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B.Tech Food Engineering is a 4-year undergraduate course. It is divided into 8 semesters and after 2nd-semester subjects focusing more on food processing & technology will be introduced. The student must have passed 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as main subjects to be eligible to apply for this course. Students have to appear for JEE Main & other state level Engineering exam to take admission.

Top Institutes offering this course are:

  • Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
  • Tezpur University
  • Kerela Agricultural University, Thrissur
  • Chandigarh University
  • BITS, Hyderabad

The tuition fee for doing the Food engineering course ranges from INR 4 to 8 Lacs p.a. depending on the university or college. In food engineering, students learn about the modern packaging, chemical & biological aspects of food, new techniques of dehydration, thermal processing etc.   After completion of this course, students can do MS, M. Tech courses in Food Engineering.

Students can do various certification courses like Food & Nutrition, Food Technology, Food Science, Quality Control etc. which help to improve their job prospects. Candidates of B.Tech in Food Engineering having ample job opportunities in government and Private Sector in India. Some Of the government companies which hire B.Tech Food Engineering candidates are Food Corporation of India, Department of food & public Distribution, Central Warehousing Corporation. Food Engineering candidates can get job posts as plant manager, Food Quality Inspector, Food Research analysts.

Some of the private sector industries are Amul, Perfetti India Ltd, parley products limited, PepsiCo India limited etc. The salary of entry-level B.Tech Food Engineers from 3.0 lakhs to 5 lakhs per annum.

Top Colleges for Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Food Engineering)

  • BE/B.Tech in Delhi-NCR
  • BE/B.Tech in Maharashtra
  • BE/B.Tech in Chennai
  • BE/B.Tech in Uttar Pradesh
  • BE/B.Tech in Telangana

B.Tech. Food Engineering: Course Highlights Table

Name of the course (both full name and short form)Bachelor of Technology in Food Engineering (B.Tech food Engineering)
Duration of the course4 years
EligibilityPassed 10+2 with minimum 50% marks in physics, chemistry, and mathematics as main subjects.
Average course feeINR 4 lakh to 8 lakh
Sectors of employmentFood Corporation of India Ltd., Food and Public distribution, Central Warehousing Corporation, ITC Limited, Parley India Ltd., Hindustan Lever Limited, Cadbury India Ltd., Amul, Godrej India Ltd., PepsiCo India Ltd., Dabur India Ltd., Nestle India Pvt Ltd.
Average entry-level salaryINR 3 lakh to 5 lakh per annum
Top entrance exams (if available)JEE Main, JEE Advanced, SRMJEEE and COMEDK

B.Tech. Food Engineering: What is it about?

Objectives of B.Tech Food Engineering is to combat with the problems relating to food from an engineering perspective. Food Engineer provides effective utilization of food resources, minimize damage to the inherent nutritional value of food. Food Engineering provides research and development engineers which integrates basic knowledge with an application so as to utilize the system of science & technology more efficiently.

B.Tech. Food Engineering Students creates food which is safe & flavorsome with good physical texture. Food Engineering covers the topics of food microbiology, Food Processing, Food Biochemistry, Dairy plant engineering, Computer skills, Food industry waste management, Food fermentation technology, Food plant safety & hazard analysis, Food packaging technology, Bakery & confectionary technology.

B. Tech. Food Engineering: Top Institutes 

There are a large number of the institutes in India which offer industrial engineering course. Following are some of the top institutes in India of Industrial Engineering. These institutes provide great facilities and opportunities for the students of B.Tech Food engineering course.

Name of the InstituteCity
National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal Karnal
Central Food Technology Research Institute, MysoreMysore
University of DelhiDelhi
Karunya University, Coimbatore Coimbatore
SRM Institute of Science and Technology Chennai
Anand Agricultural UniversityGujarat
National Dairy Research Institute


University of MysoreMysore
Anna UniversityChennai
Tamil Nadu Agricultural UniversityCoimbatore

B.Tech Food Engineering: Eligibility

A candidate must have passed 10+2 class with Physics, Chemistry & Maths to be eligible to apply for this course. Students have to score minimum 50% marks in 10+2 class to take admission in most of the institutes. Some of the institutes are having percentage criteria of 60%. Students who have done diploma after class 10th may get admission directly in the second year of B.Tech course.

B.Tech Food Engineering: Admission Process

For taking admission in the B.Tech, Food engineering students have to pass the entrance exams conducted by the various universities. Students after clearing the entrance exams go through the process of counseling conducted by the universities, where according to the score in the entrance students will get the admission in the respective fields. Some of the universities give direct admissions to the students on the merit basis.

Entrance Exams

In the entrance exam of B.Tech, questions will be asked from the subjects of Physics, Chemistry & Maths. There will be three sections in the exam & each section will consist of 30 questions. Total 90 no. of questions will be there in the exam. Each question is of 4 marks for each correct answer. Duration of the test will be of three hours. For the admissions in the B.Tech various national level & state level tests are conducted in the country.

Some of the private Institutes conduct their tests for taking admission in their institutes. Application forms of most of the entrance exams will be available in the month of December & will be submitted in the month of January.

Exam NameLevel/Conducted ByColleges
JEE MainNational level/ CBSENITs, IIITs, most of the institutes accept JEE Main Score
JEE AdvancedNational/IITsIITs
SRMJEEENational/SRM UniversitySRM University all campuses
COMEDKStateAll engineering colleges of Karnataka

Selection Process

Selection will be made on the basis of class XII, class XI & class X marks, ranking in the JEE or Equivalent, performance in academic and extracurricular activities, essay and performance in personal interview. Applicants with a minimum percentage of 70% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in class XII and a JEE score will be eligible for admission to the B.Tech programmer.

To get admission in B.Tech Food Engineering candidates have to clear JEE main exam and after clearing this exam candidate can get admission in Engineering college. Students who clear JEE main Exam can appear in JEE Advance exam to get admission in IITs.

Direct Admission

Some of the engineering institutes offer direct admission on the basis of the merit in the 10+2 exams or equivalent exams. Some private colleges also offer direct admission in the B.Tech on the management seats. Fees structure of management quota seats is higher than the normal admissions.

Lateral Entry

Various colleges in India offer direct admission in the second year to the students who applied in the B.Tech after completion of their diploma course. Some colleges take the entrance exam for the diploma holder students for their admission directly in the second year of the B.Tech course. Such lateral entry for the diploma holder’s students will be in the third semester. Students with minimum 60% marks (eligibility criteria will be different for different institutes) in the diploma are eligible to take admissions in the B.Tech course. Following are the institutes which offer lateral entry.

  • Karunya University
  • IFTM University
  • Manipal University

For lateral entry in these colleges, candidates must possess diploma in Food Technology or in Food Processing, in Food per the requirement of the university in which the candidate applies.

Distance Mode of Admission

Students who are willing to do Engineering course but they do not have enough time to attend regular classes can do B.Tech, course through distance educations.

B. Tech Colleges in RajasthanB. Tech Colleges in West BengalB. Tech Colleges in KeralaB. Tech Colleges in Telangana

Who should opt for B. Tech Food engineering?

Students who are interested in health & nutrition, have a sense of responsibility, have good communication skills, having a discerning approach to food items. Students for doing food engineering should have interest in science, high standards of cleanliness, commitment, Enthusiasm. Students should have good communication skills.

B.Tech Food Engineering: Syllabus and Course Description

The course of food engineering is of 4 years. B.Tech Food Engineering course has total 8 semesters. Each year is divided into 2 semesters. The scheme of assessment of this course consists of marks in theory and practical Exams. The exam took place twice in a year.

The curriculum for B.Tech Food Engineering covers some basic topics and some specialized topics specific to this course. Some of these topics are explained below: -

Name of PaperTopicsObjective
Food MicrobiologyAdvanced techniques in microbiologyStudents gain the knowledge of microbiology & its application in food industry
Food authenticity
Microbial spoilage in foods
Food Safety
Preservatives & preservation methods
Kinematics of machineryKinematic analysisThrough this subject Students understand the concepts of the kinematics of Machinery.
Kinematic Notation
History of machine development
Incomplete Kinematic Chains
Kinematic Synthesis
Food EngineeringBasic Concepts in EngineeringIn this subject student learn the basics of food technology, food transport technology, and food packaging technology.
Technical Design Approach
Economical design approach.
Economical Optimization
Food packaging technologyIntroduction of food TechnologyStudents came to Know about various methods, machines & material used for packaging different kind of foods.
Food Safety & Public Health
Packaging Machines
Shell Life of Packing Material

B.Tech Food Engineering: Career Prospects 

B.Tech Food Engineering candidates work is to transfer technological knowledge essential to the cost-effective production and commercialization of food products and services. Food engineering graduates can do jobs in various sectors with different profiles. They can do a job in food processing, food machinery, packaging, ingredients, manufacturing, instrumentation, and control. Firms that design and build food processing plants, consulting firms, government agencies, Pharmaceutical companies and healthcare firms also employ food engineers.

DesignationDescription of job profile
Quality ManagersJob of the quality manager is to ensure the food products you consume is safe & to the standard set by the company & government. Quality assurance managers must have cutting-edge analytical skills, the ability to identify problems in products, a keen eye for details and consistent study on quality-related issues
Production managerJob of the production manager is to supervise the production line on which production of takes place. The responsibility of production manager is to plan and organize production schedule to do cost-effective production. Production manager review performance of the workers.
Purchase managerJob of the purchase manager is to buy the best quality equipment, goods, and services, at the most competitive prices. With effective negotiation, networking and dealing with numbers of vendors, purchasing managers can help a business or organization save money and increase profits.
Food Packaging Managers/Technologists: Job of Food Packaging manager is the research and development of new food packaging systems and filling equipment.

Following are the top companies in India which hire B. Tech Food Engineers: -

  • ITC Limited
  • Parley India Ltd.
  • Hindustan Lever Limited
  • Cadbury India Ltd.
  • Amul
  • Godrej India Ltd.
  • PepsiCo India Ltd.
  • Dabur India Ltd.
  • Nestle India Pvt Ltd.

There are some government sectors in India which hire B. Tech Food Engineers:-

  • Food Corporation of India Ltd.
  • Food and Public Distribution
  • Central warehoWarehousingration
DesignationSalary per annum
Purchase Manager in Food Industry3 Lakhs to 6 lakhs p.a
Quality Manager3 Lakhs to 5 Lakhs p.a
Production manager3 Lakhs to 6 Lakhs p.a
Food Packaging Manager3 Lakhs to 6 lakhs p.a

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