Engineering is the art and profession which applies scientific theory to analyze, develop and improve technological solutions. Being an Engineer has always been one of the most respectable career paths. But in India due to the large amount of students applying for the various branches of engineering the competition becomes tough. We suggest taking up engineering if you have a natural knack for machines and applied science. Because at the gateway of the engineering world lies the Joint Entrance Exam or JEE, this applied science test of Physics, Chemistry and Math is considered one of the toughest exams in the country. Students sitting for the exam are rewarded with an all India rank which is the keystone to admission in various colleges.
Choosing your Branch of Specialization:
There are almost 40 different types of B.tech degrees which can be obtained in engineering. But the major 3 types are:
Mechanical Engineering: It comprises the design, analysis and usage of thermal and mechanical power for the operation of machines or mechanical systems.
Civil Engineering: It comprises of the design, construction and improvement of physical and natural built environments.
Electrical Engineering: It comprises of a three pronged approach of the application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism.
In addition to several other categories there are also various sub categories to these three branches so we recommend you get yourself informed and find out where you belong. Find out what you love to study and what you want to make a career out of and focus on that. It is much easier to hit a target when it’s the only one in sight.
Stay Up-to-date and Don’t Waste Time:
If you have decided in your mind that you want to take up engineering as your profession then never waste time. Keep a track of all the Government Institutes as well as the best private engineering colleges in India, for updates about admission criteria or change in policy. And do not waste time after finishing up with the class 10 examinations. Enroll yourself in JEE course and join a coaching center. Many books for IIT JEE are available easily in the market or online. Taking reference from teachers or seniors, buy the necessary books and buckle down to study. You can even search on the internet for Top schools in India and Best books for IIT JEE for information. Shortlist a few colleges and keep track of their happenings.
Crack JEE and Get Into a Good Institute:
It is important to remember that the JEE examination is not as difficult as it is made out to be. The trick is to think of the theoretical scientific aspects and apply them in natural occurrences. cracking JEE and the IIT books will prepare you for the exam but it all comes down to you. The JEE is split into two tiers, JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced. The JEE-Main rank is enough to apply for almost all institutes. But if you want to get enrolled in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) the best institute in the country then you need to crack JEE-Advanced. Select an institute which offers courses as per your selection. Focus your attention on faculty, labs and past accomplishments when looking for an institution. Gain admission where your dreams can take off.
Study Hard and Prepare for the Real World :
After gaining admission it is entirely up to you to handle your life. Always remember how hard you have worked to achieve this and how a little more effort can lead to a lifetime of happiness and comfort. Be a perfectionist, study the world of machines and make it your own. But remember that 4 years will soon pass and there will be campus interviews. So keep on track and focus. Some tips for these 4 years:
- Take thorough notes, and keep them all after your classes are over, you will most likely need them.
- Familiarize yourself with the professors and make a good impression. Asking questions and seeking advice from professors will broaden your horizons.
- Diversify your classes. Even if they are not a part of your course take some other engineering classes and even designing classes. The combined knowledge from various sources will help you get a great fundamental understanding of the subject.
- Hone other skills, such as communication, writing skills, vocal skills etc. Also making a CV or Portfolio of your own is a good option.
- Being a neophyte engineer it is your job to build your network. Interacting with professors, seniors and even classmates will help you in times when you may need guidance. Also attend seminars, workshops and extracurricular classes of topics which interest you.
We hope this has helped a troubled young student who is considering a career in engineering to reach a decision. Engineering is hard, but if you persevere it is always rewarding.