BTech (Bachelor of Technology) Chemical Engineering Syllabus, Subjects and Books

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What is the BTech Chemical Engineering Syllabus?

What is the BTech Chemical Engineering Syllabus?

The BTech Chemical Engineering syllabus introduce students to core Chemical Engineering topics such as inorganic chemical technology, momentum transfer, process calculation, organic chemical technology, physical chemistry, transforms and partial differential equations, Chemical Engineering thermodynamics, particulate science and technology, environmental engineering, fluid mechanics lab, physical chemistry lab.

In most of the top engineering institutes,  the students are taught common subjects in the first year followed by specialization subjects in the second year. First year of BTech Chemical Engineering syllabus in every institute has almost the same course curriculum, which consists of basic engineering subjects like- Engineering Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Programing, Electrical Engineering etc. From the second year onwards the core courses of chemical engineering are taught.

What are the BTech Chemical Engineering Subjects?

What are the 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 in 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
  • Bio Chemical 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 score obtained in these subjects are not included in the CGPA calculation, it is mandatory for the students to pass in these subjects. 

What are the BTech Chemical Engineering Reference Books?

What are the BTech Chemical Engineering Reference Books?

Chemical Engineering reference books are helpful to search the topics very easily. The candidates appearing for the BTech Chemical Engineering examination will require reference books for proper study. 

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
BTech Chemical Engineering : FAQs

BTech Chemical Engineering : FAQs

Ques. Which are the compulsory subjects in the first year of BTech Chemical Engineering syllabus?

Ans.  The subjects that are mandatory in the first year of engineering irrespective of any specializations are Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Communication Skills, Environmental Science,  Engineering mechanics, Basic Electrical Engineering, Engineering Graphics, etc

Ques. Which are the other core BTech Chemical Engineering subjects?

Ans. Some of the core Chemical Engineering subjects are inorganic chemical technology, momentum transfer, process calculation, organic chemical technology, physical chemistry, transforms and partial differential equations, Chemical Engineering thermodynamics, particulate science and technology, environmental engineering, fluid mechanics lab, physical chemistry lab.

Ques. What are some of the top BTech Chemical Engineering electives?

Ans.  Food Technology, Fluidization Engineering, Process Optimization, Air Pollution and Control, Green Chemistry and Engineering, Drugs and Pharmaceutical Technology, Industrial Management etc are some of the top BTech Chemical Engineering electives.

Ques. What are the methods of course delivery in BTech Chemical Engineering?

Ans. Theory examinations, internals, lap assignments and project work assigned to them either in groups or individually are some of the various ways through which the BTech Chemical Engineering course is delivered to the students.

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Ques. Should I go for chemical engineering at Heritage Institute of Technology or CSE at Techno India, Salt Lake ?

● Top Answer By Satyam Purwar on 23 Sept 21

Ans. Heritage Institute of Technology (HIT) is a very popular engineering institute and if you are interested in pursuing Chemical engineering then you should definitely take admission in this college.  The competition is much less for chemical engineering students and a lot of facilities are available for them. There are a lot of placement opportunities available for students and they can easily get a job in both core and IT companies.  Many students are getting PSU through GATE and some core companies such as BOC, PCBL, Paharpur Cooling towers, Voith Papers, etc. visit the campus for interviews.  But if you are interested in technology and coding then you should probably choose Techno India as this college provides very good opportunities to CSE students.  The placements available are very good and top companies such as TCS, Infosys, CTS etc visit the college for interviews.  The college provides very good facilities and support to teach you coding and if you are really interested in it, then you will be able to master it with your patience and hard work.  And your coding skills are not determined by your college or branch.  You should be really passionate about it to be successful in this field.  Categories Chemical Engineering at HIT CSE at Techno India Course Fee 3.95 lakh 6.32 lakh Highest CTC 12-15 LPA 15-20 LPA Average CTC 5-6 LPA 7-8 LPA Recruiting Companies GlaxoSmithKline, Bengal Chemicals, etc. Wipro, Infosys, Dell, HP, etc. Hence, both the colleges are very good with excellent placements and academics and it completely depends on your interests in which branch you would like to study and build your career.Read more
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Ques. What was the CGPA of the student who grabs the highest package at Haldia Institute of Technology in chemical engineering department?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 23 Sept 21

Ans. One of my brothers was placed in a prominent company through on-campus placement. As per his experience, CGPA isn’t required for the process of getting a good job.  He scored 9 CGPA and many of his friends scored less than him yet they were successfully placed in prominent companies. The reason behind this is that marks hardly matters when recruiters visit campus moreover, they are all focused on your knowledge and skills.  Getting a good placement is definitely a dream for all the engineers but you definitely have to brush up on your skills and knowledge before sitting for the recruitment process. Read more
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Ques. Will it be a good choice to choose the chemical branch in LNCT Mains Bhopal?

● Top Answer By Janvi Bhambri on 21 Sept 21

Ans. LNCT Bhopal is without a doubt Madhya Pradesh's most reputable private engineering college. In addition, LNCT is the only engineering college in Bhopal that offers Chemical Engineering among the 65 private engineering institutes. This institution provides appropriate guidance as well as practical analysis. But Chemical Engineering at the institute does not enjoy the same exposure as branches like CSE or IT. If you want decent placement opportunities then you will have to work for them on your own. In 2021 placement drive Chemical Engineering students from LNCT were recruited by Indian Oil, Tata Chemicals, Reliance Petroleum, etc. Read more
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Ques. How is the chemical engineering branch in Haldia Institute of Technology? Should I join?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 15 Sept 21

Ans. Chemical Engineering at Haldia Institute of Technology used to be one of the best courses at the institute. But with years the condition of this branch has gotten worse. The old faculty members have retired. The current faculty base is not that great.  I have a few friends from the institute and according to them, if you are keen on exploring the field of chemistry then Haldia would not be one of your best choice institutes. But the placements here are decent. In the 2020 placements, the highest and average CTC offered was 3.5 LPA and 24 LPA. Read more
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Ques. Is chemical engineering at jntuh is good?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 13 Sept 21

Ans. Yes, chemical engineering at JNTU is good. If you are interested in chemical engineering, then it's the best place to pursue it.  Infrastructure: The Chemical Engineering branch started at the institute only a few years ago. It does not even have a specific departmental block. It shares the block of the Metallurgical department. CE also doesn't have their own labs. Students go to other departments to do their lab work.  Placements: The first batch of Chemical Engineering graduated in 2018 and it had good core placements. Companies like Vedanta, ITC recruit Chemical Engineering students. In recent years the average CTC offered at the institute is 9 LPA.  I will advise you to only opt for Chemical Engineering if you are interested. If a student needs only the tag and brand of JNTU then choosing a chemical branch will not be a good idea. Read more
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