Chemical Engineering: Course, Scope, Career and Colleges

By Avinash Kumar|Updated : May 20th, 2019

Dear Aspirants, 

JEE (Main) 2019 result has been announced and JEE Advanced 2019 will be conducted on 27 May 2019. This year JEE Advanced conducted by IIT Roorkee. After the JEE Advanced 2019 result, the JOSAA 2019 will conducting counselling for seats in IITs, NITs, IIITs and other GFTIs is getting closer and in our effort to help you in taking a very informed decision, here we are going to talk about Chemistry Engineering, it's scope & career opportunities and the top colleges in this field.

Did you come across a chapter in Class XII Chemistry: Chemistry in Everyday Life? For all those who just started their preparation, you will. For others, I want you to recall how diverse and at the same time very close to real life, chemistry is. Right from pharmaceutical to food to cleansing agents and other things of daily use.

Well, that is not it. Chemical Engineering deals with design, construction and operation of chemical plants for the products of chemical and biochemical reactions. The engineers will use applied mechanics, mathematics, design, thermodynamics combined with chemistry and biochemistry to achieve the target. There are also huge possibilities in the field of research where engineers and scientists are working on optimizing current mechanisms of production or figuring out new mechanisms or processes of industrial production. So right from soap and shampoos to plastic objects, extraction and refining of metals and fossil fuels,  production of chemicals which are further used in the production of food to pollution control.

Chemical engineering is another very old and core forms of engineering in which the basic objective to produce usable substances from raw materials

Fields of Application and Research

Top areas of research and application in Chemical engineering are:

  • Catalysis and reactions
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Polymers and complex fluids
  • Material science
  • Computing and simulations
  • Microfabricated systems
  • Cellular Engineering
  • Nanotechnology, nano-materials and drug delivery
  • Energy and environment
  • Transport, colloids and interface science

A large number of these fields are interdisciplinary and require collaborations between chemical and biological or chemical and textile or chemical and computer science/electrical or maybe chemical and engineering physics.

Role of A Chemical Engineer

Depending on the field and specialisation as well as the sector, a chemical engineer is required to do one or a combination of the following things:

  • Design and invent new processes, instruments and products
  • Construct or set-up processes, instruments or entire plants
  • Plan and operate entire facilities of plants

The objective at any point is to optimize the cost incurred and the quality and quantity produced & most importantly, the time taken. 

Career Aspects & Opportunities for Chemical Engineers

Chemical engineers can have a very diverse set of roles right from research and design to on-site operation and management of plants. The job prospects are in private as well as government sector, in consultancies as well as industrial production, in interdisciplinary as well as core research. The industries that employ chemical engineers are:

  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
  • Fossil fuels
  • Architecture, engineering and other areas
  • Healthcare
  • Food manufacturing
  • Alternative Energy and environment
  • Electronics
  • Business services and consultancies
  • Textile, polymer, resins manufacturing and research

After completing a B.Tech/BE as a Chemical Engineer, one can also opt for higher studies such as M.Tech/MS or PhD in various specializations or interdisciplinary fields mentioned above.

Opening and Closing Ranks of Top Colleges Offering Chemical Engineering

Given below are the top 25 colleges offering Chemical Engineering and their opening and closing ranks in the last round of JoSAA 2018 counselling. 


Category & Entrance Exam

Opening Rank (2018)

Closing Rank (2018)

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

AI (JEE Advanced)



Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

AI (JEE Advanced)



Indian Institute of Technology Madras

AI (JEE Advanced)



Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

AI (JEE Advanced)



Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

AI (JEE Advanced)



Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

AI (JEE Advanced)



Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

AI (JEE Advanced)



Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi

AI (JEE Advanced)



Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

AI (JEE Advanced)



Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar

AI (JEE Advanced)



Indian Institute of Technology Patna

AI (JEE Advanced)



National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal




National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli




National Institute of Technology, Warangal




National Institute of Technology Calicut




Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur




Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology Bhopal




National Institute of Technology Raipur




For more details on colleges offering Chemical Engineering and their opening and closing ranks, visit the official JoSAA website.


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HBTU Kanpur is one of the best , you should include.
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Sapna GargMay 29, 2019

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Sir i m in 11 and i want to know in which kind of engineering  IIT delhi is best 

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