B.Tech in Polymer Science & Technology is a 4- year long undergraduate course essentially involving designs, analyses, and/ or modification of polymer materials.
Polymer Engineering covers aspects of the petrochemical industry, polymerization, structure and characterization of polymers, properties of polymers, compounding and processing of polymers, among other related concepts. Job prospects for polymer engineers abound in industries such as aerospace and automobile.
In India, Polymer Engineers earn somewhere between INR 1,20,000 and 180,000 per annum on an average. Engineers employed in the private sector are generally paid more than the public sector. With increase in experience and skill sets, Polymer Engineers earn up to INR 9,60,000 per annum. Given the rapid expansion in plastic and fiber industries, career scope for Polymer Engineers is vast in the current context. Research labs like National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, have an entire department in place for the study of polymers.
Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2 with 50% minimum aggregate score|
|Admission Process||Based on counselling after clearing Entrance Tests (JEE Main state entrance exam) or Direct Admission for few.|
|Course Fee||INR 2 Lakh p.a.|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 Lakh to 10 Lakh|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Reliance Industries, Asian Paints, Nerolac, Tupperware, Milton, Gujarat Fluorochemicals etc.|
|Job Description||Polymer Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Sales Engineer, Project Coordinator|
A bachelor's degree in Polymer Engineering frequently includes courses in subjects such as physical and organic chemistry, calculus, higher mathematics, physics, fluid mechanics, mechanics of deformable bodies, electronics, computers and English as optional subjects. Students may also be required to complete a combination of elective courses in subjects that include languages, social science, history and the humanities, depending upon the choice of the student.
Eligibility for B.Tech in Polymer Science & Technology
The minimum eligibility required for pursuance of the course is a 10+2 qualification with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as main subjects. The duration of the course is 4 years divided into 8 semesters. In the final year, students are needed to undergo internship/ training under field- related supervisors.
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in India. Also mentioned are the corresponding locations and the average fees charged by each.
|Rank||College/ University||City/ State||Average Fees|
|1.||B. S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College||Chennai||INR 1,25,000 - 2,00,000 p.a.|
|2.||Cochin University of Science and Technology - CUSAT||Kerala, Kochi.||INR 96,000 p.a.|
|3.||Dr. Bhabasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University - BAMU||Aurangabad, Maharashtra||INR 2,00,000 - 4,00,000 p.a.|
|4.||Hindustan University||Chennai, Tamil Nadu.||INR 2,00,000 - 6,27,000 p.a.|
|5.||Jawahar Lal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research - JNCASR||Bangalore, Karnataka||INR 1,44,000 p.a.|
|6.||Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology||Villupuram, Tamil Nadu||INR 1,80,000 p.a.|
|7.||Mahatma Gandhi University||Kottayam, Kerala||INR 2,00,000 - 5,00,000|
|8.||School of Technology and Applied Sciences||Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala||INR 4,80,000|
|9.||University of Calcutta||Kolkata, West Bengal||INR 10,000-20,000|
|10.||Visvesvaraya Technological University- VTU||Belagaum, Karnataka||INR 1,14,000|
B.Tech in Polymer Science & Technology: Admission Process
For admission to the course, candidates are required to qualify the JEE, State level and national level entrance exams offering the course. The GATE exam is conducted for admission jointly by the IISC and 7 IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
JEE Main and JEE Advanced are conducted for admission to NITs and other colleges across the country. B. Tech lasts for 4 years while M. Tech’s course duration is 2 years.
As per the recent, revised admission process, some of the colleges in India that take admissions through entrance tests are listed here:
ICAR AIEEA 2020
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) conducts the AIEEA (All India Entrance Examination for Admission) examination for admissions to UG & PG programs in the engineering fields.
Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, organizes a university level entrance test BITSAT (Birla Institute of Technology & Science Admission Test) for admissions to UG engineering programs.
SRMJEEE (SRM Joint Engineering Entrance Examination) is a university- level exam organized by SRM University for admissions to UG engineering in locations such as Kattankulathur, Ramapuram Chennai and Haryana campuses.
VITEEE, also known as VIT Engineering Entrance Examination, is an All India level entrance test organized by the VIT University for admissions to B. Tech programs at its Vellore and Chennai campuses.
Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) 2020
Symbiosis International University conducts the Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) which is a university- level test conducted for admissions to UG courses offered by Symbiosis Institutions. The application form is released in the 1st week of February.
The CUSAT (Cochin University of Science and Technology) organizes CAT (Common Admission Test), LET (Lateral Entry Test) and DAT (Departmental Admission Test) for admission to various undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The exam is conducted in the 1st week of May.
Allahabad University 2020
Allahabad University (University of Allahabad) organizes a series of entrance exams for admissions to various courses in the engineering. UGAT and PGAT are conducted for admissions to UG and PG courses in Polymer Engineering.
NMIMS NPAT is a university- level test regulated by the NMIMS University. This examination is an opportunity for students seeking admission to Polymer Engineering and various undergraduate and integrated degree programs at NMIMS and its other affiliated colleges.
Polymer Engineers may work in arenas including development of new polymers, equipment design for polymer processing, project engineering and process management. Assembling and managing a polymer, its testing or evaluating products, coordinating studies, designing new substances using polymer engineering and optimizing processes are all common areas handled by a Polymer Engineer.
Polymer Engineers may work in many fields, including thermoplastics (polymers that change state from liquid to solid based on temperature) or elastomers (flexible polymers that are often used as seals, gaskets or adhesives). Polymer Engineers might progress to becoming Technical Specialists or entering management and sales.
Listed here are the various job positions on offer for successful graduates of B. Tech in Polymer Science & Technology. Also mentioned are the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered for each role.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Pay Scale|
|Polymer Engineer||They work primarily in the field of plastics development, help develop new plastics or assist in the testing and evaluation of products.||INR 2,00,000 - 10,00,000 p.a.|
|Sales Engineer||They sell complex scientific and technological polymer products or services to businesses.||INR. 2,00,000 - 4,00,000 p.a.|
|Chemical engineer||They develop and design chemical manufacturing processes of polymers.||INR. 4,00,000 - 6,00,000 p.a.|
|Technology Manager||They are responsible for overseeing IT staff, enhance training, development, and performance management.||INR. 1,00,0,00 - 1,50,000 p.a.|
|Business Developer||They identify new business opportunities - new markets, new partnerships, ways to reach existing markets, or new product or service offerings.||INR. 2,00,000 -5,00,000 p.m.|
Semester- wise, students of the course in India study the following as part of their course curriculum:
|Semester I||Semester II||Semester III||Semester IV|
|Inorganic Chemistry||Organic Chemistry||Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials||Transport Phenomena|
|Applied Mathematics||Analytical Chemistry||Electrical and Electronics Engineering||Polymer Science & Technology III|
|Organic Chemistry||Material & Energy Balance Calculations||Physical Chemistry||Thermoplastics Polymer Technology I|
|Engineering Graphics||Applied Mathematics, Physics||Polymer Science & Technology I & II||Technology of Thermoset Polymers|
|Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry Laboratory||Engineering Applications of Computers||Materials Technology||Spl 7 Color Physics & Color Harmony|
|-||Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry Laboratory||Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Physical Chemistry Laboratory||Analysis & Characterization of raw materials & polymers|
|Semester V||Semester VI||Semester VII||Semester VIII|
|Chemical Engineering Operations||Instrumentation||Project Economics||Industrial Management|
|Chemical Reaction Engineering||Pigments & Additives for Polymers||Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management||Design and Analysis of Experiments|
|Thermoplastics Polymer Technology II&III||Compounding & Processing of polymers||Technology of Elastomers I&II||Additives for Polymers|
|Technology of Thermoset Polymers- II &III||Design & Fabrication of Molds I&II||Evaluation & Testing of Polymers||Advanced Polymer Science & Technology|
|Analysis, Characterization of Synthesis of resins & polymers and raw materials||-||-||-|
|Synthesis & Characterization of resins & polymers-II &III||-||-||-|
|Synthesis & Characterization of resins & polymers||-||-||-|