Career as CIVIL engineer after 12

What do u know about civil engineers

“The Best creator after GOD is Civil Engineer”


Thus goes the famous quote. Indeed in the words of famous historian, John Prebble, “Architects and engineers are among the most fortunate of men since they build their own monuments with public consent, public approval and often public money


Here’s what we at  know about Civil Engineering as a career.
One of the largest branches of engineering, civil engineering is a field that deals with buildings, bridges, dams, roads, and other structures. The career of a civil engineer involves him to plan, design, and supervise the construction of facilities such as high-rise buildings, airports, water treatment centers, and sanitation plants etc.


Civil engineering is about the design and planning, construction, supervision, quality control and maintenance of physical structures, such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, canals, sea ports, power plants and airports. Specializations include structure, transportation, geo-technical and geo-environmental, and water resources engineering. Employers include municipal bodies, the defence forces, National Highway Authority of India, government development arms like the DDA and Noida Authority, BHEL, Larsen & Toubro, etc.


A career as a Civil Engineer opens up a vast world of imagination and dreams for the incumbent. The field of civil engineering is so vast that one can’t limit oneself to any particular field and excel without having a proper knowledge of other related fields

Courses and Eligibility

Bachelor of Engineering (BE)/ Bachelor of Technology (BTech): The eligibility is class 12th with physics, chemistry and maths as the main subjects and clearing the Entrance Exam. The AMIE (Associate Memberships of the Institution of Engineers) offers courses, which are also equivalent to BE and B.Tech.


Masters in Engineering( ME) or Masters in Technology M.Tech: Eligibility is BE, B Tech and entrance Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) exam. The marks scored in this exam are valid in most colleges.


For those who wish to study further, a Ph.D. in engineering can be pursued as a good career option.

Course Fees

The 4 years course in engineering from an IIT will cost about 2lakhs. There are a number of scholarships, fee waivers and loans available for those who are unable to fund the education. Apart from this, in most colleges the students can earn a small amount while working on a research project with the professors in their college and this can also help funding the course. The fees in other private colleges is more ranging from about 50,000 per year to about 150,000 per year.

Where To Study

In India there are many Universities and colleges that offer B Tech / B E and M Tech courses. Some of the top colleges are:


Indian Institute of Technology,
DelhiIndian Institute of Technology,
BombayIndian Institute of Technology,
KharagpurIndian Institute of Technology,
KanpurIndian Institute of Technology,
MadrasIndian Institute of Technology,
GuwahatiIndian Institute of Technology,
RoorkeeInstitute of Technology,
Benaras Hindu University,
Benaras.Institute of Technology,
RoparIndian Institute of Technology,
Gandhi NagarIndian Institute of Technology,
BhubaneshwarIndian Institute of Technology,
HyderabadIndian Institute of Technology,
PatnaIndian Institute of Technology,
MandiInstitute of Technology,
IndoreInstitute of Technology,
Rajsthan, Mentored by IIT Kanpur Temporarily at IIT Kanpur


Then there are 30 NIT’s located in various parts of the country that offer B Tech . M Tech and MCA programs.

1. NIT Warangal

2. NIT Tiruchirappalli

3. MANIT Bhopal

4. MNIT Jaipur

5. MNNIT Allahabad

6. NIT Jamshedpur

7. SVNIT Surat

8. VNIT Nagpur

9. NIT Kurukshetra

10. NIT Calicut

11. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology Jalandhar

12. NIT Rourkela

13. NIT Surathkal

14. NIT Patna

15. NIT Raipur

16. NIT Srinagar

17. NIT Hamirpur

18. NIT Delhi

19. NIT Arunachal Pradesh

20. NIT Agartala

21. NIT Durgapur

22. NIT Goa

23. NIT Puducherry

24. NIT Manipur

25. NIT Meghalaya

26. NIT Mizoram

27. NIT Nagaland

28. NIT Sikkim

29. NIT Silchar

30. NIT Uttarakhand

Salary Levels

The salary for a fresh civil engineering graduate ranges from anywhere between Rs.25000 – Rs.40000 per month. Over a period of time, say around 5- 8 yrs after passing out, the salary level settles to around Rs.10 Lakhs Per Annum in India

Famous Personalities

Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, KCIE (popularly known as Sir MV; 15 September 1861 – 12 April 1962) was an Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918. He is a recipient of the Indian Republic’s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955. He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the British Indian Empire (KCIE) by King George V for his contributions to the public good. 15 September is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in India in his memory. He is held in high regard as a pre-eminent engineer of India. He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mysore as well as the chief designer of the flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad.
E.Shreedharan: The Metro-Man of India

He is civil engineer from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada (known as JNTU).

For a short tenure, he worked as a lecturer in Civil engineering at the Government Polytechnic, Kozhikode and a year at the Bombay Port Trust as an apprentice.

Later he joined the Indian Railways in its Service of Engineers. His first assignment was in the Southern Railway as a Probationary Assistant Engineer in December 1954.

In 1963, a cyclone washed away parts of Pamban Bridge that connected Rameshwaram to mainland Tamil Nadu. The Railways set a target of six months for the bridge to be repaired while Sreedharan’s boss, under whose jurisdiction the bridge came, reduced it to three months. Sreedharan was put in-charge of the execution and he restored the bridge in just 46 days. The Railway minister’s Award was given to him in recognition of this achievement.

He retired from Indian Railways as Member Engineering in 1990.

After retirement he was appointed the CMD of Konkan Railway. The project had 93 tunnels along a length of 82 km and involved tunneling through soft soil. The total project covered 760 km and had over 150 bridges. The project was completed without significant cost and time overruns was considered an achievement by many.

Then, he was made the managing director of Delhi Metro, all the scheduled sections were completed by their target date or before, and within their respective budgets. Sreedharan was given the sobriquet of Metro Man by the media. After 16 years of service with the Delhi Metro, Sreedharan retired from service on 31 December 2011. Now he is working in ap

A Day in Life

A civil Engineer typically starts his career at a junior engineer level and he starts by actually supervising the construction work in a project location. There his key responsibility is to oversee the adherence to set parameters of quality by workers and technicians.

Later on, as the engineer gains more experience then he starts participating in planning and cost engineering functions also. His interaction with Architects’ and designers’ increases and the engineer participates in discussions with senior people to prevent time and cost overrun in the project.


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