Master of Technology (M.Tech.) CAD/CAM Courses, Syllabus and Salary

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M.Tech. CAD (Computer Aided Design)/ CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) is a 2- year post graduate course with 4 semesters in 2 years. 3 semesters contain theoretical subjects and workshops and the last one requires research/ project work.   

Top Institutes offering M.Tech. CAD/ CAM are:

CAD/CAM engineers interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may pursue Ph.D. in the subject upon completion of their course. They are hired in a variety of sectors such as manufacturing, education, R&D in industries, and steel plants, space research institutes, power plants, universities, among others. They are hired in capacities such as Lecturer, Design Engineer, Draft Engineer, R&D Engineer etc.

An approximate entry- level salary of INR 3 lacs per annum is offered to CAD/CAM engineers.

M.Tech. CAD/CAM: Course Highlights

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

Course Level Post Graduate
Duration 2 years
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering/ Industrial Engineering/ Production Engineering with minimum 60% in aggregate
Admission Process Based on counselling after clearing GATE exam or based on the written test.
Course Fee INR 1.14 to 2.11 Lacs (full tuition fee).
Average Starting salary INR 3.0 Lacs
Top Recruiting Companies PWD, CPWD, Space Research Centre, Educational sector, Power plants, Steel Plants etc.
Job Description Aerospace designer, Manufacturing Designer, Mechanical designer, Architectural Designer, Civil Engineer, Technician.

M.Tech. CAD/CAM: What is it About?

CAD/CAM engineering is a specialization in operation, use and application of computer software to create design for a variety of industries. It is aimed at building drafting skills in electronic structures. M. Tech in CAD/CAM imparts, through a holistic curriculum, skills to apply computer and scientific principles to solve problems related to manufacturing.

M.Tech. CAD/CAM: Who Should Opt?

Candidates interested in learning the discipline at an advanced level with ample knowledge of computer- based tools, techniques and methods employed in product- designing may opt for this program. The course is suited for candidates with potential to develop the product in the R&D section of the industry in a shorter time while gaining a substantial foothold in the market.

M.Tech. CAD/CAM: Course Duration

M.Tech. CAD/CAM is a 2-year course having 4 semesters with each year divided into 2 semesters. At the end of each semester, performance of candidates is evaluated on the basis of performance in written tests, seminars, assignments and project work.

Top Institutes Offering M.Tech. CAD/CAM

Listed here are some of the top institutes in India offering the course along with their respective locations and fees charged by each.

Name of the Institute City Average Full Tuition Fees in INR
Punjab Technical University Jalandhar 1.4 lakhs
Tumkur 3 lakhs
Nagpur 75, 000
Krishanankovil 2.11 lakhs
Vishakapatnam 1.14 lakhs
Telangana 1.14 lakhs
Hamirpur 1.92 lakhs
Noida Institute of Engineering and Technology Greater Noida 1.40 lakhs

Eligibility for M.Tech. CAD/CAM

Candidates having completed B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering/ Industrial Engineering/ Production Engineering are eligible to pursue M.Tech. CAD/CAM. Aspiring candidates need to have scored a minimum aggregate score of 60% in graduation.

Additionally, they are required to qualify the GATE exam for pursuing M. Tech from any of the IITs and NITs. For admission to other engineering colleges, aspiring candidates need to clear the college- level entrance exam. The average tuition fee charged in India for pursuing of M. Tech in CAD/CAM ranges between INR 1. 14 and 2.11 lacs p.a.

M.Tech. CAD/CAM: Admission Process

Aspiring candidates wishing to take admission to the course at any of the NITs or IITs need to score a good percentile in GATE. Merit list of candidates is prepared on the basis of marks obtained by them in GATE, and, accordingly, students are admitted to M.Tech. CAD/CAM course.

Entrance Exams for M.Tech. CAD/CAM

Admissions to the course in IITs or NITs are based on candidates’ performance in the nationally conducted GATE. The GATE exam consists of a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks. This exam has multiple choice questions and is a computer- based test. Some questions carry 1 mark while others carry 2 marks. Syllabus of GATE is based on the specialization which the candidate wishes to opt for in M. Tech.

Some colleges give 70% weightage to the GATE scores and 30% weightage to performance in the written test conducted by the concerned college/ university.

M.Tech. CAD/CAM: Syllabus and Course Structure   

The scheme of assessment for M.Tech. CAD/CAM is given below:

Scheme of Assessment Weightage (%)
Theory 80
Practical 20

The course is spread over 4 semesters in 2 consecutive years, and a semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here:

Semester I Semester II
Advanced CAD Design of Hydraulics and Pneumatics Systems
Advanced Finite Element Analysis Flexible Manufacturing Systems
Precision Engineering Computer Aided Manufacturing
Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Industrial Robotics
Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations Production and Operations Management
Advanced Mechanics of Solids Computational Fluid Dynamics
Advanced Mechatronics Automation in Manufacturing
Advanced Mechanics of Composite Materials Design Optimization
Total Quality Management Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
Stress Analysis and Vibrations Computer Aided Process Planning
Semester III Semester IV
Comprehensive Viva Project work and Seminar
Project Seminar -
Project work -

M.Tech. CAD/CAM: Career Prospects

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in PWD, CPWD, Defense, Power Plants, Agricultural Organizations, Space Research Institutes etc. They are hired in capacities such as Surveyor, Agricultural Designer, Aerospace Designer, Electrical Designer, Mechanical Designer, Manufacturing Designer, Civil Engineer Technician etc.

Listed here are some of the popular job positions offered to successful postgraduates of the discipline with the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered.

Annual Salary Graph
Job Designation Job Description Average Salary in INR
Aerospace Designer The job of an Aerospace Designer is to develop new design of missiles, aircraft and spacecraft. They amalgamate the components into final design and check the effectiveness of the design and whether any changes are required to be made in the design. They thoroughly test the product for safety issues and defects. 7 to 9 lakhs p.a.
Manufacturing Designer Manufacturing Designers are skilled in CAD/CAM software form development of new products. They make the required changes in the design as per the requirements of manufacturing systems. They are skilled in CNC programming to help employers in manufacturing and make changes needed in the product design. 4.37 to 5.3 Lakhs p.a.
Mechanical Designer Mechanical Designers create design mechanical equipment, co- ordinate with engineers and other professionals related to the manufacturing system. They start the project after meeting with the Project Engineer, Production Engineer and customer to know their requirements, based on which they use CAD/CAM software to develop the required models for mechanical equipments. 3.65 to 11.50 Lakhs p.a.
Architectural Designer An Architectural Designer builds plans with CAD software as per clients’ requirements. They discuss with other building designers to exchange their ideas regarding structural plans. Architectural Designers supervise Junior Engineers working under them in the project for preparation of structural designs. They also make the required changes in design as per the clients’ needs and management needs. Architectural Engineers take care of clients’ concerns regarding design, which may arise during the construction of the project 2.65 to 6.35 lakhs p.a.
Civil Engineer Technician Civil Engineer Technicians support engineers in estimating the project cost, preparing schedules and planning a given project. They also help engineers in the maintenance of buildings, roads and infrastructure. They also test the construction material and prepare sketches for the project. Before the construction of the project they visit the project sites, meet clients, management and other people related to the project for incorporating their requirements. 3.25 lakhs p.a.

Master of Technology [M.Tech] (CAD/ CAM) : 3 answered questions

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Ques. What is the placement scenario for an M.Tech in mechanical design in IIT Bhubaneswar?

● Top Answer By Pratyasha on 29 Jan 21

Ans. IIT Bhubaneswar offers decent placements to the MTech Mechanical students. IIT Bhubaneswar has also witnessed increasing placements in the coming years.  Placements: The institute offers decent placement for postgraduate courses. The overall statistics for MTech placement decreases a little due to the fewer placement opportunities in the Civil Engineering branch. However, MTech Mechanical Engineering has decent placement records.  M.Tech placement for a mechanical design according to the 2020 statistics is around 80%.  Around 53% of students have been placed in the core companies like Tata Steel, L&T, etc. In IIT Bhubaneswar, the mechanical department is one of the strong domains of all the branches. With the best faculty for labs and machinery, IIT Bhubaneswar has all the perks for its mechanical department. Therefore, if you are getting a mechanical branch in IIT Bhubaneswar, he/she should not worry as the college, its academics, and placements all are very good.Read more
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Ques. Sir my gate score 630, ME general, any chance in IIT Bhubaneswar core mechanical department?

● Top Answer By Kumar Shiwam on 14 Aug 20

Ans. Yes, there is a good chance that you will get a seat in IIT Bhubaneswar core mechanical department. In IIT Bhubaneswar, the selection is based on 70% weightage for the GATE score and 30% weightage for the performance in the Written Test and Interview. The department has 3 main branches i.e. Design, Thermal, and Manufacturing. The cutoff is most likely to be, Design>Thermal >Manufacturing in all IITs. As design seats get filled first, then thermal and then manufacturing. There are 18 seats for both Mechanical Systems Design and Thermal Science and Engineering in IIT Bhubaneswar. The basic eligibility criteria are 60% marks in B. Tech./B. E. in Mechanical Engineering with a valid GATE score. Although cutoff changes every year for each branch but based on last year’s record, in 2020, the expected GATE cutoff for Mechanical System Design(GEN) is 595- 605 in IIT Bhubaneswar. So, yes there is a good possibility that you will make the cut.Read more
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Ques. Which is better among M.Tech in industrial engineering from IIT (BHU) or M.Tech in design from IIT Bhubaneswar?

● Top Answer By Sapna Malik on 14 Aug 20

Ans. The course of M.tech in industrial engineering from IIT BHU should be preferred if you are looking for a good job at the end of your program. The institute provides an ample amount of opportunity to students for placements and offers good packages. In 2019 the average placement package was 8.19 LPA. On the other hand, Designing is a core branch in mechanical engineering. You should opt for M.tech in design from IIT Bhubaneswar only if you are interested in pursuing higher studies after the completion of the program. The placement of the institute is decent. According to 2019 placement statistics, 68% of M.Tech students got placed. The average CTC offered was around 11.44 LPA.Read more
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Master of Technology [M.Tech] (CAD/ CAM) Fee Structure in India


60 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES3.75 L  (Maximum Fee)
1.80 L (Average Fee)
4 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES5.36 L (Maximum Fee)
1.75 L (Average Fee)

Master of Technology [M.Tech] (CAD/ CAM) Fee Structure By state


Andhra Pradesh

60 KPUBLIC COLLEGES2 L
1.25 L
60 KPrivate COLLEGES2.10 L
1.25 L

Maharashtra

1.94 LPUBLIC COLLEGES1.94 L
1.94 L
1 LPrivate COLLEGES3.91 L
2.21 L

Gujarat

1.75 LPUBLIC COLLEGES1.75 L
1.75 L
1.58 LPrivate COLLEGES5.17 L
2.44 L

Punjab

1.56 LPUBLIC COLLEGES1.56 L
1.56 L
1.05 LPrivate COLLEGES1.87 L
1.33 L

Delhi NCR

2.52 LPUBLIC COLLEGES3.75 L
3.14 L
1.70 LPrivate COLLEGES1.74 L
1.73 L

Rajasthan

70.38 KPUBLIC COLLEGES70.38 K
70.38 K
1.40 LPrivate COLLEGES2.08 L
1.72 L

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There is less placement opportunities for mechanical branch because here we will be starting b.tech program for mechanical engineering from this year only. But other branches have good placement, I would say excellent placement. This year LnT and Arceller Mittal came for placement drive for mechanical engineering. 5 intern selected in Arceller Mittal along with one placement.

Admission :

There is a common entrance exam for admission in M.Tech course called as GATE. after clearing gate there is CCMT counseling process of 3 round and one NSR round ( National spot round). I opted this course becouse this course have huge job opportunities in market.

Course Curriculum Overview :

This course consist of two years out of which one year is for studying varius subjects and another whole year is dedicated for research, internships, project etc. The experience here was chilled as all the facilities are supportive and friendly.

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