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Automobile Engineering deal with  design, develop, manufacture, and repair of automobiles. These Engineers  has to develop vehicle bodies and buildups with aggregates like engines, clutches, gears and steering.


To become an automobile engineer, one must have a BE or a B. Tech degree. Even a degree holder in Electrical or mechanical can go for specialization in automobile engineering in postgraduate level.

Automobile engineering is one of the options available for graduate level study in engineering. In Kerala, the selection is based on the rank obtained in the entrance examination and the marks scored in Plus Two examination. In Tamil Nadu, there is no entrance test and students are admitted on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying examination. Deemed Universities conduct entrance test for admission.

The discipline involves understanding the mechanics of vehicle chassis, internal combustion engine, electrical systems, design and maintenance of automobiles.

Aspirants should have passed Plus Two examination with at least 50 per cent marks in mathematics and 50 per cent marks in mathematics, physics and chemistry/ computer science/ biotechnology/ biology put together. Those who are appearing for the qualifying examination can also apply.

To become an automobile engineer, one should opt for BE/ B.Tech. course in automobile engineering or mechanical engineering, and further specialise in transportation and automobile design at the postgraduate or postgraduate diploma level.

A few engineering colleges offer B.Tech./ BE degree courses in automobile engineering. In Kerala, Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering, Pappanamcode, Thiruvananthapuram (affiliated to University of Kerala) offers B.Tech. course in mechanical (automobile) engineering. The total number of seats is 60. Fifty per cent of the seats fall under the government merit seats. Phone: 0471-2490572.

KMCT College of Engineering, Mukkam, Kozhikode (phone: 0495-2289227); Nehru College of Engineering and Research Centre, Pampady, Thiruvilwamala, Thrissur (phone: 04884-283484); Matha College of Technology, North Paravur, Ernakulam (phone 0484-2672291); SCMS School of Engineering and Technology, Karukutty, Ernakulam (phone: 0484 -2450330) offer B.Tech. degree course in automobile engineering.

The total number of seats in each of these private self-financing colleges is 60.

The selection is based on the rank obtained in the State-level engineering entrance examination and marks obtained in the qualifying examination.

Outside Kerala

The following colleges/ institutes/ universities offer degree course in automobile engineering. The list is only indicative.

Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (Hindustan University), Chennai. Web site:

Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Thandalam, Chennai.

SRM University, Kattamkulathur, Chennai. Web site:

Bharath University, Selaiyur, Tambaram, Chennai. Web site:

Noorul Islam University, Kumaracoil, Thuckalay, Kanyakumari. Web site:

Aaru Padiveedu Institute of Technology, Chennai. Web site:

Shanmuganathan Engineering College, Arasampat, Tamil Nadu.

PES College of Engineering, Mandya, Karnataka.

SJM Institute of Technology, Chitradurga, Karnataka.

SJB Institute of Technology, Kangeri, Bangalore

BLDE Association's Dr. PG Hallakati College of Engineering, Bijapur, Karnataka.

Basaveshwar Engineering College, Nigalingappa, Vidyanagar, Bagalkot, Karnataka.

Malanad College of Engineering, Hassan, Karnataka.

List of more engineering colleges and institutes can be collected from the engineering handbook published by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, which will be available for reference in university employment information and guidance bureaux functioning under all universities in Kerala.

Before seeking admission to private engineering colleges or institutes, students should ascertain whether the institutions have the approval of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and are affiliated to a university.

Higher study facilities

BE/ holders in automobile engineering or mechanical (automobile) engineering can opt for M.Tech. degree course in automobile or automotive engineering.

They can also opt for postgraduate diploma course in transportation and automobile. The selection to the M.Tech. degree course is based on GATE score/ admission test and interview.

The following are a few institutes that offer M.Tech./ ME degree level course in disciplines related to automobile/ automotive engineering:

IIT Madras, Chennai, offers M.Tech. degree course in automotive engine technology. Web site:

Anna University offers M.Tech. degree course in automotive electronics. Web site:

Jadavpur University, Kolkata, offers Master's degree course in automobile engineering. Web site:

Bharat University, Selaiyur, Chennai, offers M.Tech. degree course in automobile engineering.


The National Institute of Design (NID), Paldi, Ahmedabad, is a prominent Institute that provides an opportunity for meritorious B.Tech. degree holders in automobile and mechanical engineering to pursue a postgraduate diploma in transportation and automobile design (10 seats).

The course duration is two and a half years. The selection is based on an all India entrance test and interview.

In Kerala, Kochi will be the entrance test centre. This programme is a very good option for those who desire to become a professional designer in the automobile industry.

Job opportunity

Automobile engineers who specialise in design can design models of vehicles by joining the research and development wing of auto companies. Automobile maintenance engineers are entrusted with the general supervision of mechanics in a workshop, factory or garage.

Automobile industry giants provide job opportunities to qualified engineers in their production plants.

( Courtesy: Gopakumar Karakonam  / The Hindu )

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