engineering colleges are done on the basis of entrance exams. such as JEE Mains, JEE Advanced, LPU NEST, SRMJEEE, etc. The Average course fee ranges from INR 3-9 LPA.

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BTech Chemical Engineering Jobs are available in sectors like Oil, Gas and Energy, Manufacturing and consumer goods, Pharmaceuticals, Chemical Industries and various PSUs. The salary of Chemical Engineering freshers ranges from INR 3.9 lakhs to INR 21.00 lakhs per annum.

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After BTech Chemical Engineering students may opt for higher studies such as MTech course or MBA Course. Students who want to have a career in academics must choose MTech and students who want to have a managerial career in any top firm must go for MBA. Learn More: All About BTech

BTech Chemical Engineering Quick facts

Course Level  Undergraduate 
Duration  4 years 
Examination Type Semester system 
Eligibility  Class 12th or equivalent with a minimum of 50% of marks.
Admission Process National or State Level Entrance Exam Deemed Universities Entrance Exams Direct Admission Process
Average Course Fees INR 3 to 9 lakhs
Average Salary Package INR 2.5 to 7 LPA
Top Recruiting Companies ONGC, Coal India, Geological Survey of India, HCL, IPCL, Neyveli Lignite Corp., NALCO, TISCO, TELCO, Reliance
Job Roles Chemical Engineer, Technical Service Engineer, Professor, Fire & Safety Officer, Manager, Chemical System Coordinator

What is BTech Chemical Engineering?

BTech Chemical Engineering introduces the students to the principles of chemistry linking it to engineering in order to explain the problems involved in production and use of chemicals. The subject draws a connection between science and its application to manufacturing sectors. Candidates are strengthened in their leadership skills, problem-solving abilities and designing of projects from start to end level.

The program comprises of classroom study, lab practice and projects along with assignments, whereby students are given an in-depth understanding of the sector procuring knowledge of development, chemical plants operation, working of equipment used in chemical processing plants and so on, which thereby lets candidate gain a wide perspective of workings applicable in private and public sectors.

BTech Chemical Engineering Admission Process

The BTech Chemical Engineering admission process varies for different universities based on their standard and curriculum. The admissions are usually done online whereas some colleges also accept offline applications. The BTech Chemical Engineering admission process is based on national-level/ state-level/ deemed-university entrance exams. 


  • 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.
  • The students who have appeared in the 12th examination and await the result are allowed to apply for the course by such institutions.
  • Students should have a score of above 60% to apply for this course.
  • Students should clear the entrance exams with the cut off mentioned by the colleges for admission.

Entrance Exam

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.

Exam name Registration Date Date of exam
JEE MAIN December 15, 2022 – January 12, 2023 (Phase 1)
February 14, 2023 – March 12, 2023 (9 PM) (Phase 2)

Phase 1: January 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2023
Phase 2: April 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 2023

JEE ADVANCED April 30, 2023 – May 04, 2023 June 04, 2023
Paper 1: 09:00 AM – 12:00 Noon 
Paper 2: 02:30 PM – 05:30 PM
WBJEE December 23, 2022 (OUT) – January 8, 2023 (Tentative) April 30, 2023
MHT CET March 2023 May 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2023

Session 1: January 30, 2023 – April 09, 2023

Session 2: May 23 – June 12, 2023

Session 1: May 22 – 26, 2023

Session 2: June 18 – 22, 2023

BTech Chemical Engineering Syllabus

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

BTech Chemical Engineering Subjects

Following is the list of the year wise theory and lab subjects of chemical engineering. These subjects are taught in most of the universities in India. The course curriculum is divided into theory subjects and lab subjects. 

First Year
Semester I Semester II
Theory  Theory 
Mathematics I Mathematics II
Physics  Material Science
Chemistry  Environmental Science
Basic Civil & Mechanical Engineering Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Mechanics Engineering Thermodynamics
Communicative English Computer Programming
Practicals  Practicals 
Physics Lab Computer Programming Lab
Chemistry Lab Engineering Graphics
Workshop Practice Basic Electrical and Electronics Lab
Second Year
Semester III Semester IV
Theory  Theory 
Mathematics III Mathematics IV
Physical Chemistry Organic Chemistry 
Strength of Materials Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Process Heat Transfer
Process Calculations Mass Transfer 
Momentum Transfer Mechanical Operations 
Practicals  Practicals 
Physical Chemistry Lab Organic Chemistry Lab
Strength of Materials Lab Momentum Transfer Lab
Electrical and Electronics Engg. Lab Chemical Engineering Drawing
Third Year
Semester V Semester VI
Theory  Theory 
Process Instrumentation Numerical Methods and Special Functions
Mass Transfer II Mass Transfer III
Chemical Reaction Engineering Chemical Reaction Engineering II
Energy Technology and Management Process Design of Chemical Equipments
Chemical Process Industries Elective I
Chemical Engineering Practice Elective II
Practicals  Practicals 
Mass Transfer Lab I Mass Transfer Lab II
Heat Transfer Lab Chemical Reaction Engg. Lab
Mechanical Operations Lab Technical Analysis Lab
General Proficiency I General Proficiency II
Fourth Year
Semester VII Semester VIII
Theory  Theory 
Process Dynamics and Control Transport Phenomena
Mechanical Design of Chemical Equipments Process Engineering Economics
Industrial Management Pollution Control in Process Industries
Elective III Elective V
Elective IV Elective VI
Practicals  Practicals 
Computer aided design Lab Process Dynamics and Control Lab
Project Work (Phase I) Project Work (Phase II)
Seminar Comprehensive Viva Voce
Industrial Visit / Training Professional Ethical Practice

BTech Chemical Engineering Electives

A. Electives I & II (VI Semester)

  • Petroleum Refinery Engineering
  • BioChemical Engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Drugs and Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Nuclear Engineering

B. Elective III & IV (VII Semester)

  • Polymer Science and Technology
  • Petrochemical Technology
  • Electrochemical Engineering
  • Risk and Safety Management in Process Industries
  • Industrial Biotechnology

C. Electives V & VI (VIII Semester)

  • Process Flow Sheeting,Design and Synthesis
  • Process Modelling and Simulation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Clean Technology
  • New Separation Techniques
  • Optimization of chemical Processes

In the last semesters, students can take-up any of the optional subjects in each semester from the list of the subjects provided by the university or institute. The electives may differ depending on the college. NSS, NCC and Physical Education are also a part of the chemical engineering curriculum in most engineering colleges. Even though the scores obtained in these subjects are not included in the CGPA calculation, it is mandatory for the students to pass in these subjects. 

Important Books

Tabulated below are some of the reference BTech Chemical Engineering books recommended for the course study.

Book Title Author
Objective Type Questions and Answers in Chemical Engineering Prasad Ram
Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering Julian Smith and Peter Harriott
Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3ed (WSE) Octave Levenspiel
Objective Type Questions and Answers in Chemical Engineering O. P. Gupta
Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics: Special Indian Edition J. M. Smith and H.C. Ness
Dryden’s Outlines Of Chemical Technology Rao and M Gopala
Introduction to Chemical Engineering Pushpavanam S
Handbook On Chemical Industries (Alcohol Based) H. Panda
Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes Richard M. Felder and Ronald W. Rousseau
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Y.V.C. Rao

Top BTech Chemical Engineering in India

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 Ranking Institutes  Average Fees Placement Package
1 Indian Institute of Technology, Madras INR 2.84 lakhs INR 16.1 LPA
2 Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi  INR 8.77 lakhs INR 16 LPA
3 Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai INR 8.46 lakhs INR 20.34 LPA
4 Indian Institute Of Technology, Kanpur INR 8.3 lakhs INR 10 LPA
5 Indian Institute Of Technology, Kharagpur INR 3.16 lakhs INR 15 LPA
6 Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee INR 8.52 lakhs INR 13.16 LPA
7 Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati INR 8.59 lakhs INR 11 LPA
8 Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad INR 8.67 lakhs INR 15.52 LPA
9 National Institute of Technology Trichy INR 5.72 lakhs INR 4.5 LPA
11 Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi INR 8.67 lakhs INR 10 LPA
12 Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad INR 8.91 lakhs INR 15.5 LPA
13 National Institute of Technology, Surathkal INR 4.84 lakhs INR 14.15 LPA
15 Vellore Institute of Technology INR 6.95 lakhs INR 6.05 LPA
16 National Institute of Technology, Rourkela INR 6.37 lakhs INR 6.5 LPA
19 National Institute of Technology, Warangal INR 3.05 lakhs INR 7.49 LPA
Fees and Placement

How to get Admission in a Good College?

To secure admission into a top-ranked BTech Chemical Engineering college, a number of factors come into play. Some of the following tips will be helpful in that regard.

  • Be aware of the types of questions and the difficulty level of the questions asked in different entrance exams. Some papers are comparatively easier to attempt than the others. This will help in better preparation.
  • Since questions are asked from the syllabus covered at the 10+2 level of schooling, going over the material and notes would be sufficient. Revision of all basic concepts must be done.
  • Some papers have an English section and an Aptitude section. Preparation for these sections can be by practicing past papers.
  • Be aware of all dates and deadlines. Examination application dates, exam dates etc. are changed and advertised in all major newspapers. It is important to keep track of any such news.
  • Take a look at the daily news and affairs of the world regularly. Keeping up to date with the news will help in preparation for the exam and counseling round but also act as a break from studying.

BTech Chemical Engineering Jobs

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 Roles Job Description  Average Salary
Chemical Engineer Chemical 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 Engineers Process 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 Engineer Analyze 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 Professor Assistant 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/Lecturer Professors 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 Engineer They 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
Salary Trends

Top Recruiters

Top notch companies offer very good packages to chemical engineers. Chemical engineering is such a field in which already established companies offer placements to most of the chemical engineers. Government sector companies offer the best package across the industries.

Public Sector

Government sector is a boon for chemical engineers. These are some Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) which offer many job opportunities for chemical engineers.

PSUs Payscale 
Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL) INR 24,900 to 50,500
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) INR 20,600 to 46,500
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) INR 24,900 to 50,500
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) INR 24,900 to 50,500
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) INR 40,000 to 75,000
Coal India Limited (CIL) INR 20,600 to 46,500
National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) INR 24,900 to 50,500
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) INR 16,400 to 40,500
National Aluminum Company Ltd. (NALCO) INR 16,400 to 40,500
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) INR 20,600 to 46,500

Private Sector

Tabulated below are the top private BTech Chemical Engineering recruiters.

Schlumberger Limited Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
Indian Oil Corporation GlaxoSmithKline
Reliance Industries Ltd. Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd
Johnson Matthey Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals Corp. Ltd
Essar Oil Limited Arofine Polymers Ltd
Gazprom Industries Nippon Paints
Salary Percentage

BTech Chemical Engineering Scope

The salary scope after completing BTech Chemical Engineering program is good. The common job roles after completing this BTech course are Chemical Engineer, Process Engineers, Senior Process Engineer, Assistant Professor, Professor/Lecturer, Chemical Process Engineer, etc. They can also carry out research work on various diseases and their cure and also opt for Higher studies.

Some of the courses that can be opted are:

Master Chemical Engineering Courses

It is for those candidates who have an interest in the subject and want to learn about some advanced concepts in Energy Production, Distribution, Chemicals and Metallurgy.

  • The duration of the Masters courses are two years.
  • Candidates need to qualify the GATE, PGCET, TANCET in order to get admission for Masters in most of the colleges.
  • The topics covered under this course are Advanced Process Control, Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design, Fluidization Engineering, Advanced Reaction Engineering.

The average salary of a candidate after completing a Master of Engineering or Master of Technology in Chemical Engineering is INR 7,00,000.

Doctorate Chemical Engineering Courses

The research based studies are mainly designed in the Doctoral Level Course.

  • Doctorate in Chemical Engineering is extremely relevant especially during and after this pandemic.The demand for skilled professionals will be rising drastically.
  • The course involves analysis,evaluation, casualty identification, processing of cases and regulatory affairs.
  • The duration of the course can be from three to five year depending upon the area of specialization.
  • After completion,candidates are recruited in high positions with a great pay package.

BTech Chemical Engineering FAQs

Ques. What are some of the  BTech Chemical Engineering subjects?

Ans. Energy Balance and Thermodynamics, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Mathematics, Mechanical Operations, Heat Transfer, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Chemical Technology, Membrane Separation Technology are some of the BTech Chemical Engineering subjects .

Ques. What is the BTech Chemical Engineering scope ?

Ans. You can go for a job after BTech Chemical Engineering or you can pursue an MTech, MS or PhD.

Ques. What are the top recruiters after BTech Chemical Engineering?

Ans. The top recruiters after BTech Chemical Engineering are ONGC, Coal India, Geological Survey of India, HCL, IPCL, Neyveli Lignite Corp., NALCO, TISCO, TELCO, Reliance etc.

Ques. After the outbreak of COVID 19, what is the current scenario?

Ans. Currently, many universities have postponed their admission process, entrance examination dates due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Ques. What is the eligibility criteria to pursue BTech Chemical Engineering?

Ans. The basic eligibility criteria to pursue BTech Chemical Engineering is to have passed higher secondary level with subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Maths, from a recognized university. However, in order to get admission to top colleges like IITs and NITs, one will have to score more than 90% in their 10+2.

Ques. What is the admission process of BTech Chemical Engineering?

Ans. The admission process of BTech Chemical Engineering in India is generally followed by entrances, counselling and verification rounds.

Ques. What are some of the top entrances to give for pursuing  BTech Chemical Engineering?

Ans. Apart from JEE Main and JEE Advanced, one can also give several entrances like UPSEE, WBJEE, MHT CET, COMEDK, etc for taking admission in BTech Chemical Engineering.

Ques. What is the average fee required to study BTech Chemical Engineering?

Ans. The average fee required to study BTech Chemical Engineering in India ranges from INR 2 to 9 lakhs.

Ques. What are some of the core BTech Chemical Engineering subjects?

Ans. Chemical Reaction Engineering, Optimization Techniques, Process Dynamics and Control, Diffusional Mass Transfer Operations, Materials Technology, Statics and Strength of Materials, Equilibrium Staged Operations, etc are some of the core BTech Chemical Engineering subjects.

Ques. What is the average BTech Chemical Engineering salary?

Ans. The average BTech Chemical Engineering salary ranges from INR 3 LPA to 7 LPA in India.

Ques. Which are some of the common sectors for BTech Chemical Engineering?

Ans.  Colleges & Universities, Fertilizer Companies, Coal Companies, Oil & Gas Exploration Companies, Uranium Corporation of India, etc are some of the common employment sectors for BTech Chemical Engineering.

Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Chemical Engineering) Fee Structure in India

6 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES12.11 L  (Maximum Fee)
4.37 L (Average Fee)
30.52 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES18.32 L (Maximum Fee)
4.92 L (Average Fee)

Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Chemical Engineering) Fee Structure By state

Tamil Nadu

2.99 L
30.52 KPrivate COLLEGES10.10 L
3.69 L


2.42 L
2.52 LPrivate COLLEGES9.73 L
4.96 L

Uttar Pradesh

4.47 L
2.15 LPrivate COLLEGES13.25 L
4.04 L


4.95 L
3.43 LPrivate COLLEGES12.40 L
6.96 L

Andhra Pradesh

4.90 L
40 KPrivate COLLEGES4.20 L
2.36 L


5.17 L
2.67 LPrivate COLLEGES6.72 L
4.65 L

Delhi NCR

5.36 L
1.60 LPrivate COLLEGES13.25 L
4.79 L


2.69 L
1.09 LPrivate COLLEGES3.64 L
2.44 L


5.82 L
3.20 LPrivate COLLEGES12.61 L
6.42 L

Madhya Pradesh

2.31 L
1.72 LPrivate COLLEGES7.28 L
3.49 L


4.33 L
4.80 LPrivate COLLEGES10 L
7.05 L


3.06 L
7 LPrivate COLLEGES7 L
7 L

West Bengal

5.72 L
3.38 LPrivate COLLEGES6.32 L
4.38 L


3.75 L
16.26 LPrivate COLLEGES16.26 L
16.26 L


4.32 L
13.04 LPrivate COLLEGES13.04 L
13.04 L


5.91 L
15.72 LPrivate COLLEGES18.32 L
17.67 L


2.83 L
3.04 LPrivate COLLEGES3.04 L
3.04 L


1.91 L
1.60 LPrivate COLLEGES8.60 L
3.60 L
7.24 L
1.81 LPrivate COLLEGES1.81 L
1.81 L


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