Water Engineering Career

Thursday, 3. December 2009


Water is one of the most essential natural resources required for survival of the human race. Hydrological education and studies are needed for effective nurturing of water resources and to solve water related problems. Even the developed countries of the world are feeling the pinch of depletion of surface water, ground water and water shed resources. In India, the provision of potable drinking water to all the villages is the top-most priority of the Government. Doubtless, Hydrology Engineering will provide lucrative careers to qualified candidates in India and abroad.

Eligibility, Entrance Exams and Courses :

There are no B.E/B.Tech engineering graduate courses in Hydrology. Aspirants should first obtain Graduate degrees in Civil/Mechanical/Agricultural engineering  and then do Masters’ Courses or Fellowships in Hydrology Engineering or Water Resources Management.


Basic qualification for joining B.E or B.Tech course in Civil Engineering is a 10+2 under-graduate course with science subjects.

Indian Institute of Technology – Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE)

IIT-JEE is the most important entrance examination for Civil/Mechanical or Agricultural 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 noted Engineering Institutions 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 Basic Engineering :

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai-600036
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208016
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur-721302
  • Regional Engineering College, Durgapur-713209
  • Zakir Hussain College of Engineering & Technology, Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh-202002
  • Banaras Hindu University, Institute of Technology, Varanasi-221005
  • University College of Technology (Autonomous) Osmania University Hyderabad-500007
  • S V University College of Engineering,Tirupati-517502(AP)
  • The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Faculty of Technology & Engineering ,Vadodara-390002
  • Sardar Vallabhai Regional College of Engineering and Technology, Surat-395007
  • M V College of Engineering, Bangalore-560067
  • Government College of Engineering Thrissur,Thrissur-680009(Kerala)
  • College of Engineering & Technology, Navi Mumbai-410209
  • Punjab University Department of Engineering & Technology Chandigarh-160014
  • Jadavapur University, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Calcutta-700032

On completion of B.E/B.Tech in the above mentioned basic engineering courses, aspirants must seek admission for Post-graduate engineering degrees in Hydrology, Water Resources Management etc in Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee or M.Sc in Geology/Environmental Science or Fellowship in Centre for Water Resources, Anna University Chennai-600025 to pursue meaningful careers in Water Engineering.

Career Opportunities and Job Prospects :

The specialization of Hydrology Engineering and Water Resources Management has urgent demand in every Public Works department, Ecological and Environmental protection organizations which are assuming national importance. Management of Water resources is a hot subject these days in Developed countries.

Salaries :

Public Works depts of the Govt and Indian companies offer Junior Engineers a starting salary of about Rs 20,000/- pm.

MNCs and reputed companies offer starting salary of Rs 25,000/- to Rs 35,000/- pm depending on the specialization of the candidates. Salaries of hydrology engineers deputed to the Gulf countries go up to about Dirhams/Dinars 10,000/- to 12,000/- pm plus perks. Candidates seeking career opportunities in water-scarcity hit places like California in USA can expect handsome remuneration.

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