B.Tech in Mineral Engineering Colleges, Course Details and Syllabus

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B.Tech in Mineral Engineering is a 4- year long undergraduate course. The program is divided into 8 semesters with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. In each semester, students are trained by means of both theoretical subjects and practical lab sessions.

The course is offered in India for an average annual tuition fee ranging between INR 3 to 8 lacs, variable with difference in colleges offering the course.

Upon graduation, successful graduates are placed in sectors such as education, mining industry, processing industry, capital equipment, locomotive platform and mining equipment. Such graduates can also choose to work as Consulting Engineers, Rock Engineers, Mining Managers or Mine Designers.

B.Tech in Mineral Engineering: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course Level Graduate
Duration 4 years
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility 10+2 with science subjects
Admission Process Based on counselling after clearing Entrance Tests (JEE Main, AIEEE, UPSEE, KCET, COMEDK) or Direct Admission for few.
Course Fee INR 1.8 Lakh p.a.
Average Starting salary INR 3 to 8 Lakh
Top recruiting companies TATA, Ford, Hyundai, ONGC etc
Job Opportunities Consulting Engineer, Rock Engineering, Mining Manager, Mine Designer.

B.Tech in Mineral Engineering: What is it About?

The course primarily focusses on interdisciplinary aspects of both sciences and engineering including mine-surveying, mining mechanization, role of robotics engineering in mining, along with emerging themes of learning related to mine environment, sustainable mining, mineral quality analytics, India-specific placer deposits, open cast coal/ iron/ aluminium/ potash/ fluorite/ and other industrial minerals.

Mining starts with survey for finding mineral deposits, executed by geologists and surveyors. Mining engineers in collaboration with geologists discover minerals. After the identification of minerals and conduction of feasibility studies, mining engineers get involved in the mining process that includes blasting and explosives. It is the responsibility of mining engineers to maximize efficiency and safety. Mining engineers are responsible for deciding and selecting the site of explosion.

B.Tech in Mineral Engineering is the branch of engineering which involves the study of techniques employed for extracting minerals from natural environment such as energy sources, non-metallic and metallic ores and solid fuels. Mining techniques include blasting, production, processing, drilling, marketing, extraction and development. Apart from these, another task of mining engineers is to check whether the project they are working on is environmentally safe and not detrimental to the natural environment. Mining engineers are skilled and competent in underground and opencast coal and ore mining.

Since India is rich in natural resources, this field of specialization offers a wide range of job prospects in the country.

Top Institutes Offering B.Tech in Mineral Engineering

Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.

Name of Institute City  Average Annual Fees
IIT Dhanbad INR 2. 8 Lakh
UPES Dehradun INR 2.8 Lakh p.a.
BPUT Orissa INR 1.4 Lakh p.a.
Anna University Chennai INR 2 Lakh p.a.
Dynamic Institutes of Aeronautical Engineering and Technology Hyderabad INR 1.8 Lakh p.a.
ICFAI Jharkhand INR 4.3 Lakh
RIMT Punjab INR 4.0 Lakh

Eligibility for B.Tech in Mineral Engineering

Candidates wishing to pursue the course are required to satisfy some minimum criteria of eligibility which are all listed here.

  • Citizenship: Indian nationals.
  • Qualification: 10+2, A Level, IB, XII grade or equivalent with Physics, Mathematics and English as compulsory subjects along with any of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Biology or any technical vocational subjects as optional with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.

B.Tech in Mineral Engineering: Admission Process

Admission to the course is based on rank obtained in the All India Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MU-OET), GATA (Goenka Aptitude Test for Admission), UPESEAT, JEE Main etc. and subsequently, performance in the round of personal interview.

Even though every institute follows a unique selection process, most of them accept the scores obtained in the relevant entrance tests. Colleges generally admit students based on performance in the entrance exams and in personal interviews.

For candidates belonging to Foreign/NRI category, admissions are based on score obtained in the qualifying examination.

Candidates may choose to apply under any of General and Foreign/NRI categories. Change of category from Foreign/NRI to General after admission is not entertained.

B.Tech in Mineral Engineering: Career Prospects

Successful graduates of the course are recruited in industries such as global mining enterprises, and in capacities like Consultants and Services Providers, Techno-Entrepreneurs, Techno- Economists at mineral mines and ore deposits. Their job positions involve responsibilities like developing freelance expertise in reliability engineering, feasibility studies in robotic applications, geo statistical evaluation of complex ore deposits, developing innovative approaches in mine-surveying, mine planning, mine ventilation designing, mineral deposit assessment, techno-managerial strategies for rover fabrication for mining at both on-land and off-land mineral deposits.

Mining Engineering figures among the most lucrative career areas and promises considerable growth opportunities in India. Successful graduates of the course can find employment in a variety of departments related to the mining industry such as operations, sales, management and engineering. Mines & Minerals Development Corporation and Mining Department of the union and State governments are constantly in need of experienced mining engineers. The range of subjects covered in the mining curriculum open doors to additional opportunities in allied fields.

Mining Engineers also have the option of working with geologists for exploring and assessing new ore deposits and conducting researches to create new and effective mining procedures and techniques. Professionals in this career can also opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges. Private sector firms, just as well as State and central organizations, rely on the services of mining engineers.

Top recruiting industries:

  • Automobile
  • Coal and Mining Industries
  • R&D Firms
  • Manufacturing
  • Petrochemical firms
  • Oil and Natural Gas Firms

Some of the top private recruiting firms in the industry are listed below:

  • Adobe
  • CapeGemini
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Infosys
  • Maruti Suzuki
  • MU Sigma Polaris
  • Tata Steel
  • TCS

Also listed are some of the leading government organizations that recruit successful graduates of the course.

  • GSI (Geological Survey of India)
  • Archaeological Department
  • Oil and Natural Gas Exploration Firms
  • Coal and Mineral Quarries
  • OIL (Oil India Limited)
  • ONGC
  • Refineries
  • Coal India Limited
  • Private Mineral Processing and Extracting Firms
  • SAIL
  • TATA Steel

B.Tech in Mineral Engineering: Employment Opportunities and Salaries Offered

Successful graduates of B. Tech in Mineral Engineering are placed in job positions such as the ones listed below. Also specified are the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered for the roles.

 B.Tech in Mechatronics engineering

Job Profile Job Descriptions Annual Pay Scale
Lecturer Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Mineral Engineering, conduct and produce results of scholarly work, actively involving students at B. Tech and post graduate levels. Avg. 3.0 Lakh p.a.
Senior Mining Engineer Mining Engineers oversee construction processes and manage technical aspects of production once the pit is open for business. They are in charge of closing mines and filling in mine shafts and also designing, developing and maintaining mining equipment, such as ventilation and extraction systems. Avg. 3.1 Lakh p.a.
Short Term Mine Planner A Short Term Mine Planner is responsible for covering all planning stages from the monthly production plan to the individual drill and blast plan on a mining bench, and to ensure a safe working environment for all technical services staff and to comply with all HSE policies issued by the company or regulatory bodies. Avg. 4.0 Lakh p.a.
Mining Safety Engineers Work involves conducting preliminary surveys of deposits or undeveloped mines and planning their development; examining deposits or mines to determine whether they can be worked at a profit; making geological and topographical surveys; evolving methods of mining best suited to character, type, and size of deposits; and supervising mining operations. Avg. 3.5 Lakh p.a.
Coal Preparation Plant Manager Working closely with the Director, Power Production & Supply and managing the Power Generation Plant, and all aspects that go along with it i.e. staffing, goals, objectives, as well as keeping up to date with training and regulations, and maintaining a top-notch leadership team. Avg. 6 Lakh p.a.

Some of the other profiles for B.Tech in Mechatronics engineering graduates are as follows:

Job Positions Job Descriptions
Plant Supervisor A plant supervisor plays the role of monitoring and coordinating plant operations, as well as supervising the work activities of subordinates
Mine Supervisor Supervises a staff that prepares, inspects, and works in mining projects such as underground or surface mining. Ensures the staffs perform project research, design calculations, and records accuracy of mining activities.
Chief Mining Engineer The Chief Mining Engineer is responsible for the development and implementation of practical mine plans which allow for orderly development and exploitation of economically minable ore reserves.

Remunerations of professionals depend mainly on factors such as the hiring company, job profile, qualification, skills and work experience. Successful graduates of the course can expect an average monthly starting income ranging between INR 20, 000 to 25,000. Candidates with higher qualification, more reputed colleges or more experience can expect higher salaries.

The number of jobs in mining and geological engineering is expected to expand by 6% by 2024, in line with the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov).

B.Tech in Mineral Engineering: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester- wise breakup of the course spread over 4 years and 8 semesters is given in the table below.

Semester I Semester II Semester III Semester IV
Physics I Physics II Mathematics III Methods of Surface Mining
Mathematics I Mathematics II Mining Geology  Exploration Geophysics
Design Thinking  English Communication Introduction to Geology Mine Machinery
Environment Studies Engineering Graphics Mine Development Mine Planning & Design
Engineering Mechanics Basic Electrical & Electronics Mine Surveying Mineral Economics & Exploration Risk
Workshop Technology Computer Programming Open Elective I  Mine Ventilation
Chemistry Electrical & Electronics Lab Mine Surveying lab Open Elective II
Engineering Workshop Lab Physics II Lab Mining Geology Lab Mine Planning Lab
Physics Lab I Computer Programming Lab - Mine Machinery Lab
Chemistry Lab - - Ventilation Lab
Semester V Semester VI Semester VII Semester VIII
Methods of Sub Surface Mining Mine Environmental Engineering Mining Hazards and Rescuing Operations Mine Legislation & Safety
Rock Mechanics Underground Coal Mining Underground Metal Mining Program Elective IV
Mineral Processing Technology Geostatistics Mine Management Commercial Polymetallic Mining & Simulation
Open Elective III Program Elective II Program Elective III Mining of Deep- seated Deposits
Program Elective I Mineral Exploration and Strategic Decision Analysis Occupational Health & Safety Mine Hosting
Application of Remote Sensing in mining Applied Rock Mechanics & Numerical Modelling Material Handling System Program Elective V
Solid Fuel and Clean Coal Technology Sustainable Mining & Geopolitical Negotiations Environment Impact Assessment Mine Plant Design
Rock Slope Technology Placer Mining Secondary Mining Collaborative Mining & Legal Due Diligence
Extra Terrestrial Mining Petroleum Exploration Hydrogeological Management Radioactive Mineral Deposits & Validation
Rock Mechanics Lab Sand Ming Major Project I Major Project II
Mineral Processing Lab Minor Project II Industrial Training -
Minor Project I Industrial Visit Comprehensive Viva II -
- Rock Mechanics Lab - -
- Mine Ventilation & Engineering Lab - -

Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Mineral Engineering) : 13 answered questions

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Ques. How is mining at NIT, Raipur?

● Top Answer By Komal Chawla on 08 Jul 21

Ans. Mining at NIT Raipur is certainly an interesting choice. The Mining branch is one of the oldest branches at the institute. It is almost 70 years old. I have a few friends at NIT Raipur and here is what they had to say about the Mining branch. Faculty:The faculty base is great for the branch. They are experts in the field with years of experience. Try to get along with your professors. That way you can work with them on their projects. This will give you exposure to the field and you will also be able to make industry contacts. Infrastructure: The infrastructure of the department is also quite good. There are laboratories for Rock Mechanics and Mining Machinery. The labs are also equipped with premium mining software. Placements: Placement for Mining at NIT Raipur is also quite impressive. All the mining and cement companies visit the campus for placements. Overall, NIT Raipur is certainly a good option for Mining Engineering. You will also have the opportunity to get a 3 day-long training at Kolkata at the cost of 40,000-50,000.Read more
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Ques. According to placement, how good is BIT Sindri for the mining branch?

● Top Answer By Janvi Bhambri on 29 Jun 21

Ans. Placements for the Mining branch at BIT Sindri are quite good. You will get a fair chance to get placed through campus placement or GATE. The mining branch at BIT Sindri also has a strong alumni base which helps with the placements. Some of the core mining companies that visit the campus drive for placements are L&T, Vedanta Resources, DMT, etc. In order to get selected in L&T, you have to be among the top 15 in the batch. Vedanta Resources and DMT give chances to students provided they have 60 percent in academics and no active backlog. Apart from these, you can also apply for marketing, software companies, coaching centers, etc. as they also visit the placement drive. You can also apply via a valid GATE score. According to the recent statistics the average and highest CTC offered to the students of the mining branch at the institute are respectively 5 LPA and 11 LPA. If you are good in technical skills and soft skills you have a high chance of getting placed in the mining branch. The rest depends on your skills.Read more
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Ques. Which is better between mining at IIEST Shibpur and mining at BIT Sindri?

● Top Answer By Ranjana Patraaaaaaaaaaaa on 28 Jun 21

Ans. IIEST Shibpur is better than BIT Sindri in terms of placements, infrastructure, and academics. There are a lot of resources available to you and if you are willing then it will be a great learning experience for you. The college is more than 160 years old and thus has a huge list of alumni base. It has recently been converted to an Institute of National Importance (INI) and is equivalent to an NIT. The campus also offers a great scenic view. Some of the placement stats of mining engineering for the year 2020 are given below. Highest CTC- 14 LPA Average CTC- 7 LPA Lowest CTC- 4 LPA So IIEST Shibpur edges ahead BIT Sindri according to the opportunities they offer. You can definitely talk to other students and form your own opinion as well.Read more
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Ques. Which is better IIEST Shibpur mining or NIT Jamshedpur metallurgy?

● Top Answer By Admin on 16 Apr 21

Ans. NIT Jamshedpur has an established brand name in the country. Students are tagged with “NITians”. This tag is beneficial for future training, internships, on or off-campus placements, and even in pursuing a management degree afterward. Professors & Faculty of NIT Jamshedpur: The professors impart decent knowledge to the students about their expertise core subjects. So, scoring marks is not a problem here. Some of the professors are adopting methods to revise the significant topics again and again. It decreases the workload of students. They can easily focus the first two years on pointing out their areas of interest and later two years in achieving their targets for their desired specialization. Placement Statistics of NIT Jamshedpur: As per the past few years of placements, there are core companies that visit the campus. They are TATA Steel, Vedanta, Hindalco, TATA Power, JSW, Usha Martin, etc.  In the metallurgy department, TATA Steel took only one candidate.  If students lack interest in this department then they can opt for off-campus placements too or else prepare for further studies. Winning Institute: As per the above perks, NIT Jamshedpur can be concluded better between both the listed institutes.Read more
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Ques. Which is better, mechanical in BIT DURG or mining at NIT Raipur?

● Top Answer By Rishikesh Kumar on 15 Apr 21

Ans. The students can get better placement in NIT Raipur. One will get good opportunities and exposure in the mining branch too. Moreover, the experience at NIT is far better than BIT DURG. The curriculum followed by BIT DURG and even NIT Raipur is outdated. The institute is at least 10 years behind the current industry practice as compared to NIT Raipur. At least 30 years behind if we compare it with the US or European schools. The industry clientele had taken leaps and bounds in terms of technology and what the students study is old-era theories that have little relevance in practice now.  Many industries hire graduates through campus interviews, 1st train them for 3 to 6 months to prepare the students as per industry requirements and update the knowledge. The table shows a brief overview of the institutions: Particulars NIT Raipur BIT DURG Median Salary Rs. 9.5 lakhs Rs. 6.5 lakhs Highest Salary Rs. 33 lakhs Rs. 32 lakhs Entrance Criteria JEE Mains CPET Fees Rs. 5.52 lakhs Rs. 2.92 lakhs So overall, if the students are into mechanical or mining, don't rely too much on what the book taught you, be aware of current trends and practices.Read more
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