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Careers after class 12: Civil Engineering

Industry: Engineering

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineering is the discipline of engineering dealing with the design, construction and maintenance of physically and naturally built environments including public works like roads, bridges, dams, airports, structural components of buildings and railways and the development of other infrastructure projects. Civil Engineering can fall in the public sector ranging from municipal public works departments to federal government agencies as well as the private sector from locally based firms to globally established companies.

Job Description

  • Responsibilities of a civil engineer include managing, designing, developing, creating and maintaining various construction and development projects in a safe, timely and sustainable manner
  • Conducting on-site inspections and analysing data
  • Undertaking technical and feasibility studies and monitoring technical specifications
  • Assessing the sustainability and environmental impact of projects

Eligibility and Courses

Class 12

Science with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as core subjects

Under Graduate Courses

  • B.Tech. in Civil Engineering
  • B.E. in Civil Engineering
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering

Career Profiles

Career Profiles Civil Engineering

Top 5 Institutes for Civil Engineering courses

1. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay

Value for Money- 4.8/5

Bachelor Courses- B.Tech. in Civil Engineering 

Tenure- 4 years


2. Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Value for Money- 4.8/5

Bachelor Courses- B.E. in Civil Engineering

Tenure- 4 years


3. National Institute of Technology (NIT) Tiruchirappalli

Value for Money- 4.3/5

Bachelor Courses- B.Tech. in Civil Engineering

Tenure- 4 years


4. Birla Institute of Technology (BITS) Pilani

Value for Money- 4.2/5

Bachelor Courses- B.E. (Hons.) in Civil Engineering

Tenure- 4 years


5. Delhi Technological University 

Value for Money- 4.1/5

Bachelor Courses- B.Tech. in Civil Engineering

Tenure- 4 years


Career Progression

Career Progression Civil Engineering


Pay Civil Engineering

Expert View

James Dyson

“Manufacturing, science and engineering are…incredibly creative. Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering as well as final assembly.”

— James Dyson,
British inventor, industrial designer and entrepreneur,
founder of Dyson Ltd.

Henry Petroski“Science is about knowing, engineering is about doing.”

— Henry Petroski,
Renowned civil engineer specialising at failure analysis, professor
(Duke University)


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