Aerospace Engineering Career

Tuesday, 24. November 2009

Aerospace Engineering deals with the study and development of various technologies relating to aircrafts, spaceships and missiles that are designed for flight in the earth’s atmosphere and in outer space. It is a combination of aeronautical engineering, electronics and advanced computer applications. It is the dream career most in demand in the 21st Century. Lucrative careers in the field of Aerospace engineering are available in the Defence Sector and with foreign companies like Brahmos who are collaborating with the Govt of India in the production of various types of indigenous missiles.

Eligibility, Entrance Exams and Courses:

The eligibility conditions are similar to the other courses of engineering in India, except that there are only a few specialized institutions who conduct such a course. In order to pursue a B.E. or B.Tech Course in Aerospace Engineering, one needs to qualify the higher secondary examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects with a good aggregate percentage.

IIT-JEE is one of the important entrance examinations for Aerospace Engineering.

A candidate must fulfill each of the following conditions:

  • Can attempt JEE only twice, in consecutive years.
  • Should have passed (10+2) or equivalent qualifying examination in 2008 or should be appearing in 2009, and secure at least 60% (55% for SC/ST & Physically disabled )
  • Minimum age limit of 25 yrs as on 1st October (30 yrs for SC/ST and PD candidates).

Each State has its own particular eligibility criteria and entrance exams. Some famous Engineering Institutions such as BHU Institute of Tech Varanasi, Andhra University College of Engineering Visakhapatnam and Anna University Chennai etc have their own entrance exams like EAMCET for A.P, KCET for Karnataka and TCET for Tamil Nadu which are usually conducted in the month of May-June. Candidates should ascertain precise details directly from these Institutions.

Top Colleges for Courses in Aerospace Engineering:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai-600036
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208016
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur-721302
  • IIT Delhi,Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016  Ph: 011-26582020, Fax 011-26857659
  • IIT Mumbai, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra – 400076  Ph: +91-22-2572-2545,   Fax:+91-22-2572-3480
  • IIT Guwahati, Guwahati 781001 (Assam) Ph: 0361-2697088
  • Regional Engineering College, Durgapur-713209
  • Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai 600044 (Tamil Nadu)
  • Hindustan Institute of Engineering Technology, 40 GST Road, P.O.Box No.1306,                                                                    St Thomas Mount, Chennai 600016 (Tamil Nadu)
  • Nehru College of Aeronautical and Applied Sciences, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
  • School of Aviation Science and Technology, Delhi Flying Club, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi
  • Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh 160011
  • Indian Institute of Aeronautics, Patna Airport, Patna 800014 (Bihar)
  • Institute of Aviation Technology, 1265, Sector 6, Bahadurgarh, Haryana 124507
  • VSM Aerospace, Chelekere Village (Near Kammanahalli), Bangalore 560008 (Karnataka)
  • Indian Institute of Aeronautical Engineering, 179, Kalidas Road, Dehradun    248001 (Uttaranchal)

Career Opportunities and Job Prospects:

Aerospace engineers are mostly employed by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and the Defense Ministry, Civil Aviation Department, National Aeronautical Laboratory, DRDO and HAL. Lucrative job opportunities for aerospace engineers are available in United States of America, France, UK and Germany. A good percentage of Indians constitute the work force of engineers and technical professionals in NASA.


Public Sector Defence and Aerospace organizations offer  Junior Engineers and Grade-II Scientists recruited through the UPSC a starting salary of about Rs 20,000/- pm plus allowances. The rise in their careers is bureaucratic and they may reach salaries of about Rs 50,000/- pm plus allowances at the peak of their careers.

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