Updated on Mar 1, 2022 10:49 IST

Computer Science Engineering (CSE) is an academic programme that integrates the field of Computer Engineering and Computer Science. It is one of the most sought after courses amongst engineering students. The course contains a plethora of topics but emphasises the basics of computer programming and networking. The topics covered in the course are computation, algorithms, programming languages, program design, computer software, computer hardware, and others.
Computer science engineers are involved in many aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers to circuit designing and writing software that powers them.
Many technical institutes in India and abroad offer UG (Undergraduate) and PG (Postgraduate) level courses in Computer Science Engineering. Students can do BTech and MTech in Computer Science Engineering from these institutes.  Students pursuing these courses get to learn about the design, implementation, and management of information systems of computer hardware and software.

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Career Scope of Computer Science Engineering 

CSE is one of the engineering specialisations. However, candidates pursuing this programme have the option of further choosing amongst various other specialisations like telecommunication, web designing, computer hardware and software implementation and maintenance, etc.

These professionals can work as a data scientist, computer programmer, systems analyst, hardware engineer, software developer, system engineer, IT consultant, system designer, networking engineer, web developer, database administrator, mobility tester, programmer, e-commerce specialist, and software tester.

Computer Science Engineering: Eligibility Criteria

Find below the basic eligibility requirement to pursue a Computer Science Engineering programme at the UG and PG level:

  • Eligibility requirements for BTech in CSE: Aspirants should have passed the Class 12 exam from a recognized board with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as core subjects. Besides this candidates should also have secured minimum aggregate marks of 60% in the above subjects combined.
  • Eligibility requirements for MTech in CSE: Aspirants must have completed a BTech degree in the same specialization with a passing percentage.

Skills Required For Computer Science Engineering

To pursue a Computer Science Engineering programme, candidates should possess the right set of skills to acquire success in the future. Following are the required skillset for pursuing CSE courses:

Analytical skills

Problem-solving skills

Critical thinking


Good Programming Skills

Strong Data Structures and Algorithms skills

Basic web development knowledge

Basics of Machine Learning

Basics of security, vulnerabilities, and cryptography

Ability to grasp the knowledge quickly

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Computer Science Engineering Syllabus

Computer Science Engineering students study the design, implementation, and management of information systems of both software and hardware processes. Some of the topics that students pursuing CSE study are:
The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has listed the model syllabus for Computer Science Engineering that every college offering the programme should adhere to, take a look at the same below:

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Structure of a basic UG CSE programme

S. No.


Credit Breakup for CSE students


Humanities and Social Sciences including Management courses



Basic Science courses



Engineering Science courses including workshop, drawing, basics of electrical/mechanical/computer, etc



Professional core courses



Professional Elective courses relevant to chosen specialization/branch



Open subjects – Electives from other technical and /or emerging subjects



Project work, seminar, and internship in industry or elsewhere



Mandatory Courses

[Environmental Sciences, Induction Program, Indian Constitution, Essence of Indian Knowledge Tradition]



The above can further be broken down into:

Semester 1

Semester 2


Linear Algebra and Ordinary Differential Equations

Chemistry I

Modern Physics

Introduction to computer programming

Data Analysis and Interpretation


Abstractions and Paradigms in Programming

Chemistry Lab

Physics Lab

Workshop Practice

Abstractions and Paradigms in Programming

Engineering Graphics and Drawing

Semester 3

Semester 4

Numerical Analysis 

Environmental  Studies 

Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Circuits

Automata Theory and Logic

Discrete Structures

Design and Analysis of Algorithms

Data Structures and Algorithms

Logic Design

Experimentation and Measurement  Lab

Software Systems Lab

Data Structures and Algorithms Lab

Logic Design Lab

Semester 5

Semester 6


Artificial Intelligence      

Computer Architecture

Implementation of Programming Languages

Operating Systems

Computer Networks

Database and Information Systems

Artificial Intelligence Lab

Database and Information Systems Lab

Implementation of Programming Languages Lab

Computer Architecture Lab

Computer Networks Lab

Operating Systems Lab

Semester 7

Semester 8

Elective 1

Elective 4

Elective 2

Elective 5

Elective 3

Elective 6

Institute Elective 1

Institute Elective 2

Note: The syllabus may vary from institute to institute. 

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Top Colleges In India Offering Computer Science Engineering Courses

Top CSE Colleges In India
IIT Delhi - Indian Institute of Technology
IIT Bombay - Indian Institute of Technology
IIT Kanpur - Indian Institute of Technology
IIT Kharagpur - Indian Institute of Technology
IIT Roorkee - Indian Institute of Technology

Job Profiles After Computer Science Engineering

The boom in the CSE sector has led to lucrative career opportunities for professionals. With the ever-increasing employment opportunities in this field, the demand for CSE experts has increased. Computer Science Engineers after completing their course, generally get job opportunities across various industries like IT/Software Companies, Academic Institutions, Sales and Marketing firms, Journalism, editing and content, Engineering firms, etc. 

Job Profile


System Database Administrator

System database administrator typically oversees the security, performance, and integrity of the database. This also includes planning the structure and troubleshooting issues.

Computer Programmer

Computer programmers create the code for software applications and operating systems. The code created helps computer applications to run on a computer.

Engineering Support Specialist

Engineering support specialist provides technical support and assistance to consumers and businesses in issues related to technical, hardware and software systems.

Data Warehouse Analyst

A data warehouse analyst collects, analyzes, mines and helps the business leverage the information stored in data warehouses.

System Designer

The role of a system designer is to define the architecture, interfaces, and data for a system.

Software Developer

The role of software developers is to develop applications that enable people to perform specific tasks on a computer or another device.

Software Engineer

Software engineer design, develop, maintain, test, and evaluate computer software.


A computer science lecturer or professor would impart knowledge of the subject. The role will also include teaching students about the nuances of computer applications and designs applicable in the field.

Computer Operator

The role of a computer operator is to maintain a logbook, check viruses, upgrade software and carry out basic computer tasks.

Research Analyst

Research analysts conduct surveys, document data, collect information via the internet and conduct research.

Top Companies Hiring Computer Science Engineering Professionals

TATA Consultancy








Infosys Technologies


IBM Global Services


Accenture Services


HCL Technologies

Sun microsystems




Hewlett and Packard

FAQs Regarding Computer Science Engineering

Q. What are the subjects in computer science engineering (CSE)?

A. Major topics included in any CSE undergraduate degree course are Operating System, Design and Analysis of Algorithm, Programming Languages, Microprocessor, Computer Software, Database Management System, Mobile Communications, Cryptography and Network Security, Performance Evaluation, etc.

Q. What is the difference between computer science and computer engineering?

A. Computer Science is more about deeper basic knowledge of the field, while computer engineering combines innovation and technology. Computer engineers build hardware while computer scientists generally do not.

Q. Is CSE tough?

A. CSE can be easy or extremely tough depending on the way one studies.

Q. Are computer engineers in demand?

A. The employment of computer hardware engineers is projected to grow 6 per cent from 2018 to 2028. Given this, the demand for computer engineers will be high in the coming time.

Q. Which courses are best for CSE students?

A. The following courses are good for CSE students:
  • Web Development
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Architect
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Engineering

Q. Which engineering stream has the highest salary?

A. High paying engineering fields are:
  • Computer Science
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Biomedical engineering

Q. How many seats are there in IIT Bombay CSE?

A. It says seats are 110 but the closing rank is 62. So IIT Bombay doesn't take more than 62 students into the CS branch.

Q. What rank is required for IIT Bombay CSE?

A. As per the last year, the closing rank at IIT Bombay for CSE is 62.

Q. Which is better IT or computer science?

A. Both are in great demand. IT (Information Technology) is more about installing, maintaining, and improving computer systems, operating networks, and databases. Whereas, computer science is about using mathematics to program systems so that they run more efficiently.

Q. Are computer science and computer engineering good courses to study?

A. Yes, as there are many great career opportunities available after completing computer science and computer engineering degrees. Both of these degrees offer a path to high paying, in-demand jobs.

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Popular Computer Science Engineering UG Courses in India

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2022-02-24 21:32:49

I took biology and computer in school. Which group can I take in college?

Reply to Shanmathi


Shivang agarwal

Contributor-Level 9

a week ago

You can take BDS and biotechnology, These two are great options.


Contributor-Level 10

a week ago

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Deepsikha Ghosh

2021-12-08 20:40:37

Is there any language course for Science students?

Reply to Deepsikha Ghosh

Group Captain Vinayak Deodhar

Scholar-Level 18

3 weeks ago

Hello Deepsikha Ghosh, yes, many colleges have language subjects also for students of graduation in Science. Of course, it differs from university to university. Best wishes to you.



2022-02-07 14:32:02

Is mobiles were allowed in Jagan's Institute of pharmaceutical and Science college Nellore?

Reply to Resh

Group Captain Vinayak Deodhar

Scholar-Level 18

4 weeks ago

Hello Fresh, normally speaking college students are not debarred from carrying their mobiles into the classroom but are expected to keep it in silent mode. However, college authorities have the power to ban it from time to time. You will need to check this with the administrative staff of the col...Hello Fresh, normally speaking college students are not debarred from carrying their mobiles into the classroom but are expected to keep it in silent mode. However, college authorities have the power to ban it from time to time. You will need to check this with the administrative staff of the college. Best wishes to you.


Heena khan

2022-01-19 12:41:32

Hi in first grade Science college women have PCM combination?

Reply to Heena khan


Contributor-Level 10

a month ago

Pcm combination you mean, Physics Maths and Chemistry. Yes, it is there. However few additions are there in the latest education system, where you can make one as the mainstream, depending on your goal of education.


Krishna Yadav

2021-12-31 15:03:36

I am interested in computer Science and engineering. Need some details about this course.

Reply to Krishna Yadav


Guide-Level 12

2 months ago

Computer Science and Engineering is an academic programme at many universities which comprises scientific and engineering aspects of computing. CSE is also a term often used in Europe to translate the name of engineering informatics academic programs.


Kshitij Shresth

2021-12-30 15:16:01

Computer Science and Engineering or CSE with data Science or B.Tech in computer Science and cyber security. Which is better?

Reply to Kshitij Shresth



Beginner-Level 2

2 months ago

All are better in their own way. If you want to be a software engineer who want to works in IT Companies, you should go for computer Science engineering with data Science. If you want to go in Cyber Department, Then go with B.Tech in computer Science and cyber security.


Ayshabi Kp

2021-12-13 20:07:15

I just want to know about the fees structure for B.Ed. Can you please inform this.

Reply to Ayshabi Kp


Hrishabh Sahu

Contributor-Level 10

2 months ago

B.Ed. Course in general has Rs 80000-100000 fee for 2 year term. If you have question about specific college then mention it.


Samarth Boraganve

2021-12-18 20:50:30

How many seats are available for CSE in Bangalore colleges?

Reply to Samarth Boraganve

Group Captain Vinayak Deodhar

Scholar-Level 18

2 months ago

Hello Samarth, I am attaching a link that will give you all the required information. https://www.shiksha.com/engineering/colleges/b-tech-in-computer-science-engineering-colleges-Bangalore
Best wishes to you.

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