Food and Biochemical Engineering

23Oct,2020
By Sarada Rath

Food and Biochemical Engineering is the branch of engineering deals with the processes and technology involved in the production of Food. The aim is to provide modern facilities of freezing, canning, extrusion, fermentative production of enzymes, preservation by fermentation, processing of cereals, chemicals & antibiotics, etc. This course teaches the steps of packaging food after processing ad its preservation through various ways and techniques. It also explores new ways of inventions and discoveries of Food production technologies.

Highlights:

Course Name Food and Biochemical Engineering
Course Level B. Tech (Bachelor of Technology), and M.Tech (Master of Technology)
Duration

B.Tech: 4 years

M.Tech: 2 years

Examination Type Semester Type
Eligibility

B.Tech: Must have completed 10+2 with a minimum of 50% mark in aggregate

M.Tech: B.Tech or Equivalent degree in Engineering

Top Recruiters Amul, Nestle, Cadbury, Britania, etc.
Top Career/Job Profiles Quality Control Officer, Food Scientist, Chemical Engineer, R&D Manager, etc.


Top Colleges

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates need to check their eligibility criteria before applying for any degree in Food and Biochemical Engineering. Candidates need to complete their 10 +2 with a minimum mark of 50% in aggregate. Check the detailed eligibility in the table below:

Course Duration Eligibility Entrance
B. Tech in Food and Biochemical Engineering 4 years
  • The candidate should have completed 10+2 with a minimum of 50% mark in aggregate
  • biology, Chemistry, and Physics should be the main subjects in +2
JEE Main, WBJEE
M.Tech in Food and Biochemical Engineering 2 years
  • Should have a B.E or B.Tech degree from a recognized university
  • The candidate should secure a minimum of 50% marks in the UG
GATE


Syllabus:

For B.Tech in Food and Biochemical Engineering:

Semester I Semester II
Basic mathematics Physical Chemistry I 
Introductory Chemistry Physical Chemistry II
Introductory Physics Basic Electrical Engineering
Applied Mechanical Engineering Principle Basic Microbiology
Basic Biochemistry Biostatistics
Communication and presenting Skills -


 

Semester III Semester IV
Food Chemistry Food Biotechnology
Food Microbiology Food Additives and Ingredients
Principle of Food Preservation Fruit and Vegetable Processing Technology
Introduction to Food Processing Dairy Technology
Principle of Food Science and Engineering Crop Improvement & Plant Tissue Culture
Human Nutrition -


 

Semester V Semester VI
Meat, Fish, Poultry Processing Technology Biochemical Engineering Operations
Technology for Cereals, Legumes, and Oilseeds Biochemical Engineering
Food Packaging Human Values and Professional Ethic
Sugar and Confectionery Technology Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods
Principles of Food Analysis Post-Harvest Technology
Fermentation Technology Research Methodology and Scientific Writing


 

Semester VII Semester VIII
Process Design and P&ID Project work and Internship
Waste Management in Food Processing -
Food Process Unit Operation, Engineering, and Design -
Food Safety, Quality, and Regulations -
Good Manufacturing Practices -
Food Business Management & Marketing -


For M.Tech in Food and Biochemical Engineering:

Basic Core Subjects Interdisciplinary Core Subjects
Advanced Mathematics Environmental Pollution & Management
Operation Research Materials Science
Instrumentation & Measurement Techniques Optimisation Techniques for Engineers
Environmental Management & Ecology Quantitative Methods for Engineers
Energy Systems &Management Advanced Numerical Methods
Advanced Fermentation Tech -
Information Systems -
Industrial Pollution & Control -
Safety Engineering -


Admission Process:

For B.Tech in Food and Biochemical Engineering:

  • Candidates should clear the eligibility criteria
  • Most of the colleges offer admission based on scores of entrance exams such as JEE Main, WBJEE.
  • Some colleges provide admission directly based on the marks secured in the 10th and 12th.

For M.Tech in Food and Biochemical Engineering:

  • The candidate should be eligible for the degree
  • Institutions provide admission through valid scores of GATE and other such entrance exams
  • Some colleges also offer admission on the basis of marks secured in the undergraduate degree (B.Tech)

 Skills Required:

  • Need certain skills in problem-solving, information technology skills, and interpreting skills.
  • The student who finds the science of Food a fascinating topic 
  • Must have an understanding of Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Should have critical and logic thinking

Top Entrances:

1. JEE Main (Joint Entrance Examination)

  • Minimum Qualification: Candidates must have passed 10 and +2 with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/Technical Vocation subjects
  • Exam Duration: 3 Hours
  • Exam Mode: Online

2. JEE Advanced

  • Minimum Qualification: Candidates qualifying the JEE Main are eligible
  • Exam Duration: 3 Hours
  • Exam Mode: Online

3. WBJEE (West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination)

  • Minimum Qualification: Candidates must have passed 10 and +2 with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/Computer Science /Computer Application
  • Exam Duration: 4 Hours
  • Exam Mode: Offline

4. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

  • Minimum Qualification: Candidates should have a Bachelor degree (4 years after 10+2) in Engineering/Technology
  • Exam Duration: 3 Hours
  • Exam Mode: Online

Career and Job prospects:

After completing your degree in Food and Biochemical Engineering, one can get job opportunities at various Food Industries, Production Management Companies, Research and Development Organizations, etc. Different types of job roles for this course are mentioned in the table below:

Job Profile Average Salary Per Annum
Quality Control Officer 5 - 7 Lakh Rupees
Food Scientist 6 - 8 Lakh Rupees
Product Development Scientist 7 - 9 Lakh Rupees
Food Dietitian 3 - 5 Lakh Rupees
Quantity Surveyor Officer 5 - 6 Lakh Rupees
Development Chemical Engineer 5 - 7 Lakh Rupees
R&D Manager 6 - 8 Lakh Rupees


Employment Areas: 

  • Food Industries
  • Production Management Companies
  • Research and Development Organizations
  • Chemical Industries
  • Ecological and Environmental Agencies
  • Health Care Sector
  • Waste Treatment Plants
  • Water Treatment Plants
  • Textile Manufacturing Companies

Top Recruiters:

  • Amul
  • ITC
  • Parle
  • Pepsi
  • Nestle
  • Brittania
  • Cadbury
  • Dabur
  • Godrej
  • Hamdard
  • Mother Dairy

Top Hiring Cities in India:

  • Delhi
  • Gurugram
  • Kolkata
  • Anand
  • Pune
  • Ghaziabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Noida

FAQs:

Q: What is Food and Biochemical Engineering?
A:
 Food and Biochemical Engineering is the branch of engineering deals with the processes and technology involved in the production of Food.

Q: What is the Average salary after graduating in Food and Biochemical Engineering?
A:
The average salary will range from 5 - 7 lakh rupees per annum.

Q: What are the employment areas for Food and Biochemical Engineering?
A:
The top employment areas are:

  • Food Industries
  • Production Management Companies
  • Research and Development Organizations
  • Chemical Industries
  • Ecological and Environmental Agencies
  • Health Care Sector

Q: What are the top colleges that provide Food and Biochemical Engineering?
A:
Top colleges providing Food and Biochemical Engineering are:

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi
  • Haldia University
  • Jadavpur University
  • AKS University
  • College of Food and Technology, Mumbai
  • Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur

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