Students who are just out of schools after completing their 12th grades are more often, confused about their career & more importantly Engineering streams.
The most common confusion of all for engineering aspirants is on the difference between IT engineering and CSE engineering.
Because we all know that these two engineering branches are the most popular.
I know there is a great deal of confusion between these two branches because the syllabus and curriculum is quite similar, many students believe that both of these are same, but there is a slight difference which
gets unnoticed by majority of the students, and in this article I will bring the difference between both the engineering branches in the light.
So in the blog lets take a look at the difference between computer science engineering and Information Technology Engineering in detail to decide which one should you choose and why.
So let’s jump right in.
Table of Contents
Definition of both engineering branches;
Let’s first take a look at the definition of computer science engineering and what it is all about and then see the definition of Information Technology Engineering and its duties
what is computer science engineering?
Computer Science Engineering is a course that deals with design and development of software and hardware processes.
You can learn more about pros and cons of computer science engineering in detail here.
What is information technology engineering?
Information Technology (IT) is the application and real life use of of technology in order to address and to solve business problems.
This field of engineering uses computers, networks, and other technical infrastructure both hardware and software, to deal with and manipulate information/data.
Difference between the two engineering branches.
Here is a table which explains the difference between the two engineering branches in detail.
|Computer science engineering
|Computer Science deals with the development and testing of software and software systems
|Information Technology deals with the development, implementation, support, and management of computers and information systems.
|Computer Science involves working with mathematical models, data analysis and security, algorithms, and computational theory.
|Information Technology works with hardware like RAM, CPU and software like operation systems, browser, etc
|This will establish the computational principles that are the like foundation of all software and services we are using. Their work is usually seen behind data transfers and storage, security, and more
|IT professionals make sure that computers and systems work well for real people like companies hospitals, and government bodies,
|To summarise this deals with developing software and components and more theoretical stuff
|To summarise this deals with applications and real-world uses of computers and more practical and application-oriented work
Many people are confused and think both computer science and information tech are both same things like 2 sides of the same coin but there is a slight difference in them which you learned above and thus in the job opportunities as well CS graduates have more job oppurtunieis than IT students because of the nature of the work of both, you will learn more about the career options of the both below.
Curriculum of both the branches;
Let’s take a look at the curriculum of computer science engineering and then move to information technology.
What is the curriculum of computer science engineering?
Here are a few important subjects you will be taught in your computer science engineering graduation period,
- Computational mathematics
- Microprocessor and Microcontroller
- Computer networks
- Computer architecture
- Compiler design
- Database management system
- Design and analysis of algorithms
- Operating systems
- Software engineering
- Digital signal processing
You will have a total of 8 semesters in your engineering graduation, 1 semester is equal to half year and since the engineering duration is four years, there are 8 semesters and you will learn all of this various subjects in different semesters.
What is the curriculum of information technology?
Here are a few important subject you will be taught in your information technology engineering graduation period,
- Object-Oriented Programming,
- Software Engineering,
- Engineering Mechanics
- Electrical Measurements
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Database Management Systems
- Design and Analysis of Algorithms,
- Computer Architecture,
- Computer Networks,
- Operating Systems,
Similar to computer science engineering you will also learn all of this important subjects in different semesters.
Skills required in both the branches;
Let’s take a look at all the important skills you need to learn if you want to become computer science engineer or information technology.
What are the skills required for computer science engineering?
Some important skills you need to learn and develop in order to be a good computer science engineer are,
- Problem solving skills
- Creative thinking
- Critical thinking
- Data analysis and database tools
- Knowledge in the programming language
- Logical reasoning
- Knowledge in the algorithm designing
- Communication skills
You can easily develop all of these skills with patience, practice and constant learning.
What are the skills required for information technology?
Now let’s take a look at some important skills you need to learn and have or develop in order to be a good information technology engineer which are as follows,
- User experience design
- Analytical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Problem solving skills
- Knowledge in the programming language
- Communication, networking and leadership skills
- Technical writing and multitasking skill
Let’s take a look at the eligibility criteria to get College admission in both branches.
Eligibility criteria of both branches;
Let’s first take a look at the eligibility criteria for computer science engineering then move forward with the information technology.
What are the eligibility criteria for computer science engineering?
The eligibility criteria to take under graduation in Computer Science Engineering is as follows,
- Students must take PCM subjects and pass their 12th board with 50% marks in their 12 exams from recognized universities and 75% if they want admission to top engineering colleges like IIT, and NIT.
- You can get admission in top engineering colleges through JEE exam into IIT, IIIT, NIT, and in bits Pilani through BITSAT exam,
At the same time if you want to take Bachelor of Science and computer science branch then you might not have to write any entrance exam and
you can get admission based upon your intermediate marks percentage and you might also have to clear an examination to get admission into specific Universities and colleges.
And if you want to get admission into computer science engineering and get your post graduation then you should attend and
clear GATE exam to get a good college for your post graduation and you should also have your under graduation from computer science engineering.
What is the eligibility criteria for information technology?
The eligibility criteria to take information technology in your under graduation is also same as computer science engineering.
If you want to do BTech then you should have maths physics and chemistry as your core subjects in your intermediate level and
you should take your intermediate education from a reputable college and have to pass the intermediate exam with more than 50% in exam and
also pass the entrance exam like JEE to get admission in the top engineering institutions in India like IIT.
Career scope & salary In both branches;
Now let’s take a look at the career opportunities and scope at the same time the salary you will get in both the branches and we will first see CSE.
What are career opportunities, top recruiting companies and salary in computer science engineering?
If you become a computer science engineer then you can get many job opportunities and career options like,
- Web developer
- Database administrator
- software developer
- Computer system engineer
- Computer hardware engineer
- You can also start your own website like a blog or YouTube channel or start a startup
And some of the top recruiting companies for computer science engineer are.
- Infosys, etc.
And the average salary of a computer science engineer is around 30000 to 50000 INR per month if you have less than one year of experience and with growing experience you can get more salary as well and
on average if you get 5 years experience then you can get 1.2 to 1.5 lakh rupees per month and the average salary package of majority of computer science engineers is around 7 lakh rupees per annum in india.
But let me state it very clearly that your salary will depend upon various factors including which college you have graduated from and
your skill set along with your experience, this also applies to salaries in information technology.
What are career opportunities, top recruiting companies and salary in information technology?
If you get your engineering degree from information technology then you can get many job opportunities and career options like,
- Network Administrator
- Information Technology Manager
- Computer Support Specialist
- Data Security Administrator
- Ethical hacking
- Computer Technician
- Database Administrator
- Information Systems Manager, etc.
Some of the top recruiting companies of Information Technology engineers are,
- NIIT Technologies
- CMC Ltd
- Wipro Ltd
And the average salary of an information technology engineer according to to pay scale is around 9 lakh rupees per annum but experienced engineers can earn around 15 to 25 lakh rupees per annum and
obviously, as I said earlier the salary package will depend upon which company hired you, your college from where you have graduated, and also your skill set and your experience as well.
Future potential of both branches.
And if you want to know which engineering branch has a good future then let me state that both computer science engineering and information technology have a good future because
they are both related to technology and computers and computers are not going anywhere anytime soon, as a matter of fact every business and industries needs a computer to grow.
there is very less chance of AI replacing the CSE and IT industry engineers as a matter of fact AI can’t replace programmers and coders because it requires creativity, problem solving skills which AI cannot acquire.
As a matter of fact according to bureau of labour statistics the average job growth of computer science & IT industry is around 22% between 2020-2030 which is much higher than any other job growth in USA and if the number of jobs are increasing in America you can see a similar trend in other countries as well.
And if you want to stay relevant and keep earning money in future then you need to keep your knowledge and skill updated with changing technology.
Which is best CSE vs IT?
After learning all of this information about the two fields, there is no clear-cut answers which divide and say that one is better than the other.
You can choose either one depending upon your interests, skills, etc.
CS grads require to work on creating programs, software, algorithms, applications through coding, and teamwork, discussions whereas IT people work on using existing tech in business and growing the business, to solve business issues and problems.
Personality-wise, those more suited to independent work behind a desk may find themselves drawn to computer science while those who enjoy hands-on work assisting others may find more fulfillment in IT.
I personally prefer information technology because it is more focused on applications of knowledge rather than the theory aspect.
With that said let’s end the article.
These are all the things you need to know between the comparison of two popular engineering branches, Computer Science Engineering and Information Technology Engineering.
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