Aeronautical Engineering


Aeronautical Engineering is one of the most popular fields for the students who wish to make their career in aircraft, airplanes, jet planes and space shuttles.

Aeronautical engineering is the deep study of “Aeronautics”. Aeronautics term has come from the ancient Greek word “Aer” which means ‘Air’ and Nautike which means ‘navigation of the air’.

Aeronautics is the art or science of the manufacturing, design, and study of air flight capable machines.

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“Aeronautical engineering involves the study, design and research of the machines or airplanes which moves in the space and air sphere of the earth”.

Aeronautical engineers use their technical knowledge in designing, constructing, maintaining and testing the aircraft and related systems.

The field, Aeronautical engineering is the best career oriented field. It is one of the challenging fields of engineering. The aeronautical engineering deals with the technology and development in aviation, defense and exploration system.

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Course & Duration

Aeronautical engineering is an emerging field of engineering study. The basic requirements for the course, that the students’ must have a good command over the mathematics, physics and chemistry. The students’ have a choice to choose the field after 10+2 science stream with good percentage.

There are three types of courses in India of aeronautical engineering.

  1. Polytechnic diploma course with the duration of 3 years after 10 or 10+2 examination.
  2. UG degree courses leading to the BE/B.Tech with the duration of 4 years after 10+2 examination.
  3. PG degree courses leading to the ME/M.Tech with the duration of 2 years after the completion of UG degree in engineering.
  4. Doctoral degree courses leading to the PhD domain with the duration of 1-2 years after the completion of PG degree in AE.

Admission Process

Students need to appear in JEE Main 2024 to get the admission into engineering courses. For admission to PG engineering courses like M.Tech candidates have to appear in GATE 2024 exam.

All IITs and NITs conduct the engineering programme in aeronautical engineering. There are some other universities and colleges in India (Punjab, Tamil Nadu & Maharashtra) which offers the same programme.

The student who had a B.Tech degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering or mechanical engineering can get the admission in M.Tech with aeronautical engineering.

To get admission in M.Tech programme, it is mandatory for the candidates to qualify Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). Through this entrance test, students will be able to take admission in IITs or NITs regulating M.Tech in Aeronautical engineering.

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JEE Advanced 2024

Some states and institutions/Universities also organizes its own entrance exam to provide admissions.

The students are taught about the navigation system, control systems, communication & radar system, structural design, maintenance, quality check, testing launch, development and manufacturing of the aircraft and spacecraft.

Top aeronautical colleges in India are listed below

  • Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Bombay
  • Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Kanpur


The specializations of aeronautical engineering are as the following:

  • Electronic Systems
  • Aerospace Propulsion
  • Ground Vehicle Systems
  • Aircraft Structures and Materials
  • Structural Analysis
  • Transportation Systems
  • Aerodynamics and Fluid Dynamics
  • Structural Design and Engineering
  • Instrumentation And Communication
  • Navigational Guidance and Control Systems

Skills Required

  • Team working and communication skills
  • Ability to think creative
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Time Management Skills
  • Flexibility

Jobs & Career

There are lots of companies which recruit the aeronautical engineers. The work fields of the aeronautical engineers are becoming the broader with the growing technology over the world.

All government & private aviation organizations and aircraft & spacecraft manufacturing and testing units generally require the trained candidates.

The career in aeronautical engineering is very reputed, respectfully and challenging and moreover, it is very good in order to the handsome paying job.

After the completion of degree in aeronautical engineering you are eligible for not only in design & production of aircraft and spacecraft but also in turbine, high-speed trains (bullet trains), flying gadgets and turbine production & design.

Some of the job profiles are as the following:

  • Thermal Design Engineer
  • Consultants
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Aerospace Designer Checker
  • Graduate Engineer Trainees
  • Assistant Technical Officers
  • Assistant Aircraft Engineers
  • Aircraft Production Manager


Some of the reputed recruiters of aeronautical engineering are as the following:

  • HAL
  • DRDO
  • ISRO
  • Air India
  • Indian Airlines
  • Helicopter Corporation of India
  • DRDL
  • NAL
  • ADE
  • Civil Aviation department
  • Private air lines
  • Flight clubs


An aeronautical engineer earns the average salary in India between the 5lakh to 6 lakh per annum. It has a great opportunity to work in the government sector. The salaries in the government sector are decided as per the pay scale for the particular post.

The aeronautical engineering has a wide scope of getting high salaries by merging their skill and innovative ideas on one field.

A good academician background also triggers to the career and salary.

It has a good scope of careers in Abroad also. You can get the initial package of $70000 to 100000 per annum in abroad.

Books & Study Material

Some of the preferred books and references are as the following:

  • Modern Compressible Flow with Historical Perspective By Anderson, J.D
  • Elements of Gas Dynamics By Liepmann, H.W., and Roshko
  • Fluid Mechanics By Landau, L.D., & Lifshitz, E.M
  • Aerodynamics, Aeronautics & Flight Mechanics By McCormick, B.W
  • Flight Stability and Automatic Control By Nelson, R.C
  • Dynamics of Flight By Etkin, B. and Reid, L.D
  • Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, and Flight Mechanics By McCormick, B.W
  • Aerodynamics for Engineers By Bertin, J.J
  • The Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Compressible Fluid Flow By Shapiro, A.H
  • Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students By Megson, T.H.G
  • Aircraft Structures By Peery, D.J. and Azar, J.J
  • Jet Propulsion By Cumpsty, N
  • Gas Turbine Theory By Saravanamuttoo, H.I.H., Rogers, G.F.C. and Cohen, H
  • Gas Turbine Engineering Handbook By Boyce, M.P
  • Air Transportation: A Management Perspective By Wensven
  • Global Airline Industry By Belobaba, P., Odoni, A. and Barnhart, C
  • Airframe Analysis and Sizing By Niu, M.C
  • Airframe Structural Design By Niu, M.C
  • Elements of Gas Turbine Propulsion By Mattingly, J.D
  • Fundamentals of Jet Propulsion with Applications By Flack, R.D
  • Aerothermodynamics of Aircraft Engine Components By Oates, G.C
  • Airline Operations and Scheduling By M. Bazargan, M
  • Airport Planning and Management By Wells, A. and Young

For any queries regarding Aeronautical Engineering, you may leave your comments below.


  1. My frirnd stusyig 12th. If he does mechabical engg ia there a scope to srudy diploma in aeronotics. If so what is d duration of course and is the coure ewuivalent to BE in eeonotics and what is the job profile he has to apply. And what will be the package.pla guide

    1. he has to get the B.Tech degree of 4 years in mechanical engineering and after that he can choose the aeronautics in PG courses.

  2. ..hello, sir i am now study in physics,
    can i apply in aerospace eng…
    ..after my complete degree??

  3. Hi I’m in 12th standard and I’m really interested in aeronautical engineering please guide me for this career I’m bit worried about their placement and jobs please expert guide me my email address is [email protected] and my mobile number is please send me list ofof besaeronautical collcollin mahmaharashtra int aero

  4. Sir, I’ve completed my diploma in Mechanical stream.
    And I want to take admission in Aeronautical engg for UG. I ‘ve scored 70%.
    Can I get admission in 2nd year of AE??

  5. Hello sir,
    I am pursuing my 12th grade now and I am interested in aeronautical engineering plz guide me

  6. Hiii…I have admission in aeronautical engineering this year in Faridabad. ……now I want to knw can I get better jobs in future

  7. Hai, sir i am doing diplomo mechanical final year in govt.polytechnic clg covai. My over all 91%, how many percentage can be needed for aeronautical engineering.

  8. Hlo sir, im aiswarya. Im 3rd year BE Aeronautical student. I would like to get a job in manufacturing field after completion of my course. I would like to knw what r the other courses i have to do like AutoCad, CNC to get a job.plz rply to me sir

  9. hello sir,
    i’m currently studying in class 10 and is interested in AE. i’m planning to take PCM in plus 1 and 2. But don’t know the right path of ‘ how to become an aeronautical engineer’. sir Plz help me ? May be your rply tells me the right path for my career.
    Thank u

    1. First focus on the the Engineering entrance exams like JEE Main and advance, prepare hard for them, after qualifying in those examination, you can get best college and branch of your choice.

  10. Sir I m doing ae in Anna university ..iz it good university for doing this course . suggest me were I do training plz help says:

    plz help me where I can get full training in aeronautical engineering

  11. hi,
    i have passed my 12th boards this year. now i want to persue aeronautical engineering. i want you to tell about job scopes in this field. and is it so that this field is difficult for girls?

  12. excuse me sir,now m doing diploma in mechanical engg. But i also luv aeronautical engg.So that i want to know if i can get the admission in Btech programme with aeronautical engg.Plz sir reply me…

    1. Yes Wilson, you can get that. But ;for this stream you must have good marks in academic, diploma and entrance exam.

  13. I’m doing my btech in AE. I’m in 2 nd year .. I wanna get job after my BTech in aviation industry .. So wt am I suppose to do n Hw am I suppose to prepare whichis technically n non technically .. And also unfortunately I have 1 urier . Will it affect my future ..

    1. yes i think you have to start your preparation from now onwards, you have to make your basic clear for those read some of the good books in A.E, work on your communication skills, personality development, interview skills, aptitude, etc.

  14. Sir,
    I am Ali Shibil from Kerala. I now finished my tenth and preparing for plus one.i hope to join in Aernautical Engineer after plus two. So can you pls suggst what should i do before enter into that field ?
    Pls help

  15. I am sathish doing in BE Aeronautical engineering 3rd yr,Coimbatore . After completng degree what i do. I have interested design feild . how to shine my self . plz i hope that help me for my carrier.

  16. Hii sir what I should I do now how can I joint A.E I have passed my 12th science what should I do now to joint A.E ??

  17. Hi I wish to become a aeronautical engineer after 10 th pass . How I become plz help me
    And which diploma course I take to become a aeronautical engineer.

    1. you can pursue diploma in aeronautics, also you can pursue in aeronautical engg after 12th.

  18. Hi, I am saahil Khan, I am 24 yrs old and completed 1 year diploma in hotel management. working in same field about 3 years but i am intrested to do aeronautical engineering course. I have also made small helicopter which was unbalanced but i can make it perfect.Will I get admission now?

  19. Sir. I am vamsi . Iam studying 12th standard in andhra pradesh. I love the field of aeronautics and wish to start my carrer at nasa. What are the steps i must follow?

    1. Sir i m jainam jain ……I want become a scientist in drdo field of aeronautical engineering. …….now my 12 running ……….what step should I follow. ………..afer 12th cpmpletetion

  20. I gets 31mark in the exam of jee.I want make an aeronautical engineer and aircraft mantinense engineer. Please tell me about Best college for ae and ame. Please help me sir.

  21. Hi sir; I am very much interested in aviation technology and thus I wish to do my graduation in AE. Currently , I am in 12th (pcmb) . How can I make my way to this career ? Please let me know.

  22. I like to become an aeronautical engineering. Because I need to know more about space vehicle and its

  23. I like become an aeronautical engineering. Because I need to know more about space vehicle and its

  24. Iam interested in AE I atend the CET in karnataka but Iam not atend the jee mains what should I do I get the better colleg in karnataka or not in AE Ple help me

  25. Sir,what about hindustan university in coimbatore ??its a private college but the college provides placements from many international companies..

  26. Sir/Madam,

    I am Nifin Shams, completed my aeronautical engineering degree in 2012 with good GPA (9.06/10) and I have one year experience in Air India (Quality Control and Technical Services division).Unfortunately I have color vision deficiency (Deuten defect – red green colour). I can detect red and green thoroughly, but when I did the Ishihara test I could’nt read some plates. Doctors said I have little colour vision deficiency in green.

    I am totally confused. I don’t know which field to take for PG (I am afraid if I take that course whether colour blindness will prevent me from getting a job). When I ask my boss in Air India, they told me that most of the airline companies don’t take guys with colour blindness.

    I am totally confused sir. If that is the case my entire 7 years is gonna be a waste. If I take PG in logistics, wil the scenario be the same?

    Please help me sir.

    Thanking in advance
    Nifin Shams

    1. with that deficiency you cannot work in air but you can work in ground in your field. Beside this it is not genetic in your case means may be soluble.

  27. Hi,
    I am shahab. I was completed my Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical.
    Guide which courses will be better to me to enroll soon a job in aviation field.

  28. anyone please help me that is i am at presently studying in 10th class and i heard about the exam which was conduct by ISRO,after3 yeras i need to register on it so please help me by giving its actual site if regestrating in exam and what prepration i have to start from now onwards for this exam guide me about it please

  29. Hii, i am in 12th std and i really wish to do btech in aeronautical engineering .. So.. Can u plss guide me how should i prepare fr the entrance exams..??

  30. hello sir.. my ques. is that. That can a average student can also perform well in AE and will he be able to get a job.??????????????

  31. hello sir..i jst wanna knw which wld b d best colleges in bengaluru for doing BE in aeronautics engg?

  32. Hii.
    Recently i had appeared for 12th sci. I am really upset because i got only 19 marks in jee. And i want to be an aeronautical engg.
    Will i get admission?
    Plz recommend me best colleges in maharashtra.

  33. Hai sir i am kavya i have finished my 12 i am interested in aeronautical then say the cut off for this and also girls have oppurunity in this field pls reply sir

    1. aeronautical is a good branch, but there are only few good colleges which provides decent placement. Most of the colleges in this field don’t provide campus placement to the students.

  34. I want study about this field .. . My 12th is running so pls suggest me what I do ……I am from guj gseb

    1. you may get a job, but more important you have to pursue this course from a good college with good placement record.

  35. Hi,sir
    now i’m in 10th(waitng for the result).I’m interested in AE.Can u help me with what i should take after my 10th,to become an AE.Please help me

  36. Sir
    I am studying diploma. 2 yr mechanical
    I wish to study aeronautics
    will u please suggests me the bestway for my entry in to aeronautics after completing diploma

    1. you can apply for aeronautical engg, after completing your diploma through lateral entry exams, many universities admit students on the basis on entrance exam.

    1. you must have passed the 12th with physics and maths and appear the JEE Main exam, secure the good rank with good percentage in 12th and get your dream college.

      1. Sir, I am in 10th standard I want to do ae and like very much in designing the airplane and how to make it fly. So i am some what weak in mathematics,physics,and what’s ur suggestion sir.plzzzz plzzz tell me

      2. AE is the branch in which subjects like Maths and Physics play a huge role, and you should have good command in these subjects. Now you’re in 10th so you have enough time to work on these subjects.

  37. Hi,sir
    I am intersted in AE. Now i am in 10.. Can u help me with what i should take after my 10,to become an AE..
    Any exams or aaaan books ashould i refer to..

    1. you have to go with PCM and english…just focus on your board exams and text books…and prepare for engg entrance exams like JEE MAIN, TNEA.

    2. Harshitha u should complepuc puc or 10+2 in science like pcmc or pcmb and u write entrance exam in karnataka k-cet and u join BE aeronautical course

  38. Sir iam p.vignesh I’ll love are very much than all please tell me cut of mark and preparation to be an aeronautics

  39. I completed my +2 this year . I’m interested to go to aeronautical eng.Can i do it with in Kerala? Is there any best collages in Kerala for this? Or will with in India be a best choice?

  40. Hi!Friends,Iam sivaKrishna.J{sankarapuram}age:17Years old. I will have requested bY 3 question? 1>which college i will choose bY aeronatical studY? 2>HowMuch Fees a Year? 3>where i will worK? PLEsE HELp ME……

    1. There are so many colleges in each state providing the AE. Now you should see the list of college provided by our site for every state. Fee is depends on the status of the college but as per AICTE norms. after completion you can work in airlines, air and space research centre and related sectors.

  41. hi sir,
    afteri cmpleted Btech nd Mtech in Aeonautical engineerin. this wat ull advice further for Agood carrier

  42. can u give good advise im not understaning about further procedure. Icompleted my BTech&MTech in aeronautical engineering.

  43. Sir,
    i have completed my btech from aeronautical engineering and now dng my m tech(aeronautical) project mtech(throght pgeset)

  44. sir I have passed my 10+2 with maths in year2013 but some problems now I am so confused what I do sir please guide me ? is it possible now for me get admission in engineering

      1. sir which test is better for me to get admission in aeronautical Engineering
        I have drop my study for last two years does there is any way to get Admission in these courses
        and the most thing I use -3.5 power eye contacts then it is possible for NDA like exams

  45. My name is Avneesh chita from bhilai “CG”.I have completed my btech in aeronautical engineering from Aeronautical Society of India” Delhi”…I am totally confused. Is there any field which I can apply in airlines.Do i also apply for any public sector examinations

    1. yes you can apply for airforce, Navy and army as an aeronautical engineer. you can also appear for engineering exams like IES and GATE.

  46. I have completed my aeronautical engineering in 2012. Unfortunately I have colour blindness (failed in the Ishihara test). I have 1 year apprenticeship experience in Air India, Mumbai. I heard that most of the airline companies do a colour blindness test.
    I am totally confused. Is there any field which I can apply in airlines (which have growth)?
    or Is it better to take PG course ? If yes, which is the best PG course I can apply (I am confused because I have color blindness, i don’t know whether it will affect my PG also).
    I am totally confused.Please help me.

    1. We are sorry for that. but education never fails. Yes it is true that around all air lines industries conduct the color test before recruiting the candidates, but there are opportunity to work in aeronautical field work like in hangers or plants. so you need to get a PG degree in such specialization which has no bar for the color blindness test. Don’t loose your core stream.

  47. hello sir i am doing BE aeronautical engineering(1st year) in coimbatore i would like to work in airline company what should i do or whether any exams are there to write or any other option, i hope u will be help me

    1. One is the campus placement, the other option for you will be apply in the recruitment programmes conducted by various airliner companies, you can also submit your resume in the Jobs site like naukri or and may get a call from there.

  48. Hallo sir. I’m currently doing btech on aeronautical engg. 3rd yr. Can you please suggest me on good colleges abroad so that I can do my pg well. Are there good colleges in India providing mtech?

  49. Sir after finishing BE in aeronautics can i go for MS in aeronautics or which is best ME or MS in aeronautics please direct me a right path

    1. You can go for MS but there are no any college found who offer the MS aeronautics in India. all over that ME and MS not not so untouched to each other. You must do the M.Tech first.

  50. Hi Hanif,
    My name is Danish from Thane (mumbai). I done my 12 in 2006 and i left my studies for some family reason. But in 2010 i had again join my studies and completed my second year in BMS field Also pursue in TY but on that time i had too much stress that why i failed. Now currently i am working in travel verticle process related to airline and now i want to make my career in airline please help me to choose my career.

    1. Hi Danish,
      See, first you need to decide that whether you would like to go with technical or non-technical field of airlines. Maharashtra is referring the JEE pattern and to get the admission in technical or engineering field of aviation or aeronautics you must have passed the 12th not back than hardly 3 year of the year of admission. So the technical side (as an engineer) is blocked. But there is another option which is that, you may join the management programme in hospitality or aviation management. you may also get the short term course in aviation (flight steward) on the basis of your 12th standard.

      1. Thank you hanif for the prompt reply. Can you giude me about the aviation management courses like which course are having better career. I am currently in airline cargo field so which course i givin me brighter career. Please help…..

      2. Logistic management is suiting your profile. with this course you may apply in any department which maintain the store and logistic department. Besides this you should do the hospitality management.

      3. Hi Hanif… I am Shahkar from jharkhand, I am in class 10 and I want to know that is their guarantee to get my placement easily abroad after BE aeronautical engineering

  51. Hello sir!
    I am thinking to take admission in aeronautical engineering situated in Delhi
    I want to take your advise on my thought.Is My decision right ir wrong?

    1. To be very frank, aeronautics industry is experiencing a downfall, there are not many jobs available for freshers in this field, also the institute that you have mentioned is not a reputed one…Do check the placement stats of the college before taking admission.

    2. Absolutely right Bcz aeronautical is most important and fashion course more than that which field u interest go that field

  52. Hi,
    I am in 12 science.My question is-for aeronautical engineering how many marks(minimum ) need in jee exam?

      1. Hiii Hanif Sir,
        First of all i want to give a thank you for sporting we who are the feature of India, And we are the youth of India.
        So, Now I m very exicted to do AE.But I have one query is there compulsory to reach the JEE Main Examination ?? Through JEE appearance we can’t get admission in AE.??
        How many percentage in 12th should we get?? I hope you will reply fast.
        Vibhas Rai

    1. Get the preparation for GATE 2015 examination. The admission to the M.Tech programmes are done through the GATE examination. It will be a national level examination. More details we will update you soon through our website.

  53. Hello sir, I am doing ME Thermal Engineering after completing B.E Aeronautical Engineering. Is it cross major?? Can I get job opportunity in aviation field???? Or mechanical field??? Where I start to get job…????

    1. Sir im intrusted in airnurics but i got 5.8 cgpa means 58% in class 10 so i got job in airnutics or not

  54. Hi,

    I am a graduate in Electronics but want to make my career in Aeronautics. It is quite difficult for me to get in Mtech in Aeronautics stream due to my electronics background. Can you suggest me the possible way ?
    Also an institution named as TAAL is getting me into its 6 months training program in “Aircraft Structure designer & Analyst”. Should I really enroll in that program as my personal view says that since my EC background I wont get what they are telling me. What you say ?

    1. Sir/mam,
      If I complete my diploma in m
      ME then I can go with AE? Or I have to do diploma in AE only.

  55. I am shirin and presently I am in 11th and i really wish to do Aeronautical Engineering ,can you please help me with this field and let me know every exam that i need to give after 12th and the percentage that i need to have and what books should i refer to.This is my sincere request if i could get every single detail required for this stream as soon as possible .

    1. Hi ! Shirin, it’s good to see your zeal about AE. if you belongs to such state where a state level engineering examination is conducted then get the preparation from today onwards or you may prepare yourself for the JEE Main 2016. if you will do the same, surely you will crack the examination with best rank. All top IITs of India offer the AE and to get the admission in IITs you need to study hard. we have mentioned in an article headed as JEE Main Syllabus, visit the article and get the entire detail of syllabus. the best way is that you prepare by your 11th & 12th syllabus accordingly. do ask again if not satisfied.

      1. Sir I am 12th mpc 2016-17 I want to do aeronautical engineering I am from Hyderabad can u say some tips plz

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