Master of Technology (M.Tech.) Chemical Engineering Eligibility, Colleges, Salary & Jobs

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M.Tech. Chemical Engineering is a course primarily concentrating on areas such as thermodynamics, transfer operations and process control. It is structured to cover important areas of the scope of this subject, such as the maintenance and design of chemical plants.

Top Institutes offering M.Tech. Chemical Engineering are:

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering is a two-year programme with four semesters. Many institutes offer provisions for students to enroll part – time in the case of working candidates. The course also involves extensive project and research work for credits.

In order to pursue this course, candidates need a minimum eligibility of a pass (50%) in an undergraduate B.Tech programme in Chemical Engineering. The Indian Institutes of Technology also include GATE scores as an eligibility criterion. Graduates with this degree can enter the research field or even industrial work; lecturer and teaching jobs are also a popular option. 

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering:  Highlights Table

Name of the course (both full name and short form) Master of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering (M.Tech Chemical Engineering)
Duration of the course 2 years
Eligibility Passed 10+2 with minimum 50% marks in physics, chemistry and mathematics as main subjects.
Stream Engineering
Average course fee INR 50K to 1.5 lakh
Average entry-level salary INR 3 lakh per annum
Top entrance exams (if available) GATE

What is M.Tech. Chemical Engineering?

The M.Tech in Chemical Engineering course is considered to be the engineering equivalent of an M.Phil in the Humanities sphere. It primarily focuses upon the applications of concepts learnt at the undergraduate level, and extending these applications through research study.

Who should opt for M.Tech. Chemical Engineering?

Candidates opting for M.Tech. Chemical Engineering course should have a strong background in the basic concepts being covered. This includes fluid dynamics, process control, semi-conductor processing and other such topics. The course is heavily research oriented, and only those interested in entering this field are advised to opt for this course.


M.Tech. Chemical Engineering course is a two year programme, usually following the semester system, i.e. a total of four semesters. This includes certain time periods set aside for Project Work and Research Work.

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering: Top Institutes

The primary institutes that offer the M.Tech in Chemical Engineering programme are the elite Indian Institutes of Technology. This course continues to be highly popular in a number of institutes across the country as well.

Name of the Institute City/Region
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Mumbai), Kanpur, Guwahati
Anna University Chennai
Manipal Institute of Technology Udupi, Karnataka
Indian Institute of Space and Technology Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala
Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai, Maharashtra

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering: Eligibility

Most institutes state minimum eligibility to be an undergraduate B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering. - The Indian Institutes of Technology have the added eligibility criteria of a valid GATE score, which is only relaxed for those who have obtained their B.Tech from an IIT with a CGPA of more than 8.0/10 as well.

Note- Some institutes allow the equivalent forms of B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, such as  a B.E. in the same field.

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering Admission Process

The admission process differs depending on the institute, but the general structure remains the same.

  • Given the relatively short duration of the course and the intensive workload required, almost all institutes offering M.Tech in Chemical Engineering do not have the facility of lateral entry.
  • While distance mode is not explicitly offered, majority of the institutes offer a part – time option to facilitate the working candidates. The IITs also allow certain relaxations in the case of a research fellowship or a teaching assistant within the same institute.
  • Reservation policy is according to the Rules set by the Government of India.
  • Direct admission is granted in the Indian Institutes of Technology based purely on merit as seen through performance in GATE, depending on percentile obtained.

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering: Selection Process

The selection process generally consists of a written examination and an interview thereafter.

  • Candidates applying to IIT must have a valid GATE score as well. Direct admission is offered to students lying in a particularly high percentile range, but they are given the option of refusing this in favor of writing the admission test for other specializations. Other candidates must write a separate written test as well if required by the institution.
  • The Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) and other such institutes have their own entrance examination, and selection is based purely on the ranks obtained here. A valid GATE score may still be of advantage, as institutions such as MIT give a 10% increase to the entrance examination score based on GATE performance.

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering: Course Structure

The M.Tech. Chemical Engineering course does not have a fixed structure across institutions, except for the semester system. It is highly based on specializations and practical work. Therefore, the course is structured around a credit system, with no set pattern of examinations or other such processes being universally defined.

Almost all courses, however, do dedicate at least one full semester to project work and research work, in the field of specialization chosen.

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering: Scheme of Assessment

There is no fixed scheme of assessment, as the specializations may differ, and the method of assessment for each depends on the institution, the course and the lecturer. The assessment pattern is based on the credit system, with most considering this course to be a 60-credit course across its four semesters.

Project work and contributions to research hold significant weightage in the overall CGPA obtained, as do practical and industrial work.

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering: Syllabus

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering syllabus is structured around the required basics of the course, while allotting sufficient time to project work and industrial applications. Semester 3 and Semester 4 are generally dedicated to project work and research work, which earn around 12 credits per semester. A sample of the syllabus generally followed is as seen below.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Advanced Process Control Advances in Fluidization Engineering
Process Modelling and Simulation Chemical Process Design
Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Advanced Transport Phenomena
Chemical Engineering Lab Electives (3)
Electives (3)  -

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering: Salary and Jobs

Students who graduate with an M.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering have a multitude of prospects available to them. This ranges from industrial work to research work, and are usually believed to offer a starting salary in the range of Rs. 50,000, which may increase with experience and specialization.

Designation Description Expected Salary
Process Engineer Analyzing and working with the process systems >4,00,000 annually
Lecturers Teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level >30,000 monthly
Engineers in Oil and gas Industry etc. Implementing various systems in the industry >25,000 monthly
Engineers (with experience) in industry such as Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology etc. Application oriented contributions to the functioning of the company >35,000 monthly

Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Chemical Engineering) : 6 answered questions


Ques. How good is Chemical Engineering at BIT Mesra?

● Top Answer By Benazir Parwaiz on 19 Feb 21

Ans. Comparably BIT Pilani will offer better career options for Chemical Engineering. Also, one of my friends attends BIT Mesra for Chemical Engineering, so I have some idea about the course at the institute.  BIT Mesra: In his branch, there are 60 chemical engineering students and 60 polymer students. The size of the batches does cause an issue during placements. On average, around 30% of students get placed with core companies. You may also want to consider these points. Faculty and Teaching Methodology: The faculty assigned for chemical engineering are IITians with PhDs, but their pedagogy is average. You'll be given a lot of quotidian assignments which do not have any scope of exploration. Infrastructure: The chemical engineering department has laboratories packed with flow meters, filters, and other important tools but the overall infrastructure is not up to the mark. Grading System: Getting a good CGPA is a bit difficult because of the grading system and strict faculty. In general, the program is full of average students who are not very creative. Most students mug up the syllabus to score well. As for placements, here is a table.  Parameters Chemical Engineering Department Placement Rate 85% Average Salary (INR) 6.5-7.0 LPA Highest Salary (INR) 39 LPA Top Recruiters Reliance, Tata Steel, Larsen and Toubro, Bharti Infrared, etc. Even though the highest Salary offered was INR 39 LPA, it was non-core. If you have the option, opt for other colleges. Top NITs will be good options for pursuing Chemical Engineering.Read more
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Ques. What is the scope of M.Tech in Biochemical engineering from IIT BHU?

● Top Answer By Vaishnavi Agrawal on 29 Oct 20

Ans. Being ranked 11th by NIRF 2020 for engineering in India, IIT BHU is popular among students for its B.Tech and courses. IIT BHU is one among few Institutes in India offering 2 years course in BME. This course majorly amalgamates medical science with the latest engineering technologies thus both teaching and research process are carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Medical Science (BHU) The tabulation below gives a brief summary of in Biomedical Engineering at IIT BHU. Particulars IIT BHU Entrance exam GATE Total seats available 12 Annual tuition fee 36,815 Placement rate 73% Average package 9 LPA Highest package 68 LPA Admission: Aspirants must clear GATE in order to get admitted for BME at IIT BHU. Students from any IITs having a B.Tech degree with a CGPA equal to or higher than 8.0 can get direct admission for this course at IIT BHU without having to appear for GATE. GATE cutoff for students from General, OBC, and SC/ST categories are 25.0, 22.5, and 16.6 respectively. IIT BHU offers only 12 seats for in BME thus making the selection process highly competitive.   Placement statistics: 52 companies participated in the recruitment process in 2020 making 570+ job offers. Lead recruiters include Adobe, Amazon, Capgemini, Flipkart. BME graduates of the 2019-20 batch have a placement record of 73% with a median salary of 9 LPA. Best ever CTC offered domestically for a BME graduate is 68 LPA. As BME is still a growing field in India core companies visiting the campus are very few, so many students land up in IT companies. All students are offered a Teaching Assistantship for the course of 2 years at IIT BHU. All students are offered internship opportunities through college with a minimum stipend of 80,000. BME is still a blooming field in India thus there will be high scope for BME graduates in the coming years. If you want to take up research further, BME from IIT BHU is an amazing decision. As of now, there may be less lucrative job offers from core companies not only through campus but anywhere in the country in general. in BME is a good option if you are looking for a career abroad.Read more
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Ques. Which college is better for an M.Tech in chemical, ICT Mumbai or IIT?

● Top Answer By Geetanshu Sachdeva on 27 Oct 20

Ans. Both ICT, Mumbai, and IITs are well-known colleges in India and offer quality education. ICT Mumbai is mostly recognized for chemical engineering courses only. Whereas, IIT’s are recognized for computers, electronics, civil, mechanical, and other engineering branches even. However, one should decide the best college based on the brand. So, here are a few quick highlights of MTech in Chemical at IITs and ICT Mumbai. IIT: Admissions: IITs accept graduates and GATE qualified members. Also, it conducts a personal interview and intakes only those students who qualify for the interview. The candidates should get a minimum of 60% in their graduation in order to be eligible for admission. M.Tech Chemical engineering is a complete 2-years course. The total fee for the course is 1.32 lakhs. Placements: The median salary of M.Tech Chemical Engineering students is 20.8 LPA. Top companies visiting the popular IIT campuses for Chemical Engineering students are Texas Instrument, Carin, Morgan Stanley, Apple, Microsoft, ITC, Schlumberger, IBM, McKinsey & Company, Deutsche Bank, Tata Steel, Goldman Sachs, Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd, and many more. ICT Mumbai: Admissions: The college accepts students based on academic excellence in graduation and ranking obtained in the GATE. The candidates should get at least 60% in their graduation from any recognized university in order to be eligible for admission. The total fee for this course is 1.53 lakhs. The course has a total of 30 seats. Placements: Over 90% of the students are placed each year. The campus has a 100% placement rate in chemical engineering. The highest and average salary packages of the students are 14 LPA and 3.5 LPA respectively. Most frequently visited companies are CitiBank India, Morgan Stanley, Belong Technologies, Goldman Sachs, Asian Paints, BASF India, Cipla, DSM Soft, Exxon, Black & Veatch, Deutsche Bank, HoneyWell, Capgemini, Sprinklr, Walmart Labs, Genpact, Deloitte, Tesco, and many more. This is all about the Chemical Engineering course at IITs and ICT Mumbai. So, choose the best college based on your preferences and interests.Read more
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Ques. Which will be best for an M. Tech in chemical engineering: ICT Mumbai or IIT Bombay?

● Top Answer By Zakia Parween on 23 Oct 20

Ans. ICT (Institute of chemical technology), Mumbai has received a grade ‘A++' accreditation from NAAC and offers a decent M.Tech Chem. Eng. program in terms of academics and placements. IIT Bombay is ranked 3rd within the Engineering category by NIRF Ranking 2019., making it one of the top Engineering colleges in India. Rankings: IIT Bombay: 3rd out of 300 in India by NIRF 2020 rankings for Engineering. 2nd out of 254 in India by India Today 2020 rankings for Engineering. ICT Mumbai: 18 out of 300 in India by NIRF rankings for Engineering. 23 out of 100 in India by Outlook 2019 Rankings Engineering. Fee Structure: The fee structure for MTech Chemical Engineering at ICT, Mumbai, and IIT Bombay are as follows. College/Institute Fee ICT, Mumbai 70,750 (1st year) 1.42 Lakhs (2year tuition fee + other charges) IIT, Bombay 32,000 (1st year) 53,400 (2year tuition fee + other charges) Eligibility: ICT, Mumbai: Candidates applying for MTech Chemical Engineering must have passed anybody of the subsequent Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees of ICT or any equivalent examination of IIT/NIT or any University recognized by the UGC, with min 60% marks or equivalent CGPA). 55% marks or equivalent CGPA for the reserved (SC/ST) candidate is considered. Also, Candidates from the subsequent different courses are going to be eligible for admission to M. Chem. Eng. course at ICT as long as they need to undergo “minimum 120 hours of classroom teaching /contact hours of Mathematics course(s) at the UG level. IIT Bombay: Candidates applying for MTech Chemical Engineering at the institute must have passed B. E. /B.Tech./M.Sc. (Engineering) /M.Sc./ M.C.A./MBBS/ M. Pharm./B. Pharm with min 60% marks. 55% marks or equivalent CGPA for the reserved (SC/ST) candidate is considered. Candidates applying must also pass the GATE entrance exam. Placements: The average and highest CTC offered at ICT, Mumbai is 3.5 LPA and 14 LPA respectively. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Nerolac, Johnson & Johnson, Jacobs, ITC are the top recruiters at the institute. The average CTC offered at IIT Bombay was 20 LPA. ITC, Unilever, Piramal are the major recruiters for Chemical Engineering at the institute. Admission into these colleges is possible via the GATE entrance exam or equivalent. Both the institutes are good and offer decent academics and placement opportunities, so you can opt for either one of them.Read more
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Ques. How is IIT-BHU for doing an M.Tech from chemical?

● Top Answer By Aishwarya Bhatnagar on 14 Aug 20

Ans. IIT BHU is a good option to pursue M.Tech in chemical engineering. The professors at IIT BHU in the chemical engineering department are well qualified and experienced. But as far as placements are concerned, M. Tech in chemical engineering from IIT BHU may not sound as many of the core as well as non- core companies are not open for placement to this branch. The major recruiters in the core sector for students in chemical engineering are Reliance and BPCL but both of them are not open for M.Tech students. Also, many big companies in the non–core sector like those of software, finance, data analysts are also not open for M.Tech students. That is why the average package for M.Tech students in chemical engineering is low. But the M. Tech degree of chemical engineering from IIT BHU can be quite valuable because it helps in off-campus placements and increases the chances of getting promotion in jobs over B.Tech students.Read more
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Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Chemical Engineering) Fee Structure in India

6.24 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES9.91 L  (Maximum Fee)
1.73 L (Average Fee)
43.40 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES5.85 L (Maximum Fee)
1.96 L (Average Fee)

Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Chemical Engineering) Fee Structure By state


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Tamil Nadu

2.36 L
1 LPrivate COLLEGES3.30 L
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2.85 L
1.60 LPrivate COLLEGES2.99 L
2.54 L

Uttar Pradesh

3.42 L
1.47 LPrivate COLLEGES2.70 L
2.10 L

Madhya Pradesh

1.73 L
67 KPrivate COLLEGES2.03 L
1.46 L

Andhra Pradesh

1 L
60.76 KPrivate COLLEGES2.10 L
1.40 L

Delhi NCR

88.87 K
80 KPrivate COLLEGES2.70 L
2 L


1.25 L
43.40 KPrivate COLLEGES5.85 L
3.37 L

West Bengal

2.25 L
1.75 LPrivate COLLEGES1.90 L
1.82 L


3.88 L
1.14 LPrivate COLLEGES1.50 L
1.35 L


1.32 L
1.60 LPrivate COLLEGES3.02 L
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Course Curriculum Overview :

The curriculum is apt for getting a job after the course. The facilities are excellent being the college is relatively small compared to the other government Engineering Colleges in the state. High pass percentage and good placement records are the highlights of this college. Lot's of fun and memories still persist in my mind. Definitely missing those days.

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Excellent facilities. Provision for e - learning platform. Edusat room facility. Most of faculties are PhD holders. Availability of Project funds for good and feasible projects. Encourages faculties with research facilities. Good and small library facilities with in the departments. Availability of good guides and resources.

College Events :

Lakshya celebration conducted every year. It's the technical festival of Government Engineering College Kozhikode. Malhar is the arts festival of government Engineering College Kozhikode. The winners of the events will get a chance to compete to state level representing the college in University youth festival's.

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