What is Computer Science Engineering?

One of the most wanted courses for engineering students, Computer Science Engineering (CSE) is an educational program that unites the fields of computer engineering and computer science. The program, which emphasizes the basics of computer programming and networking, covers a wide range of topics. Topics include counting, algorithms, programming languages, program design, computer software, computer hardware, and more.

Computer science engineers cover many aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers to the circuit design and writing software that powers them.

The course is offered at technical institutes across India and abroad at UG (undergraduate) and PG (postgraduate) levels where students are awarded B.Tech and M.Tech degrees respectively. Students following the course will be taught about the design, implementation and management of computer hardware and software information systems.

Although CSE is one of the engineering skills, candidates pursuing the program have the option to choose from a number of other skills such as telecommunications, web design, computer hardware and software implementation and maintenance.

Skills Required

To pursue a computer science engineering program, candidates must have the right skills to succeed in the future. Take a look at some of them below.

Analytical skills

Problem-solving skills

Critical thinking


Good Programming Skills

Strong Data Structures and Algorithms skills

Basic web development knowledge

Basics of Machine Learning

Basics of security, vulnerabilities, and cryptography

Ability to grasp the knowledge quickly

Computer Science Engineering: Eligibility Criteria

The basic qualifications to pursue a computer science engineering program at UG and PG level are:

  • Undergraduate (UG): Applicants should have passed the Class 10 + 2 exam from a recognized board as the core subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. In addition, candidates should also get a minimum overall score of 60% in the said subjects.
  • Postgraduate (PG): Applicants must have completed a B.Tech degree in the same field with an overall percentage of the subjects studied at the degree level.

Computer Science Engineering: Job Profiles and Higher Recruiters

Computer science engineering students study the design, implementation, and management of information systems, both software and hardware. Here are some of the ones I found to be interesting:

The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has listed the model curriculum of computer science engineering in which every college offering the program should follow. Take a look at it below.

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Structure of a basic UG CSE Programme:




Credit Breakup for CSE students


Humanities and Social Sciences including Management courses



Basic Science courses



Engineering Science courses including workshop, drawing, basics of electrical/mechanical/computer, etc



Professional core courses



Professional Elective courses relevant to chosen specialization/branch



Open subjects – Electives from other technical and /or emerging subjects



Project work, seminar, and internship in industry or elsewhere



Mandatory Courses

[Environmental Sciences, Induction Program, Indian Constitution, Essence of Indian Knowledge Tradition]


The above can further be broken down into:

Semester 1

Semester 2


Linear Algebra and Ordinary Differential Equations

Chemistry I

Modern Physics

Introduction to computer programming

Data Analysis and Interpretation


Abstractions and Paradigms in Programming

Chemistry Lab

Physics Lab

Workshop Practice

Abstractions and Paradigms in Programming

Engineering Graphics and Drawing

Semester 3

Semester 4

Numerical Analysis

Environmental Studies

Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Circuits

Automata Theory and Logic

Discrete Structures

Design and Analysis of Algorithms

Data Structures and Algorithms

Logic Design

Experimentation and Measurement Lab

Software Systems Lab

Data Structures and Algorithms Lab

Logic Design Lab

Semester 5

Semester 6


Artificial Intelligence

Computer Architecture

Implementation of Programming Languages

Operating Systems

Computer Networks

Database and Information Systems

Artificial Intelligence Lab

Database and Information Systems Lab

Implementation of Programming Languages Lab

Computer Architecture Lab

Computer Networks Lab

Operating Systems Lab

Semester 7

Semester 8

Elective 1

Elective 4

Elective 2

Elective 5

Elective 3

Elective 6

Institute Elective 1

Institute Elective 2

Note: Curriculum may vary from institute to institute.

The rise in the CSE sector has created lucrative career opportunities for individuals. With increasing employment opportunities, the demand for CSE specialists has also increased. Computer science engineers, after completing their course, usually find employment opportunities in various industries such as IT / software companies, educational institutions, sales and marketing firms, journalism, editing and content, engineering firms, etc.

Job Profile


System Database Administrator

System Database Administrator typically oversees the security, performance, and integrity of the database. This also includes planning the structure and troubleshooting issues.

Computer Programmer

Computer programmers create the code for software applications and operating systems. The code created helps computer applications on computer run.

Engineering Support Specialist

Engineering support specialist provides technical support and assistance to consumers and businesses related to issued involving technical, hardware and software systems.

Data Warehouse Analyst

A data warehouse analyst collects, analyzes, mines and helps the business leverage the information stored in data warehouses.

System Designer

The role of a systems designer is to define the architecture, interfaces, and data for a system.

Software Developer

The role of software developers is to develop applications that enable people to perform specific tasks on a computer or another device.

Software Engineer

Software engineer design, develop, maintain, test, and evaluate computer software.


A Computer Science lecturer or professor would impart knowledge of the subject. The role will also include teaching students about the nuances of Computer applications and designs applicable in the field.

Computer Operator

The role of a computer operator is to maintain a logbook, check viruses, upgrade software and carrying out basic, etc.

Research Analyst

Research analysts conduct surveys, document data, collect information via the internet and conduct research.

Here are some well-known computer science engineering graduates:

TATA Consultancy








Infosys Technologies


IBM Global Services


Accenture Services


HCL Technologies

Sun microsystems




Hewlett and Packard

FAQs Regarding Computer Science Engineering

Q. What are the subjects in computer science engineering (CSE)?

A. The main topics covered in the ACSE Bachelor’s Degree Course are Operating Systems, Algorithm Design and Analysis, Programming Languages, Microprocessors, Computer Software, Database Management Systems, Mobile Communications, Encryption and Network Security, Performance Aviation, etc.

Q. What is the difference between computer science and computer engineering?

A. Computer science is more about in-depth knowledge of a specific field, while computer engineering is about combining innovation and technology. Computer engineers build hardware, which computer scientists usually do not.

Q. Is CSE tough?

A. Depending on the method of study, CSE can be easy or extremely rigorous.

Q. Is a computer engineer in demand?

A. The employment of computer hardware engineers is expected to increase by 6% from 2018 to 2028. Given this, the demand for computer engineers will increase.

Q. Which course is best for CSE students?

A. The following courses are good for CSE students:

  • Web Development
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Architect
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Engineering

Q. Which engineering has the highest salary?

A. Highest Paid Engineering Degrees are:

  • Computer Science
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Biomedical engineering

Q. How many seats are there in IIT Bombay CSE?

A. It says that there are 110 seats but the closing level is 62. Therefore, IIT Bombay does not take more than 62 students in CS branch.

Q. What rank is required for IIT Bombay CSE?

A. As per last year, the final level for CSE in IST Bombay is 45.

Q. Which is better IT or computer science?

A. Both are in high demand. IT (information technology) is more about installing, maintaining and improving computer systems, operating networks, and databases. However, computer science is about using mathematics in a program system to run a program better.

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