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Software Engineering Courses, Eligibility and Scope

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiUpdated On: September 20, 2017 | JEE Main
  • If you are looking for a lucrative job in the IT industry, B.Tech CSE followed by M.Tech in software engineering is a great option.
  • There are various courses that you can choose after clearing JEE Main in order to become a software engineer.
Software Engineering Courses, Eligibility and Scope

Software engineering is one of the most popular branches of computer science and has taken over the world in the digitization era. Software engineers are required in almost every field these days. With the easy accessibility of computers and smartphones, the importance of software engineering has become more pronounced.

Since software engineering is an advanced field of the IT industry, there are very few institutes that offer bachelor courses in this field. One can pursue B.Tech in CSE or IT and go on to pursue M.Tech in software engineering. Aspiring software engineers can find all about the courses and eligibility criteria below.

Software Engineering Courses:

Name of Courses

Type of Programme


B.Tech. Software Engineering

Bachelor Degree

4 years

M.Tech. Software Engineering

Master Degree

2 years

ME in Software Engineering

Master Degree

2 years

M.Sc. in Software Systems

Master Degree

2 years

Ph.D. in Software Engineering

Doctoral Degree

3 years

Diploma in Computer Programming and Software Engineering

Diploma Course

2 to 3 years

Diploma in Software Engineering

Diploma Course

3 years

About Software Engineering:

Software engineering is a branch of computer science engineering (CSE), therefore, there are very few colleges that offer software engineering bachelor degree. Most of the institutes in India provide software engineering specialization at the masters’ level.

M.Tech in software engineering is one of the most popular courses amongst computer science engineers. You can prepare for GATE exam and apply for these courses through GATE score.

The courses cover advanced software development models and programming concepts that are the elementary parts of developing software. Software engineering also comprises the study of the different levels of the software development process.

Eligibility Criteria for Software Engineering:

Type of Course

Eligibility Criteria

Diploma Course

  • The eligibility criteria for diploma courses in this field varies from institute to institute.
  • Some institutes require students to pass class 10 in order to apply for these programmes, whereas, others require them to pass class 12.
  • Admissions are mostly done on the basis of state-level entrance exam for diploma courses.

Bachelor Degree

  • You can apply for these courses after passing class 12 with physics, mathematics and chemistry.
  • Some institutes also require you to score at least 60% in class 12 in order to take admission in these programmes.
  • JEE Mains, MHT CET score or other state level exams score are considered for admission.

Master Degree

  • To apply for this course, you will have to secure at least 60% marks in B.Tech courses.
  • Admission is done on the basis of GATE scores and Personal Interviews conducted by the institutions.

Doctoral Degree

  • Candidates must secure a minimum of 60% marks in B.Tech or BE as well as in M.Tech or ME.
  • Admissions are also done through CSIR, UGC NET, ICMR, ICAR and DST INSPIRE fellowship exams.

Skills required to become a Software Engineer:

  • In order to become a successful software engineer, you will have to develop excellent programming skills.
  • Strong logical and analytical skills also play an essential role while learning software programming.
  • Varied knowledge and dynamic approach to understanding different programming language is also important.
  • Teamwork and communication skills are also important to understand the client requirements and deliver the product on time.

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Jobs after Software Engineering:

Digitisation of India has resulted in job creation in the software industry. There are various companies that hire software engineers to take up outsourced work, software projects, etc. Various MNCs have also started hiring software engineers from India based on their knowledge and experience.

Software is a requirement of various fields, therefore, jobs are available outside the IT industry as well. Candidates can target their studies according to their career goals and take internships during their goals. International offers are also made to skilled software engineers. Following are some of the popular companies that hire software engineers:

  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google INC
  • Adobe
  • Juniper Systems
  • HP
  • Oracle
  • IBM India

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Salary of Software Engineers:

Provided you have pursued your education from AICTE approved colleges, you can expect starting salaries varying from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh per annum. However, IIT graduates bag packages up to Rs. 30 lakh per annum in this field. Salaries also depend on the experience of the candidate and the projects they have successfully completed.


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