Master of Engineering [ME] Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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Content Curator | Updated on - Oct 14, 2021

M.E. CSE is a Post Graduate course in engineering with a specialization in the field of computer science and its related aspects. It is a two years course divided into four semesters. A minimum of 55% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) marks at UG level is the least which almost all the institutes desire from applying candidates (in the form of eligibility criterion).

Some of the popular colleges offering the course are:

  • IISc (Indian Institute of Science)
  • IIT (Indian Institute of Information Technology)
  • BITS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science)
  • IIIT (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology)

The fee for the course varies between INR 67,000 to  3, 50,000 in India. The variation in fee is based on the location and nature of university (that is government, state/private/deemed etc.).

M.E CSE course admissions involve both Common Entrance Test (CET) based selection method as well as merit-based selection criteria that is the percentage of marks obtained at Under Graduate (UG) level. Most of the colleges which provide admissions through CET mechanism rely on the score of All India level common entrance exams like GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering), IIIT Delhi, IIST PG while a select few opt for a separate entrance exam of their own (Like LUPNEST, BITSAT HD etc.).

The course is designed to provide domain-specific skills and knowledge to the master’s level students so as to equip them with a holistic knowledge of the subject that will enable them to persecute the learning in a practical sense.

Post Graduates in Computer Science and Engineering have a wide range of job opportunities like Software engineers, application developer, network engineer, hardware engineer, CAD engineer etc. After completion of post graduation, one may pursue further studies like M.Phil and Ph.D. in the said subject or may take up job opportunities associated. The average salary ranges between INR 14,000 and 20,000 a month for a fresh pass out.

M.E. CSE: Course Highlights

Course Level Post Graduate
Duration of the Course 2 years
Examination Type Semester
Eligibility Minimum score of 55% (Relaxable for reserved category students) marks at UG level.
Admission Process Entrance exam based/Merit-based
Course Fee Between INR 67,000 to INR 3.5 Lacs
Starting Salary INR 14,000 to 20,000
Top Recruiting Companies TCS, Wipro, DXC, Syntel, Hexaware, Capgemini, Infosys
Job Position Software engineers, application developer, network engineer, hardware engineer, CAD engineer

M.E. CSE: What is it about?

The knowledge of Computer Science has been the driver of IT industry in India. The cost-effective and sustainable solution provided by Indian technical experts has earned praises at the global level. The growth and build up of the industry has surged the demand for qualified computer science professionals in the market.

The study of the subject involves software coding knowledge as well as the understanding of computer hardware and it’s working so, as to get a holistic view of the functioning of computer systems.

A master’s level course in computer science is aimed at developing professionals that can contribute meaningfully to the growth of the industry through execution of their knowledge and skills in the domain.

M.E. CSE: Top Institutes offering the course

M.E. Computer Science and Engineering is offered as course by many colleges/universities to candidates who have passed their UG or equivalent examination from a recognized state or central University.

Students can take admission in the course through Common Entrance Test conducted by certain exam conducting authorities such as IITs, IIIT, as well as separate exams conducted by respective colleges/Universities (Like LPU, BITS) that are offering this course.

For your reference, we have tabled down a list of various colleges/universities that are offering this course in India.

Institute City Average Fee
IISc Bangalore INR 20,700
IIT Kanpur INR 50,575
BITS Pilani INR 3,37,925
IIIT Delhi INR 1,40,500
Adhiyamaan College of Engineering Hosur INR 1,35,000
Adithya Institute of Technology Coimbatore INR 75,000
ACET Coimbatore INR 50,000
Alpha College of Engineering Chennai INR 51,171
Anna University Chennai INR 46, 470
Andhra University Vishakhapatnam INR 52,000

M.E. CSE: Eligibility

Candidate must have passed the B.E/B.Tech or equivalent examination in the respective stream from a recognized state/private/deemed or central University with at least 55% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) of the marks.

  • He/She shall not be having any backlog or compartment in any of the subject/Subjects at UG level that is yet to be cleared at the time of taking admissions.
  • Apart from the above-mentioned eligibility criteria’s various colleges and institutes may have their own additional criteria’s which the students would have to satisfy in order to take admission (like work experience of 1 or 2 years).
  • In case of reserved category students, they would have to present their reservation certificates issued by the competent authorities in order to avail the benefits applicable to them.
  • Most of the Institute give admissions through Common Entrance Test (CET) (like GATE, IIIT PG). To get admissions in these institutes candidates would have to qualify the respective entrance exam by securing minimum qualifying marks.

The eligibility criteria’s mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering this course to the students.

M.E. CSE: Admission Process

Admission to the course mostly involves a common entrance test based admission process (as seen across various Universities and colleges in the country). 

  • Most of the Universities/Colleges conduct a common entrance test for admission into M.E courses (like LUPNEST, BITSAT HD) or take admissions through commonly held entrance exam like GATE, IIIT PG. 
  • Students have to qualify these exams (for which they should be eligible to appear) in order to get admission in the course.
  • After the conduct of the test, a merit list of finally qualified candidates is prepared and candidates are invited for admission process by the respective university or college.
  • After admission process final allotment of seats to the candidate takes place and the candidate is asked to deposit the fee for the course and register for the respective academic year.
  • The new academic year begins after the completion of all the above processes.

Admission process would more or less be same across all the colleges and universities that are offering this course.

M.E. CSE: Syllabus and Course description

The syllabus of the course is divided into 4 semesters spread over a span of two years. The syllabus of the course is divided into various subjects and practical skills that students are taught during the course of their post-graduation. The syllabus covers all the aspects related to computer science so as to provide a holistic understanding of the subject to the master’s level students.

The details regarding the syllabus of the course are mentioned below so as to provide a reference to the candidates.

Semester I Semester II
Data Structure and Algorithm Database technology
Computer Architecture Operating System design
Software Engineering Methodologies Advanced system software
Computer Networks and Management Internet programming and tools
Mathematical Structures Network Security
Practical Practical
Semester III Semester IV
Microprocessor Based system design Project Stage 2
Object-oriented system design Neural Networks, Architectures and Application
Theory of computation Advanced Networks
Distributed Computing Mobile Computing
Project stage I Multimedia Systems
Visualization Techniques Advanced web design
Soft computing E-Commerce Technology
Practical Data mining and Data warehousing
- ASIC Design
- Web Technology

M.E. CSE: Who Should Opt for?

  • Students who have a background in the domain of computer science.
  • Those who have a career in software development in mind.
  • Those who are looking for a career as a network engineer.
  • Those aiming at higher studies in the domain can opt for the course.

M.E. CSE: Career Prospects

Master’s in Computer Science and Engineering postgraduates have plenty of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can choose to work with companies such as TCS, Wipro, DXC, Syntel, Hexaware, Capgemini, Infosys etc.

To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where computer science and engineering postgraduates can look for in terms of their career.

Master of Engineering [ME] (Computer Science and Engineering
Job Profile Role Average Salary for Fresher’s
Software Engineer Work of software engineer involves coding and preparation of algorithms for the design of a particular type of software or user interface. INR 2.8-3.30 Lacs
Application developer The job of the application developer is similar in nature to the software engineer with a difference of working interface that is they develop application software for mobile and tablets and various platforms like android, windows etc. INR 2.6-3.25 Lacs
Network Engineer The job involves working on communication networks so as to ensure proper connectivity through communication channels like Internet. INR 2.76-3 Lacs
Project Lead A project lead act as a supervisor and leader of the team working on a software development project for the client. INR 2.74-3 Lacs
Design Engineer Design engineers are entrusted with the responsibility of sketching out network design and functionalities for its actual implementation. INR 2.9-3.2 Lacs

Master of Engineering [ME] (Computer Science and Engineering) : 68 answered questions


Ques. What is the future of MTech artificial intelligence students in India Which is the best college for MTech artificial intelligence Is the University of Hyderabad good for MTech artificial intelligence?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 14 Oct 21

Ans. The future of M.Tech. in Artificial Intelligence in India is very bright and will take a little time to come into proper existence. After a few years, AI will be in the craze at the top level. AI is still in the growing or the initial phase. It is a huge field and is a wide area to explore. The important sub-fields of AI are Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning, and Computer Vision. These sub-fields are very large and will be trending in the market which will require skilled AI developers as they will be in more demand in the future. The parameters to judge a college varies from an individual to another and is therefore different for anywhere. IIIT Hyderabad or IISc Bangalore are good options for an M.Tech in AI. As they are the top institutes when it comes to pursuing M.Tech. in the Computer Science domain in India. They are doing some good research works and are not only interested in the theory work or the textbook. Rather they are focussing on the practical implementation.Read more
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Ques. Is it worth it to do an M.Tech CSE in Pondicherry University?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 28 Sept 21

Ans. If you are opting to pursue Computer Science and Engineering, Pondicherry University can be a good choice. There are two courses available for M.Tech in CSE, M.Tech Computer Science, and M.Tech Network and Internet.  The university is a central university, so your degree will be useful. The campus life is good. You will get to meet people from different cultural backgrounds. There are good chances of peer learning. The placements for the computer science department are not that good. But it is reputed in Chennai or Bengaluru so it’s easy to get job offers. If you have the required skills, you can easily get job offers. According to the recent placement highlights the average CTC offered is 3-4 LPA.  If you are getting a chance to get admission at Pondicherry University, you should go for it. Read more
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Ques. How is the MTech (CSE) program in Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata? What are the placement stats for an MTech (CSE)?

● Top Answer By Admin on 23 Sept 21

Ans. Heritage Institute of Technology is a very popular and reputed engineering institute and provides very good facilities to its students. According to the reviews online, here’s what I got to know. This college is very good to pursue B.Tech in CSE but not a good option to do M.Tech in CSE.  And this is not only for CS, but for all other departments.  Although the faculty and the academics are very good in this college, the placements for M.Tech are not upto the mark and it is better not to choose this college to pursue M.Tech. To do M.Tech, it will be better to do it from IIT but you will have to appear for GATE exams to get admission in IITs.  And do note that you will have to be in the top 1000 in GATE to get selected for M.Tech courses at IIT.  In West Bengal, there is also Jadavpur University which can also be a very good option to pursue M.Tech in CSE.  You can also appear for the examination PGET and if you can clear this exam, then you will be eligible to take admission in any government engineering college under WBUT.  Hence, instead of taking admission in Heritage Institute of Technology for M.Tech in CSE, it will be better to prepare for GATE exam and qualify for IIT or else take admission in some other better colleges for M.Tech. Read more
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Ques. How's an M.Tech in Cyber Security at Karunya University?

● Top Answer By Admin on 22 Sept 21

Ans. Cybersecurity is a great discipline for a PG degree in Computer Science. It has huge scope in research and jobs in the industry. However, Karunya University is deemed to be a university with minority status. It ranks lower than IITs, NITs, IIITs, Central Universities, State Universities, and reputed Govt. University colleges like UVCE Bangalore, CEG Chennai, etc. However, their MTech program has tie-ups with foreign universities.  But don’t expect much from the University. I am saying this because my brother is an alumnus of the university. The education quality of the University is poor. Only a few of the faculty members are academically qualified but, they are incapable of teaching. They lack the ability to provide real-time explanations for any problem. However, IAESTE is a way through which you can get exposure in your field of study. In fact, it is the only way through which you will get exposure in your field of study.  To conclude, Karunya University is definitely not the first choice for an M.Tech in Cybersecurity but it is not a bad choice either.Read more
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Ques. How good is the curriculum of M.Tech C.S. in ISI kolkata?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 21 Sept 21

Ans. The curriculum of M.Tech C.S. in ISI Kolkata is quite basic. As much as I know, the lengthy hourly classes and other research work make it quite boring at times. You need to know that M.Tech in CS is not only for CSE graduates but for all streams like Mathematics, Electronics, Metallurgy, Mechanical, Civil, etc. The first year prepares the non-CSE background students to reach the same level as CSE students. In the first semester, they get accustomed to coding and Mathematics. The second semester will introduce you to Automata, OS, Networking, DBMS, and Algorithms. You can do some research work during this time, which will later help you during internships, etc. In the second year, the courses are optional. Choose the one you want. You can go for subjects like Computational Finance, etc. which will help with your thesis. Here you take 17 courses in total, whereas IITs or NITs have 10. The third semester is hectic, as you have to work on your thesis and apply for Ph.D. and five subjects. So, work hard from your second semester. I hope this helps you in understanding or at least have an overview of the curriculum at ISI Kolkata. But, I would personally suggest ISI Kolkata especially if you are planning to do a Ph.D. from here. Read more
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Master of Engineering [ME] (Computer Science and Engineering) Fee Structure in India

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1.10 L (Average Fee)
33.70 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES8.92 L (Maximum Fee)
1.21 L (Average Fee)

Master of Engineering [ME] (Computer Science and Engineering) Fee Structure By state

Tamil Nadu

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33.70 KPrivate COLLEGES2.29 L
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1.54 L

Madhya Pradesh

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1.13 L


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1.60 LPrivate COLLEGES3.78 L
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9.0 /10

Course Curriculum Overview :

The relationship between the students and teachers were just made in heaven. Their bond was so strong. In the first day of the college only, they made huge changes in student's personality. Apart from teaching, they showed us way of living.

College Events :

Festivals celebrated here was very much south culture based. Like Pongal, Onam was some of the national festival in the college point of view. But there were some festivals too like Bakrid, holi which also got celebrated here.

Placement Experience :

Placement were recieved by all the students who did well in the exams. Whosoever got failed in their academics were not allowed to take part in the campus placement. HCL,HP,Dell,Apple, Infosys, Wipro everyone came here

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Campus Life :

We have the college day in February and tech fest is on the month of September. They have every book's for every department and they have every journal. They have net facilities and we have a blackboard and then light fan etc. We have a mates club and every department has each club.

Placement Experience :

From 3rd semester they are eligible for placement for masters. Infosys, Tcs, hcl, tech Mahindra, Zoho,cts etc, 100 offers. The highest package is 10lakhs per annually and the average is 3.6 lakh per annum. 80 percent of students getting placed. Working in a software company.

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As I want to become a software engineer I choose this course. The faculty is well trained and they are very friendly to students. ME is must and now there only dictates. They teach us practically. Monthly once we have exams and it is very difficult to pass.

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