Instrumentation Engineering

Instrumentation Engineering

Degrees offered: B.E /B.Tech, Diploma, Dual Degree, M.E /M.Tech., M.Phil., M.S, M.Sc.

What is Instrumentation Engineering

Instrumentation engineering graduates monitor and control machinery. The instruments we have at home or workplaces are all because of these engineers. This stream was branched out of all the other streams in the early 1970s because it was different from the other general streams of electrical and electronic engineering.

The instruments that are used in different industries for measurement are made by instrumentation engineering graduates. They take a look into the principle and the operation of these instruments. The instruments made are automatic and used for measurement purposes in fields of design.

Instrumentation engineering degree holders work in industries and improve productivity, reliability, safety, optimization and stability. These industries should have automated processes that help in improving the above qualities. The candidates studying instrumentation engineering learn about adding sensors to the systems which have recorders, transmitters, displays or control systems. They also have to look into the correct calibration of these instruments, if they are working correctly, therefore, testing them and also maintaining these instruments for future use.

Blood glucose monitors, aircraft sensors and smoke detectors are some of the instruments made by instrumental engineers. They also develop electrocardiograph monitors and scanners. They may even be considered as an important part of the aeronautical projects. Instrumentation engineering graduates' employment may not only be restricted to engineering firms but also can be a part of the defence contractors, biomedical companies, etc.

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Instrumentation Engineering

For Undergraduate Instrumentation Engineering Course

The candidates applying for instrumentation engineering must have passed 10+2 or any equivalent examination from the recognized state or central board with 65% (relaxable for the reserved category) of the marks. Also, candidates must have Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English as the major subjects in class 12 or equivalent examination.

  • With the above criteria fulfilled, the candidate will also have to fulfil the individual college’s criteria to take admission.

  • For the reserved category candidates, they will have to present a reservation certificate issued by competent authorities for making them available to its benefits.

  • Institute would give admission based on the common eligibility test (CET) (like JEE Main, UPSEE, WBJEE, and OJEE). 

For Post-graduate Instrumentation Engineering Course

The PG course in instrumentation engineering is done after the Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. The interested students should have a Bachelor’s Degree, such as a B.E./B.Tech. Degree in Engineering streams such as Electrical, Electronics and Communication, Electrical and Electronics, Mechatronics, Mechanical, Instrumentation and Control Engineering from recognized college or University. The candidate should also have minimum marks required for admission.

Instrumentation Engineering Entrance Exams

The pattern of exam for these entrance exams is mostly same having 3 subjects, i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Questions are formed from the syllabus of 11th and 12th with a duration of 3 hours. Here are the few entrance exams that candidates need to appear for, to be eligible admission into instrumentation engineering course

  • JEE Main- JEE Main is conducted by NTA and is a national-level examination, allowing admission to undergraduate courses in Engineering at various NITs and IIITs. It is conducted online twice a year. 

  • JEE Advanced- JEE Advanced is a national-level examination, which allows admission to undergraduate courses at different IITs across India. It is mostly conducted in the month of May. 

  • BITSAT- BITSAT is conducted by BITS Pilani, which allows admission to undergraduate engineering courses at different BITS campuses. 

  • MHT CET- MHT CET is a state-level examination, which allows admission to undergraduate engineering courses in different engineering colleges in Maharashtra. 

For Post-graduate Instrumentation  Engineering Courses 

  • GATE- GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is conducted across India for admissions to postgraduate courses in Engineering at IISc and IITs. This examination is usually conducted in February. 

Scope of Instrumentation Engineering in India and Abroad

There is a wide variety of scope of instrumentation engineering. They have the edge over the normal IT engineers. The graduates work in various industries like oil and gas, petrochemical industries, and automobile. A variety of roles can be played by them, which include maintenance engineer, reliability engineer, and project engineer and so on.

The companies which incorporate instrumentation engineering graduates are Indian Oil Corporation, HPLC, Reliance Industries Limited, and ONGC among many others. One can also enter the process automation industry where it manufactures the necessary hardware. Another option for the engineers is the design and engineering company.

The candidates can also enter into the industries and design instruments like voltmeter, ammeter, power meter, weighing machine, and air conditioners, among others.

Having a diversified field, making instruments like ECG, EEG, MRI, XRAY, and FMG. Robotics has also increased the opportunity for these engineers so that they help in welding, painting, and polishing. These engineers are required at small scale as well as large scale industries.

There is a huge scope of instrumentation engineering abroad. They can get into different types of industries like petroleum, different chemical factories, steel manufacturing factories and companies involving PLC and DSC. Some such companies are Honeywell, Yokogawa, and Siemens. Another scope is in the Middle Eastern Countries like Dubai, Qatar and other countries where there is Refineries, Oil and Gas sector. The best countries to go abroad are the European countries, the USA as well as Canada since they offer great growth opportunities for these engineers.

Course Fees Instrumentation Engineering

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
1.00 Lakhs
B.E /B.Tech in Instrumentation Engineering at Nandha Engineering College, Erode
30.83 K
B.E /B.Tech in Instrumentation Engineering at University of Calcutta, Kolkata
14.51 Lakhs
B.E /B.Tech in Instrumentation Engineering at School of Engineering, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
10.58 Lakhs
Dual Degree in Instrumentation Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
26.00 K
M.E /M.Tech. in Instrumentation Engineering at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
4.10 K
M.E /M.Tech. in Instrumentation Engineering at Jorhat Engineering College, Jorhat
7.20 Lakhs
B.E /B.Tech in Instrumentation Engineering at Sharda University, Greater Noida
2.63 Lakhs
M.E /M.Tech. in Instrumentation Engineering at Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida
2.05 Lakhs
Ph.D in Instrumentation Engineering at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam
6.00 K
Diploma in Instrumentation Engineering at Government Polytechnic College, Udhagamandalam
3.00 Lakhs
Ph.D in Instrumentation Engineering at GITAM Institute of Technology, Visakhapatnam
6.00 K
Diploma in Instrumentation Engineering at Government Polytechnic College, Udhagamandalam
10.50 K
Diploma in Instrumentation Engineering at JSS Polytechnic For Women, Mysore
2.69 K
Diploma in Instrumentation Engineering at Siliguri Government Polytechnic, Jabrabhita
2.34 Lakhs
Diploma in Instrumentation Engineering at All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society's Polytechnic, Pune
36.00 K
Diploma in Instrumentation Engineering at Government Polytechnic College, Ajmer

Course Subjects

Syllabus of Instrumentation Engineering Course

All the colleges for bachelor’s degree have 4 years and 8 semesters. Each semester of Instrumentation Engineering is designed in such a way to improve the student’s ability to learn new skills. Several projects are given to make them understand how the industry works. Some of the subjects covered in instrumentation engineering are –

  • Engineering Mathematics

  • Electrical and Electronic Measurements

  • Control Systems and Process Control

  • Analytical, Optical and Biomedical Instrumentation

  • Basics of Circuits and Measurement Systems

  • Transducers, Mechanical Measurement and Industrial Instrumentation

  • Analog Electronic

  • Digital Electronics

Careers in Instrumentation Engineering

Instrumentation engineering students have a wide range of career opportunities. They can work in a wide variety of companies like telecommunications, automation and manufacturing companies. They can also excel by specializing in a particular field. Instrumentation engineering graduates have the edge over the other electrical and mechanical engineers. They should have a sharp, analytical, and practical mindset. They should have a good science background with a combination of subjects in Physics. Chemistry and Mathematics.

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

The aspirants wishing to pursue an instrumentation engineering course should go through the job profile given to them. Recruitment and selection are what the candidate should pass to get recruited. Instrumentation engineering has to have the best quality of accuracy and performance. For example, if we consider a biomedical company, the best the engineer can do is to make sure that the biomedical instruments should work appropriately. The candidates can also work in aerospace projects or defense systems.

Since instrumentation engineering is an upcoming field. They also have some good opportunities in the field of electrical, mechanical and electronics. Since this course is multidisciplinary, the candidate can work inside and outside the industry. After the candidate specialises in a particular sector, he can also work as an incorporated engineer or a chartered engineer. They have a scope to rise ahead in this field. The engineers will have to work full time and complete all the deadlines given to them.

Job Profile


Senior Instrumentation Engineer

Evaluates alternatives including cost and risk, supportability and analyses for the total device.

Senior Engineer

They design, research, build, test and improve mechanical and electrical devices, equipment and systems. Use CADD to design powerful machines. 

Principle Engineer

Participate in project analysis, design, implementation and commissioning phases. Evaluate existing engineering processes and recommend improvements


Studying project reports, including their financial reliability and cost estimates. Advising on repair, alteration and maintenance of an existing structure. Acts as Proof Consultants for cross-checking design in case of complex structures to ensure complete safety and economy.

Chartered Engineer

Work in getting clearance for the machinery. Proper certification for the import and export of instruments. Before shipments, they have to check the market values, contents of the shipment, balance life of machinery, functional conditions and proper assessment of the customs that would be levied on them.

Instrumentation Specialist

Planning and design, installation, repair and maintenance of equipment. Play a role in leadership and support.


Instrumentation Engineering Top Recruiters

The companies look for candidates who have the most interest in working with instruments, learning how to operate them and maintain them. Recruitment plays an important role for the candidate to get placed right. The top companies that recruit instrumentation engineering graduates are –

  • National Instruments

  • ABB

  • Larsen and Toubro

  • Bosch

  • Invensys

  • GE

  • Suzlon

Required Skillset for Instrumentation Engineering

For a candidate to be selected, he/she should have some skills which are required in any company they join. The following are some of the skills that the candidate pursuing instrumentation engineering should exhibit –

  • Problem – solving – The candidate should be able to solve the problems that come up in front of them.

  • Creativity – The candidate should be able to think something out of the box to become creative.

  • Communication skills – The candidate should have good communication skills to solve their customers’ problem correctly.

  • Collaboration – The candidate should be efficient in working with the team. Be interactive with them.

  • Attention to detail – The candidate should pay attention to the accuracy of the instruments closely.

  • Lifelong learning – The candidates should pay attention to the changing details in the industry to keep themselves regularly updated.

Course Curriculum for Instrumentation Engineering

Instrumentation Engineering is a combined course of many disciplines like computer engineering, mechanical, and control. It is a multidisciplinary course. The instrumentation engineering students will get a chance to work with how the instruments are undergone Instrumentation, instrumentation electronics, electrical Instrumentation, and process instrumentation.

They will learn how the instruments are maintained and operated on an automated basis. How the instrument measures different substances is also taken into consideration. The basic principles of engineering are taught, so the candidates know how to use these automated systems efficiently.

Questions related to Instrumentation Engineering

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After my B.Tech in Instrumentation and Control Engineering, going to pursue M.Tech. Suggest me few related branches in which I can do my M.Tech?

harshita sharan Student Expert 14th Feb, 2021

Hello Dear,

You can choose the stream as per your choice.  It totally depends on in which field you see yourself in real world. There are many branches where you can specialize in the field and come out on top. Some of them are:

  1. VLSI / Micro Electronics.
  2. Digital Electronics
  3. Systems & Signals
  4. Instrumentation & Controls
  5. Interdisciplinary courses like Satellite Technology, Internet Science, Aerospace, Management, Industrial Engineering .
  6. Computer Science .
  7. Biomedical engineering

Good Luck


This is my last Semester in B.Tech (instrumentation and control engineering) and I did my GATE in IN. Suggest me some related M.Tech branches with college name where I can do my M.Tech. Kindly ignore IITs, as I cant stay in hostels.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 13th Feb, 2021


being from an bachelor of technology in instrumentation engineering you may do courses on below mention stream:

control systems (PLC Scada)

Signal and image processing

Artificial intelligence

embedded system

I have mentioned some of the institute which offers courses on above discipline:

control system

  • NITS
  • vellore institute of technology
  • netaji subhas university of technology
  • iiest shivpur

signal processing

  • college of engineering pune
  • chandigarh university
  • college of engineering trivandam
  • netaji subhas university of technology

Difference between BE in Electronics and instrumentation engineering and B tech in Electronics and instrumentation engineering? Which is best ? Which has more job opportunities?

darshita 13th Feb, 2021


Firstly before telling you the answer you need to understand what is exactly different about BE and BTech.

Both BE and BTech cater to theory as well as practical, however, BTech deals more with fundamentals and advanced study in a particular area, while BE stops at fundamental education. The difference is more in the way of delivering the subjects.

  • B. Tech emphasizes more on practical application, while B.E. program concentrates more on the theoretical knowledge that is applied to develop equipment and gadgets in the field of science and technology.
  • They both have same syllabus like 50% is same. BE would have less practical than BTech.

As BTech is more preferable in job oriented industry and Be is less preferred. But both are same.

So if you are interested in practical than theory opt for and less practical then go for BE.

Hope this helps!!!


Is there BE in Electronics and instrumentation engineering AVAILABLE on iit ,nit ,vit ? I heard that in iit there is no bachelor degree in Electronics and instrumentation engineering only Master degree is AVAILABLE ...true?

Abhishek Roy 13th Feb, 2021

Many IITs, NITs and Well as Reputed Institutes like BITS Pilani and State Engineering Colleges have Instrumentation/EIE Courses.

As far as IITs are Concerned, only IIT Kharagpur has a B.Tech Program in Instrumentation Engineering. Most of the Top NITs like Trichy, Rourkela have Electronics and Insturmentation/ Instrumentation and Control Courses. Among Private Universities, BITS Pilani followed by MIT Manipal are two of the best Engineering Destinations for the above branch.

For more information about this Branch and Colleges having this Course do follow the link below

For more information about Instrumentation Engineering do follow the link below


Electronics and instrumentation engineering based on ? starting salary ? Work experience? Scope?

chinchujoseph1993 12th Feb, 2021


Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering combines the study of electronics part for sensing the different instrumentation engineering. B.Tech Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering is a 4-year undergraduate course.

After completing this course you can find job opportunities in both the private as well as public sector.

Some of the famous recruiters are BHEL, BEL, NTPC, ONGC, DRDO, ISRO, HAL, GE, L&T, Honeywell, Allen-Bradley, Cairn India, Siemens, Cognizant, Wipro, Accenture, Amazon, Infosys, Essar, ABB Group, Yokogawa Electric, Capgemini Cognizant, Deloitte, Tata Power, Tata Steel, etc.

Some of the job profiles are Instrumentation Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Instrumentation and Control Technician, Electrical R & D Engineer, Automation Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, etc.

The salary will depend upon the company/organisation you join, the post, etc. But on an average the salary can be anywhere between INR 2,00,000 – 10,00,000.

Good Luck

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