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M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives is a 2-year postgraduate course, divided across 4 semesters, which can be pursued both part-time and full-time in the country, much like any other M.Tech. course. The course involves an advanced study of the technology behind switching power supplies, power converters, power inverters, motor drives, and motor soft starters.

The minimum criterion of eligibility for admission to the course is a B.Tech./B.E. degree attained in a relevant discipline, from a recognized university. The course is offered in the country at an average annual fee ranging between INR 2 and 7 Lacs, varying across institutes. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test and subsequent round of counselling.

Successful postgraduates of the course are lucratively recruited in popular organizations such as L&T, Philips Electronics, Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting, Honeywell, DRDO, Reliance Infrastructure, HBL Power System, Greenwich Hexen Energy Solution, Synco Lite India, Tata Elxsi, AMU Energy Solution, etc.

Such postgraduates in India are offered an average initial monthly salary ranging between INR 20K and 1 Lakh, depending upon the candidate’s expertise and skillset.

Top Colleges for Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Power Electronics and Drives)

  • Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Power Electronics and Drives) in Orissa
  • Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Power Electronics and Drives) in Haryana
  • Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Power Electronics and Drives) in Andhra Pradesh
  • ME/M.Tech in Delhi-NCR
  • ME/M.Tech in Maharashtra
  • ME/M.Tech in Chennai

M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: Course Highlights

Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPostgraduate
Duration2 Years
EligibilityB.Tech./B. E. degree in a relevant discipline.
Admission ProcessBased on the round of counseling after qualification of entrance test
Examination TypeSemester System
Total Course FeeINR 2 to 7 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 3 to 10 Lacs
Top Recruiting Fields/AreasPower Industries, Indian Railways, Defense, Telecommunication Sectors, Automobile Companies, Aviation Industry, Home Appliance and VLSI Design Industry, etc.

M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: What is it about?

Power Electronics and Drives is an emerging discipline of engineering, which essentially involves concepts and processes of the conversion of power for efficient utilization. Students enrolled to the course are taught on an advanced level about the technology used in energy conversion, switching electrical machines, drives, industrial equipment, power systems, and applications of fast-developing electronics such as electrical machines and power systems.

The course’s curriculum has been designed to impart to eligible students both practical and theoretical knowledge in the various techniques at work in easy-to-use tools for electrical, electromagnetic, electromechanical, thermal, circuit, control, and system design. The program also involves advanced lessons in design, modelling, simulation, and synthesis of power convertor-based systems used for the conversion of electric energy.

M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: Who should opt?

Ideal candidates for the course would possess:

  • aptitude for, and interest in the field of electronics
  • analytical skills for the development of hardware and software required for power electronics and drives
  • ability to plan and undertake a project individually, and with a team
  • good communication, interpersonal and professional skills
  • basic proficiency in understanding and application of the stream of Power Electronics
  • proficiency in Physics and Mathematics.  

Top Institutes offering M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives

Tabulated below are the location and fee-related details of some of the top institutes in India offering the course.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)MumbaiINR 50,000 (course)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)DelhiINR 59,150 (course)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)GuwahatiINR 51,700 (course)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)KanpurINR 33,184 (course)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)ChennaiINR 50,000 (course)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)RoorkeeINR 59,200 (course)
Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS)PilaniINR 2,50,000 (course)
Indian School of Mines University (ISMU)DhanbadNot Mentioned
Indian Institute of Science (IISc)BangaloreINR 21,500 (course)
NRI Institute of TechnologyGunturINR 28,000 (course)
Adarsh College of EngineeringOrissaINR 28,000 (course)
Aravali Institute of Technical StudiesRajasthanINR 70,000 (course)
Babu Banarasidas National Institute of Technology and Management – NITMLucknowINR 1,40,000 (course)
Bharath UniversityTamil NaduINR 1,00,000 (course)
College of EngineeringPuneINR 85,000 (course)
GD Goenka UniversityDelhi NCRINR 1,50,000 (course)
Government College of EngineeringMaharashtraINR 80,000 (course)
ITM UniversityGurgaonINR 1,00,000 (course)
National Institute of Technology - NIT RourkelaOrissaINR 91,000 (course)

Eligibility for M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives

As a minimum criterion of eligibility, aspiring candidates need to meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Graduation (B. Tech/B.E.) in any of EEE, ECE, E&I, Electronics, and Instrumentation, completed from a recognized university
  • A minimum aggregate score of 60% (55% for SC/ST candidates), at the level of graduation.
  • Candidates fulfilling such criteria and awaiting their final year exam’s results are welcome to apply too.
  • In some cases, a minimum of 24 months of work experience, as some institutes prefer candidates with professional skills before pursuing advanced education in the course.
M.Tech. in Power Electronics in KarnatakaM.Tech. in Power Electronics in Madhya PradeshM.Tech. in Power Electronics in HaryanaM.Tech. in Power Electronics in Orissa

M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: Admission Process

Admission to the course in India is made on the basis of the candidate’s performance in a relevant State, national, or institute-level written test and/or subsequent rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview and/or performance in a relevant qualifying examination.

Through such stages, candidates’ general aptitude for the course is examined and a merit list is announced based upon it. Students still in the final year of graduation are eligible to appear for the entrance exam, but admission to such candidates is made on provisional basis, and is confirmed only once the graduation results are out.

Candidates are shortlisted based on both academic record and performance in a relevant nation-wide screening test, such as:

  • GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Learning)
  • BITSAT for Birla Institute of Science & Technology
  • GGSIPU Engineering CET Entrance Examination
  • IIIT entrance exam for Indian Institute of Information Technology.

M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

Semester I

Semester II

Optimization TechniquesSwitched Mode Power Conversions
Power ConvertorsPower Electronic Drives
Industrial Control ElectronicsMicrocontroller Applications in Power Convertors 
System TheoryPower Modules Laboratory
Power Convertors LaboratoryElective 3
Elective 1Elective 4
Elective 2Elective 5

Semester III

Semester IV

Project workProject Work
Elective IElective II
Advanced Power System AnalysisFlexible AC Transmission Systems
Analysis and Design of Artificial Neural NetworksComputer Networking
Digital Signal Processing and ApplicationFuzzy Systems
Digital System DesignDigital Controllers in Power Electronics Application
Elective IIIElective IV
Design of Intelligent ControllersTransient Over Voltages in Power Systems
VLSI Architecture and Design MethodologiesElectrical Distribution Systems
Power System operations and ControlStochastic Models and Applications
High Voltage Data TransmissionRenewable Power Generation Sources
Elective V
Power System Planning and Reliability-
Advanced Power System Protection-
Modeling and Analysis of Electrical Machines-
Digital Simulation of Power Electronic Systems-
PWM Convertors and Applications-

M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: Career Prospects

Owing to the Power and Electronics industry’s growing needs in power electronics applications, and in the field of research, employment opportunities for such postgraduates are on the up-and-up with a range of global private sector manufacturers.

Successful postgraduates of the course interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may go for advanced courses such as Ph.D., M. Phil., or higher research in the subject.

Tabulated below are some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates in private and public sectors, along with the corresponding salaries and basic job duties.

Power Electronics Design EngineerTo support the design, fabrication, and testing of existing and new designs, demonstrate hands-on development and improvement of prototypes and products, and to lead or participate in cross-functional teams to ensure a continuous, consistent improvement of methods, processes, productivity and quality, while reducing costs.INR 3 to 7 Lacs
ResearcherTo work with team members to identify project goals, research methods, variables, and other test parameters, and to choose how to collect data and offer recommendations on evaluating a given project.INR 2.5 to 8 Lacs
Engineering ExecutiveTo interact with the management, marketing, and production staff for discussing the specifications and procedures of the ongoing project. The Executive Engineer is the first point of contact for all the other Engineers and Assistant Engineers.INR 4 to 7.5 Lacs
LecturerTo teach at undergraduate and graduate levels in areas allocated and reviewed from time to time by the Head of Department, and to supervise or assist with supervision of, undergraduate, taught graduate (Master’s) or research graduate (M.Phil./Ph.D.) students.INR 2 to 6 Lacs
ScientistResponsible for designing, examining, and analyzing information collected from controlled laboratory-based investigations, experiments, and trials.INR 2.5 to 10 Lacs
Assistant EngineerTo determine engineering requirements by conducting inspections and analytical tests, analyze and synthesize data, maintain control charts, determine root causes, and prepare bid specifications.INR 2 to 6 Lacs
Power Electronics EngineerTo develop and validate power electronics for high power battery charges, create test procedures to verify hardware designs, develop and test power electronic circuits, digital logic, microcomputer, and analog circuits, and to ensure that products satisfy UL, CSA, IEC, IEEE, EU, and EN requirements.INR 3.5 to 8 Lacs
Senior Management StaffTo supervise junior-level staff, including Executive Assistants and Secretaries, coordinate the efforts of these parties in effectively running the executive office, train staffers on internal processes and systems, and to ensure that all necessary functions are appropriately covered and executed.INR 4 to 10 Lacs

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