In spite of recession and slow down of economy, engineering is considered as the most lucrative profession around the world. This is the reason why our parents start dreaming of us becoming an engineer in our childhood. But the matter of concern is that many youths do not know what is the right time and right way to start preparation to realize their dreams.
So, if you want to become an engineer, then you should have complete information of all competitive examinations held at national (IIT JEE Main and IIT JEE Advanced) and state (UPSEE, WBJEE, KEAM etc.) levels right from Class 10th.
Usually an engineer starts his career with a salary of Rs 40,000 – 50,000. And now with the advent of 7th Pay Commission the initial salary of an engineer has approached to Rs 60,000 – 70,000. It is also believed that engineers are excellent manager. According to the data revealed, 17 students scored 100 percentile in CAT 2015 Examination and all 17 students were from the engineering background.
Important Entrance Examinations
National level Entrance Examinations:
- JEE Main
- JEE Advanced
State level Engineering Entrance Examinations:
- Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam (UPSEE)
- West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations (WBJEE)
- Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical Examination (KEAM)
- Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK)
- Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET)
University Level Engineering Entrance Examinations:
- SRM Engineering Entrance Exam (SRMEE)
- Aligarh Muslim university Entrance Exam (AMUEE)
- Annamalai University Engineering Entrance Exam (AUEEE)
- Cochin University of Science and Technology Common Admission Test (CUSAT CAT)
- Jawaharlal Nehru University Engineering Entrance Exam (JNU EEE)
Following steps should be followed to become a good engineer
- Steps to be followed during school days
- Steps to be followed during college days
- Steps to be followed during your mid career
1. Steps to be followed during school days
1.1. Do not miss important classes: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are important subjects for engineering entrance examinations. Never skip these classes. Keep your basic concept clear in these subject and give these subjects some extra time than other subjects.
1.2. Extracurricular Activities: Get yourself involved in extracurricular activity. Have a fun engineering related hobby. For ex. you could fix computers, build websites etc.
1.3. Think about Engineering Stream you would like: Think what you like what you dislike which engineering stream should you choose. You do not need to decide in one day or one month. Just Keep thinking and you will find an answer at certain point of time.
For ex: If you like building websites you can choose for computer science stream. Similarly if you like fixing computer you can choose electronics stream. Know your hobby.
1.4. Do not worry about getting into IITs: Sure, IIT graduate get handsome salary. But now a days there are many other engineering colleges such as: NITs, BITs and other private engineering colleges which offer very good placements. So, do not get demotivated as you have many options.
2. Steps to be followed during college days
2.1. Do not get panic: Do not get panic due to transition from school to college. You will get used to them in few days. In fact you will start enjoying and it can be even the best days of your life.
2.2. Look at the options available at hand: The first year engineering programmes in India are designed to cover all the basics required to tackle the tough academic studies that wait for the students in future. While you may have picked the major stream like electrical engineering or civil engineering during the counselling process, these are still very vast subjects and you might as well consider different study options available within their purview for further studies.
2.3. Network – Find friends: College is the place where you meet and make friends for life, and this also stands true when it comes to engineering colleges. This network can help you in future when it comes to job projects and even setting up your own start-up business. So, build a good social, academic and professional relationship and network with your peers and it may come in handy later on.
2.4. Get involved in a good project : Always participate in good projects. Along with good grades it will also inspire the innovator in you and help you identify different ways in which you can apply your theoretical knowledge gained in the class in a practical setup.
2.5 Enjoy and Have fun: while study and academics are very important part of your engineering college life, it is equally important to let your hair down and blow some steam from time to time. Try to take it easy and lead a balanced life.
3. Steps to be followed during your mid career
3.1. Learn about engineering in your current job: During whole of your college life you have gone through mostly theoretical knowledge. Now it’s time to implement that knowledge practically. Keep learning from your peers.
Remember the famous quotation by Steve Jobs: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
3.2. Do not loose hope during initial days: You might have to struggle in your initial days of career if you are not from a prestigious engineering college. But do not lose hope you will get one sooner or later. You can also go to higher studies in order to increase your opportunities.