In the 21st century, technology is omnipresent in our lives. With a boom in the technology sector, it is proving to be a lucrative career opportunity for students, who are in the juncture to pass out from school and are considering various aspects for their future career option.Computer Science Engineering is the most popular course for the Engineering aspirants. During the counselling of the top engineering colleges, the Computer Science Engineering seats are the fastest filled among different branches.


This article of Careers360 brings to you the overview, career opportunities & scope, top colleges offering the specialization and popular companies, which recruit Computer Science Engineering graduates.


Indian consumers have over the years moved to the online platform for carrying out basic and simple tasks like shopping, booking tickets, etc. According to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the year 2014 has seen unprecedented growth in E-commerce sector. Websites like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon have been contributing in the economy of India over the last couple of years. The report mentions,Since the E-commerce industry is fast rising, changes can be seen over a year. The sector in India has grown by 34% (CAGR) since 2009 to touch 16.4 billion USD in 2014. The sector is expected to be in the range of 22 billion USD in 2015.”


Incidentally, both the founders of Flipkart, one of the biggest E-commerce retail website, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal are Computer Science Engineers from IIT Delhi.  Bhavish Agarwal, Co-Founder, Ola Cabs is also a graduate of Computer Science from IIT Bombay.


Computer Science OverviewComputer Science Engineering – An Overview: Over the years, Indian engineers have contributed across the world in the field of
 Computer Science Engineering. From late 19th century, several Indians have been recruited by the IT majors like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, Wipro, HCL, Cognizant, Accenture etc. They were even recruited in the famous Silicon Valley in USA by top companies like Yahoo!, Adobe, Apple Inc, Google, Intel, etc.


Computer and related services with a share of 3.3 per cent in India’s GDP grew by 14.4 per cent in 2013-14. Information technology and business process outsourcing are among the fastest-growing sectors, having a cumulative growth rate of revenue 33.6% between 1997-1998 and 2002-2003, and contributing to 25% of the country's total exports in 2007–08. The growth in the IT sector is attributed to increased specialisation, and an availability of a large pool of low cost, highly skilled, educated and fluent English-speaking workers, on the supply side, matched with the demand side by increased demand from foreign consumers interested in India's service exports, or those looking to outsource their operations. The share of the Indian IT industry in the country's GDP increased from 4.8% in 2005–06 to 7% in 2008.


Computer Science CurriculumWhat is Computer Science Engineering?


Computer Science engineering deals with design, implementation, and management of information system of both software & hardware processes. A computer scientist specializes in theory of computation and design of computational systems.


Computer engineering or Computer Science engineering integrates several disciplines such as Information Technology, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Software Design, etc. The engineers are mainly involved in the development of software and hardware systems of various aspects of computing. The engineers not only focus on how computers work but also integrate into larger scheme of things.


Amongst all the engineering branches, computer science has been found to be the most popular choice of students. This branch of engineering is perceived to be popular due to its research scopes (bio, mechanics, neuro-science, etc) and is known to be challenging while offering good career opportunities and remuneration. M Balakrishnan, professor (computer science and engineering, IIT-D) says that computer science & engineering has been the most sought after course in the past few years and in the current one too. 


The core courses for Computer Science Engineers are as follows:

  • Computer architecture and organization

  • Theory of computation

  • Database systems

  • Electronics

  • Operating systems

  • Computer Networks

  • Foundations of Computer Systems

  • Java Programming and Website Design

  • E-commerce & ERP and Multimedia Applications

  • Principles of Programming Languages

  • Software Engineering

  • Compiler Design

What do you do as Computer Science Engineer?


You can work in database management, IT, embedded systems, Telecommunication, computer hardware & software implementation & maintenance, multimedia, web designing, gaming, and almost all other industries in this sector.

It is worthwhile to note that the computer industry has witnessed such phenomenal growth in recent years that IT majors like Infosys & TCS have been the major recruiters across all other branches in engineering colleges of the country.

How to pursue Computer Science Engineering?


Aspirants of Computer Science Engineering must have appeared in 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as core subjects. They have to appear for various Engineering Entrance Exams such as JEE (for IIT, NITs, IIITs, CFTIs and SFTIs), BITSAT (for BITS) and VITEEE (for VIT University) to name a few. On the basis of their performance and counselling, the candidates are allocated the engineering branch.


Top Colleges offering Computer Science Engineering 

iitdelhilogoIndian Institute of Technology, Delhi

iitbIndian Institute of Technology, Bombay

IITIndian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

iitkanpur-logoIndian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Iitmadras_logoIndian Institute of Technology, Madras

iitroorkee_logoIndian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

manipal-institute-of-technology-logoManipal Institute of Technology, Manipal

Delhi-tech-university-logoDelhi Technological University, Delhi

BITS-PILANI-LOGOBirla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani

JadavpurLogoJadavpur University, Kolkata

logo_IIITHyderabadInternational Institute of Information Technology,  Hyderabad

IIT-BHU-logoIndian Institute of Technology, BHU

NIT_Trichy_logoNational Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli

NIT-Surathkal-logoNational Institute of Technology, Surathkal

NIT-Rourkela-logoNational Institute of Technology, Rourkela

MNIT_Jaipur_LogoMalviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur

vit-university-logoVIT University, Vellore

Thapar-University-logoThapar University, Patiala

Click here to get the full list of colleges.


The duration of the full time Computer Science Engineering programme is 4 years.


Scope & Opportunities of Computer Science Engineering


Prof. M Balakrishnan states thatComputer Science and Engineering graduates can make a career in areas like web applications, computer graphics, video games, enterprise computing, embedded systems, network administration, mobile applications, computer vision, scientific modeling, computer security, database systems, animation, wireless network, artificial intelligence, core companies, computational skills, computer manufacturing, computer programming, computational biology, and super-computing to name a few. According to him, almost all industries have job profiles for computer engineers, hence the increasing demand for them.


The salary of the students, who pursued Computer Science Engineering, can range from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh per annum. As per IIT Delhi placement report 2015, two Computer Science Engineering students were offered jobs by Facebook with a package of Rs. 1.42 crore.


Top recruiters 















sun-microsystemsSun Microsystems


Tech-Mahindra-Company-LogoTech Mahindra

mahindra-satyamMahindra Satyam



Job Profiles


The job profiles or the designations offered by various top recruiters include the following:

  • Computer Programmer

  • Systems Analyst

  • Software Developer

  • Hardware Engineer

  • Consultant

  • System Engineer

  • System Designer

  • Networking Engineer

  • Database Administrator

  • Web Developer

  • E-commerce Specialist

  • Programmer

Stay tuned to to know more about Engineering branches.

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