What is M.E./M.Tech?

Full form of ME is Master of Engineering and that of MTech is Master of Technology. MTech is a professional postgraduate engineering master degree programme awarded to candidates after completion of two years of study in the discipline of engineering. This degree is predicated in a specific branch of engineering.

In India, the ME/MTech degree is offered across various specializations. These specializations include Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, VLSI, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering etc.

This degree course is offered under the following categories:
  • Regular (Full-Time)
  • Sponsored (Full-Time)
  • Part Time Mtech
  • Project Staff (For those who are presently working on sponsored projects)

This master degree programme is also receptive to working diploma holders or diploma holders having work experience for specified period.

This master degree programme is also receptive to working diploma holders or diploma holders having work experience for specified period.

Difference between ME and MTech

As mentioned above, ME stands for Master of Engineering while MTech stands for Master of Technology. The key difference between these two degrees is in terms of their practical impact, course material and orientation.

ME MTech
M.E. is known as Masters of Engineering M.Tech. is known as Masters of Technology.
M.E. is more of a knowledge oriented. M.Tech. is more of a skill oriented.
M.E. is usually designed for students who plan for employment upon graduation and who are already in the engineering workforce. M.Tech. is designed to produce Research Engineers who can get the position of “Technologist” in the industries and research institutes.
M.E. emphasizes on in-depth concept clarification of facts. M.Tech. emphasizes on practical exposure of conceptual knowledge.
M.E. is mostly preferred by private universities or self-affiliated colleges. For instance IIT. M.Tech. is offered by colleges affiliated by various universities.
M.E. is conventional term used for majorly theory based study.  M.Tech. involves use of technology and other aided stuff.

Required Skill set for ME/MTech
Ability to communicate – verbal and written Acquaintance with Industry Standards
Knowledge of the subjects studied in B.E./B.Tech. Teamwork
Creativity Multifaceted Exposure
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Leadership and Management Skills
Commitment and Desire to Learn Acquaintance with Computers and IT

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Eligibility Criteria for ME/MTech
The basic eligibility requirement for admission to ME/MTech programme is:
  • Candidates who have completed their BE/BTech degree with a valid score in GATE  are eligible for ME/MTech degree course.
  • Candidates who have completed a 5-year program in Science or Applied Sciences resulting in the award of a Master of Science degree are also eligible for Master of Engineering course.
  • Admission is based on rank obtained in the entrance test conducted for ME./MTech.
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE): Entrance Exam for MTech

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or populalrly known as GATE is a national-level engineering exam condcuted every year for admission to postgraduate and doctorate level courses at IITs, NITs and IIITs. The exam is jointly conducted by seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

Various government and private institutions across the country accept the GATE score for admission to their MTech programmes. Moreover, Public Sector Units (PSUs) also recruit engineers through GATE.

In 2020, GATE will be organised by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in online mode on February 1, 2, 8 and 9. GATE 2020 will be conducted in 25 papers including the newly added subject, Biomedical Engineering. Application forms for GATE 2020 will be available from September 3, 2019 and the last date to apply for the same is September 24. GATE scores will be valid for a period of three years from the date of the release of the GATE 2020 result i.e. March 16.

Course Curriculum for ME/MTech

The course curriculum for every ME/MTech specialization is different. Herein the syllabus. Course curriculum for some of the popular ME/MTech specializations.

Chemical Engineering Process Control and Instrumentation Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering Software Engineering
Electrical Engineering Power Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Thermal Engineering
Electronics and Communication Engineering VLSI System Design
ME/MTech: Types of Job profiles and Top recruiters

The job opportunities for ME/MTech graduates are huge in technical fields. Any graduate who has successfully pursued the ME/MTech degree can get a job in almost all the sectors in India. Besides being hired as engineers, ME/MTech graduates are also hired as consultants, subject matter experts, researchers, managers, etc. Herein some of the popular job profiles for ME/MTech graduates.

Computer Science Engineer Chief Engineer
Assistant Engineer Lecturer
Executive Engineer Researcher
Software Engineer Ceramic Engineer
Mechanical Engineer Software Developer
Electronics Engineer Civil Engineer
Mining Engineer Production Engineer
Electronics and Communication Engineer Automobile Engineer

As an ME/MTech graduates, it’s important to be aware of the choices that you are or you will be making for your future. To make the right decision, you must be aware of all the choices available to you to lead a better career. Some ME/MTech graduates also launch their own start-ups.