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Industrial Engineering

What is Industrial Engineering?

  • It is that branch of engineering which seeks to optimize the operational processes of an organization by simplifying and optimizing complex operational processes. 

  • It uses the knowledge of engineering, product and the market where the product is sold so that working is efficient and effective and generates cost savings by improving the product quality.

Where can one study Industrial Engineering?

Top colleges offering Btech Industrial Engineering in India

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

  • Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

  • Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore

  • RV College of Engineering, Bangalore

The popular colleges offering Btech Industrial Engineering in India

  • BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore

  • Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore

  • PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore 

  • Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore

  • Bangalore Institute of Technology, Bangalore

What is the course duration UG course in Industrial Engineering?

Like any other engineering discipline, the Industrial Engineering is of:

  • Four years’ duration (for 10+2PCM) 

  • Three years (for diploma)

What are the admission and eligibility criteria?

  • To obtain an undergraduate degree in engineering, you must pass 10+2 exact sciences (physics, chemistry, mathematics and preferably biology) from a recognized body.

  • To get to the best engineering schools that offer Industrial engineering programs such as IIT and NIT, you must register for JEE (joint entrance examination) and meet the required admission criteria (class 12 results / equivalent proficiency test and joint entrance examination).

  • Independent entrance examinations are also conducted by various state, central and private universities, most of which require 50% as a prerequisite to the exam (the minimum percentage may vary for reserved and girl candidates, and college requirements)

What are the specializations areas in Industrial Engineering after completing B.Tech or B.E. in Industrial Engineering?

After doing UG in Industrial Engineering a student can proceed for specialization in

  • Cost Engineering

  • Quality and Reliability Engineering

  • Operations Research and Decision Sciences

  • Production and Manufacturing Systems

  • Human Factors/Ergonomics

  • System Analysis

  • Service Systems

What are the job prospects after acquiring B.Tech./B.E. in Industrial Engineering?

An Industrial Engineer is needed in each and every sphere of activity like:

  • Operations

  • Maintenance

  • Design

  • Planning

  • Logistics

  • Scheduling

One can appear for GATE, where there are a number of PSUs hiring industrial engineers.

If interested, students can appear for NET or enrol for PhD for further research programs.

What are the areas where one can work as an Industrial Engineer?

The Industrial Engineer can work, amongst others, in any of the following: 

  • Cost estimators

  • Architectural and Engineering Managers.

  • Health and Safety Engineers.

  • Industrial Production Managers.

  • Management Analysts 

  • Logisticians.

  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians.

What is the expected Salary of Industrial Engineers in India?

  • Average Salary for an Industrial Engineer in India is Rs 404,555/yr

  • The average salary of an Industrial Engineer  with less than 1 year of experience is Rs 293,410/yr

  • The average salary of an Industrial Engineer  1-4 years of experience is Rs 366,908/yr

  • At Senior level (5-9 years of experience) an Industrial Engineer in India makes Rs 676,443  /yr

  • And with 10-19 years of experience, an Industrial Engineer  in India makes Rs 1,115,628/yr


Who are the top recruiters in this field? 

Since Industrial Engineering has a broad scope it gets employed by companies where there is:


  • GAIL

  • ONGC

  • NPTC

  • BARC

  • HPCL

  • NTRO

  • AAI

  • NBCC

  • DRDO

  • BHEL

  • SAIL

What kinds of books and study materials are available for the entrance examinations? 

  • Mock tests available online

  • Study materials available from the popular training institutes

  • NCERT syllabuses of physics, chemistry, and mathematics

Some popular books are as follows: 

  • Problems in General Physics by Igor Irodov

  • Fundamentals of Physics by Resnick and Hallyday

  • Advanced Problems in Organic Chemistry by M.S. Chouhan

  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J.D. Lee

  • The Elements of Coordinate Geometry by S.L Loney

  • 16 years’ Solved Papers of JEE Main by Arihant Experts 

Interesting facts about Industrial Engineering 

  • People with Industrial engineering background acquire exposure to many operational processes and this enables them to become consultants in the latter part of their careers.

  • The industrial sector across the globe is the biggest reducer of greenhouse gases with a 13% decline since 1990.