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With a Diploma in Civil Engineering, you can directly take admission basis Lateral Entry in colleges that permit that. You will save 1 year of your education and gain admission directly to the 2nd year of B. Tech. However, some colleges conduct an entrance exam for Lateral Entry, after considering your score in Diploma.
But you can always start from scratch and take admission to 1st year of B. Tech as well. For that, you will appear in various entrance exams that are currently conducted in India on a national level, state level or university level. Since you have not mentioned your location preference for college admission, you can have a look at all engineering entrance exams in India to decide which one you would like to apply for. Some of the popular engineering entrance exams in India include:
As far as good colleges & good placements are concerned, you will first need to score well in your entrance exam so that basis your rank, you get a call from the top engineering colleges in India. If you can crack into any of the top colleges, placements will automatically be good and lucrative.