Master of Engineering [ME] (VLSI Design) Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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Content Curator | Updated on - Sep 13, 2021

Master of Engineering (ME) in VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) Design is a Post Graduate course in the domain of electronics engineering with a specialization in the field of VLSI based circuit design. The course is divided into four semesters spanning over a duration of two years. Eligibility Criteria for the course is minimum of 50% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) marks at UG level is the least which almost all the institutes desire from applying candidates.

Some of the popular colleges/universities offering the course are:

The fee for the course varies between INR 50,000 to 2 Lacs in India. The variation in fee is based on the location and nature of university (that is government, state/private/deemed etc.).

Admission procedure for the course involves both a 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 who provide admissions through CET mechanism rely on the score of All India level common entrance exams like GATE, BITSAT etc.  while a select few opt for a separate entrance exam of their own like LUPNEST of Lovely Professional University.

The course structure 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 VLSI based Integrated circuit design in a manner that they are able to persecute the learning in the practical sense.

M.E. in VLSI Design degree holders have a wide range of job opportunities like Design Engineer, Project Designer, Technical lead, Networking engineer etc. After completion of post graduation, one has the option to 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 INR15,000 and 20,000 a month.

M.E. in VLSI Design: Course Highlights

Course Level Post Graduate
Duration of the Course 2 years
Examination Type Semester
Eligibility Minimum score of 50% (Relaxable for reserved category students) marks at UG level in any stream.
Admission Process Entrance exam based/Merit-based
Course Fee Between INR 50,000 to INR 2.75 Lacs
Average Starting Salary INR15,000 to 20,000 per month
Top Recruiting Companies Wipro, Honeywell, HCL, Philips, Motorola etc.
Job Positions Design Engineer, Project Designer, Technical lead, Networking engineer

M.E. in VLSI Design: What is it about?

VLSI design has become an important aspect of the electronics industry in the contemporary times. Most of the electronics items that we see in our day to day life like LCD monitors, TVs, Smartphones, Laptops, etc are based on Integrated Circuits (IC) based design. The design of these IC circuits is in turn based on the practical application of the knowledge of the VLSI design.

M.E. in VLSI design course is framed in such a manner that students are provided with practical and analytical outlook in relation to circuit designing involving VLSI. Students are taught about the various aspects related to the VLSI design like usage of design software applications, circuit simulation, circuit design, implementation, and testing.

A post graduate in VLSI design would be facing certain challenges in the practical domain in face of complex digital circuit design, prescribing its scalability and suitability etc when he/she enters the job market. The course is thus designed to equip the students with respective knowledge and skill in the domain so, that they are able to handle these challenges effectively.

M.E. in VLSI Design: Top Institutes 

A good number of colleges/universities across the country offer the Master of Engineering (ME) in VLSI Design course to candidates who have passed their UG examination from a recognized state or central University. 

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

Institute City Average Fee
IIT Delhi INR 81,000
Adhiparasakthi Engineering College Vellore INR 60,000
Adithya Institute of Technology Coimbatore INR 28,000
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Delhi INR 48,500
Anna University Madurai INR 46,470
Arasu Engineering College Chennai INR 95,000
ARM College of Engineering and Technology Kanchipuram INR 11,405
AVS Engineering College Salem INR 95,000
Balaji Institute of Engineering and Technology Chennai INR 45, 220
Coimbatore Institute of Engineering and Technology Coimbatore INR 60,000

M.E. in VLSI Design: Eligibility

Candidate must have passed the B.E/B.Tech or equivalent examination in Electronics and Communication/Instrumentation/Computer Science/Information Technology from a recognized state/private/deemed or central University. He/she must have obtained at least 50% (40% to 45% for reserved category candidates) of the marks at graduation level.

  • 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 (like asking for work experience in the respective domain) which the students would have to satisfy in order to take admission.
  • 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, BITSAT). 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. in VLSI Design: Admission Process

Admissions to the course are based on a common entrance test based admission process (as seen across various Universities and colleges in the country).

  • Students who have passed their UG level examinations with a minimum of 50% marks (40% to 45% for reserved category students) can make application in colleges offering the course.
  • Most of the Universities/Colleges conduct a common entrance test for admission into M.E courses (like LUPNEST) or take admissions through commonly held entrance exam like GATE, BITSAT. Hence students would have to make an application for such exams.
  • 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 counseling process by the respective university or college.
  • After counselingprocess 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.

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

M.E. in VLSI Design: Syllabus and Course description

The syllabus of the course is divided into 4 semesters spread over a span of two years with each year comprising of two semesters. The syllabus of the course is divided into various parts and modules that students are taught during the course of their post-graduation. The syllabus covers all the aspects related to VLSI designing so as to provide a holistic understanding of the domain to the master’s students.

The details regarding the syllabus of the course are mentioned below for the reference to the candidates.

Year I Year II
Applied Mathematics for Electronics Engineers Digital Image Processing
Digital CMOS VLSI Design Computer Architecture
Analog IC design Optimization Techniques in VLSI
Statistical Signal Processing RF System design
CAD for VLSI Circuits Embedded Systems
ASIC Design VLSI and Wireless communication
Hardware Software Co-design Data Converters
VLSI Signal Processing Projects
Testing of VLSI circuits Practical
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M.E. in VLSI Design:  Who Should Opt for?

  • Students who have the practical and analytical mindset and like to indulge in problem-solving.
  • Those who have a career in electronics circuit designing in mind.
  • Those who are looking for a career in Indian Engineering Services.
  • Those aiming at higher studies in the domain can opt for the course.

M.E. in VLSI Design: Career Prospects

Master of Engineering (ME) in VLSI Design Postgraduates have plenty of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can choose to work as Design Engineer, Project Designer, Technical lead, networking engineer 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 ME (VLSI Design) postgraduates can look for in terms of their career.

Master of Engineering [ME] (VLSI Design) annual salary
Job Profile Role Average Salary for Fresher’s
Design Engineer Work of Design engineer involves the creation of a blueprint for designing of the electronic circuit. INR 2.8-3 Lacs
Project Designer The job involves phasing out a plan for overall designing of the circuit along with various parts and components that are to be assembled in the circuit. INR 2.6-2.8 Lacs
Technical Lead The job involves working in a team based set-up to develop an electronic circuit project that is assigned to the team. INR 2.6-3 Lacs
Simulation Expert The job involves running and testing of the project/circuit on the virtual platform using ICT tools before its actual implementation to detect any flaw in the design. INR 2.8-3 Lacs
Testing Engineer Testing engineers are entrusted with the job of testing that whether each component in the circuit is working to its efficiency or not INR 2.6-2.73 Lacs

Master of Engineering [ME] (VLSI Design) : 16 answered questions


Ques. How is microelectronics and VLSI design in IIT Ropar?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 13 Sept 21

Ans. According to my friend at IIT Ropar, the first batch of Microelectronics and VLSI Design was from 2019-2020, where there were only 10 and 7 students for the M.Tech and Ph.D. course respectively. The faculties of IIT Ropar are young and energetic.  It’s quite early to predict placements and hence should wait for some time.  Being an IIT, the college is well developed, the infrastructure is decent, and the academics are great. The faculty of IIT Ropar for Microelectronics and VLSI Design branch of 1st semester includes 1 professor from IIT Delhi and 5 professors from IIT Bombay and Guwahati. The courses for the 1st semester for the Microelectronics and VLSI Design includes a total of 5 courses, 1 lab, and 1 seminar session.  These include Digital IC Design, RF Engineering, CMOS Analog IC Design, Semiconductor Device Physics and Modeling, CAD for VLSI Design, Circuit Simulation Lab, and Seminar Session. Categories Microelectronics and VLSI Design at IIT Ropar Course Fee INR 72,940 Average CTC 14.6 LPA Recruiting Companies DRDO, Flipkart, Goldman Sachs, HCL, etc. Some industries visit IIT Ropar in the first semester and the selected students have to choose to work with them. The 2nd year project can be completed in any company also if a student wishes to. The department helps the student to find the company if the student wants and if not then he/she can do the project on the campus itself.Read more
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Ques. Which companies recruit students from VLSI (MTech) in NIT trichy?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 06 Sept 21

Ans. As some of my friends studied M.Tech at NIT Trichy, I might be able to provide you with the answers.  Core firms such as Nvidia, Alcatel Lucent, Intel, Sandisk, Samsung, etc. are regular.  Almost 100% of the students are placed. They received salary packages ranging from 10 - 12 LPA.  However, you will need to put in a lot of effort and be in the top 5% of your class.  Remember that you will be competing with UGs, PhDs, and MS students for job opportunities.  Hence, competition will be fierce, and your academics as well as your relationships with professors and fellow students will be crucial. There are various software and analytics companies that offer jobs to everyone with a basic understanding of coding.  Aside from these, you will have a plethora of different research options, both within and outside the country. So in the end, I would like to conclude that there is no one factor but various. So work hard, polish your skills and build a good CV and give your best shot in the interview.Read more
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Ques. I am thinking of joining KJ Somaiya, VidyaVihar for mtech electronics. Is it is a good college study wise? I am not concerned for placement.

● Top Answer By Debdeep Majumder on 02 Sept 21

Ans. It is not just KJ Somaiya, but every college you decide to go to, find out the following, especially for post-graduate studies: Qualifications of the professors in your college The crowd of the college and scope for securing internships on different topics If there is any research going on in the college and if so, how is the research cell? Many M. Tech students wish to do something new and collaborate with people having the same interests as well. Opinions of others about the college. When you interact with the students you will come to know what places are nice and where you can hang out A friend of mine completed her M. Tech from KJ Somaiya and her experience was average. The research cell is not great and some teachers are well versed in their subject whereas others struggle with basic knowledge. If you are concerned about placements, those are definitely improving over the years and this college will only be a good option for you if you are not looking for placements. Read more
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Ques. Would you recommended someone to do MTech in VLSI from NIT GOA? What are placement/internship opportunities there for VLSI?

● Top Answer By Zakia Parween on 31 Aug 21

Ans. NIT Goa has a good teaching faculty for the VLSI stream. The faculty has done their PhDs from IITs and the campus also has very well-equipped labs so it provides a great learning experience. Here is a brief overview of the NIT Goa.  Category NIT Goa Companies Visited Infosys, ZS Associates, Infotech, etc. Highest Package 15.9 lakhs Average CTC  7 lakhs  Talking about the placements and internships part, Intel, NXP semiconductors offered a lot of internships in the past and there are still chances of these companies visiting again in the future. If you wish to get admitted for MTech in an NIT, it would be a better option if you opt for older and NITs first. If not, NIT Goa is also a good option.Read more
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Ques. How is NIT Calicut regarding the placements for an MTech in VLSI design?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 25 Aug 21

Ans. I have a friend who recently graduated with M.Tech in VLSI Design from NIT Calicut. According to him, the placements are great. According to recent placement highlights, the average CTC offered at the institute is 11 LPA. In order to secure decent placements, all you need is the following.  Knowledge of EDA tools of Mentor or Cadence or Synopsys. Be skilled in RTL, Verilog coding. Know basics of verification and design parameters for speed vs power vs area. You also should have sound knowledge of Place and Route; extract parameters to compare or adjust design parameters with layout changes. The demand in this field is high. Work hard and you will succeed.Read more
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Master of Engineering [ME] (VLSI Design) Fee Structure in India

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40 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES4.10 L (Maximum Fee)
1.13 L (Average Fee)

Master of Engineering [ME] (VLSI Design) Fee Structure By state

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1.23 L
40 KPrivate COLLEGES2.29 L
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