How to become a Software Engineer?

Well… to start with let’s understand…

What does a software engineer do?

You might have come across pictures or videos of individuals who are sitting in a dark room with a hoody on and constantly looking into the computer screen.. sometimes multiple screens and playing with some random mystic texts. But have you ever thought what they are actually doing.

This is how Wikipedia describes a Software Engineer :

software engineer is a person who applies the principles of software engineering to design, develop, maintain, test, and evaluate computer software. The term programmer is sometimes used as a synonym, but may also lack connotations of engineering education or skills.

That’s the definition but in lay man terms a Software Engineer is a person who can give instructions to a computer to get desired results as output.

 There are different types of applications and software that a software engineer develops and works on. From Television menu to satellites, to your text editor like MS Word, to playing games or watching Youtube videos, streaming your favourite cricket match on Hotstar or browsing any other social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter. Softwares are every where. Mobile devices and applications on them all are developed by software developers. 

Software Developers are paid really well and the IT industry is booming leaps and bounds.

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Multiple ways to become Software Engineer?

Keeping the discussion short let’s come straight to the point, how to become a Software Engineer in India. There are multiple ways by which one can join the thriving IT industry, below are the three most tried and tested ways.

B. Tech

A B. Tech degree from a good college can give your career a kick start in IT industry and help you land a dream job in your dream company. There are many AICTE approved good institutions in the country which provide B. Tech degree every year. In order to get a B.Tech  degree from a renowned college, one needs to prepare and crack the competitive entrance exams organized by different Universities and Colleges. The most common Engineering entrance exams are IITJEE, AIEEE, BITSAT, MAHCET, KITEE, WBJEE and many others. 

The preparations for the above mentioned tests starts from class Tenth(Xth) onwards and exams can be taken from after your class 12th board exams. The exams are highly competitive and every year lakhs of students apply for these entrance exams. But still good preparation, patience and dedication can help you crack the exams and get you a better college.

Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA / BSc. IT)

Though this option is not ideal for landing a high paying IT job, but still nowadays companies are considering BCA/BSc IT profiles. Many startups and service based companies like Wipro, TCS and others do hire BCA graduates and later they help them complete their Master degrees from institutes like BITS Pilani along with their regular jobs. Only issue with this approach is off campus placement is difficult and career growth is slow as compared to B-Tech or MCA candidates. Admission in BCA course can be taken after passing class 12th exam. Their is little or no preparation required for taking admission in a BCA course.

Master of Computer Application (MCA)

This approach is often taken by those who missed to take admission in B.Tech course for some reason and still want to be relevant in market for getting an IT job. MCA candidates get similar career opportunities like B.Tech grads and often work together in software companies.