Counselling JEE Adv – Textile Engineering @ IITD

This branch deals with how from the small polymer chips or fibre, we get thread and finally the textile fabric, besides these we look at developments in textile industry in terms of machinery and other things. Courses involve mostly chemistry which involves more of cramming part and a little bit of understanding. The courses are quite easy and if you are good at cramming then you will definitely score good.

Textile Technology is generally filled the last in IIT Delhi so if you have option you should choose something better like Civil (except Biotech in case you don’t like Biology or you don’t want to invest 5 years).

But if you have no option then remember IITD is itself good as a brand. You get better than any other IIT except Bombay. We had 18 Day1 companies here and only 12 in Kanpur.

If you want to the technical side of the department, be assured, there exists none. So, if anyone is interested in core, stay away from textile. Labs, professors and the department organizations are not good.

But if you have no option -take it for the brand. Study for 2 years, get a decent CGPA. Put in some decent positions of responsibility and extra curriculum and get a non core Day 1 job. If you can do this, the department is great.

You can also try for a department change but for that you will have to work really very hard.

So, the conclusion is:

Interested in core: No textile

Interested in Delhi exposure: Yes textile

Interested in non-core job: Department doesn’t matter. You will get a job with hard work.

Want to learn something as far as engineering is concerned: No textile

Want to learn something about life (as in get some awesome exposure): Yes textile (primarily yes IITD)

Have other options in IITD (except Biotech): No textile


Kirtika Sharma

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Counselling JEE Adv – Mathematics & Computing @ IITD

This is a 5 years course offering an Integrated degree in Mathematics and Computing. There’s no B.Tech Degree though that hardly matters.

This course contains a variety of courses from abstract and applied mathematics, computer science and electronics giving a lot of exposure to various fields. The content of mathematics courses is entirely different from high-school stuff with more focus on understanding and writing proofs rather than computing anything. So, in a way don’t relate this to the mathematics you have studied till now.

The computer science courses are mostly taught by the professors from mathematics department and currently there are only a couple of the professors in such areas from mathematics department.

There is a faculty shortage in the department and at times, one may have to suffer from lack of electives (subjects that are chosen based on interest)

Overall, if you’re willing to come to Delhi and unable to get Computer Science and Electrical Dual then Mathematic and Computing is a good option for keeping your career pretty much open to everything.

Mechanical Vs MCA: Mechanical dept. on the other hand has a better faculty in general but if you love the computers stuff and want to be in Delhi, then choosing mechanical engineering will not be a very wise option.

As far as the placements are concerned, they’re quite good and in high-earning sectors like finance, consultation, software engineering etc.

The best thing about MCA- curriculum and career opportunities

Worst thing – Faculty issues


Rohan Anand

Counselling JEE Adv – Chemical Engineering @ IITD

Chemical engineering department in IIT Delhi offers two programs: B.Tech program and a Dual degree program. There is only a little difference between the two and that has been discussed later.

First and foremost, chemical engineering does not deal with chemistry at large, a perception that most people have. Chemistry is a branch of science that deals with studying reactions at lab scale while through chemical engineering you take that reaction and produce chemical at large scale. Very small amount of chemistry is taught in first year and these courses are common for all departments.

Chemical engineering has a very very wide scope and can be broadly classified into following:

1) Transport Phenomenon

2) Chemical Reaction Engineering

3) Fluid Particle Mechanics

4) Process Technology and Economics

5) Design Applications

First don’t be afraid of these technical terms mentioned, you will understand them during your course.

Transport phenomenon basically deals with mass, momentum and heat transfer. It is in a crude way a detailed analysis of elementary topics that you take in your JEE preparations like Bernoulli’s theorem, Heat conduction through slabs etc.

Chemical reaction engineering deals with the chemical reactor, which is the heart of a chemical industry. As a chemical engineer you will the Pressure, Temperature, Volume of the reactor while a mechanical engineer will tell you the thickness of the reactor vessel. In this branch only you also learn to design a catalyst i.e. the radius of the catalyst, the life of catalyst etc.

Fluid Particle mechanics deals with systems where particles start coming into picture with the fluids for example, a particle falling in a viscous liquid. You must have read in you JEE preparation about the terminal velocities of single spherical particles but here you will read about non-spherical particles, multi-particle systems. This branch hence becomes important for powders and hence opens a whole range of options to study.

Process Technology and Economics is the par that deals with layout of the plant and its economic analysis. As a chemical engineer you might analyse the various steps of a process (like sulphuric acid production) and might advise the company to change the Pressure, Temperature to improve the performance.

Design applications mainly deal with sizing up of the various parts of the industry like heater exchangers, boilers etc.

During your stay you can learn a lot of softwares because they are becoming increasingly important. If you are really very interested in coding, chemical engineering has A LOT to offer you.

The faculty in chemical engineering department is very good and recently many talented young professors have joined the department. The professors are in general pretty interactive and you can learn a lot from them (With a few exceptions, ofcourse). Courses in general are pretty interesting. The whole learning process includes an aptitude for mathematics, and some curiousity! All the topics and the subjects are taught well in depth, and from the basics. The courses are moderately heavy and some of them are definitely one of the best in IIT.

Core job(which use chemical engineering) prospects of chemical engineering are pretty good and you may end up in a field like bio-pharma, petroleum production, catalysis development etc. in a company like HUL, ITC, Proctor and Gamble, Reliance, IOCL etc. Core jobs do not pay you that much like the consultancies and finance companies do, so many of the people prefer non-core jobs as well. The placements for non-core jobs are more dependent on the student’s performance during his stay rather than the department he is in.

Research prospects of chemical engineering are very bright because of the increasing environmental problems and need for alternative fuels for energy both of which are primarily the field of a chemical engineer.

Electrical Power vs Chemical vs Production and Industrial vs MCA: This is also a doubt that student face while filling choices for the counselling. In my opinion, prefer MCA because it is a good course, then it your choice to fill in for Electrical Power because it has very few seats and not a lot is known about this branch, between chemical and production, if you are really interested in mechanical then you can choose production else chemical should be preferred.

For Dual Degree students:

All the courses for the dual degree students are same as that of the B.Tech program, just that a dual degree student has to do some more courses during his stay. The job prospects are similar as a large part of students prefer non-core jobs over the core jobs.


Ankur Gupta

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Anshu Deewan

Counselling JEE Adv – Biochemical Engineering & Bio-Technology @ IITD

This branch is not concerned with human biology at all as many might perceive. The major two divisions of this branch are:

1) Biochemical Engineering: This basically deals with the design, optimization and construction of bioreactors that involve biological organisms or molecules

2) Biotechnology: This mainly involves application of pure sciences i.e Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Enzymes, Bionanotechnology etc.

On the whole it is concerned with Research & development of various microbial and enzyme system and developing understanding of biological / biochemical phenomena underlying such systems. As a biochemical engineer, you are expected to undertake industrial consultancy jobs to solve the specific problems of bioprocess industries. For example you might be asked to give dimensions to a chromatography column i.e. column diameter, column height or you might be asked to scale-up (increase the volume many times) a bioreactor from lab scale to industrial scale.

Courses involve some basic mathematics and you need not have any pre-requisite knowledge of biology at all. Whatever biology is necessary will be taught to you there and then. Most of the courses are easy to handle and the faculty makes it even easier (leaving a few of course). The field is growing by leaps and bounds and will definitely be able to keep anyone interested throughout, more if you like Biology.

As far as future prospects are concerned it is a very good and interesting branch if you are looking for some kind of research area but since last year not many core companies are coming for it. The fact that it is a 5 year course should not prevent you from opting for it if you have even the slightest of interest for it but if you are planning to study Management or work in Non-Core fields (the choice of many) then you need to spend one year extra.


Kanika Khanna & Charu Mehta

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Counselling JEE Adv – Production & Industrial @ IITD

Production and Industrial Engineering is a part of Mechanical Engineering, which mainly covers Industrial and production par out of the four subgroups of mechanical engineering: Industrial, Production, Design and Thermal. Design is also studied although not in greater depths.

Production courses provide great technical and practical (hands on experiences) knowledge. It is fascinating to learn how the products we see in our daily life are manufactured through various processes (about which most people never think).

Design courses involve fair amount of mechanics and deals with designing of a component according to the functional requirements before its real manufacturing. In Industrial, students learn great managerial knowledge. It includes aspects like Supply chain management and operations research which aim at management and optimization of operations.

The industrial courses involve fair amount of maths (a large part of which is probability). It involves fair amount mechanics (stresses, strains as you know it) and a fair bit of study and analysis of the production processes. Other than these mandatory courses, students can always opt for elective courses according to their area of interest.

The branch is in only one way different from mechanical Engineering, an apprehension many people have, that it involves absolutely zero amount of thermodynamics. Other than that, there is no difference and for first the two years, the design and production courses of both the streams are similar.

Job prospects are very good. For future in Industrial engineering, students can opt for jobs in FMCG’s (fast moving consumer goods) or in industries related to Supply chain management or Operations Research while Production industries also come in good numbers for recruitment of people with interest in Production engineering (Don’t worry about the technical terms written here, you will understand them while reading them). Further research options are also splendid whichever field it may be design, industrial or production. Higher study options like Masters or an integrated MS & PhD is are popular among students.


Rohan Buddhiraja & Anshul Singhal