B.Tech Space Technology Eligibility, Admission and Fee Structure

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B.Tech in Space Technology is a four year graduate course consisting of eight semesters. Out of eight semesters, seven semesters are dedicated to theoretical subjects and the last semester includes project work. 

After completing this course, the candidates can go for the master course in the Space Engineering from India as well as abroad and work in the field of research. Space engineering students can get employed in various areas like National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Universities, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization), DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization). Space engineers can become a Research Scientist, Defence Industry Scientist, Research Associates, Scientific Officer, Environmental Scientist and Science Data Analyst.  

The tuition fee varies from INR 500,000 to 700,000 per annum depending on the institute. The entry level salary of a Space Engineering graduate ranges from INR 300,000 to 500,000 per annum.

Name of the course B.Tech Space Technology or Bachelor of Technology in Space Technology
Duration of the course Four years
Stream Space Technology
Average course fee INR 600,000 per annum
Sectors of employment NASRDA, ISRO, DRDO, Universities
Average entry-level salary INR 400,000 per annum
Top entrance exams JEE Main, JEE Advanced, ISAT

What is B.Tech Space Technology about?

Space Technology covers the topics of cosmology, stellar science, astrophysics, planetary science, astronomy, to name a few. Space Technology is studying about what is beyond the Earth and related to the objects entering the earth from the space.

The objective of this course is learning about the satellite navigation system and taking care of the remote areas of a planet which we cannot see from earth. It is used for measurement of the ozone layer which protects the earth from the ultra violet rays of the sun. Space engineers with the space technology can detect that which part of the ozone layer is depleting.

Who should opt for B.Tech Space Technology?

Students after completion of the 10+2 who want explore various aspects of space should pursue this course. It is apt for students who are keen on learning the design, operation and construction of the space craft should. They should have good communication, interpersonal and managerial skills to work in this sector.

Duration of B.Tech Space Technology

It is a four year B.Tech course with a total of eight semesters. Each academic year is has two semesters of six months each.

Top institutes offering B.Tech Space Technology

This course is available in several colleges. Some of the reputed ones are listed institutes below:

Name of the Institute Location Fee (per annum)
Birla Institute Of Technology Ranchi, Jharkhand INR 860,000
Aryabhatta Knowledge Institute of Science and Technology Patna, Bihar INR 480,000
Sri Venkateshwara University Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh INR 500,000
Indian Institute of space science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala INR 700,000
 Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun Dehradun, Uttarakhand INR 500,000
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore Bangalore, Karnataka INR 600,000
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay Mumbai, Maharashtra INR 510,000
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras Chennai, Tamil Nadu INR 510,000
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur Kharagpur, West Bengal INR 530,000
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh INR 490,000

Eligibility Criteria for B.Tech Space Technology

Students of 10+2 pass or equivalent with minimum 60% in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are eligible to take admission in this course. The rules are relaxed for students belonging to SC/ST/OBC categories. The criteria may vary across different colleges and universities.

Admission Process for B.Tech Space Technology

Students have to qualify the JEE Main to appear in the JEE advanced to enroll in this course in the IITs. After this exam, a merit list is generated and students have to go through the process of counselling. After getting rank in the JEE advanced exam, a merit list will be prepared and students have to attend the counseling session. Some of the reputed universities conduct their own test and students have to pass their entrance exam to take admission in the B.Tech Space Technology in these universities.

Entrance Exams

The top exams are JEE Main and JEE Advanced. In the entrance exam, questions will be asked from the subjects of Physics, Chemistry & Maths. Duration of the test is three hours.  There will be three sections in the exam & each section will consist of 30 questions. Total number of questions is 90. You get 4 marks for each correct answer. For the admissions, various national level & state level tests are conducted in the country.

Some of the private institutes like SRM University, BITS Ranchi etc. conduct their tests. Application forms of most of the entrance exams are available in the month of May and shall be submitted in the month of June.

Exam Name Level/Conducted By Colleges
JEE Main National level/ CBSE NITs, IIITs, Most of the institutes accept JEE Main Score
JEE Advanced National/IITs IITs
ISAT University IIST

Selection Process

Selection will be made on the basis of the ranking in the JEE or equivalent exam, your performance in academic and extracurricular activities, essay and personal interview in some colleges

Career Prospects for B.Tech Space Technology graduates

Space technology students have very bright future and have lots of job opportunities after graduation. Space technology is not only limited to discovery of new planet but space engineers can also work as a teacher in a university, space scientist, member of educational committees, issue  papers etc. They can also be employed in software, space laboratories, space agencies and science museums. They can work in other areas like space tourism operators, spacecraft manufacturing firms, military operations, R&D centers, spacecraft software developing firms and repair and maintenance workshops.

Some of the profiles are listed below:

Designation Description of job profile
Space Scientist They broadcast weather conditions, gather environmental data, collect data from upper surface, air stations, radars, satellite for use in metrological reports. They clarify data, records, photographs, maps to forecast long or short range weather conditions.
Astronomers They spend time to frame scientific papers and present their findings to others in the field. They are expert in certain types of events such as black holes. Typical duties include developing and testing scientific theories, analyzing data and writing research proposals.
Science communicators They relate to public communicators and give the science related knowledge to the people who are not related to science. They explain the exploration of space, to deliver shows and workshops. Nowadays methods of explaining the science are increasing day by day rather than finding of the science.
Environmental scientist They protect and preserve the environment. They collect environment data through soil, air, water and food. After collecting the samples, they analyze whether the material contains any hazardous material and how much and minimize the material hazardous to human health and environment. They advise the government officials, businesses and the public regarding the risks to the environment.
Research associates They coordinate field level survey and design interpretation tools and formats based on pre-defined goals. They conduct training programs and monitor surveys etc. and present reports of findings from the data collected.

There are some government sectors in India which hire Space Engineers:-

  • DRDO
  • ISRO
  • Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL)
  • Aerospace industry
  • National Aeronautical limited (NAL)


B.Tech Space Technology salary graph

Designation Salary per annum
Space Scientist INR 500,000 to 800,000
Astronomers INR 600,000 to 1,100,000
Research associate Up to INR 500,000
Environmental scientist INR 240,000 to 450,000

Course Structure of B.Tech Space Technology

It is a four year B.tech course. There are a total of eight semesters. Each academic year has 2 semesters. The scheme of assessment of this course consists of marks in theory and practical exams. Exams are conducted twice a year.

The scheme of assessment for B.Tech Food Engineering is given below:-

Scheme of Assessment Weightage (%)
Theory 75
Practical 25

Students have to undergo project work in the eighth semester and they have to submit the report by the end of the last semester.


The curriculum for B.Tech Space Technology covers some basic topics and some specialized topics specific to this course.

Some of these topics are explained below:-

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Calculus Vector Calculus and Differential Equations Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis and Transforms Partial Differential Equations, Calculus of Variations and Complex Analysis
Physics I Physics II Optics and Electromagnetic Waves Modern Optics 3 1 0 4 PH222 Classical Mechanics
Chemistry Materials Science Mathematical Physics Earth System Science
Basic Mechanical Engineering Engineering Mechanics Remote Sensing and Applications Measurements and Instrumentation
Basic Electrical Engineering Basic Electronics Engineering Computer Organization and DBMS Introduction to Social Science & Ethics
Communication Skills I Communication Skills II Introduction to Economics Optics Lab 0 0 3 1 ES241 Earth System Science Lab
Physics Lab I Physics and Materials Science Lab C Programming Lab Measurements and Instrumentation Lab
Chemistry Lab Engineering Graphics Optics Lab I -
Basic Engineering Lab Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering Lab Remote Sensing and Applications Lab -
Communication Skills Lab I Communication Skills Lab II - -
Semester 5 Semester 6 Semester 7 Semester 8
Probability and Statistics Statistical Mechanics Principles of Management Systems Comprehensive Viva-Voce
Quantum Mechanics Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Physics Elective IV Project Work
Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences Pattern Recognition Elective V -
Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics Introduction to Space Vehicles Elective VI -
Digital Signal Processing Elective I Institute Elective -
Environmental Science and Engineering Elective II Earth and Space Science Lab -
Computational Physics Lab Elective III Comprehensive Viva-Voce I -
Digital Signal Processing Lab Modern Physics Lab - -
- Astronomy Lab - -


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